Emanuel Ax plays Beethoven's 4th Piano Concerto with CSO on Illinois Public Media - Evening Concert


Tonight at 7:00 on the Evening Concert on FM 90.9 it's the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Radio Broadcast. Emanuel Ax is the soloist in Beethoven's "4th Piano Concerto". Michael Tilson Thomas guest conducts. Also on the program, Sibelius' "2nd Symphony" and Stravinsky's "Scherzo a la russe". Michael Tilson Thomas conducts Sibelius Stravinsky: Scherzo á la russe Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Op. 58 (Emanuel Ax, piano) Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43 [CSO fill: Britten: Four Sea Interludes and Passacaglia from Peter Grimes, Op. 33a and b (Jaap van Zweden, conductor)]  SEE Illinois Public Media PAGE p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 11.0px Helvetica; min-height: 13.0px} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 11.0px Helvetica}
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Wynton Marsalis - Violin Concerto sounds like America / WRTI Radio


Born in 1961 in New Orleans, jazz and classical trumpet player, and composer, Wynton Marsalis grew up playing in churches, jazz bands, and orchestras. As WRTI: Philadelphia, Susan Lewis reports, his 2015 violin concerto reflects the varied musical landscape of America. Listen to WRTI 90.1 on Sunday December 17th to hear Cristian Măcelaru lead The Philadelphia Orchestra in a performance of Marsalis' Violin Concerto, with soloist Nicola Benedetti, for whom the work was written. LISTEN p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 11.0px Helvetica} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 11.0px Helvetica; min-height: 13.0px}
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Bela Fleck and the Flecktones announce February 2018 dates / JamBase


In 2016, iconic quartet Bela Fleck and the Flecktones reunited for a tour that ended a four-year hiatus. Earlier this year, the foursome toured once more including a handful of dates with Chick Corea. While a trio version of the Flecktones previously announced a series of February 2018 dates, the full band will embark on an early summer tour next year. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 11.0px Helvetica} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 11.0px Helvetica; min-height: 13.0px} Béla Fleck, Victor Wooten, Roy "Futureman" Wooten and Howard Levy are expected to hit the road between late June and early July. The first confirmed date for the quartet is a visit to The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York on June 30. As for now, no other dates have been revealed. 

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Improvising Emily Dickinson matches Jane Ira Bloom with one of America's most enigmatic poets / Straight No Chaser


The use of poetry by jazz artists as inspiration or collaboration is one of the most welcome trends of the past few years. There is often a great link between the poet and the musician, as they play with shaded tones and meanings, textures and allusions, following or breaking rules as suits their artistic goals.  Jane Ira Bloom's Wild Lines: Improvising Emily Dickinson matches one of our great soprano sax players with the timeless poetry of one of America's greatest – and most enigmatic – poets, with great success. Ms. Bloom has found inspiration of her music in the visual arts and dance before, and the written word suits her as a leaping off point for composition and performance. Backed by her long-time band - Dawn Clement on piano; Mark Helias on bass; and Bobby Previte on drums – the new music has much of the bouncing sounds we have come to expect from Jane, sometimes playful and at other times with a sense of meditation. Her rhythm section steps it up on tracks like "Big Bill" and "Mind Gray River." It all comes together perfectly with "Hymn: You Wish You Had Eyes in Your Pages," with each instrumentalist "preaching" their say to great effect. Wild Lines wisely comes as a double CD set, with actress Deborah Rush providing narration over the tracks to make a different listening experience, one that enhances the music and brings home the thematic elements perfectly. For me, this is one of the best releases of the year. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 11.0px Helvetica} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 11.0px Helvetica; min-height: 13.0px} Podcast 604 is my conversation with Jane Ira Bloom, as we discuss the project, her life-long connection with the soprano sax, and she tells the story of the time the band performed this music in Emily Dickinson's home, with moving results. Musical selections from Wild Lines: Improvising Emily Dickinson include "Hymn: You Wish You Had Eyes in Your Pages," "One Note for One Bird," and with Deborah Rush, "A Star Not Far Enough." LISTEN TO THE PODCAST Straight No Chaser is the place for jazz lovers (and those who will soon be jazz lovers) to enjoy podcasts with their favorite music and artists. Winner of the 2017 JazzTimes Readers' Poll for Best Podcast, your host Jeffrey Siegel will take you inside the world of jazz, from the new releases to the best festiva;s to remembrances of jazz legends.
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Michael Ball interview with The Independent


Michael Ball would be the first to admit that life on the road with his singing partner Alfie Boe is hardly rock‘n'roll. The singing duo have learnt to help each other manage the highs and lows of performing in an eminently reasonable way. This defiantly uncool, unthreatening approach is one of the many reasons why Ball and Boe have become so popular as a duo. In addition to the beautiful harmonies they conjure up covering classic songs, the pair's self-effacing, decidedly un-starry attitude to their work has struck a chord with audiences. The duo recently released a second album ‘Together Again' which went to went straight to number one "We're great mates and have huge respect for each other's talents and achievements, but we also really like winding each other up. It's a very British kind of friendship." Their first joint album, Together, went platinum in just six weeks last year and proceeded to sell an eye-watering 640,000 copies. The follow-up, entitled, ahem, Together Again, went straight to number one last month, beating the much-ballyhooed new Stereophonics album by just 35 positions. It contains Ball and Boe's takes on such standards as, "New York, New York", "White Christmas" and "Bring Me Sunshine". READ THE FULL Independent ARTICLE p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 11.0px Helvetica} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 11.0px Helvetica; min-height: 13.0px}
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Spend New Year's Eve with Voces8, Celebrity Series of Boston, & WCRB: In Concert


Spend New Year's Eve "Under the Stars" with Voces8 on this week's WCRB: In Concert with the Celebrity Series of Boston! In Concert captures the wealth of incredible music being performed in and around the Boston area. The series takes advantage of Boston's rich performing arts scene, from the Handel and Haydn Society to A Far Cry, from the Gardner Museum to Rockport Music, and beyond. See a full list of broadcast partners here. In Concert is the place for Boston-area music lovers to find the best performances by the world's greatest performers, with commentary and interviews with the artists.   p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 11.0px Helvetica} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 11.0px Helvetica; min-height: 13.0px}
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The New Yorker. Notable performances and recordings of 2017


The loveliest experience of my listening year took place on a balmy September night at the Hollywood Bowl. Yo-Yo Ma came to the great amphitheatre in the Hollywood Hills to play the six solo cello suites of Bach. I had doubts about the enterprise going in. Could Ma's instrument be amplified effectively in such a wide open space? Could such intimate music speak to a crowd of thousands? People prize the Bowl for its casual conviviality. Patrons dine, drink, and, sometimes, chatter among themselves. A lighter repertory works best: Holst's "Planets" is a blast. Bach's itineraries of the world spirit are another matter. Ma applied his customary virtuosity and warmth. At times, he seemed to lose the narrative thread as he savored every twist and turn of Bach's endless melody. Several of the sarabandes slowed to a contemplative crawl. Thomas Demenga's new recording of the suites, for the ECM label (see below), has more straight-ahead song and dance in it. But you never doubted the sincerity of Ma's approach: he was following his natural musical rhythms, to the point that it felt less like a performance than like an interior monologue. Little was lost in the amplification: the cello sound remained full, nuanced, and unforced. Since the death of Luciano Pavarotti, Ma has been the most popularly celebrated of classical musicians. Very few other soloists could have sold out the Bowl. If Ma enticed thousands to the space, it was Bach who held them rapt, for nearly three hours. The enthusiasm of large crowds is always a bit unsettling: no matter how innocent the occasion, you can imagine the energy of the collective being channelled to less wholesome ends. The huge, serene company at the Bowl was another matter: it was under the spell of a solitary searcher in the dark. One of the only sounds I heard around me was someone quietly sobbing. SEE The New Yorker's Alex Ross - Notable performances and recordings of 2017 
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Berkshire Bach celebrates Bach at New Year's with ESQ's Eugene Drucker / Northeast Public Radio


Berkshire Bach celebrates Bach at New Year's with Berkshire Bach Ensemble Director and Soloist, Eugene Drucker, Founder of the Emerson String Quartet, and a program of Bach, Purcell and Mozart. The ensemble will perform three concerts, the first on December 30th at the Academy of Music in Northampton, New Year's Eve at the Mahaiwe in Great Barrington, MA and on New Year's Day at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Troy, NY. Violinist Eugene Drucker is a founding member of the Emerson String Quartet in 1976 and is also an active soloist. He has appeared with the orchestras of Montreal, Brussels, Antwerp, Hartford, Richmond, Omaha, Jerusalem, as well as the American Symphony Orchestra and Aspen Chamber Symphony.  LISTEN TO Northeast Public Radio SEGMENT
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Janine Jansen's reverential following, bound to proliferate in the wake of her Carnegie Hall - Perspectives series / ZEALnyc


Dutch violinist Janine Jansen's reverential following is bound to proliferate in the wake of her five-concert Perspectives series this season at Carnegie Hall, the second installment of which took place December 9 at Zankel Hall.  Two days after a series debut that included pieces by Szymanowski, Messiaen, and Bartok, Jansen, along with pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk and cellist Gorleif Thedéen, presented an all-Russian program, including early works by Shostakovich and Rachmaninoff, plus a mature masterwork by Prokofiev. READ THE FULL ZEALnyc REVIEW
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Cecile McLorin Salvant, Sullivan Fortier set for Bard College - Fisher Center / The Daily Freeman


Grammy Award winner Cécile McLorin Salvant and pianist Sullivan Fortner team up for a special holiday jazz event on Sunday, Dec. 17, at 3 p.m. at Bard Fisher Center's Sosnoff Theater on the campus of Bard College, 30 Annandale-on-Hudson. Through original compositions, timeless hits and forgotten gems, the breathtaking young vocalist brings jazz, vaudeville, blues and folk music into her own powerful and distinct style. The New York Times wrote, "If anyone can extend the lineage of the Big Three - Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, and Ella Fitzgerald - it is this virtuoso." Returning after a sold-out Fisher Center debut in 2015, Salvant will perform an intimate duo concert featuring selections from her new album, "Dreams and Daggers" and special holiday surprises. READ THE FULL Daily Freeman ARTICLE p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 11.0px Helvetica} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 11.0px Helvetica; min-height: 13.0px}
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'Glenn Gould Remodels' marks the great pianist's 85th anniversary


If you are around Tokyo, don't miss the series of live concerts on 15, 16 and 17th of December called ‘Glenn Gould Remodels' with the participation of Carsten Nicolai (AKA Alva Noto), Christian Fennesz, Ryuichi Sakamoto & Francesco Tristano. 2017 marks the 85th anniversary of Glenn Gould's birth, the solitary musician who was born in Canada and coincides with the 150th anniversary of Canada 's Confederation. To commemorate these milestones, throughout 2017, The Glenn Gould Foundation launched several projects and concerts in collaboration with curators and producers around the world. The Glenn Gould Gathering is the final event to be held at Sogetsu Hall in Aoyama, Tokyo, considered the center of the contemporary art scene of Japan. The event will be curated by Ryuichi Sakamoto, who has admired Gould's artistry and his unique live performances since his early childhood. 
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Jazz Loves Disney 2 reminds us that jazz is a verb / Jazz Weekly


This second collection of jazz stars interpreting The Magic Kingdom Songbook is as good as the first, and that's saying a lot. This album reminds us that jazz is a verb, as you get a R&Bish groove and hip guitar solo by George Benson on "You'll Be In My Heart" from Tarzan as well as some sassy fun from Madeleine Peyroux on a brassy "The Golden Touch." Hotch jazz by Thomas Dutrone delivers Dumbo's "When I See an Elephant Fly" and a hit Afro Cuban mix of tribal drums ha Jacob Collier perform "Under the Sea." Even a piece as old as "Steamboat Willie" gets a turn at the wheel by The Amazing Keystone Big Band" and Jamie Cullum teams with Eic Cantona for a fun and cozy cabaret ‘d "Be Our Guest." Selah Sue is slinky on "So This is Love" from Cinderella and Bebel Gilberto sashays a samba on a sweet "Beauty and the Beast." WE WANT MORE!!! SEE THE Jazz Weekly PAGE p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 11.0px Helvetica}
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Top 10 Albums for December

Ola Gjeilo :

Winter Songs

Winter Songs is a new album of compositions and arrangements for choir and strings by Norwegian composer, Ola Gjeilo. The album features new arrangements of familiar Christmas carols and new, wintry compositions in a beautiful and intimate setting, performed by Gjeilo on the piano, the string group 12 Ensemble, the Choir of Royal Holloway and conductor Rupert Gough.  Piano:  Choir: Choir of Royal Holloway Strings: 12 Ensemble Conductor: Rupert Gough
Stacey Kent :

I Know I Dream

With over 2 million albums sold, a Grammy nomination and international recognition as one of the most successful and prolific jazz vocalist of her time, Stacey Kent stands strong among the artists that don't have much left to prove. Kent's brand new album, I Know I Dream, was recorded inside the famous Angel Studios in London with an orchestra of around 60 musicians, her first orchestral album in a career that spans two decades and more than 15 albums. So when Sony and OKeh asked her about making an album with a big orchestra, she felt this was the moment: "It's not every day that you get a call about a project with 58 musicians! Nowadays everyone tries to be reasonable but Sony had a real artistic vision".  26 NEW  104 TOTAL SYND: CBC Markets include: New York, Los Angelles, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Detroit, New Orleans, Denver, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Portland, Milwaukee, Albuquerque, Memphis, San Antonio, Orlando, Tampa, Hartford CT, Madison WI, Wichita, Honolulu, ME(Statewide), MI(Statewide), WV(Statewide), VT(Statewide), Toronto, Barcelona, Berlin, Dublin, Pisa INTER: Canada, UK, Ireland, Germany, Spain, Italy, Netherlands Online: bebop spoken here, Soulandjazz.com, Jazz & Blues Report, Jazz Weekly, Quisqueya FM, MOJA, Jazz Spotlight On Sinatra, Green Arrow Radio  p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060} 39 JazzWeek ADD's p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Arial} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Arial; min-height: 11.0px}
Seth MacFarlane :

In Full Swing

"MacFarlane is the rare revivalist who knows that the Great American Songbook is more than 100 pages thick" -  Reuters Grammy-nominated artist Seth MacFarlane's love affair with standards continues with his fourth album, In Full Swing, set for release on September 15 on Verve Label Group / Republic Records. 12 NEW  64 TOTAL SYND: The Bill Miller Show, CBC, AllJazzRadio Direct: SiriusXM, Stingray Markets Include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Wash DC, Detroit, Long Island NY, Louisville, Hartford CT, Honolulu, AL(Statewide), Barcelona, Berlin, Pisa INTER: Canada, UK, Spain, Italy, Germany, South Africa Online: Accuradio, bebop spoken here, GreenArrow, jazzradio.com, Que4 Radio,The Eclectic Chair
Soundtracks :

The Breadwinner

Sony Classical proudly announces the release of THE BREADWINNER (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) with an original score by Academy Award®-winning composer Mychael Danna and Emmy nominated composer Jeff Danna. The soundtrack will available digitally and on CD November 17. The film will also be released in the U.S. on November 17th. The Breadwinner tells the story of Parvana, an 11-year-old girl growing up under the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001. When her father is wrongfully arrested, Parvana disguises herself as a boy in order to support her family. With dauntless perseverance, Parvana draws strength from the stories her father told her, and ultimately risks her life to discover if he is still alive. Equal parts thrilling and enchanting, The Breadwinner is a timely and inspiring tale about the transcendent power of stories, and their potential to unite and heal us all. 27 TOTAL Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Cleveland, Louisville, Sacramento, Reno, Honolulu, CA(Statewide), Canada Online: CalmRadio, Musicas Imaginadas, Global Roots and Culture, Soundtrack Geek  
Soundtracks :

Goodbye Christopher Robin

Sony Classical announces the release of GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) with an original score by Academy Award®-nominated composer Carter Burwell. GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN gives a rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children's author A. A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) and his son Christopher Robin (Will Tilston), whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie-the-Pooh. Along with his mother Daphne (Margot Robbie), and his nanny Olive (Kelly Macdonald), Christopher Robin and his family are swept up in the international success of the books; the enchanting tales bringing hope and comfort to England after the First World War. But with the eyes of the world on Christopher Robin, what will the cost be to the family' 29 NEW  32 TOTAL SYND: The Score Direct: SiriusXM Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Cleveland, Portland, Detroit, MI(Statewide), SC(Statewide), Barcelona INTER: Canada, Spain, Romania Online: CalmRadio, XRAY.FM, Zephyr Planet Radio Network   p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060}
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Professor Marston And The Wonder Women

Sony Classical proudly announces the release of Professor Marston And The Wonder Women (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack).  Featuring composer Tom Howe's original score, the soundtrack will be available digitally and on CD October 13.  Stage 6 Films' PROFESSOR MARSTON AND THE WONDER WOMEN premiered to rave reviews at the Toronto International Film Festival. On October 13, the film will be released in U.S. theaters in association with Annapurna Pictures. "Working with Angela was fantastic," exclaims Howe. "I was lucky enough to join the project before Angela filmed anything. Early conversations with her about the characters and story arc meant I was able to write a suite which she listened to on set and this formed the main theme and palette for the Marstons. The music takes us on an emotional journey tracking the ups and downs of the Marstons story infusing a subtle twist by using unusual percussion and bondage sounds."
Pretty Yende :

Dreams

Pretty Yende continues her meteoric rise through the world of opera. Her debut album A Journey received the Solo Recital Recording award at the 2017 International Opera Awards and critics were unanimous in showering praise on the beauty of Yende's voice and the intelligence of her singing. ‘Hers is a lyric coloratura voice of real beauty and flexibility' (Gramophone). ‘She displays not only a top-class vocal and dramatic technique but also a high-wire artist's courage and confidence. It's the sheer brilliance of her attack that leaves audiences around the world clamouring for more.' (Daily Mail). 35 TOTAL SYND: C24 CBC Direct: MOOD Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Wash DC, Cleveland, Minneapolis,  Detroit, Austin, Canada Online: AccuRadio
Katharine McPhee :

i fall in love too easily

Award-winning and gold-selling singer, actress, performer, philanthropist, and American Idol Season 5 breakout star Katharine McPhee reimagines, recharges, and reinvigorates a host of timeless romantic standards on her fifth full-length, I Fall In Love Too Easily, via BMG. The album was produced by the legendary Don Was (The Rolling Stones, Bonnie Raitt) and recorded at the famed Capitol Recording Studios.  9 NEW  50 TOTAL Direct: SiriusXM Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Wash DC, Detroit, Baltimore, New Orleans, Orlando FL, Madison WI, Tampa, Barcelona, Berlin, Pisa INTER: Canada, UK, Spain, Italy, Germany, South Africa Online: billboard, GreenArrow, ginalovesjazz.com, Jazz Weekly, jazzradio.com, Jazz Spotlight On Sinatra, Stage and Cinema p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060} PR secured by Donovan Public Relations
Soundtracks :

JANE - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Sony Classical proudly announces the release of JANE (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) with a new score of Grammy® and Academy Award ®-nominated composer Philip Glass. Drawing from over 100 hours of never-before-seen footage that has been tucked away in the National Geographic archives for over 50 years, Academy award nominated director Brett Morgen (Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck) tells the story of JANE, a woman whose chimpanzee research challenged the male-dominated scientific consensus of her time and revolutionized our understanding of the natural world. Set to a rich orchestral score from legendary composer Philip Glass, the film offers an unprecedented, intimate portrait of Jane Goodall - a trailblazer who defied the odds to become one of the world's most admired conservationists. 15 NEW  50 TOTAL Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Detroit, Minneapolis, Albuquerque, Austin, Louisville, Knoxville, SC(Statewide), Barcelona INTER: Canada, UK, Spain, Romania Online: Zephyr Planet Radio, Musicas Imaginadas, CalmRadio.com, Journeyscapes, Taintradio
The Piano Guys :

Christmas Together

With over a billion YouTube views for their 50 plus music videos,The Piano Guys announce the release of their new holiday album Christmas Together(Portrait) available October 27. The album features collaborations with music royalty from the pop, opera, and video worlds on classical themes, holiday chestnuts, and original compositions. Their seventh full-length studio album and second holiday collection, Christmas Together brings The Piano Guys' "Wonders of the World" quest back home for the holidays after their last album, Uncharted, found the Utah quartet roaming far afield to places like Scotland, Mexico, and Jordan. 11 NEW  33 TOTAL Markets include: Los Angeles, Hartford, Saint Augustine, MI(Statewide), AL(Statewide), WI(Statewide), Barcelona INTER: Canada, UK, Spain Online: Musicas Imaginadas, Zephyr Planet Radio, HNR, MainlyPiano, StageBuddy
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