Once more, with feeling, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine will host the the New York Philharmonic--under the baton of outgoing music director Alan Gilbert--for its 24th annual free Memorial Day concert. Maestro Gilbert will lead the orchestra in Beethoven's Egmont Overture and Shostakovich's Symphony No. 10 on Monday at 8:00 p.m.
Unlike the best would-be symphonists, Dmitri Shostakovich actually made it to ten symphonies. His Symphony No. 10 in E minor (Op. 93) was premiered by the Leningrad Phil, under the baton of Yevgeny Mravinsky, way, way back on December 17, 1953--following the most timely death of Stalin that March. Now, this here vid was uploaded to YouTube on April 1, 2015, courtesy of one William Gerlach and 'Toronto Star' music critic Michael Vincent.
The National Symphony Orchestra may have made its most significant leap to getting a younger demographic into orchestral, bringing the power of symphonic chorus to the club--more specifically, a 3,000 cap venue called Echostage.
March 20 will offer the Australian Chamber Orchestra Underground (ACOU) in a fantastic display of new sounds and swift arrangements ranging from Nirvana to Stravinsky, Nine Inch Nails to Paganini.
French conductor Stéphane Denève will lead the CSO in an exploration of Hector Berlioz’s 'Symphonie Fantastique' on Friday, December 6 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 8 at 3:00 p.m. at Symphony Center.
There are some, very rare, instances where a recording of a work is so special as to generally be considered--well, definitive is probably the wrong word, as any masterpiece is open to so many interpretations, but at least they are unlikely to be unsurpassed.
The Stanley Kubrick film 'A Clockwork Orange' will be shown during the Cleveland Orchestra's festival "Fate and Freedom: Music of Beethoven and Shostakovich" on October 22-26.
This month has seen the debut performances of the newly-formed National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (which we're now calling NYO-US, for short). A first bow at the Performing Arts Center of Purchase College, and then Carnegie Hall in New York, was followed by an important date at the BBC Proms in London.
As if Classicalite needed another reason to <3 Valentina Lisitsa, YouTube's native pianist has gone and given us yet another one. Sorry, make that three (3). And before you ask, no, it's not a "Pearls Before Breakfast" triplicate.