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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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October: sounds from another world + MORE

This is the Russian pianist Lev Oborin playing 'October - Autumn Song' from Tchaikovsky's The Seasons, filmed in 1971. It's mesmerisingly wonderful. Sounds - and images - from another world altogether...This remarkable piano cycle - still desperately underrated - was commissioned by the editor of a .... More »
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Classical Music News - Louis Langrée + MORE

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Music Director Louis Langrée receives Chevalier dans l'Ordre National de la Légion d'Honneur.... More »
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C Force Joins Bertha C. Boschulte Concert Band in Chamber Music of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands Composer Alton Adams & Other Caribbean Composers + MORE

Alton Augustus Adams in 1922 (Wikipedia)Bertha C. Boschulte - St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin IslandsC Force, University of the BahamasConcert and LectureAbove photos and many more by Sam James Photography can be seen at:http://www.samjamesphotos.com/#!g-force-and-bcb/c217eDr. Christine Gangelhoff is&n.... More »
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SEE IT: UK musician becomes one-man orchestra in own video + MORE

An insanely gifted British musician has taken the concept of a one-man band to the next level — becoming his own orchestra. .... More »

"Cello goddess" drawn into the afterlife

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"Cello goddess" drawn into the afterlifeMaya Beiser, dubbed a “cello goddess” by the New York Times, is heading for London to play David Lang’s concerto World to Come next week. Here’s my interview with a fascinating and ground-breaking figure whose effect on the contemporary repertoire for her instrument is simply immeasurable. The performance, with the BBC Concert Orchestra, is on 24 February at the QEH, booking here…

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Kicking off a season devoted to ‘Fallen Women’, Mariusz Trelinski’s production replaces the sentiment in Puccini’s score with a modern edginess

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On Bach, Polyphony and Nymphomania

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Warning: NSFW In case you didn’t know, Lars von Trier really likes sex. Last night, the Dutch filmmaker’s latest film,…

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The Aurora Orchestra not Deflected by Changes of Soloists

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Mozart, Britten, Mahler and Shostakovich: Jane Irwin (mezzo-soprano), Andrew Staples (tenor), Nicolas Fleury (horn), Aurora Orchestra, Andrew Gourlay (conductor), Wigmore Hall, London, 9.2.2014 (CS) Mozart: Serenade in G K.525 Eine kleine Nachtmusik Britten: Serenade for tenor, horn and strings Op…

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Philippe Jaroussky & VBO at GMC

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* Notes * Countertenor Philippe Jaroussky (pictured left, photograph by Simon Fowler) is currently on tour with Orchestra Barocca di Venezia (VBO) and performed yesterday at Sonoma State University’s Green Music Center. The program is entitled “A Legendary Battle: Farinelli & Porpora vs. Carestini & Händel” and includes instrumental works by both composers interspersed with eight arias written for castrasti…

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 Handel, Acis and Galatea (production premiere): Soloists, Chorus and Brecon Baroque / Nicholas Cleobury (conductor) Richard Burton Theatre, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff, 30.1.2014 (GPu) Cast: Galatea: Jane Harrington Acis: Oliver Mercer Damon: Eamon Mulhall Polyphemus: Matthew Stiff Chorus of Shepherds and Shepherdesses: Caroline Kennedy (soprano), Chloe Hinton (mezzo) Thomas Herford (tenor) […]

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Plácido Domingo to Join a Celebration of City OperaAlthough New York City Opera has closed, its history is being honored with a concert to benefit a musicians’ relief fund.    

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Helena Tulve - Arboles lloran por lluvia Helene Tulva Arboles lloran por lluvia: ECM new series Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Feb7 2014 Star rating: 3.0Fascinating timbres and fluid writing in this showcase of works by contemporary Estonian composer Helena TulvaThis disc showcases the music of the Estonian composer Helena Tulve. In a diverse group of five works, her fondness for exotic Eastern texts along with an fine ear for unusual instruments are showcased in performances of Reyah hadas ‘ala, silences/larmes, L’Equinoxe de l’ame, Arboles lloran por lluvia and Extinction des choses with performers including soprano Arianna Savall, counter-tenors Charles Barbier and Taniel Krirkal, with Ensemble Vox Clamantis, Ensemble Hortus Musicus and the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jaan-Eik Tulve and Olari Elts…

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Sergio A. Mims: Slipped Disc by Norman Lebrecht: 'Detroit to play symphonic tribute to tennis hero'Arthur AsheKevin Scott Sergio A. Mims sends this link from a post at Slipped Disc by Norman Lebrecht:Detroit to play symphonic tribute to tennis heroFebruary 11, 2014 by Norman LebrechtA symphonic work in memory of Arthur Ashe, the only black male player to win Wimbledon and the first to play for the US Davis Cup team, will be given a first read-through next month by Leonard Slatkin and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra…

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Just in: 40 grand award for Steve Reich

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Just in: 40 grand award for Steve ReichThe US composer has won the prestigious BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Spain for his efforts to bridge cultures, ‘address current issues, from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to 11 September, and advance the relationship between religion and art and science’. The award is worth 40,000 Euros and a fine Spanish dinner…

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Minnesota Orchestra Returns After a 16-Month LockoutWith many of the orchestra’s members not present, a veteran musical director was enlisted for the orchestra’s return performance.    

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Let the 2014-2015 announcements begin

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It's that time of year when opera houses start announcing their plans for the next season.
First European house out of the gates (to my knowledge) is Oper Leipzig, whose double bill of Gordon Getty's one-act The Canterville Ghost and Leoncavallo's Pagliacci is unlikely to be topped in the inspired pairings category…

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It is sometimes an unpredictable ride when attending a recital. What seemed like a straightforward programme of opera arias in the first half and lieder in the second became a very mixed up affair last night. What made the biggest impression was Surguladze’s unfussy and confident platform manner…

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