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yMusic at Zankel Hall: New Music, Comfortably

December 6, 2016 | Leslie Kandell, MusicalAmerica.com
There were two kinds of playing at the sparkling Zankel Hall debut of yMusic Friday. One kind was the amplified sextet’s performance of genre-crossing 21st-century pieces, most in the presence of their composers. The other kind was buoyant … » Read
 

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Met's L’Amour de Loin: Is Lepage's Staging Up to Sellars's Original?

December 5, 2016 | George Loomis, MusicalAmerica.com
“Not much happens in this opera, which I think is wonderful,” the stage director Peter Sellars reportedly said on the eve of the world premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s L’Amour de Loin at the 2000 Salzburg Festival. Sixteen … » Read
 

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Gerald Barry’s Wacky New Alice Gets Its Premiere in LA

November 29, 2016 | Richard S. Ginell, MusicalAmerica.com
LOS ANGELES--Every five years, the iconoclastic Irish composer Gerald Barry checks into Walt Disney Concert Hall in a parodistic, tongue-twisting, dangerously difficult, side-splitting new opera. In 2006, it was the U.S. premiere of The Triumph … » Read
 

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Nederlands Dancers Mostly Outshine Choreography

November 28, 2016 | Rachel Straus, MusicalAmerica.com
A roar of approval from the sold-out crowd greeted the four marvelous Nederlands Dans Theater performers following Crystal Pite’s The Statement (2016), seen in its local premiere at New York City Center on Nov. 18. Pite has been the … » Read
 

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Van Zweden Takes the Phil on a Thrilling Test Drive

November 21, 2016 | Thomas May, MusicalAmerica.com
NEW YORK—Four-and-a-half years after making his New York Philharmonic debut, Jaap van Zweden ascended the podium on Thursday for his first concert with the orchestra since being appointed Alan Gilbert’s successor. The 55-year-old … » Read
 

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In Berlin, Les Hugenots Comes Up Against a Major Obstacle: the Stage Director

November 21, 2016 | George Loomis, MusicalAmerica.com
BERLIN—Giacomo Meyerbeer deserved much credit for influencing the course of opera, but to my knowledge David Alden is the first to call him the grandfather of the American musical comedy. Alden makes the claim in the program book for his … » Read
 
 

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