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Javier Perianes Debuts at Ravinia

An Enchanter Beguiles at the Keyboard

By: Susan Hall - 08/23/2014
An Enchanter Beguiles at the KeyboardJavier Perianes has been nurtured by Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos and Charles Dutoit. Already he has appeared at Carnegie Hall and in San Francisco. He performs Grieg with the Atlanta Symphony in November and is scheduled for both the Boston and Chicago Symphonies in 2015-16. At Ravinia you could hear why much is expected of this charming, impish and technically fabulous artist.

Mozart and Puccini Come to Life at HHOT

Grand Opera in Cambridge, New York

By: Chris Buchanan - 08/17/2014
Grand Opera in Cambridge, New YorkLe Nozze di Figaro and Gianni Schicchi play through August 24.“Gianni Schicchi” is a little known gem that you absolutely must go to see. As to "Nozze di Figaro", it is a long evening, but well worth it.

James Conlon Conducts Marriage of Figaro at Ravinia

John Relyea and Lisette Oropesa Sublime with the Chicago Symphony

By: Susan Hall - 08/16/2014
John Relyea and Lisette Oropesa Sublime with the Chicago SymphonyThe Chicago Symphony was red hot when it embarked on the overture to Figaro. They relished the challenge and it paid off for listeners. One of the reasons that you can’t put a B cast to perform familiar music is that the audience knows the music so well. The performance has to be perfect. With Assistant concert master Stephanie Jeong leading, this Mozart was sublime.

James Conlon's Don Giovanni with Chicago Symphony

Singing Along with David Bizic, Tamara Wilson, and Saimir Pirgu

By: Susan Hall - 08/15/2014
Singing Along  with David Bizic, Tamara Wilson, and Saimir Pirgu At first you wonder what the terms of Ravinia’s contracts are. Performance after performance in the opera concerts and semi stagings we get luxury casting, first rate, world class singers across the board. This is the magic of a conductor and music director who singers love. And why not? Up close in an 850 seat theatre, you could see Conlon sing the entire opera, helping the singers as a live prompter and nearby encourager. Too bad the Metropolitan Opera did not catch him when they could. It is hard to imagine the mess the Met is in now if he had been at the helm.

Beach Boys Surf Tanglewood

Fun Fun Fun on Monday, August 18th

By: Philip Kampe - 08/15/2014
Fun Fun Fun on Monday, August 18thThe Beach Boys will take over Tanglewood on Monday, August 18th. There will be a dance area on the lawn outside of the shed, volleyball nets near the rear of the lawn, beach balls will be dispersed for play throughout the concert and sand and beach motif will dress up Tanglewood.

18th Jazz Festival 2014, Garana, Romania

Part Three: Director Marius Giura

By: Ioana Taut - 08/11/2014
Part Three: Director Marius GiuraJazz lover and writer Ioana Taut has attended the Garana Jazz Festival for many years. This year she interviewed musicians Joey DeFrancesco, USA, and Kimmo Pohjonen, Finland - an indication, how international the festival has become. Founder and director of Garana Jazz, Marius Giura speaks about the festival's development over many years and the gargantuan task to make it happen in Romania!

Edinburgh International Festival

August 8 to 31 with 50 Concerts

By: Edinburgh - 08/07/2014
August 8  to 31 with 50 ConcertsScotland is boldly centre stage with The James Plays, an epic trilogy of history plays for Scotland from writer Rona Munro, which marks the first co-production between the National Theatre of Great Britain, the National Theatre of Scotland and the Edinburgh International Festival. This rich and turbulent period of history is played by a superb cast which includes Blythe Duff, Sofie Gråbøl, Gordon Kennedy, Mark Rowley and the three kings James McArdle, Andrew Rothney and Jamie Sives.

Two Operas for Cambridge, NY August 13 to 24

Gianni Schicchi and Marriage of Figaro at Hubbard Hall

By: Chris Buchanan - 08/04/2014
Gianni Schicchi and Marriage of Figaro at Hubbard Hall Hubbard Hall Opera Theater presents Puccini's Gianni Schicchi and Mozart's Marriage of Figaro with orchestra August 13 through 24. “We are so excited to be able to offer this kind of cultural opportunity to the people who live in this area,” says artistic director, Alix Jones. “The talent is really something you would come across in a metropolitan city, and you get it here, at a most unassuming location, at a fraction of the price!”

Tanglewood on Parade, August 5th

Join in the Festivities.

By: Philip Kampe - 08/04/2014
Join in the Festivities.Fireworks, a day of entertainment with magicians, music and tours awaits guests on August 4th, 2014, Tanglewood on Parade day.

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