August 14, 2017

If you were creating a list of the “10 Women Who Light Up the Arts Scene,” who are the women you would include? In May of 2017, Good Housekeeping didn’t hesitate to name VICTORIA BOND as one of the ten. Celebrated as a composer, conductor, and producer of the Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival in New York, Ms. Bond is a woman of firsts.

Surviving: Women’s Words
August 10, 2017

"Valuable to the modern Jewish community"

Victoria Woodhull
July 27, 2017

2017 marks the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote in New York State. To celebrate, on November 18th, the Rochester Lyric Opera and the Susan B. Anthony Society present Victoria Bond’s seething opera of ambition and betrayal, Mrs. President.

Victoria Bond
July 24, 2017

"Bond’s four-movement score turns the ensemble into a flying machine, its music lifting slowly upward"

Orli Shaham
July 21, 2017

Pianist Orli Shaham, a familiar face at Pacific Symphony (she has run the Café Ludwig chamber series for the last decade), is an exquisite Mozart interpreter.

Ensemble For These Times
July 20, 2017
Orli Shaham
July 14, 2017

Simon Tedeschi and Orli Shaham are pianists from opposite sides of the globe, who surprisingly have a lot in common.

Orli Shaham
July 7, 2017

A compact concert bursting with fine chamber playing.

Orli Shaham
July 6, 2017

In beautifully thoughtful playing Orli Shaham created her own wordless context for this music, setting it alongside the French Suite No.6 in E by his revered forebear, Bach, and specially written music by Israeli-born composer Avner Dorman (heard in an orchestral version earlier this year) and Australian Brett Dean.


Cleveland Classical
July 5, 2017

Voice of the Lake will be performed at the Breen Center in Ohio City at 3:00 pm on November 12 by the Cleveland Institute of Music Children’s Choir, Oberlin Musical Union, and Brouwer’s own Blue Streak Ensemble — which she calls “the best instrumentalists in town!” Soprano Angela Mitchell will sing the role of Madeleine, a girl who’s worried about the state of the Lake. Mitchell will be joined by mezzo-soprano Merav Eldan and tenor Brian Skoog. Blue Streak will perform under the baton of Domenico Boyagian.

Orli Shaham with her husband David Robertson, chief conductor of Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
July 4, 2017

"This recital was indeed a marrying of heart and mind, beautifully and intelligently thought out and immaculately performed."

July 3, 2017

"There is no denying Houlihan's extraordinary achievement in this his first all-Bach recording."

Christopher Houlihan
June 22, 2017

On Friday, June 23rd at 8 PM, organist Christopher Houlihan finishes his tenure at Church of the Holy Apostles with a recital on the space’s J.L. van den Heuvel organ.

June 22, 2017

CHRISTOPHER HOULIHAN at the Church of the Holy Apostles (June 23, 8 p.m.). Among the finest up-and-coming organists in the country, Mr. Houlihan surveys Duruflé, Debussy and Bach, the last of which he plays with uncommon style on a notable recent release on the Azica label. Most interesting in this free recital at the church where he is music director, however, is “Ludus,” a new work by the composer Hannah Lash.

June 16, 2017

Houlihan is in Jacksonville for the 2017 American Guild of Organists Southeastern Region Convention. He’ll be performing the closing recital 8 p.m. tonight at the Jacoby Symphony Hall at the Times-Union Center.

June 14, 2017

Few recent recordings of John Adams' music are more definitive, exciting, and with the times than Alarm Will Sound with Meet the Composer/Splitting Adams.

Banlingyu Ban and Noah Spagnola in a scene from Heartbeat Opera’s production of “Butterfly”
June 12, 2017

...this Butterfly was a work of exceptional intelligence and unwavering artistic integrity.

Defiant Requiem
June 12, 2017

Imagine 150 starving people, suffering degradation, fear and disease without help, coming together to sing Verdi’s Requiem, soloists and all, with the help of an out-of-tune piano missing some keys and one piano score only.

MusicWeb International
May 24, 2017

The performances are excellent: Son of Chamber Symphony was written for these players, so that
receives what may be regarded as the definitive account.

May 24, 2017

Must expectations be adjusted — or lowered — when opera loses its grandeur?

Such is the ongoing question that confronts any number of upstart opera companies in New York and elsewhere as they seek to create alternatives to the huge budgets and high ticket prices of the Metropolitan Opera-sized productions.

Tablet Magazine
May 24, 2017

Near the former Theresienstadt concentration camp in the Czech Republic, a 13-piece orchestra played music composed by prisoners during the Holocaust

Alarm Will Sound
May 23, 2017

Cantaloupe Music offers extended commentary on the works as part of a new release called Splitting Adams and featuring the instrumental group Alarm Will Sound.

Banlingyu Ban as Cio-Cio San in Heartbeat Opera’s “Butterfly.”
May 23, 2017

This small, adventurous company strives to make opera a visceral, intimate and immediate “encounter”

Banlingyu Ban, who plays Cio-Cio San in Heartbeat Opera’s production of “Butterfly.”
May 19, 2017

“Pieces like ‘Madama Butterfly’ tend to be frozen in time: in the way they’re presented, in the way people expect to receive them,” said Daniel Schlosberg, the co-music director of Heartbeat Opera, a small New York company that will be presenting four performances of a radically revised and trimmed 90-minute “Butterfly,” from Saturday through May 28 at the Baruch Performing Arts Center in Manhattan.

Hannah Lash
May 18, 2017

This is a piece whose general character will be familiar to players and audiences, but it seeks to push the boundaries of these familiar elements as far as possible without their losing their recognizability.

May 11, 2017

Heartbeat Opera is switching up two traditional masterpieces, Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly (here known as “Butterfly”)” and Bizet’s “Carmen,” for its third annual Spring Festival. The event, which takes place this year at Baruch Performing Arts Center, will feature two ninety-minute opera adaptations, each showcasing unique staging and re-orchestrated versions of the shows.

Murry Sidlin
May 8, 2017

“I couldn’t believe what I was reading,” says Sidlin. “In the last paragraph, it said that while he was in Terezín, he put together a chorus of 150 and taught them the Verdi ‘Requiem’ by rote. I thought to myself, ‘impossible.’ ”

In rehearsal with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra
May 8, 2017

Jews in a Nazi camp fought their captors through music. The “Defiant Requiem” recreates that this week near Detroit.

May 5, 2017

Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín will be performed at the University of Washington in Seattle on June 2 at 7:30 pm, and at the Tacoma Armory on June 3 at 7:30 pm.

From the evidence of recordings, the poet Ezra Pound’s 1924 opera, “Le Testament de Villon,” sounds at once extremely old and oddly new.
May 1, 2017

"In the annals of sheer strangeness, few musical works inhabit as rare a zone as does “Le Testament de Villon,” an opera—sic—by Ezra Pound, who is far better known as one of the most iconoclastic poets of the twentieth century. It has never been performed in New York before, but it will be part of a trio of “offbeat operas” presented on Monday by the Cutting Edge Concerts series at Symphony Space."

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