Raunchy, Wrenching Mtsensk at the Met

Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center, NY; November 17, 2014–Shostakovich’s outrageous Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk is back at the Met after a 14-year absence. The production by Graham Vick, with sets and costumes by Paul Brown, is as brilliant, vulgar, funny, and nihilistic as the opera itself. Our first glimpse, as the curtain rises, is of […]

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Jenna Sung’s Poetic Piano Debut

Wigmore Hall, London, UK, November 16, 2014–As part of her first prize award in the annual Jaques Samuel Intercollegiate piano competition, Jenna Sung gave her London recital debut at Wigmore Hall November 16 to  a full and appreciative house. I first heard Sung during the 2010 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, and her artistry has […]

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Boston Baroque Launches New Electronic Media Platform

Boston, MA–As Boston Baroque enters its 41st season, there is exciting news to announce!  Aiming to make its live performances and recordings accessible worldwide to millions of listeners, build new audiences, and increase brand awareness and visibility, Boston Baroque is launching a New Electronic Media Platform, using the latest in electronic media technology. The excitement […]

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Big-Boned But Routine Aida

Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center, NY; Nov 4, 2014–The Met’s 26-year-old production of Aida is still looking good. Sonja Frisell’s sets, which use the stage elevator wisely and excitingly to change scenes, with their gigantic statuary and beautiful paintings for the scene in Amneris’ boudoir, remain effective. However, Stephen Pickover’s stage direction is not effective—we […]

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Charleston’s Second Annual Colour of Music Festival A Success

October 22-26, 2014, Charleston, SC–Founded by General Manager Lee Pringle, and taking place in various venues throughout the city of Charleston (which now has the good fortune of hosting two major music festivals, the other being the Spoleto), Colour of Music presented a wide array of black classical singers, instrumentalists, and ensembles performing music by […]

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Longy School of Music of Bard College Forms “New Kind of Training Orchestra”

October 29, 2014—Longy School of Music of Bard College today announced the formation of a unique training orchestra that provides a Master of Music degree, newly approved by the State of New York and is designed to prepare them for the mounting challenges facing today’s orchestra players. The training orchestra, recruited from the finest postgraduate […]

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I. International Éva Marton Singing Competition–Grand Prix Goes to Hungarian Soprano

Budapest, September 21, 2014—Out of the 11 finalists, the only Hungarian, Szilvia Vörös, has won the Grand Prix of the I. International Éva Marton Singing Competition. The jury of eight members, all of them outstanding representatives of the international opera world, awarded the 26-year-old mezzo-soprano Szilvia Vörös the Grand Prix at the Liszt Academy. The […]

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XV Int’l Tchaikovsky Competition & New Website Announced

July 27, 2014–This week Peter Grote, Artistic Director, announced that plans are underway for the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition, which will take place in Moscow and St. Petersburg in 2015. Although the organization’s new website isn’t yet complete, current information can be found there regarding competition rules, venues, the jury, participating orchestras, and history. The […]

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Daniel Barenboim Launches Digital-Only Label

PERAL MUSIC, a new label that features the work of one of the world’s greatest musicians, the pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim, was launched on April 30, 2014. All the recordings, distributed in association with Universal Music and which will be digital-only releases, will be offered as Mastered for iTunes, the highest-quality sound format offered […]

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NY Public Library Receives Rare Hymnal

On Monday, April 14, 2014, Dr. Jeff Dailey, the executor of Dr. Ronald Cross’ estate, presented the New York Public Library with a copy of Cantiones Ecclesiasticae, fulfilling Cross’ wishes as set forth in his will. This Lutheran hymnal from 1545 was one of Dr. Cross’ prized possessions. He kept this treasure locked up in a strongbox and rarely […]

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