NEW YORK – Matthew Aucoin's opera, based on the same-titled play by Sarah Ruhl, who also wrote the libretto, turns the classic story on its head with a pair of distracted lovers, all set to music unlike anything I've ever heard at the Met.
By David Patrick StearnsLENOX, Mass. – With a blue-chip cast and the youthful Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, a semi-staged Die Walküre under Andris Nelsons anchored a Wagner Weekend at the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s summer home.
DATE BOOK – The hotter months bring operas old and new, showers of chamber music, and premieres of all sorts to festivals at historic campuses and places of great natural beauty. Here are some highlights in the Eastern U.S.
DATE BOOK – A sneak peek at Eurydice, an opera being workshopped by composer Matthew Aucoin with a libretto by playwright Sarah Ruhl, is in the lavish array of November solo, chamber, orchestral and lyric unveilings.
DATE BOOK — The New York Philharmonic starts off the new year swinging, with the world premiere of Wynton Marsalis' The Jungle. Here are more premieres promised at major orchestras in North America in early 2017.
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.
DATE BOOK – Imaginative programming is the mark of the fall season at the St. Louis Symphony and six other mid-American orchestras, as they celebrate their uniqueness and music directors embark on their most ambitious projects.
As the 2016-17 orchestral season gets under way in the U.S., music directors celebrate prized relationships, introduce new works, and resurrect forgotten gems. Here are some late-September entries that caught our eye.
DATE BOOK – As if taking their cue from conductor Leonard Slatkin's advocacy, summer festivals at Aspen and elsewhere will spotlight the mid-century American composers who invented the sound world we now live in.
PALO ALTO - The music of Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood has been steadily gaining footholds in film and classical circles. Now the Australian Chamber Orchestra offers the rolling U.S. premiere of Water, which is brimming with ideas.