David T. Little News

The American Composers Orchestra Announces 2014-2015 Season - ORCHESTRA UNDERGROUND, BLUES SYMPHONY & BEYOND and More
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2014

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Derek Bermel and Music Director George Manahan, American Composers Orchestra's (ACO) 2014-2015 season strengthens the orchestra's commitment to serve as a catalyst for the creation of new orchestral music, providing unprecedented opportunities for American composers to create new work and for audiences to discover it. Now in its 11th year at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall, Orchestra Underground continues as ACO's subversive and entrepreneurial redefinition of the orchestra as an elastic ensemble, and this year features the rarely performed orchestral music of pioneering composer and performer Meredith Monk, holder of the 2014-2015 Richard and Barbara Debs Composer's Chair at Carnegie Hall (Monk's Sphere, November 21). Orchestra Underground brings cabaret, pop, and jazz traditions into the concert hall in a program featuring Kurt Weill's cabaret cult classic The Seven Deadly Sins sung by Shara Worden (Sin & Songs, February 27). For the first time in several seasons, ACO returns to performing with full symphonic forces outside of Carnegie Hall - the orchestra's April concert at Jazz at Lincoln Center will showcase the New York premiere ofWynton Marsalis' Blues Symphony. (more...)

OPERA America Announces Recipients of 'Opera Grants for Female Composers'
by BWW News Desk - Apr 02, 2014

OPERA America, the national service organization for opera, is pleased to announce the first round of recipients of its new program: Opera Grants for Female Composers, made possible through the generosity of The Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation. From among the 112 eligible applicants, an independent adjudication panel selected eight composers. The recipients have each been awarded $12,500 to support the development of their compositions listed below. (more...)

OPERA America Appoints Kurt Howard as Managing Director
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2014

OPERA America, the national service organization for opera, is pleased to announce that Kurt Howard has joined its staff as managing director, effective immediately. Reporting to President/CEO Marc A. Scorca, Howard will oversee the areas of finance and operations, including those of OPERA America's National Opera Center. This is a newly-created position that reflects the completion of the design, construction and opening of the organization's National Opera Center. (more...)

Little Orchestra Society Invites NYC to Craft Its New Name; Ideas Accepted thru 3/9
by BWW News Desk - Mar 03, 2014

The Little Orchestra Society is reaching out to fellow New Yorkers to help craft its new name. Long time fans of the Orchestra and new enthusiasts alike will have the opportunity to submit their favorite names for an institution beloved by generations of concert-goers. Today through March 9th, music lovers are invited to visit the Orchestra's website: littleorchestra.org, and recommend a new name for an Orchestra known for its audience engagement, inclusive educational mission and commitment to innovative music and multi-disciplinary performances. The Orchestra's new name will be announced later this year. (more...)

MATA FESTIVAL 2014 to Feature 34 Composers Under 40 from 17 Countries, 4/14-21
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2014

MATA Festival turns sixteen with its largest and most ambitious installment yet: seven days of musical discovery, Monday, April 14 to Monday, April 21. Curated by Outgoing Artistic Director Yotam Haber, MATA Festival 2014 includes works by 34 composers from seventeen countries, all under 40 when they applied. They were chosen from more than 650 applicants, representing 64 countries. (more...)

THE DEATH OF KLINGHOFFER, LA DONNA DEL LAGO, THE MERRY WIDOW and More Set for The Metropolitan Opera's 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2014

The Metropolitan Opera's 2014-15 season will feature 26 operas, three of them company premieres, in six new productions and 18 revivals showcasing the talents of the world's leading singers, conductors, and theater artists. The three operas that will have their first-ever Met performances, each staged by a director making his Met debut, are John Adams's The Death of Klinghoffer, conducted by David Robertson and directed by Tom Morris, opening October 20; Rossini's La Donna del Lago, conducted by Michele Mariotti and directed by Paul Curran, opening February 16, 2015; and Tchaikovsky's one-act opera Iolanta, conducted by Valery Gergiev and directed by Mariusz Treli?ski. Iolanta will be presented in a double bill with a new staging of Bartok's one-act Duke Bluebeard's Castle, also conducted by Gergiev and directed by Treli?ski. (more...)

LA Phil Announces 2014-15 Season at Walt Disney Concert Hall
by BWW News Desk - Feb 11, 2014

Music Director Gustavo Dudamel and President and CEO Deborah Borda today announced the 2014/15 season of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. This new season, the orchestra's 96th, is devoted to moving music forward by presenting an ever-evolving vision through a series of programs that demonstrate the artistry of the Los Angeles Philharmonic as a leading orchestra of the 21st century, under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel. (more...)

LA Opera Presents A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE with Renée Fleming, 5/18-24
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2014

When Renée Fleming returns to LA Opera this spring to headline the Company's first performances of A Streetcar Named Desire, General Director Plácido Domingo promises that it will be an experience to savor. (more...)

NYFOS NEXT Series Opens With MARK ADAMO & FRIENDS Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2014

Tonight, January 28, 2014 at 7:30pm at Opera America's National Opera Center, New York Festival of Song opens the 2013-14 edition of its forward-looking NYFOS Next series with MARK ADAMO & FRIENDS. (more...)

American Lyric Theater to Present Work by Vavrek and Vrebalov, 2/23
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2014

American Lyric Theater (ALT) presents the work of two of its distinguished alumni from the Composer Librettist Development Program (CLDP) in concert at The National Opera Center, 330 7th Avenue in New York City, on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 3:00 PM. Librettist Royce Vavrek and Composer Aleksandra Vrebalov were both Resident Artists in the inaugural season of the CLDP in 2007-08. Since that time, both artists have established themselves as unique and compelling voices in the opera field, creating visceral work for stages around the world. (more...)

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Presents Four Works by Jirí Kylián This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2014

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, under the artistic leadership of Glenn Edgerton, will present its first-ever mixed repertory program devoted to the work of a single choreographer during the Spring Series, March 13-16, 2014. This engagement's four works by Sarabande (1990), for an all-male ensemble and set to Bach's second partita for solo violin with electronically manipulated live vocals; and Falling Angels (1989), for a cast of eight women and set to part one of Steve Reich's phased-percussion composition, Drumming, to be performed live by Third Coast Percussion, Ensemble- in-Residence at the University of Notre Dame's DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. (more...)

LA Opera Announces 2014/2015 Season - LA TRAVIATA, GHOSTS OF VERSAILLES & More!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2014

General Director Plácido Domingo announced LA Opera's 2014/15 season, created in collaboration with Music Director James Conlon and President and CEO Christopher Koelsch. The upcoming season will include six mainstage productions, with 41 performances at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Additional performances will take place in other venues through an expansion of the Company's Off Grand initiative. The season will open on September 13, 2014, and will run through June 14, 2015. (more...)

LA Opera's General Director Announces 2014/2015 Season Which Includes LA TRAVIATA and More
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2014

General Director Plácido Domingo announced LA Opera's 2014/15 season, created in collaboration with Music Director James Conlon and President and CEO Christopher Koelsch. The upcoming season will include six mainstage productions, with 41 performances at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Additional performances will take place in other venues through an expansion of the Company's Off Grand initiative. The season will open on September 13, 2014, and will run through June 14, 2015. (more...)

Beth Morrison Project Opens PROTOTYPE 2014: OPERA/THEATRE/NOW Today
by BWW News Desk - Jan 07, 2014

Beth Morrison Projects (BMP) and HERE have announced programming for the second annual PROTOTYPE: Opera/Theatre/Now festival, running today, January 8-18, 2014, in New York City. (more...)

NYFOS NEXT Series Opens With MARK ADAMO & FRIENDS, 1/28
by Kaitlin Milligan - Jan 02, 2014

On Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 7:30pm at Opera America's National Opera Center, New York Festival of Song opens the 2013-14 edition of its forward-looking NYFOS Next series with MARK ADAMO & FRIENDS. (more...)

The Little Orchestra Society Presents 'Music Under the Big Top' Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2013

The Little Orchestra Society presents Music Under the Big Top, an evening of entertainment and musical acrobatics for audiences of all ages at Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center on December 10, 2013. This first of its kind program for The Little Orchestra Society, conducted and co-hosted by new Music Director James Judd, will feature the Orchestra performing an eclectic array of classic and contemporary pieces in the ring of the Big Apple Circus joined by the talented violinist and composer Daniel Roumain. See Judd andRoumain discuss the upcoming concert on The Little Orchestra Society's YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/LittleOrchestraSoc. (more...)

The Little Orchestra Society Presents 'Music Under the Big Top', 12/10
by BWW News Desk - Dec 05, 2013

The Little Orchestra Society presents Music Under the Big Top, an evening of entertainment and musical acrobatics for audiences of all ages at Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center on December 10, 2013. This first of its kind program for The Little Orchestra Society, conducted and co-hosted by new Music Director James Judd, will feature the Orchestra performing an eclectic array of classic and contemporary pieces in the ring of the Big Apple Circus joined by the talented violinist and composer Daniel Roumain. See Judd andRoumain discuss the upcoming concert on The Little Orchestra Society's YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/LittleOrchestraSoc. (more...)

HERE Stages THE PIGEONING by Robin Frohardt, Now thru 12/22
by BWW News Desk - Dec 03, 2013

As part of its 2013-2014 producing season, HERE presents The Pigeoning, by Robin Frohardt. A HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP) and Dream Music Puppetry Program presentation, The Pigeoning plays today, December 3 - 22 in the Dorothy B. Williams Theatre at HERE (145 Sixth Avenue, just below Spring Street). Official Opening Night is Wednesday, December 4 at 7:00pm. (more...)

University Musical Society Announces Its January 2014 Events
by BWW News Desk - Nov 25, 2013

ANN ARBOR, MI (November 25, 2013) —The University Musical Society (UMS) presents a fresh January line-up featuring five innovative performances. Acclaimed performer Rob Drummond opens the second half of the UMS 2013-2014 season with Bullet Catch, a provocative work of theater staged as a notoriously dangerous magic show (Tuesday–Sunday, January 7–12). (more...)

Beth Morrison Projects and VisionInto Art Bring 21C LIEDERABEND, OP. 3 to BAM Today
by BWW News Desk - Nov 22, 2013

21c Liederabend, op. 3, Beth Morrison Projects (BMP) and VisionIntoArt (VIA)'s festival of contemporary art song, brings two distinct programs to BAM as part of the 31st Next Wave Festival tonight and Saturday, November 22 and 23, at 7:30 PM? at BAM Harvey Theater (651 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY). (more...)

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