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LA Chamber Orchestra Announces 2016-17 SeasonLA Chamber Orchestra Announces 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2016

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), one of the nation's premier orchestras as well as a leader in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions, announces its 2016-17 season, its final under the leadership of esteemed Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, who steps down at the end of the season, concluding an unprecedented and extraordinary 20-year tenure at the Orchestra's artistic helm, the longest in LACO history. The sweeping and deeply personal season commemorates Kahane's remarkable legacy, spotlights his exceptional rapport with the Orchestra and features some of the world's leading musicians. (more...)

BWW Opera Review: SF vs. NY, Tilson Thomas vs. Gilbert, Mezzo vs. Baritone, But Audiences Take the LIEDBWW Opera Review: SF vs. NY, Tilson Thomas vs. Gilbert, Mezzo vs. Baritone, But Audiences Take the LIED
by Richard Sasanow - Apr 25, 2016

Earth Day has come and gone in 2016, but symphonic orchestra audiences in New York have lots to remember from this year's celebration, with performances of Mahler's DAS LIED VON DER ERDE (SONG OF THE EARTH). In less than a week, we had two different versions of the piece, with differing pluses and minuses: First, the San Francisco Symphony, under its music director, Michael Tilson Thomas performed the work at Carnegie Hall, then Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic had the home court advantage at Lincoln Center's Geffen Hall. (more...)

Michael Tilson Thomas to Conduct San Francisco Symphony at Carnegie Hall, 4/13-14Michael Tilson Thomas to Conduct San Francisco Symphony at Carnegie Hall, 4/13-14
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2016

The San Francisco Symphony returns to Carnegie Hall with Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas for two concerts on Wednesday, April 13 at 8:00 p.m. and Thursday, April 14 at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage. For the first performance, Mr. Tilson Thomas - widely considered the world's premier interpreter of the works of Aaron Copland - conducts music by the American master, including his Orchestral Variations and Inscape. The dynamic pianist Inon Barnatan joins the orchestra for a performance of Copland's Piano Concerto. The program concludes with Schumann's Symphony No. 2 in C Major, Op. 61. This season, Mr. Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony are performing and recording the complete Schumann symphonies for future release on SFS Media. (more...)

Soprano Janai Brugger Wins 2016 Marian Anderson Vocal AwardSoprano Janai Brugger Wins 2016 Marian Anderson Vocal Award
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2016

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Washington National Opera (WNO) today announced that soprano Janai Brugger is the 2016 winner of the Marian Anderson Vocal Award. The Award, which honors trailblazing contralto Marian Anderson's personal and humanitarian achievements, celebrates excellence in performance by recognizing a young American singer who has achieved initial professional success in the vocal arts and who exhibits promise for a significant career. In addition to receiving a $10,000 cash prize, Ms. Brugger will perform a recital on Thursday, September 8, 2016 in the Kennedy Center Family Theater and will establish an educational residency at the opera workshop program of Washington's Duke Ellington School of the Arts. (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 - Mar 2, 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...)

San Francisco Symphony Sets 2016-17 SeasonSan Francisco Symphony Sets 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 29, 2016

Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT) and the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) today announce their 2016-17 season. (more...)

Harry Bicket to Lead The English Concert in Performance of Handel's ORLANDO, 3/13Harry Bicket to Lead The English Concert in Performance of Handel's ORLANDO, 3/13
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2016

  On Sunday, March 13, at 2:00 p.m., Harry Bicket conducts Handel's Orlando at Carnegie Hall with acclaimed baroque orchestra The English Concert. In this concert presentation of Handel's opera seria of love, war, and madness, countertenor Iestyn Davies performs the title role joined by sopranos Erin Morley (Angelica) and Carolyn Sampson (Dorinda), mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke (Medoro), and bass-baritone Kyle Ketelsen (Zoroastro). Benjamin Sosland of The Juilliard School leads a pre-concert talk at 1:00 p.m. (more...)

Brevard Music Center Stages 'Music Rivalry' for Super Bowl 50Brevard Music Center Stages 'Music Rivalry' for Super Bowl 50
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2016

Brevard, NC and Aspen, Colo.—Lady Gaga won't be the only one in the musical spotlight at Super Bowl 50. This Sunday, Brevard Music Center and Aspen Music Festival -- two of the country's most prestigious music institutions and summer festivals -- are putting their batons down, and fists up, to defend the honor of their respective football teams, the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos.  (more...)

Skylar Astin-Led WEST SIDE STORY and More Play Carnegie Hall's 2016 Season- Full LineupSkylar Astin-Led WEST SIDE STORY and More Play Carnegie Hall's 2016 Season- Full Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2016

Carnegie Hall's 2016 lineup will include WEST SIDE STORY, led by Skylar Astin, plus the New York Pops, Michael Feinstein, and much more. Check out the full schedule below! (more...)

THE WICKED ADVENTURES OF COUNT ORY, THE MAGIC FLUTE and More Set for Seattle Opera's 2016-17 SeasonTHE WICKED ADVENTURES OF COUNT ORY, THE MAGIC FLUTE and More Set for Seattle Opera's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 4, 2016

Thrilling theater and unforgettable music -- that's what audiences can expect from Seattle Opera's 2016/17 Season. The company today announced the operas next up at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall. They include: The Wicked Adventures of Count Ory, Hansel & Gretel, La traviata, Katya Kabanova and The Magic Flute. (more...)

The Dallas Opera to Present Frederica von Stade in Concert, 1/31The Dallas Opera to Present Frederica von Stade in Concert, 1/31
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2015

 DALLAS, TX, December 8, 2015 – The Dallas Opera will present opera legend Frederica von Stade, mezzo-soprano, for another magnificent performance in The Robert E. and Jean Ann Titus Art Song Recital Series. The one-time-only recital will be presented Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at City Performance Hall (a 749-seat venue located at 2520 Flora Street in the Arts District, Dallas, TX 75201). Also featured at the exclusive event will be Jake Heggie, composer (Great Scott, Moby-Dick) and accomplished pianist, who has had a long-standing artistic collaboration with Miss von Stade. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at San Francisco Opera's DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NURNBERGPhoto Flash: First Look at San Francisco Opera's DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NURNBERG
by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2015

For the first time since 2001, San Francisco Opera presents Richard Wagner's DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NURNBERG in a new David McVicar co-production with Lyric Opera of Chicago and Glyndebourne Festival Opera. Having opened last night, November 18, the production features an illustrious team of Wagner interpreters led by James Rutherford as Hans Sachs, tenor Brandon Jovanovich as Walther von Stolzing and debuting soprano Rachel Willis-Sørensen as Eva, with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Sir Mark Elder in his Company debut. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

San Francisco Opera Opens DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NURNBERG TonightSan Francisco Opera Opens DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NURNBERG Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2015

San Francisco Opera presents Richard Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg, opening tonight, November 18. (more...)

San Francisco Opera Opens Wagner's DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NURBERG TonightSan Francisco Opera Opens Wagner's DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NURBERG Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2015

For the first time since 2001, San Francisco Opera presents Richard Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg in a new David McVicar co-production with Lyric Opera of Chicago and Glyndebourne Festival Opera. Opening on November 18, theproduction features an illustrious team of Wagner interpreters led by James Rutherford as Hans Sachs, tenor Brandon Jovanovich as Walther von Stolzing and debuting soprano Rachel Willis-Sørensen as Eva, with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Sir Mark Elder in his Company debut. (more...)

San Francisco Opera to Present Wagner's DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NURBERG, 11/18San Francisco Opera to Present Wagner's DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NURBERG, 11/18
by BWW News Desk - Nov 12, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO (November 11, 2015) –– For the first time since 2001, San Francisco Opera presents Richard Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg in a new David McVicar co-production with Lyric Opera of Chicago and Glyndebourne Festival Opera. Opening on November 18, theproduction features an illustrious team of Wagner interpreters led by James Rutherford as Hans Sachs, tenor Brandon Jovanovich as Walther von Stolzing and debuting soprano Rachel Willis-Sørensen as Eva, with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Sir Mark Elder in his Company debut. (more...)

James Rutherford Replaces Greer Grimsley in San Francisco Opera's DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NURNBERG, 11/18James Rutherford Replaces Greer Grimsley in San Francisco Opera's DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NURNBERG, 11/18
by BWW News Desk - Oct 27, 2015

San Francisco Opera today announced a cast change for Richard Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg, opening November 18. British baritone James Rutherford will sing the central role of Hans Sachs, replacing Greer Grimsley who has withdrawn from the production. The David McVicar production, a co-presentation of San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago and Glyndebourne Festival Opera, is conducted by Sir Mark Elder and runs for six performances November 18-December 6, 2015 at the War Memorial Opera House. (more...)

Kennedy Center and WNO Seek Nominations for 2015 Marian Anderson Vocal AwardKennedy Center and WNO Seek Nominations for 2015 Marian Anderson Vocal Award
by BWW News Desk - Sep 17, 2015

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Washington National Opera are seeking nominations for The 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...)

SWEENEY TODD, THE MAGIC FLUTE, CRAMEN and More Set for San Francisco Opera's 2015-16 Season; Cast Announced!SWEENEY TODD, THE MAGIC FLUTE, CRAMEN and More Set for San Francisco Opera's 2015-16 Season; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2015

San Francisco Opera General Director David Gockley and Music Director Nicola Luisotti today announced the Company's 2015-16 season repertory and roster of international and critically acclaimed guest artists, conductors and creative teams scheduled to appear at the War Memorial Opera House. (more...)

Alan Gilbert to Lead Marc Neikrug World Premiere; Emanuel Ax to Perform BrahmsAlan Gilbert to Lead Marc Neikrug World Premiere; Emanuel Ax to Perform Brahms
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2015

Music Director Alan Gilbert will conduct the New York Philharmonic in the World Premiere- Philharmonic Commission of Marc Neikrug's Canta-Concerto, featuring mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke; Brahms's Piano Concerto No. 2, with Emanuel Ax as soloist; and Brahms's Tragic Overture. The performances take place Thursday, October 1, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, October 3, at 8:00 p.m. Alan Gilbert and the Philharmonic will also perform Brahms's Piano Concerto No. 2, with Emanuel Ax as soloist, on a program that includes Beethoven's Symphony No. 7, on September 30, 2015, at 7:30 p.m., as well as at Long Island University's Tilles Center for the Performing Arts in Brookville, New York, on October 2, 2015, at 8:00 p.m. (more...)

NY Phil, Kronos Quartet, 125th Anniversary & More Set for Carnegie Hall's 2015-16 Classical SeasonNY Phil, Kronos Quartet, 125th Anniversary & More Set for Carnegie Hall's 2015-16 Classical Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2015

Carnegie Hall's 125th anniversary season is fast approaching, and we are looking forward to an exciting variety of new projects and exceptional programming! Listed below are classical music highlights at Carnegie Hall for the 2015-2016 season. (more...)

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