Author Archive | Victor Carr Jr

A Champion for the Chevalier

Composer Joseph Boulogne, the son of an African slave woman and her French owner who grew up in France and was awarded the title Chevalier de Saint-Georges, was largely lost to history until the last few decades, reemerging into public awareness with the somewhat belittling appellation “Le Mozart Noir” (The Black Mozart). This apparent attempt […]

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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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Josefowicz and the New York Philharmonic in NY Premiere of Salonen’s Violin Concerto

Avery Fisher Hall, New York; October 30, 2013—Maurice Ravel: Mother Goose Suite; Esa-Pekka Salonen: Violin Concerto “Out of Nowhere”; Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 Ravel’s Mother Goose suite at first seemed a peculiar concert opener—the quiet strains of the Sleeping Beauty Pavane exposed much coughing from the not-quite-yet settled Avery Fisher Hall audience. But soon […]

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UBUNTU-SHRUTI OBSERVES NY’S EVE WITH TIPPETT’S A CHILD OF OUR TIME

The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, New York, December 31, 2011 The Cathedral of St. John the Divine’s annual New Year’s Eve Concert for Peace took a pensive turn this year in presenting Michael Tippett’s A Child of Our Time oratorio for soloists, chorus, and orchestra. The evening’s broad theme was the observance […]

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CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA PLAYS BRUCKNER AND ADAMS

Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, N.Y.; JULY 13, 2011 At the first concert of its Bruckner: (R)evolution series at the Lincoln Center Festival, The Cleveland Orchestra on Wednesday evening presented John Adams’ Guide to Strange Places and Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 5. Guide to Strange Places is, at over 22 minutes, one of the John […]

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VOCAL ENSEMBLE POMERIUM OPENS “MUSIC BEFORE 1800” SERIES

Corpus Christi Church, New York City; October 15, 2006 Music Before 1800 opened its 2006-2007 season with its mainstay attraction, renaissance vocal ensemble Pomerium. The capacity audience at Manhattan’s acoustically resplendent Corpus Christi Church eagerly anticipated another afternoon of transporting music-making by this popular New York based group — they were not disappointed. The program, […]

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VOCAL ENSEMBLE POMERIUM CLOSES 2005-2006

Corpus Christi Church, New York; February 26, 2006 The final program in this season’s “Music Before 1800” series featured the Renaissance vocal ensemble Pomerium. Led by director Alexander Blachly, Pomerium, whose name translates as “garden,” is distinguished by its beauty and purity of sound, remarkable inner voice clarity, and always impeccable intonation — qualities which […]

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FINE BEETHOVEN 7th UNDER MAAZEL; BISS IN STUNNING “EMPEROR”

Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, N. Y.; November 6, 2003 The November 6th New York Philharmonic concert was one of the finest in its three-week-long Beethoven Experience series. First on the program was the Leonore Overture No. 2, which is similar in overall plan to the more familiar No. 3, but different enough to make […]

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PIANIST JENNY LIN’S ELOQUENT CASE FOR MODERN WOMEN COMPOSERS

Miller Theater (Columbia University), New York: February 19, 2002 American Pianist Jenny Lin’s “Piano on the Edge” concert, a program of music by 20th century women composers, confirmed her growing reputation in the vanguard of young artists with an interest in unusual repertoire and the technique to give it life. Lin threw down the gauntlet […]

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