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.
Pianofest in the Hamptons is delighted to announce critically-acclaimed actor Alec Baldwin will host the July 15th Pianofest concert at Avram Theater, Southampton.
Baldwin brings his witty and poignant humor to Pianofest for one-night only, providing his commentary to the evening’s performances from multiple pianists. Concert program and artists will be announced the day of the performance.
The majestic foothills of the Teton Mountain Range promise a sublime, serene backdrop for the Grand Teton Music Festival’s 58th season, July 3 to August 17. Offering inspiration, rejuvenation, and wonderment for all, the Festival honors the natural environment it calls home and those composers and works that draw inspiration from nature. The Festival’s 2019 lineup includes more than 60 events over seven weeks.
Left unfinished after his death, Mozart’s magnificent final masterpiece Requiem is “full of power and drama,” according to the Chicago Sun-Times. In the opening performance for the 2019 Oregon Bach Festival on Friday, June 28, celebrated British conductor Jane Glover leads the OBF Orchestra and Chorus through this profoundly moving meditation.
“Pavarotti: The Greatest Hits,” a new album featuring 67 recordings from world-renowned opera tenor Luciano Pavarotti, has been released by Decca Records. The album consists of three discs: “Opera Arias,” “Italian Songs & Sacred Arias” and “Great Duets.” The “Great Duets” disc showcases recordings with Andrea Bocelli, Céline Dion, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Mariah Carey, Stevie Wonder and more.
Bang on a Can and MASS MoCA announce a new, three-day music festival called LOUD Weekend, presented for the first time from Friday, August 2 through Sunday, August 4, 2019, at MASS MoCA, located in the Berkshire mountains of western Massachusetts. Over the three-day period, more than 30 concerts will take place in the museum’s vast galleries and throughout its stunning collection of indoor and outdoor performing arts venues.