Violin News

Super orchestra, super heroes, super students, super concert – Hot Springs Village Voice

Posted: Tuesday, October 31, 2017

By SANDY JOHANSEN / Staff writer Nearly 3,000 elementary students from Garland County listened intently to the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s annual concert recently performed in the Bank of the Ozarks Arena in Hot Springs.The Hot Springs/Hot Springs Village Symphony Guild sponsors the event each year and celebrated its 11th concert for area students grades 3-6.Martha Smither, concert committee chair and Guild education vice president, welcomed students…

Minnesota Orchestra musicians organize another benefit for Syrian … – Minneapolis Star Tribune

Posted: Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Above: Minnesota Orchestra cellist Tony Ross, right, helped organize a first fundraiser for Syrian refugees in January 2016. (Courtesy of Tony Ross) It’s been more than two years since photos of Alan Kurdi flashed around the world. The 3-year-old Syrian refugee lay drowned on a Mediterranean beach. The images lodged indelibly in the mind of Tony Ross, principal cellist at the Minnesota Orchestra. He called it “a stunning, awakening moment.” Shortly after, Ross helped organize a…

Susanna Mälkki brings more news to the Los Angeles Philharmonic – Los Angeles Times

Posted: Monday, October 30, 2017

“News, news, news,” Richard Nixon prophetically sings upon landing in Beijing in John Adams’ opera “Nixon in China,” “has a kind of mystery.” Indeed it does these days, and that has hardly been lost on the Los Angeles Philharmonic, which began its new season a month ago making news just about every time it took to the stage of Walt Disney Concert Hall. This included Gustavo Dudamel’s two-week survey around…

Chicago Symphony Orchestra plays sold-out show – Daily Illini

Posted: Monday, October 30, 2017

Close The Chicago Symphony Orchestra performed at the Krannert Center for Performing Arts on Saturday. Quentin Shaw Quentin Shaw The Chicago Symphony Orchestra performed at the Krannert Center for Performing Arts on Saturday. The Krannert Center for the Performing Arts hosted one of the finest symphonies in the world — a group that many music lovers pay a large amount of money to see in its hometown of Chicago. The Chicago…

VIOLIN OF HOPE – The Jerusalem Post mobile website

Posted: Monday, October 30, 2017

Violinist Matan Dagan plays a violin, which was lost in France during the Holocaust, yesterday during the ‘Violin of my Father’ concert at the Tel Aviv Museum. The violin was thrown from a train on its way to the Drancy Transit Camp near Paris in 1942. It was found in 2013 and restored by Amnon Weinstein.

The Boston Symphony Orchestra is headed to Japan – Boston.com

Posted: Monday, October 30, 2017

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Symphony Orchestra is prepping for its first Japan tour with Andris Nelsons as music director. The BSO last toured Japan with a music director in 1999, when Seiji Ozawa led the orchestra. It visited the country in 2014 with a guest conductor, Charles Dutoit. The symphony leaves Tuesday and the tour kicks off Nov. 3 in Nagoya. The BSO also will perform selections from Rachmaninoff,…

WEDO/Barenboim review – glorious Quixote makes for sublime tribute to lost love – The Guardian

Posted: Sunday, October 29, 2017

This wonderful concert was the first of a pair given by Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra to raise funds for the MS Society in tribute to Barenboim’s first wife, Jacqueline du Pré, who died 30 years ago this month. The evening began with extracts from Christopher Nupen’s film Jacqueline du Pré: A Gift Beyond Words, a celebration of her talent and instinctive musicianship, recently shown on BBC Four….

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra / Barenboim review – a glorious Quixote to take your breath away – The Guardian

Posted: Sunday, October 29, 2017

This wonderful concert was the first of a pair given by Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra to raise funds for the MS Society in tribute to Barenboim’s first wife, Jacqueline du Pré, who died 30 years ago this month. The evening began with extracts from Christopher Nupen’s film Jacqueline du Pré: A Gift Beyond Words, a celebration of her talent and instinctive musicianship, recently shown on BBC Four….

Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra etc CD review – wonderfully alive – The Guardian

Posted: Sunday, October 29, 2017

Anyone who heard the Bergen Philharmonic with its chief conductor Edward Gardner at this year’s Edinburgh international festival will pounce on this latest CD collaboration: a fierce, lucid account of Bartók’s last great masterpiece, Concerto for Orchestra (1943/5), which he wrote in exile in America. As ever with Bartók, the folk element is strongly present, here and throughout, in the Dance Suite (1923) and in the Rhapsodies Nos 1 and…

Orchestra at Temple Square serves up Mozart, Sibelius for Fall Concert – Deseret News

Posted: Sunday, October 29, 2017

Crisp autumn evenings and tasty treats often go together, and the Orchestra at Temple Square on Friday served up generous portions of Mozart and Sibelius. Conducted by Igor Gruppman, the orchestra staged its annual fall concert before a capacity audience in the Salt Lake Tabernacle on Temple Square, beginning with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Concerto no. 23 in A Major, showcasing the talent of young Russian virtuoso Arsentiy Kharitonov. The…

Florida Orchestra blazes through Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture | tbo … – TBO.com

Posted: Sunday, October 29, 2017

TAMPA — Even people who aren’t music fans have heard of the 1812 Overture. Tchaikovsky’s booming showpiece lives on a mezzanine level of the mass mind, somewhere between Beethoven’s fifth symphony and Chopin’s Études. In the prolonged celebration of the Florida Orchestra’s 50th season, they picked something martial and glorious, reflective and effervescent for the second masterworks concert, hinting at the mood that should continue through May. They…

Review: Bernstein Brings Alan Gilbert Back to the Philharmonic … – New York Times

Posted: Sunday, October 29, 2017

Mr. Roukens, who at 35 is around the same age Bernstein was when he composed the “Serenade,” both nods to Bernstein and stays true to his own voice in “Boundless.” As Bernstein did, Mr. Roukens has explored cross-currents between popular and classical styles. Stretches of his 15-minute, three-movement score come alive with jazzy energy. And he draws short motifs from two of Bernstein’s “Anniversaries” for piano, written in tribute to…

Florida Orchestra blazes through Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture – TBO.com

Posted: Saturday, October 28, 2017

TAMPA — Even people who aren’t music fans have heard of the 1812 Overture. Tchaikovsky’s booming showpiece lives on a mezzanine level of the mass mind, somewhere between Beethoven’s fifth symphony and Chopin’s Études. In the prolonged celebration of the Florida Orchestra’s 50th season, they picked something martial and glorious, reflective and effervescent for the second masterworks concert, hinting at the mood that should continue through May. They…

New Orleans Jazz Orchestra returns to stage after year-long hiatus with big band swing and Sheila E – The Advocate

Posted: Saturday, October 28, 2017

The crisp opening drum strikes of “Sing, Sing, Sing” signaled a fresh start for the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. After powering the 18-piece big band through the swinging Louis Prima standard at the New Orleans Jazz Market on Thursday, drummer and newly appointed artistic director Adonis Rose greeted the capacity crowd with, “We missed y’all.” The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, or NOJO, had not performed publicly…

Concert review: Violin and viola shine equally in husband-and-wife duo – Press Herald

Posted: Saturday, October 28, 2017

The repertory for violin and viola duo is quite large, yet few concertgoers can list more than a handful of pieces, beyond the Mozart Duos, transcriptions of Bartók’s works for two violins and Johan Halvorsen’s arrangement of a harpsichord Passacaglia. Robert Lehmann, a violinist best known as the director of the string and orchestral programs at the University of Southern Maine, and Kimberly Lehmann, a violist in the Portland Symphony…

Pops Orchestra features celebrities in its 2017-18 season – Bradenton Herald

Posted: Saturday, October 28, 2017

Besides the usual array of great local musicians that we’ve become used to, the upcoming Pops Orchestra season features a couple of big-time national celebrities. One is Audrey Landers, who’s an accomplished singer even though she’s probably better known as an actor. Landers played singer Afton Cooper on “Dallas” during its heyday, and she was a ubiquitous TV presence in the 1980s. In the ’90s, she and her sister Judy…

After a year-long absence, the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra returned with big band swing and Sheila E – The Advocate

Posted: Saturday, October 28, 2017

The crisp opening drum strikes of “Sing, Sing, Sing” signaled a fresh start for the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. After powering the 18-piece big band through the swinging Louis Prima standard at the New Orleans Jazz Market on Thursday, drummer and newly appointed artistic director Adonis Rose greeted the capacity crowd with, “We missed y’all.” The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, or NOJO, had not performed publicly…

Andre Rieu Owns The Largest Private Orchestra … And Now He Wants To Play On The Moon – Forbes

Posted: Thursday, October 26, 2017

Dutch violinist and concert leader Andre Rieu takes part in the general rehearsal for his concert series at the Vrijthof in Maastricht, on July 5, 2017. (MARCEL VAN HOORN/AFP/Getty Images) There aren’t many people who can make classical music cool, so when someone is able to put a somewhat modern spin on the style and persuade younger crowds to buy CDs and tickets to shows, they are clearly bringing something special…

Review: Bernstein Brings Alan Gilbert Back to the Philharmonic – New York Times

Posted: Thursday, October 26, 2017

Mr. Roukens, who at 35 is around the same age Bernstein was when he composed the “Serenade,” both nods to Bernstein and stays true to his own voice in “Boundless.” As Bernstein did, Mr. Roukens has explored cross-currents between popular and classical styles. Stretches of his 15-minute, three-movement score come alive with jazzy energy. And he draws short motifs from two of Bernstein’s “Anniversaries” for piano, written in tribute to…