By Robert Moon
DIGITAL REVIEW – Marking the centennial of American composer Irving Fine’s birth, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project CD of all his orchestral works includes one of America’s best symphonies and a Brandeis U fight song.
By Susan Elliott
NEW YORK – To mount Delusion of the Fury, Heiner Goebbels and Ensemble Musikfabrik had Harry Partch’s original musical instruments recreated. They are a wonder. Lincoln Center Festival hosted the production’s U.S. debut.
By Charles Pope, Jr.
OTTAWA, Ontario – High-decibel intensity marked the onset of Chamberfest, an annual two-week event that’s getting bigger and better. The Canadian National Brass Project launched it with classic fanfares and a world premiere.
By Richard S. Ginell
CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA, Calif. – The theme of the 78th Carmel Bach Festival is “Bach, Bohemia and Beyond,” with Dvořák, Bartók, Zelenka, and even Ligeti in the mix with old Herr Bach, plus a concert version of The Magic Flute.
By Leslie Kandell
LENOX, Mass. – For its 75th anniversary, Tanglewood Music Center commissioned a whopping 34 new pieces. Most are slated for this summer season, reaching critical mass during the annual Festival of Contemporary Music.
By Charles T. Downey
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Two festivals have done their part to program beyond the familiar, with a boutique revival of Marie Antoinette’s Versailles and a premiere comic opera on Supreme Court Justices Ginsburg and Scalia.
By Robert Croan
PITTSBURGH – “DDT is good for me-e-e.” That’s the ironic jingle in A New Kind of Fallout, by Gilda Lyons and Tammy Ryan, starring Lara Lynn Cottrill as a zealous fighter against chemical hazards. It’s a Pittsburgh Opera premiere.
By Jackson Cooper
NEW YORK – When two pianists and two percussionists formed a quartet in 2005, they arranged traditional music at first. Spawning new music is now Yarn/Wire’s mission. At Lincoln Center Festival, they offered three world premieres.
By Nancy Malitz
CHICAGO – If you want to share your excitement about opera with your college-age nephew or your grandchild, how do you go about it? Do you send a letter? Leave a voicemail? Take your cue from Lyric Opera. Try social media.