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

This is the best place to find out about what's going on in the United States, whether it's an Opera in New York, Concert in Washington or Ballet in Los Angeles...
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PREVIEWS

Looking forward to the NY Phil in 2017

2017 is the 175th birthday of NY Phil, as well as being the 70th of John Adams and the 50th of outgoing Music Director Alan Gilbert, who takes on the lion's share of the conducting duties. 2017 highlights will include world premières by Marsalis, Gruber and Auerbach.   This preview was sponsored by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra

Strong women, big voices at LA Opera

Los Angeles likes to think big and so does LA Opera. It attracts star singers and the second half of its season features some big female voices taking on some of opera’s strong women.
POSTCARDS

Postcard from Los Angeles

Take a stroll on probably the most famous beach in the world or choose between a large variety of cultural performances. Read Jaime Robles' guide for a must do and see. 

Postcard from New York City

New York City is so packed with delectable curiosities that its inhabitants are prone to cases of FOMO (fear of missing out). Reviewer Rebecca Lentjes is an insider. Read her tips and squeeze the most out of your visit.
MONTHLY THEMES
film music focus

John Williams and his early aesthetic

A brief examination of the partly forgotten musical seeds that led to Williams’ distinctive cinematic soundworld
film music focus

Franz Waxman's film and classical music

Franz Waxman is known for his film scores, yet he also composed classical music. In the year of the 50th anniversary of his death, we look back on his work.
opera focus

Brian Jagde on flawed characters

American tenor Brian Jagde discusses two key roles in his career so far, Don José in Carmen and Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly.
INTERVIEWS

“Not a political composer": John Adams

Taking time out from working on his new opera, Girls of the Golden West, which premières in San Francisco later this year, we spoke to John Adams about politics, Scheherazade.2 and where he sees the future for classical music.

Conversation with Ashley Bouder

Ashley Bouder is putting the finishing touches on her upcoming program for the Ashley Bouder Project. It is an all-women choreographers program, and the composers are also specially commissioned.

Beloved Friend: a long-term relationship with Tchaikovsky

Conductor Semyon Bychkov has had a long relationship with Tchaikovsky’s music and “Beloved Friend” is the title chosen for his series which travels to New York this January for a series of concerts and related events with the NY Philharmonic spanning three weeks.
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Los AngelesThe Pearl Fishers

Bizet: Les Pêcheurs de perles (The Pearl Fishers)
Plácido Domingo; Penny Woolcock; LA Opera; Grant Gershon; Dick Bird; Nino Machaidze; Javier Camarena

New York CityKariné Poghosyan Performs "Transformations"

Beethoven, Brahms, Khachaturian, Stravinsky
Kariné Poghosyan, Piano

New York CityOrchestra Dell'Accademia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia

Verdi, Prokofiev, Respighi
Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia; Sir Antonio Pappano; Martha Argerich

New York CityBorromeo String Quartet

Currier, Mendelssohn, Bach, Schumann
Borromeo String Quartet; Nicholas Kitchen; Kristopher Tong; Mai Motobuchi

HoustonLa traviata

Verdi: La traviata
Eun Sun Kim; Arin Arbus; Houston Grand Opera; Riccardo Hernandez; Cait O'Connor; Albina Shagimuratova; Dimitri Pittas
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Minnesota Opera Don Pasquale “goes Hollywood”

Don Pasquale is updated to 1950s Hollywood, delivering clever staging and slapstick humor while sacrificing none of Donizetti's musical artistry.
****1
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Shedding light on inventiveness

The Takács Quartet proved once more that among the long-established American quartets they are, arguably, the most reliable.
*****
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East meets West: Ligeti, Dvořák, and Schumann with Gimeno and the Boston Symphony

Gustavo Gimeno, making his Symphony Hall debut, impressed in a program opening with Ligeti's Concert Românesc.
****1
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Ballet West, The Joyce

Once again, kudos to Adam Sklute and Ballet West for putting on a program of mostly new or recent works created for the company.
***11
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Rebirth of Cool: West Side Story in concert

Nézet-Séguin's West Side Story in concert mixes passion and politics in Philadelphia.
*****
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