Chris Brubeck's Triple Play to open 80th TEF season / Thomasville Times-Enterprise


Thomasville Entertainment Foundation opens its 80th season of great performances with an encore performance by Chris Brubeck's Triple Play on Thursday, September 21. The 7:30 p.m. concert takes place in the intimate 500-seat auditorium at the historic Thomasville Center for the Arts located in Thomasville. Music lovers are invited to take an epic sojourn with Chris Brubeck's Triple Play through the landscape of American music with a lively set list of Delta blues, New Orleans jams, Tin Pan Alley standards and original tunes. This acoustic blues/jazz/folk trio with vocals includes the talents of Chris Brubeck on bass, trombone and piano, guitarist Joel Brown and harmonica virtuoso Peter Madcat Ruth. READ THE FULL Thomasville Times-Enterprise p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Helvetica} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Helvetica; min-height: 12.0px}
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SpongeBob SquarePants, Original Cast Recording on NPR: First Listen


Not starting the SpongeBob SquarePants musical cast album with "Whoooooooo lives in a pineapple under the sea?" is like not starting an Abe Lincoln musical with "Four score and seven years ago." Okay, maybe not that. Maybe it's more like not starting an Oscar Meyer musical with "my bologna has a first name." Instead, after a quick prologue, the SpongeBob album gets underway with "Bikini Bottom Day," written by Jonathan Coulton. (Disclaimer: Coulton works for NPR on Ask Me Another, and I know him well enough that we say "Oh, hey!") Like nearly all the songs in the show, which opens on Broadway in November after a successful run in Chicago, "Bikini Bottom Day" is a new song brought to the stage by an established artist. In addition to Coulton, composers include Sara Bareilles, Joe Perry and Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, T.I., Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, members of Plain White T's and Panic! At The Disco and The Flaming Lips and They Might Be Giants and a bunch more. And on top of all that original music, the show includes David Bowie and Brian Eno's "No Control." CHECK OUT NPR: First Listen PAGE
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Star Wars film concert series set with New York Philharmonic / New York Times


"Star Wars" is omnivorous in its inspiration. The saga, which continues in December with "Episode VIII: The Last Jedi," nods to classical mythology, Arthurian legend and even Wagner's "Ring" cycle. John Williams's music for the series - which the New York Philharmonic will perform live, from Sept. 15 through Oct. 7, alongside screenings of the original trilogy and "Episode VII: The Force Awakens" - contain some of the most memorable themes in film history. And like the movies themselves, the score is rooted in the classics. That inspiration crosses centuries: Stravinsky, Mozart and, in one instance, a quotation from the Gregorian "Dies irae" chant used repeatedly by composers. Mr. Williams also associates  brief themes with certain characters and ideas, a strategy Wagner developed with the leitmotifs of the "Ring." "There are dozens of leitmotifs that are used in these films," David Newman, who will conduct the Philharmonic concerts, said in a recent interview. "You can definitely find references in there."
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Sachal Ensemble set for music and film collaboration with SPAC / The Daily Gazette


In October, the film "Song of Lahore" and the groundbreaking musical group it documents, Sachal Ensemble, will come to the Capital Region in a collaboration between Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Proctors and Universal Preservation Hall. "Song of Lahore" will be screened at Proctors at 3, 5 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, and at Bowtie Criterion Cinemas 11 & BTX, Saratoga Springs, on Sunday, Oct. 29. Sachal Ensemble will perform at Proctors - Schenectady at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28,  and the Spa Little Theatre, Saratoga Spa State Park, at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30. In 2014, when SPAC President and CEO Elizabeth Sobol held the same position at Universal Music Classics, watching "Song of Lahore," at a colleague's insistence, had a profound impact on her, she said. The film, by two-time Academy Award-winning director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Andy Schocken, tells the story of Sachal Ensemble - traditional musicians trying to survive under the oppression and brutality of modern-day Pakistan. "We were losing our instruments, losing our musicians, losing our culture - something had to be done about it," Sachal producer Izzat Majeed said. By the early 2000s, Majeed had convened a devoted group of surviving Lahore musicians to rehearse and record privately within his Sachal Studios - to revive their tradition, to keep it alive. "Lahore" illustrates how their expansive music-making - bridging pop and jazz with traditional sounds - not only brought inspiration to their lives, but sustained them in their struggles.  READ THE FULL Daily Gazette ARTICLE 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}
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Yusuf / Cat Stevens - The Laughing Apple / Los Angeles Times review


An inescapable sense of foreboding runs through "Blackness of the Night," the opening track from "The Laughing Apple," the new album by Yusuf, aka Cat Stevens. "In the blackness of the night I seem to wander endlessly, with a hope burning out deep inside," Yusuf sings in the same soft, gravelly baritone that helped make him one of pop music's biggest stars of the 1970s. "I'm a fugitive; community has driven me out/ For this bad, bad world, I'm beginning to doubt." 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} That's a far cry from such buoyant and exquisitely uplifting pop hits of yore as "Morning Has Broken," "Moonshadow" and "Oh Very Young." "Blackness of the Night" is a prime example of the disillusionment of youth. "I wrote it in a way, in anger against the world, about what I thought were the injustices that were going on," said the artist. "The Laughing Apple," released today, Sept. 15. READ THE FULL Los Angeles Times ARTICLE 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}
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Monterey Jazz features a tribute to Sonny Rollins / The Mercury News


The saxophone master is a longtime festival favorite, having appeared at Monterey Jazz many times over the years - including at the inaugural event in 1958. Rollins is now retired, but festival artistic director Tim Jackson - who describes the legendary musician as "one of the Mt. Rushmore artists in jazz" - has organized this amazing tribute with Jimmy Heath, Joe Lovano, Branford Marsalis, Joshua Redman, Gerald Clayton, Scott Colley and Lewis Nash. That's a true dream team, featuring no less than four of the top sax men (Heath, Lovano, Marsalis and Redman) in the business. It should be fascinating to hear them combine forces. Details: 10:10 p.m. Sept. 16, Jimmy Lyons Stage. READ THE FULL Mercury News ARTICLE
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Sharon Isbin interviews with 95.5KHFM - Albuquerque


"Alma Española" is a new album released by Grammy Award winning guitarist Sharon Isbin and Grammy Award winning singer Isabel Leonard on the Bridge Records label. It's an all-Spanish recording for voice and guitar, including twelve arrangements by Isbin. The Philadelphia Inquirer described Leonard and Isbin's performance as "Feasts of beautifully sculpted phrases... glimpses of heaven," and The New York Times referred to the "Soulful depth" of their interpretations. The collaboration of Isabel Leonard and Sharon Isbin brings together one of today's brightest vocal stars, heard on the stages of the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, and Paris Opera, with a guitar virtuoso acclaimed as "the pre-eminent guitarist of our time." 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} 95.5: KHFM - Albuquerque, Classical Music Host: Brent Stevens recently sat down with Isbin to chat about her career and her "Alma Española" collaboration with Isabel Leonard.  LISTEN TO THE ATTACHED SEGMENT
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A childlike simplicity runs through Yusuf, Cat Stevens - The Laughing Apple / Philly.com


After creating some of the most beloved albums of the early 1970s singer-songwriter era, Cat Stevens (born Steven Georgiou), converted to Islam, changed his name to Yusuf Islam, and retired from the music business for nearly three decades. In 2006, he started recording again (going solely by Yusuf). The Laughing Apple, his fourth album since his return, is a self-conscious nod to his early career: He's working with several of his Tea For The Tillerman collaborators, and, aside from three new compositions, he's revisiting songs he wrote 50 years ago (when New Masters, his second album, came out). A childlike simplicity runs through The Laughing Apple, in the lilting, allegorical title track, in the expanded nursery rhyme "Mary and the Little Lamb," and in the lullaby "I'm So Sleepy." He sings about aging in "Grandsons" and then gets his eight grandkids to contribute to "Mighty Peace." At times, The Laughing Apple sounds like a children's album, but that's part of the same comforting innocence that was central to "Moonshadow" and "Oh Very Young" and other Cat Stevens hits from the '70s. -Steve Klinge SEE ALL REVIEWS ON Philly.com PAGE p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Arial; min-height: 11.0px} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Arial}
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SoulandJazz - The Fringe 'Artist Spotlight' features Jane Ira Bloom


p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Arial} Next Monday The Fringe celebrates the release of ‘Rediscovered Ellington,' the wonderful new album by Garry Dial, Dick Oatts, Richard DeRosa and The WDR Big Band, with a special two hour program showcasing the range of ways Ellington's music has been interpreted by traditional and modern Jazz musicians. Then on October 2nd, the Fringe Artist Spotlight features Jane Ira Bloom sharing her unique vision on creating a musical voice, creative improvisation, and incorporating poetry on her latest release ‘Wild Lines - Improvising Emily Dickinson.' All this and the usual trip around the edge of contemporary Jazz, on The Fringe and SoulandJazz.com.
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Sharon Isbin set for another Alma Espanola radio day


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} Alma Española presents multiple GRAMMY Award winners Sharon Isbin and Argentinian-American Isabel Leonard in the first Spanish art song album with guitar of its kind in 40 years, including twelve world premiere recordings of arrangements by Isbin. Duos by Federico García Lorca, Manuel de Falla, Xavier Montsalvatge, Agustín Lara and Joaquín Rodrigo, with guitar solos by Granados and Tárrega, are heard in performances that evoke the rich and magnificent tradition of Spain. Leonard & Isbin have been appearing as a duo since 2014 in sold-out concerts across the country, including Washington DC's Kennedy Center and New York's Carnegie Hall. The Philadelphia Inquirer described their performance as "feasts of beautifully sculpted phrases…glimpses of heaven," the New York Times praised their "soulful depth" and the Washington Post their "impassioned performance ... captivating sense of drama."  The collaboration of Isabel Leonard and Sharon Isbin brings together one of today's brightest vocal stars, heard on the stages of the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera and Paris Opera, with a guitar virtuoso acclaimed as "the pre-eminent guitarist of our time." In conjuntion with the release of Alma Española, Sharon Isbin has once again made herself avail., today to speak with Classical Radio Stations throughout the US. Participating cities and networks include; Classical 24, MOOD, 3Wire, Minnesota Public Radio, NET Nebraska, WVIK / Rock Island IL and WGTE / Toledo OH.
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Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 set for 'Hardly Strictly Bluegrass' festival / JamBase


After weeks of teasing, the full lineup for the 2017 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass music festival has been revealed. Over 100 acts will play the Warren Hellman-founded free festival, which will take place at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco October 6 – 8. T Bone Burnett, Bill Bragg, Dan Auerbach, Randy Newman, Sturgill Simpson, Cheap Trick and Brandi Carlile are some of the bigger names set to play the festival. Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 will also be performing. Kuti's recent 3 song EP release on Sony Music Masterworks - Struggle Sounds was co-produced by Robert Glasper and features the single "Gimme My Vote Back (C.P.C.D.)" where C.P.C.D. stands for Corporate Public Control Department. The son of the late Nigerian Afrobeat legend, Fela Kuti, Seun recorded the EP with Egypt 80, his father's original band. "The Struggle Sounds EP is a true reflection of my social and political beliefs. I give honor to my parents and every revolutionary who made this possible even before I was born" Kuti said. SEE THE FULL JamBase PAGE 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}
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Lara Downes kicks off 'Sounds Like America' tour on Capital Public Radio


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} Pianist Lara Downes returns to Capital Public Radio's 'Insight' to share songs from her "Sounds Like America" Tour. Lara will also be asking audiences to help shape a playlist while she tours.    Here's a message from Lara I'm going on an American roadtrip! I want to find the common ground that links and unites us across state lines, between coasts, over mountain passes, and around river bends, by asking the question: What sounds like America to you? Music remembers place and time, home and history. And music echoes the shared moments of our American lives - lullabies and love songs; ballads and blues; summer-days and lonely-nights songs; leaving-home and coming-home songs. Music connects us. Join me in building a playlist that sounds like America, full of the music that tells our American stories, big and small, joyful and sad, beautiful and messy, noisy and quiet - all the ways we are.  xox - Lara Sign up here to contribute your own favorite American music to the Sounds Like America playlist! WHAT SOUNDS LIKE AMERICA TO YOU?    SUBMIT YOUR SONG HERE    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}
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Top 10 Albums for September

Yusuf, Cat Stevens :

The Laughing Apple

Yusuf / Cat Stevens, one of the most influential singer-songwriters of all time, will release his highly anticipated new album, The Laughing Apple, on September 15 under his Cat-O-Log Records logo exclusively through Decca Records, the same label that launched his career 50 years ago. The Laughing Applefollows the common ‘60s template of combining newly-written songs with a number of covers – except that all the covers are from Yusuf's 1967 catalogue. The Laughing Apple celebrates some of his earliest material, presenting the songs as he has always wished they had been recorded. "There are some I always wanted to hear differently," he explains. "Many of my earlier recordings were overcooked with big band arrangements. They crowded the song out a lot of times." Yusuf produced The Laughing Apple with Paul Samwell-Smith, the original producer behind Yusuf's landmark recordings, including 1970's Tea for the Tillerman, which contained the classics ‘Wild World' and ‘Father and Son'. That multi-platinum album became a benchmark of the singer-songwriter movement, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has named it one of the definitive albums of all time.
Bill Charlap Trio :

Uptown, Downtown

"unforced erudition, untroubled locomotion, sparkling wit, generous soul."      - WBGO "one of the best piano trios ever"        - The Guardian "Charlap's piano technique is singular and stunning"      - JazzTimes "Bill Charlap approaches a song the way a lover approaches his beloved…no matter how imaginative or surprising his take on a song is, he invariably zeroes in on its essence."      - Time Magazine Grammy Award winning pianist Bill Charlap and his longtime trio partners bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington get back to the highest standards with an album of quintessential compositions. Uptown Downtown on Impulse!/Verve. 71 TOTAL Direct: MOOD Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Wash DC, Atlanta, Cleveland, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Denver, New Orleans, San Diego, Sacramento, Louisville, Albuquerque, Long Island NY, Madison WI, Knoxville, Hartford CT, Tulsa OK, Reno NV, Rochester NY, KS(Statewide), MS(Statewide), WV(Statewide), CA(Statewide),Toronto Online: Jazz From Gallery 41, Green Arrow, Radio Free Amsterdam, Jazz with David Basse, LEMON WIRE, BroadwayWorld 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} 22 JazzWeek ADD's
Ella Fitzgerald | London Symphony Orchestra :

Someone To Watch Over Me

The centennial of Ella Fitzgerald's birthday has been celebrated throughout this year and is culminated with the release of SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME, featuring digitally remastered vocal tracks from Ella's original Decca and Verve recordings paired with newly orchestrated and arranged performances by the London Symphony Orchestra.  Grammy Award winning jazz vocalist Gregory Porter duets with Ella on the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic, "People Will Say We're In Love" from the Broadway musical "Oklahoma."  Oscar and Grammy Award winning arranger Jorge Calandrelli collaborated with the London Symphony Orchestra on the several tracks as well as James Morgan and Juliette Pochin, who also produced the record.  James Morgan and Jorge Calandrelli share conducting credits for the project and the symphony sessions were recorded at the famed Abbey Road Studios in London.
Jane Ira Bloom :

Wild Lines / Improvising Emily Dickinson

American original Jane Ira Bloom does it again. This time the 21st-century soprano saxophonist reimagines the poetry of 19th-century visionary Emily Dickinson in two different settings. This new 2 CD pack, has the quartet (Dawn Clement (piano), Mark Helias (bass)& Bobby Previte (drums) interpretating Dickinson's poetry both instrumentaly and in spoken word settings that feature readings by popular stage & film actor Deborah Rush. After the success of her 2016 trio album release Early Americans, Bloom shifts gears with Wild Lines / Improvising Emily Dickinson. Bloom composed Wild Lines when she was awarded a 2015 CMA/ Doris Duke New Jazz Works commission. She was inspired to musically reimagine Dickinson when she learned that the poet was a pianist and improviser herself. 40 NEW  71 TOTAL SYND: Jazz FM Markets include: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Portland, New Orleans, Minneapolis, Albuquerque, San Antonio, Louisville, Knoxville, Madison WI, Long Island NY, Omaha, WV(Statewide), OR(Statewide), ME(Statewide), Vancouver, Berlin, Pisa, Oslo INTER: Canada, UK, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland Online: MOJA, Jazz From Gallery 41, Downbeat, Soulandjazz.com, salt peanuts, Contemporary Fusion Review, LEMON WIRE, Midwest Record, Green Arrow, Jazz Views, Radio Valencia, Jazzandrock.com, Keys and Chords, era jazzu   14 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}
Brian Newman :

Sunday In New York

Brian Newman, singer, trumpeter and Verve recording artist is gearing up for the release of his first solo recording due out this fall with the launch of a four-city "after hours" club tour that kicks off in Chicago on August 25th.  Newman is a long-time friend of Lady Gaga and has frequently accompanied her in performance, most notably on the Tony Bennett/Lady Gaga "Cheek to Cheek" Tour in 2015.  He will perform late night engagements throughout August and September in NY, LA, Chicago, Boston and Philadelphia. There is also a digital single - Sunday In New York. 10 NEW  29 TOTAL Markets include: New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Orlando FL, Long Island NY, Reno VT(Statewide), Berlin, Barcelona, Pisa INTER: Canada, Spain, Italy, Germany Online: ginalovesjazz.com, bebop spoken here, Popmatters, Jazz From Gallery 41
Matt Haimovitz & Christopher O'Riley :

TROIKA

Acclaimed for their adventurous and wide-ranging recording projects – from Beethoven Sonatas on period instruments to genre-bending arrangements of Radiohead and Arcade Fire – the endlessly inventive duo of cellist Matt Haimovitz and pianist Christopher O'Riley returns to explore music of the Slavic soul. Anchored by the cello sonatas of the iconic triumvirate of Russian composers – Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, and Shostakovich – and inspired by the subversive irony of Shostakovich's Sonata for Cello and Piano, TROIKA also delves into more recently-written, unexpected, and popular works. Whether subtle or blatantly rebellious, each work potently reveals the strength of the artistic voice in the face of political repression in mother Russia. The 2-SACD recording on the PENTATONE Oxingale Series will be released in North America on October 20, with a special advance digital release on September 29.
Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, Leonidas Kavakos :

Brahms - The Piano Trios

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and his longtime collaborator, pianist Emanuel Ax, are joined by violinist Leonidas Kavakos in their first recording together for Sony Classical, of the piano trios of Johannes Brahms. Ax and Ma have collaborated in a distinguished catalog of Brahms recordings for Sony Classical, but this is their first recording together of the Piano Trios – and their first collaboration with Kavakos. For Ma, who believes Brahms wrote "really difficult music to play well," the collaboration with an old friend (Ax) and their new colleague (Kavakos) was an extraordinary experience. "What I was impressed by was that we could listen to a take and each one of us would make comments, but there was never a disagreement. We actually added these elements together, and it became a better performance. That was unusual. That doesn't happen often with three people, whether they know one another or not." 30 TOTAL SYND: Classical 24, CBC Direct: SiriusXM, MOOD Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Seattle, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Baltimore, Cincinnati, WV(Statewide), MN(Statewide), MI(Statewide), NJ(Statewide), Canada Online: AccuRadio 
Christina Pluhar | L'Arpeggiata :

Handel Goes Wild

George Frideric Handel now joins Purcell, Monteverdi and Cavalli on the list of composers who have inspired an album by Christina Pluhar and her ensemble L'Arpeggiata. Händel Goes Wild brings them together with soprano Nuria Rial, countertenor Valer Sabadus and jazz clarinettist Gianluigi Trovesi to explore and reimagine the cosmopolitan composer's music in their own inimitable and intoxicating style. L'Arpeggiata's aesthetic was summed up by the New York Times in 2012: "The group uses modern pop vocal inflections and improvisational techniques from jazz in its performances of antique pieces … Its audacious hybrids are driven principally by a fascination with reviving the Baroque art of ornamental extemporization and a curiosity about how contemporary improvisatory styles might be enlisted in that quest." 9 NEW  78 TOTAL SYND: Classical 24, TRH, CBC Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Nashville, Albuquerque, Madison WI, Santa Fe, Hartford, Reno, OR(Statewide), WV(Statewide), Barcelona, Berlin INTER: Canada, Spain, Germany Online: AP-Reviews, Soulandjazz.com, Jazz from Gallery 41,  Jazz Weekly, Tedgioia.com, CBFwebRADIO, The Paul Leslie Hour, Passion Musique et Culture, Jazz Podium, Mundofonias, GURU, CBFWeb, GreenArrow p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Arial}
Joshua Bell :

The Classical Collection

Sony Classical announces the release of Joshua Bell – The Classical Collection, a 14-CD set of albums of classical repertoire that the internationally acclaimed, Grammy® Award winning violinist has recorded for the label over the past twenty years.  The collection is available worldwide on August 18th, 2017. Displaying the unique breadth, versatility and breathtaking virtuosity, beguiling sensitivity and sheer tonal beauty that has made Bell an icon for audiences of all ages and musical tastes throughout the world, this new collection showcases Joshua Bell in cornerstones of the violin concerto repertoire, chamber music and concert pieces.
Vienna Philharmonic :

Summer Night Concert 2017

Summer Night Concert 2017: The Vienna Philharmonic with Christoph Eschenbach & Renée Fleming Sony Classical is proud to announce the release of this year's Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert Schönbrunn 2017, conducted by Christoph Eschenbach with soprano Renée Fleming as soloist.  The Summer Night Concert, performed this year on May 25th 2017, is an annual open-air event, which has been held since 2008. The previous series was the "Concert for Europe", which took place from 2004 until 2007. The park of Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna/Austria is the magical setting for the concert, which is free of charge for all residents and visitors of the city. The illustrious conductors who have previously led the orchestra at this event are Georges Prêtre, Daniel Barenboim, Franz Welser-Möst, Valery Gergiev, Gustavo Dudamel, Lorin Maazel, Christoph Eschenbach, Zubin Mehta and Semyon Bychkov. 
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