Francis Poulenc News

Eighteen 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...)

BWW Interviews: FIGARO's Isabel Leonard -- The Girl, the Boy and the Voice
by Richard Sasanow - Sep 29, 2014

'Cherubino is crazy in some ways, in good ways,' says Isabel Leonard, who is singing the role of the young male page in the Almaviva household in the Metropolitan Opera's new Richard Eyre production of LE NOZZE DI FIGARO. 'He sees everything in Technicolor, eyes wide open, taking everything in, not missing a second that he could possibly enjoy in his life.”' (more...)

Winter Center to Hold Pianist Conversations, 10/04
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2014

Millersville University faculty members Drs. Anita Renfroe and Xun Pan will perform together in a concert of music written for two pianos on Oct. 4, 7:30 p.m., at the Ware Center of Millersville University in Lancaster. The Ware Center is located at 42 N. Prince Street, Lancaster. The concert, "Fantastic Conversations," will include music by Mozart (the Sonata in D, K. 448), Schubert (Fantasie in F Mino), and Bach, and 20th-century composers Darius Milhaud, Francis Poulenc and William Elden Bolcom. (more...)

Clarinetist Wenzel Fuchs to Play Millersville University, 10/08
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2014

Wenzel Fuchs, principal clarinetist of the Berliner Phillharmoniker, will appear in a program of classical music at the Winter Visual and Performing Arts Center at Millersville University on Wednesday evening, Oct. 8. The Winter Center is located at 60 W. Cottage Ave, Millersville. Fuchs is considered to be one of the most exciting clarinetists in the world today. He has appeared with such eminent conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Herbert Blomstedt, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Simon Rattle and Franz Welser-Most. (more...)

Schimmel Center to Present VOCE: RISING OPERA STARS IN RECITAL, Feat. Julia Bullock, Joseph Kaiser & More
by BWW News Desk - Sep 05, 2014

On Sunday, September 3, Steven Blier, Artistic Director of the New York Festival of Song (NYFOS) will present an afternoon with two powerhouse musicians, Julia Bullock (soprano) ano Joseph Kaisef (tenor). (more...)

BWW Reviews: Dance Theatre Of Harlem is Soul En Pointe
by Katricia Lang - Jul 28, 2014

Last week, The Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) presented a classic but eclectic program of four ballets at the Miller Outdoor Theatre. To my surprise, they gave me something I could feel. The performance reminded me that ballet can be fun, art should be communal and a coloratura soprano singing 'Domine Deus, Rex caelestis' is just as electrifying as James Brown singing 'Mother Popcorn.' (more...)

BWW Reviews: OTSL's DIALOGUES OF THE CARMELITES Grandly Rewards Your Patience
by Steve Callahan - Jun 20, 2014

The Opera Theatre of St. Louis has opened the fourth production in its June festival season--'The Dialogues of the Carmelites', by Francis Poulenc. The cast features some St. Louis favorites: Kelly Kaduce, who gave us that jaw-dropping Salome five years ago, now plays a much timider leading lady-Sr. Blanche of the Agony of Jesus. And the wonderful Christine Brewer sings the role of the New Prioress. (more...)

The Dallas Opera Appoints Maestra Nicole Paiement as Principal Guest Conductor
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2014

The Dallas Opera is proud to announce the appointment of a critically acclaimed, San Francisco-based Artistic Director and contemporary music specialist to serve as the company's first “Principal Guest Conductor” in our 57-year history. (more...)

Dallas Opera Names Nicole Paiement Principal Guest Conductor
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2014

The Dallas Opera has announced the appointment of a critically acclaimed, San Francisco-based Artistic Director and contemporary music specialist to serve as the company's first “Principal Guest Conductor” in our 57-year history. (more...)

Pacific Chorale Sets 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 30, 2014

Pacific Chorale, the resident choir of Segerstrom Center for the Arts (SCFTA), has announced its 47th season under the banner “A Season of Exploration.” Six concerts are offered in a variety of subscription packages. (more...)

Houston Chamber Choir Announces 19th Season, THE VOICES OF HOUSTON
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2014

Robert Simpson, Artistic Director and Founder of the Houston Chamber Choir is pleased to announce the Chamber Choir's 19th season: The Voices of Houston. Each of this season's offerings highlights the Houston Chamber Choir's multi-talented musicians in a wide range of diverse choral repertoire. 'The Voices of Houston' is a season of thrilling firsts as the Houston Chamber Choir welcomes Grammy Award-winning conductor Paul Hillier to Houston for the first time, celebrates its inaugural performance with the Houston Ballet, and makes its Miller Outdoor Theatre debut. (more...)

Photo Flash: Dance Against Cancer Raises Over $200,000 for the American Cancer Society
by BWW News Desk - May 09, 2014

Dance Against Cancer raised more than $200,000 for the American Cancer Society on Monday, May 5, 2014. Proceeds from the evening will benefit research initiatives and patient and family service programs. More than 500 guests attended the fourth annual Dance Against Cancer. VIP guests enjoyed cocktails, preferred seating, and a gift bag in addition to the performance and post-event reception. The performance featured new work by Brian Reeder created for American Ballet Theatre's Isabella Boylston with New York City Ballet's Chase Finlay and Amar Ramasar, Paul Taylor Dance Company in its first appearance at the benefit, Charles 'Lil Buck' Riley performed with students from National Dance Institute, and included the NYC premiere of Justin Peck's Sea Change. Scroll down for photos from the performances! (more...)

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to Appear in Carnegie Hall's SPRING FOR MUSIC Festival, Today
by BWW News Desk - May 09, 2014

One of America's finest orchestra's will take the stage in one of its most fabled and historic halls when the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra performs the final concert of the 2014 Spring for Music Festival at Carnegie Hall in New York today, May 10, 2014. (more...)

BWW Reviews: NEW YORK CITY BALLET Looks Forward to the Future
by Jessica Abejar - May 08, 2014

To jumpstart their 50th anniversary at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, the New York City Ballet began their Spring season not looking back but rather looking forward, presenting works from 21st century choreographers and showcasing the Company's ever-evolving mastery of their art. (more...)

Opera San Antonino Announces Its 2014-2015 Inaugural Season, Which Includes FANTASTIC MR. FOX, SALOME, and More
by BWW News Desk - May 06, 2014

Interim General Director Plato Karayanis and Artistic Director Tobias Picker announce OPERA San Antonio's inaugural season as the Resident Opera Company of the new Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. OPERA San Antonio will present three new productions for the 2014-15 season: Tobias Picker's Fantastic Mr. Fox, Richard Strauss's Salome and a double bill of Ermanno Wolf- Ferrari's Il segreto di Susanna and La voix humaine by Francis Poulenc. (more...)

Virginia Arts Festival to Welcome Dance Theatre of Harlem & Richard Alston Dance Company in May
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2014

The Virginia Arts Festival presents Dance Theatre of Harlem on May 17 and 18 in Norfolk and Richard Alston Dance Company on May 21 and 23 in Norfolk and Williamsburg in this year's Dance Series. The 2014 Festival features two world-class companies who have rewritten the rules for these art forms. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Poulenc's DIALOGUES OF THE CARMELITES is Timely, Compelling, at Aurora Chamber Opera Series
by Marakay Rogers - Mar 25, 2014

Poulenc's work about martyred nuns shows its modern relevance on stage at the Perelman Theatre in Philadelphia (more...)

BWW Interviews: For Mezzo SUSAN GRAHAM, No Warhorses Need Apply
by Richard Sasanow - Mar 17, 2014

'I'm not a warhorse kind of singer,' mezzo Susan Graham states matter-of-factly. 'A. I'm a mezzo. B. I'm not a character mezzo. C. I'm not a contralto. The iconic opera repertoire for mezzos, Amneris (AIDA), Azucena (IL TROVATORE), even Eboli (DON CARLO)--those kinds of roles aren't my stock and trade because my voice sits high and has a different timbre.' Well, what then is her milieu? It's the likes of Handel, who composed several of the arias she has been singing this winter at the Met, as one of the stars of THE ENCHANTED ISLAND, a kind of Baroque 'jukebox opera.' But it's also Rodgers & Hammerstein's THE KING & I, which she is doing this June at the Chatelet in Paris. (more...)

The 2014 ROCO Chamber Series Presents FRENCH SALON, 4/27
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2014

River Oaks Chamber Orchestra concludes its 2013 – 2014 ROCO Chamber Series on Sunday, April 27 at 4 p.m. with a concert titled French Salonat Gremillion &Co. Fine Art Annex located at 2504 Nottingham. The performance, which showcases several French composers, incorporates works written for the oboe, bassoon and piano. The concert includes a co-commissioned premiere by John Steinmetz and music by Francis Poulenc, Theodore Lalliet and Stanislas Verroust. The performance features ROCO Founder, Artistic Director and Principal Oboist Alecia Lawyer, Principal Bassoonist Kristin Wolfe Jensen and PianistRodney Waters. (more...)

Natalie Dessay Makes New York Debut at Carnegie Hall Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2014

French soprano Natalie Dessay makes her highly anticipated New York recital debut tonight, March 12 at 8:00 p.m. at Carnegie Hall in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, joined by pianist and frequent collaborator Philippe Cassard. Ms. Dessay and Mr. Cassard recently released an acclaimed recording of Debussy's works in 2012 (Virgin Classics), two of which are featured in this program-'Apparition,' and 'La romance d'Ariel.' The program also features German works by Brahms, Clara Schumann, and Richard Strauss, and French works by Duparc, Poulenc, and Fauré. (more...)

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