African Diaspora Music Project Launches

Monday, July 26, 2021– Ann Arbor, MI: In September 2019, after decades of researching and consolidating vocal works by African Diaspora composers, Dr. Louise Toppin launched the African Diaspora Music Project (ADMP) database, which currently offers nearly 4,000 songs by composers of African descent. Toppin, a professor at the University of Michigan’s School of Music, […]

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Bayerische Staatsoper Launches New In-House Record Label

The Bayerische Staatsoper has announced the formation of an in-house label, Bayerische Staatsoper Recordings (BSORec). Founded to document both the versatility and artistic independence of the Bayerische Staatsoper, BSORec will release exclusive audio and video recordings ranging from opera productions, major symphonic works, and highlights from the Staatsoper’s archives, to chamber recordings and productions from […]

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Rough Ideas And The Little Bach Book

Rough Ideas–Reflections On Music And More; Stephen Hough (Farar, Straus and Giroux; 2020) The Little Bach Book; David Gordon (Lucky Valley Press; 2017) However one manages life in a pandemic, I suggest that the disruption of former routines and the disorienting effects of ongoing uncertainty can be at least partially ameliorated by the transporting power […]

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Festival International de Musique Saint-Georges: A Champion for the Chevalier

COVID-19 UPDATE: Please note that due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be hosting a festival in 2021. Plans are currently underway for an exciting festival in April 2022 Please stay tuned to our website for updates. Thank you for your continued support of the Festival International de Musique Saint-Georges. Composer Joseph Boulogne, […]

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Library Essentials 4: 3 For The Last Days Of Christmas

Halfway through what in some circles is called the Holy Nights, in others the Twelve Days of Christmas (ending on Twelfth Night, the eve of Epiphany, January 6), I couldn’t resist squeezing in a few more favorite–and in my book essential–Christmas recordings, each with its own programmatic perspective. All are still available in various formats, […]

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Library Essentials: Five Discs From Christmases Past

Before we focus attention on some of the newer Christmas releases–beginning later this week–we thought it would be useful to look back at a stocking-full of highly recommended earlier recordings that you may have missed, recordings particularly notable for their unique approaches to a body of repertoire at once familiar but either respectfully, often surprisingly […]

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Russian Threesome With The Vienna Symphony Orchestra

Vienna, Thursday, October 22, 2020—In dutiful adherence to the programmatic formula: Russian Conductor => Russian Composers, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra performed a Russian triptych consisting of Mussorgsky, Shostakovich, and Tchaikovsky. In the theatrical business, that sort of thing is called “type-casting”. In the music world it’s simply a tired cliché that raises the question: Do […]

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