Juan Diego Flórez’s tenor voice rang throughout Carnegie Hall with favorite opera arias and songs as a sold-out crowd of adoring fans clamored for more. This was the scene on November 18 in New York City, as the superstar performed with Vincenzo Scalera on piano.
Canadian pianist and Portland Piano International guest curator Marc-André Hamelin played with a robust love for the piano in front of a crowd at Carnegie Hall, mastering grand arrangements with ease. This time he performed French popular songs and some of the most technically challenging classics in the repertoire.
Carnegie Hall presented a rare treat for concert-goers on November 14, as The Teatr Wielki - Polish National Opera performed the North American premiere of its heralded Voices of the Mountains program.
Violinist Joseph Maile said it can be a juggling act to balance time between practice, study, rehearsal, teaching and business as one-fourth of the Telegraph Quartet. It can be tempting to allow the business part to take priority, but the Walter W. Naumburg Chamber Music Award-winners strive to make sure it never eclipses the musical part.
Organist, conductor, and music director Greg Morris simply loves the classical life. Though he dabbled briefly in academic music, he quickly discovered he wanted to know how best to perform the music in the here and now, so he decided it was best to get on and do that. “I was lucky enough to find the opportunities to do it and make a living at the same time,” Greg said.
Award-winning conductor Tõnu Kaljuste thinks that performing classics, even from centuries ago, should create a feeling of in the moment, that everything is happening on the spot. “Live music will always stay alive; the audience will show up when the music speaks to them. That’s how easy it should be,” he said.