classical music

  The Wizard of Oz was a technical marvel for the MGM studio in the late 1930s. MGM has stunningly re-mastered this timeless classic, and in a version, produced by John Goberman, the brilliantly restored images are accompanied by a the Boston Pops playing entirely new transcriptions of Harold Arlen's brilliant lost scores.

The Boston Pops' conductor, Keith Lockhart, joins us to talk about the challenges and wonders of this special presentation which will be in The Shed at Tanglewood on 8/22.

    On Friday, August 15, SPAC and The Philadelphia Orchestra will present the New York premiere of composer Tan Dun’s Nu Shu: The Secret Songs of Women. A multimedia tour de force which made headlines around the globe at its China premiere this spring, Nu Shu is an exploration – through film and music -- of an ancient Chinese language secretly created by women in the remote province of Hunan, China, and passed through generations of mothers and daughters by reading, writing and singing.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts the Orchestra for the performance and principal harpist Elizabeth Hainen is the featured soloist.

  SPAC’s new summer residency with The Chamber Music Society is a major milestone for both organizations. Artistic directors and husband and wife team David Finckel and Wu Han have defied the trends, growing their audience by 30 percent over the past six years even as classical audiences declined as a whole.

 

   The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival began with three events in 1999, and since then has offered the region more than 100 performances, from classical to contemporary, jazz to bluegrass, cabaret to kids’ concerts.

  “The Grand Italian Tour” is the theme of the fifth edition of the Catskill High Peaks Festival: Music with Altitude!, hosted by the Catskill Mountain Foundation, August 10–20 and presented by Close Encounters With Music, the Berkshire-based chamber music organization.

    Violinist Augustin Hadelich joins the Boston Symphony Orchestra on Sunday afternoon for Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 4 in D at the heart of a concert devoted to the Classical period and the Austro-German tradition.

We speak with him and with the Artistic Director of the BSO, Tony Fogg.

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    Founded by Lee Elman and the late Albert Fuller, the Aston Magna Music Festival, now under the musical direction of Daniel Stepner, is America’s oldest annual summer festival devoted to music performed on period instruments.

  In this week's Classical Music According to Yehuda, Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani discuss the castrato.

    

  Each season, more than 300 talented musicians, ages 9-18, from the greater Capital Region of New York and western New England, enjoy outstanding educational and performance opportunities as members of The Empire State Youth Orchestra.

This Friday, May 2nd – A Benefit Gala for Empire State Youth Orchestras will take place at the GE Theatre, at Proctors in Schenectady, NY.

The Gala is called “A Night at the Movies “ – it will be a movie-themed, fun-filled evening, including Red Carpet; Italian Job Safe-Cracking; Ocean’s Eleven Black Jack Table; Silent Auction; music by The Legendary Characters and much more!

Here to tell us more about that and other May offerings from The Empire State Youth Orchestra is the organization’s Executive Director, Becky Calos.

  In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda, Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani discuss the arpeggione.

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