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August 13, 2018

"the playing is superb and the renditions charming and affectionate."

August 9, 2018

A Bond with Music: An Interview with Victoria Bond and Myles Lee
By David DeBoor Canfield

August 8, 2018

Baruch Performing Arts Center announces its 2018-2019 season of opera, chamber music and jazz performances in the heart of Manhattan

August 8, 2018

October 1-4: Moving Sounds Festival 2018 - The Mahler Question

November 29-30: Ensemble Signal and Wolfgang Mitterer

August 8, 2018

October 13, 15, 17, and 19, 2018: Momenta Festival IV

August 8, 2018

"Adcock’s interpretations of these works flows very well while displaying a sense of shape and interpretive skill that makes this a required listen for anyone who longs for American piano music."

August 7, 2018

“The program here is really well-conceived. It demonstrates different aspects of Adcock’s technical skill, virtuosic flair, and interpretive ability. The music here is certainly the sort of collection of music that even a casual listener will want to return to regularly.”

August 2, 2018
August 2, 2018

This CD is outstanding in every parameter, and I believe the great majority of Fanfare’s readership would find this disc a worthwhile, and even essential acquisition.

August 2, 2018

Its performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s ‘Requiem’ left Nazi officials speechless.

July 19, 2018

Sheer delight is also the primary reason to hear two new Centaur discs featuring pianist Michael Adcock.

 
July 19, 2018

Remarkable Depth and Versatility

July 12, 2018

"I strongly recommend this CD for any and all piano music fans, but mostly to those wistful to hear some good old ragtime played with the respect it deserves."

 
July 10, 2018

Baby Got Bach Artistic Director Orli Shaham and Executive Director Gail Wein are pleased to announce the engagement of Gene Sobczak and PROTEA Success Navigation in the advancement and continuing development of the organization.

June 14, 2018

Austrian Cultural Forum prides itself on an eclectic array of offerings, with regular programs presenting excellent composers and ensembles on the cusp of new music making. Pop has been among past proceedings, but an event like the one this Friday treads new ground for the venue.

 

June 8, 2018

From a very young age, pianists invest themselves fully in practice and performance. Their commitment is so deep and their talent so inspiring that it’s difficult to imagine them doing anything else.

June 7, 2018
May 31, 2018

The four presidential-focused concertos by Victoria Bond (born 1945) on a new Albany Records CD quite clearly have Copland’s Lincoln Portrait as a model – Bond herself says so – but they also, and rather more interestingly, adapt Charles Ives’ approach of including familiar, even homespun music within the newly composed material.

April 30, 2018
April 26, 2018

Listening to this CD, I was consistently struck by the tautness of Trio Vitruvi’s approach. The running piano figures up and down the keyboard have the crispness of the Beaux Arts Trio’s Menahem Pressler. 

April 26, 2018
Nelson Ebo
April 26, 2018

Angolan tenor Nelson Ebo's upcoming role is one that hits particularly close to home. Next month in Heartbeat Opera's new adaptation of Beethoven's Fidelio (May 3-13), Ebo sings Stan - or Florestan, in the original libretto - the black activist who is wrongfully incarcerated. Ebo, born during the Angolan Civil War, has seen injustice in his own life; he lost friends and family to illness and violence before leaving Angola to pursue singing in Spain.

Ebo spoke with us about being "the loudest one" of a family of 16 children, his early love of The Three Tenors, and what he has in common with Stan in this special Fidelio.

April 26, 2018

As Heartbeat Opera gears up for its fourth annual Spring Festival, Artistic Director Ethan Heard is in rehearsals for his poignant adaptation of Beethoven's only opera, Fidelio (May 3-13). Heard has written new English dialogue with Marcus Scott to bring the story of political prisoners into 2018; Heartbeat Opera's production features a primarily black cast, and a true "Prisoners' Chorus" of incarcerated members of 6 prison choirs across the Midwest.

We spoke with Heard about his Fidelio, and the unique research he did on the opera's relevant themes.

Daniel Schlosberg
April 26, 2018

Heartbeat Opera Co-Music Director Daniel Schlosberg is ready for the company's fourth annual Spring Festival, where he'll unveil his new arrangement of Mozart's Don Giovanni. The composer and pianist has taken on operatic classics in past seasons, experimenting with percussion with Lucia di Lammermoor and adding jazz into Carmen; for this Don Giovanni, directed by Heartbeat Opera Co-Artistic Director Louisa Proske, he gets creative with the clarinet.

We spoke with Schlosberg about telling stories with orchestral instruments, and how to keep classic operas from becoming "museum pieces".

April 20, 2018

Challenging music by Schubert, Shostakovich, and Dvoƙák showed off the trio’s lofty technique and highly developed collective musical expressivity.

April 20, 2018

Christopher Houlihan performs his first recital as faculty member of Hartford's Trinity College on April 20 at 7:30 pm. The Annual Clarence Watters Memorial Recital takes place at Trinity College Chapel (300 Summit St, Hartford, CT).

April 19, 2018

Danish Trio with a dash of Aussie prove old heads on young bodies in impressive Carnegie debut.

April 16, 2018

The composition makes the use of far-flung arioso and choral cacophony sound natural, indeed inevitable. It doesn't strive for profundity. Much the same can be said for CTC founder and Big Jim conductor, Victoria Bond, who is an exponent and composer of contemporary music herself. Bond leads a six-person orchestra that includes an accordion and electronics. She deftly controls the seemingly uncontrollable and conducts with an assurance that captures the surprising delicacy and frequent mayhem of the score.

April 16, 2018

Bloom thought of a jazz work based on the Dickinson’s (1830–1886) creations, in part, because poet played piano and was an improviser. For the Dickinson project, the poems Bloom selected were “those that got to me.” But she picked selections from the poems rather than using the complete poems.

 

April 16, 2018

The band Sybarite5 is not your run-of-the-mill chamber music ensemble. They’re essentially a string quartet with an added bass, but rather than focusing of Schubert or Schumann, they are more likely to champion the works of living composers. Tonight, for example, they’ll premiere a work by James Nyoraku Schlefer which features the Japanese shakuhachi flute. They’ve also recorded a whole album of Radiohead songs arranged for their chamber configuration. Sybarite5 plays tonight at Symphony Space.

 

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