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James Horner: Cameron pays tribute + MORE

Director James Cameron pays tribute to film composer James Horner, calling his death in a plane crash on Monday "sad and shocking" and "such a waste"..... More »
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Giltburg Enchants Scottish Lovers with Rachmaninov’s Second + MORE

Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Mahler, R Strauss – RSNO Valentine’s Concert: Boris Giltburg (piano), Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Jean-Claude Picard (conductor), Usher Hall, Edinburgh, 12.02.2016. (SRT) Tchaikovsky: Capriccio Italien Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 Mahler: Adagietto from .... More »
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Classical Music News - Villiers Competition + MORE

The Villiers String Quartet has announced the finalists in its 2014 New Works Competition.... More »
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Doreen Carwithen: Piano Concerto (update to my list) + MORE

In my recent listof Doreen Carwithen’s music currently available on CD, I missed one very important recording – the Piano Concerto on SOMM CD254. This was kindly brought to my attention by one of the regular readers of my blog.  Alas, I have not had the opportunity of hearing this disc yet,.... More »
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Berlin Festtage (3) - Barenboim/Argerich, et al.: Schumann, Debussy, and Bartók, 26 March 2016 + MORE

PhilharmonieSchumann, arr. Debussy – Six Studies in Canonic Form, op.56Debussy – En blanc et noir Bartók – Sonata for two pianos and percussion Daniel Barenboim, Martha Argerich (pianos)Torsten Schönfeld, Dominic Oelze (percussion) Schumann’s op.56 Studies were written for the pedal.... More »

TT: Snapshot

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Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli plays Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111: (This is the latest in a…

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Wilmer Wise: Memorial Service for the Late Kermit Moore 'is Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 4 PM at St. Peter’s Church in Manhattan.'On November 4, 2013 AfriClassical posted: TheViolinChannel.com: American conductor, cellist and composer Kermit Moore has passed away – aged 84Trumpeter Wilmer Wise Writes of the Memorial Service for the late Conductor, Cellist and Composer Kermit Moore, who was 84:Hi Bill,The date is Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 4 PM at St…

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Getting Real About Transparency: The Compensation Double Standard

There’s an intriguing article by Eleanor Turney in the 1/2/14 Guardian Culture Professionals Network blog (h/t Thomas Cott) where she discusses the need for realistic changes within the arts field during 2014. One of her points is on transparency and the need to talk about money openly and honestly; I couldn’t agree more and to that end, there’s one area within the orchestra field that would benefit by adopting this post haste: artist fees and overscale payments…

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Just in: Val steps in at a day’s notice for sick BorisIt was lucky Valentina Lisitsa was in Paris today. Boris Berezovsky called in sick for tomorrow’s Liszt concerto. Val, who’s just released a Liszt disc, was happy to oblige. No change of programme. Press announcement follows. Pour nos prochains concerts des 8 et 9 janvier, je dois vous communiquer un changement de dernière heure concernant […]

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Chelsea Opera, a small Manhattan opera company, has appointed Samuel McCoy as its new music director and principal conductor.    

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Bach B minor Mass in Hebrew? Only in New York…

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Bach B minor Mass in Hebrew? Only in New York…Press release: Bach’s B Minor Mass takes on a Hebrew accent in this version created by New York psychiatrist Eric Weitzner, adapting Jewish prayers and theological ideas to Bach’s transcendent music. Bach’s universality truly comes to the fore in this community Sing-in. Selected movements of Bach’s Prayer in B Minor will be prepared in advance and sung by members […]

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Lily Tomlin weds her partner of 42 yearsCongratulations are in order for Lily Tomlin! The actress-comedian and her longtime partner, Jane Wagner, married on Tuesday, Dec. 31, after 42 years together, her rep confirms to Us Weekly. The couple said "I do" in a private ceremony in L.A. on New Year’s Eve.

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On the Air This Week

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Highlights from Jan. 7 to 14 Tuesday, 7:15 am: School Spotlight: Robbinsdale All-District Elementary Choir. Tuesday, 7:15 pm: School Spotlight: Robbinsdale All-District Elementary Choir. Tuesday, 8 pm: The Mozart Festival (part 1 of 4). Thursday, 3 pm hour: Regional Spotlight:…

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The Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players weighed in on Monday on the art of composers’ transcriptions of other composers’ works.    

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Call for Pianists: Tapestry Opera's New Opera 101 Workshop + Tapestry Songbook on Jan 31-Feb 1 in TorontoAt the end of the month, I’m excited to be joining mezzo soprano Krisztina Szabó in coaching at Tapestry Opera’s New Opera 101 workshop. A bit more about the program:New Opera 101 is intended not only as a tool for the growth of artists but as a way for Tapestry to discover emerging talent. On January 31 and February 1st, 2014, Tapestry will offer a two day intensive for singers and collaborative pianists…

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Interpretations of the Finnish composer’s work have become more varied in recent years. The FT’s chief classical music critics rounds up the finest

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Rosa Ponselle gets a facelift

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This is the statue of soprano Rosa Ponselle on the facade of the I Miller Building in Times Square, where she was chosen to represent opera alongside her fellow stars of stage, screen and musical comedy.  After a recent spruce-up, she's looking almost as good as she did on the day she ascended her pedestal in 1928…

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Rameau 250th anniversary with Les Talens LyriquesChristophe Rousset and Les Talens Lyriques will be celebrating Rameau’s 250th anniversary in 2014 with a pair of appearances at the Wigmore Hall and the Barbican. Laura Scozzi’s production of Rameau’s Les Indes Galantes will not be transferring to London (you have to travel to Bordeaux to see it), but Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques and a cast including Carolyn Sampson will be giving a concert performance at the Barbican (6/3/2014)…

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