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California Teen Wins Top Honor at National Songbook AcademyCalifornia Teen Wins Top Honor at National Songbook Academy
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2016

Brighton Thomas is the 2016 winner of the Great American Songbook Youth Ambassador Award. The 17-year-old is from Burbank, CA. During the final concert on July 23, 2016, she sang American standards: "It Had to be You" and "Happy Days Are Here Again.' (more...)

Tony Nominee Jarrod Spector to Mentor Students at 2016 Songbook AcademyTony Nominee Jarrod Spector to Mentor Students at 2016 Songbook Academy
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

Tony Award nominee Jarrod Spector (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical) will join Songbook Academy founder, Michael Feinstein, for this one-of-a-kind music and performance intensive for high school students. (more...)

John Eliot Gardiner Celebrates Monteverdi's 450th AnniversaryJohn Eliot Gardiner Celebrates Monteverdi's 450th Anniversary
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2016

Although Claudio Monteverdi (1567–1643) has long been recognized as the father of opera, only three of his contributions to the form survive. Next year marks the 450th anniversary of the Venetian master's birth, and to celebrate this musical milestone, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, the Monteverdi Choir, and the English Baroque Soloists have announced an ambitious international tour, with concert performances of all three operas – L'Orfeo, Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, and L'incoronazione di Poppea – in the UK, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Italy, Spain, and the USA, between April and October of 2017. The tour will launch in Aix-en-Provence, where Gardiner – the winner of more Gramophone Awards than any other living artist – looks forward to leading Ulissefor the first time in his distinguished career. Additional European highlights include complete operatic trilogies in Paris and Bristol, as well as at the Berliner Festspiele, Lucerne Festival, and Venice's La Fenice, before the tour culminates with accounts of all three operas in multiple cities across America. In honor of the anniversary, Gardiner has been chosen to grace the cover of BBC Music early next year; as the magazine recently blogged: “It will be an exciting 2017, not just for music-lovers, but for Gardiner too, … who continues to stretch the boundaries of early music.” (more...)

Carnegie Hall Digitizes Videos of Robert Shaw's Choral Workshops; Online Now!Carnegie Hall Digitizes Videos of Robert Shaw's Choral Workshops; Online Now!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2016

In celebration of what would be renowned choral director and conductor Robert Shaw's 100th birthday, Carnegie Hall will make newly-digitized videos encompassing eight years' worth of landmark choral workshops led by Mr. Shaw at the Hall during the 1990s, available online for free for the first time, allowing viewers around the world the opportunity to observe this master musician and teacher at work. (more...)

ORGANISTS OF EASTMAN Set for Music at Saint Paul's, April 10ORGANISTS OF EASTMAN Set for Music at Saint Paul's, April 10
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2016

Rarely does a discerning lover of the pipe organ have the opportunity to hear three full-scale organ concerti in a single program. On Sunday, April 10th, at 5:00pm, graduate students from the prestigious Eastman School of Music in Rochester will present a program of works by three composers, spanning almost 200 years.  (more...)

Grammy Winner Janis Siegel to Mentor Young Singers at the 2016 Songbook AcademyGrammy Winner Janis Siegel to Mentor Young Singers at the 2016 Songbook Academy
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2016

Nine-time Grammy winner and seventeen-time Grammy nominee, Janis Siegel, will join Songbook Academy founder, Michael Feinstein, for this one-of-a-kind music and performance intensive for high school students. (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...)

Schwabacher Debut Recital Series to Continue in March with Daniel Okulitch and John ChurchwellSchwabacher Debut Recital Series to Continue in March with Daniel Okulitch and John Churchwell
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2016

The 33rd season of the Schwabacher Debut Recitals continues on Sunday, March 6 at the new Dianne and Tad Taube Atrium Theater with bass-baritone Daniel Okulitch and pianist John Churchwell. (more...)

Michael Feinstein Launches 2016 American Songbook AcademyMichael Feinstein Launches 2016 American Songbook Academy
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2016

The Great American Songbook Foundation, founded by Grammy-nominated vocalist, Michael Feinstein, announces the opening of the 2016 application process for The Songbook Academy, a music and performance intensive for high school students! The application is available online at TheSongbook.org until March 25, 2016. (more...)

Michael Feinstein to Feature Songbook Academy Winner at Brooklyn Center for the Performing ArtsMichael Feinstein to Feature Songbook Academy Winner at Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2015

Former American Songbook Youth Ambassador Annie Yokom will join multi-platinum selling, five-time Grammy-nominated entertainer Michael Feinstein for a Frank Sinatra centennial celebration at the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts. The event takes place Saturday, October 24th, as a season kick-off event. (more...)

San Francisco Opera Announces Twelve Recipients of the 2016 Adler FellowshipSan Francisco Opera Announces Twelve Recipients of the 2016 Adler Fellowship
by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO (October 12, 2015) –– San Francisco Opera Center Director Sheri Greenawald announced today the twelve recipients of the 2016 Adler Fellowship, a multi-year performance-oriented residency offering advanced young artists intensive individual training, coaching and professional seminars, as well as a wide range of performance opportunities. Adler Fellows are selected from the young artists who have participated in the Merola Opera Program. This prestigious training program has nurtured the development of more than 150 young artists since its inception. (more...)

Grammy Winner Sylvia McNair to Perform at Indianapolis Symphonic Choir's Festival of CarolsGrammy Winner Sylvia McNair to Perform at Indianapolis Symphonic Choir's Festival of Carols
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2015

Two-time Grammy Award winner Sylvia McNair will perform with the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir for the 25th Anniversary of the annual Festival of Carols holiday performances in December 2015. Now based in Bloomington, Ind., where she serves on the faculty of the Indiana University School of Music, her alma mater, the beloved soprano has performed everywhere from the Met to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, from the New York Philharmonic to New York cabarets. (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...)

Merola Opera Ends Summer with Grand Finale Performance TonightMerola Opera Ends Summer with Grand Finale Performance Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO, July 20, 2015 – The Merola Opera Program's Summer Festival concludes with its 2015 artists performing in the Merola Grand Finale tonight, August 22 at 7:30 pm at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco. Conductor Antony Walker will lead the orchestra and 2015 Merola Apprentice Stage Director Mo Zhou will stage the program, featuring works by Gounod, Bellini, Tchaikovsky, Jake Heggie, Nikolai, Verdi, Rossini, Humperdinck, Mascagni, and Offenbach. The performance is a culmination of the 12-week Merola Opera training program, and all 23 of the 2015 Merola singers will perform, under the coaching and direction of their fellow artists. A special artists' reception follows the Grand Finale (tickets sold separately). (more...)

Merola Opera to End Summer with Grand Finale Performance, 8/22Merola Opera to End Summer with Grand Finale Performance, 8/22
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO, July 20, 2015 – The Merola Opera Program's Summer Festival concludes with its 2015 artists performing in the Merola Grand Finale Saturday, August 22 at 7:30 pm at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco. Conductor Antony Walker will lead the orchestra and 2015 Merola Apprentice Stage Director Mo Zhou will stage the program, featuring works by Gounod, Bellini, Tchaikovsky, Jake Heggie, Nikolai, Verdi, Rossini, Humperdinck, Mascagni, and Offenbach. The performance is a culmination of the 12-week Merola Opera training program, and all 23 of the 2015 Merola singers will perform, under the coaching and direction of their fellow artists. A special artists' reception follows the Grand Finale (tickets sold separately). (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for July 8th, 2015'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for July 8th, 2015
by Paul W. Thompson - Jul 9, 2015

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. 'Beaches,' 'Kinky Boots' and 'Gotta Dance' show how a pre-Broadway tryout is done, while 'Fancy Nancy,' 'The Little Mermaid' and 'Pinocchio' go for a younger demographic. Meanwhile, Ravinia, Grant Park and Three Oaks (MI) do summer concerts, and The Music Theatre Company announces its own surprise demise. (more...)

Jeffrey Biegel Performs Tonight at DiMenna Center for Classical MusicJeffrey Biegel Performs Tonight at DiMenna Center for Classical Music
by BWW News Desk - May 30, 2015

American pianist Jeffrey Biegel will be in concert tonight, May 30 presenting Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Gershwin as the sixth program of 5 @ 5 at DiMenna, a solo piano performance series curated by Mirian Conti, at The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, 450 West 37th Street in Manhattan. (more...)

Jeffrey Biegel to Perform at DiMenna Center for Classical Music, 5/30Jeffrey Biegel to Perform at DiMenna Center for Classical Music, 5/30
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2015

American pianist Jeffrey Biegel will be in concert on Saturday, May 30 presenting Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Gershwin as the sixth program of 5 @ 5 at DiMenna, a solo piano performance series curated by Mirian Conti, at The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, 450 West 37th Street in Manhattan. (more...)

Julie Adams and John Churchwell Up Next in 'Schwabacher Debut Recitals' Series, 3/29Julie Adams and John Churchwell Up Next in 'Schwabacher Debut Recitals' Series, 3/29
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2015

?The 32nd season of the Schwabacher Debut Recitals continues on Sunday, March 29 at Temple Emanu-El's Martin Meyer Sanctuary with soprano Julie Adams and pianist John Churchwell. Adams and Churchwell will present a program of works by Alfred Bachelet, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Edvard Grieg, Sergei Rachmaninov and Lee Hoiby. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for March 11th, 2015'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for March 11th, 2015
by Paul W. Thompson - Mar 11, 2015

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. Ravinia's summer season announced, plus the 'Mormon' and 'Merman' rivalry/revelry. 'The Addams Family' and 'Mr. Burns' extend, 'That's Weird' goes musical, Annaleigh Ashford and 'Tyler's Songs' bow on March 21, and Joan Curto and 'Finishing The Birthday Hat' honor Sondheim's 85th birthday! (more...)

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