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New York CityThe Art of the Recital: Cho-Liang Lin + Jon Kimura Parker

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Cho-Liang Lin; Jon Kimura Parker
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Made in the USA: Gershwin and beyond

James Gaffigan © Daniela Kienzler
There was lots to like in the Philadelphia Orchestra's All-American Celebration for Thanksgiving.
***11
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Alsop scores an auspicious debut with the CSO

Marin Alsop © Adriane White
Marin Alsop made belated subscription debut with the CSO Thanksgiving weekend with a varied program contrasting 20th and 21st century British and American works with Dvořák's tragic Seventh Symphony.
***11
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A full chamber feast in Seattle

James Ehnes © Benjamin Ealovega
Not painting by the numbers: with a trio, a pair of quartets, and an octet, the Seattle Chamber Music Society offers more than the sum of its parts.
****1
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An American festival with the RSNO

Peter Oundjian conducting the RSNO at Usher Hall  ©  Mark Hamilton
As a teenager, I recall feeling how American classical music differed from European; its harmonies seemed as wide open as the plains depicted on film; its rhythmic freedom grabbed me viscerally. The same feeling obtains many years later and certainly did in this RSNO programme.
*****
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Cosmopolitan Paris: An evening with Cho-Liang Lin and Jon Kimura Parker

Cho-Liang Lin,  ©  Paul Body
What’s in a name, or for that matter, a label? Why does music “sound” German, American, French, or Russian? Violinist Cho-Liang Lin and pianist Jon Kimura Parker presented a duo recital at Fort Worth’s Bass Hall Tuesday evening, titled “An Evening in Paris”. Their thoughtful program consisted of works by French composers of the early twentieth century, and also by (long-time Parisian) Stravinsky. This kind of open-ended theme typically leads an audience to draw its own conclusions.
*****
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