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1) Hottest Articles on BWWClassical MusicWorld.com from 5/4/2014 - 5/11/2014 BWW Reviews: WNO's Eye-Popping MAGIC FLUTE Casts a Musical Spell
by Jeffrey Walker - May 04, 2014

A winner from start to finish, THE MAGIC FLUTE features Mozart's score, a delightful new translation, superb casting, and the stunning design work of Jun Kaneko. Perfect for fans and novices, this MAGIC FLUTE is a must see. (more...)


2) Hottest Articles on BWWClassical MusicWorld.com from 5/4/2014 - 5/11/2014 Columbus Symphony's Picnic with the Pops Kicks Off with The Classical Mystery Tour and Cirque Musica, 6/13 -14
by BWW News Desk - May 09, 2014

On Friday, June 13, the 31st season of the Columbus Symphony's Nationwide Insurance Picnic with the Pops kicks off with two performances sure to be a hit with Columbus audiences-the Classical Mystery Tour will perform a lavish Beatles tribute on Friday, June 13, and Cirque Musica will combine the beauty of well-known classical works with breathtaking acrobatics on Saturday, June 14- in its downtown home at the Columbus Bicentennial Pavilion in the Columbus Commons. (more...)


3) Hottest Articles on BWWClassical MusicWorld.com from 5/4/2014 - 5/11/2014 BWW Reviews: WNO's THE MAGIC FLUTE is a Magical Experience, Musically and Visually
by Audrey Liebross - May 07, 2014

THE MAGIC FLUTE (Die Zauberflote), Mozart's last great work, is sometimes viewed as the precursor to musical theater. Mozart's friend, actor-producer Emanuel Schikaneder, wrote the original libretto in the German vernacular (as opposed to the more upper crust Italian) as a 'singspiel,' a play with music. In fact, THE MAGIC FLUTE has significantly more spoken dialogue than The Phantom of the Opera and certainly far more than Les Miserables. (more...)


4) Hottest Articles on BWWClassical MusicWorld.com from 5/4/2014 - 5/11/2014 Philadelphia Orchestra and Opera Philadelphia Present First-Ever Co-Production, SALOME, Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 08, 2014

The Philadelphia Orchestra and Opera Philadelphia will join together in a first-time co-production-a theatrically-inspired production of Richard Strauss's compelling and provocative masterpiece, Salome. Two sold-out performances are set to take place tonight, May 8, and Saturday, May 10, 2014, in the Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall, and will be led by Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Yannick Nezet-Seguin. Audiences will enjoy a groundbreaking blend of the distinctive sound of The Philadelphia Orchestra, one of the preeminent orchestras in the world, and Opera Philadelphia's dynamic theatrical presentation. These landmark performances are made possible in part by the generous support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Wyncote Foundation, and the Presser Foundation. (more...)


5) Hottest Articles on BWWClassical MusicWorld.com from 5/4/2014 - 5/11/2014 Bernard Haitink Conducts Two Programs With NY Phil to Celebrate 60th Conducting Season & 85th Birthday, Now thru 5/17
by BWW News Desk - May 08, 2014

Bernard Haitink will return to the New York Philharmonic to conduct two weeks of performances highlighting works by Austrian composers - Berg, Webern, and Mahler - and Beethoven, who spent much of his career in Austria. In the first program, Mr. Haitink will conduct Webern's Im Sommerwind, Berg's Violin Concerto with Leonidas Kavakos, and Beethoven's Symphony No. 3, Eroica, tonight, May 8, 2014, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, May 9 at 8:00 p.m.; and Saturday, May 10 at 8:00 p.m. Bernard Haitink's appearances are part of an international, season-wide celebration of the 60th anniversary of his conducting debut with the Netherlands Radio Union Orchestra (now the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra) and his 85th birthday. (more...)


6) Hottest Articles on BWWClassical MusicWorld.com from 5/4/2014 - 5/11/2014 THE BANNER SAGA Soundtrack, Featuring Dallas Winds, Set for 5/13 Release
by BWW News Desk - May 07, 2014

GRAMMY-nominated,*BAFTA-winning composer Austin Wintory created an earthy, multi-layered orchestral score for the single player role-playing tactical game THE BANNER SAGA from Stoic Studios, currently available on PC and Mac. The soundtrack score features the Dallas Winds (America's Premier Windband), recorded by GRAMMY-winning engineer Keith O. Johnson and the Reference Recordings team at the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, TX. In addition the score features a trio of famous YouTube soloists: vocalists Malukah and Peter Hollens, and violinist Taylor Davis. The soundtrack is set for worldwide CD release on May 13, 2014. (more...)


7) Hottest Articles on BWWClassical MusicWorld.com from 5/4/2014 - 5/11/2014 PUBLIQuartet to Perform Compositions from Emerging Composers, 5/24
by BWW News Desk - May 07, 2014

2014 has already been quite a year so far for NYC's innovative classical/jazz ensemble PUBLIQuartet. They made their debut recital at the Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Peter Norton at Symphony Space in March and now they are proud to announce the inaugural year of PUBLIQuartet's Emerging Composers Program: PUBLIQ Access. Formed in Spring 2010, PUBLIQuartet, were recipients of the New Music/New Places Fellow and awarded the Sylvia Ann Hewlett Adventurous Artist Prize at the 2013 Concert Artists Guild Competition (CAG is a comprehensive management group founded in 1951 with a mission to discover, nurture and promote young musicians and provides support to a roster of talented artists during the critical and formative time between completion of formal studies and the achievement of an established career). The quartet, which features Curtis Stewart, violin; Jannina Norpoth, violin; Nick Revel, viola; and Amanda Gookin, cello, and their creative, interactive programming, bring a fresh perspective to the classical music scene. Drawing on jazz, world, and electro-acoustic influences, PUBLIQuartet pairs music from the classical repertoire with contemporary works, original compositions, and open-form improvisations that expand the stylistic norms of the string quartet. Following their focus on newly composed works by developing as well as established composers, and their dedication for creating awareness for new talent, they established the inaugural year of PUBLIQuartet's Emerging Composers Program: PUBLIQ Access. The program, designed to promote new works for the string quartet and highlight the voices of today's emerging composers, received 125 submissions, and 7 compositions were chosen. The winning works will be performed by the quartet on May 24th at the PUBLIQ Access Showcase Concert at the Dimenna Center/Mary Flagler Cary Hall in NYC (450 West 37th Street (between 9th & 10th Avenue) at 7PM. (more...)


8) Hottest Articles on BWWClassical MusicWorld.com from 5/4/2014 - 5/11/2014 VIDEO: Behind the Scenes of Cleveland Orchestra's THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN
by BWW News Desk - May 09, 2014

Music Director Franz Welser-Most continues his emphasis on operatic and choral repertoire with a compelling new production of Leos Janacek's The Cunning Little Vixen, performed with The Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall, May 17-24. Presented with innovative and original animation, this world premiere production explores the depths of human experience in a charming tale of love, peril, freedom, and family. On the surface, the opera's story is about childish things, but underneath, human emotions boil over and burst apart between the 'animals of the forest' and their human interlocutors. Click below to go behind the making of the production! (more...)


9) Hottest Articles on BWWClassical MusicWorld.com from 5/4/2014 - 5/11/2014 Merit School of Music Salutes Renee Fleming at 35th Anniversary Gala Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 08, 2014

Celebrating 35 years of providing music education to Chicago children, the Merit School of Music will honor internationally-recognized soprano Renee Fleming at its 35th Anniversary Gala, tonight, May 8, 2014 at 6 p.m. at the Palmer House Hilton, 17 E. Monroe St., Chicago. (more...)


10) Hottest Articles on BWWClassical MusicWorld.com from 5/4/2014 - 5/11/2014 Jason Moran And Theaster Gates to Premiere LOOKS OF A LOT at Symphony Center, 5/30
by BWW News Desk - May 05, 2014

Jazz pianist and MacArthur "Genius" award recipient Jason Moran and internationally acclaimed, Chicago-based visual artist Theaster Gates premiere their new work, Looks of a Lot, in a Symphony Center Presents Jazz series concert on Friday, May 30 at 8 p.m. Influenced by Chicago stories from various eras, the project represents the second commission by Symphony Center Presents Jazz series and is also a part of the CSO's Truth to Power Festival, offering an exploration of transformative music composed during some of the most challenging chapters of history. (more...)



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