Interlochen Public Radio Launches “Awesome Classical Music Podcast For Kids”

Interlochen, MI, June 20, 2022—Interlochen Public Radio launched “Classical Sprouts: The Awesome Classical Music Podcast for Kids”, a weekly interactive exploration of classical music with diverse, unexpected themes such as “West Side Story”, “Cinderella”, the bagpipes, and the music of Ukraine. The podcast is hosted by Kate Botello, Emmy-winning music host, producer, and broadcast personality. […]

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Eleonora Buratto A Wonderful New Butterfly At The Met

Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center, NY; April 27, 2022—One of the Met’s productions that is always worth re-visiting is Anthony Minghella’s sensitive handling of Puccini’s saddest opera, Madama Butterfly, which was new in the 2007-2008 season. It has lost none of its luster. Michael Levine’s use of the entire Met stage, with a mirrored ceiling […]

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John Rutter Composes “A Ukrainian Prayer”

March 18, 2022—Composer and conductor John Rutter has composed A Ukrainian Prayer, a setting for a cappella choir of an anonymous Ukrainian prayer. John says: “How can a composer respond to a global tragedy? By writing music is the most obvious thing. Like everybody, I’ve been shocked and dismayed by the events of recent days, […]

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Orchestra of St. Luke’s And Bernard Labadie Together For 3 More Seasons

Orchestra of St. Luke’s (OSL) has renewed Bernard Labadie’s contract as Principal Conductor for three additional seasons, positioning him to become the ensemble’s longest-tenured conductor to date. Originally appointed for four seasons from fall 2018, Labadie will now continue in the role through 2024-25, when he looks forward to helming OSL’s milestone 50th anniversary celebrations. […]

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The Bach Stiftung Live At Last

Vienna, Konzerthaus; February 25, 2022—The Bachstiftung has been churning out highly satisfying Bach cantata recordings one after another for a decade, but it has taken me until now to hear them in action. Finally, Rudolf Lutz’s profoundly informed, theologically earnest, and musically liberal-lively, take-no-prisoners approach surely would be something to behold. Especially in the convivial […]

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Verdi’s Grand Don Carlos Takes The Met’s Stage By Storm

The Metropolitan Opera returned to performances after a month-long hiatus on February 28th with three firsts: Managing Director Peter Gelb’s call for a moment of silence in honor of the war-victimized Ukrainians; the singing of the Ukrainian National Anthem by the Met Chorus; and the first-ever performance of Verdi’s Don Carlos, the original, five-act, French […]

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Carus Celebrates 50 Years

50 Years of Carus–500 Years of Choral Music: Carus-Verlag Celebrates Landmark Anniversary; January 13, 2022—Carus-Verlag will be 50 years old! In 1972 choral director Günter Graulich and his wife Waltraud Graulich founded Carus-Verlag and published Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria in D RV 589 for choir and orchestra as their first edition – the first scholarly-critical music […]

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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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