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Bushwick leagues + MORE

LoftOpera is just one, though perhaps the liveliest, of many homegrown opera troupes in Brooklyn. I’ve never been ashamed to cross the East River for a fix.   Thus I have fond memories of Cavalli’s L’Erismena and Donizetti’s Il Furioso dell’ isola di San Domingo back in the day, not to me.... More »
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The Week in Reviews, Op. 152: Anne Akiko Meyers, Gil Shaham, Hilary Hahn, Niklas Walentin + MORE

By Laurie Niles: In an effort to promote the coverage of live violin performance, Violinist.com each week presents links to reviews of notable concerts and recitals around the world. Anne Akiko Meyers performed the Bates with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.Stuff: "Bates must be thrilled to hav.... More »
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Haruki Murakami and Seiji Ozawa talk music, art and creativity + MORE

One writes fiction, the other conducts an orchestra, but Murakami and Ozawa share a drive, determination – and a passion for music. They discuss the creative process, inspiration and the eclecticism of MahlerUntil we started these interviews, I had never had a serious conversation with Seiji Ozawa.... More »
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Richard Wagner: Supreme Annihilator of the German War Gods + MORE

In his book Wagner and Philosophy, Bryan Magee tells us that:Those of my readers who know Wagner only by his reputation may be surprised at the portrait I have presented so far of a left-wing revolutionary writing the libretto of The Ring while in political exile in Switzerland. The image of Wagner .... More »
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ArtsBeat: Chuck Close and Cindy Sherman Donate Works for Met Opera Benefit + MORE

They are among 14 major visual artists whose works will be on display and for sale at the opera house’s Gallery Met..... More »
Giving Program Pick For December, 2013: Mae Mai

My choice for December’s Giving Program recipient is Jon Silpayamanant’s Mae Mai; a broad collection of posts on a variety of classical music topics both traditional and contemporary.
Jon’s writing about the series of labor dispute related crisis at US orchestras has been fascinating to watch evolve from casual observer to someone who is eyeball deep in the minutiae of the heavy duty topics that occupy that space…

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Photo: Ryuhei Shindo
A bit of cheering for the “home team,” as ACME played on our last Sequenza 21 concert.
Last Friday, December 13, Symphony Space’s In the Salon Series celebrated Lutoslawski’s centenary with American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) – for this concert comprised of Caleb Burhans and Caroline Shaw, violins, violist Nadia Sirota, and cellist Clarice Jensen – and Lutoslawski scholar and composer Steven Stucky…

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This week: concerts in New York (December 16 – December 22, 2013)Daniel LippelDaniel LippelSpectrum is thrilled to present International Contemporary Ensemble guitarist Dr. Daniel Lippel. He will perform two sets of ambitious music for what is widely reputed to be the least-ambitious instrument in the history of human civilization. Wednesday, December 18 at 7:30 PM Tickets $15, $10 students/seniors Spectrum, 121 Ludlow, 2nd Floor, New York, NY …

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On the Nose: Early Shostakovich at the Met

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On the Nose: Early Shostakovich at the MetNos (The Nose)October 3, 2013Kovalyov: Paulo SzotPolice Inspector: Andrey PopovThe Nose: Alexander LewisYakovlevich: Vladimir OgnovenkoIvan: Sergey SkorokhodovWilliam Kentridge (Director, Sets)Greta Goiris (Costumes)Catherine Meyburgh (Video Editing)Valery Gergiev (Conductor)I wasn’t in town back in April 2010 when the Met first debuted William Kentridge’s riotously inventive production of Shostakovich’s first opera, Nos, to rave reviews, so there was no way I was going to miss out on the current run…

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Troy for ever reaps a dire delightOur Own Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin has devised something to keep you warm on those long winter nights: a complete performance of Les Troyens from 1974!
Hector Berlioz
LES TROYENS
Metropolitan Opera
Rafael Kubelik, conductor
16 March 1974
I: La prise de Troie
Cassandre – Shirley Verrett
Chorèbe – Louis Quilico
Enée – Jon Vickers
Ascagne – Judith Blegen
Priam – Edmond Karlsrud
Hécube – Jean Kraft
Helénus – William Lewis
Polyxène – Maureen Smith
Panthée – Richard T…

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Rubinstein the showman in his eighties: from the archive, 17 December 1969Pianist Artur Rubinstein talks to Edward Greenfield about his early recordings, other Beethoven interpreters and his days as a Tatler ‘and friend’Artur Rubinstein talks, as he plays, with virtuoso fluency. Someone described him the other day as “God’s gift to the interviewer,” but it is not quite like that…

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Day 15 — Beim Schlafengehen (from the Four Last Songs)We now reach the third of the Four Last Songs, though ‘Beim Schlafengehen’ was actually the first of the Hesse poems Strauss set. This song prepares us for ‘night’s magic sphere’, beginning, as in ‘Frühling’, rather darkly and then turning, by means of a solo violin melody, to another rapturous outpouring…

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Bach has Christmas wrapped

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BACH’S majestically festive Christmas Oratorio was originally intended to be heard in six parts, spread across six days.

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Money off Manon

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Thanks to all the readers who emailed me about a rare Royal Opera House discount.
Top price stalls and stalls circle tickets for Manon are reduced to £85  (from £150-160) with a new TravelZoo offer.
The price cut is valid for three performances only- 17 January, 28 January and 4 February. Book via the ROH website, using the code tzoomanon…

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Party or Piety? Berlioz L'enfance du Christ Barbican Roth

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Party or Piety? Berlioz L'enfance du Christ Barbican RothHector Berlioz L’enfance du Christ makes a welcome change from multiple Messiahs, especially when François-Xavier Roth conducted the BBCSO at the Barbican Hall, London. This was one of the liveliest performances in recent years, animated by Roth’s appreciation of Berlioz’s quirky approach to the French idiom…

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Day 8 — September (from the Four Last Songs)

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Day 8 — September (from the Four Last Songs)Continuing the Strauss Advent series, which will feature one of the Four Last Songs each Sunday, we move on to ‘September’, second in the sequence as published by Boosey and Hawkes, but actually the final song written by Strauss, on 20 September 1948, just under a year before his death. In Hesse’s text, summer is fading and the rain begins to fall, described by fleet descending patterns in the opening bars…

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Jihoon Kim Recital, Royal Opera House

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Jihoon Kim Recital, Royal Opera HouseJihoon Kim is shining proof that the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House, London, develops singers into complete artists. rich, resonant bass is much admired. During his two years as a Jette Parker Young Artist in 2011/13 he was cast in a wide range of roles at the Royal Opera House, from Alessio in Bellini’s La sonnambula and Colline in Puccini’s La bohème to the Ghost of Hector in Berlioz’s Les Troyens…

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Make Music Winter 2013

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The winter-solstice festival returns on Saturday. Highlights of the schedule are a reprise of Chris Herbert's Winterize (a chilly pleasure last year); a bicycle-bell piece by Merche Blasco; a new version of James Holt's Bach-on-the-G concept; a percussion procession led by TIGUE (the core of the amazing Wall Street Vexations); and, of course, a boombox opus by Phil Kline.

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