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Copland House Announces 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2016

An appearance by multi-Grammy Award winning clarinetist and composer Paquito d'Rivera; a world premiere by Rome Prize-winner Derek Bermel; a concert haunted by Bach, Schubert, and musical ghosts of past centuries; song settings of the mystical, powerful poetry of celebrated Austro-German author Rainer Maria Rilke; and music inspired by the American West highlight the 8th season of Copland House concerts at Westchester County's majestic Merestead estate in Mount Kisco, NY. (more...)

Photo Flash: New Production Shots from BILLY ELLIOT at the Bristol Hippodrome!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2016

The producers of the multi award-winning smash hit Billy Elliot the Musical are delighted to announce that the four boys who will play the title role in the first ever UK and Ireland tour of the iconic musical are Adam Abbou (12 years old from Liverpool),Matthew Lyons (11 years old from Leeds), Haydn May (11 years old from Bath) and Lewis Smallman (12 years old from West Bromwich). The boys were cast following nationwide auditions and after months of intensive rehearsals began alternating in the role following the show's opening earlier in the year.  Billy Elliot the musical opens at The Bristol Hippodrome on Tuesday 25thOctober and runs until Saturday 26th November 2016. (more...)

BWW Review: Shimmering Dancers in New York City Ballet's JEWELS
by Marsha Volgyi - Oct 7, 2016

Jewels, choreographed by George Balanchine, performed on Friday September 30, 2016 at The Koch Theater was a wonderful beginning to the weekend. This ballet is a truly priceless gem in the repertoire of the New York City Ballet. The three-act storyless ballet is quite distinctive with its style and music. (more...)

Broadway Producer Jeffrey Finn Named Kennedy Center's President of Theater Producing and Programming
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2016

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts today announced Jeffrey Finn as Vice President of Theater Producing and Programming effective Oct. 7. (more...)

BILLY ELLIOT Tour to Open at The Bristol Hippodrome This October
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2016

The producers of the multi award-winning smash hit Billy Elliot the Musical are delighted to announce that the four boys who will play the title role in the first ever UK and Ireland tour of the iconic musical are Adam Abbou (12 years old from Liverpool), Matthew Lyons (11 years old from Leeds), Haydn May (11 years old from Bath) and Lewis Smallman (12 years old from West Bromwich). (more...)

Metropolitan Opera Soprano Heidi Grant Murphy Performs Solo Recital
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2016

Soprano Heidi Grant Murphy, who sang major roles with the Metropolitan Opera for almost 25 years, returns to theChamber Music Society of Detroit series for a recital with pianist Kevin Murphy Sunday, November 13, 2016 at 3:00 PM.  The concert takes place at Oakland University's Varner Recital Hall, located on the Oakland University campus at 2200 N. Squirrel Road in Rochester.  The program includes songs and arias by Schumann, Debussy, Strauss, Puccini, Copland and Obradors.  Tickets are priced at $30 for adults and $15 for students, and may be purchased by phone at248-855-6070 or online at www.CMSDetroit.org. (more...)

BWW Dance Review: City Ballet Miscasts the Founder's Classics
by Juan Michael Porter II - Oct 17, 2016

The state of any company's dancing can be gauged by looking at how it performs its founder's work. Of course that is no easy feat to assess with City Ballet, what with its glorious repertoire. All the same, Wednesday October 12th's program found the company disconcertingly off the mark. In politics, we follow the money; in ballet, we follow the casting. (more...)

BWW Review: THE CUNNINGHAM TRUST Unveils a Dusty Extract
by Juan Michael Porter II - May 27, 2016

For whom is a dance made and why? This question kept coming to me as I watched the unveiling of Merce Cunningham's 'Cunningham Ballett' at Baryshnikov Arts Center on May 18th, 2016. Thought lost to time, a film recording of 'Ballett' was recently unearthed in the archives of Norddeutscher Rundrunk Studio Hamburg. Nearly 50 years after it was recorded, the premiere of Cunningham performing the solo 'Changeling' was shown, followed by a live presentation of the same piece. The question is to what end? As an iconoclast would Cunningham himself not have said, 'Let dead things sleep where they lie?' (more...)

Cast Complete for Nina Raine's TRIBES at Sheffield Theatres
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2017

Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres Robert Hastie today announces full casting for Kate Hewitt's production of Tribes by Nina Raine. Kate Hewitt, winner of the inaugural RTST Director Award Scheme, directs Ciaran Stewart (Billy), Emily Howlett (Sylvia), Simon Rouse (Christopher), Lindy Whiteford (Beth), Oliver Johnstone (Dan) and Louisa Connolly-Burnham (Ruth). The production opens on 3 July, with previews from 29 June, and runs until 22 July. (more...)

BWW Review: AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE's 2016 Spring Gala Offered a Delightful Sampling of the Season's Repertoire
by Sondra Forsyth - May 20, 2016

On the evening of May 16th 2016 at the Metropolitan Opera House in Lincoln Center, the beloved troupe that was recognized as 'America's National Ballet Company' in 2006 by the United States Congress proved once again that the American Ballet Theatre is indeed a treasure. Dancegoers in dazzling formal attire were treated to a Spring Gala that eschewed traditional staples and showcased instead an appetite-whetting smorgasbord of excerpts from the spring season as well as a world premiere and the one-act Firebird. (more...)

BWW Review: NEW YORK THEATRE BALLET Brings Old and New to the Stage
by Christina Pandolfi - Mar 6, 2017

At the inviting New York Live Arts Theater, New York Theatre Ballet presented their Uptown/Downtown/Dance series on March 3, 2017.  Now in their 38th Season, the company stands apart within the larger ballet community for its grasp on classical technique that mingles with undercurrents of modern dance vocabulary. But the program's pacing left something to be desired, as the excitement and delight peaked before intermission. (more...)

BWW Review: MARIINSKY BALLET Pays a Tribute to Maya Plisetskaya at BAM
by Marsha Volgyi - Mar 4, 2016

The Mariinsky Ballet at Brooklyn Academy of Music performed a Tribute to Maya Plisetskaya (more...)

BWW Review: The Brooding Mastery of Edvard Munch at the Neue Galerie
by Patrick Kennedy - Mar 28, 2016

In MUNCH AND EXPRESSIONISM, the virtuoso Norwegian artist and his younger followers turn the Neue Galerie into a modernist dreamscape, one painting at a time. (more...)

BWW Review: Maine State Ballet Mounts Impressive SWAN LAKE
by Carla Maria Verdino-Sllwold - Mar 26, 2017

Maine State Ballet opens its spring season with an ambitious full-length production of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake that offers a compelling account of the timeless Romantic classic and demonstrates how this Maine company continues to grow artistically. Presented several times in the past decade in shortened versions, the current production uses most of the original Marius Petipa choreography with some additional dances by artistic director Linda MacArthur Miele and features lavish and lovely scenic drops and costumes by Gail Csoboth. (more...)

The Wallis Celebrates the Musical Legacy of Henry Mancini with Star-Studded Tribute on 4/1
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2017

The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts celebrates the musical legacy of Henry Mancini, one of the world's greatest composers, conductors and arrangers, on Saturday, April 1, 2017. From 'Moon River' to 'The Days of Wine and Roses' to the 'Peter Gunn Theme,' the music of Henry Mancini has helped define American film and television soundtracks for nearly five decades, and earned the legendary composer four Academy Awards, twenty Grammy Awards and numerous other honors, including a U.S. Postage Stamp. The evening not only honors Henry Mancini, but also celebrates Ginny Mancini and the Mancini family with a special performance by the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami-their first Los Angeles appearance since their move to Florida-with all proceeds benefiting the artistic, educational and outreach programs of The Wallis. (more...)

Alexei Kremnev and Anna Reznik to Lead Summer Ballet Intensive in Chicago
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2017

The School of Performing Arts' A&A Ballet is currently accepting video submissions for its inaugural International Summer Dance Intensive, to be led by former Joffrey Academy artistic directors Alexei Kremnev and Anna Reznik. (more...)

Bobby Selvaggio's 'Quantum Man' New on Dot Time Records
by BWW News Desk - Mar 1, 2017

Bobby Selvaggio's newest recording 'Quantum Man' contains some of his most interesting, adventurous playing/writing to date. (more...)

Las Mejores Pianistas del Siglo XXI llegan a la Argentina
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2017

Conciertos en apoyo de los derechos de las Mujeres. (more...)

BWW Dance Review: Alessandra Ferri Melts Our Hearts in ROMEO AND JULIET
by Juan Michael Porter II - Jun 24, 2016

Halfway through the bedroom scene (Act III, Scene I) I thought to myself, 'They're playing the music too quickly!' I was wrong. The tempo was fine; it simply felt faster than normal because the dancing was so wonderful. It's to be expected. Alessandra Ferri was guest starring in American Ballet Theatre's production of Kenneth MacMillan's 'Romeo and Juliet' nine years after she'd retired from the company in the same role. (more...)

BWW Dance Review: NEW CHAMBER BALLET Regales with Musical and Choreographic Treasures
by Juan Michael Porter II - Jun 22, 2016

Since premiering twelve years ago, Miro Magloire's New Chamber Ballet has commissioned and presented over 100 new works. Fifty of these works have been created by Mr. Magloire himself. In addition to his duties as choreographer and artistic director he is also an award winning composer - and at one time the most beloved classroom musician in the city - which goes a long way towards explaining his special appreciation for music. All of his concerts are accompanied by accomplished musicians; the fantastic pianist Melody Fader and violinist Door Na performed for this season closing run. (more...)

BWW Review: MONTE, MOLISSA, MARGO, MULLER at New York Live Arts
by Juan Michael Porter II - Jun 17, 2016

Times are hard for choreographers, which is why Elisa Monte, Jennifer Muller, Molissa Fenley, and Margo Sappington have banded together to present their full-length works at New York Live Arts. What one might not be able to afford, four are more than capable of shouldering. While a solid business idea, the results as seen on Wednesday June 15th, 2016 were decidedly uneven. It's not that the works were too different in tone, it's that the quality was rarely of top caliber. (more...)

BWW Review: PENNSYLVANIA BALLET's Balanchine and Beyond
by Melia Kraus-har - Jun 14, 2016

Corella's recent directive choices brought levity; Laura Bowman took her final bow and the program noted other retirements. Whatever the climate, Corella's choices substantially elevated the company's performance profile especially since their June 2014 performances, and even since the fall 2015 season. (more...)

Professional Ballerina Rachel Speck Launches TENDU TONING Fusion Workout
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2016

Professional Ballerina turned fitness professional, Rachel Speck, has combined her two loves and created "Tendu Toning" a revolutionary, fusion workout that brings together the toning of ballet with the strength of body building.  Rachel Speck, owner of Speck Fitness, created "Tendu Toning" as a way for her, and other dancers, to stay strong, and in tiptop ballet shape, and to help anyone achieve a ballet dancer's body without spending years training.  The "Tendu Toning" DVD (60 minutes, $25.00, www.speckfitness.com) is a total body workout that fuses traditional ballet techniques and positions and combines them with weights, resistance, and increased repetitions to maximize results in a short amount of time. Tendu, means to stretch or extend the leg, and in Speck's program, when Tendu meets with toning a heart pumping, calorie burning workout is borne.  (more...)

The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia Appoints William Rhoads as Executive Director
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2016

The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia is pleased to announce the appointment of William "Bill" Rhoads as its new Executive Director, following a nationwide search. Rhoads comes to the COP from the prestigious Orchestra of St. Luke's in NYC, where he has served as Vice President of Marketing & Communications since 2006. At COP, Philadelphia's world-renowned chamber orchestra, he will oversee the management of the organization and guide its future direction.  (more...)

Sting: The Studio Collection - Solo Career-Spanning Vinyl Box Set On 180-Gram Heavyweight Vinyl To Be Released September 30th
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2016

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BWW Review: NYCB Creates Colorful Nuance with Stravinsky x Five
by Christina Pandolfi - Jan 30, 2017

Dampened from the chilly rain falling outside, I stepped into the majestic David H. Koch Theater on January 24, 2017 in desperate need of comfort. But I got so much more than that at New York City Ballet's Stravinsky x Five program. As I took my seat, the heavenly timbres of Stravinsky's bluesy score from "Scenes de Ballet" flooded my ears and spirit. In that moment, all was right in the world, and it stayed that way for the entire evening. (more...)

Alan Gilbert Leads New York Philharmonic Europe Spring 2017 Tour
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2017

Music Director Alan Gilbert will lead the New York Philharmonic on the EUROPE / SPRING 2017 tour, March 23-April 7, 2017. The two-week tour - Alan Gilbert's ninth and final international tour as Music Director, the seventh with him to Europe - will feature fourteen concerts in seven countries. (more...)

Learn from the Bolshoi Ballet in First-Ever IJ SUMMER INTENSIVE at Lincoln Center
by BWW News Desk - Jan 18, 2017

This summer marks the inaugural season of the IJ Summer Ballet Intensive, providing aspiring professionals with the unique opportunity to learn and perform several roles from the classical ballet repertory and work closely with principal dancers and assistant choreographers of, the Bolshoi Ballet, the world's most acclaimed ballet company. (more...)

Palestinian Playwrights to Take the Spotlight at Kennedy Center in Sundance Collaboration
by BWW News Desk - Jan 10, 2017

This spring, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will embark on a new collaboration with Sundance Institute to present a series of theater pieces in the Terrace Gallery from Institute alumni artists representing Palestine. (more...)

Electronic Music Ensemble Genre Peak to Release New Album
by BWW News Desk - Feb 29, 2016

Genre Peak is Martin Birke (songwriter, electronic-percussionist,vocalist and co-producer) with variety of collaborations from players and singers from all over the world. (more...)

Additional Instructors Announces For Two Week IJ Summer Ballet Intensive
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2017

Following the announcement earlier this year of the inaugural season of the IJ Summer Ballet Intensive, founders Irina Paradnaya and Jared G. Lillyhave announced additional instructors - repetiteurs - rounding out what is sure to be an extraordinary opportunity for advanced students and aspiring professionals to learn and perform roles from the classical ballet repertory of the Bolshoi Ballet, the world's most acclaimed ballet company.  (more...)

BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL to Visit Birmingham on First Ever UK Tour
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2017

The winner of 10 Tony and 5 Olivier Awards, Billy Elliot the Musical will be at Birmingham Hippodrome for the first time ever from Tue 7 Mar - Sat 29 Apr 2017. Seen by almost 11 million people worldwide, Billy Elliot the Musical is set in a northern mining town against the background of the 1984/85 miners' strike and follows Billy's journey from boxing to ballet class where he discovers a passion for dance that inspires his family and whole community and changes his life forever. (more...)

BWW Review: ASHTON DOUBLE BILL, Birmingham Royal Ballet
by Emma Cann - Feb 19, 2016

The Birmingham Royal Ballet's Shakespeare season opened with Frederick Ashton's The Dream, originally choreographed to celebrate the 250th anniversary of The Bard's birth, and now restaged to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death. The bill is completed by A Month in the Country, an Ashtonian adaptation of Ivan Turgenev's 1855 play, and widely regarded as one of the choreographer's masterpieces. (more...)

Kennedy Center Shines a Spotlight on International Directors
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2017

This spring, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing arts highlights the work of five of the theater's preeminent directors from across the globe: Robert Lepage, Carlos Diaz, Sulayman Al Bassam, Peter Brook, and Lev Dodin. Kennedy Center audiences will experience a theatrical feast of visionary productions of both classic and contemporary plays offering a truly global perspective on theater today. (more...)

Music from Copland House Takes Flight Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2017

Taking flight on Sunday afternoon, March 19 at 3pm is The Life of Birds, a musical aviary exploring the journeys, habits, and 'personalities' of some astonishingly versatile flying, feathered singers. (more...)

BWW Review: MATTHEW BOURNE'S SLEEPING BEAUTY, Birmingham Hippodrome
by Emma Cann - Feb 12, 2016

Completing his trio of Tchaikovsky's great ballets, Sir Matthew Bourne has turned his choreographic hand to Sleeping Beauty, with the added surtitle 'a gothic romance.' After reportedly experiencing divine inspiration whilst staying in the former bedroom of the renowned Russian composer, Bourne has re-worked the notoriously difficult narrative of this famous fairy tale, injecting new life into a story where the protagonist usually spends much of the time asleep. (more...)

The Kennedy Center and CBS Announce New Broadcast Agreement
by BWW News Desk - Dec 4, 2016

CBS and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced today a new agreement that will keep the annual Kennedy Center Honors broadcast on CBS through 2025. The new deal further extends one of the longest broadcast partnerships in television history.The special has been broadcast on CBS each year since its debut in 1978. (more...)

BWW Review: LES BALLETS TROCKADERO DE MONTE CARLO: Bravura Technique and Comedic Flair
by Sondra Forsyth - Dec 20, 2016

For 42 years and counting, the all-male Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo has been delighting audiences around the world with the company's unique blend of superb technical prowess flavored by spot-on humor that never fails to elicit laugh-out-loud reactions. (more...)

McCarter to Present 'Lab Spotlight' Production of Heather Raffo's NOURA
by BWW News Desk - Dec 20, 2016

Award-winning Iraqi-American playwright and performer Heather Raffo (9 Parts of Desire) teams up with director Joanna Settle to examine the issue of fractured American identity in this timely re-imagining of Ibsen's iconic A Doll's House. (more...)

Dancing Through Distress: Male dancers from SYTYCD, NYCB and Broadway Reflect on Challenges and Struggles They Faced Growing Up in a Studio
by Gianluca Russo - Dec 12, 2016

A sense of fulfillment fills his body as he sees his reflection in the hazy mirror. The music begins, and he suddenly feels completely comfortable in a place he only arrived at a few weeks prior. Each beat of the song sends pulses through the somewhat scratched up flooring, up through his bare feet, taking over his entire body. His demeanor is peaceful, passionate and powerful as he commands his way across the floor with the other dancers, each movement a new discovery in his mind. As the combination comes to an end, finishing with a grand jeté into a graceful Arabesque par terre, 18 year old Nick Nazzaro remains in disbelief that he is spending his days dancing in the city of his dreams. (more...)

Pennsylvania Ballet Welcomes New Dancers, Promotes Others, & More
by BWW News Desk - Aug 3, 2016

Philadelphia, PA (August 3, 2016) – Pennsylvania Ballet has announced the extension of Artistic Director Angel Corella's contract through the 2021-2022 season.  (more...)

Patrick Zimmerli Quartet Celebrates New Album
by BWW News Desk - Aug 3, 2016

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PA Ballet Extends Angel Corella's Contract, Welcomes 17 New Dancers
by BWW News Desk - Aug 3, 2016

Pennsylvania Ballet has announced the extension of Artistic Director Angel Corella's contract through the 2021-2022 season. (more...)

YOUNG MUSICIANS SHOWCASE A Premiere Event Featuring Youth Talent and Accompanied by Professional Musicians, September 17th
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2016

The Riverside Opera Company and Richmond County Orchestra season is set to begin in October.  As a prelude to the season is a Young Musicians Showcase  features youth musicians accompanied by a professional musician.  This premiere event is an opportunity  to view these young musicians as they demonstrate the talent that makes them the  winners of auditions held this summer .  At this performance they will be presented with the Grandmaster Kim awards for young artists.  (more...)

BILLY ELLIOT Tour to Open at The Bristol Hippodrome This October
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2016

The producers of the multi award-winning smash hit Billy Elliot the Musical are delighted to announce that the four boys who will play the title role in the first ever UK and Ireland tour of the iconic musical are Adam Abbou (12 years old from Liverpool), Matthew Lyons (11 years old from Leeds), Haydn May (11 years old from Bath) and Lewis Smallman (12 years old from West Bromwich). (more...)

Victor Tichart Invites Audiences to BUILD YOUR OWN CONCERT at Chisholm Recital Room
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2016

The next presentation in Victor Tichart's concert series is titled BUILD YOUR OWN CONCERT. For this concert, the audience will have the opportunity to choose their own items for the programme. (more...)

Cellist Kristina Reiko Cooper to Release New Album in May
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2016

The new CD from acclaimed cellist Kristina Reiko Cooper, will be released by Roven Records this spring. With an official release date** of May 10, 'Around the World with Love' is a collection of love songs from all corners of the globe: America, Brazil, France, India, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Russia and Spain. Produced by Glen Roven and performed by Cooper with Or Matias at the piano, and Satoshi Takeishi on percussion, 'Around the World with Love' features 14 tracks: (more...)

BWW Review: NYCB ALL ROBBINS Shines with Playful Exuberance
by Christina Pandolfi - Apr 24, 2017

The New York City Ballet kicked off day two of the company's 2017 Spring Season on Wednesday, April 19 at the opulent David H. Koch Theater. A performance dedicated to the iconic playfulness of Jerome Robbin's choreography, the evening started on a high note with the orchestra's charming “See the Music” section, treating the audience to teaser selections of the coming score. The bluesy, sultry notes of Bernstein's music set the scene beautifully; as the orchestra descended back into the pit, the curtain rose on “Fancy Free,” the legendary collaboration between Robbins and Bernstein, which later inspired Broadway's sensation “On The Town.” (more...)

BWW Review: AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE STUDIO COMPANY an Afternoon That Went Awry
by Marsha Volgyi - Apr 21, 2016

On a beautiful New York Sunday afternoon, April 17, 2016, American Ballet Theatre (ABT) Studio Company performed on their final day at The Joyce Theater. I was curious to watch these young dancers in Program C-a different repertoire. The line up consisted of La Bayadere Pas d'Action, Bier Halle, Libera!, Third Wheels, and Bolero. As I waited in wonderment of the coming piece, I too wondered if the ABT Studio dancers were anxious to knock the audience and myself out of my aisle seat with their talents. Tragically, I wound up holding the armrests from the anxiety created onstage. (more...)

BWW Review: NEW YORK THEATRE BALLET Presents a Classical CINDERELLA Filled With Imagination And Wonder
by Marsha Volgyi - Apr 19, 2016

At the Florence Gould Hall, just a two avenues away from The Plaza, my April 17, 2016 morning began. Parents, family, friends, and above all, children were ready to see New York Theatre Ballet's (NYTB) version of Cinderella at 11 AM. Many little girls were dressed to impress as the fairy tale character, while the boys were looking good in their Sunday best. For them, this would be animation come to life. (more...)

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