Jul. 13 2016

08/06/16 – The Two Foscari – 1pm

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LA Opera On Air The Two Foscari BY GIUSEPPE VERDI Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave Based on the historical play by Lord Byron SUNG IN ITALIAN front-page photo credit: OVERVIEW Plácido Domingo and James Conlon join forces in a new production of this Verdi masterpiece. The languid canals and boisterous festivals of 15th-century Venice conceal […]

Jul. 13 2016

‘2666’ at Avignon Festival

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Roberto Bolaño’s roman-fleuve 2666 was quite a sensation a few years back. Julien Gosselin has adapted that sprawling novel in play form for the Avignon Festival, a marathon viewing experience that lasts thirteen hours. Sorin Etienne recounts the experience (Avignon : 2666, onze heures trente de marathon avec le Mal, July 13) for Le Figaro (my translation):
The 11 hours of Antoine Vitez’s Soulier

Jul. 13 2016

Wednesday 7-13-16 San Francisco Symphony

11:00 PM Conductor: Michael Tilson Thomas Soloist: Yefim Bronfman, piano Wong: Carnival Fever Berg: Three Pieces for Orchestra, Opus 6 Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op. 83 Schumann: Symphony No. 4

Jul. 12 2016

Book of the Day: Herbert Hoover in the White House: The Ordeal of the Presidency, by Charles Rappleye

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Larry Miller reviews his pick for Book of the Day:

Today’s Book of the Day is Charles Rappleye’s Herbert Hoover in the White House.

Jul. 12 2016

Tuesday 7/12/16 Chicago Symphony Orchestra

11:00 PM Conductor, Mark Elder Ives: Symphony No. 2 Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K. 488 (Richard Goode, piano) R. Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks Mozart: Concerto for Two Pianos in E-flat Major, K. 365 (Emanuel Ax, Benjamin Hochman, Orli Shaham, and Orion Weiss, piano) -conducted by David Robertson

Jul. 11 2016

Ivy Bestsellers – July 11, 2016

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Anne Tyler continues her run as our #1 bestseller! And click here to read store owner Ann Berlin’s take on Redemption Road, at #10 on the list.

Vinegar Girl, by Anne Tyler

Before the Fall, by Noah Hawley

The Girls, by Emma Cline

Anne Tyler continues her run at the top of our bestseller list.

Jul. 11 2016

Cool Summer Suggestions

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Summer is upon us in western New England, and baby, it’s hot out there! The first thing that comes to my mind is a nice nude swim to cool off. On second thought, Splendor, Myth, and Vision: Nudes From the Prado is on view in the Clark Art Institute’s beautiful new air-conditioned wing (through October 9).

Twenty-eight luscious, sensuous old master canvases by the likes of Velazquez, Titian,

Jul. 11 2016

Monday 07/11/16 New York Philharmonic This Week

11:00 PM Conductors: Bernard Haitink and William Steinberg Soloist: Bernarda Fink, mezzo-soprano; Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritone; Women of the New York Choral Artists, Joseph Flummerfelt, director; Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Dianne Berkun, director Mahler Songs of a Wayfarer Mahler Symphony No. 3

Jul. 10 2016

07/30/16 – Norma – 1PM

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LA Opera On Air Norma BY VINCENZO BELLINI SUNG IN ITALIAN front-page photo credit: Ken Howard OVERVIEW “Stunning… An exceptionally strong cast” – Los Angeles Times “Angela Meade is astounding… a formidable achievement” –  The New Yorker “Angela Meade and Jamie Barton [in Norma]… are a duo that every opera lover should hear” – The New […]

Jul. 10 2016

07/23/16 – Gianni Schicchi/Pagliacchi @1pm- LA Opera On Air Begins!

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LA Opera On Air Gianni Schicchi/Pagliacchi BY GIACOMO PUCCINI/RUGGERO LEONCAVALLO SUNG IN ITALIAN frontpage photo credit: Craig T. Mathew OVERVIEW Two legendary directors combine forces for a sensational season-opener. First, Plácido Domingo stars as Gianni Schicchi in Woody Allen’s riotous staging of Puccini’s comic masterpiece, conducted by Grant Gershon. When greedy relatives descend upon their […]

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