Apr. 24 2015

A man and his mandolin. Actually, a whole bunch of mandolins.

This Sunday at 4PM, the Baltimore Mandolin Orchestra and Baltimore Mandolin Quartet will pay tribute to Baltimore musician and composer Jonathan Jensen by presenting a concert of his original works and arrangements. Jonathan visited me recently to talk about the program and the history of mandolin ensembles.     Related posts: Some Eclectic Evening Carlos’s […]

Apr. 24 2015

First and Franklin

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Apr. 23 2015

Classical & Opera Listings for April 24-30

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

Apr. 23 2015

Thursday 04/23/15 The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

11:00 PM Christoph Konig, conductor Hila Plitman, soprano HAYDN: Symphony No. 22, “The Philosopher” DANIELPOUR: Darkness in the Ancient Valley STRAUSS: Also Sprach Zarathustra

Apr. 23 2015

Gardiner’s ‘Orfeo’ on the Road

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C. Monteverdi, L’Orfeo, English Baroque Soloists, Monteverdi Choir, J. E. Gardiner (Archiv, 1990)

[Survey of Recordings]
Washington is a city overrun with choral singers and early music-heads, as well as the audiences that keep them afloat. Where were all of those people on Tuesday night for the rare performance of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo? Presented by Washington Performing Arts in the Kennedy

Apr. 23 2015

A Pollock in Venice

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“[It’s] a stampede… of every animal in the American West, cows and horses and antelopes and buffaloes. Everything is charging across that goddamn surface.”
—Jackson PollockAfter eighteen months of conservation and cleaning at the Getty Conservation Institute in Los Angeles, Jackson Pollock’s first large-scale work, Mural, approximately 8′ by 20′ in size, is now on display at the Guggenheim

Apr. 22 2015

Challenges Mount for the New York Philharmonic

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A major renovation and finding a replacement for Alan Gilbert are just two of the major issues confronting the orchestra.

Apr. 22 2015

Wednesday 4/22/15 MILWAUKEE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

11:00 PM CONDUCTOR: Francesco Lecce-Chong SOLOIST: Georgia Jarman, soprano Bernstein:Three Dance Episodes from On the Town Foss: Time Cycle, Four Songs for Soprano and Orchestra Barber: Knoxville: Summer of 1915,Op.24 Bernstein: Symphonic Suite from On The Waterfront Bernstein: Symphony No. 1 “Jeremiah” (Mezzo-Soprano, Sasha Cooke) (archive material conducted by Edo de Waart)  

Apr. 21 2015

New Orford String Quartet

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J. Hétu, Complete Chamber Works for Strings, New Orford String Quartet et al. (Naxos, 2014)
Charles T. Downey, Note perfect, but lacking life
Washington Post, April 21
The New Orford String Quartet, formed in Canada in 2009, had a mixed debut at the Phillips Collection on Sunday afternoon. The quartet gave a nearly note-perfect performance in two monuments of the string quartet literature from

Apr. 21 2015

Tuesday 4/21/15 Chicago Symphony Orchestra

11:00 PM Conductor, Ricardo Muti Panufnik: Concerto in modo antico (Christopher Martin, trumpet) Stravinsky: Suite from The Firebird Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 3 (Polish) Schubert: Symphony No. 8 (Unfinished)

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