#Orchestral Music

Rigoletto; London Symphony Orchestra/Rattle – review

One grisly moment aside, Oliver Mears’s first ROH production feels like a straightforward Rigoletto made to last. And a Julian Anderson world premiere is the timely centrepiece of the LSO’s season opener. Titian’s seductive Venus of Urbino dominates the opulent court of the rapacious Duke of Mantua in the first...
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Sonic 30th Anniversary Symphony album now available on iTunes and Apple Music

Sonic fans who missed out on the Sonic 30th Anniversary Symphony concert on the Blue Blur’s birthday or simply want to relive the magic of hearing the orchestral Sonic tracks can now hear it all over again at any time on a music streaming service of their choice. Sega has released the Sonic 30th Anniversary Symphony album on iTunes and Apple Music, and it may roll out to other music streaming platforms, like Spotify, by next week.
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New York Philharmonic Marks 'Homecoming' After Pandemic Cancellations

Following 556 days of pandemic-inflicted cancellations and unconventional concerts, the New York Philharmonic opened its new season Friday, a "homecoming" for musicians limited to live streams, one-off and outdoor shows for more than a year. After enduring months of crisis, the Phil, one of America's oldest musical institutions, re-opened its...
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Week in review

“A sneak peek at France’s first cultural venue celebrating stained glass”. France’s very first museum of stained glass, La Cité du vitrail, will be opening next year in the medieval town of Troyes (home of Chrétien de Troyes, the beloved twelfth-century writer of Arthurian romances). The region contains over two hundred churches and over one thousand stained-glass windows, hence its unofficial designation as the nation’s stained-glass capital. The museum will contain a research facility and space for temporary exhibitions, and it will also have a permanent display drawn from its 750-piece archive. Among the pieces on show will be a delicate seventh-century fragment on loan from Le Musée des antiquités in Rouen and a new window designed by the contemporary painter Fabienne Verdier and manufactured by a local workshop. This weekend the museum, which sits in the newly restored Hôtel-Dieu-le-Comte, founded as a hospital in the twelfth century and rebuilt in the eighteenth, will be giving preview tours to a lucky few before its grand opening next spring.
Scientific American

How Music Can Literally Heal the Heart

In a maverick method, nephrologist Michael Field taught medical students to decipher different heart murmurs through their stethoscopes, trills, grace notes, and decrescendos to describe the distinctive sounds of heart valves snapping closed, and blood ebbing through leaky valves in plumbing disorders of the heart. Separately, in music based on...

Piano On The Common: Music For Two Keyboards

The Parish Center for the Arts wraps up their summer Concert on the Common series on Saturday, September 25, with a performance for two pianos by Bonnie Anderson and Stella Owens. Concert starts at 2:00 pm. Online purchase available below ( $40/Family, $20/person, $10/Seniors & child under 12) About the...

Teddy Abrams & Louisville Orchestra Stage Free Outdoor Concert in Iroquois Amphitheater (Sep 24) to Kick Off Inclusion-Focused 2021-22 Season Celebrating Composers of Color, Women Composers, Latin American Music & Six World Premieres

“A model for other orchestras, large and small, across the country.”. — San Francisco Classical Voice on the Louisville Orchestra. Now in its eighth season under the inspired and inspiring leadership of Music Director Teddy Abrams, the Louisville Orchestra launches its 2021-22 season with a free outdoor concert in Louisville’s Iroquois Amphitheater that reflects the season’s programming priorities, most importantly that the orchestra be a channel for creating a stronger community (Sep 24). That priority is also reflected in the theme of inclusion the season is built around. With more than 45 scheduled performances in and around Louisville, season highlights include six world premieres; works by composers of color and women composers of three centuries; a three-part festival of Latin American music featuring world premieres by Angélica Negrón and Dafnis Prieto; and the first concert in a multi-season series exploring Black and Jewish music. A major highlight of the season is the world premiere of Abrams’s Piano Concerto, written for and featuring acclaimed pianist Yuja Wang. Also featured are the world premieres of Adolphus Hailstork’s Fourth Symphony and a Louisville Orchestra commission from rising young Louisville composer KiMani Bridges, a new edition of the popular “Teddy Talks…” series deconstructing Schubert’s “Great” Symphony No. 9, performances of Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians and the group composition The Blue Hour at Old Forester’s Paristown Hall, and much more. Complementing these offerings are pops concerts with music of John Williams, ABBA and Elton John; and family concerts including Peter and the Wolf and the Jingle Bells holiday program. Attendance at all performances in the 2021-22 season is subject to currently recommended COVID-19 safety protocols.

After Pandemic Cancellations, the New York Philharmonic Celebrates a ‘Homecoming.’

After Pandemic Cancellations, the New York Philharmonic Celebrates a ‘Homecoming.’. The New York Philharmonic began its new season on Friday, after 556 days of pandemic-related cancellations and unorthodox performances. It was a “homecoming” for musicians who had been limited to live broadcasts, one-off, and outdoor performances for more than a year.

Sebastião Salgado’s Amazônia Is Too Vast For Just One Platform

Before you peruse renowned photographer and filmmaker Sebastião Salgado’s hefty new Taschen tome or attend the Peter Fetterman Gallery exhibition of selected prints from the project, download its remarkable soundtrack. Available on Spotify, it is an integral accompaniment rafted by electronic music legend Jean-Michel Jarre as an evocative sonic world-building. The dimensionality of its orchestral, archival and field-recording compositions creates a moody and magical energetic tone for encountering the art and deepens the viewer’s sense of being transported to another place — to the place. To the place that for Salgado, is the beating heart of the world and which must at all costs be saved.

‘SinfónicAs’ arrives at the Agüimes Auditorium after its resounding success at the Alfredo Kraus

With all the seats sold, SinfónicAs became a true show of music, voices, lights and sound that made the audience at the Alfredo Kraus vibrate for almost two hours of performance. Moneiba Hidalgo, Marieme Abdouyale, Almudena Hernández and Dunia Santana were indisputably the soul of a unique musical evening and, together with the classical music orchestral group, they offered a delicious repertoire that recalled authentic icons of female music of the last century.

O Brothers, Where Art Thou?

The history of brother groups in the music industry. A couple months after releasing Femme Collective, a piece about sister groups, I considered writing the sequel. This is that piece! Welcome to the twin piece about brother groups in the music industry. There are both incredibly popular and unsung heroes in this piece. Each of these groups have at least two members who are siblings. In this article, I’m going to highlight some commonalities amongst the groups. These comparisons will fit under three buckets. Like the sister group article, they will include “Influences,” “Musical Sound,” and “The Nature of Their Rise.”

Lewiston singer-songwriter releases new album

Lewiston-based musician Chris Robley has released his newest album, “A Filament In the Wilderness of What Comes Next.” Robley established a career as a singer-songwriter opening for shows by Wye Oak, Thao Nguyen (of Thao & the Get Down Stay Down). NPR said about his music, “Dark, romantic strains take flight. This gothic, orchestral indie-pop is sure to leave heads spinning with its unique and haunting sound.” No Depression called Robley “enticing… The very real deal.” And the LA Times said his work is “poetic, evocative.”

Top 10 John Denver Songs

Our Top 10 John Denver Songs list takes a look at one of music’s most successful singers, songwriters, actors, activists and humanitarians. He was one of the best-selling artists of the 70s. Denver was one of the most popular acoustic artists of the 70s. He has recorded and released 300 songs. He wrote about 200 of the songs he released. Denver released 33 albums throughout his career. Denver had singles that were certified gold and platinum. His hits include “Take Me Home, Country Roads” and “Rocky Mountain High.” He has sold more than 33 million albums. His songs were mostly about nature, city life, his love of music and relationships. He had crossover appeal because his songs were featured on multiple Billboard charts. In addition to his music, John Denver was bit by the acting bug. He appeared in movies and TV specials. It’s time to take a closer look at John Denver’s career.