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Queen and composer - Lili'oukalani + MORE

Lili'oukalani, (1838-1917) not "forgotten" the last Queen of independent Hawaii, not "forgotten" at all, for she was and remains a symbol of Hawaiian identity, an issue still alive today.  Lili'oukalani was well educated, accomplished and well travelled, who believed in enlightened "Victorian v.... More »
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Start the revolution with me + MORE

The Bayerische Staatsoper just announced, in addition to their usual bounty of webcasts, two special presentations: a repeat of Semiramide and a live telecast of Andrea Chenier. Last weekend’s live stream of Gioachino Rossini’s Semiramide will be available on demand on the website of th.... More »
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Francesconi Quartett Linbury Royal Opera House + MORE

Luca Francesconi's Quartett has at last made it to Britain. Francesconi is hardly obscure. His music has long been championed by Irvine Arditti and the Arditti Quartet , and is regularly heard in European new music circles. There's even a Francesconi premiere at this year's BBC Proms.  Maybe th.... More »
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Fort Worth strikers are losing the media war + MORE

The Star-Telegram newspaper, whose president is a symphony board, has turned against the musicians who have gone on strike over wage cuts. First the paper ran a hostile editorial. Now it presents a strongly slanted selection of readers’ letters. Sample: I support the Fort Worth Symphony Orches.... More »
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Daily Download: Francois Couperin - Nouveaux concerts: Concerto No. 9: VIII. L'et caetera ou menuets + MORE

Get a free MP3 of Francois Couperin - Nouveaux concerts: Concerto No. 9: VIII. L'et caetera ou menuets, performed by Claudio Rufa, flute; Paolo Pandolfo, viola da gamba; Rinaldo Alessandrini, harpsichord..... More »
5 questions to Yotam Haber (composer, exiting artistic director MATA Festival)The 2014 edition of the MATA Festival is in full swing. Yotam Haber, the exiting artistic director, kindly took a few minutes to answer our 5 questions…You are ending your tenure as artistic director of the MATA Festival after this year. How would you characterize the approach to programming during your time at MATA?I firmly believe in MATA’s mission of finding and promoting the most vital young voices in today’s musical landscape…

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Ensemble. Passionate Tones

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La bohème in HD from The Met, appreciated by Maria Nockin

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'Arabella' is an operatic romantic comedy

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Sisters Arabella and Zdenka are opposites, but they're loving sisters. A conflict exists between the sisters' desires and the needs of their parents. It seems an insoluble problem until an unexpected caller arrives, setting in motion a romantic comedy. Classical MPR's Rex Levang illuminates ahead of the Met Opera broadcast on Saturday, April 19, at 11 a…

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Orpheus Sinfonia takes us to Paris

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Orpheus Sinfonia takes us to ParisThe Orpheus Sinfonia provides opportunity and support for young musicians just starting in the profession. Under the direction of Thomas Carroll, the orchestra is visiting Paris for the concert at St George’s Church, Hanover Square on 24 April 2014. The programme includes music from visitors with Mozart’s Paris Symphony, written there when the composer was 22, and Stravinsky’s Petrushka which was premiered in Paris by Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes…

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Hey, there’s a hoopster on my opera stage

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Hey, there’s a hoopster on my opera stageOur eye was caught by this stunning shot of Chicago Bull player Joakim Noah, taken by Todd Rosenberg on the stage of the Lyric Opera. Everything about the picture is as perfectly balanced as a striker leaping to score. We asked Todd to tell us how this session came about. Here’s his account: This is […]

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How to do justice to Christ's Last WordsHaydn’s meditations on Christ’s Seven Last Words are among the great pieces of Easter music. But could Ruth Padel, steeped in Darwin and Freud, write poetry about this cornerstone of Christianity?Two years ago I rashly accepted a commission from Tring Chamber Music and Paul Barritt, leader of the Hallé orchestra, to write poems to read between movements of Haydn’s quartet Opus 51, which meditates on Christ’s "Seven Last Words"…

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Classical Music Agenda: May 2014

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Winter may finally be over, so it is safe to plan your springtime concert schedule. Here are the ten performances most worth hearing in the month of May.

Mendelssohn, Ein Sommernachtstraum, La Chapelle Royale, Collegium Vocale Gent, Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, P. Herreweghe (Harmonia Mundi, 2012)
SYMPHONY:
Two programs from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra make the cut, beginning with Marin

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Music Review: Something New From the Chamber Music SocietyThe marimba featured prominently in a concert of new music, part of a series at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

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Juan Diego Florez – L'Amour

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Juan Diego Florez - L'Amour Boieldieu, Bizet, Delibes, Donizetti, Adam, Massenet, Thomas, Offenbach and Gounod; Juan Diego Florez, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Comunale Bologna, Roberto Abbado Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Apr 19 2014 Star rating: 4.5Juan Diego Florez’s first all French disc, with some spectacular repertoireFor his new disc on Decca, Juan Diego Florez moving into new territory and exploring roles which he does not (yet) have in his repertoire…

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San Diego Opera Closure Delayed

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San Diego Opera's closure has been delayed to May 19, 2014. Carol Lazier, the former Secretary of the Board, is now the acting President after President Karen Cohn resigned along with 12 other Directors in a board meeting that lasted over four hours.
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Two parts of Robert Ashley’s “Perfect Lives,” in a Spanish incarnation translated by Javier Sainz de Robles, were shown at the Whitney Museum on Thursday.

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Nazi Opera Conspiracies: Their Kinship with the Goldhagen Hypothesis and Occult Reich ConspiraciesOf all writings that help us to understand the historical background to Richard Wagner’s views on the Jews, there are perhaps few more enlightening than Ordinary Germans and the Longest Hatred found in the book Rereading German History by Sir Richard J. Evans: a brilliant and spellbinding collection of essays that make for essential background reading for anyone who wishes to read or write about Richard Wagner in historical context…

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The release of the entire (85,000+) British Pathé archive on YouTube a few days ago contains countless buried media treasures, much of it still undiscovered. Here’s an 8-piano arrangement of Liszt’s Second Hungarian Rhapsody captured on film in 1933:

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