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

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New York CityJupiter Symphony Chamber Players: Romanticism 3 Ways

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Fuchs, Weber, Bruch
William Wolfram; Robin Scott; Lisa Shihoten; Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt

New York CityUnder the Mistletoe

© Richard Termine
The New York Pops; Steven Reineke; Ashley Brown; Essential Voices USA; Judith Clurman

New York CityNew York String Orchestra

© Steve J. Sherman/Frank Stewart
Mendelssohn, Vivaldi, Beethoven
New York String Orchestra; Jaime Laredo; Jinjoo Cho; Pamela Frank; Bella Hristova; Kyoko Takezawa

New York CityNew York String Orchestra

© Christian Steiner/Shervin Lainez
Walker, Bruch, Tchaikovsky
New York String Orchestra; Jaime Laredo; Joshua Bell

MinneapolisA New Year Celebration

Copland, Gershwin, Bernstein, Harbison, Paulus
Minnesota Orchestra; Osmo Vänskä; Aaron Diehl
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San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker proudly carries on the tradition

San Francisco Ballet in The Nutcracker © Erik Tomasson
San Francisco Ballet returns to the War Memorial Opera House with the beloved holiday classic that had its North American debut here.
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A magician at Lincoln Center: Martin Fröst

Martin Fröst and Henrik Måwe © Kevin Yataruba, courtesy of Lincoln Center
The Swedish clarinetist's recital in Alice Tully Hall, part of the Great Performers at Lincoln Center series, was as thrilling and rewarding as any before. 
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A diva debut: Anna Netrebko in recital at Carnegie Hall

Anna Netrebko © Chris Lee
Netrebko put together a potpourri showcasting her immense vocal gifts as well as her versatility.
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Shimmering showstoppers in Pittsburgh

Simone Lamsma © Otto van den Toorn
Korngold's Violin Concerto from Simone Lamsma is delivered with extraordinary deftness and depth, while Rachmaninov's Symphonic Dances thrill under Yan Pascal Tortelier and the Pittsburgh Symphony.
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Strauss and Schubert songs contrasted with Matthias Goerne

Matthias Goerne, Jaap van Zweden and the New York Philharmonic © Chris Lee
Almost every June from 1989 to 1999, I visited the charming town of Feldkirch, in the Vorarlberg region of Western Austria, for the annual Schubertiade, originally founded in 1976 by the great German baritone Hermann Prey.
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