• Jaap van Zweden Conducts Dallas Orchestra

    Tchaikovsky and Bruckner Revealed

    By: Susan Hall - Feb 04th, 2017

    Japp van Zweden the next music director of the New York Philharmonic, performs wonders in his current home town of Dallas, Texas.

  • Light Up the Night for New Year

    Treasure Trove of Songs by the National Yiddish Theater

    By: Susan Hall - Jan 02nd, 2017

    Jewish music is often in the minor mode, but the enduring spirit of the people who sing it and live it creates a hopeful and joyous atmosphere.

  • Touring Company of 42nd Street

    On the Road in Florida

    By: Aaron Krause - Jan 02nd, 2017

    Current non-equity national tour director Mark Bramble doesn’t disappoint in a mostly commendable production of 42nd Street that played a one-night stand in West Palm Beach on New Year’s Eve. The 16-week touring production will continue at Florida venues until Jan. 6, when it heads north.

  • Love at a Distance by Kaija Saariaho

    Heralded Across the Continent, So So at the Met Opera

    By: Susan Hall - Dec 22nd, 2016

    An important opera by a major composer is set well at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The Met Orchestra under Susanna Mälkki was magnificent. The orchestral score is one of beauty and terror, evoking the sea and the dangers of love. It is the story that provides an arc, and this production missed it entirely, leaving the experience flat.

  • Babe at the New York Philharmonic

    Nigel Westlake's Score Performed Live

    By: Susan Hall - Dec 18th, 2016

    Babe is a tale about an unprejudiced soul and one we should surely take to heart. Children can learn to sing Jingle Bells with LaLaLa. Will one of the youngsters who was lucky enough to see the film with the NY Phil, one day fall in love with the Saint Saens Symphony and say, That’s Babe’s song?

  • Erik Satie, 150 Years Young

    The Sheen Center Celebrates

    By: Susan Hall - Dec 14th, 2016

    Satie is the Paul Klee of composers. The lines may be thin, but they pack weight and feeling. They seem to dance. Louis Durey of Les Six would write that Satie's unique clarity, his horror of hackneyed ways , his love of discovery and risk led to his gleaming contributions to music. According to John Cage, Satie helped break down the barrier between art and life.

  • The Charleston Christmas Special

    Yet Again Produced by Brad and Jennifer Moranz

    By: Sanmdy Katz - Dec 14th, 2016

    Brad and Jennifer Moranz want y'all to have a Holly Jolly Christmas and a Happy New Year. For the past 21 years their Charleston Christmas Special has provided Broadway-quality entertainment with the gusto of holiday happiness.

  • Mark Morris Cracks the Nut

    Christmas Traditions Celebrated at BAM

    By: Susan Hall - Dec 11th, 2016

    Mark Morris' The Hard Nut is a Christmas tradition at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. It is easy to see why. Morris is true to E.T. A. Hofman's story and also the Tchaikovsky score. Bringing smiles to the audience, punctuated by fear, delight and humor Morris's Nut is terrific.

  • In Transit on Broadway

    Charming New A Capella NY Musical

    By: c - Dec 11th, 2016

    The refreshing new a capella musical, In Transit, evokes commuters not only on the move but in transition. There are poingant thumbnails of eager millenials reaching for the brass ring underground in the naked city.

  • Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito

    Bedroom Drama in the Coliseum at MMS Opera Theater

    By: Susan Hall - Dec 09th, 2016

    Mozart's final opera was written in 18 days to celebrate the coronation of Leopold II as King of Bohemia. While it is often said that the opera is political, the hearts and minds of top political figures are central. It is hard to be evil. It is easier to be good if you have honest people around you. Simple, deep words are embedded in some of the most gorgeous music ever written. The Manhattan School of Music Opera Theater gives Mozart his full due.

  • MASS MoCA Announces Events

    Ladie's Choice for Winter

    By: Charles Giuliano - Dec 07th, 2016

    Sliding into the Holiday season followed by the dead of wintwr Mass MoCA is looking on the bright side. The North Adams based mega museum has posted a full schedule of enticing upcoming events. It's time to mark the calendar.

  • Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812

    Pastiche of War and Peace

    By: Charles Giuliano - Dec 07th, 2016

    What started Off Broadway at Ars Nova, with three steps in between, has transferred to Broadway. Based on a 70 page slice of Tolstoy's War and Peace the explosively inovative Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 is the one to beat as best musical come awards season.

  • Alan Gilbert's NY Philharmonic Celebrates Brass

    Quintessential American Music Featured

    By: Susan Hall - Jan 04th, 2017

    Wynton Marsalis, WIlliam Bolcom and Aaron Copland welcomed the New Year at the New York Philharmonic under Alan Gilbert. The Bolcom and Marsalis pieces were commissioned by the New York Philharmonic and helped to create a ravishing evening of music.

  • The Most Happy Fella

    Breathtaking at Florida's Stage Door Theatre

    By: Aaron Krause - Jan 10th, 2017

    Whether “The Most Happy Fella” falls more closely into the realm of musical theater or opera, the show has the necessary ingredients for success. Stage Door Theatre’s breathtaking production offers some of the strongest singing you’ll hear on a stage.

  • Barenboim and Staatskapelle Berlin

    Layering Bruckner in Carnegie Hall

    By: Susan Hall - Jan 29th, 2017

    Bruckner's wish list included three harps for this Symphony No. 8. There were only two, but no matter. The Staatskapelle Berlin, performing the penultimate Bruckner Symphony with Daniel Barenboim, built layer upon layer, filling the outer reaches of Carnegie Hall with complex sounds, glorious to hear. MediciTV has some of Barenboim's Bruckner available for listening for the next three months.

  • Barenboim Reveals Bruckner at Carnegie Hall

    Berlin Staastskapelle Berlin Uncover the Keys

    By: Susan Hall - Jan 28th, 2017

    Bruckner's Seventh Symphony find brought him acclaim. To get away from the barbs of a merciless critic, he persuaded conductor Arthur Nikisch to open in Leipsig, far from the offending pen. The premier was greeted with fifteen minutes of applause. The Seventh is often called Bruckner's most accessible work. Barenboim conducting also shows its subtleties and complexities.

  • Bychkov Befriends Tchaikovsky

    New York Philharmonic in World Class Performance

    By: Susan Hall - Jan 26th, 2017

    Semyon Bychkov brought all his rich knowledge of Tchaikovsky to David Geffen Hall and invited members of the New York Philharmonic to play their hearts out as he encouraged them in a stellar performance of Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony. Each and every special detail emerged in a multi-textured whole. No one wanted to leave the Hall at the conclusion.

  • Tanglewood 2017 Updates

    Natalie Merchant and Avett Brothers Added

    By: BSO - Jan 26th, 2017

    Singer-songwriter Natalie Merchant makes her Tanglewood debut on Sunday, July 2, at 7 p.m.,in the Koussevitzky Music Shed. She began her career with alternative rock band 10,000 Maniacs in 1981. On Friday, September 1, American folk-rock band The Avett Brothers—named for brothers Scott and Seth Avett—make their Tanglewood debut.

  • Daniel Barenboim Celebrates 60 Years at Carnegie

    Saucy and Majestic Mozart and Bruckner

    By: Susan Hall - Jan 25th, 2017

    A consummate musician, Daniel Barenboim showed us how Mozart and Anton Bruckner could bring a saucy spirit to magesterial moments.

  • Marilyn Horne Makes the Case for Art Song

    Talented Young Singers

    By: Susan Hall - Jan 22nd, 2017

    New York was shrouded in thick fog, but Marilyn Horne shone a light on the art of song and of all the arts as she began to make her case to the current administration in Washington. No statement is more clear and heart-touching than beautiful voices raised in song before a rapt audience.

  • Marilyn Horne's Art Song at Carnegie

    Weill Music Institute is Home to Education

    By: Susan Hall - Jan 19th, 2017

    Marilyn Horne's father saw Shirley Temple on the big screen and thought his daughter belonged there too. At the age of two she first performed in public. Here was a stage father whose personal aspirations matched his daughter's talents. For decades Marilyn Horne has given great pleasure as a performer and extended the audience for the art song. Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute presents Horne's master classes as part of "The Song Continues."

  • Mirror Visions Celebrates

    In Tight on Words and Music

    By: Susan Hall - Jan 17th, 2017

    Mirror Visions Ensemble commemorated its 25th anniversary with a concert at The Sheen Center. Their driving vision is that each composer will interpret a poem, passage or letters in his or her own way. The composer is to find the true musical equivalent for the poem. The variety of the setting is no less than the variety of the poem. The group often contrast two composers take on the same poem, mirror images.

  • 50th Anniversary of The Boston Tea Party

    A Night To Be Remembered

    By: Steve Nelson - Jan 17th, 2017

    The legendary rock and blues club The Boston Tea Party first opened its doors on Friday night, January 20, 1967. The Music Museum Of New England will commemorate the event on Friday, January 20, 2017, 5-8pm, at The Verb Hotel and Hojoko Japanese Tavern, 1271 Boylston Street (opposite Fenway Park)

  • Opera America Showcases New Opera

    Wonderful Singing and Sonos Chamber Orchestra

    By: Susan Hall - Jan 15th, 2017

    Opera is alive and well. New works are a-borning across our country and opera houses are mounting them. There is an audience for new work. Singers like performing it. Orchestras are delighted to give it a try. This is an exciting time for an old art form. Opera America, the national service organization for opera, is leading the way.

  • NY City Opera Revives

    Iconic Candide at the Rose Theater

    By: Susan Hall - Jan 13th, 2017

    In the best of all possible worlds, the New York City Opera is alive and well at the Rose Theater, Lincoln Center. With Harold Prince at the helm in a production he has mounted for NYCO before, an exuberant romp through Voltaire's classic shows just how live NYCO is in its new incarnation.

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