On their first album together, Tony and Diana tribute George and Ira / JazzTimes

This story begins in 1948. A young man just a few years out of Army duty in the European theater of WWII went into Decca's New York recording studio and cut a version of George and Ira Gershwin's "Fascinating Rhythm." Born with a name seemingly both too long and too ethnic for show business, the young singer had been using the shorter moniker Joe Bari for his professional appearances. According to Dick Golden-jazz radio host, historian, and author, as well as friend of the singer-it was Bob Hope who invited Bari to perform with him at the Paramount. The story goes that Hope asked the young man, "Again, what's your name?" and he replied, "My professional name is Joe Bari but my real name is Anthony Dominick Benedetto." Hope said, "Oh my, that's too long for the marquee … why don't we call you Tony Bennett?" Seventy years later, the iconic singer may seem to be in the final chapter of that story. However, 92-year-old singers aren't supposed to be able to belt out songs for 90 minutes without a break or a teleprompter or even a stool. With the release of Love Is Here to Stay, an exquisite duet album with Diana Krall, Bennett has further cemented his legacy as one of the greatest singers in American music. Dedicated to the songs of the Gershwins, the album brings Bennett full-circle to that first 1948 Decca session-yes, "Fascinating Rhythm" is on the track list-backed by one of the great jazz piano trios of the last two decades, the Bill Charlap Trio with Peter Washington and Kenny Washington.  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} READ THE FULL JazzTimes ARTICLE
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Deutsche Grammophon hosts first concert In Beijing's forbidden city since 98 / udiscovermusic.

Deutsche Grammophon today launched its 120th-anniversary celebrations in impressive style today, hosting a triumphant gala concert at Beijing's Forbidden City, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Globally renowned performers shared the power and beauty of classical music at this exceptional event, presented before the Imperial Ancestral Temple, or Taimiao, for an audience of 1,200 specially invited Chinese and international dignitaries. Maestro Long Yu and Daniil Trifonov led a multi-national cultural collaboration of Deutsche Grammophon artists in the most prominent high-profile live classical event for over three decades. The DG120 gala concert at the Forbidden City marked the beginning of Deutsche Grammophon's year-long series of global events, new releases and revelatory exploration of its historic archives. It reached a vast global following via simultaneous live streams in YouTube's 360-degree virtual reality and regular formats. READ THE FULL udiscovermusic. ARTICLE
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Jeff Goldblum also has a jazz band / SYFYWIRE: chosen one of the day

Can we all just agree that Jeff Goldblum is entirely too talented? He's both a style icon and versatile actor who seems to be one of the most-loved humans on the planet. And there are enough reasons to love him we've devoted an entire month to him. But that's not all. Jeff Goldblum also has a jazz band. And if you're ever in Los Angeles, they have a weekly show at the Rockwell, which is an intimate space where you're basically within 10 feet of Jeff Goldblum for several hours WHILE HE PLAYS JAZZ MUSIC. For some, that may be too intimidating but the soothing music (and some booze) will keep you calm and swaying.

That's right. His talent knows no end. Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra have been performing live for over five years leaving us wondering: HOW DOES HE FIND THE TIME?! Watch Jeff and Mildred perform live via SYFYWIRE and JUST LOOK HOW HAPPY HE IS PLAYING THAT PIANO
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Anthony Roth Costanzo w/Les Violons du Roy, blend Handel and Glass at Jorgensen theater / The Daily Campus

On Wednesday night, UCONN's Jorgensen graced its audience with Les Violons du Roy, a French-Canadian chamber orchestra who blended both contemporary and baroque music whilst featuring countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo. Before the show, there was a pre-concert lecture with Jonathan Cohen, the new music director and conductor of Les Violons du Roy. He discussed how this is the orchestra's first season on tour with himself as conductor, as the previous conductor and founder stepped down a few years earlier. He later went on to discuss how the concert compared and contrasted the worlds of baroque composer George Frideric Handel and contemporary composer Philip Glass.  PHOTO:  (Nicholas Hampton/The Daily Campus) READ THE FULL Daily Campus ARTICLE p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060}
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New Hilary Hahn Bach - S&P's & Kim Kashkashian - Bach Suites make Violinist.com: new releases roundup

Welcome to "For the Record," Violinist.com's weekly roundup of new releases of recordings by violinists, violists, cellists and other classical musicians. For the week of October 11, 2018   Hilary Hahn Plays Bach "Wherever I am, Bach always seems to change the room," Hilary Hahn told Violinist.com. "You spin into a whole connected world with everyone who is in the same room." Hahn completes her recordings of J.S. Bach's Six Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin with this new recording of Sonata No. 1 in G minor; Partita No. 1 in B minor; and Sonata No. 2 in A minor. Her recording of the other three came out in 1997, on her very first album, also called Hilary Hahn Plays Bach, recorded when she was 16 and 17 years old. That one included the Partita No. 2 in D minor; Sonata No. 3 in C major and Partita No. 3 in E major. 
Photo by Dana van Leeuwen for Decca Kim Kashkashian - J.S. Bach Six Suites for Viola Solo BWV 1007-1012
Bach's cello suites sound profoundly beautiful on viola, played by American violist Kim Kashkashian, who currently teaches at the New England Conservatory. Kashkashian's other solo recordings have included an album of Hindemith sonatas (solo, and with pianist Robert Levin), as well as a Grammy-winning album of solo works by Kurtág and Ligeti. BELOW: Kim Kashkashian performs J.S. Bach: Cello Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1008 - Transcr. for Viola - 1. Prélude: SEE Violinist.com PAGE
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Watch GOLDDERBY EXCLUSIVE w/Terence Blanchard

When composer Terence Blanchard first heard the plot of "BlacKkKlansman he "didn't think it was a real story. I kept thinking, wow, this is a great piece of fiction." But when director Spike Lee informed his longtime collaborator that the tale of Ron Stallworth (John David Washington), an African-American police officer who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in the late 1970s, was indeed true, Blanchard thought, "this has to be one of the most courageous people on the planet. A rookie cop, with a high level of integrity, who decided to take on such a task, was just an amazing thing." Watch GOLDDERBY's exclusive video interview with Blanchard
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With Olafur Arnalds starting world tour, let's recall his path / sonofmarketing

Two years after Island Songs, Icelandic BAFTA winning artist, composer, musician and producer Ólafur Arnalds released a new album. re: member is out now via Mercury KX. Arnalds has unveiled ‘re:member' featuring his ground-breaking new software, Stratus, which transforms the humble piano into a unique new instrument. The Stratus Pianos are two self-playing, semi-generative player pianos and the centrepiece of Ólafur's new works. The custom-built software controlling the pianos is the result of two years of work by Ólafur and audio developer Halldór Eldjárn. The algorithms generated from Stratus also helped create the innovative artwork for ‘re:member'. Today starts his world tour in Lucerna Club in Prague, and then there will be dates in Italy, Switzerland, France and Holland before London and Reykjavik. Then he will move between the States, Australia, Canada and Europe again with the last gig in Oslo (8th of June 2019).  Ólafur says, "I'm very excited about going on tour again for the first time in three years. So far we have announced the European part of our tour this fall but more dates and countries to follow soon." The tour is the right time to recall his path through 7 meaningful tracks.     WATCH THE sonofmarketing VIDEOS 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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Alexandra Streliski would much rather pop than Bach / billboard

As one of the foremost new stars in modern classical, pianist Alexandra Stréliski is a wealth of knowledge of masters, measures and complex music theory. But when speaking with Billboard, it becomes clear she'd much rather talk pop than Bach (though her heartbreaking interpretation of his Concerto in D Minor may suggest otherwise). "I listen to pop music much more than I listen to classical music," she admits. "I get inspired mostly by my favorite pop songs. I'm not analytic about it, though. I'm more of an intuitive person when it comes to playing. I think of something and there's an emotional response to it that I might get inspired by. I don't reflect on what it is. For me, it's just the way I write." Even if it's an inward journey for Stréliski, the melodies she creates seem to have cosmic roots in more pop-minded composers such as Randy Newman and Jon Brion, which the pianist attributes to her appreciation of Frédéric Chopin. "His music was very steeped in melody," she says of the virtuosic Polish pianist and composer. "And they are very accessible melodies, close to what could have been seen as pop music back then. There's definitely a crossover there. I love Elton John the same way for his melodies. He's such a fantastic piano player." When you listen to her second proper LP, Inscape, the accentuation of melody in her material is palpable, which helped integrate a number of the album's compositions into the critically acclaimed TV adaptation of Gillian Flynn's novel Sharp Objects. Key selections from the album were utilized intermittently across a number of crucial scenes in director Jean-Marc Vallée's hazed, haunting daydream of a Munchausen murder mystery, while the album cover for Inscape was on display in one episode, adorning the "Now Playing" easel in the listening room of complicit, cuckolded husband Alan Crellin, magnificently played by the great Canadian screen actor Henry Czerny. READ THE FULL billboard ARTICLE
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Olafur Arnalds live setup on musicradar: rig tour

Ólafur Arnalds has been refining the Stratus Pianos for his latest album re:member and we managed to hook with him, on stage, to find out more about the tech behind the live setup. We find out how it all works, the constant tuning schedule required when touring with three acoustic pianos and how much fun it really is to play generative pianos with their very own synced-up light show. The UK-part of the tour, which has consisted of eight dates, starting out with a sold-out Albert Hall show, has been a roaring success. And it doesn't stop there, with Arnalds and his five accompanying musicians taking on a relentless schedule of worldwide tour dates that stretch far into 2019. WATCH THE musicradar VIDEO
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Steve Nieve's dazzling keyboard on new Elvis Costello, Impostors release / Pitchfork

Many of rock's most beloved songwriters come packaged with equally great backing bands: Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. We think Elvis Costello and the Attractions deserve a place in this pantheon, too. It's almost impossible to imagine Costello's best work-albums like This Year's Model, Armed Forces, and Imperial Bedroom-without Steve Nieve's dazzling keyboard, Pete Thomas' superhuman drumming, and Bruce Thomas' imaginative basslines. After Costello's seemingly irreparable bust-up with the latter Thomas in the mid-1990s, the Attractions called it quits but Elvis remained simpatico with Steve Nieve. Some of his most successful work in the 1990s can be found on live recordings of the duo in stripped-down acoustic mode, Nieve providing elegant accompaniment to a host of winningly re-arranged Costello originals, including a devastating rendering of "All This Useless Beauty." "I genuinely love his music and love working with him," Nieve told Mojo in 2015. "I've worked with a lot of different people, and he's one of the few who's prepared to take a bit of a risk. Nothing is ever the same, he doesn't like doing the same set twice. Quite often we go out onstage to play he'll do the first three things on the set list and then... off he goes." This week, Costello and the Imposters will release Look Now, their first new LP in over a decade, so it's a perfect time to look back at the Attractions' legacy via some choice live rarities from over the years, on Pitchfork's Invisible Hits: Invisible Hits is a column in which Tyler Wilcox scours the internet for the best (and strangest) bootlegs, rarities, outtakes, and live clips.  
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Project Trio returns to Minnesota's 'Concordia College' with it's mix of tricks and treats / INFORUM

A very unique classical music outfit sets up this week as Project Trio returns with a mix of musical tricks and treats. The ensemble - flute, cello and bass - shakes up the traditional notion of chamber music by mixing Tchaikovsky with Thelonious Monk and Jethro Tull. Hear for yourself when the group plays in Minnesota on  Friday in Christiansen Recital Hall, Hvidsten Hall of Music, Concordia College. Tickets range from $10 to $20 for adult general admission and $10 for students under 18;  Gramophone Magazine recently singled out the group as "an ensemble willing and able to touch on the gamut of musical bases ranging from Baroque to nu-Metal and taking in pretty much every stylism in between," while The Wall Street Journal hailed the Trio for their "wide appeal, subversive humor and first-rate playing." The New York Times has called beatboxing flutist Greg Pattillo "the best in the world at what he does." The Trio's YouTube channel has over 80 million views and 96,000 subscribers SEE THE FULL INFORUM ARTICLE p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060}
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Simone Dinnerstein plays with exquisite singing tone at Symphony Hall gala / The Boston Musical Intelligencer

The Terezin Music Foundation, which honors the memory of victims of the Holocaust through promotion of music old and new, celebrated its 2018 gala in Symphony Hall Monday evening, with a dinner and a concert in which pianist Simone Dinnerstein gave an hour-plus recital after a string quartet from the Boston Symphony opening the musical portion of the evening.    Dinnerstein played with exquisite singing tone throughout. This loving approach to the piano carried Schubert's great Sonata in B-flat major (D 960) to excellent effect, with a full complement of limpid warmth that occasionally rose to fortissimo drama. One can get lost in this sonata full of dreams, and I saw a number of the audience with their eyes closed, seemingly from total absorption and transfiguration. Two other short pieces filled out the Dinnerstein's portion: Satie's Gnossienne No. 3 and Philip Glass's Etude No. 2.  Satie's ostinato style belongs to the ancestry of Glass's minimalism, and he wrote this Gnossienne, like the others, without barlines, while displaying an insistent regularity of texture. Dinnerstein chose to project its melodic line ultra-slowly and with abundant rubato, even with exaggerated expressiveness, far more than is warranted for this kind of music; one might have thought she was playing Chopin. Glass's piece, relentlessly based on a four-note upward motif, B-C-E-G, never modulated at all.  For a brief encore, Dinnerstein offered another Etude (No. 8, in F Minor, sort of) from Glass's series; with all its repetitions, it nevertheless gave the impression of a page from a Chopin etude torn in half from top to bottom before ending on a half cadence.
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Top 10 Albums for October

Tony Bennett, Diana Krall :

Love Is Here To Stay

Tony Bennett and Diana Krall celebrate their shared love of the music of George and Ira Gershwin on their new collaborative album, LOVE IS HERE TO STAY, set for a September 14th release on Verve Records/Columbia Records.  Tony Bennett, who celebrates his 92nd birthday today, has been friends with Diana Krall for over 20 years. The two toured together in 2000 and recorded duets for two of Bennett's albums ("Duets" and "Playin' With My Friends"), but this marks their first full album project together.  LOVE IS HERE TO STAY is out just in time for the 120th Anniversary of George Gershwin's birthday which takes place on September 26th.  Both multi-Grammy winning and platinum-selling artists, Bennett is the only artist at the ages of 85 and 88, respectively, to have an album debut at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 and Krall is the only jazz artist to have eight albums debut at #1 on Billboard's Jazz Albums chart.  Danny Bennett, President and CEO of Verve Label Group commented, "When Tony Bennett and Diana Krall sing the music of the Gershwins, it's truly the consummate artistic pairing of singers and songwriting.  It's one of those recordings that when you listen to it, you recognize instantly that it had to happen - it was just a matter of getting these two extraordinary performers into a studio and putting the Gershwin songbook in front of them."
Jon Batiste :

Hollywood Africans

Jon Batiste is an internationally acclaimed musician, bandleader and composer. As an educator and television personality, he spreads his unbridled optimism coupled with a profound understanding of the arts. Born into a long lineage of New Orleans musicians, Batiste is a graduate of The Juilliard School with a master's degree. After graduating, he toured globally with his band Stay Human and currently appears nightly on national television as the bandleader and musical director for "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert." Jon is a Forbes 30 under 30 honoree, Musical Director for The Atlantic and Creative Director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem. He balances a demanding performance schedule with speaking engagements, curating events, occasional acting and producing opportunities, all while relentlessly composing new music. Jon is also a coveted brand ambassador–featured in campaigns for Chase, Apple, Lincoln Motor Company, and numerous fashion brands including Bonobos, Ralph Lauren, Barney's and Nordstrom. He has worked with famed photographer Annie Leibowitz, among many others, and his personal style has been profiled in various fashion publications including GQ, Vanity Fair and Vogue. Jon's mission is to share his faith, hope and love with the world around him.
Yo-Yo Ma :

Six Evolutions - Bach Cello Suites

YO-YO MA releases Six Evolutions – Bach: Cello Suites today.  The new album from Sony Classical marks Ma's third and final recording of the works and celebrates his nearly six-decade-long relationship with the music.  Six Evolutions – Bach: Cello Suites is available to stream and download now on all digital service providers and for purchase as a 3-LP 180-gram vinyl set. As Ma's "constant musical companions" for almost 60 years, Bach's Cello Suites first entered the cellist's life at the age of four, when he learned the first measure of the Prélude to Suite No. 1 under his father's instruction.  His Grammy Award-winning first complete recording of the suites was made in his late twenties. His second, Inspired by Bach, was released in his early forties and recorded alongside a multi-genre, collaborative exploration of the works. Both previous recordings of the Cello Suites, also on Sony Classical, became landmarks in classical discography, as well as milestones in Ma's musical life.  Since then these works have been a through line in his life, guiding him through times of happiness as well as hardship, prompting Ma to ask, "What power does this music possess that even today, after three hundred years, it continues to help us navigate through troubled times'"
John Scofield :

Combo 66

Grammy Award-winning jazz guitarist, band leader and composer, John Scofield is set to release his new album, Combo 66, marking his 66th birthday, on September 28 via Verve Records. The album, which features long-time drummer Bill Stewart, bassist Vincente Archer and pianist/organist Gerald Clayton, combines jazz with genre-defying elements, allowing Scofield to find new modes of expression.
Olafur Arnalds :


BAFTA winning artist, composer, musician and producer Ólafur Arnalds has unveiled his new track ‘re:member' featuring his ground-breaking new software, Stratus, which transforms the humble piano into a unique new instrument. It is released today Friday April 6 along with a brand new music video. Ólafur will be performing The Stratus Pianos across the world later this year, including a sold-out date at London's Royal Albert Hall and New York City's Le Poisson Rouge on June 30 (full US tour dates below).
Daniil Trifonov :

Destination Rachmaninov - Departure

As a teenager, Daniil Trifonov absorbed lessons from the recordings of Sergei Rachmaninov, lessons that fed the creative process of his latest Deutsche Grammophon project, Destination Rachmaninov – Departure, the first of two albums comprising Trifonov's cycle of the great Russian composer's piano concertos. Destination Rachmaninov – Departure, set for release on October 12, 2018, features Concertos Nos. 2 and 4, along with Rachmaninov's solo piano transcriptions of three movements from Bach's Violin Partita in E major. Together with its upcoming October 2019 sequel Destination Rachmaninov – Arrival, which contains Concertos Nos. 1 and 3, Trifonov's new album documents a journey of artistic exploration made in company with the Philadelphia Orchestra and its music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who have a special, historical connection to Rachmaninov. Rachmaninov first performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra and its then Music Director Leopold Stokowski in 1913 as a soloist in his own Third Piano Concerto and returned many times as pianist and conductor before his death thirty years later.
Kim Kashkashian :

JS Bach: Six Suites For Viola Solo BWV 1007-1012

Here are Bach's six cello suites, played on the viola by one of the instrument's greatest exponents, Kim Kashkashian. The suites were once described by Pablo Casals as "the very essence of Bach…a whole radiance of space and poetry pours forth from them."  These qualities are in abundance in the present version, recorded at the American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York in November and December 2016, and February 2017. Bach composed the suites around 1720 when he was in the employ of Prince Leopold of Anhalt-Köthen.  The autograph manuscript is no longer extant, and the earliest known copies date from 1726 and 1730, the latter made by Anna Magdalena Bach.  Bach himself made a transcription of an arrangement of Suite V for lute, however, which has survived. Differences in articulation between the versions invite a certain expressive liberty. There has also, in recent years, been speculation about the instrument for which Bach wrote the music: was it the violoncello as we know it today, or was it the violoncello da spalla, the small cello played braced against the shoulder'  Were the suites played on the viola in Bach's lifetime Perhaps. Bach's fondness for the viola is documented; he liked to play it in chamber music and also directed cantatas from the viola.
Renee Fleming :


Currently wowing theatre-goers in the US with her Tony-nominated performance in Carousel, Grammy-winning soprano Renée Fleming announces her new album ‘Broadway', to be released on Decca Classics on Friday 7th September. Celebrating musical theatre, the album features a diverse array of great songs for the stage by composers including Stephen Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Pasek & Paul, and Rodgers & Hammerstein, as well as a special guest duet with the Hamilton, television and film star, Leslie Odom, Jr. Fleming made her Broadway musical debut this April as Nettie Fowler in the hit new production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's beloved Carousel. She received glowing reviews and even a Tony nomination – the prestigious awards ceremony takes place this Sunday. The Hollywood Reporter described her performance in Carousel as "superb" and "sheer euphoria", and Newsweek said, "she is divine".
Hilary Hahn :

Plays Bach - Sonatas I & II, Partita I

When Hilary Hahn plays Bach came out on Sony in 1997, critics were astounded that a performer would choose solo Bach for her debut album; they were further confounded by her elegant approach to this music's technical and interpretive challenges at such a young age. Bach expert Nicholas Anderson wrote in BBC Music Magazine at the time, "Bach's six unaccompanied solos - three each of partitas and sonatas - have long been regarded as the pinnacle of violin writing and the most elusive of goals for the aspiring performer... Hahn's affection for Bach's music becomes apparent at almost every turn; and the concluding movement of the C major Sonata is a tour de force. I long to hear more." Stereo Review wrote, "I would go so far as to say that I've never heard this legendary, impossible piece of music played on a higher level, technically and musically, than it is on Hahn's debut CD. This is simply a magnificent performance, completely true in all its parts and possessed of a depth and wisdom that belie the performer's age. Unlike most of the violinists who play this music, she is truly its master, and that frees her to play it with soul." Now 38, she completes her recording of the Bach sonatas and partitas for solo violin in an album that will be released on Decca Classics on October 5, 2018. The new album includes the first partita and first and second sonatas.
Anthony Roth Costanzo :


"Anthony Roth Costanzo exists to transform opera." - THE NEW YORK TIMES Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo Announces ARC his debut solo album pairing arias of Philip Glass and Handel Set for release on September 21 on Decca Gold. In conjunction with the album, Costanzo and Visionaire unveil  GLASS HANDEL, an ambitious live installation of ARC in Philadelphia (Sept 22, 23, 30) and NYC (Nov 26, 27) Along with ARC, Costanzo and the avant-garde fashion/art company VISIONAIRE and producer CATH BRITTAN will present GLASS HANDEL, an hour-long, live interdisciplinary installation that will take place at Opera Philadelphia's Festival O18 (at the Barnes Foundation) on September 22-23, 30, and in New York City (produced with National Sawdust at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, who co-present) on November 26-27. With GLASS HANDEL, Costanzo and Visionaire have curated an unprecedented collaboration with stars from the worlds of art, fashion, dance, and film: