Review: Ratmansky and Peck Highlight City Ballet's Winter Season

February 27, 2024 | Matthew Gurewitsch, Musical America
Another season, another chance for a living choreographer or two to contribute something lasting to the legacy of the preternaturally prolific George Balanchine. Four decades after his death, the current six-week winter chapter of The New York … » Read


At Juilliard: A Labyrinthian Baroque Opera Plot, Convincingly Detangled

February 26, 2024 | Fred Cohn, Musical America
An initial reading of the synopsis for Erismena can be daunting. The scenario for Francesco Cavalli’s 1655 opera trades in the disguises and mistaken identities so prevalent in Baroque dramaturgy, along with tangled lines of desire and … » Read


The Day of Wrath, Perfectly Executed

February 23, 2024 | Clive Paget, Musical America
LONDON—A program that opens with nine minutes of Giacinto Scelsi and ends with 20 minutes of Galina Ustvolskaya is perhaps not for the fainthearted. Unless, of course, you are the intrepid Patricia Kopatchinskaja [pictured]. Currently a … » Read


New Music in the West Loop: Saxes and Trumpet Onstage

February 22, 2024 | Hannah Edgar, Musical America
CHICAGO—Scott Johnson left us a year ago, and the musicians he touched are still saying goodbye. The composer and guitarist died in New York City on March 24, 2023 at the age of 70. Starting with John Somebody (1982), Johnson was best known … » Read


Oakland Symphony Premieres Here I Stand, a Tribute to Paul Robeson

February 21, 2024 | Steven Winn, Musical America
Here I Stand , the centerpiece of the Oakland Symphony’s February 16 concert at the Paramount Theater, was a communal event in the widest sense of the term. In commissioning and performing a new oratorio about the singer, actor, and … » Read


Ólafsson's Journey Through the Goldbergs, New York to Reykjavík

February 20, 2024 | Matthew Gurewitsch, Musical America
Having taken a first bow or two after his February 7 Carnegie Hall debut with J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations, Víkingur Ólafsson returned to the stage, produced a mic from his sleeve like a rabbit from a hat, and directed the … » Read


A Special Kind of Troubadour in Davies Symphony Hall

February 19, 2024 | Steven Winn, Musical America
SAN FRANCISCO—The San Francisco Symphony threw a party on Valentine’s Day. Bands of colored lights adorned the back wall at Davies Symphony Hall. Extra bars and concession stands did a lively business in the lobby. Patrons carried … » Read


Zany Pandemic Project Gets Its Live-on-Stage Premiere

February 14, 2024 | Steve Smith, Musical America
“Is it possible for us to use the tools of classical art music to make people feel better?” San Francisco composer Danny Clay posed that plainspoken yet nuanced and provocative question as the formative spark for Music for Hard Times, … » Read


The Attacca Attacks a Savvy Program

February 14, 2024 | Steven Winn, Musical America
SAN FRANCISCO--The Attacca Quartet lived up to its name on Sunday, February 4, in an absorbing afternoon concert at Hertz Hall on the University of California Berkeley campus. On both halves of the Cal Performances program, the musicians played … » Read


An Uneven Night for a Promising Conductor

February 12, 2024 | Clive Paget, Musical America
LONDON—Oksana Lyniv [pictured] is a notable breaker of glass ceilings. In 2021 she was the first woman to conduct at Bayreuth, opening the festival with a feisty account of The Flying Dutchman . The following year she became the first … » Read

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