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Delaware Symphony Orchestra offers channels old, new in ‘Classic Masters’

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Delaware Online
By Thomas Leitch

The Delaware Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Music Director David Amado, offered its followers a piquant mixture of old and new Friday evening in a program entitled “Classic Masters.”

DSO concertmaster David Southorn jumped on Mozart’s fifth and last violin concerto with all the fresh enthusiasm of a kid in a candy store. His sweet, clear tone beautifully suited Mozart’s generally high solo line in the opening Allegro aperto, and the second and third movements allowed him to show more of his lower register. The principal novelty here were Southorn’s brief, witty embellishments to the score and the original cadenzas he supplied for the first and third movements. In general, however, he was content to let Mozart speak for himself.

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Published October 26, 2013
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In memoriam: Lawrence Leighton Smith, past music director of Yale Philharmonia

Smith in front of Woolsey Hall in 2004

Smith in front of Woolsey Hall in 2004

Today, the Colorado Springs Philharmonic announced with sadness the death of Lawrence Leighton Smith, their beloved music director emeritus. Smith died at home on Friday, October 25, 2013 in the company of his family. He was 77.

Born April 8, 1936, Smith was one of the most respected American conductors of the 20th and 21st centuries. His brilliant conducting career began in 1973 when he became a first prize winner of the Dmitri Mitropoulos Competition. Smith went on to appear with nearly every major orchestra in the United States and to tour internationally.

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Published October 25, 2013
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Killeen Daily Herald: Cliburn finalist to perform at Temple CAC

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By Steve Pettit

In 1978, the great Texas pianist Van Cliburn traveled to Temple for a noteworthy occasion. The Cultural Activities Center, at considerable cost, purchased the sine qua non of every serious classical music venue: a 9-foot Steinway “D” grand piano, and Cliburn, always gracious to a fault, agreed to personally dedicate the instrument.

It’s particularly fitting, then, that the same piano will be played by American-born Sean Chen, 24, Saturday at the CAC. Chen was a finalist in the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition — the first American to win the Silver Medal since 1997.

Presented jointly with the Temple Symphony Orchestra, the recital is part of the Central Texas Orchestral Society’s series at CAC.

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Published October 25, 2013
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Original score soundtrack to “Carrie,” by Marco Beltrami ’91MM, released this week

marcobeltrami-2013Earlier this week, Sony Classical announced the international digital release of the original score from the motion picture Carrie on October 21, 2013. The soundtrack is composed by Marco Beltrami ’91MM, who is renowned for scoring horror films and has received two Academy Award nominations. The film was released nationwide on Friday, October 18.

New York-born Beltrami studied at the Yale School of Music and in Italy, before studying film composition under Jerry Goldsmith. His career began with the soundtrack of the thriller Death Match in 1994, and he gained recognition for his work on horror films such as Mimic (1997), The Woman in Black (2012), and all four films in the Scream series (1995–2011). He has also composed two soundtracks for the Die Hard franchise: Live Free or Die Hard and A Good Day to Die Hard. MORE

Published October 25, 2013
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New Concert Video: “Frau Trude”

Check out this new concert video of “Frau Trude,” a 10-minute opera by composition student Daniel Schlosberg ’14MMA.

Adapted from the Grimm fairy tale of the same name, the opera tells the story of a witch named Frau Trude, who turns naughty children into logs for her fire.  The opera was performed on October 3rd in Sprague Hall as part of YSM’s New Music New Haven concert series.

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Published October 24, 2013
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American icon Leon Fleisher performs on Horowitz Piano Series Nov. 13

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The Horowitz Piano Series at the Yale School of Music presents a recital by the internationally renowned pianist Leon Fleisher on Wednesday, November 13. Fleisher will play music for the left hand by Brahms, Takács, Kirchner, and more, and will be joined by Katherine Jacobson Fleisher in music for piano four hands by Schubert and Ravel. MORE

Published October 24, 2013
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Yale in New York kicks off season with The Legacy of Paul Hindemith

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Yale School of Music opens the 2013-14 season of YALE IN NEW YORK with THE LEGACY OF PAUL HINDEMITH on Friday, November 22, 2013 at 7:30pm in Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall.

At once an innovative composer and theorist and a passionate educator, Paul Hindemith(1895–1963) served on the Yale School of Music faculty from 1940-53 and left behind a spirit of invention and exploration that remains at the heart of Yale’s program. The Legacy of Paul Hindemith commemorates sixty years since the composer’s stay in New Haven and fifty years since his passing, with a program focusing on composers, faculty, and students who have felt this profound influence. MORE

Published October 24, 2013
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Worth nothing: Symphony by Sea launches 33rd season

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By Ann Reily

A lot of time and effort goes into planning a Symphony by the Sea concert.

For the chamber orchestra’s season-opening concerts tonight and Sunday, music director and conductor Donald Palma put a lot of thought into his selection of arias and choruses by Verdi, Puccini, Rossini, Mozart and others.

“I spent months putting this program together and getting the right mix of pieces and the right order,” Palma said. “It’s kind of a compilation of some of the greatest operatic chestnuts or gems combined with some lesser-known pieces.”

In celebration of its 33rd season, the North Shore-based orchestra is continuing its efforts to reach out to younger audiences by offering a $10 discount on tickets to those age 33 and under.

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Published October 24, 2013
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Dynamic differences: organist Ken Cowan ’99MM

Washington Blade
By Joey DiGuglielmo

Ken Cowan at First Baptist Church Sunday. Photo by Joey DiGuglielmo.

Pipe organ aficionados in Washington had the opportunity to gorge on an embarrassment of riches over the past few days. On Wednesday, iconoclast Cameron Carpenter played the Kennedy Center. Just four days later, traditionalist Ken Cowan performed at D.C.’s First Baptist Church.

The rare experience of having these two brilliant young organists here so close together was doubled by the fact that both venues in which they played just unveiled massive new organs. MORE

Published October 23, 2013
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Review of David Fung’s “Evening Conversations”

By Gary Lemco
Audiophile Audition

Originally issued in 2006, this recital recorded 27-29 March 2006 has been reprocessed, using virgin polycarbonate and alloy in a German audiophile pressing that producer Bob Attiyeh claims will “bring you sound as close to the live magic in the concert hall as possible.” The original reviews of Evening Conversations proved quite favorable, with critic James Harrington of the American Record Guide’s commenting that his “reviewing process has produced an overall favorite, and that is David Fung. . .[whose] playing impressed me for its phrasing and musicality.” For me, the recital’s variety and breadth of palette rivals the kind of pianistic spectrum the late Shura Cherkassky would champion.

I concur that Fung (b. 1983) elicits some exquisite sounds from his Steinway instrument, brilliantly captured by Producer and Recording Engineer Bob Attiyeh. The recital itself presents almost limitless opportunities for Fung to display varieties of touch and attack, MORE

Published October 22, 2013
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