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San Francisco Conservatory of Music Announces 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - August 22, 2014

The San Francisco Conservatory of Music is adding depth and diversity to what is already the Bay Area's most comprehensive concert season. In 2014-15, SFCM presents twelve orchestra concerts, three full operas, premieres by nationally-known and home-grown composers, and an expanded faculty artist series of chamber works, early music and solo recitals. (more...)


Grammy Winner Branford Marsalis to Perform with Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, 10/4
by BWW News Desk - August 22, 2014

Renowned Grammy Award-winning saxophonist, Tony Award nominee, and composer, Branford Marsalis, joins the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia in Marsalis 'Well-Tempered,' performing Baroque masterpieces at Meany Hall on the UW Campus in Seattle, WA. (more...)


Jason Alexander Makes Houston Symphony Debut, 9/5
by BWW News Desk - August 22, 2014

On September 5, 6 and 7, the multi-talented singer, actor and comedian Jason Alexander will make his Houston Symphony debut with An Evening of Comedy & Song, led by Principal POPS Conductor Michael Krajewski. While best known for his iconic portrayal of "George Costanza" in the ground-breaking hit TV show Seinfeld, Alexander returns to his Tony Award-winning roots for a night of music and laughs as he reminisces about his remarkable and versatile career on the stage and screen. Bringing his singular brand of entertainment, Alexander kicks off the 2014-15 POPS Season by performing such Broadway hits as "Comedy Tonight" from A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum, "Trouble" from The Music Man, "Magic To Do/Corner of the Sky" from Pippin and "Shiksa Goddess" from The Last Five Years as well as three new musical medleys. This concert is made possible in part through the support of Cynthia Woods Mitchell POPS at Jones Hall and BBVA Compass. (more...)


Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2014 Airs on THIRTEEN's Great Performances Tonight
by BWW News Desk - August 22, 2014

Led for the first time by a guest conductor Christoph Eschenbach, the world-renowned Vienna Philharmonic returns for their 11th open-air concert in the magnificent gardens of Austria's Imperial Schnbrunn Palace (more...)


2014 Hilton Head International Piano Competition Winner Shen Lu to Play Carnegie Hall, 11/8
by BWW News Desk - August 21, 2014

The Hilton Head International Piano Competition (HHIPC) will present its 2014 First Prize-winner, Shen Lu, at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on Saturday, November 8, 2014, 2:30 p.m. Mr. Shen will perform works by Beethoven, Chopin, Tan Dun, Rachmaninoff, Ravel and Scarlatti. (more...)


Jay Ansill and Christopher Colucci to Perform at People's Light, 8/28
by BWW News Desk - August 21, 2014

People's Light & Theatre presents a free one-night only classical concert on Thursday, August 28 at 7:30 pm on the Steinbright Stage. Guest artists Jay Ansill, mandolin and celtic harp and Christopher Colucci, classical guitar will perform an evening of classical works by Bach, Satie and others. (more...)


Eric Idle, Victoria Clark, Marc Kudisch in 'NOT THE MESSIAH' and More Set for The Collegiate Chorale's 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - August 21, 2014

The Collegiate Chorale announces its 2014-15 season: the New York City Premiere of Eric Idle and John DuPrez's Not the Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy) at Carnegie Hall, followed by George F. Handel's Susanna at Town Hall, and the US Premiere of Kurt Weill and Franz Werfel's The Road of Promise at Carnegie Hall. (more...)


The Los Angeles Philharmonic Replaces Previous Multimedia Presentation with Edgard Varèse's AMERIQUES, 11/6-9
by BWW News Desk - August 21, 2014

The Los Angeles Philharmonic's multimedia presentation of Edgard Varese's Ameriques, will replace the previously announced presentation of Berlioz' Romeo & Juliet at Walt Disney Concert Hall, November 6, 7 and 9. The Berlioz presentation was to have featured a newly-commissioned video by Refik Anadol to accompany a complete performance led by LA Phil Conductor Laureate Esa-Pekka Salonen, however, technical elements relating to the production have required its postponement. Varese's Ameriques, conducted by Salonen, will feature a new video created by Anadol for the piece. The new program explores the works of European composers, such as Igor Stravinsky and Edgard Varese, who emigrated to the U.S. during the turbulent years of the early 20th century, and how their "new world" inspired them. (more...)


Salon/Sanctuary Concerts Presents 6th Season, Featuring MORE BETWEEN HEAVEN AND EARTH, ROSSINI IN PARIS and More
by BWW News Desk - August 21, 2014

Selected for inclusion in WQXR's Salute The ARts Initiative, a program that profiles 36 small cultural non-profit organizations in the New York Metropolitan area, we are honored to have earned a place on WQXR's roster. It is with joy and exhilaration that we share our upcoming roster and events with you. (more...)


Cleveland Orchestra Reveals 'Frequent Fan Cards'
by BWW News Desk - August 21, 2014

The Cleveland Orchestra has announced a special sales discount for area students on Frequent Fan Cards for the 2014-15 season. With the purchase of a Frequent Fan Card, full-time students can attend as many Cleveland Orchestra Classical concerts as they choose, for free. To welcome students to the new school year, the Orchestra is offering Frequent Fan Cards (regularly $50 per card) for a special discounted rate of $35, if purchased between August 25 and 30. The special price represents a 30% discount off the regular price. (more...)


Turning Point Ensemble's Season to Open with IMAGINARY WORLDS at Vancouver Playhouse, 9/19
by BWW News Desk - August 21, 2014

Turning Point Ensemble launches its season with a colourful and engaging concert, 'Imaginary Worlds' on Friday, September 19th at 8pm at the Vancouver Playhouse, 600 Dunsmuir St. (more...)


BWW Reviews: BOUNDLESS: AUSTRALIAN STRING QUARTET Reinvigorated the Classics
by Barry Lenny - August 21, 2014

The Australian String Quartet have chosen three sensational pieces for their Boundless Australian national tour. (more...)


Skirball Center's 'Sunset Concerts' Season Features Yiddish Tango Club Tonight
by BWW News Desk - August 21, 2014

Tonight, August 21, 2014, at 8:00 p.m., the Skirball Cultural Center's eighteenth annual Sunset Concerts season continues with the Yiddish Tango Club. (more...)


Andrés Orozco-Estrada's Inaugural Season with the Houston Symphony to Open with Weekend Celebration, 9/12-14
by BWW News Desk - August 20, 2014

The entire community is invited as the Houston Symphony welcomes its 15th music director, Andres Orozco-Estrada, for the start of his inaugural season with a weekend celebration of music. Launching his tenure in Houston with three nights of exciting programming, Andres will take the podium for performances on Friday, September 12 through Sunday, September 14. This milestone moment in the Symphony's history is not to be missed! (more...)


Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic to Continue THE NIELSEN PROJECT, 10/1-3
by BWW News Desk - August 20, 2014

The New York Philharmonic and Alan Gilbert continue The Nielsen Project - the Philharmonic's acclaimed multi-season survey of the six symphonies and three concertos by Danish composer Carl Nielsen (1865-1931) - with performances of Nielsen's Maskarade Overture and Symphonies No. 5 and No. 6, Sinfonia semplice, as well as the second release of the Philharmonic's series of recordings of Nielsen's complete symphonies and concertos. (more...)


The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to Honor Former Music Director Lorin Maazel, 9/19-21
by BWW News Desk - August 20, 2014

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will honor its former music director, Lorin Maazel, who passed away on July 13, 2014, during the first subscription weekend of its BNY Mellon Grand Classics season on Sept. 19-21 at Heinz Hall. (more...)


The Deadline is Approaching for the Deadline for Student Applications for the CSO's YO-YO MA SCHOLARSHIPS Concert Tickets
by BWW News Desk - August 20, 2014

The CSO will be presenting Yo-Yo Ma in a gala concert on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 7:30pm at the Tivoli Theatre. Thanks to the generous support of the UnFoundation and two anonymous donors, the CSO is able to offer 50 ticket scholarships (valued at $75.00) for full time high school and college students, allowing the student to attend for free. (more...)


The Pacific Symphony to Collaborate on New Projects with Age Well Senior Services, Orange County Rescue Mission and The Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders
by BWW News Desk - August 20, 2014

Pacific Symphony has embraced the power music has on health and wellness by collaborating on new projects with three community partners, all members of Heartstrings (see end of release for more on this): Age Well Senior Services, Orange County Rescue Mission and The Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders. Inspired by recent scientific research and studies offering evidence that music can have a profound impact on a person's health in numerous ways, the Symphony recently launched two multi-week pilot programs, with one more taking place this fall. Research has shown that music improves the quality of life in individuals (infants to senior citizens) by encouraging social bonds, recalling positive memories and being an outlet for emotional expression, among many other benefits. The Symphony's pilot programs have received support from the William and Nancy Thompson Family Foundation, The Ahmanson Foundation and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals. For more information on these programs and “Heartstrings,” contact Symphony Vice President of Education and Community Engagement Pam Blaine at (714) 876-2360 or pblaine@pacificsymphony.org. (more...)


The Houston Symphony Welcomes Its New Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada with a Celebratory “BIENVENIDO” Weekend, 9/12-14
by BWW News Desk - August 20, 2014

The entire community is invited as the Houston Symphony welcomes its 15thmusic director, Andres Orozco-Estrada, for the start of his inaugural season with a weekend celebration of music. Launching his tenure in Houston with three nights of exciting programming, Andres will take the podium for performances on Friday, September 12 through Sunday, September 14. This milestone moment in the Symphony's history is not to be missed! (more...)


Koerner Quartet to Kick Off First Ever Public Concert Season on 9/28
by BWW News Desk - August 20, 2014

The Koerner Quartet has announced its first public season, launching this fall with the brilliant program - From Spillville to St. Petersburg - on Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 2pm in the Koerner Recital Hall at the Vancouver Academy of Music (VAM). The Vancouver-based ensemble in-residence at VAM has expanded beyond its successful academic concentration to present a public series of four breathtaking classical concerts in the Koerner Recital Hall. Since its founding in 2012, the quartet has been in-demand by enthusiasts - captivated by their impeccable technique, unparalleled musicianship, and bold programming. (more...)


Pianist Carlo Grante to Play Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, 10/31
by BWW News Desk - August 20, 2014

Italian pianist Carlo Grante will launch his three-concert series, “Masters of High Romanticism,” on Friday, October 31, 2014 at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall in New York City. He will devote the first concert to the Ballades and Scherzos of Frédéric Chopin. Future programs will feature music by Robert Schumann (Monday, December 15, 2014) and Johannes Brahms (Tuesday, February 10, 2015). (more...)


Music Mountain to Welcome Cassatt String Quartet with Ursula Oppens, 9/13-14
by BWW News Desk - August 20, 2014

Music Mountain, America's oldest continuing summer chamber music festival, draws to a close with a special musical guest -- Tater Patch marks the end of the Twilight Series on Saturday, September 13 (6:30PM) and Cassatt String Quartet, with guest artist Ursula Oppens, piano, concludes the chamber music series on Sunday, September 14 (3PM) performing Beethoven, Dvorak, and Franck. This summer's milestone 85th Anniversary has been nothing short of a 'milestone'. With the longest running season in 75 years, Music Mountain has welcomed a remarkable assemblage of chamber musicians, jazz bands, country and folk groups. Post and pre-show discussions, pre-concert dinners, and afternoon receptions have made this a summer season for the record books! (more...)


Mary Chapin Carpenter to Make Columbus Orchestral Debut, 9/21
by BWW News Desk - August 20, 2014

With 13 albums and more than 13 million records sold, Mary Chapin Carpenter has developed a remarkably loyal and devoted international fan base. She has won five Grammy Awards, two CMA awards, two Academy of Country Music awards, and in 2012, was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Her songs speak to the most personal and universal of life's details. Her debut orchestral album, Songs from the Movie, arranged and conducted by Vince Mendoza, reprises ten of Carpenter's songs in Mendoza's distinctively beautiful and cinematic arrangements including 'Come On Come On,' 'On and On It Goes,' 'I Am a Town,' and 'Goodnight, America.' (more...)


LA Philharmonic Kicks Off Season with A JOHN WILLIAMS CELEBRATION at Walt Disney Hall, 9/30
by BWW News Desk - August 20, 2014

The Los Angeles Philharmonic, led by Music Director Gustavo Dudamel, kicks off its 2014/15 season in grand fashion with a celebration of the greatest film composer of all time at the Opening Night Concert & Gala: A John Williams Celebration, Tuesday, September 30, 7 pm, atWalt Disney Concert Hall. (more...)


Summer Festival of Sacred Music at St. Bart's Continues with Mozart's CORONATION on 9/7
by BWW News Desk - August 19, 2014

The Summer Festival of Sacred Music at St. Bart's continues on Sunday, September 7 at 11 am with a service featuring Mozart's 'Coronation' Mass with the combined choirs of St. Bartholomew's Church and an orchestra of period instruments. (more...)



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