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Celebrating LGBT rights in song + MORE

This weekend, One Voice Mixed Chorus - Minnesota's premier lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and straight allies ensemble - celebrates those people who make LGBT rights a reality with a concert titled, 'Eat, Drink and Be Married!' Classical MPR's Alison Young spoke to OVMC'.... More »
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A Christmas Carol, Houston Grand Opera, Wortham Theater Center, Houston, Texas — review + MORE

Iain Bell’s brilliant new Dickens opera is given an astounding performance by Jay Hunter Morris.... More »
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Benignly British - Last Night of the Proms 2014 + MORE

Last Night of the BBC Proms 2014. Thousands were there, having fun, and thousands more at open air Proms all over the country.: I was at Otello at the ENO , new production by David Alden. I'll write about that in a few hours, please come back - it was good ! The real Last Night of the Proms was .... More »
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Pianist’s 365 reasons to be cheerful + MORE

PIANIST Galliano Sommavilla’s latest creative feat was born of an attempt to lift himself out of the doldrums..... More »
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From Minimalism to Just William - Kings Place in January + MORE

January sees the first week of the Minimalism Unwrapped series at Kings Place with performances from The Sixteen, Joanne MacGregor, Oliver Coates & Danny Driver, and the London Sinfonietta. The series continues temptingly with the Choir of King's College Cambridge, Fretwork and the Aurora Orches.... More »
Gidon Kremer’s ensemble focused on works by the Warsaw-born composer Mieczyslaw Weinberg, including a heroic performance of the Symphony No. 10

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Riccardo Muti is steadfast in his search to connect the musical past and present in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s mission

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Audio Book & Text: A Wagner Matinée. Willa Cather“The first number was the Tannhäuser overture. When the violins drew out the first strain of the Pilgrim’s chorus, my Aunt Georgiana clutched my coat-sleeve. Then it was that I first realized that for her this singing of basses and stinging frenzy of lighter strings broke a silence of thirty years, the inconceivable silence of the plains…

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Who gives the best concerts in Japan?

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Who gives the best concerts in Japan?A panel of 44 music critics and journalists picked the best classical concerts held in Japan from December 1, 2012 to November 30, 2013. The winner is pictured below. Here’s the list: 1. 16 points / City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andris Nelsons 2. 15 points / Nissei Theater – Reimann’s “Lear” 3…

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Rameau minus one elitist convention

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Rameau minus one elitist conventionFellow blogger Jessica Duchen offers admirable advocacy of the Rameau anniversary. However my antipathy towards composer anniversaries means I have little enthusiasm for the 250th anniversary of Rameau’s death, despite a profound admiration for his music. But, in view of the general acceptance that formal dress is one of classical music’s elitist conventions, I do have one wish for the Rameau anniversary: that Warner reissues Scott Ross’ masterly 1988 recording of the complete harpsichord music using the original artwork seen above…

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One of the stranger aspects of the last twenty years of operatic history is that one of the most provocative of all productions was not of an opera at all. In hisTheodora for Glyndebourne in 1996, Peter Sellars set Handel’s quiet reflection on virtue, martyrdom, and execution in the modern United States…

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Soul of the Nation

– www.newmusicbox.org

The artist Boris Schatz once famously said that “art is the soul of a nation.” Working as a composer and presenter of new music in Washington, D.C., where our business is the nation, I tend to think of this phrase a lot.

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Conductor is fired in Hungary. Politics suspected.

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Conductor is fired in Hungary. Politics suspected. Laszlo Kovacs was dismissed last week as artistic director and conductor of the North Hungarian Symphony Orchestra in Miskolc. He has held the job for 30 years and his contract was only renewed last August. It appears that an incoming new manager decided that Kovacs did conform to the political realities…

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Meet Class Notes Artists Odelia Trio

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Meet Classical MPR's Class Notes Artists the Odelia Trio, who have been visiting elementary schools in Rochester, Minn., to teach students about chamber music.

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The maestro’s nose: Fabio Luisi is making smellsFabio Luisi and his FL Parfums — photo by Barbara Luisi
A silly title, to grab your attention, about the very serious hobby of one of the world’s top conductors: Fabio Luisi creates perfumes.
Luisi’s pastime has recently taken on a more professional aspect, as he’s decided to sell his creations commercially: FL Parfums…

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Reinhard Goebel and Mirijam Contzen talk To Edward Seckerson about the new recording of Six Mozart Violin Concertos In Leopold Mozart’s old house (now a museum) in the Bavarian city of Augsburg a piano tuner is hard at work tuning one of the working exhibits – a venerable clavichord. Enter Reinhard Goebel and Mirijam Contzen whose new Oehms Classics recording of the Six Mozart Violin Concertos with the Bayerische Kammerphilharmonie is sure to stimulate lively debate and maybe even raise eyebrow or two in the coming months…

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Symphony guide: Mozart's 31st ('Paris')‘I hope that even these idiots will find something in it to like’, wrote the young composer of his Parisian audience. Calculated to please, Mozart’s brilliantly wrought and supremely confident symphony is still delighting audiences nearly 250 years later. • All articles in this series Paris, spring 1778…

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