Classical Music News of the Week, February 10, 2018

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Announces 2018-2019 Season

Now in its 46th year of innovative concerts in New York, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra announced programming for its 2018-19 season, driven by the concept of "Now Hear This," canonical repertoire "reimagined" in the context of here and now. Orpheus reimagines the past, present, and future of the chamber orchestra with three concerts presented in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall and two concerts presented by the 92nd Street Y.

Orpheus is joined this season by an illustrious group of international soloists including pianists Nobuyuki Tsujii and Javier Perianes and the Avi Avital and Ksenija Sidorova Duo at Carnegie Hall, as well as cellist Steven Isserlis and harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani at 92nd Street Y. As part of Orpheus' ongoing American Notes commissioning initiative, two new pieces — Benjamin Wallfisch's Concerto for Mandolin and Accordion and a work by James Matheson — receive their world premieres next season.

Artistic Director James Wilson articulates, "I'm excited and proud to see Orpheus so dramatically expand its musical impact throughout our hometown of New York. It's a testament to the flexibility of our wonderful ensemble that in one season we can bring our acclaimed artistry and skill to the renowned Carnegie Hall, the innovative and creative stage at the 92nd Street Y, and the intimate showroom at Tarisio Fine Instruments & Bows. The inclusion of these venues has inspired us to stretch our wings musically and offer a season of impressive variety and excitement."

Orpheus kicks off its 2018-19 season on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall with "Gentle Giants," featuring 2009 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition-winning Japanese pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii in Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 21. The program also explores the spiritual ecstasy of Arvo Pärt's Fratres and the sensitive artistry of Tchaikovsky's String Quartet No. 1 in D Major, Op. 11, arranged and reimagined for string orchestra by Christopher Theofanidis.

For complete programming information, visit http://orpheusnyc.org/

Subscriptions for the 2018-19 season are available at orpheusnyc.org or by calling (212) 896-1704 beginning January 22, 2018. Single tickets for Carnegie Hall concerts can be purchased at carnegiehall.org or by calling CarnegieCharge at (212) 247-7800, beginning mid-August. 92Y single tickets can be purchased at 92Y.org or by calling (212) 415-5500.

--Katy Salomon, Morahan Arts and Media

March at 92Y
Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 8 PM
92Y – Kaufmann Concert Hall, NYC
Inon Barnatan, piano

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 7:30 PM
92Y – Kaufmann Concert Hall, NYC
Bach Odyssey V; Angela Hewitt, piano

 Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 8 PM
92Y – Kaufmann Concert Hall, NYC
Brazilian Guitar Quartet - 20th anniversary concert

Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 3 PM
92Y – Kaufmann Concert Hall, NYC
Bach Odyssey VI; Angela Hewitt, piano

For more information about 92nd Street Y, visit www.92y.org

--Hannah Goldshlack-Wolf, Kirshbaum Associates

Saratoga Performing Arts Center Announces 2018 Classical Season
The Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC, Saratoga Springs, New York) will welcome home resident companies -- New York City Ballet, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center -- and bring the National Ballet of Cuba for its first-ever Capital Region appearance in a vibrant, eclectic 2018 line-up that integrates great works of the classical repertoire with artist debuts and SPAC premieres.

For complete information, visit https://spac.org/

--Rebecca Davis Public Relations

Fiat Lux: Let There Be Light
A mini-series of two early music concerts celebrating the origins of the Scientific Revolution in Italy.

Concert I
Perpetual Motion: Galileo and his Revolutions
Music of Caccini, Cavalli, Monteverdi, and Purcell
The Galileo's Daughters Ensemble
Sunday, March 4th 4:00pm
The Bernie Wohl Center Theater
647 Columbus Avenue, NYC

Concert II
I Viaggi di Caravaggio: Voyages in Musical Chiaroscuro
Music of Ferrari, Kapsberger, Laurencini, Mazzocchi, Merula, Rigatti, & Sances
Jessica Gould, soprano & Diego Cantalupi, theorbo
Wednesday, March 7th, 8:00PM
The Fabbri Library of the House of the Redeemer
7 East 95th Street, NYC

For more information, visit http://www.salonsanctuary.org/201782112018season.html

--Salon/Sanctuary Concerts

Free Stream of AOP's Harriet Tubman Opera
"When I first contacted American Opera Projects in 2010, I was already an orchestral composer, and was working on what would become my first opera, Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed that Line to Freedom. The opera tells the actual story of the American icon through a mosaic of African-American musical styles including gospel, jazz, ragtime, spirituals, call and response, and juba dance.

AOP worked with me to develop Harriet Tubman over the next three years, workshopping excerpts to gain audience feedback and then premiering the full production. Since the AOP premiere, they have helped me develop two more operas as well as helping me promote Harriet Tubman to other companies.

Eight years later, I'm thrilled to still be part of the AOP family that supports my music, and also the music of countless other composers over its 30-year history. As you enjoy the stream of Harriet Tubman in February, I hope you will support AOP in its mission to bring more groundbreaking operas to light."

Celebrate Black History Month!
Nkeiru Okoye, composer

To watch the opera, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXhVfF25_XU&list=PLjbmxRatK2iMKxHcZLfyFulNtt4b_MGRZ

--American Opera Projects

Richard Egarr Leads Jam Session with PBO
Acclaimed scholar, conductor and virtuoso keyboardist Richard Egarr from the UK's Academy of Ancient Music joins forces with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale in March to lead the Orchestra through a self-conceived program of concerti grossi by composers Corelli and Handel while taking a turn on the organ.

PBO's March program, titled by Egarr "Corelli the Godfather," has Egarr leading from the organ in a program featuring concerti grossi with PBO musicians taking turns in the spotlight. Egarr will illuminate the influence that Corelli had on Handel who studied and stole from Corelli over his lifetime.

Thursday March 8, 8 pm
Herbst Theatre, San Francisco, CA

Friday March 9, 7:30 pm
Bing Concert Hall, Stanford, CA (at capacity)

Saturday March 10, 8 pm
First Congregational Church, Berkeley, CA

Sunday March 11, 4 pm
First Congregational Church, Berkeley, CA

Tickets range from $28 to $125 and are available at City Box Office 415-392-4400 or at cityboxoffice.com.

--Dianne Provenzano, PBO

Call for Scores
PARMA Recordings is on the march again in 2018 and now accepting score submissions for:
Music for string quartet with the Altius Quartet in Boulder CO, USA
Guitar and cello concerti with the Zagreb Philharmonic and Croatian Chamber Orchestra in Zagreb, Croatia
Music for choir with Vox Futura in Boston MA, USA

Selected scores will be recorded and commercially released by PARMA. Submitter is responsible for securing funds associated with the production and retains all ownership of the master and underlying composition.

If selected, submissions will be considered for live performance. There is no cost associated with this. Scores from previous calls will receive performances this year in Poland, Russia, Croatia, Austria, Czech Republic, the United States, and more.

Submit scores here: http://www.parmarecordings.com/contact-us.html#projsubform

For complete information, visit http://parmarecordings.com/

--PARMA Recordings

March 2018 at the Green Music Center: Anne-Sophie Mutter, Ralph Nader, and More
Sonoma State University's Green Music Center continues its 2017–18 season with a variety of performances in both the stunning 1,400-seat Weill Hall and the intimate 240-seat Schroeder Hall.

The month of March begins with the gifted violinist Anee-Sopie Mutter (March 2). Several days later, the programming switches gears when Weill Hall welcomes Ralph Nader (March 5) as part of the H. Andrea Neves and Barton Evans Social Justice Lecture Series. Bringing the art of Taiko all the way from Japan, the Yamato Drummer come to the Green Music Center (March 16). Musical virtuosos Jennifer Koh and Shai Wosner present the third set in their "Bridge to Beethoven" series, featuring works by Beethoven and Andrew Norman (March 17).  The first Schroeder Hall show of the month features an afternoon of music performed by the exceptional Stanford University organist Robert Huw Morgan (March 18).

Later in the month, the Green Music Center presents the Israeli Chamber Project (March 24), an ensemble celebrating their 10th anniversary this season. Acclaimed pianist Charles Richar-Hamelin will take to Schroder Hall's stage (March 25). To end the month, Musician from the Valley of the Moon Music Festival will perform their second installation with "Benvenue Fortepiano Trio – The Little Orchestra" (March 31).

Green Music Center, Sonoma State University, 1801 E Cotati, Rohnert Park, CA

Tickets are available. Call 1.866.955.6040 or visit gmc.sonoma.edu.

--Kathryn Stewart, Green Music Center

Bravo! Vail 2018 Season Announcement
The Bravo! Vail Music Festival (Vail, Colorado) announces its 31st season, runing from June 21 to August 2, 2018. This season features new and exciting debuts, first-time collaborations and unexpected performances, innovative and thought-provoking programming, concerts that showcase the orchestral power of four internationally-renowned ensembles, free concerts that further solidify the Festival's ongoing commitment to its community and music education, and the welcome return of many of today's leading artists. Bravo! Vail's 31st season hosts a wide-array of highlights, including:

The return of longtime resident ensembles the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic as well as the third-annual residency of the London-based chamber orchestra the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, led by violinist and Music Director Joshua Bell.

A new and exciting collaboration with the Asphalt Orchestra with surprise performances in and around Vail and on the Bravo! Vail After Dark series.

The world premiere of a timely and provocative musical commentary by Gabriella Smith commissioned by Bravo! Vail, featuring a collaboration between the dynamic vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth and the Dover String Quartet. Presentations of Pulitzer Prize-winning works by David Lang and Caroline Shaw that speak to the innovative nature of this season's programming.

Both of Ravel's piano concertos are presented this season, his Piano Concerto in G with pianist Hélène Grimaud and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and his Piano Concerto for the Left Hand performed by the New York Philharmonic featuring pianist Louis Lortie in his Bravo! Vail Debut.

A celebration of Leonard Bernstein in honor of his centennial by the New York Philharmonic, showcasing his Chichester Psalms.

The debuts of several exciting guest artists, including the young prize-winning accordion player Hanzhi Wang.

A super-charged program with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra shining a passionate spotlight on Tango with soprano Camille Zamora, award-winning Argentinian dancers Patricio Touceda and Eva Lucero, and bandoneón player Hector Del Curto.

The Festival will also offer 25 free concerts offered throughout the season, including two programs that feature a new collaboration with Magic Circle Mime Company. And much, much more....

For more information about Bravo! Vail, visit bravovail.org or call 970.827.5700.

To purchase tickets, email ticketing@bravovail.org, buy online at bravovail.org, or call the Box Office at 877.812.5700.

--Amanda Sweet, BuckleSweet Media

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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.

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