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May 21, 2015

"On Thursday, June 25, at 7:00 PM, violinist Sarah Plum performs at the cozy new music salon Spectrum (121 Ludlow Street in Manhattan). The program includes music by Bela Bartok, and contemporary American composers Christopher Adler, Sidney Corbett, Charles Nichols, and Mark Engebretson."

May 20, 2015

"Plum’s solo work was just as engaging, if not more expressive in the absence of special effects."

May 20, 2015

"All was well for the finale, though, when Shaham, Kobler, violinist Bridget Dolkas, Becker and Landauer grabbed hold of Brahms’ Piano Quintet in F minor and gave it a good ride. This was not only a strongly felt and executed reading, but an intelligent one too, biding its time, exploring backwaters and tranquil vistas and generally finding the variety in Brahms, not just his intensity."

 
May 18, 2015

Organist Christopher Houlihan brings one of his engaging and passionate performances to Historic Trinity Lutheran Church in St. Louis (812 Soulard St.) as a prelude to the American Guild of Organists North Central Regional Convention 2015.

 
May 13, 2015

The "Fred Astaire of the pipe organ," Christopher Houlihan gives a rare New York recital June 18. Program at Church of the Holy Apostles NYC includes music by Bach, Brahms, Sowerby, and Vierne

May 11, 2015

"Though widely known as Gil Shaham's kid sister and chamber music partner, pianist Orli Shaham, a mature artist in her own right, is playing an enterprising solo recital Saturday at Reformed Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park. "

May 11, 2015

"The “Defiant Requiem,” which the Anti-Defamation League San Diego presented to a near-sellout crowd at Jacobs Music Center on Thursday, was a celebration of both [the power of music and the resilience of the human spirit] — and a reminder that never again can the world allow something like the Holocaust to happen. "

May 11, 2015

What inspired composer and pianist Johannes Brahms to write great music? And was he preserving the past, or making way for the future? As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, pianist Orli Shaham has been exploring these questions, showcasing music by Brahms and composers who came before and after.

May 9, 2015

"The Defiant Requiem: Verdi in Terezin, the remarkable concert-drama about music in the Nazi show ghetto of Terezin, created by Conductor Murry Sidlin, is a testament to the human spirit. It exemplifies how mankind can rise above the most oppressive conditions."

May 8, 2015

"Who could leave the Jacobs Music Center’s Copley Symphony Hall after the Defiant Requiem performance without being profoundly moved by the depth and power of its testimony to spiritual witness fused with gritty defiance? It is a tribute to Sidlin’s skill as an insightful interpreter of history and music performance that he was able to balance the intertwined themes of the camp prisoners’ fortitude, Verdi’s inspired music, and Schächter’s devoted leadership with the cruelty and inhumanity of concentration camp existence."

May 8, 2015

"It’s a varied yet cohesive festival, delving into a sensually abrasive corner of the new-music world too little explored in New York."

May 7, 2015

"More top-level pianists are touring nowadays, so it’s important to carve out a distinct identity. Orli Shaham has done exactly that by combining eloquent, technically secure playing with a knack for intelligent, often unexpected programs and an ability to speak about music in a clear, easily understood way."

May 6, 2015

On the evening of this performance under review, the audience was treated to a rare surprise: Victoria Bond, writer of the music, was not only present but was also the conductor for the evening. The Gramercy Trio, under Bond’s musical direction, skillfully maneuvered through the score. Filled with atonal and complex orchestrations, Bond’s music strikes a fine balance between some very vibrant and cheery melodies followed by quite a few haunting and more chaotic progressions which coincide with the show’s climax.

May 6, 2015

On May 3, 2015, Orli Shaham appeared as a guest on The Lost Chord with Ross Amico. Shaham discussed her new album "Brahms Inspired."

April 30, 2015

Whether you call it fate or happenstance, conductor Murry Sidlin’s life would never be the same after he found a ragged paperback at a secondhand bookstore in Minneapolis with the title “Music at Terezin.”

April 30, 2015

The San Diego Symphony Orchestra will perform the concert-drama “Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin,” on May 7, the story of how Jewish prisoners in a Nazi concentration camp performed Verdi’s famous Requiem Mass.

April 29, 2015

"Gifted" and "Dazzling!" are just some of the things the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal are saying about this young American organist. Christopher even has his own fan club --- Houlifans! Listen to Classic 107's interview with the bright star here!

April 29, 2015

Sidlin’s narration was impassioned and honest (reminding one of Bernstein again). The times when Verdi’s work dissolved from the full orchestra to an upright piano, and the times the choir sang with this piano (echoing the original performing conditions) was haunting and inspired.

April 28, 2015

The performance was full of character, now gentle and tender, now anguished and despairing.

April 24, 2015

The Austrian Cultural Forum New York presents the music of Austrian composer Clemens Gadenstaetter

FREE concerts on May 21 and May 28 feature US and world premieres performed by the Talea Ensemble and the JACK Quartet

April 24, 2015

The Austrian Cultural Forum New York brings celebrated composer Klaus Lang to New York for US and world premieres

Performances on May 7 and 8 are part of ISSUE Project Room's Tectonics Festival

April 24, 2015

“Music at Terezín” told the story of Rafael Schächter, a prisoner at the Terezín concentration camp in what is now the Czech Republic. Though imprisoned, Schächter taught about 150 of his fellow prisoners to sing Giuseppe Verdi’s “Requiem” and led them in several performances at the camp.

The story is the inspiration behind Sidlin’s “Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín,” a multimedia concert-drama that makes its San Diego debut May 7 at the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Music Center.

April 21, 2015

On April 17, 2015, Murry Sidlin appeared as a guest on Studio Tulsa. Sidlin discussed the April 18th peformance of 'Defiant Requiem' in Tulsa with ST host Rich Fisher.

April 20, 2015

Terezin survivor to be special guest at ‘Defiant Requiem’ at Copley Symphony Hall in San Diego on May 7.

April 19, 2015

""The Defiant Requiem" retains its power to show the incredible power that music, and the arts in general, can have to go beyond mere entertainment, to cradle and uplift the human soul, to instill a sense of purpose and nobility, to keep one — purely and simply — human."

April 18, 2015

"A triumphant story of people who found a way to be light in the midst of darkness was told in musical form during Canterbury Choral Society’s recent performance of “Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin” at the Civic Center Music Hall."

April 17, 2015

Conductor Murry Sidlin brings 'Defiant Requiem' back to Tulsa Saturday April 18.

April 17, 2015

Tulsa World Best Bet: Defiant Requiem presented by Signature Symphony TCC on April 18

April 15, 2015

“The Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin” is a multimedia concert experience that Murry Sidlin has created to tell the story of Rafael Schaechter and his heroism at Terezin through video, theater and a full performance of the Verdi Requiem.

April 15, 2015

Presto Classical preview of Orli Shaham's new CD Brahms Inspired.

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