Experience the beautiful sights, tastes and sounds of Northern Italy in October. This tour will take you from beautiful Lake Como to Reggio Emilia, a charming city from which we will explore Modena and Mantua. In Parma, we will enjoy a performance of Verdi's La forza del destino at the Verdi Festival. The tour ends in Milan, where we will attend the premiere of a new production of Umberto Giordani's Fedora at La Scala.
Avi Stein leads Trinity Wall Street forces in stylistically sure performance.
New York, NY
Aaron Diehl solos in Gershwin's Concerto in F.
New York, NY
Energy is the buzz word as Carnegie Hall's acclaimed youth training orchestra returns to live concerts.
Rare opporutnity to hear works by two pioneering Black composers William Grant Still and George Walker.
Jake Heggie expresses loss, sorrow and survival in melody in operatic adaption of Terrence McNally play.
New York, NY
Xian Zhang conducts program of classic Chinese and American works.
Yuja Wang brings glamour and virtuosity to opening night concert.
San Francisco, CA
Bertrand de Billy conducts a lyrical 'Don Giovanni' in line with the dashing Étienne Dupuis in the title role.
New York, NY
Winner of the 2018 Quadrennial International Violin Competition of Indianapolis makes his violin sing.
Fort Worth, TX
Six young pianists from Belarus, Russia, South Korea, Ukraine and US competed for the gold medal.
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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.
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