Nicola Benedetti discusses new Marsalis recording with classical radio


Nicola Benedetti's new album on Decca Classics features premiere recordings of two works written especially for her by jazz musician Wynton Marsalis: Violin Concerto in D and Fiddle Dance Suite for Solo Violin. Benedetti performs Violin Concerto in D with The Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of Cristian Măcelaru who has collaborated with the violinist to perform the work six times. The concerto was co-commissioned by the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO), Ravinia, LA Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra Washington, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and Netherlands Radio Philharmonic. Benedetti performed the world premiere with the LSO under conductor James Gaffigan in London in November 2015.  In conjunction with this release NB has agreed to a series of radio interviews today!! Wednesday August 21 with classical networks and stations across the US. Watch for our tweets throughout the day.
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The Carr-Petrova Duo #50Days4Refugees releases 'Where will they go'


The Novel Voices Refugee Aid Project, created and directed by the Carr-Petrova Duo, is a project designed to give voice and visibility, through music and film, to the lives and struggles of both local and international refugee communities, and to encourage audiences and artists alike to become connected and involved. Since August 2018, it has brought free, interactive classical music concerts and workshops to displaced populations while increasing awareness of and raising support for both U.S.-based and international refugee-aid programs.  From August 12th to October 1st, 2019, The Novel Voices Refugee Aid Project, and the Carr-Petrova Duo are launching #50Days4Refugees - a social media campaign which walks through our past year of travels with the Novel Voices Refugee Aid Project from start to finish. We are releasing a single story/image/clip a day in order to give our followers the chance to virtually travel with us, meeting and engaging with the people, places, life-stories, cultures, music, and organizations we encountered along the way. Follow us daily as we share our journey and highlight the activities, strengths, and specific needs of the organizations we partnered with - along with what we learned about ways anyone anywhere can get involved.  Day 10: "Where will they go?" In each country we visited this year, we had the opportunity to learn about their particular refugee policies - and how each country differed from the other. The more we learned, the more urgency we felt to follow through and bring to life this project which hopes to raise awareness for the plight of those forced to become refugees, but also raise support for those organizations who are doing such incredible work in each of the places we visited. Without a doubt, the most important contributing factor when a refugee is starting his/her new life in a new and foreign country, is the amount of personal aid and care they receive from those involved through the non-profit organizations coming alongside to take them under their wing.  The Danish Red Cross was one of these organizations - and the work they do, which we had the opportunity to witness first-hand, is INCREDIBLE. With our whole hearts, we urge everyone reading this to check out your local Red Cross organization - and find ways to get involved in what they do. They are so much worthy of all of our time, volunteering, and financial support. They are making the world a better place every day.  
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The Carr-Petrova Duo #50Days4Refugees releases 'Mortiza - Danger from Afghanistan'


The Novel Voices Refugee Aid Project, created and directed by the Carr-Petrova Duo, is a project designed to give voice and visibility, through music and film, to the lives and struggles of both local and international refugee communities, and to encourage audiences and artists alike to become connected and involved. Since August 2018, it has brought free, interactive classical music concerts and workshops to displaced populations while increasing awareness of and raising support for both U.S.-based and international refugee-aid programs.  From August 12th to October 1st, 2019, The Novel Voices Refugee Aid Project, and the Carr-Petrova Duo are launching #50Days4Refugees - a social media campaign which walks through our past year of travels with the Novel Voices Refugee Aid Project from start to finish. We are releasing a single story/image/clip a day in order to give our followers the chance to virtually travel with us, meeting and engaging with the people, places, life-stories, cultures, music, and organizations we encountered along the way. Follow us daily as we share our journey and highlight the activities, strengths, and specific needs of the organizations we partnered with - along with what we learned about ways anyone anywhere can get involved.  Day 9 - "Quick Facts: Mortiza "Danger" from Afghanistan"  Mortiza arrived to Denmark 2 years ago and is awaiting refugee asylum.  

Mortiza dreams of becoming an internationally-renowned rapper known as "Danger." Mortiza's inspiration is Eminem. Mortiza started writing his own music when he arrived to Denmark.  Mortiza is one super cool dude.
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Women Warriors - The Voices of Change, Chapter 5: Women Build Peace podcast


Women Warriors: The Voices of Change multimedia concert performed by Orchestra Moderne NYC, under the direction of Amy Andersson, features the music of eight renowned female film composers and presents 800 years of women fighting for human rights and equality. This 80-minute interactive experience is a socially and culturally relevant world premiere concert which includes historical visuals from the past to present day. Women Warriors: The Voices of Change celebrates the strength and heroism of female global activists fighting for human, civil, and minority rights, environmental causes, and gender equality. Orchestra Moderne NYC and Conductor/Producer Amy Andersson team with composers Nathalie Bonin, Miriam Cutler, Anne-Kathrin Dern, Sharon Farber, Mandy Hoffman, Penka Kouneva, Starr Parodi, and Lolita Ritmanis, who together have created a rich and cinematic orchestral experience in seventeen world premiere pieces that inspire hope and courage for women and girls around the world. Special guest artists include; Afghan rapper/songwriter Sonita Alizadeh, fifteen year old singer/songwriter Isolde Fair, and violinist Nathalie Bonin. Iranian human rights activist and author Masih Alinejad is the honored guest speaker. Featured Podcast for Week 8.19.2019 is 'Chapter 5: 'Women Build Peace' with music by Penka Kouneva & violin solo by Nathalie Bonin Penka Kouneva says that the Women Warriors: The Voices of Change multimedia concert is the most important and relevant event that she has ever been a part of as it gives orchestral music an urgent social and cultural resonance by tackling humanistic issues that are not usually addressed on a classical concert stage. Kouneva's music will accompany six segments in the program. For the Women Build Peace segment which shows Israeli and Palestinian women peacefully coming together and searching for common language amidst the most violent, continuous and divisive war of our modern times, Kouneva's soaring piece 'Earth' expresses love, care and humility honoring the power of the human spirit to rise above conflict, hatred and profound differences. In this piece she strived for the music to have a timeless and universal sound. Violinist and composer Nathalie Bonin has always loved to spark emotion through music and art. Bonin is honored to be part of the Women Warriors event both as composer and soloist. In Chapter Five, Bonin's soulful violin solo for Penka Kouneva's 'Earth' transcends nations, religions, and ideologies, speaking the language of brotherhood, peace and reconciliation. Join us at New York's Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center - September 20 2019 at 8:00pm for this historical and stunning concert experience which celebrates the strength and heroism of female global activists fighting for human and civil rights, environmental causes, and gender equality. The opening theme music for this podcast was provided by Penka Kouneva This content, as well as the related podcast, are licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) for redistribution and adaptation.
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Lyn Stanley's 'Live at Bernie's' is a good album, a good tribute and an excellent collection of standards / Jazz Square


American vocalist Lyn Stanley is an excellent stylist. I became convinced of this five years ago, reviewing her album Potions (From The 50's), released in 2014. There, Lin splendidly conveyed the atmosphere of the 50s, performing popular hits of that decade. Over the past five years, the singer has taken a huge step forward, while remaining at the same time within the framework of her chosen way of stylizing music of a certain period. Since then, she has released several more works, and in 2018 created a tribute album to Julie London, a popular American singer and actress, whose peak of success again fell on the 50s. All of Stanley's new works met a very good press, and Sol Levin from Los Angeles, program editor of America's most popular jazz radio station KKJZ-FM, named her the best vocalist of the year in 2018. In 2019, Lyn Stanley and her regular accompanying ensemble Jazz Mavericks continued their tribute project in honor of Julie London, releasing another album with songs from her repertoire at the end of June: London With A Twist. A good stylist should be accurate in everything, and Lin Stanley is also a perfectionist, which she proved by deciding to take an extraordinary step when recording this album: apply direct-to-disc recording technology. This means that the entire recording of the program goes directly to the analog disk: no films, no takes, from beginning to end the whole program is recorded immediately, spontaneously, neither Lin nor her ensemble had any pre-arranged arrangements - in short, complete identity with a concert. So far, only four vocalists in history have ventured to record such a record, with the record consisted of recording three songs in a row with a total duration of twelve minutes - the program London With A Twist sounds forty-four minutes! What happened? Here you need to listen, and you will undoubtedly enjoy both the quality of execution and the program itself. Lyn Stanley presented an excellent collection of standards: here, and Richard Rogers Blue Moon (a cool interpretation, to my taste - the best on the disc), and In The Still Of The Night and I've Got You Under My Skin Cole Porter, and Love Letters Hayman and Young, and along with them - the once popular Route 66, Pink Cadillac of Bruce Springsteen, Bye Bye Blackbird, and finally You Never Can Tell one of the rock and roll kings Chuck Berry - is another peak of this album, from my point of view . A good album, a good tribute (more precisely, its continuation) and a new strengthening of the already existing reputation of this vocalist. SEE THE Jazz Square PAGE
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Jan Lisiecki discusses Mendelssohn with 89.3WQED: Pittsburgh


Acclaimed 23-year-old Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki joined forces with the conductorless Orpheus Chamber Orchestra for his Mendelssohn release on Deutsche Grammophon. The album explores a pair of early Romantic masterpieces: Mendelssohn's Piano Concertos in G minor and D minor, complemented with a selection of Mendelssohn's most brilliant pieces for solo piano: the Variations sérieuses, the Rondo capriccioso and the "Venetian Boat Song" from the Songs without Words. Lisiecki also joined forces with 89.3WQED: Pittsburgh Classical Music Director - Jim Cunningham to discuss the recording along with his upcoming PSO dates. Listen to the attached interview. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d; min-height: 14.0px}
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Ola Onabule discusses and demos the Neumann KMS stage microphones


Ola Onabule has always had a love of vocal microphones. "I have always been fascinated by sound" he says. Onabule goes on "As much by the way it is produced, as by the way it is perceived. I am intrigued by it's mystical and scientific qualities. The fact that it can stir the full gamut of emotional responses in the listener and that it achieves this through the agitation of a delicate membrane in the ear and sound waves in the air. Microphones are to my mind, the electro-mechanical facsimile of this phenomena and to a singer, the single most important piece of technology they will ever interact with. So not surprisingly, as both a singer/songwriter and producer who runs a project studio and tours extensively, I really do love me a good mic …or two." Onabule was introduced to Neumann's range of microphones at the start of his career more than two decades ago and he still gets knocked off his feet by the effortless reproduction of nuance and harmonics that he'd previously only ever heard in his head and never out of a pair of studio monitors.   Onabule discusses and demos the Neumann KMS Stage Microphones. WATCH THE VIDEO p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d} WATCH THE VIDEO  p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Calibri; color: #4d4d4d} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Calibri; color: #4d4d4d; min-height: 14.0px} span.s1 {font: 13.0px 'Helvetica Neue'}
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The Carr-Petrova Duo #50Days4Refugees releases 'Reality Check'


The Novel Voices Refugee Aid Project, created and directed by the Carr-Petrova Duo, is a project designed to give voice and visibility, through music and film, to the lives and struggles of both local and international refugee communities, and to encourage audiences and artists alike to become connected and involved. Since August 2018, it has brought free, interactive classical music concerts and workshops to displaced populations while increasing awareness of and raising support for both U.S.-based and international refugee-aid programs.  From August 12th to October 1st, 2019, The Novel Voices Refugee Aid Project, and the Carr-Petrova Duo are launching #50Days4Refugees - a social media campaign which walks through our past year of travels with the Novel Voices Refugee Aid Project from start to finish. We are releasing a single story/image/clip a day in order to give our followers the chance to virtually travel with us, meeting and engaging with the people, places, life-stories, cultures, music, and organizations we encountered along the way. Follow us daily as we share our journey and highlight the activities, strengths, and specific needs of the organizations we partnered with - along with what we learned about ways anyone anywhere can get involved.  Day 7: "Reality Check" Please meet our sweet, gentle, and very shy friend named Siha. Siha is an Egyptian from Kuwait awaiting asylum in Denmark. We were immediately drawn to Siha because of her deep, curious, thoughtful, and expressive eyes - and although she was very reserved upon our initial meeting, we were excited to watch her slowly start to open up after making music together and by the end even got to hear about her favorite song "Lille Petter Edderkopp" (AKA - "The Itsy Bitsy Spider"), her love of dancing, and how she would sit with her family in Kuwait listening to music all together in their livingroom in the evenings...   Siha gave us another "reality check" moment on our second day when we were working with the students to design a "musical story" together. The students created the story, and we had to narrate it with the sounds that matched the characters and activities in the story. When we asked for a volunteer to draw what "happiness" might look like - Siha came up and drew a couple getting married (shown in the clip).  When we all spoke later that night about the day's activities, this moment came up again - and we all simultaneously abashedly admitted how our pre-conditioned psyche's had actually expected a "refugee girl" to draw something more exotic and un-relatable to ourselves and our cultures. And instead, we were faced with a moment of seeing just how similar our new friend from Kuwait was to every other little girl we had ever met in each of our respective countries and cultures…
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The Carr-Petrova Duo #50Days4Refugees releases 'The Jelling Model'


p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d; min-height: 14.0px} The Novel Voices Refugee Aid Project, created and directed by the Carr-Petrova Duo, is a project designed to give voice and visibility, through music and film, to the lives and struggles of both local and international refugee communities, and to encourage audiences and artists alike to become connected and involved. Since August 2018, it has brought free, interactive classical music concerts and workshops to displaced populations while increasing awareness of and raising support for both U.S.-based and international refugee-aid programs.  From August 12th to October 1st, 2019, The Novel Voices Refugee Aid Project, and the Carr-Petrova Duo are launching #50Days4Refugees - a social media campaign which walks through our past year of travels with the Novel Voices Refugee Aid Project from start to finish. We are releasing a single story/image/clip a day in order to give our followers the chance to virtually travel with us, meeting and engaging with the people, places, life-stories, cultures, music, and organizations we encountered along the way. Follow us daily as we share our journey and highlight the activities, strengths, and specific needs of the organizations we partnered with - along with what we learned about ways anyone anywhere can get involved.  Day 8 - "The Jelling Model" One of our goals in launching the #NovelVoices Project was to educate ourselves about what is being done by both local and international refugee-aid organizations to help make a difference in the refugee crisis - so that we can learn ways that anyone anywhere can help. Learning about the work done by the Danish Red Cross in their "Jelling Model" school during our very first refugee camp visit exceeded all our expectations, filling our hearts to overflowing with hope, admiration, and inspiration.  Please enjoy this clip of our new friend Morten - a teacher in the Jelling Danish Red Cross school - describing his work and what is unique about his school. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d; min-height: 14.0px} p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d; min-height: 14.0px}
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The Carr-Petrova Duo #50Days4Refugees releases 'Smiles'


The Novel Voices Refugee Aid Project, created and directed by the Carr-Petrova Duo, is a project designed to give voice and visibility, through music and film, to the lives and struggles of both local and international refugee communities, and to encourage audiences and artists alike to become connected and involved. Since August 2018, it has brought free, interactive classical music concerts and workshops to displaced populations while increasing awareness of and raising support for both U.S.-based and international refugee-aid programs.  From August 12th to October 1st, 2019, The Novel Voices Refugee Aid Project, and the Carr-Petrova Duo are launching #50Days4Refugees - a social media campaign which walks through our past year of travels with the Novel Voices Refugee Aid Project from start to finish. We are releasing a single story/image/clip a day in order to give our followers the chance to virtually travel with us, meeting and engaging with the people, places, life-stories, cultures, music, and organizations we encountered along the way. Follow us daily as we share our journey and highlight the activities, strengths, and specific needs of the organizations we partnered with - along with what we learned about ways anyone anywhere can get involved.  Day 6: "Smiles" -  Music has such an uplifting, community-building effect, that it was easy for us to forget amidst our camp visits, the abundance of darkness and sadness which we were so often staring in the face. It was hard for our psyches to consolidate the innocent smiles we saw together with the knowledge of what those smiles had already experienced at such a young age. Only one moment in our first trip ripped away the veil and gave us a half-second glimpse into reality. On our second day in the Jelling Refugee Camp, we greeted the children as they entered the Jelling Red Cross School classroom, and were stopped in our tracks when a disagreement broke out between two of the students over who would have first dibs on playing the viola. We held our breath and felt our blood run cold as a chair flew threw the air and two incredibly sweet children with whom we had interacted the entire day before released furious tirades at each other in Arabic. As the teachers moved in to assuage the situation, one of the children released a scream none of us will forget. That scream told it all - there was more anger, sadness, frustration, and fury in that sound than any of us had ever witnessed.  Things quickly went back to normal, and we carried on with our activities - but all of us were shaken by that brief glimpse into the sorrow and trauma that was and would continue to run underneath those innocent smiles for years to come...    
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Bion Tsang's new Dvorak And Enescu Cello Concertos with RSNO are chock-full of drama, emotion and power / Wisconsin Public Radio


Bion Tsang was born in America to Chinese parents, and after debuting with Zubin Mehta and the New York Philharmonic at age 11, studied at Juilliard, Harvard and Yale. He's a recording artist and professor of cello at the University of Texas-Austin. Tsang's newest release is on the Sony Classical label, and it contains two major works: the "Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in b minor, op. 104," by Antonín Dvořák, and the "Symphonie Concertante for Cello and Orchestra, op. 8" by George Enescu. Both pieces are chock-full of drama, emotion and power and there are myriad opportunities for Tsang to display his technical virtuosity. There are lovely lyrical passages as well, full of beauty and subtlety. Tsang handles them all with depth, skill and ample musicality. The Royal Scottish National Orchestra under the baton of Scott Yoo is crisp and clean with a terrific sense of ensemble. Their playing is sensitive and nuanced, providing an equal partnership for the drama unfolding in both pieces. "Each of these concertos takes the listener on an epic journey," says Tsang. "They are both gloriously lush and dramatic in their orchestration, and the cello sings above this backdrop with intense emotion. In both pieces, I feel there are distinct depictions of longing, searching, struggle, and finally triumph." SEE THE Wisconsin Public Radio PAGE
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89.3KCUR plans to launch 24-Hour classical music station in Kansas City


Kansas City is one of the few metropolitan areas of its size in the country without a full-time classical music broadcaster.
That may be about to change. KCUR 89.3 has signed an agreement to purchase KWJC 91.9 FM from William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri, with the intention of bringing 24-hour classical music programming to Kansas City. On Thursday, KCUR - Kansas City's public radio station - filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission to approve the purchase. "Given the strength of the performing arts community and the classical music community in town, we think it's a huge hole, both for audiences and performing arts organizations," KCUR general manager Nico Leone said. "We see in market after market that classical music stations can be a rising tide for performing arts organizations." READ THE FULL ARTICLE
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Top 10 Albums for August

Sharon Isbin, Pacifica Quartet :

Souvenirs of Spain and Italy

Pacifica Quartet and Guitarist Sharon Isbin Offer ‘Souvenirs of Spain and Italy' on Cedille Records In their first collaboration on disc, the artists play works for guitar and strings by Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Vivaldi, and Boccherini   The Grammy Award-winning Pacifica Quartet and multiple Grammy-winning guitarist Sharon Isbin join forces for Souvenirs of Spain & Italy, an uncommon album of music for strings and guitar from the Baroque to the mid-20th century. Souvenirs of Spain & Italy, available August 23, 2019, on Cedille Records, is the first joint recording by these renowned artists and marks Isbin's Cedille label debut.  "It's really beautiful music with a tremendous amount of variety," Isbin says. The program spotlights Italian-born composers influenced by Spanish idioms. Works include Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco's Quintet for Guitar and String Quartet, Op. 143; Emilio Pujol's guitar arrangement of Antonio Vivaldi's lute Concerto in D Major, RV 93, edited by Isbin; and Luigi Boccherini's Quintet for Guitar and String Quartet in D Major, G. 448.
Jon Batiste :

Anatomy of Angels

In the fall of 2018, pianist and bandleader Jon Batiste played a six-night residency at the historic Village Vanguard in downtown New York City. On August 2, Batiste will release selections from those nights entitled Anatomy of Angels: Live at the Village Vanguard via Verve Records. The selection for Anatomy of Angels is comprised mostly of Batiste's own compositions, which range from bluesy ("Dusk Train To Doha") to Coltrane-esque explorations (the titular track "Anatomy of Angels" and "Creative.") In addition to his own works, Rachael Price from Lake Street Dive joins him for Ray Noble's "The Very Thought Of You." Batiste also arranged on one of the most famous works of his idol Thelonious Monk, "'Round Midnight."
Philip Bailey :

Love Will Find A Way

Philip Bailey, the legendary falsetto voice, Grammy Award winner and co-founder of Earth, Wind & Fire announces his upcoming solo album Love Will Find A Way via Verve Records on June 21 with the release of the first single "Billy Jack," which he co-produced with Robert Glasper.   "Billy Jack" was originally written and performed by Curtis Mayfield – this version is performed by Grammy Award winner Philip Bailey on vocals and percussion and features Kendrick Scott on drums and Robert Glasper on keys.  When Earth Wind & Fire began recording in the 1970s, Bailey and his bandmates, like many great artists of the day, had little interest in separating genres and audiences-a philosophy that resulted in unprecedented creative and commercial success.  On Love Will Find a Way, Bailey proves that the atmosphere and ideas that made Earth Wind & Fire possible-a respect for genuine musicianship, a conviction that all music matters-are alive and well in 2019. Along with trusted friends like bassist Christian McBride, the iconic jazz pianist Chick Corea and drum legend Steve Gadd, the album features several of the brightest contemporary lights in jazz, R&B, pop and more: keyboardist Robert Glasper, saxophonist Kamasi Washington, rapper, musician and producer will.i.am, trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, singer-songwriter Bilal, singer-saxophonist Casey Benjamin, guitarist Lionel Loueke, drummer Kendrick Scott and bassist Derrick Hodge, among many others. 
Nicola Benedetti :

Marsalis -Violin Concerto in D, Fiddle Dance Suite

Nicola Benedetti's new album on Decca Classics features premiere recordings of two works written especially for her by jazz musician Wynton Marsalis: Violin Concerto in D and Fiddle Dance Suite for Solo Violin.  Benedetti performs Violin Concerto in D with The Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of Cristian Măcelaru who has collaborated with the violinist to perform the work six times. The concerto was co-commissioned by the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO), Ravinia, LA Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra Washington, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and Netherlands Radio Philharmonic. Benedetti performed the world premiere with the LSO under conductor James Gaffigan in London in November 2015. 
Carr-Petrova Duo :

Novel Voices

The Novel Voices Refugee Aid Project, created and directed by the Carr-Petrova Duo, is a project designed to give voice and visibility, through music and film, to the lives and struggles of both local and international refugee communities, and to encourage audiences and artists alike to become connected and involved. Since August 2018, it has brought free, interactive classical music concerts and workshops to displaced populations while increasing awareness of and raising support for both U.S.-based and international refugee-aid programs. 
elbow :

Dexter & Sinister

British rock band elbow return with ‘Dexter & Sinister' - an exact seven minutes of new music, an epic melding of ominous, creeping grooves and deity denying lyrics that bursts into a sweeping second phase of lament and redemption. The track was initially recorded at Clouds Hill Studios, Hamburg, a building crammed with old, beautifully preserved, analogue equipment that encouraged the band to experiment and play live in the room, an essential part of its genesis according to keyboardist and producer Craig Potter:
Cast Albums :

Oklahoma

In 1943, Decca Broadway released the first-ever cast album of all time. The musical was Rodgers and Hammerstein's groundbreaking Oklahoma!. Fast forward 76 years, the newly-relaunched Decca Broadway, part of Verve Label Group, announces the release of the new cast recording for the revival of Oklahoma!  The 2019 revival of Oklahoma! is making history as the first time the Rodgers and Hammerstein estate has allowed new arrangements of the original score. The New York Times said of these new versions, "The well-known melodies have been reimagined – by the brilliant orchestrator and arranger Daniel Kluger – with the vernacular throb and straightforwardness of country and western ballads." Daniel Fish's reimagined revival of Oklahoma! officially opened April 7 at Circle in the Square Theatre. The cast is led by Rebecca Naomi Jones as Laurey and Damon Daunno as Curly and the cast album will be produced by Dean Sharenow and Daniel Kluger.   
Cast Albums :

Tootsie

In 1943, Decca Broadway released the first-ever cast album of all time. The musical was Rodgers and Hammerstein's groundbreaking Oklahoma!. Fast forward 76 years, the newly-relaunched Decca Broadway, part of Verve Label Group, announces the release of the new cast recording of the hit musical Tootsie.  The new comedy musical Tootsie, adapted from the 1982 film, began previews on Broadway March 29, following an acclaimed out-of-town tryout in Chicago last fall. Variety called Tony-winner David Yazbek's score "strikingly over-the-top: You know something's right when the music itself feels witty." Meanwhile, The Chicago Tribune commented, "The sound has a movie-score quality… many of his tempos are arrestingly up – so much so…that they keep amping the pleasures of the piece." Tootsie officially opens at the Marquis Theatre April 23. Tony nominee Santino Fontana leads the cast as Michael Dorsey, a talented but difficult actor who struggles to find work until one show-stopping act of desperation lands him the role of a lifetime – as the star of a new Broadway musical. TOOTSIE features an original score by Tony Award-winner DAVID YAZBEK (The Band's Visit, The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), a book by ROBERT HORN (13; Dame Edna, Back with a Vengeance), choreography by Tony Award nominee DENIS JONES (Holiday Inn, Honeymoon in Vegas), and musical direction by ANDREA GRODY (The Band's Visit). TOOTSIE will be directed by eight-time Tony Award nominee and Olivier Award winner SCOTT ELLIS (She Loves Me, On the Twentieth Century). 
John Coltrane :

Blue World

 In 1964, the National Film Board of Canada asked John Coltrane to record the soundtrack for a French-language film titled "Le chat dans le sac" ("The Cat in the Bag").  Amazingly, no announcement was made that the iconic Coltrane was adding new performances to this film. In June of that year, Coltrane's ‘Classic Quartet' entered Rudy Van Gelder's studio and recorded five previously-recorded Coltrane originals. For many years, viewers of the film who recognized the music thought that they were listening to the original recordings, though in fact they were new and had never been heard. Now, with the release of "Blue World", we can hear these newly-discovered recordings for the first time. This was recorded in June, 1964 between the recording of "Crescent" and "A Love Supreme" At this time, Coltrane's music was heading in an avant-garde direction. However, this a more straight-ahead recording. Performed by the Classic Quartet – the same group from "Both Directions at Once" – John Coltrane (tenor saxophone), McCoy Tyner (piano) , Jimmy Garrison (bass), Elvin Jones (drums). Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder's studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.
Laurence Hobgood :

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The Laurence Hobgood Trio with string quartet ETHEL "Two impressive things stand out: how enormous his arrangements make the string quartet sound, and how fluidly these seven musicians blend together." - Giovanni Russonello, New York Times  "Hobgood's orchestration definitely brings a classical element to the project, while the trio's shining interactions represent the very idea that jazz improvisation is less about what's being played and more about how it's being played."  - Matt Micucci, Jazziz Magazine    "✩✩✩✩✩" - BBC Music Magazine (May 24, 2019) "Hobgood has produced here an exceptional debut album for the ever-burgeoning Ubuntu Music label, which augurs very well indeed both for the pianist and the record company." - Roger Farby, All About Jazz    "Laurence Hobgood's new album is grounded in a deep and rich musicality that rewards frequent and multiple listenings like nothing I've heard in decades. It is at different times surprising, thought-provoking, nuanced, and always exquisite . . . tesseterra should be on every station and streaming services playlists for years to come."  - Daniel J. Levitin, Author, "This Is Your Brain On Music" "Laurence Hobgood's new album is grounded in a deep and rich musicality that rewards frequent and multiple listenings like nothing I've heard in decades. It is at different times surprising, thought-provoking, nuanced, and always exquisite. What do Debussy, Ravel, Miles Davis and Johnny Cash have in common' They were all superb crafters of melody, harmony and rhythm who decided, as Hobgood does here, to explore texture-driven music, elevating timbre and orchestration to equal standing with their better known musical accomplices. Hobgood is continually pulling rabbits out of hats, getting me to rethink and re-feel songs I've heard thousands of times, shining a light on hidden structure and interplays I had never noticed before. Anyone who can sneak in a few bars of  "I've Found a New Baby" has got me hooked. From meter shifts to harmonic innovation and textural elegance, tesseterra should be on every station and streaming services playlists for years to come." 
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