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Spoleto Festival USA’s programming mix: new, old, in-between

Friday, 24 May 2019

“For decades, Spoleto Festival USA has provided a platform for the new and innovative,” writes Adam Parker in Wednesday’s (6/22) Post and Courier (Charleston, S.C.)....

 

Alan Gilbert, on the cusp of first season leading Germany’s NDR Elbphilharmonie

Friday, 24 May 2019

“The 2019-20 season will be Alan Gilbert’s first with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester in Hamburg,” writes Jeffrey Arlo Brown in Wednesday’s (5/22) VAN (Berlin, Germany)....

 

At Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, researching audience-building with Wallace grant

Friday, 24 May 2019

“Caron House, Opera Theatre of St. Louis’s former assistant director for development, estimates that it takes about three new subscribers to replace the loss of one … loyal core audience member,” writes Rosalind Early in Tuesday’s (5/21) American Theatre....

 

Thierry Fischer to step down from Utah Symphony post in 2022

Friday, 24 May 2019

“Thierry Fischer, who as conductor and music director of the Utah Symphony is credited with revitalizing the state’s biggest classical music organization, will be leaving that job when his contract is up in August 2022,” writes Sean P. Means in Thursday’s (5/23) Salt Lake Tribune.... 

 

Wyoming Symphony selects Christopher Dragon as music director

Friday, 24 May 2019

“Christopher Dragon was in an airport in Australia preparing for the long trip back to Denver when he received a call from the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra,” writes Dan Cepeda in Friday’s (5/24) Oil City News (Casper, WY)....

 

How Disney Hall helped transform a Los Angeles neighborhood

Friday, 24 May 2019

“When the Los Angeles Philharmonic launched its centennial season last September, media artist Refik Anadol projected a series of giddy hallucinations onto the facade of Walt Disney Concert Hall … an expression of the architecture’s extroverted personality,” writes Justin Davidson in Wednesday’s (5/22) Los Angeles Times. “Disney Hall is still spinning off energy, and the neighborhood around it is still ...

 

Canadian pianist Tony Sigi Yun wins $150K in first China International Music Competition

Thursday, 23 May 2019

“Tony Sigi Yun, an 18-year-old Canadian pianist enrolled in the pre-college division of the Juilliard School, has won the China International Music Competition, earning $150,000 and management for three years,” writes Nicholas Beard in Monday’s (5/20) Musical America....

 

Memphis Symphony’s fundraising campaign reaches $25 million toward $35M goal

Thursday, 23 May 2019

“The Memphis Symphony Orchestra is launching the second phase of its ‘The Future Now’ campaign, to raise $35 million to complete its endowment drive and build its reserve fund,” writes Elle Perry in Tuesday’s (5/21) Daily Memphian (TN)....

 

Minnesota’s East Metro Symphony, originally the 3M Club Symphony, celebrates ten years

Thursday, 23 May 2019

At the East Metro Symphony Orchestra’s tenth-anniversary concert on May 19, special guests included “a nyckelharpa, or key fiddle, player, and traditional Swedish dancers,” writes Hannah Black in Wednesday’s (5/22) South Washington County Bulletin (Redwing, MN)....

 

Alasdair Neale heads to the New Haven Symphony

Thursday, 23 May 2019

“Alasdair Neale will officially take over as music director and conductor of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra ... July 1, shortly after he is introduced to the community at a free concert on the New Haven Green on June 22,” writes Frank Rizzo in the June issue of Connecticut Magazine....

 

Queen Latifah to headline Boston Pops’ Fourth of July concert, with Arlo Guthrie, Aretha Franklin tribute, fireworks

Thursday, 23 May 2019

“Queen Latifah will join the Boston Pops as the headliner for the annual Fourth of July concert on the Charles River Esplanade this year,” writes Cintia Lopez on Wednesday (5/22) at Boston radio station WBUR. “The lineup, announced Wednesday, also includes folk star Arlo Guthrie, who will celebrate the music of Woodstock ...

 

Mumbai’s restored opera house aims for broad role in city

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

“Mumbai simply couldn’t forget its Royal Opera House—the ornate Baroque centenarian on Charni Road,” writes Lavanya Shanbhogue in Friday’s (5/17) Hindu Business Line (Chennai, India)....

 

Classical-music streaming companies, looking to fill a gap

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

“Idagio streams classical music, from Gregorian chants to the minimalist movements of Philip Glass,” writes Benedikt Kammel at Monday’s (5/20) Bloomberg.com....

 

Cellist Nicholas Canellakis and Delaware Symphony in rarely performed Rozsa concerto

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

“What are the odds the Delaware Symphony Orchestra would find a cellist with a penchant for filmmaking to perform a concerto by a composer famous for his film scores in a program titled ‘Roman Hollywood?’ ” writes Christine Facciolo on Friday (5/17) at public radio/TV station WHYY (Philadelphia/Delaware)....

 

Innovative leader: conductor/composer Christopher Rountree

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

“At the vanguard of new music, composer/conductor/curator Christopher Rountree is certainly having a moment,” writes Victoria Looseleaf in Saturday’s (5/18) San Francisco Classical Voice....

 

Wisconsin’s Fox Valley Symphony names Kevin Sütterlin music director

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

“The Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra has found its next leader,” writes Shane Nyman in Tuesday’s (5/21) Post-Crescent (Appleton, WI)....

 

Review: Houston Symphony’s season-ending “Bluebeard’s Castle”

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

“Where was all that blood coming from?” writes Chris Gray in Tuesday’s (5/21) Houston Chronicle. “Not just any orchestra would send its audience off to their Ubers pondering such a grisly question. But the Houston Symphony dramatically closed its 2018-19 classical season with a psychologically intense performance of [Bartók’s opera] ‘Bluebeard’s Castle.’ ...

 

Artistic director of Turkey’s Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic on orchestra’s ten-year progress

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

“Turkey has a passionate audience despite its short history of classical music when compared with that of Europe, Sascha Goetzel, the artistic director and principal conductor of…

 

Philadelphia Orchestra’s staged “Candide” gets two narrators: Bradley Cooper and Carey Mulligan

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

“Bradley Cooper is joining the Philadelphia Orchestra,” writes Peter Dobrin in Monday’s (5/20) Philadelphia Inquirer. Cooper and “British actor Carey Mulligan will narrate the orchestra’s coming performances of…

 

Ailing pianist and last-minute switch for conductor Karina Canellakis and Montreal Symphony

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

“In one of the most anticipated concerts of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal’s season, Karina Canellakis was making her OSM debut on May 15 with a program comprising orchestral excerpts from…

 

Richmond Symphony’s Steven Smith ends tenure as music director with “Carmen”

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

“Steven Smith concluded his tenure as music director of the Richmond Symphony without the usual onstage formalities, opting instead for high drama in a concert presentation of Bizet’s ‘Carmen,’ ” writes…

 

Karidoyanes marks 25 years leading Plymouth Philharmonic

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Steven Karidoyanes (in photo) has served as the Plymouth Philharmonic’s music director for 25 years, “leading the Phil through highs and a few small lows, expanding its reach, adding concerts to the season and…

 

Opinion: What’s in a “wow”? A hint about possible approaches to classical music performance

Monday, 20 May 2019

“When the final note of a superb performance of Mozart’s Masonic Funeral Music by Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society had finished echoing through Symphony Hall, the respectful silence was broken by the lone voice of a young boy who, sounding appropriately amazed, simply said ‘Wow!,’ ” writes Anthony Rudel in Friday’s (5/1) Boston Globe....

 

Review: Symphony Tacoma premiere of Lash’s “In Hopes of Finding the Sun”

Monday, 20 May 2019

“It’s a tall order to write a piece of music to pair with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony,” writes Rosemary Ponnekanti in Wednesday’s (5/15) South Sound Magazine (WA)....

 

Dudamel to conduct score of new Spielberg-directed “West Side Story”

Monday, 20 May 2019

“Steven Spielberg has assembled an award-winning group of music veterans to revive Leonard Bernstein’s iconic score for his adaptation of West Side Story,” writes Mia Galuppo in Friday’s (5/17) Hollywood Reporter....

 

Philip Mann named Texarkana Symphony’s music director

Monday, 20 May 2019

“The Texarkana Symphony Orchestra named Philip Mann as its new music director and principal conductor Tuesday,” writes Aaron Brand in Wednesday’s (5/15) Texarkana Gazette (TX)....

 

Students meditate with classical music, performed by Cleveland Orchestra

Monday, 20 May 2019

In Cleveland Heights, Ohio, a classroom relaxation program called Mindful Music Moments “combines the music of the Cleveland Orchestra with meditative techniques to promote a sense of calm,” reports David Barnett in a Wednesday (5/15) video on PBS News Hour....

 

Spokane Symphony concertmaster’s next show: boxer vs. percussionists, plus science

Monday, 20 May 2019

“Boxer Chauncy ‘The Hillyard Hammer’ Welliver was a little dumbfounded when he heard Spokane Symphony concertmaster Mateusz Wolski’s pitch,” writes Azaria Podplesky in Friday’s (5/17) Spokesman-Review (Spokane, WA). “Wolski, organizing his next ‘M Show,’ which combines music, comedy and science, wanted Welliver to go head to head with percussionists ...

 

Obituary: James Arkatov, cellist and founder of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, 98

Friday, 17 May 2019

“James Arkatov, who 51 years ago founded the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and became its first principal cellist, died on Saturday, May 12. He was 98,” writes Susan Elliott in Thursday’s (5/16) Musical America....

 

Oklahoma Youth Orchestra principal bassoon featured on “From the Top” video series

Friday, 17 May 2019

“Bassoonist Taylor Akin, 18, of Purcell [Oklahoma], was recently featured on the video series ‘Where Music Lives,’ hosted by Kevin ‘K.O.’ Olusola” of the a cappella group Pentatonix, writes Brandy McDonnell in Monday’s (5/13) Oklahoman (Oklahoma City)....

 

JoAnn Falletta and Virginia Symphony’s U.S. premiere of Schmitt’s 1920 play-with-music “Antony and Cleopatra”

Friday, 17 May 2019

“Florent Schmitt was a French composer of the 20th century who made a lot of music but didn’t catch on enough for symphonies to perform his orchestral and chamber works after his death in 1958,” writes Mike Holtzclaw in Thursday’s (5/16) Daily Press (Newport News, VA).... 

 

Symphony NH taps Roger Kalia as music director

Friday, 17 May 2019

“Symphony New Hampshire announced Monday that Roger Kalia will be the new music director for the orchestra” effective with the start of the 2019-20 season, write Rachel Cohen and Peter Biello in a report on Wednesday (5/15) at New Hampshire Public Radio....

 

National Symphony Orchestra and Noseda’s first Carnegie Hall performances together

Friday, 17 May 2019

“New York City audiences are used to seeing just the top of Gianandrea Noseda’s head in the orchestra pit at the Metropolitan Opera, where the Italian maestro is a frequent guest conductor,” writes Gail Wein in Wednesday’s (5/15) Playbill.com. “But on May 19, Noseda will be front and center at Carnegie Hall with the National Symphony Orchestra....

 

Welsh government proposes arts as core area of 2022 “broad and balanced curriculum”

Thursday, 16 May 2019

“Arts subjects would be embedded into the national curriculum for Wales under new proposals from the Welsh government,” writes Giverny Masso in last Thursday’s (5/9) The Stage (U.K.)....

 

Big D meet-up: Dallas Symphony and singer/songwriter Erykah Badu

Thursday, 16 May 2019

“Gigging together for the first time ever next month: Erykah Badu and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra,” writes Dan Singer in Wednesday’s (5/15) Dallas Morning News....

 

Ward Stare to step down as Rochester Philharmonic’s music director in 2021

Thursday, 16 May 2019

“Ward Stare, who in 2014 at age 32 became the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra’s youngest-ever music director following one of its most turbulent periods, will leave the job at the end of the summer in 2021,” writes Marcia Greenwood in Monday’s (5/13) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (NY)....

 

House of Representatives bill would increase NEA, NEH, and Kennedy Center funding

Thursday, 16 May 2019

“House Democrats on Tuesday unveiled a bill that would add funding for major arts programs that President Trump had sought to cut or eliminate altogether,” writes Niv Elis in Tuesday’s (5/14) The Hill (Washington, D.C.)....

 

Metropolitan Youth Symphony’s Florence Price-inspired premiere—by one of its violinists

Thursday, 16 May 2019

“Florence Price’s music is coming back to life, with presentations including a May 21 performance of one of her symphonies by Portland’s Metropolitan Youth Symphony,” writes Brett Campbell in Tuesday’s (5/14) Oregonian (Portland). “What’s more, Price’s resurrection is inspiring today’s young composers to create new music….

 

Metropolitan Opera box-office revenue up slightly in 2018-19

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

“The Metropolitan Opera’s percentage of box office revenue rose slightly this season, giving general manager Peter Gelb hope the company’s finances have rebounded,” writes Ronald Blum in Monday’s (5/13) Associated Press.... 

 

Review: LA Phil premiere of Adès’s “Inferno” ballet

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

“The full maturity of Thomas Adès is blooming before our very eyes and ears,” writes Richard S. Ginell in Monday’s (5/13) San Francisco Classical Voice....

 

Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy studies the 2019-20 season and women composers

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

“American orchestras have taken some steps to represent women composers, but … there is still a long way to go,” writes Hannah Schiller on Monday (5/13) at Chicago radio station WFMT....

 

Ann Arbor Symphony’s Blaske to retire after 25 years as executive director

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

“Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra's executive director is retiring after 25 years with the nonprofit,” writes Kurt Nagl in Tuesday’s (3/14) Crain’s Detroit Business....

 

Columbus Symphony concertmaster to perform on violin once owned by Paganini

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

On Monday at Ohio’s Columbus Museum of Art, “Two gloved museum employees lifted a protective display case [and] Bruce Carlson—conservator of the ‘Il Cannone’ violin once owned by legendary virtuoso Niccolo Paganini,” writes Ken Gordon in Monday’s (5/13) Columbus Dispatch (OH)....

 

Anna Rakitina to begin as Boston Symphony’s assistant conductor in fall 2019

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

“Russian-born conductor Anna Rakitina will join the Boston Symphony Orchestra as its new assistant conductor for a two-year term, beginning with the 2019-20 season,” writes Zoë Madonna in Monday’s (5/13) Boston Globe. “Rakitina will become only the second woman in BSO history to assume this post....

 

“Please play cello for us”: an unusual airline-travel tale

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

On May 9, cellist Amit Peled “was asked to play his instrument on board an Austrian Airlines flight from Vienna to Washington Dulles International Airport,” writes Maddy Shaw Roberts in Friday’s (5/10) Classic FM....

 

Free arts-ticket program launches for employees at Philadelphia organizations

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

“Employees of Penn Medicine and Drexel University will gain special access to events at several of the city’s arts and culture groups under a pilot program,” writes Peter Dobrin in Wednesday’s (5/8) Philadelphia Inquirer....

 

Springfield Symphony to conclude season with world premiere by principal bassist

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

“Superb performances … have characterized the Springfield Symphony Orchestra’s 75th Anniversary Celebration,” writes Clifton Noble Jr. in Wednesday’s (5/8) Republican (Springfield, MA)....

 

Seattle Symphony, teaming with city agencies to help homeless mothers to write and perform lullabies

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

“On a recent spring morning, Shawna Percival (pictured with daughter Vivian) wheels her double stroller onto the stage of Benaroya Hall, home of the Seattle Symphony,” writes Gemma Alexander in Sunday’s (5/12) Seattle Times....

 

The new-old Hartford Symphony, finding a new path at age 75

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

“When asked if the Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s latest managerial strategy and turnaround could be called ‘HSO.2,’ Executive Director Steve Collins smiled, saying, ‘More like “HSO.8’ if you’re talking about our 75-year history,’ ” writes Frank Rizzo in last Monday’s (5/6) Hartford Business Journal....

 

San Bernardino Symphony taps Anthony Parnther as music director

Monday, 13 May 2019

“San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra has selected Anthony Parnther as its next music director,” writes Fielding Buck in Friday’s (5/10) San Bernardino Sun (CA)....

 

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