Around the U.S.

‘Winterreise’ Marks Summer Journey For Young Singers

By Elaine Strauss
CoOPERAtive — a summer program that coaches aspiring singers in the many facets of a professional vocal career — now opens master classes to all, via the web. Rider U.'s Westminster Choir College runs the program, with artists such as collaborative pianist Martin Katz on hand for guidance.

Boston Early Music Festival, reviewed and reported by North America’s music critics

Compiled by CVNA Editors
In attendance at the 2013 Boston Early Music Festival were dozens of music critics who are members of the Music Critics Association of North America, and who held their national meeting in the midst of the festival's rich program of performances and exhibitions.

Young Handel’s ‘Almira’ Shines at Boston Festival

By Earl Arthur Love
The most anticipated offering of this year’s bi-annual Boston Early Music Festival (BEMF) was the North American debut of Handel’s rarely performed first opera, Almira. Composed when Handel was only 19, it premiered in Hamburg in 1705. Displaying an abundance of riches, the dazzling production flew by.

Six Biber Sonatas Multi-tuned Joys On Boston Fringe

By John W. Barker
Among the 93 fringe events offered at the Boston Early Music Festival were six of Biber's so-called Rosenkranz-Sonaten, each on a different violin with unique "scordatura" tuning to allow for novel fingerings and coloristic effects.

Early Music Fare Is Ear-Opening ‘Genius and Folly’

By Robert Markow
The theme of this year's Boston Early Music Festival was "Youth: Genius and Folly" and a concert called "The Birth of the Orchestra" included music from the earliest days of orchestral writing. Vitality, freshness, total conviction and infectious enthusiasm infused every moment, often leavened with a touch of humor.
Musicians, 'Cantigas de Santa Maria' illumination, E Codex is one of four extant copies

‘Cantigas’ Bloom Like Roses at Boston Festival

By Ken Keaton
There are few opportunities for a magical performance of Medieval song in a glorious hall, but Boston Early Music Festival is on that short list. Music: Cantigas de Santa Maria. Performers: Newberry Consort and Exsultemus. Place: Jordan Hall.

Opera ‘Matsukaze’ Saddles Noh Play With German Text

By Perry Tannenbaum
Toshio Hosokawa's Matsukaze, presented at Spoleto Festival USA 2013, is an odd mishmash derived from a very old Japanese Noh play that vividly evokes the Orient, but Hannah Dübgen's German libretto jars and director Chen Shi-Zheng's spare concept disdains even basic props.

Flummerfelt Ends Spoleto USA Era With Grand Verdi

By Jack Sullivan
This year's Spoleto Festival USA struck a decidedly bittersweet note with the swan song of Joseph Flummerfelt, the choral heartbeat of the festival in both Italy and Charleston since 1971, and the last of the original Spoleto team. His finale was a soaring Verdi Requiem.

Summer Festivals: For New Yorkers, Musical Settings Urban and Verdant

By Barbara Jepson
This year brings noteworthy programs from scenic magnets like the Glimmerglass Festival, the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, the Bard Music Festival, and the Caramoor Summer Music Festival. But diehard City dwellers also have an abundance of riches available.

Summer Festivals: Variety Spices Musical Fare in Northern Calif.

By Robert P. Commanday
There's choice aplenty for music lovers in Northern California, where 11 summer festivals light up the evening skies. Here's a look ahead at those devoted to concert or art music. More U.S. and Canada festival coverage below.

Summer Festivals: Stars, Youth Light Up Evenings At Eastern Music Fest

By John W. Lambert
The 52nd season offers more than 100 events in Greensboro, NC, the heart of "The State of the Arts." Music Director Gerard Schwarz offers music for every taste, ranging from a top-flight professional orchestra to student ensembles that give the pros serious runs for their money.

Summer Festivals: Musical Bounty Cascades Down The West Coast

By Richard S. Ginell
Dudamel and Thomas create musical fireworks at the Hollywood Bowl, the Ring resounds once again in Seattle, and it's Rilling's farewell season at the Oregon Bach Festival. Here's a sampling of musical treats from North to South.

Summer Festivals: Scenic N.C. Resorts Extend Tradition Of Chamber Music

By John W. Lambert
The Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival, now in its 32nd season, offers pairs of concerts in the nearby communities of Highlands and Cashiers, NC, spread across four days each weekend, starting June 28.

Summer Festivals: Boston Symphony Taps Music Director, Preps Tanglewood Season

By Leslie Kandell
The Boston Symphony Orchestra has named Andris Nelsons as its next music director, but this summer he is to appear only once at Tanglewood, so another season will be spent relying on the experience and talent of guest conductors.

Summer Festivals: N.C. Symphony Under Starry Skies At Summerfest

By Roy C. Dicks
The North Carolina Symphony makes its summer home in Cary’s Regency Park, where Lakeside Booth Amphitheatre accommodates 7,000 in lawn and covered seating. William Henry Curry conducts.

Summer Festivals: Appalachian Fest Imports Variety to Boone, N.C.

By John W. Lambert
An Appalachian Summer Festival began as a summer chamber music series, growing over time to offer a wide range of performing and visual art events at the home of Boone's ASU. Now in its 29th year, the festival still prominently features music performed by large and small ensembles.

Summer Festivals: Opera Everywhere, Early Handel to World Premiere

By Heidi Waleson
Something for every taste, for everyone, all over, from Handel's first opera to a new Terence Blanchard opera "Champion" and other hot-off-the-presses new works - nicely enough timed to permit hopscotching around to hear them all!

Summer Festivals: Chamber Music, Orchestral Fare Fill N.E. Ohio

By Daniel Hathaway
Cleveland's Baroque Orchestra, Apollo's Fire, turns into a hot weather folk band as Blossom Festival marks the 100th anniversary of "The Rite of Spring" with the Cleveland Orchestra and Joffrey Ballet. Here's more from northeast Ohio's summertime classical bounty.

Summer Festivals: Scenic Northwest Also a Wonderland Of Classical Music

By James Bash
The Pacific Northwest is well known as a scenic wonderland that attracts summer tourists, and it harbors a wealth of music festivals that complement the dramatic landscape. Here are several of the best in Oregon, Idaho and Washington:

Summer Festivals: Historic Ravinia Remixes Vivaldi, Honors Goodman

By Nancy Malitz
Billed as the oldest outdoor music festival in North America, the Ravinia Festival since 1936 has been summer home to the Chicago Symphony. Music director James Conlon brings Aida and visits by Vengerov, Lang Lang. But jazz and pop figure in.
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