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Pacific Symphony Gala Celebrates Carl St.Clair's 25 Years in Orange CountyPacific Symphony Gala Celebrates Carl St.Clair's 25 Years in Orange County
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2015

?More than 400 guests dressed in their finest gathered on Saturday, May 16, to participate in one of Pacific Symphony's most heartwarming galas to date, “Celebrating Carl St.Clair's 25 Years in Orange County.” Honoring the beloved music director's 25 years with the orchestra, the 2015 gala took place at the Hotel Irvine, where the sights, tastes and aromas of Orange County were center stage. Thanks to the vision of co-chairs Lynn Freeman and Ellie Gordon, the focus was also on fun and celebration, as guests arrived to revel in an OC classic: a beach party! Donning sunglasses and flip–flops, attendees engaged in friendly competition, playing games such as ultimate Frisbee and “Hang 10,” while sipping cocktails and enjoying a surf band rocking Beach Boys tunes. The evening transitioned into a memorable tribute to Maestro St.Clair as guests feasted in an enchanting orange grove. After an exciting live auction and generous “Fund-A-Dream,” Symphony musicians surprised the audience with a “flash mob” performance of Beethoven's Ninth with a rock overlay, which led straight into the party tunes of JT & Friends.  (more...)

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Appoints Keith Buncke as New Principal BassoonChicago Symphony Orchestra Appoints Keith Buncke as New Principal Bassoon
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2015

CHICAGO—Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) Zell Music Director Riccardo Muti and President Jeff Alexander announce the appointment of Keith Buncke as the new Principal Bassoon of the CSO, effective July 6, 2015. (more...)

NY Arts Exec to Lead LA Master ChoraleNY Arts Exec to Lead LA Master Chorale
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2015

New York Arts Executive Jean Davidson, who has been affiliated with some of the country's most innovative and successful arts organizations, has been named President & CEO of the Los Angeles Master Chorale (LAMC), the nation's largest professional chorus and Walt Disney Concert Hall resident chorus led by Artistic Director Grant Gershon and heralded around the globe for its unparalleled artistry, announces LAMC Chair David Gindler. She assumes the post on August 31, 2015. Davidson has served since 2011 as Executive Director & CEO of New York Live Arts, an internationally acclaimed interdisciplinary performing arts center under the artistic direction of Bill T. Jones. Guiding its phenomenal growth and success since its inception, she was instrumental in leading the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company through its merger with Dance Theater Workshop to create New York Live Arts, a new model of artist-led, producing and presenting arts organization unique in the United States. Today New York Live Arts, noted for commissioning cutting-edge new works, its vibrant community partnerships and as home base for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, presents more than 100 performances annually in its theater and studios inside its 20,000-square-foot facility in Chelsea, operating with a $5.8 million budget. Davidson is cited for her forward-thinking management style, fostering artistic innovation, developing and expanding creative partnerships with disparate educational and cultural organizations, and overseeing tremendous revenue development and programmatic growth. She previously served as Executive Director of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company in New York City for six years prior to the merger, when the company launched two successful initiatives entitled Partners in Creation and Partners in Education; Managing Director of The Silk Road Project, Inc., a non-profit arts and cultural organization founded by cellist Yo-Yo Ma which during her tenure commissioned 25 chamber works, launched a worldwide tour, released three recordings; and Production Administrator for the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. Davidson replaces LAMC President & CEO Terry Knowles, who steps down at the end of the season following a tremendously successful 15-year tenure with the chorus, during which time the Chorale experienced unsurpassed financial and artistic growth, toured around the world to critical acclaim, released six commercial CDs, created a recording partnership with Decca Classics, and twice received the ASCAP/Chorus America Award for Adventurous Programming as well as Chorus America's prestigious Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, the nation's highest choral music award. Davidson's appointment comes at a critical time in the Chorale's history, as it is poised to launch its 52nd season and a new period of strategic growth. The national executive search for Knowles' successor was led by Arts Consulting Group, the leading provider of executive search and other services for the arts and culture industry. (more...)

New York Philharmonic to Release Complete Box Set of THE NIELSEN PROJECT, 6/9New York Philharmonic to Release Complete Box Set of THE NIELSEN PROJECT, 6/9
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2015

The final recording and complete box set of The Nielsen Project - the New York Philharmonic's acclaimed multi-season survey of the six symphonies and three concertos by Danish composer Carl Nielsen (1865-1931) - will be released June 9, 2015, coinciding with the 150th anniversary of the composer's birth. The final recording features Nielsen's complete concertos: the Flute Concerto with Principal Flute Robert Langevin, Clarinet Concerto with Principal Clarinet Anthony McGill, and Violin Concerto with Danish violinist Nikolaj Znaider. (more...)

Starbucks & Spotify Launch New PartnershipStarbucks & Spotify Launch New Partnership
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2015

Starbucks Coffee Company (SBUX) today announced that it has entered into a letter of intent with leading music streaming service, Spotify, to establish a multi-year relationship that will link its 7,000 company-operated stores in the U.S. and 10 Million My Starbucks Rewards loyalty members with Spotify's more than 60 Million global users to offer a first-of-its-kind music ecosystem. This interconnectivity will allow Starbucks MSR members unique access to Starbucks music on Spotify, the ability to influence in-store playlists as well as opportunities for Starbucks MSR members to earn 'Stars as Currency.' (more...)

Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra to Launch China Tour and More This SummerCleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra to Launch China Tour and More This Summer
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2015

Following the conclusion of a successful 2014-15 Severance Hall season on May 3, the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra (COYO) will make a nine-day, four-concert tour to China June 15-24, 2015. (more...)

Pacific Symphony and Elliot Goldenthal Release SYMPHONY IN G# MINORPacific Symphony and Elliot Goldenthal Release SYMPHONY IN G# MINOR
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2015

Pacific Symphony has reunited with Academy Award-winning composer Elliot Goldenthal to release the world-premiere recording of his “Symphony in G# Minor” on the Zarathustra Music label Tuesday, May 12. Goldenthal wrote the 22-minute work for Pacific Symphony and Music Director Carl St.Clair as part of the orchestra's 2014 American Composers Festival. This collaboration comes 20 years after the orchestra commissioned Goldenthal to write a piece for the 20th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War. Entitled “Fire Water Paper: A Vietnam Oratorio,” the hour-long work for orchestra and SATB chorus with soloists and a cello obbligato, was premiered in 1995, with the recording released in 1996 on Sony Classical Records, featuring renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma. (more...)

Pacific Symphony to Celebrate André Previn as Part of 15th American Composers Festival, 5/28Pacific Symphony to Celebrate André Previn as Part of 15th American Composers Festival, 5/28
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2015

Orange County, Calif.—May 11, 2015—One of America's most versatile and prolific living composers, André Previn, joins Pacific Symphony as the honored guest and focus of the 15th American Composers Festival (ACF). Previn, who has been called one of America's least easily categorized musicians, began his remarkable career as a Hollywood “wunderkind” and a best-selling jazz pianist. Now 86, Previn has received four Academy Awards for his work in film, 10 Grammy Awards for his recordings (plus one more for his Lifetime Achievement), and he is also an honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire. He's held a series of major conducting posts, including the L.A. Philharmonic and the London Symphony Orchestra, but now exclusively composes. The concert is led by Music Director Carl St.Clair, whose great admiration for the legend shaped this year's ACF to reveal the scope of Previn's prowess as a composer.  (more...)

Percussionist Martin Grubinger Joins CSO Season Finale; Get $10 Tickets!Percussionist Martin Grubinger Joins CSO Season Finale; Get $10 Tickets!
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2015

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) concludes its 2014-15 season with its Friday, May 15 and Saturday, May 16 concerts at historic Music Hall. Music Director Louis Langrée will lead the orchestra in an exotic program that features Austrian multi-percussionist Martin Grubinger in his CSO debut. (more...)

ASO to Celebrate George Perle at 100 with AMERICAN VARIATIONS at Carnegie Hall, 5/29ASO to Celebrate George Perle at 100 with AMERICAN VARIATIONS at Carnegie Hall, 5/29
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2015

American Symphony Orchestra's AMERICAN VARIATIONS concert will celebrate the centenary of Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer George Perle in a special program. (more...)

ole and Indaba Music Celebrate Rush's 40th Anniversary with Cover-Song Contestole and Indaba Music Celebrate Rush's 40th Anniversary with Cover-Song Contest
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2015

ole, the world's fastest growing independent rights management company, is teaming with Indaba Music to launch a special cover-song contest in celebration of iconic rock band Rush's 40th Anniversary Tour, which kicks off May 8 in Tulsa, OK. (more...)

Chicago Philharmonic Chamber Players to Round Out Spring Series with 'HEAVENLY HARPS', 5/31Chicago Philharmonic Chamber Players to Round Out Spring Series with 'HEAVENLY HARPS', 5/31
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2015

The Chicago Philharmonic Chamber Players (cp2) finishes its Spring 2015 series at City Winery (1600 W Randolph, Chicago, IL) on Sunday, May 31 with a noon performance of 'Heavenly Harps: Dance Music from Handel to Muse.' (more...)

Richard Symphony to Present BUGS BUNNY AT THE SYMPHONY, 5/16Richard Symphony to Present BUGS BUNNY AT THE SYMPHONY, 5/16
by BWW News Desk - Apr 30, 2015

April 29, 2015 – Richmond, Virginia Join everyone's favorite “Wascally Wabbit” and his friends Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, Pepe Le Pew, Tweety, Sylvester and more on Saturday, May 16 at 6:00 p.m. at Richmond CenterStage's Altria Theater. Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II celebrates the world's favorite classic Looney Tunes, projected on the big screen, while the Richmond Symphony performs their exhilarating, original Carl Stalling scores live. (more...)

Pacific Symphony Orchestra Releases Schedule of 2015-2016 Pops SeasonPacific Symphony Orchestra Releases Schedule of 2015-2016 Pops Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2015

Orange County, Calif.—April 28, 2015—A gala season awaits as great stars in entertainment lead the way to celebrate Richard Kaufman's 25-year legacy as principal pops conductor of Pacific Symphony. While last season marked the occasion of Music Director Carl St.Clair's 25th anniversary, 2015-16 puts the spotlight on Kaufman, who has championed the lighter side of the Symphony, bringing countless memorable artists to the stage. What better way to celebrate than with some of the best songs and genres of our time delivered by mega-watt stars and backed by the lush, magnificent sounds of the full symphony orchestra? This special season includes major headliners and the return of Orange County favorites including trumpeter extraordinaire Chris Botti, Broadway diva Bernadette Peters, comedy legend Martin Short and Golden-Age champion Michael Feinstein. The amazing acrobats of Cirque de la Symphonie return for A Cirque Christmas, and Classical Mystery Tour delivers dozens of Beatles hits as they were originally recorded with orchestra. Also, Stewart Copeland, former drummer for The Police, joins the Symphony to perform his score to the 1925 silent film, “Ben Hur.” (more...)

Chan Centre's 2015-16 Season to Feature Legends, Legacies & MoreChan Centre's 2015-16 Season to Feature Legends, Legacies & More
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2015

The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at the University of British Columbia (UBC) announces its spectacular 2015/16 concert series, bringing a staggering array of virtuosic musicians, spirited vocal wonders, thrilling débuts, and anticipated returns to the acoustically exquisite Chan Shun Concert Hall. From passionate flamenco to cherished American folk, from energized West African pop to stirring Indian sitar music, the season's performances defy standards and transcend genres, promising to inspire and amaze. (more...)

Celebrity Series of Boston Announces 2015-16 SeasonCelebrity Series of Boston Announces 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2015

?The Celebrity Series of Boston announced its 2015-2016 season today, marking 77 years of bringing the world's greatest performing artists to Boston. The season opens on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 with author and speaker David Sedaris. In total, the 2015-2016 season will include 48 music, dance and entertainment engagements. The 2015-16 season is sponsored by Amy and Joshua Boger. (more...)

Grammy Award Winner Kevin "K.O." Olusola of Pentatonix Joins Yamaha Artist RosterGrammy Award Winner Kevin "K.O." Olusola of Pentatonix Joins Yamaha Artist Roster
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2015

Yamaha announced that Kevin 'K.O.' Olusola, cellist and beat-boxer for the Grammy Award-winning vocal quintet Pentatonix, has joined the Yamaha Artist roster. He is currently playing an SVC-110SK Silent Cello on tour with the group. (more...)

Jeffrey Kahane to Return to NY Philharmonic to Conduct, Perform All-Mozart Program, 6/3-6Jeffrey Kahane to Return to NY Philharmonic to Conduct, Perform All-Mozart Program, 6/3-6
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2015

Jeffrey Kahane will return to the New York Philharmonic to conduct and perform an all-Mozart program featuring Mozart's Piano Concertos Nos. 20 and 21 and Symphony No. 38, Prague, Wednesday, June 3, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, June 4 at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, June 5 at 11:00 a.m.; and Saturday, June 6 at 8:00 p.m. (more...)

St Urban to Present World Premiere at SubCulture, 5/9St Urban to Present World Premiere at SubCulture, 5/9
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2015

St Urban, an intimate and innovative chamber music series, will premiere the second in its series of commissioned works on May 9th at 7:30pm at SubCulture. This year's concert features "Songs for Days To Come," a piece composed by Kinan Azmeh and set to texts by Syrian poets living in exile. (more...)

James Taylor to Play Giant Center, 7/9James Taylor to Play Giant Center, 7/9
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2015

Five-time time Grammy Award winner James Taylor will bring his summer tour to Giant Center on Thursday, July 9 at 8:00 p.m. (more...)

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