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How Leonard Bernstein Made the New York Philharmonic the Most Beloved Orchestra in the World – Playbill.com

Posted: Sunday, October 22, 2017

Leonard Bernstein remains an international icon today as a transcendent interpreter, gifted composer, and life-changing educator. It is obvious why the entire world is saluting him this year, which would have been his 100th, and why the New York Philharmonic, with which he forged a vibrant and paradigm-changing relationship, is holding a central place in those celebrations through Bernstein’s Philharmonic: A Centennial Festival, October 25–November 14. But while the Orchestra’s…

Bridgeport orchestra celebrates Spain as part of “Revolutions” series – CT Post

Posted: Sunday, October 22, 2017

Caption Close Hooray for Latin American, Spain and Puerto Rican rhythms! That’s the message from the Greater Bridgeport Symphony, which will present “Arriba Espana” Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Klein Memorial Auditorium in Bridgeport. Donald Palma will be the guest conductor and noted guitarist Benjamin Verdery will be the soloist. This will be the second concert of GBS’ 2017-18 “Revolutions and Revelations” series, which “features an exploration of the effects…

New York Philharmonic Announces Summer Lineup – Playbill.com

Posted: Saturday, October 21, 2017

This summer will mark the fourth year of Summertime Classics concerts in Avery Fisher Hall; the four programs (totaling eight performances) will be led by guest conductor Bramwell Tovey from June 28 _July 6. The first program includes Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with pianist Markus Groh and works by Johann Strauss II. The second features works by Elgar, Smetana, and Rossini, plus Grieg’s Piano Concerto performed by Joyce Yang….

Review: Violin master Joshua Bell’s artistry rings through Hancher – The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines

Posted: Saturday, October 21, 2017

Diana Nollen The Gazette More stories from Diana IOWA CITY — Joshua Bell is peerless perfection on violin. His artistry knows no bounds. Friday night’s nearly sold-out crowd at Hancher Auditorium heard Bell and his 300-year-old violin in all their glory, in a magnificent two-hour recital with pianist Alessio Bax. The pair performed three sonatas and three encores, each piece keeping listeners on the edge of their seat, holding their…

Violin Lost in Holocaust Returns to Jewish Ownership After More Than 70 Years – Haaretz

Posted: Saturday, October 21, 2017

“If this isn’t divine intervention, then I don’t know what is,” says a smiling Janet Warkentin-Bosse. “I was in bed watching television, dozed off and, as I was falling asleep, by chance pressed the button for a channel I never watch. I woke up because I heard the sound of violins – and found myself watching a documentary about a project called ‘Violins of Hope.’ I watched the whole thing,…

Philadelphia Orchestra principal oboist Woodhams to retire – Philly.com

Posted: Saturday, October 21, 2017

Richard Woodhams, the Philadelphia Orchestra’s celebrated principal oboist for four decades, has decided to retire. Woodhams plans to play through the orchestra’s 2017-18 season, including summer concerts, and then step down, an orchestra spokeswoman said. “I think I am still playing well and am in good health, and I think that’s the right time to do this…

The Philharmonic has some surprising responses to TripAdvisor critics – WalesOnline

Posted: Saturday, October 21, 2017

It’s one of Cardiff’s most iconic venues and after being closed for nine years, the Philharmonic is back open for business. But The Philly, which reopened in July, now finds itself in a more technologically driven world, where the internet is now a massive part of everyone’s day to day lives. And it’s a world where TripAdvisor reviews can be left with ease. Everyone’s a critic , as the saying…

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra to celebrate the song of the pied … – ABC Online

Posted: Saturday, October 21, 2017

Posted October 21, 2017 13:33:46 Photo: The pied butcherbird’s song will be part of a concert with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. (Flickr: Julie Burgher ) The flute-like chirps of an iconic Australian songbird has inspired one of the nation’s most prestigious orchestras. The pied butcherbird, found in many backyards around the nation but best heard in the Australian outback, will perform — in a way — as part of…

Review: A Montreal Orchestra Brings Back Bartok’s Strangeness – New York Times

Posted: Saturday, October 21, 2017

Photo Kent Nagano leading the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal at Carnegie Hall on Wednesday. Credit Michelle V. Agins/The New York Times Radicals of the mid-20th-century avant-garde did not wait long after Bartok’s death in 1945 to savage some of his final works. Writing in Sartre’s influential journal Les Temps Modernes, the critic and musician Rene Leibowitz assailed Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra as a creative “compromise” — a word that carried…

Waterbury orchestra throws a family-friendly Halloween spectacular – CT Post

Posted: Saturday, October 21, 2017

Caption Close In a rare celebration of mood music and movie madness, the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra will present a family Halloween event that features a showing of the 1925 silent film, “Phantom of the Opera,” accompanied by soaring music. Leif Bjaland will be the conductor at the Sunday, Oct. 29, afternoon event at Naugatuck Valley Community College Fine Arts Center. “The WSO celebrates Halloween early with a classic haunting tale…

Review: A Montreal Orchestra Brings Back Bartok’s Strangeness – New York Times

Posted: Saturday, October 21, 2017

Photo Kent Nagano leading the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal at Carnegie Hall on Wednesday. Credit Michelle V. Agins/The New York Times Radicals of the mid-20th-century avant-garde did not wait long after Bartok’s death in 1945 to savage some of his final works. Writing in Sartre’s influential journal Les Temps Modernes, the critic and musician Rene Leibowitz assailed Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra as a creative “compromise” — a word that carried…

Review: A Montreal Orchestra Brings Back Bartok’s Strangeness – New York Times

Posted: Saturday, October 21, 2017

Photo Kent Nagano leading the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal at Carnegie Hall on Wednesday. Credit Michelle V. Agins/The New York Times Radicals of the mid-20th-century avant-garde did not wait long after Bartok’s death in 1945 to savage some of his final works. Writing in Sartre’s influential journal Les Temps Modernes, the critic and musician Rene Leibowitz assailed Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra as a creative “compromise” — a word that carried…

After More Than 70 Years, Violin Lost in Holocaust Returns to Jewish Ownership – Haaretz

Posted: Friday, October 20, 2017

“If this isn’t divine intervention, then I don’t know what is,” says a smiling Janet Warkentin-Bosse. “I was in bed watching… Haaretz unlimited. Only $1 for the first month

Review: A Montreal Orchestra Brings Back Bartok’s Strangeness – New York Times

Posted: Friday, October 20, 2017

Photo Kent Nagano leading the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal at Carnegie Hall on Wednesday. Credit Michelle V. Agins/The New York Times Radicals of the mid-20th-century avant-garde did not wait long after Bartok’s death in 1945 to savage some of his final works. Writing in Sartre’s influential journal Les Temps Modernes, the critic and musician Rene Leibowitz assailed Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra as a creative “compromise” — a word that carried…

Orchestra students make All-Region – Waco Tribune-Herald

Posted: Friday, October 20, 2017

Seventeen Midway High School orchestra students were selected for the All-Region Orchestras after auditions. They will attend an all-day clinic and perform at Baylor’s Jones Hall in December. Eleven were named to the All-Region Symphony Orchestra. They are Wilson Burnett, cello; Sarah Hall, harp; Ivy Koh, violin; Anna Lee, viola; Taylor Mason, viola; Paul Micus, violin; David Park, cello; Haeun Moon, violin; Hayoung Moon, cello; Augusta…

The New York Philharmonic’s Way Forward – New York Times

Posted: Friday, October 20, 2017

Photo The audience at the renovated Music Hall in Cincinnati on Oct. 6. Credit Maddie McGarvey for The New York Times To the Editor: Bravo to the Cincinnati Symphony, and the local government that supported most of the cost, for their successful hall project (Arts pages, Oct. 18). Kudos for good all-around planning! But is it fair for your online headline to say the David Geffen Hall project “stumbles”? In…

Watch Aretha Franklin’s ‘Respect’ with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – video – The Independent

Posted: Friday, October 20, 2017

Recently we premiered a fanastic re-working of Aretha Franklin‘s “Respect” with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.  The song is featured on upcoming album A Brand New Me, which combines classic vocals by the Queen of Soul with new arrangements by the RPO.  We’re now delighted to reveal a video for the RPO’s version of “Respect” which shows some gorgeous archive footage of Franklin performing live, along with the orchestra adding the lush new…

Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra taking inspiration from the big … – Lynchburg News and Advance

Posted: Friday, October 20, 2017

Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra is going to the movies this season, tackling film music — from “Gone with the Wind” to “Frozen” to “Star Wars.” “There’s so much great film music out there that we would love to play and highlight, and people enjoy it and recognize it,” conductor Chris Swanson said this week. “It’s very suitable for orchestra concerts. It seemed like a really good fit.” …

The New York Philharmonic’s Way Forward – New York Times

Posted: Friday, October 20, 2017

Photo The audience at the renovated Music Hall in Cincinnati on Oct. 6. Credit Maddie McGarvey for The New York Times To the Editor: Bravo to the Cincinnati Symphony, and the local government that supported most of the cost, for their successful hall project (Arts pages, Oct. 18). Kudos for good all-around planning! But is it fair for your online headline to say the David Geffen Hall project “stumbles”? In…