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18th Jazz Festival of Garana, Romania – July 10-13, 2014

Part One: Interview with Joey DeFrancesco

By: Ioana Taut - 07/28/2014
Part One: Interview with Joey DeFrancesco Europe's largest, perhaps only outdoor Jazz Festival in Garana, Romania, drew again a large crowd and major Jazz Players from around the world. The Jazz Fest in the Carpathian Mountains began in 1997 and has been on the scene yearly; a great effort by all participants. Here the first of three interviews documenting 2014 .

The Bartered Bride Boston Midsummer Opera

Rare Performance of Czech Opera

By: David Bonetti - 07/27/2014
Rare Performance of Czech OperaA smart production featuring talented young singers proves a delight for art-starved local summer audiences. Spoiler alert: the young woman who would be bartered ends up with the man she loves.

The Joshua Bell Fan Club

Packed the House at Tanglewood

By: Philip Kampe - 07/24/2014
Packed the House at TanglewoodAmazingly Joshua Bell has performed at Tanglewood for 26 consecutive seasons. The charisma for Lenox audiences compares to the annual appearances of James Taylor. There are many reasons for his immense popularity all based on the fluid music evoked from his violin. On this occasion he collaborated with new BSO music director the young and equally exciting Andris Nelsons. It made for a thrilling combination.

Composer Profile: Spotlight on Gustav Mahler

Performed at Tanglewood on July 26

By: Stephen Dankner - 07/19/2014
Performed at Tanglewood on July 26This is not a program note, but my “take” on Mahler’s music in toto and what I feel it represents extramusically – the backstory behind the composer’s aesthetic, if you will. The Symphony No. 2 is, to my way of thinking, the most iconic of all Mahler’s works, since everything he subsequently composed stems from this landmark hybrid of symphony, solo song and choral work.

Jason Alexander at Tanglewood Yada Yada Yada

No more George Costanza

By: Philip Kampe - 07/18/2014
No more George CostanzaJason Alexander mesmerized the packed house at Tanglewood. His performance consisted of humor, dance and song. He had the crowd on their feet, watching his every move.

Johnny Winter at 70

White Hot Blues

By: Charles Giuliano - 07/17/2014
White Hot BluesSigned to a record breaking advance of $600,000 Columbia released the debut album" Johnny Winter" in 1969. Born an albino he was hyped as the whitest blues player. He produced several Grammy winners for Muddy Waters and a few for his own blues albums but his career faltered when he refused to record guitar rock albums. He ended out of the running 63rd on Rolling Stone's list of 100 greatest guitarists.

Conductors; The Pharoahs of Music

Changing of the Guard for Orchestras

By: Stephen Dankner - 07/14/2014
Changing of the Guard for OrchestrasJames Levine’s travails because of persistent illnesses several years ago, became a liability for the Metropolitan Opera and Boston Symphony, despite his great musical gifts. By contrast, the Los Angeles Philharmonic had good fortune in nabbing the talented young superstar Gustavo Dudamel in 2008. Levine, now confined to a wheelchair, has begun the long road back to conducting at the Met, but it’s unlikely, at 72, that he’ll regain his former energy and commanding presence in opera and symphony concerts.

Fireworks with Andris Nelsons at Tanglewood

Present and Future Orchestras Shine on Stage

By: Susan Hall - 07/13/2014
Present and Future Orchestras Shine on StageFireworks started at Tanglewood immediately after the intermission of the gala performance welcoming music director designate Andris Nelsons. In the second half of the program, the Boston Symphony performed with the conductor and the match seemed perfect, in part because the Rachmaninoff and Ravel suited the Maestro and his instrumentalists. On stage fireworks exploded. The Maestro left nothing on the podium as he exited to fireworks falling out of the night Berkshire sky.

Youthful Andris Nelsons Debuts at Tanglewood

A Varied Antonín Dvořák Program Entranced on a Summer Night

By: Susan Hall - 07/12/2014
A Varied Antonín Dvořák Program Entranced on a Summer Night Speaking with Nelsons after the Saturday morning rehearsal, he seemed eager to dig in to making music live in Lenox and Boston as he takes on the task of making classic symphonic music relevant to today’s audience. This is particularly difficult in the US where children are not as exposed to the classical form as they are in Europe.

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