Joshua Bell and Jeremy Denk return for Carnegie Hall's annual Isaac Stern Memorial Concert / BroadwayWorld


World-renowned violinist Joshua Bell and MacArthur "Genius" winning pianist Jeremy Denk return to Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage on Wednesday, February 7 at 8:00 p.m. for Carnegie Hall's annual Isaac Stern Memorial Concert, playing music by Mozart, Schubert, Janácek, and Richard Strauss. Longtime collaborators, the duo last performed together in recital in 2010, which The New York Times described as a "passionate performance." p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060; min-height: 14.0px} As part of the seventh annual Carnegie Hall Live series, this performance will be broadcast live on WQXR 105.9 FM in New York and streamed online at wqxr.org and carnegiehall.org/wqxr. Produced by WQXR and Carnegie Hall, and hosted by WQXR's Jeff Spurgeon, select Carnegie Hall Live broadcasts throughout the season feature live web chats, including Twitter commentary from the broadcast team backstage and in the control room, connecting national and international fans to the music and to each other. This broadcast marks Mr. Bell's debut Carnegie Hall Live performance after 33 Carnegie Hall appearances. READ THE FULL BroadwayWorld ARTICLE
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Krystian Zimerman - Franz Schubert: Piano Sonatas D 959 & D 960 wins 2018 ICMA award for 'solo instrument'


Krystian Zimerman's Franz Schubert: Piano Sonatas D 959 & D 960 on Deutsche Grammophon, wins the 2018 International Classical Music Award for 'SOLO INSTRUMENT.' For the 2018 International Classical Music Awards, the ICMA Jury has once more selected musicians and organizations that have distinguished themselves through outstanding achievements. The independent and international jury has also chosen their favorites from 357 nominated audio and video releases. Now in their eighth edition, the ICMAs jury of 17 editors of European classical music magazines and websites selects their albums of the year.
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Sol Gabetta and Cremona Quartet win ICMA Awards / the Strad


Sol Gabetta's recording of the Elgar and Martinů cello concertos and the final two instalments in the Cremona Quartet's complete Beethoven series have picked up awards in the concerto and chamber music categories respectively of the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA). Now in their eighth edition, the ICMAs jury of 17 editors of European classical music magazines and websites selects their albums of the year. The Cremona Quartet's recording was reviewed in The Strad as ‘combining exemplary technique and intonational purity with an interpretive acuity that strips away 19th-century rhetoric while avoiding the pitfalls of sounding merely "historically informed".' Gabetta's ‘exhilarating Martinů and melancholy Elgar concertos'  – as reviewed in The Strad – were recorded live with the Berlin Philharmonic under Krzysztof Urbański and Simon Rattle respectively.  SEE THE PAGE p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060} p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060; min-height: 14.0px} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060}
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VSO: New Music Festival. Rachel Barton Pine set to premiere Marcus Goddard's Violin Concerto / The Georgia Straight


The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra's New Music Festival takes place at various venues from Thursday to Monday (January 18 to 22), but not all of the music in this year's edition is entirely new. One whole night, the New Music for Old Instruments: After Bach collaboration with Early Music Vancouver on Friday (January 19), is devoted to contemporary compositions that reference the music of the Baroque era. Other works, such as Jocelyn Morlock's Night, herself, draw from global traditions that are even older. And at least one world premiere touches on motifs-glissandos, slides, and passages of frenetic virtuosity-that have been developed over the 50-year history of a style that might be surprising to some: heavy metal.  Evidence that classical music is moving into a more inclusive phase will be found in Marcus Goddard's Violin Concerto, which-in a significant coup for the VSO trumpeter and composer-will be premiered by American soloist Rachel Barton Pine as part of Dawn to Dusk. Pine reports that she knew she wanted to perform Goddard's music the moment she heard his string quartet Allaqi-and that if the concerto's first movement is at least in part derived from metal, it's the perfect fit for her abilities and interests. "It's not that an audience member is going to sit there and hear some kind of crossover-rock piece, 'cause that's not what it's about," says the violinist, who has already performed astute and convincing chamber-music arrangements of Ozzy Osbourne's "Crazy Train" and Metallica's "One". "But just as Bartók or Dvořák would take eastern European folk music and incorporate it into their ‘high art', in a similar way the more serious genres of heavy metal are ripe for inclusion in our language of classical music. It's really come full circle, because a lot of those subgenres have been inspired by classical all along." Pine will also join VSO concertmaster Nicholas Wright in performing Anna Clyne's Grammy Award–winning Prince of Clouds and Morlock's evergreen Cobalt as part of Cobalt Clouds and Clear Blue Seas on Saturday (January 20). What links all three pieces, she says, is that they offer accessible pleasure to the listener while also giving the performers a chance to find their own personal voice, without the pressure of playing pieces already defined by past generations of virtuosos. photo: LISA-MARIE MAZZUCCO READ THE FULL Georgia Straight ARTICLE p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060; min-height: 14.0px}
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Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College presents Kenny Barron / BroadwayWorld


p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060} Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 2017-18 Kumble Theater season with jazz maestro and 11-time GRAMMY nominee - Kenny Barron. In an intimate solo performance, the National Endowment for the Arts, and American Jazz Hall of Fame inductee, will bring his unmatched ability to bear. His elegant playing, sensitive melodies, and infectious rhythms are attributes that would lead The Los Angeles Times to name Barron as "one of the top jazz pianists in the world. READ THE FULL BroadwayWorld ARTICLE
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Bill Frisell returns to big band with the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra / Maryville Daily Times


Bill Frisell's hunger and drive to continue growing as a musician keeps him humble, and the more he plays with fellow musicians of all levels and genres - like the members of the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra, with whom he'll perform on Tuesday at The Mill and Mine in Knoxville - the more he realizes just how far from the mountaintop he still is, he told The Daily Times recently. "It's overwhelming sometimes. Early on, when I first started playing, I was naive. I thought if you practiced real hard, you would get to this point where you sort of figured it out, and you'd just be in this amazing state of mastery all the time - but I was so wrong! It didn't take long to figure out, that's not the way it works. The more you know, the more you realize you don't know. I think, when you're younger, that can be almost paralyzing. It can almost wipe you out because of how daunting it is." READ THE FULL Maryville Daily Times ARTICLE p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060; min-height: 14.0px} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060} span.Apple-tab-span {white-space:pre}
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Black Violin - 'Live at the Kate' performance set to air on Connecticut Public Television / theday


Black Violin, the astonishing  Atlanta-based duo - Wil Baptiste and Kevin Sylvester will be appearing this Monday Jan 22, at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center - a performance being taped for future telecast by Connecticut Public Television. Both musicians are now violin virtuosos whose affection for and mastery of classical repertoire is substantial. At the same time, their love of rap has always been there, and their melding of two styles is something wonderful and utterly distinctive. Since springing to national success through 2005 triumphs on "Showtime at the Apollo," Black Violin has toured steadily and built a global and cross-cultural fan base. Albums like the recent "Stereotypes" are both timely and buoyantly infectious, and BV has also worked with a variety of artists ranging from Wu Tang Clan and Alicia Keyes to Aerosmith and Tom Petty. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060; min-height: 14.0px} READ THE FULL ARTICLE
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Sarah Cahill leads Lou Harrison's 100th birthday celebration at SF Performances / KALW - Open Air


On this week's densely packed Open Air, KALW: San Francisco's weekly magazine for the performing arts, host David Latulippe talks with Bay Area pianist and contemporary music specialist Sarah Cahill, who leads a celebration of visionary California composer Lou Harrison's 100th birthday for SF Performances, on January 24 at ACT's Strand Theater. For this concert , she partners with Kate Stenberg, the Alexander String Quartet and William Winant Percussion Group, who will perform on instruments built by Harrison himself. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060; min-height: 14.0px} Open Air can be heard live on Thursday's at 1pm. SEE THE PAGE p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060; min-height: 14.0px}
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Lang Lang set to host Carnegie Hall - GRAMMY's 'salute to classical music ' / billboard


The GRAMMY's have announced a diverse lineup of musicians for their "Salute to Classical Music." The event, which will be held Jan. 26 at Carnegie Hall at 2:30 p.m., will also serve as a tribute to Leonard Bernstein as part of the globe-spanning "Leonard Bernstein at 100" celebration in honor of the musician's 100th birthday. Lang Lang will host, and he brings with him performers from the Lang Lang International Music Foundation who will take the stage alongside a number of renown musicians to perform arrangements spanning Bernstein's catalog.   PHOTO: Waring Abbott/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images READ THE FULL billboard ARTICLE p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060; min-height: 14.0px} span.Apple-tab-span {white-space:pre}
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Simone Dinnerstein to explore connections between Glass and Schubert at NYC's Miller Theatre / HollywoodSoapbox


Celebrated pianist Simone Dinnerstein will offer a unique evening of music that highlights the careers and influence of Philip Glass and Franz Schubert. The performance, which will take place Thursday, Jan. 18 at New York City's Miller Theatre, also serves as a tribute to Glass, who is being fêted this year for his 80th birthday. Dinnerstein has become well known for a number reasons, especially her recording of Johann Sebastian Bach's Goldberg Variations. She has played most of the major concert halls of the world, including Carnegie Hall in New York City, the Konzerthaus in Vienna and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. On the program are Glass' Selected Etudes and 1988's Metamorphosis. Schubert is represented with Impromptus, Op. 90 from 1827 and Sonata in B-flat Major from 1828. 
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Joshua Bell returns to the land of his forefathers for Usher Hall performance, with the Academy / THE SCOTSMAN


"I actually come from Scottish descent, on my father's side of the family," says Joshua Bell. "Bell is a Scottish name, after all." Caledonian connections might come as a bit of a surprise from the US violinist, one of classical music's starriest figures, who returns to the land of his forefathers for a concert at Edinburgh's Usher Hall on 21 January. But to him, those roots clearly matter. "My father used to talk to me about his grandfather and great-grandfather, who fought in the Black Watch," he continues. "So there's something sentimental about playing in Scotland – and of course it's a special place anyway." Bell directs the Academy of St Martin in the Fields for the performance. READ THE FULL SCOTSMAN ARTICLE p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060; min-height: 14.0px}
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Sharon Isbin discusses spanish guitar tradition with KUAF: Fayetteville AR


Heavyweight classical guitarist Sharon Isbin explores how the Spanish guitar tradition grew from its humble beginnings to become an iconic part of the musical landscape in her latest release, "Alma Espanola."  A collaboration with vocalist Isabel Leonard, "Alma Espanola" documents the Spanish tradition of cante jondo  or "deep song," in which the very landscape of the country is manifested in the music- whose genesis can be found in the Spanish tradition of wandering balladeers, who would sing and play guitar to no accompaniment. "It was always in context of the lyrics, the music, the meaning, the character," Isben explains of her collaboration with Isabel Leonard. "[It's] just as if you were an actor or an actress rehearsing a show for an audience of a play, and you have to get into the spirit of it."  Listen to the entire interview with KUAF: Fayetteville AR - Of Note's Katy Henriksen 
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Top 10 Albums for January

Alexandre Desplat :

Shape Of Water

Just hours after winning a prestigious Golden Globe for Best Original Score, composer Alexandre Desplat has been nominated for a British Academy Film Award (BAFTA) for his spine-tingling score to The Shape of Water. The soundtrack was released on Decca Records on December 15. Alexandre Desplat picked up the award for Best Original Score at the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles, while Guillermo del Toro was named Best Director for The Shape of Water. Speaking of his win, Desplat said, "At the end of the day, this movie is about love. Love, sharing, humanism and respect. The music just had to convey that."
Daniel Pemberton :

All the Money in the World - Soundtrack

Sony Classical proudly announces the release of ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), featuring music by multiple Golden Globe nominee Daniel Pemberton. Daniel Pemberton says about the soundtrack: "Working with the legend that is Ridley Scott is always an absolute delight. He gives you the space to try something different and loves to be surprised - he doesn't want the obvious approach. There are not many movies where you can write operatic choral pieces, brand new classical work and modern post-rock all in the same world but within this film we could. You've got be able to keep up with him though and he moves FAST! - I think I just about managed on this soundtrack, and couldn't be happier with the result." 17 TOTAL SYND: The Score Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Cleveland, Portland, Sacramento, Spokane WA, Claremont, Cupertino CA, Grand Junction CO, Gainesville, Pensacola, East Lansing MI, Astoria OR, Abilene TX, Fairbanks AK, CA(Statewide) Online: Zephyr Planet Radio
Daniel Pemberton :

MOLLY'S GAME - Soundtrack

Sony Classical proudly announces the release of MOLLY'S GAME (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), featuring music by Daniel Pemberton. The soundtrack to Aaron Sorkin's directorial debut will be available on January 5, 2018. STXfilms and The Mark Gordon Company's MOLLY'S GAME was released in select theaters in the U.S. on December 25th, and will expand wide on January 5, 2018. "It was great working with Aaron - I still can't believe this is his first time as a director - he was so assured, enthusiastic and supportive it felt like he'd been doing it all his life," said Pemberton.
John Williams :

The Post - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Sony Classical proudly announces the release of THE POST (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), featuring music by multi-award-winning composer John Williams. The soundtrack is compainon to this Steven Spielberg film. Starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks in a thrilling drama about the unlikely partnership between The Washington Post's Katharine Graham (Streep), the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, and editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks), as they race to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spanned three decades and four U.S. Presidents.  30 TOTAL SYND: C24, The Score, Beethoven Net, Sixty Second CD, CBC Direct: MOOD, Music Choice Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Cleveland, Portland, Minneapolis, Austin, Detroit, IN(Statewide), MI(Statewide), Canada Online: Affinity, AccuRadio
Henry Jackman :

JUMANJI - WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE

Sony Classical proudly announces the release of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, the new film by Jake Kasdan, with Original Motion Picture Soundtrack featuring music by Henry Jackman. The game has changed as four teenagers in detention are sucked into the world of Jumanji.  When they discover an old video game console with a game they've never heard of, they decide to play and are immediately thrust into the game's jungle setting, in the bodies of the avatar characters they chose (Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan).  What they discover is that you don't just play Jumanji – Jumanji plays you.  To win, they'll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, or they'll be stuck in the game forever…  28 TOTAL SYND: The Score, Sixty Second CD Direct: MOOD Markets include: Los Angeles, Atlanta, Cleveland, Portland, Detroit, San Antonio, Louisville, Long Is. NY, Canada Online: GURU, CalmRadio, ZephyrPlanet 
Hauschka :

GUNPOWDER - Original Television Soundtrack

Sony Music proudly announces the release of GUNPOWDER (Original Television Soundtrack), featuring original music by Volker Bertelmann aka Hauschka. The soundtrack will be released on December 15th, 2017. Gunpowder's first part will debut in the US on HBO on Monday, December 18 at 10 PM. Gunpowder is a three-part thriller based on the 17th century events. The miniseries, written by Ronan Bennett (Top Boy) and directed by J Blakeson (The Disappearance of Alice Creed) stars Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) as Robert Catesby, who was the driving force behind the Gunpowder Plot in 1605 London. 
Lara Downes :

For Lenny

Lara Downes' new album For Lenny celebrates the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein with a special friends-and-family tribute to the man behind the music. The recording features Bernstein's aptly-named Anniversaries for Piano, new arrangements of his songs, and world premieres of works dedicated to Bernstein by leading American composers including Stephen Sondheim, John Corigliano, and Stephen Schwartz. The album is introduced by an essay from acclaimed writer Adam Gopnik.
Solomon Grey :

The Last Post

Written by BAFTA winner Peter Moffat and arriving stateside via Amazon Prime in 2018, the new BBC One military drama The Last Post follows the military careers and family lives of a British army unit in ‘60s Yemen during the North Yemen Civil War. Solomon Grey's soundtrack for the drama blends his signature epic electro-orchestral sound with influences from Arabian music. 
Dario Marianelli, Vikingur Olafsson :

Darkest Hour - Soundtrack

Set in the early days of World War II, Joe Wright's new film Darkest Hour finds the fate of Western Europe hanging on the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman), who must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler, or stand firm and fight against incredible odds for the ideals and freedom of a nation. The Darkest Hour soundtrack features music by Dario Marianelli (Atonement, Pride & Prejudice), performed by pianist Víkingur Ólafsson. 
Melody Gardot :

Live in Europe

International best-selling singer, songwriter and musician, Melody Gardot, is releasing her first live album. ‘Live in Europe' will be available as a 2CD album and special limited edition vinyl set on 9th February on Decca Records. The record celebrates the success of her live shows around the world and includes concert performances of her greatest hits, recorded between 2012 and 2016. Personally curated by Melody herself, the album features some of her best loved songs, including Baby I'm A Fool (recorded in Vienna in 2013 and London last year), My One and Only Thrill (from Barcelona in 2012), Les Etoiles (from London last year) and March For Mingus (from Utrecht last year). 40 TOTAL SYND: Jazz Inspired, CBC Direct: SiriusXM Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Knoxville TN, Reno NV, Grand Rapids MI, Bozeman MT, Honolulu, Toronto, Vancouver, Dublin, Berlin, Barcelona, Pisa, Copenhagen INTER: Canada, UK, Spain, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Denmark, Slovakia, New Zealand Online: Straightnochaser, O's Place, Jazz History Online, bebop spoken here, tedgioia.com, jazz & blues report, City World Radio, Quisqueya FM, Fanfare, Ft.Myers Magazine, Express.co
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