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Mohamed Shams

Mohamed Shams Performs Solo Debut At Carnegie Hall in April >>

Carnegie Hall will be hosting the Egyptian classical pianist Mohamed Shams solo debut in April. During the program, Shams will perform works by Chopin, Carter, Mendelssohn, Ravel, Scarlatti and Egyptian composer Gamal Abdel Rahim.

Bart Feller and Stacey Shames

NJSO Presents Mozart, Mendelssohn with Bart Feller, Stacey Shames >>

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra is presenting a night of Mozart and Mendelssohn featuring the NJSO's Bart Feller on the flute and Stacey Shames on the harp.

On the Notion of Performning in Concert Halls and Car Parks, Bob Riley and the Manchester Camerata Say 'So Be It'

On Performing in Concert Halls, Car Parks, Bob Riley, Manchester Camerata Say 'So Be It' >>

As Joshua Bell has proven to us already, a venue is merely a concept. In the case of the Manchester Camerata, Bob Riley writes that the orchestra is "constantly challenging" how they engage with audiences. Thus, he concludes, "if that means we perform in a grand concert hall one day, and a car park the next, so be it." One can imagine that, with any major metropolis like Manchester, there are a plethora of venues and outlets to cater to a notion such as Riley's. Sure, but the term "venue" needs to be redefined to capture what is between the gridlock and cobblestone. Earlier this season, Joshua Bell took to Washington, D.C.'s Union Station to perform with some of his YoungArts masterclass alumni among the passersby in the metro. Too their surprise, an audience grew out from the hype and congregated over a program of Mendelssohn.

The Kids Are Alright: 'Joshua Bell: A YoungArts Masterclass' Showcases Young Talent and Bell's Endless Pursuit to Inspire

EXCLUSIVE: Classicalite Q&A with Violinist Joshua Bell on HBO & Mendelssohn's Octet; D.C. Metro & Bach's Concertos >>

With his Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority mulligan miles behind him, Joshua Bell is Skyping with me from his suite at the Ritz-Carlton, Dubai. As per usual when talking to the press, the world's greatest living violinist is in between rehearsals. Yes, Bell has traveled to the United Arab Emirates to perform Felix Mendelssohn's 'Violin Concerto' in E minor, Op. 64 at the Royal Opera House Muscat with the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields--the storied British band, founded by Sir Neville Marriner in 1958, that Bell remains the only American to have led as both music director and conductor.


PHOTOS: 'Joshua Bell: A YoungArts Masterclass' HBO Special Showcases Bach and Mendelssohn >>

While watching HBO's Joshua Bell: A YoungArts Masterclass, it is easy to see that it's all about the kids. The world-renowned violinist checks his ego at the door, focusing his efforts on Mendelssohn, Bach and his youthful ritornello, who clearly idolize their enthusiastic coach.

Park Hyatt New York

Underwater Speakers Play Debussy, Ravel, Mendelssohn and More at Park Hyatt New York Hotel [LISTEN] >>

The newly opened luxury hotel Park Hyatt New York’s indoor pool could be your next favorite listening station. Opened last month, the indoor swimming pool’s underwater speakers play a classical music soundtrack curated by the staff at neighboring Carnegie Hall.

American Classical Orchestra

Live from Lincoln Center: American Classical Orchestra 30th Anniversary Concert with Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn on September 23 at Alice Tully Hall >>

The American Classical Orchestra will showcase music by Mozart, Mendelssohn and Beethoven at their opening night 30th anniversary concert on September 23 at the Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center.

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.

Leon Botstein's American Symphony Orchestra Will Demystify Classical Music >>

The American Symphony Orchestra's "Classics Declassified" series presents an intelligent and insightful journey into classical masterworks, led by music director Leon Botstein. Each concert begins with a lively discussion in which Botstein and the orchestra shed new light on a different classical masterpiece--followed by a performance of the work, itself.

Houston Symphony Welcomes Andrés Orozco-Estrada Amid Surge in Donations, Subscriptions >>

The Houston Symphony has a lot to celebrate for their 100th anniversary. As they ready the arrival of music director designate Andrés Orozco-Estrada--he'll conduct four programs this season--the ensemble has announced some excellent news on the financial front, as well.

Hoang Pham, Son of Vietnamese Refugees, Wins 2013 ABC Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year >>

Some stories in the arts are heartwarmers, first and foremost, pure and simple. That can certainly be said of the 2013 ABC Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year, a title bestowed at Melbourne Town Hall. Because this year it went to Hoang Pham, the son of Vietnamese refugees, who has now proved that The Australian Dream (something like The American Dream, but with more poisonous snakes) can come true.

Weimar-Jerusalem Project's Young Symphonic Orchestra Re-Building Bridges Between Germany and Israel >>

The Young Symphonic Orchestra, made up of musicians from the Weimar High School of Music and the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, will perform in Jerusalem on October 3.

Julia Fischer, Piano Prodigy Now Violin Virtuoso, Not Concerned with "Perfection" >>

"What I want is to play the very best that night, I don't want the performance to be perfect. That's a strange word for music anyway." -- Julia Fischer

Justus Frantz, Son of Righteous Gentiles, to Run Israel Sinfonietta

Justus Frantz, Son of Righteous Gentiles, to Run Israel Sinfonietta >>

The conductor and pianist Justus Frantz has been named the new music director of the Israel Sinfonietta, to take up his post in September 2013. He succeeds the outgoing Doron Salomon, who has been in the position since 2005 and has just led the orchestra through its 40th anniversary season.


Classicalite's Top 12 Tracks for Joyce DiDonato's 'ReJoyce' >>

Featuring music by Rogers and Hammerstein, Mendelssohn, Monteverdi, Rossini, Handel, Berlioz and more--all performed by our favorite diva/divo.

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