Stéphane Denève is appointed chief conductor of the Brussels Philharmonic + MORE

 

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Tenuous Connections - Richard Wagner and Bill Cosby + MORE

Ring Festival LA is gone and forgotten, pretty much.  Has it really been five whole years since the Los Angeles Opera tried to market their production of Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle to ten million people by holding a county-wide arts festival?Only a few really cared much about the underfun.... More »
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Ever Wonder What It’s Like To Work In The Orchestra Field? + MORE

I had the genuine pleasure to be a guest on Doing What Works with Maureen Anderson, a weekly radio talk show that originates from WZFG AM 1100 and runs on Sundays from 10 to midnight Central on the Radio America network. Maureen covers a variety of topics on her program and the focus of our in.... More »
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Ensemble. Alert Realisations + MORE

Christmas music from The Sitwell Singers, heard by Mike Wheeler.... More »
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Many cats are the death of the mouse + MORE

On this day in 1828, the mysterious feral child Kaspar Hauser was discovered wandering the streets of Nuremberg. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FioGST4B4Jg Born on this day in 1893 composer and conductor Eugene Goossens http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGMKtN_Mk6o Happy 94th (98th?) birthday so.... More »
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Daily Download: Max Reger - Clarinet Quintet: II. Vivace + MORE

Get a free MP3 of Max Reger - Clarinet Quintet: II. Vivace, performed by Leipzig String Quartet..... More »
Cadogan HallBach – Violin Concerto in A minor, BWV 1041Schoenberg – Verklärte Nacht, op.4Mozart – Exsultate, jubilate, KV 165/158aMendelssohn – Symphony no.4 in A major, op.90, ‘Italian’Arianna Zukerman (soprano)Royal Philharmonic OrchestraPinchas Zukerman (violin, conductor) Pinchas Zukerman is joining the RPO for a ‘Summer Music Festival’ at Cadogan Hall, involving chamber as well as orchestral music, the former with musicians from the Royal College of Music…

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Toronto's Tafelmusik at home in Bach's hometownThe renowned Baroque orchestra this month became the first foreign ensemble-in-residence at Bachfest in Leipzig, Germany.

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Christof Loy’s handsome production of the German composer’s masterpiece dares to define the genre, but ends up with a muddle-headed approach

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With the San Francisco Symphony’s semi-staged production of Benjamin Britten’s opera ‘Peter Grimes,’ the celebration of the composer’s centennial reaches a zenith. As Peter Grimes, the abused and abusive fisherman, tenor Stuart Skelton gives a memorable performance, showing the dissolution of this tangled character…

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An Orchestra of Little Hands and Big DreamsYoung musicians from disadvantaged backgrounds will show off their skills on Saturday at the United Palace Theater in Washington Heights, Manhattan.

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Leoš Janáček : The Cunning Little Vixen, Garsington Opera“Janáček started The Cunning Little Vixen on the cusp of old age in 1922 and there is something deeply elegiac about it. In a letter to Kamila Stösslová dated the 10th of February that year he writes wistfully “I have begun writing The Cunning Little Vixen. A merry thing with a sad end: I am taking up a place at that sad end myself ……and I so belong there”…

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A little night music — under the stars, surrounded by trees and performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra — is made to order for summer nights. The second annual June Summer Concert Mini-Series takes place June 26, 27 and 28 at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle…

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Philharmonia, Salonen, Batiashvili, Latry, RFH 26 June 2014 Saariaho: Maan varjot (UK premiere)Sibelius: Violin ConcertoSibelius: Symphony No. 2Olivier Latry (organ)Lisa Batiashvili (violin)Philharmonia OrchestraEsa-Pekka Salonen, conductorRoyal Festival Hall, 16 June 2014Esa-Pekka Salonen hasn’t conducted much Sibelius in London. But given he’s (among many other things) a Finnish music specialist, audiences here could well have anticipated that he’d demonstrate a mastery of the music…

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All in all, Pew awarded 12 Fellows (including three musicians), 35 Project Grants (seven of which are music-related) and two Advancement Grants. Recipients include Michael Djupstrom, Mary Lattimore, the Liberian Women’s Chorus for Change, The Crossing, PRISM Quartet, and Opera Philadelphia.

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Breaking: Zubin Mehta quits Valencia

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Breaking: Zubin Mehta quits ValenciaHe told a press conference today that he can’t live with government cuts at the Palau de les Arts, where he has conducted since 2005.
Subsidy has fallen from 1.4 million Euros in 2011 to 400,000 this year. The number of musicians in the orchestra has dropped from 96 to 57.
 

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Stéphane Denève has landed two prestigious appointments: as chief conductor of the Brussels Philharmonic and as the inaugural director of the Centre for Future Orchestral Repertoire (Cffor), a research institution dedicated to discovering the music of the current century…

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Composer Casualties

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I’m kind of fascinated by the First World War, which I think of as a catastrophe unparalleled for its combination of massive scale and utter pointlessness. I particularly recommend Adam Hochschild’s book To End All Wars, one of the most fascinating history books I’ve ever read; and Stanley Kubrick’s Paths of Glory is a film I […]

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“Show Boat” is a great show. But does a classic 1927 Kern and Hammerstein musical belong ensconced alongside “La Traviata” and “Madama Butterfly”? San Francisco Opera thinks so.

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