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Classical Music This Week: Joan of Arc, Birtwistle and a Different ‘Barber’ + MORE

This week’s look ahead at the world of classical music..... More »

Ariel Winters sports a sexy Playboy bunny costume for Halloween + MORE

The 18-year-old actress definitely wasn't shy showing off her racy ensemble on Instagram......... More »

Ghosts at Versailles and in the Supreme Court + MORE

Corigliano, The Ghosts of Versailles, T. Stratas, H. Hagegård, R. Fleming, M. Horne, Metropolitan Opera (1992) Charles T. Downey, Ghosts, Ginsburg Given Justice As Summer Delights Classical Voice North America, July 22 WASHINGTON, D.C. – For opera to thrive, companies must be willing to commissio.... More »

'Evangeline!' -- Making History (Again) with The Longfellow Chorus & Orchestra in "Music from The Gilded Age" with Herb Smith, Trumpet & Tia Allen, Viola + MORE

[Kaitlyn Costello, as Gabriel, and Cree Carrico, as Evangeline, are encircled by Woodside One Wheelers during "100 Years Ago March" -- the grand finale of scenes from Edward Rice's comic opera "Evangeline!" in our "Music from The Gilded Age: Boston Theatre Orchestra Collection" production last .... More »

Classical music house-party organizer Groupmuse plans expansion + MORE

Groupmuse, a service that facilitates the organization of classical music house shows, has launched a Kickstarter to expand its network -- warning that "Groupmuse will die" if the goal isn't reached..... More »

A Babel of hope and possibility

– davidnice.blogspot.com

A Babel of hope and possibilityThe phrase is not mine but my bright young colleague Alexandra Coghlan’s on The Arts Desk, penned about Berio’s Sinfonia, which preceded a shattering but nuanced interpretation of Shostakovich’s Fourth Symphony at Tuesday night’s Prom. I choose to apply it to the superlative team which gave one of the best Proms I’ve ever heard, our already-beloved European Union Youth Orchestra, and further, to the even younger members of nine British youth orchestras they mentored in an inspiring workshop featuring 180 young musicians on the platform of the Royal Albert Hall the morning after the EUYO triumph…

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A Bright Touch of Ruddigore Gothic Horror

– www.seenandheard-international.com

Gilbert & Sullivan, The House of Murgatroyd or Ruddigore Revisited: The New York Light Opera Ensemble,Harrogate G&S Festival, The Crown Hotel, Harrogate, 11.8.2014 (RJW) Cast: Rose Maybud / Rascal … Jessica Wagner Mad Margaret, / Rascal … Cáitlin Burke Dame Hannah / Rascal … Bridget Harvey Robin Oakapple / Rascal … David Macaluso Richard Dauntless […]

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Crack Team Perform Owen Wingrave

– www.seenandheard-international.com

            Edinburgh International Festival 2014 (11) – Britten, Owen Wingrave: Soloists, Choristers of Chelmsford Cathedral, Britten-Pears Orchestra / Mark Wigglesworth (conductor), King’s Theatre, Edinburgh, 15.8.2014 (SRT) Cast: Owen Wingrave – Ross Ramgobin Spencer Coyle – Jonathan Summers Lechmere – Isaiah Bell Miss Wingrave – Susan Bullock Mrs Coyle – Samantha […]

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Benjamin Hulett (tenor), Alison Hill (soprano), Bach Choir, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/Hill(Naxos)Herbert Howells (1892-1983) occupies a special place in English choral music as the composer of fresh, 20th-century approaches to the Anglican rite and as the creator of larger-scale works, the last of which, his Stabat Mater, he completed for the Bach Choir in 1965…

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Robin Williams ‘saved a violinist’s career’

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Robin Williams ‘saved a violinist’s career’Aaron Dworkin, founder of Detroit’s Sphinx organisation which engages minorities in classical music, was once a struggling music student, unable to pay his college debts. He sent an appeal to the actor, who responded with a $10,000 cheque. Later, Williams gave money to Sphinx and sent a blanket for Aaron’s baby…

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Prom 36: Vaughan Williams and Alwyn

– www.planethugill.com

Prom 36: Vaughan Williams and AlwynSakari Oramo conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra© BBC/Sim Canetty-Clarke Vaughan Williams and William Alwyn; Janine Jansen, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sakari Oramo; BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Aug 13 2014 Star rating: 4.5RVW’s symphonic ballet paired with a rare outing for William Alwyn’s first symphonyThe BBC Symphony Orchestra’s chief conductor, Sakari Oramo has a track record of interest in English 20th century music so it came as no surprise that in this Proms season with the orchestra he would conduct an all English programme…

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Presteigne Festival

– www.planethugill.com

Presteigne FestivalThe Presteigne Festival combines musical adventure with a delights of a little town, Presteigne (Llandras in Welsh), in the Welsh Marches in Powys in historic Radnorshire. They have a lively and adventurous commissioning policy, so that it is a lovely place to hear contemporary music. This year’s festival runs from 21-26 August, and has Stephen McNeff as the composer-in-residence, a seventy-fifth birthday tribute to John McCabe and something of a Polish theme to the rest of the festival…

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At some point during the Ring performances conducted by Kirill Petrenko this week, I’ve started to wonder if my recollection of the orchestral sound in the Festspielhaus when I first saw the Ring with Christian Thielemann there in 2010 was some sort of “affective memory”, a collage of the actual experience of listening to the Ring in Bayreuth and the excitement of doing that in the Festival for the first time…

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Licia Albanese, Exalted Soprano, Is Dead at 105One of the most admired operatic sopranos of the mid-20th century, she was revered for a soaring top range and a passionate intensity on the stage.

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In Russia, they are celebrating Tikhon Khrennikov

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

In Russia, they are celebrating Tikhon KhrennikovSeven years after his death, there was an official celebration at his home (now a state museum) of the composer Stalin appointed to impose his terror on musicians. Khre nnikov was Secretary of the Union of Soviet Composers from 1948 to 1991.
He was the bane of the life of Dmitri Shostakovich.


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Rufus Wainwright funds his opera recording by selling the shirt off his back
Rufus Wainwright’s wardrobe is renowned for some exotic made-to-measure creations, as befits the flamboyant singer. But now he is offering fans the suit off his back, so that he can give his first opera the opulent recording it deserves.

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Zing! went the strings of his heart“Prince Charles‘s harpist, 27 leaves husband for Britain’s biggest opera star Bryn Terfel, 48″ [Daily Mail]

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Glyndebourne presents La traviata

– www.telegraph.co.uk

Watch: Verdi’s classic opera from Glyndebourne

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