Sarah Cahill leads Lou Harrison's 100th birthday celebration at SF Performances / KALW - Open Air


On this week's densely packed Open Air, KALW: San Francisco's weekly magazine for the performing arts, host David Latulippe talks with Bay Area pianist and contemporary music specialist Sarah Cahill, who leads a celebration of visionary California composer Lou Harrison's 100th birthday for SF Performances, on January 24 at ACT's Strand Theater. For this concert , she partners with Kate Stenberg, the Alexander String Quartet and William Winant Percussion Group, who will perform on instruments built by Harrison himself. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060; min-height: 14.0px} Open Air can be heard live on Thursday's at 1pm. SEE THE PAGE p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060; min-height: 14.0px}
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Lang Lang set to host Carnegie Hall - GRAMMY's 'salute to classical music ' / billboard


The GRAMMY's have announced a diverse lineup of musicians for their "Salute to Classical Music." The event, which will be held Jan. 26 at Carnegie Hall at 2:30 p.m., will also serve as a tribute to Leonard Bernstein as part of the globe-spanning "Leonard Bernstein at 100" celebration in honor of the musician's 100th birthday. Lang Lang will host, and he brings with him performers from the Lang Lang International Music Foundation who will take the stage alongside a number of renown musicians to perform arrangements spanning Bernstein's catalog.   PHOTO: Waring Abbott/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images READ THE FULL billboard ARTICLE p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060; min-height: 14.0px} span.Apple-tab-span {white-space:pre}
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Simone Dinnerstein to explore connections between Glass and Schubert at NYC's Miller Theatre / HollywoodSoapbox


Celebrated pianist Simone Dinnerstein will offer a unique evening of music that highlights the careers and influence of Philip Glass and Franz Schubert. The performance, which will take place Thursday, Jan. 18 at New York City's Miller Theatre, also serves as a tribute to Glass, who is being fêted this year for his 80th birthday. Dinnerstein has become well known for a number reasons, especially her recording of Johann Sebastian Bach's Goldberg Variations. She has played most of the major concert halls of the world, including Carnegie Hall in New York City, the Konzerthaus in Vienna and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. On the program are Glass' Selected Etudes and 1988's Metamorphosis. Schubert is represented with Impromptus, Op. 90 from 1827 and Sonata in B-flat Major from 1828. 
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Joshua Bell returns to the land of his forefathers for Usher Hall performance, with the Academy / THE SCOTSMAN


"I actually come from Scottish descent, on my father's side of the family," says Joshua Bell. "Bell is a Scottish name, after all." Caledonian connections might come as a bit of a surprise from the US violinist, one of classical music's starriest figures, who returns to the land of his forefathers for a concert at Edinburgh's Usher Hall on 21 January. But to him, those roots clearly matter. "My father used to talk to me about his grandfather and great-grandfather, who fought in the Black Watch," he continues. "So there's something sentimental about playing in Scotland – and of course it's a special place anyway." Bell directs the Academy of St Martin in the Fields for the performance. READ THE FULL SCOTSMAN ARTICLE p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060; min-height: 14.0px}
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Sharon Isbin discusses spanish guitar tradition with KUAF: Fayetteville AR


Heavyweight classical guitarist Sharon Isbin explores how the Spanish guitar tradition grew from its humble beginnings to become an iconic part of the musical landscape in her latest release, "Alma Espanola."  A collaboration with vocalist Isabel Leonard, "Alma Espanola" documents the Spanish tradition of cante jondo  or "deep song," in which the very landscape of the country is manifested in the music- whose genesis can be found in the Spanish tradition of wandering balladeers, who would sing and play guitar to no accompaniment. "It was always in context of the lyrics, the music, the meaning, the character," Isben explains of her collaboration with Isabel Leonard. "[It's] just as if you were an actor or an actress rehearsing a show for an audience of a play, and you have to get into the spirit of it."  Listen to the entire interview with KUAF: Fayetteville AR - Of Note's Katy Henriksen 
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Avi Avital meets 88.9 IdeaStation - WCVE Richmond


Two amazing musicians, classically trained mandolin player Avi Avital and jazz bassist Omer Avital, have combined their talents in a new release "Avital Meets Avital." While sharing the same last name, the two are not related, but share their culure. Both musicians have parents of Moroccan descent who immigrated to Israel in the 1960s and this shared heritage, along with their divergent musical paths is the story of Avital Meets Avital. 88.9 IdeaStation - WCVE Richmond VA, Classical Music Host, Mike Goldberg had the pleasure of talking with Avi Avital about his classical background, playing the violin and the creation of this new album. Enjoy our chat! ">LISTEN TO THE SEGMENT p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060; min-height: 14.0px}
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Menuhin Competition reveals the 44 young violinists accepted for 2018 edition / The Strad


The Menuhin Competition has today revealed the 44 young violinists who made it through the pre-selection process to be accepted for its 2018 edition, taking place in Geneva. The competition received 317 applications for the 44 positions available across junior and senior categories. The announcement notes that participants come from 16 countries and five continents, representing 17 nationalities, with 46% from Asia, 35% from USA, 15% from Europe and 4% from the rest of the world. Brazil and Slovenia will be represented by competitors for the first time in the Menuhin Competition's history, and the average age of participants has dropped to 15 for the first time, with the youngest aged ten and the oldest 21. Founded by Yehudi Menuhin in 1983, the competition is separated into a Junior Division, open to violinists aged between 11 and 15, and Senior Division for ages 16 to 22. Over 90% of participants began playing the violin before the age of five and average age across junior and senior categories has dropped to 15 for the first time, with the youngest aged ten and oldest 21 Previous prize winners include Tasmin Little, Nikolaj Znaider, Ilya Gingolts, Julia Fischer, Ray Chen, Chad Hoopes, Stephen Waarts and Callum Smart. READ THE FULL Strad ARTICLE p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060; min-height: 14.0px}
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You say you want a revolution? Massive 60's festival takes over NYC / Metro


It's the '60s all over again as massive festival takes over the New York City. More than 30 cultural institutions, theater groups, museums and more are all staging exhibits as part of The '60s: The Years That Changed America. Tapping into the cultural, social and political anxieties that are tipping our country toward another revolution, Carnegie Hall has rallied some of the biggest institutions in the city for The ‘60s: The Years That Changed America. Officially going on now through March 24 (though some exhibits have already started and others will continue past that date), The ‘60s brings together over 35 organizations from the Museum of Modern Art to Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater staging more than 50 exhibitions, concerts, talks and more about the decade that reshaped American culture. READ THE FULL Metro ARTICLE p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060; min-height: 14.0px}
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Melodie Zhao, Iskandar Widjaja's version of Saint-Saens violin sonata #1 takes the biscuit / CLASSIC fM


Would you like to see a piece played so fast the violinist sweats? Of course you would. It's always impressive to hear a piece played super-quickly, but this performance of the final movement from Saint-Saens' first violin sonata takes the biscuit. It's performed here by Mélodie Zhao on the piano and violinist Iskandar Widjaja, and it is utterly bonkers. Especially in those fluttering semiquavers, it would be tempting to get lost and give up – but when you're at the top of your game like these guys, it's strangely effortless. Bravo, both! The piece itself has become something of a showpiece for violinists across the generations – legendary recordings of the piece exist from the likes of Jascha Heifetz, Gil Shaham and Midori. WATCH THE VIDEO   p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060; min-height: 14.0px}
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Mark your 2018 convention calendars / All Access Music Group


The 30th annual FOLK ALLIANCE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE will take place again this year at the WESTIN HOTEL, KANSAS CITY, MO on FEBRUARY 14th-18th.  MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER will be the keynote speaker, plus there will be a special interview with RICHARD THOMPSON.   The 2018 SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE AND FESTIVAL is set to take place in AUSTIN, MARCH 9th-18th.    ALL ACCESS and A&R WORLDWIDE have announced the dates for the eighth annual WORLDWIDE RADIO SUMMIT.  The highly anticipated "United Nations of Radio" is set to take place MAY 2nd-4th at THE W HOTEL in HOLLYWOOD. The 18th annual NON-COMMVENTION returns to PHILADELPHIA MAY 15th-18th.  All the meetings and music will be held at the WXPN building, which also houses the WORLD CAFE LIVE venue.  More details to be revealed here. The FMQB TRIPLE A CONFERENCE returns in 2018. The event will again be held in BOULDER, CO at the ST. JULIEN HOTEL & SPA AUGUST 8th-11th.   The PUBLIC RADIO CONTENT CONFERENCE (PRPD) will be in AUSTIN this year at the HYATT REGENCY AUGUST 20th-23rd. The 18th AMERICANA FESTIVAL & CONFERENCE is slated for SEPTEMBER 11th-16th in NASHVILLE.   SEE All Access Music Group PAGE p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060; min-height: 14.0px}
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Bela Fleck and Brooklyn Rider bring their collective range to Edmond OK's Armstrong Auditorium / City-sentinel


Legendary banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck and the popular string quartet Brooklyn Rider will bring their stylistic range to the Armstrong Auditorium in Edmond on Tuesday, January 16, at 7:30 p.m. Fleck and the quartet will combine their many talents for one night only to showcase the program Night Flight Over Water. The evening will include works from Brooklyn Rider's versatile repertoire, solo turns by Fleck and other collaborative surprises. "Hearing the world's most famous banjo player and this appealing young string quartet will be quite the combination," said Ryan Malone, Armstrong Auditorium concert manager. "And I can't think of a better venue than Armstrong Auditorium to hear the nuances of these five incredible string instruments." READ THE FULL City-sentinel ARTICLE
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A fun night of uninhibited singing from the Vienna Boys Choir at Singapore's Victoria Hall / The Straits Times


A visit from members of the Vienna Boys Choir has become something of a regular feature on the Singapore arts calendar. This year, it is doing something new by staying a whole week and giving coaching sessions, masterclasses and lectures. It is also presenting two concerts, the second of which (tonight at the Esplanade) sees it collaborating with eight local choirs. For last Saturday's concert, however, it had the stage to itself. Its 90-minute programme comprised the customary mix of music stretching across centuries, styles and languages. It also moved from the musically intense to the musically flippant, with the audience becoming progressively more excited as the songs became increasingly more outrageous. READ THE FULL Straits Times REVIEW p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060; min-height: 14.0px}
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Top 10 Albums for January

Alexandre Desplat :

Shape Of Water

Just hours after winning a prestigious Golden Globe for Best Original Score, composer Alexandre Desplat has been nominated for a British Academy Film Award (BAFTA) for his spine-tingling score to The Shape of Water. The soundtrack was released on Decca Records on December 15. Alexandre Desplat picked up the award for Best Original Score at the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles, while Guillermo del Toro was named Best Director for The Shape of Water. Speaking of his win, Desplat said, "At the end of the day, this movie is about love. Love, sharing, humanism and respect. The music just had to convey that."
Daniel Pemberton :

All the Money in the World - Soundtrack

Sony Classical proudly announces the release of ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), featuring music by multiple Golden Globe nominee Daniel Pemberton. Daniel Pemberton says about the soundtrack: "Working with the legend that is Ridley Scott is always an absolute delight. He gives you the space to try something different and loves to be surprised - he doesn't want the obvious approach. There are not many movies where you can write operatic choral pieces, brand new classical work and modern post-rock all in the same world but within this film we could. You've got be able to keep up with him though and he moves FAST! - I think I just about managed on this soundtrack, and couldn't be happier with the result." 17 TOTAL SYND: The Score Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Cleveland, Portland, Sacramento, Spokane WA, Claremont, Cupertino CA, Grand Junction CO, Gainesville, Pensacola, East Lansing MI, Astoria OR, Abilene TX, Fairbanks AK, CA(Statewide) Online: Zephyr Planet Radio
Daniel Pemberton :

MOLLY'S GAME - Soundtrack

Sony Classical proudly announces the release of MOLLY'S GAME (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), featuring music by Daniel Pemberton. The soundtrack to Aaron Sorkin's directorial debut will be available on January 5, 2018. STXfilms and The Mark Gordon Company's MOLLY'S GAME was released in select theaters in the U.S. on December 25th, and will expand wide on January 5, 2018. "It was great working with Aaron - I still can't believe this is his first time as a director - he was so assured, enthusiastic and supportive it felt like he'd been doing it all his life," said Pemberton.
John Williams :

The Post - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Sony Classical proudly announces the release of THE POST (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), featuring music by multi-award-winning composer John Williams. The soundtrack is compainon to this Steven Spielberg film. Starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks in a thrilling drama about the unlikely partnership between The Washington Post's Katharine Graham (Streep), the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, and editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks), as they race to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spanned three decades and four U.S. Presidents.  30 TOTAL SYND: C24, The Score, Beethoven Net, Sixty Second CD, CBC Direct: MOOD, Music Choice Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Cleveland, Portland, Minneapolis, Austin, Detroit, IN(Statewide), MI(Statewide), Canada Online: Affinity, AccuRadio
Henry Jackman :

JUMANJI - WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE

Sony Classical proudly announces the release of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), featuring music by Henry Jackman. The soundtrack to the new film by Jake Kasdan is available December 15, 2017. The film will be released in the U.S. on December 20, 2017.   In the brand-new adventure Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, the game has changed as four teenagers in detention are sucked into the world of Jumanji.  When they discover an old video game console with a game they've never heard of, they decide to play and are immediately thrust into the game's jungle setting, in the bodies of the avatar characters they chose (Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan).  What they discover is that you don't just play Jumanji – Jumanji plays you.  To win, they'll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, or they'll be stuck in the game forever… 
Hauschka :

GUNPOWDER - Original Television Soundtrack

Sony Music proudly announces the release of GUNPOWDER (Original Television Soundtrack), featuring original music by Volker Bertelmann aka Hauschka. The soundtrack will be released on December 15th, 2017. Gunpowder's first part will debut in the US on HBO on Monday, December 18 at 10 PM. Gunpowder is a three-part thriller based on the 17th century events. The miniseries, written by Ronan Bennett (Top Boy) and directed by J Blakeson (The Disappearance of Alice Creed) stars Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) as Robert Catesby, who was the driving force behind the Gunpowder Plot in 1605 London. 
Solomon Grey :

The Last Post

Written by BAFTA winner Peter Moffat and arriving stateside via Amazon Prime in 2018, the new BBC One military drama The Last Post follows the military careers and family lives of a British army unit in ‘60s Yemen during the North Yemen Civil War. Solomon Grey's soundtrack for the drama blends his signature epic electro-orchestral sound with influences from Arabian music. 
Dario Marianelli, Vikingur Olafsson :

Darkest Hour - Soundtrack

Set in the early days of World War II, Joe Wright's new film Darkest Hour finds the fate of Western Europe hanging on the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman), who must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler, or stand firm and fight against incredible odds for the ideals and freedom of a nation. The Darkest Hour soundtrack features music by Dario Marianelli (Atonement, Pride & Prejudice), performed by pianist Víkingur Ólafsson. 
Melody Gardot :

Live in Europe

International best-selling singer, songwriter and musician, Melody Gardot, is releasing her first live album. ‘Live in Europe' will be available as a 2CD album and special limited edition vinyl set on 9th February on Decca Records. The record celebrates the success of her live shows around the world and includes concert performances of her greatest hits, recorded between 2012 and 2016. Personally curated by Melody herself, the album features some of her best loved songs, including Baby I'm A Fool (recorded in Vienna in 2013 and London last year), My One and Only Thrill (from Barcelona in 2012), Les Etoiles (from London last year) and March For Mingus (from Utrecht last year).
Kate McGarry, Keith Ganz, Gary Versace :

The Subject Tonight Is Love

Countless poets, philosophers, artists, musicians, writers and dreamers have taken up that same subject since Hafiz's day, but despite seven intervening centuries of exploration, love continues to offer an inexhaustible supply of complexities and mysteries. On The Subject Tonight Is Love, their first album as a trio, vocalist Kate McGarry, guitarist/bassist Keith Ganz and keyboardist/accordionist Gary Versace rise to that eternal challenge, investigating the concept of love in its many forms and from several different perspectives over the course of a dozen alluring songs, from timeless folk tunes to transformed jazz standards, celebratory pop songs to evocative originals.
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