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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Handel's 'Messiah' was there at the start, in 1963, and it is there again. A fitting birthday party for a much-admired chorus.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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
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.
Featuring music by Rogers and Hammerstein, Mendelssohn, Monteverdi, Rossini, Handel, Berlioz and more--all performed by our favorite diva/divo.