EVENTS AND FESTIVALS

Austrian officials inaugurate new concert house
November 20, 2012

Officials in the Austrian town of Erl have inaugurated a futuristic concert house that will house the country's newest music festival.

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Classical of the Week: Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, various venues
November 13, 2012

Located in the West Riding birthplace of rugby league, this festival has always scrummed down with the roughest, toughest players on the new-music scene.

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"Ode to Joy" for Royal Philharmonic Society's 200th
November 08, 2012

The British music society that commissioned Beethoven to write his Ninth Symphony and its "Ode to Joy" announced on Wednesday it will celebrate the society's 2013 bicentenary by showing off its manuscript of the work on both sides of the Atlantic.

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Merlene Davis: Classical-music competition seeks to draw black youth
October 30, 2012

Juanita Betz Peterson attended a William E. Schmidt Youth Vocal Competition at the University of Kentucky a few years ago and noticed that very few blacks were competing. She also visited the Governor's Scholars Program and saw only one or two black students in the vocal division.

Knowing that the black community is rich in vocal talent, Peterson wanted to steer more black youth to the classical genre, where Marian Anderson, Leontyne Price, Paul Robeson and William Warfield enjoyed great success.

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Russia's Kolesnikov wins $100K Honens piano competition
October 30, 2012

Young Russian pianist Pavel Kolesnikov has won the grand prize at the Honens International Piano Competition, taking the title of Honens prize laureate for 2012.

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UK City of Culture: Events announced for Derry celebration
October 25, 2012

The Turner Prize, the London Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Ballet will all feature in Londonderry as part of the UK City of Culture celebrations.

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Cleveland Orchestra to don costumes for 'Halloween Spooktacular' family concert
October 23, 2012

The Cleveland Orchestra is used to wearing many different hats. Just not the types of hats it will be wearing this Sunday.

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Ritornello music fest fall series, highlights classical music in non-classical ways
October 18, 2012

The Ritornello Chamber Music Festival’s fall series, Ritornello Underground and Ritornello On Tap, uses laid back environments and a hip approach, hoping to expose more people to the varied sounds of classical music.

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Classical guitarist Paul Galbraith in Bach Festival Society concert
October 09, 2012

Classical guitarist Paul Galbraith will open the Bach Festival Society's 2012–2013 Visiting Artist Series with a performance this Thursday, Oct. 11.

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A Luminous Line Up
September 27, 2012

Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival, which explores the connection of artistic expression to our interior lives, makes its return October 18 through November 18.

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Levitan's Fifth Festival of Classical Music ends in Ivanovo region
September 25, 2012

In the Ivanovo region, an annual cultural event brought together music critics and devotees of classical music from all over Russia. Levitan's Fifth Festival of Classical Music took place on September 21-23 in the town of Plyos.

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Richly stocked Beethoven Fest is city's best-kept cultural secret, so far
September 11, 2012

Although the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven's birth won't arrive until 2020, George Lepauw isn't about to wait eight years to celebrate the German composer's titanic musical achievement, or the profound influence his music has exerted on the evolution of Western classical music.

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‘Giving’ award for Four Winds
September 04, 2012

THE community’s connection with the Four Winds Festival was celebrated with an Australia Business Arts Foundation award yesterday.

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Spoleto Update: 2012 Festival launches with salt and Glass, Phoenix and Fever
May 29, 2012

It's only the opening weekend of Spoleto 2012, and already two new operas have had their American premieres, a Japanese artist has moved viewers with simple table salt, a Dublin theatre troupe has delighted audiences, and a classic New York dance company has dazzled the city. The annual arts festival is officially underway in Charleston, South Carolina, having opened on Friday, May 25, and is slated to run for two more weeks.

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Unfamiliar Shores
May 03, 2012

It's gotten to be almost a problem, actually, the way that Lincoln Center Festival—which runs from July 5 to August 5 in 2012—can cut into your summertime planning. Just as you're thinking of heading off to the beach or the mountains, you remember that you need to stay close to Lincoln Center, in case you miss the show that everyone's talking about come fall.

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Father-daughter team of Franklin and Diana Cohen brings ChamberFest to Cleveland
May 01, 2012

The violinist, a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music and concertmaster of the Richmond Symphony in Virginia, is the mastermind behind ChamberFest Cleveland, a festival of chamber music that will present its inaugural season Wednesday, June 27, through Sunday, July 1, at several venues.

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BSO to perform Harry Potter score at Diamond Jubilee celebration
May 01, 2012

THE score from the Harry Potter films will be part of a night of classical music and fireworks being held to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

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Adele Joins Line-Up For Sky Arts Awards
May 01, 2012

It's the only awards ceremony in the world where hip-hop sits alongside opera, pop, dance, classical music, theatre, comedy and TV.

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An inventive addition to the Proms: Wallace promises a grand day out
April 24, 2012

He invented a pair of Techno Trousers, the Knit-o-Matic and the Snoozatron. Now the multi-talented Wallace is turning his hand to composing, with a new commission for this year's Proms.

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Beethoven's String Quartet of Transcendence
April 19, 2012

Gravely ill in spring 1825, Beethoven worked on a groundbreaking new string quartet. It begins ominously with four dark, uncertain notes, then travels paths of pain and suffering, eventually triumphing in sunlight. Hear the Emerson String Quartet make the journey at the Savannah Music Festival.

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