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Thomas Larcher: What Becomes; A Padmore Cycle review beautifully tailored bespoke songs + MORE

Padmore/Stefanovich/Larcher(Harmonia Mundi)A Padmore Cycle, Thomas Larcher's songs written in 2011 for tenor Mark Padmore, sets poems by Hans Aschenwald and Alois Hotschnig. The gnomic texts sometimes seem to occupy similar territory to those of Schubert's great song cycles. But if Larcher's setting.... More »
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Review: California Symphony sparkles under Donato Cabrera's guidance + MORE

The Walnut Creek orchestra's latest performance -- featuring Rimsky-Korsakov's 'Scheherazade,' Rachmaninov's 'Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini' and the world premiere of D.J. Sparr's 'Dreams of the Old Believers' -- shows the symphony thriving with Cabrera as conductor..... More »
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Critic’s Notebook: Opera Stars and the Revival of Bel Canto + MORE

The bel canto tenors Lawrence Brownlee, Javier Camarena and Juan Diego Flórez delight fans at the Metropolitan Opera..... More »
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No tittering at Anna Nicole + MORE

Went to Anna Nicole last night at the Royal Opera House, and took with me an American friend who was seeing it for the first time. She thought Richard Thomas's libretto was brilliant, which it is, and she laughed at the jokes, of which there are many.At the start of the interval, the besuited g.... More »
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Orchestral manoeuvres in the car park + MORE

Level seven of a multi-storey car park in southeast London isn't where you'd expect to hear Sibelius's Fifth Symphony. Nonetheless, that's where the Multi-Story orchestra are performing. Founders Kate Whitley and Christopher Stark explain how it worksTonight, Friday 20 June, we are bringing together.... More »
He said them very well, in this Chron article and in a subsequent blog posting. Ignore the article headline; the contract for Vanska’s upcoming conducting stint at SFS was certainly signed long before the MOA lockout of the musicians. And Joshua didn’t write it, so don’t blame him.

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Music Review: Lyrical Cowboys in Love, on StageThe opera “Brokeback Mountain,” based on the short story by Annie Proulx, opened at the Teatro Real in Madrid.    

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Gentlemen, start your engines!“Era of the ‘Fat Lady’ is Over, Says American Soprano Danielle de Niese” [Music Times]

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Seattle Opera’s 2014-2015 Season

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October 18- November 1 2014: Don GiovanniJanuary 10-24 2015: ToscaFebruary 21- March 7 2015: SemeleMay 2-16 2015: Ariadne auf Naxos
Seattle Opera announced the 2014-2015 season today.
Official 2014-2015 Site

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Bottom line

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Bottom line“Revenue for performances in the [Metropolitan] opera house ended up at 69% of total potential box office revenue in the 2012-2013 season (79% of seats were purchased, including discounts).” [Annual Financial Information & Operating Data]

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In all of my experiences with classical music as a youth, what I remember the most is feeling included. I was never made to feel that I was too young, too ethnic, too urban, or too uninformed to appreciate classical music.

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Boston Modern Orchestra Project never seems to run out of juice. It fills a need. It mounts concerts that manage to be both one-stop shopping for the merely curious and essential for professionals. The “modern” in the name has always been as much stylistic as calendrical, but its concert at Jordan Hall on January 17 was aggressively new: three world premieres in wildly disparate styles.

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Augusta Free Press: 'Waynesboro [VA] Symphony Orchestra celebrates Black History Month'; Morris Phibbs of CBMR Speaks on Florence Price[Florence B. Price (1887-1953) is profiled at AfriClassical.com, which features a comprehensive Works List and a Bibliography by Dr. Dominique-René de Lerma, www.CasaMusicaledeLerma.com.]Dr. Lise Keiter, PianistTitled “Women of the American Symphonic Landscape,” this concert features music written by American Women, and especially Florence Price and her Piano Concerto in One Movement with  piano soloist Dr…

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Love Journeys - an encounter with Jacques CohenJacques CohenJacques Cohen and the Isis Ensemble are performing at the Purcell Room on 31 March 2014 in a concert entitled Love Journeys including music by Sibelius, Andrzej and Roxanna Panufnik, Brahms and Dvorak. Composer as well as conductor, the concert also features the premiere of Jacques’s song cycle Love Journeys, setting poems by James Joyce, which will be performed by Marie Vassilou…

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Sunday’s performance of Béla Bartók’s Quartets Nos. 2, 4 and 6 at Stanford Bing Concert Hall complemented a performance the previous night of the composer’s Quartets Nos. 1, 3 and 5. The group will perform the whole Bartók cycle again March 22-23 at UC Berkeley’s Hertz Hall.

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VAIMusic.com: Marian Anderson, Contralto, Sings With Bell Telephone Hour Orchestra in Radio Broadcasts of 1944-1951, on VAI CD (72 Min., Mono)Marian Anderson: Rare Live Broadcast Performances; VAI 1275 (2013) (72 min., Mono)VAI MusicPreviously unpublished radio performances by one of the greatest vocal artists of the twentieth century. This collection presents Anderson in a wide range of repertoire, including songs and arias by Bach, Handel, Mozart, Schubert, Verdi, Brahms, Fauré, Saint-Saëns, and Sibelius, as well as spirituals…

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Met Opera Reports Falling AttendanceThe company sold just 79 percent of its seats in the 2012-13 season, a fall it attributes to higher prices and Hurricane Sandy.    

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Marc-André Hamelin at Zankel Hall

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It isn’t often, nowadays, that a pianist opens a concert with one of his own compositions. There was a time, perhaps spanning the centuries from Mozart to Liszt and encompassing a host of lesser luminaries, when all the great pianists composed, or at least improvised. We have Stephen Hough, maybe Thomas Adès, and, in the years to come, Daniil Trifonov…

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