ClassicalWagner, Orchestral Music from "Der Ring des Nibelungen" performed by Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by JoAnn Falletta (Naxos). If you take an historical overview of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra you have to conclude that no BPO conductor has achieved anything close on record with the orchestra to the recording presence that Falletta has. Foss' avant-garde influence on the BPO was profound on the orchestra and the city, but the recordings he produced weren't. Michael Tilson Thomas' decision to use the BPO to record the complete music of Carl Ruggles was the BPO's most consequential recorded moment, along with its recording of Terry Rley's "In C." But you could argue that the BPO's records for Naxos have been the fulfillment of the orchestra conducted years ago by Steinberg and Krips. It's Naxos' marvelous insistence on using the BPO for "big" works with a "big" orchestral sound are making every new disc a potential wonderme..
Ars Lyrica and guest musicians Paul Avril and Loren Tayerle in concert on New Year’s Eve, 2017.On this week’s episode of Encore Houston, Ars Lyrica celebrates the New Year with music from eighteenth-century Berlin. The theme of the concert focused on the famous musician and patron Sara Itzig Levy, and the featured pieces were either works she helped premiere or had in her own catalog.
Music in this episode:
CARL PHILIPP EMANUEL BACH, Concerto in E-flat major for harpsichord and fortepiano
Mario Aschauer, fortepianoMatthew Dirst, harpsichordGEORG PHILIPP TELEMANN, Paris Quartet in G major
Colin St. Martin, fluteElizabeth Blumenstock, violinBarrett Sills, celloMatthew Dirst, harpsichordWILHELM FRIEDMANN BACH, Flute Concerto in D major
Colin St. Martin, fluteTELEMANN, Concerto in F major for two horns
Paul Avril, hornLoren Tayerle, hornPerformance date: 12/31/2017Originally aired: 3/31/2018New episodes of Encore Houston air Saturdays at 10 PM, with a repeat broadcast Sundays at 4 PM, all..
Photo: Courtesy Mike Greensill Mike Greensill plays piano this weekend for “Laughter From the Hip.”
When he’s not playing piano, Mike Greensill tells stories — and he is almost as good a storyteller as he is a pianist. You can judge for yourself when Greensill teams up with the superb bassist John Wiitala for “Laughter From the Hip,” Friday and Saturday, Jan. 12 and 13.
Greensill is well known for his work with many artists, including, of course, his wife, retired Wesla Whitfield. His resume is filled with famous and not-so-famous musicians and composers, and he’ll share stories about many of them, and sing songs by Dave Frishberg, Fats Waller, Mose Allison, Tom Lehrer and Bob Dorough.
— David Wiegand
“Laughter From the Hip”: 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Jan. 12-13. $35-$50. Society Cabaret, Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter St., S.F. (415) 857-1896. https://societycabaret.com
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The Vermont Mozart Festival will present orchestra and chamber music concerts July 17-Aug. 3 at locations in Burlington, Charlotte, Shelburne and Stowe. Pictured is a 2017 concert at the Shelburne Farms Coach Barn. (Photo by Stephen Mease)
Vermont Mozart Festival musician perform in fron to Burlington City Hall in 2017. (Photo by Stephen Mease)
The Vermont Mozart Festival, beginning its third season, is unique in Vermont, perhaps the world. For not only does it present myriad concerts at various locations around the region, it prepares young professional musicians to succeed financially in t..
SongwriterFonts, a website that offered free-to-use typefaces based on the handwriting of famous musicians, has been closed down following legal issues over intellectual-property rights.
Set up by French graphic designers Julien Sens and Nicolas Damiens, the SongwriterFonts website offered five typefaces based on the handwriting of David Bowie, John Lennon, Kurt Cobain, Leonard Cohen and Serge Gainsbourg.
But after being featured on numerous online publications, including Dezeen, the designers were contacted by intellectual-property rights' owners and had to shut down the website just five days after its launch.
The SongwriterFonts website has been closed down, and is currently displaying a holding pageA message on the website's holding page reads: "We launched the SongwritersFonts project, a series of typefaces created from famous songwriters' handwritings, as a design project. The unique purpose of this was to inspire musicians and the next generation of songwriters to..
In 1975, Venezuelan musician Jose Antonio Abreu created a network of music education programs for children. It became known as El Sistema. As the director of El Sistema, Abreu was able to gain government support for the network, and turn it into one of Venezuela’s model programs.
Abreu died March 24 at age 78. Now, El Sistema’s new director, Eduardo Mendez, promises to continue the program's tradition of musical excellence and social service.
Mendez said the program must overcome Venezuela’s severe economic crisis. The crisis has forced hundreds of musicians to leave the country.
El Sistema now includes about 300 community schools. The network has given children in poor neighborhoods a chance to study classical music. It has produced world-famous musicians, including the director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel.
But Mendez says leading the orchestra network through Venezuela's social and economic crisis will not be easy.
He says that 8 percent of the program..
This secluded retreat on the slopes of Diamond Head, near Waikiki Beach, is the private residence of John McVie, the bassist of Fleetwood Mac. The luxurious 9,000-square-foot home offers five bedrooms, six bathrooms, and elegant living and entertaining spaces with views of the Pacific Ocean and the Honolulu skyline. The tropical grounds include a courtyard with a resort-style pool, a barbecue area, covered patios, and lush landscaping for added privacy.
The Tuscan wine estate of Sting, the 16-time Grammy Award–winning musician, is situated just outside the historic town of Figline e Incisa Valdarno, between Florence and Arezzo. This idyllic property commands nearly 65 acres, composed of mature vineyards and olive groves, woodland, natural springs, a private lake, and beautiful formal gardens with a swimming pool. The three-story main residence has been fully restored and is complemented by two farmhouses, a barn, and several outbuildings.
Villa Jasmine is the former home of Spanish re..
As part of its popular, family-friendly Summertime Saturday Puppet Show Series hosting acclaimed puppeteers from around New England and beyond, the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry at the University of Connecticut will present The Dinosaur Show by Missouri's Mesner Puppet Theater on Saturday, July 21 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Ballard Institute Theater located at 1 Royce Circle in Downtown Storrs.
Make no bones about it -The Dinosaur Show is sure to tickle your funny bone and stimulate your imagination! Mesner Puppet Theater reaches into the past using hand, rod, shadow, and bod..
The jubilee 10th edition offers a US-Czech-Slovak cooperation in the capital – moved indoors, a series of concerts outside Bratislava, and a grand gala of marking the 100th anniversary of Czechoslovakia, again in the capital.
Font size:A-|A+0The One Day Jazz festival has been offering concerts for ten years already, in winter and summer editions.
This year’s summer edition brings a host of events, starting on June 13 inBratislava. Moved from the planned venue of Bratislava Castle to the National Tennis Centre due to a bad weather forecast, it presents Czech singer Dan Bárta and his Illustratosphere project (Filip Jelínek-keyboard, trombone, percussion; Robert Balzar-bass, double bass; Martin Valihora-drums, and Miroslav Chyška-guitar). The star of the evening will be US singer Lizz Wright and the intriguing Slovak Philharmonics, conducted by jazzman Oskar Rósza.
In the countryThree days later, the Slovak Ľubomír Gašpar Cimbal Project and the foreign Lionel Loueke Trio, featuring Daniel..
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