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  • Iván Fischer
    Iván Fischer teases out the delights of enchantment in Mendelssohn and Mozart
    The second concert by the visiting Budapest Festival Orchestra, conducted by Music Director Iván Fischer last night in Davies Symphony Hall, divided the program almost equally between Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (before the intermission) and Felix...
  • Bay Area's KDFC broadcasts 'La Bohème' Live from the Met
    Bay Area's KDFC broadcasts 'La Bohème' Live from the Met
    Each Saturday morning, KDFC - the Bay Area’s listener-supported classical radio station - broadcasts a performance by the Metropolitan Opera, and tomorrow morning's Live from the Met program features Puccini's La Bohème.One of the...
  • Puccini's opera La Boheme shows at the Times Union Ctr
    Puccini's opera La Boheme shows at the Times Union Ctr
    If you’ve always wanted to attend an opera, but were leery because you weren’t able to understand Italian – don’t let that keep you away from Puccini’s La Boheme that will be playing on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 7...
  • Certitude and Joy
    MinMax will release Erling Wold’s opera about the ‘certitude’ of faith
    March of 2012 saw the world premiere of an intensely provocative opera by Erling Wold, presented in my home town of San Francisco. Wold has never been shy about dealing with challenging premises for the operas he has composed; but “Certitude...
  • Quick roundup of more events in the Bay Area and beyond
    Quick roundup of more events in the Bay Area and beyond
    This weekend, Society Cabaret at the Hotel Rex presents Wesla Whitfield - described as “a San Francisco treasure” - and acclaimed pianist and arranger Mike Greensill (author of Playing for Singers) performing the songs of Harry Warren....
  • The COC announced their 2015/2016 season
    Canadian Opera Company announces 2015/2016 season
    In a big departure from the ordinary, the Canadian Opera Company orchestra was featuredonthe stage at the beginning of the evening, not in the pit. Although conductor Johannes Debus joked that it was to test the audience's reaction and...
  • Plato and Aristotle
    Steven Lehning brings Aristotle to his Historical Performance Master Class
    Last night Steven Lehning visited the San Francisco Conservatory of Music to give a Historical Performance Master Class, co-sponsored by American Bach Soloists (ABS). Lehning is an ABS member, specializing in continuo parts performed on low-string...
  • Metropolitan Opera presents ‘The Merry Widow’ live in HD
    Metropolitan Opera presents ‘The Merry Widow’ live in HD
    Tomorrow, the Metropolitan Opera's sumptuous new staging of one of the world’s best loved operettas - Franz Lehár’s The Merry Widow - is to be screened live in cinemas around the world. It will also be broadcast on KDFC, the Bay...
  • Hexameron
    Music rules at the MTT 70th Birthday Celebration in Davies Symphony Hall
    Sometimes it seems as if music has to take a back seat when Davies Symphony Hall opens its door for a special occasion. It tends to feel as if events had been prepared for those who do not visit the place regularly and whose personal cravings for...
  • Star tenor Matthew Polenzani made glorious D.C. recital debut Jan. 14
    Star tenor Matthew Polenzani made glorious D.C. recital debut Jan. 14
    Opera star Matthew Polenzani at last made his Washington, D.C. recital debut Jan. 14, and the Kennedy Center audience clearly agreed "In the fields of stars, your image shines", as the tenor sang in Beethoven's "Adelaide"...
  • The Palais Garnier opera house is one of the fanciest buildings in Paris.
    Facts about the Palais Garnier
    Paris, France, is one of the most famous cities in the world. The beauty, romanticism, and ritz of Paris are legendary and it is also a city with a tremendously long and rich history. Considering the wealth of culture that Paris boasts, children...
  • 'Vinson Cole and Friends,' a great success even with a little negative news
    'Vinson Cole and Friends,' a great success even with a little negative news
    The Sunday evening benefit presented by Lyric Opera, Kansas City, at the Folly Theater, January 11, was also a tribute to internationally revered opera and concert artist, and Kansas City native, Vinson Cole. The plan was for Mr. Cole to lead off...
  • Mingjie Lei
    NJSO review: Dramatic Tchaikovsky, explosive Prokofiev
    Newark’s Prudential Hall at NJPAC throbbed with the sounds of Tchaikovsky, Gounod and especially Prokofiev Friday, Jan. 9, when Sir Jacques Lacombe led the mighty New Jersey Symphony Orchestra in a program dedicated to three seminal works...
  • The new year is a time for new talent to shine
    The new year is a time for new talent to shine
    Dedicated to showcasing recent works by About Face Theatre members, the company presents its First Draftreading series with SeedbyScott Bradley at 7 p.m. on January 12 at theHoover-Leppen Theatreon 3656 N. Halsted Street in Chicago. The reading is...
  • Chicago Theatre Week is more than seven days
    Chicago Theatre Week is more than seven days
    For the first time in its three-year history, Chicago Theatre Week (February 12 -22) will span one week and two weekends. In the past, more than 200 Chicagoland productions offered discounted tickets in one week. This year, theater-goers will have...