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BWW Reviews: Playing with Fire at the Met's Premiere of John Adams's THE DEATH OF KLINGHOFFERBWW Reviews: Playing with Fire at the Met's Premiere of John Adams's THE DEATH OF KLINGHOFFER
by Richard Sasanow - Oct 25, 2014

Only someone who arrived convinced of the opera's bias could have found the Met's premiere of the John Adams-Alice Goodman THE DEATH OF KLINGHOFFER to be anti-Semitic. On the other hand, that doesn't mean that it's even-handed. (more...)

Review Roundup: The Met Opera's Controversial THE DEATH OF KLINGHOFFERReview Roundup: The Met Opera's Controversial THE DEATH OF KLINGHOFFER
by Review Roundups - Oct 24, 2014

The Metropolitan Opera's 2014-15 season kicked off with the controversial John Adams's The Death of Klinghoffer, conducted by David Robertson and directed by Tom Morris. (more...)

Paul Giamatti & Damian Lewis to Lead Showtime Pilot BILLIONSPaul Giamatti & Damian Lewis to Lead Showtime Pilot BILLIONS
by TV News Desk - Oct 24, 2014

Today, SHOWTIME announced that Oscar nominee and Emmy(R) and Golden Globe winner Paul Giamatti (Cinderella Man) and Emmy and Golden Globe winner Damian Lewis (Homeland) have been cast in the lead roles of the complex, contemporary drama pilot BILLIONS. Written and executive produced by Brian Koppelman and David Levien and Andrew Ross Sorkin, BILLIONS is a fictional drama that takes a forensic look at the world of high finance by tracking the approaching collision between two titanic figures - the hard charging, whip-smart U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhodes (Giamatti), and the brilliant, ambitious hedge fund king, Bobby 'Axe' Axelrod (Lewis). Acclaimed director Neil Burger (The Illusionist, Divergent, Limitless) has signed on to direct the drama pilot, which will be filmed in New York in early 2015. (more...)

The Black Keys, Jessie J Join THE CONCERT FOR VALOR Performance Line-UpThe Black Keys, Jessie J Join THE CONCERT FOR VALOR Performance Line-Up
by TV News Desk - Oct 23, 2014

New additions to the live music lineup include The Black Keys and Jessie J. They will join previously announced performers Eminem, Dave Grohl, Metallica, Rihanna, Bruce Springsteen, Carrie Underwood and Zac Brown Band on stage on the National Mall. (more...)

Met Opera's GM, Peter Gelb, Responds to Controversial THE DEATH OF KLINGHOFFERMet Opera's GM, Peter Gelb, Responds to Controversial THE DEATH OF KLINGHOFFER
by BWW News Desk - Oct 22, 2014

Metropolitan Opera's General Manager, Peter Gelb, wrote in the NY Post: 'Monday night's premiere of “The Death of Klinghoffer” was not one of the easiest nights in the history of The Metropolitan Opera, but it was one of the most important.' (more...)

LA Chamber Orchestra to Premiere Aaron Jay Kernis Viola Concerto with Paul Neubauer, 11/15-16LA Chamber Orchestra to Premiere Aaron Jay Kernis Viola Concerto with Paul Neubauer, 11/15-16
by BWW News Desk - Oct 22, 2014

The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), an ardent champion of new music, presents the highly anticipated Los Angeles premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis' gripping and virtuosic Viola Concerto written for and featuring Paul Neubauer, considered one of the greatest violists of his generation, in two performances led by Music Director Jeffrey Kahane on Saturday, November 15, 2014, 8 pm, at Glendale's Alex Theatre, and Sunday, November 16, 2014, 7pm, at UCLA's Royce Hall. Kernis' three-movement work, filled with 'passages of intense lyricism (that) approach a kind of ecstasy' (Star Tribune), is a co-commission by LACO, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, which premiered it in April, the Chautauqua Symphony and the Idyllwild Arts Academy. Kahane, showcasing LACO's remarkable artistic versatility, also leads Beethoven's luminous Piano Concerto No. 3 from the piano and opens the program with Rameau's Overture to Zais and dances from Les Boreades and Dardanus. (more...)

LA Master Chorale to Perform Renaissance Choral Gems, 11/16LA Master Chorale to Perform Renaissance Choral Gems, 11/16
by BWW News Desk - Oct 22, 2014

The Los Angeles Master Chorale (LAMC), led by Artistic Director Grant Gershon, presents an all-a cappella program of soaring Renaissance choral gems that promises to resonate in the sparkling acoustics of Disney Hall on Sunday, November 16, 2014, 7 pm. The Chorale, which is particularly adept at performing this musical style with crisp, clear intonation, performs William Byrd's Sing Joyfully, Josquin des Prez's Ave nobilissima creatura, John Taverner's Western Wind Mass, Thomas Tallis's If Ye Love Me and Orlando di Lasso's O Crux Splendidior, among other 16th and 17th century works. (more...)

Tenor Jay Hunter Morris to Sing World Premiere of The Houston Grand Opera's A CHRISTMAS CAROL, 12/5-21Tenor Jay Hunter Morris to Sing World Premiere of The Houston Grand Opera's A CHRISTMAS CAROL, 12/5-21
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2014

American tenor Jay Hunter Morris will replace Anthony Dean Griffey in Houston Grand Opera's world premiere production of A Christmas Carol, it was announced today by HGO Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers. Mr. Griffey has withdrawn for health reasons. The 90-minute opera, commissioned by HGO from composer Iain Bell and librettist Simon Callow, is written for a single singer performing the role of The Narrator. A Christmas Carol runs from December 5 through 21, 2014, at the Wortham Theater Center, and is suitable for ages 12 and up. (more...)

ADL Releases Statement From Klinghoffer Daughters to Appear in Met Opera PlaybillADL Releases Statement From Klinghoffer Daughters to Appear in Met Opera Playbill
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2014

In advance of the opening of 'The Death of Klinghoffer' at the Metropolitan Opera tomorrow night, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) released a statement by Lisa and Ilsa Klinghoffer, the daughters of Leon Klinghoffer, which will be featured in the playbill.? (more...)

Jay Hunter Morris Replaces Anthony Dean Griffey in Houston Grand Opera's A CHRISTMAS CAROL World Premiere This WinterJay Hunter Morris Replaces Anthony Dean Griffey in Houston Grand Opera's A CHRISTMAS CAROL World Premiere This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2014

American tenor Jay Hunter Morris will replace Anthony Dean Griffey in Houston Grand Opera's world premiere production of A Christmas Carol, it was announced today by HGO Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers. Mr. Griffey has withdrawn for health reasons. The 90-minute opera, commissioned by HGO from composer Iain Bell and librettist Simon Callow, is written for a single singer performing the role of The Narrator. A Christmas Carol runs from December 5 through 21, 2014, at the Wortham Theater Center, and is suitable for ages 12 and up. (more...)

The Seattle Opera Presents Mark Walters in the Title Role of Don Giovanni, 10/19The Seattle Opera Presents Mark Walters in the Title Role of Don Giovanni, 10/19
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2014

Seattle Opera will feature Mark Walters in the title role of Don Giovanni on October 19 at 7:30 P.M.in Italian with English subtitles at McCaw Hall. (more...)

Mark Walters Debuts This Weekend in the Title Role of Don Giovanni with Seattle OperaMark Walters Debuts This Weekend in the Title Role of Don Giovanni with Seattle Opera
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2014

SEATTLE, Oct.17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Seattle Opera will feature Mark Walters in the title role of Don Giovanni on October 19 at 7:30 P.M. in Italian with English subtitles at McCaw Hall. (more...)

Adventure Stage Chicago to Present Theater Unspeakable's THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION, 11/4-29Adventure Stage Chicago to Present Theater Unspeakable's THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION, 11/4-29
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2014

From The Patriot to John Adams, from the iconic portrait of Washington Crossing the Delaware by Emmanuel Gottlieb Leutze to the musical 1776, the birth of our nation has been portrayed countless times in countless ways in the arts. But never quite like this. (more...)

The Miller Theatre Continues the 2014-15 Composer Portraits Series with BERNARD RANDS, 11/13The Miller Theatre Continues the 2014-15 Composer Portraits Series with BERNARD RANDS, 11/13
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2014

Miller Theatre at Columbia University School of the Arts continues the 2014-15 Composer Portraits series with BERNARD RANDS. 80th Birthday tribute features Anthony Roth Costanzo, countertenor, International Contemporary Ensemble, Christian Knapp, conductor and the New York premiere of Rands' Folk Songs (2014). On Thursday, November 13, 2014, 8:00 p.m. at the Miller Theatre at Columbia University (2960 Broadway at 116th Street). Tickets: $25-$35 • Students with valid ID: $12-$18 (more...)

Bernard Rands with Anthony Roth Costanzo, ICE and NY Premiere of FOLK SONGS Set for the Miller Theatre, 11/13Bernard Rands with Anthony Roth Costanzo, ICE and NY Premiere of FOLK SONGS Set for the Miller Theatre, 11/13
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2014

Miller Theatre at Columbia University School of the Arts continues the 2014-15 Composer Portraits series with Bernard Rands. The 80th Birthday tribute features Anthony Roth Costanzo, countertenor, the International Contemporary Ensemble - Christian Knapp, conductor, and the New York premiere of Rands' FOLK SONGS (2014) on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 8 pm at the Miller Theatre at Columbia University (2960 Broadway at 116th Street). (more...)

JACK Quartet, Miranda Cuckson, Vox n Plux and More to Perform World Premieres at The Italian Academy, 10/30JACK Quartet, Miranda Cuckson, Vox n Plux and More to Perform World Premieres at The Italian Academy, 10/30
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2014

The Italian Academy hosts the inaugural concert of *The Stefan Wolpe Fund featuring world premieres and works by Charles Wuorinen, Jonathan Dawe, Matthew Greenbaum and William Anderson on Thursday, October 30th at 8pm. Also on the program, a New York premiere for string sextet by Charles Wuorinen. Featured artists: JACK Quartet, pianist Steven Beck, Vox n Plux, violist Miranda Cuckson and cellist Jay Campbell. This concert was produced by Zaidee Parkinson and Alanna Maharajh Stone with generous support from *The Roger Shapiro Fund for New Music. (more...)

The Dallas Opera Presents SALOME, 10/30-11/8The Dallas Opera Presents SALOME, 10/30-11/8
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2014

The Dallas Opera's explosive second production of the 2014-2015 "Heights of Passion" Season is SALOME by Richard Strauss (whose libretto was based on Hedwig Lachmann's German translation of Oscar Wilde's play). SALOME, generally regarded as one of the masterpieces of the Late Romantic Era, opens on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. in theMargot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center located in the Dallas Arts District. (more...)

The Met's Gallery Met Shorts Series to Launch 10/11 with MACBETHThe Met's Gallery Met Shorts Series to Launch 10/11 with MACBETH
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2014

?The Met will expand its visual arts initiatives with a new series of short films, Gallery Met Shorts, in which celebrated visual artists use animation, video, and film to create original artworks set to music from operas in the Met's current season. (more...)

Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Springsteen & More Set for HBO's CONCERT FOR VALORMeryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Springsteen & More Set for HBO's CONCERT FOR VALOR
by TV News Desk - Oct 2, 2014

HBO and Starbucks Coffee Company (NASDAQ: SBUX) announced today they will host THE CONCERT FOR VALOR (www.theconcertforvalor.com), a first-of-its-kind concert to honor the courage and sacrifice of America's veterans and their families on the National Mall in Washington (more...)

Honens International Piano Competition Seeks Applicants for 8th Edition; Quarterfinals Set for Berlin, London, NY in Spring 2015Honens International Piano Competition Seeks Applicants for 8th Edition; Quarterfinals Set for Berlin, London, NY in Spring 2015
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2014

Calgary-based Honens International Piano Competition will begin accepting applications for its eighth edition beginning September 30, 2014. The Competition's Quarterfinals take place in Berlin, London and New York in spring, 2015. Semifinals and Finals take place in Calgary from September 3 to 12, 2015. Pianists of all nationalities, aged 20 to 30 on September 3, 2015 (with the exception of past Honens Laureates and professionally managed pianists), may apply until February 2, 2015 at honens.com. (more...)

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