Pittsburgh Symphony appoints
Francesco Lecce Chong
Assistant Conductor. We are proud to announce that the Pittsburgh Symphony
Orchestra will welcome the acclaimed young conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong to
its conducting staff at the start of the 2015-2016 season. Lecce-Chong comes to
Pittsburgh after four years as associate conductor of the Milwaukee Symphony
Orchestra. He will return to Milwaukee in the 2015-2016 season for several guest
engagements and will make his debut at the Florentine Opera. He will continue to
serve as associate conductor of the Grand Teton Music Festival. “I am thrilled
to be joining the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and look forward to working with
Maestro Honeck, the musicians, staff and supporters,” says Lecce-Chong. “It is
inspiring to join such a vibrant organization..."
André Laplante and the Prokofiev
3rd Piano Concerto:
Following his Grieg Concerto with the
Montréal Symphony, pianist André Laplante performed the Prokofiev 3rd to bring a
triumphant close to the 2014-2015 Orchestre Symphonique de Québec season. The
OSQ's Music Director Fabien Gabel lead "a truly exciting performance of
Beethoven's Symphony No. 5" followed by: "The presentation of Prokofiev's
Concerto No. 3, with pianist André Laplante, proved at least as strong, if not
more convincing, than the Beethoven. Tempo changes, frequent in the work, and
always executed with precision, impressed. Considering the density of the
musical material, one can only marvel at the light touch of the pianist. His
fingers danced over the keys. The lines sprung from the keyboard like rockets;
the audience greeted the performance triumphantly. The Petrarch Sonnet No. 104
Liszt, offered as an encore, seemed to be a perfect complement to this romantic
and brilliant Prokofiev." (Le Soleil)|
Quartet sells out, thrills the audience, and delights the critics --
“the Dalí Quartet's Latin American program alternately glimmered and
blazed” writes David Patrick Stearns of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
The quartet's all-Latin program sold-out for the Philadelphia Chamber Music
and included clarinetist Ricardo Morales for works of Luis Enrique Juliá and
Paquito D'Rivera. The quartet also brought to life works Efraín Amaya
and Juan Bautista Plaza (both Venezuelan composers), the exquisite La Oración
del Torero (The Bullfighter's Prayer) of Joaquín Turina (Spanish) and the
Brazilia Villa-Lobos 1st quartet in this "beautifully prepared
Read the full review.
about Dali Quartet.
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 a 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!
Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, a "luminous standout"
(New York Times) joins Jason Vieaux on tour for a set of very precious dates
next season: January 14-24, 2017. Sasha and Jason will weave their magic
with works of Granados, Falla, Lorca, Gershwin, Porter and more. Cooke, whose
portrayal of Kitty Oppenheimer with the Metropolitan Opera won the Grammy Award
for Best Opera Recording, has collaborated with Vieaux at festivals such as
Music@Menlo, and at the Kennedy Center. Their program selections focus on music
naturally suited to the intimate and colorful magic of voice and guitar.
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 to the Fry Street Quartet on 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.
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.
NPR's latest Tiny Desk concert features Jason Vieaux &
Yolanda Kondonassis, guitar & harp.
The duo gives lushly detailed performances of gorgeous new works in a
twenty-minute live presentation behind Bob Boylen's desk. Hear Jason & Yolanda
create a compelling unity from their two instruments on NPR Music's iconic and
eclectic Tiny Desk series.|
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 the interview and samples from WRCJ Detroit.
Dalí Quartet perform Concerto for Quartet and Wind Symphony The Dalí 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.
Michael Butterman will lead
the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra during the Kennedy Center's inaugural SHIFT
Festival in 2017. One of just four orchestras chosen, the new SHIFT Festival
provides a national platform for today’s most innovative orchestras to share a
sampling of their most creative and provocative work that embodies the
individual orchestra’s identity, community, and artistic vision.
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.
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 It Off, and much more.
NPR chose 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"
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