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Pacific Symphony to Present GERSHWIN GREATS Concert, 7/20
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2014

Orange County, Calif.—June 26, 2014—Pacific Symphony tackles the music of one of America's most celebrated composers—George Gershwin—for a memorable night of timeless music, as Mercedes-Benz presents Summer Festival 2014 continues with “Gershwin Greats.” Gershwin was a composer who conducted it all—taking Broadway by storm, selling out concert halls and opera houses and, as a result, defining an era. This program of classic Americana, led by Music Director Carl St.Clair (conducting the first concert of his 25th anniversary season), features guest pianist Jeffrey Biegel, the extraordinary voices of Angela Brown (soprano), Kevin Deas (bass), and the Carver Cossey Singers. Along with the orchestra, they perform some of the most popular and best-known Gershwin works—from the jazz-filled melodies of “Rhapsody in Blue” to the enduring sounds of “An American in Paris” and the groundbreaking “Porgy and Bess,” to the rousing overture to “Strike up the Band.” “Gershwin Greats” takes place on Sunday, July 20, at 7:30 p.m., under the stars at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine. (more...)

Pacific Symphony to Present GERSWHIN GREATS, 7/20
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2014

Pacific Symphony tackles the music of one of America's most celebrated composers -- George Gershwin -- for a memorable night of timeless music, as Mercedes-Benz presents Summer Festival 2014 continues with “Gershwin Greats.” Gershwin was a composer who conducted it all -- taking Broadway by storm, selling out concert halls and opera houses and, as a result, defining an era. This program of classic Americana, led by Music Director Carl St.Clair (conducting the first concert of his 25th anniversary season), features guest pianist Jeffrey Biegel, the extraordinary voices of Angela Brown (soprano), Kevin Deas (bass), and the Carver Cossey Singers. Along with the orchestra, they perform some of the most popular and best-known Gershwin works -- from the jazz-filled melodies of “Rhapsody in Blue” to the enduring sounds of “An American in Paris” and the groundbreaking “Porgy and Bess,” to the rousing overture to “Strike up the Band.” “Gershwin Greats” takes place on Sunday, July 20, at 7:30 p.m., under the stars at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine. (more...)

The Pacific Symphony Presents JULY 4 WITH BIG BAD VOODOO DADDY
by BWW News Desk - Jun 03, 2014

Get ready to shake, rattle and roll and celebrate “July 4 with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy,” as Pacific Symphony kicks off its Summer Festival 2014, presented by Mercedes-Benz. Traditionally the best-attended concert of the year, the Symphony's annual July 4 extravaganza honors American heroes and includes a moving fireworks finale orchestrated to patriotic classics. At the center of this year's holiday concert are the cool cats of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (BBVD), seven original and two new members of the ensemble that initiated the swing revival of the 1990s with their recreations of Cab Calloway and the Big Band style. The group rocketed to its first phase of stardom when the hits “You Me & the Bottle Make Three (Tonight)” and “Go Daddy-O” were featured in the 1996 film, “Swingers,” starring Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau. Taking the stage with the full symphony orchestra led by Principal Pops Conductor Richard Kaufman, BBVD promises to have the audience swinging in the aisles and grooving to the beats with high-energy songs like “Mr. Pinstripe Suite,” “I Wanna Be Like You” and music from their newest album, “Rattle Them Bones.” (more...)

Oratorio Society of New York Coming to Carnegie Hall, 5/20
by BWW News Desk - May 05, 2014

To conclude the OSNY's 2013-14 Carnegie Hall season, Tritle will lead the Oratorio Society in their first performance together of Bach's choral masterpiece on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at 8:00 PM. The vocal soloists joining the OSNY are tenor Nicholas Phan as the Evangelist, bass-baritone Kevin Deas as Jesus, and soprano Leslie Fagan, mezzo-soprano Susanne Mentzer, tenor Matthew Plenk, and baritone Mischa Bouvier. (more...)

Oratorio Society of New York Coming to Carnegie Hall, 5/20
by BWW News Desk - Apr 01, 2014

Johann Sebastian Bach's St. Matthew Passion was written to be performed at Good Friday services at Leipzig's St. Thomas Church around 1727-29. 'The work transferred from church to concert hall by way of Felix Mendelssohn, who virtually broke the piece out of its grave,' said OSNY Music Director Kent Tritle. 'From then on, the incredible and expansive emotional appeal of Bach's writing carried the work from choral society to choral society, and today it is a concert touchstone that we cannot do without.' (more...)

The Columbus Symphony Orchestra Announces Masterworks and Pops Season Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2014

The Columbus Symphony today announced its 2014-15 Masterworks and Pops seasons. Masterworks will continue to present eight concerts at the Ohio Theatre and four concerts at the Southern Theatre. All Pops concerts will remain at the Ohio Theatre. (more...)

The Pacific Symphony Presents Their 2014 SUMMER FESTIVAL, 7/4-8/30
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2014

Summer is just around the corner and families are already thinking about packing picnics and heading out to Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine for five music-infused evenings under the stars with Pacific Symphony. Presented by Mercedes-Benz, the Symphony's 2014 Summer Festival explodes with the annual July 4th extravaganza, featuring Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and a brilliant fireworks finale. Then it's on to classic Americana for “Gershwin Greats,” featuring guest pianist Jeffrey Biegel, soprano Angela Brown and bass Kevin Deas. Next, it's the the magnificent repertoire of Disney “Fantasia”: Live in Concert from the original 1940 version and “Fantasia 2000,” performed live as Disney's stunning footage is shown on the big screen. The fourth concert delivers the silky smooth sounds of saxophone superstar Kenny G, before the Symphony concludes the season with an OC tradition: “Tchaikovsky Spectacular,” which this year features guest pianist Jon Nakamatsu, and, of course, breathtaking cannons and fireworks during the “1812 Overture.” (more...)

Conductor Kent Tritle's Spring 2014 Season to Feature Bach, Meredith Monk, and More
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2014

In the spring of 2014, Kent Tritle leads the forces of his various organizations in music ranging from that of Renaissance Spain, to the choral masterpieces of J.S. Bach, to Honegger's King David, to a program with the voice pioneer Meredith Monk and the New York premiere of a work by Jocelyn Hagen. (more...)

Oratorio Society of New York to Perform Handel's MESSIAH at Carnegie Hall, 12/23
by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2013

And so, on Monday, December 23, 2013, at 8:00 PM-the eve of Christmas Eve-at Carnegie Hall, the Oratorio Society of New York will offer its 204th performance of Handel's Messiah in the grand style for which it is celebrated. Music Director Kent Tritle leads the 200-voice chorus, currently marking its 141st concert season, and a quartet of young soloists: Kathryn Lewek, soprano; Rebecca Ringle, mezzo-soprano; Nicholas Phan, tenor, and Dashon Burton, bass-baritone, who was the 2012 first-prize-winner of the OSNY's Lyndon Woodside Oratorio-Solo Competition. (more...)

Beethoven's 9th Symphony Opens Boston Baroque's 40th Season Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 08, 2013

Boston Baroque and its Founder/Music Director, Martin Pearlman, have chosen to acknowledge a monumental moment in their history with a monument of music: Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, popularly known as the 'Choral' Symphony, which concludes with the uplifting Ode to Joy. (more...)

Mozart, Mendelssohn, Handel, Bach Set for Oratorio Society of New York's 2013-14 Season
by BWW News Desk - Nov 04, 2013

The Oratorio Society of New York will perform defining symphonic choral masterworks of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, and Mendelssohn, both as part of its annual 2013-14 series at Carnegie Hall under the leadership of music director Kent Tritle, and in a guest appearance with Sir Roger Norrington and the Orchestra of St. Luke's at Carnegie Hall. Mr. Tritle leads the 200-voice chorus, New York's standard for grand choral performance, in its 141st season and his ninth season as music director. (more...)

Oratorio Society of New York to Open 141st Season at Carnegie Hall, Today
by BWW News Desk - Nov 04, 2013

The Oratorio Society of New York, the city's standard for grand choral performance, launches its 141st Carnegie Hall concert season with two pillars of choral grandeur: Mozart's Requiem, in the original Sussmayr edition, and Mendelssohn's rarely-performed secular cantataDie erste Walpurgisnacht (The First Walpurgis Night), conducted by Kent Tritle, today, November 4, 2013, at 8:00 PM. (more...)

The Richmond Symphony Presents Verdi's REQUIEM, 10/19 - Today
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2013

2013 marks the bicentennial of Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi's birth! In honor of this event, the Richmond Symphony has announced Verdi's Requiem, the second Altria Masterworks Concert of the 2013-2014 season! (more...)

Richmond Symphony Presents Verdi's Requiem Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2013

Richmond, Virginia 2013 marks the bicentennial of Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi's birth. In honor of this event, the Richmond Symphony is pleased to announce Verdi's Requiem, the second Altria Masterworks Concert of the 2013-2014 season! (more...)

Boston Baroque Releases New Recording of Haydn's LORD NELSON MASS and SYMPHONY NO. 102
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2013

On Monday, April 15, 2013, more than 20,000 people were running in the Boston Marathon while the 58 instrumentalists and singers of Boston Baroque were rehearsing for a new recording and upcoming concerts. Two explosions near the finish line of the Marathon irrevocably altered the lives of all Bostonians, and would have an effect on the recording and concerts as well. (more...)

The Richmond Symphony Presents Verdi's REQUIEM, 10/19 - 10/20
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2013

2013 marks the bicentennial of Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi's birth! In honor of this event, the Richmond Symphony has announced Verdi's Requiem, the second Altria Masterworks Concert of the 2013-2014 season! (more...)

Richmond Symphony Offers Federal Employees Free Tickets to Verdi's REQUIEM
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2013

The Richmond Symphony would like to announce an offer to all furloughed federal employees—two free tickets to Verdi's Requiem. (more...)

Beethoven's 9th Symphony to Open Boston Baroque's 40th Season, 11/8-9
by BWW News Desk - Oct 09, 2013

Boston Baroque and its Founder/Music Director, Martin Pearlman, have chosen to acknowledge a monumental moment in their history with a monument of music: Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, popularly known as the 'Choral' Symphony, which concludes with the uplifting Ode to Joy. (more...)

Oratorio Society of New York to Open 141st Season at Carnegie Hall, 11/4
by BWW News Desk - Oct 04, 2013

The Oratorio Society of New York, the city's standard for grand choral performance, launches its 141st Carnegie Hall concert season with two pillars of choral grandeur: Mozart's Requiem, in the original Sussmayr edition, and Mendelssohn's rarely-performed secular cantataDie erste Walpurgisnacht (The First Walpurgis Night), conducted by Kent Tritle, on Monday, November 4, 2013, at 8:00 PM. (more...)

The Richmond Symphony Presents Verdi's REQUIEM, 10/19 - 10/20
by Rosie Hertzman - Sep 25, 2013

2013 marks the bicentennial of Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi's birth! In honor of this event, the Richmond Symphony has announced Verdi's Requiem, the second Altria Masterworks Concert of the 2013-2014 season! (more...)

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