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Antara Ensemble in works by Bizet, Dvorak & Telemann, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 8:00 p.m. Saint Peter’s Church at Citicorp 619 Lexington Ave. at 54th St, NYC + MORE

Harold JonesWilliam Foster McDaniel(www.abouttheartists.com)On Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 8:00 PM, at Saint Peter’s Church at CitiCorp, 54th Street and Lexington Avenue, New York City, conductor/flutist Harold Jones will lead members of the Antara Ensemble in Georges Bizet’s Adagietto and.... More »
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Animals, Shakespeare, War and Comedy: the London Song Festival 2016 + MORE

Ilona DomnichThe London Song Festival, artistic director Nigel Foster, opens its 2016 festival with All Blood Runs Red at Hinde Street Methodist Church on 10 November 2016. Soprano Ilona Domnich and baritone James Newby (joint 2016 Kathleen Ferrier Award winner), accompanied by Nigel Foster, wi.... More »
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Breaking: Music director is in coma after heart attack during rehearsal + MORE

We hear from Verona that Julian Kovatchev, music director in Lucca, collapsed with a heart attack last night during a rehearsal at the Arena. An emergency team administered CPR and intubated the maestro on the stage before rushing him to hospital, where he lies in an induced coma. Kovatchev, 55, a .... More »
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BBC Phil/Mena review – a visceral soundtrack for destabilised times + MORE

Bridgewater Hall, Manchester Juanjo Mena led the BBC Philharmonic in a turbulent and timely selection of music by Lindberg, Stravinsky and Ravel Commissioned by Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, Ravel’s Daphnis and Chloé and Stravinsky’s the Rite of Spring were premiered barely a year apart in 1912.... More »
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Afro-Cuban Composer & Violinist José White, born Dec. 31, 1835, wrote "La Bella Cubana," played by Fernando Muñoz (5:58) on YouTube + MORE

[José Silvestre White (1835-1918), Afro-Cuban violinist and composer. Shown here after he received the 1st prize for violin at the Conservatoire de Paris in 1856. Bibliothèque Nationale de France]Capricho LatinoRachel Barton Pine, violinEtude No. 6, Jose WhiteCedille Records CDR 90000 124 (20.... More »

On the Air This Week

– minnesota.publicradio.org

Highlights from July 15 to 22 Thursday, 3 pm hour: Regional Spotlight: Imogen Cooper plays Schubert, from a Chopin Society recital. Friday, 8 pm: Minnesota Orchestra: Mozart and Rachmaninoff. Sunday, 6 am: Pipedreams: From the Mailbag. Sunday, noon: From the…

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Opera Atelier in international demandWith tours to Versailles, Salzburg and La Scala, and San Francisco to come, opera company’s dance card is increasingly full.

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American conductor Lorin Maazel died in July 2014, aged eighty-four

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BBC New Generation Artist Louis Schwizgebel peforms Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 2 'Moonlight'; Schubert's Sonata No. 16 in A minor, D845 and Haydn's Sonata in C major, Hob XVI:50…

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 Opening Gala Concert.: Susan Bullock (Soprano),  Richard Berkeley-Steele (tenor), Kinder Children’s Choir of the High Peak (Choir mistress, Joyce Ellis MBE), Northern Chamber Orchestra / Stephen Barlow.(conductor), Opera House, Buxton, 11.7.2014 (RJF) Weber: Overture, Oberon. Wagner: Die Walkure…

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Delicate exotic fruit

– parterre.com

Delicate exotic fruit“The immediate subject was a Boris Godunov, described to me, in which allegedly Boris could have been Joseph Stalin at his cruelest. This despite the fact that Mussorgsky’s music and the text describe a Czar of almost infinite kindness, consumed by guilt for his means of coming to the throne…

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Hespèrion XXI review  a glorious medieval melting pot of musicSir Jack Lyons concert hall, YorkJordi Savall’s early music ensemble connects three great ancient musical cultures Jewish, Islamic and ChristianCenturies of trade and conflict between the Christian and Arab-Islamic worlds brought textiles, spices and bowed stringed instruments to Europe. No one knows precisely when the violin’s middle-eastern ancestors first infiltrated the Mediterranean; though there does not appear to be one of them that the great Catalan viol player Jordi Savall has not been able to master…

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Rain caused the New York Philharmonic to cancel a concert planned for Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx.

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On TV soon: Addicts in the symphony orchestra

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

On TV soon: Addicts in the symphony orchestraChannel 4 has made a voyeuristic documentary. Press release below.

 
 
The highly respectable world of classical musicians is rarely linked to addictive behaviour. In this uplifting one-off documentary, the composer and musician James McConnel examines music’s extraordinary transformative power, as he unites ten classical musicians whose lives have all been blighted by addiction, in an orchestra for a spectacular one-off performance with the London Symphony Orchestra…

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Nightmare at Santa Fe as two opera stars pull out

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Nightmare at Santa Fe as two opera stars pull outThe tenor Warren Mok has withdrawn from the US premiere of Huang Ruo’s opera Dr. Sun Yat-sen, citing other commitments. The show is due to open in a fortnight.
The soprano Laura Tatulescu has dropped out of Don Pasquale ‘due to severe allergies’.
To lose one star is a misfortune. To lose two…
 

 
 
 
 
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Autumn at St John's Smith Square

– www.planethugill.com

Autumn at St John's Smith SquareArtur PizzaroThe Autumn season at St John’s Smith Square is an interesting mixture of the old and the new. There is a new Young Artists Programme, plus the Sunday at St Johns, whilst music varies from premieres of works by Harrison Birtwistle, Stephen Montague and Alexander Campkin, to the Early Opera Company in Rameau and actor Simon Russell Beale as Debussy…

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Red Note Ensemble review  the music ripped through the air like a rocketSt Andrew’s, LondonThis special group of musicians displayed finesse as they forged an exhilarating path through John Adams’s Shaker LoopsI hadn’t come across Scotland’s contemporary music group, the Red Note Ensemble, before hearing them in an excellent concert at last year’s Huddersfield festival. Their latest appearance, with a conservative but interestingly chosen programme performed as part of the City of London festival, confirms that they are a very special group of musicians indeed…

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The Henschel Quartet Celebrate 20th Year 1994 – 2014  20 years old this year and one of the hottest string ensembles around, the Henschel Quartet is currently celebrating its anniversary in style with a packed diary of exciting engagements. Major tours of Europe, the USA and Japan include two complete Beethoven quartet cycles and a […]

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