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California Symphony Announces 2017-18 SeasonCalifornia Symphony Announces 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2017

The California Symphony today announced its 2017-18 season, its thirty-first, and its fifth with Music Director Donato Cabrera. The season includes a world premiere and a West Coast premiere, first performances of Mozart's Requiem and Sibelius's Third Symphony, the first performances in more than 20 years of Beethoven's Symphony No. 6, Pastoral, and Mahler's Symphony No. 4, the first performance of a work of Mahler's since the Orchestra's 1997-98 season. The Orchestra also welcomes guest soloists Haochen Zhang in Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2; soprano Maria Valdes in Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915 and in Mahler's Symphony No. 4; and Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 with Alexi Kenney. The Orchestra gives the world premiere of new Young American Composer-in-Residence Katherine Balch's newest work, a California Symphony commission; and performs two works by Bay Area-based composer Nathaniel Stookey: the West Coast premiere of YTTE (Yield to Total Elation), and The Composer is Dead, the popular orchestral whodunit by Stookey and author Lemony Snicket, with Broadway star Manoel Felciano as narrator. Other highlights include performances with the San Francisco Conservatory Chorus and conductor Ragnar Bohlin of Vaughan Williams' Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis and Arvo Pärt's Te Deum, as part of the Mozart Requiem concert, and a performance of Smetana's Vltava (Die Moldau). (more...)

Stephen Sondheim Will Be Feted at New York Festival of Song's 2017 GalaStephen Sondheim Will Be Feted at New York Festival of Song's 2017 Gala
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2017

On Wednesday, April 19 at 7:00 p.m. at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, New York Festival of Song presents Honoring Stephen Sondheim, an evening to benefit NYFOS's 29th Season. The Gala is co-chaired by Jamie Bernstein and Hal Prince, and Guest of Honor Stephen Sondheim will be in attendance. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2017

The Pasadena Symphony closes out its 2016-2017 Singpoli Classics Serieswith Beethoven Symphony No. 9 on April 29 with both matinee and evening performances at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Ambassador Auditorium. This season finale will envelop audiences with voices from the Donald Brinegar Singers, the JPL Chorus, and the Los Angeles Children's Chorus alongside four stellar solo vocalists: soprano Summer Hassan, mezzo soprano Tracy Van Fleet, tenor Arnold Livingston Geis and bass Steve Pence throughout the concert. (more...)

George London Foundation to Welcome Paul Appleby & Sarah Mesko in RecitalGeorge London Foundation to Welcome Paul Appleby & Sarah Mesko in Recital
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2017

Tenor Paul Appleby, the 2011 George London Award winner who, it was recently announced, will be in the cast of the world premiere of John Adams's Girls of the Golden West with San Francisco Opera next season, teams up with mezzo-soprano and 2015 George London Award winner Sarah Mesko and pianist Ken Noda for the season's second event in the George London Foundation Recital Series at The Morgan Library & Museum on Sunday, March 5, 2017, at 4:00 pm. (more...)

New York Festival of Song Presents a Thrilling Musical Excursion to FOUR ISLANDS with Caramoor's Vocal Rising Stars at Merkin Concert HallNew York Festival of Song Presents a Thrilling Musical Excursion to FOUR ISLANDS with Caramoor's Vocal Rising Stars at Merkin Concert Hall
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2017

New York Festival of Song rounds out its 2016-17 Mainstage season alongside its ninth annual residency at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts with a program entitled FOUR ISLANDS on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. at Merkin Concert Hall. (more...)

New York Philharmonic Presents BELOVED FRIEND - TCHAIKOVSKY AND HIS WORLD, 1/24-2/11New York Philharmonic Presents BELOVED FRIEND - TCHAIKOVSKY AND HIS WORLD, 1/24-2/11
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2016

The New York Philharmonic will present Beloved Friend - Tchaikovsky and His World: A Philharmonic Festival, January 24-February 11, 2017, featuring Russian-born Semyon Bychkov conducting works by Tchaikovsky as well as composers he was influenced by and whom he influenced, with piano soloists Yefim Bronfman and Kirill Gerstein. (more...)

NYFOS to Open New York Philharmonic's Tchaikovsky Fest with PYOTR THE GREATNYFOS to Open New York Philharmonic's Tchaikovsky Fest with PYOTR THE GREAT
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2016

New York Festival of Song continues its NYFOS Mainstage series at Merkin Concert Hall on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. with a sumptuous recital entitled Pyotr the Great: The Songs of Tchaikovsky and His Circle. (more...)

NYFOS Toasts the Holidays with A GOYISHE CHRISTMAS TO YOU!NYFOS Toasts the Holidays with A GOYISHE CHRISTMAS TO YOU!
by Aaron Zilbermann - Nov 28, 2016

New York Festival of Song brings back its beloved program "A Goyishe Christmas to You!" on Monday, December 12, 2016 at 10:00 p.m. at HENRY's Restaurantas part of NYFOS's 'After Hours' series. (more...)

Christopher Cerrone to Host Show of New Song & Poetry at National Sawdust for NYFOS NextChristopher Cerrone to Host Show of New Song & Poetry at National Sawdust for NYFOS Next
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2016

NYFOS Next-the "invaluable contemporary-music series" from the 'indefatigable art-song devotees' (The New Yorker) at New York Festival of Song-continues Thursday, December 8 at 7:00 p.m. at National Sawdust with a showcase of new music and poetry explored by CHRISTOPHER CERRONE & FRIENDS.  (more...)

The Saint Thomas Choir Of Men And Boys Presents MESSIAH, 12/6 And 12/8The Saint Thomas Choir Of Men And Boys Presents MESSIAH, 12/6 And 12/8
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 2016

The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys presents Handel's Messiah on Tuesday, December 6 and Thursday, December 8 at 7:30 P.M.at Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, One West 53rd Street New York, NY.   Daniel Hyde conducts Concert Royal with soloists Maria Valdes, soprano; Avery Amereau, mezzo-soprano; Miles Mykkanen, tenor and Thomas Meglioranza, bass.  (more...)

NYFOS Next Moves to National Sawdust, Opens with Gabriela Lena FrankNYFOS Next Moves to National Sawdust, Opens with Gabriela Lena Frank
by BWW News Desk - Nov 2, 2016

A new season of NYFOS Next opens Today, November 2 at 7:00 p.m. at National Sawdust with GABRIELA LENA FRANK. Frank curates and hosts an hour-long evening of her vocal works and those of her friends and colleagues Avner Dorman and Derek Bermel. (more...)

Lauren Worsham, Mary Testa and More Open NYFOS Season with RODGERS, RODGERS & GUETTEL TonightLauren Worsham, Mary Testa and More Open NYFOS Season with RODGERS, RODGERS & GUETTEL Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 1, 2016

New York Festival of Song opens its 2016-17 Mainstage season at Merkin Concert Hall with two evenings devoted to the Rodgers family-Richard, Mary, and Adam Guettel (with rare unpublished songs by both Guettel and his mother Mary). (more...)

NYFOS Next Moves to National Sawdust, Opens with Gabriela Lena FrankNYFOS Next Moves to National Sawdust, Opens with Gabriela Lena Frank
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2016

A new season of NYFOS Next opens Wednesday, November 2 at 7:00 p.m. at National Sawdust with GABRIELA LENA FRANK. Frank curates and hosts an hour-long evening of her vocal works and those of her friends and colleagues Avner Dorman and Derek Bermel. (more...)

Lauren Worsham, Mary Testa and More to Open NYFOS Season with RODGERS, RODGERS & GUETTELLauren Worsham, Mary Testa and More to Open NYFOS Season with RODGERS, RODGERS & GUETTEL
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2016

New York Festival of Song opens its 2016-17 Mainstage season at Merkin Concert Hall with two evenings devoted to the Rodgers family-Richard, Mary, and Adam Guettel (with rare unpublished songs by both Guettel and his mother Mary). Entitled Rodgers, Rodgers & Guettel: A Century of American Musical Theater, the performances take place Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. and Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. (more...)

Lyric Opera of Kansas City Launches Explorations, New Performance SeriesLyric Opera of Kansas City Launches Explorations, New Performance Series
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2016

General Director and CEO Deborah Sandler today announced the Explorations Series, a new initiative of Lyric Opera of Kansas City. (more...)

New York Festival of Song Sets 2016-17 SeasonNew York Festival of Song Sets 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2016

NEW YORK FESTIVAL OF SONG (Steven Blier, Artistic Director; Michael Barrett, Associate Artistic Director) has announced its 2016-17 season, including Hot-off-the-press premieres by Adam Guettel, Gabriel Kahane, William Bolcom; A performance of Paul Bowles and James Schuyler's surrealistic and witty Picnic Cantata, a rare, mid-century modern gem;Sumptuous songs of Tchaikovsky and his circle, part of the New York Philharmonic's 'Beloved Friend-Tchaikovsky and his World' Festival; Dazzling comic turns by singer-actors Mary Testa, Lauren Worsham, Hal Cazalet; Two brilliant baritones just entering their prime, American balladeer John Brancy and Russian titan Alexey Lavrov; National Sawdust welcomes the moveable, modern salon NYFOS Next with performances curated by Christopher Cerrone, Gabriela Lena Frank, Kyle Jarrow, Lauren Worsham. (more...)

NYFOS to Premiere COMPOSITORA: SONGS BY LATIN AMERICAN WOMEN at Merkin HallNYFOS to Premiere COMPOSITORA: SONGS BY LATIN AMERICAN WOMEN at Merkin Hall
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2016

New York Festival of Song rounds out its Mainstage season today, April 26, 2016 with Compositora: Songs by Latin American Women, a fascinating program that showcases the prodigious accomplishments of Latina composers. The concert takes place at 8:00 p.m. at Merkin Concert Hall. (more...)

David Hyde Pierce, Lauren Worsham, Bryce Pinkham and Hal Cazalet Lead NYFOS Gilbert & Sullivan Spring 2016 Gala TonightDavid Hyde Pierce, Lauren Worsham, Bryce Pinkham and Hal Cazalet Lead NYFOS Gilbert & Sullivan Spring 2016 Gala Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2016

New York Festival of Song welcomes a starry, Broadway-filled cast for its 2016 spring gala, Topsy Turvy: The NYFOS Guide to Gilbert & Sullivan. (more...)

NYFOS to Premiere COMPOSITORA: SONGS BY LATIN AMERICAN WOMEN at Merkin HallNYFOS to Premiere COMPOSITORA: SONGS BY LATIN AMERICAN WOMEN at Merkin Hall
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2016

New York Festival of Song rounds out its Mainstage season on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 with Compositora: Songs by Latin American Women, a fascinating program that showcases the prodigious accomplishments of Latina composers. The concert takes place at 8:00 p.m. at Merkin Concert Hall. (more...)

NYFOS to Present 'AT HOME' Song Cycle in NYC, at Caramoor This MarchNYFOS to Present 'AT HOME' Song Cycle in NYC, at Caramoor This March
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2016

New York Festival of Song marks its eighth annual residency at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts with AT HOME, to be performed today, March 15, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. at Merkin Concert Hall. (more...)

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