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Kennedy Center Announces JFK Centennial WeekKennedy Center Announces JFK Centennial Week
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2017

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts today announced a weeklong celebration to honor the 100th anniversary of the birth of its namesake, the late President John F. Kennedy-whose 100th birthday would have been May 29, 2017. The Center kicked off its Centennial celebration last May, and by the end of 2017, will have presented a suite of more than 50 distinct programs inspired by five ideals often ascribed to President Kennedy: Courage, Freedom, Justice, Service, and Gratitude. Special performances fromMay 23-29, 2017 span theater programs, dance, music, and the return of the Center's popular Open House, which all memorialize the life and legacy of America's 35th President. Highlights include performances by DJ Spooky, Yo-Yo Ma with the National Symphony Orchestra, the world premieres of Kennedy Center commissions by composer Mason Bates and Company E, and special Open House performances by Bandaloop, Flexn, and others. Additional programs through 2017 will be announced at a future date. (more...)

Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Riccardo Muti Returns For February ConcertsChicago Symphony Orchestra's Riccardo Muti Returns For February Concerts
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2017

After leading the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) on a critically acclaimed seven-city, 11-concert European tour in January 2017, Music Director Riccardo Muti returns to Chicago in February for two weeks of concerts and activities, February 13-25. (more...)

Houston Grand Opera presents DAS BARBECUHouston Grand Opera presents DAS BARBECU
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2017

Houston Grand Opera (HGO) will present Das Barbecu, a fast-paced and raucous retelling of Wagner's epic Ring cycle, on April 23at Jackson Street BBQ, and April 30 at Neon Boots Dancehall & Saloon. Five actors play over 30 roles in this comic take on opera's most spectacular saga, complete with mismatched lovers, a double shotgun wedding, and family feuds, all wrapped up in a Texas-sized heap of Wild West fun. Songs run the gamut from Broadway to Texas swing, from jazz to twangy country and western. Ticket prices include a BBQ feast and drink. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for dinner, with performances beginning at 7 p.m.  (more...)

Lyric Opera Kansas City Presents EXPLORATIONS Series With THE JULIET LETTERS, 1/28Lyric Opera Kansas City Presents EXPLORATIONS Series With THE JULIET LETTERS, 1/28
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2017

The inaugural Explorations series continues with Elvis Costello's The Juliet Letters, Jan. 28 and 29 at the Michael and Ginger Frost Production Arts Building at the Richard J. Stern Opera Center.Explorations features eclectic programs in intimate spaces, with programming that crosses musical borders and experiments with a wide range of lyrical expression. (more...)

Juilliard Opera to Present AGRIPPINA Featuring Juilliard Singers and Juilliard415Juilliard Opera to Present AGRIPPINA Featuring Juilliard Singers and Juilliard415
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2017

The Juilliard Opera season continues with a concert version and a fully staged production of G.F. Handel's Agrippina, presented by Juilliard as part of Carnegie Hall's La Serenissima: Music and Arts From the Venetian Republic festival. (more...)

John Holiday is the 2017 Winner of The Marian Anderson Vocal AwardJohn Holiday is the 2017 Winner of The Marian Anderson Vocal Award
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2017

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Washington National Opera (WNO) today announced that countertenor John Holiday is the 2017 winner of the Marian Anderson Vocal Award. (more...)

The Chelsea Symphony to Continue 11th Season with Vasks English Horn Concerto and SONG OF ZIPPYThe Chelsea Symphony to Continue 11th Season with Vasks English Horn Concerto and SONG OF ZIPPY
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2017

On January 28, 2017, at 7:30PM, The Chelsea Symphony will present the continuation of its 11th season, 'Flight Paths,' with a concert featuring the New York premiere of P?teris Vasks' English Horn Concerto and the world premiere of Tim Kiah's Song of Zippy, paired with J. Strauss's Overture to Die Fledermaus, Bartok's Romanian Folk Dances, and Sibelius's Finlandia. (more...)

Houston Grand Opera Announces Winter Repertory, NIXON IN CHINA, VIVALDIHouston Grand Opera Announces Winter Repertory, NIXON IN CHINA, VIVALDI
by BWW News Desk - Dec 26, 2016

In the fall of 1987, Houston Grand Opera's world premiere of Nixon in China made political headlines and galvanized the opera world. Thirty years later, John Adams's trailblazing opera returns in a new-to-Houston production that sheds light on the electronic media's role in political history, just as a new media-savvy American president takes office. (more...)

HGO to Conclude 2017 Winter Season with Verdi's 'Mighty' REQUIEMHGO to Conclude 2017 Winter Season with Verdi's 'Mighty' REQUIEM
by BWW News Desk - Dec 25, 2016

Widely recognized as one of the most dramatic works written in the form of the Christian liturgy, Verdi's mighty REQUIEM differs from those of other composers in that it demands operatic performing forces; it has been called 'an opera in disguise.' (more...)

Houston Grand Opera Marks NIXON IN CHINA 30th AnniversaryHouston Grand Opera Marks NIXON IN CHINA 30th Anniversary
by BWW News Desk - Dec 21, 2016

In the fall of 1987, Houston Grand Opera's world premiere of Nixon in China made political headlines and galvanized the opera world. Thirty years later, John Adams's trailblazing opera returns in a new-to-Houston production that sheds light on the electronic media's role in political history, just as a new media-savvy American president takes office. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2016

Donizetti's ebullient comedy The Elixir of Love sets a celebratory tone as Houston Grand Opera's (HGO) 62nd season opener on October 21. The colorful production features tenor Dimitri Pittas and soprano Nicole Heaston, as well as the HGO debut of eminent English conductor Jane Glover. Performances run through November 4.   (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2016

Music Director Yannick Nezet-Seguin returns this season to Carnegie Hall to lead The Philadelphia Orchestra in three concerts in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, beginning on Tuesday, November 15 at 8:00 p.m. ViolinistBenjamin Beilman joins the orchestra for Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major, Op. 19, on a program that also includes Ravel's Le tombeau de Couperin and Daphnis et Chloe(complete) with the Westminster Symphonic Choir. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2016

Donizetti's ebullient comedy The Elixir of Love sets a celebratory tone as Houston Grand Opera's (HGO) 62nd season opener on October 21. (more...)

Seattle Opera Presents Hansel And Gretel With a TwistSeattle Opera Presents Hansel And Gretel With a Twist
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2016

You can never be too grown-up for the magic of a Brother's Grimm fairy tale. That's very clear from Seattle Opera's upcoming Hansel and Gretel, which comes from the vivid imagination of French stage director Laurent Pelly. This edgy version of Engelbert Humperdinck's masterpiece presents a thrilling quest ending not in a gingerbread house, but in a supermarket with a checkout lady from hell! (more...)

Kennedy Center & WNO Seek Nominations for 2017 Marian Anderson Vocal AwardKennedy Center & WNO Seek Nominations for 2017 Marian Anderson Vocal Award
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2016

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Washington National Opera seek nominations for the 2017 Marian Anderson Vocal Award, which celebrates excellence in performance by recognizing a young American singer who has achieved initial professional success in the area of opera, oratorio, or recital repertory, and who exhibits promise for a significant career. (more...)

Harris Theatre Presents BEYOND THE ARIA, 10/17Harris Theatre Presents BEYOND THE ARIA, 10/17
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2016

The Harris Theater for Music and Dance, in association with Lyric Unlimited, has announced the return of Beyond the Aria - the highly acclaimed performance series produced by the Harris Theater which pairs internationally celebrated opera singers of Lyric's mainstage alongside rising stars from The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Aug 9, 2016

The New York Philharmonic's box office opens today, August 9, 2016, for the 2016-17 season. (more...)

Houston Grand Opera 2016/2017 Season UpdateHouston Grand Opera 2016/2017 Season Update
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2016

Houston Grand Opera will present four pinnacles of the operatic repertoire during the company's 2016-17 season, which also features the highly anticipated world premiere of It's a Wonderful Life by composer Jake Heggie with libretto by Gene Scheer, and much-loved comedies by Donizetti and Mozart. Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers will lead Gotterdammerung, the final installment of Wagner's epic Ring cycle, featuring a new generation of leading Wagnerians includingSimon O'Neill as Siegfried and Christine Goerke as Brunnhilde. HGO will bring back its popular production of Gounod's Faust, with the HGO debut of international star tenor Michael Fabiano in the title role partnered by Houston favorite Ana Maria Martinez as Marguerite, along with the role debut of prominent bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni as Mephistopheles. The company will celebrate the 30thanniversary of HGO's world premiere of John Adams's pivotal Nixon in China by presenting James Robinson's production, of which HGO is a co-producer, with HGO Studio alumnus Scott Hendricks as Richard Nixon and soprano Andriana Chuchman as his wife, Pat. Patrick Summers will conduct Verdi'sthrilling Requiem, which critics at the time termed "an opera in ecclesiastical robes," with soloists Angela Meade, soprano, in her HGO debut; Sasha Cooke, alto; Alexey Dolgov, tenor; and Peixin Chen, bass; and the HGO Orchestra and Chorus. HGO's 62nd season will open with a whimsical production of Donizetti's buoyant The Elixir of Love, featuring tenor Dimitri Pittas as Nemorino and HGO Studio alumna Nicole Heaston as Adina and led by the eminent English conductor Jane Glover, HGO's 2016-17 Lynn Wyatt Great Artist, in her first HGO appearance. Mozart's zany yet deeply emotive comedy TheAbduction from the Seraglio-featuring Russian coloratura soprano and HGO Studio alumna Albina Shagimuratova as Konstanze and leading American tenor Lawrence Brownlee as Belmonte in HGO's inventive 2002 co-production-will close the main-stage season.   (more...)

Over 50 Performances Set for Lincoln Center's 50th MOSTLY MOZART FESTIVALOver 50 Performances Set for Lincoln Center's 50th MOSTLY MOZART FESTIVAL
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2016

Lincoln Center and Ehrenkranz Artistic Director Jane Moss announced today the 50th Mostly Mozart Festival, one of the world's major music festivals and a beloved summer New York tradition, with events taking place across Lincoln Center July 22-August 27, 2016. (more...)

Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival 2016 Opens Next MonthLincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival 2016 Opens Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2016

Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival, one of the world's major music festivals and a beloved summer New York tradition, opens its milestone 50th anniversary season with a series of events, including concerts featuring some of the world's greatest artists. (more...)

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