The 36-year-old Los Angeles-based director, designer, and filmmaker is one of the country's most sought-after opera directors, known for harnessing “the peculiar magic that can be conjured at the intersection of theater, opera and film" (The Los Angeles Times). This past year has seen Darrah forge ahead with a cinematic vision that has successfully shaped companies' responses to COVID-19 across the country, including two widely-hailed films for the new digital channels of Opera Philadelphia and Boston Lyric Opera. He also continues as the Creative Director of Digital Content for Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, crafting their trailblazing Close Quarters episodic series. He now brings his bold ideas to the vital future of Long Beach Opera.
For more information, visit https://www.longbeachopera.org/artistic-director/
--Aleba Gartner, Aleba & Co.
SOLI's Contemporary Open Mic Night
SOLI Chamber Ensemble’s Contemporary Classical Open Mic Night, in partnership with Texas Public Radio, is quickly becoming a mainstay of the concert calendar in San Antonio – and this year is no exception! Closet crooners, budding impresarios, and avid weekend-warrior performers have all polished their favorite contemporary classical work and will take the stage for a Livestream event this coming Sunday, February 28 at 7:30 pm.
Please visit us on Sunday for a link to the Livestream event and the roster of performers. We look forward to seeing you online on February 28 at 7:30pm CST for Open Mic!.
Watch here: https://www.solichamberensemble.com/open-mic/
--Anne Schellenge, SOLI
Decibel Magazine Streams "Chant III - Le Reflet"
Decibel Magazine is currently streaming "Chant III - Le Reflet" from French orchestral/operatic blackened gothic project, Les Chants du Hasard. The gripping hymn serves as the third track off Livre Troisième, Les Chants du Hasard’s stunning new full-length, set for release on April 9th.
An eight-movement, avant garde masterwork that seamlessly fuses neoclassical bombast, gothic opera, and a blackened metal spirit to manifest a sophisticated sonic grandiosity of extraordinary proportions, Livre Troisième is at once romantic, tragic, tortured, and triumphant. It's breathtaking in the most literal sense treading with the emotional weight and fervor of a thousand suns.
For more information, visit https://www.decibelmagazine.com/2021/02/22/track-premiere-les-chants-du-hasard-chant-iii-le-reflet/
--Liz Ciavarella-Brenner, Earsplit PR
Newport Music Festival
The Newport Music Festival has announced that it will present seventeen concerts this summer between July 4-20, 2021. All concerts will be held outdoors at historic mansions and venues in Newport, Rhode Island including The Breakers, Bellevue House, Castle Hill Inn, The Chanler at Cliff Walk, King Park, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center, Norman Bird Sanctuary, and Rough Point. The concerts will have limited total capacity and appropriate social distancing between patrons; mask wearing will be required at all times and performances will be 60-75 minutes long without intermission.
This will be the first festival programmed by new Executive Director Gillian Friedman Fox, who came to Newport in January from the Dallas Symphony Orchestra where she was Director of Contemporary and SOLUNA Programs. Her genre-defying programming has received rave reviews for “bridging the gap between classical music and contemporary culture,” according to Forbes, and “admirably erasing borders between artistic disciplines as well as between notions of high and low culture,” as The Daily Beast noted.
In her programming for the 53rd season of the Newport Music Festival, Fox has renewed a commitment by the Festival to both preserving tradition and embracing artistic innovation. Repertoire this summer will include music by Beethoven, Bach, and Brahms alongside Jessie Montgomery, Joseph Bologne, and Teresa Carreño. Fox has also launched a new commissioning initiative – each year, the Festival will commission a new work by a Black, Indigenous, person of color, or woman composer as a commitment to the future of classical music. The first commissioned work will be premiered this summer.
Festival programming will be announced and tickets will go on sale to the public in April.
For complete information, visit https://www.newportmusic.org/
--Christina Jensen, Jensen Artists
What's Streaming: Classical (Week of March 1-7)
Wednesday, March 3 at 6:00 p.m. ET:
Pianist Jonathan Biss joins violinist Mark Steinberg & cellist Marcy Rosen to play Schubert in recital live-streamed by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society.
Thursday, March 4:
San Francisco Performances “Front Row Premium” presents Jonathan Biss performing Beethoven Piano Sonatas.
Before you watch:
Listen to Jonathan Biss’ UNQUIET: My Life with Beethoven on Audible.
Thursday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m. CT:
Tulsa Opera LIVE with Gene Scheer.
Friday, March 5 at 8:00 p.m. CT:
The Minnesota Orchestra presents “Soaring Strings” concert conducted by Juraj Valcuha with violinist James Ehnes.
Friday, March 5:
Lara Downes Releases “Phenomenal Women” on Rising Sun Music.
Neave Trio Performs Music by Clarke, Chaminade, and Piazzolla
On Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 7pm MST, the Neave Trio presents a free concert on Western New Mexico University’s Virtual President’s Chamber Music Series. The trio will perform live from the Longy School of Music of Bard College, where the ensemble has been a Faculty Ensemble-in-Residence since 2017. The stream will be free to watch, and will remain available for one week after the initial broadcast.
Neave Trio’s program includes Rebecca Clarke’s Piano Trio; Cécile Chaminade’s Piano Trio No. 1, Op. 11; and the “Fall” and “Spring” movements from Astor Piazzolla’s The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. The Clarke and Chaminade are part of a collection of works by women composers, spanning the Romantic era through the modern day, that Neave Trio has been performing around the U.S and worldwide.
For details, visit https://wnmu.edu/events/virtual-presidents-chamber-music-series-neave-trio/
--Maggie Stapleton, Jensen Artists
Colburn School Announces New Dean Appointments
Colburn School announced today that dancer, educator, and choreographer Silas Farley, a recent New York City Ballet alumnus, will become Dean of the Trudl Zipper Dance Institute (TZDI), and Darleen Callaghan, former Director of Miami City Ballet School, will become Associate Dean of TZDI, effective July 1, 2021. Following seven highly successful years, current Dean and Associate Dean of TZDI, Jenifer Ringer and James Fayette, will conclude their tenures at the end of June 2021, after which they will be appointed visiting artists, continuing their relationship with the School.
Sel Kardan, Colburn school President and CEO stated: “Silas Farley’s brilliance as a dancer, educator, and choreographer, combined with his passion for the development of young dancers, make him an inspired choice to lead the Colburn School dance program. Darleen Callaghan comes to the program with a distinguished background as a dancer and dance school administrator. Together they will form an exceptional team who will continue and build upon the extraordinary work of Jenifer Ringer and James Fayette. We are delighted they will return to the School as visiting artists.”
For more information, visit https://www.colburnschool.edu/dance/welcoming-our-new-deans/
--Lisa Bellamore, Crescent Communications
RBPonJSB: The Bach Masterclasses Launches
Leading classical violinist Rachel Barton Pine is building on the momentum of her current “24 in 24: Concertos from the Inside” weekly streaming show to celebrate emerging artists with “RBPonJSB: The Masterclasses.” In the bi-weekly educational series launching Friday, March 5, at 6:30 pm ET, Pine draws from her lifelong study of Bach’s music to work on all of Bach’s Six Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin in a masterclass setting with rising star violinists.
Sphinx Laureates Esme Arias-Kim, Claire Arias-Kim, Sabrina Bradford, Brendon Elliott, Julimar Gonzalez, and Allison Lovera will join other up-and-coming violinists to appear in the bi-weekly series. Conservatories attended by participating young artists include the Curtis Institute of Music, the Juilliard School, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, the New England Conservatory, the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, and the Yale University School of Music.
The six-part bi-weekly series is open to the public and targeted towards professional violinists, advanced violin students, violin teachers, and violin enthusiasts. The cost is $15 per show or $60 for the whole series. Each episode will begin at 6:30 pm ET and will be available on demand directly following.
More details are available at https://ourconcerts.live/rbp
--Allison Van Etten, Ravenscroft PR
Music Institute Chorale Welcomes International Guests
Looking ahead to its 35th anniversary later this year, the Music Institute of Chicago Chorale, conducted by Daniel Wallenberg, welcomes guest musicians from around the world for its free virtual performance, How Can I Keep from Singing, which takes place Sunday, March 14 at 2 p.m.
Joining the Chorale are nearly 40 international singers, including members of the Coro del Conservatorio de la Universidad Nacional de Colombia and members of the Coro EXAUDI of Monteria, Colombia, along with singers from Argentina, England, France, Israel, and the U.S. Soloists include Music Institute Voice Department Chair Barbara Ann Martin, alto; voice faculty Rae-Myra Hilliard, soprano, and Leo Radosavlijevic, bass; Musikgarten faculty and Senior Director of Academic Operations Guinevere Grimstad, soprano; Chorale members Jeff Collins, tenor, Jonathan Dunmore, bass, and Lynn Vogl, on flute; guest tenor Stuart Bard; and clarinet faculty Barbara Drapcho.
The Music Institute of Chicago Chorale performs its free virtual program “How Can I Keep from Singing” Sunday, March 14 at 2 p.m. CDT. RSVP at https://www.musicinst.org/march14-choraleby March 14 at 10 a.m. CDT.
For more information, visit https://www.musicinst.org/march14-chorale
--Jill Chukerman, JAC Communications
PARMA Call for Live Streams
As we settle into 2021 and continue to navigate the challenges that the pandemic has brought to the music community, we’re all finding new and creative ways to keep forging on. Here at PARMA, we can’t wait for the day when in-person performances return in full. Until then live streaming has proven to be the best way to safely adapt to our current situation and keep the show on the road—well, the internet. The PARMA Live Stage and PARMA Music Festival aim to support the music community to this extent and help performers, ensembles, and composers continue to find an audience for their music.
To assist artists in this way, PARMA is now accepting planned live-stream concerts for consideration to be hosted on both platforms. Classical, contemporary classical, jazz, world, and fusion music concerts will be considered for this collaboration.
PARMA’s Live Stage and PARMA Music Festival concerts receive a custom event page and promotion by our Publicity Team leading up to the event. Our live streams are free for audiences to view and are accessible within our video archive after the premiere date.
There is no fee to submit. All costs for hosting and promoting the live streams are subsidized by PARMA. Artists must have access to streaming equipment and be able to broadcast the concert through a streaming platform like Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo, etc. Concerts should ideally be between 30 and 70 minutes long, but exceptions will be considered.
Artists may encourage donations during the concert via their personal website, Venmo, or whichever service they prefer and can post this information within the video description itself.
THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS MARCH 15, 2021
For more information, visit https://www.parmarecordings.com/events/