Category: Media View

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Spoleto Festival names Mena Mark Hanna general director

“Spoleto Festival USA has announced the appointment of its new general director,” writes Maura Hogan in Tuesday’s (7/13) Post and Courier (SC). “Mena Mark Hanna … succeeds Nigel Redden,...

July 14, 2021

The enduring allure of classical music on vinyl recordings

“In 2020, nearly 28 million vinyl records were sold, according to MRC Data’s most recent report—that’s 30 times more than in 2006 (when some analysts say this steady 15-year...

July 14, 2021

Music @ Menlo chamber music festival opens Spieker Center for the Arts

“After taking a hiatus in 2020 from in-person concerts, Music @ Menlo will program indoor and outdoor concerts for its three-week-long summer season, aptly titled ‘Gather,’ ” writes Jasmine...

July 13, 2021

Lara Downes, amplifying voices of composers and musicians of color

“Pianist Lara Downes’s new and recent recordings of new or neglected music by women and composers of color are broadening the repertoire for classical pianists, and enriching our musical...

July 13, 2021

Bakersfield Symphony’s Stilian Kirov to remain at orchestra through 2026

“The show must go on—and it will do so with Stilian Kirov still in charge. The Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra announced Tuesday that its music director has signed a five-year...

July 13, 2021

COVID infections at Switzerland’s Verbier Festival lead to isolation of musicians, changes in programming

“A COVID-19 cluster at the Verbier Festival has left musicians in isolation and led to changes in the program of the Verbier Festival Orchestra’s (VFO) first concert with conductor...

July 13, 2021

Dallas classical radio station WRR seeking new management; potential bidders include Dallas Symphony and KERA

“The city of Dallas is inviting proposals to take over management of city-owned classical-music radio station WRR-FM (101.1),” writes Scott Cantrell in Monday’s (7/12) Dallas Morning News. “Both KERA,...

July 13, 2021

Review: Chicago Symphony’s Ravinia Festival return with Tower, Karpman, Garrop, Simon, Johnson, Beethoven, Mozart

“With the celebratory thwacks of bass drum and timpani that open Joan Tower’s Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman No. 1, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra made it thunderously clear on...

July 13, 2021

San José Chamber Orchestra commissions a dozen works for 2021-22 season

“ ‘We couldn’t do what we normally do,’ says Barbara Day Turner, the founder and music director of the San José Chamber Orchestra,” writes Michael Zwiebach in Wednesday’s (7/7)...

July 12, 2021

Caroline Shaw’s unpredictable career path as composer, singer, violinist

“When Caroline Shaw’s composition Partita for 8 Voices won the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2013, making her the youngest person to ever win the award, at age 30,...

July 12, 2021