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Bernstein's Mass with Dudamel © Craig T Mathew | Mathew Imaging courtesy of LA Philharmonic Association
Los Angeles

Bernstein's Mass gushes, swoons and rages under Dudamel in LA

By , 01 February 2018
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Jorge Federico Osorio © Todd Rosenberg
Athens

Mulligan leads a stellar Beethoven “Emperor" Concerto

By , 28 January 2018
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Vadim Gluzman performs Bernstein’s Serenade with the BBC Symphony Orchestra © BBC | Mark Allan
London

From Plato to Voltaire: the BBCSO’s Bernstein

By , 27 January 2018
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Fabien Gabel © Gaëtan Bernard
Milwaukee

Glittering showpieces from Fabien Gabel and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

By , 27 January 2018
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Kelsey Grammer (as Voltaire) © Ken Howard
Los Angeles

Stunning Candide from LA Opera

By , 27 January 2018
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Peter Oundjian © Sian Richards
Atlanta

Oundjian and Coucheron play Saint-Saëns

By , 11 January 2018
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Michael Pflumm (Tony) and Stella Motina (Maria) © Thomas M Jauk
Hannover

West Side Story visually vibrant but musically mediocre in Hannover

By , 21 December 2017
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Sir Simon Rattle © Doug Peters | PA Wire
London

Big city alienation and love in the LSO's Bernstein 100 season

By , 16 December 2017
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Hilary Hahn, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Philadelphia Orchestra © Steve J Sherman
New York City

Balancing longueurs and invention: the Philadelphia Orchestra at Carnegie Hall

By , 08 December 2017
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Marin Alsop © Adrianne White
London

From lamentation to jubilation: Bernstein celebrated in style by Marin Alsop and the LSO

By , 08 November 2017
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Ray Chen © Sophie Zhai
Atlanta

Morlot and Chen team up for thrilling Prokofiev in Atlanta

By , 19 October 2017
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Isabel Leonard (Maria) with the Shark girls © Philadelphia Orchestra
Philadelphia

Rebirth of Cool: West Side Story in concert

By , 12 October 2017
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Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Chick Corea, Maxim Lando and Lang Lang © Chris Lee
New York City

Carnegie Hall opens season with Gershwin and Bernstein

By , 04 October 2017
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Andris Nelsons conducts the BSO season opener © Michael Blanchard
Boston

Sennets and Tuckets: All Bernstein program opens the Boston Symphony season

By , 22 September 2017
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Diana Damrau © Rebecca Fay | Erato
Amsterdam

Diana Damrau puts the sparkle into the RCO’s Opening Night in Amsterdam

By , 14 September 2017
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Charles Dance, Louis Langrée and the Cincinnati Symphony © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 58: Cinematic splendour and patriotic fervour from the Cincinnati Symphony

By , 27 August 2017
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Tiler Peck and Marcello Gomes perform George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante © courtesy of The Music Center
Los Angeles

BalletNOW suffers from miscasting and a quality of je ne sais quoi.

By , 28 July 2017
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Kit Armstrong, Francisco J Nunez, James Bagwell and Louis Langree © Michael Loccisano | Getty Images for Lincoln Center
New York City

Mostly Mozart opens in major key exuberance

By , 26 July 2017
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John Wilson © Sim Canetty-Clarke
Amsterdam

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra plays the Best of Bernstein

By , 07 July 2017
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Amar Ramasar in Fancy Free © Paul Kolnik
New York City

The all-Robbins Bill: Fancy Free, Moves, and The Concert

By , 19 April 2017
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Jan Lisiecki © Mathias Bothor | DG
Hamburg

Jan Lisiecki tames Toyota’s troublesome acoustics at the Elphi in Hamburg

By , 15 March 2017
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Antonio Pappano © Musacchio Ianniello | EMI Classics
London

Italian Passion ignites a blazing Inextinguishable Symphony at the Barbican

By , 05 February 2017
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Alexander Franzen (Pangloss) © Paul Leclaire | Oper Köln
Cologne

Not easily assimilated: Candide in Cologne

By , 07 December 2016
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© Nilz Boehme
Turin

Sixty years after its debut, Bernstein's West Side Story is back in a traditional version

By , 06 December 2016
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Katia and Marielle Labèque © Umberto Nicoletti
Bristol

Labèque sisters captivate with Schubert and Glass

By , 28 October 2016
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Scene from Her Notes © Rosalie O'Connor
New York City

ABT: Her Notes, Symposium and Brahms-Haydn Variations

By , 23 October 2016
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Joyce DiDonato sings at the Seattle Symphony season opener © Carlin Ma
Seattle

The Joyce of Music: Seattle Symphony's opening night

By , 17 September 2016
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Renée Fleming and Carl St Clair © Nick Koon
Costa Mesa

Renée in the OC: Fleming opens Pacific Symphony season

By , 13 September 2016
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Marin Alsop © Grant Leighton
Edinburgh

An epic Shostakovich 5 as Marin Alsop introduces the São Paulo Symphony to the EIF

By , 22 August 2016
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Vasily Petrenko © Bolzano Festival
Bolzano

The European Union Youth Orchestra triumphs in Bolzano

By , 19 August 2016
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Keith Lockhart © Winslow Townson
London

Prom 44: Brushing up our Shakespeare on Stage and Screen

By , 18 August 2016
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David Zinman and Misha Dichter © Patrick Gipson | Ravinia
Chicago

Bernstein’s Age of Anxiety highlights Zinman’s Ravinia program

By , 09 August 2016
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The Ten Pieces Choir perform Verdi’s Dies irae and Tuba mirum © BBC | Guy Levy
London

Prom 10: Frothy and fast-paced: Ten Pieces Secondary Prom roars to life

By , 23 July 2016
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Philippe Quint © Jeff Gerew
Seattle

Philippe Quint performs programme of “Bernstein & Beyond” in Seattle

By , 24 June 2016
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Megan Fairchild (Ivy) and dancers © Stefan Cohen
San Francisco

A fabulous night On the Town with the San Francisco Symphony

By , 25 May 2016
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Michelle Veintimilla (Maria past) and Norman Reinhardt (Tony) © Salzburger Festspiele | Silvia Lelli
Salzburg

In Salzburg, how do you solve a problem like two Marias? West Side Story at the Whitsun Festival

By , 13 May 2016
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Sara Mearns and Adrian Danchig-Waring in Jerome Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering © Paul Kolnik
New York City

Stolen Time and Broken Hearts at NYC Ballet

By , 11 May 2016
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Lahav Shani © Marco Borggreve
Birmingham

Starry night for star-cross'd lovers in Birmingham

By , 23 April 2016
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Josep Pons © Igor Cortadellas
Barcelona

Softest music to attending ears: Catalonia celebrates Romeo and Juliet

By , 03 April 2016
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Christian Lindberg © Mats Bäcker
Liverpool

Dazzling Nielsen from Lindberg and the RLPO

By , 03 March 2016
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Wynton Marsalis © Janusz Kawa
Sydney

Marsalis in Sydney: "It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing"

By , 27 February 2016
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Jeremy Jae Neal and Penda N'Diaye in Absent Matter © Sharon Bradford
New York City

Abraham.in.Motion: A raw, jagged take on injustice

By , 10 November 2015
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Tasmin Little © Benjamin Ealovega
Manchester

Bernstein's Serenade a highlight of the BBC Phil's celebration

By , 09 October 2015
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Houston

The Firebird makes for a winning opening night at Houston Symphony Orchestra

By , 12 September 2015
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London

Prom 67: Bravura Bernstein with the John Wilson Orchestra

By , 05 September 2015
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Milan

An orchestral dance-off from the Sinfónica Juvenil “Teresa Carreño": El Sistema at La Scala

By , 24 August 2015
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New York City

The Royal Ballet’s Gala Sandwich Program

By , 27 June 2015
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Vancouver

A witty, characterful Candide in Vancouver

By , 08 June 2015
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New York City

The Two Sides of Jerome Robbins: The Showman and the Poet

By , 20 May 2015
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London

Sun worship: ecstatic playing from the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

By , 04 May 2015
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