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Composer Corner: Adams + MORE

February’s composer of the month is John Adams.   Born: Feb. 15, 1947   Five facts: • Adams is widely considered to be the most performed living American composer. • Now and then, you can find Adams — a baseball fan — attending an Oakland A’s baseball game. • His.... More »
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Odes to Music + MORE

Gil Reavill [April 2017.] “Bright Circle.” Franz SCHUBERT: Piano Sonata No. 20, D. 959 (1828). Johannes BRAHMS: Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24 (1861). David DEL TREDICI: Ode to Music (2015). Beth Levin (pno). Navona Records NV6074 (1 CD) (http://www.navonarecords.com/). Crea.... More »

Play your hunch + MORE

Bel Canto at Caramoor is something that I’ve always wanted to attend but never have because … well because frankly I’m just too lazy during the summers, and I’m also a big baby about outdoor performances. What if it’s torrential downpour? What if it’s 100 degrees? What if it’s a five h.... More »

Breaking: Korean soprano pips Belgian favourite to Queen Elisabeth prize + MORE

The results are in. First is Sumi Hwang. Second Jodie Devos. Third. Sarah Laulan.   .... More »

Zombies Are Composers, Too

– www.artsjournal.com/postclassic

The other night before his wonderful concert, pianist Emenuele Arciuli, who is a great advocate for American piano music and has published a book, Musica per Pianoforte negli Stati Uniti, told me and composer Martin Bresnick that in Europe he often has to defend American music, which is attacked by composers there as being superficial, […]

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Topical thoughts on listening to Britten's Noye's FluddeThe Golden Vanity ends with the ensemble singing ‘I’m sinking in the Lowland Sea!’, a description that today applies to parts of south-west England. Britten was, of course, influenced by Eastern cultures and that coupling of The Golden Vanity with Noye’s Fludde – which sets The Chester Miracle Play – takes us on an overgrown path to the mysticism of author and traveller Paul Brunton (1898-1981)…

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Actor Ken Jones, who was best known for his role as “Horrible” Ives in Porridge, dies aged 83 from bowel cancer.

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Hoop dreams

– parterre.com

Hoop dreamsThis Clemenza di Tito today is something of a wild card: an offbeat cast, the relative newbie opera director Jan Bosse and the exciting conductor Kirill Petrenko. If you’re intrigued, here’s the webcast starting at 1:00 pm.

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In 2013, he received a MacArthur Fellowship (a so-called “genius” grant) for his scholarly work, and in January he took on a new gig as professor at Harvard University.

On Saturday he’ll bring a brand new composition to Hobby Center – a 25-minute piece he’s written for himself and the Brentano String Quartet…

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Interview: Lorelei Ensemble

– minnesota.publicradio.org

The Lorelei Ensemble from Boston is in residence this weekend at Macalester College in St Paul, Minn. Members of the group spoke with Steve Staruch.

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Don Giovanni, Royal Opera, 14 February 2014

– www.boulezian.blogspot.com

 Royal Opera House, Covent GardenLeporello – Alex EspositoDonna Anna – Malin Byström Don Giovanni – Mariusz Kwiecień Commendatore – Alexander Tsyambalyuk Don Ottavio – Antonio Poli Donna Elvira – Véronique Gens Zerlina – Elizabeth Watts Masetto – Dawid Kimberg Kasper Holten (director)Es Devlin (set designs) Luke Halls (video) Anja Vang Kragh (costumes) Bruon Poet (lighting) Sine Fabricis (choreography) Royal Opera Chorus (chorus master: Renato Balsadonna)Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Nicola Luisotti (conductor)  When, a fortnight ago, this production of Don Giovanni opened at the Royal Opera House, it seemed to have created uproar…

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While the findings of the National Center For Arts Research are encouraging for the state of the arts economy and their methodology is strong, the NCAR’s final analysis has no way to access an individual person who can exist in any or all of the categories they are attempting to study. I’m an administrator, but I’m also a composer, and an audience member, and a donor…

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This is the 15th year that Grace Episcopal Church will present Handel Week in Oak Park.

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Live tonight from Munich

– intermezzo.typepad.com

The Bavarian State Opera's free streaming series continues this evening with a new production of La Clemenza di Tito.
Watch at 19:00 CET (6pm UK) on Staatsoper.TV.
Conductor Kirill PetrenkoDirector Jan BosseTito Vespasiano Toby SpenceVitellia Kristine OpolaisSesto Tara ErraughtServilia Hanna-Elisabeth MüllerAnnio Angela BrowerPublio Tareq Nazmi

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Wigmore Hall 2014-15 season

– www.planethugill.com

Wigmore Hall 2014-15 seasonThe Wigmore Hall’s 2014/15 season has been announced and there are some very tempting offerings. With the announcement of the hall reaching the first stage of its endowment appeal, it is clear that some impressive investment has gone into the programme Joyce DiDonato and Antonio Pappano launch the season and other highlights include a series devoted to the music of Purcell and to Robert Fayrfax as well as Mozart’s chamber music…

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Raising her voice

– www.theaustralian.com.au

NICOLE Car, set to star in Eugene Onegin direct from the Royal Opera, is a soprano on the rise.

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Thea Musgrave's turbulent landscapes

– www.guardian.co.uk

Thea Musgrave's turbulent landscapesThe BBC Symphony Orchestra celebrates the mystery and mastery of the Scottish-born composer at London’s Barbican this weekend. Tom Service pays tributeWho is Britain’s most prolific and arguably most communicative opera composer? There are emerging candidates in Thomas Adès and George Benjamin, but there is another musician who has written a dozen major operatic and dramatic works, and whose output in general – from solo pieces with electronics to vividly poetic but immediately compelling orchestral music – is among the most diverse and direct out there…

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