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Classical Beat: January, 2012

Posted at 12:40 AM ET, 01/25/2012

Link: Bell, and Ethel

Links to reviews of Joshua Bell’s recital on Monday night, and the performance by the contemporary string quartet Ethel.

By Anne Midgette and Stephen Brookes  |  12:40 AM ET, 01/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:32 AM ET, 01/25/2012

Link: Music, or muzak, in public: crime deterrent, elitist territory-marking, or just plain annoying?

A link to my Sunday piece on the use of music to help create a model (ha) society.

By Anne Midgette  |  12:32 AM ET, 01/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:15 AM ET, 01/25/2012

Links: this was the week that was on Washington’s classical scene

Post reviews of a weeks’ worth of concert music in the DC area.

By Anne Midgette and other critics  |  12:15 AM ET, 01/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:44 PM ET, 01/24/2012

Teaching tomorrow’s critics?

The Steve and Cynthia Rubin Institute at Oberlin is a laudable attempt to create a new generation of compelling music writers. A question: How many readers of this blog appreciated Xenakis when they were in college?

By Anne Midgette  |  11:44 PM ET, 01/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:25 PM ET, 01/18/2012

19th century Brazilian music finds the spotlight through Americantiga concert at NGA

“In an intriguing — if trouble-prone — concert on Sunday at the National Gallery of Art, the musicologist Ricardo Bernardes, soprano Rosana Orsini and the early-music Americantiga ensemble resurrected much of Brazilian soprano Joaquina Lapinha’s actual repertoire.

By Stephen Brookes  |  01:25 PM ET, 01/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:14 PM ET, 01/17/2012

Commissions, commissions: SFO announces three more

Three world premieres in 2013, including new works by Mark Adamo and Tobias Picker, represent the strongest stand yet by a major company for contemporary American opera — and perhaps the first time a Stephen King novel has been brought to the opera stage.

By  |  05:14 PM ET, 01/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:51 PM ET, 01/16/2012

Speaking of American opera: another new program in Fort Worth

Yet another opera company creates a progam to showcase new American opera — in this case, works in progress.

By Anne Midgette  |  10:51 PM ET, 01/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:58 PM ET, 01/16/2012

What’s American music, again?

Virgil Thomson summed up the difficulty of categorization in a 1948 quote. The problem hasn’t changed since then, but some of the categories sure have.

By Anne Midgette  |  04:58 PM ET, 01/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:36 PM ET, 01/13/2012

NY church suspends ambitious music program of DC choral director

Julian Wachner, music director of The Washington Chorus, took over as music director of Trinity Church in New York in 2010 and set out to revitalize its music department. It worked - until the church evidently decided he was too expensive. Even popular and critical success, it seems, is not always enough.

By Anne Midgette  |  04:36 PM ET, 01/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:49 AM ET, 01/13/2012

Link: NSO plays Mackey

A link to my review of Thursday night’s National Symphony Orchestra concert with the violin soloist Leila Josefowicz.

By Anne Midgette  |  07:49 AM ET, 01/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:11 PM ET, 01/12/2012

Carnegie Hall offers yet another “national” intiative with new youth orchestra

The National Youth Orchestra of the United States will bow in 2013 at the Kennedy Center and elsewhere, made up of Americans, led by a European, Valery Gergiev, and touring Europe.

By Anne Midgette  |  04:11 PM ET, 01/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:54 AM ET, 01/11/2012

On the American-ness of “American Opera”

WNO’s music director adds his own thoughts on American opera to an ongoing discussion: what makes an opera “American,” and does it really matter?

By Anne Midgette  |  11:54 AM ET, 01/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:03 AM ET, 01/10/2012

WNO offers new initiatives for the new year

The Washington National Opera announces a new program for commissioning contemporary American opera from young artists — and, finally, the “Ring” cycle, in 2016.

By Anne Midgette  |  10:03 AM ET, 01/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)


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