By Arthur Kaptainis
MONTREAL – Reveling in a big, big way, the Montreal Symphony lauded the 50th anniversary of the city’s Metro subway and explored new sounds in Jewish music in back-to-back concerts. Also unveiled – a monster octobass.
By Richard S. Ginell
LOS ANGELES – A nervy video song cycle assembled from classified U.S. military docs, hacker chat logs and other contemporary flotsam left its audience in dead silence for what seemed like forever after the house lights went on.
By David Shengold
NEW YORK – Leon Botstein led the American Symphony Orchestra in performances of two pre-World War II operas colored by political tensions of the time: Ernst Krenek’s Der Diktator and Richard Strauss’ Friedenstag (Peace Day).
By George Loomis
NEW YORK – With the Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho and the French-Lebanese stage director Pierre Audi in town, the New York Philharmonic recognized an opportunity to do something special in a special place.
By Paul E. Robinson
DIGITAL REVIEW – A bona fide world-class soloist, with this fine new recording of the two cello concertos, 34-year-old Alisa Weilerstein can fairly claim to be the most outstanding cellist to emerge in America since Yo-Yo Ma.
By Kyle MacMillan
DATE BOOK – On the hunt to diversify offerings and attract new fans without sacrificing artistic integrity, the Oregon Symphony blends Bartók’s Bluebeard and Chihuly glass. Here are other operatic plans by orchestras in 2016-17.
By Mike Greenberg
SAN ANTONIO – The late American composer William Thomas McKinley left an unfinished manuscript he was working on for the SOLI Chamber Ensemble, which featured his two-movement fragment in a lively program.
By Nancy Malitz
CHICAGO – As Eric Owens sings his first Wotan, a new David Pountney staging of Das Rheingold at the Lyric Opera proves true to the original inspiration of the late designer Johan Engels, who liked to let audiences connect the dots.
By Susan Brodie
NEW YORK – Wagner’s hypnotic meditation on love and death returned to the Metropolitan Opera in a new production by Mariusz Trelinski. Splendid singing overcame grim and fussy staging to open the season.
By Jason Victor Serinus
SEATTLE – In its world premiere, Gabriel Prokofiev’s When the City Rules evoked Bernstein, Gershwin, and grandfather Sergei Prokofiev, whose Love for Three Oranges symphonic suite followed on the Seattle Symphony concert.