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A modest virtuoso: James Ehnes at Wigmore Hall

James Ehnes © Benjamin Ealovega
How do violinists devise their recital programmes? The conventional format has been to choose a violin sonata from each musical era, or to focus on a particular composer or national style.
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A gorgeous chamber music première in Seattle

Steven Stucky © Hoebermann
Framed by passionate performances of Mendelssohn and Brahms, a gorgeous neo-Romantic work by Steven Stucky is unveiled in this installment of the 2015 Summer Festival. 
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Metropolitan Museum Artists bring Adams and Dvořák to life

Metropolitan Museum Artists in Concert; photo  ©  Rahav Segev, The New York Times
The loosely-affiliated Metropolitan Museum Artists in Concert, now in its ninth season at the museum, illustrates all that is good about music-making among friends – and even family members. Two sets of siblings and numerous old friends were on stage for a concert of music inspired by the completion of the museum’s new wing of American art.
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A Model Recital

©  Benjamin Ealovega
Choosing a programme for a recital is as important and nearly as difficult as all the practice that happens next. The programme must be the perfect length, provide a contrast of musical styles and yet be linked in some way so as not to be arbitrary.