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Islip Arts Council, Islip, NY: 'Please join us in Honoring Rey Burns and other honorees for Black History Month in the Town Board Room at 7pm' Feb. 11, 2014 + MORE

Rey Burns with the Tuskegee Airmen and District Councilman after the bill signing to change the name of a street in Brooklyn to Tuskegee Airmen WayIslipArts.org writes:Greetings! We are proud to announce that one of the Honorees for Black History Month is Rey Burns -- Musician, Composer, Ba.... More »
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Austin American-Statesman: La Follia Austin Baroque performs violin concerto by Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges, Afro-French Composer (1745-1799) March 5 & 6 + MORE

Arion 68093Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges (1745-1799) was an Afro-French Composer, Violinist & Conductor who was France's Best Fencer and Colonel of a Black Legion during the French Revolution.  He is featured at AfriClassical.com Austin American-StatesmanAustin, T.... More »
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In America 2014, does Jackie Evancho = opera? + MORE

A touching and thoughtful post by opera student Chelsea Feltman poses three questions which should never be asked of a young artist (and obviously are, all the time). The questions: -”Wow! So are you going to be on American Idol?” -”The Phantom of the Opera is my favorite!” -”Have you .... More »
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The Aronowitz Triumph on Elgar’s Home Territory + MORE

 Three Choirs Festival (8) – Korngold, Elgar:  The Aronowitz Ensemble [Nadia Wijzenbeek (violin), Tom Hankey (violin), Rosalind Ventris (viola), Marie Macleod (cello), Tom Poster (piano)], Pershore Abbey, Pershore, 30.7.2014 (RJ) Erich Korngold: Piano Quintet in E, Op 15 Edward Elgar: Piano .... More »
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London: Court, Theatre and Cathedral + MORE

London: Court, Theatre and Cathedral, music by Handel and Purcell; Hebbert, Alexander, Morgan, Ponsford, Pritchard, Humphreys, Grint, The BREMF Singers, The BREMF Players, John Hacorn; the Brighton Early Music Festival at St George's Church, Brighton Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Nov 09 2014 Star.... More »
Boulez is honoured as Cleveland’s longest serving maestroAlthough he’s too frail to attend or to conduct, Pierre Boulez will be honoured this Thursday for conducting the Cleveland Orchestra for over half a century. Details here.

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Polish pianist Rafal Blechacz's second recording for Deutsche Grammophon is a collection of Polonaises by Chopin.

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Just A Taste

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Just A Taste

The Orchestra 990 Database Project is in the final stages of preparation; the Kickstarter account is set up, Amazon Payments is (finally) confirmed, and a crack team of review ninjas are previewing the project and leaving feedback for final tweaks.
And since Kickstarter recommends projects with quality videos stand the best chance for success, we decided to go nuts with Adobe After Effects…

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Audio Book & Text: A Wagner Matinée. Willa Cather“The first number was the Tannhäuser overture. When the violins drew out the first strain of the Pilgrim’s chorus, my Aunt Georgiana clutched my coat-sleeve. Then it was that I first realized that for her this singing of basses and stinging frenzy of lighter strings broke a silence of thirty years, the inconceivable silence of the plains…

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Saul Friedländer on Richard Wagner

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Saul Friedländer on Richard WagnerSorry for the long silence but I have been a touch distracted by life. One substantial blog entry a month is the best I can do, but I seem to have skipped a month. It gives me time to think about what I have written to ensure what you read is of high quality. As usual I’ve been spending weeks thinking things over, although sometimes it takes me longer than that…

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The concluding concert of this year’s Focus! festival featured the American premiere of a Schnittke symphony, as well as works by Sofia Gubaidulina and Arvo Pärt.    

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Lovers schooled

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Lovers schooledOn Thursday night, the Washington, D.C.-based group Opera Lafayette graced the Rose Theater with a double bill of French opera… sort of. The first half consisted of Così fan tutte in French, the second François-André Philidor’s opéra-comîque Les femmes vengées, which slightly predates Mozart…

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Lang Lang’s aim in Tuesday’s program was clear: to play three Mozart sonatas in such a way that they plausibly anticipated Chopin’s four Ballades.    

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Wagner Die Feen Wiener Staatsoper

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Wagner Die Feen Wiener StaatsoperWagner Die Feen at the Vienna Sate Opera ? One could dream. Last year Wagner’s early opera received several performances, including one in London with the Chelsea Opera Group (read my review here) but none could be quite so original as the special Oper für Kinder production that was done in Vienna, not in the main house but in  tiny auditorium …

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Gidon Kremer Continues the Weinberg Renaissance

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 Shostakovich/M. Zinman/A. Pushkarov, Britten, Weinberg: Gidon Kremer (violin), Kremerata Baltica, Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco. 2.2.2014 (HS) Shostakovich, M. Zinman, A. Pushkarov: Violin Sonata, Op. 134 Britten: Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge Weinberg: Symphony No. 10 Weinberg: Concertino for Violin and Strings When he turned 60, in 1997, Latvian-born violinist Gidon Kremer founded […]

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Rarely Played Tchaikovsky Caps a Puzzling Evening

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 Tcherepnin, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky: Gautier Capuçon (cello), New York Philharmonic, Andrey Boreyko (conductor), Avery Fisher Hall, New York City. 25.1.2014 (DS) N. Tcherepnin: The Enchanted Kingdom, Op. 39 Shostakovich: Concerto No. 1 for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 107 Tchaikovsky: Suite No. 3 in G major, Op…

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One of the stranger aspects of the last twenty years of operatic history is that one of the most provocative of all productions was not of an opera at all. In hisTheodora for Glyndebourne in 1996, Peter Sellars set Handel’s quiet reflection on virtue, martyrdom, and execution in the modern United States…

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Violinist.com interview with Ilya Gringolts: the Menuhin CompetitionBy Laurie Niles: The Menuhin Competition gets underway in less than a month in Austin, Texas, and as the clock ticks down, we have a few previews for you here at Violinist.com. Also, I’ll be traveling to Texas later this month to write about the competition, which begins on February 21 and culminates with a final Gala Concert (with the Cleveland Orchestra, no less!) on March 2…

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