Nadine Sierra Q&A from Vienna's 'Yellow Lounge'

Nadine Sierra, 2018 winner of the Metropolitan Opera's prestigious Beverly Sills Artist Award, has made her first album for Deutsche Grammophon and Decca Gold, having signed an exclusive contract with the labels last year. Recorded with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Robert Spano, There's a Place for Us marks the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein's birth and presents the soprano's stunning vocal abilities in an eclectic choice of American classical music. In addition to works by Bernstein, the repertoire ranges from Stephen Foster and Doug
 
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The DePue Brothers are at it again, this time with The Orange Blossom Special

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Libera receives YouTube - Silver Subscribers Award

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Juan Diego Florez exhilarates with French arias and Latin encores at Carnegie Hall / New York Classical Review

A recital with Juan-Diego Flórez is always bound to be a major event. His performance at Carnegie Hall on Sunday afternoon, no surprise, boasted an electric atmosphere, even if his early over-reliance on the familiar led to an imbalance between the program's two halves (three, if you count his parade of encores). The top of Sunday's announced program was a predictable run of bel canto arias and canzone: starting with Rossini's "Addio ai viennesi." Flórez showcased the bright vitality of his upper range, stretching the tops of phrases and dangling high pianissimos for added
 
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Ugly disclaimer from Ray Chen - This is what a real practice session looks like

a message from Ray Chen........ 'The purpose of this video is to give people a fair idea of how a real practice session looks like when you approach a piece from scratch. You usually hear the sparkly clean finished product, but it tends to always start somewhere deep in ugly-town. Sometimes practicing is demotivating, especially when Señor Show-off over on instagram has uploaded a perfect 1-minute clip of themselves nailing that stupidly difficult passage. If you feel like you've hit a wall in practicing, just know that EVERYBODY has struggles. I hope you feel better afte
 
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Jeff Goldblum runs the Capitol Studios Sessions show according to his own warm, wonky internal rhythm / The Guardian

Having just released his first album at the age of 66, Jeff Goldblum is joyously unschooled in the mechanics of playing for 1,000 people at a time. That's not to say he is unaccustomed to gigging live – he has had a semi-regular slot at a Los Angeles bar for decades, playing jazz piano when movie commitments permit – but he has never bumped up against the strictures that govern most pro touring musicians. Thus, while promoting the album, The Capitol Studios Sessions, with four sold-out sets, Goldblum runs his show according to his own warm, wonky internal rhythm.   Pho
 
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Kim Kashkashian discusses playing the Bach cello suites on viola / IdeaStationWCVE

Kim Kashkashian is an internationally known violist. Besides her performance schedule, she teaches at the New England Conservatory, and is Founder and President of the project Music for Food. She recently released an album featuring Bach's six cello suites, played on viola. Bach's fondness for the viola is well documented and the instrument played an important role in many of his works. Kim talked with IdeaStationWCVE: Richmond VA - Classical Music Host, Mike Goldberg about this recording and the differences you'll hear with the viola, being one octave higher than the cello. I hope
 
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  Interview with WCVE's Mike Goldberg

Chieli Minucci and Karen Briggs join Lao Tizer in Norfolk / The Virginian-Pilot

Growing up on a Colorado commune, Tizer was exposed to a broad range of music and experiences. His "hippie" parents, as he describes them, were of Russian-Jewish heritage, and though neither one played a musical instrument, Tizer started improvising on the piano when he was young. Part of his musical education came from his dad's large LP collection. His parents listened to classical and world music, from Japanese shakuhachi music to artists such as Ravi Shankar. They also read Eastern religion and named their son after the Taoist philosopher Lao Tzu. "I had a very diverse diet of i
 
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John Coltrane - 1963 'New Directions' set makes JAZZIZ: 'New Release Cheat Sheet'

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Brian Newman teams with Lady Gaga for 'Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood' / RollingStone

Trumpeter Brian Newman teams with Lady Gaga for a jazzy rendition of "Please Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood," one of the cuts that feature on the musician's just-released new album Showboat. Gaga's vocal prowess and Newman's horn skills take center stage on the powerful version of the track popularized by Nina Simone and the Animals. Newman and Gaga previously worked together on 2014's Cheek to Cheek, the singer's duets album with Tony Bennett; live sets from Newman, a veteran of the New York club circuit, occasionally featured a surprise "drop-in" by Gaga, a friend of the trumpeter.&nbs
 
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Ella Fitzgerald tribute set for the Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra / LOCAL12

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Rachel Barton Pine - Blues Dialogues is the WFMT: Featured New Release

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine, a 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. Pianist Matthew Hagle, Pine's frequent recital partner, joins her on Blues Dialogues, their third album together on the Chicago-based label Cedille. World-premiere recordings include Noel Da Costa's A Set of Dance Tunes, based on American fiddle tunes, and Billy Childs's Incident on Larpenteur Avenue, a single-movement violin sonata/tone poem written as a response to a fa
 
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Alice Sara Ott - Nightfall is the WFMT: Featured New Release

Alice Sara Ott takes a very personal look at the magical moment in time and space between day and night, light and darkness, basing her explorations on works by Debussy, Satie and Ravel. The German-Japanese pianist decided to mark the dual celebration of her 30th birthday and her 10th anniversary as a Deutsche Grammophon artist by examining her relationship with three French composers who have had a significant influence on her, and whose music made an indelible impression on the Parisian arts scene at the turn of the 20th century. With meticulous attention to detail, she traces the shiftin
 
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How Rachel Barton Pine is working to #ExpandTheCanon with 'Music by Black Composers' project / WFMT

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine has always had an interest in looking beyond the classical canon. In addition to the acclaim she has won for her interpretations of music by well-known composers like Bach, Handel, and Paganini, Pine has also sought to include underrepresented composers in her repertoire. A native Chicagoan, Pine grew up looking for new and exciting pieces to play at her favorite sheet music shop, Performers Music. She gravitated to pieces inspired by the blues and jazz, and her passion for this music eventually led to an important undertaking: the founding of the Music by B
 
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Jon Batiste chats with BUILD about 'Hollywood Africans'

Pianist, bandleader, vocalist and New Orleans musical royalty Jon Batiste releases "Hollywood Africans," his first solo album via Verve Records (Verve Label Group). Recorded in a church-turned-studio in New Orleans and produced by T Bone Burnett, Jon Batiste's major label debut is an homage to his musical heroes and an intimate portrait of the artist – many songs are just Jon and his piano. An internationally acclaimed musician, bandleader, composer, educator and television personality, Batiste spreads his unbridled optimism coupled with a profound understanding of the ar
 
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Christen Lien performs 'Unconditional' at NEXUS Global 2018

Christen Lien's provocative compositions, hypnotic performance style, and innovative entrepreneurial business approach all reflect her passion for challenging the status quo. Through her art she seeks to support her fans to process the complex and oftentimes dark emotions that oppress individual potential and hold back collective power. Lien is an avant-garde artist who creates an innovative brand of musical storytelling. She bends the classical genre by integrating innovative technology and collaborating with artists and musicians from many mediums. The violinist has performed for heads of
 
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MENTORLY features OSM concertmaster - Andrew Wan

August of 2008, Andrew Wan was named concertmaster of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra (MSO), making him one of the youngest leaders of a major symphony. His relationship with the orchestra began with performances of Elgar's Violin Concerto, hailed as one of the top two musical moments of 2007 by La Presse. As soloist, he has appeared in Canada, the United States, China, New Zealand, Cuba, Argentina, Brazil, and Switzerland under conductors such as Jean-Claude Casadesus, Maxim Vengerov, Peter Oundjian, Jacques Lacombe, Vasily Petrenko, James DePreist, Bernard Labadie and Michael Ster
 
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Vienna Philharmonic and Yuja Wang mark 100 years since end of Great War / euronews

The world famous Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra commemorated the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War with a symbolic "Concert for Peace" during a memorable performance at the Royal Opera House at the Palace of Versailles Maestro Franz Welser-Möst conceived the programme, a musical journey with devastation, hope and contemplation. The conductor said: "I think these days of commemoration are there to pause for a moment and think about what happened. How have we evolved over the past 100 years." The First World War showed no mercy to artists. Many died or returned injure
 
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Deluxe John Coltrane box compiling five 1963 albums to be released / MIXDOWN

JOHN COLTRANE'S 1963 ALBUMS TO RECEIVE DELUXE BOX SET RELEASE Including the Famous "Lost Album" is set for release on November 30 via Impulse! Records. The box set is comprised of Coltrane's prolific output from 1963, which generated three studio albums – Both Directions at Once, John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman, and Dear Old Stockholm – and two collections of live recordings, Newport '63 and Live at Birdland. Both Directions at Once is an especially notable inclusion, given that it remained undiscovered from its recording in 1963 until its release by Impulse! Rec
 
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On 'Love Is Here To Stay' you get a classy, cosy outing that tames Bennett's belting and boosts Krall's croon / THE STRAITS TIMES

Singer Tony Bennett is 92 and still going strong. And his "pair with a younger partner/s to reach the younger demographic" strategy has been paying dividends since 2006, when he released his Duets album, so why mess with a winning formula? This full-length album, with an all-Gershwin programme, reunites him with crooner pianist Diana Krall, a mere stripling at 53, with whom he first teamed on 2001's Playin' With My Friends. Add the elegant Bill Charlap Trio and you get a classy, cosy outing that tames Bennett's belting tendencies and boosts Krall's inviting croon to charming
 
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London Music Works 'The Nativity' is electrifying Christmas / Review Graveyard

Silva Screen Records releases London Music Works's The Nativity: Cinematic Christmas Carols, an electrifying Christmas offering; bringing the sound of Hollywood blockbuster to well loved seasonal favourites. The album includes traditional Christmas Carols arranged in a dramatic, orchestral and cinematic style, using both electronic arrangements and a full size classical orchestra. Introducing a potent mix of film, TV and trailer soundtrack composers and arrangers this album gives the best-loved Christmas songs a sonic makeover... An essential Christmas album that no household should
 
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Let There Be 2CELLOS / STAGEANDCINEMA

A little bit Celtic, a little bit rock and roll, a little bit classical, a little bit world music, and a lotta schmaltz and you get the idea behind 2Cellos, the duo of youthful, sexy Croatians Luka Šulić and Stjepan Hauser. who put their skillful playing behind revamps and remakes of a wide array of genres. Sony Classical got behind them following the pair's YouTube sensation updating Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal." The rest since 2010 is arena-filling history. This is the type of instrumental classical crossover music that could easily be the soundtrack for an Irish dancin
 
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Rachel Barton Pine - Blues Dialogues is WUOL: Featured Album

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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The Captiol Studio Sessions. 'Hey, did you know this is Jeff Goldblum?' / SOUTHERN NEWS

Twenty-four minutes and 58 seconds into his new album, Jeff Goldblum gets the inevitable "Jurassic Park" reference out of the way. It was no surprise that this would occur, not even halfway through "The Capitol Studio Sessions." Despite that and a cameo by comedian Sarah Silverman, the record was a fun and intelligent collection of jazz tunes written by a variety of historically acclaimed jazz musicians. Such famous names as Herbie Hancock, Charles Mingus, Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole and even Marvin Gaye wrote many of the tracks. One might wonder how the actor's name belongs a
 
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Big Ears Festival announces 2019 lineup / BrooklynVegan

The 2019 edition of Knoxville, TN's unique Big Ears Festival has now announced its full lineup, which now includes This Is Not This Heat, Avey Tare, Béla Fleck, Mountain Man, Punch Brothers, serpentwithfeet, Gabriel Kahane, Moor Mother, and more. They join the previously announced lineup of Spiritualized, Richard Thompson, Bill Frisell, Jlin, Mercury Rev, The Messthetics, The Art Ensemble of Chicago, Sons of Kemet, Jlin, Vijay Iyer, Meredith Monk, Nils Frahm, Lonnie Holley, Yves Tumor, and more. Among this year's special programming: Bryce Dessner‘s Robert Mapplethorpe trib
 
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Rachel Barton Pine - Blues Dialogues is an essential document for our times / 88.9KUCI

In this period of transition and re-assessment about race, culture, and gender in our social and political worlds, it is  critical to have a genuine appreciation for the nuanced complexity of the diverse currents in the artistic world as well. As the heading above my reviews indicates ("Jazz/Not Jazz"), I espouse the view that genre classification limits our understanding and appreciation of the peripatetic nature of  human experience. Rachel Barton Pine is a renowned classical violinist. She also plays covers of Metallica. She is a middle-aged white woman. Stop. Think about t
 
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Jeff Goldblum plays a mean piano on The Capitol Studios Sessions / NEWCASTLE HERALD

JEFF Goldblum has made a jazz album. Yes, you've read that correctly. Before you dismiss it as another celebrity vanity project, the Jurassic Park star plays a mean jazz piano, having tinkled the keys since he was 10. Goldblum's suave personality also oozes all over The Capitol Studios Sessions, which was recorded live with his backing band The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra. It's there in his cheeky flirting with ex-American Idol contestant Haley Reinhart, who performs My Baby Cares For Me and with comedian Sarah Silverman, who Goldblum describes as "the most beautiful Amy Winehouse." Goldblum
 
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Mary Gauthier brings military veterans and their families into her latest album / 89.3KPCC

Singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier brought military veterans and their families into the writing process for her latest album, "Rifles and Rosary Beads." NPR music critic Ann Powers says the album "is the product of compassion and a call for more compassion at a time when it's needed most." 89.3KPCC - Pasadena CA Veteran Affairs reporter Libby Denkmann spoke with Gauthier and with a wounded service member who says their collaboration helped heal the invisible injuries of war. LISTEN TO THE SEGMENT p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #60606
 
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Llyr Williams sits down with Spokane Public Radio to discuss monumental Beethoven recording

Welsh Pianist Llyr Williams tackles the complete solo piano repertoire of Beethoven in live reocdings from London's Wigmore Hall on his new 12-disc box set Beethoven Unbound. The stunning cycle comprises nearly 14 hours of music, which Williams says comprise "all of life." As well as the complete piano sonatas, the box set also features other works including the 32 Variations in C minor, Eroica Variations, Opus 126 Bagatelles and the Diabelli Variations, a total of almost 14 hours of music. This is Williams' fourth album on Signum Classics. Beethoven Unbound is presented in a be
 
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  Interview with Spokane PR's Jim Tevenan

Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, with sizable jazz chops at UCSB?s Campbell Hall / Santa Barbara Independent

Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra gave a joyously fourth-wall-breaking performance at UCSB's Campbell Hall on Saturday, November 3. Moving through renditions of pieces such as Charles Mingus's "Nostalgia in Times Square" and Dinah Washington's "This Bitter Earth" with ease and unaffected sophistication, theirs is a band with sizable jazz chops - you could hear it in Goldblum's casual staccato, in the drummer Kenny Elliott's persistent patter, and saxophonist James King's melodic twirls. In between, Goldblum entertained with movie trivia quizzes and quip
 
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Leif Ove Andsnes connects the building blocks on new Chopin recording / Classical Music Sentinel

One of the many aspects I admire about Leif Ove Andsnes' playing, is that he can always extract gold from the soil without the need for a pickax and shovel. By this I mean that unlike some pianists, he doesn't fuss over details or feel the need to micromanage, or manipulate each and every note as if it holds a key to the expressive narrative of a piece. He sees the arc, the long line of a composition, and allows the music to flow and speak for itself. After all, I'm sure Chopin knew what he was doing when he composed these long, allegorical tales he titled 'Ballades'. Un
 
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MSO names Ken-David Masur - new music director / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Ken-David Masur, 41, is the Milwaukee Symphony's next music director. He will shepherd the orchestra artistically as it prepares to move into its new concert hall in the fall of 2020. Jonathan Kirn, Milwaukee Symphony. In naming Ken-David Masur its next music director, the Milwaukee Symphony has selected a conductor with worldwide experience, steeped in Germanic tradition, recognized for his collaborative approach and in love with choral music.  But wait, there's more: Masur appreciates the challenge and opportunity waiting for a music director leading a symphony orchestra thro
 
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Take a listen to a Martian sunrise / mnn

From Gustav Holst's orchestral suite "The Planets" to any John Williams composition for "Star Wars" to the Steve Miller Band's "Space Cowboy," space has inspired the musically inclined for centuries. But space can also create music, and in honor of the Mars rover Opportunity seeing its 5,000th Martian sunrise, scientists created a tune not just inspired by the sunrise but by using data from the photograph of the sunrise itself. The video above was created by Domenico Vicinanza of Anglia Ruskin University and Genevieve Williams from the University of Exeter. The tones you hear we
 
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Alexandra Streliski shares new INSCAPE video for 'Overturn' / sonofmarketing

Alexandra Stréliski is a French-Canadian composer and pianist which made her debut with the album Pianoscope in 2010. Two years after Demolition, she's back with a new album. INSCAPE is out now via Secret City Records. Recorded in the Fall of 2017 at Studio PM in Montreal, INSCAPE is the work of an artist unconcerned with conventions, whose approach of neoclassicism is resolutely current. Produced by Stréliski and Maxime Navert, the attempt was to fill a certain emotional emptiness, a creative urge that commits to taking the listener back to a form of lost sincerity. 
 
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Jeff Goldblum's 'Capital Studios Sessions' is like a long lost perfect puzzle piece / The Michigan Daily

From his stint in "Jurassic Park" as a sharp-tongued mathematician to his more recent role in Marvel's "Thor: Ragnarok" as The Grandmaster, Jeff Goldblum has grown to be a true pop-culture icon. The addition of "jazz musician" to Goldblum's vibrant and diverse roster is more than fitting. His new album with the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, The Capital Studios Sessions, is like a long lost perfect puzzle piece - the world didn't know it needed Jeff Goldblum singing and performing jazz with Sarah Silverman and Haley Reinhart until he gave it to them. While Goldblum doesn't reinvent jazz the way
 
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Radio New Zealand pre-views Womad 2019

Radio New Zealand's Episode 110 pre-views just some of the line-up of international and local musicians who will be appearing at Womad on the 15 – 17th March 2019. The program includes music from Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble, along with an interview with Emere Wano, the Event Director and NZ Program Manager talking about her role in Womad and why the Womad festival always makes for a unique musical experience that is always different, sometimes challenging but forever rewarding. Silk Road Ensemble music on this show includes; Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble Feat
 
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SMF celebrates its 30th season with a stellar lineup / Savannah Morning News

From March 28 through April 13, 2019, the Savannah Music Festival (SMF) celebrates its landmark 30th season with a stellar lineup of concerts, recitals, dance parties and presentations, and family-friendly performances in nine venues across Savannah's Historic District. From its origins as Savannah On Stage, SMF has grown to become one of the nation's leading multi-disciplinary musical arts events, distinguished by its commitment to innovative programming and known for attracting top-flight artists and audiences from across the country and overseas. The 30th festival season features man
 
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Tafelmusik makes a case for the obscure baroque music of Agostino Steffani / Toronto Star

It's not just established masterworks that guarantee a magical concert. Tafelmusik proved this Thursday evening at the first performance of a program devoted to the now-obscure Baroque-era composer Agostino Steffani. Not only was his music a revelation, the concert itself was beautifully performed by the period-instrument Tafelmusik Orchestra, Chamber Choir and guest soloist, Toronto-based mezzo-soprano Krisztina Szabó. Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir with mezzo-soprano Krisztina Szabó. Ivars Taurins, conductor plays Toronto's Trinity-St Paul's Centre t
 
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Andrew Wan, Charles Richard-Hamelin - Beethoven Violin Sonatas is WFMT 'Featured New Release'

The Analekta label has released the first of three albums that will cover Beethoven's complete Violin Sonatas, performed by two of Canada's most outstanding musicians. Andrew Wan is concertmaster of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and Charles Richard-Hamelin was winner of the silver medal at the 2015 International Chopin Piano Competition. In this first volume, we find the three Sonatas, Op. 30, each highlighting various facets of the composer. Andrew Wan, Charles Richard-Hamelin - Beethoven Violin Sonatas is WFMT: Chicago 'Featured New Release' p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0
 
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For the Allegro Guitar Society, guitarist Jason Vieaux proves why he's one of the world's best classical guitarists / TheaterJones

Classical guitarists suffer from a lack of exposure that keeps the names of the superstars out of the public's adoration list of musicians. Asked to name a classical guitarist, even devoted concertgoers struggle to come up with a name, a fate not shared by pianists and violinists. Enter the Allegro Guitar Society/Fort Worth Classic Guitar Society to fill this void by presenting recitals presented by universally admired guitarists in both Dallas and Fort Worth venues. It is not unusual for classical music buffs to admit that they don't know about them but that is easily remedied by attending
 
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Kenny Broberg leads Kimbell Museum audience through a superbly conceived, brilliantly executed journey from darkness to light / TheaterJones

Pianist Kenny Broberg, Silver Medalist of the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, returned to Fort Worth Thursday night for a recital on The Cliburn concert series at the Kimbell Art Museum, and led his audience through a superbly conceived, brilliantly executed journey from darkness to light. The program itself was unceasingly fascinating, combining little-known and well-known works in a way that effectively "sold" and underlined the genius of each item. Broberg, 25, is a son of the American Heartland, educated in Houston and Kansas City, but he is definitely worthy of th
 
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4 new entries make this week's CLASSIC fM chart

There's no change in the top five places of the chart this week – Andrea Bocelli's new album Sì remains on top, followed by Bryn Terfel's compilation album Dreams and Songs, and Evolution by Alexis Ffrench. Firm favourite Einaudi stays at No. 4 with Islands and Sheku Kanneh-Mason continues his chart success with Inspiration at No. 5. Víkingur Ólafsson's latest album Johann Sebastian Bach makes a re-entry to the chart at No. 9, and in anticipation of the festive season, Andre Rieu and the Johann Strauss Orchestra re-enter with the Best of Christ
 
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Yo-Yo Ma - Bach Cello Suites shouldn't be used as background music / STAGEANDCINEMA

So when you buy Yo-Yo Ma's new release of the Cello Suites from Sony Classical (which you must), it shouldn't be used as background music. It is your opportunity to get involved by participating with your senses, not just your ears. While the 36-year-old Weilerstein did a remarkable job yesterday (the memorization of two and one half hours of music alone boggles the mind), Yo-Yo Ma's new rendition is less practical and more emotional and precise, more worldly and magical, more solid and wise. This isn't to dish Weilerstein, as her interpretation was truly valid and improved as the night wor
 
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John Williams creates new arrangement of 'Across the Stars' for Anne-Sophie Mutter / io9

Whether or not you dug the Star Wars prequels, you have to admit the music was on point. "Duel of the Fates"? Incredible, classic stuff, integral to the series' modern identity. "Across the Stars," too, better known as the love theme for Anakin and Padme, is also incredibly memorable, pulling all of the grandeur that John Williams's music is known for together and melding it with a deep, galaxy-rending sense of longing. As noted by the people over at John Williams Fan Network, a new arrangement of "Across the Stars" has recently been released, created by Williams himself for German viol
 
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Jon Batiste comes home for New Orleans Jazz Museum fundraiser / Associate Press

"Late Show" bandleader Jon Batiste comes home to Louisiana next month for a fundraiser benefiting the New Orleans Jazz Museum. The Dec. 8 event takes place at the Jazz Museum which is in the old U.S. Mint at the edge of the city's historic French Quarter. Dubbed the "Improvisations Gala," the event also will feature performances by the Trombone Shorty Academy, which provides music education to gifted students; and gourmet cuisine from New Orleans restaurants. The museum says the event will fund its musical and education programs in New Orleans, and promote Jazz worldwide. SEE THE Associ
 
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DePue Brothers Band, set for Holiday Spectacular at Bowling Green State University

The DePue Brothers Band encompasses a vivid blend of bluegrass, classical, and rock genres. This musically iconic family from Bowling Green, Ohio has been making music together for over 30 years. They were named "Musical Family of America" in 1989 by presidential decree, were the subject of a nationally televised PBS documentary in 1993, and two of the brothers, Jason and Zach, were featured in the film documentary Music from the Inside Out in 2005. Each of the four DePue brothers is a classical virtuoso in his own right, bringing rich and diverse talents to their sound. The brothers cr
 
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Swedish Fish and Quartet San Francisco stand side by side in Oak Bluffs / Vineyard Gazette

Whenever her sixth and seventh grade students play a wrong note, Oak Bluffs strings teacher Rebecca Laird requires them to give her a Swedish Fish, her favorite candy. It only seemed fitting that when a group of her students decided to form a string ensemble, they chose the chewy snack as inspiration for their name: The Swedish Fish Strings. Wednesday morning, the ensemble made up of 11 Oak Bluffs and Vineyard Montessori School students performed for a gym-full of rapt, though occasionally restless, Oak Bluffs School students alongside a special guest, the Grammy-nominated Quartet San F
 
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George Winston set for St. John's College - March 2019 / Eye On Annapolis

Rams Head Promotions announces that Multi-instrumentalist George Winston will perform at the Francis Scott Key Auditorium on St. John's College campus in Annapolis, Maryland on Wednesday, March 6, 2019.  George Winston began playing organ in 1967. In 1971 he switched to the acoustic piano after hearing recordings from the 1920s and the 1930s by the legendary stride pianists Thomas "Fats" Waller and the late Teddy Wilson. In addition to working on stride piano, he also at this time came up with his own style of melodic instrumental music on solo piano, called folk piano.&
 
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Otis Taylor's Trance Blues Fest brings out the community groove / Boulder Daily Camera

With palpable soul, skilled musicianship and a haunting appeal, international blues guitarist, banjoist and singer Otis Taylor crafts songs that are both lyrically moving and instrumentally complex. With the charisma and authenticity of Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix and John Lee Hooker, Taylor has gained a loyal following always eager to see the troubadour's next move. Today and Saturday, Taylor will join other artists for Boulder's 9th annual Trance Blues Festival - an interactive two-day event, he founded, where musicians of all ages, styles and levels share camaraderie, knowledge and t
 
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Musician develops chart-topping apps to teach kids conservation, and gives them away for free / Yahoo News

Classically trained musician Shirley Choi has released three chart-topping mobile apps for children and is working on two more – but she has not received a penny for more than four years of work. She composed the music and songs for her children's e-books, all aimed squarely at the issue of climate change. Each is bilingual, in English and Chinese, and available free of charge on both the iOS and Android platforms. The composer-turned-producer says money is the last thing on her mind. "I get emails that bring tears to my eyes," Choi says. "I received an email from a mother of twin
 
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It's not particularly difficult to find a record store in Melbourne / beat

In 2018, every JB Hi-Fi stocks a range of pop, indie, hip hop and dance and most major streets are dotted with vinyl stores filled with second-hand classics. Quality Records + is a faithful amalgamation of these two concepts. Sitting just off the corner of Glenferrie Road and High Street, Malvern, the store has a familiar feeling to it, left over from its unchanged 1970s architecture from when it was called Pet Sounds. The store's stocked records don't really have a theme either, ranging from classical to opera, all the way to Miles Davis to The Beatles to Kendrick Lamar and Arctic Monkeys.
 
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Dee Dee Bridgewater continues to challenge herself in a career that spans nearly fifty years / BayStateBanner Q&A

Dee Dee Bridgewater performs regularly in Boston, and last month she had a two-night stint at Scullers Jazz Club in Allston. The winner of three Grammy awards and a Tony, Dee Dee continues to challenge herself to the delight of audiences around the globe in a career that spans nearly fifty years. "Memphis, I'm Ready," her most recent recording (2017), is an emotional tribute to the soulful tunes and era of the 1960s and 1970s, and a departure from her earlier work that is more readily identifiable as jazz. Her dad was a Memphis DJ known as, "Matt the Platter Cat." "It was music I needed to
 
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Ray Chen interview with IdeaStationWCVE

One of today's most outstanding young violinists, Ray Chen, has released a new album "The Golden Age." It's "a thrilling collection of chamber and orchestral works," released on the Decca Classics label. Chen handpicked a selection of works that he says celebrate the "golden age" of the violin, "not only in terms of repertoire, but also in terms of performance style and ingenuity." While centered on Max Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1, the album features works performed by Chen's "Made in Berlin" quartet (members of the Berlin Philharmonic), as well as pieces and arrangements
 
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Jon Batiste set to lead 2019 Tibet House benefit concert / Rolling Stone

Margo Price and Late Show bandleader Jon Batiste will lead 2019 Tibet House Benefit Concert, taking place February 7th 2019 at New York's Carnegie Hall. New Order's Bernard Sumner, Philip Glass and Chris Robinson Brotherhood also taking part in 32nd annual event. Proceeds from the concert benefit the work of Tibet House US, a non-profit educational institution and cultural embassy founded in 1987 at the request of Dalai Lama to ensure the survival of the unique Tibetan civilization. The 2018 benefit featured performances by Glass as well as Patti Smith, Carly Simon, Angel Olsen, Blood
 
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The Charleston Library Society will experience the exhilarating Joel Fan in recital / Charleston Post & Courier

The Charleston Library Society will present pianist Joel Fan in recital on Thursday, Nov. 15. Experience the exhilarating art of Joel Fan, who uses his talents to cross musical boundaries. During the last 2 seasons, Fan performed with the New York Philharmonic, Odessa Philharmonic, and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic in concerto performances of Rachmaninov, Beethoven, and Messiaen. He has collaborated with leading conductors and soloists such as cellist Yo-Yo Ma in Beethoven's Triple Concerto. Don't miss out on this very special guest appearance! In recent years, Fan has performed with
 
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Gabriel Kahane wrote 'Book of Travelers' while riding a train across the US / PBS: NEWSHOUR

Around the presidential election of 2016, songwriter Gabriel Kahane decided to take a break from everyday life, escape technology and explore the country by rail. While traveling, he aspired to engage in conversation--but not argue--with strangers of all types of background. This is his brief but spectacular take on how conversations in train dining cars can lead to "radical empathy." Judy Woodruff: Songwriter Gabriel Kahane wrote his latest album, "Book of Travelers," while riding a train across the United States following the 2016 presidential election. In tonight's Brief But Spec
 
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Hilary Hahn navigates the intricacies of Bach at Davies Hall / Berkeley Daily Planet

The fiendishly difficult Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin by Johann Sebastian Bach have always been a part of Hilary Hahn's musical life. Ms. Hahn began her musical studies with her first teacher, Klara Berkovich, and at age 10 was admitted to the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia to study with Jascha Brodsky, who devoted a part of each lesson to solo Bach. At age 17, Hilary Hahn recorded her first CD, entitled Hilary Hahn Plays Bach, which featured her performances of Bach's Sonata No. 1 in G minor, Partita No. 1 in B minor, and Partita No. 2 in D minor. Now, at age 38, Hilary
 
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Carnegie Hall's Lullaby Project reaches hundreds of families throughout 2018-2019 season / BroadwayWorld

This season, approximately 700 families in New York City, across the country, and around the world will take part in Carnegie Hall's Lullaby Project, a program which pairs pregnant women and new parents with professional artists to write personal lullabies for their babies, supporting maternal health, aiding child development, and strengthening the bond between parent and child. In New York City, the project will reach parents at 15 different sites, including healthcare settings, homeless shelters, high schools, foster care, and correctional facilities. Extending across the country and
 
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In advance of Celebrity Series, Anthony Roth Costanzo Q&A's with Radio Boston

Anthony Roth Costanzo has been hailed by NPR as "a Countertenor For The 21st Century" and he's made it his mission to make opera mainstream again. That's no easy task for a genre that's struggled to connect with contemporary audiences. But Costanzo believes through collaboration with musicians, artists, filmmakers, and fashionistas - opera can reach anyone. Costanzo's debut album - ARC on Decca GOLD pairs arias of Philip Glass and Handel, as he performs works of baroque master G. F. Handel and minimalist 20/21st century composer Philip Glass, all played by the orchestra
 
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On The Capitol Studios Sessions, Jeff Goldblum turns the studio into a club / RiFF magazine

Jeff Goldblum is a dish best served in person, but for anyone unable to attend one of his performances with the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, his long-in-the-making debut album evokes a comparable front-and-center experience. On The Capitol Studios Sessions, Goldblum turns the studio into a sophisticated club. He captures the warmness and personality of a live big band jazz performance while maintaining studio quality instrumental and vocal performances. Much in the way Steve Martin has warmed up his audience to the world of bluegrass, Jeff Goldblum has built a not-so-secret second career
 
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Charlie Haden, Brad Mehldau 'Long Ago and Far Away' oozes with sublime swing / Jazz Weekly

This is about the 3rd time Impulse! has released a posthumous album with Charlie Haden, this time with pianist Brad Mehldau from a 2007 concert in Mannheim Germany. Judging by the high quality of all of these albums, it causes one to think how much more brilliant material is in their vaults. What else are we missing? This collection of piano/bass duets oozes with sublime swing; you can feel the comradery between the sensitive kindred spirits throughout these essentially spontaneous conversations. There is plenty of room for exquisite soloing, but most of the time after stating their the
 
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What the electric guitar can do for John Scofield / stereophile

Electric guitarist John Scofield, winner of multiple Grammy Awards, has a knack for staying a step ahead of musical trends. In hundreds of jazz settings, "Sco" and his signature Ibanez AS200 guitar and Fender Reverb amplifier have created a unique style and sound that have earned him a popularity beyond jazz's usual audience. "It doesn't feel like I'm ahead of the [curve] at all," Scofield told me, from his home in upstate New York. "Maybe musicians are more attuned to what's happening than the public, just because we're so obsessed with music. But I try not to follo
 
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All it took was one live performance from Daniil Trifonov to resoundingly validate why he is the current Big Thing of the piano world / STAGEANDCINEMA

All it took was one live performance from Daniil Trifonov (dan-EEL TREE-fon-ov) to resoundingly validate for me why he is the current Big Thing of the piano world. The Liszt-like master's rendition of Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2 at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic (followed by a jaw-dropping encore of Stravinsky's Firebird for piano) convinced me that this is a pianist for the ages. And as if I needed more validation, he was equally astounding setting fire to the ivories performing Rachmaninov's First Piano Concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. And it
 
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The open mindedness of genre hopping - Gramophone

If anyone doubts the astonishing range and quality of classical music recordings being made today – and, I hope, regular readers of these pages would harbour no such perception – then they should really take heed of this month's releases. Choosing the Editor's Choices is always a difficult task, but this month it was doubly so given just how many recordings had drawn such heart-felt plaudits from our critics. That two major labels should produce extraordinary piano records from leading young artists as different in approach as Igor Levit's deeply thought-out meditation on li
 
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WOW, Jeff Goldblum's Capitol Sessions is truly infectious / theartsdesk

Take a bow Jeff Goldblum who, with a little help from friends Imelda May, Haley Reinhart, Sarah Silverman and Grammy-winning trumpeter Till Bronner, transports us into a chic cabaret club for an evening with Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra. Goldblum leads from the piano throughout, engaging in jokes and banter with his fellow performers, in a live set recorded in Studios A and B at Capitol Records in LA.  Larry Klein is the producer and he ought to be pleased with Goldblum's opening number, "Cantaloupe Island", by Herbie Hancock, one of his many celebrated artists
 
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Rachel Barton Pine, in 'Blues Dialogue' with Classical Radio

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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Set for Towanda's Keystone Theatre, Muriel Anderson talks with WSKG Radio

One of the world's foremost fingerstyle guitarists and harp-guitarists, Muriel Anderson is the first woman to have won the National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship. Her CD "Nightlight Daylight" was chosen as one of the top 10 CDs of the decade by Guitar Player Magazine and her "Heartstrings" recording accompanied the astronauts on the space shuttle Discovery. She has performed/recorded with Chet Atkins, Les Paul, Victor Wooten and the Nashville Chamber Orchestra. Her obvious joy of music, humor and her facility across the genres of folk, classical, jazz, bluegrass and international music is
 
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Hilary Hahn Plays Bach is WRTI 'Classical Album of the Week'

Celebrated violinist Hilary Hahn is out with a new album of solo works by J.S. Bach and it's the WRTI: Philadelphia Classical Album of the Week. This new Bach recording completes a cycle she started at age 17, when she chose for her debut album two of Bach's three partitias and one of his three sonatas. Now, in Hilary Hahn Plays Bach, she's recorded the remaining one partita and two sonatas.   When Hilary recorded the first three works back in 1997 at age 17, she wasn't intending to record the complete set. "Three of the pieces fit very well into a CD and
 
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String Theory highlights HANSON's remarkable songcraft / npr - first listen

There must be a dozen ways to process the idea of a double-length, career-spanning album in which the long-running pop band Hanson performs while backed by an orchestra. You could study the new symphonic arrangements, courtesy of Oscar winner David Campbell (a.k.a. Beck's dad), and pick apart how they compare to the originals. You could examine the trend of veteran bands performing with orchestras - even Hanson's pal "Weird Al" Yankovic is doing it - as a way of refreshing their catalogs. You could question the appeal of the idea to anyone outside a preexisting pool of diehards.
 
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IPR talks with Kim Kashkashian about the flavor viola brings to Bach's cello music

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Urbanski and Lisiecki impart nuanced coherency and completeness in ISO performance of Grieg and Brahms / NUVO

Saturday's Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (ISO) concert at Hilbert Circle Theatre-the second over the weekend-satisfied the demands of high expectation while squelching any lingering apprehension concerning the hype. If you add up the ages of Music Director Krzysztof Urbanski, who is in his eighth season with the ISO, and soloist Jan Lisiecki, you still fall short of the average concert goer's number of trips around the sun by about five years. But I don't want to dwell on how young-young for classical music, that is-they are; the merit, as I suggest, was rather in the nuanced, lively, and
 
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Punto Radio - ANIMAJAZZ features Seven Octaves 'Who Can I Turn To'

In episode 839 of Punto Radio's "ANIMAJAZZ", for tonight - Tuesday 6 November is Seven Octaves - 'Who Can I Turn To' from 'The New Scene.' Sarah Vaughan fully embraced the best pop music of her lengthy career, and her 1966 release "The New Scene" is ample evidence - buoyed with exuberant and thoughtful interpretation. It was this enthusiasm that inspired and fueled jazz pianist Kenny MacKenzie to recreate the album instrumentally - with brand new and often exotic arrangements that borrow elements from 1950's space-age pop. This is the first time Kenny ha
 
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Helene Grimaud - Memory is KUSC: Album Of the Week

Pianist Hélène Grimaud new Deutsche Grammophon album Memory explores the nature of recollection through a series of exquisite pianistic miniatures, with a choice of repertoire embracing everything from impressionistic reveries by Chopin and Debussy to the timeless, folk-like melodies of Valentin Silvestrov. The recording addresses music's unique ability to bring images of the past back to life in the present moment, to conjure up vivid evocations of time and place.  Memory and music make perfect partners. Both are fleeting, never fixed, always subject to interpret
 
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Helene Grimaud - Memory is KDFC: Album Of the Week

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Avi Avital, Ksenija Sidorova, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, set for Helzberg Hall / Kansas City Star

The mandolin is not commonly featured at classical music concerts, and the accordion even less so. Both instruments will be highlighted, however, when the Friends of Chamber Music presents the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in concert Nov. 7 at Helzberg Hall. Mandolinist Avi Avital and accordionist Ksenija Sidorova will perform a concerto for mandolin and accordion, which the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra commissioned from composer Benjamin Wallfisch. The program, "Stars Aligned," also includes music by Bach and composers well known for their film music: Franz Waxman, Nino Rota and Miklós R&o
 
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Jeff Goldblum's life is like a jazz piece / CBS: SUNDAY MORNING

Jeff Goldblum's life is like a jazz piece: his acting improvisational, his style unpredictable. He's made an art of being offbeat. "I'm a strange figure," he told Anthony Mason, before turning the tables on his interviewer: "I like that hearty laugh. I'd like to hear you sing!" "Oh, no, you wouldn't," Mason said. Goldblum has starred in two of the nineties' biggest blockbusters, as a computer geek who saves the planet in "Independence Day," and a math whiz who fights off dinosaurs in "Jurassic Park." Suddenly, at 66, he's become … a fashion icon,
 
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Anna Thorvaldsdottir's 'Hrim' is North Shore News: Track of the Day

Driftwood Percussion will perform Anna Thorvaldsdottir's piece "Aura" for four percussionists, in a close circle, at The Roundhouse on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 2 p.m. as part of Music on Main's Modulus Festival. The Icelandic composer's "Hrím," for chamber orchestra was written in 2010 as a commission for The UCSD New Music Ensemble, was intended as a companion piece to Ligeti's chamber concerto. Hrím is written for chamber orchestra (flute, oboe/also plays english horn, clarinet, bass clarinet, horn, trombone, piano/also plays celeste, 2 violins, viola, cello and d
 
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A palpable reverence for Tony Bennett rippled through the Academy of Music / philly.com

A knowing laugh rippled through the Academy of Music as Tony Bennett leaned against the piano and recited the opening line of "This Is All I Ask." Everyone in that audience, from the front row to the upper balconies, was keenly aware that the charmer crooning "As I approach the prime of my life" is 92 years old, an icon who has seen several primes come and ago over the course of a remarkable lifetime. The reactions throughout Bennett's performance on Friday night took that unavoidable fact into account. Occasionally that meant wild applause for a simple touch that would have passed
 
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Miami-Dade's 'Jazz Roots' series celebrates the Leonard Bernstein centennial / South Florida Times

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County recently announced the launch of the 11th season of its internationally acclaimed Jazz Roots series with "Leonard Bernstein 100 and Beyond," a centennial celebration of one of America's greatest and best-loved music superstars, on Friday, Nov. 9. The one-night-only tribute to the world-renowned composer, conductor and pianist features performances by vocalists Ann Hampton Callaway and Jon Secada, saxophonist Kirk Whalum, pianist Shelly Berg and the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra. Berg is the Jazz Roots artistic ad
 
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Anthony Roth Costanzo set for Celebrity Series debut / WCRB: Boston

If you've never heard a countertenor sing, the first time can be a shock. And if your first countertenor happens to be Anthony Roth Costanzo, he's joyfully going to exploit that shock. "When I go into a room and people haven't heard a countertenor, and they think ‘What the hell is going on? Why is this guy singing like that?' I love that," he says. "I love using those 30 seconds of shock to bring people in and to make them really listen to what this music is." Well, the opportunity to lean in and really listen to Anthony Roth Costanzo on your own time has arrived,
 
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Get ready for an unpredictable evening with Todd Rundgren at the Wilma / Missoulian

Todd Rundgren will perform at the Wilma on Sunday, Nov. 4. To label Rundgren would be to work against him. While playing his portion in various blues-rock and English-style hybrid groups to his parts in garage rock-punk and psychedelia bands, Rundgren has somehow distanced himself from the label of genre-based artist. Though he's often thought of as a pure rock guitarist, he has flirted with everything from jazz to more pop-oriented themes. "My dad wouldn't allow rock ‘n' roll in the house," said Todd Rundgren, a nominee of the 2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class. "I had to list
 
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Phil Woods' 'Samba DuBois' is JAZZIZ - Song Of the Day

Saxophonist Phil Woods, who was born on November 2, 1931, served as the crucial link between the bebop saxophonists of the 1940s and the post-bop artists of the '50s, '60s and beyond. A clear disciple of Charlie Parker, Woods would eventually go on to transform the bebop idiom into his own unique language, one that would be met by both broad appeal (he was the featured soloist on the 1975 Steely Dan hit Doctor Wu) and critical acclaim. "Samba DuBois," from his stellar 1974 album Musique Du Bois,  showcased both his profound mind for improvisation and his near-flawless technique, wh
 
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For this holiday season, 'Shatner Claus' features a jingle jam with Rick Wakeman, Todd Rundgren and Ian Anderson / CityNews1130

When it comes to talking about his new album, William Shatner is like a kid on Christmas morning. "I'm scared, I'm frightened, by how good I think the album is," says the 87-year-old TV icon. The new Christmas CD, "Shatner Claus," features mainly holiday standards such as "Jingle Bells," "Little Drummer Boy" and "White Christmas." Shatner gets festive with a jingle jam session with keyboardist Rick Wakeman, guitarist Todd Rundgren, and flutist Ian Anderson. READ THE FULL CityNews1130 ARTICLE
 
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Nicholas Payton Trio plays npr - tiny desk with incredible stamina

He should have been exhausted, but instead played the Tiny Desk with incredible stamina, holding a single trumpet note that lasted longer than most people can hold their breath. In the days just before this performance, Nicholas Payton played at the Joy of Jazz Festival in Johannesburg, South Africa, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, then Santiago, Chile and, finally, New York City. A member of his team drove them the four hours from NYC so he could nap in the car and be ready to play. Payton dazzled the audience, simultaneously playing his trumpet and a Fender Rhodes. It's his signature,
 
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Igor Levit needs only one hand to conjure Herbst Theatre meeting of minds and souls / San Francisco Chronicle

Pianist Igor Levit needed only one hand, in the opening piece of his solemn, deeply felt recital at the Herbst Theatre on Thursday, Nov. 1, to conjure a meeting of musical minds and souls. With his performance of the famous Chaconne from Bach's Violin Partita No. 2, in Brahms' arrangement for the left hand alone, this fearless 31-year-old Russian-born artist put himself in a probing, intimate conversation with both the Bach original and Brahms' prismatic interpretation. From the meditative statement of the opening subject to a throbbing bass pattern, desperate runs and hovering chords, the
 
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Alexandra Streliski performs 'Burnout Fugue' and 'Overturn', on Stingray PausePlay

Eight years after her first self-released, Alexandra Stréliski unveils INSCAPE via Secret City Records. Recorded in the Fall of 2017 at Studio PM in Montreal, INSCAPE is the work of an artist unconcerned with conventions, whose approach of neoclassicism is resolutely current. Produced by Stréliski along with Maxime Navert (who also co-produced Pianoscope), the attempt was to fill a certain emotional emptiness, a creative urge that commits to taking the listener back to a form of lost sincerity. Catch Stréliski on the attached clip, performing two of her new songs, B
 
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Andrea Bocelli becomes the first classical singer to top Official UK Album Chart since 1994 / CLASSIC fM

Today, Andrea Bocelli becomes the first classical singer to top the Official UK Album Chart since 1994, when The Three Tenors reached the top spot. Bocelli's Sì was released on 26 October and was this week battling for Number 1 against stiff competition from the soundtrack for A Star is Born – starring Lady Gaga – and Tom Odell's album Jubilee Road. Bocelli's album is his first album of all-new material in 14 years and features duets with the likes of pop star Dua Lipa, crossover star Josh Groban and soprano Aida Garifullina. It's released on the Decca/Sugar record la
 
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Chicago Jazz Magazine presents November feature with Patricia Barber

Chicago Jazz Magazine founder, Mike Jeffers, talks with Patricia Barber about her early years growing up in Chicago, Iowa and Nebraska, studying phycology in college and then following her passion for music and moving back to Chicago to start her career.    The discussion leads to her years at the famed Gold Star Sardine Bar in Chicago where she performed 6 nights a week to a packed house while building her name and developing her musical concepts.  They discuss her recording contract with Premonition Records and selling over 120,000 copies of her album Modern Cool which
 
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Maria Schneider is a rarity in jazz / PRI: Studio 360

Maria Schneider conducts her own jazz orchestra that can blast like a big band and also play paradoxically intimate. And she is a consummate songwriter who takes a classical music approach to composing jazz. To delve into Schneider's creative process, Studio 360 followed the composer in 2013 and 2014 as she was putting together her album "The Thompson Fields."  Host Kurt Andersen first meets up with Schneider in her apartment in New York where she was still tinkering with the harmonies and struggling to finish the album's eponymous song, "The Thompson Fields" -  inspired
 
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Anne Akiko Meyers and Mozart Orchestra of New York, set for Edmond's Armstrong Auditorium / newsok

Esteemed violinist Anne Akiko Meyers will perform tonight at Edmond OK's Armstrong Auditorium, with distinguished American conductor Gerard Schwarz and the Mozart Orchestra of New York. Meyers is one of the most in-demand violinists in the world, renowned for her passionate performances, purity of sound and deeply poetic interpretations. She has forged a successful career in both the performance and recording arenas, appearing with the world's preeminent conductors and leading symphony orchestras. Her insightful interpretations of both traditional and contemporary repertoire attract wor
 
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John Medeski's Mad Skillet set for Ignition Music Garage / The Goshen News

The 53-year-old pianist-organist-keyboardist's list of collaborators runs deep among improvisation-centric heavy hitters: Medeski Martin & Wood bandmates Billy Martin and Chris Wood since 1991, composer-arranger-multi-instrumentalist John Zorn, Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh, pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph, The Meters' George Porter Jr. and Zigaboo Modeliste, virtuoso guitarists John Scofield and Warren Haynes. "It's kind of like whoever you collaborate with it's gonna make for a different experience depending on what their musical language is, … what they're into," M
 
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Susan Palma-Nidel - Lisboa A Salto is thebestofbrazil 'featured new release'

On the heels of a successful 30-year career as a revered classical flutist, circa 1999, Susan Palma-Nidel embarked on a mission to explore music that is virtually unknown outside its own, cloistered universe.  For decades, the flutist has adored and been intrigued by the nuanced musical forms of Portugal (Fado being only one such form), and was astonished to learn that outside the country – even in most of the Lusofone world – Portuguese music is virtually unknown.  In 2014 during a visit to Portugal, through friends, she made contact with some of the finest music
 
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Yo-Yo Ma will perform at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris for World War I centenary event / Voice of America

French officials say famed musician Yo-Yo Ma will perform at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris in a World War I anniversary event. The war ended 100 years ago on November 11, 1918. More than 16 million people were killed, 9 million of them soldiers. The fighting lasted almost four years, four months. At the time of the fighting, World War I was often spoken of as "the war to end all wars." Now, it is often called "The Great War." Joseph Zimet is director of France's First World War Centenary Mission. He says Ma will lead a field of "great international artists" during the November 11 ceremony cl
 
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Last Sunday 'Kissin Arts Center' seemed more apt a name for the Seoul Arts Center / THE DONG A-ILBO

For the day, a "Kissin Arts Center" seemed more apt a name for Seoul Arts Center. Before the show on Sunday, fans listened to the Russian pianist's songs as warm-up, and after his performance was over, they queued up in line to get his autograph on his book Memoirs and Reflections. The art center was filled with the sheer energy of Evgeny Kissin, a 47-year-old Russian classic pianist.  His performance - Chopin's Nocturne F Minor, Schumann's Piano Sonata No. 3, Rachmaninoff's Preludes Op.23 and Op.32 – boasted a perfect ratio between perseverance, delicacy, passion, and flexib
 
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Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer, and Zakir Hussain set for Peace Center / Greenville Journal

Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer, and Zakir Hussain come to Greenville SC's Peace Center on Tuesday, Nov. 6.  Fleck has spent over 40 years redefining his chosen instrument, the banjo, into something beyond what pioneers like Uncle Dave Macon or Grandpa Jones could ever have imagined. Sure, players like Earl Scruggs and J.D. Crowe took the instrument beyond the basics of bluegrass in their respective times, but Fleck has blazed trails that no one ever even considered. Along with musicians like Dobro player Jerry Douglas and mandolin player Sam Bush and a few others, Fleck pushed bl
 
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After 12 years, a Chicago homecoming for Daniel Barenboim / WTTW

It has been 12 years since conductor Daniel Barenboim last stepped onto the podium at Symphony Center to lead the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. And the orchestra's mighty massing of stellar musicians has shifted considerably since he served as its music director from 1991 to 2006. But on Monday, at an intimate press conference celebrating his return visit to the city, Barenboim expressed his delight at what will be a two-part homecoming. First, he will stand in front of the CSO again for three performances (Nov. 1, 2 and 3) of "Ma Vlast" ("My Homeland"), a collection of six symphonic poem
 
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Kim Kashkashian talks with classical radio about the Bach cello suites, played on the viola

ECM has just released a new recording of Bach's six cello suites, played on the viola by one of the instrument's greatest exponents, Kim Kashkashian. The suites were once described by Pablo Casals as "the very essence of Bach…a whole radiance of space and poetry pours forth from them."  These qualities are in abundance in the present version, recorded at the American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York in November and December 2016, and February 2017. In conjunction with this new release KK has made some time avail. to speak with classical radio today November 1,
 
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Anne Akiko Meyers - Mirror in Mirror is a highly personal collection / MPR: New Classical Tracks

"This project, Mirror in Mirror, really was a very collaborative process, but it took ten years to create. And just the recording itself was over a two-year time span. That's a lot of traveling. We were in three different studios - from the UK to New York City, New York state - to record all the various pieces on the album." Every time she releases a new recording, violinist Anne Akiko Meyers says it's her last. That was 37 albums ago. Her latest is a highly personal collection. It allows her to collaborate with five of the six featured composers. "I just have such a passion to
 
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WQXR in performance and conversation with Nadine Sierra

On September 27, 2018 WQXR: New York presented an exclusive performance and conversation with soprano Nadine Sierra, celebrating the release of her debut album ‘There's a Place for Us' on Deutsche Grammophon. She sang selections from the album, as well as some of her favorite arias, accompanied by pianist Bryan Wagorn. 2018 winner of the Metropolitan Opera's prestigious Beverly Sills Artist Award, Sierra who signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon and Decca Gold, recorded 'There's a Place for Us' with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton o
 
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Anthony Roth Costanzo confounds expectations of how a man should sound / WHYY

Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo's ARC debut solo album pairing arias of Philip Glass and Handel on Decca Gold happens in conjunction with an hour-long, live interdisciplinary installation presented by the avant-garde fashion/art company VISIONAIRE and producer CATH BRITTAN. First appearing at the Opera Philadelphia's Festival O18 (at the Barnes Foundation) on September 22-23, 30, and set for New York City (produced with National Sawdust at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, who co-present) on November 26-27 brings together an unprecedented collaboration from the worlds of
 
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