Welcome to Jonathan Wentworth Associates, a respected resource for world-class fine arts music programming on tour. Look to us for special projects including mask and puppet theatre for orchestral collaboration, and music events featuring large-scale projected images. Check this home page for news on artists and special projects in the Fanfare section, and click on the links above to visit the artists by category.

NPR's All Things Considered  featured The Crossroads Project. Hear the story.

Aziz Shokhakimov conducts the Nürnberger Symphoniker, the Magdeburgische Philharmonie, followed by a triumph with the Edmonton Symphony. Aziz makes his debut with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony in a program including Debussy's La Mer.

The Weiss-Kaplan-Stumpf Trio appeared at the Tonhalle Dusseldorf performing Beethoven, Smetana and
Lera Auerbach's "Triptych". With the Sioux City Symphony, the trio will premiere a new concerto by Michael Gilbertson and the Beethoven Triple
Concerto in the spring before heading out to Vancouver for three concerts.

Cellist Clancy Newman's new video series, Pop-Unpopped, is a set of solo cello pieces inspired by #1 US Billboard hits (including Meghan Trainor's All About That Bass, Taylor Swift's Shake if Off, and much more. Watch/listen.

NPR choses Jason Vieaux "perhaps the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation" for one of NPR Music's 50 Favorite Songs of 2014

Sheng Cai performs the five Beethoven piano concertos in spring 2015 with the Ontario Philharmonic. The first three concertos in February, the last two in May.

Dalí Quartet: "forged a near-instant rapport with the audience... In no time, the 300-plus audience members were on their feet" More...     new video...

Trio Galilei: Music to the ears of wounded veterans recuperating at Walter Reed -
feature in the Washinton Post

Pianist Christopher Taylor performs Messiaen's towering "Vingt Regards" in Milwaukee and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art -- "remarkable" and "poetic" says The New York Times ... review


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Fanfare -- News & Events      

Jason Vieaux wins the Grammy® award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo, for his exceptional CD, PLAY. We congratulate Jason, and his team at Azica Records for his remarkable CD already acclaimed: If you ever want to give  friend a disc that will cement his or her love for the guitar, this is a perfect candidate" writes Soundboard Magazine. While the Huffington Post declares that PLAY is “part of the revitalized interest in the classical guitar.” Preview PLAY at this link.   Read more... Congratulations!

NPR features The Crossroads Project - Science correspondent Joe Palca's piece for NPR, Climate Scientist Tries Arts To Stir Hearts Regarding Earth's Fate, which aired in February, is an excellent intro to The Crossroads Project as well as the award-winning Fry Street Quartet.  Listen: NPR
A multi-disciplinary performance incorporating live music, visual art, and compelling science featuring the Fry Street Quartet with physicist and educator Dr. Robert Davies. The experience includes large screen projections of images from noted environmental photographer Garth Lenz, paintings by Rebecca Allan, and a new work by composer Laura Kaminsky, to explore the impacts of society’s unsustainable systems, Earth’s rapidly changing climate, and humanity’s opportunity for a new direction.
Hear the Fry Street Quartet on NPR.  

Aziz Shokhakimov -- This winter the young phenom Aziz Shokhakimov lead the Nürnberger Symphoniker and the Magdeburgische Philharmonie, followed by a triumph with the Edmonton Symphony. Upcoming on his schedule: Aziz makes his debut with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony in a program including Debussy's La Mer, followed by a set of three performances with the Dusseldorf Symphoniker, and another set of nine concerts leading the Symphoniker at La Follee Journée in Japan later this spring. Continuing his remarkable rise (including his Mahler Competition prize win at age 21), his recent debuts include: the Stuttgart Radio Orchestras, Orchestra Filarmonica del Teatro La Fenice, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, the  Winnipeg Symphony, and at the Teatro Comunale di Bolgona for Eugene Onegin. More.   

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
Casey Stangl, 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 Ensemble Galilei.
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 America. More...

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.

Azica Records releases Together, the new CD from Yolanda Kondonassis & Jason Vieaux. The gorgeous CD is comprised entirely of original works for harp and guitar including two world premieres of works commissioned by Jason and Yolanda: Knock on Wood, by Keith Fitch, and Hypnotized, by Gary Schocker. Hear interview and samples from WRCJ Detroit.

Dali Quartet perform Concerto for Quartet and Wind Symphony The Dali Quartet -- Classical Roots, Latin Soul -- was invited to give an immediate return engagement at Michigan State to perform Joel Puckett's "Short Stories" concerto in collaboration with the University's Wind Symphony. Following their appearance at last year's "Latin IS America" festival, the quartet was excited to bring this special concerto to life. The performance at the Wharton Center, which was streamed live on March 19th, followed the quartet's engagement at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, where they gave a master-class and an all-Latin program of works by Efrain Amaya, Villa-Lobos, Turina, Valdez and Paquito D’Rivera.

Francesco Lecce Chong has been selected as a featured conductor in the David Zinman Masterclass with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, and at the 6th International Conducting Masterclass of Mr. Zinman with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich this spring. The young Associate Conductor of both the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Grand Teton Music Festival appeared with the Las Vegas Philharmonic this winter, and will make his debut next month with the San Diego Symphony.


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