The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) embarks upon its Valletta 2018 Tour, its first-ever American performances celebrating the orchestra’s 50th anniversary and the naming of Malta’s capital city, Valletta, as a European Capital of Culture 2018. The tour commences in Philadelphia on November 27 at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, continues to North Bethesda on November 29 at the Music Center at Strathmore, and culminates in New York City on December 1 at Carnegie Hall.
Composer Alexey Shor wasn’t always working in the classical music world. The mathematician and avid concert-goer now has his music performed at major concert halls throughout the world, including in the United States.
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.
Despite the stresses and demands of his life as a professional singer, German baritone Benjamin Appl said he would not change anything, recognizing it is a privilege to live this life. “Sometimes I have asked myself if there is anyone in this world with whom I would like to swap lives, and I can always truly say that I am most happy where I am, and there is no one with whom I would want to exchange lives.”
What started off as a small YouTube series has flourished into a nonprofit media empire that inspires classical musicians around the globe to achieve more, create, and find healing in their art. Living the Classical Life is directed by award-winning cinematographer Peter Hobbs with host Zsolt Bognár. While over 50 episodes exist, we wanted to highlight our top 10 pianist episodes featuring Daniil Trifonov, Yuja Wang, Emanuel Ax, Stephen Hough, Gary Graffman, and five other star pianists.
Known as the “master of the miniature,” Hungarian composer György Kurtág has taken on a big task. The now 92-year-old world-renowned artist will have his first opera open on November 15 at Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy.
Michael Brofman wanted to keep things simple for this season at The Brooklyn Art Song Society (BASS). The vocal accompanist and BASS artistic director said the past few years, BASS was becoming more and more extravagant. Two years ago, the Wien festival included 11 composers. Last years “La France” had up to 20 composers, as well as a re-creation of George Seurat’s “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte” with all the French composers were performing as the promotional image.
Two years after the release of his highly successful album Dolce Vita, tenor JonasKaufmann reaffirmed his love affair with Italian music with a special concert that included mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili, released by Sony Classical. In what can be seen as a culmination of his dedication to Italy and its music, the concert has become one of this year’s biggest classical music events.
There is no stopping composer Kevin Puts, who gained a Pulitzer Prize for his very first opera, Silent Night. This busy musician has the re-staging of that famed opera, as well as many other projects up his sleeves.
The opera world is no longer for sitting inside a theater and quietly watching a performance, according to Opera Philadelphia. In its second year of production, this year’s festival, titled O18, has even attracted international attention while impacting this city in Pennsylvania.