Explore one of Europe’s most dynamic 21st century countries. Poised to the future, music courses through Poland’s national identity as the Vistula runs through its landscape. Experience Poland’s heritage, its dynamic development after the devastation of the twentieth century and future hopes on a tour that takes us from Warsaw to Wrocław, Katowice and Kraków. At Warsaw’s impressive Teatr Wielki, we will attend a performance of Stanislaw Moniuszko’s Halka, the Polish national opera. There will also be music of Chopin whose heart was returned to Warsaw from Paris where he died an ex-patriot, but requested that his heart be buried in Warsaw. Other highlights include the Warsaw Uprising Museum, Wieliczka Salt Mines and Katowice’s Silesian Museum.
Whitewashed towns, centuries-old farmland, and miles of olive groves animate Puglia's landscape while sparkling aquamarine waters wash hundreds of miles of its coastline. With a culture, history, and cuisine that is second to none in Italy, we’ll attend musical events; visit ancient buildings; enjoy the regional cuisine; and ride the Adriatic's waters on this 10-day journey. Before turning south, the tour begins in Rome for a day on which to sample the city's ancient and modern glories. Matera, one of the oldest continuously inhabited places in the world, our next stop, is noted for his cliffside dwellings and mountaintop cathedral. Baroque splendors are to be found in Lecce, the 'Florence of the South'. Finally, we stay in Monopoli, once a medieval fortress, and now a charming Adriatic seaside town. Music from pizzica to opera will be experienced throughout our journey at a time when summertime crowds depart and cooler temperatures invigorate travelers.
New York, NY
Music Before 1800 launches 49th season under the leadership of Bill Barclay.
Karim Sulayman's Unholy Wars challenges perceived notions of history.
New York, NY
George Gagnidze stars in Elijah Moshinsky’s monumental production.
New York, NY
Met chorus is star of Yannick Nézet-Séguin's lyrical, impassioned reading of Verdi's Requiem.
Another fascintating commission from Opera Philadelphia based on the true story of American journalist Nellie Bly.
Festival O returns as brilliant and exciting as always.
New York, NY
A glorious evening of singing in which the grandeur of the soprano’s voice was on full display.
New York, NY
Thirteen concerts and operas to put on your calendar for the upcoming season.
Bidding farewell to summer with Puccini.
Tippet Rise combines music, art and nature for an incomparable experience.
All of my reviews for Seen and Heard International can be found here
Elegy (For Those We Lost) is dedicated to the families of those who have died from COVID-19. Aaron Jay Kernis originally composed the piece for solo piano, but arranged it for harp and trumpet was made at the request of the Grammy-nominated harpist Yolanda Kondonassis.
In their new release, Grammy Award-winning Third Coast Percussion joins with celebrated Brazilian guitarist Sérgio Assad and his daughter - vocalist, composer and multi-instrumentalist Clarice Assad - to portray in music twelve of these universal characters that defy time and place.
Ben Russell and Brandon Ridenour, members of the new music ensemble Founders, radical rework of Olivier Messiean’s Quatuor pour la fin du temps is faithful to both the spirit and the austere beauty of the original.
Acte Préalable’s recording of reveals that at his best, René de Boisdeffre could fashion a song to rival those of his greatest contemporaries, including Fauré.
I got the travel bug from my parents. As a boy I had crisscrossed the US with them and my younger brother on the classic American Road Trip to California. At 16, I went to Europe for the first time. The destination was Germany, a country that I have returned to many times. In addition to business and personal travel, I have lived in Switzerland, Singapore and China. So far, it’s been a wonderful life of travelling the world and experiencing its wonders..
A musician for most of my life, first a trumpet player and then a singer, I have a degree in music from the University of Pittsburgh. In 2013, I began reviewing for Seen and Heard International and have posted reviews from the US, Europe and Asia. In addition, I regularly contribute program notes to the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and have had music and travel articles published in the Global Times, Shanghai Daily, MusicWeb International, Broad Street Review and other publications.
Although I am thrilled to have press privileges in many of the world’s great concert halls and opera houses, it is the offerings in the more out-of-the way places that excite me the most. There one still finds great music, often at its national, indigenous best, in theaters, whether ancient or modern, that are as grand and beautiful as any in the world. More importantly, these venues not only preserve the past, they embrace the new, keeping classical music current and vital. That is the world that I invite you to explore with me on my tours.
Field marked with (*) is required