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Opera VPN to shut down: Here are 4 alternatives

There’s some bad news for those who use the Opera VPN mobile app, namely that it’s being shut down come the end of the month. The announcement was made that the free iOS and Android apps will be permanently shuttered on April 30, just under a fortnight’s time. Those who are Opera Gold members (which was the commercial paid-for version of the product) will be given the option of having a free one-year subscription to SurfEasy Ultra VPN. That’s an obvious move, as Opera VPN was built on SurfEasy’s network. Opera noted that SurfEasy Ultra is a service which has 28 regions, allows for simultaneous use on up to five devices, and has a ‘strict no-log’ policy. What about free users of Opera VPN? The company is offering a discount of 80% on SurfEasy Total VPN, which can be bagged through the latest version of the Opera VPN iOS and Android apps. Alternative paid VPNs Another consideration is that maybe you don’t want to use a free VPN anymore. While the price may be free, there could be hidden ..

Hannah Rankin's mix of classical music and boxing is paying dividends

PRO boxer Hannah Rankin’s tactic to ensure that she performed to her very best during her final recital at the Royal Academy of Music was somewhat unusual: she treated it like a professional boxing match. Her boxing coach, Noel Callan, was there in the wings and was psyching the bassoonist up and calming her down at exactly the right moments. And it worked perfectly. “I really wanted to be at my best for my final recital so I got my coach, Noel, to come in treat it like I was going into to a fight,” she explained. “So, in my breaks between playing, I’d go out and have a few deep breaths with him just to help me relax and calm down. And it turned out that was the best I’d ever performed.” Rankin's two passions could not be more divergent. She spends half her life as a classical musician and the other half as a professional boxer. The 27 year-old, who is originally from Luss near Loch Lomond, has played in orchestras from London to St Petersburg, will tonight embark on her fifth..

Why we should be listening to classical music by Canadian women

When you hear a piece of music, you will have one of two reactions. You will either like it enough to listen to it again, or you won’t. You might like the melody, the harmony, or the way the poetry makes you feel. Then again, you might not like the melody, the harmony, or the way the poetry makes you feel. But if you don’t know that the music exists, how can you know if you like it or not? That is the exact difficulty classical music by Canadian women is facing today. There is so much excellent music by Canadian women that has only been performed a handful of times — some pieces have not even been performed at all — because they are simply unknown. article continues below Trending Stories Before I tell you why we should be listening to classical music by Canadian women, I’d like to give you a few reasons why we haven’t been listening to them. It wasn’t verylong ago that being a composer and a woman could not be seen as one and the same. Women, Canadian women included, were socially ..

Estate known for hosting Santa Fe Opera parties for sale

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An estate known for its owners’ hosting of lavish Santa Fe Opera parties is for sale. The Albuquerque Journal reports the 11-acre Pueblo Revival estate in Santa Fe is on the market for $11.5 million. Current owners Bob and Miryam Knutson say the property earned its nickname while it was the home of Peggy Driscoll, a Santa Fe Opera board member and donor. She used her home to host extravagant opera gatherings. The property includes a six-bedroom main residence, three guest houses, a tennis court, a swimming pool and spa and expansive gardens. Most Read Nation & World StoriesUnlimited Digital Access: $1 for 4 weeksStephanie Duran of Barker Realty says the “Opera House” was built during the 1930s. ___ Information from: Albuquerque Journal, Let's block ads! (Why?)

Aldeburgh Festival releases 2018 line-up

This year’s Aldeburgh Festival has been curated by Artists in Residence violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja, conductor John Wilson and flautist Claire Chase, and will take place from 8 to 24 June. Its focus this year will be on Britten, America and the centenary of Bernstein. The opening weekend features the world premiere of a new orchestration by Colin Matthews of Britten’s Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo with tenor Robert Murray, as well as Four Sea Interludes from Britten’s opera Peter Grimes, of which Bernstein conducted the American premiere in 1946 and then included it again in his last concert. The weekend will also feature individuals connected to the two composers, including Aaron Copland, whose ballet Billy the Kid will be performed. Conductor John Wilson will be leading his orchestra in both popular and less well-known Broadway hits by Bernstein including excerpts from West Side Story, On the Town, Candide, Peter Pan, Wonderful Town, Trouble in Tahiti and 1600 Pennyslvania Aven..

Van Cliburn in Moscow, 1958: When Classical Music Made the World Stand Still

“… nothing compares to the effect Van had at the darkest moments of the Cold War, calming a world that believed itself to be on the brink.” Stuart Isacoff, When the World Stopped to Listen: Van Cliburn's Cold War Triumph and Its Aftermath (Knopf)When a tall 23-year old Texan from a small town called Kilgore won the first ever International Tchaikovsky Competition in a big town called Moscow in April 1958, the impact was cataclysmic both musically and politically. It was more than fabulous technique. Cliburn had played Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto and Rachmaninoff's Third Piano Concerto for his competition finale with such authentic love and romantic sweep that there was little doubt who was the best. But the jury hesitated, haunted by Stalin's shadow, until Soviet premiere Nikita Khrushchev, happy to show that the generous Russian soul was alive and well, said give it to the kid. It was a Cold War coup that significantly melted international relations, made Clibur..

Joshua Kosman’s classical music picks, June 10

Photo: Giorgia Bertazzi Violinist Benjamin Beilman. JOSHUA KOSMAN’S CLASSICAL MUSIC PICKS Vox Luminis: The Belgian early-music vocal ensemble, directed by Lionel Meunier, concludes the Berkeley Festival and Exhibition with a concert of music by Bach, Buxtehude and Pachelbel. 4 p.m. Sunday, June 10. First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley. Benjamin Beilman: The rising young American violinist is joined by pianist Andrew Tyson for a recital of music by Mozart, Dvorák, Beethoven and Kreisler. 3 p.m. Sunday, June 10. Del Valle Theatre, 1963 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek. 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 11. Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 12. Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F. “Das Rheingold”: The San Francisco Opera’s summer festival devoted to Wagner’s “Ring of the Nibelung” gets under way with the first opera of the tetralogy, in director Francesca Zambello’s American-themed productio..

Opera singer's story chosen for Sarasota's One Book program

Daniel Bergner, author of “Sing For Your Life” will speak in Sarasota in January Jay Handelman Arts Editor @jayhandelman A book about an American opera singer who overcame seemingly insurmountable odds as a child to perform at the Metropolitan Opera and on international stages is the latest selection for the Sarasota County library system’s annual One Book One Community program. Daniel Bergner’s 2016 book “Sing For Your Life” chronicles Ryan Speedo Green’s experiences growing up with an abusive and abused mother and spending time in a juvenile detention facility in Virginia because of his own violent activities. Over time, a caring teacher and her husband, among others, became guardian angels to the youth, encouraging him to pursue his music and education. He received a bachelor's degree in music from the Hartt School of Music and a master's in music at Florida State University. After a visit to the Metropolitan Opera with other students, “he was enthralled and looked..

The 25 Best Classical Music Tracks of 2018 – The New York Times

Supported by The 25 Best Classical Music Tracks of 2018Listen to our favorite albums of the year, music from the 15th century to the 21st. ImageBy Anthony Tommasini, Joshua Barone, Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, David Allen, Seth Colter Walls and Zachary Woolfe Dec. 13, 2018A flood of recordings — the best efforts of our favorite artists — lands each year in our mailboxes and streaming services. Somehow, we winnowed our favorites down to 25 albums (O.K., 26, if you look carefully), music from the 15th century to the 21st — each represented by a t..

A timeline of Leonard Bernstein

1918 The eldest of three, Bernstein is born on 25 August in Lawrence, Massachusetts, to Jewish parents, both immigrants from Russia. He starts piano lessons at ten against the wishes of his father, a supplier of hair and beauty products. 1935-39 At Harvard he studies with Walter Piston and forms friendships with Dimitri Mitropoulos and Aaron Copland. Continuing his conducting at the Curtis institute, he appears at Tanglewood Summer School. 1943 He shoots to fame replacing an ill Bruno Walter as conductor of the New York Philharmonic in Carnegie Hall. Within months the orchestra are playing his First Symphony (‘Jeremiah’). 1951 He marries Chilean actress Felicia Montealegre with whom he subsequently has three children. Having completed a Second Symphony (‘The Age of Anxiety’, 1949) he returns to more popular territory with Trouble in Tahiti (1952), Wonderful Town (1953) and music for the film On the Waterfront (1954). 1957 Hot on the heels of Candide comes his masterpiece, the box-offic..

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