Edusei’s Slick Elias

January 25th, 2015

By ANDREW POWELL Published: January 25, 2015 MUNICH — Although it brings together skilled players, the Münchner Symphoniker has operated as something of a fifth wheel in the overrich musical scene here. That may be about to change. Kevin John Edusei, 38, the orchestra’s new Bielefeld-born chief conductor, revealed in a Dec. 17 Elias (Elijah) […]

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When Happy Cookies Lead To Bad Decisions!

January 22nd, 2015

By Brian Taylor Goldstein, Esq.    We recently had an incident where the Executive Director of an organization that presented one of our artists gave him a cookie with a controlled substance in it at a reception after the performance. Admittedly, the substance was legal in the presenter’s state, but it made the artist (who […]

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Noted Endeavors with Members of Imani Winds – Your Music is Your Brand

January 20th, 2015

Valerie Coleman and Monica Ellis of Imani Winds talk with Noted Endeavors about branding. Since 1997, the Grammy nominated quintet has taken a unique path, carving out a distinct presence in the classical music world with its dynamic playing, culturally poignant programming, adventurous collaborations, and inspirational outreach programs. Imani Winds enjoy frequent national exposure in all forms […]

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Noted Endeavors with Dorothy Lawson of ETHEL: Artistic Justification for Amplification

January 13th, 2015

Eugenia Zukerman and Dr. Emily Ondracek-Peterson of Noted Endeavors talk about the artistic justification for using amplification with cellist Dorothy Lawson, a founding member of ETHEL. ETHEL is one of the most acclaimed string quartets in the contemporary classical scene. Formed in1998, ETHEL has kept an eye on tradition and an ear finely tuned to the […]

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Carydis Woos Bamberg

January 4th, 2015

By ANDREW POWELL Published: January 4, 2015 BAMBERG — When the Bamberger Symphoniker replaces its Chefdirigent next year, it could do worse than hiring Constantinos Carydis. The intense but discreet Athenian secured creative and technically superb playing in a Nordic and Impressionist program Nov. 29 here at the Joseph-Keilberth-Saal, confirming skills he has shown in […]

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Plush Strings of Luxembourg

December 31st, 2014

By ANDREW POWELL Published: December 31, 2014 MUNICH — Lëtzebuerg Stad, a.k.a. Luxembourg-Ville, population 100,000, holds a spiffier position in the musical firmament these days. Its orchestra has graduated from the legendary but somewhat seedy aegis of Radio Luxembourg — once a commercial thorn in the national broadcasting sides of France and Britain — and […]

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Noted Endeavors with Talea Ensemble: Finding Rehearsal Space

December 30th, 2014

Noted Endeavors (Eugenia Zukerman and Emily Ondracek-Peterson) talk with Elizabeth Weisser and Alex Lipowski of Talea Ensemble about prioritizing and finding rehearsal space. In March 2014, the Talea Ensemble brought Italian-born and Vienna-based composer Pierluigi Billone to New York for its second American Immersion project. The series allows American audiences to gain exposure to a […]

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Trio Mediaeval’s Aquilonis

December 29th, 2014

Trio Mediaeval Aquilonis ECM Records 2416   We’re enjoying the holidays abetted by Aquilonis, the latest ECM recording by vocal group Trio Mediaeval. The disc contains several carols from 15th Century England and Scandinavian folksongs. Its varied program also encompasses 12th Century lauds from Italy contrasted by pieces from Iceland: excerpts of the Office of St. Thorlak.There is […]

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Noted Endeavors with Paola Prestini: Balancing Work and Life

December 24th, 2014

Paola Prestini talks with Eugenia Zukerman and Emily Ondracek-Peterson from Noted Endeavors about balancing her extensive professional demands with her home life, which includes a young child. Paola Prestini is a composer/producer/entrepreneur/teacher who balances her own artistic endeavors while running several companies – VisionIntoArt and Original Music Workshop in Brooklyn. Her cross disciplinary projects, residencies, […]

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Hard Times and Harps

December 24th, 2014

By: Frank Cadenhead How many harps? The Orchestre National de Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon is currently in the news and has been forced to deal with this issue in the process of trimming its size. The orchestra’s previous management was frequently over budget with annual pleas for increases. The former Socialist city government was usually helpful but […]

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