Classical Music News of the Week, July 30, 2016

Fort Worth Opera Turns Up The Heat For It's 57th Annual Opera Ball with "Una Noche de Estrellas" (Night Of Stars)

Fort Worth Opera invites art and culture enthusiasts to "Una Noche de Estrellas" (Night Of Stars) at the 57th annual Fort Worth Opera Ball, held at Ridglea Country Club on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 6:30pm. This exclusive evening will kick off FWOpera's newest initiative, "Noches de Ópera," a four-year programmatic campaign with the goal of further strengthening Latino community ties. Destined to be the fall's most unforgettable event, "Una Noche de Estrellas" will celebrate the Latino culture and it's relationship with traditional opera. FWOpera's Annual Ball is the company's most financially impactful fundraiser with the proceeds directly benefitting the organization's statewide arts outreach programs and the Fort Worth Opera Festival.

The evening will feature live performances from mariachi's and ballet folklórico dancers, along with an upscale silent auction, that will include glamorous offerings from around the country and across our great city. "Una Noche de Estrellas" guests will enjoy specially crafted drinks during a spiced-up cocktail-hour before heading south-of-the-border for a themed, three-course dinner. At 9:00pm, the colorful after party begins where guests can taste-test an array of tequilas, and indulge in casino gaming, and enjoy an energetic dance party featuring Fort Worth's hottest entertainer's Trey and the Tritones.

"Una Noche de Estrellas" will welcome the city's most vibrant young professionals to the after party festivities. Tickets for the after party alone are just $75 a piece and include the open-bar, gaming, and dancing.

Event details:
Saturday, September 17, 2016
Ridglea Country Club
3700 Bernie Anderson Avenue, Fort Worth, TX 76102

6:30pm Cocktail Reception, Champagne and Wine Pull, Silent Auction
8:00pm Mexican Themed Dinner
9:00pm Casino gaming and dancing, Young Professionals after Party

Individual tickets for this once-a-year experience are $375 per person. Tables and sponsorships are available upon request. For more information and to purchase tickets to "Una Noche de Estrellas," or just to attend the after party, visit, contact Emily at, or call 817.288.1214.

--Ryan Lathan, Fort Worth Opera

unCLASSIFIED to Become a Curator on Apple Music
Apple Music has announced that classical genre playlisting brand unCLASSIFIED ( has been made a curator on their streaming platform. Starting today, Apple Music subscribers will be able to access unCLASSIFIED's expertly curated content on the service along with exclusive playlists that will only be available on Apple Music. unCLASSIFIED will also be working with Apple Music to make tracks available for certain recordings before release date.

Naxos of America CEO, Jeff Van Driel, commented, "We are excited to be the first classical music focused playlist brand to be invited to be an Apple Music curator.  Our focused content creation and knowledge of classical music recordings paired with the reach of the world's most pioneering and recognizable brands results in an unmatchable listening experience for classical music lovers."

Followers of the unCLASSIFIED profile on Apple Music will be able to find exclusive content and playlists based on mood or activity. unCLASSIFIED will also work with artists who will curate playlists of their favourite or most inspirational music as well as classical music aficionados and tastemakers to help bring deeper catalogue to a larger audience.

For more information about unCLASSIFIED, please contact Katie Ferguson, General Manager, at

--Kelly Voigt, Naxos of America

Elisabeth Lohninger & Walter Fischbacher Duo Zinc Bar Monday, August 29
For more than 20 years Elisabeth Lohninger and Walter Fischbacher have been making music together. Living in New York. Touring in Europe, Japan, the Middle East. A plethora of projects and albums lie between their first duo album, "Austrian LiedGood", and their latest release, also a duo CD with the title "Ballads in Blue." In between the two of them explored diverse musical avenues, wrote music for other projects, came into their own as artists. Now they step out again as a duo, a suitcase filled with a wide variety of musical influences and revelations in tow. This is the backdrop for an atmospheric, intimate and colorful arc that tells the story of two people who went out into the world to find themselves and each other. Poetry, passion and groove.

Elisabeth Lohninger & Walter Fischbacher Duo
Monday, August 29th, 7pm (2 sets)
Zinc Bar
82 W 3rd St, New York, NY 10012
(212) 477-9462
Cover: $10

--Jim Eigo, Jazz Promo Services

National Philharmonic Fosters Musicians Through 2016 Summer String Institutes
This summer, the National Philharmonic will teach and coach some of the area's most promising young musicians at its summer String Institutes. The institutes, for middle/high school string players, nurture young talent and teach musical skills and techniques while preparing the participants for a performance.

The Summer String Institutes (High School String Institute, August 1-5, 2015; Middle School String Institute, August 8-12, 2015, Trinity Lutheran Church, 11200 Old Georgetown Road, North Bethesda, MD) immerse talented middle school and high school string musicians in an intensive week of mentoring, chamber music coaching, individual lessons and rehearsals by conductors and musicians of the Philharmonic and other well-known music pedagogues. The High School String Institute, which has been cited by The Washington Post as a "precise and elegant ensemble,"  will be led by National Philharmonic Music Director & Conductor Piotr Gajewski; the Middle School Institute by Philharmonic Associate Conductor Victoria Gau.

The High School String Institute will study and perform Mozart's Divertimento in Bb Major, K. 137; Telemann's Concerto for Viola in G Major; Elgar's Serenade for Strings and Arthur Foote's Suite in E Major. The Middle School Institute will study and perform Handel's Concerto Grosso,
Op. 6 No. 1; Percy Grainger's Molly on the Shore; Penderecki's Three Pieces in the Olden Style; and Michael McLean's Fandango.

This year marks the 18th anniversary of the High School String Institute and the 17th year of the Middle School String Institute. The High School String Institute will culminate in a free public performance at the Trinity Lutheran Church, 11200 Old Georgetown Road, North Bethesda, MD, 20852 on Friday, August 5 at 7:30 pm and on Friday, August 12 at 7:30 pm for the middle school session.

For more information on the Summer String Institutes, please visit

--Deborah Birnbaum, National Philharmonic

Composer Nimrod Borenstein's Star on the Rise, with Seven Premieres
There are certain artists in our classical music world who may not be the most famous but, almost without anyone noticing, they become increasingly in demand until it feels that they have always been there, and their names are greeted with a friendly smile of recognition. The composer Nimrod Borenstein is surely on this road.

Following the breakthrough successes of his collaborations with Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Philharmonia, and more recently his ballet score Suspended, premiered at London's Royal Opera House last year, since booked for more than 100 performances worldwide and recorded by Das Freie Orchester Berlin for the Solaire label, there are no fewer than four world premieres and three local premieres lined up over these months. They encompass cities as far-flung as Montreal and Taipei, and leading artists such as Roberto Prosseda and Michel Supéra.

Between 1st July and the end of November 2016, world premieres of Nimrod's works include
Half Moon Étude, opus 66 No 2
Date: 9th August 2016

Concerto for trumpet, piano and string orchestra, opus 74
Date: 28th October 2016

Songs Without Words, opus 75 -  No. 1, 'The Dream'
Date: 14th November 2016

Concerto for Alto Saxophone and string orchestra, opus 70a (World premiere)
Date: 18th November 2016

Reminiscences of Childhood, opus 54 for piano solo (Brazil premiere)
Date: 13th July 2016

Suspended, opus 69 (Canada premiere)
Dates: 14th - 17th July 2016

Suspended, opus 69 (Taiwan premiere)
Date: 30th September 2016

For more information, visit

--James Inverne Music Consultancy

Coming Soon to Green Music Center: "Weird Al" Yankovic, Los Tigres del Norte, and More
"Weird Al" Yankovic: The Mandatory World Tour
Sat, Jul 30 at 7:30pm. Gates Open at 5:30pm

The biggest-selling comedy recording artist in  history – "Weird Al" Yankovic now in his fourth career decade, has received countless  accolades for classics like "Eat It" and "Fat." Al's  latest album Mandatory Fun became the first  comedy album to ever debut at #1 on the  Billboard Top 200.

Los Tigres Del Norte, with Special Guest Paul Rodriguez
Fri, Aug 5 at 7:30pm. Gates Open at 5:30pm

With over 37 million albums sold, 22 #1 albums  and over 50 #1 singles, Los Tigres Del Norte are  the undisputed masters of Regional Mexican Music. Come be part of the movement as the  frequently proclaimed "voice of the people" continue to blaze new trails in Latin music.

Lindsay Stirling: Summer Tour 2016

Thu, Aug 11 at 7:30pm, Weill Hall + Lawn. Gates Open 5:30pm

A revolution unto herself, this chart-topping violinist lives in a world of  electronic beats, dance music and classical violin. Follow this rave fairy into a  world of her own creation – and wait for the rest of the world to catch up.

For more information, visit

--Green Music Center

American Bach Soloists Festival 2016
An Italian Journey
August 5-14 2016

Festival Concert Schedule:
Carmelite Vespers & Vivaldi's Gloria
Friday, August 5, 8PM
St. Mark's Lutheran Church 1111 O'Farrell at Franklin, San Francisco

Postcards from The Grand Tour
Saturday, August 6 8PM
St. Mark's Lutheran Church 1111 O'Farrell at Franklin

Bach's Mass in B Minor
Sunday, August 7, 7PM
St. Mark's Lutheran Church 1111 O'Farrell at Franklin
best seats
Sunday, August 14 2PM
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Handel's Parnasso in festa
American premiere performances
Thursday, August 11, 8PM
San Francisco Conservatory of Music 50 Oak Street
Friday, August 12, 8PM
San Francisco Conservatory of Music 50 Oak Street
Virtuosi of Venice & Rome
Saturday, August 13, 8PM
San Francisco Conservatory of Music

For complete information, visit

--American Bach Soloists

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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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