#Orchestra Music

A Night to Remember With the Return of the CSO and Maestro Muti

It was a great spirit-raising moment of rebirth, celebration and pure musical enchantment Thursday night as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (in sublime form), along with an ebullient Maestro Riccardo Muti and a large, exuberant audience were all reunited in Orchestra Hall for the first time in 19 months. (And if you need a more iconic moment to encapsulate the evening there was this: Realizing his black face mask had fallen to the floor as bows were being taken Muti took hold of his baton and retrieved that now essential accessory on the end the stick with an expression of playful disdain that clearly struck a comic chord throughout the hall.)
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Andreas Delfs makes official debut as RPO music director in impressive concert

The Andreas Delfs era has officially begun for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. On Thursday, Delfs conducted his first RPO Philharmonics concert as music director to kick off the 2021-22 season. Though Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre was far from filled, the audience was receptive, and Delfs and company treated them...

Performing Arts Center season features variety of orchestras

Between classical soloists, Americana acts and dance companies, the UGA Performing Arts Center presents a slate of orchestras in its 25th anniversary season. And these orchestras could not be more different, as they range from the world’s leading big band to Georgia’s own major symphony to the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain.
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Vänskä begins his victory lap with an exhilarating Fifth of Beethoven

This is your life, Osmo Vänskä. Just as that old TV show surprised some celebrity with a reunion-filled journey down Memory Lane, so is Vänskä's final season as Minnesota Orchestra music director something of a nostalgia fest. Take Thursday evening's season-opening concert at Minneapolis' Orchestra Hall. Back in 2000, Vänskä's...

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Extends Riccardo Muti’s Contract

The Chicago Symphony has renewed Riccardo Muti’s contract as Music Director until the 2022-23. The 80-year-old Italian conductor began his tenure with the orchestra in 2010, succeeding Daniel Barenboim, and is set to lead 10 weeks of concerts in Chicago and four weeks on tour, which will include a trip to China, Japan, and Taiwan.

Florence Price’s Music Showcased by 
Yannick Nézet-Séguin and The Philadelphia Orchestra

The Philadelphia Orchestra and its Music Director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin release their latest album Florence Price: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3 to celebrate the achievements of Florence Price in surmounting systemic barriers of African-Americans and women in classical music. Price came to prominence almost ninety years ago. The composer’s Symphony No....
Chicago Sun-Times

Riccardo Muti, Chicago Symphony Orchestra triumph in full return to live performances

Music director Riccardo Muti called Thursday’s Chicago Symphony Orchestra concert a “very special occasion.”. There were milestones aplenty. Not only did the concert mark the beginning of the 2021-22 season, it was also the first time the full orchestra gathered on the Orchestra Hall stage in any sort of normal way in nearly 19 months. (Mask and vaccination requirements were in place.)
Valdosta Daily Times

Valdosta Symphony finds new beat

VALDOSTA – Britton-René Collins couldn't resist the rhythm of percussion. She began piano lessons at the age of 5 but drums caught her ears and eyes by the age of 8. "I was curious," Collins said. "I wanted to get my hands on a pair of drumsticks and experience what it felt like to play the drum set, to create the sounds I loved hearing. I asked my parents for lessons and instantly felt connected to percussion the moment I began to play.

Lee’s Presidential Concert Series to Welcome Bidini, LA Piano Trio

Lee University is pleased to welcome pianist Fabio Bidini back to campus for the second installment of the Presidential Concert Series. Bidini will return with the Los Angeles Piano Trio on Tuesday, Oct. 5, at 7: 30 p.m. in Pangle Hall for what promises to be an outstanding concert. The...
Newport News-Times

Spotlight on the Teachers Concert is Sunday

“A Piano Extravaganza” will be presented this Sunday, Sept. 26, at 2 p.m. at the Newport Performing Arts Center. The concert will also be livestreamed on YouTube by students of the Video Class at Waldport High School. Two students with their teacher, Philip Reed, will be on site to do the recording.

Marshall Symphony Launches Platinum Season

The Marshall Symphony Orchestra will return to the stage of the Baker Auditorium at East Texas Baptist University on Saturday evening, September 25, 2021 at 7 pm, kicking off its 70th season of music making. The Platinum Season, as it’s called, has dedicated the opening concert to the music of the great Romantic composer, Tchaikovsky. The orchestra will feature the outstanding piano prodigy Antonio (‘Nio) Ajero as soloist, as well as include favorites such as the Suite from Sleeping Beauty. The concert will be conducted by the MSO’s internationally renown music director, Kermit Poling.

A period of adjustment, as Philharmonic acclimates to Rose Theater

The 2021-22 Season of the New York Philharmonic promises to be a long experiment—not so much with musical content but everything to do with concert experiences. Playing in a number of venues, while David Geffen Concert Hall is being renovated, each Philharmonic event is going to explore just how well the orchestra, its venues, and its audience can work together.

The Return of a Muscatine Cultural Pillar Celebrating its 20th Anniversary

Muscatine, Iowa – On Saturday, October 9, 2021, the Muscatine Symphony Orchestra returns to present its first masterworks concert of the 2021-2022 performance season. The Muscatine Symphony Orchestra was able to succeed where countless other orchestras had not during the 2020-21 concert season. Many organizations had to cancel entire concert seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but through generous, continued financial support, amazing community collaborations, and a dedicated group of personnel and musicians, the MSO was able to create a full five MasterWorks concert season to release virtually, and FREE, to the community and beyond.

Musicians thrilled to be back, together

Taking over the role of executive director of a symphony orchestra in the middle of a pandemic would seem a daunting task if not an outright fool’s errand, but Samantha Johnson-Helms was up to the challenge. As the head of the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra since July 2020, Johnson-Helms —...