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Hottest Articles on BWWClassical MusicWorld.com for 7/17/2016 - 7/24/2016Hottest Articles on BWWClassical MusicWorld.com for 7/17/2016 - 7/24/2016
by BWW - Jul 24, 2016

Hottest Articles on BWWClassical MusicWorld.com from 7/17/2016 - 7/24/2016. (more...)

Illustrious Conductor James Levine is Back Home at Ravinia for GalaIllustrious Conductor James Levine is Back Home at Ravinia for Gala
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2016

James Levine has returned to Ravinia for the first time since completing his music directorship in 1993 to prepare the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus for the Ravinia Women's Board's 50th Anniversary Gala. On Saturday, July 23, Levine will celebrate the 45th anniversary of his concurrent Ravinia and CSO debuts, by conducting Mahler's Second Symphony, the first piece he ever conducted at Ravinia-on June 24, 1971. Saturday's soloists will be soprano Ying Fang and mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill. A large video screen will be erected on the lawn to show the concert in detail. (more...)

James Levine Returns to the Ravinia Festival After Two Decades, 7/23James Levine Returns to the Ravinia Festival After Two Decades, 7/23
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2016

Ravinia's longtime music director James Levine (1973-93) returns for the first time in more than two decades to lead the orchestra in Mahler's 'Resurrection' Symphony, the first piece he played when he made his Ravinia debut 45 years ago as a last-minute replacement for that season's gala, this Saturday, July 23, 2016. (more...)

Kenny Rogers Announces His Final CHRISTMAS & HITS TourKenny Rogers Announces His Final CHRISTMAS & HITS Tour
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2016

Since the release of Kenny Rogers' first-ever Christmas album back in 1981 titled Christmas, Rogers has embarked on an annual Christmas & Hits Tour where he performs holiday favorites and a large selection of hits at concerts across North America. (more...)

STAR TREK with the NSO, Tony Bennett and More Coming Up at Wolf Trap This SummerSTAR TREK with the NSO, Tony Bennett and More Coming Up at Wolf Trap This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2016

Some highlights of what's coming up this summer at Wolf Trap include: The Firebird (July 23); Star Trek Into Darkness with the NSO - and a pre-show Trek talk with Adam Nimoy (Leonard's son), Dave Zappone (For the Love of Spock), and Terry Farrell (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) along with several NASA staff (July 30); and the National Park Service Centennial celebration weekend, which features performances by Ricky Martin (August 24+25), Aretha Franklin (August 26), and Bonnie Raitt (Augsut 27). Scroll down for details!  (more...)

Drury Lane Theatre Launches Cabaret Series with LEADING LADIES OF CHICAGO THEATREDrury Lane Theatre Launches Cabaret Series with LEADING LADIES OF CHICAGO THEATRE
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2016

Drury Lane Theatre premieres The Cabaret Room at Drury Lane with Leading Ladies of Chicago Theatre, a two-night event that gives audiences exclusive access to some of Chicago's top talent in an intimate setting. (more...)

Kids' Music Superstar Laurie Berkner Returns to The Ravinia Festival This AugustKids' Music Superstar Laurie Berkner Returns to The Ravinia Festival This August
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2016

By popular demand, best-selling children's recording artist and preschool television favorite Laurie Berkner will return to The Ravinia Festival, 418 Sheridan Rd., Highland Park, IL with her Greatest Hits Solo Tour at 12:00 noon on Saturday, August 27, 2016. (more...)

Seal Announces Late Summer Tour DatesSeal Announces Late Summer Tour Dates
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2016

Multi-platinum, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Seal will hit the road late this summer, where he will perform hits from his illustrious 20-plus-year career. (more...)

Dolly Parton & Sony Music Nashville Announce Joint Venture; New Album 'Pure & Simple' Out 8/19Dolly Parton & Sony Music Nashville Announce Joint Venture; New Album 'Pure & Simple' Out 8/19
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2016

Today, world-renowned singer/songwriter/entertainer Dolly Parton and Sony Music Nashville announced a joint venture and the launch of Dolly's new studio album, Pure & Simple, for worldwide distribution on August 19. (more...)

Writers Theatre Extends Stephen Sondheim's COMPANYWriters Theatre Extends Stephen Sondheim's COMPANY
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2016

Writers Theatre, under the leadership of Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma, announces a one-week extension to Company, featuring music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by George Furth. The production is directed by William Brown. Company features original orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick, Orchestral Reductions by Ian Weinberger, music direction by Tom Vendafreddo and choreography by Brock Clawson. The show, originally slated to run through July 31, 2016, will add an additional week, through August 7, in the Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre at 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe. (more...)

BWW Review: 'The Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration' A Wonderful Tribute Held at Ravinia FestivalBWW Review: 'The Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration' A Wonderful Tribute Held at Ravinia Festival
by Kevin Pollack - Jun 29, 2016

As the Grateful Dead fans, or what you would call, 'Deadheads,' united in Ravinia Festival on Sunday evening, it seemed a lot less packed than I hoped it would be. They all came to celebrate the music of Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead in a very bombastic way. (more...)


by Kevin Pollack - Jun 29, 2016

It's the summer season, and the music is in the air at Ravinia Festival in Highland Park. In one of the most sold and anticipated shows of the season, full of big stars, The Commodores and Patti LaBelle were not going to settle for anything less. It was pretty full crowd anticipating to see 'the Queen' Patti LaBelle. (more...)

Opera Saratoga Sets 2017 Summer Festival ProgramOpera Saratoga Sets 2017 Summer Festival Program
by BWW News Desk - Jun 28, 2016

Opera Saratoga's Artistic and General Director Lawrence Edelson announced today the three exciting new productions that will comprise the company's 2017 Summer Festival, which will build on the company's commitment to producing masterpieces from the operatic cannon, important American works, and works in which dance plays an integral role. (more...)

Megan McGinnis to Star in SENSE AND SENSIBILITY at The Old Globe; Cast, Creatives Set!Megan McGinnis to Star in SENSE AND SENSIBILITY at The Old Globe; Cast, Creatives Set!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2016

The Old Globe has announced the complete cast and creative team for the West Coast premiere of Paul Gordon's delightfully romantic new musical SENSE AND SENSIBILITY, developed with Rick Boynton and presented in association with Chicago Shakespeare Theater, where it was commissioned and had its world premiere in April 2015. (more...)

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Violnist Set for Pre-Show Performance at United Palace of Cultural Arts, 6/27FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Violnist Set for Pre-Show Performance at United Palace of Cultural Arts, 6/27
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2016

Fiddler on the Roof's violin soloist, Kelly Hall-Tompkins, will perform a pre-show concert at a special event screening of the 1971 film of Fiddler on the Roof on Monday, June 27th at the United Palace of Cultural Arts (4140 Broadway at W. 175th St.. The concert begins at 7:00 pm.  Tickets to the event are available for purchase through: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/958997 (more...)

Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo to Join Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for Concert, 6/30Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo to Join Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for Concert, 6/30
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2016

PITTSBURGH – Rock 'n roll icons Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo join the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on stage for a night of symphonic rock at Heinz Hall on June 30 at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival's Brian Zeger Returns with Imani, 8/1-2Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival's Brian Zeger Returns with Imani, 8/1-2
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2016

The Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival (CCCMF), celebrating 37 years as Cape Cod's premiere presenter of summer chamber music, presents Brian Zeger Returns with Imani in two concerts on Monday, August 1, 7:30 pm, at Church of the Holy Spirit, 204 Monument Road, Orleans, and on August 2, 7 pm at Cotuit Center for the Arts, 4404 Falmouth Road (Route 28), Cotuit. (more...)

Writers Theatre Extends 'DEATH OF A STREETCAR'Writers Theatre Extends 'DEATH OF A STREETCAR'
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2016

Writers Theatre, under leadership of Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma, announces a second two-week extension of Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody created by Tim Ryder and Tim Sniffen, written by Tim Sniffen and directed by Stuart Carden and Michael Halberstam. Due to demand, the production now runs through August 14, 2016, as the inaugural production of the Gillian Theatre at Writers Theatre's new theater center at 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe. (more...)

Composer Scott Frankel Discusses the Music of Upcoming Musical WAR PAINTComposer Scott Frankel Discusses the Music of Upcoming Musical WAR PAINT
by Louisa Brady - Jun 11, 2016

Broadway's Scott Frankel (Grey Gardens, Far From Heaven) recently sat down with WGN Radio's Justin Kaufmann to discuss his most recent project WAR PAINT, a world premiere musical which is set to open this July in Chicago. Click here to listen to the interview! (more...)

Fifth House Ensemble and Baladino to Release 'Nedudim' from Cedille RecordsFifth House Ensemble and Baladino to Release 'Nedudim' from Cedille Records
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2016

Chicago's Fifth House Ensemble, known for its narrative chamber music projects and new-music initiatives, and Baladino, a Mediterranean folk band from Israel that merges pop sensibilities with musical traditions from the Middle East and beyond, join forces on Nedudim, a genre-defying, world-premiere album of all-new arrangements and three new compositions. (more...)

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