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Impressive Music-Making Outside the Top-Orchestra Circuit + MORE

Grieg, Schumann, Mendelssohn and Beethoven: James Rester, Kenneth Bell, John DeVivo, and Albert Houde (horns), Reading Symphony Orchestra, members of the Reading Symphony Youth Orchestra*, Andrew Constantine (conductor), Santander Performing Arts Center, Reading, Pennsylvania. 2.4.2016 (BJ) Grieg: F.... More »
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Grammy-winning conductor says please exploit me + MORE

John McLaughlin Williams - seen above - has added the following comment to yesterday's post Classical music is exploiting #female: 'How I wish they would deign to exploit #blackconductors. Is that even a thing?'.... More »
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Opera Review: Sonya Yoncheva as Mimì in the Met’s ‘La Bohème’ + MORE

The rising soprano Sonya Yoncheva stepped into the role of Mimì in “La Bohème” at the Metropolitan Opera..... More »
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German media name the two violists in Berlin Philharmonic fight + MORE

We reported earlier that a present member of the viola section is suing a former member for selling him a viola that proved to be a fake. Under German legal convention, the names were withheld. That convention has now been broken by some Berlin media and we see no reason to preserve fake identities.... More »
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San Francisco Opera Chorus Gives a Concert! + MORE

Here's something I've never seen before: a concert by the SF Opera Chorus, and hoorah for that. They're a great group that has made immense contributions to many, many performances. Their role in Les Troyens was unforgettable, for instance.I will be out of town on the 19th and can't go to this .... More »
Music Review: Patricia Kopatchinskaja in A Little Night MusicThe violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja performed selections by Bach and Bartok in closing the A Little Night Music series on Thursday.

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By Mendy Smith: Camp this year was wonderful. It was the perfect time of year to leave Houston for a week. While temperatures down here were soaring, weather at Interlochen was mild if not a bit chilly.

I had a potential issue with getting my viola onboard on the last leg of the flight. As I told the flight attendant, the viola will fit…

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Here is your regular Sunday selection of links to online audio and online video from the week gone by. After clicking to an audio or video stream, press the "Play" button to start the broadcast. Some of these streams become unavailable after a few days.
Watch the production of Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier from the Salzburg Festival, directed by Harry Kupfer and conducted by Franz Welser-Möst,

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Singapore Symphony Orchestra at the PromsSingapore Symphony OrchestraThis year’s BBC Proms is including quite a number of orchestra’s from around the world which have not appeared at the Proms before. Amongst these is the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. Directed by Lan Shui since 1997, the orchestra earned plaudits when they made their debut at the Royal Festival Hall in 2010…

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 Puccini: La Bohème, Euskadi Symphony Orchestra, Andra Mari Chorus, José Ramón Encinar (conductor), Kursaal Centre, San Sebastián, Spain, 17.8.2014 (JMI) Cast: Mimí: Gal James Rodolfo: Giordano Lucà Marcello: Juan Jesús Rodríguez Musetta: Elena de la Merced Schaunard: David Menéndez Colline: Francis Tójar Benoît/Alcindoro: Fernando Latorre   Co-production: Opera Philadelphia and Palau de Les Arts Reina […]

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Prom 50: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Weilerstein, Belohlavek, Royal Albert HallEven as orchestras began to sound more and more alike, there was the Czech Philharmonic. And many of its notable characteristics remain to this day: a modest, homespun, quality, warm and engaging and full of bright-eyed distinction in the woodwinds. In the pithy but immensely passionate overture to Janacek’s last opera From the House of the Dead, under their current Music Director Jiri Belohlavek, the rhythmic displacements and precipitously exposed string, brass and timpani writing combined X-ray clarity with a naturalness of expression; later Dvorak in Slavonic mode kicked up his heels while close harmony trumpets warbled in the trio of one of those much loved dances…

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Opera festival’s organisers say Donizetti’s Poliuto, written in 1838, will be staged at the annual performances, which have doubled their audiences this year

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Komsi Oramo Prom Russian (and other) Fairy Tales

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Komsi Oramo Prom Russian (and other) Fairy TalesWonderfully evocative!  In BBC Prom 49, Sakari Oramo conducted the BBC SO showing how exotic dreams and magical tales still inspire creative art.  The soloist was Anu Komsi, Oramo’s wife and twin sister of Piia Komsi, both coloraturas with such remarkable range that they’ve inspired several works written specially for them…

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Self-Inflicted Wounds

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Self-Inflicted Wounds

There’s a fascinating blog post by John Pavlovitz from 8/15/2014 that’s worth your time. If you’re wondering who John Pavlovitz is, join the club. I have no idea beyond what’s available at his about page, but his post caught my eye because a great deal of it applies to the orchestra field; so much so that you can practically swap out a few keys words from his topic (church/religion) with those from our field (i…

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The ice-bucket comes to opera…

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My latest interviewee tried to sing his way out of the ALS ice-bucket challenge – did his pals agree? The Times of Malta (clue to identity there) has the story and video here. Our tenorial hero’s three next nominees include Bryn Terfel…With all of this going on, don’t be too surprised if there’s a sudden spurt of opera singers succumbing to chills.

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Prom 49: BBCSO/Oramo review  curiously ill at easeRoyal Albert Hall, LondonSoprano Anu Komsi’s impressive technique was at the fore in a fairytale-themed programmeSakari Oramo’s latest Prom with the BBC Symphony Orchestra was a family-oriented affair with a programme structured, with one exception, round musical evocations of fairytales. The exception was the UK premiere of Jukka Tiensuu’s Voice Verser, "an ironic coloratura concerto", written in 2012 for Oramo’s wife, the soprano Anu Komsi…

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Pianophiles, do not miss this one…

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The legendary Russian pianist Grigory Sokolov has been filmed in recital for the first time in ten years, at the Berlin Philharmonie. The concert, including impromptus and Klavierstücke by Schubert and the Beethoven ‘Hammerklavier’ Sonata, is available to watch exclusively on Medici.tv starting from today…

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Prom 50: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra/Blohlávek/Weilerstein review  fluid and elegantRoyal Albert Hall, LondonDvoák’s cello concerto showed Alisa Weilerstein and the orchestra in complete sympathyNobody does Proms encores like the Czech Phil. The Czech repertoire is shot through with dances whichever way you cut it, and Jií Blohlávek’s orchestra rounded off this programme with a generous three of them: a Dvoák Slavonic Dance, a scurrying Skocna by Smetana, and Nedbal’s Valse Triste, all delivered with effortless poise and style…

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