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Alan Gilbert Conducts Final Weeks with the NY PhilharmonicAlan Gilbert Conducts Final Weeks with the NY Philharmonic
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2017

Music Director Alan Gilbert begins his final weeks by leading the New York Philharmonic in Schoenberg's A Survivor from Warsaw and Beethoven's Symphony No. 9. The program juxtaposes the tragedy and optimism of human experience through Schoenberg's depiction of the horror of the Holocaust and the message of hope, brotherhood, and joy in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. Schoenberg's A Survivor from Warsaw will feature Gabriel Ebert as narrator (in his Philharmonic debut) and the men of the Westminster Symphonic Choir, directed by Joe Miller. Beethoven's Ninth Symphony will feature soprano Camilla Tilling, mezzo-soprano Daniela Mack (debut), tenor Joseph Kaiser (debut), bass-baritone Eric Owens, and the Westminster Symphonic Choir, directed by Joe Miller. The performances will take place Wednesday, May 3, 2017, at 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, May 5 at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, May 6 at 8:00 p.m.; and Tuesday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m. The program will be presented without intermission. (more...)

MATA FESTIVAL Returns to The Kitchen, 4/25 - 29MATA FESTIVAL Returns to The Kitchen, 4/25 - 29
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2017

Now in its nineteenth year, MATA Festival is back at The Kitchen on April 25 - 29 with an overflowing bounty of the newest music. Representing 31 early-career composers from seventeen countries, it offers a singular opportunity for New Yorkers to grasp the complete spectrum of new music emerging today - from gritty European modernism to experiments in theater, sound, and acoustics. This year's concerts include seven world premieres (including three MATA commissions), fifteen US premieres, and six NY premieres.  (more...)

American Opera Projects Presents COMPOSERS & THE VOICE Beginning In FallAmerican Opera Projects Presents COMPOSERS & THE VOICE Beginning In Fall
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2017

American Opera Projects (AOP) announces the return of its popular Composers & the Voice program for its 2017-19 seasons. Created and led by Composers & the Voice Artistic Director Steven Osgood, eight composers and librettists will be selected for two-year fellowships to learn the fundamentals of writing for the voice and opera stage. (more...)

Amy Beth Kirsten & Mark DeChiazza's QUIXOTE to Premiere at Peak PerformancesAmy Beth Kirsten & Mark DeChiazza's QUIXOTE to Premiere at Peak Performances
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2017

Peak Performances will present the world premiere of Quixote, from composer-librettist Amy Beth Kirsten and director-designer Mark DeChiazza, March 23-26. (more...)

Fort Worth Opera Presents One Year Anniversary Of NOCHES DE OPERA With FIESTA FORT WORTHFort Worth Opera Presents One Year Anniversary Of NOCHES DE OPERA With FIESTA FORT WORTH
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2017

Fort Worth Opera (FWOpera), in partnership with Telemundo, celebrates the first year of its bold new initiative, Noches de Ópera (Nights of Opera), with Fiesta Fort Worth, a family-friendly party in Sundance Square Plaza featuring a simulcast of the smash-hit mariachi opera Cruzar la Cara de la Luna for thousands of spectators. (more...)

The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music Announces Season With New Music Director Cristian MacelaruThe Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music Announces Season With New Music Director Cristian Macelaru
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2017

The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, America's longest running festival of new orchestral music, celebrates the arrival of its brilliant new Music Director and Conductor, Cristian M?celaru, with a sensational series of commissioned works that continue the Festival's forward-looking tradition and opens creative doors for its dynamic young conductor. (more...)

AOP Presents COMPOSERS & THE VOICE, 3/15AOP Presents COMPOSERS & THE VOICE, 3/15
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2017

American Opera Projects (AOP) announces the return of its popularComposers & the Voice program for its 2017-19 seasons. Created and led by Composers & the Voice Artistic Director Steven Osgood, eight composers and librettists will be selected for two-year fellowships to learn the fundamentals of writing for the voice and opera stage. Workshop sessions with professional opera singers, mentors, and instructors are held at AOP's home base in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Applications and complete information will be available beginning March 15 atwww.aopopera.org/composers_voice. The deadline for applications is April 28 with fellowships announced by July 1. (more...)

American Composers Orchestra Presents ORCHESTRA UNDERGROUND: PAST FORWARD, 3/24American Composers Orchestra Presents ORCHESTRA UNDERGROUND: PAST FORWARD, 3/24
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2017

American Composers Orchestra (ACO), under the leadership of Artistic Director Derek Bermel and Music Director George Manahan, continues its 40th Anniversary Season on Friday, March 24, 2017 at 7:30pm with Orchestra Underground: Past Forward at Carnegie Hall's subterranean Zankel Hall. (more...)

UMS To Offer Free Livestream Of MUSIC FOR 18 MUSICIANS, 3/18UMS To Offer Free Livestream Of MUSIC FOR 18 MUSICIANS, 3/18
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2017

The University Musical Society (UMS) will offer a free online livestream of Eighth Blackbird and Third Coast Percussion's performance of Steve Reich's Sextet and Music for 18 Musicians on Saturday, March 18. (more...)

Opera AMERICA Announces THE OPERA FUND: AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT GRANTS RecipientsOpera AMERICA Announces THE OPERA FUND: AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT GRANTS Recipients
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2017

OPERA America, the national service organization for opera and the nation's leading champion for American opera, is pleased to announce it has awarded grants to 10 opera companies through The Opera Fund: Audience Development grant program, which promotes deep learning experiences about new or infrequently produced American operas and music-theater works. Each grant supports audience development activities associated with a specific work being produced by a Professional Company Member of OPERA America. (more...)

Utah Opera Announces 2017-2018 Season For 40th AnniversaryUtah Opera Announces 2017-2018 Season For 40th Anniversary
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2017

Utah Opera Artistic Director Christopher McBeth today announced Utah Opera's 2017-18 season in recognition of the company's 40th anniversary. (more...)

Kelli O'Hara, Jonas Kaufmann, Joyce DiDonato Will Highlight Met Opera's 2017-18 SeasonKelli O'Hara, Jonas Kaufmann, Joyce DiDonato Will Highlight Met Opera's 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2017

The Metropolitan Opera's 2017-18 season will feature 220 performances of 26 works, including two Met premieres, one co-commissioned by the company and one an older masterpiece having its first Met performances; a variety of repertory favorites, three in new productions; and performances of Verdi's towering concert work for soloists, orchestra, and chorus, the Requiem. Of note, Broadway star Kelli O'Hara is set to return to the Met in Così fan tutte this season. (more...)

ACO Announces 40th Anniversary Season Featuring Reich's 80th Birthday Celebration, World Premieres by Paola Prestini, Trevor Weston, and David Hertzberg and More!ACO Announces 40th Anniversary Season Featuring Reich's 80th Birthday Celebration, World Premieres by Paola Prestini, Trevor Weston, and David Hertzberg and More!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2017

American Composers Orchestra (ACO), under the leadership of Artistic Director Derek Bermel and Music Director George Manahan, continues its 40th Anniversary Season on Friday, March 24, 2017 at 7:30pm with Orchestra Underground: Past Forward at Carnegie Hall's subterranean Zankel Hall. Now in its 13th year, Orchestra Underground continues as ACO's subversive and entrepreneurial redefinition of the orchestra as an elastic ensemble. Led by Manahan, Past Forward illustrates the role the past plays in the present, from composers' own personal explorations of their roots, to broader investigations of the universal role of memory and recollection. (more...)

Fort Worth Oprea Announces Line Up Of Unpublished Operas, 5/3-5/4Fort Worth Oprea Announces Line Up Of Unpublished Operas, 5/3-5/4
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2017

Fort Worth Opera (FWOpera) announced today the names of the eight composer and librettist teams whose unpublished works have been selected for the company's fifth annual, critically acclaimed new works series, Frontiers - funded in part by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. (more...)

Amy Beth Kirsten & Mark DeChiazza's QUIXOTE to Premiere at Peak PerformancesAmy Beth Kirsten & Mark DeChiazza's QUIXOTE to Premiere at Peak Performances
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2017

Peak Performances will present the world premiere of Quixote, from composer-librettist Amy Beth Kirsten and director-designer Mark DeChiazza, March 23-26. (more...)

Kate Soper's Theatrical Chamber Music Work IPSA DIXIT Coming to Dixon PlaceKate Soper's Theatrical Chamber Music Work IPSA DIXIT Coming to Dixon Place
by BWW News Desk - Jan 4, 2017

Dixon Place and The Wet Ink Ensemble will present the NYC premiere of award-winning composer/performer Kate Soper's IPSA DIXIT for two nights only Friday, February 3rd and Saturday February 4th, 2017 at 7:30 PM. (more...)

PROTOTYPE: Opera/Theatre/Now Festival Begins This WeekPROTOTYPE: Opera/Theatre/Now Festival Begins This Week
by BWW News Desk - Jan 3, 2017

Beth Morrison Projects and HERE's fifth annual PROTOTYPE: Opera/Theatre/Now festival begins this week, running January 5-15! (more...)

BWW Preview: Mazzoli-Vavrek WAVES Gets Second Break, at New York's Prototype Festival in JanuaryBWW Preview: Mazzoli-Vavrek WAVES Gets Second Break, at New York's Prototype Festival in January
by Richard Sasanow - Dec 27, 2016

For a new opera to have its second major showing less than four months after its premiere is unheard of—but then BREAKING THE WAVES, based on the Lars Von Trier film of the same name, isn't just any opera. This triumph by composer Missy Mazzoli, librettist Royce Vavrek, and direction by James Darrah—with a star-making turn by soprano Kiera Duffy in the central role of Bess—debuted at Opera Philadelphia last September and is having its New York premiere on January 6-9, 2017, over the first weekend of the Prototype Festival at NYU's Skirball Center. (more...)

PlayMakers to Present Workshops of DE PROFUNDIS This JanuaryPlayMakers to Present Workshops of DE PROFUNDIS This January
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2016

PlayMakers Repertory Company will present a workshop production of"De Profundis," an original work being developed and directed by explosive theatre-makers Brian Mertes and Jim Findlay. (more...)

Des Moines Metro Opera Opens 45th Anniversary Season with SOLDIER SONGSDes Moines Metro Opera Opens 45th Anniversary Season with SOLDIER SONGS
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2016

Des Moines Metro Opera, in an historic partnership with the Iowa National Guard and Camp Dodge, will open its 45th Anniversary Season with a production of David T. Little's poignant and chilling one-act opera Soldier Songs in late January 2017. (more...)

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