Having brought “a touch of the sublime” (Telegraph, UK) to Handel’s Semele on their recent high-profile European tour, now the Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, and John Eliot Gardiner look forward to embarking on “Monteverdi | Carissimi | Scarlatti,” an international tour of choral masterpieces (Sep 26–Nov 19).
The Metropolitan Opera’s annual Summer HD Festival,presenting free outdoor screenings of operas in Lincoln Center Plaza, returns for the 11th time this summer, with one screening each night from Saturday, August 24, to Monday, September 2. The series features ten performances from the company’s acclaimed Live in HD series of movie theater transmissions, including performances from the 2018–19 season as well as some of the most popular transmissions from past years.
Now featured in Carnegie Hall’s Rose Museum: Carnegie Hall's first-ever exhibit about its visionary founder Andrew Carnegie charts the Carnegie family's passage from Scotland through the course of Andrew’s extraordinary life and ever-present influence in America. Titled Andrew Carnegie: His Life and Legacy, the exhibit—now open for free viewing daily on the second floor of Carnegie Hall—opened in March as part of Carnegie Hall’s citywide festival Migrations: The Making of America. The exhibit remains on display through October 2019 commemorating Andrew Carnegie’s centenary year.
TheInternational Contemporary Ensemble announces six composers chosen to be the first ICEcommons Artists-in-Residence:Helga Arias, Kate Gentile, Murat Çolak, Ylva Lund Bergner, Fernanda Navarro, and Bergrún Snæbjörnsdóttir.Represented by a diversity of backgrounds and musical styles, the cohort was selected by a panel of ICE musicians and outside experts who, over the course of six weeks, became familiar with more than 700 composers who submitted their creative work for consideration via a new “call for scores” on the ICEcommons web portal.
American Classical Orchestra (ACO) released its programming for the 2019-20 season—the orchestra’s 35th year of presenting historically accurate, engaging, and educational concerts led by Artistic Director and Founder Thomas Crawford.ACO performs four concerts at Lincoln Center; two salon concerts; a 35th anniversary gala benefit; a performance at the Church of St. Vincent Ferrer; a family concert and instrument petting zoo in Norwalk, CT; and Cycle II of its three-year Sfzp Fortepiano Project, including a performance at New York Society for Ethical Culture.
The Santa Fe Opera recently introduced Leoš Janáček’s Jenůfa to audiences for the first time in the company’s 63 year history. A co-production between Houston Grand Opera, Washington National Opera and the English National Opera, David Alden’s production of Jenůfa, now adapted to the Santa Fe Opera’s stage, updates the mis-en-scène from an isolated, tight-knit community in 19th-century Moravia to an impoverished industrial section of Soviet-era Czechoslovakia.
Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT)—Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony, Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the New World Symphony, and Conductor Laureate of the London Symphony Orchestra—has been selected by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as one of five Honorees who will receive the 2019 Kennedy Center Honors for lifetime artistic achievements.
Philadelphia Young Pianists’ Academy (PYPA) is set to begin its 7th annual piano festival, set for August 2-11, 2019 at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. This highly-anticipated summer music festival accepts 20 gifted pianists globally to participate in 10 days of master classes and recitals with legendary concert artists and pedagogues, including gold medalists at the Chopin, Cliburn, and Rubinstein competitions.
GRAMMY-nominated vocal quartet New York Polyphony today announces the release of its latest album Peñalosa – Lamentationes on September 6 on BIS Records. The album features rarely heard works from late 15th-century and early 16th-century Spanish composers Francisco de Peñalosa, Pedro de Escobar, and Francisco Guerrero, including world premiere recordings of Peñalosa's Lamentations and movements of his Missa L’homme armé.
On July 19, Grammy-winning guitarist Jason Vieaux and the Escher Quartet release Dance on Azica Records. The album captures three quintets they have performed extensively for the past decade around the United States and abroad: Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Guitar Quintet, Op. 143; Aaron Jay Kernis’ 100 Greatest Dance Hits; and Luigi Boccherini’s Guitar Quintet No. 4, “Fandango.”
In a creative addition to the new Riga Jurmala Music Festival, Riga Wine & Champagne, the company behind the Baltic’s largest champagne and wine festival, is joining the music festival to create the inspiring initiative of pairing concerts with wine to enhance the experience of festivalgoers.
Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI) announces the 2019–2020 grant recipients for PlayUSA, a program that supports a wide range of instrumental music education projects across the United States, all specifically designed to reach low-income and underserved students on a local level.
Opera Philadelphia pays tribute to Jack Mulroney Music Director Corrado Rovaris next season. Since making his house debut in 1999, the esteemed Italian conductor has “presided over a striking evolution at Opera Philadelphia” (Opera News), playing a key part in establishing the company as “one of American opera’s success stories” (New York Times).
One of classical music’s most exciting young talents, Jonathon Heyward, is set to become Chief Conductor of the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie (NWD). Recently described as “one to watch” by the Daily Telegraph, Heyward has already received critical acclaim for his work as the Hallé’s Assistant Conductor and guest conducting engagements in Europe, Asia and the United States.
In response to the 2014 algae bloom in Lake Erie, Cleveland composer Margaret Brouwer decided to create an environmental oratorio with hopes of increasing interest around Lake Erie and other threatened bodies of water.
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, Carnegie Hall will present a multimedia show created by historian John Monsky that incorporates a 30-piece orchestra, Broadway artists, film and photography, and his own narration.
Shanghai Orchestra Academy (SOA) celebrated its fifth anniversary with the commencement of 10 graduates on July 1. SOA is a collaboration between the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra (SSO), New York Philharmonic, and Shanghai Conservatory of Music. It provides a new approach in China to train fresh graduates from music conservatories to become professional orchestra musicians through a two-year program and international partnership.
A year in the making, Bach in Motion premieres on July 5 as a transformational venture by Oregon Bach Festival, DanceAbility International, and the University of Oregon Dance Department. This unconventional and beautiful project pulls together people of all types and abilities to showcase how music can transcend and relate to everyone everywhere.
The Boston-based Neave Trio is making its Lincoln Center debut on July 26 as a part of the 2019 Mostly Mozart Festival. It will be performing Astor Piazzolla’s “The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires” in David Geffen Hall on July 26 and 27 at 6:30 p.m.
This fall, artists and audiences from the Washington, D.C. area, the U.S., and around the globe come together at the nation’s cultural capital to dance, sing, create, collaborate, listen, learn, talk, share, and celebrate the opening of the REACH, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’s unprecedented new expansion, during the free 16-day REACH Opening Festival on September 7–22.