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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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reviewed in santa fe

Steve Jobs scores a success in Santa Fe

Mason Bates's much-hyped first opera, The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, excited Santa Fe audiences despite its dramatic shortcomings.
***11
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reviewed at cooperstown

Zambello’s Porgy and Bess at Glimmerglass

Glimmerglass’ Porgy and Bess proves one more time that Gershwin’s opus remains America’s most important 20th-century opera.
****1
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reviewed in cleveland

Petrenko makes thrilling Cleveland debut

Pianist David Fray was equally impressive as soloist in a subtly played Mozart Concerto no. 24.
****1
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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.
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.
POSTCARDS
extravagant, splendid, entertaining:

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. 
a city to be learned and heard:

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.
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.

In conversation with Marc A Scorca

Patricia Kiernan Johnson talks to Marc A Scorca, President/CEO of OPERA America to find out the trends in opera in the USA and on whether or not contemporary opera is getting performed more often.
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WashingtonSounds of Kyrgyzstan in Washington D.C.!

Los AngelesCarmen

Bizet: Carmen
James Conlon; Rob Ashford; LA Opera; David Rockwell; Ana María Martínez; Alexander Vinogradov; Amanda Woodbury

New York CityJupiter Symphony Chamber Players: In Homage

Liebermann, Pärt, Brahms
Karl Kramer; Maxim Lando; Vadim Gluzman; Lisa Shihoten; Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt

New York CityStar Wars: A New Hope - in concert

Williams: Film music from Star Wars: A New Hope
New York Philharmonic Orchestra; David Newman

New York CityAmerican Classical Orchestra Presents Berwald, Mendelssohn, featuring Adrian Romoff, fortepiano

Mendelssohn, Berwald
Adrian Romoff, Fortepiano
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Jacob Jonas The Company

Jacob Jonas has taken the raw intensity of his dancers' best gifts and molded them into a figurative narrative. Ironically, the powerful qualities that Tim Hecker brought to On Me were not evident in his own performance.
****1
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A French feast from Fabien Gabel at Blossom

Juho Pohjonen tackles the Prokofiev First Piano Concerto with real aplomb, but big thrills also come from a "French trio" of compositions by Debussy, Ravel and Florent Schmitt.
*****
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Donizetti rarity given American première at Glimmerglass

The Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, New York always does themed seasons. This year the season was about the idea of home. As such, the production directed by Francesca Zambello was updated from the Middle Ages to a modern-day refugee camp.
****1
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Akfham brings out the best from the BSO

In music of Mahler and Brahms, David Afkham, a gifted young German conductor, was not afraid to bring forward a personal view
****1
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In Cleveland, a joyous Mozart Requiem

Baroque specialist Patrick Dupré Quigley shows impressive mastery of a large, modern ensemble in a smart performance of a period masterpiece.
****1
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