“In our 2021 season, we wish to commemorate the challenges of the pandemic, while celebrating the return to live, communal music-making. This season’s music offers the healing that our communities are yearning for, the creativity to clear our minds and hearts, and the inspiration to look toward the brighter days ahead,” said Peter Oundjian, music director.
Guidance for safe social distancing practices will be observed closely in the months to come, and will most likely include limiting the number of orchestra members on stage. The event’s venue, Chautauqua Auditorium, will implement a COVID-19 safety plan throughout the 2021 season, including the latest guidelines for spacing between seats, distance between performers and audience members, and mask requirements for all.
For a full list of live-streaming performances and to purchase tickets beginning April 20, visit https://coloradomusicfestival.org/.
--Beverly Greenfield, Kirshbaum Associates
What's Streaming: Classical (Week of April 5-11)
Tuesday, April 6 at 8:00 p.m. ET:
Jen Shyu & Jade Tongue celebrate their new album “Zero Grasses: Ritual for the Losses” with a live-streamed performance from Roulette.
Thursday, April 8 at 6:00 p.m. ET:
Pianist Shai Wosner performs sonatas by Schubert, Scarlatti, and Beethoven, and three Rzewski "Nanosonatas."
Friday, April 9:
Lara Downes releases “Spring Fever” on her Rising Sun Music label with pieces by Betty Jackson King, Nkeiru Okoye, H. Leslie Adams, and Alvin Singleton.
Friday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m. ET:
The Gilmore Virtual Jazz Club presents the Aaron Diehl Trio.
Saturday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. ET:
Shai Wosner and the JACK Quartet perform works by Thomas Adès, John Luther Adams, and Amy Williams alongside Mozart and Grieg.
Saturday, April 10:
AMPLIFY with Lara Downes on NPR Music features chef, writer, and opera singer Alexander Smalls.
Sunday, April 11 at 5:30 p.m. ET:
Jennifer Koh performs Bach’s Partita No. 3 and Sonata No. 3 alongside new works commissioned for her "Alone Together" project.
https://www.shriverconcerts.org/event/tickets/index.php?id=131 - concert-131
“Bach with a View” International Young Artists Festival and Competition
Sheridan Music Studio Artistic Directors Susan Merdinger and Dr. Svetlana Belsky are pleased to announce the great success of our second annual Young Artists Festival and Competition. We had a huge turnout of tremendously talented pianists and string players from around the world who entered and participated. We look forward to presenting our two Grand Prize Winners in recital in our studio in 2021-2022.
Sheridan Music Studio is proud of our own five piano students who entered this year: College Division: Laura Sieh, 2nd Prize and the Wanda Landowska Award; Jeremy Burroughs, Finalist; Annika Huprikar, Honorable Mention; Alison Gan, Finalist.
Congratulations to all the fine young musicians who participated! We look forward to continuing our Music with a View Competition Series in 2021-2022- so please stay tuned for more information. Meanwhile, you can view all the results and prizes at the above link, and the contestants' photos and bios at this link: https://sheridanmusicstudio.com/bach-with-a-view-contestants
You may watch any of the three-day "Bach with a View Festival and Competition" including Lecture-Recitals, Gala Concerts, and the complete Finals Rounds with Winners Announcements now archived on IN.LIVE at the following links:
https://in.live/event/details/A37w8rjWga Friday March 5th
https://in.live/event/details/eZn2iM2YXU Saturday March 6th
https://in.live/event/details/Tacf2SB3gt Sunday March 7th
--Sheridan Music Studio
Experiential Orchestra New Video
The folks at Experiential Orchestra are thrilled to share our new video A New Experience of Sound with you, edited by Tomomi Sato.
Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPiYYrUryfk
--James Blachly, Music Director, Experiential Orchestra
Philadelphia: Pianist Richard Goode Performs His 30th PCMS Recital
After 29 PCMS recitals and counting, we are beginning to run out of superlatives to describe the artistry of Richard Goode. He has soloed with the Society more than any other pianist, and even after appearing with us in nearly every season of our existence, we find ourselves always eagerly anticipating his next visit.
Read on for more information on Richard's Wednesday evening performance, which will be livestreamed to our entire audience on a pay-what-you-wish basis. We look forward to sharing the music with you.
--Miles Cohen, Artistic Director, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society
Los Angeles Master Chorale Announces New Board Member Tom Strickler
The Los Angeles Master Chorale announced today the appointment of Tom Strickler to its board of directors.
The board, chaired by Philip A. Swan, provides leadership in carrying out the Master Chorale’s mission to share the spectrum of choral music with the widest possible audience. “We are thrilled to welcome Tom Strickler to the Master Chorale’s board or directors,” said Swan. “Tom is a pioneer in the worlds of entertainment and education, and his guidance will be invaluable, especially during this critical time of planning our post-pandemic future.”
--Lisa Bellamore, Crescent Communications
90th Anniversary Gala May 10 Honors Zubin Mehta
Celebrating 90 years of innovation, access, and excellence in music education, the Music Institute of Chicago hosts its 90th Anniversary Virtual Gala on Monday, May 10 at 6 p.m. CDT. Highlights of this festive evening include presentation of the Dushkin Award to Maestro Zubin Mehta, the 12th annual Cultural Visionary Award for Chicago to Linda Theis Gantz and Wilbur “Bill” Gantz, and the Colburn Award for Teaching Excellence to Nina Wallenberg and Daniel Wallenberg.
The evening features a prerecorded performance by Music Institute alumna and past Dushkin awardee violinist Rachel Barton Pine, along with prerecorded messages from additional past Dushkin awardees, including jazz icon Wynton Marsalis and violinists Joshua Bell, Midori, Pinchas Zukerman, and others. Other highlights include performances by alumni from the Music Institute’s renowned Academy program for gifted pre-college musicians, and current students from the Academy and the Music Institute’s Community Music School.
Admission to this virtual celebration is complimentary. For event information or to make a gift, please visit https://www.musicinst.org/anniversary-gala.
--Jill Chukerman, JAC Communications
Miller Theatre’s Mission: Commission Podcast Follows 3 Composers
Miller Theatre at Columbia University's mission to create new works takes center stage as Miller ventures into the world of podcasts for the first time. Mission: Commission, launching on Tuesday, April 13, 2021, is a six-episode, free weekly podcast that demystifies the process of how classical music gets made, lifting the curtain to reveal the inner lives of three composers as they create vibrant new works of music: Marcos Balter in NYC, Courtney Bryan in New Orleans, and Augusta Read Thomas in Chicago.
The hook: In fall 2020, Miller Theatre invited Balter, Bryan, and Thomas—three fascinatingly different composers stylistically—to each write a new piece of music in six weeks, checking in with podcast host Melissa Smey (Miller’s Executive Director) weekly to discuss their unique processes along the way. Like an audio diary, listeners will get a rare inside look as an artist creates—from the blank page, to inspiration, risk-taking and hard work, to the finished product. The result is a dialogue about music creation that ventures into joy, frustration, and humor—and just being a human during a global pandemic. Recordings of the final pieces will be shared at the conclusion of the podcast, on Tuesday, May 18.
Listen to the Mission: Commission podcast trailer here: https://www.missioncommissionpodcast.com/trailer
Preview excerpts from the first episode here: https://www.missioncommissionpodcast.com/preview
Available for free at https://www.missioncommissionpodcast.com/, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.
--Aleba Gartner, Aleba & Co.
Pianist Karl Larson Performs Scott Wollschleger’s Dark Days
On Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 8:00pm ET, pianist Karl Larson makes his solo debut at Brooklyn’s Roulette in a free, live streamed concert celebrating the release of Dark Days, a new album of solo piano music by composer Scott Wollschleger out April 23 on New Focus Recordings.
The program will echo the album’s experiential journey, a compilation of 10 of Wollschleger’s deeply personal works composed between 2007-2020, tracing the evolution of Wollschleger’s synesthetic compositional style. Larson, Wollschleger’s close friend and frequent collaborator, will give listeners a glimpse into the intimate depths of the composer’s working process and the utilization of his rare synesthesia through the tactile use of the piano. Described by Pitchfork as “marvelous” and “powerful,” Karl Larson is a specialist in the music of our time and is uniquely suited to perform these works thanks to a deep understanding of Wollschleger’s musical language.
Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 8:00pm ET
Live Streamed Online from Roulette Intermedium
--Katy Salomon, Morahan Arts and Media
American Lyric Theater Presents From Erased to Self-Empowered
American Lyric Theater (ALT) presents From Erased to Self-Empowered: Celebrating Bipoc Opera Composers and Librettists, a three-part online seminar and roundtable, culminating in a free virtual concert performance April 10th at 7:30 pm et. The program is open to composers, librettists, educators and the general public. Advance registration is required.
“BIPOC composers and librettists have written for the lyric stage for centuries, but so many of their contributions have been consciously erased from the opera house — historically white, Euro-centric, racist institutions where select, self-anointed groups of people have gone out of their way to control the repertoire, who writes opera, who is represented on stage, and how,” said ALT’s Founder, Lawrence Edelson, explaining the impetus behind the program. “The tide is beginning to turn, but we still have a long way to go before opera reflects the vibrancy and diversity of contemporary American society.”
For details, visit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0D6vgFNEVrJRK0DeSQL6Nw or https://www.facebook.com/GreatOperasDontJustHappen
--Rebecca Davis PR
May & June Programming from Bucklesweet Clients
Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC
Spring Affair 2021: A Ruby Jubilee
Date: Saturday, May 1 at 7 p.m. ET
Tickets: Free for all with registration: https://www.gmcw.org/spring-affair/
Third Coast Percussion Archetypes with Sergio and Clarice Assad
Ppresented by Hancher Auditorium
Date: Friday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m. CT / 8:30 p.m. ET
More information: https://hancher.uiowa.edu/
Washington Performing Arts
Home Delivery Plus: Alisa Weilerstein, cellist
Date: Premieres Friday, May 7 at 8 p.m. ET, streaming through Thursday, May 13
Tickets: $20: https://www.washingtonperformingarts.org/seasontickets/home-delivery-plus/alisa-weilerstein-cello/
Concours Musical International de Montreal Finals
Date: Monday, May 10–Friday, May 14
More information: https://www.concoursmontreal.ca/en/piano-2021/
iSing Silicon Valley Girlchoir
Premiere of Daniel Wohl’s Commission
Date: Saturday, May 15
More information: https://isingsv.com/
Washington Performing Arts
Home Delivery Plus: Evgeny Kissin, Joshua Bell, and Steven Isserlis
Date: Premieres Friday, May 21 at 8 p.m. ET, streaming through Thursday, May 27
Tickets: $30: https://www.washingtonperformingarts.org/seasontickets/home-delivery-plus/evgeny-kissin-joshua-bell-steven-isserlis/
The Washington Chorus: Resilience
Date: Friday, June 11 at 8 p.m. ET, streaming through Wednesday, June 30
Tickets: $15: https://thewashingtonchorus.secure.force.com/ticket/ - /instances/a0F0y00001C9RpcEAF
American Pianists Association
2021 Classical Awards Finals
Date: Friday, June 25–Sunday, June 27
More information: https://www.americanpianists.org/about
--Amanda Sweet, Bucklesweet
Famed Pianist Lang Lang to Be Honored at YPC's Annual Gala
The Young People’s Chorus of New York City (YPC) has announced it will honor famed pianist Lang Lang as YPC’s Artistic Honoree during its 2021 Virtual Gala in recognition of his achievements and contribution to the arts as a pianist, educator and philanthropist. The annual event, which will be live streamed on Monday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m. ET, is the chorus’s largest fundraiser and helps to support its year-round programs for more than 2,000 children in New York City and beyond. This will be the first year the gala will be virtual, providing access to a world-wide audience. Tickets are on sale now.
The 2021 gala will feature a vast range of new choral arrangements, from songs by Beyoncé to the Beatles, composers David Lang to Yuka Honda, and from YPC Artist in Residence Gordon Getty. Sweeping across five locations around New York City – from Brooklyn to Harlem to Washington Heights - it will showcase Covid compliant filming with lively vignettes including guest appearances by Grammy, Emmy and Academy Award-winning artists soon to be announced.
Complete information here: https://ypc.org/event/gala-2021/