In keeping with the ESO's longstanding commitments to engaging with young people and promoting new music, the first series includes world premieres of five new works embracing classic children's tales by Andersen and the Brothers Grimm, playful Klezmer tales and one of the oldest surviving folk stories from ancient Egypt.
"Bonneville's involvement is key to getting the project off to a strong start," says Woods. "I knew Hugh would be ideal for Duckling because his understanding of character is so nuanced. But also, I've seen through my own children watching him, repeatedly, in things like 'Muppets Most Wanted' and 'Paddington,' that children really connect with him - he doesn't condescend to them, as many do. His work for young viewers is just as sharp and deep as that for the older crowd."
The performance of 'The Ugly Duckling' will be available at https://www.eso.co.uk/ugly-duckling/; a trailer will be available from Friday 20 November.
--Melanne Mueller, Music Company International
Upcoming SOLI Events
“Beethoven Reimagined” - December 8, 7:30 pm - A SOLI digital event.
Thank you for making our first concert at the San Antonio Botanical Garden such a great success! We are thrilled with the many wonderful comments we have received and look forward to our future live performances.
SOLI is moving "indoors" for our next event and invites you to reserve time on December 8 to watch “Beethoven Reimagined” from the comfort and safety of your home.
For complete information, visit https://www.solichamberensemble.com/eyes-lens/
--Anne Schellenge, SOLI Chamber Ensemble
New Century Appears in “Hope@Home” on ARTE Television Network
New Century Chamber Orchestra joins Music Director Daniel Hope for the new installment of his internationally acclaimed television series “Hope@Home – Next Generation,” with six delayed-live episodes to stream daily from San Francisco from November 18 through 23.
Professionally produced by Kobalt Productions for Europe’s ARTE television network, these six episodes will be filmed in San Francisco and comprise six half-hour live solo and chamber music performances that also feature special guest artists from the Bay Area including percussionist Zakir Hussain, pianist Garrick Ohlsson and composer Jake Heggie. The first episode from San Francisco streams on Wednesday, November 18 at 10:00 a.m. PST on the ARTE website with subsequent episodes running at the same time daily through Monday, November 23. The streams are free for audiences all over the world and will be available for viewing for 30 days after the air date.
Visit “Hope@Home - Next Generation” at https://www.arte.tv/en/videos/100560-008-A/hope-home-next-generation/
--Brenden Guy Media
St. Charles Singers to Present “Candlelight Carols” Free Online December 6
The St. Charles Singers, led by founder and music director Jeffrey Hunt, will present their 2020 Candlelight Carols program as a free-to-view webcast on Sunday, December 6. The 45-minute concert will stream at 4 p.m., 7 p.m., and 9 p.m. CST. The viewing link will be posted on the choir’s website, stcharlessingers.com.
Thirty-five singers from the mixed-voice ensemble, hailed by American Record Guide as “a national treasure,” took part in the video recording, which features 13 seasonal songs by composers and arrangers from the Renaissance to the 20th-century era, most sung a cappella.
The professional chamber choir’s 37th annual holiday program was recorded November 8 at St. Michael Catholic Church, Wheaton, Illinois, without an audience and in accordance with public health regulations and safety precautions, Hunt says. The COVID-19 situation “has been such a huge loss to the singing world,” he says, because of concerns over airborne spread of the virus. “All the singers expressed immense gratitude for the opportunity to perform in some way and to be with each other again,” the choirmaster says.
For complete information, visit https://stcharlessingers.com/
--Nathan J. Silverman Co. PR
Berkshire Opera Festival Returns to the Stage with an Xxpanded Summer 2021 Season
The young and ambitious Berkshire Opera Festival has the opera world abuzz. The only company of its kind in the Berkshire region, BOF produces opera at the highest level under the vision of esteemed co-founders Brian Garman (Artistic Director) and Jonathon Loy (Director of Production). From 2016-2019, the Festival witnessed wild ovations and glowing praise from locals to operaphiles and national critics. Opera News declared "destination status" on the Festival, and Berkshire On Stage wrote "No longer need we confine our opera-going to HD films—now we have the highest quality productions and performers in our own backyard." The New York Times called BOF's Ariadne auf Naxos "one of those productions that change the way you think about things."
For complete information, visit https://www.berkshireoperafestival.org/
Aleba Gartner, Aleba & Co.
What's Streaming: Classical (Week of November 23–29)
Tuesday, November 24 at 6:00 p.m. ET (available for 72 hours)
Jonathan Biss Performs Beethoven for Philadelphia Chamber Music Society.
Saturday, November 28
NPR Music’s AMPLIFY with Lara Downes features Julia Bullock.
Sunday, November 29 at 4:00 p.m. ET (available for 30 days)
The Gilmore presents “Rising Star” Dominic Cheli performing a variety of works--from Beethoven to Clara Schumann to Carl Vine.
All Week (Available until Nov. 29 at 11:59 p.m. PT)
James Conlon leads LA Opera virtual production of pioneering Black composer Joseph Bologne’s The Anonymous Lover.
--Shuman Associates News
An Evening with Kelli O'Hara
Tony Award-winning stage and screen star Kelli O'Hara returns to the University of Connecticut’s Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts for a virtual live performance streaming Saturday, December 5. The evening will include a generous collection of holiday favorites as well as classics from the Great White Way and the American Songbook.
Immediately following the performance, Jorgensen’s director Rodney Rock will interview Ms. O’Hara, and she will engage in a live Q&A with the audience. The concert is presented through Jorgensen Digital Stage, produced by OurConcerts.live, with support from the Jorgensen CoStars and Circle of Friends, and media sponsors CT Public, Connecticut Magazine, Radio.com, and Lite 100.5 WRCH.
More information here:
--Allison Van Etten, Ravenscroft PR
Free Directories of Classical Music Written by Black Composers
The not-for-profit Rachel Barton Pine (RBP) Foundation’s Music by Black Composers (MBC) project has launched its first free online directories of classical music written by Black composers: “Repertoire for Violin and Orchestra,” and “Repertoire for Unaccompanied Solo Violin.” MBC works to rectify historic and ongoing racial injustices in the classical music sphere.
MBC’s repertoire directories establish a central location for existing music by Black classical composers. They are a free resource for performers, conductors, concert programmers, students, and teachers seeking existing music, as well as for researchers and scholars of classical music.
View The Repertoire Directories: https://www.musicbyblackcomposers.org/sheet-music/repertoire-directories/
--Allison Van Etten, Ravenscroft PR
2020 Closes Out with Virtual Celebrations
In celebration of Beethoven’s 250th anniversary, pianist Yael Weiss presents an all-day marathon concert that features performances of Beethoven Sonatas and newly commissioned pieces written for her project, “32 Bright Clouds: Beethoven Conversations Around the World,” as well as interviews and conversations with the composers and special guests. Along with world premieres by composers from Cambodia and Hong Kong, Weiss also performs works by composers from South Africa, Myanmar, Philippines, Hong Kong, Turkey, and Colombia; all are paired with a Beethoven Sonata (December 16).
View here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gp3xnv2ey10&feature=youtu.be
Silicon Valley’s all girlchoir, iSing, presents its eighth annual holiday concert with special guests Angel Blue, the Amaranth Quartet, and members of One Found Sound and the San Francisco Symphony. Holidays@Homefeatures contemporary works, arrangements of traditional carols, and popular holiday songs (December 19).
View here: https://isingsv.com/whatson
The King’s Singers close their Idagio Global Concert series with the annual fan favorite, Christmas with the King’s Singers. Recorded at composer John Rutter’s church, All Saints in Chrishall, UK the concert will feature traditional carols, seasonal songs, and festive cheer (December 22).
Purchase tickets here: https://app.idagio.com/live/event/global-concert-hall-the-kings-singers-christmas-with-the-kings-singers?utm_medium=social&utm_source=artist&utm_campaign=GlobalConcertHall&utm_content=%5bkingssingers%5d&utm_term=external
--Amy Killion, Bucklesweet
Eureka Chamber Music Series Announces New Co-Artistic Directors
Eureka Chamber Music Series (ECMS) has appointed Tom Stone and Maggee VanSpeybroeck as Co-Artistic Directors. The EMCS board of directors has also added new members Julie Fulkerson and George Ponnay. Founded by Pearl and Bob Micheli, ECMS has presented renowned classical musicians in live concerts to Humboldt County since 1993, and is committed to continue presenting diverse, world-class musicians in intimate concerts while expanding its audience and serving the community in innovative ways.
ECMS made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020-2021 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and will be spending the coming year on a thorough planning process and a re-launch of the series in the fall of 2021, including favorites from the past such as the Pacifica Quartet, the Arianna Quartet, pianist Tian Ying, and the San Francisco Opera Singers. The fall 2021 season will open with a performance by Stone’s newly formed piano trio, Duende, with pianist Awadagin Pratt and cellist Sophie Shao.
For more information, visit https://www.eurekachambermusic.org/
--Christina Jensen, Jensen Artists
Stephen Hough’s Book Rough Ideas Wins 2020 Royal Philharmonic Society Award
The Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS) Awards, widely considered the most prestigious music awards in the UK, have named pianist Stephen Hough’s book Rough Ideas: Reflections on Music and More as the 2020 award winner in the “Storytelling” category, which focuses on writings, spoken word, radio, television, film, and digital / online projects, among other media, that further the understanding of classical music.
The awarding jury of the Royal Philharmonic Society, which was founded in 1813, praised Rough Ideas as “a colourful and compelling document of a maverick musical mind. It vividly charts vast terrain, illustrating how a virtuoso musician is not divorced from the rest of the world.”
For more information about the RPS and RPS Awards, visit https://royalphilharmonicsociety.org.uk/
--Shuman Associates News
Neave Trio Performs in Livestream Concert
The Neave Trio, Alumni Artists, Faculty Ensemble-in-Residence at the Longy School of Music of Bard College, presents “Finding What is Lost,” a livestream performance on Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 7:30pm EST. The trio will perform live in Edward M. Pickman Concert Hall and the stream will be available to watch online with advance registration. Registrants will receive the link to the event in the order confirmation email, and in a reminder email before the event begins. There will not be an in-person audience for this event.
“Finding What is Lost” pairs contemporary works by Eric Nathan and Dale Trumbore, both composed in 2018 and premiered by the Neave Trio, with Glinka’s Trio pathetique (1832). In a search for lost love, he composed this trio right after the end of a relationship and wrote on the score, “The only way I know love is by the pain it causes.” Though it was originally scored for clarinet, bassoon, and piano, it is commonly performed with the piano trio’s instrumentation.
For more information, visit https://longy.edu/event/finding-what-is-lost-neave-trio/
--Maggie Stapleton, Jensen Artists
Happening at YPC
A Sneak Peek at The Making of Our Winter Concert.
Young People’s Chorus of New York City choristers had the opportunity to do something very exciting: film video, in a COVID-19 compliant environment, for our 2020 winter concert, “Once Upon the Holidays.” This two-part event will stream virtually on December 18 at 7:30 p.m. ET, and December 20th at 5:30 p.m. ET. Save the dates with more details to be announced!
At the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts Hearst Plaza and at Seret Studios, small groups of choristers and staff gathered for the first time in months to choreograph holiday classics.
Great measures were taken to make our sets safe, including following the guidelines of the Alliance of Motion Pictures and Television Producers, socially distancing, and having a COVID-19 compliance officer on set. Choristers arrived with a bottled up energy that they could not help but release through dancing, laughter, and smiles. It was hard to tell who was more excited–the choristers or the YPC team!
As we share our music with the entire world through our dynamic new platform, “In the Key of Love,” we ask for your support to keep our choristers on the global stage.
Please visit us at https://ypc.org/
--Young People’s Chorus of New York City