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The Collegiate Chorale Receives NEA GrantThe Collegiate Chorale Receives NEA Grant
by BWW News Desk - Dec 22, 2014

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu has announced that The Collegiate Chorale is one of only 919 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. The Collegiate Chorale will receive a $30,000 grant in support of its May 2015 concert and CD recording of Kurt Weill and Franz Werfel's musical epic, The Road of Promise. (more...)

The Collegiate Chorale's NOT THE MESSIAH, With Eric Idle and Victoria Clark, Begins Tonight at Carnegie HallThe Collegiate Chorale's NOT THE MESSIAH, With Eric Idle and Victoria Clark, Begins Tonight at Carnegie Hall
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2014

The Collegiate Chorale presents the New York City premiere of Eric Idle and John Du Prez's Not The Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy) at Carnegie Hall, tonight and tomorrow, December 15-16, 2014 at 8pm. (more...)

BWW Reviews: DOUG VARONE AND DANCERS Fascinates at Joyce TheaterBWW Reviews: DOUG VARONE AND DANCERS Fascinates at Joyce Theater
by Matt Hanson - Dec 11, 2014

In the heart of the wildly characterful Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, the Joyce Theater marquee entrances with a retro ambiance. Opening in 1982, the Joyce Theater has come to represent the magnanimous foundations of modern performing arts in New York. None so embodies this history as authentically as choreographer and dancer Doug Varone. (more...)

The Collegiate Chorale's NOT THE MESSIAH Set for Next WeekThe Collegiate Chorale's NOT THE MESSIAH Set for Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2014

The Collegiate Chorale presents the New York City premiere of Eric Idle and John Du Prez's Not The Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy) at Carnegie Hall, December 15-16, 2014 at 8pm. (more...)

ETHEL Announces Winter/Spring 2015 SeasonETHEL Announces Winter/Spring 2015 Season
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2014

ETHEL, America's Groundbreaking Indie-Classical String Quartet, Announces Winter/Spring 2015 Season. (more...)

The Kitchen to Present Dither Performing John Zorn's GAME PIECES, 12/13The Kitchen to Present Dither Performing John Zorn's GAME PIECES, 12/13
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2014

New York-based electric guitar quartet Dither will perform a raucous evening of John Zorn's game pieces in conjunction with their forthcoming Tzadik release Dither Plays Zorn, December 13 at The Kitchen. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Zorn's influential game piece Cobra and the earlier pieces to be presented, dating from the late 70s and early 80s, provide an exciting window into the development of this seminal work. (more...)

MESSIAH Concerts to Conclude LA Master Chorale's Seasonal ProgrammingMESSIAH Concerts to Conclude LA Master Chorale's Seasonal Programming
by BWW News Desk - Nov 25, 2014

Adding a final flourish to the holiday season, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, led by Artistic Director Grant Gershon, presents two concerts of Handel's Messiah on Wednesday, December 17, 7:30 pm, and Sunday, December 21, 2014, 7 pm, at Disney Hall. Featuring 40 members of the acclaimed chorus, orchestra and four gifted soloists from the Chorale's ranks, the concert provides the opportunity to hear this riveting oratorio - rich with soaring high notes, powerful bass, majestic brass and lush orchestrations - performed by what many critics consider to be the best chorus in the country. The soloists are Christina Bristow, soprano; Nike St. Clair, mezzo soprano; Arnold Livingston Geis, tenor; and Chung Uk Lee, baritone. Composed in a mere 24 days, Handel's 1741 English-language oratorio continues to be the composer's most popular work and may be the most performed classical work of all time. (more...)

Los Angeles Master Chorale's REJOICE: A CAPPELLA CHRISTMAS to Celebrate 20th Anniversary of O MAGNUM MYSTERIUMLos Angeles Master Chorale's REJOICE: A CAPPELLA CHRISTMAS to Celebrate 20th Anniversary of O MAGNUM MYSTERIUM
by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2014

The Los Angeles Master Chorale's holiday offerings continue with "Rejoice! A Cappella Christmas," showcasing the Chorale's astonishingly pure sound and exquisite balance in an all a cappella program that celebrates the 20th anniversary of former composer-in-residence/National Medal of Arts recipient Morten Lauridsen's monumental O Magnum Mysterium, on Sunday, December 14, 2014, 7 pm, at Walt Disney Concert Hall. (more...)

The Collegiate Chorale to Present NOT THE MESSIAH with Eric Idle at Carnegie Hall This WinterThe Collegiate Chorale to Present NOT THE MESSIAH with Eric Idle at Carnegie Hall This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Nov 12, 2014

The Collegiate Chorale presents the New York City premiere of Eric Idle and John Du Prez's Not The Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy) at Carnegie Hall, December 15-16, 2014 at 8pm. (more...)

BWW Reviews: L.A. DANCE PROJECT Mesmerizes at BAMBWW Reviews: L.A. DANCE PROJECT Mesmerizes at BAM
by Matt Hanson - Nov 3, 2014

Reflections (2013) opened the evening with the evocative drift of piano compositions by David Lang, performed live by Andrew Zolinsky. The choreography by Benjamin Millepied bloomed as the act of making love, one seamless movement of relationship founded on unity. With themes of interdependence and individuality, the mutual inspiration of the dancers rose with originality and performance. The qualities breathed with the innate tendencies of relationship, common throughout various forms of art as the multifarious expressions of love. (more...)

The Collegiate Chorale to Perform NOT THE MESSIAH at Carnegie Hall This WinterThe Collegiate Chorale to Perform NOT THE MESSIAH at Carnegie Hall This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2014

The Collegiate Chorale presents the New York City premiere of Eric Idle and John Du Prez's Not The Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy) at Carnegie Hall, December 15-16, 2014 at 8pm. (more...)

LA Master Chorale to Perform Renaissance Choral Gems, 11/16LA Master Chorale to Perform Renaissance Choral Gems, 11/16
by BWW News Desk - Oct 22, 2014

The Los Angeles Master Chorale (LAMC), led by Artistic Director Grant Gershon, presents an all-a cappella program of soaring Renaissance choral gems that promises to resonate in the sparkling acoustics of Disney Hall on Sunday, November 16, 2014, 7 pm. The Chorale, which is particularly adept at performing this musical style with crisp, clear intonation, performs William Byrd's Sing Joyfully, Josquin des Prez's Ave nobilissima creatura, John Taverner's Western Wind Mass, Thomas Tallis's If Ye Love Me and Orlando di Lasso's O Crux Splendidior, among other 16th and 17th century works. (more...)

BWW Reviews: L.A. DANCE PROJECT Makes Outstanding NY DebutBWW Reviews: L.A. DANCE PROJECT Makes Outstanding NY Debut
by Jessica Abejar - Oct 22, 2014

This fall, L.A. Dance Project, founded in 2012 by newly appointed Paris Opera Ballet director and former New York City Ballet principal Benjamin Millepied, made its New York debut at the Brooklyn Academy of Music as a part of the 2014 Next Wave Festival. With works by Millepied, Justin Peck, and William Forsythe, this west coast collective came in full force, demonstrating incredible creative genius and outstanding performance. (more...)

American Composers Orchestra to Open Carnegie Hall Season, 11/21American Composers Orchestra to Open Carnegie Hall Season, 11/21
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2014

Under the leadership of Music Director George Manahan, American Composers Orchestra (ACO) returns to Carnegie Hall for the 11th season of its Orchestra Underground series, which explores the orchestra as an elastic ensemble that can respond to composers' unhindered creativity. ACO's first performance this season, titled Orchestra Underground: Monk's Sphere, on Friday, November 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Zankel Hall is part of Meredith Monk's season-long residency as holder of Carnegie Hall's Richard and Barbara Debs Composer's Chair. The program will include a performance of Monk's Night as well as world premieres of Clear Image by experimental rock-guitarist Ian Williams, Motormouth by A.J. McCaffrey, and My Brightest Garment by Theo Bleckmann (commissioned by Carnegie Hall). The concert will also include the New York premiere of Stalks, Hounds by Loren Loiacono. Theo Bleckmann and Ian Williams will join members of Meredith Monk and Vocal Ensemble as special guests for this exhilarating concert. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Millipied's L.A. Dance Project on the MoveBWW Reviews: Millipied's L.A. Dance Project on the Move
by Melia Kraus-har - Oct 20, 2014

At long last, Benjamin Millipied's L.A. Dance Project premiered in New York City (his home among other creative homes) at BAM. The success of the October 17th program seemed to surprise the dancers themselves--sheepishly continuing to bow upon the audience's insistence. (more...)

Mimesis Ensemble to Play Carnegie Hall, 10/27Mimesis Ensemble to Play Carnegie Hall, 10/27
by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2014

The Mimesis Ensemble presents 'Beyond Boundaries,' a program featuring vocal works with a social commentary. The concert will explore songs from the 20th and 21st centuries which examine topics ranging from the ancient story of Gilgamesh, the Americanization of Japan in the 1850's to the Great Depression and the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960's. (more...)

Doug Varone and Dancers to Perform at The Joyce, 12/2-7Doug Varone and Dancers to Perform at The Joyce, 12/2-7
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2014

Applauded worldwide for its athleticism, kinetic artistry, and deep humanity, Doug Varone and Dancers returns to The Joyce Theater from December 2-7 with a program featuring a world premiere, a beloved revival, and a new solo performed by Doug Varone himself. (more...)

JACK Quartet, Miranda Cuckson, Vox n Plux and More to Perform World Premieres at The Italian Academy, 10/30JACK Quartet, Miranda Cuckson, Vox n Plux and More to Perform World Premieres at The Italian Academy, 10/30
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2014

The Italian Academy hosts the inaugural concert of *The Stefan Wolpe Fund featuring world premieres and works by Charles Wuorinen, Jonathan Dawe, Matthew Greenbaum and William Anderson on Thursday, October 30th at 8pm. Also on the program, a New York premiere for string sextet by Charles Wuorinen. Featured artists: JACK Quartet, pianist Steven Beck, Vox n Plux, violist Miranda Cuckson and cellist Jay Campbell. This concert was produced by Zaidee Parkinson and Alanna Maharajh Stone with generous support from *The Roger Shapiro Fund for New Music. (more...)

Eighteen Musicians to Join Ensemble ACJW for Two-Year Fellowship ProgramEighteen Musicians to Join Ensemble ACJW for Two-Year Fellowship Program
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2014

This season, a new group of eighteen musicians -- some of the finest professional players in the world -- will join Ensemble ACJW, a two-year fellowship program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education. Ensemble ACJW is designed to prepare young professional musicians for careers that combine musical excellence with teaching, community engagement, advocacy, and leadership. It offers performance opportunities, year-long partnerships within New York City public schools, and intensive professional development. (more...)

So Percussion Collaborates with LA Phil Percussionists in First LA Phil Green Umbrella Series Concert of 2014/15 SeasonSo Percussion Collaborates with LA Phil Percussionists in First LA Phil Green Umbrella Series Concert of 2014/15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2014

The first Los Angeles Philharmonic Green Umbrella series performance of the 2014/15 season showcases acclaimed ensemble So Percussion performing at Walt Disney Concert Hall, Tuesday, October 7, at 8 pm. The program features innovative works for percussion produced by two of Bang on a Can's co-founders, David Lang and Michael Gordon - Lang's the so-called laws of nature for four percussionists which was commissioned for and premiered by So Percussion, and Gordon's Timber, a piece played entirely on six 2x4 pieces of wood called simantras. (more...)

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