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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.

EXCLUSIVE Vijay Iyer Talks 'RADHE RADHE: Rites of Holi' Performance at BAM Dec. 18-20 and Prashant Bhargava Silent Film

EXCLUSIVE: Vijay Iyer Talks 'RADHE RADHE: Rites of Holi' at BAM, Prashant Bhargava Silent Film >>

A Classicalite favorite, Vijay Iyer, has recently been experimenting with new sounds on his latest LP Mutations. And with an upcoming stint at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) entitled RADHE RADHE: Rites of Holi from Dec. 18-20, Iyer is demonstrating that the MacArthur Genius' music is forming a language all its own.

Basil Twist's 'Rite of Spring'

Basil Twist's Abstract-Puppetry 'Rite of Spring' to Make New York Debut in October >>

Twelve puppeteers and the Orchestra of St. Luke's bring Twist's "biggest, most ambitious creation" to Lincoln Center's White Light Festival.

Santa Fe Opera Preview: the American Premiere of ‘Dr. Sun Yat-Sen,’ Plus a Rare Production of Beethoven’s ‘Fidelio’

Santa Fe Opera Preview: the American Premiere of ‘Dr. Sun Yat-Sen,’ Plus a Rare Production of Beethoven’s ‘Fidelio’ >>

Santa Fe Opera's 2014 season, which begins on June 27, contains much to look forward to: the American premiere of 'Dr. Sun Yat-Sen'; an ingenious pairing of Mozart’s 'The Impresario' with Stravinsky’s 'Le Rossignol'; as well a new production of 'Fidelio.'

EXCLUSIVE: Australian Chamber Orchestra Underground's Satu Vänskä Talks Bach, Stravinsky and Kurt Cobain Program at (L)PR >>

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.

Cheating, Lying, Stealing: John Adams Talks to the Independent About What Makes a Good Composer a Great One >>

Most know that old adage, coined by Picasso (or Stravinsky): "Good artists copy, great artists steal." And the acid-tongued, quasi-minimalist composer John Adams has heard it more than most.

2014, the Year of Pierre Monteux (Remember Him?) >>

There will be some anniversaries celebrated this year, none wider than that of the birth of Richard Strauss. But here's a milestone that I suspect few will comment on. It is half a century since Pierre Monteux, the French-born conductor. Not just any conductor, one of the most influential and revered of the 20th century. And yet these days, few music lovers are more than dimly aware of his name.

Kent Nagano

CALLED IT: Kent Nagano Re-Ups at Montréal Symphony Orchestra >>

No surprise that the Montreal Symphony Orchestra's announcement of music director Kent Nagano's contact renewal says very early on, "Since its association with Maestro Nagano, the OSM has consolidated its standing among leading North American orchestras..." In this case, though, there's little doubt about the release's honesty. It's pretty well bang on.

Houston Symphony Celebrates Day of the Dead with Multimedia Concert >>

The Houston Symphony is celebrating Día de los Muertos--Day of the Dead--with a multimedia concert featuring music by Mexican composer Juan Trigos and an animated film set in the time of the Mexican Revolution.

Osmo Vänskä Conducting Farewell Concerts with Minnesota Orchestra Musicians >>

Although he resigned as music director on October 1, Osmo Vänskä will lead the musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra one more time (in two concerts) scheduled for this Friday and Saturday.

Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra Return to Chicago During U.S. Tour >>

The Mariinsky Orchestra, led by Valery Gergiev, will return to Symphony Center on October 2 with an all-Stravinsky program, featuring The Firebird, Petrushka and The Rite of Spring. The orchestra last performed at Symphony Center in 2010.

New World Symphony Video Première of Netia Jones Will Bring Kaleidoscopic Visions of Winter to Miami and Chicago >>

The New World Symphony will première a video installation by British video artist Netia Jones during their performances in two cities next month, bringing visions of winter landscapes to Miami Beach, Fla. on October 17, and the Harris Theater in Chicago, Ill. on October 19.

The Future of Concert Production: New World Symphony Premières Video Work for Britten's 'Peter Grimes' >>

The New World Symphony presents the premiere of a new work for video and orchestra in its state-of-the-art multimedia venue.

McDonalds Using Classical Music to Fight the Thugs >>

While it's always good to hear about people turning to classical music, we're not sure what to think about the news that a branch of McDonalds is to play the classics as a way of persuading local thugs to stay away. Talk about a back-handed compliment...

Pablo Heras-Casado Replaces Injured Pierre Boulez at September's Lucerne Festival >>

Due to a fracture in his shoulder, Pierre Boulez will not be able to not hold a baton to conduct his two scheduled concerts at September's Lucerne Festival.

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