Around the U.S.

As Hall’s Tuning Continues, Cincy Hears New Sounds

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By Janelle Gelfand

CINCINNATI – Back in its remodeled Music Hall, the Cincinnati Symphony offered the premiere of Abound by 27-year-old Emily Cooley, in a Louis Langrée program designed as an artistic reponse to injustice and oppression.

Mining For Gold: New Adams Opera Finds Darker Veins

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By Richard S. Ginell

SAN FRANCISCO – John Adams and Peter Sellars bring out the dark side of the California Gold Rush in Girls of the Golden West, which was premiered at San Francisco Opera. The work has powerful moments but needs a trim.

Houston Orchestra Back Home At Last After Lengthy Soak

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By William Albright

HOUSTON – In a virtuosic return to Jones Hall after historic floods, music director Andrés Orozco-Estrada and the Houston Symphony offered three works inspired by Paganini’s 24th Caprice, and an Ives hootenanny.

Grosvenor Pairings Probe Connections That Prick The Ear

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By Daniel Hathaway

OBERLIN – At 25, British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor is a deep thinker whose touring recital program this season highlights historical-stylistic contrasts between composers such as Ravel and Berg, Brahms and Brett Dean.

New Era Begins In D.C. With Noseda Invigorating NSO

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By Simon Chin

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Under new music director Gianandrea Noseda, the National Symphony sounded energized, taut, and well disciplined, like dutiful students eager to please a likable teacher at the start of a new school year.

Oratorio Sounds The Alarm About Lake Erie’s Health

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By Mike Telin

CLEVELAND – Margaret Brouwer’s “environmental oratorio,” Voice of the Lake, was inspired by an algae bloom in Lake Erie that caused a water crisis in 2014. Its premiere makes an urgent case that the lake is in trouble.

Spaced-Out Opera Lifts Off With Martian Help

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By Rick Schultz

LOS ANGELES — Yuval Sharon’s War of the Worlds features Annie Gosfield’s riveting score, soprano Hila Plitmann’s tour-de-force portrayal of a Martian, and actress Sigourney Weaver of the Alien films as narrator.

This New Opera Wins Points For Esprit De Corpse

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By Keith Powers

BOSTON – Burke & Hare, by Julian Grant and Mark Campbell, draws on history to relate an entertaining tale of a grim, thankfully abandoned practice – the creation (by any means necessary) of cadavers for sale to a medical school.

Psalms Encounter Covers Wide Field Within NY Chapel

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By Barbara Jepson

NEW YORK – The Choir of Trinity Wall Street offered the first segment of a compelling project – part of Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival – that takes in settings of all 150 Psalms by as many composers, including new commissions.

In Revival, Cyrano Shows Fresh Face At Opera Carolina

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By Perry Tannenbaum

CHARLOTTE – David DiChiera’s opera Cyrano was directed by the librettist, Bernard Uzan, in an emotional, satisfying revival of the opera seen first in 2007 at Michigan Opera Theatre, a company DiChiera founded and led.

Ring At Midpoint: Love Is Reflected In A Harsh Mirror

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By Nancy Malitz

CHICAGO – Despite musical glories on stage and in the pit, David Poutney’s concept for Die Walküre militates in some ways against the great strengths at the opera’s core: the romantic, sacrificial, and filial forms of love.

Adès’ Angel Blazes In Party From Hell: No One Can Leave

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By David Shengold

NEW YORK  – Thomas Adès won vociferous cheers from an industry-heavy Metropolitan Opera crowd as he led the North American première of his powerful if inscrutable The Exterminating Angel, about a party that goes strangely awry.

Cultures Converge In U.S. Tour By Chinese Orchestra

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By Ken Smith

PREVIEW – Beijing’s NCPA Orchestra has embarked on a six-city U.S. tour to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its National Centre for the Performing Arts. The music paints a larger picture of China’s musical life today.

Trifonov Explores Facets, Echoes Of Chopin For Tour

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By George Loomis

ANN ARBOR – Daniil Trifonov has begun his latest sweep through the U.S., a seven-concert affair that included a recital program of works by Chopin, and works inspired by Chopin, including some surprising rarities.

In With The New, Criers Plan Bold Series Of Firsts

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By Keith Powers

BOSTON – A Far Cry, the string ensemble, is crazy hot. A novel recent project, Music in Migration, featured a new piano concerto by Elena Ruehr inspired by the immigrant journey of the pianist who played the world premiere.

Seeking Eurydice, Via The Enigmatic Lens Of Sciarrino

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By Susan Brodie

NEW YORK – Soprano Barbara Hannigan joined Rome’s Santa Cecilia Orchestra, led by Antonio Pappano, for the U.S. debut of Salvatore Sciarrino’s retelling of the Orpheus myth, provocatively paired with Mahler’s Sixth Symphony.

NY Early Music: High Season For The Low Countries

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By Anne E. Johnson

NEW YORK – Now in its sixth season, the New York Early Music Celebration remains a hidden gem. This year, the music of Holland and Flanders was the focus of 26 events over ten days. Most groups were based in the Big Apple.

Cutting-Edge Fare Captures Light At Ringling Museum

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By John Fleming

SARASOTA, Fla. – Dreamy, immersive music of John Luther Adams filled a magical, contemplative space created by light artist James Turrell at the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art’s eclectic annual international festival.

LA Phil Paints Protean Portrait Of Mexico City Music

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By Richard S. Ginell

LOS ANGELES – In a festival called CDMX, the music of the Mexican capital starts beyond the country’s borders, delves deeply into the national identity, and finally emerges as part of the international music community.

Monteverdi 450: Superlative Music, Gripping Theater

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By Kyle MacMillan

CHICAGO – Conductor John Eliot Gardiner brought semi-staged productions of the three surviving Monteverdi operas to the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in a fitting celebration of the composer’s 450th anniversary.