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

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MinneapolisWest Side Story

Bernstein: West Side Story
Unknown; Guthrie Opera Theatre Company

ChicagoFirst Symphonies of Bernstein & Mahler

Bernstein, Mahler
Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Marin Alsop; J'Nai Bridges

CooperstownWest Side Story

Bernstein: West Side Story
Glimmerglass Opera

CooperstownTrouble in Tahiti

Bernstein: Trouble in Tahiti
Glimmerglass Opera

Santa FeCandide

Candide
Bernstein: Candide
Harry Bicket; Laurent Pelly; Santa Fe Opera; Chantal Thomas; Brenda Rae; Alek Shrader
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Captivating Bach from Yo-Yo Ma in Cleveland

Yo-Yo Ma plays Bach at Blossom © Roger Mastroianni
Yo-Yo Ma revisits the cello suites with a message for modern times and the polish of a showbiz pro.
*****
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Seattle Opera's Porgy and Bess is a vocal and dramatic stunner

Angel Blue (Bess) and Alfred Walker (Porgy) © Philip Newton
Seattle Opera's memorable Porgy and Bess excels with an exceptional cast who performed with utmost sympathy for their roles.
****1
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Mostly Mozart concludes with a deeply-felt Requiem

Louis Langrée © Mostly Mozart | Jennifer Taylor
The Mostly Mozart Festival ended its season with an all-Mozart program centered on the Requiem. Paired with that was a piano concerto with Stephen Hough and the rarely-heard Meistermusik.
****1
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Vasily Petrenko crafts a fresh approach in Cleveland

Vasily Petrenko © Mark McNulty
Returning with a challenging 20th-century program, Vasily Petrenko shows that his stellar debut with the Cleveland Orchestra was no fluke.
****1
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Teatro Nuovo sheds new light on bel canto’s beginnings

Christine Lyons (Amenaide) © Steven Pisano
Maestro Crutchfield carefully underlined the transitional character of the music, neither Classical nor Romantic.
****1
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