Robert Spano will be the tenth Music Director in the history of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, which was founded in 1912. In addition to conducting six out of the orchestra’s ten symphonic programs per season, he will be responsible for overseeing the orchestra and music staff; working closely with Dr. Cerny to shape the artistic direction of the orchestra and drive its continued growth; and serving as an ambassador for the orchestra and classical music in the Fort Worth community.
For more information, visit https://www.robertspanomusic.com/
--Shuman Associates News
"Bach with a View" International Young Artists Festival and Competition - March 5-7
Now open to both piano and string instruments (violin, viola, cello, bass) in separate divisions: At this time, the Competition and Festival will be virtual only.
Our Livestream Partner and Sponsor: IN.LIVE. Additional Sponsors: Performer's Music, Adiana Strings.
Application form and payment link follow. Regular deadline has been extended to February 15. Late deadline of Febrruary 25 requires $20 late fee.
For complete information, visit https://sheridanmusicstudio.com/young-artists-festival
--Sheridan Music Studio
ACO Appoints Melissa Ngan as President and CEO Effective February 16
American Composers Orchestra (ACO), praised for its “robust and diverse commissioning program” by The New York Times, announced today that its Board of Directors has appointed Melissa Ngan as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective February 16, 2021.
“Melissa’s depth and breadth of experience are a tremendous asset to ACO and its various stakeholders,” stated Sameera Troesch, Chair of ACO’s Board. “She has worked with large orchestras and small ensembles alike to achieve world-class performances, cultivate new audiences and communities, and design an ecosystem that efficiently meets the needs of talented composers, regardless of race, sex, gender, socio-economic or any other status. Troesch continued, “Melissa’s most compelling strengths go well beyond her impressive background and experience. She is an empathetic, inspiring and inclusive leader with a track record of delivering outcomes in challenging times. We are delighted to welcome Melissa, and look forward to supporting her leadership and the ACO team.”
For more information, visit https://americancomposers.org/
--Christina Jensen, Jensen Artists
Los Angeles Master Chorale Receives NEA Grant
The Los Angeles Master Chorale, led by Grant Gershon, Kiki & David Gindler Artistic Director, has been approved for a $50,000 Grants for Arts Projects award to support the continued production of virtual content, including the upcoming premiere of composer Meredith Monk’s “Earth Seen from Above” from her opera Atlas, and the world premiere of composer Derrick Spiva, Jr’s “Ready, Bright,” a Los Angeles Master Chorale commission.
Both videos will be presented at the Master Chorale’s upcoming virtual gala on May 16, 2021, along with Reena Esmail’s “TaReKiTa,” as part of a triptych titled Shine Bright. The entire program will engage all 100 Master Chorale singers.
For more information about the Los Angeles Master Chorale, visit https://lamasterchorale.org/los-angeles-master-chorale.php
--Lisa Bellamore, Crescent Communications
Join Eleonor Sandresky and Jack van Zandt for the “Snow Moon” on Feb 27
February 27th is the last full moon of Winter! Join my special guest, Jack van Zandt, and me at 9PM ET for some dreamtime in the last days of winter. I’ll be premiering a set of nocturnes for piano by Jack called, “Painted Night,” inspired by paintings of Hopper, Whistler, and Van Gogh. I’m loving how truly painterly these pieces feel, even with all the work they require - so worth it!
The program will include an arrangement of "Knee 4" from “Einstein on the Beach” that Philip made in the 1990s and a new “Strange Energy, Ice.” That’s two world premieres!
This month the cocktail/mocktail will be the Snowdrift, a frosty white drink that's perfect with a spicy snack. The recipe and snack come with your ticket. Get cozy and join us for an hour of music and conversation.
Tickets are available through my website, Eventbrite for single tickets, and Patreon for subscriptions. And as always, if you can't make it at that time, the stream will be up for 48 hours. We hope to see you for some evocative music on the 27th.
For more information and tickets, visit https://www.esandresky.com/schedule/lunar-landscapes-snow-moon
ROCO’s March Concerts Include a Diverse Program
River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (ROCO) will continue their 16th season, “Color & Light,” in March with the conclusions of their Unchambered and Connections series.
ROCO’s first concert in March, “Blackbird,” will be streamed live from The Alta Arts on March 6, and will feature a performance from ROCO’s Brass Quintet. The performance will close out ROCO’s Unchambered series with a selection of contemporary works, ranging from Joan Tower’s “Copperwave” and Jonathan Bailey Howard’s “Introit,” to Robert Dennis’s "Blackbird Variations," a work based on the poem “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird” by Wallace Stevens, and an arrangement of the Beatles’ “Blackbird” by Seb Skelly.
For the full lineupof ROCO March concerts, visit https://roco.org/
--Andrew Ousley, Unison Media
Powerful New Songs by Margaret Atwood and Jake Heggie
On the morning of September 22, 2015, in Renfrew County, Ontario, a single man went on a killing spree, brutally murdering three ex-partners in their separate homes. They were victims in a crime now recognized as one of the worst cases of domestic violence in Canadian history. The murders devastated the rural Ottawa Valley community where baritone Joshua Hopkins grew up – his sister, Nathalie Warmerdam, was one of these women.
Hopkins has since set out on a journey to use his voice to wake people up to the global epidemic of gender-based violence--and their part in it. His call to action was answered by two exceptional creators. Jake Heggie, hailed by the Wall Street Journal as “the world’s most popular 21st-century opera and art song composer,” agreed to write the music, and Margaret Atwood, the Booker Prize-winning author of more than 50 books of fiction and poetry, including The Handmaid’s Tale, wrote the searing words.
The powerful new song cycle by Margaret Atwood and Jake Heggie is called Songs for Murdered Sisters premieres on film February 19: https://songsformurderedsisters.com/
--Beth Stewart, Verismo Communications
Baritone Jonathon Adams Joins Schwalbe Roster
Born in amiskwaciwâskahikan (Edmonton, Canada), Jonathon Adams is a Two-Spirit, nêhiyaw michif (Cree-Métis) baritone. In concert, they have appeared as a soloist with Philippe Herreweghe, Sigiswald Kuijken, Hans-Christoph Rademann, Helmut Rilling, Václav Luks, Ensemble BachPlus, Vox Luminis, il Gardellino, and B’Rock Orchestra at Opera-Ballet Flanders.
Future solo engagements include concerts with il Gardellino, Les Voix Humaines, Pro Coro Canada, Studio de Musique Ancient de Montréal, L’Harmonie des Saisons, and a world premiere of Adams’ performance piece nipahimiw / the plaint with Susie Napper and Catalina Vicens at the Art Gallery of Ontario (June 2021).
--Schwalbe & Partners
What's Streaming: Classical (Week of February 15–21)
Wednesday, February 17 at 8:00 p.m. ET (available through June 2021):
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra presents Recovered Voices program, curated and hosted by BSO Artistic Advisor James Conlon.
Friday, February 19 at 7:00 p.m. ET (available for 30 days):
The Gilmore’s annual KeysFest commences with solo recital by Edward Callahan.
Sunday, February 21 at 1:00 p.m. ET (fourth performance on program):
Lara Downes premieres new work by Eve Belgarian as part of “Bang on a Can Live Online.”
Sunday, February 21 at 4:00 p.m. ET (available for 30 days):
The Gilmore presents Rachel Naomi Kudo performing world premiere of Marc-André Hamelin’s Suite à l'ancienne; Zsolt Bognár joins artists in pre- and post-concert events.
--Shuman Associates News
New Video: “Love Everywhere” from YPC Alumnus Blaize Adam
The Young People's Chorus of New York City would like to wish you a Happy Valentine's Day, filled with joy, love -- and music! No matter where you are in the world, what language you speak, or what you believe in, music has the power to bring us all together.
Watch the video here: https://ypc.org/virtual_platform/love-everywhere/
In a year when many of us have had to be far away from those we love, YPC alumnus Blaize Adam’s soulful single “Love Everywhere” is a beautiful anthem of connection that comes at exactly the right time. If you are looking to feel the love, watching Blaize sing, “I miss the smile underneath your mask,” and “I’m holding my heart, sending love everywhere” will wrap you in a blanket of hope and happiness.
Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEhxo8CtUIY&feature=youtu.be
For more information about Young People’s Chorus, visit https://ypc.org/
--Young People’s Chorus of New York City