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P. S. to SFS

And while you're looking around for a soprano to sing "Ozean!" on Edwin Outwater's program, I see that you're performing all of the Schumann symphonies.C'mon, can't you fit the Konzertstück for Four Horns in there someplace? Pleeeeease??

Ferneyhough Concert in Los Angeles

7 hours agoMusic / Classical : Sequenza21

Art Share LA, in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, was the scene of a concert Friday February 27, 2015 entitled Terrain featuring works by Brian Ferneyhough, Brian Griffeath-Loeb and Elizabeth Lutyens. The occasion was the first anniversary of the WasteLAnd ensemble and a nice crowd turned out for an evening of complex music and […]

One Reason We'll Miss David Gockley

San Francisco Opera has announced its audited financial results for FY2014, the 2013-14 season, they are excellent: there was a deficit of $348,244 on an operating budget of $74,119,493, which is such a small deficit (about one-half of one percent) that it amounts to breaking even. Show More Summary

Rattle to LSO

The London Symphony Orchestra has announced that yes, indeed: Sir Simon Rattle, who is leaving the Berlin Philharmonic, will become the LSO's music director in September, 2017. Press release and remarks from Rattle at the link.I'm going to update the list below of orchestras seeking music directors as appointments are made. Show More Summary

Homecoming: Sir Simon Rattle Named Music Director of LSO

10 hours agoMusic / Classical : Sequenza21

The London Symphony Orchestra announced today the appointment of Sir Simon Rattle as its Music Director. He will take up his appointment in September 2017, following in the footsteps of previous Principal Conductors including André Previn, Michael Tilson Thomas, Sir Colin Davis and Valery Gergiev. As Music Director he will be involved in every aspect […]

Mata Festival Turns 17; Gets Curiouser and Curiouser

10 hours agoMusic / Classical : Sequenza21

MATA Festival celebrates its seventeenth year, Monday, April 13 to Saturday, April 18, 2015, showcasing the wild variety of today’s compositional climate with a sweeping range of original compositions by thirty composers under the age of 40 from seventeen countries around the globe. Curated by the newly appointed Artistic Director, Du Yun, the 2015 Festival […]


Today a dream has come true for the LSO. They just confirmed that Sir Simon Rattle is to take over as music director in 2017. Congratulations, guys. Brava, managing director Kathryn McDowell, with her well-placed butterfly net. And good...Show More Summary

Reverie in Chelsea - The Passing of the Year

15 hours agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

Reverie and Robbie Jacobs - picture credit Charlie Ding Reverie, directed by Robbie Jacobs, has a concert at Holy Trinity Church, Sloane Street, Chelsea on Friday 6 March 2015 when the group performs a programme of 20th and 21st century music ranging from Britten to a new commission. Show More Summary

Tintinabuli - the music of Arvo Pärt through new ears

16 hours agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

Tintinabuli - choral music by Arvo Pärt; The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips; Gimell Records Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Feb 16 2015 Star rating: 5.0 Pärt's music performed with Tallis Scholar's familiar purity and vibrancy Anyone who...Show More Summary

Compare & Contrast: LAPO and SFS Programming

Speaking of tweets, I tweeted earlier today that regardless of what the season looked liked, at some point in the next year, Anthony Tommasini would surely refer to SFS and MTT's innovative programming. Put this in your pipe and smoke...Show More Summary

San Francisco Symphony 2015-16

The press release and season calendar for SFS's 2015-16 season appeared around noon, as expected. I've been through the calendar twice and, well, it feels like a scattershot season, with little new or recent music.There's no season-ending...Show More Summary

Jonas is Sick!

The Met reports that Jonas Kaufmann, suffering from the flu, is unable to travel and had to cancel this Wednesday's appearance as Don Jose in Carmen. Yonghoon Lee will sing the tenor lead instead.

The Continuing Destruction of Arts Journalism: Mercuy News Edition

The San Jose Mercury News has done its part to wreck arts journalism and marginalize classical music: they've assigned classical and jazz critic Richard Scheinin to Real Estate.Rich is hugely knowledgeable about music and a great writer. Show More Summary

Blown away - Massenet's Le roi de Lahore from Chelsea Opera Group

Anush Hovhannisyan - © Vigen Mnoyan Massenet Le roi de Lahore; Hovhannisyan, Spyres, Dazeley, cond: Balsadonna; Chelsea Opera Group at the Queen Elizabeth Hall Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Mar 1 2015 Star rating: 5.0 First London performance...Show More Summary

Marie-Nicole Lemieux and Roger Vignoles at the Wigmore Hall

Marie-Nicole Lemieux - photo credit Denis Rouvre Faure, Lekeu, Hahn, Koechlin, Debussy, Duparc; Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Roger Vignoles Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Feb 28 2015 Star rating: 5.0 Stylish and idiomatic performances of an imaginative...Show More Summary

Chopin Birthday Edition: March 1, 2015

Photo collage by gracious permission from Hanna Komarnicki (“Chopin’s Europe”) MINI BIO PART 3: Interlude: Bohemia & Saxony Buoyant with hope and aspiration, Chopin, with his three traveling companions, returned home after his first visit to Vienna by way of …

aworks weekly top ten :: led, glass & bernstein

2 days agoMusic / Classical : aworks

Milly's Garden. Steve Gunn - Way Out Weather Gathering of Ancient Tribes. Goat - Commune Over the Hills and Far Away. Led Zeppelin - Houses of the Holy (Deluxe Edition) Mad Rush. Philip Glass/Bojan Gorišek- Solo Piano Roll with the....

Spitalfields Music Summer Festival

Emily Hall This year's Spitalfields Music Summer Festival runs from June 2 to June 16, 2015 with over 40 events at in venues in and around Spitalfields including Christ Church, Spitalfields, St Leonard's Church, Shoreditch, the Bishopsgate Institute and the church of St Peter Ad Vincula. Show More Summary

Sing Victoria in Ávila

A friend of mine, Rupert Damerell (he was the counter tenor on the 1998 recording of my Passion) runs choral courses in Spain. He is doing a course in August (19 - 23 August 2015) singing three choir music by Victoria and Vivanco in Ávila this summer, directed by Peter Phillips (of the Tallis Scholars), himself and Alexander Campkin. Show More Summary

Film music circa 2015

Composing for Hollywood, on the New Yorker website.

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