The Carr-Petrova Duo #50Days4Refugees releases 'Reality Check'

The Novel Voices Refugee Aid Project, created and directed by the Carr-Petrova Duo, is a project designed to give voice and visibility, through music and film, to the lives and struggles of both local and international refugee communities, and to encourage audiences and artists alike to become connected and involved. Since August 2018, it has brought free, interactive classical music concerts and workshops to displaced populations while increasing awareness of and raising support for both U.S.-based and international refugee-aid programs.  From August 12th to October 1st, 2019
 
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The Carr-Petrova Duo #50Days4Refugees releases 'Smiles'

The Novel Voices Refugee Aid Project, created and directed by the Carr-Petrova Duo, is a project designed to give voice and visibility, through music and film, to the lives and struggles of both local and international refugee communities, and to encourage audiences and artists alike to become connected and involved. Since August 2018, it has brought free, interactive classical music concerts and workshops to displaced populations while increasing awareness of and raising support for both U.S.-based and international refugee-aid programs.  From August 12th to October 1st, 2019
 
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Bion Tsang's new Dvorak And Enescu Cello Concertos with RSNO are chock-full of drama, emotion and power / Wisconsin Public Radio

Bion Tsang was born in America to Chinese parents, and after debuting with Zubin Mehta and the New York Philharmonic at age 11, studied at Juilliard, Harvard and Yale. He's a recording artist and professor of cello at the University of Texas-Austin. Tsang's newest release is on the Sony Classical label, and it contains two major works: the "Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in b minor, op. 104," by Antonín Dvořák, and the "Symphonie Concertante for Cello and Orchestra, op. 8" by George Enescu. Both pieces are chock-full of drama, emotion and power and there are
 
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89.3KCUR plans to launch 24-Hour classical music station in Kansas City

Kansas City is one of the few metropolitan areas of its size in the country without a full-time classical music broadcaster. That may be about to change. KCUR 89.3 has signed an agreement to purchase KWJC 91.9 FM from William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri, with the intention of bringing 24-hour classical music programming to Kansas City. On Thursday, KCUR - Kansas City's public radio station - filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission to approve the purchase. "Given the strength of the performing arts community and the classical music community in town, we
 
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Harry Connick, Jr. 'Just One Of Those Things' is Play MPE #1 Jazz download & stream

After 30 million albums sold worldwide, 13 No. 1 jazz albums in the United States, and a music, film, television and Broadway career spanning three decades, the Grammy® and Emmy® winning and Tony nominated musician and actor, Harry Connick, Jr. returns with a sensational new record, True Love: A Celebration of Cole Porter on the legendary Verve Record label. The first single "Just One Of Those Things' has just been released and goes #1 on both Play MPE's 'Jazz downloads & Jazz streams'  charts.
 
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The Carr-Petrova Duo #50Days4Refugees releases 'The Bongo King'

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d; min-height: 14.0px} The Novel Voices Refugee Aid Project, created and directed by the Carr-Petrova Duo, is a project designed to give voice and visibility, through music and film, to the lives and struggles of both local and international refugee communities, and to encourage audiences and artists alike to become connected and involved. Since August 2018, it has brought free, interactive classical music concerts and w
 
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Penka Kouneva is lone female composer in Hollywood Bowl 'America in Space' concert / Los Angeles Times

In "2001: A Space Odyssey," Stanley Kubrick memorably used classical music by two Strausses - Richard's "Also Sprach Zarathustra" and Johann's "The Blue Danube" - forever linking those pieces with outer space. That was 1968. A year later, humanity actually made it to the moon - and for 50 years Hollywood, ironically, has explored our future in the cosmos with music that looks back, in a decidedly classical language. The Los Angeles Philharmonic will provide a primer on that tradition - and recent departures from it - on Thursday 8/15 with "America in Space," a program at the Hollywood B
 
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'American Rapture' is a generous and interesting program that explores three generations of American music / I CARE IF YOU LISTEN

American Rapture, the new release on the hitherto unknown to me Azica label, features Samuel Barber's "Great American Symphony" contender Symphony # 1 (1936)  and two world premiere recordings; Patrick Harlin's Rapture (2011) and Jennifer Higdon‘s Harp Concerto (2018) written for Yolanda Kondonassis. This generous and interesting program explores three generations of American music, and it is wonderful to realize that the USA's music tradition has been around long enough for such a comparison. The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra is ably led by its music director Ward Stare, who
 
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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra shifting gears after 20 years with new music director / KABC-Yahoo

The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is shifting gears after 20 years, with Music Director Designate Jaime Martín, who's excited about ushering in a new era this September as LACO's sixth-ever Music Director. The LACO, ranked among the world's top musical ensembles, marks an exciting new era as Martín builds upon the orchestra's rich legacy as a preeminent interpreter of historical masterworks and, with eight ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming, a champion of contemporary composers. Headquartered in the heart of the country's cultural capital, LACO is "mo
 
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The Carr-Petrova Duo #50Days4Refugees releases 'Nightmares'

The Novel Voices Refugee Aid Project, created and directed by the Carr-Petrova Duo, is a project designed to give voice and visibility, through music and film, to the lives and struggles of both local and international refugee communities, and to encourage audiences and artists alike to become connected and involved. Since August 2018, it has brought free, interactive classical music concerts and workshops to displaced populations while increasing awareness of and raising support for both U.S.-based and international refugee-aid programs.  From August 12th to October 1st, 2019
 
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Camerata Chicago MD Drostan Hall speaks with classical radio about the poetics of Vivaldi's Four Seasons

Camerata Chicago is thrilled to release its new recording of Vivaldi's Four Seasons Educational Double Disc CD, through its in-house record label DMD Classics. Featuring Amelia Piscitelli, violin, Steve Robinson, narrator, and led by Drostan Hall, conductor, Camerata Chicago presents this fabulous double CD set replete with poetry written by Vivaldi himself and incorporates more than twenty musical examples of seasonal elements and characters cleverly depicted in the music  In conjunction with the release, maestro Drostan Hall has made himself available to classical r
 
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Itzhak Perlman will pick up a violin and a baton at Ravinia / Chicago Tribune

Violinist Itzhak Perlman will launch a two-night residency Friday evening at the Ravinia Festival, where he will perform as soloist and conduct the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Perlman has been a consummate virtuoso and superb interpreter of the standard repertory for more than half a century, and he seems incapable of wearing out his welcome. So even though he played Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 with the DePaul Symphony Orchestra last November – to celebrate the opening of the university's multi-faceted Holtschneider Performance Center – it's easy to look forward to hearing
 
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The Carr-Petrova Duo #50Days4Refugees releases; Quick Facts: Behnam from Afghanistan

The Novel Voices Refugee Aid Project, created and directed by the Carr-Petrova Duo, is a project designed to give voice and visibility, through music and film, to the lives and struggles of both local and international refugee communities, and to encourage audiences and artists alike to become connected and involved. Since August 2018, it has brought free, interactive classical music concerts and workshops to displaced populations while increasing awareness of and raising support for both U.S.-based and international refugee-aid programs.  From August 12th to October 1st, 2019
 
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KCRW: Rhythm Planet features Long Yu's latest

This week's playlist covers an array of music past and present from different countries. I have enjoyed the earlier songs over the years and don't want them forgotten. I just received a Deutsche Grammophon CD called Gateways, which features the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra with conductor Long Yu. Asia's oldest symphony, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 140th anniversary this year. We hear part 1 of composer Qigang Chen's (b. 1951) suite for orchestra, "Wu Xing" (The Five Elements). SEE THE FULL KCRW: Los Angeles PAGE p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px
 
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Ola Onabule talks us through 'POINT LESS,' the complexity, the heart, and the spirit / resolution magazine

British-Nigerian singer/songwriter Ola Onabulé has more than 20 years' experience behind him. He has performed at some of the most prestigious jazz festivals – Montreal, Vancouver, San Sebastian, Istanbul, Washington and Umbria to name a few – as well as at concert halls and jazz clubs around the world. His compositions cross cultural and musical boundaries. He is also a veteran of the recording studio, where he takes a hands-on approach, immersing himself not only in musical creativity, but also in the technology necessary to produce it. With his latest studio album
 
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The Carr-Petrova Duo #50Days4Refugees releases; '60 Seconds With Meisar'

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Women Warriors, The Voices of Change  -  Chapter 4: Love Is Love

Women Warriors: The Voices of Change multimedia concert performed by Orchestra Moderne NYC, under the direction of Amy Andersson, features the music of eight renowned female film composers and presents 800 years of women fighting for human rights and equality. This 80-minute interactive experience is a socially and culturally relevant world premiere concert which includes historical visuals from the past to present day. Women Warriors: The Voices of Change celebrates the strength and heroism of female global activists fighting for human, civil, and minority rights, environmental causes, and
 
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  Women Warriors, The Voices of Change ? Chapter 4: Love Is Love

'Blue Hour' from Andreas Ottensamer and Yuja Wang is a sensitive collaboration / WRTI: Classical Album of the Week

Summer nights feel especially precious now that we're well into August, and summer twilights seem especially magical. The "blue hour"-that last period of day when the sun has set, but residual light gives the sky a soft, bluish shade-this time and mood is captured in a recent album of the same name by clarinetist Andreas Ottensamer and pianist Yuja Wang. The repertoire that threads throughout Blue Hour, recently released by Deutsche Grammophon, consists of intimate Romantic solo piano masterpieces, arranged for clarinet and piano. Brahms leads off the album, with one of his late miniature g
 
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PARTCH captures the letter and spirit of Harry on 'Sonata Dementia' / PublicRadio90

The Grammy Award-winning PARTCH Ensemble, hailed as "funny, moving, inventive and insanely theatrical" by the San Francisco Chronicle, announced the release of Sonata Dementia, their third volume of music by American maverick composer Harry Partch (Bridge Records 9525). Sonata Dementia follows on the success of the ensemble's Vol. 1: Bitter Music: Harry Partch's Depression Journal; (Bridge 9349 A/C); which earned a GRAMMY Award nomination in 2012 for Best Classical Compendium, and Vol. 2: Plectra & Percussion Dances (Bridge 9432), the 2014 GRAMMY Award winner for Best Classical
 
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Salonen sandwich with Yo-Yo Ma & Wilhemina Smith / beyondcriticism

On Wilhemina Smith - Works for Solo Cello (Ondine 2018) featuring Esa-Pekka Salonen, Sarabande per un coyote, Giuseppe Colombi – Chiacona, Kaija Saariaho – Dreaming Chaconne, the Columbi selection is the real if routine baroque McCoy. Salonen's "Wile E." riff on a related genre, full of "wrong" notes and snapping pizzicati, struck these ears as kind of awful, but I loved Saariaho's untethered excursion into some night sky of her own, with its ominous low-lying passages and splintery flights to the dog-whistle stratosphere, often with no middle ground to plant one's f
 
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Google search terms inspire David Lang's new choral work / The Mercury News

Throughout his long and varied career, conductor Robert Geary has led hundreds of works, from early music to world premieres. But he says David Lang's latest piece is something fairly new. The composer's "teach your children," which Geary will conduct as part of this weekend's San Francisco Choral Society concert, sets texts Lang arranged using computer searches finished by auto-complete.  A reflection on the bonds between parents and children, the work was commissioned by Geary and the Choral Society. It makes its world premiere in performances Aug. 17-18 in Davies Symphony Hall o
 
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The Carr-Petrova Duo #50Days4Refugees releases 'Feels Like Home'

The Novel Voices Refugee Aid Project, created and directed by the Carr-Petrova Duo, is a project designed to give voice and visibility, through music and film, to the lives and struggles of both local and international refugee communities, and to encourage audiences and artists alike to become connected and involved. Since August 2018, it has brought free, interactive classical music concerts and workshops to displaced populations while increasing awareness of and raising support for both U.S.-based and international refugee-aid programs.  From August 12th to October 1st, 2019, The
 
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Keith Jarrett's Bach WTC preludes in minor keys, bring out his best / beyondcriticism

In February 1987, Keith Jarrett recorded, on piano, the first book of The Well-Tempered Clavier by Johann Sebastian Bach. It was the first in a series of lauded Bach discs that Jarrett would make for ECM. On March 7, 1987, prior to the release of the studio set, he performed the complete WTC Book I for an audience in upstate New York at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, a venue renowned for its beautiful acoustics. With this release, ECM is presenting an archival live recording of this concert for the first time. When his studio album of the WTC Book I was rele
 
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Ingenious Poul Ruders score for 'The Thirteenth Child' blends gothic foreboding with music-hall brio / beyondcriticism

The Forest Food Song A Riddle Another new piece of music theater, presented on our show the morning after the world premiere at the Santa Fe Opera. Based on "The Twelve Brothers," a lesser-known tale from the Brothers Grimm. A king threatens his queen with the death of their twelve sons unless the thirteenth child, still in the womb, turns out to be a girl. The queen arranges for the boys' safety-unnecessarily, as it turns out, since the thirteenth child is, indeed a daughter. All turns out for the best in the end, though not for the parents and not without extra tribulation
 
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Sharon Fendrich's 'Red Sky Prairie' ranks as one of the most impressive releases in many years / one world music

It is not often that I get to review the work of a debut artist I know personally, especially one that I remember so well from a meeting with our friend David Lanz, and Sharon Fendrich names Lanz as one of her musical heroes, so here now, with the release of this her debut album Red Sky Prairie, she takes her first steps into the world of becoming an official recording artist, and what stunning first few footfalls they are indeed. Red Sky Prairie is part of the new and growing revolution in music called Neo Classical, and this addition must probably rank as one of the most impressive to
 
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Lyn Stanley creates rich atmospheres on Julie London tribute / Jazz Weekly

Lyn Stanley creates rich atmospheres on this tribute to Julie London and others during this "live" recording in Hollywood with Angeleno legends John Chiodini/g, Otmaro Ruiz-Mike Lang/p, Chuck Berghofer/b, Aaron Serfaty/dr and Luis Conte/perc. Her delivery can range from a sultry sotto voce on "Love Letters" to a laid-back cocktail hour on an oozy "Blue Moon." Saucy and upbeat on Bruce Springsteen's "Pink Cadillac," she lurks out the blues on a hip reading of Chuck Berry's "You Never Can Tell." For the standards, Stanley saunters to timbales on " Lover Man" and bossa's out "I've Got You Unde
 
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Bion Tsang and Jon Kimura Parker kick off SCMS: Summer Music Festival program with a beautiful Debussy sonata / 95.3WHRB

SCMS was established in 1982 and started as a series of summer concerts during the month of July. While they have since expanded to include a winter program and more, their Summer Music Festival continues to be the lasting tradition that Seattleites love and adore. This year, SCMS welcomed 42 world-class artists, many of them concertmasters, Grammy award winners, and more, and as the Seattle Times put it in 2008, "the equivalent of an all-star lineup. A dream team of chamber players." I was lucky enough to attend the July 17th concert, with works by Debussy, Beach, Shostakovich, and Suk
 
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'Getz at The Gate' is easily one of the great treasures in recorded jazz / JazzdaGama

This extraordinary recording, Getz at The Gate sub-titled Live at The Village Gate Nov 26 1961, was – we are told – canned for nearly 58 years and one can only assume that the tenor saxophonist Stan Getz, who was at the height of his powers (and popularity) during the time it was recorded, was in his Brasilian orbit. The success he had begun to attain with this band that was almost immediately surpassed with the group he formed four months later. That group included Charlie Byrd, Gene Byrd, Keter Betts and Buddy Deppenschmidt (and Bill Deppenschmidt Sr.) and with the recording J
 
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On 'Live at Bernie's, Lyn Stanley finds a fresh and innovative way to create part 2 for Julie London tribute / THE JW VIBE

Awarded Female Jazz Vocalist of the Year for 2018 by Los Angeles' KKJZ, the country's largest jazz station, interpreter extraordinaire Lyn Stanley's heart and musical muse has been immersed in all things Julie London for the past year. As its unique title might indicate, on Favorite Takes London With a Twist Live at Bernie's, she finds a fresh and innovative way to create "Part 2" of a tribute series that began earlier in 2019 with the release of the 17- song sultry and sass masterwork London Calling: A Toast to Julie London. READ THE FULL JW VIBE REVIEW
 
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Ola Onabule explores society's power imbalance on new album / BBC: Focus On Africa

Socially conscious singer/songwriter Ola Onabulé has built an enviable career as an international touring performer and has now turned his attention to the North American market with a newly recorded collection of original songs. Onabulé's meticulous attention to detail in his arrangements and production as well as the support from Sennheiser/Neumann have contributed to the manifestation of an impressive recording.   Point Less, is a follow up to Onabulé's last album, It's The Peace That Deafens, with the new album boldly expressing his views o
 
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Isata Kanneh-Mason and the power of Clara Schumann / WCRB: CD Of the Week

Pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason's awe and reverence for Clara Schumann made for an easy decision on how to focus her debut CD, and WCRB has chosen it as our CD of the Week. Not every journey turns into a mission. But that's what seems to have happened for 24-year-old pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason, whose exploration of the music of the prodigious 19th-century composer/pianist Clara Schumann began as an attraction and developed into a deep reverence for the power of her music and the strength of her spirit. As Kanneh-Mason writes in the liner notes: "It's fascinating that 200 years ago Clara
 
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Women Warriors, The Voices of Change - The 1980's & The AIDS Crisis' / Medium

Women Warriors: The Voices of Change multimedia concert performed by Orchestra Moderne NYC, under the direction of Amy Andersson, features the music of eight renowned female film composers and presents 800 years of women fighting for human rights and equality. This 80-minute interactive experience is a socially and culturally relevant world premiere concert which includes historical visuals from the past to present day. Women Warriors: The Voices of Change celebrates the strength and heroism of female global activists fighting for human, civil, and minority rights, environmental causes, and
 
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  Women Warriors- The Voices Of Change - Chapter Three 'The 1980?s, AIDS HIV Crisis'

Ron Howard's 'Pavarotti' shows no sign of waning and goes #1 on CLASSIC fM chart for 3rd consecutive week

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Poul Ruder's 'Thirteenth Child' is an opera of expressive breadth and depth / SHARPS & FLATIRONS

Santa Fe Opera has five operas in production this summer, continuing through Aug. 24 including; the world premiere of The Thirteenth Child by Poul Ruders. Danish composer Poul Ruders has written several operas on dark subjects-Kafka's Trial, Margaret Atwood's Handmaid's Tale and and Lars von Trier's film Dancer in the Dark-but he wanted something different for his fifth opera. He turned to fairy tales, finding a little known story that fit his aim. The Thirteenth Child, receiving its world premiere production at Santa Fe this summer, is based on a story by the brothe
 
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Dee Dee Bridgewater joins Flint choir for 'America the Beautiful' before democratic debate / Detroit Free Press

A Flint choir and jazz singer born in Memphis but raised in Flint performed on CNN ahead of Wednesday night's Democratic presidential debate hosted in Detroit's Fox Theatre. The Flint City Wide Choir, a gospel choir with more than 200 members, sang "America the Beautiful" alongside singer Dee Dee Bridgewater just before 7 p.m. Bridgewater followed up with the National Anthem in an official start to the debate. The choir, which posted on Facebook that it would make Flint proud, also participated in a presidential debate in 2016.  Plagued by its well-known water crisis, Flint
 
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Lea DeLaria's 'The Club' is a hit in Provincetown / capecodtoday

Singer, comedian, and actor Lea DeLaria teamed up with jazz restauranteur Frank Christopher of NYC's Smoke Jazz & Supper Club, to open The Club, Provincetown's newest nightclub with a lineup that is already wowing the Cape. "I'm really excited to have the performers we have coming up, like Emily Skinner and Kate McGarry," says Christopher, "but what I'm particularly proud of is Lezlie Harrison's Monday night residency. Backed by her Hammond Organ Trio, the audience is eating her up, giving her a standing ovation." The Club offers two shows nightly; after 10:15 there's no cover charg
 
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Craig Swanson takes Bach to another level with 'The French Suite Kit' / 91.3KUAF: Of Note

The possibilities of artistic expression are limitless with every piece of music, but composer and pianist Craig Swanson took it to another level with the release of his album "The French Suite Kit." Swanson was inspired by pianist Glenn Gould to create multiple unique variations of Bach's French Suite No. 4 in Eb Major, giving listeners more control over how they prefer to hear Bach expressed. "Part of the joy of music is its improvisatory nature, and trying to find all of the potential expressions that are worthwhile in your music," Swanson says. "It seemed to me that there was a wealth o
 
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Yolanda Kondonassis' 'American Rapture' dreams, soars and levitates through an intricately flowing compositional architecture / 91.3KUAF

Harpist Yolanda Kondonassis' newest album "dreams, soars and levitates" through an intricately flowing compositional architecture with the inclusion of a newly commissioned harp concerto by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon. "The idea was the interplay and the precociousness, and the childlike wonder," Kondonassis elaborates on how Higdon encompassed her emotions in the composition. "She really impressed upon us that this is fluid and full of wonder, rather than the somnambulant kind of experience." Kondonassis' album "American Rapture" expands upon how North American comp
 
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Sharon Fendrich captures the essence of emotions on Red Sky Prairie / 97.9 Bandon Community Radio

American neo-classical composer Sharon Fendrich captures the essence of emotions in her music written for piano, violin, cello, voice, flute, orchestra, and ambient sounds. Whether grief, sorrow, hope or love, the music is a place of peace and safety where listeners are invited to walk the pathways of their own experiences, dreams and memories. Along the way she welcomes the manifestation of grief processing, self-acceptance, tranquility, resolution and inspiration. Fendrich pulls from poignant, emotional themes in her own life to create her lush, passionate melodies that immediately ca
 
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Set for Edinburgh Fringe, Ron Davis Q&A's with London Jazz News

Canadian pianist Ron Davis has chosen the Edinburgh Festival Fringe as the European launch pad for his band SymphRONica's latest album, UpfRONt. SymphRONica combines a jazz quartet with a string quartet and Rob Adams spoke to Toronto-based Davis about the band, the album and his enthusiasm for the Edinburgh Fringe. In addition to 18 SymphRONica dates, Ron Davis will be playing some two dozen other gigs at the Edinburgh Fringe. He appears with his wife, singer Daniela Nardi at famous Edinburgh delicatessen Valvona & Crolla and, further down Leith Walk, in a series of afternoon jazz s
 
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Angelique Kidjo - Celia goes #1 on 'Transglobal World Music Chart' for August

Angélique Kidjo new Verve/Universal Music France release is an album that honors Celia Cruz, widely known as "the Queen of Salsa" and the most popular Latin artist of the 20th century.  On Celia, Kidjo explores the African roots of the Cuban-born Cruz and reimagines selections from the singers extraordinary career in surprising new ways, infused with an explosion of sounds and rhythms from Cuba, Africa, the Middle East, America and beyond.  The album includes performances by Tony Allen (Fela Kuti) on drums, Meshell Ndegeocello on bass, and British saxoph
 
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Roman Rabinovich navigates piano's evolution through Haydn / KUAF: Of Note

Pianist Roman Rabinovich's deep dive into the Haydn sonatas brought him revelations. Because Haydn's life bridged both the Baroque and Classical periods, his compositions reflect how the technology of the piano constantly progressed. "Instruments really changed like computers today, at that pace," Rabinovich said. Uzbeki-born, Israeli-trained Rabinovich continues to reflect Haydn's compositional invention since the Haydn project's debut at the Lincoln Center by performing the sonatas internationally. Listen to KUAF: Fayetteville AR - Of Note host Katy Henriksen, int
 
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Jae-Hyuck Cho - Beethoven Sonatas is the WFMT: Featured New Release

Acclaimed pianist Jae-Hyuck Cho is one of the most active concert pianists in South Korea, making over sixty appearances on stage annually. He has been described as "a pianist who is nearing perfection with extraordinary breadth of expression, flawless technique and composition, sensitivity and intelligence, insightful and detailed playing without exaggeration." On this Sony Classical release, Cho performs three of Beethoven's best-known piano sonatas: the Pathétique, the Appassionata, and the Waldstein. For Friday August 2, 2019, Jae-Hyuck Cho - Beethoven Sonatas is the WFM
 
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Anna Shelest honors women composers in 'Donna Voce' / New Classical Tracks

"I actually find great freedom as a performer playing new music that's actually not new, but it is new to the listeners today." Pianist Anna Shelest expresses that newfound freedom on her new recording, Donna Voce. In Italian, it means 'woman's voice.' "It's quite shocking when I think about it, because I played piano for over 30 years now, and I've never played a serious work by a woman composer. I feel like it was really a lucky idea, because it led me to this beautiful discovery." p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color
 
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Keith Jarrett's Well-Tempered Clavier is straight-up Bach with no frills / offBEAT Magazine

In 1988 ECM released Keith Jarrett's studio recording of Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier, Book One. ECM has now released a live version of the same music. The live recording and performance took place at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in upstate New York in 1987. The Well-Tempered Clavier, or in German Das wohltemperierte Klavier, is a book of preludes and fugues in all 24 major and minor keys. Composed in 1722, Bach indicated on the manuscript that the compositions were "for the profit and use of musical youth desirous of learning, and especially for the pastime of those already skilled
 
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History's Women Warriors Set To Music / PODCAST Business Journal

Crossover Media has a new podcast series, Women Warriors: The Voices of Change. The podcast is a multimedia concert performed by Orchestra Moderne NYC, and features the music of eight renowned female film composers. Presenting 800 years of women fighting for human rights and equality, this 80-minute interactive symphonic experience features historical visuals of activists from the past to present day. A socially and culturally relevant world premiere concert experience, Women Warriors: The Voices of Change celebrates the strength and heroism of female global activists fighting for human, ci
 
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Ron Davis is UpfRONt about Edinburgh / The Edinburgh Reporter

Canadian pianist Ron Davis launches his latest album, UpfRONt, in Europe with an extended Fringe run with his octet, SymphRONica. Davis, who studied with a piano teacher who learned directly from jazz master Oscar Peterson and who could trace his musical lineage through George Gershwin and back to Beethoven, formed SymphRONica to celebrate the idea of music without borders. The group comprises a jazz quartet and a string quartet and has led to Davis being described as a "Canadian jazz visionary" by the influential All. "I wanted to play music that isn't afraid to incorporate groove, rock, w
 
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Skill and sensitivity on 'Getz At the Gate' / The New York City Jazz Record

On November 26, 1961, saxophonist Stan Getz and his relatively new quartet of Steve Kuhn, John Neves, and Roy Haynes performed at New York's Village Gate. The show was professionally recorded, possibly for eventual release, but was soon forgotten and the tape languished in the vaults for almost 58 years. On June 14th of this year, Verve Records/UMe will release the 2-CD, 3-LP Getz at The Gate, which includes every note recorded that night.  This recording and this quartet both serve as a sort of "road not taken" for Stan Getz. Having just returned from living in Europe, Getz as
 
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Isata Kanneh-Mason rediscovers Clara Schumann on 'ROMANCE' / KUSC: Album Of the Week

You probably recognize her last name!     Isata Kanneh-Mason is big sister to cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason and the oldest member of a remarkably musical British family of seven talented siblings. Isata studied at the Royal Academy of Music, where she held the prestigious Sir Elton John Scholarship. We'll let her introduce her debut album, Romance, to you: "For the 200 anniversary of Clara Schumann's birth (September 13, 2019), I wanted to rediscover the virtuoso pianist revered by Chopin, Liszt and Robert Schumann and uncover the creative genius wh
 
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Women Warriors, The Voices of Change - Chapter 2: 'Freedom, Women Unite '/ Medium

Women Warriors: The Voices of Change multimedia concert performed by Orchestra Moderne NYC, under the direction of Amy Andersson, features the music of eight renowned female film composers and presents 800 years of women fighting for human rights and equality. This 80-minute interactive experience is a socially and culturally relevant world premiere concert which includes historical visuals from the past to present day. Women Warriors: The Voices of Change celebrates the strength and heroism of female global activists fighting for human, civil, and minority rights, environmental causes, and
 
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  Women Warriors, The Voices of Change - Freedom: Women Unite Podcast with Music By Miriam Cutler

Isata Kanneh-Mason's debut album honors 200 Years of Clara Schumann / KDFC: Album Of the Week

You probably recognize her last name!     Isata Kanneh-Mason is big sister to cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason and the oldest member of a remarkably musical British family of seven talented siblings. Isata studied at the Royal Academy of Music, where she held the prestigious Sir Elton John Scholarship. We'll let her introduce her debut album, Romance, to you: "For the 200 anniversary of Clara Schumann's birth (September 13, 2019), I wanted to rediscover the virtuoso pianist revered by Chopin, Liszt and Robert Schumann and uncover the creative genius which made Clara one of the
 
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Nicola Benedetti - Wynton Marsalis: Violin Concerto, Fiddle Dance Suite is the WFMT: Featured New Release

Violinist Nicola Benedetti's new album features premiere recordings of two works written especially for her by Wynton Marsalis: Violin Concerto in D and Fiddle Dance Suite. In the concerto, Benedetti performs with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Cristian Măcelaru, who has collaborated with her on the work six times. It explores Benedetti's and Marsalis' common musical heritage in Celtic, Anglo, and Afro-American folk music and dance. Benedetti says, "It has been a privilege to learn and perform these two inspired and unequivocal masterpieces, and to deepen my understanding of Wynton's
 
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Libera set for Basilica - Cathedral Concerts / explore st. louis

The distinctive sound of Libera has traveled the world in the last few years. The group's albums have topped both mainstream and classical charts in many countries, and their recordings hold their place in top-tens alongside major artists like Bocelli. The boys who make up the vocal band Libera have been described as "normal" and "ordinary". However, as their recordings and performances demonstrate, the music they produce is truly extraordinary. With shimmering, mystical chords and ecstatic harmonies, they are unlike any other group you have ever heard. These are truly sounds to lift th
 
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Bion Tsang: RSNO - Cello Concertos by Dvorak & Enescu is the WFMT: Featured New Release

A new recording from Sony Classical pairs two concertos for cello and orchestra in the hands of award-winning cellist Bion Tsang with conductor Scott Yoo and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Tsang gave the U.S. premiere of George Enescu's Symphonie Concertante in 2000.  He immediately fell in love with the work, finding in it many similarities to his long-time favorite concerto, the much-celebrated work by Dvořák.  "Each of these concertos takes the listener on an epic journey," says Tsang. "They are both gloriously lush and dramatic in their orchestration, and t
 
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Camerata Chicago set for two concerts for their Royal Highnesses, the Crown Prince Aleksander and Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia

Camerata Chicago Chamber Orchestra will present two concerts in the presence of their Royal Highnesses the Crown Prince Aleksander and Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia on September 25 & 26th, 2020 in Chicago and Wheaton.  World famous Serbian violinist Stefan Milenkovich will perform Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D Major with Music Director Drostan Hall. These concerts are presented in celebration of the work of Lifeline Humanitarian Organization, Inc of Chicago founded by HRH Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia. PHOTO: Dan Anderson p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px
 
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Women Warriors, The Voices of Change releases 'Prologue - The Long Road' podcast

Women Warriors: The Voices of Change is a thrilling multimedia concert performed by Orchestra Moderne NYC, and features the music of eight renowned female film composers. Presenting 800 years of women fighting for human rights and equality, this 80-minute interactive symphonic experience features historical visuals of activists from the past to present day.  We live in a time of great hope for change, in a time where women's voices will no longer be silenced, or ignored. As we rip off the band-aid that has been covering up many unhealed wounds from our past, the time is now to lear
 
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Jane Ira Bloom set to 'key in the morning' on Deutschlandfunk Kultur

On Monday, August 26 / Key in the morning at 11:45 am, Deutschlandfunk Kultur presents a Portrait of the soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom. The soprano saxophone is not always taken for full in jazz, quite often it is additional instrument to alto or tenor saxophone. A few musicians have focused exclusively on the higher, usually unbent, saxophone. From a distance it is easy to confuse it with a clarinet, but the sound is sharper and more pressure. A musician who can only be experienced on the soprano saxophone is Jane Ira Bloom. The US saxophonist is an icon in music circles, but beyond t
 
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Valentina Lisitsa - Love Story - Piano Themes from Cinema's Golden Age is the WCLV: Recording of the Week

On her website, Valentina Lisitsa bills herself as "The Queen of Rachmaninoff."  That happens to be of pinpoint relevance for this 2016 Decca release, since nearly all the selections in the program-especially those from the 1940s and 1950s-were composed in a style that aspires to the over-the-top Romanticism of the famous Russian. Take for instance the most familiar piece on the disc.  When the producers of Dangerous Moonlight, the 1941 film for which the Warsaw Concerto was written, decided not to secure the rights for Rachmaninoff's Second Concerto, they approached composer Rich
 
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Pavarotti albums lead the CLASSIC fM chart following new Ron Howard biopic

Following the release of Ron Howard's new biopic, Pavarotti albums occupy the top two spots in this week's Classic FM Chart. Just behind Pavarotti – OST and the late tenor's Greatest Hits album, it's Winton Marsalis' Violin Concerto at No. 3, played by violinist Nicola Benedetti. The other new entry in this week's chart is Anne Dudley's soundtrack to Poldark, following the release of Series 5 last Sunday. To coincide with the documentary "Pavarotti," Decca Records releases the original soundtrack, Pavarotti: Music From The Motion Picture. 
 
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Ola Onabule's 'POINT LESS' focuses on social injustice through a celebration of life / SoulandJazzandFunk

British/Nigerian singer/songwriter OLA ONABULE releases his latest album at the end of August. The 14 tracker that is 'Point Less' is the follow up to Ola's successful 2015 outing 'It's The Peace That Deafens'. The new LP focuses on issues of social injustice with tracks that deal with issues like violence, immigration, betrayal of dignity and (so relevant, given what's happening right now) xenophobia. At the same time, Ola insists that the LP is a celebration of life. He says that the protagonist in the songs enjoys a joyous, positive life but is beset by events
 
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NetNebraska has 15 questions for Lara Downes

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d; min-height: 14.0px} Lara Downes is known for her eclectic presentations of the piano repertoire – from iconic favorites to newly-commissioned works – her performances bridge musical genres and traditions, and engage a wide range of audiences with what San Francisco Classical Voice has called "an elegant example of how accessibility and a breezy relevance can exist, organically, in a classical music concert
 
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Lyn Stanley - Live At Bernie's is solidly swingin / Contemporary Fusion Reviews

When it comes to ultra-hip solidly swinging jazz vocals, Ms. Stanley has no equal… she's no stranger to our pages… my latest review of her work was for her "London Calling" album, where she got very high marks.  Her performance on Bobby Troup's jazz classic "Route 66" video below is just superb……the video production is totally professional, & will give you some real insights into the hipness we cruised through when we took that route back in the day…  In addition to Lyn's stunning vocals, you'll also hear Otmaro Ruiz, piano; Mike Lang, pi
 
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Yolanda Kondonassis - American Rapture is a delicious sampling of neoromanticism / New Music Buff

Two contemporary world premieres paired with Samuel Barber's masterful First Symphony make this disc a delicious sampling of neoromanticism in American music. The standout here, and the main reason to buy this disc is the glorious Jennifer Higdon Harp Concerto (2017).  Higdon, the third woman to win a Pulitzer Prize (by my count) is clearly schooled in a wide variety of compositional techniques which she uses judiciously.  She is unabashedly a romantic but her sound is hardly retro.  She, like many well trained and talented composers, uses her many skills and techniques j
 
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Demarre & Anthony McGill take us for a thrilling musical ride on 'Winged Creatures' / New Classical Tracks

Imagine you're teetering at the top of a roller coaster - that tickle, that anticipated thrill, or total terror as you're about to go over the top! Clarinetist Anthony McGill, and his older brother, flutist Demarre McGill, take you on a thrilling musical ride on their new recording, Winged Creatures. Anthony spends most of his time serving as the principal clarinetist with the New York Philharmonic. Occasionally, he does a little joy riding with his brother. For their second recording together, they went back to their old stomping grounds. READ THE New Classical Tracks 
 
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Nadia Shpachenko - The Poetry of Places is a superb assemblage of works that explores architecture as inspiration / I CARE IF YOU LISTEN

Multi-GRAMMY nominated pianist Nadia Shpachenko reflects on the role of the concert hall in the liner notes for her recent Reference Recordings album The Poetry of Places: "The hall is the most important instrument…we spend a great deal of time learning to embrace the space, learning what our pieces mean in the space, how our interpretation must change because of where we are." An album of solo and duo piano, electronics, and percussion, The Poetry of Places is a superb assemblage of works by various composers. Each piece, inspired by a particular building, weaves together a collage
 
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Paula Cole's 'Hope is Everywhere' is everything a feel-good resistance anthem needs / riff magazine - Tuesday Tracks

Vacation time is here, there or right around the corner-and if you're in San Francisco, Karl the Fog is back! It's time to get out of dodge and find the sunshine, so who has time to sit at home and check out new music? That summer playlist won't make itself, so we have done the compiling while you're hitting the beach. We're happy to bring you the latest, greatest new songs in this weekly segment. Here's to some good listening to start your week off right. Paula Cole released her album bonus track in support of the LGBTQ+ community. "Hope Is Everywhere" starts out as a slow jam, but bec
 
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90.9WGUC Cincinnati speaks with Yolanda Kondonassis & Ward Stare about 'American Rapture'

Azica Records recently released an album titled American Rapture from Ward Stare and the Rochester Philharmonic. The release contains three American works from three different generations of composers, one being Grammy-winning Jennifer Higdon. Her new Harp Concerto, written for and performed by Yolanda Kondonassis, is a delightful addition to the harp repertoire and one, I believe, will be performed for years to come. You may have recently heard an excerpt from this concerto on WGUC's New at Noon. Not long after the album's release, 90.9WGUC: Cincinnati OH, host Jessica Lorey had
 
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Anna Shelest discusses 'Donna Voce' with KPR

Donna Voce is Anna Shelest's first release featuring virtuosic repertoire by women composers from the last three centuries. The program sheds light on the under-explored territory of piano repertoire and makes the case that the music of female composers, many of whom were virtuoso pianists, is as relevant today as the music of their male counterparts. Works contained on the recording are by; Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn, Cecile Chaminade, Amy Beach, Lili Boulanger, and Chiayu Hsu. The Ukrainian pianist discusses these famous 19th-20th century female pianist composers with Micha
 
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  Interview with KPR's Michael Keelan

Listen to PublicRadio90's 'Classiclectic Connection' in conversation with Sung-Won Yang

The Johann Sebastian Bach Cello Suites are one of the most frequently performed pieces for unaccompanied cello, and also some of the most recognizable solo pieces ever written for the instrument.  Cellist Sung-Won Yang recorded these pieces for the first time on a 2005 release from EMI, and then in 2017, he was allowed the opportunity to record these pieces again, but in a 19th century French church (specifically, the Notre Dame de Bon Secours in Paris). Kurt Hauswirth, the host of Michigan's Public Radio 90's Classiclectic, had an opportunity to speak to Sung-Won about his
 
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  Interview with Public Radio 90's Kurt Hauswirth

Exciting Duo Deloro collaboration is KUSC: Album Of the Week

With brand new arrangements by Adam del Monte and Mak Grgic, La Buena Vida explores classics of Iberian Romanticism from Albeniz and Granados as well as promoting the vivid ethnic rhythms of Ginastera and the beautiful filmic nostalgia of Carlos Gardel, master of the tango-song. The bittersweet poetic richness of Hector Stamponi is balanced by del Monte's own original flamenco dances, which take the genre into vivid new directions. Adam del Monte and Mak Grgic make up Duo Deloro, who are in the vanguard of the new Classical/Flamenco movement. This exciting collaboration - Duo Deloro
 
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Could Chloe Flower help bring interest to classical music? / The Indy Review

Most people would consider pop music and classical music at opposite ends of the musical spectrum. Chloe Flower is here to wipe away that perception. Since making waves playing piano alongside Cardi B at the 2019 Grammy awards, Flower's star has been rising through incredible musicianship that has been masterfully packaged with all the stylings of today's current pop artists. Her first original single, "Get What U Get", begins on a meditative note before launching into a virtuoso piano performance, backed by the modern trappings of hip hop production (which isn't surprising, as the song
 
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Adam del Monte and Mak Grgic's exciting collaboration, take the genre into vivid new directions / KDFC: Album Of the Week

With brand new arrangements by Adam del Monte and Mak Grgic, La Buena Vida explores classics of Iberian Romanticism from Albeniz and Granados as well as promoting the vivid ethnic rhythms of Ginastera and the beautiful filmic nostalgia of Carlos Gardel, master of the tango-song. The bittersweet poetic richness of Hector Stamponi is balanced by del Monte's own original flamenco dances, which take the genre into vivid new directions. Adam del Monte and Mak Grgic make up Duo Deloro, who are in the vanguard of the new Classical/Flamenco movement. This exciting collaboration - Duo Deloro
 
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Chatter previews the work of Poul Ruders / Albuquerque Journal

Next week's Chatter Sunday at the offers a preview of the idiosyncratic work of Danish composer Poul Ruders. The composer of the Santa Fe Opera's world premiere "The Thirteenth Child," Ruders also is the author of a vast array of chamber and orchestral music. "The Thirteenth Child" opens July 27. The Chatter lineup at the Las Puertas Event Center includes American soprano Grace Kahl, guitarist Daniel Ward and the San Francisco-based Del Sol String Quartet. The quartet returns to Chatter annually for a program of music by contemporary composers appearing at the Santa Fe Opera. The musici
 
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An afternoon with Lyn Stanley / part - time audiophile

Lyn Stanley and I first started chatting through email and social media right after I reviewed The Moonlight Sessions: Volume One on my blog back in August 2017. She's the type of performer–and there are many of them–who reach out and thank reviewers when they have kind words for her. After that, Lyn always made sure I had copies of her new releases, in formats that ranged from redbook CD to SACD to LP to reel-to-reel tape. Over the last two years I've had plenty of nice things to say about her and her music. She cares deeply about sound quality. She injects intelligence into he
 
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For the 200th anniversary of Clara Schumann's birth, Isata Kanneh-Mason takes us on a journey through the composer's extraordinary life / WFMT

For the 200th anniversary of Clara Schumann's birth, pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason takes us on a journey through the composer's extraordinary life. Kanneh-Mason joins forces with an all-female line-up to champion the significance of women musicians throughout the years and their influence on the classical music canon. The recording features Clara Schumann's Piano Concerto, along with solo works for piano and Three Romances for violin and piano. For Friday July 12, Isata Kanneh-Mason ROMANCE - THE PIANO MUSIC OF CLARA SCHUMANN is the WFMT: Chicago 'Featured New Release p.p1 {
 
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Yannick Nezet-Seguin underwrites 'Cabrillo Festival Of Contemporary Music' for next 3 years / BroadwayWorld

The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music is pleased to announce that it has received a $30,000 gift commitment from Conductor & Pianist Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Music Director of the Metropolitan Opera and The Philadelphia Orchestra, and Artistic Director of Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal. Nézet-Séguin's gift will underwrite the Festival's Conducting Fellowships over the next three years. Nézet-Séguin stepped forward with this multi-year gift after a major grant from the Bruno Walter Memorial Foundation, which was
 
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With no editing, Lyn Stanley charms us on 'London With a Twist - direct to disc' / LEMON WIRE

Lyn Stanley continues to amaze fans and critics alike. Her latest release, "Lyn Stanley's Favorite Takes London With a Twist Live at Bernie's" is a direct-to-CD recording. Without the convenience of magnetic tape, or the opportunity to edit or "fix" later, the music is recorded directly onto an analog disc. The musicians play straight through, and if a mistake is made, either they stop playing or they continue. The result is a vibrant album that finds Stanley making classics sound like her own. Songs originally done by a range of artists from Cole Porter to Bruce Springsteen, take on a diff
 
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Cliff Eidelman & Michael McHale visit with Jim Svejda at KUSC

Cliff Eidelman's recent release; Symphony for Orchestra and Two Pianos and Night in the Gallery was recorded at Abbey Road Studios. The album features the London Symphony Orchestra and soloists Michael McHale and Tom Poster under the direction of the composer. Eidelman began composing his new Symphony for Orchestra and Two Pianos years ago prompted by an inner creative resolve.  As a composer of music for film including Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country and Christopher Columbus. Eidelman had no hesitation in selecting the London Symphony Orchestra for its virtuosity and th
 
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  Interview with KUSC's Jim Svedja

Warm, clear, cozy, bopping and bluesy, Sarah McKenzie 'Secrets Of My Heart' is bubbling with ideas / Jazz Weekly

Vocalist and songwriter Sarah McKenzie plays piano with Pierre Boussaguet/b, Dan Wilson/g, Donald Edwards/dr and a collection of guests on percussion, strings and woodwinds on summery mix of originals and covers. Her phrasing is warm and clear, cozy with her  samba'd "De Nada" teamed with Danilo Caymmi's flute, and breezy "Till The Endo of Time" with strings and sax in support. A pair of bopping and bluesy work with Boussaguet maxes for some swinging "I Fell In Love With You" and "It's All About Love" with her voice intimate with Wilson on her intro to "My True Love Is You." She shows
 
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Roberto Alagna and Aleksandra Kurzak set to headline Bastille Day concert / OPERAwire

The Orchestra National de France and the Choeur and Maîtrise de Radio France will present a free Bastille Day concert on Sunday, Jul. 14, 2019 which will take place "at the foot of the Eiffel Tower . . . [and] will be followed by the very famous fireworks," according to SortiraParis. Jaap Van Zweden will lead the orchestra. The event will kick off with the "Hungarian March" from Berlioz' "The Damnation of Faust." Then, Polish soprano Aleksandra Kurzak will sing the aria "Je Veux Vivre" from Gounod's "Roméo et Juliette." The orchestra will perform the opening from Bizet's "C
 
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George Winston planning a 'summer songs' set for Wildwood Park / Arkansas Democrat & Gazette

Pianist George Winston will play primarily spring and summer songs for his program tomorrow Friday June 12 at Wildwood Park for the Arts. He thinks it has been more than two decades since he last performed in Little Rock. He's close. His last concert in Fayetteville was in November 2009; he played Fayetteville and Little Rock in February 1994. "I haven't been there in awhile," he admits. "It's been too long. Just one thing or another; I don't know what happened. It's great to get back there. I hope to make it more often than every 20 years." Winston will be donating
 
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Anna Shelest discusses 'Donna Voce' with classical radio

Anna Shelest's first release featuring virtuosic repertoire by women composers from the last three centuries. The program sheds light on the under-explored territory of piano repertoire and makes the case that the music of female composers, many of whom were virtuoso pianists, is as relevant today as the music of their male counterparts. Works by Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn, Cecile Chaminade, Amy Beach, Lili Boulanger, and Chiayu Hsu. In conjunction with this new release Ms. Shelest has made herself available TODAY!!!, July 11, to discuss the recording with classical radio net
 
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Long Yu and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra - Gateways / WFMT: Featured New Release

The Shanghai Symphony Orchestra may be China's oldest orchestra, but it is marking its 140th anniversary with a thrilling new beginning. Recently signed to Deutsche Grammophon, the SSO and Music Director Long Yu are launching a series of albums featuring works by major Chinese composers. Gateways, the first album, contains two works by Qigang Chen, as well as Rachmaninoff's vibrant Symphonic Dances and Kreisler's delightful Tambourin chinois. It features Maxim Vengerov as violin soloist. For July 11, Long Yu and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra - Gateways is the WFMT: Chicago 'Featur
 
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Ola Onabule's 'POINT LESS' is timely, emotional and extremely thought-provoking / Jazz in Europe

Point Less, is a follow up to Ola Onabulé's last album, It's The Peace That Deafens, with the new album boldly expressing his views on social injustice, reminiscent of Marvin Gaye's What's Going On. It is an activist's call – at once a celebration of life and a cautionary take on the social forces that threaten it. Violence, immigration, xenophobia, betrayal, and dignity are themes considered on Point Less, rendered with a powerful and knowing generosity of spirit. Onabulé is rueful yet optimistic. So embodies the artistic – and entrepreneurial – philosop
 
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Soft and graceful modes by Luca on 'Lions' / Jazz Weekly

Soft and graceful vintage R&B modes are produced here by Luca, who sings, plays keyboards and synths, teaming up with a mix and match ensemble of Sean Dixon/dr, Jordan Scannella/b, Dave Goldman/synth-p and a handful of guests. He gives a gentle a cappella "Solstice" and then a Churchie "Saint Sulpice" with keys, accordion and synth to bookend the 11 tunes, which range from a R&B rappish " To My Arms" to an intimate "Until." The keys and mood gets stark on the shadowy "Fall From Grace" and a funky 80s Pong game is remembered during the bouncy "Nothing But." Vintage soul takes place o
 
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Jan Lisiecki continues his exploration of Romanticism with new Mendelssohn piano concertos / All Classical Portland

Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki continues his exploration of, an interest in the different facets of Romanticism, following his Chopin CD with this new one of Mendelssohn's piano concertos. The concertos anchor the CD, but are not the only highlight: Lisiecki tells me (in our conversation), that from the beginning he wanted to incorporate the "Serious Variations", and the "Rondo Capriccioso", which capture your attention with their virtuosity and melodic content. Jan's parents are Polish, and was able to record these works in his adopted country (he has dual citizenship), with New York's Orph
 
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  Interview with All Classical Portland's John Pitman

Michael Whalen releases 'Cupid Blindfolded' / BroadwayWorld

Real Music and Solace jointly announce the forthcoming July 12th release of Cupid Blindfolded by award-winning composer and pianist Michael Whalen. With hundreds of millions of streams to his credit, two Emmy awards, and a career spanning three decades, people everywhere have been moved by Whalen's emotive heart-based music. The captivating new release, Cupid Blindfolded, is his first solo piano album in 20 years, reflecting upon the importance of deep listening...to the music, and the meaning behind it...to each other...and to the truth in one's own heart. Relaxing and melodic, the
 
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Unique and adventurous, Lyn Stanley's 'London With a Twist' has a bigger story beyond the exquisite music / MAKING A SCENE

We introduced you to jazz vocalist Lyn Stanley back in December 2017 with her double CD-set of the Great American Songbook classics., Moonlight Sessions Vol. 1 and Vol 2. You may want to reference that for her amazing back story. In 2018 she released her tribute to Julie London, with London Calling; A Tribute to Julie London and now we have another, her most unique project yet with her seventh album, Favorite Takes – London With a Twist- Live at Bernie's.  The unique and adventurous nature of this album is perhaps a bigger story than the exquisite music. This is recorded live
 
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Ludovico Einaudi offers variations representing each day of the week / New Classical Tracks

"I think it's Cezanne that was painting the same mountain for 20 years, and every time he was painting the mountain there was a different light. It's beautiful to watch the different versions of the same view." Italian composer Ludovico Einaudi offers his own spin on a set of variations with an ambitious project representing each day of the week. It's called Seven Days Walking. Ludovico grew up in Turin, Italy. He remembers vividly soaking up the music that his mother would play at the piano. "At a certain point I remember I started to listen to this piano that was around me
 
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Ron Howard discusses new documentary about the larger-than-life Luciano Pavarotti / The List

Sometimes, a bit of distance is what you need. Take Ron Howard, the Oscar-winning filmmaker of A Beautiful Mind. When he was approached to make a documentary about the opera star Luciano Pavarotti, he was by no means an expert. 'I didn't make the movie because I was a committed Pavarotti fan,' he says. 'I had nothing but respect for him and opera, but what more sparked my curiosity [was] a world to shed light on and inhabit.' Understandably, Pavarotti's rarefied existence is like catnip to filmmakers. The Italian tenor lived a larger-than-life existence that went
 
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Ron Carter, set to bring his trio to the Newport Jazz Festival, interviews with glideMagazine

As you look at all the seminal legends and stars of jazz that have performed at the Newport Jazz Festival, now celebrating its 65th anniversary, a phenomenal list of artists follows that is also a ringing endorsement of this organization's legacy, bringing these historic figures to the stage. In the past decade, a more recent generation of jazz veterans have also been appearing on stage to much appreciation and deserved recognition of their contributions to this unique form of music, developed in this country by African-American culture. The Newport Jazz Festival's 2019 line-up will be
 
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Lyn Stanley takes unplugged to a new level on 'Live at Bernie's' / Midwest Record

LYN STANLEY'S FAVORITE TAKES/London With a Twist-Live at Bernie's: Talk about taking unplugged to a new level of the game... Stanley revisits a bunch of the Julie London tunes she recorded on her tip of the cap to London, but she cuts them all over again, live direct to disc in a session that crackles like it was in front of a live, appreciative audience. There's a few curve balls in the song stack so that you don't feel like you are buying the same album twice but over all, this top jazz vocalist could have you buying the same album twice without you registering a complaint
 
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Jane Ira Bloom makes Vanity Fair - Sisters of Swing

For a century, jazz was a men's club. Half a century ago, the acclaimed music critic George T. Simon said everything you need to know about sexism in jazz: "Only God can make a tree, and only men can play good jazz." This gender bias has deep roots. Jazz has always been a boys' club, a macho art form reserved for brash, fast-fingered men living on the road, in cramped quarters, hustling from gig to gig. And despite playing a pioneering role in integration and the civil rights movement, jazz has had an abysmal record on gender. The pantheon of jazz giants is overwhelmingly male, com
 
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1010WINS sits down with EWF's Philip Bailey

The legendary group Earth, Wind & Fire is going to rock the house Tuesday night and Wednesday in a 2-day concert at the Beacon Theater, part of their current tour schedule. This multi Grammy and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band has been thrilling audiences all of the world for almost five decades with its fusion of R & B, soul, funk, rock and jazz. Lead singer, Philip Bailey who attributes the longevity of Earth, Wind & Fire to its unique sound has just released a solo album 'Love Will Find A Way' via Verve Records. On Love Will Find a Way, Bailey proves that the
 
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Definitive scholarship, intelligence of production & quality of performance and recording make Sonata Dementia an essential part of Partch, microtonal music / New Music Buff

Bridge Records is one of those labels whose every release is worth one's attention. Their series of music of Elliott Carter, George Crumb, et al are definitive. And while this listener has yet to hear the first two volumes of the Harry Partch series this third volume suggests that Bridge continues to maintain a high standard as they do in all the releases that I've heard. Like Philip Glass and Steve Reich would later do, Harry Partch formed his own group of musicians to perform his works. For Glass and Reich they could not find performers who understood and wanted to play their music. F
 
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Ahead of UK release, CLASSIC fM catches up with Ron Howard to find out what he learned about the 'king of the high Cs'

Pavarotti, a new biopic by Ron Howard (The Da Vinci Code, Apollo 13), is an intimate portrayal of the ‘king of the high Cs'. If, like us, you already know and love Pavarotti for his voice, Howard's film gives you exactly what you want. There's unseen footage of the tenor backstage before performances and you get to see clips of him performing ‘Nessun dorma', both as a soloist and with The Three Tenors. But the film also provides a seldom-seen insight into the tenor's impish character. Howard says: "The people who knew him loved that spirit. It was almost boyish, and he never los
 
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Meet the husband and wife team behind Bridge records, in preparation for 'The Thirteenth Child' world premiere at this year's Santa Fe Opera Festival / Opera Now

The Thirteenth Child, a new opera by Danish composer Poul Ruders, is set to a libretto by Becky & David Starobin, based on a fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm. The Thirteenth Child was co-commissioned by The Santa Fe Opera and the Odense Symfoniorkester. This release coincides with The Santa Fe Opera productions: July 27 (world premiere), 31, August 9, 14, 21, 2019.    The recording features soprano Sarah Shafer as Princess Lyra; mezzo-soprano Tamara Mumford as Queen Gertrude (Ms. Mumford will also create the role for The Santa Fe Opera production); bass-baritone Ashraf
 
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Placido Domingo powers into record books with a 60 year career / Yahoo

When Peter Gelb took over New York's legendary Metropolitan Opera in 2006, one of his jobs was to organise a farewell for Placido Domingo. But 13 years later the indefatigable Spanish tenor is still "the king of opera", headlining France's oldest musical festival at Orange at the weekend. "Since it was unimaginable that he could possibly be singing for much longer after an unmatched Met career that was soon to span four decades of starring roles," Gelb told AFP, "one of the responsibilities I was preparing for was Placido's farewell." With many singers' voices withering
 
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Vienna Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel & Yuja Wang - Summer Night Concert 2019 is the CLASSIC fM: Drive Discovery

Throughout the week Classic FM's presenters bring you the best new recordings, including world exclusives and premiere broadcasts of latest releases. John Brunning plays a track from his featured Drive Discovery at 6.20pm every weekday. The Vienna Philharmonic returned for another annual Summer open-air concert in the stunning Schönbrun Palace, Vienna, this year, under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel. This album captures the energy from the live concert with its brilliant recordings of Bernstein's Candide: Overture, Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with soloist Yuja Wang, and
 
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Philip Bailey brings in the best of the best on 'Love Will Find a Way' / Jazz Weekly

The golden voice of Earth, Wind and Fire alumnus Philip Bailey is caught up in a jazzy mood on this album that will satisfy fans of R&B and hip jazz. Bailey brings in the best of the best on this session, including the new generation of jazzers in tenor saxist Kamasi Washington, keyboardist Robert Glasper, trumpeter Christian Scott as well as jazz vets Steve Gadd, Christian McBride and Chick Corea. Any complaints so far? READ THE FULL Jazz Weekly REVIEW
 
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