Upcoming Tours

Glimmerglass

The Glimmerglass Festival (August 2020) - CANCELLED

Cooperstown is more than just baseball. The village at the southern tip of New York's Otsego Lake is also home to the Glimmerglass Festival, known for exciting opera productions that feature singers, directors and designers from around the world. At Glimmerglass, we will see two highlights of the 2020 festival, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s beloved The Sound of Music and Wagner’s rarely staged Die Feen. We will be staying at the historic Otesaga Resort Hotel, a Cooperstown landmark noted for its impeccable hospitality, first-class accommodations and fine dining. Other highlights of this tour include visits to sites linked to the Vanderbilts and the Rockefellers, two of the most celebrated families of the Gilded Age. CANCELLED

Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh & Falling Water (October 2020) - CANCELLED

Pittsburgh’s steel mills closed long ago and today it regularly tops the lists of 'best cities to live' and 'coolest neighborhoods' in America. This tour’s musical highlights will be performances by its symphony, opera and ballet in the restored, grand movies palaces which they call home. In addition to Pittsburgh’s great museums bearing the names of Carnegie, Frick, Heinz and Warhol, we will visit Falling Water, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for Edgar Kaufmann, scion of a Pittsburgh department store magnate, and the 9/11 Flight 93 National Memorial. (October 16-19, 2020)

Philadelphia

Philadelphia - Art, Music & Film (January 2021) - CANCELLED

Brace yourself for an eclectic Philadelphia experience. For classical music lovers, there will be Opera Philadelphia’s performances of Stravinsky’s Les Noces and Oedipus Rex (described by Leonard Bernstein as the Russian composer’s ‘most awesome’ work) at the ornate Academy of Music, the oldest opera house in the United States. Film buffs will delight in Jurassic Park projected in HD with the Philadelphia Orchestra performing John’s Williams’ score. There will be also be private guided tours of the Barnes Foundation and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, as well visits to Fonthill Castle and the Mercer Museum, where one enters the world of an American original — archeologist, artifact collector, tile-maker and designer Henry Mercer. (January 29-31, 2020)

Performance Reviews

New York

Blues and Brahms for violinist Randall Goosby’s YCA Encore performance at The Morgan

Sandwiches between Ravel and Brahms, violinist Randall Goosby performs two works by the American composer Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, who was equally versed in the classical tradition and in jazz and the popular vernacular.

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Frankfurt

Christoph Loy explores the passion and beauty of Tchaikovsky’s songs for Oper Frankfurt

In lieu of Giordani's Fedorea, Oper Frankfurt mounts Christof Loy's staging of Tschaikovsky songs with the same cast.

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Paterson, NJ

Rare and wonderful recital from Christine Goerke for Cal Performances at Home

Christine Goerke doesn’t sing many recitals, which is a real shame – she is a natural.

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Philadelphia

Pushing the envelope: drag queens and saints on the Opera Philadelphia Channel

With Courtney Bryan’s Blessed and Angélica Negrón’s The Island We Made, Opera Philadelphia is off in an entirely new direction.

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New York

Gil Shaham and The Knights play Beethoven and Bologne at New York’s 92nd Street Y

Grandeur was exchanged for intimacy and intensity in The Knights' arrangment of Beethoven's Violin Concerto.

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New York

Brooklyn Art Song Society concludes its Schubert series with Schwanengesang

When every recital hall in New York was dark, BASS kept the flame of song alive in the city with its Schubert series. 

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Prague

Barbora Horáková Joly’s new Prague Rigoletto combines cutting-edge production with Vincenzo Milletarì’s traditional musical virtues

If the business on stage may prove a bit much for those who favor tradition, they can rest assured that there were no such disappointments on the musical side of the equation.

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New York

Multi-faceted saxophonist Steven Banks in recital for Young Concert Artists

Steven Banks has the potential to be one of the transformational musicians of the twenty-first century.

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Washington, DC

A prize-winning concert from The King’s Singers and Cathedra

The culmination of the Washington National Cathedral’s Sacred Music Festival Online features the world premiere performances of the four winning compositions of The King’s Singers New Music Composition Prize.

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Recordings Reviews

New York

Brooklyn-based ensemble and songwriting collective Founders releases Songs for the End of Time

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.

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Rick's Picks

New York

Brooklyn Botanic Garden offers 'loved', a site-specific sound installation created by NYC-based composer Michael Gordon to honor those we have lost in the pandemic.

As a way of processing and reflecting on the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, Brooklyn Botanic Garden offers loved performed by percussionist David Cossin. The meditative composition for seven vibraphones plays hourly on Cherry Esplanade.  For more information, click here.

New York

Live performances are back! The Shed presents 'An Audience with..."

After a year spent without indoor performances, The Shed is presenting a five-performance series featuring singer and cellist Kelsey Lu on April 2, musicians of the New York Philharmonic on April 14 and 15, soprano Renée Fleming, Bill Frisell, Christian McBride, and Dan Tepfer on April 21, and comedian Michelle Wolf on April 22. Program information about each performance will be announced soon. For more information, click here

About

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 InternationalBroad 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.

Articles

Soprano Juliet Petrus in Conversation with Rick Perdian

Juliet Petrus and Katherine Chu's 'Singing in Mandarin: A Guide to Chinese Lyric Diction and Vocal Repertoire' is a portal to a country and its music.

Soprano Fatma Said in Conversation with Rick Perdian

'El Nour', Egyptian soprano Fatma Said's debut recording on Warner Classics, explores her native country’s culture in music that is as colorful and exotic as the places that inspired it.

Sarah Kirkland Snider in 2020: Navigating lockdown, releasing a recording and composing an opera

Gallicantus brings virtuosity and purity to Sarah Kirkland Snider's remarkably beautiful 'Mass for the Endangered'.

Rick Perdian in conversation with Julian Gargiulo and María Dueñas

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there was no live performance in Carnegie Hall this year, but Getting to Carnegie was viewed by more than 25,000 people.

Rick Perdian in conversation with Brandon Ridenour and Ben Russell of Brooklyn-based ensemble, Founders

Founders’ latest recording, 'Songs for the End of Time, Vol. 1', features Ben Russell and Brandon Ridenour’s arrangement of Olivier Messiaen’s 'Quartet for the End of Time'.

Christopher Hahn, Pittsburgh Opera’s General Director, in conversation with Rick Perdian

Pittsburgh Opera beat the odds with COVID fan tutte! Christopher Hahn looks back on a challenging year, but sees opportunities going forward.

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