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Change of Venue, West Edge Opera Edition + MORE

West Edge Opera, which has used the abandoned Wood Street train station for part or all of its summer festival for the last couple of years, will not be able to do so this year after all. Short version: the City of Oakland withdrew permission to hold public events there.Negotiations are in progress .... More »

BBCSO/Gardner review – a thrilling show of ferocity and feistiness + MORE

Barbican, LondonEdward Gardner dug deeper into Janáček, while violinist Tasmin Little explored the languid lyricism of SzymanowskiIn the concert hall and on disc Edward Gardner has been working his way through Janáček’s orchestral works, and his latest concert with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, .... More »

Apologies!! + MORE

The blog is back and I owe an explanation! Way back at the end of last year I took on a project with my friend and colleague Sarah Playfair - we became joint heads of casting at the English National Opera for three months while they recruited a new person for this vital position. Between us we had a.... More »

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 »

The modern rule is that every woman should be her own chaperone + MORE

Born on this day in 1908 etiquette maven Amy Vanderbilt.  //www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjB0MEa262o Born on this day in 1796 librettist, poet and politician Carlo Pepoli. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=JuROLF6Bye0 Born on this day in 1822 composer Luigi Arditi (some sources say July 16.) //www.youtube.com/.... More »

Royal Opera House 2012/13 financial appraisal

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

Royal Opera House  2012/13 financial appraisalSome houses would go green with envy. The Royal Opera House has released its figures for the 2012/13 accounting year.  95% occupancy and 675,000 visitors over 415 performances!  Box Office receipts are slightly down from £39.2 million in 2012 to £37.2 million in 2013 (from 36% of income to 33%)…

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Classical Music Agenda: June 2014

– ionarts.blogspot.com

Summer is upon us, meaning that the concert calendar is going to get pretty light around here. Here are a few things you will want to hear in the month of June.

Happily, the schedules of both major local orchestras extend into the summer. Beethoven’s ninth symphony is not something I would normally recommend, but Marin Alsop has put together a nice slate of soloists for her latest

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Winners and whiners in the big, fat opera row

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Winners and whiners in the big, fat opera rowEver since Slippedisc.com set the ball rolling on Monday morning, drawing attention to the verbal assault on a young singer by five scratchy male critics, we were alert to the possibility that reputations might suffer in the ensuing storm.
Some did. By Friday, the issue of body size in opera was being aired on American breakfast television and across many forms of media in which opera never gets an airing except in terms of envy and ridicule…

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2014 ASCAP Concert Music Awards

– www.newmusicbox.org

Maria Schneider, Paola Prestini, James M. Kendrick, John Nuechterlein and the American Composers Forum, plus the 27 recipients of the 2014 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, were honored by the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) during its 15th Annual Concert Music Awards.

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You say you want a revolution (Figaro times two)

– likelyimpossibilities.blogspot.com

You say you want a revolution (Figaro times two)Like the ending of Don Giovanni, the finale of Le nozze di Figaro restores order and hierarchy. But, with the benefit of hindsight, we know that this peace between master and servants is a tenuous one, and only a few years later the underclass would not be so placated. Today, its title characters’ suggestions of insurrection may be less incendiary than they were at the opera’s premiere but they are instead indexical—well, sometimes, at least…

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Music Review: Emanuel Ax Concert Pairs Brahms With New WorksIn an Emanuel Ax piano recital at Carnegie Hall, intermezzos by the Australian composer Brett Dean got their New York premiere, paired with intermezzos by Brahms.

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Constantin Frantz: Offener Brief an Richard WagnerVolltext aus dem Bayreuther Blätter, Juni 1878. Constantin Frantz (12. Sep 1817 – 2. Mai 1891) gehört ursprünglich um den Junghegelianer wie Max Stirner, David Strauß, Ludwig Feuerbach, Arnold Ruge sowie Marx und Engels. Später aber tritt Frantz von Hegelianismus zurrück und ging zu einer reaktionäre schellingianische Seite über…

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BBC NOW/van Steen(Signum)From 2006 to 2009, Guto Pryderi Puw was resident composer with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and the five pieces on this disc were composed for them. Presented with great clarity by the orchestra under Jac van Steen, they show Puw revelling in the opportunity to write challengingly for such a proficient band, though at times that enthusiasm does get the better of him…

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Festival finder

– intermezzo.typepad.com

What a brilliant idea.
Click on the interactive version of the above map to find opera and classical music festivals all over Europe this summer.

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Ritz Chamber Players Spring Finale 7:30 PM Saturday, May 24, 2014, Morehouse College, Music of Beethoven, Milhaud, Ravel & Florence B. Price[Florence Beatrice Smith Price (1887-1953) is profiled at AfriClassical.com,which features a comprehensive Works List and a Bibliography by Dr. Dominique-René de Lerma, www.CasaMusicaledeLerma.com.]

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Regional Spotlight: Consortium Carissimi

– minnesota.publicradio.org

Consortium Carissimi performs a cantata marking the 350th anniversary of the death of composer Bonifazio Graziani. This performance was recorded at St. Mary's Chapel in St. Paul.

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Led Zeppelin's Black dog gets classical treatmentEsprit Orchestra to perform Out of Black Dust, Mark-Anthony Turnage’s take on Led Zeppelin’s Black Dog, at Toronto’s Koerner Hall

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Wide musical horizons

– www.ft.com

The French pianist has brought continental music to Aldeburgh, the most English of festivals. He talks to Laura Battle about not worshipping Benjamin Britten

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