Classical Music News of the Week, April 6, 2019
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 princetonuniversityconcerts.org, 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 http://www.princetonuniversityconcerts.org/concerts/concert/australian-chamber-orchestra-richard-tognetti-artistic-director-with-paul-l
--Dasha Koltunyuk, Princeton University Concerts
Foundation to Assist Young Musicians, April 2019 Newsletter
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
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.
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Find out more at AmazonSmile.com, 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 http://thefaym.org/
--Claudia Rivera, Board President, FAYM
Schwalbe Artists in April
Schubert: Die schöne Mullerin
Stichting Grote Zangers
European Union Youth Orchestra
Handel: Berenice, HWV 38
Royal Opera House
Sondheim: A Little Night Music
April 6, 7, 9
April 7, 12, 13
Daniel Felsenfeld: To Clara (World Premiere)
Brooklyn Art Song Society
Juliana Hall: Sentiment (World Premiere)
Britten: Selections from On This Island
April 27, 28
April 11, 16, 23, 29
Works by Handel and Venetian masters
April 6, 7
Handel: Rinaldo, HWV7
April 6, 7, 23, 27
Handel: Poro, re dell'Indie, HWV 28
Komische Oper Berlin
April 13, 20
Rossini: Le Comte Ory
April 6, 7, 9, 12
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
Handel: Saul, HWV 53
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
April 6, 7, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14
Bach: St. Matthew Passion
RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra
Detroit Symphony Orchestra
April 25, 26, 27
John Harbison 80th Birthday Celebration
Boston Modern Orchestra Project
Bach: St. Matthew Passion
King's College Chapel Choir
Victoria Philharmonic Choir
Mozart: Requiem, K626
The Bach Choir of Bethlehem
April 12, 13
Patrick Dupre Quigley
Latin American Baroque
April 11, 12, 13, 14
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9
April 11, 13, 14
Mozart: Requiem, K626
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
April 27, 28
Strauss, R.: Till Eulenspiegel
Piazzola: Serie del angel
Rachmaninoff.: Symphonic Dances
University of North Carolina School of the Arts
April 16, 18, 20
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
Wagner: Die Walküre
Metropolitan Opera Association
APRIL 25, 30
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9
--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
BAM Fisher (Fishman Space)
321 Ashland Pl, Brooklyn, NY
Tickets: $25–$135. For more information, visit https://operalafayette.secure.force.com/ticket#details_a0S4400000U2SjNEAV
--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 musicinst.org.
--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 lamasterchorale.org, or in-person at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Box Office, Los Angeles, CA, Monday - Saturday, 10 AM - 6 PM.
For complete information, visit https://lamasterchorale.org/
--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 https://www.burleighsociety.com/upcoming/2019-5-8/harry-t-burleighs-influence-on-symphonic-music
--Beth Stewart, Verismo Communications
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.