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A Delightful Concert Celebrates the Chinese New Year + MORE

  Zheng, Zhao, Li, Xian: Guilian Liu (pipa), Li Bo (horsehair lute), Claire Huangci (piano), Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Perry So (conductor), Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver, 28.2.2015 (GN) Zheng Lu: Good News from Beijing Zhao Jiping: Pipa Concerto, No. 2 Li Bo: The Tale of Matou Qin Xian Xinghai: T.... 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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After rough year, Diana Krall blooms with 'Wallflower' + MORE

Singer/pianist's album, delayed by her ailment, features mostly cover tunes         .... More »
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Lalo - complete songs + MORE

Edouard Lalo complete songs; Tassis Christoyannis, Jeff Cohen; Aparté Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Dec 15 2015 Star rating: 4.0 Survey of Lalo's songs showing there was more to him than his well known hit.Edouard Lalo is best known for his Symphonie Espagnole but.... More »
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‘Romeo & Juliet’ soars in Grant Park Music Fest’s indoor outing + MORE

Carlos Kalmar leads orchestra, cast and chorus in Berlioz’ classic as the Grant Park Music Festival moves indoors for two nights..... More »
This week: concerts in New York (May 19 – May 25, 2014)Guy Barash: Facts About Water
Guy Barash – Photo by Shimpei Takeda
In celebration of Guy Barash’s debut album, Facts About Water on the Innova label, Roulette presents a retrospective of this intriguing composer’s recent works. The pieces programmed represent highlights of Barash’s past three years of activity and projects currently in progress…

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CD Spotlight. Personal Choice

– www.mvdaily.com

C P E Bach’s Spiritual Songs, heard by Robert Anderson. ‘… the clavichord, wonderfully sensitive as it is, cannot stand up to a concert singer …’

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If you haven’t yet come across Clément Doucet, meet him now. The pianist-creator of such pieces as ‘Chopinata’ and ‘Isoldina’ has been taken up and championed gorgeously by the likes of Marc-André Hamelin and Alexandre Tharaud, but his own recordings are stunners in no uncertain terms. I’ve just come across a few of Doucet’s pieces that are new to me…

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5 questions to Guy Barash (composer, curator) about “Facts About Water”On Wednesday, May 21, Guy Barash (composer and curator) will release his debut album “Facts About Water” (Innova) at Roulette in Brooklyn. We talked to Barash about his album, of course, but also Eavesdropping, the contemporary series he’s been curating since 2010.
Can you tell me more about the title of your album?
Facts about Water is a personal meditation on the fluidity of our perception, mindfulness amid a hyperactive society, and the cyclical nature of being…

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San Diego Opera Rides Again

– minnesota.publicradio.org

If you follow the classical headlines, you might remember that earlier this year, the San Diego Opera announced that it was shutting its doors, in the face of some sobering financial figures. Good news today: the board of the organization…

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Pianist Martin James Bartlett has been named as the winner of BBC Young Musician 2014 competition. The 17 year-old, who comes from Essex, produced a superbly paced performance of Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini to secure victory in the final at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall and becomes the latest in a prestigious list of winners that includes oboist Nicholas Daniel (1980), pianist Freddy Kempf (1992) and violinist Nicola Benedetti (2004)…

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Slipped Disc editorial: Fat should not be an issue in operaWeasel words have been used by five male, middle-aged critics to describe a promising young soprano whom they deemed physically too heavy for the role. All five suggested she was fat, without actually using the ‘f’ word. The euphemisms were timid and dishonest.
The singer in question, Tara Erraught, may carry slightly more heft than  a size eight, but what has that to do with performance? We want to know from a critic how she sang the role of Octavian at Glyndebourne, how she acted and how she interacted with the rest of the production…

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Ex-IMF boss to sue over film

– www.bbc.co.uk

Ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is to sue US film director Abel Ferrara over his movie allegedly inspired by the politician’s sex scandal.

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Violinist.com interview with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg: Music from a New CenturyBy Laurie Niles: Commissioning a piece of music from a composer isn’t exactly like ordering a hamburger from Burger King — you can’t just order it your way.

It’s more like ordering from the tasting menu at the finest of restaurants — you let the chef choose the ingredients and wow you with his or her creation…

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Singers, looks and art – who is Octavian ?

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

Singers, looks and art - who is Octavian ?Grand furore about Octavian  at Glyndebourne’s Der Rosekavalier (read my review HERE).  At right, the first ever Octavian, Eva van der Osten, in 1911. Short, fat, dark and dumpy.  She got even more so as she grew older. Strauss thought she was fine. So what’s  all the fuss about  now?  Strauss didn’t describe what Octavian looked like…

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Tree hugger

– parterre.com

Tree huggerMalena Ernman heads a starry cast in this 2011 performance of Serse from the Theater an der Wien, courtesy of Our Own Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin.
Georg Friedrich Händel: Serse
Ensemble Matheus
Arnold Schoenberg Chor
Jean-Christophe Spinosi, conductor
Theater an der Wien
16 October 2011
Serse – Malena Ernman
Arsamene – Bejun Mehta
Romilda – Adriana Kucerová
Atalanta – Danielle de Niese
Ariodate – Anton Scharinger
Amastre – Luciana Mancini
Elviro – Andreas Wolf

Photo: Armin Bardel

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San Diego Opera confirms new season

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

San Diego Opera confirms new seasonJust three operas – Bohème, Don Giovanni and Nixon in China – but a triumph for the board members and fundraisers who overturned the plot to shut the company down. Full details here.

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2010 was significant for me personally since I officially began working at The Box that year. Included in this post are links to favorite articles, inspiring composer interviews, and assorted tales from that year.

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