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New Contract Signed by San Francisco Symphony and Musicians + MORE

Davies Symphony Hall, no picket lines this year!Good news and congratulations all around: the Board and Musicians agreed to a new contract this week. The old contract, signed about two years after after the inexplicable three-week strike, would have expired in a week. It took about three months to r.... More »
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Daily Download: Antonio Vivaldi - The 4 Seasons: Spring: I. Allegro + MORE

Get a free MP3 of Antonio Vivaldi - The 4 Seasons: Spring: I. Allegro, performed by Capella Istropolitana; Takako Nishizaki, violin..... More »
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Christian Gerhaher Mahler Wigmore Hall + MORE

Star singer and star composer, a combination guaranteed to bring in the fans. Christian Gerhaher sang Mahler at the Wigmore Hall with Gerold Huber. Gerhaher shot to fame when he sang Wolfram  at the Royal Opera House Tannhäuser in 2010 (read my review here),  His "O du, mein holder Abends.... More »
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Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg review –  Gerard Finley brings subtlety and warmth to Glyndebourne’s Sachs + MORE

Glyndebourne Opera House, LewesOn its first revival, David McVicar’s handsome production feels less convincing and offers few real insights into Wagner’s comedy. Gerard Finley’s Sachs remains a standoutWhen it was new, in 2011, David McVicar’s Glyndebourne production of Wagner’s supreme co.... More »
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Gidon Kremer at McCarter + MORE

Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica McCarter Theatre Center Friday, February 3, 2017 By Christian Carey   PRINCETON – I’ve wanted to hear violinist Gidon Kremer perform Estonian composer Arvo Pärt’s iconic work Fratres live since I was a teenager. Back then, Kremer’s rendition of t.... More »

The Aronowitz Triumph on Elgar’s Home Territory

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 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 Quintet in A minor, Op 84   Although choral performances tend to predominate at […]

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Police called in as masterclass turns sour

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Police called in as masterclass turns sourA few days ago, we reported an international Mahler scam in which young musicians from various countries were enticed to pay a lot of money for very little tuition or experience. Well, we didn’t know the half of it.
The case has now been covered by an Austrian news site which reports that: ‘at a concert on 26 July, flyers denouncing the organisers were handed out to the audience by disgruntled students, some of whom also attempted to convince the orchestra not to play…

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With just an hour to spare before general manager Peter Gelb's vow of a 12:01 a.m. Friday deadline that would trigger a lockout, New York's Metropolitan Opera announced it had agreed to a federal mediator's request to extend the talks by 72 hours.

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The Irish-born opera composer talks about scores, apps and boxing

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Opera Review: Santa Fe Opera Stages ‘Carmen’Set in Mexico around 1960, Stephen Lawless’s production of Bizet’s “Carmen” is cinematic in its presentation by the Santa Fe Opera.

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A Bach sermon on the mount

– davidnice.blogspot.com

A Bach sermon on the mountAny priest would be glad of the Utopian congregation – young and old, citizens of many nations and thence of the world – who attended Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s Bach lecture in the courtyard of Montepulciano’s Palazzo Ricci, home to the altruistic-sounding, Cologne-born European Academy of Music and Arts…

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Meet The Cast Of The Met Opera's Labor Drama

– minnesota.publicradio.org

There's a complicated drama playing out offstage at New York's Metropolitan Opera. At its most basic, it's the story of management and labor unions fighting over a supposedly dwindling pot of money. The deadline to solve the squabble before a lockout, midnight Thursday, was met with little resolution but a 72-hour extension…

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First Extended Talks at Met End Without a Labor DealSingers and musicians held a rally on Friday morning, as other Metropolitan Opera workers rehearsed and union leaders prepared for federal mediation.

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Here in Washington, there is relatively little to hear in the sleepy month of August, and one’s ears start to think ahead to the fall. This city offers a lot of high-quality music, more than most people can afford to hear. What are the performances that you should mark on your calendar now, the ones you do not want to miss? Here are my picks for the Top 25 events in classical music in the season

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The English National Opera will keep taking risks despite a funding cut, according to incoming music director Mark Wigglesworth

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A Streetcar Named Desire, Young Vic

– www.edwardseckerson.biz

The first thing one needs to grasp about A Streetcar Named Desire – and director Benedict Andrews has seized hungrily upon it in his unnerving staging at the Young Vic – is Tennessee Williams’ sense of the mythic over the mundane; the heightened reality – or transcendence – that makes poetry of street talk and opera of confrontation…

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In the Wake of Cancellations, Replacements Carry the Day

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 Aspen Music Festival (10): American Brass Quintet, American String Quartet, Anton Nel (piano), Aspen Philharmonic, Augustin Hadelich (violin), Hannu Lintu (conductor), Soloists from Aspen Opera Theater Center. Benedict Music Tent, Harris Concert Hall, Aspen, Colorado. 28-30.7.2014 (HS) American Brass Quintet, 28 July Eric Reed, French horn Kevin Cobb, trumpet Louis Hanzlik, trumpet Michael Powell, trombone […]

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Merola’s Don Giovanni

– operatattler.typepad.com

  * Notes * Merola Opera Program’s latest production of Don Giovanni (pictured left, photograph by Kristen Loken) opened with the first of two performances on Thursday night. Director James Darrah’s production goes against the text and the drama, with most of the action taking place in an artist’s studio, designed by Emily MacDonald and Cameron Mock…

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