Classical Music News of the Week, May 4, 2019
Death of Classical and Green-Wood are wildly excited to announce the first-ever Burgers, Bourbon & Beethoven Festival at Green-Wood Cemetery, May 25, 2019, from 7-10PM.
The event will feature competing burger recipes that will be sampled and rated by the audience, a whiskey tasting of boutique bourbons alongside craft cocktails, and a performance of Beethoven's immortal Fifth Symphony by the String Orchestra of Brooklyn, conducted by Eli Spindel.
Vying for the coveted Golden Spatula will be Harlem Public, represented by chef Chad Vigneulle, and Madcap Cafe, represented by chef Heather Fuller. Audience members will taste and rate each recipe via the Burger Club website (www.brgrclub.com), providing a real-time leaderboard of the top burger. Hot dogs will also be available, just because...
The food will be washed down by a sampling of whiskeys generously provided by Angel's Envy, Blackened American Whiskey, Five & 20, NY Distilling Co, Van Brunt Stillhouse, Widow Jane, and more.
The evening will conclude - as all good evenings should - with a rousing performance of Beethoven's towering Fifth Symphony, as well as Schubert's "Unfinished" Symphony, by the String Orchestra of Brooklyn, conducted by Eli Spindel. Matt Abramovitz, Program Director at WQXR, will be the evening's host with the most.
Green-Wood – 25th Street at 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY.
Tickets are $80, $75 for The Green-Wood Historic Fund and Brooklyn Historical Society members.
Tickets and Info:
--Andrew Ousley, Unison Media
Washington Performing Arts Announces 2019-20 Season
Washington Performing Arts has just announced its 53rd season, comprising 45 main stage events across six venues in the Greater D.C. region. The season includes the world premiere of Christopher Tin's Kickstarter-record-setting oratorio, To Shiver the Sky, at The Anthem; return visits from major artists and friends of Washington Performing Arts from multiple genres such as Midori, Emanuel Ax, Zakir Hussain, Chick Corea, and Wynton Marsalis; and early glimpses of the stars of tomorrow, including pianists Seong-Jin Cho and Drew Petersen; jazz artists Veronica Swift, Melissa Aldana, and Matthew Whitaker; and street-dancers Lil Buck and Jon Boogz. The Washington Performing Arts resident Gospel Choirs are also spotlighted in numerous contexts, and Washington Performing Arts furthers its commitment to partnerships with other local arts institutions, including the Kennedy Center, Choral Arts Society of Washington, and the U.S. Air Force Band.
"Artists engage the complexity of our world – whether beautiful or brutal – in ways that are deeply personal and at the same time resonate profoundly in the shared space of a live performance," commented Jenny Bilfield, President & CEO of Washington Performing Arts. "From the bold programs of our Hayes Piano Artists, to several all-Beethoven concerts, to works that probe the relationship of humanity to the skies and cosmos, and our strong accent on themes of social justice, I am excited about the scale and scope of the Washington Performing Arts 2019/20 season and the many enduring partnerships that have enriched it."
Subscriptions go on sale to the general public Tuesday, May 14, at 9:30 a.m. at WashingtonPerformingArts.org, by phone at (202) 785-9727, and in person at the Washington Performing Arts Ticket Office, located at 1400 K Street NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC. A series of advance sales periods for Washington Performing Arts Friends (annual donors), organized by gift level, begins Thursday, May 2, at 9:30 a.m. A complete listing of 2019/20 season artists and events will be available online as of Tuesday, April 30, at WashingtonPerformingArts.org.
--Caroline Heaney, Bucklesweet
Schwalbe Artists in May
French Renaissance songs
Parthenia Viol Consort
Britten: Serenade for Tenor, Horn & Strings, Op.31
Eclipse Chamber Orchestra
Wagner: Die Walküre
Metropolitan Opera Association
May 9, 10, 11, 12:
Bach: Magnificat in D major, BWV 243
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir
Recital: At the Edge of Awareness
May 9, 10:
Lully: Suite from Le Bourgeois gentilhomme
Muffat: Concerto Grosso 5 (Armonico Tributo)
Bach: Orchestral Suite No. 1
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
May 24, 25, 26:
Haydn: The Creation
Dallas Symphony Orchestra
May 11, 12:
Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado
May 12, 13:
Handel: Dixit Dominus
Bach: Cantata No. 131
Purcell: Arias from The Fairy Queen
Music of the Baroque
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas
The Angel's Share
Handel: Saul, HWV 53
Göttingen International Handel Festival
Poulenc: Concert Champêtre
Orchester Wiener Akademie
Music by Bach, Duphly, Handel, and Rameau
Clavecin en Concert
Bach: Mass in B minor, BWV 232
Bach Society of St. Louis
May 19, 23:
Cipullo: The Parting
Music of Remembrance
Purcell: The Fairy Queen
May 22 - June 1:
James Rolfe: Against Nature
Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie
De la Guerre cantatas
Bach: Cantata No. 34, "O ewiges Feuer, o Ursprung der Liebe"
Bach: Oboe d'Amore Concerto in A Major, BWV 1055r
Bach: Ascension Oratorio
Orchestral Suite No.2 in B minor, BWV 1067
Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G Major, BWV 1049
Bach: Cantata No. 134, "Ein Herz, das seinen Jesum lebend weiss"
May 25 - June 1:
Puccini: Madama Butterfly
Teatro di San Carlo
For complete information, visit https://schwalbeandpartners.com/artists/
--Schwalbe and Partners
World Premiere of New Work by 2019 Pulitzer Prize-winning Composer Ellen Reid
On Sunday, May 19, the Young People's Chorus of New York City (YPC) in partnership with the Shallaway Children's Choir from Newfoundland presents "Balancing Bubbles," curated by 2019 Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Ellen Reid and YPC Artistic Director/Founder Francisco J. Núñez on the theme of balance. The 7 p.m. concert, to take place at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater of John Jay College will be highlighted by the world premiere of Ms. Reid's So Much on My Soul, a YPC commission, to be premiered by both of the evening's choruses, which incorporates poetry on the theme by several choristers.
In addition to individual sets by YPC and Shallaway, the program also features Ms. Reid's percussion work Fear | Release performed by Mantra Percussion, as well as a YPC/Mantra Percussion performance of her cover of The Books' Take Time - all related to the concert theme and an example of the scope of her musical ideas.
For complete information, visit ypc.org
--Angela Duryea, Young People's Chorus of New York City
Chanticleer Presents "Sacred Ground"
Grammy Award-winning Chanticleer concludes its 2018-2019 season with "Sacred Ground," June 8 through 15. Five performances will be presented in venues across the Bay Area featuring a selection of sacred music ranging from Palestrina to Paul Schoenfield, as well as traditional folk songs and spirituals.
This program will be presented as part of Chanticleer's San Francisco Bay Area subscription season on five occasions in locations around the Bay Area: Saturday, June 8 at 7:30 p.m., St. Mark's Lutheran Church, San Francisco; Sunday, June 9 at 5:00 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, Sacramento, CA; Tuesday, June 11 at 7:30 p.m., Mission Santa Clara, CA; Friday, June 14 at 8:00 p.m., St. Mary Magdalen, Berkeley, CA; and Saturday, June 15 at 7:30 p.m., St. Stephen's Church, Belvedere, CA.
For complete information, visit https://www.chanticleer.org/
--Brenden Guy PR
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.