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Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Mormon Tabernacle Choir Mount Handel’s 'Hallelujah' Chorus with International Guests >>

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir is renowned for performing George Frideric Handel’s famous “Hallelujah Chorus”. This year, the choir invited singers worldwide in joining them via internet submission to present the influential passage from Handel’s famous 'Messiah' oratorio.

Foundling Hospital

Handel's "Foundling Hospital Anthem" Replaced by Composer Luke Styles After 260 Years >>

After 260 years, The Foundling Museum is passing the torch on its cherished anthem: the "The Foundling Hospital Anthem", originally composed by the beloved German-English composer George Frideric Handel for the hospital. It will pass to Luke Styles, the new composer-in-residence at the hospital. The new work, officially called the "Foundling Museum Anthem" was inspired by the original and, according to Rhinegold Publishing, was performed in February by the early music ensemble La Nuova Musica alongside children from Argyle Primary School.

Kenneth Kiesler

Kenneth Kiesler to Lead 20th Masterclass for Orchestral and Choir Conductors, Focuses on Handel & Mozart >>

For aspiring conductors in the Berlin region (or with the means to travel), an opportunity to learn from the best in the business is around the corner. American conductor Kenneth Kiesler will be leading the 20th International Masterclass for Orchestral and Choir Conductors in May 2016, with applications now being accepted. An icon in the world of conducting, Maestro Kiesler's orchestra credits are too long to list. As director of the IMB program (International Masterclasses Berlin), the Grammy-nominated conductor and recipient of the 2011 American Prize in Conducting will be arriving at the St. Lukas Church, Berlin in May to extend his years of experience to a lucky few, in a public context. The repertoire will focus on Händel and Mozart.

St. Thomas Choir of Men & Boys w/ Concert Royal (Photo by Ira Lippke, courtesy of Dan Dutcher Public Relations)

Handel's 'Messiah' Revisited: St. Thomas Choir of Men & Boys, Concert Royal [LIVE REVIEW] >>

While it stands to reason that Handel’s 'Messiah' -- with its continued circulation and worldwide appreciation -- would go on to refine itself over the centuries, the St. Thomas Choir of Men & Boys and the Concert Royal have yet to falter on their annual tradition: the pillar Christmas mass, a full-length two-and-a-half hour arrangement of 'Messiah', performed for its encore act on December 10th at St. Thomas Church.

McDonalds Scotland to Play Classical Music, Respond to Public Unrest Inside

Fast Food Fight: Scotch Mickey D's Piping in Beethoven, Bach to Quell Public Unrest >>

If one were to scour the vast libraries of YouTube for fast food restaurant brawls, one might find a buffet of altercations taking place at Wendy's, IHOP and so on. However, for Scotland's busiest McDonalds, a new regiment of classical music is being played in order to simmer down the revolting public.

R.B. Schlather

EXCLUSIVE: Classicalite Q&A with R.B. Schlather >>

For all the bogus boilerplate about how classical music is dead or even well-intentioned words regarding how she can stay breathing, precious few--performers, ensembles and institutions--are actually doing anything to change both conversation and prognosis. Moreover, when it comes to remounting baroque opera in our digi-epoch, fewer still have the informed perspective, due diligence and, well, cojones to really make a difference. Save for one R.B. Schlather, of course.

Festival d'Aix-en-Provence

Highlights: Festival d'Aix-en-Provence Announces 2015 Opera Season >>

One of Europe’s most prestigious opera festivals, the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence recently announced opera highlights of its upcoming season, to be held July 2-21, 2015 at picturesque and historical venues in and around the ancient Provençal city of Aix.

Christopher Hogwood, founder of The Academy of Ancient Music, Dies at 73

Christopher Hogwood, founder of The Academy of Ancient Music, Dies at 73 >>

A Baroque music specialist, period instrument pioneer and multi-faceted musician, Christopher Hogwood has died at the age of 73.

Mostly Mozart Presents Handel’s Opera ‘Acis and Galatea’ as Interpreted by the Mark Morris Dance Group and Isaac Mizrahi

Mostly Mozart Presents Handel’s Opera ‘Acis and Galatea’ as Interpreted by the Mark Morris Dance Group and Isaac Mizrahi >>

One of the most unusual offerings of Mostly Mozart this summer is a new production by the Mark Morris Dance Group of Handel’s opera 'Acis and Galatea' at Lincoln Center on August 7-9.

Sir George Christie

Sir George Christie, Beloved Glyndebourne Opera Chief, Dead at 80 >>

One of the best-loved figures in the British musical establishment has passed away.

Era of the "Fat Lady" is Over, Says American Soprano Danielle de Niese >>

The American soprano Danielle de Niese, has told the Daily Telegraph newspaper that the era of the "fat lady" stereotype in opera is over. Or rather that it has no basis in fact, though it might linger in the media and people's imaginations.

Festival d’Aix-en-Provence Announces 2014 Opera Season >>

The 2014 Festival d’Aix-en-Provence will unfold in extraordinary settings and historical venues, many of them open-air, in and around the picturesque ancient Provençal city of Aix.

Nashville Symphony Chorus Celebrates Turning 50 by Repeating History

Nashville Symphony Chorus Celebrates Turning 50 by Repeating History >>

Handel's 'Messiah' was there at the start, in 1963, and it is there again. A fitting birthday party for a much-admired chorus.

Classicalite’s 8 Best: Musical Works for Chanukah >>

Expecting a Classicalite's Five Best? It's Chanukah! And even though there's a shocking paucity of decent music for this particular Jewish festival, 8 is indeed the number...

Sonia Marie De León de Vega Bringing Classical Music to L.A. Latinos, One Family at a Time >>

Maestra Sonia Marie De León de Vega takes the stage. She's greeted with enthusiastic applause from an audience of families with young children, teenagers and young adults. About 80 percent of the audience members are Latino. The unusual demographics of this concert, presented by the Santa Cecilia Orchestra in Los Angeles last season, are the result De León de Vega's tireless effort and advocacy.

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