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Guide to Classical Music, Opera and Dance in the United States

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BostonAndrew Manze conducts Bacewicz, Mozart and Mendelssohn

Bacewicz, Mozart, Mendelssohn
Boston Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Manze; Francesco Piemontesi

HoustonDon Giovanni

© Bill Cooper | ROH
Mozart: Don Giovanni
Cristian Măcelaru; Kasper Holten; Houston Grand Opera; Es Devlin; Anja Vang Kragh; Ryan McKinny; Paolo Bordogna

New York CityLa traviata

Verdi: La traviata
Nicola Luisotti; Michael Mayer; Metropolitan Opera; Christine Jones; Susan Hilferty; Anita Hartig; Stephen Costello

Los AngelesSalonen’s Stravinsky: Myths

Stravinsky
Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen; Peter Sellars; Paul Groves; Cecilia Tsan; Sathya Sam

ChicagoCancelled due to strike by CSO musicians: Ax plays Brahms

Bartók, Debussy, Brahms
Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Fabien Gabel; Emanuel Ax
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Merce Cunningham's centennial kicks off at The Joyce

Joshua Whitehead of Ballet West in Merce Cunningham's Summerspace © Beau Pearson
Despite the uneven performances, the evening offered a painful reminder: the future of Cunningham's opus is fragile and delicate. With his own company disbanded, his future is in the hands of dancers who are not trained in his technique and did not have the good fortune of working directly with the great choreographer.
***11
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A colorless Don Giovanni at the Metropolitan Opera

Peter Mattei (Don Giovanni) © Marty Sohl | Met Opera
The Met's spectators love Mozart’s opera, but they deserve an updated staging.
***11
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“Endless pleasure” in Bicket's Semele at Carnegie Hall

Brenda Rae and Benjamin Hulett © Steve J. Sherman
A concert performance of Handel's not-quite-an-opera proves a hit on tour in New York. 
*****
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Salonen's Stravinsky series kicks off in LA

Esa-Pekka Salonen © Clive Barda
Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, arguably the conductor and orchestra par excellence of Stravinsky performance, debuts the first of their three-concert series dedicated to the former Angeleno. 
*****
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Alonzo King's LINES Ballet goes wild

Maya Harr, Babatunji and Madeline DeVries in Pole Star © Manny Crisostomo
A projection of green sky above shadowy mountains hovered behind their duet, and the curved bodies of the other dancers moved, barely visible, in the darkness of downstage.
****1
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