Grammy Award-winning mezzo Susan Graham launches her 2018-19 season in the company of Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, with whom she reprises her celebrated account of Mahler’s Third Symphony on a high-profile European tour that kicks off at London’s BBC Proms and takes in Berlin, Leipzig, Vienna, Lucerne, and Paris.
Internationally acclaimed harpist Yolanda Kondonassis returns to the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra for encore performances of Pulitzer Prize-winner Jennifer Higdon’s Harp Concerto on Thursday, September 20, and Saturday, September 22, in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre (26 Gibbs Street, Rochester).
With its largest and most diverse group of residencies, curators, and series to date, National Sawdust – the music incubator and venue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn – announced highlights of its fourth groundbreaking season, featuring a mix of veteran and emerging artists, festivals, and cross-genre collaborations. Providing a crucial platform for artists underrepresented by mainstream institutions, National Sawdust’s new season features the premiere or development of more than 25 new works, allowing audiences unprecedented access to bold new music and innovative creative voices.
The 2018-19 season of concerts at Saint Thomas Church on Fifth Avenue in New York City will begin with a long-anticipated, major dedicatory event centered on the inauguration of the church’s new Miller-Scott Organ. After over ten years of planning, this magnificent organ will be debuted by Saint Thomas’s current organist and director of music, Daniel Hyde, in a special solo recital at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 5.
Grammy-winning guitarist Jason Vieaux is featured on the forthcoming album House of Cards Symphonyfeaturing music composed and conducted by Jeff Beal, available from BIS Records worldwide on August 24. The album features music inspired by the Netflix production House of Cards and Beal’s score, which won two Emmy Awards.
I grew up in rural Ohio, surrounded by thousands upon thousands of acres of corn and soybeans. Fields vast enough that you could legitimately get lost as a young person, and sometimes I actually did. But from a very early age, boxed in by this bucolic Midwestern setting though I was, I dreamt of mountains. I happily remember drawing pictures of mountains for hours on end. My favorite TV show was that short-lived 1970s show set in the mountains, Grizzly Adams. I mean, I really thought everyone should grow up and have a pet grizzly bear named “Ben”!
“A star of the first magnitude,” Latvian mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča takes center stage in New York this fall. On September 24, she headlines her first season-opening gala at the Metropolitan Opera, making her house title role debut in a new production of Saint-Saëns’s Samson et Dalila opposite her frequent co-star Roberto Alagna, with whom her final performance on October 20 will be transmitted “Live in HD” to cinemas worldwide. Then, three days later on October 23, she returns to the main stage of Carnegie Hall for a lieder recital with pianist Malcolm Martineau.
A stunning new album that sees the U.K. pianist and composer Alexis Ffrench propel himself to yet further heights, Evolution features a host of guests, from Boston-based electro folk duo Tall Heights; to The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Adam Klemans; and international classical harpist Lavinia Meijer. The album has already spawned a success in previous single “Moments”, seeing it feature on Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist, a huge moment for a solo piano track.
Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC) opens its fall 2018 season on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at 7:30pm with BAC Salon: Syzmanowski, Berio + Debussy, a program of sumptuous, turn of the 20th century masterworks for string quartet by Karol Szymanowski and Claude Debussy, and Luciano Berio’s Sequenza III, one of the great modern feats for solo voice.