PRI: Echoes screens Rob Simonsen's solo debut, Reveries, and talks with the veteran film composer

Sometimes, if you want to live the dream, you need to let the dream come to you. Just ask composer Rob Simonsen, who began playing the piano at a young age, picking out melodies he heard in his parents' record collection, before he began composing for himself. "I daydreamed a lot when I was young," he remembers. "I'd sit at the piano, and it was very much about escape: letting my mind wander, exploring." Nonetheless, Simonsen's deep habit of daydreaming is at last gratifyingly indulged on his long-awaited solo debut RÊVERIES, announced today for a&n
 
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Women Warriors, The Voices of Change: Chapter 9: Seeking Justice and Equality

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
 
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Nicola Benedetti talks 'Marsalis' with Radio Purdue

New sounds and releases featuring Zuill Bailey, Nicola Benedetti, and Arcomusical in Brahms, Marsalis, and Eric Cole!  Listen via PRX Released on Decca, Nicola Benedetti's new album, featuring the violin concertos of Glazunov and Shostakovich is a journey between two different, yet connected, concertos for the violin. Glazunov's glittering 1904 work is separated from his pupil Shostakovich's 1947 concerto, not only by 40 years, but also by several landmark events in history: the Russian Revolution, Stalin's Terror and the Second World War. Benedetti performs these
 
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  Interview with Radio Purdue's John Clare

Camila Meza's 'Awaken' makes Pisa's Punto Radio - animajazz

In the episode n ° 882 of "ANIMAJAZZ", conceived and conducted by BRUNO POLLACCI , aired TUESDAY 10th September at 20.30, on PUNTORADIO, also in streaming on www.puntoradio.fm and in immediate podcast is Camila Meza's 'Awaken' from her album Ambar. We remind you that "ANIMAJAZZ" can be heard TUESDAY at 8.30 pm in an immediate podcast on http://animajazz.eu and in streaming on www.puntoradio.fmand the "DOWNLOAD" of the episode can be made, free of charge, from the "ANIMAJAZZ" website, podcasts area. Good listening. "ANIMAJAZZ" is in collaboration with the PISA AC
 
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Ola Onabule's 'Dark Matter' from 'The Peace That Deafens' makes Pisa's Punto Radio - animajazz

In the episode n ° 882 of "ANIMAJAZZ", conceived and conducted by BRUNO POLLACCI , aired TUESDAY 10th September at 20.30, on PUNTORADIO, also in streaming on www.puntoradio.fm and in immediate podcast is Ola Onabule's 'Dark Matter' from 'The Peace That Deafens.' We remind you that "ANIMAJAZZ" can be heard TUESDAY at 8.30 pm in an immediate podcast on http://animajazz.eu and in streaming on www.puntoradio.fmand the "DOWNLOAD" of the episode can be made, free of charge, from the "ANIMAJAZZ" website, podcasts area. Good listening. "ANIMAJAZZ" is in collabor
 
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Ola Onabule's 'POINT LESS' is an album that calls the listener to action / SOULTRACKS

On Point Less, singer/songwriter Ola Onabule makes music that is both timeless and timely. Point Less is timeless in the sense that Onabule embraces a sound that his defiantly analog. The tracks on the album fuse jazz, funk and elements of African, Caribbean and Brazilian bossa nova, just to name a few. He employs a top notch band on a project that takes listeners back to a time when musicians came together to create under one roof. The themes that Onabule addresses on this album, such as xenophobia, warfare, environmental degradation and political corruption, possess a timeless quality as
 
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Sharon Isbin shares 'Souvenirs of Spain and Italy' with classical radio

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 on Cedille Records, from the Baroque to the mid-20th century. In their first collaboration on disc, the artists play works for guitar and strings by Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Vivaldi, and Boccherini        "It's really beautiful music with a tremendous amount of variety," Isbin says.      In conjunction, the guitarist has made herself available to cl
 
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Williams conducts 'Across the Stars' as Mutter's playing is as fabulous as ever / Financial Times

Anne-Sophie Mutter and John Williams: Across the Stars - yearning, romantic melodies. The composer takes charge of the adaptations and reimagines some of his original ideas quite radically. Now 87, John Williams has been honoured with some high-profile attention this year. Big concerts by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, including the opening night of the Edinburgh Festival, are the kind of thing we might expect. This disc is more unusual. Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter was introduced to the Hollywood composer through her former husband André Previn and that meeting has spawned severa
 
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Ambient Visions talks with Sharon Fendrich about 'Red Sky Prairie'

American neo-classical composer Sharon Fendrich presents her self-produced first album, Red Sky Prairie. With 11 tracks full of emotive melodies that captivate the heart, the disc offers the listener a soundtrack to their own dreams and memories, featuring Fendrich on piano, along with four Dutch soloists: violinist Wilfred Sassen, cellist Joep Willems, flautists Helen Hendriks and Ies Muller, and Russian vocalist Anna Emelyanova. Mixing both instrumentals and lyrical pieces, Fendrich writes her songs in five languages including Esperanto, and together with a captivating orchestral sou
 
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Hot and liquid baritone; Ola Onabule hits higher registers on 'Point Less' / JazzdaGama

The cultural topography of Africa and Europe collide in the musical spirit of Ola Onabulé, a vocalist with a hot and liquid baritone who is able to pour his lyrical vocalastics into higher registers with masterful elasticity so that he has command of three and a half (we're told) registers in all. But merely being able to reach great heights and impossible lows is one thing; to be able to do so with great poetic skill is quite another and this is exactly what Mr Onabulé is capable of and does with the greatest of aplomb. There's plenty to be thrilled about on this 2019 recordi
 
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'Red Sky Prairie' is an exceptional musical masterpiece from Sharon Fendrich / 95.9CKUW: Winnipeg

This is an exceptional musical masterpiece from Sharon Fendrich, particularly when you consider the fact that this is her debut album. The eleven selections on this album are very beautiful, expressive and passionate, and are genuinely memorable musical masterpieces. Sharon Fendrich is an extraordinary composer, with an opus of very well crafted and beautifully arranged musical creations. The performances from pianist Sharon Fendrich, four world-class Dutch musicians, and the stunning Russian soprano Anna Emelyanova are outstanding, heartfelt and nothing short of breathtaking! The well-
 
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Laurence Hobgood's 'Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic' makes Pisa's Punto Radio - animajazz

In the episode n ° 882 of "ANIMAJAZZ", conceived and conducted by BRUNO POLLACCI , aired TUESDAY 3rd September at 20.30, on PUNTORADIO, also in streaming on www.puntoradio.fm and in immediate podcast is Laurence Hobgood's  "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" from his new album  't e s s e t e r r a.' We remind you that "ANIMAJAZZ" can be heard TUESDAY at 8.30 pm in an immediate podcast on http://animajazz.eu and in streaming on www.puntoradio.fmand the "DOWNLOAD" of the episode can be made, free of charge, from the "ANIMAJAZZ" website, podcasts area. Good li
 
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There is a crystalline clarity to Elyse Anne Kakacek's 'Untethered' / The Rehearsal Studio

This Sunday will mark the debut of a new record label, True Capture Records. The label is the brainchild of baritone Matthan Ring Black, and he created it to empower emerging talent to create new art. For this first album Black approached soprano Elyse Anne Kakacek, who has recently been making her mark in opera, oratorio, and contemporary music. Black suggested that Kakacek prepare an album of modern art song for his label. Kakacek, in turn, decided that this album would be devoted to the music of composer Valerie Saalbach, who has, to date, composed three song cycles. This provided su
 
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September is National Piano Month and Classical Music Month and Jae-Hyuck Cho is Bandon Radio's featured artist

This month, KBOG spotlights acclaimed pianist, Jae-Hyuck Cho. He is one of the most active concert pianists in Korea, making over sixty appearances on stage annually. He has been described as "a pianist who is nearing perfection with extraordinary breadth of expression, flawless technique and composition, sensitivity and intelligence, insightful and detailed playing without exaggeration. On this Sony Classical release, Cho performs three of Beethoven's best-known piano sonatas: the Pathétique, the Appassionata, and the Waldstein.  Have a listen to his flawless rendition of t
 
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Women Warriors: The Voices of Change  releases; Chapter 8 - 'Our Truth is Our Power'

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
 
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  Women Warriors - Chapter 8 - 'Our Truth is Our Power'

Derek Bermel talks about 'Migrations'

'Migrations' provides a generous view of Derek Bermel's superb craftsmanship and eclectic style, in which classical forms, world music, jazz, blues and American folk music create a mix that reaches directly into the body and the heart. Commissioned by Wynton Marsalis, 'Migration Series' has its roots in African American music, its impeccable counterpoint and biting rhythms expressed through orchestration that sounds like a city coming to life. 'Mar de Setembro' was inspired by Luciana Souza's bell-toned voice and the intense feelings of Portuguese saudade, while 'A S
 
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Sharon Isbin and the Pacifica Quartet work so well on 'Souvenirs of Spain and Italy'

The combination of string quartet and classical guitar works so well that I'm surprised it hasn't been done more often. The variety of the pieces on offer here also adds to the appeal of this new recording featuring multi-award winning guitarist Sharon Isbin and the Pacifica Quartet. The earnest intricacies of the Quintet by Castelnuovo-Tedesco commissioned by Andres Segovia, the bright sparkle of the Vivaldi, the warm Spanish character of the Turina and the grace and nobility of Boccherini's Quintet, all make for a continuously interesting program. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px
 
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Women Warriors: The Voices of Change  releases; Chapter 7 - 'Mother Earth Protectors'

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
 
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  Women Warriors: The Voices of Change  releases; Chapter 7 - 'Mother Earth Protectors'

Sharon Fendrich offers eleven warm, delicate, and delightful pieces on 'Red Sky Prairie' / Artisan Music Reviews

Pianist and composer Sharon Fendrich offers eleven warm, delicate, and delightful pieces on her new album Red Sky Prairie. Her lavish compositions are a mixture of contemporary themes with just a hue of cinematic undertones.  Many of the tracks feature the rich, melodic voice of Anna Emelyanova. She gives the album a touch of the seraphic. In addition, joining Sharon's delightful piano arrangements are Helen Hendriks on flute and Ies Muller on Irish flute. Joep Willems plays cello and Wilfred Sassen plays violin.  Overall, the light ensemble pieces are a testament to the t
 
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Ludovico Einaudi rules this week's CLASSIC fM chart with eight entries

Ludovico Einaudi has played piano on an Arctic glacier, performed at huge pop music festivals, and become the most-streamed classical artist in the world, but the composer and pianist's new album may be his most ambitious project yet. On March 15 2019, he released the first episode of a seven-part new album called Seven Days Walking (Decca Records/Universal), before embarking on a North American tour at the end of May.  On this week's Classic FM Chart, The latest instalment in Einaudi's ‘Seven Days Walking' album series is here – and it's straight in at No.
 
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50th anniversary edition of Frank Sinatra's classic album 'My Way' set for release / Best Classic Bands

A 50th anniversary edition of Frank Sinatra's classic album, My Way, is being released with several bonus tracks – including a duet with Willie Nelson – on October 11, via Capitol/UMe and Frank Sinatra Enterprises. Released on Reprise in March 1969, and produced by Don Costa and Sonny Burke, My Way features a varied collection of contemporary pop songs, including "Yesterday," "Mrs. Robinson," "For Once in My Life," and the iconic title track. Recorded on December 30, 1968, in just one take, "My Way" long considered one of Sinatra's signature songs, peaked at just #27 in the U.S.
 
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Connecting cultures through music and travel / JAZZIZ Q&A with Ola Onabule

Vocalist Ola Onabulé has always had an ear for the more socially conscious frequencies in jazz music. His 2015 album It's The Peace That Deafens sought to align the two cultural aspects of his persona - he was born in Britain and raised partially in his parents' homeland of Nigeria - through songs that drew from the musical heritages of both countries, as well as their complicated and entangled pasts. His latest outing, Point Less, is an even more meticulous exploration of social themes, with music that takes unflinching aim at some of the most pressing issues of our present mome
 
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Ola Onabule / JazzTHETIK

Socially conscious singer/songwriter Ola Onabulé has built an enviable career as an international touring performer and has now turned his attention to the North American market with a newly recorded collection of original songs. Onabulé's meticulous attention to detail in his arrangements and production as well as the support from Sennheiser/Neumann have contributed to the manifestation of an impressive recording.   Point Less, is a follow up to Onabulé's last album, It's The Peace That Deafens, with the new album boldly expressing his views o
 
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KUSC: Album of the Week is the previously unreleased live concert recording of Keith Jarrett performing Bach's WTC

No one these days doubts Keith Jarrett's classical chops, but in 1987 it was a bit of a surprise to hear the famous jazz pianist essay the Well-Tempered Clavier of Bach with such great aplomb. Our Album of the Week is a previously unreleased live concert recording of Jarrett performing this music just before the release of the studio set, which quickly became one of the most praised interpretations of the WTC ever.     For Monday August 26, Keith Jarrett - J.S. Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1 is the KUSC: Los Angeles 'Album Of the Week'
 
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No one doubts Keith Jarrett's classical chops, and his 1987 live 'WTC' concert is the KDFC: Album Of the Week

No one these days doubts Keith Jarrett's classical chops, but in 1987 it was a bit of a surprise to hear the famous jazz pianist essay the Well-Tempered Clavier of Bach with such great aplomb. Our Album of the Week is a previously unreleased live concert recording of Jarrett performing this music just before the release of the studio set, which quickly became one of the most praised interpretations of the WTC ever. For Monday August 26, Keith Jarrett - J.S. Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1 is the KDFC: San Francisco 'Album Of the Week' p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0
 
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Camerata Chicago has a new unique recording of Vivaldi - Four Seasons / Rio Grande Guardian podcast

Camerata Chicago, the windy city's leading chamber orchestra -has released new recording of Vivaldi's Four Seasons as an Educational Double Disc CD on the DMD Classics label.  This unique recording of Vivaldi's Four Seasons includes the performance of a brilliant 17-year-old violinist, Amelia Piscitelli, with the Camerata Chicago conducted by Drostan Hall. This Double CD set features the poetry originally written by Vivaldi himself. On Disc 1, Narrator Steve Robinson, of WFMT Radio, guides you through each of the Four Seasons musical pieces, including explanations, musical examples
 
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  Rio Grande Guardian podcast

Women Warriors: The Voices of Change releases; Chapter 6 - 'Yearning to Breathe Free'

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
 
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  Women Warriors - Chapter 6: Yearning to Breathe Free

How a Quebecois filmmaker got John Coltrane to record the only soundtrack of his career / CBC News

'A little bit of luck and a little bit of chutzpah' made it happen, says music historian. The only soundtrack saxophonist John Coltrane ever recorded was for a 1964 Québécois film called Le chat dans le sac.  1964 was a busy year for for John Coltrane. The saxophonist was in his prime, recording two albums that year with his now-famous Classic Quartet: Crescent and his magnum opus A Love Supreme. That year he also worked on another project of less renown. It was the soundtrack for the Québécois film Le chat dans le sac, which was funded by the Na
 
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The Carr-Petrova Duo #50Days4Refugees releases 'Mkimbizi [refugee in Swahili]'

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
 
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The Carr-Petrova Duo #50Days4Refugees releases 'The Ramazanis'

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
 
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Derek Bermel's 'Migrations' is important, beautiful, expressive music. Grab it! / Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review

While the name of US composer Derek Bermel (b. 1967) may be new to me, the music on his album Migrations (Naxos 8.559871) has a New Music-Modern Jazz tang that rings true in a local sort of way, that he takes on certain style clusters known in USA musical channels and makes them his own in ways that please and intrigue. There is familiarity, then, but newness in equal turns. The title work "Migrations" is quite au courant as it deals with the movement of populations, as would-be refugees, as emigrants, a situation we have experienced only too directly in the refugee crisis in Syria in t
 
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Sharon Fendrich's 'Red Sky Prairie' is full of lush, passionate melodies / OREGON JEWISH LIFE

Sharon Fendrich's debut new age/neo-classical album Red Sky Prairie has been submitted by a member of the Recording Academy for consideration for the New Age Grammy 2020. With deep roots in Portland's Jewish community, Sharon was profiled in Oregon Jewish Life's January 2016 issue 2016. Her children Talia and Max attend religious school at Neveh Shalom, where the family are members. Sharon serves on the steering committee of Chevra Kavod haMet. Her in-laws, Mimi and Bob Epstein, are long time members of Havurah Shalom. "Since I was a child it has been the music and song in a Jewish
 
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PublicRadio90: Classiclectic cracks open the brilliantly performed Camerata Chicago - Vivaldi Four Seasons

In this Classiclectic Connection, we crack open an educational recording of Vivaldi's Four Seasons, brilliantly performed by seventeen year old violinist Amelia Piscitelli and Camerata Chicago conducted by Drostan Hall. This Double CD set is replete with poetry written by Vivaldi himself and incorporates more than twenty musical examples of seasonal elements and characters cleverly depicted in the music - all beautifully narrated by Steve Robinson of WFMT radio station fame. PublicRadio90: Michigan's Kurt Hauswirth had an opportunity to speak with Drostan about the experience of
 
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Paula Cole cuts a wide and uncompromising swath through the socio-political landscape / billboard

Paula Cole references her socially conscious third album, Amen, when talking about her upcoming Revolution. One of the linchpins between the two is the influence of Marvin Gaye, particularly his landmark What's Going On -- which is why Cole included a version of his "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)" as the only cover on the new set. "Marvin Gaye is a real leader for me, a touchstone," Cole tells Billboard. "I think he's such a brilliant musician, singer, writer, arranger, so ahead of his time. What's Going On has inspired me twice, sonically, on both of these albums." Of "Mercy
 
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The Carr-Petrova Duo #50Days4Refugees releases 'The United Nations'

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
 
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History forgot these female composers. Laura Karpman is helping us remember / Los Angeles Times

American composer Anita Owen wrote her biggest hit song, "Sweet Bunch of Daisies," in 1894. She was 20 at the time, a student at a convent outside Terre Haute, Ind. According to a 1910 article on female composers in the San Francisco Call, Owen self-published the song for less than $50. That investment paid off when the song became a hit, selling more than a million copies. According to the San Francisco Call, a "practically penniless convent girl" was transformed into a woman with "fame and fortune" whose bank account "fell only a little short of the hundred-thousand-dollar mark." If y
 
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John Coltrane's 'Blue World' now soon to be available / Atlanta Black Star

John Coltrane recorded at least three albums in 1964. Two of them were released and are now considered masterpieces, while one of them never saw the light of day. The LPs that hit store shelves were the late jazz saxophonist's "Crescent" and "A Love Supreme," and the unreleased album called "Blue World" will now be available to consumers for the first time. John Coltrane's album "Blue World" will be released for the very first time. The album was recorded in June of 1964 in engineer Rudy Van Gelder's New Jersey studio, in between the "Crescent" and "A Love Supreme" sessions. The 37-minu
 
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The Carr-Petrova Duo #50Days4Refugees releases 'Novel Voices in Denmark: The Journey Continues'

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 w
 
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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 Philharm
 
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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
 
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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
 
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Women Warriors: The Voices of Change releases; Chapter 5 - 'Women Build Peace'

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
 
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  Women Warriors - Chapter 5, Women Build Peace

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 suc
 
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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 dis
 
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  Interview with WQED's Jim Cunningham

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
 
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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
 
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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 w
 
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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
 
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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
 
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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
 
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Harry Connick, Jr. 'Just One Of Those Things' is Play MPE #1 Jazz download & stream

After 30 million albums sold worldwide, 13 No. 1 jazz albums in the United States, and a music, film, television and Broadway career spanning three decades, the Grammy® and Emmy® winning and Tony nominated musician and actor, Harry Connick, Jr. returns with a sensational new record, True Love: A Celebration of Cole Porter on the legendary Verve Record label. The first single "Just One Of Those Things' has just been released and goes #1 on both Play MPE's 'Jazz downloads & Jazz streams'  charts.
 
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The Carr-Petrova Duo #50Days4Refugees releases 'The Bongo King'

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 w
 
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Penka Kouneva is lone female composer in Hollywood Bowl 'America in Space' concert / Los Angeles Times

In "2001: A Space Odyssey," Stanley Kubrick memorably used classical music by two Strausses - Richard's "Also Sprach Zarathustra" and Johann's "The Blue Danube" - forever linking those pieces with outer space. That was 1968. A year later, humanity actually made it to the moon - and for 50 years Hollywood, ironically, has explored our future in the cosmos with music that looks back, in a decidedly classical language. The Los Angeles Philharmonic will provide a primer on that tradition - and recent departures from it - on Thursday 8/15 with "America in Space," a program at the Hollywood B
 
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'American Rapture' is a generous and interesting program that explores three generations of American music / I CARE IF YOU LISTEN

American Rapture, the new release on the hitherto unknown to me Azica label, features Samuel Barber's "Great American Symphony" contender Symphony # 1 (1936)  and two world premiere recordings; Patrick Harlin's Rapture (2011) and Jennifer Higdon‘s Harp Concerto (2018) written for Yolanda Kondonassis. This generous and interesting program explores three generations of American music, and it is wonderful to realize that the USA's music tradition has been around long enough for such a comparison. The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra is ably led by its music director Ward Stare, who
 
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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra shifting gears after 20 years with new music director / KABC-Yahoo

The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is shifting gears after 20 years, with Music Director Designate Jaime Martín, who's excited about ushering in a new era this September as LACO's sixth-ever Music Director. The LACO, ranked among the world's top musical ensembles, marks an exciting new era as Martín builds upon the orchestra's rich legacy as a preeminent interpreter of historical masterworks and, with eight ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming, a champion of contemporary composers. Headquartered in the heart of the country's cultural capital, LACO is "mo
 
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The Carr-Petrova Duo #50Days4Refugees releases 'Nightmares'

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
 
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Camerata Chicago MD Drostan Hall speaks with classical radio about the poetics of Vivaldi's Four Seasons

Camerata Chicago is thrilled to release its new recording of Vivaldi's Four Seasons Educational Double Disc CD, through its in-house record label DMD Classics. Featuring Amelia Piscitelli, violin, Steve Robinson, narrator, and led by Drostan Hall, conductor, Camerata Chicago presents this fabulous double CD set replete with poetry written by Vivaldi himself and incorporates more than twenty musical examples of seasonal elements and characters cleverly depicted in the music  In conjunction with the release, maestro Drostan Hall has made himself available to classical r
 
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Itzhak Perlman will pick up a violin and a baton at Ravinia / Chicago Tribune

Violinist Itzhak Perlman will launch a two-night residency Friday evening at the Ravinia Festival, where he will perform as soloist and conduct the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Perlman has been a consummate virtuoso and superb interpreter of the standard repertory for more than half a century, and he seems incapable of wearing out his welcome. So even though he played Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 with the DePaul Symphony Orchestra last November – to celebrate the opening of the university's multi-faceted Holtschneider Performance Center – it's easy to look forward to hearing
 
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The Carr-Petrova Duo #50Days4Refugees releases; Quick Facts: Behnam 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
 
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KCRW: Rhythm Planet features Long Yu's latest

This week's playlist covers an array of music past and present from different countries. I have enjoyed the earlier songs over the years and don't want them forgotten. I just received a Deutsche Grammophon CD called Gateways, which features the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra with conductor Long Yu. Asia's oldest symphony, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 140th anniversary this year. We hear part 1 of composer Qigang Chen's (b. 1951) suite for orchestra, "Wu Xing" (The Five Elements). SEE THE FULL KCRW: Los Angeles PAGE p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px
 
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Ola Onabule talks us through 'POINT LESS,' the complexity, the heart, and the spirit / resolution magazine

British-Nigerian singer/songwriter Ola Onabulé has more than 20 years' experience behind him. He has performed at some of the most prestigious jazz festivals – Montreal, Vancouver, San Sebastian, Istanbul, Washington and Umbria to name a few – as well as at concert halls and jazz clubs around the world. His compositions cross cultural and musical boundaries. He is also a veteran of the recording studio, where he takes a hands-on approach, immersing himself not only in musical creativity, but also in the technology necessary to produce it. With his latest studio album
 
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The Carr-Petrova Duo #50Days4Refugees releases; '60 Seconds With Meisar'

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 w
 
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Women Warriors: The Voices of Change releases; Chapter 4 - 'Love Is Love'

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
 
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  Women Warriors, The Voices of Change ? Chapter 4: Love Is Love

'Blue Hour' from Andreas Ottensamer and Yuja Wang is a sensitive collaboration / WRTI: Classical Album of the Week

Summer nights feel especially precious now that we're well into August, and summer twilights seem especially magical. The "blue hour"-that last period of day when the sun has set, but residual light gives the sky a soft, bluish shade-this time and mood is captured in a recent album of the same name by clarinetist Andreas Ottensamer and pianist Yuja Wang. The repertoire that threads throughout Blue Hour, recently released by Deutsche Grammophon, consists of intimate Romantic solo piano masterpieces, arranged for clarinet and piano. Brahms leads off the album, with one of his late miniature g
 
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PARTCH captures the letter and spirit of Harry on 'Sonata Dementia' / PublicRadio90

The Grammy Award-winning PARTCH Ensemble, hailed as "funny, moving, inventive and insanely theatrical" by the San Francisco Chronicle, announced the release of Sonata Dementia, their third volume of music by American maverick composer Harry Partch (Bridge Records 9525). Sonata Dementia follows on the success of the ensemble's Vol. 1: Bitter Music: Harry Partch's Depression Journal; (Bridge 9349 A/C); which earned a GRAMMY Award nomination in 2012 for Best Classical Compendium, and Vol. 2: Plectra & Percussion Dances (Bridge 9432), the 2014 GRAMMY Award winner for Best Classical
 
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Salonen sandwich with Yo-Yo Ma & Wilhemina Smith / beyondcriticism

On Wilhemina Smith - Works for Solo Cello (Ondine 2018) featuring Esa-Pekka Salonen, Sarabande per un coyote, Giuseppe Colombi – Chiacona, Kaija Saariaho – Dreaming Chaconne, the Columbi selection is the real if routine baroque McCoy. Salonen's "Wile E." riff on a related genre, full of "wrong" notes and snapping pizzicati, struck these ears as kind of awful, but I loved Saariaho's untethered excursion into some night sky of her own, with its ominous low-lying passages and splintery flights to the dog-whistle stratosphere, often with no middle ground to plant one's f
 
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Google search terms inspire David Lang's new choral work / The Mercury News

Throughout his long and varied career, conductor Robert Geary has led hundreds of works, from early music to world premieres. But he says David Lang's latest piece is something fairly new. The composer's "teach your children," which Geary will conduct as part of this weekend's San Francisco Choral Society concert, sets texts Lang arranged using computer searches finished by auto-complete.  A reflection on the bonds between parents and children, the work was commissioned by Geary and the Choral Society. It makes its world premiere in performances Aug. 17-18 in Davies Symphony Hall o
 
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The Carr-Petrova Duo #50Days4Refugees releases 'Feels Like Home'

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
 
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Keith Jarrett's Bach WTC preludes in minor keys, bring out his best / beyondcriticism

In February 1987, Keith Jarrett recorded, on piano, the first book of The Well-Tempered Clavier by Johann Sebastian Bach. It was the first in a series of lauded Bach discs that Jarrett would make for ECM. On March 7, 1987, prior to the release of the studio set, he performed the complete WTC Book I for an audience in upstate New York at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, a venue renowned for its beautiful acoustics. With this release, ECM is presenting an archival live recording of this concert for the first time. When his studio album of the WTC Book I was rele
 
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Ingenious Poul Ruders score for 'The Thirteenth Child' blends gothic foreboding with music-hall brio / beyondcriticism

The Forest Food Song A Riddle Another new piece of music theater, presented on our show the morning after the world premiere at the Santa Fe Opera. Based on "The Twelve Brothers," a lesser-known tale from the Brothers Grimm. A king threatens his queen with the death of their twelve sons unless the thirteenth child, still in the womb, turns out to be a girl. The queen arranges for the boys' safety-unnecessarily, as it turns out, since the thirteenth child is, indeed a daughter. All turns out for the best in the end, though not for the parents and not without extra tribulation
 
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Sharon Fendrich's 'Red Sky Prairie' ranks as one of the most impressive releases in many years / one world music

It is not often that I get to review the work of a debut artist I know personally, especially one that I remember so well from a meeting with our friend David Lanz, and Sharon Fendrich names Lanz as one of her musical heroes, so here now, with the release of this her debut album Red Sky Prairie, she takes her first steps into the world of becoming an official recording artist, and what stunning first few footfalls they are indeed. Red Sky Prairie is part of the new and growing revolution in music called Neo Classical, and this addition must probably rank as one of the most impressive to
 
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Lyn Stanley creates rich atmospheres on Julie London tribute / Jazz Weekly

Lyn Stanley creates rich atmospheres on this tribute to Julie London and others during this "live" recording in Hollywood with Angeleno legends John Chiodini/g, Otmaro Ruiz-Mike Lang/p, Chuck Berghofer/b, Aaron Serfaty/dr and Luis Conte/perc. Her delivery can range from a sultry sotto voce on "Love Letters" to a laid-back cocktail hour on an oozy "Blue Moon." Saucy and upbeat on Bruce Springsteen's "Pink Cadillac," she lurks out the blues on a hip reading of Chuck Berry's "You Never Can Tell." For the standards, Stanley saunters to timbales on " Lover Man" and bossa's out "I've Got You Unde
 
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Bion Tsang and Jon Kimura Parker kick off SCMS: Summer Music Festival program with a beautiful Debussy sonata / 95.3WHRB

SCMS was established in 1982 and started as a series of summer concerts during the month of July. While they have since expanded to include a winter program and more, their Summer Music Festival continues to be the lasting tradition that Seattleites love and adore. This year, SCMS welcomed 42 world-class artists, many of them concertmasters, Grammy award winners, and more, and as the Seattle Times put it in 2008, "the equivalent of an all-star lineup. A dream team of chamber players." I was lucky enough to attend the July 17th concert, with works by Debussy, Beach, Shostakovich, and Suk
 
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'Getz at The Gate' is easily one of the great treasures in recorded jazz / JazzdaGama

This extraordinary recording, Getz at The Gate sub-titled Live at The Village Gate Nov 26 1961, was – we are told – canned for nearly 58 years and one can only assume that the tenor saxophonist Stan Getz, who was at the height of his powers (and popularity) during the time it was recorded, was in his Brasilian orbit. The success he had begun to attain with this band that was almost immediately surpassed with the group he formed four months later. That group included Charlie Byrd, Gene Byrd, Keter Betts and Buddy Deppenschmidt (and Bill Deppenschmidt Sr.) and with the recording J
 
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On 'Live at Bernie's, Lyn Stanley finds a fresh and innovative way to create part 2 for Julie London tribute / THE JW VIBE

Awarded Female Jazz Vocalist of the Year for 2018 by Los Angeles' KKJZ, the country's largest jazz station, interpreter extraordinaire Lyn Stanley's heart and musical muse has been immersed in all things Julie London for the past year. As its unique title might indicate, on Favorite Takes London With a Twist Live at Bernie's, she finds a fresh and innovative way to create "Part 2" of a tribute series that began earlier in 2019 with the release of the 17- song sultry and sass masterwork London Calling: A Toast to Julie London. READ THE FULL JW VIBE REVIEW
 
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Ola Onabule explores society's power imbalance on new album / BBC: Focus On Africa

Socially conscious singer/songwriter Ola Onabulé has built an enviable career as an international touring performer and has now turned his attention to the North American market with a newly recorded collection of original songs. Onabulé's meticulous attention to detail in his arrangements and production as well as the support from Sennheiser/Neumann have contributed to the manifestation of an impressive recording.   Point Less, is a follow up to Onabulé's last album, It's The Peace That Deafens, with the new album boldly expressing his views o
 
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Isata Kanneh-Mason and the power of Clara Schumann / WCRB: CD Of the Week

Pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason's awe and reverence for Clara Schumann made for an easy decision on how to focus her debut CD, and WCRB has chosen it as our CD of the Week. Not every journey turns into a mission. But that's what seems to have happened for 24-year-old pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason, whose exploration of the music of the prodigious 19th-century composer/pianist Clara Schumann began as an attraction and developed into a deep reverence for the power of her music and the strength of her spirit. As Kanneh-Mason writes in the liner notes: "It's fascinating that 200 years ago Clara
 
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Women Warriors: The Voices of Change releases; Chapter 3 - 'The 1980's & The AIDS Crisis'

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
 
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  Women Warriors- The Voices Of Change - Chapter Three 'The 1980?s, AIDS HIV Crisis'

Ron Howard's 'Pavarotti' shows no sign of waning and goes #1 on CLASSIC fM chart for 3rd consecutive week

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Poul Ruder's 'Thirteenth Child' is an opera of expressive breadth and depth / SHARPS & FLATIRONS

Santa Fe Opera has five operas in production this summer, continuing through Aug. 24 including; the world premiere of The Thirteenth Child by Poul Ruders. Danish composer Poul Ruders has written several operas on dark subjects-Kafka's Trial, Margaret Atwood's Handmaid's Tale and and Lars von Trier's film Dancer in the Dark-but he wanted something different for his fifth opera. He turned to fairy tales, finding a little known story that fit his aim. The Thirteenth Child, receiving its world premiere production at Santa Fe this summer, is based on a story by the brothe
 
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Dee Dee Bridgewater joins Flint choir for 'America the Beautiful' before democratic debate / Detroit Free Press

A Flint choir and jazz singer born in Memphis but raised in Flint performed on CNN ahead of Wednesday night's Democratic presidential debate hosted in Detroit's Fox Theatre. The Flint City Wide Choir, a gospel choir with more than 200 members, sang "America the Beautiful" alongside singer Dee Dee Bridgewater just before 7 p.m. Bridgewater followed up with the National Anthem in an official start to the debate. The choir, which posted on Facebook that it would make Flint proud, also participated in a presidential debate in 2016.  Plagued by its well-known water crisis, Flint
 
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Lea DeLaria's 'The Club' is a hit in Provincetown / capecodtoday

Singer, comedian, and actor Lea DeLaria teamed up with jazz restauranteur Frank Christopher of NYC's Smoke Jazz & Supper Club, to open The Club, Provincetown's newest nightclub with a lineup that is already wowing the Cape. "I'm really excited to have the performers we have coming up, like Emily Skinner and Kate McGarry," says Christopher, "but what I'm particularly proud of is Lezlie Harrison's Monday night residency. Backed by her Hammond Organ Trio, the audience is eating her up, giving her a standing ovation." The Club offers two shows nightly; after 10:15 there's no cover charg
 
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Craig Swanson takes Bach to another level with 'The French Suite Kit' / 91.3KUAF: Of Note

The possibilities of artistic expression are limitless with every piece of music, but composer and pianist Craig Swanson took it to another level with the release of his album "The French Suite Kit." Swanson was inspired by pianist Glenn Gould to create multiple unique variations of Bach's French Suite No. 4 in Eb Major, giving listeners more control over how they prefer to hear Bach expressed. "Part of the joy of music is its improvisatory nature, and trying to find all of the potential expressions that are worthwhile in your music," Swanson says. "It seemed to me that there was a wealth o
 
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Yolanda Kondonassis' 'American Rapture' dreams, soars and levitates through an intricately flowing compositional architecture / 91.3KUAF

Harpist Yolanda Kondonassis' newest album "dreams, soars and levitates" through an intricately flowing compositional architecture with the inclusion of a newly commissioned harp concerto by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon. "The idea was the interplay and the precociousness, and the childlike wonder," Kondonassis elaborates on how Higdon encompassed her emotions in the composition. "She really impressed upon us that this is fluid and full of wonder, rather than the somnambulant kind of experience." Kondonassis' album "American Rapture" expands upon how North American comp
 
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Sharon Fendrich captures the essence of emotions on Red Sky Prairie / 97.9 Bandon Community Radio

American neo-classical composer Sharon Fendrich captures the essence of emotions in her music written for piano, violin, cello, voice, flute, orchestra, and ambient sounds. Whether grief, sorrow, hope or love, the music is a place of peace and safety where listeners are invited to walk the pathways of their own experiences, dreams and memories. Along the way she welcomes the manifestation of grief processing, self-acceptance, tranquility, resolution and inspiration. Fendrich pulls from poignant, emotional themes in her own life to create her lush, passionate melodies that immediately ca
 
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Set for Edinburgh Fringe, Ron Davis Q&A's with London Jazz News

Canadian pianist Ron Davis has chosen the Edinburgh Festival Fringe as the European launch pad for his band SymphRONica's latest album, UpfRONt. SymphRONica combines a jazz quartet with a string quartet and Rob Adams spoke to Toronto-based Davis about the band, the album and his enthusiasm for the Edinburgh Fringe. In addition to 18 SymphRONica dates, Ron Davis will be playing some two dozen other gigs at the Edinburgh Fringe. He appears with his wife, singer Daniela Nardi at famous Edinburgh delicatessen Valvona & Crolla and, further down Leith Walk, in a series of afternoon jazz s
 
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Angelique Kidjo - Celia goes #1 on 'Transglobal World Music Chart' for August

Angélique Kidjo new Verve/Universal Music France release is an album that honors Celia Cruz, widely known as "the Queen of Salsa" and the most popular Latin artist of the 20th century.  On Celia, Kidjo explores the African roots of the Cuban-born Cruz and reimagines selections from the singers extraordinary career in surprising new ways, infused with an explosion of sounds and rhythms from Cuba, Africa, the Middle East, America and beyond.  The album includes performances by Tony Allen (Fela Kuti) on drums, Meshell Ndegeocello on bass, and British saxoph
 
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Roman Rabinovich navigates piano's evolution through Haydn / KUAF: Of Note

Pianist Roman Rabinovich's deep dive into the Haydn sonatas brought him revelations. Because Haydn's life bridged both the Baroque and Classical periods, his compositions reflect how the technology of the piano constantly progressed. "Instruments really changed like computers today, at that pace," Rabinovich said. Uzbeki-born, Israeli-trained Rabinovich continues to reflect Haydn's compositional invention since the Haydn project's debut at the Lincoln Center by performing the sonatas internationally. Listen to KUAF: Fayetteville AR - Of Note host Katy Henriksen, int
 
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Jae-Hyuck Cho - Beethoven Sonatas is the WFMT: Featured New Release

Acclaimed pianist Jae-Hyuck Cho is one of the most active concert pianists in South Korea, making over sixty appearances on stage annually. He has been described as "a pianist who is nearing perfection with extraordinary breadth of expression, flawless technique and composition, sensitivity and intelligence, insightful and detailed playing without exaggeration." On this Sony Classical release, Cho performs three of Beethoven's best-known piano sonatas: the Pathétique, the Appassionata, and the Waldstein. For Friday August 2, 2019, Jae-Hyuck Cho - Beethoven Sonatas is the WFM
 
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Anna Shelest honors women composers in 'Donna Voce' / New Classical Tracks

"I actually find great freedom as a performer playing new music that's actually not new, but it is new to the listeners today." Pianist Anna Shelest expresses that newfound freedom on her new recording, Donna Voce. In Italian, it means 'woman's voice.' "It's quite shocking when I think about it, because I played piano for over 30 years now, and I've never played a serious work by a woman composer. I feel like it was really a lucky idea, because it led me to this beautiful discovery." p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color
 
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Keith Jarrett's Well-Tempered Clavier is straight-up Bach with no frills / offBEAT Magazine

In 1988 ECM released Keith Jarrett's studio recording of Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier, Book One. ECM has now released a live version of the same music. The live recording and performance took place at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in upstate New York in 1987. The Well-Tempered Clavier, or in German Das wohltemperierte Klavier, is a book of preludes and fugues in all 24 major and minor keys. Composed in 1722, Bach indicated on the manuscript that the compositions were "for the profit and use of musical youth desirous of learning, and especially for the pastime of those already skilled
 
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History's Women Warriors Set To Music / PODCAST Business Journal

Crossover Media has a new podcast series, Women Warriors: The Voices of Change. The podcast is a multimedia concert performed by Orchestra Moderne NYC, and features the music of eight renowned female film composers. Presenting 800 years of women fighting for human rights and equality, this 80-minute interactive symphonic experience features historical visuals of activists from the past to present day. A socially and culturally relevant world premiere concert experience, Women Warriors: The Voices of Change celebrates the strength and heroism of female global activists fighting for human, ci
 
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Ron Davis is UpfRONt about Edinburgh / The Edinburgh Reporter

Canadian pianist Ron Davis launches his latest album, UpfRONt, in Europe with an extended Fringe run with his octet, SymphRONica. Davis, who studied with a piano teacher who learned directly from jazz master Oscar Peterson and who could trace his musical lineage through George Gershwin and back to Beethoven, formed SymphRONica to celebrate the idea of music without borders. The group comprises a jazz quartet and a string quartet and has led to Davis being described as a "Canadian jazz visionary" by the influential All. "I wanted to play music that isn't afraid to incorporate groove, rock, w
 
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Skill and sensitivity on 'Getz At the Gate' / The New York City Jazz Record

On November 26, 1961, saxophonist Stan Getz and his relatively new quartet of Steve Kuhn, John Neves, and Roy Haynes performed at New York's Village Gate. The show was professionally recorded, possibly for eventual release, but was soon forgotten and the tape languished in the vaults for almost 58 years. On June 14th of this year, Verve Records/UMe will release the 2-CD, 3-LP Getz at The Gate, which includes every note recorded that night.  This recording and this quartet both serve as a sort of "road not taken" for Stan Getz. Having just returned from living in Europe, Getz as
 
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Isata Kanneh-Mason rediscovers Clara Schumann on 'ROMANCE' / KUSC: Album Of the Week

You probably recognize her last name!     Isata Kanneh-Mason is big sister to cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason and the oldest member of a remarkably musical British family of seven talented siblings. Isata studied at the Royal Academy of Music, where she held the prestigious Sir Elton John Scholarship. We'll let her introduce her debut album, Romance, to you: "For the 200 anniversary of Clara Schumann's birth (September 13, 2019), I wanted to rediscover the virtuoso pianist revered by Chopin, Liszt and Robert Schumann and uncover the creative genius wh
 
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Women Warriors: The Voices of Change releases; Chapter 2 - 'Freedom, Women Unite'

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
 
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Isata Kanneh-Mason's debut album honors 200 Years of Clara Schumann / KDFC: Album Of the Week

You probably recognize her last name!     Isata Kanneh-Mason is big sister to cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason and the oldest member of a remarkably musical British family of seven talented siblings. Isata studied at the Royal Academy of Music, where she held the prestigious Sir Elton John Scholarship. We'll let her introduce her debut album, Romance, to you: "For the 200 anniversary of Clara Schumann's birth (September 13, 2019), I wanted to rediscover the virtuoso pianist revered by Chopin, Liszt and Robert Schumann and uncover the creative genius which made Clara one of the
 
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Nicola Benedetti - Wynton Marsalis: Violin Concerto, Fiddle Dance Suite is the WFMT: Featured New Release

Violinist Nicola Benedetti's new album features premiere recordings of two works written especially for her by Wynton Marsalis: Violin Concerto in D and Fiddle Dance Suite. In the concerto, Benedetti performs with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Cristian Măcelaru, who has collaborated with her on the work six times. It explores Benedetti's and Marsalis' common musical heritage in Celtic, Anglo, and Afro-American folk music and dance. Benedetti says, "It has been a privilege to learn and perform these two inspired and unequivocal masterpieces, and to deepen my understanding of Wynton's
 
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Libera set for Basilica - Cathedral Concerts / explore st. louis

The distinctive sound of Libera has traveled the world in the last few years. The group's albums have topped both mainstream and classical charts in many countries, and their recordings hold their place in top-tens alongside major artists like Bocelli. The boys who make up the vocal band Libera have been described as "normal" and "ordinary". However, as their recordings and performances demonstrate, the music they produce is truly extraordinary. With shimmering, mystical chords and ecstatic harmonies, they are unlike any other group you have ever heard. These are truly sounds to lift th
 
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Bion Tsang: RSNO - Cello Concertos by Dvorak & Enescu is the WFMT: Featured New Release

A new recording from Sony Classical pairs two concertos for cello and orchestra in the hands of award-winning cellist Bion Tsang with conductor Scott Yoo and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Tsang gave the U.S. premiere of George Enescu's Symphonie Concertante in 2000.  He immediately fell in love with the work, finding in it many similarities to his long-time favorite concerto, the much-celebrated work by Dvořák.  "Each of these concertos takes the listener on an epic journey," says Tsang. "They are both gloriously lush and dramatic in their orchestration, and t
 
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