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Pocket Concerts: Live from your living room + MORE

A Toronto chamber music series has found success by pairing pro musicians with local homeowners. The next show is Saturday..... More »

5 Female Composers Among 9 Winners of 2017 BMI Student Composer Awards + MORE

For the first time in the BMI Student Composer Awards' 65 year history, a majority of the winners (5 of the 9) are female composers. In addition, Lara Poe, is the first woman ever to win the William Schuman Prize (awarded since 1992 for most outstanding score) and Sydney Wang, winner of the Carlos S.... More »

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New music, chorus anniversary, Brahms and more - Scottish Chamber Orchestra new season + MORE

Lotta WennäkoskiThe Scottish Chamber Orchestra's 2015/16 season will be continuing the group's policy of performing new work, and both new commissions this season have a Nordic theme. Finnish composer Lotta Wennäkoski is writing new work to be performed as part of an all-Nordic programme conducted.... More »

A Wondrous Walkure at the COC + MORE

Production is Wagner with a heart, not just with noise and faux political theorizing.... More »
Women on the edge - Rosalind Plowright in recital Handel, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Falla, Weill, Britten, Stanford; Rosalind Plowright, Philip Mountford; Buxton Festival at the Pavilion Arts Centre Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Jul 19 2014 Star rating: 4.0The distinguished mezzo-soprano’s recital based on her recent solo disc.A subtitle for Rosalind Plowright’s recital at Buxton Festival on 19 July might have been ‘Women on the Edge’ or even borrowing Almodovar’s ‘Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown’…

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An opening night of cool control amid oppressive heat, a second of crowd-pleasing from the China Philharmonic Orchestra

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An effective updating of Bellini’s opera boasts an admirable lead performance, says Rupert Christiansen

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Yale student wins Leipzig Bach prize

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Yale student wins Leipzig Bach prizeA School of Music that has lagged in recent years behind the best now has a feather to put in its cap.
Hilda Huang, 18, an American scholarship student at Yale, took first prize at the prestigious Leipzig contest.
Second was Schaghajegh Nosrati, 25 (Germany/Iran). Third was a Latvian, Georg Kjurdian, 20…

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FCM on Monday

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FCM on Monday
On Monday, July 21st at 8 PM, the last concert of Tanglewood’s 2014 Festival of Contemporary Music is a well-stocked program of orchestral works. The centerpiece is Roger Sessions’s Concerto for Orchestra, a work commissioned by the BSO thirty years ago. Steven Mackey’s violin concerto Beautiful Passing will feature as soloist Sarah Silver, one of Tanglewood’s New Fromm Players…

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31 Days is a bite-sized month-long trial of Classical Music from across the spectrum of this wonderful, expansive music we love at Classical MPR. Today it's love at first listen with Guillaume de Machaut.

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Sergio A. Mims: 12-3 PM (CT) Wed. July 23, www.whpk.org will livestream a taped interview with pianist & composer Girma Yifrashewa on CD 'Love & Peace'Love & Peace is available in LP, CD or Digital Format:http://www.unseenworlds.net/UW13/Girma Yifrashewa has a website at: http://www.GirmaYifrashewa.com  and  is featured at AfriClassical.com(Photo Credit: Douglas/New York Times)Sergio A. Mims:I’m sure your readers will love to know that this Wednesday, July 23rd on my WHPK-FM Chicago radio show I will be broadcasting a taped interview with pianist and composer Girma Yifrashewa about his new album Love & PeaceThe show is broadcast as always on Wed…

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Prom 2: China Philharmonic Orchestra/Yu review  a bit too coolRoyal Albert Hall, LondonTwo contrasting concertos finally got the fastidious China Philharmonic playing with some passionThe China Philharmonic, with its artistic director Long Yu, is the first of a series of orchestras, mostly from the far or Middle East and Australia, to make their debuts at this year’s Proms, though neither they nor Yu are by any means strangers to the UK…

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BBC First Night of the Proms 2014 Elgar The Kingdom

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BBC First Night of the Proms 2014 Elgar The Kingdom  Sir Edward Elgar’s The Kingdom, First Night of the BBC Proms 2014. A magnificent start to the season, particularly one which commemorates 1914, the start of the First World War. From that perspective Sir Andrew Davis’s The Kingdom moved me deeply.Elgar dreamed of writing a trilogy of oratorios examining the nature of Christianity as Jesus taught his followers, using the grand context of the Edwardian taste…

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A Musician of the North (Arnold Bax) by Watson Lyle

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The music critic and author Watson Lyle provided this short pen portrait of Arnold Bax. It was the result of an ‘interview’ with the composer at this North London house. The two men had been acquaintances for a number of years. The piece was published in The Bookman, February 1932. I have made a few minor editorial changes and provided a number of explanatory notes…

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Opera Review: Will Crutchfield Conducts ‘Rigoletto’ at CaramoorCaramoor’s “Rigoletto” features some unusual tempos and Stephen Powell in the title role.

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The Ravinia Festival music director opens this summer’s stay with chamber music by Hanns Eisler, Paul Hindemith and Erich Wolfgang Korngold.

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From a Classical Pianist, an App Lets You Graft Your Voice Onto Actual Hit SongsHook’d, an app for iPhone and iPod from the pianist-software entrepreneur Robert Taub, features everything from the original recording except the voice track.

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