Eric Whitacre News

Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble's Season Finale to Feature Bach, Ticheli and More, 5/11
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2014

PSYWE's season finale celebrates musical learning with programming that makes connections between classical and contemporary composers. The concert is set for Sunday, May 11, 1:30 p.m. at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa, CA. (more...)

The Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble Presents Its Season Finale, 5/11
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2014

Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble's season finale celebrates musical learning with programming that makes connections between classical and contemporary composers. The concert begins with two wind ensemble arrangements of Bach's music: “Who Puts His Trust in God Most Just” (arr. James Croft), originally a chorale for four parts, and “Fugue in G Minor” (arr. Lucien Calliet), a masterful combination of counterpoint and harmony. Next is Eric Whitacre's “Sleep,” a smooth composition with drawn-out harmonies inspired by Robert Frost's poem, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.” The concert concludes with Frank Ticheli's Symphony No. 2, which was composed in 2003 as a tribute to James Croft, director of bands at Florida State University. Its movements—“Shooting Stars,” “Dreams Under a New Moon” and “Apollo Unleashed”—are an evocation of the heavens, tying back to the concert's first number, not just with the dedication to Croft, but with a brilliant finale that quotes the chorale work by Bach. Tickets are $12 with general admission seating. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (714) 755-5799 or visit www.PacificSymphony.org. (more...)

Sara Jean Ford Joins Lineup of DCINY's DEFYING GRAVITY, Set for this Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2014

Broadway star Sara Jean Ford, currently starring as Christine in Broadway's The Phantom of the Opera, joins the already stellar line up for this Sunday afternoon's concert, presented by Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY). Defying Gravity: The Music of Stephen Schwartz and Eric Whitacre at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, is the first concert collaboration between groundbreaking choral composer and Grammy winner Eric Whitacre and renowned Academy Award and Grammy-winning composer Stephen Schwartz, whose musical Wicked continues to run on Broadway after more than 10 years. Performing alongside Sara Jean Ford, who will be the soloist for Eric Whitacre's 'Fly to Paradise,' from Virtual Choir IV, is star performer Ashley Brown, the original Mary Poppins on Broadway. Eric Whitacre conducts the Distinguished Concerts Singers International- comprised of choirs from across North America as well as Italy and China- as well as Stephen Schwartz himself for select works. Sara Jean Ford was last heard with DCINY as soprano soloist for Messiah ... Refreshed! and in Whitacre's Paradise Lost on tour with DCINY at Carnegie Hall, the Chicago Auditorium Theatre and Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. (more...)

Ad Astra Singers, NOTUS and UC Berkeley Chamber Singers Join Forces for DCINY Concert at Carnegie Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2014

Three innovative choral ensembles, all specializing in exciting new music, take the stage tonight, March 21 at 8:00pm for the next concert in DCINY's Distinguished Concerts Artist Series at Weill Recital Hall. The three vocal ensembles include the Ad Astra Singers, a professional choir from Wichita, Kansas; NOTUS, Indiana University's Contemporary Vocal Ensemble; and the UC Berkeley Chamber Singers. (more...)

Eric Whitacre and Stephen Schwartz Join Forces for DEFYING GRAVITY Concert, 3/30 at Avery Fisher Hall
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2014

Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) presents a thrilling afternoon of song with Defying Gravity: The Music of Stephen Schwartz and Eric Whitacre on Sunday, March 30 at 2:00pm at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center. (more...)

Kansas City Chorale to Perform Rachmaninoff's ALL-NIGHT VIGIL with Phoenix Chorale, 5/23
by BWW News Desk - Mar 07, 2014

Artistic Director Charles Bruffy brings his two professional Grammy winning choirs, the Kansas City Chorale and the Phoenix Chorale, together to perform the pinnacle of Russian sacred music, Sergei Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil. Bruffy has led the Kansas City Chorale since 1988 and the Phoenix Chorale since 1999. The concert takes place on May 23, 2014, in Kansas City at Redemptorist Church, 3333 Broadway. (more...)

Ad Astra Singers, NOTUS and UC Berkeley Chamber Singers Join Forces for DCINY Concert at Carnegie, 3/21
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2014

Three innovative choral ensembles, all specializing in exciting new music, take the stage on Friday, March 21 at 8:00pm for the next concert in DCINY's Distinguished Concerts Artist Series at Weill Recital Hall. The three vocal ensembles include the Ad Astra Singers, a professional choir from Wichita, Kansas; NOTUS, Indiana University's Contemporary Vocal Ensemble; and the UC Berkeley Chamber Singers. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Little Rock - Week of 2/23/2014
by BWW - Feb 23, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 2/23/2014 for Little Rock (more...)

Distinguished Concerts International to Present LUST AND LA FEMME MYSTIQUE, 3/10
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2014

Distinguished Concerts International New York presents an evening of musically epic proportions, featuring Carl Orff's 1936 masterwork Carmina Burana, as conducted by revered conductor Vance George, with a beautiful selection of music for women's chorus in celebration of International Women's Day, conducted by Hilary Apfelstadt and performed by 16 outstanding choruses hailing from across North America; Vienna; Hong Kong; Munich; Curitiba, Brazil; and Brunswick, Australia. Lust & La Femme Mystique takes place on Monday, March 10 at 7:00 PM at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center. (more...)

Ashley Brown to Join DCINY for DEFYING GRAVITY Concert at Lincoln Center, 3/30
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2014

Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) has announced that Ashley Brown, a multi-award winner for the title role in Mary Poppins, which she originated on Broadway, will be a guest artist in Defying Gravity: The Music of Stephen Schwartz and Eric Whitacre. This year, DCINY's popular annual collaboration with Eric Whitacre, known to millions worldwide through his Grammy-winning recordings and ground breaking Virtual Choir, includes a special collaboration with multi-Grammy and Oscar-winning Broadway and film composer Stephen Schwartz . Whitacre will conduct Brown, Schwartz, and over 250 voices in the concert, which takes place on Sunday, March 30 at 2:00pm at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center. (more...)

LA Master Chorale Sets 2014-15 Season at Walt Disney Concert Hall
by BWW News Desk - Feb 07, 2014

The Los Angeles Master Chorale (LAMC) - heralded around the globe for its unparalleled artistry and wide ranging repertoire - continues expanding and transforming the spectrum of choral music with two world premieres while also presenting Renaissance gems, a cappella masterpieces, contemporary classics and seminal large-scale works during the 2014-15 Season, its 51st, at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Acclaimed Kiki & David Gindler Music Director Grant Gershon, who marks his 14th season at the choir's helm, conducts 10 programs, 4 of which are repeated, for a total of 14 performances at Disney Hall. The Grammy®-nominated Chorale displays its skills as both a virtuosic symphonic chorus and a masterful a cappella tour de force with a season of carefully curated repertoire, featuring works by some 20 composers, nearly half of whom are active today, among them Swan Family Composer in Residence Shawn Kirchner, Tan Dun, Arvo Part, Eric Whitacre, Nack-Kum Paik, Richard Einhorn, Ariel Quintana, Jan Sandstrom and Morten Lauridsen. (more...)

Lincoln Center Unveils 2014-15 Great Performers Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 05, 2014

The 49th season of Lincoln Center's Great Performers series, which will run from November 2, 2014 through May 10, 2015, was announced today by Jane Moss, Ehrenkranz Artistic Director. Highlighting the season are the return of the Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig, led by Riccardo Chailly and of Michael Tilson Thomasconducting the London Symphony Orchestra. The "Art of the Song" series returns in 2015 with recitals by four outstanding vocal artists. The 2014-2015 season also features a period-instrument chamber orchestra series, a recital series, and a film series, and includes pre- and post-concert discussions and lectures. A new series, "Complimentary Classical" will bring four compelling string quartets to the David Rubenstein Atrium in free concerts in 2015. (more...)

15-Year-Old Organist Michael Jon Bennett Featured on NPR's FROM THE TOP
by BWW News Desk - Feb 01, 2014

15-year-old organist Michael Jon Bennett from New York City will appear on an upcoming episode of From the Top, the hit NPR radio program featuring America's best young classical musicians and hosted by acclaimed pianist Christopher O'Riley. Broadcast from Costa Mesa, California, the show will air nationally and online the week of February 3 and on WQXR on February 8 at 6:00 AM The episode was taped before a live audience at the Segerstrom Concert Hall at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. (more...)

Vegas PBS Will Record Philharmonic's 'Battle Born-Nevada Proud!' this Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2014

The audience at the Las Vegas Philharmonic's "Battle Born-Nevada Proud!" concert this Saturday night has the chance to be a part of history. The concert celebrates the 150th anniversary of Nevada's statehood and will be recorded by Vegas PBS for future broadcast. The concert footage will also be submitted to the state's archive commemorating the Nevada 150 celebrations. Vegas PBS plans to broadcast the concert in April and again on Nevada Day in October. KNPB in Reno has also agreed to broadcast the concert in 2014, making this a true statewide celebration. This will be the first Vegas PBS recording of a Las Vegas Philharmonic concert. (more...)

DCINY to Celebrate Karl Jenkins' 70th Birthday at Carnegie Hall, 1/20
by BWW News Desk - Dec 30, 2013

Now entering its 7th season, Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) continues its tradition of bringing the haunting, expansive, and multi-ethnic music of Welsh composer Karl Jenkins to America. On January 20 at 7pm at Carnegie Hall, DCINY presents the U.S. premiere of Jenkins' The Bards of Wales, a setting of a heroic poem by Hungarian Janos Arany, as well as the composer's Stabat Mater and the "Benedictus" from The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace. DCINY Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Jonathan Griffith leads the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and a truly international chorus, comprised of singers from the U.S., Canada, The Netherlands, France, Hong Kong, and Argentina. (more...)

Distinguished Concerts International New York Unveils 2014 Season
by BWW News Desk - Dec 09, 2013

Distinguished Concerts International New York unveils its 2014 season of joyful, inspiring and moving music, featuring numerous world and US premieres, world-class musicians at New York's most prestigious venues, and singers from across America and the globe. A unique success story in a challenging arts and economic environment, DCINY, now entering its 7th season, is commissioning new works, mentoring young conductors, and breaking new ground-including a tour to Turkey this past spring-and giving talented artists the opportunity to realize their dreams. Founded by Iris Derke (General Director) and Jonathan Griffith (Artistic Director and Principal Conductor), DCINY continues to be driven by passion and unwavering commitment to create unforgettable audience and performer experiences. (more...)

Pacific Symphony Presents Three Events OC FRONT AND CENTER
by BWW News Desk - Dec 09, 2013

Pacific Symphony shares its stage and presents some of the best community talent, while providing an opportunity to be inspired and learn from professionals during three events collectively titled, “OC Front and Center.” Beginning Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at 2 p.m., in the Samueli Theater, acclaimed violinist and music educator Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg takes three multi-generational violinists to the next level in a Violin Master Class. (more...)

The PSO and Maestro Manfred Honeck Perform with The Tallis Scholars in BNY Mellon Grand Classics Concert, Now thru 12/8
by BWW News Desk - Dec 06, 2013

PITTSBURGH-Today, Dec. 6-8, Music Director Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will share the Heinz Hall stage with the Tallis Scholars, one of the world's leading Renaissance vocal music ensembles, in a unique BNY Mellon Grand Classics concert. (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...)

The PSO and Maestro Manfred Honeck to Perform with The Tallis Scholars in BNY Mellon Grand Classics Concert, 12/6-12/8
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2013

PITTSBURGH—On Dec. 6-8, Music Director Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will share the Heinz Hall stage with the Tallis Scholars, one of the world's leading Renaissance vocal music ensembles, in a unique BNY Mellon Grand Classics concert. (more...)

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