Mr. Stern joins the NRO as a celebrated conductor and music director of the Kansas City Symphony, Stamford Symphony in Connecticut and is the founder and artistic director of the innovative Iris Orchestra in Germantown, Tennessee. Mr. Stern launched Iris Orchestra twenty years ago as a vanguard for change in the classical music world, commissioning new music, creating a non-hierarchical ensemble, establishing a reputation for excellence on stage, supporting young musicians and building deep community relationships. Mr. Stern has established himself as a driving force in shaping the future of classical music and has devoted much of his career to working with young musicians, through summer festivals and institutions such as Aspen Music Festival, the Curtis Institute of Music, Round Top Festival Institute and the National Orchestral Institute.
For complete information, visit https://www.nromusic.org/
--Beverly Greenfield, Kirshbaum Associates
What's Streaming: Classical (Week of January 18–24)
Tuesday, January 19 at 7:00 p.m. CET
James Conlon’s talk, A Life in Classical Music, webcast via The Arts Arena
Thursday, January 21 (available until Monday, February 1)
Davóne Tines’s MASS, presented by Vocal Arts DC
Thursday, January 21 at 7:30 p.m. CT
Tulsa Opera LIVE with Patricia Racette
Saturday, January 23 at 7:30 p.m. ET
Resident Artist Shai Wosner performs Peoples' Symphony Concerts all-Beethoven program with Amanda Forsyth and Pinchas Zukerman
ROCO’s February Concerts Include an Homage to Margaret Bonds
ROCO (River Oaks Chamber Orchestra) will continue their 2020-21 season exploring Color & Light, with three performances during the month of February.
ROCO’s first concert in February, “Celebration of Margaret Bonds,” will take place on February 4 streamed live from Rienzi, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s historic house museum for European decorative arts. Originally the home of arts patrons Carroll Sterling Masterson and Harris Masterson III, Rienzi houses an extensive record collection in which a rare, previously unknown late 60s recording of Margaret Bonds in performance was discovered. This chamber concert, produced in collaboration with Rienzi, will feature and be co-curated by pianist Howard Watkins, a scholar of Bonds’ music, and bass-baritone Timothy Jones.
For complete season information, visit https://roco.org/
--Andrew Ousley, Unison Media
Connoisseur Series "Home Edition" 2021
We at American Bach Soloists have been very busy designing and redesigning the equivalent of two or three concert seasons over the last six months as we’ve created all kinds of scenarios to bring music to you during this bridge year before returning to concert halls down the road. But ever-changing circumstances often took us back to the drawing board.
Now, we have settled on our plan for the first half of 2021. In collaboration with some wonderful venues—including San Francisco’s Palace Hotel and Grace Cathedral, Calistoga’s Castello di Amorosa winery, and Burlingame’s Kohl Mansion--we are in the process of creating three wonderful video concerts featuring some of the ABS artists that you know and love.
To learn all about our 2021 season, visit https://americanbach.org/
--American Bach Soloists
Orion Performs Brahms, Arutiunian
The Orion Ensemble performs for a limited in-person and unlimited virtual audience on Friday, February 5 at 6 p.m. at PianoForte Studios, 1335 S. Michigan Avenue in Chicago.
The program (rescheduled from November 2020) includes the Trio No. 1 in B Major for Violin, Cello and Piano, Op. 8 by Johannes Brahms and the Suite for Violin, Clarinet and Piano (1992) by Alexander Arutiunian. The Trio, composed in 1853-4 and revised 35 years later, is a deep and mature work that nonetheless exudes youthful energy. The Suite, commissioned by the Verdehr Trio, contains moods ranging from emotionally tense to lyrical, and the Trio members have written that its final movement “contains elements of Armenian dance rhythms with their capricious pulse and unexpected irregularities in a freely improvised melodic style.”
A maximum of 20 people may attend in person at PianoForte Studios; audience members must wear masks at all times, and, while family groups may sit together, different audience members/groups will be seated at least six feet apart. Extra masks and hand sanitizer will be available. The livestream will be available on Orion’s YouTube channel, which will also host a recording of the performance for a limited time.
Limited in-person tickets are $25 available for advance purchase only at 630-628-9591 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Virtual access is free; donations are welcome. The livestream will be available on Orion's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4yVkS6Pp0wzG6HxxXGe1SA
--Jill Chukerman, JAC Communications
Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo
The Marlow Guitar Series Presents the acclaimed Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo on Saturday, January 30. The program will feature selections from the Duo’s world premiere recording dedicated to the works of Leo Brouwer.
The Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo, praised by legendary Cuban composer Leo Brouwer as “one of the great duos in the world," will perform a virtual recital of works by Brouwer, de Falla, Granados and Albeniz, on Saturday, January 30 at 8 PM EST. Presented by the Marlow Guitar International Series, the concert can be accessed through MGI’s website at https://marlowguitar.org/ and is free with donations accepted to benefit MGI, whose mission is to build community through music. Pre-registration is required.
--Genevieve Spielberg Inc.
Miller Theatre “Live from Columbia” Streams JACK Quartet
The very first public performance by the acclaimed JACK Quartet featured German composer Helmut Lachenmann’s string quartet Grido, and it has been a constant for them ever since. The mastering of this technically demanding piece shows their incredible talent, but their expressive interpretation reveals their brilliance as an ensemble. Hear them perform this work, alongside two other solo pieces by Lachenmann, which explore nontraditional techniques and sounds.
This event marks the fourth and final concert in Miller Theatre's Live from Columbia series. The series is a continuation of Miller's popular Pop-Up Concerts series, offering audiences a virtual front-row seat to performances filmed live in the Lantern—a stunning venue on Columbia's Manhattanville campus.
Video premiere Tuesday, February 16 at 7pm, co-presented with Columbia School of the Arts.
Virtual • Free as always.
Concerts in the Live from Columbia series are filmed live and premiered throughout the season at 7pm, with on-demand streaming available immediately after: https://www.millertheatre.com/about/news/live-from-columbia-pop-ups-in-the-lantern
--Aleba Gartner, Aleba & Co.
The King’s Singers Announce New Music Prize Winner and Online Performance
Washington National Cathedral, leading choral publisher Walton Music and Grammy-winning, British vocal ensemble The King’s Singers announce the 4 winning composers of their inaugural New Music Prize (for the US and Canada), as well as 4 honorable mentions and 11 commended compositions out of the staggering 347 submitted.
Using one of five texts chosen by The King’s Singers and historian, poet and leading choral lyricist Charles Anthony Silvestri, composers submitted an original choral piece into one of four categories. The winning composers each receive a cash prize, a premiere performance and recording of their work, and the opportunity to have their piece published by Walton Music. Due to the current pandemic, the planned live event in the National Cathedral has been re-shaped into a webcast featuring The King’s Singers (from the UK) and members of the Cathedral’s choirs conducted by Director of Music at Washington National Cathedral, Michael McCarthy. The event will feature a premiere performance of each of the new works woven within a wider program of glorious choral music.
The webcast performance is part of Washington National Cathedral’s Sacred Choral Music Online Festival, Sunday Feb 28th at 4pm ET. Tickets are $10, available through Washington National Cathedral’s website.
The winners were selected by an illustrious jury chaired by multi-award winning composer Gabriela Lena Frank, alongside Artistic Director Toronto Children’s Chorus, Elise Bradley MNZM; composer/arranger, Stacey V. Gibbs; The King’s Singers’ (bass), Jonathan Howard; former King’s Singer and educator, David Hurley; Director of Music, Washington National Cathedral, Canon Michael McCarthy; conductor, composer and Director of the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, Francisco Núñez and conductor, composer and Music Director of the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square, Dr. Mack Wilberg.
The New Music Prize performance is part of the National Cathedral’s Sacred Choral Music Festival: https://cathedral.org/sacredmusic/
--Amy Killian, Bucklesweet
Wu Man and The Knights Perform "Bits and Pieces"
World-renowned pipa virtuoso Wu Man joined musicians from The Knights and dancer Maile Okamura (formerly of the Mark Morris Dance Group) in a specially choreographed video performance of Bits and Pieces from Lou Harrison’s Concerto for Pipa and Strings—originally composed for Wu Man and premiered by her in 1997. “Bits and Pieces” is a four-part mini-suite that Harrison designated as the second movement of the concerto. The performance, co-produced by Art of Elan and The Knights, was filmed in San Diego and at the Harrison House, the late composer’s desert retreat near the border of Joshua Tree National Park.
Click here to watch via The Knights’ YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sk5nzNmlWog&feature=youtu.be
--Lisa Jaehnig, Shuman Associates
Sharon Isbin Highlights Include PBS Documentary Now Streaming
Sharon Isbin: Troubadour, winner of the coveted ASCAP Television Broadcast Award, can now be streamed for FREE on Amazon Prime, and is also available through Amazon for rent, download, or purchase on DVD and Blu-ray. The video includes the 1-hour award-winning film plus an additional 30 minutes of bonus performances and extra scenes not seen in the documentary.
This portrait of multiple GRAMMY-winning guitarist Sharon Isbin shows us a trailblazing performer and teacher who over the course of her career has broken through numerous barriers to rise to the top of a traditionally male-dominated field. Sharon Isbin: Troubadour, has been seen by millions on PBS and throughout the world.
For more information, visit http://www.sharonisbin.com/
--Genevieve Spielberg, Inc.
Montreal/New Musics Festival Goes “Beyond Borders”
The Société de musique contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ) outlines the 10th edition of its Montreal/New Musics festival (MNM), to be held from February 18 to 28, 2021. The MNM festival is reinventing itself to offer an unprecedented online sound odyssey with the theme Au-delà des frontières (Beyond Borders). MNM 2021 will stand out for the global aspect that webcast now offers, and through its programming, tinged with openness and discovery.
Thus for 10 days musical and artistic frontiers will open up to reveal new and unprecedented sounds with universal accents. "I have always wanted to program music without limits and without concessions. Right now, the re-opening of concert halls is still compromised, but we'll certainly be able to present online concerts that will go over and above musical limits!” says Walter Boudreau, the festival's Artistic Director, known for his willingness to go beyond conventional rules.
For complete information, visit http://smcq.qc.ca/
--France Gaignard, Publicist
Pianist Simone Dinnerstein Gives Virtual Concerts
Committed to continuing to reach audiences during these challenging times for live performance, Simone Dinnerstein announces two upcoming virtual performances presented by Duke Performances on January 30, 2021 and Meany Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Washington on February 12, 2021. Both of these intimate concerts were professionally filmed at Dinnerstein’s home in Brooklyn, NY.
Dinnerstein’s Duke Performances virtual concert will be available on demand for 72 hours beginning on January 30, 2021 at 8pm ET. General admission tickets are $10 per presentation and Duke Student tickets are available free of charge through the support of the Provost and the Vice Provost for the Arts at Duke University. The first half of Dinnerstein’s concert includes J.S. Bach’s “Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ,” BWV 639 (arranged by Busoni) and transcriptions by composer Richard Danielpour for Dinnerstein of J.S. Bach’s “Agnus Dei” from the Mass in B minor, and “Wenn Ich einmal soll scheiden” and “Epilogue Chorus: “Wir setzen, uns mit Tränen nieder,” from the St. Matthew Passion. She will perform the second half of her concert as a suite – Couperin’s Les Barricades Mystérieuses; Schumann’s Arabesque in C Major, Op. 18; Philip Glass’s Mad Rush; and Couperin’s Tic Toc Choc.
For complete information, visit https://www.simonedinnerstein.com/
--Christina Jensen, Jensen Artists
TheConcertHall.ca Continues its Ground-Breaking Season
During this unusual and unforgettable season, without in-person concerts, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) continues to offer extraordinary music and to build new audiences – all via its new virtual home, TheConcertHall.ca, presented by TELUS. The VSO’s musicians and guest artists are beautifully recorded in 360-degree views, using state-of-the-art audio and video technology, while following strict social distancing protocols. Highlights of the season on TheConcertHall.ca, since its launch in October 2020 – 13 concerts to date – include Bach with James Ehnes, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, holiday programming for families, and VSO Music Director Otto Tausk, leading music by Beethoven, Mussorgsky, and Sibelius, as well as contemporary works by Jennifer Butler, George Walker, and others.
The VSO celebrates the New Year and Mozart’s birthday with a Month of Mozart! The virtual mini-festival on TheConcertHall.ca features Mozart’s first and last symphonies, the Gran Partita for wind ensemble, as well as music influenced by Mozart from Mahler, Alfred Schnittke, Friedrich Gulda, and former VSO Composer-In-Residence Jocelyn Morlock.
All performances available for streaming in TheConcertHall.ca, the virtual home of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. 30-day passes for a Month of Mozart are available for only $15.99 CAD. Includes access to all previously released concerts as well as new releases.
Full information here: https://theconcerthall.ca/
--Shira Gilbert PR