Classical Music News of the Week, August 17, 2014

92nd Street Y Opening Night Concert: Christian Tetzlaff, Thursday, September 18, 7 PM

Mr. Tetzlaff will play Bach's complete sonatas and partitas for solo violin on Thursday, September 18, 7 p.m. at the 92Y - Kaufmann Concert Hall, New York City.

92nd Street Y's 2014-2015 season begins with German virtuoso Christian Tetzlaff playing Bach's complete sonatas and partitas for solo violin as part of the Distinguished Artists Series. Called "one of the most brilliant and inquisitive artists of the new generation" by The New York Times, Tetzlaff is one of only a few violinists to perform the full cycle in a single setting.

"By playing them as often as I have in this way, I have developed a greater sense of freedom and confidence. I'm not afraid of losing myself if I make some spontaneous decisions to do something differently. As long as I can stay in the proper frame of mind and feel secure, then I can take more risks and feel more liberated in my playing." --Christian Tetzlaff

For over 20 years, Mr. Tetzlaff has been in demand as a soloist with many of the world's leading orchestras and conductors. This season he performs in North America with the Boston Symphony, both in Boston and in Carnegie Hall, as well as re-engagements with the Cleveland Orchestra, Montreal, Seattle and Pittsburgh symphonies; appearances at Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival and Chicago's Grant Park Music Festival; and duo-recitals with Lars Vogt in Santa Fe, Berkeley, La Jolla and Santa Barbara. Internationally, Mr. Tetzlaff will be the Artist-in-Residence with the Berlin Philharmonic, appears with the Munich Philharmonic, London and Vienna symphonies, and is the featured soloist on tours with the Swedish Radio Orchestra in Europe and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen in Asia.

Tetzlaff's recent recordings include the complete Bach Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin for the Musical Heritage and Haenssler labels. Brahms' piano trios, with cellist Tanja Tetzlaff and pianist Lars Vogt, will be released in the spring of 2015, on the Ondine label. He last appeared at 92Y in 2013 as part of a three-concert series, entitled Contrasts.

Tickets: $25, 40, 57, 62, prices subject to change.
Tickets are available at or 212-415-5500.

--Ashlyn Damm, Kirshbaum Demler & Associates

Weill Hall, Mastercard Series Continues
Green Music Center, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, California.

Gipsy Kings: 25th Anniversary Tour with Special Guest Ole' Noys
Thursday, August 28, 7:30 p.m.

Bill Maher: Live Stand-Up Tour
Saturday, August 30, 7:30 p.m.

Elvis Costello and The Imposters
Wednesday, September 3, 7:30 p.m.

Gabriel Iglesias: Unity Through Laughter World Tour
Friday, September 5, 7:30 p.m.

Pepe Aguilar
Tuesday, September 9, 7:30 p.m.

An Acoustic Evening with Ben Harper
Saturday, September 13, 7:30 p.m.

Diana Ross: In the Name of Love Tour
Tuesday, September 23, 7:30 p.m.

Trace Adkins
Friday, September 26, 7:30 p.m.

For more informaton, visit

--Weill Hall, Sonoma State University

Tickets to National Philharmonic's 2014-2015 Season at Strathmore Are Now on Sale
2014-15 Season celebrates ten years at The Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane,
North Bethesda, MD 20852.

Tickets to the National Philharmonic's 2014-2014 season at Strathmore are now on sale. The Philharmonic's new season, led by Music Director and Conductor Piotr Gajewski, will celebrate the orchestra's 10th anniversary of performing at the beautiful Music Center at Strathmore. In early February, a special anniversary weekend kicks off with the annual all-Chopin recital by pianist Brain Ganz, now almost halfway through his quest to perform all of the works of this great Romantic composer, and concludes with a reprise of the Philharmonic's inaugural Strathmore concert from February 12, 2005, featuring Beethoven's epic Symphony No. 9 and Andreas Makris' Strathmore Overture.

During the 2014-15 season, many accomplished soloists will share the stage with the Philharmonic, including  superstar Chee-Yun performing the Sibelius Concerto for Violin; the 2009 Van Cliburn Gold Medalist, Chinese pianist Haochen Zhang, playing the "Mount Everest" of piano concertos—the Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 3; and premiere cellist Zuill Bailey playing Haydn's elegant Cello Concerto No. 2. In addition, cellist Summer Hu, who at age 11 was one of the first musicians to perform at Strathmore, joins pianist Brian Ganz, tenor Colin Eaton, baritone Norman Garrett and others for the Strathmore 10th anniversary concert on February 8.

The season also features Handel's Messiah, Bach's St. John Passion and Brandenburg Concertos, Mozart's moving Requiem and Jupiter Symphony and Tchaikovsky's romantic Variations on a Rococo Theme.

In its eleventh year of residency at the Music Center at Strathmore, the National Philharmonic is performing to nearly 50,000 people each year. The Philharmonic will continue its commitment to education and outreach by offering free concerts to every second grader in Montgomery County Public Schools, free pre-concert lectures, master classes with renowned guest soloists and high quality summer string and choral programs.

The success of the Philharmonic over the past 31 years is largely credited to its critically acclaimed performances that are filled with great, time-tested music and its family friendly approach. All young people age 7 to 17 attend National Philharmonic concerts free of charge through its unique ALL KIDS, ALL FREE, ALL THE TIME program.

Repeat Sunday matinee performances of the Philharmonic's most popular programs (six concerts in total in the 2014-15 season) will also be offered again this year. In addition, concertgoers can attend National Philharmonic's pre-concert lectures on featured composers and music 75 minutes before performances.

The 2014-2015 season will also feature performances by such great artists as pianist Christopher Taylor, violinist Justine Lamb-Budge and violist Victoria Chiang; sopranos Danielle Talamantes, Rosa Lamoreaux and Julie Keim; and mezzo-sopranos Magdalena Wór and Margaret Mezzacappa, among others. It will include music by Handel, Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff and Sibelius.

For the sixth year, National Philharmonic is offering its subscribers a flexible custom series. This allows subscribers to create their own packages and receive discounts of up to 25% on tickets, with the largest discounts provided to those who purchase seven or more concerts. Season and subscription information are available at or by calling 301-581-5100. Single tickets will be on sale in August 2014.

--Deborah Birnbaum, National Philharmonic

American Opera Projects Invites You to the World Premiere of As One
Music & Concept by Laura Kaminsky
Libretto by Mark Campbell & Kimberly Reed
Performed by Sasha Cooke & Kelly Markgraf & the Fry Street Quartet

September 4 & 6, 7:30 p.m.
September 7, 3:00 p.m.
BAM Fisher - Fishman Space
321 Ashland Place, Brooklyn, NY

In this chamber opera for two singers and string quartet, mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke and baritone Kelly Markgraf depict the experiences of its sole transgender protagonist, Hannah.
Scenic & Lighting Design by David Jacques | Costume Design by Sara Jean Tosetti
Music Direction by Steven Osgood
Stage Direction by Ken Cazan

Premiering at BAM, winner of this year's National Medal of Arts.

Run time: 80min
All tickets $25 at and in person at the BAM box office.

--Matthew Gray, AOP

Gerard Schwarz's All-Star Orchestra Emmy Award-Winning Classical Music Television Series Launches Second Season
TV Concert Series to Record New Episodes August 26th and 27th  at SUNY Purchase's Great Hall of the Performing Arts Center will feature soloists Anne Akiko Meyers and Lola Astanova.

"This project offers an amazing roster of accomplished musicians from America's leading orchestras, including many renowned principal players…the musicians bring vast, and palpable, experience to bear." --New York Times

This August 26-27, Maestro Gerard Schwarz's All-Star Orchestra will record the second season of its multi-Emmy Award-winning classical music television series, in the Great Hall of the Performing Arts Center in Purchase, NY. Intended for broadcast on public television stations nationwide in 2015, the All-Star Orchestra's four new episodes feature high-definition multi-camera recordings of favorite works by Rimsky-Korsakov and Richard Strauss, the World-Premiere of Samuel Jones's Violin Concerto with renowned soloist Anne Akiko Meyers, and Gershwin's beloved Rhapsody in Blue in the rarely heard original jazz-orchestra version with rising star pianist Lola Astanova. In addition to television broadcasts, more than 250 educational videos will be generated from these new performance recordings, as well as from newly created interviews, instrument demonstrations, work analyses, guest lectures, "Within the Orchestra" segments, and Musical Literacy tutorials. These will be featured on the Khan Academy and the All-Star Orchestra websites. The four new programs to be recorded this August will build upon the success of the first eight programs that have been broadcast nationwide in 2013-2014 in partnership with WNET/Thirteen in New York, and American Public Television.

For more information, visit

--Rebecca Davis, Universal Music

Schroeder Hall Opening Weekend
Experience the newest addition to the Green Music Center.

Schroeder Hall, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, California
Free Community Weekend
Saturday, August 23 - Sunday, August 24
Two Days of Music - All Admission is Free
Advance Tickets are Required

Grand opening weekend schedule:

Sonoma Bach Choir: Saturday, August 23, 11:00 a.m.

Sonoma State University Faculty Jazz Ensemble: Saturday, August 23, 2:00 p.m.

Jeffrey Kahane: Saturday, August 23, 4:00 p.m.

James David Christie: Saturday, August 23, 5:30 p.m.

David Benoit: Tribute to Charlie Brown: Saturday, August 23, 8:00 p.m.

Sonoma State University Studio Faculty Recital: Sunday, August 24, 11:00 a.m.

Trio Ariadne: Sunday, August 24, 1:00 p.m.

Student and Alumni Vocal Recital: Sunday, August 24, 3:00 p.m.

Trio Navarro: Sunday, August 24, 5:00 p.m.

A Brass, Organ, and Voice Recital: Sunday, August 24, 7:00 p.m.

For more information, visit

--Green Music Center, Sonoma State University

iTunes Premieres The Great Kat's ShredClassical Ringtones--Bring Beethoven, Bach, Paganini, and more to Your Phone
Customize your iPhone with thrilling ringtones from The Great Kat -- world's fastest guitar/violin virtuoso. And there's an android version coming soon.

The Great Kat ( and MVD Entertainment Group announced today that iTunes is today premiering ringtones from The Great Kat, legendary Juilliard grad violin virtuoso turned fastest guitar shredder in the world.

The Great Kat ringtones are available immediately on your iPhone, to download:
Go to the iTunes Store on your iPhone. Search for "Great Kat." Download your favorite Great Kat ShredClassical Ringtones, including:

Beethoven's "5th Symphony"
"The Flight of the Bumble-Bee"
Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons"
Paganini's "Caprice #24"
Rossini's "William Tell Overture"
Wagner's "The Ride of the Valkyries"
Bach's "Brandenburg Concerto #3," and much more.

More info available at:

--Karen Thomas PR

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Meet the Staff
John J. Puccio, Editor, Publisher, Reviewer

Understand, I'm just an everyday guy reacting to something I love. And I've been doing it for a very long time, my appreciation for classical music starting with the musical excerpts on The Big John and Sparkie radio show in the early Fifties and the purchase of my first recording, The 101 Strings Play the Classics, around 1956. In the late Sixties I began teaching high school English and Film Studies as well as becoming interested in hi-fi, my audio ambitions graduating me from a pair of AR-3 speakers to the Fulton J's recommended by The Stereophile's J. Gordon Holt. In the early Seventies, I began writing for a number of audio magazines, including Audio Excellence, Audio Forum, The Boston Audio Society Speaker, The American Record Guide, and from 1976 until 2008, The $ensible Sound, for which I served as Classical Music Editor.

Today, I'm retired from teaching and use a pair of bi-amped VMPS RM40s loudspeakers for my listening. In addition to writing the Classical Candor blog, I served as the Movie Review Editor for the Web site Movie Metropolis (formerly DVDTown) from 1997-2013. Music and movies. Life couldn't be better.
Karl W. Nehring, Contributing Reviewer

For more than 20 years I was the editor of The $ensible Sound magazine and a regular contributor to its classical review pages. I would not presume to present myself as some sort of expert on music, but I have a deep love for and appreciation of many types of music, "classical" especially, and have listened to thousands of recordings over the years, many of which still line the walls of my listening room (and occasionally spill onto the furniture and floor, much to the chagrin of my long-suffering wife). I have always taken the approach as a reviewer that what I am trying to do is simply to point out to readers that I have come across a recording that I have found of interest, a recording that I think they might appreciate my having pointed out to them. I suppose that sounds a bit simple-minded, but I know I appreciate reading reviews by others that do the same for me -- point out recordings that I think I might enjoy.

For readers who might be wondering about what kind of system I am using to do my listening, I should probably point out that I do a LOT of music listening and employ a variety of means to do so in a variety of environments, as I would imagine many music lovers also do. Starting at the more grandiose end of the scale, the system in which I do my most serious listening comprises an Onkyo C-7030 CD player, Legacy Audio StreamLine preamplifier, Legacy Audio PowerBloc2 amplifier, and a pair of Legacy Audio Focus SE speakers augmented by a Legacy Point One subwoofer. I also do a lot of listening while driving in my 2016 Acura RDX with its nice-sounding ELS Studio sound system through which I play CDs (the ones I especially like I rip to the Acura's hard drive so that I can listen to them whenever I want) or stream music through the system using my LG G7 ThinQ cell phone, which features surprisingly sophisticated audio circuitry. For more casual listening at home when I am not in my listening room, I often stream music through the phone into a Vizio soundbar system that has remarkably nice sound for such a diminutive physical presence. And finally, at the least grandiose end of the scale, I have an Ultimate Ears Wonderboom Bluetooth speaker for those occasions where I am somewhere by myself without a sound system but in desperate need of a musical fix. I just can't imagine life without music and I am humbly grateful for the technology that enables us to enjoy it in so many wonderful ways.
Bryan Geyer, Technical Analyst

I initially embraced classical music in 1954 when I mistuned my car radio and heard the Heifetz recording of Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto. That inspired me to board the new "hi-fi" DIY bandwagon. In 1957 I joined one of the pioneer semiconductor makers and spent the next 32 years marketing transistors and microcircuits to military contractors. Home audio DIY projects remained a personal passion until 1989 when we created our own new photography equipment company. I later (2012) revived my interest in two channel audio when we "downsized" our life and determined that mini-monitors + paired subwoofers were a great way to mate fine music with the space constraints of condo living.

Visitors that view my technical papers on this site may wonder why they appear here, rather than on a site that features audio equipment reviews. My reason is that I tried the latter, and prefer to publish for people who actually want to listen to music; not to equipment. My focus is in describing what's technically beneficial to assure that the sound of the system will accurately replicate the source input signal (i. e. exhibit high accuracy) without inordinate cost and complexity. Conversely, most of the audiophiles of today strive to achieve sound that's euphonic, i.e. be personally satisfying. In essence, audiophiles seek sound that's consistent with their desire; the music is simply a test signal.

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It is the goal of Classical Candor to promote the enjoyment of classical music. Other forms of music come and go--minuets, waltzes, ragtime, blues, jazz, bebop, country-western, rock-'n'-roll, heavy metal, rap, and the rest--but classical music has been around for hundreds of years and will continue to be around for hundreds more. It's no accident that every major city in the world has one or more symphony orchestras.

When I was young, I heard it said that only intellectuals could appreciate classical music, that it required dedicated concentration to appreciate. Nonsense. I'm no intellectual, and I've always loved classical music. Anyone who's ever seen and enjoyed Disney's Fantasia or a Looney Tunes cartoon playing Rossini's William Tell Overture or Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 can attest to the power and joy of classical music, and that's just about everybody.

So, if Classical Candor can expand one's awareness of classical music and bring more joy to one's life, more power to it. It's done its job. --John J. Puccio

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