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Chicago Area's 49th Annual Bach Week FestivalThe Chicago area’s 49th annual Bach Week Festival will present concerts in Chicago and Evanston, Illinois, from April 24 to May 12, 2022.Performances will include the Baroque music festival’s first mainstage period-instrument program; a concert of Johann Sebastian Bach sacred and secular vocal masterworks, including the great Magnificat of 1723; the return of international piano sensation Sergei Babayan in an all-Bach solo recital; and a concert of Bach keyboard and violin concertos paired with a double-flute concerto by a Bach contemporary, composer-flutist Johann Joachim Quantz.“What’s striking, to me, about this year’s festival is the presence of works we’ve never performed before, alongside compositions that have been mainstays over the decades,” says Richard Webster, Bach Week’s music director since 1975. “We’re always on the lookout for ways to refresh and renew the festival.”Webster played harpsichord and organ at Evanston’s first Bach Week in 1974, which he […]
Berkeley’s production of Mozart’s "The Magic Flute" was opening at the Benedict Music Tent on Saturday when his passing away was announced from the stage. Alan Fletcher, Aspen Music Festival and School’s (AMFS) president and CEO, music director Robert Spano, and board chair Michael Klein led the audience in a moment of silence before beginning […] The post appeared first on The World's Leading Classical Music News Source. Est 2009..
Four Seasons of New YorkHere it is, Doug Balliett's wonderful “Winter” from his double bass concerto Four Seasons of New York, commissioned by Experiential Orchestra (EXO) and performed by the superb Rob Nairn, recorded at Oktaven Studios.The piece takes Brad Balliett's poetry as part of its inspiration; this poetry is shown and spoken by our Winter bard himself the beginning of the video. All of the many images are from friends and fans, and feature the city we love so much – in all of its glory and more.Listen and watch here: ici amazing performers on this recording are Rob Nairn, double bass soloist; Francis Liu, violin; Elizabeth Derham, violin; Edwin Kaplan, viola; Serafim Smiguelsky, cello; Stuart Breczinski, oboe; David Byrd-Marrow, horn; Brad Balliett, bassoon; and James Blachly, conductor.Recorded at Oktaven Studios, Ryan Streber, producer.We hope this finds you warm and well.For more about EXO, visit
Spano, 59, is best known for his 20 seasons as music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, a position he’s leaving in June. Since 2011 he has also been music director of the prestigious Aspen Music Festival and School in Colorado. Before Atlanta, he quickly rose to national attention as music director of the Brooklyn […]