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John McLaughlin on His Final US Tour, Revisiting Mahavishnu Orchestra – RollingStone.com

Posted: Thursday, October 26, 2017

When John McLaughlin looked through his archives in preparation for an upcoming tour celebrating his pioneering Seventies jazz-rock outfit the Mahavishnu Orchestra, he was shocked by how out-there his old tunes still seemed. “I was into my yoga, my meditation, no drugs, but I wrote some weird music in those days, man,” says the British guitar virtuoso with a laugh. Related David Fricke: John McLaughlin, Steve Miller Revive Classics in…

Boston Modern Orchestra Project Spans The ‘Generations’ With Its Season Opener – WBUR

Posted: Thursday, October 26, 2017

There are many moderns for the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. BMOP opens its 22nd season this Sunday, Oct. 29, at Jordan Hall with “Generations” — works by contemporary composers William Schuman (born 1910), John Harbison (1938), David Sanford (1963) and Matthew Aucoin (1990). In one afternoon, BMOP will explore nearly a century’s worth of modernity. It’s the hallmark of new music groups to restlessly examine the latest ideas. For BMOP,…

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 convince younger crowds to buy CDs and tickets to shows, they are clearly bringing something special to…

Zubin Mehta’s 5 most memorable moments at Israel Philharmonic Orchestra – The Jerusalem Post

Posted: Thursday, October 26, 2017

When Zubin Mehta kicks off a tour of North American cities at New York’s Carnegie Hall on Wednesday night, it won’t be his last performances with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra — but it will be close. The legendary conductor announced last December that he will step down from his post as music director in October 2019, exactly 50 years after he first became officially affiliated with the ensemble. This is…

Boston Modern Orchestra Project Spans The ‘Generations’ With Its Season Opener – WBUR

Posted: Thursday, October 26, 2017

There are many moderns for the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. BMOP opens its 22nd season this Sunday, Oct. 29, at Jordan Hall with “Generations” — works by contemporary composers William Schuman (born 1910), John Harbison (1938), David Sanford (1963) and Matthew Aucoin (1990). In one afternoon, BMOP will explore nearly a century’s worth of modernity. It’s the hallmark of new music groups to restlessly examine the latest ideas. For BMOP,…

Howard County Concert Orchestra will let your ears decide the winner – Baltimore Sun

Posted: Thursday, October 26, 2017

Think of it as a boxing match between two heavyweight composers. That’s what the Howard County Concert Orchestra has planned for a concert program titled “Brahms vs. Tchaikovsky: The Battle of Two Musical Giants!” on Sunday, Oct. 29 at 4 p.m. in Howard Community College’s Smith Theatre. “They were known for not liking each other’s music, though Tchaikovsky was more vocal about it than Brahms,” explained Howard County Concert Orchestra…

Zubin Mehta’s 5 most memorable moments with the Israel … – The Times of Israel

Posted: Thursday, October 26, 2017

JTA — When Zubin Mehta kicks off a tour of North American cities at New York’s Carnegie Hall on Wednesday night, it won’t be his last performances with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra — but it will be close. The legendary conductor announced last December that he will step down from his post as music director in October 2019, exactly 50 years after he first became officially affiliated with the ensemble….

Violin doctor still fine tuning his work with classical instruments after 45 years – ABC Online

Posted: Thursday, October 26, 2017

Posted October 26, 2017 17:01:55 Photo: Norm Lambert is not sure why he chose to play the violin, but says it has been a romantic love affair. (ABC Mid North Coast: Gabrielle Lyons) Strings, bows and tuning knobs clutter Norm Lambert’s daily routine, with his 45 years repairing and rebuilding violins bringing him acclaim as a violin doctor. The Lambert family has lived on a homestead at Coopernook on…

Review: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra infuses ‘La La Land’ In Concert with vitality – Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)

Posted: Thursday, October 26, 2017

If you love the music of “La La Land,” hearing it performed by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is indeed special. BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene   “La La Land”-mania might have cooled since the musical momentarily won a Best Picture Oscar in February, but its music did nab a couple of nods for Best Original Score and Best Original Song (“City of Stars”) among the movie’s six-trophy haul. Since a…

Zubin Mehta’s 5 most memorable moments with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra – The Times of Israel

Posted: Thursday, October 26, 2017

JTA — When Zubin Mehta kicks off a tour of North American cities at New York’s Carnegie Hall on Wednesday night, it won’t be his last performances with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra — but it will be close. The legendary conductor announced last December that he will step down from his post as music director in October 2019, exactly 50 years after he first became officially affiliated with the ensemble….

Zubin Mehta’s 5 most memorable moments with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra – Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Zubin Mehta conducting the Israel Philharmonic Orchesta at the Moscow Conservatory, Jan. 21, 2002. (Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images) (JTA) — When Zubin Mehta kicks off a tour of North American cities at New York’s Carnegie Hall on Wednesday night, it won’t be his last performances with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra — but it will be close. The legendary conductor announced last December that he will step down from his post as…

Four tricky solos are a treat from River Oaks Chamber Orchestra – Chron.com

Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Caption Close The pumpkins are out, as are the ghosts and goblins. Fall is upon us, and the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (ROCO) is joining in the festivities. The next program on this season’s lineup comes with an inkling of Halloween nostalgia, as audience members trick-or-treat between four historic homes at Sam Houston Park. Sugary candy, however, is not the prize awaiting them at each door. It’s music and a…

This Orchestra Makes Music With Celery, Carrots, and Cabbage – Atlas Obscura

Posted: Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The Vegetable Orchestra performing at TEDx, with the remains of shredded cabbage at their feet. TEDx Talks/Youtube Most musicians would be horrified if a chunk of their instrument flew off during a show. But the members of the Vienna-based Vegetable Orchestra are unfazed when their flutes fall apart and their drums shatter. After all, getting new ones just requires a trip to the grocery store. Since 1998, the Vegetable Orchestra…

Touring Cleveland Orchestra receives more praise in Europe for Mahler, ‘Cunning Little Vixen’ performances – cleveland.com (blog)

Posted: Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Favorable reviews continue to pour in as the Cleveland Orchestra tours Europe. From critics in Paris and Vienna last week, the group and its director, Franz Welser-Most, received almost nothing but glowing praise. Listeners in Vienna were especially taken by the orchestra’s high-tech production of Janacek’s “The Cunning Little Vixen.” Below are excerpts from reviews of performances Monday, Oct. 16 in Paris and Thursday and Friday, Oct. 19 and 20,…

Jennifer Koh takes center stage with a violin showcase – SFGate

Posted: Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Caption Close Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto, which dates from the 1940s (there were some revisions), is one of the great crowd-pleasers of the mid-20th century. Like much of Barber’s music, it’s sufficiently lyrical and accessible to please the more traditional-minded listener, while also being sturdy and strong-minded. And if you don’t care for the first two movements, the finale — which takes a sudden and somewhat mysterious swerve into extroverted…

Chorus joins Fox Valley Orchestra for concert – Chicago Tribune

Posted: Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Although it requires a delicate balance, human voices can eloquently enhance an orchestra. Joined by the Fox Valley Orchestra Chorus, the Fox Valley Orchestra will present its “Passionate Mystique” concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Crimi Auditorium on the Aurora University campus. “With this concert’s incredible diversity of musical ideas, each audience member will be able to imagine themselves in different times and different places,” said conductor Brian Groner,…

Class Act: Israel Philharmonic, Russian orchestras have concert dates in the LA area – The San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Posted: Tuesday, October 24, 2017

In my last column, I noted that Southern California has a dozen or so top-flight orchestras. As it happens, the next fortnight also brings a number of the world’s best ensembles on various tours. The Israel Philharmonic, led by music-director-for-life Zubin Mehta, comes to Walt Disney Concert Hall on Oct. 30 for a program that includes Amit Pozansky’s “Footnote,” a suite for orchestra from the 2011 Israeli drama film written…

SHS students prepare for All-State Chorus, Orchestra – Black Hills Pioneer

Posted: Monday, October 23, 2017

SPEARFISH — After hours of practice, students at Spearfish High School auditioned for All-State Chorus and Orchestra: The results show 13 students headed to perform with their top-performing peers in the state, with three holding the distinction of attending the event every year of their high school career. All-State Chorus members include: Junior Faith Burnett, sophomore Katie O’Shea, and sophomore Ashtyn Reiners in the soprano section;…

Virginia Shore orchestra to honor late musicians Mariner and Dulcie – Delmarva Daily Times

Posted: Monday, October 23, 2017

x Embed x Share CLOSE The Rev. Kirk Mariner played a benefit for Habitat for Humanity at Cokesbury Church in Onancock, Va. on April 1, 2016. The performance included original pieces composed by Mariner. Mariner died Thursday, June 8, 2017 after a long illness. Jay Diem file video Buy Photo Stefan Dulcie(Photo: Eastern Shore News file photo)Buy Photo The Orchestra of the Eastern Shore will honor two local musicians with…