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

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 Chicago...
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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
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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.
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interview with President/CEO of OPERA America

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.
reviewed in boston

Campra capers: Le Carnaval de Venise

With Lully’s death in 1687 and Louis XIV’s increasing immersion in religious piety under the influence of Madame de Maintenon, the court ceased to exercise a strangle hold on opera.
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reviewed in san francisco

Mozart's genius shines clearly in San Francisco Opera's darkly comic production of Don Giovanni

Dangling and turning like shards of a giant overhead chandelier in Don Giovanni’s banquet hall, this is an evocative multimedia production that tantalizes the senses while shining new light on Mozart's genius. 
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reviewed in new york city

A felicitous debut at Carnegie Hall: Nikita Mndoyants

Nikita Mndoyants proved his adeptness in shaping small musical forms and meaningfully connecting them.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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“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.
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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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SeattleMozart, Stravinsky, & Mendelssohn

Mozart, Stravinsky, Mendelssohn
Andrew Wan; Yura Lee; Clive Greensmith; Craig Sheppard

SeattleRussia - Prokofiev, Shostakovich, & Tchaikovsky

Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky
Sean Osborn; Noah Bendix-Balgley; Andrew Wan; Yura Lee

SeattleClarke, Brahms, & Korngold

Clarke, Brahms, Korngold
Richard O'Neill; Joyce Yang; Benjamin Beilman; Edward Arron

SeattleMozart, Bielawa, & Schubert

Mozart, Bielawa, Schubert
Jeffrey Fair; Augustin Hadelich; Michael Klotz; Lorna McGhee; Andrew Armstrong

SeattleMoszkowski, Barber, Milhaud, & Dvorak

Moszkowski, Barber, Milhaud, Dvořák
Jeffrey Fair; James Ehnes; Augustin Hadelich; Paige Roberts Molloy; Lorna McGhee
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A noisy rendition of The Guilty Mother

The opera can be summed up by a line sung by the Countess in Act 4: “You’re killing her with all this noise.”
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BEMF presents La serva padrona and Livietta e Tracollo

A riotous double bill of Pergolesi at the Boston Early Music Festival.
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Mälkki serves a smorgasbord with the Chicago Symphony

A new score by Melinda Wagner, concertante pieces for saxophone and orchestra with Branford Marsalis, and works of Bizet and Debussy comprised Susanna Mälkki’s CSO program, intriguing in its eclecticism.
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Handel’s La Resurrezione brought blazingly to life

Handel's La Resurrezione, anchored the Boston Early Music Festival’s Thursday programs in a dramatic reading by many of the same forces performing Campra’s La Carnaval de Venise.
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Climbing Strauss' magic mountain in Seattle

The Seattle Symphony's all-Strauss program included a refreshing take on the Four Last Songs with soprano Gun-Brit Barkman and a sonic tour de force in the rare Eine Alpensinfonie.
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