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Composer: Rodgers, Richard (1902-1979)

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Year of birth1902
Year of death1979
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Period20th century
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LondonSonghaven: Dementia-Friendly Concert Series & Afternoon Tea

Lehár, Kern, Bizet, Bach, Britten, Rodgers
Matthew Palmer; Vivien Conacher; Richard Leach

West HorsleyOklahoma!

Rodgers: Oklahoma!
Richard Balcombe; Jo Davies; Grange Park Opera; Francis O'Connor; Gabrielle Dalton

RomeGreat Musicals...from Broadway to Trastevere and Pigalle

Rodgers, Bernstein, Gershwin, Lloyd Webber, Arlen, Menken, Hurwitz
International Chamber Ensemble; Francesco Carotenuto
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A sharp, crisp Oklahoma! at the BBC Proms

Nathaniel Hackmann (Curly) and Scarlett Strallen (Laurey) © BBC | Mark Allan
Nathaniel Hackmann, a stocky baritone with the tenderest of timbres, was like a reincarnation of Alfred Drake.
****1
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Powerful Prokofiev and exquisite Fauré from The Hallé

Cristian Măcelaru © Sorin Popa
Cristian Măcelaru and the Hallé give exemplary accounts of Fauré's Dolly Suite and Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet, whilst Mozart's “Jeunehomme” Concerto with soloist Heejae Kim is variable and lacks instrumetal balance.  
***11
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The Joyce of Music in Seattle

Joyce DiDonato sings at the Seattle Symphony season opener © Carlin Ma
To open the new season, the Seattle Symphony and Ludovic Morlot were joined by star mezzo Joyce DiDonato, whose performance sent listeners over the top and over the rainbow.
****1
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Renée in the OC: Fleming opens Pacific Symphony season

Renée Fleming and Carl St Clair © Nick Koon
Renée Fleming joins the Pacific Symphony for Strauss, Italian Songs and Rodgers and Hammerstein. 
****1
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Brushed up our Shakespeare in Prom 44

Keith Lockhart © Winslow Townson
The BBC Concert Orchestra and Keith Lockhart offered a snapshot of the Bard's lasting artistic impact with music for composed for stage and screen, from this side of the Atlantic and beyond the pond.
***11
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