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Haydn in plain sight + MORE

Although his operas don’t get much love, Haydn often wrote beautifully for the voice. “Trove Thursday” presents a sampling of the master’s vocal works: two celebrated scenas sung by Cecilia Bartoli and Magdalena Kozená, along with a pair of opera arias from bad-girl Simone Kermes.    .... More »

Haunting Somme image at far north festival + MORE

How did they do that? The East Neuk Festival specialises in images in the sand. This one accompanied Memorial Ground by the American composer David Lang, premiered yesterday at Cambo Potato Barn by Theatre of Voices, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and singers from Fife choirs, conducted by Paul Hilli.... More »

Memphis-based PRIZM Ensemble innovates with orchestra that mirrors city's diversity [Lecolion Washington, Founder, Has Recorded African-American Works] + MORE

PRIZM EnsembleLegacy: Works for Bassoon by African-American ComposersLecolion WashingtonNOVEMBER 28, 2016(MEMPHIS, TN) – What if an orchestra looked like its home city? That’s the (unfortunately) novel concept behind PRIZM Chamber Orchestra, an ensemble whose membership mirrors the demographic.... More »

Same Opera, Different Role: Karita Mattila Returns to the Met + MORE

Ms. Mattila, 56, used to perform the title part in Janacek’s “Jenufa.” Now she portrays that character’s stepmother. “I love both roles,” she said..... More »

Harlem Chamber Players Wind Serenades Concert on Sunday, June 21, 2015 at 4 PM is Postponed Due to Expected Inclement Weather on Sunday + MORE

On June 18, 2015 AfriClassical posted:Harlem Chamber Players Present Wind Serenades Sunday, June 21, 2015 at 4 PM, Sakura Park, Mozart Serenades No. 11 & 12Harlem Chamber Players Announces:Due to the inclement weather expected on Sunday, this outdoor concert will be postponed. We will send out a.... More »
Expect seismic shocks with the Iceland Symphony OrchestraIceland Symphony Orchestra make their Proms debut tonight, in a concert called Classical Tectonics The Iceland Symphony Orchestra makes its debut at the Proms on Friday night; a concert called Classical Tectonics in homage to the thrillingly adventurous, all-contemporary Tectonics festivals that their chief conductor Ilan Volkov puts on with them every year, and which he has also brought to Glasgow with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra…

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Prom 46: WEDO/Barenboim - Mozart, Adler, Rouston, and Ravel, 20 August 2014Royal Albert HallMozart – Le nozze di Figaro, KV 492: OvertureAyal Adler – Resonating Sounds (UK premiere)Kareem Rouston – Ramal (UK premiere)Ravel – Rapsodie espagnoleAlborada del graciosoPavane pour une infante défunteBoléroWest-Eastern Divan OrchestraDaniel Barenboim (conductor)Images: BBC/Chris Christodoulou  The times could hardly be more tense with respect to ‘external’ politics and the lands in which the young musicians of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra live…

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British tenor sweeps four early music prizes

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British tenor sweeps four early music prizesRupert Charlesworth, 27, has cleaned up at the Innsbruck early music competiion. He took the main prize, the audience award and two other special awards. An Italian soprano, Giulia Semenzato, came second.


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From its start nearly 25 years ago, 'The Simpsons' was different. Not only was it animated, it had a wealth of voice actors and writing talent. It was highly intelligent, absurdly funny and more than occasionally touching. Not surprisingly, classical music has come up often on the show. Here's a guide to that music, ahead of an upcoming 'Simpsons' TV marathon.

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The New York International Fringe Festival this summer includes a new opera by Matthew Zachary Johnson: The Boston Tea Party Opera. This show marks a new direction in his work. Johnson is the composer of a body of often-performed classical saxophone works.
Read more: Karen Gayle, Governor’S Honor Band, MZJ Ensemble, Opera, Musical Theater, The Boston Tea Party Opera, Weill Recital Hall, Fringe Festival, Matthew Zachary Johnson, Musician, Mannes College the New School for Music, Fringenyc, Steinway Hall, Classical Music, Politics, History, Saxophone, Dance, Austin Peay State Universit, Carnegie Hall, Glimmerglass, Ascaplus, Arts News

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Sergio A. Mims streams 'Hallowed Ground' CD of Maya Angelou Narrating 'Lincoln Portrait' Mon. Aug. 25, 12-3 PM Central Time on www.whpk.orgHallowed GroundCincinnati Symphony OrchestraLouis Langrée, Music Director Dr. Maya Angelou, Narrator, Lincoln PortraitDr. Maya Angelou (1928-2014)On August 19, 2014 AfriClassical posted:Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Releases ‘Hallowed Ground’ on Sept. 9: Louis Langrée’s Inaugral Release as CSO Music Director Features Late Dr…

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Cooke: Violin, Viola and Cello Sonatas review  purposeful chamber musicStanzleit/Goff/Wallfisch/Terroni (Naxos)Arnold Cooke was part of the same generation of British composers as Michael Tippett and Constant Lambert. Born in 1906, he studied with Hindemith in interwar Berlin, and his music retained his teacher’s neoclassical sense of purposeful craftsmanship right up to his death in 2005…

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Want to take part in some Wagner research?Text and request below is from the research team – not “The Wagnerian”Listening for Leitmotives in Wagner It’s hard to hear anything mentioned about the music of Richard Wagner without also hearing someone mention the word ‘leitmotif’. Leitmotifs, if you are unfamiliar with the term, are small, dynamic musical ideas that are associated with a person, place, idea, or feeling…

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Nothing has resonated through the unfolding First World War commemorations than the poetry of Wilfred Owen; and in terms of its grim immediacy and enduring heartbreak nothing ever could. Benjamin Britten knew that when he set down his War Requiem for posterity, counterpointing religious posturing with Owen’s indisputable truths…

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Bernd Weikl: Why Richard Wagner needs to be banned in GermanyBernd Weikl, yes the baritone well known for his Wagner roles, argues that Wagner’s work not only should but must be banned in Germany. Why? Well, it seems that after a very, financially, successful career performing Wagner, he has just discovered that Wagner was anti-Semitic [must have come as a surprise that, after all these years – Ed]…

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Opera Review: Mei Lanfang Jingju Troupe Begins a Rare TourThe Mei Lanfang Jingju troupe celebrates the 120th anniversary of the birth of the genre’s master, Mei Lanfang, at the David H. Koch Theater.

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Final nails in Met deal. Now let’s see the small print.press release:
New York, NY (August 21, 2014) – The Metropolitan Opera and IATSE jointly announce tonight that new labor agreements have been secured with the remaining unions whose contracts had expired. Groups with new agreements include six unions represented by IATSE: Local 751 (box office treasurers), Local 764 (costume and wardrobe), Local 794 (camera operators), Local 798 (wigs, hair, and make-up), Local USA 829 (scenic artists and designers), and Local 829EE (bill poster)…

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Olivier Messiaen’s ‘Turangalîla-Symphonie’, heard by Keith Bramich. ‘… a vibrant, sparkling performance …’

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