Collabro set for Venue Cymru as part of 'the Road To The Royal Albert Hall' / North Wales Pioneer

Musical theatre four piece Collabro will bring their incredibly polished big band meets boy band sensibilities to Venue Cymru as part of the Road To The Royal Albert Hall tour on Saturday, March 2. The BGT 2014 winners met for their first rehearsal just a month later went on to rouse the whole of Hammersmith Apollo during their first ever public performance of ‘Stars' for the show's judges. Having triumphed in their semi-final heat with over 63 percent of the vote, they then won the overall competition with one of the biggest majorities ever. This subsequently led to them join
 
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Cally Banham's 'Cor Christmas' is the KUSC 'Album of the Week'

Cor Christmas is a collection of secular and sacred carols featuring the soulful sound of the English horn (or cor anglais) performed by Saint Louis Symphony Solo English horn player Cally Banham. You'll hear tracks from this new CD throughout the week. As an early Christmas gift from us to you, grab Cally's version of Little Drummer Boy as our Free Download of the Week by signing up for our free weekly eNotes newsletter! For the Week of December 17th, Cally Banham - Cor Christmas is the KUSC: Los Angeles 'Album of the Week'  SEE THE PAGE   p.p1 {margin: 0.0p
 
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Cally Banham's 'Cor Christmas' is the KDFC 'Album of the Week'

Cor Christmas is a collection of secular and sacred carols featuring the soulful sound of the English horn (or cor anglais) performed by Saint Louis Symphony Solo English horn player Cally Banham. You'll hear tracks from this new CD throughout the week. As an early Christmas gift from us to you, grab Cally's version of Little Drummer Boy as our Free Download of the Week by signing up for our free weekly eNotes newsletter! For the Week of December 17th, Cally Banham - Cor Christmas is the KDFC: San Francisco 'Album of the Week'  SEE THE PAGE p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0
 
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Yusif Eyvazov set for solo program in Paris, Salle Gaveau / AzerNews

Honored Artist of Azerbaijan, opera star Yusif Eyvazov will give a concert in France. For the first time, Yusif Eyvazov will perform a solo program at one of the most prestigious concert halls in Paris, Salle Gaveau, on February 7, 2019, Trend Life reported. The concert program includes the audience's favorite arias and romances by Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, Glinka, masterpieces of the Italian opera "E lucevan le stelle", "Nessun Dorma" and others. The opera singer will sing to the accompaniment of pianist Enrico Reggioli. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvet
 
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Watch Sultans Of String - The Little Swallow (Carol Of The Bells)/Al Vuelo / BGSWraps

"This song ‘Shchedryk,' known in English as ‘The Little Swallow,' is a Ukrainian New Year's carol. Many people know it by its later adaption to another song, ‘Carol of the Bells.' Here we created a mashup with our original song ‘Al Vuelo,' arranged in a Spanish bulerias style. We took this song full-circle, back to Europe, to record with the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. The most exciting part of the process was travelling to Prague. I knew that the musicians there would do an incredible job with this song, which we got to record in a Soviet-era studio. And
 
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Win tickets to see Tony Bennett at Orlando's Dr. Phillips Center. Compliments of News 96.5

Listen all week (12/17-12/21) to Orlando's Morning News with Joe Kelley. When you hear the cue, call the News 96.5 Contest Line at 844-220-0965. Be caller #9 and you could win a pair of tickets to the March 23, 2019 Dr. Phillips Center show! Tony Bennett's life and philosophy is the embodiment of the Great American Story. Having celebrated his 92nd birthday on August 3rd 2018, his career as the pre-eminent singer of the 20th and 21st centuries is unprecedented. He continues to be embraced and loved by audiences of all generations. Both multi-Grammy winning and platinum-selling arti
 
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The Kingdom Choir sing 'Silent Night' / Harpers Bazaar

If you're in need of festive cheer, or just want a top up, then look no further, The Kingdom Choir sing 'Silent Night' If we cast our minds back to the royal wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in May, one of the highlights was surely The Kingdom Choir's performance of Ben E King's Stand By Me. If you weren't misty-eyed during their affecting rendition, you were among the few. A Sony record deal soon followed, as did the group's debut album. We were given the privilege of attending one of the choir's Christmas rehearsals, where they performed cl
 
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As part of a new film, Daniil Trifonov will perform on Chopin original pianos / The Guardian

He is a Grammy award-winning musician hailed as "a phenomenon" and one of "the most astounding young pianists of our age". Now the Russian virtuoso Daniil Trifonov is to take another step towards musical stardom when, as part of a new film, he will perform the work of Frédéric Chopin on the same pianos that the composer played on his 1848 concert tour of Britain. "Other Chopin films have played his music on contemporary pianos, which sound different. Like all my movies, we're trying to recreate history and bring you back in time," said the producer Donald Rosenfeld, former
 
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DePue Brothers present holiday show in Bowling Green / Toledo Blade

If you look up a video of Bowling Green native Alex DePue on Youtube, you might see the violinist playing a cover of Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal" that's registered more than 4 million views. In other videos he's playing covers of the Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby," Journey's "Separate Ways," and Starship's "We Built This City" while his long hair dangles in front of his face. The 46-year-old violinist has spent four decades perfecting his skills, resulting in numerous accolades throughout his life, including a Carnegie Hall debut in New York City at the age of 14. DePue will be joined
 
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'London Calling' is Lyn Stanley's best work. Bravo! Brava! / GRIGWARE REVIEWS

International recording artist Lyn Stanley has had an amazing career thus far. Within just a few years she has produced six albums, her newest London Calling, her first salute to a singing star, the late great Miss Julie London. I have reviewed her since her first album Lost in Romance, released in 2013. I have heard her grow from good to great...but London Calling is by far her best work...absolutely. I understand she rehearsed tirelessly with her musicians in a band searching for just the right way to capture Julie London's singing style.  Important to note here is that this
 
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11 singers who had a year to remember! OPERAWIRE Best of 2018

It's that time of year during which we look back at the past 365-ish days and the big moments that defined them. Every year, the opera world has its share of rising and breakout stars as well as opera singers who solidify or take their careers in new directions. Others make important debuts or create roles that audiences would have never expected. This is what makes a performer stick in an audience's mind for the whole year and this year was a truly magnificent one for multiple performers. Like last year, OperaWire has put together a list of the Opera stars who made 2018 a year to reme
 
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Joyce DiDonato reads 'Maria by Callas' What is there left to say? / Classical101-WOSU

What is there left to say? Enough to fill an engrossing new film, Maria by Callas, another examination of the life and career of Maria Callas, over 40 years after her death and more than 50 years past her final operatic performances.  Maria by Callas, a film by Tom Volf, has no surface narration. All the words come from the lady herself, either in her own voice or in her letters, beautifully read by Joyce DiDonato. The centerpiece of the film is a 1970 interview Callas gave with David Frost, whose popular talk show was a fixture of daytime TV long before Oprah. Callas does not
 
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HO HO WHO: Batiste and Brooks take a lighter touch on 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas' / Washington City Paper

HO HO WHO: Jon Batiste, the New Orleans native who leads The Late Show's band, and Danielle Brooks, best remembered for her roles in Orange is the New Black and the most recent stage revival of The Color Purple, singing the purist tribute to the holiday season, "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." It's a task many have attempted and few have mastered, but Batiste and Brooks have just the right amount of name recognition to take a shot at the song Judy Garland made famous without making total fools of themselves.  LET THE BEAT BE LIGHT: Garland and those that followed h
 
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Harry Potter composer; Imogen Heap announces first world tour in eight years / The Leaky Cauldron

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child features prominently in this week's theater news, as has often been the case since the production first opened in London. The attending cast is now confirmed for BroadwayCon 2019, and the newest production, located in Melbourne, Australia, is readying for January previews. Cursed Child stars and contributors remain busy elsewhere as well, with soundtrack composer Imogen Heap announcing a new world tour for the first time in eight years that will prove as ground-breaking as her music. In addition to concerts, the Mycelia tour will also feature music and
 
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'Desperate Measures' & Sarah Brightman's 'Hymn' make T2C 'CD picks for your Christmas stockings'

Every year people panic to find the perfect gift. We at T2C have been collecting idea's all year long to bring you the perfect gift guide at all price levels. When you're at the end of your rope trying to find the perfect Christmas present this year, come to this guide for some great suggestions. Top of our list is the original cast recording of the critically acclaimed musical comedy Desperate Measures, which recently reopened at New World Stages, is now available digitally from Masterworks Broadway. With music by David Friedman (Listen to My Heart) and lyrics by Peter Kellogg (Anna Ka
 
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Krystian Zimerman's 'Age of Anxiety' makes for a profoundly moving birthday gift to Leonard Bernstein / Classical Music Sentinel

It's literally been many, many years since I've last listened to the Symphony No. 2 "The Age of Anxiety" by Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990). So much so that I had forgotten how starkly and poignantly plaintive the Prologue sounds, and how it so effectively evokes the sense of desolate, shallow emptiness the poem by W.H. Auden, on which the symphony is based, attempts to convey through its main characters. And when the piano part steps in at the Variation I, Krystian Zimerman's deeply expressive playing really throws into relief the profound feelings of anxiety and irresolution tha
 
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Kansas Public Radio discusses 'Cor Christmas' with Cally Banham

Cor Christmas is an instrumental collection of sacred and secular carols featuring the soulful sound of the English horn, performed by the Saint Louis Symphony's Cally Banham. Featured on the album are Banham's own ensemble Cortango, Adam Maness Trio, and Trombones of the Saint Louis Symphony. Cor Christmas presents a varied journey through popular Christmas tunes, presented in a fusion of classical and jazz styles and reimagined in new and sonorous arrangements! Kansas Public Radio's Michael Keelan talked with Cally. Listen to the interview p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0
 
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Capathia Jenkins joins 'The New York Pops' board of directors / BroadwayWorld

The New York Pops announces the appointment of Broadway star Capathia Jenkins to its Board of Directors. Capathia has previously appeared as a soloist with The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall on multiple occasions, including during the orchestra's R&B celebration in February 2018. "We are thrilled that Capathia Jenkins has joined the Board of Directors of The New York Pops," said Chairman James A. Read. "She joins a dynamic group of individuals, across a diverse array of professions, that are committed to helping The New York Pops attain the highest artistic and educational standards
 
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Mark O'Connor and Friends set for Spokane's Fox Theatre / The Spokesman-Review

Renowned violinist Mark O'Connor isn't shy about his love for Appalachian music. In fact, he's released a trilogy of albums featuring music inspired by the region. First, there was "Appalachia Waltz," with Yo-Yo Ma and Edgar Meyer, in 1996. Then, the trio followed that up with "Appalachian Journey" in 2000, which went on to win the Grammy for Best Classical Crossover Album. In 2011, O'Connor released "An Appalachian Christmas," which features both classic Christmas songs and Appalachian-themed songs about things like a beloved hunting dog and passing a fiddle from one generation to the
 
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Lyn Stanley has some fun on 'London Calling' / glideMAGAZINE

Self-made and DIY jazz vocalist Lyn Stanley has achieved enough success now through five best-selling albums to have some fun and for the first time pay tribute to another artist. As Stanley says in her notes, "I chose to honor, not mimic, jazz stylist Julie London, as many have noted our similar styles. Julie had a penchant for a relaxed, simple delivery, was not a fan of scatting, and embraced song lyrics more than notes. I appreciate that."  On London Calling – A Toast to Julie London, Stanley and her small combo created flexible arrangements for the songs and made changes to
 
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Morten Lauridsen discusses 'Light Eternal' with Radio Purdue

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d} A National Medal of Arts recipient and former composer-in-residence of the Los Angeles Master Chorale (1994–2001), American choral composer Morten Lauridsen has gained recognition for his choral music the world over. On his 75th birthday this year, the Chamber Choir of Europe recorded Lauridsen's landmark compositions, including two world premiere recordings, in close collaboration with the composer himself. The latest from Deutsche Grammophon, Lauridsen recently spoke with WBAA - Radio Purdue
 
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  Interview with Radio Purdue's John Clare

89.1KMUW celebrates World Violin Day with Sultans of String & Regina Carter

Thursday, December 13, is World Violin Day. 89.1KMUW - Wichita KS Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train are teaming up to mark the occassion with 5 hours of music, 7 p.m. to midnight. Global Village gets the special feature underway with music from a number of violinists from around the world.  Hear the violin and cello quartet, the Fretless, who just was named Instrumental Group of the Year in the Canadian Folk Music Awards, another Canadian group – the Sultans of String, Mathias Duplessy and the 3 Violins of the World (from China, India and Mongolia), a Paolo Con
 
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Cally Banham speaks with classical radio about new 'Cor Christmas' recording

Cor Christmas is an instrumental collection of sacred and secular carols featuring the soulful sound of the English horn, performed by the Saint Louis Symphony's Cally Banham. Featured on the album are Banham's own ensemble Cortango, Adam Maness Trio, and Trombones of the Saint Louis Symphony. Cor Christmas presents a varied journey through popular Christmas tunes, presented in a fusion of classical and jazz styles and reimagined in new and sonorous arrangements! In conjunction with this release, Cally Banham has made herself avail. to speak with radio networks and stations
 
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BRSO - Jansons, at their peak on Rachmaninov - The Bells / GRAMOPHONE

This superlative performance of Rachmaninov's choral symphony The Bells is one of those stratospherically accomplished, ‘cosmic' ones that Jansons says he is always trying to attain. For a long time my benchmark as a conductor of The Bells has been Evgeny Svetlanov.  Like Svetlanov, Jansons has Rachmaninov in his very soul; but he is also able to capitalise on his remarkable ear for colour, clarity and atmosphere, coupled with his distinctive energy and probing depth of emotional understanding. His Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, captured at Munich concerts in January 2016
 
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After a busy 2018, Tedeschi Trucks Band are set again for Wheels of Soul Tour this summer / RollingStone

The road goes on for Tedeschi Trucks Band. After a busy 2018 and already with a hearty slate of winter and spring tour dates on the horizon, the versatile 12-piece outfit, led by the husband-and-wife team of guitarist Derek Trucks and blues singer-guitarist Susan Tedeschi, have announced they will once again headline the multi-band Wheels of Soul Tour in the summer. Rolling across the country for the fifth straight year, the upcoming tour will feature support from Southern rockers Blackberry Smoke and Americana duo Shovels & Rope, a group also made up of married musical collaborators, C
 
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John Coltrane, Bill Frisell & The Bad Plus make Philly.com 'Best of 2018'

Though it's always been the case to some extent, jazz has increasingly become more an approach to creating music than an easily definable style. Scanning over the year's standout jazz releases, what's most impressive is the divergent paths they take, each boldly different and incorporating a wide range of influences in distinctive ways. The major story of the year was, all too typically for the genre, about a long-dead artist. Both Directions at Once, the much-touted "lost John Coltrane album," was indeed an exciting find, a thrilling glimpse at a previously unheard session with the ico
 
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Fado and flute with Susan Palma-Nidel / Jazz Weekly

The Portuguese traditional sounds of Fado are both celebrated and brought to modern ears from the flute of Susan Palma-Nidel. Produced by Gil Goldstein (who also supplies keyboards and accordion), the album boasts rich support from Fausto Bordalo Dias, Jose Afonso, Ne Ladeiras, Pedro Joia, Ze Manel Neto, Carlos Barretto, Ruca Redbordao, Sandra Martins and Leo Traversa, all mixing together with traditional and modern. Palma-Nidel's flute is warm and glowing lovely with guitar on "Os Indios De Meia-Praia" and the dreamy "Cancao." Folksy sounds on the strings team with the leader on the li
 
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SLSO's Cally Banham adds a spin on Christmas tunes from the sacred to the secular / RIVERFRONT TIMES

For members of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, the holiday season brings a yearly dusting-off of some old chestnuts. As the month of December goes on, the SLSO calendar becomes less a showcase for the works of Bruckner or Mendelsohn and more a repository of holiday shows and Christmas pops matinees.  Cally Banham, a symphony musician who is normally featured on the English horn, notes that the SLSO's programmers walk a line between popular, seat-filling favorites and newer holiday fare. "I think it is a little bit of a challenge for them to come up with something fresh; there a
 
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Olafur Arnalds & Solomon Grey make 'The Best of Echoes 2018'

It was a wild year for music on Echoes and we've sorted through the hundreds of new music releases to pick the Top 25 albums for 2018. BAFTA winning artist, composer, musician and producer Ólafur Arnalds has unveiled his new track ‘re:member' featuring his ground-breaking new software, Stratus, which transforms the humble piano into a unique new instrument. It is released today Friday April 6 along with a brand new music video. Ólafur will be performing The Stratus Pianos across the world later this year, including a sold-out date at London's Royal Albert Hal
 
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Sarah Brightman set to perform in Russia in support of her latest album - HYMN

English classical crossover soprano singer Sarah Brightman will perform in Russia in 2019 as part of the world tour in support of her latest album HYMN, the press services of SAV Entertainment and PMI Show concert agencies told TASS. The world's most successful and bestselling soprano will give concerts at the Crocus City Hall in Moscow on October 29 and at the Oktyabrsky Concert hall in Petersburg on October 30. Last time the singer performed in Russia in 2017. READ THE FULL TASS ARTICLE
 
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Sleepless nights with Andras Schiff and Beethoven / The New Yorker

In the mid-two-thousands, when Schiff performed the full cycle of sonatas at Wigmore Hall, in London, each of his eight concerts was preceded by a separate lecture-recital, in which he explored and reflected on the works more deeply before his audience (Wigmore Hall has since posted the lecture-recitals on its Web site). As Schiff opened the first evening of his lectures, which covered sonatas one through four, he advised that, ideally, music should be experienced directly-not picked apart or overanalyzed. Talking about music, he added, qualifying his own endeavor, is "really not my m&eacut
 
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Yuja Wang has a thing for Bartok, and gets her first Grammy nomination / KPCC

Thirty one-year-old piano virtuoso Yuja Wang was born in China and was a stand-out talent from a very young age. She studied in Canada and the United States and today lives, more or less, in New York - though she's in such demand that she's rarely home at all. Back in 2017, John Horn spoke with her at Disney Hall as she was preparing for an engagement with Gustavo Dudamel and the L.A. Philharmonic. Today we revisit that interview, following her Grammy nomination last week in the Classical Instrumental Solo category for her recording of Bartók's Piano Concerto No. 2 with Simon
 
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The cyclone of exuberance that is Yo-Yo Ma, tore through the Washington, D.C., area / The New Yorker

The cellist is in the middle of a sprawling tour called the Bach Project, which involves performances of Bach's six solo-cello suites in thirty-six places, on six continents. Most of Ma's concerts are slated for large spaces capable of accommodating thousands. Each is accompanied by a Day of Action, in which Ma meets with local artists, community leaders, students, and activists, exploring how culture can contribute to social progress. In Washington, the venue was the National Cathedral. The Day of Action took place in Anacostia, the historic African-American neighborhood in southea
 
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David Crosby Lighthouse Band set for Capitol Theatre - relix channel webcast / JamBase

David Crosby & The Lighthouse Band will offer a free webcast of their concert Saturday night at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. The livestream is presented by The Relix Channel. The Lighthouse Band features Michael League of Snarky Puppy, Becca Stevens and Michelle Willis. Crosby collaborated with League, Stevens and Willis on his 2016 solo album Lighthouse and again on this year's full-length release Here If You Listen. Saturday's concert at The Cap begins at 8 p.m. ET. Photo by Anna Webber.         SEE THE PAGE
 
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Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil reinvigorate Tchaikovsky's 'Nutcracker' / KUSC: Album Of the Week

When a conductor of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker doesn't have to worry about what the dancers are doing on stage, it can be very freeing! It certainly is for Gustavo Dudamel in this inspired concert performance with the LA Phil from 2013. In his LA Times review, Mark Swed wrote: "For those for whom the images of dancing snowflakes, the Sugar Plum Fairy and violence to mice are inextricably connected to the music, this will be a revelation."    For the Week of December 10th, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, led by Gustavo Dudamel in Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker is KUSC: Los Angeles &#
 
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Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil reinvigorate Tchaikovsky's 'Nutcracker' / KDFC: Album Of the Week

When a conductor of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker doesn't have to worry about what the dancers are doing on stage, it can be very freeing! It certainly is for Gustavo Dudamel in this inspired concert performance with the LA Phil from 2013. In his LA Times review, Mark Swed wrote: "For those for whom the images of dancing snowflakes, the Sugar Plum Fairy and violence to mice are inextricably connected to the music, this will be a revelation."    For the Week of December 10th, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, led by Gustavo Dudamel in Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker is KDFC: San Fr
 
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As festive carols dominate this time of year, King's College Cambridge takes over CLASSIC fM chart

With more and more people opting for festive carols at this time of year, King's College Cambridge takes over the chart – but they are yet to reach No. 1. Only two new entries have made it on to the chart this week, both at opposite ends of the top 30. Katherine Jenkins' new album Guiding Light has entered an No. 2 and A Renaissance Christmas by The Sixteen & Harry Christophers enters at No.27. Seven re-entries make an appearance, of which six are Christmas albums. The top 30 now currently includes Christmas albums from The Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Andr&eacu
 
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Stone Church Arts will present 'Christmas Caravan' / The Keene Sentinel

Stone Church Arts will present "Christmas Caravan," a holiday world music concert for all ages on Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 7:30 p.m. featuring Sultans of String and singer Rebecca Campbell. The concert will be held at Immanuel Episcopal Church, the stone church on the hill, 20 Church St., Bellows Falls. Sultans of String have won three Juno awards (Canada's Grammy). They play original songs, world-music inspired classics and seasonal favorites such as "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring," a djembe-driven "Little Drummer Boy," a "Feliz Navidad" ska party, a Turkish twist on "Greensleeves," a Gypsy-jaz
 
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Big recording story this year was discovery of John Coltrane's 'lost album' / THE IRISH TIMES

Anyone who thought that jazz still involved men in suits playing swing music was put right (again) this year as the improvised music envelope continued to expand in every available direction, both at home and internationally. The discovery of a lost recording by one of the undisputed giants of the music, the continued rise of Ireland's regional jazz festivals, a string of high-quality new releases from both ends of the island, a discussion (finally) about gender balance, and a renaissance at the Cork Jazz Festival were just some of the highlights of a busy year in Irish jazz. But undoub
 
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Yo-Yo Ma plays Place des Arts metro / Montreal Gazette

With the subway rumbling underneath and a cold wind penetrating from the outside, Place des Arts métro station on a Saturday afternoon was not quite the black-tie venue and ideal acoustic theatre Yo-Yo Ma was used to. His free concert in the métro was part of his "Bach project," to play Johann Sebastian Bach's six suites for solo cello in 36 places on six continents. But when the renowned musician made his way through the crowd with his $2.5-million cello on his back, the station was immediately transformed into a concert hall, and its patrons into patrons of the arts
 
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Bill Murray joins Puss N Boots for 'Blue Christmas' / JamBase

Puss N' Boots was joined by Bill Murray on a rendition of "Blue Christmas" on Thursday night in New York City. The collaboration with the group featuring Norah Jones, Catherine Popper and Sasha Dobson took place at Sunny's Bar in Brooklyn, New York. Murray co-wrote and starred in the 2015 Netflix musical Christmas special A Very Murray Christmas and last year teamed with cellist Jan Vogler on the album New Worlds. Established in 2008, the lone Puss N' Boots album to date is their 2014 debut, No Fools, No Fun. Watch Murray join the trio on "Blue Christmas" captured by tahcofan below.
 
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Igor Levit's approach is unique at St. Paul's Schubert Club / Interlude

Igor Levit the fascinating German-Russian pianist was featured on the Schubert Club's International Artists Series here in Saint Paul, Minnesota recently. The highly anticipated program had us on tenterhooks as the lone piano stood on the empty stage. Then out he walked in a long, flowing, white shirt, one arm leading his lanky body, and with barely a bow he sat at the instrument and began. He immediately set a tone of introspection- a serious, studied, and probing approach, as if suspended in another dimension. Levit's approach is unique. I am reminded of the genius of Glenn Go
 
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Aaron Parks has reached a milestone on 'Little Big' / All About Jazz

The press release for highly praised keyboard/composer Aaron Parks's (Kurt Rosenwinkel, Terence Blanchard) latest album states: "after experimenting with various lineups and sessions, Parks landed on three musicians ideally suited for this atmospheric, genre-bending new work." And after listening to this inspiring session it's easy to discern why Parks needed time and a bit of prudence to fulfil his personalized mission of original genre-hopping compositions, that gel to a synergistic group-focused vibe. Here, it seems that the artist has reached a milestone 10-years after his 2008
 
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Rachel Barton Pine brings 'Blues Dialogues' to Community IdeaStations: Breakfast Classics

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine plays blues-infused works by Black composers on her new album "Blues Dialogues." Rachel is a long-time advocate for music by Black composers and one of the initiatives of her well-established foundation is to promote their music. This recording features several world-premiere recordings, including Noel Da Costa's "A Set of Dance Tunes for Solo Violin," Delores White's "Blue Dialogues" for solo violin, and Billy Child's "Incident on Larpenteur Avenue." Other highlights include the first recordings of Wendell Logan's violin and piano arrangement of Duke Ellington'
 
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  Interview with WCVE's Mike Goldberg

Coltrane without Coltrane on St. Louis Public Radio's 'Jazz Unlimited'

St. Louis Public Radio's Jazz Unlimited for December 9, 2018 will be "Coltrane Tunes Without Coltrane."  The great saxophonist John Coltrane left us a number of compositions that are sometimes tricky and difficult to play, sometimes beautiful and sometimes very spiritual, among other attributes.  We will play some of these inspiring compositions without Coltrane in big band, piano and small group settings. They will be played by the Buddy Rich Band, our own John Hicks, our own Pee Wee Russell, the Woody Herman band, Sonny Fortune, Karrin Allyson, John McLaughlin, Janice Borla,
 
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Crossover Media picks up 18 GRAMMY nom projects this year

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance • "'S Wonderful" Tony Bennett & Diana Krall - Track from: Love Is Here To Stay Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album • Love Is Here To Stay - Tony Bennett & Diana Krall Best Jazz Vocal Album The Questions - Kurt Elling         The Subject Tonight Is Love - Kate McGarry With Keith Ganz & Gary Versace Best American Roots Performance • "Saint James Infirmary Blues" - Jon Batiste Track from: Hollywood Africans Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media • Call Me By Your Name (V
 
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YNS-Philadelphia Orchestra 'Messiah' is something much more than a holiday ritual / Philly.com

The minute Handel's Messiah starts, you feel like you're home. "Comfort ye" are the first words out of the tenor's mouth in the first aria, and at this point in the holiday season, you need to hear that. The later moments, however, are where the Philadelphia Orchestra's Thursday performance, the first of three through Sunday at the Kimmel Center, began distinguishing itself as something much more than a holiday ritual, or, worse yet, a musical rerun. This was a Messiah that constantly asked you to think again at passages that often veer into redundancy - but sometimes at a cost. Music d
 
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James Brandon Lewis, Cecile McLorin Salvant make The New York Times 'Best Jazz of 2018'

Some of the most trusted names in jazz and a host of innovative young disrupters brought cross-media collaborations and fresh approaches to the genre. The New York Times 'Best Jazz of 2018 includes; 8. James Brandon Lewis/Chad Taylor, ‘Radiant Imprints' On this duo album, James Brandon Lewis honors John Coltrane by isolating parts of his compositions, diving into the source material with strident, ennobled conviction. Whether charging on the drum set or playing the hypnotic mbira, Chad Taylor knows where to find Mr. Lewis at his best.     GETTY IMAG
 
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Deutsche Grammophon celebrates 120th birthday / udiscovermusic.

The world's oldest and best-known classical label will use its anniversary year to continue building a lasting legacy. Deutsche Grammophon is marking the 120th anniversary of its company foundation on 6 December 1898 with a carefully curated global programme of DG120 live concerts, special events, record releases and much more. The birthday celebrations began with the spectacular DG 120 – The Tokyo Concert, held at Tokyo's legendary Suntory Hall last night, 5 December, in the presence of the Japanese imperial family. Anne-Sophie Mutter joined Seiji Ozawa, Diego Matheuz and the Sai
 
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ARC, Calleja, Olafsson, Herrera, Kahane, Brooklyn Rider make NPR - best Music Of 2018

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d} These are the 100 best songs of 2018, as selected by the staff of NPR Music and our partner stations. You can listen to the songs here, check out the 50 best albums of the year or hear All Songs Considered's podcast discussion of the year in music. 93. Anthony Roth Costanzo "Liquid Days" Costanzo is a stellar countertenor - that's a male singer who sings in falsetto to achieve the range of a female alto - and this is a stellar piece of music, juxtaposing Philip Glass' signature celesti
 
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Film Music Magazine interviews Max Richter

As Hollywood's ranks of film composers become increasingly filled with talent drawn from realms of experimental and alternative music, few of these talents that claim their roots in the past have climbed to their craft's throne like Max Richter. German born and English-educated in music, Richter has prolifically conquered concert halls and scoring stages, segueing between ballets, tone poems and a marathon work designed to lull listeners to sleep – all as he's kept film and television audiences awake in an often melancholy spell. READ THE Film Music Magazine Q&A
 
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Moutin-Shah, Frisell, Scofield, Elling make Paste '10 best jazz albums of 2018'

In 2018, the jazz world saw important releases. Here are the Paste 10 best jazz albums of the year    Francois Moutin & Kavita Shah: Interplay - French bass virtuoso joins free-spirited improvising singer on a series of highly conversational duets ranging from the jazz standard "You Go To My Head" to the Edith Piaf anthem "La Vie En Rose" to a scat-fueled take on Bill Evans' "Interplay." Special guest Martial Solal, the 90-year-old Algerian-born piano master regarded as the French Art Tatum, joins the two on his "Coming Yesterday" and "Aigue Marine." And Shah's me
 
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Yo-Yo Ma's 'Bach Project' visits DC's Anacostia High School / The Washington Informer

As part of his "Bach Project," internationally renowned cellist;  Yo-Yo Ma returns a greeting from Turner Elementary School students by stretching out on the steps at Anacostia High School during a special visit on Nov. 30. Ma spent the day performing live at WeAct Radio, co-hosting an assembly at Anacostia High School and participating in an artist talk at The Anacostia Arts Center - all in conjunction with the Kennedy Center's Arts Across America project. The Bach Project aims to have Ma perform the famed composer's six cello suites in locations around the world, tied to communit
 
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Pine, Levit, Lang, Ma, make Chicago Tribune 'Best classical recordings of 2018'

For the top classical recordings of the year, Chicago Tribune - Contact Reporter, Howard Reich conversed with John von Rhein, who retired as the newspaper's classical music critic in July. What follows are five picks from each of them, with comments: Rachel Barton Pine: "Blues Dialogues" (Cedille). The definition of classical music keeps expanding, thanks to new generations of musicians uninterested in the strictures of old. Chicago violinist Pine underscores the point with "Blues Dialogues," a revelatory recording bringing welcome exposure to music of black composers. Most of
 
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Ma, Levit, Trifonov, van Zweden-NYphil, Netrebko make The New York Times - Best Classical Music of 2018

The New York Times - Best Classical Music of the year includes; Igor Levit,  Jaap van Zweden, Daniil Trifonov,  Yo-Yo Ma and Anna Netrebko. In a year of beginnings, the Jaap van Zweden era started at the New York Philharmonic, and the 92-year-old composer Gyorgy Kurtag's first opera had its premiere. It was a gamble for Anna Netrebko to sing the touchstone title role of Puccini's "Tosca" for the first time ever this spring at the Metropolitan Opera.  I expected beautiful Chopin from Daniil Trifonov, a brilliant virtuoso with poetic sensibilities, in two programs
 
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Rachel Barton Pine discusses 'Blues Dialogues' with 90.3KEDT: Corpus Christi TX

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine, Cedille Records' best-selling artist and longtime advocate for music by Black composers, performs a program of blues-influenced classical works for solo violin and violin and piano by Black composers of the 20th and 21st centuries on Blues Dialogues: Music by Black Composers, her newest Cedille Records album. Pianist Matthew Hagle, Pine's longtime recital partner, joins her on their third album together on Cedille and Pine's 21st for the Chicago-based label. 'Blues Dialogues' features several world-premiere recordings: Noel Da Costa'
 
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Sullivan Fortner leads a sterling trio in a most emotional offering; Moments Preserved / SOUNDS OF TIMELESS JAZZ

Moments Preserved is Sullivan Fortner's follow up to his  Impulse! Records debut titled Aria. The pianist and composer returns leading a sterling trio with bassist Ameen Saleem and drummer Jeremy "Bean" Clemons and the great Roy Hargrove as guest  on trumpet and flugelhorn. The recording contains 12 songs that span from re-arranged television theme songs such as "Changing Keys" from The Wheel of Fortune, and "You Are Special" from the Mister Rogers television show to originals penned by Fortner and his bandmate Saleem to jazz standards composed by Hope, Ellington, Monk and Sty
 
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Cho Seong-jin to join Salzburg Festival centennial in 2020 / The Korea Herald

Pianist Cho Seong-jin will perform at the Salzburg Festival in 2020, the year marking the prestigious music festival's centennial. "It's a great honor to join one of the world's most prominent and historic music festivals and also to debut in the year that it would celebrate its 100th anniversary. Though the program has not been decided, I would look forward to making my debut there with a good program," Cho told The Korea Herald.  The Salzburg Festival 2019 will run from July 20 through Aug. 31. During the 43-day period, the festival will hold 199 performances at 16 venues that span a
 
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Peter Kater set for Cheyenne Canon / Colorado Springs Independent

Some quotes should just not be paraphrased. Take, for example, this line from an email we received about Grammy-winning artist and composer Peter Kater: "People are invited to lay under his piano while he plays to get the full experience from another sensory perspective." This is something you won't find at most Elton John, Norah Jones, or even Coldplay shows. Kater has had a dozen albums nominated in the Grammys' New Age category, and finally won the damn thing earlier this year. A former Boulder resident who now lives in Maui, he was a regular performer at the Hotel Boulderado and
 
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The Ten Tenors close out this year's 'UWPresents' / University of Wyoming News

The Ten Tenors, an Australian ensemble, will perform as the last act in the University of Wyoming Presents fall series. The concert is Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the UW College of Arts and Sciences auditorium. Formed in 1995, the ensemble has headlined more than 2,000 concerts around the world and sold more than 3.5 million concert tickets. The group is known for dynamic, choreographed performances and easy transitions between various sounds. The Ten Tenors have shared the stage with well-known superstars such as Lionel Richie, Rod Stewart, Andrea Boccelli, Willie Nelson, Alanis
 
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CAMA celebrates 100th anniversary with LACO & Avi Avital / Santa Barbara Independent

After a century of outstanding classical music programming in Santa Barbara, CAMA on Tuesday, December 11, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra will perform a free community concert at the Granada in honor of CAMA's 100th anniversary, and it's going to be a special night thanks to the presence of master mandolinist Avi Avital. This concert is part of the LACO's Baroque Conversations concert series, and pairs two double violin concertos by Antonio Vivaldi with a complete version of the composer's most famous work, The Four Seasons. The featured soloist for The Four Seasons
 
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London Music Works - The Nativity is KUSC: Download of the Week

Bringing the sound of Hollywood blockbuster to well-loved seasonal favorites, The Nativity includes traditional Christmas Carols arranged in a dramatic, orchestral and cinematic style, utilizing both electronic arrangements and a full-size classical orchestra. Introducing a potent mix of film, TV & trailer soundtrack composers and arrangers, with this album, London Music Works gives the best-loved Christmas songs a sonic makeover. This week, you can download The Holly and the Ivy in the style of Danny Elfman. London Music Works - The Nativity is KUSC: Los Angeles 'Download of th
 
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London Music Works - The Nativity is KDFC: Download of the Week

Bringing the sound of Hollywood blockbuster to well-loved seasonal favorites, The Nativity includes traditional Christmas Carols arranged in a dramatic, orchestral and cinematic style, utilizing both electronic arrangements and a full-size classical orchestra. Introducing a potent mix of film, TV & trailer soundtrack composers and arrangers, with this album, London Music Works gives the best-loved Christmas songs a sonic makeover. This week, you can download The Holly and the Ivy in the style of Danny Elfman. London Music Works - The Nativity is KDFC: San Francisco 'Download of
 
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Vox explains John Coltrane's 'Giant Steps'

John Coltrane's "Giant Steps" is the pinnacle of jazz improvisation. One of jazz's most revered saxophonists, Coltrane released "Giant Steps" in 1959. The chord progression that makes up the entirety of the song came to be called the "Coltrane changes"; it's known across the musical world as one of the most challenging chord progressions to improvise over. It's tough for two reasons: The chord progressions are played fast, and they're in three keys. "Giant Steps" is so challenging that Tommy Flanagan, the pianist on the original recording, could barely get through his solo before Coltrane t
 
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Charlie Haden, Brad Mehldau 'Long Ago and Far Away' is a conversation between two especially close friends / JAZZANDROCK.com

The legendary jazz bassist Charlie Haden and the pianist Brad Mehldau teamed up in November 2007 to perform together in the Christuskirche in Mannheim. The live recording has finally been released on Impulse. The recording has something touching. She has a deep soul, like the conversation between two especially close friends, maybe between the fatherly friend and the smart, talented boy. And the recording has something documentary at the same time. It shows an important point between the two musicians who must have appreciated each other. SEE THE FULL jazzandrock.com PAGE p.p1 {ma
 
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John Coltrane - 'Both Directions At Once' makes 88.3PPB - Top 10 Favorite Albums of 2018

On March 6, 1963, John Coltrane and his Classic Quartet - McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison, and Elvin Jones - recorded an entire studio album at the legendary Van Gelder Studios. This music, which features unheard originals, will finally be released 55 years later. Released on June 29 via Impulse! Records, Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album the holy grail of jazz. As the legendary saxophonist Sonny Rollins so rightly put it, "This is like finding a new room in the Great Pyramid." The musical implications of this album, the original compositions, the arrangements, the band, the year
 
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John Scofield's Combo 66 will satisfy jazz and jam band fans alike / The New York City Jazz Record

Grammy Award-winning jazz guitarist, band leader and composer, John Scofield recently released his new album, Combo 66, marking his 66th birthday, via Verve Records. The album, which features long-time drummer Bill Stewart, bassist Vincente Archer and pianist/organist Gerald Clayton, combines jazz with genre-defying elements, allowing Scofield to find new modes of expression. Scofield has been on a serious roll since 2015, when his release, Past Present, earned a Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album. He followed the release with the 2016 album Country For Old Men, which earned him
 
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RBP's Blues Dialogues is cause for thanksgiving / Ludig van Toronto

Here's cause for thanksgiving. The Chicago violinist Rachel Barton Pine has filled an album with music by Black American composers, most of them shamefully little-known. Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, for instance, no relation to the British composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, but named after him at birth. C-T's set of blues for solo violin strikes me as having a dual purpose of being truly enjoyable for the listener and perfect warm-up riffs for the player if Bach is too cold to start with on a winter's morning. READ THE FULL Ludig van Toronto ARTICLE p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0
 
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If you like campy take-offs with a clever premise and quality music, here is Desperate Measures / STAGEANDCINEMA

Desperate Measures - the Off-Broadway hit, which just closed at New World Stages on October 28, 2018, is a Wild West musical inspired by, meaning it's very loosely based on, Shakespeare's Measure for Measure. If you like clever, campy take-offs with a clever premise and Broadway quality music, here it is. Sure you'll miss most of the iambic pentameter dialogue from Peter Kellogg's book, but you'll get enough to show just how inventive this show is. The tuneful Old West songs, delivered by an super-fun six-member cast and a four-member band (violin and cello were added fo
 
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Sharon Isbin and Isabel Leonard carry the flame of the Spanish soul to great heights / GUITARE CLASSIQUE

sharALMA 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 a
 
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Brian Newman shows his bona-fides on SHOWBOAT / Jazz Weekly

Here, for his first album for Verve, Trumpeter and vocalist Brian Newman shows the bona-fides of a jazzer that is able to connect with the masses in ways few people this side of Diana Krall are able. On vocals, he gives a swagger to a Caribbean flavored "Jockey Full of Bourbon" while crooning with pathos on a gloriously desultory "You Don't Know What Love Is" with a similarly distraught teaming with Gaga at the mic on "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstoond." With his band of Steve Kortyka/ts-fl, Alex Smith/-p-key, Joe Peri/dr, Daniel Foose/b and  Paul Francis/dr, he is as hip as Dumbo wit
 
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On 'Showboat' Brian Newman goes from the most casual to the most religious / The Tufts Daily

Trumpet player and jazz singer Brian Newman has had a longstanding New York City career. For over 10 years, Newman's role in the city's nightlife has ranged from different venues, performances with pop superstars and a residency at the Rose Bar at Gramercy Park Hotel. He is the bread and butter of jazz in the city. But it was not until this year that Newman released his second album, "Showboat," a release showcasing his talent, skill and ability to cater to a wide audience. "Showboat" is an easy listen - there is no doubting how easily it flows from track to track, highlighting Newman's
 
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Friar Alessandro to perform alongside Belfast's legal choir at St Anne's Cathedral / News Letter

Joined by a choir made up of barristers, solicitors, judges and legal students, Friar Alessandro, a Franciscan Friar will sing with the legal choir at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast on Wednesday night, Dec 5. Friar Alessandro who has produced two albums of religious music that celebrate the festive season, will sing The Pro Bono Choir event with Father Liam Lawton and baritone Karl McGuckian. The Pro Bono choir was formed in 2010 and has sung in locations including the Great Hall of the Royal Courts of Justice in Belfast. SEE THE News Letter PAGE
 
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Watch Hilary Hahn play 'Mercy' on 'A Prairie Home Companion' / theStrad

Throughout her career, Hilary Hahn has been an advocate for new music - In 27 Pieces: HH commissioned more than two dozen composers to write short-form pieces for acoustic violin and piano and toured these new works internationally over the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons in countries such as Turkey, Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, the United States, Japan, Austria and Spain. The idea began to take shape when Hahn noticed that new encore pieces were not being showcased as much as other types of contemporary works. Shorter pieces remain a crucial part o
 
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Sultans of String's Christmas Caravan' rolls into N. Vancouver / North Shore News

Christmas Caravan with the Sultans of String will be n North Vancouve at the North Shore Celtic Ensemble, Centennial Theatre, on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 7.  Bandleader and violinist Chris McKhool loves the musicianship. "The music is just so interesting," McKhool tells the North Shore News. "There's also definitely a virtuosity to a lot of the musicians who are playing prog rock, like if you've ever seen Keith Emerson play Hammond organ …" The Sultans, who are rounded out by guitarists Kevin Laliberté and Eddie Paton, bass player Drew Birston and percussionist Rosendo Chen
 
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Max Richter creates clouds of viols on 'Mary Queen of Scots' / Variety

Period films always pose a musical challenge: How authentic should a composer be?  For "Mary Queen of Scots" with Saoirse Ronan as Mary Stuart and Margot Robbie as Elizabeth I, composer Max Richter created a fairly modern score to sit alongside 16th-century music. Early-music expert William Lyons was called in to handle the historical material, leaving Richter free to tackle the dramatic score. "I wanted women's voices to be really important in the film," Richter says from London, "and I decided to try a cor anglais [English horn] for Mary's voice." Early experiments with the viol (a s
 
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Rachel Barton Pine - Blues Dialogues is a thoughtful, gracious, and inspiring program / AUDIOPHILE AUDITION

Several years ago, Rachel Barton Pine issued a collection of classical concertos by black composers. Here, as part of her ongoing Black Composers Project, she completes the second volume in what is an interesting series. This time the focus is on the blues, a genre which has its obvious origin in black music, though the form itself has long bled into other cultural communities too. And interestingly enough, several of the pieces on this disc are so lightly connected to the blues that their composers can be said to use them only as a reference point. This is just a sampling of what you will
 
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Library of Congress acquires Billy Strayhorn archive / JAZZTIMES

On Nov. 29-Billy Strayhorn's 103rd birthday-the Library of Congress announced that it has acquired a collection of nearly 18,000 documents belonging to the composer, arranger, and pianist, who worked with Duke Ellington for nearly 30 years and wrote some of the most enduring compositions in jazz, including "Take the ‘A' Train," "Lush Life," and "Chelsea Bridge." The collection includes original manuscripts for hundreds of songs, along with lyric sheets, scripts, financial papers, photographs, and contracts. There are also original scores for Strayhorn's first musical, Fantastic Rhythm
 
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IdeaStationWCVE discusses Mozart with Seong-Jin Cho

Korean pianist Seong-Jin Cho has released a new album featuring works by Mozart. It includes two sonatas, as well as the iconic Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor performed with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe under the direction of Yannick Nézet-Séguin. WCVE: Richmond VA, Classical Music Host, sat down with Seong-Jin to discuss his collaboration with Nézet-Séguin, as well as his earliest memories of listening to Mozart from his parents' opera recordings. We also discussed the dramatic shifts from minor to major in a couple of these works. LISTEN TO THE INT
 
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Roberto Alagna, Aleksandra Kurzak - Puccini In Love is WFMT 'Featured New Release'

The husband and wife duo of tenor Roberto Alagna and soprano Aleksandra Kurzak have made the most poignant duets from Puccini's operas the focus of their first collaborative album, Puccini in Love. The album features excerpts from Manon Lescaut, La Fanciulla del West, Madama Butterfly, Il Tabarro, and, of course, La Bohéme. The performances are brimming over with passion and powerful emotions, brilliantly composed for voice and orchestra. Each of Puccini's operas possesses its own basic color. This is evident in the music on this new album. A common trait of all the works is that Puc
 
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Nir Felder and Dweezil Zappa discuss improvisation & insight on D'Addario - Guitar Power

Called "the next big jazz guitarist" by NPR, Nir Felder is a new voice in instrumental music. Equally adept across a wide range of genres, inspired by icons from John Coltrane to voodoo chile Jimi Hendrix, Felder has forged a unique and highly recognizable sound at a young age and quickly become one of New York City's most highly sought after musicians as both a solo artist and as a sideman. He has performed with, among others, Chaka Khan, Diana Krall, John Mayer, Esperanza Spalding, Terri Lyne Carrington (with whom he recorded the Grammy-winning "Money Jungle"), Vijay Iyer, Jack DeJohnette
 
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John Medeski's Mad Skillet adds west coast dates / LIVEFORLIVEMUSC

John Medeski is a busy man. The prolific pianist is one of the most renowned players in the live music scene, with countless projects under his belt spanning from Medeski, Martin & Wood–his long-running and critically acclaimed jazz-funk group with Billy Martin and Chris Wood–to Hudson, a relatively new project featuring iconic jazz artists including drummer Jack DeJohnette, guitarist John Scofield, and bassist Larry Grenadier. His most recent project, John Medeski's Mad Skillet, embarked on their first tour earlier this month throughout the Northeast. Featuring guitaris
 
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Charlie Haden, Brad Mehldau deliver a spontaneous, at times risky, but always relaxed approach to classic material on 'Long Ago and Far Away' / glide MAGAZINE

The resurging Impulse label has brought us a 2007 live performance from the double bassist, the late Charlie Haden and pianist Brad Mehldau who performed for the first time as a duo at the Christuskirche in Mannheim, Germany during the Enjoy Jazz Festival. Long Ago and Far Away will add to the impressive catalog of the iconic Haden who passed in 2014. Although this is the fourth recorded collaboration between the two, it is the first without either saxophonist Lee Konitz or drummer Paul Motian. This allows pianist Mehldau to do much of the heavy lifting in terms of melody and he explores th
 
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Rachel Barton Pine, together again with radio to discuss 'Black Composers'

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine, Cedille Records' best-selling artist and longtime advocate for music by Black composers, performs a program of blues-influenced classical works for solo violin and violin and piano by Black composers of the 20th and 21st centuries on Blues Dialogues: Music by Black Composers, her newest Cedille Records album. Pianist Matthew Hagle, Pine's longtime recital partner, joins on this her third album on the Chicago-based Cedille label. Blues Dialogues: Music by Black Composers, available October 19, 2018,features several world-premiere recordings: Noel Da
 
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Round tones on Simone Dinnerstein's new recording 'Circles' / Classical 101 - WOSU

"I think that he's kind of like the grandfather of it all." That's what pianist Simone Dinnerstein says about Bach, a composer for whose music she has a particular affinity. In her most recent recording, Circles, Dinnerstein pairs Bach's Keyboard Concerto No. 7 in G minor, BWV 1058 with a new concerto composed for her, Philip Glass' Piano Concerto No. 3. Although Bach's much earlier music and Glass' very modern concerto might seem like strange bedfellows, Dinnerstein says they have much in common. "In Bach's music, there (is) much use of patterns – patterns and sequences of pa
 
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Rachel Barton Pine Exploring Music By Black Composers / Violinist.com

Do you know of a piece by a Black composer that my child could learn? Or that I could play for my recital? Or that my beginning student could learn? These are the types of questions that violinist Rachel Barton Pine started receiving after recording Violin Concertos by Black Composers of the 18th & 19th Centuries back in 1997. She could see that her album was helping unlock a new level of interest in violin music written by Black composers, but at the time, she did not have a lot of answers. "I just didn't know yet what existed," Pine said, "this was the extent of my repertoire, the
 
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Brubeck Brothers celebrate the creative genius of 'Dave' / THE HOUR

When the Brubeck Brothers Quartet performs this weekend, it will be celebrating a landmark tour by the late Dave Brubeck that helped shape the creative genius of this musical icon and former Wilton resident. Two of Brubeck's sons, Chris on bass and trombone, and Dan on drums, join guitarist Mike DeMicco and pianist Chuck Lamb as the Brubeck Brothers Quartet and performs on Sunday, Dec. 2, as part of Wilton Library's Hot & Cool: Jazz at the Brubeck Room series. The set list will consist of music from the Brothers' latest recording "TimeLine," which celebrates the 60th anniversary of
 
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'Let There Be Cello.' An outstanding reach of material / Staccatofy

Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser are a Croatian duo that is called, 2CELLOS. Together the two cellists have been creating a catalog of musical adventures that combine the world of classical with the well-known melodies of the rock, pop and movie soundtracks. "We've always said we want to break down pre-conceptions about the cello and the boundaries around musical genres," says 2CELLOS about the range of styles included in their repertoire. The duet is releasing an album titled, Let There Be Cello. Co-produced by Sulic and Hauser, as well as Filip Vidovic. Known for their electric live performa
 
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Mark O'Connor & Friends set for 'An Appalachian Christmas' at McDonald Theatre / Eugene Weekly

A Northwesterner devoted to showcasing American musical traditions is violin deity Mark O'Connor, who's developed an entire music-ed curriculum that introduces American kids to music using our own folk traditions rather than centuries-old European pedagogy. Possibly the world's greatest fiddler, the Seattle-born star brings the sound of his popular "Appalachia Waltz" combo to holiday music Dec. 12 at Eugene WA McDonald Theatre, when his crack band along with singer Brandy Clark perform the music from his hit 2011 album An Appalachian Christmas. The Grammy-winning fiddle virtuoso (who's also
 
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200 musicians and singers, are 'breath-taking' in Ennio Morricone's final UK show / The List

On Mon 26 Nov, 28 November 2018, Ennio Morricone, played The O2, London in the final UK show from the master film composer. An acknowledged master of his art, Ennio Morricone's work has spanned the decades in soundtracking drama, horror, sci-fi and the iconic spaghetti westerns that made Clint Eastwood a star. Celebrating sixty years of music, the composer is in London for his final ever UK performance, conducting the Czech National Symphony Orchestra and the Crouch End Festival Chorus. Inevitably for a composer with such a huge back catalogue, there's too much to cover and some
 
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Jon Batiste busts out on Hollywood Africans / offBEAT

It doesn't concern Jon Batiste if some people tend to put him in a particular musical box. "That's okay, I always break 'em," declares the pianist, vocalist and composer who leads his Stay Human band nightly on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert." Those who know Batiste solely through his television persona see a gregarious, always smiling, stylishly dressed and extremely talented young man whose job seems to be keeping the music upbeat and in sync with the show's comedic host. As a bandleader he also does some singing, too, usually in the mix with his group. Batiste, 32, was purposefu
 
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Jeff Goldblum debut album is just in time for Christmas / The Straits Times

Better known for his idiosyncratic screen presence, Jeff Goldblum is also an avid amateur pianist, who has been gigging in his home town of Los Angeles since the 1990s. His piano playing and slightly nasal tenor voice are pleasant, not ground-breaking. But his self-deprecating humour and willingness to concede the limelight to a succession of female guest vocalists, as well as better musicians, make this album a laid-back charmer. The live setting, in the hallowed Capitol Studios in Hollywood, captures the relaxed speakeasy vibe generated by Goldblum and his band. THE CAPITOL STUDIOS SE
 
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Birds, astronauts, airstream trailers, and Tony Bennett books make Philly Inquirer 2018 list

Curtains to die for, the work of art our planet looks like from outer space, and actual works of art that make today's world seem maybe a tad old-fashioned - are just some of what is featured in this season's crop of gift books. Some are even practical, such as the one showing you how to garden like Monet, and the one in praise of life as enjoyed in an Airstream trailer. None are terribly expensive, and discounts can usually be found. He had his first hit in 1951, when "Because of You" stayed at No. 1 on the Billboard charts for 10 weeks. At 92, he's still at it, giving conc
 
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Madeleine Peyroux talks with Vermont/New Hampshire's WOOL91.5

Madeleine Peyroux's new album, Anthem, finds the singer-songwriter collaborating with writers/musicians Patrick Warren (Bonnie Raitt, JD Souther, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Lana Del Rey, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers), Brian MacLeod (Sara Bareilles, Leonard Cohen, Tina Turner, Ziggy Marley) and David Baerwald (Joni Mitchell, David and David, Sheryl Crow), who are also the basic rhythm section players on the album. Together, they cast a sober, poetic, and at times philosophical eye on the current state of the world. Produced and co-wr
 
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Kim Kashkashian's top 5 tips on combatting stage fright / theStrad

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Jiri Belohlavek leads the Czech Philharmonic in 'Music of Janacek' / WFMT: Featured New Release

Jiří Bělohlávek was a leading interpreter of Czech music. He became chief conductor of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra in 1990, a role he would serve on two different occasions during a combined span of seven years. This release continues the series of Bělohlávek's last recordings of Czech masterworks for Decca Classics before he passed away in 2017. It holds four of Leoš Janáček's most notable works: Glagolitic Mass, Sinfonietta, Taras Bulba, and The Fiddler's Child. For Nov 27, Czech Philharmonic led by Jiri Belohlavek - Mus
 
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Watch Iceland Symphony 'Composer-in-Residence' Anna Thorvaldsdottir

Composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir frequently works with large sonic structures that tend to reveal the presence of a vast variety of sustained sound materials, reflecting her sense of imaginative listening to landscapes and nature. Her music tends to portray a flowing world of sounds with an enigmatic lyrical atmosphere. Her music is frequently performed internationally, and has been featured at several major venues and music festivals such as Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival in NYC, the Composer Portraits Series at NYC's Miller Theatre, the Leading International Composers s
 
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Charlie Haden, Brad Mehldau 'Long Ago and Far Away' is surely one of this year's finds / the arts fuse

Recorded on November 5, 2007, Long Ago and Far Away is a live duet album that sounds, at least to this listener, like a final shoe dropping. It's the fourth disc featuring bassist Charlie Haden and pianist Brad Mehldau, chronologically their third session together. Mehldau seems to have been Haden's discovery. In her notes to the album, the bassist's widow, Ruth Cameron Haden, writes in breathless detail about how the two musicians first met. Haden and wife were at a jazz festival in the Laurel Mountains on September 19, 1993. (She even remembers the date!) They were walking by a concert ha
 
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John Coltrane - 1963: New Directions set makes WBGO 'Holiday Gift Guide'

From Refurbished Classics to Fresh Discoveries, Swing Into the Holidays with NATE CHINEN and the WBGO: Newark NJ. This Holiday Gift Guide edition of Take Five I gathered 15 new releases, from throwback to ultramodern, that are well worth savoring as physical objects.  One intriguing fact about Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album – the archival John Coltrane release that caused a sensation this year - is how clearly it captures an artist in motion. Just one day after recording the music on Both Directions, the Coltrane quartet returned to Rudy Van Gelder's studio to make J
 
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Jeff Goldblum - The Capitol Studios Sessions goes #1 on billboard Jazz chart / Daily Mail

He's been in cinematic classics, big budget blockbusters and a viral sensation on social media - now, Jeff Goldblum can add the title of top-selling jazz man to his resume. Jeff Goldblum's first jazz album, The Capitol Studios Sessions, has grabbed the top title on two Billboard charts in the genre: Jazz Albums and Traditional Jazz Albums, and the fourth spot on the Heatseekers Albums chart. The album, a collaboration with the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, sold about 3,000 copies, Nielsen Music reported.  p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue
 
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