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BWW Review: The Sydney Symphony Orchestra Joins With Diana Krall For The Sydney Leg Of Her WALLFLOWER WORLD TOUR BWW Review: The Sydney Symphony Orchestra Joins With Diana Krall For The Sydney Leg Of Her WALLFLOWER WORLD TOUR
by Jade Kops - January 28, 2016

Diana Krall's deep smoky jazz fills Sydney Opera House's Concert Hall as she teams up with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra on the first Australian stop of her WALLFLOWER WORLD TOUR.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE OTHER MOZART restores a genius at Aux Dog Nob Hill BWW Review: THE OTHER MOZART restores a genius at Aux Dog Nob Hill
by Devon Hoffman - January 27, 2016

A prodigy in her own right but suppressed because she was a woman and forgotten in the shadow of her brother Wolfgang, Maria Anna Mozart tells her true story in a galvanizing, intimate one-woman show, 'The Other Mozart,' touring from New York and playing at the Aux Dog Theater Nob Hill until January... (more...)
BWW Review: All Puccini, All the Time at the Met with LA BOHEME and TURANDOT BWW Review: All Puccini, All the Time at the Met with LA BOHEME and TURANDOT
by Richard Sasanow - January 25, 2016

Sometimes, the Metropolitan Opera seems like an endless Puccini festival. It's particularly apparent this season, when top dogs LA BOHEME, TOSCA and MADAMA BUTTERFLY are joined by TURANDOT and MANON LESCAUT, which are not second drawer, though certainly less popular than the first three. (Let's see ... (more...)
BWW Review: Apollo's Fire, Cleveland's 'Other' Internationally Recognized Orchestra Presents 'Sephardic Journey' BWW Review: Apollo's Fire, Cleveland's 'Other' Internationally Recognized Orchestra Presents 'Sephardic Journey'
by Roy Berko - January 19, 2016

Apollo's Fire, Cleveland's 'other' orchestra is credited with having built the largest audience in the nation for 'early-music' (Renaissance, Baroque and early Classical). Headed by Jeannette Sorrell, the orchestra is forging 'a vibrant approach to the re-making of authenticity.'... (more...)
BWW Review: CSO Brings Great Joy to Geffen Hall BWW Review: CSO Brings Great Joy to Geffen Hall
by Kazimierz Nowak - January 18, 2016

When I'm sitting down to listen to a piece I can name my top 5 favorite recordings of in order with detailed reasons of why they're ranked as such, it's hard to not have certain expectations. It's even difficult to hear something executed brilliantly and accept it as brilliance if you 'want' to hear... (more...)
BWW Review: Cleveland Orchestra Plays All Beethoven Concert with Yefim Bronfman BWW Review: Cleveland Orchestra Plays All Beethoven Concert with Yefim Bronfman
by Roy Berko - January 11, 2016

A recent trip to New York included a tour of Carnegie Hall. As we entered the famous auditorium someone asked, 'How are the acoustics?' The seasoned tour guide answered, 'they are good, but not as good as Cleveland's Severance Hall.' He went on to say, 'Though this is a beautiful setting, it doesn't... (more...)
BWW Review: ON SONDHEIM: An Opinionated Guide BWW Review: ON SONDHEIM: An Opinionated Guide
by Christina Pandolfi - January 05, 2016

As a self-proclaimed Broadway and theatre aficionado, I certainly thought I had a solid working knowledge of Stephen Sondheim. His music and lyrics have spanned a generation and impacted the world with innate complexity and thoughtfulness. In particular, Gypsy has had a tremendous personal impact on... (more...)
BWW Review: New York Pops and Carnegie Hall Present A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS BWW Review: New York Pops and Carnegie Hall Present A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS
by Holly Kerr - December 30, 2015

On Sunday, December 20, at 3:00 PM in the Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute presented A Charlie Brown Christmas. This was a special holiday family concert that was a collaboration between five New York City arts organizations: The New York Pops, The Carnegie Hall... (more...)
BWW Review: Jodi Benson and Charlie Brown at SF Symphony BWW Review: Jodi Benson and Charlie Brown at SF Symphony
by Harmony Wheeler - December 21, 2015

San Francisco continues a – hopefully – new tradition this week with “A Charlie Brown Christmas – Live!” This delightful program had its West Coast premiere last season, with first-half vocals from Lisa Vroman and the Symphony Chorus. This week, the concert features “Little Mermaid” voice Jodi Benso... (more...)
BWW Review: Brian Stokes Mitchell at SF Symphony BWW Review: Brian Stokes Mitchell at SF Symphony
by Harmony Wheeler - December 18, 2015

Performer Brian Stokes Mitchell speaks of his desire to uplift his audience by adding character to his music. Davies Symphony Hall discovered his exact meaning Wednesday when "Stokes" - "affectionately" called so by conductor Randall Craig Fleischer - immediately lit up the stage with a hearty smile... (more...)
BWW Review: GRADUATE SINGERS – NATIVITY Points The Way Towards Christmas BWW Review: GRADUATE SINGERS – NATIVITY Points The Way Towards Christmas
by Barry Lenny - December 15, 2015

Sixty singers under the direction of Karl Geiger, made a suitably strong and joyful noise in Nativity.... (more...)
BWW Review: Vivaldi's CATONE is a 'Hot Mess' - and a Great One from Opera Lafayette BWW Review: Vivaldi's CATONE is a 'Hot Mess' - and a Great One from Opera Lafayette
by Richard Sasanow - December 09, 2015

On paper, Vivaldi's 1737 opera seria CATONE IN UTICA--involving a confrontation between Cato and Caesar--seems a big mess: The music from the first act is missing and musicologists can't agree what the third act should look and sound like, leaving Act II to make or break a performance of the opera. ... (more...)
BWW Review: BUGS BUNNY AT THE SYMPHONY II BWW Review: BUGS BUNNY AT THE SYMPHONY II
by Harmony Wheeler - December 04, 2015

Bugs Bunny at the Symphony closes its 25th Anniversary, 2015 tour at San Francisco's Davies Hall this weekend. Outside, Civic Center has its holiday decorations up and a community brass group occasionally plays down the street, while inside the San Francisco Symphony continues its tradition of beaut... (more...)
BWW Review: Wondrous TALES OF CHRISTMAS by Mario Frangoulis BWW Review: Wondrous TALES OF CHRISTMAS by Mario Frangoulis
by Chris Gibson - December 04, 2015

I had the opportunity to chat with international singing star Mario Frangoulis the other day, and it was a simply delightful experience. He'll be performing in St. Louis at the Peabody Opera House on December 6, 2015 along with the legendary Smokey Robinson in a concert that will benefit the Voices ... (more...)
BWW Review: STEVEN ISSERLIS & ROBERT LEVIN Entrance at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum BWW Review: STEVEN ISSERLIS & ROBERT LEVIN Entrance at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
by Matt Hanson - November 19, 2015

In the memory of Isabella Stewart Gardner, Steven Isserlis and Robert Levin proved faultless, performing the first of two all-Beethoven programs at Boston's prestigious Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.... (more...)
BWW Review: INDONESIA PUSAKA Rejoices at Weil Recital Hall BWW Review: INDONESIA PUSAKA Rejoices at Weil Recital Hall
by Matt Hanson - November 18, 2015

Indonesia Pusaka is a largely Jakarta-based ensemble comprised of eight folk dancers and twelve classical pianists. In Javanese, pusaka means "heritage". For the first-ever performance of Indonesia Pusaka at Carnegie Hall, the riotous Indonesian composer Jaya Suprana sat himself onstage. Regally ado... (more...)
BWW Review: KAUSHIKI CHAKRABORTY'S SAKHI Graces at Zankel Hall BWW Review: KAUSHIKI CHAKRABORTY'S SAKHI Graces at Zankel Hall
by Matt Hanson - November 18, 2015

The classical music of India encompasses all of the subtle and blaring complexities of modern life in continuity with millennia of cultural tradition. The rhythmic nuance of vocalization, in unison with ancient instruments, truthfully dramatizes the frenetic synchronism of contemporary street life f... (more...)
BWW Review: BRAD MEHLDAU Improvises at Zankel Hall BWW Review: BRAD MEHLDAU Improvises at Zankel Hall
by Matt Hanson - November 18, 2015

After nearly 300 years, with all of the epochal invention and revolutionary soundscapes to emerge from Western music, Bach is still heard with increasing relevance. Brad Mehldau, known foremost as an improviser, is the first jazz artist to serve as Carnegie Hall's Richard and Barbara Debs Composer's... (more...)
BWW Review: A LULU of an Evening at the Met with Soprano Petersen in the New Kentridge Production BWW Review: A LULU of an Evening at the Met with Soprano Petersen in the New Kentridge Production
by Richard Sasanow - November 16, 2015

Who or what is Lulu, the eponymous character in Alban Berg's landmark opera? Is she saint or sinner? Femme fatale or victim? Put-upon or mistress of her own fate? Whatever else she might be, she is fabulous in the hands of German soprano Marlis Petersen, as the center of William Kentridge's vibrant,... (more...)
BWW Review: The Diva Out-Divas the Diva in the Met's TOSCA BWW Review: The Diva Out-Divas the Diva in the Met's TOSCA
by Richard Sasanow - November 09, 2015

The title character in Puccini's TOSCA is the quintessential diva--a grand performer ('goddess' in Italian) who thinks the world revolves around her, particularly when it comers to her lover, painter Mario Cavaradossi. The same might be said for soprano Angela Gheorghiu, who used to be a top attract... (more...)
BWW Review: Westerville Symphony Presents an Exquisite PAIRINGS: AN EVENING OF WINE AND MUSIC BWW Review: Westerville Symphony Presents an Exquisite PAIRINGS: AN EVENING OF WINE AND MUSIC
by Christina Mancuso - November 08, 2015

In continuing its commitment to bring the highest quality of classical music and music education to Central Ohio, the Westerville Symphony presented PAIRINGS: AN EVENING OF WINE AND MUSIC at The Medallion Club on November 6.  ... (more...)
BWW Review: Live from New York - It's the 2015 Tchaikovsky Competition Winners BWW Review: Live from New York - It's the 2015 Tchaikovsky Competition Winners
by Richard Sasanow - November 04, 2015

The recital at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall on October 24 by the winners of the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition was like an “amuse bouche”--a gift from the chef at the start of a meal at a fine French restaurant to tickle your tongue. It was absolutely delicious, but left you hungering for m... (more...)
BWW Reviews: BRAHMS (AND MORE) NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC at David Geffen Hall BWW Reviews: BRAHMS (AND MORE) NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC at David Geffen Hall
by Peter Danish - October 26, 2015

For the last century, the three B's of classical music have been Bach, Beethoven and Brahms, and their catalogues remain the programming bedrock of most symphony orchestras around the world. On Friday, Oct. 23rd the New York Philharmonic gave a very strong argument for Brahms remaining at the very t... (more...)
BWW Review: Electrifying ELEKTRA from Goerke, Nelsons and the Boston Symphony at Carnegie Hall BWW Review: Electrifying ELEKTRA from Goerke, Nelsons and the Boston Symphony at Carnegie Hall
by Richard Sasanow - October 26, 2015

One thing you should know about Richard Strauss's ELEKTRA: When it's done right, the audience works itself into a fever pitch and—after the orchestra has played the final notes—it stands and screams its head off. I've seen this before and it happened again the other night, with sopranos Christine Go... (more...)
BWW CD Review: Judith Clurman Conducts in the Holiday Spirit BWW CD Review: Judith Clurman Conducts in the Holiday Spirit
by Erica Miner - October 19, 2015

Two splendid holiday CDs with her acclaimed vocal ensemble... (more...)

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