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A Hypnotic and Hyperbolic Akhnaten + MORE

Glass, Akhnaten: Soloists, Chorus, and Orchestra of LA Opera/Matthew Aucoin (conductor), Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles, 5.11.2016. (JRo) Cast: Akhnaten – Anthony Roth Costanzo Nefertiti – J’Nai Bridges Queen Tye – Stacey Tappan Horemhab – Kihun Yoon The Scribe – Zachary James Hi.... More »
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Grim Grinning Ghosts Come Out to Vocalize [Pacific Opera Project: The Turn of the Screw] + MORE Jan 13th

Disclosure: Jennifer Wallace (Mrs. Grose) is the blogger's sister.  .... More »
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John Williams to debut new version of 'Star-Spangled Banner' on July Fourth + MORE

American composer-conductor John Williams is debuting a new arrangement of 'The Star-Spangled Banner,' featuring choirs, trumpets, an orchestra and cannons on the National Mall for the nation's birthday.... More »
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Reserve Now: Emanuel Ax Festival Residency to Benefit Community MusicWorks, Thursday & Friday, March 23 & 24, 2017 in Providence, Rhode Island + MORE

Emanuel AxReserve Now:Emanuel Ax Festival Residency to Benefit Community MusicWorksStaff and students are preparing to welcome the world-renowned pianist Emanuel Ax for a two-day residency that features open rehearsals, a master class, a discussion on citizen artistry and a special dinner and co.... More »
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Yehudi Menuhin’s director of music has died + MORE

Robert Masters, who created the Bath Festival Orchestra and Menuhin Festival Orchestra from the best string players in Britain, has died in Sydney at the age of 97. Robert and his Australian wife Noel also assisted Yehudi in founding the Menuhin School. Robert was the school’s director of musi.... More »
ArtsBeat: Philip Smith, Philharmonic’s Principal Trumpet, to RetireMr. Smith will retire from the New York Philharmonic at the end of this season after 36 years with the orchestra.    

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Bursting the bubble

– intermezzo.typepad.com

If you've seen Keith Warner's Wozzeck, you've seen one of the most spectacular special effects ever staged in the Royal Opera House. Whose jaw has not dropped at the sight of Simon Keenlyside immersed motionless in a tank full of water for several minutes? In front of 2,000+ people, after 90 hectic minutes on stage?
Many of you will have worked out the sneaky secret behind the stunt, but judging by my emails it seems not everyone…

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The Week in Reviews, Op. 7: Itzhak Perlman, Anne Akiko Meyers, Lara St. John, and more in concertBy Robert Niles: Each week, Violinist.com brings you links to reviews of professional violin performances from around the world.

Itzhak Perlman performed Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” and conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Berlioz “Symphony Fantastique”Violinist.com: “(Perlman’s) humor as a performer, his ease of manner, and the vibrancy in his sound all make his presence so immediate…”Los Angeles Times: “In the two ‘Seasons,’ Perlman the violinist had a somewhat rocky beginning but soon regained his form – mostly straight-forward, subdued playing with the occasional burst of opulent tone and emotional generosity…

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The composer demonstrated his gifts as a pianist in an evening that suffered from uneven programming and the new venue’s flawed acoustic

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Soprano Jacquelyn Wagner returns to Minnesota Opera this week for her debut as Arabella, the beautiful woman torn between her desire to marry for love and her family's need for her to marry for money. She and Minnesota Opera President Kevin Ramach came to Classical MPR to talk about the production and to sing an aria from it.

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Sophie Bevan, Hampstead Parish Church - music reviewWinner of multiple awards, the young soprano Sophie Bevan has been entrancing operatic audiences for some time as the Woodbird, Susanna and her namesake Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier. Last night she proved as appealing a presence on the concert platform with a solo recital that covered several centuries and a bewildering variety of styles, from Purcell to Grieg and from Vaughan Williams to Fats Waller.

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Welcome to what was a busy October on Planet Hugill.

Hamburg and Cardiff

October saw my visit to Hamburg continuing with a concert from theHamburg Philharmonic, a visit to the spectacular new concert hall, the Elbphilharmonie and further visits to the Reeperbahn Festival. Whilst TheCultureTrip…

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TT: Snapshot

– www.artsjournal.com/aboutlastnight

A production of Gian Carlo Menotti’s opera The Medium, originally telecast on Studio One in 1948 and featuring Marie Powers…

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Copland in Bayreuth

– www.therestisnoise.com

A fascinating tidbit in Eva Rieger's biography of Friedelind Wagner (just out from Boydell & Brewer, in a translation by Chris Walton): when Michael Tilson Thomas worked as a musical assistant in Bayreuth in 1966 and 1967, Friedelind, the Meister's renegade grand-daughter, took an interest in him, and invited him to give a piano recital at Wahnfried…

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Ensemble. A Grand Sea Symphony?

– www.mvdaily.com

Giuseppe Pennisi was at a concert performance in Rome of Britten’s ‘Peter Grimes’

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Less is more

– blog.lso.co.uk

Less is moreOn Sunday, 27 October, the LSO String Ensemble performed Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for String Orchestra, Bartók’s Divertimento for String Orchestra and Dvořák’s Serenade for String Orchestra in the Barbican Hall. The LSO’s string sound is world renowned, and on this stormy October evening they did not disappoint…

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New Classical Tracks: Opera, in brief

– minnesota.publicradio.org

A new violin-piano disc serves up operatic highlights, including famous melodies by Donizetti, Tchaikovsky and Gershwin.

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Together with Houston Symphony clarinetist Sasha Potiomkin, she’ll talk about ethnic influences on classical music in an evening titled Composers and Klezmers:

With pianist Marilyn Lerner, she’ll play music she’s written for the silent 1918 film “The Yellow Ticket,” in a screening at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston…

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