Wednesday, August 31, 2011
EastBayExpress.com: Michael Morgan says OEBS 'reflects the East Bay in the diversity of its programming'
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
PRLog.org: 'Patrick D. McCoy conducts choral group in star-studded Alpha MLK Gala at Constitution Hall'
LaJollaPatch.com: Thomas Wilkins 'was eloquent with praise for the Salk and the San Diego Symphony.'
Monday, August 29, 2011
Audiophile Audition: 'The Havana Quartet, founded by Brouwer in 1980, has this music in their fingers and soul.'
Sunday, August 28, 2011
StLToday.com: 'Marlissa Hudson's portrayal was warm, loving and slightly sassy, with a soaring high voice that didn't quit.'
Richmond Chamber Players in William Grant Still's 'Miniatures for flute, oboe & piano' Aug. 28, 3 PM
Friday, August 26, 2011
Leo Brouwer (b. 1939)
is featured at
opens in Havana, Cuba on Friday, September 30, 2011
at the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Fanfare: 'This is a wonderful recording by an ensemble of superb players, one that I can strongly recommend.'
Departments - Feature Articles
Written by Jerry Dubins
Thursday, 25 August 2011
ZOHO Music, a New York area indie record label heretofore devoted to Latin American ethnic popular music, jazz, blues, and classic rock, has established a new imprint called ZOHO Classix. To launch it, company owner and executive producer Joachim “Jochen” Becker has released a CD of string quartets by Cuban composer Leo Brouwer.
“Brouwer, whose love child you might say the Havana String Quartet is, has said of the ensemble, 'For 30 years, the Havana String Quartet has been performing and celebrating the musical culture of the Americas and Spain with a remarkable repertoire. I am very proud to have initiated the creation of such a significant chamber group. The maturity of the HSQ as interpreters is evident in this recording of my complete quartets, and in their many diverse and important awards and reviews … I congratulate them! The professional quality and enthusiasm of this ensemble has only one source: an infinite love of music. Listen!'
“I second that. This is a wonderful recording by an ensemble of superb players, one that I can strongly recommend.” Jerry Dubins
SignOnSanDiego.com: Thomas Wilkins conducts 'benefit show with the San Diego Symphony at the Salk Institute.'
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
'Vanessa Williams cordially invites you to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Sphinx Organization and experience'
Sander and Norma K. Buchman Fund
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Tuesday, August 23, 2011
By Andrew Patner August 15, 2011
“In taking the reins of any group, it’s rarely easy to follow a founder. You might think things would be even more difficult for a young Asian woman in becoming only the second music director in the 25-year history of the Chicago Sinfonietta, a group started in part to advance African Americans in classical music. But Sunday evening at the Pritzker Pavilion, Taiwanese-born Mei-Ann Chen made the transition seem as natural as a beautiful summer day in Millennium Park.
“Chen, 38, has led the Sinfonietta before to strong positive responses, two years ago as a part of her audition, and last season as a part of the baton passing from founder Paul Freeman, whom Chen calls 'my wonderful musical hero.' But this was the her first real chance to say hello to Chicago from the podium.
“After seeing and hearing her talk to an audience, vamp, crack wise and move about the stage to greet soloists with genuine enthusiasm, it’s clear that, along with her strong musical abilities, Chen has real people skills, non-threatening self-confidence and a serious understanding of the Sinfonietta’s mission as 'a national model for inclusiveness and innovation.'”
Monday, August 22, 2011
Suzanne Flandreau: Florence B. Price's Orchestral Works 'don’t deserve the obscurity they have suffered'
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Your information was especially thorough. Precisely what I needed. Thank you very much. Steve Burks
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Florence B. Price's 'Symphony in E Minor' & 'Concerto in One Movement' on CBMR/Albany Records in Fall
Friday, August 19, 2011
Previous recordings are also being reissued. They include his first recording, A Long Way From Normal, whose title is a sly reference to Normal, Illinois, where he was raised. This release is EMI Classics 55025 (1994), now reissued by Arkiv for $16.99. The composers represented on the disc are Franz Liszt, César Franck, Johannes Brahms and Bach/Busoni. For those who enjoy the economy of used CDs, Amazon Marketplace offers 25 used copies of the original CD for as little as 99 cents.
Baltimore Sun: Susquehanna S.O. Plays 'William Grant Still (why, oh why is this composers music so routinely ignored?)
[Africa: Piano Music of William Grant Still; Denver Oldham, piano; Koch 3 7084 2H1 (1991)]
Add into that same program arias from Mozart's "Don Giovanni" and a gorgeous excerpt from Tchaikovsky's "Mozartiana" Suite, and you're talking extra-clever.
Even the orchestra's holiday concert will be packed with unusual items before getting to the Christmas sing-along, including pieces by William Grant Still (why, oh why is this composers music so routinely ignored?)... [William Grant Still (1895-1978) is profiled at AfriClassical.com, which features a comprehensive Works List by Prof. Dominique-René de Lerma, http://www.CasaMusicaledeLerma.com