Classical Music News of the Week, April 6, 2019

Australian Chamber Orchestra and Paul Lewis, Piano

Princeton University Concerts will pay tribute to its long history of presenting many of the world's greatest orchestras during the series' 125th anniversary series: on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 8PM, the Australian Chamber Orchestra will perform at Richardson Auditorium (Alexander Hall), Princeton University, NJ, directed by Richard Tognetti and joined by PUC veteran pianist Paul Lewis. The visceral, explosive energy the 18-player orchestra generates as an ensemble pushes the boundaries of chamber music, especially in as diverse a program as a brand-new Concerto Grosso by American composer Samuel Adams paired with Mozart's evergreen "Elvira Madigan" Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K. 467 as well as an arrangement of Brahms's String Sextet in G Major, Op. 36. At 7PM, Princeton University Concerts Director Marna Seltzer will announce the series' exciting 2019-20 season in a pre-concert event free to all concert ticket-holders.

Paul Lewis will also present the final Live Music Meditation of the 2018-19 season at 12:30PM on April 11, guided by Princeton University Associate Dean of Religious Life Matthew Weiner, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. This is a FREE and unticketed opportunity to experience world-class music on an incredibly personal and visceral level while meditating to live music performed by the pianist.

Concert tickets are $10-$55, available online at, by phone at 609-258-9220, or in person two hours prior to the concert at the Richardson Auditorium Box Office.

For more information, visit

--Dasha Koltunyuk, Princeton University Concerts

Foundation to Assist Young Musicians, April 2019 Newsletter
President's Message:
On March 6th, Touro University had a talent night, and all the proceeds were to the benefit of our Foundation. It was a fun night; we had the opportunity to enjoy the talent of many university students and at the same, time they enjoyed the talent of our Mariachi Estrellas de FAYM. They were selected  to close the event, and to our happiness, our kids received a standing ovation. It was a success!

Thank you Touro University for the invite and for selecting our Foundation.

Claudia Rivera, Board President

Spring Recital:
Recently we had our Spring Recital. We enjoyed the talent of our students and saw how proud they felt with the progress they made. We had the pleasure to present to Mr. Hal Weller a certificate from the District Representative for Nevada State Dina Titus as acknowledgment for all the work he has done in benefit of the kids through the years.

We also recognized Mrs. Mayra Aguirre for 6 years of dedication and support to our foundation. Lastly, but no less important, we want to recognize the parents who supported and helped us to make  this recital a very successful event.

Amazon Smile and FAYM:
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Find out more at, and select FAYM. Please join The Family of FAYM today.
You can donate directly online or by mailing your check to: FAYM: PO Box 1993; Las Vegas, NV 89125-1993. Share your love of music with a deserving youngster. You'll be glad you did! (All Contributions are Tax Deductible.)

For more information, visit

--Claudia Rivera, Board President, FAYM

Schwalbe Artists in April
Michael Schade
Schubert: Die schöne Mullerin
April 26
Stichting Grote Zangers
April 21
Strauss,R: Lieder
European Union Youth Orchestra
April 7

William Berger
Handel: Berenice, HWV 38
Royal Opera House
April 7

Hadleigh Adams
Sondheim: A Little Night Music
Nederlands ReisOper
April 6, 7, 9

Douglas Williams
Mozart: Idomeneo
Opera Atelier
April 7, 12, 13

Laura Strickling
Daniel Felsenfeld: To Clara (World Premiere)
Brooklyn Art Song Society
April 5

Juliana Hall: Sentiment (World Premiere)
Britten: Selections from On This Island
Calliope's Call
April 27, 28

Paul Agnew
Rameau: Platée
Dresden Semperoper
April 11, 16, 23, 29

Daniel Taylor
Works by Handel and Venetian masters
Musica Angelica
April 6, 7

Eric Jurenas
Handel: Rinaldo, HWV7
Ensemble Matheus
April 6, 7, 23, 27

Handel: Poro, re dell'Indie, HWV 28
Komische Oper Berlin
April 13, 20

Alexander Dobson
Rossini: Le Comte Ory
Edmonton Opera
April 6, 7, 9, 12

Meg Bragle
Bach: "Ich habe genug"
Vivaldi: Vos invito for alto, strings & b.c. (RV 811)
Bach: Mass in B minor
"Et incarnatus est"
Minnesota Bach Ensemble
April 6, 8

Pergolesi: Stabat Mater
Santa Fe Pro Musica
April 18, 19, 20

Nicholas McGegan
Handel: Saul, HWV 53
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
April 6, 7, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14

Bach: St. Matthew Passion
RTÉ  National Symphony Orchestra
April 19

All-Vivaldi program
Detroit Symphony Orchestra
April 25, 26, 27

Gil Rose
John Harbison 80th Birthday Celebration
Boston Modern Orchestra Project
April 24

Benjamin Butterfield
Bach: St. Matthew Passion
April 7

King's College Chapel Choir
Victoria Philharmonic Choir
April 20

Mozart: Requiem, K626
The Bach Choir of Bethlehem
April 12, 13

Patrick Dupre Quigley
Latin American Baroque
Seraphic Fire
April 11, 12, 13, 14

Thomas Cooley
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9
Atlanta Symphony
April 11, 13, 14

Mozart: Requiem, K626
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
April 27, 28

Matthew Halls
Strauss, R.: Till Eulenspiegel
Piazzola: Serie del angel
Rachmaninoff.: Symphonic Dances
Tulsa Symphony
April 13

Stephen Stubbs
Handel: Rodelinda
University of North Carolina School of the Arts
April 16, 18, 20

Anne Manson
Britten: Simple Symphony, Op. 4
Ravel: Piano concerto in G Major
Dvorák: String Quartet No. 12 in F major, op. 96, "American"
Manitoba Chamber Orchestra
April 24

Mary Phillips
Wagner: Die Walküre
Metropolitan Opera Association
APRIL 25, 30

Kathryn Mueller
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9
Evansville Philharmonic
April 27

--Schwalbe and Partners

Heartbeat Opera & Opera Lafayette Co-Present New Production of La Susanna
Alessandro Stradella's 1681 story of sexual harassment and the perversion of justice is now cast for the first time with a female narrator and resonates more strongly--and disturbingly--than ever. Based on the story of Susanna and the Elders in the Book of Daniel, it is reimagined as a timely and startlingly powerful opera for 2019.

April 21 and 22
The Kennedy Center Terrace Theater
2700 F St NW, Washington, DC

May 2-5
BAM Fisher (Fishman Space)
321 Ashland Pl, Brooklyn, NY

Tickets: $25–$135. For more information, visit

--Aleba Gartner, Aleba & Co.

Music Institute's Abraham Stokman Presents Piano Recital Fundraiser
Music Institute of Chicago piano faculty Abraham Stokman performs a recital Wednesday, May 8 at 7:30 p.m. at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston, Illinois.

The performance is a fundraiser for Sheep Dog Impact Assistance, a national nonprofit organization that engages, assists, and empowers men and women in the military, law enforcement, fire and rescue, and emergency medical service professions to go beyond the call of duty by offering them opportunities to volunteer in their communities.

For more information, visit

--Jill Chukerman, Institute of Chicago

Great Opera & Film Choruses Concerts
Thousands of movie lovers have seen the acclaimed films Us, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, and Captain Marvel in recent weeks. In May the Los Angeles Master Chorale gives fans the chance to hear them, performing music by composers Michael Abels, John Powell, and Pinar Toprak in a concert celebrating film scores and opera ensemble writing called "Great Opera & Film Choruses" at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

There will be two performances: Saturday, May 4 at 2 PM and Sunday, May 5 at 7 PM with many of the Los Angeles-based film composers expected to be in attendance.

Concert tickets are available by phone 213-972-7282, online at, or in-person at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Box Office, Los Angeles, CA, Monday - Saturday, 10 AM - 6 PM.

For complete information, visit

--Jennifer Scott, Los Angeles Master Chorale

Rarely Heard William Grant Still Oratorio
The Harry T. Burleigh Society and Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra explore Burleigh's symphonic influence in "From Song Came Symphony."

Rarely heard William Grant Still oratorio & New York City premiere of Florence Price concerto
May 8 at Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

Wednesday, May 8 concert, 7:30 p.m.
Langston Hughes Auditorium
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
"From Song Came Symphony: Harry T. Burleigh's Influence on Symphonic Music"

For complete information, visit

--Beth Stewart, Verismo Communications

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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 Jon 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 simpleminded, 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 Arcam CDS50 CSD/SACD CD player, Goldpoint SA4 Passive Preamp, Legacy Audio PowerBloc2 amplifier, and a pair of Legacy Audio Focus SE loudspeakers. 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 cell phone. 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.

William (Bill) Heck, Contributing Reviewer

Among my early childhood memories are those of listening to my mother playing records (some even 78 rpm ones!) of both classical music and jazz tunes. I suppose that her love of music was transmitted genetically, and my interest was sustained by years of playing in rock bands – until I realized that this was no way to make a living. The interest in classical music was rekindled in grad school when the university FM station serving as background music for studying happened to play the Brahms First Symphony. As the work came to an end, it struck me forcibly that this was the most beautiful thing I had ever heard, and from that point on, I never looked back. This revelation was to the detriment of my studies, as I subsequently spent way too much time simply listening, but music has remained a significant part of my life. These days, although I still can tell a trumpet from a bassoon and a quarter note from a treble clef, I have to admit that I remain a nonexpert. But I do love music in general and classical music in particular, and I enjoy sharing both information and opinions about it.

The audiophile bug bit about the same time that I returned to that classical music. I’ve gone through plenty of equipment, brands from Audio Research to Yamaha, and the best of it has opened new audio insights. Along the way, I reviewed components, and occasionally recordings, for The $ensible Sound magazine. Recently I’ve rebuilt--I prefer to say reinvigorated--my audio system, with a Sangean FM HD tuner and (for the moment) an ancient Toshiba multi-format disk player serving as a transport, both feeding a NAD C 658 streaming preamp/DAC, which in turn connects to a Legacy Powerbloc2 amplifier driving my trusty Waveform Mach Solo speakers, supplemented by a Hsu Research ULS 15 Mk II subwoofer.

Mission Statement

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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