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BWW Review: 2017 FESTIVAL NAPA VALLEY - An Exceptional Ten Days Pairing the Best in Wine, Food and Entertainment BWW Review: 2017 FESTIVAL NAPA VALLEY - An Exceptional Ten Days Pairing the Best in Wine, Food and Entertainment
by Christina Mancuso - July 24, 2017

The 2017 FESTIVAL NAPA VALLEY just wrapped up their 12th year, transforming California's wine country into a multi-cultural 10-day celebration, pairing the world's most talented artists -- from classical musicians to famous comedians and Hollywood personalities to Broadway and opera stars to world r... (more...)
BWW Review: A Sensational Night of Music at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra's CARMINA BURANA BWW Review: A Sensational Night of Music at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra's CARMINA BURANA
by Taylor Long - June 22, 2017

The heart-pounding 'O Fortuna' fills the Roy Thomson Hall to the brim with the sound of a full orchestra and over one hundred voices. The Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) presents the finale to their 'Decades Project: 1930-1939', CARMINA BURANA by Carl Orff, featuring the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, ... (more...)
BWW Review: MAINLY MOZART FESTIVAL at Balboa Theatre BWW Review: MAINLY MOZART FESTIVAL at Balboa Theatre
by Ron Bierman - June 20, 2017

“Mozart in a party mood,” conductor Michael Francis announced as he introduced the composer's Contra Dances to begin the concert. And the same party mood prevailed throughout much of the evening. The first and third movements of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.1 owe a lot to the most spirited of Mozar... (more...)
BWW Review: Toronto is Head Over Heels for HIBLA GERZMAVA BWW Review: Toronto is Head Over Heels for HIBLA GERZMAVA
by Taylor Long - June 09, 2017

Russia seems to be everywhere these days. Conductor and violinist, Vladimir Spivakov and the Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra performed to an enthusiastic crowd at the Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto, Ontario. The evening was presented by Show One Productions, the same company that recently brought us ... (more...)
BWW Review: Netrebko and Mattei Spin Magic from Tchaikovsky's EUGENE ONEGIN at the Met BWW Review: Netrebko and Mattei Spin Magic from Tchaikovsky's EUGENE ONEGIN at the Met
by Richard Sasanow - April 17, 2017

It's getting near the end of the season at the Met in New York and it's nice to see that they're still bringing out their “A” game, with a splendidly cast run of Tchaikovsky's EUGENE ONEGIN, with the wonderful Met orchestra under the sensitive baton of Robin Ticciati, music director at the Glyndebou... (more...)
BWW Review: An Off-Night in Seville with an Unexciting FIDELIO at the Met BWW Review: An Off-Night in Seville with an Unexciting FIDELIO at the Met
by Richard Sasanow - March 27, 2017

Beethoven's only opera, FIDELIO, was the last of three operas this season at the Met to take place in Seville, after CARMEN and BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA. Third time definitely wasn't the charm.... (more...)
BWW Review: Haitink Captivates Boston - Again BWW Review: Haitink Captivates Boston - Again
by Erica Miner - March 20, 2017

Boston Symphony Conductor Emeritus Bernard Haitink has sustained a mutually respectful relationship with the BSO and its audiences for over 40 years... (more...)
BWW Review: Julia Migenes Lovingly Shares DEBUSSY: HIS LETTERS AND MUSIC at the Odyssey Theatre BWW Review: Julia Migenes Lovingly Shares DEBUSSY: HIS LETTERS AND MUSIC at the Odyssey Theatre
by Shari Barrett - February 26, 2017

Celebrated soprano Julia Migenes has returned to L.A. with the world premiere of DEBUSSY: HIS LETTERS AND MUSIC, her newest musical portrait of legendary French composer Claude Debussy. Her exploration of his life - his youth, his determination to find his own musical path while battling the more co... (more...)
BWW REVIEW: The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and Brandenburg Choir's Staged Concert Of HANDEL'S MESSIAH Is A Feast For The Senses BWW REVIEW: The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and Brandenburg Choir's Staged Concert Of HANDEL'S MESSIAH Is A Feast For The Senses
by Jade Kops - February 24, 2017

HANDEL'S MESSIAH, one of the most iconic Baroque works is finally given the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra's exquisitely emotive and expressive treatment under the baton of Artistic Director and Conductor Paul Dyer.... (more...)
BWW Review: How to Do Beethoven and Mahler, Compliments of NY Philharmonic under Honeck and Soloist Barnatan BWW Review: How to Do Beethoven and Mahler, Compliments of NY Philharmonic under Honeck and Soloist Barnatan
by Richard Sasanow - February 20, 2017

Audiences at the New York Philharmonic have been known to come for the soloists and then slip out for the symphony. There didn't seem to be a lot of that at last Thursday's performance led by maestro Manfred Honeck, which began with a wonderful Beethoven Piano Concerto #1 in C Major from Inon Barnat... (more...)
BWW Review: SONS OF SERENDIP at Wausau's Grand Theater BWW Review: SONS OF SERENDIP at Wausau's Grand Theater
by Meredith Kreisa - February 20, 2017

Musical group SONS OF SERENDIP performed at Wausau's Grand Theater on February 17. As fate would have it, they gave an engaging and skilled performance.... (more...)
BWW Review: AN EVENING WITH JOSHUA BELL AND THE NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA BWW Review: AN EVENING WITH JOSHUA BELL AND THE NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
by Elliot Lanes - February 15, 2017

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BWW Review: To the Genius of Oscar Levant - FOR PIANO AND HARPO at Falcon Theatre BWW Review: To the Genius of Oscar Levant - FOR PIANO AND HARPO at Falcon Theatre
by Ellen Dostal - February 13, 2017

Pulling double duty as both playwright and star, Dan Castellaneta portrays Oscar Levant in his latest new work, FOR PIANO AND HARPO. Levant was a concert pianist, and contemporary of George Gershwin, whose genius gave him entree into the glittering worlds of classical music, Broadway, and Hollywood ... (more...)
BWW Review: Taking an ELIXIR OF LOVE with Orlando Philharmonic BWW Review: Taking an ELIXIR OF LOVE with Orlando Philharmonic
by Kimberly Moy - February 06, 2017

Just in time for the dreaded Valentine's Day is Orlando Philharmonic's Opera program ELIXIR OF LOVE. This was my first trip to see Orlando Philharmonic and Opera Orlando. I was not disappointed and glad I found this local gem.... (more...)
BWW Review: Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin Perform Bruckner's 9th Symphony at Carnegie Hall BWW Review: Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin Perform Bruckner's 9th Symphony at Carnegie Hall
by Peter Danish - February 02, 2017

Majesty and Terror: Barenboim conducts Bruckner 9th... (more...)
BWW Review: LA CENERENTOLA at Winter Opera St. Louis--
Magic Music, Not Magic Pumpkins! BWW Review: LA CENERENTOLA at Winter Opera St. Louis-- Magic Music, Not Magic Pumpkins!
by Steve Callahan - January 30, 2017

Rossini's 'La Cenerentola': Winter Opera's fine production of this beloved Cinderella work makes a beautiful anniversary gift.... (more...)
BWW Interview: Jim Owen of CLASSICAL MYSTERY TOUR at Kimmel Center BWW Interview: Jim Owen of CLASSICAL MYSTERY TOUR at Kimmel Center
by Pati Buehler - January 27, 2017

Philly celebrates the 50th Anniversary of The Beatles "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Album" with a special concert performance on Feb. 3, 4, 5.... (more...)
BWW Review: PORTRAITS OF AMERICA with the National Symphony Orchestra BWW Review: PORTRAITS OF AMERICA with the National Symphony Orchestra
by Elliot Lanes - January 24, 2017

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BWW Review: BUTTERFLY LADIES BAND – CHINESE NEW YEAR CONCERT 2017 at Dunstan Playhouse BWW Review: BUTTERFLY LADIES BAND – CHINESE NEW YEAR CONCERT 2017 at Dunstan Playhouse
by Barry Lenny - January 23, 2017

It was a privilege to hear such venerable instruments played so extremely well.... (more...)
BWW Review: Two Nights in Seville, Part 1 - with BARBIERE at the Met BWW Review: Two Nights in Seville, Part 1 - with BARBIERE at the Met
by Richard Sasanow - January 23, 2017

It didn't strike me until the lights were going down for the start of CARMEN last Thursday that this was the second night in a row that Met audiences were being transported to the same town in sunny Spain. Truth be told, “sunny” is hardly an adjective I'd hardly use to describe Bizet's tragedy in th... (more...)
BWW Review: I Spy Prototype Festival's Chamber Opera, MATA HARI BWW Review: I Spy Prototype Festival's Chamber Opera, MATA HARI
by Richard Sasanow - January 16, 2017

The life and times of the spy-as-femme-fatale, Mata Hari, has always attracted the interest of film and stage artists. Now we have the Matt Marks-Paul Peers opera MATA HARI—which opened New York's fifth Prototype Festival last week and continues through Saturday the 14th—though I think of it as more... (more...)
BWW Review: Antonio Hart Dazzles Israel at Hot Jazz Series BWW Review: Antonio Hart Dazzles Israel at Hot Jazz Series
by Ronit Suzan - January 09, 2017

In this month's 'Hot Jazz' series' jazz concert, 'Cannonball Adderley's Gold Saxophone', saxophonist Antonio Hart brought his alto saxophone to the Haifa stage for a final show after a week of touring the country with a most talented group of both American and local musicians.... (more...)
BWW Review: CHRISTIAN GERHAHER MAHLER RECITAL at Alice Tully Hall BWW Review: CHRISTIAN GERHAHER MAHLER RECITAL at Alice Tully Hall
by Peter Danish - December 21, 2016

Christian Gerhaher Triumphs in all-Mahler recital at Tully Hall.... (more...)
BWW Review: Joyce DiDonato Brings WAR & PEACE, Baroque-Style, to Carnegie Hall BWW Review: Joyce DiDonato Brings WAR & PEACE, Baroque-Style, to Carnegie Hall
by Richard Sasanow - December 21, 2016

At IN WAR & PEACE, HARMONY THROUGH MUSIC, her Carnegie Hall concert the other night with the Baroque ensemble, Il Pomo d'Oro, mezzo Joyce DiDonato was in fine voice, if not in high spirits—and who could blame her? The state of the world is about as bad as it has been for a long time, with death and ... (more...)
BWW Review: Stunning Phillips in Saariaho's Mesmerizing L'AMOUR DE LOIN at the Met BWW Review: Stunning Phillips in Saariaho's Mesmerizing L'AMOUR DE LOIN at the Met
by Richard Sasanow - December 19, 2016

On paper, it might seem that Kaija Saariaho's L'AMOUR DE LOIN (LOVE FROM AFAR), libretto by Amin Maalouf, couldn't possibly fill a stage the size of the Met's: three characters and a chorus that bobs in and out of the action. Yet, in action, this breathtaking, shimmering piece not only seems at home... (more...)