Jun. 25 2015

Classical & Opera Listings for June 26-July 2

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A critical guide to performances of classical music in the New York City area.

Jun. 25 2015

James Horner (1953-2015)

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A Hollywood legend has passed: film composer James Horner died on Monday morning, when the small plane he was flying crashed in California. For most people Horner’s fame rests on the soundtracks he composed for the James Cameron blockbusters Titanic and Avatar, films that were both so awful that his music for them does not stick out in my mind. For me and all my friends who were also children of

Jun. 25 2015

Thursday 06/25/15 The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

11:00 PM Juraj Valcuha, conductor; Stefan Jackiw, violin ROUSE: Supplica (World Premiere) MENDELSSOHN: Violin Concerto DEBUSSY: La Mer RAVEL: La Valse

Jun. 24 2015

Avignon Festival Opens Next Week

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The Avignon Festival is set to open next week, and its director, Olivier Py, stirred the pot by drawing a parallel between the story of Shakespeare’s King Lear and the legacy of Jean-Marie Le Pen, founder of the ultra-right party Le Front National, in an interview for France Inter. Jérôme Lachasse has a report (Olivier Py : «Le roi Lear est plus métaphysique que Le Pen», June 24) for Le Figaro (

Jun. 24 2015

Review: The Knights Are Spirited in Central Park, Despite Soggy Weather

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This orchestral collective’s performance opened the season of free Naumburg Orchestral Concerts in Central Park.

Jun. 24 2015

Wednesday 6/24/15 SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY

11:00 PM Conductor: Michael Tilson Thomas Mahler: Symphony No.9 Debussy: La Mer

Jun. 23 2015

Tuesday 6/23/15 Chicago Symphony Orchestra

11:00 PM Honeck Conducts Beethoven 7            Haydn:                         Symphony No. 93 Strauss:                        Don Juan Beethoven:                  Symphony No. 7 Haydn:                         Symphony No. 100 (Military) (Nicholas McGegan, conductor)  

Jun. 23 2015

Reading Booths in Rueil-Malmaison

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When was the last time you used a pay phone? In the era of the cell phone, one is far less likely to see a coin-operated pay phone, either at the back of a bar or in a booth on the corner. The mayor’s office in Rueil-Malmaison has come up with an intriguing plan to re-purpose the phone booths in that small town in the Ile de France: turn them into mini-warehouses for its “Livres en Liberté”

Jun. 22 2015

Berlin Philharmonic Selects Kirill Petrenko to Succeed Simon Rattle

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The orchestra has given its approval to a leader with high standards who keeps a low profile for someone in his position.

Jun. 22 2015

Monday 6/22/15 New York Philharmonic This Week

11:00 PM CONDUCTOR: Alan Gilbert SOLOISTS: Lisa Batiashvili, violin Francoix Leleux, oboe BACH: Concerto for violin and oboe ESCAICH: Violin and Oboe Concerto SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 10

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