Classical Music News of the Week, February 24, 2018

Two Encore Performances of Groundbreaking Production of Lagrime di San Pietro

An additional encore performance of the Los Angeles Master Chorale's critically-acclaimed production of Orlando di Lasso's Lagrime di San Pietro ("Tears of St. Peter") directed by Peter Sellars will be presented in Walt Disney Concert Hall on Saturday, March 17 at 8 PM. A performance on Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 7 PM as part of the Master Chorale's Gala 2018 was previously announced. Single tickets to both performances are available online from lamasterchorale.org, by calling the Box Office at 213-972-7282, or in person from the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion box office, Monday – Saturday, 10 AM to 6 PM.

The performances will be conducted by Grant Gershon, the Kiki and David Gindler Artistic Director, and feature 21 Master Chorale singers who perform the 75-minute, dramatically-staged work from memory. The Sunday night performance will be part of a gala evening honoring Los Angeles arts philanthropists Kiki and David Gindler for their leadership, and honoring Sellars for artistic vision.

Orlando di Lasso's Lagrime di San Pietro ("Tears of St. Peter")
Grant Gershon, conductor
Peter Sellars, director

Saturday, March 17, 8 PM
ListenUp! pre-concert talk at 7 PM

Sunday, March 18, 7 PM – Gala performance
For information about Gala events & tickets visit lamasterchorale.org.

Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA

Tickets to all concerts are available now, starting from $20. Information and tickets are available by calling 213-972-4355 or at lamasterchorale.org.

--Jennifer Scott, Los Angeles Master Chorale

Pinchas Zukerman Performs, Teaches, Receives Award
n May, the Music Institute of Chicago welcomes acclaimed violinist, violist, conductor, and educator Pinchas Zukerman to perform, conduct a master class, and receive the Music Institute's Dushkin Award at its 2018 Anniversary Gala.

Concluding the Music Institute's 2017–18 Faculty & Guest Artist Series, the Zukerman Trio—violinist Pinchas Zukerman, cellist Amanda Forsyth, and pianist Angela Cheng—performs a concert May 20 at 3 p.m. at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, Illinois. The program features Beethoven's Piano Trio in B-flat, WoO 39 "Allegretto"; Shostakovich's Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor; and Dvorák's Piano Trio in E minor, Op. 90 "Dumky." Officially launching in 2013, the Trio has performed in Japan, China, Australia, Spain, Italy, France, Hungary, South Africa, Istanbul, and Russia, and throughout the United States.

For more information, visit musicinst.org

--Jill Chukerman, Music Institute of Chicago

Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen to be featured in New Year's Eve Concert
A special event titled "A Baroque New Year's Eve at the Opera" will be presented by American Bach Soloists (ABS) in San Francisco's beautiful Herbst Theatre — a cornerstone and jewel among the city's most prestigious venues — and will feature one of the opera world's exciting new vocal talents, countertenor Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen. The 2017 Metropolitan Opera National Young Artists Award Winner, former Merola Opera Program participant, 2018 San Francisco Opera Adler Fellow, and ABS Academy alumnus has been capturing the hearts of opera lovers around the world.

One Performance Only:
Monday December 31 2018 4:00 p.m. • Herbst Theater, San Francisco, CA
Tickets on sale in March 2018

For complete information, visit americanbach.org

--Jonathon Hampton, American Bach Soloists

Violinist Lisa Batiashvili Performs with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra at Carnegie Hall
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra presents The Courage to Create on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 7pm in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall, featuring internationally-acclaimed Georgian violinist Lisa Batiashvili in her Orpheus debut. Batiashvili is highlighted in Prokofiev's elegant Second Violin Concerto, a work steeped in the crosscurrents between Russia and the West. The evening also includes the Entr'acte No. 1 to Schubert's Rosamunde, Prokofiev's Schubert Waltzes Suite arranged by Paul Chihara, and Schubert's Symphony No. 8 in B Minor "Unfinished."

The program will first be performed on Friday, March 23, 2018 at 8pm at The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College in Purchase, NY.

Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 7pm
Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Lisa Batiashvili, violin

Single tickets for the March 24 performance, priced from $12.50 to $115, are available for purchase at the Carnegie Hall box office at 57th and 7th, can be charged to major credit cards by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800, or by visiting the Carnegie Hall Web site at carnegiehall.org.

For more information about Orpheus, call 212.896.1700 or visit www.OrpheusNYC.org.

--Katy Salomon, Morahan Arts and Media

Violinist Tessa Lark Awarded Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship
The Borletti-Buitoni Trust announced today that violinist Tessa Lark is a recipient of the coveted Borletti-Buitoni 2018 Fellowship. Ms. Lark adds this recognition to her growing stack of impressive awards, which include an Avery Fisher Career Grant and medals at the Naumburg International Violin Competition and the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis.

The BBT Fellowship puts Ms. Lark in the elite company of prior BBT recipients including Jonathan Biss, Martin Fröst, Sol Gabetta and Augustin Hadelich. Of the £20,000 award, Ms. Lark says, "I am so excited to receive this prestigious Fellowship and to be included among the list of incredible musicians who are part of the BBT family. The BBTrust is unique and extraordinary in its encouragement of creative individuality of its artists."

Tessa Lark is the only American among the 15 exceptional young musicians from around the world who join BBT's roster of Award and Fellowship winners in 2018. Awards of £30,000 and Fellowships of £20,000 are provided for the advancement of their musical careers across a broad range of projects and requirements. The BBT team offers generous support, networking opportunities, and counsel to help the artists realize their long-held ambitions.

--Classical Music Communications

Teatro Nuovo Announces Its Inaugural Bel Canto Festival
Teatro Nuovo, the new organization led by Will Crutchfield, is proud to announce its inaugural Bel Canto Festival, "The Dawn of Romantic Opera," at Purchase College, July 28-August 5 2018, in collaboration with The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College, 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY.

The Festival will present semi-staged productions of Rossini's Tancredi, Mayr's Medea in Corinto, two operas premiered in 1813; one by a mature master and the other by a budding genius, both pointing the way for opera's Romantic century. The Festival will also include a second version of the Rossini score, Tancredi rifatto, incorporating extensive music that the composer wrote for later revivals. Teatro Nuovo will also introduce a radical new adventure with early 19th-century performing style and period orchestral instruments.

Further information about Teatro Nuovo, the training program, and the organization's personnel and other plans can be found at www.teatronuovo.org.

--Andrew Ousley, Unison Media

Musica Viva NY Presents "Infinite Hope"
Musica Viva NY presents "Infinite Hope," commemorating the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s untimely death and celebrating his life and legacy.

Sunday, April 8, 2018 at 5:00 p.m., All Souls Church, 1157 Lexington Avenue (at 80th Street), New York, NY 10075.

The concert features the Musica Viva NY Choir—led by Artistic Director Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez and accompanied by the award-winning Aeolus Quartet and pianist Trent Johnson—in Alice Parker's A Sermon From the Mountain: Martin Luther King, which pays tribute to Dr. King, and is inspired by the Biblical verses frequently quoted by him and the spirituals which use these texts. Baritone James Dargan is spotlighted in Alice Parker's work, which includes narration by David Rockefeller, Jr. Additional featured soloists include soprano Devony Smith, alto Barbara Fusco, and tenor Shawn Bartels.

The program also features beloved spirituals including "Precious Lord," "Take My Hand," "Elijah Rock," and "There is a Balm in Gilead," arranged by Moses Hogan, William L. Dawson, and Arnold Sevier. The Aeolus Quartet performs Dvorák's String Quartet in F Major, Op. 96, "American," which is interspersed with the spirituals.

Tickets, priced at $40, are available by visiting musicaviva.org/tickets or can be purchased at the door.

--Katlyn Morahan, Morahan Arts and Media

Young People's Chorus of NYC Celebrates 30th Anniversary
The Young People's Chorus of New York City (YPC) and Artistic Director/Founder Francisco J. Núñez celebrate the chorus' 30th anniversary in its 2018 Annual Benefit Concert, to be held at Jazz at NYC's Lincoln Center on Monday, March 5, at 7:00 p.m.

This year's musical guests are Tony Award-winning, Broadway songwriting duo Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, whose works for the stage include Anastasia and Once On This Island; singer and actress Jenn Colella, currently starring in Broadway's Come From Away; singer/actor Jordan Donica, whose roles include Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson in the national tour of Hamilton; and classical baritone Lester Lynch, who has performed at Teatro alla Scala, Covent Garden, and with the San Francisco Opera, among other companies.

To purchase concert-only sponsorship tickets or to attend the entire benefit evening, visit ypc.org/gala-form-2018 or email ypcgala@ypc.org.

--Shuman Associates

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra Announces 2018-19 Season
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale announces its 2018/19 season--"Transcendence." In its 38th year, PBO will continue to take its signature brand of historically-informed performance to the next level with its subscription season, alternative concert series PBO SESSIONS, Juilliard partnership and its national tour schedule.

Philharmonia's 2018/19 season promises an eclectic array of music and experiences, including sacred vocal works by Bach, Mozart, and Pärt, virtuosic concerti by Vivaldi and Clement, and Handel at his dramatic heights.

Single tickets for the 2018/19 Season will go on sale with City Box Office on August 1, 2018. Subscription details can be found online at philharmonia.org/subscribe.

--Dianne Provenzano, PBO

Concerts at Saint Thomas Presents Conductor Stephen Darlington and The Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford
Concerts at Saint Thomas presents acclaimed conductor Stephen Darlington and The Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, for an evening of British choral masterpieces at Saint Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, on April 6.

The choir will perform works by Handel, Purcell, Byrd (including his haunting Mass for Four Voices), and more as a part of Stephen Darlington's farewell tour after more than 40 years of association with Christ Church.

For complete information, visit https://www.chchchoir.org/

--Andrew Ousley, Unison 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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