Arab Music Concert Series features Jason Vieaux -- Guitarist
Jason Vieaux puts
his expressive gifts and virtuosity at the service of a remarkably wide range of
music. In this unique collaboration, Vieaux and members of
Al-Bustan's Resident Takht Ensemble reinterpret classical Western and Arab
Jason performs Kantigas with Hanna Khoury, Arabic violin and
percussionist Hafez El Ali Kotain,
in this video.
Aziz Shokhakimov -- the young award-winning conductor made his Houston
Symphony debut this weekend in a program that included the Brahms 1st Symphony
on the heels of his stunning debut with the Pacific Symphony [Review].
Continuing his remarkable rise (including his Mahler Competition prize win at
age 21), his upcoming debuts include: London Philharmonic, Frankfurt and
Stuttgart Radio Orchestras, Orchestra Filarmonica
del Teatro La Fenice, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, the Winnipeg
Symphony, Teatro Comunale di Bolgona (in Eugene Onegin), and a tour of Japan.
Return engagements on the schedule include orchestras in Bremen, Warsaw, Milan,
Bologna and Dusseldorf. More.
Mother Goose. The new show for symphony orchestra youth and family
programming from the acclaimed
Company brings Mother Goose tales to life with the music of Maurice
First Person: Seeing America This
beautifully staged concert with actors and large-screen projections
illuminates the American experience from the Wild West to the
Civil War, through the Great Depression to the gift of freedom. This finely crafted
work seamlessly incorporates poetry and prose by some of the country's
finest writers with iconic photographs from the Metropolitan Museum of Art,
extraordinary performances by two actors, and the soulful music of Ensemble Galilei. "In short, magic was created" Gazettes.com
Newly directed by
First Person: Seeing America tells its story with photographs from the
Metropolitan Museum of Art, the words of famous Americans including James
Agee, Frederick Douglass, Calamity Jane and Abraham Lincoln, poetry by
Lucille Clifton, Jim Harrison and Ted Kooser, and music by
Photographs from the Met's collection include the iconic works of Walker
Evans, Edward Curtis, Ansel Adams and Arthur Rothstein as well as many
others. The soundtrack is the music of Ensemble Galilei – traditional music
from Sweden, Scotland and Ireland, and new compositions featuring fiddle,
Celtic harp, viola da gamba, banjo, percussion and oboe. First Person: Seeing
Photo: Walker Evans (American, 1903–1975),
Alabama Tenant Farmer, 1936. Gelatin silver print, 23.6 x 18.7 cm (9 5/16 x
7 3/8 in.). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Purchase, Jennifer and
Joseph Duke Gift, 2000 (2000.329) © Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan
Museum of Art.
Dali Quartet -
Audiences and Critics Love the
Music, Love the Performance
"prolonged and enthusiastic applause" brought forth the encore from the
Dalí Quartet in the
beautiful Whitley Auditorium at Elon University in late February. The critic
sang the praises
of the group's mixed Classical and Latin repertoire -- and the quartet's
performance of it. "The Dalí Quartet gave a beautifully judged
performance" [Mozart k.575] "The deep, plush sound of the viola and cello
supported a gorgeous, singing first violin melody" [Brahms op. 51, #2] And
about Juan Bautista Plaza's 'Fuga Romántica' -- "beautifully crafted with
elegant lines but possessing great warmth. Every ensemble ought to check out
this piece as an alternate to Barber's Adagio for solemn occasions."
South Florida Symphony
audiences enjoyed four
concerts with cellist
Clancy Newman. The press agrees. Writing about his performance of the Barber
Cello Concerto on the KONK Broadcasting Network, critic Harry Schroeder said
"he lived up splendidly to all of its many demands, giving it everything
one could ask for from a cellist."
Nordic Voices at
Carnegie's Weill Hall... on Super Bowl Sunday
New York Times' James Barron writes that the show goes on at
Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall, even during the big game. Including comments
from his interview with Nordic
Voices' baritone Frank Havroy, Barron highlights events at Carnegie,
Lincoln Center, Dangerfield's Comedy Club and beyond. Renée Fleming
wasn't the only singer on stage that night!
Are You Ready for Some... Nordic Voices?
CD Release Concert in NYC:
Latin Grammy winner
Otero's new CD,
Romance (Soundbrush Records)
was celebrated in concert at
92YTribeca and called"a sensuous blend of tango and classical and chamber jazz"
by the New York Times. Argentinean pianist
and composer Otero won Best Classical Album award at the 11th annual Latin Grammy
Awards for his 2010 CD, Vital, and was hailed by the BBC as “Urbane and exotic, surreal and street-wise, and alive with
invention and emotion.” Otero tours solo, duo, quartet and sextets.
Samples including the hit "Until the Dawn" with Josefina Scaglione.