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1) Hottest Articles on BWWClassical MusicWorld.com from 3/2/2014 - 3/9/2014 BWW Reviews: Sondheim's SWEENEY TODD Is a Killer at the New York Philharmonic
by Richard Sasanow - March 08, 2014

Like the young Anthony Hope in Stephen Sondheim's scintillating SWEENEY TODD, "I've sailed the world, beheld its wonders…," with SWEENEY TODDs ranging from the original cast in New York, to an all-Japanese version in Tokyo, and have never failed to be thrilled by it. But there was something about hearing it with the New York Philharmonic, led by its music director, Alan Gilbert, that showed it in all its greatness. (more...)


2) Hottest Articles on BWWClassical MusicWorld.com from 3/2/2014 - 3/9/2014 BWW Reviews: Carnegie Hall's Audience Votes for WOZZECK from Vienna State Opera
by Richard Sasanow - March 03, 2014

Was baritone Thomas Hampson looking for some last-minute pointers at last night's concert performance of Alban Berg's WOZZECK with the Vienna State Opera/Vienna Philharmonic under music director Franz Welser-Most at Carnegie Hall? If he did--his role debut at the Met is Thursday--then he came to the right place, for Matthias Goerne was spellbinding as the title character descending into madness in this challenging, yet rewarding, piece. From his first scene, shaving the Captain, to his drowning as an accidental by-product of the murder of his mistress, Goerne was haunted and haunting. (more...)


3) Hottest Articles on BWWClassical MusicWorld.com from 3/2/2014 - 3/9/2014 Carnegie Hall Announces Musicians of 2014 National Youth Orchestra of the USA
by BWW News Desk - March 03, 2014

Carnegie Hall today announced the names of the 120 outstanding young musicians from across America who have been selected to come together this summer as the second annual National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA). (more...)


4) Hottest Articles on BWWClassical MusicWorld.com from 3/2/2014 - 3/9/2014 BWW Reviews: Park Avenue Chamber Symphony Performs Beethoven, Barber and Bartok
by Peter Danish - March 04, 2014

New York City has lots of big attractions that people around the world are well aware of. But New York City also has smaller gems that don't get the same attention but still shine just as brightly. The Park Avenue Chamber Symphony is one such gem. Last Sunday afternoon, this superb ensemble led ably by Maestro David Bernard delivered an impressive performance of Beethoven's Symphony No. 2, which many, more well-known and well-funded, orchestras would be jealous of. Maestro Bernard, who worked without benefit of a score, brought a brilliant and bright quality to the first Allegro movement. The Larghetto that followed was mannered and precisely shaped. The Scherzo, usually performed as a light and merry dance, felt a bit wayward, as the playing got a bit loose. But a strong, majestic and fiery Finale brought the first half to a satisfying conclusion. The Second Symphony was composed during the summer and fall of 1802 and it signaled the end of Beethoven's 'early period.' For the composer, this was a time of great despair because he was finally realizing that his deafness could not be cured and would indeed be a permanent affliction. That despair is deeply engrained in the work, and the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony dug deep and tapped into that despair and communicated it amiably to the audience. (more...)


5) Hottest Articles on BWWClassical MusicWorld.com from 3/2/2014 - 3/9/2014 BWW Reviews: Mandy Patinkin and Patti LuPone Join Baltimore Symphony's 2014-15 Season
by Charles Shubow - March 07, 2014

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra previews next season with highlights. (more...)


6) Hottest Articles on BWWClassical MusicWorld.com from 3/2/2014 - 3/9/2014 Baltimore Symphony's 2014-15 Season Features Themes of 'Spirituality and Transcendence'
by BWW News Desk - March 05, 2014

Music Director Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) announce the Orchestra's 2014-2015 season, its eighth under the direction of Maestra Alsop. The full schedule and details about each production follow. (more...)


7) Hottest Articles on BWWClassical MusicWorld.com from 3/2/2014 - 3/9/2014 Riverside Church to Welcome Six Handbell Choirs for 2014 English Handbell Festival, 4/6
by BWW News Desk - March 04, 2014

Nearly 100 handbell ringers from New York and Virginia will descend upon the historic Riverside Church to toll more than 400 handbells of varying sizes for a magnificent concert, filling its soaring halls with harmony and melody, during its 36th Annual English Handbell Festival at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 6 in the Church's Nave, at 490 Riverside Drive (bet. 120th & 122nd St.), Morningside Heights. (more...)


8) Hottest Articles on BWWClassical MusicWorld.com from 3/2/2014 - 3/9/2014 Little Orchestra Society Invites NYC to Craft Its New Name; Ideas Accepted thru 3/9
by BWW News Desk - March 03, 2014

The Little Orchestra Society is reaching out to fellow New Yorkers to help craft its new name. Long time fans of the Orchestra and new enthusiasts alike will have the opportunity to submit their favorite names for an institution beloved by generations of concert-goers. Today through March 9th, music lovers are invited to visit the Orchestra's website: littleorchestra.org, and recommend a new name for an Orchestra known for its audience engagement, inclusive educational mission and commitment to innovative music and multi-disciplinary performances. The Orchestra's new name will be announced later this year. (more...)


9) Hottest Articles on BWWClassical MusicWorld.com from 3/2/2014 - 3/9/2014 Tokyo Philharmonic to Perform with Students from Fukushima and NYC to Mark 100 Years, Earthquake Anniversary, 3/10
by BWW News Desk - March 06, 2014

Rakuten, Inc., hereinafter referred to as Rakuten (Headquarters: Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo, CEO and chairman: Hiroshi Mikitani), will support the TOMODACHI Project (hosted by TOMODACHI Initiative), a U.S.-Japan music exchange program for Fukushima university students and New York special music school students. The program will be held to mark the New York concert of the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, whose chairman is Mr. Mikitani, for its 100th Anniversary World Tour 2014. Rakuten is a principal sponsor of the world tour, and the concert in New York is also supported by TOMODACHI Initiative. (more...)


10) Hottest Articles on BWWClassical MusicWorld.com from 3/2/2014 - 3/9/2014 PUBLIQuartet and The Mighty Third Rail to Play Symphony Space, 3/20
by BWW News Desk - March 03, 2014

The innovative PUBLIQuartet, winner of the Concert Artists Guild Sylvia Ann Hewlett Adventurous Artist Prize and a CAG New Music/New Places Ensemble, will team up with the hip hop poetry trio, The Mighty Third Rail for an original performance at the Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space on Thursday evening, March 20th at 7:30 p.m. The PUBLIQuartet will begin the evening with Gyorgy Ligeti's Quartet No. 1. The Mighty Third Rail will then perform their own hip hop/spoken word improvisations based on iconic jazz standards by Duke Ellington and John Coltraine, as well as Gil Scott- Heron's 'The Revolution Will Not Be Televised' along with their own compositions. The concert will come full circle with a re- imagining of Ligeti's Quartet No. 1in which both ensembles will take part, featuring improvisation, electronics, beat boxing, and spoken word in a modern day telling of the Garden of Eden. The performance is part of the PUBLIQuartet's MIND|THE|GAP series, which explores the intersection between jazz, hip hop, and classical genres. (more...)


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Composer Lera Auerbach to Launch Bold New Commissioning Project for Upcoming 'Concerto for Piano and Orchestra'Composer Lera Auerbach to Launch Bold New Commissioning Project for Upcoming 'Concerto for Piano and Orchestra'
by Peter Danish