The festival kicks off with a concert "In Celebration of Our Audience" performed by Jon Manasse (clarinet) and Jon Nakamatsu (piano). "Our wonderful Festival audience has shown incredible dedication and optimism, despite the difficulties of the past year. We conceived of this first concert as a personal message of gratitude for their support and a celebration of live chamber music returning to the Cape. We are thrilled to offer a season of programs including established masterpieces and exciting discoveries," says the two artistic directors about the program.
For complete details, visit https://capecodchambermusic.org/
--Gail Wein, Classical Music Communications
A Dazzling Start for the Festival de Lanaudière
To thunderous applause, the guest artists of the Festival de Lanaudière completely won over an audience clearly overjoyed to finally get back to live concerts. The first two concerts were sold out.
The Festival's second weekend is set for great surprises too! Les Grands Ballets and Les Violons du Roy unite again, to the delight of all lovers of beautiful music, offering a program of mesmerizing dance, enchanting music and divine singing. The following provides an overview of the concerts at the Amphithéâtre Fernand-Lindsay.
For details, visit: https://www.lanaudiere.org/en/broadcast/
--France Gaignard, CN2 Communication
Beginning Aug. 6 on PBS: Diana Damrau & Joseph Calleja in Concert
We're excited to continue to bring audiences this special season of Great Performances at the Met with concerts from Met Opera stars around the world. “Great Performances at the Met: Diana Damrau & Joseph Calleja in Concert” premieres beginning Friday, August 6 on PBS (check local listings).
The soprano-tenor duo take the stage to sing works by Verdi, Bizet, Rossini and more performing from the Cappella Palatina of the Royal Palace of Caserta. Hosted by soprano Angel Blue, the pair are accompanied by Vincenzo Scalera on piano. The New York metro area premiere of the concert is Sunday, August 8 at 12:30 p.m. on THIRTEEN.
Also coming up, “Great Performances: Vienna Summer Night 2021” premieres Friday, August 27 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings), pbs.org/gperf, and the PBS Video app. Conducted by Daniel Harding at Austria’s Schönbrunn Palace, the Vienna Philharmonic’s annual summer night concert features special guest pianist Igor Levit.
--Elizabeth Boone, The WNET Group
Philharmonia & AMOC Announce Star-Filled World Premiere
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale (PBO) presents the world premiere of The No One’s Rose at Stanford University’s Bing Concert Hall on August 26–29, 2021.
A production from American Modern Opera Company (AMOC) that combines music, dance, poetry, and theater, The No One’s Rose features a new score by Matthew Aucoin, set to the poetry of Holocaust survivor Paul Celan, alongside music by Bach, Berlioz, Schubert, Sam Cooke, and Paul Simon. The work, which explores deep questions of how to move forward and return to joy after a world-altering catastrophe, assumes even greater significance as the pandemic continues to shift.
For more about PBO’s 2021-22 season, visit https://philharmonia.org/
--Aleba Gartner, Aleba & Co.
TIME:SPANS Festival 2021
On Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 7:30pm, the TIME:SPANS Festival presents the magnetic and experimental percussion and piano quartet Yarn/Wire at Mary Flagler Cary Hall at The DiMenna Center for Classical Music. Yarn/Wire performs the world premieres of Andrew McIntosh’s Little Jimmy and Wolfgang Heiniger’s Neumond, in addition to Zosha Di Castri’s Tachitipo, which was nominated for a 2021 JUNO Award.
American composer Andrew McIntosh’s Little Jimmy (2020) for two pianos and two percussionists is a 29 minute piece commissioned by Yarn/Wire for the 2020 Virtual TIME:SPANS Festival. In his compositions, McIntosh works with forms and ideas found in nature and incorporates instrumental, vocal, and fixed media forms. Little Jimmy uses field recordings taken on April 23, 2020 in the San Gabriel Mountains, near the Little Jimmy backpackers' camp on Mt. Islip. McIntosh says, “I wasn’t intending to write a piece about wildfire or climate change, but I had already been planning to use those recordings in this piece in late August of 2020 when the Bobcat Fire burned the trees captured in the recordings.”
For complete information and listings, visit https://timespans.org/concert/yarn-wire-3/
--Katy Salomon, Morahan Arts and Media
Conductor Yue Bao Makes Debut with Chicago Symphony
On Sunday, August 8, 2021, conductor Yue Bao will make her debut leading the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) at the Ravinia Festival in the Ravinia Pavilion. Bao was recently included in a feature in The New York Times, profiling young assistant conductors at top American ensembles. Her insightful program for Ravinia includes Chen Yi’s Duo Ye No. 1 for chamber orchestra, Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante for violin and viola featuring Stella Chen and Matthew Lipman, and Tchaikovsky’s Suite No. 4 (“Mozartiana”).
Yue Bao currently serves as the Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Foundation Conducting Fellow of the Houston Symphony, assisting Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada. She made her subscription debut with the Houston Symphony on their opening night concert of the 2020-21 season, following a successful series of livestream concert performances with the orchestra throughout the summer of 2020. In addition to her debut with the CSO at Ravinia, highlights of the upcoming season include several engagements with the Houston Symphony on their summer concert series at the Miller Theater.
For details, visit https://www.yuebaoconductor.com/
--Christina Jensen, Jensen Artists
Washington Performing Arts's 2021/22 Season
Washington Performing Arts today announced its return to live, in-person performances for the 2021/22 season in venues across the D.C. region. The upcoming season comprises wide-ranging events that represent both the organization’s characteristic eclecticism and the inherent diversity and daring of the region’s community. The newly announced programs include classical and new music concerts, jazz performances, multidisciplinary and contemporary dance productions, and more. The season as a whole focuses on the return of live art, centering artists’ voices, and supporting the creation of diverse new works.
Season subscriptions will go on sale on Tuesday, August 31 at 9:30am, with single tickets becoming available on Wednesday, September 15 at 9:30am. Further details about the 2021/22 season are available now on the Washington Performing Arts website: https://www.washingtonperformingarts.org/
--Camille Cintrón Devlin, Bucklesweet
Schedules and Single Day Ticket Sales for Bang on a Can: LOUD Weekend at MASS MoCA
Bang on a Can and MASS MoCA announce the hourly schedule for their multi-day music festival called LOUD Weekend, presented on Friday, July 30 and Saturday, July 31, 2021, at MASS MoCA in North Adams, located in the Berkshire mountains of western Massachusetts (1040 MASS MoCA Way). LOUD Weekend features two days of ear-bending music and mind-blowing art exhibitions taking place throughout the museum’s vast galleries and its stunning collection of indoor and outdoor performing arts venues.
LOUD Weekend launched in 2019 as an expansion of Bang on a Can’s long-running Bang on a Can Marathon, multiplying that inclusive and ambitious programming from one day, to multiple days. Bang on a Can co-founders and artistic directors Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe say:
We're back! We're live! We're LOUD WEEKEND! This year we welcome our friends the Kronos Quartet, the intrepid troubadours of experimental music who come bearing ear-bending world premieres by Terry Riley, Mary Kouyoumdjian and Sky Macklay. We pay tribute to Martin Bresnick, a shining light of American music celebrating his 75th birthday. We open the second LW as we did the first, with the overlooked, and now newly discovered minimalist giant Julius Eastman. We walk into the wondrous world of Dana Jessen and her switched-on bassoon featuring George Lewis's ground-shaking Seismologic. We welcome the joyous jazz-infused music of singer/violinist Mazz Swift. We take an other-worldly trip into Gérard Grisey's Vortex Temporum. Robert Honstein takes us on an exquisite sonic walking tour through the rooms of his childhood home. We are transported into the voices, songs and stories that run through Nathalie Joachim's powerful Famn d'Ayiti. And so much more!
For complete information, visit https://bangonacan.org/
--Maggie Stapleton, Jensen Artists
American Bach Soloists’ mid-week ABS Festival concerts bring a wide variety of exciting programs that would interest any concert-goer. With music from Bach's predecessors all the way forward to Rachmaninoff, the ABS Festival is covering all bases!
Read on to learn more about these three Festival programs and enjoy a video preview of one of the works to be performed.
Tuesday August 3, 7pm
Herbst Theatre, San Francisco
“The Devil’s Trill”
Thursday August 5, 7pm
Herbst Theatre, San Francisco
“Bach & His World”
Friday August 6, 7pm
Herbst Theatre, San Francisco
Watch and listen to a preview of “Bach and His World”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2078ZFOsXQ
For full information, visit https://americanbach.org/sfbachfestival/
--American Bach Soloists