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5/5: Hours of Freedom + MORE

Composer Gideon Klein At 7 PM on Thursday May 5th (Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day) at the Czech Center in New York, Hours of Freedom: The Story of the Terezín Composer, a piece that explores the plight of fifteen composers imprisoned by the Nazis at the Thereisenstadt prison camp, will .... More »
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Woman behind bars + MORE

At the end of July the Caramoor Festival will present Fidelio, one of my favorite operas and one which has been absent from the Met for over a decade (although it returns next spring.) “Trove Thursday” over the next weeks presents two works deeply connected to Beethoven’s moving masterpiece: .... More »
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Reviews: Hunter, Kuepper, Lee + MORE

Sydney pianist and composer Stu Hunter is launching a 74-minute musical odyssey for octet as part of the Sydney Festival..... More »
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Musicians from East and West come together for Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s Chinese New Year concert + MORE

Rejuvenation: A Taoist Journey celebrates both the Chinese New Year and Canada’s 150th anniversary with Chinese and Canadian artists..... More »
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The Proms Pays a Moving and Necessary Tribute to Pierre Boulez + MORE

Prom 65 – Bartók, Boulez, and Carter: Jeanne-Marie Conquer (violin), Andrew Gerzso (IRCAM computer music design), Carlo Laurenzi (IRCAM computer music production), Jérémie Henrot (IRCAM sound engineer), BBC Singers, Ensemble Intercontemporain/Baldur Brönnimann (conductor). Royal Albert Hall, L.... More »
'On An Overgrown Path': Jan Willis: "If life were just, I would become a great conductor"Bob Shingleton of On An Overgrown Path writes:Hey Bill, tangential, but, nevertheless, a nice story – – http://goo.gl/tWS6JIRegards,BobOn An Overgrown PathApril 21, 2014Black, Baptist, And Buddhist: One Woman’s Spiritual Journey by Jan Willis[Excerpt]One of my earliest and fondest memories is of standing in the center of our kitchen at about age four, stick baton in hand, “conducting” symphonies by Dvořák and Rimsky-Korsakov*…

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A concert ‘to provide hospital beds for musicians’

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

From the Pathé archives, with super-rare footage of Ralph Vaughan Williams:

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Zurich Opera: mixed hand

– davidnice.blogspot.com

Zurich Opera: mixed handIt was a happy coincidence that ever-stylish director/designer Robert Carsen’s new production of Tchaikovsky’s Pikovaya Dama happened to be running at our old haunt the Zurich Opera following on from the not-too-hard-work Basel stint of my latest Swiss trip (which you can read all about over on The Arts Desk – though I have more to add on the city and the dreamlike Fondation Beyeler)…

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Kaufmann Takes Winter Walk

– ionarts.blogspot.com

Schubert, Winterreise, J. Kaufmann, H. Deutsch
(released on April 1, 2014)
Sony 8883795652 | 70’01"Schubert’s Winterreise is a baritone’s song cycle, at least to my ears, just as Die schöne Müllerin will always be tenor territory. Schubert actually conceived both of these masterpieces in higher keys suited to a treble voice, but while a tenor’s ethereal high range is perfectly suited to the

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By Michelle Jones: So you want to be a working musician?

Unless you are a statused musician to a stable employer such as a local Theme Park, Broadway show, symphony, school, studio or anything like these that have actual W-2s, benefits, etc., you can expect the following as a freelance musician (in no particular order):

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Symphony guide: Copland's Third

– www.guardian.co.uk

Symphony guide: Copland's ThirdAaron Copland’s monumental symphony gave post-war America what it needed – ‘the Great American Symphony’.There were many candidates for the "Great American Symphony" by the 1940s (among them Roy Harriss Third, Samuel Barbers First, and William Schumans Third) and yet by the end of the second world war there was still a need for a grand musical expression of a nations hopes, joys, and anxieties about the post-war world…

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Van Cliburn: Unseen Soviet newsreel

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Van Cliburn: Unseen Soviet newsreelThis unused material of the first Tchaikovsky competition has emerged from the British Pathé archives.

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Daring new works for piano and voice from Thomas Larcher What Becomes – music by Thomas Larcher: Tamara Stefanovich, Mark Padmore, Thomas Larcher: Harmonia Mundi Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Mar 20 2014 Star rating: 4.0Recent works by Swiss pianist/composer Thomas Larcher including a daring new song-cycle for Mark PadmoreThis disc from composer Thomas Larcher on Harmonia Mundi combines his music for solo piano, played by Tamara Stefanovich, with his song cycle A Padmore Cycle where the composer accompanied tenor Mark Padmore…

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With five recordings under his belt and a 2005 victory at the noted International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, Rafal Blechacz was hardly an unknown when he was named in January as the recipient of the 2014 Gilmore Artist Award.

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End the Missionary Position in Classical Music

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

End the Missionary Position in Classical MusicTime to end the Missionary position in classical music, where middle class western pundits pontificate on what’s best for lesser beings, “those in darkness who have not seen the light”  When “civilised” folk bemoan the fact that non-white, non middle-class audiences don’t flock to concerts and opera, they’re implicitly replicating the values of imperial aggression…

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Manon Lescaut, Oper Leipzig, 19 April 2014

– www.boulezian.blogspot.com

Manon Lescaut, Oper Leipzig, 19 April 2014Leipzig Opera HouseManon Lescaut – Nadja MichaelLescaut – José FardilhaChevalier des Grieux – Stefano La CollaGeronte de Revoir – James MoellenhoffEdmondo – Sebastian FuchsbergerInnkeeper –Andreas ReinbothSinger – Jean BroekhuizenDancing Master – Martin PetzholdLamplighter – Tae Jin ChoSergeant of the Royal Archers – Sejong Chang Naval Captain – Milcho BorovinovGiancarlo Monaco (director)Johannes Leiacker (set designs)Birgit Wentsch (costumes)Wolfgang von Zoubek (lighting)Marita Müller (dramaturgy)Chorus of the Leipzig Opera (chorus master: Alessandro Zuppardo)Leipzig Gewandhaus OrchestraAnthony Bramall (conductor)For reasons that remain unclear, Manon Lescautseems recently to have become ubiquitous…

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"If life were just, I would become a great conductor"One of my earliest and fondest memories is of standing in the center of our kitchen at about age four, stick baton in hand, “conducting” symphonies by Dvořák and Rimsky-Korsakov*. My mother had given in to my pleas for the 78 rpm records. She thought the music completely unappealing and constantly yelled at me for turning the volume up, but I loved her without bounds for buying me the ninety-eight cent record…

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Opera Review: DiDonato and Camarena Shine in ‘La Cenerentola’ at the MetThe Metropolitan Opera has a dazzling Cinderella in Joyce DiDonato, but the ovations were just as lusty for the Mexican tenor Javier Camarena in Rossini’s version.

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