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Mandolinist Avi Avital to Release New Album VIVALDI on Feb 24Mandolinist Avi Avital to Release New Album VIVALDI on Feb 24
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2015

On February 24, Avital will release Vivaldi, his third album on DG that returns the instrument to its origins-the Venetian Baroque and master composer Antonio Vivaldi. On this release, Avital captures the mystical spirit of Venice, shedding new light on Vivaldi's musical genius by performing his own transcriptions of the composer's works, demonstrating the rock star status that he cultivated in his own time. (more...)

44th Annual George London Foundation Awards Competition Set for 2/2744th Annual George London Foundation Awards Competition Set for 2/27
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2015

Over three days of preliminary auditions on February 23-25, 2015, 90 of the best young American and Canadian opera singers will compete to reach the final round of the 44th annual George London Foundation Awards Competition. (more...)

The Collegiate Chorale to Perform SUSANNA with Isabel Leonard, 2/3The Collegiate Chorale to Perform SUSANNA with Isabel Leonard, 2/3
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2015

The Collegiate Chorale continues its 2014-15 season with George F. Handel's Susanna on February 3, 2015 at 8pm at Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036. Tickets are $30-$95 and are available at TicketMaster.com. For more information, visit http://collegiatechorale.org/performances/susanna. (more...)

Pacific Symphony to Honor Leonard Bernstein in Concert, 1/29Pacific Symphony to Honor Leonard Bernstein in Concert, 1/29
by BWW News Desk - Jan 10, 2015

Orange County, Calif.—Jan. 9, 2015—Composer, conductor and teacher Leonard Bernstein, one of the undeniable giants of 20th-century music, and the first American-born conductor to become a major star, becomes the focal point of Pacific Symphony's second “Music Unwound” concert this season, “For the Love of Bernstein.” In 1985, a young Carl St.Clair met Bernstein as a conducting fellow at Tanglewood Music Center. A few years later in 1990, St.Clair stepped in for the ailing Maestro and conducted his “Arias and Barcarolles” during what turned out to be Bernstein's last concert. St.Clair would soon be named music director of Pacific Symphony, but the impact of Bernstein's mentoring to St.Clair has remained to this day. (more...)

Bela Fleck to Perform with The Knights at Schimmel Center, 1/28Bela Fleck to Perform with The Knights at Schimmel Center, 1/28
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2015

On Wednesday, January 28, banjo legend Béla Fleck will join Brooklyn's own innovative chamber orchestra, The Knights, at Schimmel Center at Pace University to kick off a seven-state East Coast tour. The concert features the title track of the orchestra's brand new album, being released on January 26 on Warner Classics, The Ground Beneath Our Feet, a group composition that was written collaboratively by the members of the ensemble and is named after the Baroque ground bass that inspired it. Additional repertoire includes Rossini (overture and Se il mio nome spaer voi bramate, both from The Barber of Seville) and John Adams (Chamber Symphony). (more...)

Joyce DiDonato Will Continue Carnegie Hall Perspectives Series in February & MarchJoyce DiDonato Will Continue Carnegie Hall Perspectives Series in February & March
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2014

In early 2015, the celebrated mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato continues her multi-part Carnegie Hall Perspectives series showcasing her vocal creativity and multifaceted talents that range from programs of familiar and forgotten repertoire from the Baroque and bel canto eras to new works by Jake Heggie written expressly for her. (more...)

Marin Alsop to Lead BSO in THE RITE OF SPRING Next MonthMarin Alsop to Lead BSO in THE RITE OF SPRING Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2014

Music Director ?Marin Alsop will lead the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) in Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring on Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 8 p.m. at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall and Sunday, January 11, 2015 at 3 p.m. at The Music Center at Strathmore. Also on the Classical Concert Series program are Barber's Medea's Meditation and Dance of Vengeance and Osvaldo Golijov's Rose of the Winds (BSO premiere). The Rite of Spring is the subject of Maestra Alsop's third Off the Cuff program of the 2014-2015 season, held Friday, January 9 at 8:15 p.m. at Strathmore and Saturday, January 10 at 7 p.m. at the Meyerhoff. Capitalizing on Marin Alsop's charismatic way of illuminating classical music, the Off the Cuff programs focus on one masterwork, allowing the Maestra to discuss the back story of the piece and the composer's life. Please see below for complete program details. (more...)

2015 Opera News Awards Announces Five Honorees2015 Opera News Awards Announces Five Honorees
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2014

OPERA NEWS Editor in Chief F. Paul Driscoll today announced the recipients of the 10th Annual Opera News Awards. This year's honorees—Piotr Beczala, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Sondra Radvanosky, Samuel Ramey and Teresa Stratas—will be feted at a black tie gala celebration on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. Previous Opera News Award Winners Martina Arroyo,Gerald Finley and Susan Graham are among the presenters. (more...)

Warner Classics Signs Cutting-Edge New York Orchestra THE KNIGHTSWarner Classics Signs Cutting-Edge New York Orchestra THE KNIGHTS
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2014

Flexible in size and repertory, and dedicated to transforming the concert experience, The Knights have been hailed as 'the next generation of classical music' (Performance Todayhost Fred Child). Now, marking their debut as exclusive Warner Classics artists, the ground beneath our feet epitomizes the very qualities that set the trailblazing New York orchestral collective apart. (more...)

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Presents SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE This WeekendMilwaukee Symphony Orchestra Presents SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Nov 29, 2014

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra presents Symphonie fantastique this weekend, November 29-30, 2014 at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. (more...)

Worldclass Principal Cellist Brinton Averil Smith to Perform with Houston Symphony Orchestra, TodayWorldclass Principal Cellist Brinton Averil Smith to Perform with Houston Symphony Orchestra, Today
by BWW News Desk - Nov 28, 2014

HOUSTON (November 19, 2014) - After the Thanksgiving dinner dishes are cleared, show gratitude for Beethoven's First and Fourth Symphonies with family and friends on November 28-30 as Andres Orozco-Estrada conducts the Houston Symphony, featuring principal cellist Brinton Averil Smith. (more...)

Worldclass Principal Cellist Brinton Averil Smith to Perform with Houston Symphony Orchestra, 11/28Worldclass Principal Cellist Brinton Averil Smith to Perform with Houston Symphony Orchestra, 11/28
by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2014

HOUSTON (November 19, 2014) – After the Thanksgiving dinner dishes are cleared, show gratitude for Beethoven's First and Fourth Symphonies with family and friends on November 28-30 as Andrés Orozco-Estrada conducts the Houston Symphony, featuring principal cellist Brinton Averil Smith. (more...)

Audra McDonald, Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett & More Set for Tanglewood's 2015 SeasonAudra McDonald, Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett & More Set for Tanglewood's 2015 Season
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2014

The 2015 Tanglewood season, June 20-Labor Day Weekend, boasts an abundance of musical riches with concerts by the incomparable Boston Symphony and Boston Pops orchestras, the Tanglewood Music Center, and internationally acclaimed guest artists from the worlds of classical, jazz, the American Songbook, Broadway, pop rock, dance, and film, as well as performances spotlighting special anniversaries, thematic programming, and theatrical presentations. (more...)

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Presents SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE with Guest Conductor Santtu-Matias Rouvali, 11/29-30The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Presents SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE with Guest Conductor Santtu-Matias Rouvali, 11/29-30
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2014

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra presents Symphonie fantastiqueon November 29-30, 2014 at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. Led by guest conductor (more...)

Bela Fleck to Perform with The Knights at Schimmel Center in JanuaryBela Fleck to Perform with The Knights at Schimmel Center in January
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2014

Schimmel Center at Pace University announces the addition of Béla Fleck to the previously announced performance of The Knights, New York City's innovative chamber orchestra, taking place on January 28, 2015. Known for transforming the concert experience and driven by an open-minded spirit of camaraderie, the evening's innovative programming and outstanding virtuosity will bring you to your feet with delight. (more...)

Lincoln Center Kicks Off 2014-15 White Light Festival TonightLincoln Center Kicks Off 2014-15 White Light Festival Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2014

A number of program changes and additions have been made to the performances, screenings, and events of Lincoln Center'sWhite Light Festival 2014 and Great Performers 2014-2015 series. See below! (more...)

Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter Launches Six-Event Carnegie Hall Perspectives Series TonightViolinist Anne-Sophie Mutter Launches Six-Event Carnegie Hall Perspectives Series Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2014

Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter--widely recognized as a champion of new music as well as for her commitment to artistic excellence, dedication to the growth of classical music, and for her support of young artists--presents a six-concert Carnegie Hall Perspectives series throughout the 2014-2015 season, demonstrating all of her core artistic interests. Ms. Mutter champions 20th- and 21st-century violin repertoire throughout her series, including contemporary works written for her by Sebastian Currier, Norbert Moret, and Andre Previn. (more...)

San Francsico Opera Center Announces 2015 Adler FellowsSan Francsico Opera Center Announces 2015 Adler Fellows
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2014

San Francisco Opera Center Director Sheri Greenawald announced today the twelve recipients of the 2015 Adler Fellowship, a multi-year performance-oriented residency offering advanced young artists intensive individual training, coaching, and professional seminars, as well as a wide range of performance opportunities. Adler Fellows are selected from the young artists who have participated in the Merola Opera Program. (more...)

Maiden Vermont Chorus to GET HAPPY! at the Town Hall Theater TonightMaiden Vermont Chorus to GET HAPPY! at the Town Hall Theater Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2014

From the American songbook to spirituals to Broadway to the Beatles, the Maiden Vermont chorus does it all with style. (more...)

American Classical Orchestra's 2014-15 Season to Kick Off 9/23 With Mendelssohn; Full Lineup Announced!American Classical Orchestra's 2014-15 Season to Kick Off 9/23 With Mendelssohn; Full Lineup Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2014

On Today, September 23 at 8:00PM at Alice Tully Hall, the American Classical Orchestra presents its opening night concert of its 30th Anniversary season with music that includes Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto with violin soloist Krista Bennion Feeney; Beethoven Symphony No. 8 and Mozart Symphony No. 35 'Haffner'. Krista Bennion Feeney will perform the legendary Mendelssohn Concerto on a historic violin with the same configuration as that of Mendelssohn's concertmaster Ferdinand David. (more...)

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