NJSO Welcomes New Musicians In The 2019"20 Season NJSO Welcomes New Musicians In The 2019"20 Season
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2019

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra welcomes new musicians in the 2019a?"20 season. New principals include Principal Bass Ha Young Jung, Assistant Principal Bass Alexander Bickard, Assistant Principal Trumpet Anderson Romero and Principal Timpani Gregory LaRosa. The NJSO also welcomes new Principal Librarian Erin Vander Wyst. (more...)

Steppenwolf's LOOKOUT Series 2019/20 Features Dance World Premieres And More Steppenwolf's LOOKOUT Series 2019/20 Features Dance World Premieres And More
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2019

Steppenwolf's LookOut Series is pleased to announce their Fall/Winter 2019/20 lineup. This eclectic season showcases exciting work from many Chicago-based artists and companies working across disciplines. Step out of the cold and into Front Bar for a drink to warm you up, then head into Steppenwolf's 1700 Theatre for an unforgettable evening of performance. Since its inception, the LookOut series has featured the work of more than 1,000 artists from across Chicago and beyond in more than 350 performances. (more...)

NJSO Opens 2019"20 Season With Holst's THE PLANETS With NASA Imagery In HD NJSO Opens 2019"20 Season With Holst's THE PLANETS With NASA Imagery In HD
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2019

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Xian Zhang open the 2019a?'20 season with a program pairing music and visuals in Holst's The Planets, with NASA imagery in HD, and the NJSO premiere of Sarah Kirkland Snider's Hiraeth, with an accompanying film by Mark DeChiazza. Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 opens the program. (more...)

NJSO Honors Curtland E. Fields at Opening Gala NJSO Honors Curtland E. Fields at Opening Gala
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2019

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra begins the 2019a?"20 seasona?"Music Director Xian Zhang's fourth season with the NJSOa?"with an Opening Night Celebration Gala on October 11 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. (more...)

CSO Gears Up for Outdoor Musical Experience CSO Look Around CSO Gears Up for Outdoor Musical Experience CSO Look Around
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2019

To kick-off the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra's (CSO) 125th anniversary season, the Orchestra presents CSO Look Around, an immersive experience incorporating what's akin to multiple flash mobs performing a diverse array of music - at times overlapping and interacting - and all inspired by the cultural tapestry that is Cincinnati. (more...)

NJSO and Music Director Xian Zhang Announce 2019"20 Season NJSO and Music Director Xian Zhang Announce 2019"20 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2019

The artistry of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Xian Zhang is "Front & Center" in the Orchestra's 2019-20 season, announced today. Classical highlights include a Winter Festival featuring works from the stage-including Wagner's The Ring Without Words, Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet and Mozart's Don Giovanni-performances of co-commissions from Qigang Chen and Christopher Rouse, a weekend of Beethoven's complete piano concertos, key artistic partnerships with diverse organizations, return engagements by audience-favorite guest artists and solo turns by multiple NJSO musicians. (more...)

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Celebrates 125th Anniversary
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2019

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and Music Director Louis Langree announced details of the much-anticipated 125th Anniversary Season beginning in September at Music Hall. The 2019-20 season welcomes acclaimed guest artists including Renee Fleming, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Artist-in-Residence Guy Braunstein and Grammy winner Isabel Leonard, among others. The season includes performances of Beethoven's legendary Akademie program, a fully staged production of Ravel's opera, L'Enfant et les sortileges, seven CSO commissions, five world premieres, three U.S. premieres, as well as an experimental new concert series titled CSO Proof. The 125th Anniversary Season marks the launch of new initiatives both on and off the stage that build on the CSO's legacy. Leading up to the season, the Orchestra presents CSO Look Around, a first-of-its-kind event celebrating community, diversity, and inclusivity on August 3. (more...)

BWW Review: BLACK INSCRIPTION  at HERE BWW Review: BLACK INSCRIPTION at HERE
by Sarah Fitts - Jan 17, 2018

The fifteen song cycle, BLACK INSCRIPTION, depicts the emotions and turmoil of free-diver Natalia Molchanova's preparation, descent into the darkness of the ocean--her lungs burning and her mind concentrating on moving deeper and deeper through the waves--and imagined odyssey into a world no one has lived to experience. (more...)

Kronos Quartet Stars in East Coast Premiere of MY LAI at BAM, 9/27-30 Kronos Quartet Stars in East Coast Premiere of MY LAI at BAM, 9/27-30
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2017

Kronos Quartet, tenor Rinde Eckert, and Vietnamese musician V n- hn V are bringing Jonathan Berger's acclaimed monodrama My Lai to BAM's 2017 Next Wave Festival for the work's East Coast premiere. Four performances will take place in the BAM Harvey Theater, Wednesday, September 27 through Saturday, September 30 (7:30 pm). (more...)

Kronos Quartet Brings MY LAI to BAM Next Wave Festival Kronos Quartet Brings MY LAI to BAM Next Wave Festival
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2017

Kronos Quartet, tenor Rinde Eckert, and Vietnamese musician Van-Ahn Vo are bringing Jonathan Berger's acclaimed monodrama My Lai to BAM's 2017 Next Wave Festival for the work's East Coast premiere. (more...)

Eighth Blackbird Announces 30 Blackbird Creative Lab Fellows for 2017
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2017

Eighth Blackbird is pleased to announce that 30 early-career musicians have been chosen to receive Fellowships to the inaugural Blackbird Creative Lab, a two-week summer training program taking place June 11 - 24 at the Besant Hill School in Ojai, California. The Fellows comprise eighteen performers, six composers, and two ensembles. In addition to Eighth Blackbird, the Blackbird Creative Lab Faculty includes composers Jennifer Higdon and Ted Hearne, and director/filmmaker Mark DeChiazza. During the session, a stellar array of Guest Artists will rotate through The Lab: composer Steve Reich, composer/performer Pamela Z, flutist/composer Ned McGowan, and from the Ojai Music Festival, curator Tom Morris and producer Elaine Martone, who also serves as Director of the Blackbird Creative Lab. (more...)

Amy Beth Kirsten & Mark DeChiazza's QUIXOTE to Premiere at Peak Performances
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2017

Peak Performances will present the world premiere of Quixote, from composer-librettist Amy Beth Kirsten and director-designer Mark DeChiazza, March 23-26. (more...)

Amy Beth Kirsten & Mark DeChiazza's QUIXOTE to Premiere at Peak Performances
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2017

Peak Performances will present the world premiere of Quixote, from composer-librettist Amy Beth Kirsten and director-designer Mark DeChiazza, March 23-26. (more...)

Eighth Blackbird Announces Launch of BLACKBIRD CREATIVE LAB
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2016

Eighth Blackbird today has been named Ensemble of the Year by Musical America, adding to the shower of accolades the group has enjoyed throughout its 20th anniversary (2016). Earlier this month, Eighth Blackbird was named recipient of Chamber Music America's first-ever Visionary Award, and last February the group picked up its fourth Grammy Award along with a prestigious MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. Ever in creative motion, Eighth Blackbird propels itself forward from this 20th anniversary milestone by investing its vision, talent, and experience in an ambitious new initiative for the next generation: The Blackbird Creative Lab. (more...)

Peak Performances Sets 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2016

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The SPCO's Liquid Music Series to Present Steven Mackey
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2016

A volatile combination of music, imagery and dance take on the operatic form in Orpheus Unsung, composed by Steven Mackey with Jason Treuting (S? Percussion) in a production conceived and directed by Mark DeChiazza. Copresented with the Guthrie Theater June 16-18 at the Guthrie's Dowling Studio, Orpheus Unsung casts the electric guitar as the disembodied voice of Orpheus, who seeks to reverse fate and regain an irrevocably lost Eurydice. In this wordless opera, the myth is shattered and ultimately re-made within a space that fragments story and identity, and hangs in teetering balance between solidity and hallucinatory illusion. Orpheus's journey is illuminated in new language, as music collides and fuses with the expression of the body, cinematic imagery, and transformations of physical space. Alongside an ensemble of three dancers, Mackey and Treuting perform live in Orpheus Unsung, which will be presented alongside Mackey's engaging and personal string quartet Ars Moriendi, performed by musicians of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. (more...)

Harris Theatre Presents World Premiere of Kronos Quartet Commission, MY LAI
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2016

The world premiere of the staged version of My Lai, Harris Theater's brand new commission for the Kronos Quartet composed by Jonathan Berger, will make its debut on Friday, January 29 at 7:30 PM. After outstanding reviews at the concert premiere of My Lai at Stanford University in October, the Harris looks forward to welcoming this deeply emotional and important story to Chicago. (more...)

Brooklyn Music Venue National Sawdust Releases Complete Lineup for Inaugural Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2015

Composer Paola Prestini, the Creative and Executive Director of National Sawdust (NS), today announced programming for the non-profit's inaugural fall season in its new home-a $16 million, 13,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art chamber hall in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The performance and recording venue, designed by Brooklyn-based architecture firm Bureau V in the shell of century-old former sawdust factory, will provide composers and musicians a setting in which they can flourish, and a place where they are given commissioning support, mentoring and other critical resources essential to create, and then share, their work. For audiences-serious fans and casual listeners alike-the venue will be a place to discover genre-spanning music at accessible ticket prices. (more...)

The Miller Theatre Opens 2014-15 Season with HEART & BREATH Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2014

Miller opens its fall season with a captivating new production. Sparking a music dialogue across centuries, Heart & Breath deftly combines modern arrangements of music by Gesualdo and Monteverdi with contemporary works that blend music, dance, and theater, including composer Amy Beth Kirsten's 'wildly imaginative' (Washington Post)Colombine's Paradise Theatre. The six musicians of eighth blackbird play, speak, sing, whisper, growl, and mime, breathing theatrical life into the timeless characters of thecommedia dell'arte in this uniquely immersive concert experience. (more...)

The Miller Theatre Opens Its 2014 - 2015 Season with HEART & BREATH, 9/18
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2014

Miller opens its fall season with a captivating new production. Sparking a music dialogue across centuries, Heart & Breath deftly combines modern arrangements of music by Gesualdo and Monteverdi with contemporary works that blend music, dance, and theater, including composer Amy Beth Kirsten's "wildly imaginative" (Washington Post)Colombine's Paradise Theatre. The six musicians of eighth blackbird play, speak, sing, whisper, growl, and mime, breathing theatrical life into the timeless characters of thecommedia dell'arte in this uniquely immersive concert experience. (more...)

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