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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At Last–A Glorious Butterfly At The Met

Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center, NY; April 9, 2014—The Met’s remarkably beautiful and touching production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, directed by the late Anthony Minghella and his wife Carolyn Choa on Michael Levine’s evocative, minimalist sets, debuted on opening night, 2006. With its overhead mirror, shiny stage floor, silently moving paper walls, brilliantly colored costumes […]

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Superbly Sung Sonnambula At The Met

Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center, NY; March 25, 2014—Opera lovers are fully aware that the plot of Vincenzo Bellini’s La sonnambula is threadbare and silly: When a Swiss village girl (Amina) is found asleep in a stranger’s (Count Rodolfo’s) room at an inn, she gets ensnared in a jealousy triangle (Lisa, the innkeeper, is in love […]

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The Seattle Symphony Launches New Record Label: Seattle Symphony Media

March 19, 2014—The Seattle Symphony and Music Director Ludovic Morlot announce the launch of Seattle Symphony Media, the Symphony’s in-house record label, with its first three recordings scheduled for release in April. The first three releases on the new label feature Ludovic Morlot conducting the Seattle Symphony in works by French and American composers, celebrating […]

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Bryn Terfel, Emma Thompson in Sondheim’s “Sweeney”

Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, NY; March 5, 2014—A limited run (five performances) of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, led by Alan Gilbert with the New York Philharmonic, practically turned out to be the season’s hottest operatic ticket so far. Billed as a staged performance, albeit in Avery Fisher Hall, director Lonny Price, an old hand […]

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Philippe Jaroussky Wins The Battle

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; February 25, 2014—Thirty-six year old, cherubic-looking Philippe Jaroussky is the only countertenor (so far) with superstar status. Unlike most in his voice category he is not an alto, either in texture or range, and while the voice is small (certainly moreso than David Daniels’ or David Hansen’s), it has […]

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