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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 Dvořák 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.

 

J. Fishenfeld/Investors
April 12, 2018

"The driving forces for the show [was] Victoria Bond’s equally frisky conducting, with a unique amalgam of electronics, percussion, accordion (Mr. Salzman loved that instrument) and piano quintet. Folkish, classical, with American rhythms and colors."

Big Jim and the Small-Time Investors
April 10, 2018

"There was not a single mediocre voice onstage. Not only did everyone sing with fine tone but the diction was uniformly successful... Conductor Victoria Bond wielded her baton with energy and style."

 
April 9, 2018

Violinist Tessa Lark impressed at the Friday morning coffee concert with the BPO

April 7, 2018

The pianist grew up in Sydney before study in Copenhagen. So what's it like climbing one of the peaks of the business?

 
April 5, 2018

In a long and multi-faced career as composer, conductor, and concert presenter, Victoria Bond has created a legacy not only of her own compositions, but also of works by other composers via her annual new music showcase, Cutting Edge Concerts. The 21st season opens on April 9 at Symphony Space with the world premiere staging of Eric Salzman’s opera Big Jim and the Small-Time Investors. Each of the four programs, on consecutive Monday evenings in April, features a different performing ensemble, and includes at least one world premiere.

April 3, 2018
 
March 29, 2018

On the heals of her 2018 BBT Fellowship award, violinist Tessa Lark is featured as one of the BBC Magazine's 'Rising Stars'.

Trio Vitruvi
March 27, 2018

#DenmarkInNY caught up with Trio Vitruvi to talk about the thrills of being a young international ensemble playing at world’s most important concert halls and how the Trio got started.

Jane Ira Bloom
March 27, 2018

Jazz soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom speaks with Filipe Freitas of the Jazz Trail about her most recent album "Wild Lines: Improvising Emily Dickenson" and her upcoming performance at the Baruch Performing Arts Center.

 

Cantata Profana
March 26, 2018

Two of its practitioners, violinist Jacob Ashworth and pianist Lee Dionne gave a typically innovative recital playing 20th Century and Bach sonatas. The innovations, though, were the way the works were bisected, instruments changed, and textures from these two expert players producing unusual sounds.

Jane Ira Bloom
March 26, 2018

Jazz soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom speaks with George Grella of the BrooklynRail podcast about her most recent album "Wild Lines: Improvising Emily Dickenson" and her upcoming performance at the Baruch Performing Arts Center.

Michael Brown
March 20, 2018

One composer-performer celebrates another

March 16, 2018

The seven virtuosi of the Israeli Chamber Project started yesterday evening with the impossible, and continued with the inconceivable.

March 16, 2018

The Israeli Chamber Project marked its tenth anniversary Thursday night at Baruch College with a crisp and efficient performance of works spanning more than 175 years — and the newest entry a world premiere serving as a kind of summation of the whole program.

Joel Quarrington
March 13, 2018

Free recital features works by Bach, Schumann, Schubert, and Erich Korngol

March 8, 2018

In celebration of International Women's Day, WQXR asked 11 composers (Julia Adolphe, Victoria Bond, Valerie Coleman, Jennifer Higdon, Hannah Kendall, Missy Mazzoli, Thea Musgrave, Roxanna Panufnik, Kaija Saariaho,Caroline Shaw, and Julia Wolfe) to tell them about the single most influential woman in their professional lives. Here, in their own words, are touching tributes to teachers, mothers and other composers who have championed and inspired them every step of the way.

 

 

March 8, 2018

he MCP, with Marcy Rosen, performed with enthusiasm, technical facility and impressive balance, relishing distinctions, as part of a winning performance.

 
March 6, 2018

Daniel Thomas Davis’ new chamber opera, Six.Twenty.Outrageous: Three Gertrude Stein Plays in the Shape of an Opera, is a work of extraordinary accomplishment with moments of wondrousness and swaths of bafflement.

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