December 18, 2014

In the fall of 2000, Edgar Krasa's phone rang. "Does the name Rafael Schächter mean anything to you?" asked the voice on the other end. "Enough so that I named one of my two sons after him," Krasa responded.

Thus began a relationship between the two, one a survivor of the Terezín concentration camp outside of Prague, the other a musical scholar and Resident Conductor of the Oregon Symphony. Their collaboration, both personal, and purposeful, will be debuted in Boston on January 27, when Symphony Hall plays host to the city's premiere of conductor Murry Sidlin's Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín, and Krasa is honored along with his wife, and fellow Terezín inmate, Hana.

December 4, 2014

"On a late winter’s day, when chilling fog draped the leafless trees and few birds sang, I retraced the steps of one Edgar Krasa, 93, a Bostonian, a concentration camp survivor, a humble man and cook and partaker, or more precisely, a voice, in one of the ennobling moments amid the Holocaust.

Krasa didn’t take up arms in a ghetto insurrection, or fight in the Jewish underground. Instead, he and several hundred fellow prisoners defied the Nazis through music, rising above abysmal conditions, their captors’ brutality, and almost inevitable execution by unlocking the finest in the human spirit."

November 25, 2014

"The agility with which Houlihan is able to attack his instrument and rock out the rhythms is nothing short of impressive...the overall results testify to a man who clearly knows what he's doing...Organ fans should snap this up! "

November 24, 2014
November 18, 2014

David Patrick Stearns reviews Chelsea Opera's Mollicone double-bill in New York City.

November 16, 2014

"Shaham takes a more delicate approach than some; her playing is marked by delicacy, agility and a sense of fun. "

November 15, 2014

Culture Catch covers the November 16th Czech Philharmonic concert, conducted by Jiri Belohlavek, and the New York events celebrating the 25th anniversary of the "Velvet Revolution".

November 15, 2014

"This double-bill was splendid: it moved from strength to strength. All seven singers, each accomplished artists on their own, displayed at every moment a palpable and dynamic collaboration. The artistic coherence and integrity of members of the Chelsea Opera, both on stage and behind the scenes, together with the energy of the all the musicians’ engagement with their audience, were impressive and exhilarating."

November 14, 2014

In her "Baby Got Bach" series, Shaham gives kids a chance to play with musical instrument, and listen to live chamber music.

"I feel that music is another language, and there is no better age to start picking up the rhythms and intonations of another language as this sort of 3- to 6-year-old age," Shaham told "Cityscape" host Steve Potter. "And I also feel like that time of life is when we develop things that will become lifelong loves."

November 14, 2014

The Czech Philharmonic and conductor Jiri Belohlavek are in the midst of their first American tour together, which reaches Carnegie Hall on Sunday and concludes, on Monday, with a program at the National Cathedral in Washington commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution that brought an end to Communist rule in Czechoslovakia.

In an exciting convergence of events, the performance comes just as Dvorak’s original manuscript for the symphony goes on view, for five days starting Monday, at the Czech Center, the first time it has been seen in this country since its composer took it back to Europe in 1895.

November 14, 2014

WQXR's Conducting Business tackles questions of faith in this episode, with guests including John Nelson, music director of Soli Deo Gloria. Soli Deo Gloria will present two interfaith concerts on November 21 and 23 featuring the world premiere of "How Lovely is Your Dwelling Place" by Victoria Bond.

November 13, 2014

"On a chilly, windy Tuesday night, Houlihan’s performance warmed the halls of the Marguerite B. Parker chapel on the Trinity University campus. The immortal music of Bach, Ravel, Charles-Marie Widor, and Widor’s pupil, Louis Vierne — the principal organist at the cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris for nearly four decades at the beginning of the 20th century — swirled through the air, thrilling the audience of more than 200. "

November 13, 2014

The "extraordinarily beautiful and moving" work Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin will see its Boston premiere on January 27, 2015 at Boston Symphony Hall, featuring the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and soloists soprano Aga Mikolaj, mezzo-soprano Ann McMahon Quintero, tenor Chad Shelton, and bass Nathan Stark.

November 12, 2014

WWFM's Rachel Katz interviews Barbara Karpetova, director, Czech Center New York; Barbara Haws, archivist/historian, New York Philharmonic; Michael Beckerman, Carroll and Milton Petrie Chair of Music, New York University about Dvorak's New World Symphony.

November 11, 2014

This weekend the St. Louis Symphony presents an all-Beethoven program with violin soloists Helen Kim and Xiaoxiao Qiang (from the SLSO strings) and pianist Orli Shaham. Ms. Shaham will be performing Beethoven’s “Piano Concerto No. 1.” Chuck Lavazzi interviewed Ms. Shaham regarding both the upcoming concert and her new CD “American Grace,” which features the music of John Adams and Stephen Mackey.

November 10, 2014

The Czech Philharmonic comes to New York this week, and alongside it, some precious cargo: the original manuscript of Dvo?ák ’s “New World Symphony.” The manuscript, which leaves the Czech Republic for the first time since 1895, will be on display at the Czech Center from Nov. 17 to 21, which hosts Dvo?ák-related events all that week.

November 10, 2014

On November 9, 2014 Orli Shaham's Baby Got Bach performed as part of WQXR's BachStock at The Greenespace. The performance was livestreamed. Watch the video here.

November 8, 2014

Voce di Meche reviews Chelsea Opera's production of The Face on the Barroom Floor and Emperor Norton by Henry Mollicone.

November 8, 2014

George Grella reviews Chelsea Opera's production of The Face on the Barroom Floor and Emperor Norton by Henry Mollicone.

November 5, 2014

Jack Morgan interviews Christopher Houlihan on Texas Public Radio.

“I love that it can be terrifyingly loud in one moment, and also have some of the softest, gentlest sounds. I love that it is so diverse and so, so colorful. And that is one of the things that really excites me about the organ.”

November 3, 2014

Antonin Dvorak’s “New World” Symphony holds an important place in American music, not only because Dvorak composed it during his residency in this country, but also because he meant it to show that great symphonic music could be built on themes from various American folk traditions. The New York Philharmonic gave the work its premiere in 1893, but when Dvorak returned to Prague in 1895, he took the manuscript of the symphony with him. It has remained in Prague ever since, and is currently in the collection of the Czech National Museum. But it is returning to New York, briefly, for the first time.

October 31, 2014

The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine and Temple Emanu-El, two religious institutions that have large, finely polished choirs, have found a new approach to interfaith dialogue, involving their singers. The choirs and their directors will collaborate on the premieres of two new works, Victoria Bond’s “How Lovely Is Your Dwelling Place,” a setting of Psalm 84, and Paul Moravec’s “I Will Fear No Evil,” based on Psalm 23, with performances by the combined chorus at each house of worship.

October 30, 2014

What is the appropriate age for kids to start attending grown-up concerts? And how do you prepare them for the experience?

In this podcast, we get three views, from Orli Shaham, a pianist, mother of twins and artistic director of Baby Got Bach, a concert series intended for kids ages 3 to 6; Sedgwick Clark the editor of Musical America and a steadfast concert-goer around New York; and Susan Fox, a founder and publisher of the online forum Park Slope Parents.

October 30, 2014

BroadwayWorld features upcoming events presented by Czech Center New York, including an exhibition of the original manuscript of Dvorak's New World Symphony, which is returning to the US for the first time.

October 30, 2014

Christopher Houlihan, recently hailed as "the next big organ talent" by the LA Times, makes a rare New York appearance on November 22. Houlihan's performance at 9:15 pm on November 22 is part of WQXR's all-day, all-Bach organ marathon.

October 29, 2014

For the first time since 1895, the manuscript of Dvorak's New World Symphony--inspired by his time spent in America--will be coming to America.

October 27, 2014

"There's no chance of serving up a masterpiece unless the finest ingredients are available. And it was a "masterpiece" of a performance offered to an almost filled hall...For the main course someone special had to be flown in. Although the credentials of Orli Shaham suggested that she would be an ideal soloists for this concert, her commitment to the keyboard and subsequent sound surpassed anything that could have been anticipated."

October 27, 2014

"Christopher Houlihan is a star. He's a bright, engaging musician who is only 27, and already seems destined to bring the pipe organ back into the mainstream. Good thing, too; that's one of his self-professed goals."

October 27, 2014

"It was one of the best New York concerts of the year, without a doubt."

October 24, 2014

Paul Dresher on WNYC's New Sounds with John Schaefer

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