March 14, 2019 – New York Concert Review
Pianist Ian Hobson played a wide-ranging, difficult recital at Zankel Hall on March 11th, which made me answer the following questions in the affirmative: Can a pianist with immense bravura technique also, 1) be intellectually probing, 2) be poetically sensitive, and 3) create imaginative, thoughtful programs? It was in those areas where Mr. Hobson truly surrendered to his pensive, lyrical impulses that he created true magic, though I realize, even as I write those words, that such areas were set-off even more by what was around them. I reviewed Mr. Hobson’s heroic survey of the complete piano music of Debussy and Ravel elsewhere in these pages…
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Grammy Award-winning organist Paul Jacobs has been invited to appear as soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra and Music Director Franz Welser-Möst, to give the highly anticipated American premiere of Bernd Richard Deutsch's Okeanos, Concerto for organ and orchestra. Performances are slated for Thursday evening, March 14, 2019 at 7:30 pm; Friday evening, March 15, 2019 at 8 pm; Saturday evening, March 16, 2019 at 8 pm; and Sunday afternoon, March 17, 2019 at 3 pm at Severance Hall, 11001 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106. 
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Organist Paul Jacobs will return to Severance Hall this week to play four performances of Viennese composer Bernd Richard Deutsch’s Okeanos with Franz Welser-Möst and The Cleveland Orchestra.
The concerts, which begin on Thursday evening, March 14 and run through Sunday afternoon, March 17, include Haydn’s Symphony No. 34 and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5. This week’s programs mark the first United States performances of Deutsch’s organ concerto, which received its debut in November of 2015 by Wolfgang Kogert and Radio-Symphonie-orchester Wien in the Großer Saal of Vienna’s Musikverein.
I caught up with Jacobs on his mobile phone during a break between auditions at the Juilliard School in New York to ask him for some of his impressions of Deutsch and Okeanos.
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Ian Hobson, a concert pianist of admirable technique and unimpeachable taste, commanded the stage of Zankel Hall on Monday night with a mammoth sized program of romantic repertoire.
Opening the evening with Beethoven’s two-movement Sonata No. 27 in E Minor, Op. 90, Mr. Hobson embodied the qualities that characterize the great composer’s output of this period anticipating his “late” works: a restlessness, a sense of urgent self-reflection, and in the second movement, a Schubertian lyrical abandon.
Felix Mendelssohn’s Variations sérieuses, Op. 54, was composed in 1841 to raise money for the construction of a statue of Beethoven, and also serves as musical tribute to him, in its very Beethovenesque treatment of the theme. Mr. Hobson brought great drive to the machinations Mendelssohn puts the theme through. The contemplative fourteenth variation, a restrained adagio, was deeply felt. The fire and fury that builds to the end burned brightly, as Mr. Hobson seemed to enjoy Mendelssohn’s well-crafted, idiomatic writing for the instrument…
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March 12, 2019 – The New York Jewish Week
Time was, Giacomo Meyerbeer, born Jacob Liebmann Beer in 1791, was the most acclaimed opera composer in Europe. And as a prominent Jew, he became a target for the vitriol of Richard Wagner and was chief among Wagner’s targets. He turned out big theatrical extravaganzas that were the talk of the great European capitals, with famous arias that were sung, strummed and hummed by a huge swath of the music-loving populations of Italy, Germany and France.
Today, not so much. Fashions and tastes change and the kind of massive grand operas for which Meyerbeer was renowned are seldom performed today. Meyerbeer’s biggest successes are still performed, particularly “Les Huguenots,” but the handful of smaller-scale pieces he authored are all but forgotten.
Which is why the news that his genial opéra comique “Dinorah” will be staged by the Amore Opera March 19-23 is so welcome.
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March 12, 2019 – Akron Beacon Journal
CLASSICAL
Cleveland Orchestra presents Tchaikovsky’s Fifth: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m Sunday, Severance Hall, 11001 Euclid Ave., Cleveland. Featuring: Franz Welser-Moest, conductor, Paul Jacobs, organ. Program: Haydn, Symphony No. 34; Bernd Richard Deutsch, Okeanos; and Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 5. 216-231-1111, 800-686-1141 or www.clevelandorchestra.com.
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March 12, 2019 – New York Classical Review
….Something like this happened Monday night with pianist Ian Hobson’s recital in Carnegie’s Zankel Hall. Except Hobson didn’t light up [just] with the encores—he did so with the piece right before the encores: the notoriously finger-twisting, stamina-testing, all-but-unplayable Presto non tanto finale of Chopin’s Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58.
The pianist…plunged into Chopin’s formidable score and turned it into an edge-of-the-seat conflagration of galloping rhythms, fiery scales, and explosive chords.
Afterward, he returned to the stage and played a settle-down encore, Rachmaninoff’s gentle arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s Lullaby, Op. 16, No. 1, bringing out the interwoven countermelodies with his best voice-leading of the night.
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Ian Hobson, Piano - Carnegie Hall
March 11, 2019 - New York
Presented by Florida State University, pianist and conductor Ian Hobson performs Beethoven's Sonata in E Minor, Op. 90, Schumann's Sonata in G Minor, Op. 22, Chopin's Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58, and Mendelssohn's Variations Sérieuses. Mr. Hobson will also give the world premiere of Robert Chumbley's Brahmsiana, and in honor of Ernst von Dohnányi's long affiliation with Florida State University, he will perform the composer's Rhapsody in C Major.
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Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra The Canadian period-instrument ensemble is joined by guest artists for the video-enhanced program “Tales of Two Cities: The Leipzig-Damascus Coffee House,” featuring works by Bach, Handel, Telemann, Monteverdi, Omar Al Batsh, Sheik Abul Ela Mohamed and others. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., L.A. Sun., 7:30 p.m. $20-$109. (323) 850-2000.
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Amore Opera will stage a new English version of Mozart’s classic: Così fan tutte, directed by Nathan Hull and conducted by José Alejandro Guzmán, with sets designed by Richard Cerullo. The rotating cast includes, in the role of Despina: sopranos Deborah Surdi, Jessi Goebel, and Megan Marod; in the role of Fiordiligi: sopranos Iris Karlin, Rachel Hippert, and Elizabeth Treat; in the role of Dorabella: sopranos Melissa Serluco, Perri Sussman, and Victoria Tomasch; in the role of Ferrando: tenors Colm Fitzmaurice, Drew Watson, and Riad Ymeri; in the role of Guglielmo: baritones Robert Garner, Conrad Schmechel, and Jonathan Green; and in the role of Don Alfonso: baritones Nathan Hull, David Tillistrand, and Jay Stephenson.
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There’s always something fascinating to do in the San Fernando Valley and greater Los Angeles area. Here is a sampling of entertainments this week and also save-the-date events to put on your calendar…
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Trio Arabica: The musicians perform “Tales of Two Cities: The Leipzig-Damascus Coffee Houses,” 7:30 p.m. March 10. Tickets $20 and up. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. 323-850-2000. www.laphil.com
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FRIDAY, MARCH 8
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra: In “Tales of Two Cities: Leipzig and Damascus,” the group plays a cross-cultural program of works by Bach, Telemann and Handel as well as classical Arabic music. [7:30 p.m., Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford University]
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March Events Calendar

March 5, 2019 – Santa Barbara Family & Life Magazine
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra with Trio Arabica – 8 p.m. at the Lobero Theatre – Incredible originality and conception of their insightful musical stage creations that combine live music, text and stunning projections transporting the audience back in time and place. For more info and tickets log onto www.lobero.org. 
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The best music events in Denver this week

March 5, 2019 – Hoodline
If you love live music, there's no time like the present when it comes to getting out and about in Denver. From a Baroque orchestra performance to a late night soirée to Paul Colette's "Moonlight Journey," here are the local shows worth checking out this week.
The Newman Center for the Performing Arts is hosting Baroque orchestra Tafelmusik this Wednesday. The wistful performance pays ode to 18th-century Syrian coffee shops where great musicians would play throughout history.
The evening's lineup includes works by Handel and Telemann, alongside traditional Arabic songs. 
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Friends of Chamber Music: Trio Arabica and Tafelmusik
Tuesday, March 5, 6:30 p.m.
South High School
Take an elegant sip of a refined Baroque tradition at the Friends of Chamber Music's Coffeehouse Evening concert, a throwback to an era when customers enjoyed world-class performances along with their caffeine fix. Drawing inspiration from the java-slinging concert halls haunted by eighteenth-century artsy types in places like Leipzig and Damascus, Trio Arabica and members of the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra perform the sounds of centuries past on period-appropriate Arabic and European instruments, accompanied by storytelling interludes from narrator Alon Nashman. The concert also includes a spotlight recital from the South High School Orchestra and, of course, plenty of coffee. Admission is free; find more information on the Friends of Chamber Music events calendar.
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Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra The Canadian period-instrument ensemble is joined by guest artists for the video-enhanced program “Tales of Two Cities: The Leipzig-Damascus Coffee House,” featuring works by Bach, Handel, Telemann, Monteverdi, Omar Al Batsh, Sheik Abul Ela Mohamed and others. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., L.A. Next Sun., 7:30 p.m. $20-$109. (323) 850-2000.
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It takes a person with a very creative imagination to turn the history of coffee into a concert combining Baroque and middle-eastern music.
The Toronto-based Baroque orchestra Tafelmusik has such a person in bass player Alison Mackay, and the multi-media, cross-cultural program she created, “Tales of Two Cities: the Leipzig-Damascus Coffee House,” comes to Boulder Monday (7:30 p.m. March 4 in Macky Auditorium). The program includes music by Bach and Telemann, both of whom led coffee-house ensembles in Leipzig, as well as Handel, Torelli and a few other composers of the Baroque era; and performances by Trio Arabica, performing music from Syria.
The concert is performed inside a set inspired by a room from 18th-century Damascus. The performance also features projections of images, maps and film, and a narrator who will present Mackay’s script. To facilitate the movement of the players onstage, the entire program is performed from memory.
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In the 18th century, coffee houses were places where stories were told and deals made, as rising steam from caffeinated cups and the pleasing sounds of harps and lutes filled the room.
Slightly different from the Starbucks of today, these dens of engagement brought together community members for tales, tunes and time well spent. Alison Mackay, double bassist for Toronto-based orchestra Tafelmusik, has recreated the atmosphere of these cherished and lively establishments with her production of "Tales of Two Cities: The Leipzig-Damascus Coffee House." The two-year-in-the-making project will arrive at Macky Auditorium Monday.
"It's my hope that people will experience the hospitality and most unusual atmosphere present in Bach's hometown," said Mackay.
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The Alexander & Buono Foundation is presenting the Twelfth Annual ABC Gala Monday evening, April 1, 2019, at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall (154 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019). The Gala cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m., followed by the concert at 7 p.m. and the dinner at 9 p.m.
The fundraiser, produced in association with the Miyagi Gakuin Women's University in Sendai, Japan, will benefit winners of The Alexander & Buono Competitions for Piano, Voice, Strings, and Flute. A highlight of the evening's festivities will include the world premiere of a new work by 20-year old composer/pianist Thomas Nickell, slated to be performed by soprano Denise Young with Mr. Nickell at the piano. The gala will also feature laureates of previous ABC competitions, including pianists Karen Beluso, Ririko Kanno, Mimi Shoji, Clara Belle Wrolstad, and the Shelest Piano Duo…
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The Alexander & Buono Foundation is presenting the Twelfth Annual ABC Gala Monday evening, April 1, 2019, at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall (154 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019). The Gala cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m., followed by the concert at 7 p.m. and the dinner at 9 p.m.
The fundraiser, produced in association with the Miyagi Gakuin Women's University in Sendai, Japan, will benefit winners of The Alexander & Buono Competitions for Piano, Voice, Strings, and Flute. A highlight of the evening's festivities will include the world premiere of a new work by 20-year old composer/pianist Thomas Nickell, slated to be performed by soprano Denise Young with Mr. Nickell at the piano. The gala will also feature laureates of previous ABC competitions, including pianists Karen Beluso, Ririko Kanno, Mimi Shoji, Clara Belle Wrolstad, and the Shelest Piano Duo…
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Key Pianists presents Jason Hardink in Review

February 28, 2019 – New York Concert Review
Jason Hardink demonstrated why he deserves to be known as a “key” pianist on Tuesday evening to a nearly-full house at Weill Recital Hall. He made the strongest impression in the thorny 20th century works that he has made his calling card: Eckardt, Xenakis, Messiaen. His strengths are: a prodigious memory and uncanny independence of hands and fingers that allows him to create extremes of contrasting sonority, both soft and loud, often simultaneously; he is very musical, and I believed every note he played. I did take issue with a few interpretive choices, which I shall try to elucidate below. By the way, he did create some of the best program notes I have read in many a season—regular readers of New York Concert Review know how passionate I am about program notes…
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It’s 1740, and coffee houses are the places to hear music, whether in the trading center of Leipzig or in Damascus, “Only at Merkin with Terrance McKnight” is a new series that just started on February 2. It was planned just before I got here by Terrance McKnight and Merkin Hall’s director, Amy Roberts Frawley. What I love about it is that Terrance brings his unique perspective as he interviews those on stage interspersed with the performances, and we get to see a different side of the artists. What a thrill it was to hear from Ursula Oppens as she celebrated her 75th birthday, and really investigate her relationship with the composers who were there–John Corigliano, Tobias Picker and Laura Kaminsky. So often we celebrate the result but not the process of making art and being a performer, and Merkin Hall is especially well-suited to having these interesting conversations alongside great performances.
This whole concept of exploring different facets of artists will be something that will be increasingly apparent at Kaufman Music Center. Next year, we’ll have artists-in-residence who are not only performing at Merkin Hall, but who are deeply embedded in our education programs. There will be public presentations of both their own work and their work with students. What I’m most excited about is people really getting an insider’s look at the facets of working in music that I love so much, which is, in addition to the music itself, the human connections that fuel it all.
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Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra

February 28, 2019 – San Francisco Classical Voice
It’s 1740, and coffee houses are the places to hear music, whether in the trading center of Leipzig or in Damascus, one of the world’s oldest cities. Experience the visual splendor, music, and contemporary tales of these two historic locales, as presented by Canada’s leading period-instrument ensemble [Tafelmusik] and guest artists.
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Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra

February 28, 2019 – LA Weekly
DETAILS Time: 7:30 p.m. March 10
LOCATION INFO: Walt Disney Concert Hall 
111 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA  90012
323-850-2000
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TAFELMUSIK BAROQUE ORCHESTRA WITH TRIO ARABICA

February 27, 2019 – Denver.org
Denver South High School
1700 East Louisiana Avenue, Denver, CO 80210
Price: Free
From: 06:30 PM to 08:30 PM
Free Events, Music
Kyle_Dobbins@dpsk12.org
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Tafelmusik and Trio Arabica

February 27, 2019 – NextDoor Denver
Through a grant with Denver Friends of Chamber Music, South High School will be hosting two world-renowned string chamber groups, Tafelmusik and Trio Arabica, as part of their "A Tale of Two Cities: The Leipzig-Damascus Coffee House tour. This tour features chamber music from the 18th century coffee house setting, music from composers like Telemann and Handel, as well as traditional Arabic Song, Oud Music, and Klezmer fiddle music. Tickets for this performance run from $38-$129 for their shows in Toronto, this show is free. I would like to invite everyone to come see this amazing performance and to see and hear authentic Middle Eastern Music, Instruments, and performers.
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Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Trio Arabica

February 27, 2019 – The Collegian
“Toronto audiences have become so accustomed to the spectacular and varied multimedia extravaganzas cooked up by the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra’s resident storyteller, Alison Mackay, that we sometimes forget how unique they are,” writes a critic for The Globe and Mail of Toronto. “Here are members of a great baroque orchestra, playing at the peak of their form for two hours, having memorized the entire concert, prowling around the stage in seemingly carefree abandon, supported by text, images, and a clever storyline. It’s no wonder so many of Mackay’s creations have been performed for audiences around the world—there’s really nothing like them. Mackay’s latest effort … Tales of Two Cities: The Leipzig-Damascus Coffee House … may be the most profound of them all.”
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March 12

February 24, 2019 – New York Classical Review
…March 15
Amore Opera
Mozart: Cosí fan tutte
7:30 p.m. Riverside Theater…
March 19…
Amore Opera
Meyerbeer: Dinorah
7:30 p.m. Riverside Theater
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Winter 2019 Arts Preview: Classical

January 24, 2019 – The San Francisco Examiner
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra: In “Tales of Two Cities: Leipzig and Damascus,” the group plays a cross-cultural program of works by Bach, Telemann and Handel as well as classical Arabic music. 7:30 p.m. March 8. $38-$90. Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford University, https://live.stanford.edu/
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Tales of Two Cities

February 28, 2019 – Baroque Muse
I’m very excited about Tafelmusik’s Tales of Two Cities program, which will be presented twice in the Denver-Boulder area next week as part of the Canadian Baroque orchestra’s national tour. Tales of Two Cities: The Leipzig-Damascus Coffee House is a multi-media exploration of the rich musical tradition and innovation of 18th -century coffee houses in Germany and Syria. The program was conceived  by Tafelmusik double bassist Alison Mackay, who also designed previous multimedia presentations for the ensemble. I had the opportunity to ask Alison some questions via email to find out more about this extraordinary program…
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Thursday night at Penn State, University Park, the Baroque orchestra, Tafelmusik, teams up with Trio Arabica for a concert called "Tales of Two Cities: The Leipzig-Damascus Coffee House." WPSU's Kristine Allen reports on the show's blend of European and Arabic music, images, and narration.
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Review: A Carnegie Recital Pushes the Piano to Its Limits

February 27, 2019 – The New York Times
Most pianists begin a recital with a piece that allows them to warm up a little, and gives the audience a chance to settle in.
Not Jason Hardink. He began his concert on Tuesday at Weill Recital Hall [presented by Key Pianists] with Jason Eckardt’s “Echoes’ White Veil,” a dizzying, manic 12-minute work of almost stupefying difficulty… This 1996 piece has become a calling card for Mr. Hardink, who played Mr. Eckardt’s score not just with command, but with abandon and remarkable clarity…
Mr. Hardink’s capacity for tenderness and grace came through in the ruminative, harmonically tart passages of these cosmic pieces. But, no surprise, he was at his best in the vehement dance “Regard de l’Esprit de Joie,” in which he captured spiritual ecstasy as, to quote Messiaen’s description, “a drunkenness, in the most extravagant sense.”
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Sanibel Music Festival concerts begin March 2

February 27, 2019 – Florida Weekly
On March 2, the Sanibel Music Festival will begin its 33rd consecutive season of bringing artists to the island.
This year’s festival will feature Jon Nakamatsu and Jon Manasse, piano and clarinet; the Horszowski Piano Trio; Wu Han and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center; The Handel and Haydn Society of Boston; Opera Theater of Connecticut presenting singing Sondheim on Sanibel and Star-Crossed Lovers in Opera; and the New York Brass Arts Trio.
All concerts will perform 7:30 p.m. throughout the month of March on Tuesdays and Saturdays at Sanibel Congregational U.C.C., 2050 Periwinkle Way.
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Pianist Hardink climbs nearly every mountain in virtuosic program

February 27, 2019 – New York Classical Review
…Citing “a preoccupation with testing the limits of what is physically possible by any one pianist sitting at the instrument,” Jason Hardink dispatched, from memory, as much of the gnarliest piano music from Liszt to Xenakis as would fit into a two-hour program.
Yes, it sounds like a stunt, but as both the concert (presented by Key Pianists) and the film demonstrated, one man’s stunt is another man’s spiritual quest—or as Hardink put it in his program notes, “a glimpse of the beyond, a spiritual territory brought to light by a deep musical striving for the seemingly impossible.”
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The Limits of Pure Awe

February 27, 2019 – ConcertoNet.com
Jason Hardink obviously knew the art of the pregnant pause, from his very first piece last night…From an opening jazz riff that would have made Art Tatum resemble a mitten-wearing walrus, to Liszt etudes that transcended the keys, to three sections from a Messiaen classic that zipped through the whole New Testament, Mr. Hardink played the most consistently fast and furious music I’ve heard in a long time…
Mr. Hardink’s initial Carnegie Hall performance was in the “Key Pianists” series, which offer, says the official note, “to focus on repertoire of “particular significance to the artists.” That was evident. Mr. Hardink was fearless indeed. No Mozart sonatas, no Chopin, not even a Scriabin to break the daredevil atmosphere…
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New York’s intimate and impeccable Wa Concert Series continued its standard of excellence, while opening ears and hearts with a beautiful program of historically informed performances helmed by the veteran violinist Cynthia Roberts. All the musicians speak the grammar of the Classical (or Baroque) period perfectly, yet they never sound like they are giving you a dry lesson on the music. Each piece is lived anew, hence the “new.” Phrasing, articulation, transparency of sonority, sensitivity to harmonic change and chord weight, and flexibility: all were delectable.
The evening opened with the Overture in D Major for two clarinets and French horn, HWV 424, one of the earliest uses of the clarinet, by G.F. Handel, no less. Apparently he knew an itinerant clarinetist in England, one Mr. Charles. This should give lie to those who maintain that Mozart’s re-orchestration of Messiah, with added clarinets, is a blasphemy. In this generally open-spirited Overture (not the prelude to something else, nor the double-dotted grandeur of the French overture), the sequence of movements was pleasant, with beautifully traded-off lines among the three players: Charles Neidich, his talented wife (and every concert’s dinner chef) Ayako Oshima, and natural-horn player William Purvis. The softness of the sonorities made this occasional music convincing, and Mr. Purvis formed every single note with his lips and/or his hand in the bell of the horn, a frightening proposition (just try it). One could imagine open fields and non-threatening military type calls…
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Sanibel Music Festival to offer world-class concerts in March

February 26, 2019 – CaptivaSanibel.com
An opportunity to experience the highest standard of classical music is just around the corner.
The 33rd annual Sanibel Music Festival will kick off on March 2 with the first of seven concerts planned throughout March. Held on Tuesdays and Saturdays, each of the performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. at Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ, at 2050 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel…
Piano-clarinet duo Jon Nakamatsu and Jon Manasse will start off the series, followed by the Horszowski Piano Trio, Wu Han and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and The Handel and Haydn Society of Boston. The Opera Theater of Connecticut's "Singing Sondheim on Sanibel" and "Star-Crossed Lovers in Opera" are next, with the New York Brass Arts Trio wrapping it up…
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Calendar

February 24, 2019 – New York Classical Review
Ian Hobson, pianist
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 27
Mendelssohn: Variations sérieuses
Schumann: Sonata No. 2
Dohnányi: Rhapsody in C Major
Robert Chumbley: Brahmsiana (world premiere)
Chopin: Piano Sonata No. 3
7:30 p.m. Zankel Hall/Carnegie Hall
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Calendar

February 24, 2019 – New York Classical Review
Jason Hardink, pianist [presented by Key Pianists]
Debussy: Images, Book II
Liszt: Études d’exécution transcendante, (selections)
Eckardt: Echoes’ White Veil,
Xenakis: Evryali
Messiaen: Vingt Regards sur l’enfant Jésus (selections)
8 p.m. Weill Recital Hall
carnegiehall.org
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Toronto’s Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Trio Arabica — in concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, in Schwab Auditorium — will take listeners back to 1740, when coffee houses were the places to listen to music and share stories in both the famous trading centers of Leipzig and in the ancient city of Damascus…
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2 pianists perform with the Hawai'i Symphony Orchestra

February 22, 2019 – Honolulu Star-Advertiser
When pianist Jon Nakamatsu has performed here in recent years, it's often been in multi-piano ensembles. This weekend, he's getting into another…
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Manfred Honeck, Music Director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and one of the foremost conductors of our time, will lead the orchestra in two concert performances of Berlioz's rarely-performed The Damnation of Faust on Friday, March 8 and Sunday, March 10, 2019 at Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh. The performances will feature an all-star international cast alongside The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, the official chorus of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and the Pittsburgh Youth Chorus. On Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 3:00 PM, Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will return to New York to perform Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5, "Emperor" with Till Fellner and Mahler's Symphony No. 5 at David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center.
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LIVE SOON | Sunday, March 10, 2019 3:00 PM (EDT)
Haitink at 90: Birthday Concert with the London Symphony Orchestra
Celebrate the 90th birthday of conductor Bernard Haitink with the London Symphony Orchestra and the pianist Till Fellner! Together they present a program featuring Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 22 and Bruckner’s Fourth Symphony.
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The Music List

February 20, 2019 – The New York Jewish Week
March 19-23: A rare opportunity for a major rediscovery. “Dinorah,” a comic opera by Giacomo Meyerbeer, hasn’t been performed in New York since 1925. Meyerbeer was a particular target of Richard Wagner’s anti-Semitic rants and despite the popularity of his operas during his lifetime, his work has been neglected. Amore Opera Company will be performing “Dinorah” in the original French version. Riverside Theatre at Riverside Church, 91 Claremont Ave., amoreopera.org.
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The Washington and Lee University Concert Guild presents Imani Winds and pianist Jon Nakamatsu in concert on March 9 at 8 p.m. in the Wilson Concert Hall on the W&L campus.
Their public performance is titled “Old Made New,” and ticket prices for the event are as follows: adults, $20; senior citizens, $15; W&L faculty and staff, $10; and students, $5. University Swipe is available.
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One of the world's top Baroque orchestras, Tafelmusik, will explore the rich musical history of 18th-century Leipzig and Damascus, reimagining the coffee houses where the finest musicians of the time played. Trio Arabica joins Tafelmusik to perform music from Handel and Telemann to traditional Arabic song in a celebration of music, words, and images of 18th century culture in two fascinating cities.
“Tales of Two Cities” is presented as a part of Friends of Chamber Music’s 65th season on Wednesday, March 6, 2019. The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Gates Concert hall at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts, 2344 E. Iliff Ave., Denver.
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On March 10 at Walt Disney Concert Hall the renowned Toronto-based historically-informed performance (HIP) orchestra Tafelmusik will present Tales of Two Cities: The Leipzig-Damascus Coffee House, a multi-media exploration of the rich musical tradition and innovations of eighteenth-century coffee houses in Germany and Syria.
The program, directed in her début by Tafelmusik’s recently-appointed Music Director Elisa Citterio, unites musicians from Western and Arabic traditions performing entirely from memory in a fusion of narration, projected images, and music. Tales of Two Cities will feature works by Bach, Handel, and Telemann alongside traditional Arabic music performed by Trio Arabica on qanun, percussion, and oud…
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Paul Jacobs, organ

February 15, 2019 – Orlando at Play
[Organist Paul Jacobs, hailed] as “one of the major musicians of our time.” Free concert funded by Rollins College through the Faith Emeny Conger 54 Visiting Organist Concert Series in Honor of John Oliver Rich ’38.
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Paul Jacobs, organ

February 15, 2019 – Evensi
This performance is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.
The only organist ever to have won a GRAMMY Award (for Messiaen's "Livre du Saint-Sacrement"), Paul Jacobs transfixes audiences, colleagues and critics alike with imaginative interpretations and charismatic stage presence. Hailed as "one of the major musicians of our time" by The New Yorker 's Alex Ross, Mr. Jacobs has been an important influence in the revival of symphonic works featuring the organ, drawing from his deep knowledge of western music to enlighten listeners, and is a true innovator in the advocacy of organ repertoire, performing and encouraging the composition of new works that feature the organ. 
Free concert funded by Rollins College through the Faith Emeny Conger ‘54 Visiting Organist Concert Series in Honor of John Oliver Rich ’38.
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Winter Park Bach Festival - Paul Jacobs, Organ

February 15, 2019 – Local AARP Orlando
[The Grammy Award-winner organist Paul Jacobs], called “one of the most supremely gifted organists of his generation” by The Chicago Tribune, unites technical skills of the first order with probing emotional artistry.
This is a free event and no ticket is needed. Seating is General Admission, first come first served on the night of the concert.
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Paul Jacobs

February 15, 2019 – Orlando Weekly
When: Fri., Feb. 15, 7:30-9:30 p.m. 2019 
Price: free 
bachfestivalflorida.org
The Grammy-award winning organist [Paul Jacobs] performs a free concert.
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24 free shows happening in Orlando this week

February 13, 2019 – Orlando Weekly
Friday, Feb. 15…
Paul Jacobs 7:30 pm at Bach Festival Society of Winter Park, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park. 
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Amore Opera Presents Meyerbeer And Mozart In March 2019

February 11, 2019 – Broadway World Opera
Amore Opera continues its 2018-19 season at the Riverside Theatre at Riverside Church (91 Claremont Ave, New York, NY 10027) with a production of Giacomo Meyerbeer's long-forgotten comic opera, Dinorah, sung in the original French. Amore will be using the score and orchestral parts recently restored by the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Serving Amore's mission to discover and present hidden gems of the operatic repertoire, this production will be the first time Dinorah has been seen fully staged since its last production at the Metropolitan Opera in 1925, when it was performed in the Italian adaptation. Despite Meyerbeer's popularity during his lifetime and his important role in the evolution of the genre, his works were later criticized and suppressed by anti-Semitic contemporaries and governments throughout the 19th- and early 20th-centuries owing to his Jewish heritage. Interest in Meyerbeer's oeuvre has only recently been reignited in Europe, and Amore Opera is proud to bring the attention of the American audience back to this groundbreaking composer…
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Amore Opera Presents Meyerbeer And Mozart In March 2019

February 11, 2019 – Musical America
Amore Opera continues its 2018-19 season at the Riverside Theatre at Riverside Church (91 Claremont Ave, New York, NY 10027) with a production of Giacomo Meyerbeer's long-forgotten comic opera, Dinorah, sung in the original French. Amore will be using the score and orchestral parts recently restored by the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Serving Amore's mission to discover and present hidden gems of the operatic repertoire, this production will be the first time Dinorah has been seen fully staged since its last production at the Metropolitan Opera in 1925, when it was performed in the Italian adaptation. Despite Meyerbeer's popularity during his lifetime and his important role in the evolution of the genre, his works were later criticized and suppressed by anti-Semitic contemporaries and governments throughout the 19th- and early 20th-centuries owing to his Jewish heritage. Interest in Meyerbeer's oeuvre has only recently been reignited in Europe, and Amore Opera is proud to bring the attention of the American audience back to this groundbreaking composer…
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Riverside Theatre
91 Claremont Avenue, New York City, New York, 10027, United States
March 19 19:30, March 20 19:30, March 23 14:30, 19:30
PROGRAMME
Meyerbeer, Giacomo (1791-1864): Dinorah, ou Le Pardon de Ploërmel   
PERFORMERS
Amore Opera                 
Richard Cordova, Conductor      
Nathan Hull, Director    
Richard Cerullo, Set Designer…
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Meyerbeer’s “Dinorah”

February 11, 2019 – Broadway World Off-Off-Broadway
Amore Opera continues its 2018-19 season at the Riverside Theatre at Riverside Church with a production of Giacomo Meyerbeer's long forgotten comic opera, "Dinorah," sung in the original French. Opening on Tuesday evening, March 19, 2019, Amore will present Meyerbeers "Dinorah" in four performances, directed by Nathan Hull, conducted by Richard Cordova, and featuring a new set by Richard Cerullo. The rotating cast includes, in the role of Dinorah: sopranos Holly Flack and Jennifer Moore; in the role of Corentin: tenors Juan Gilberto Hernandez and Michael Celentano; and in the role of Hol: baritones Suchan Kim and Nobuki Momma. Bellah, Dinorahs pet goat, will be played by eight-year-old child actress Carina Golden.The schedule of performances for Dinorah is as follows: Tuesday evening, March 19, 2019, 7:30 pm; Wednesday evening, March 20, 7:30 pm; Saturday afternoon, March 23, 2:30 pm; and Saturday evening, March 23, 7:30 pm. For tickets at $45 adults; $35 seniors/students/children under 12; $35 - $25 partial view; $150 adult season pass and $115 senior season pass (includes any four productions) please visit www.amoreopera.org or call 1 866-811-4111.
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Amore Opera Presents Mozart’s “Così fan tutte”

February 11, 2019 – Broadway World Off-Off-Broadway
Amore Opera will stage a new English version of Mozarts classic: "Cos fan tutte," directed by Nathan Hull and conducted by Jos Alejandro Guzmn, with sets designed by Richard Cerullo. The rotating cast includes, in the role of Despina: sopranos Deborah Surdi, Jessi Goebel, and Megan Marod; in the role of Fiordiligi: sopranos Iris Karlin, Rachel Hippert, and Elizabeth Treat; in the role of Dorabella: sopranos Melissa Serluco, Perri Sussman, and Victoria Tomasch; in the role of Ferrando: tenors Colm Fitzmaurice, Drew Watson, and Riad Ymeri; in the role of Guglielmo: baritones Robert Garner, Conrad Schmechel, and Jonathan Green; and in the role of Don Alfonso: baritones Nathan Hull, David Tillistrand, and Jay Stephenson.The schedule of "Cos" follows: Friday evening, March 15, 2019, 7:30 pm; Saturday evening, March 16, 7:30 pm; Sunday afternoon, March 17, 2:30 pm; Thursday evening, March 21, 7:30 pm; Friday evening, March 22, 7:30 pm; and Sunday afternoon, March 24, 2:30 pm.For tickets at $45 adults; $35 seniors/students/children under 12; $35 - $25 partial view; $150 adult season pass and $115 senior season pass (includes any four productions) please visit www.amoreopera.org or call 1 866-811-4111.
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The City of Winter Park will host their second Weekend of the Arts event, from Friday, February 15-18.
The days-long event will feature a majority of Winter Park’s arts and cultural institutions and organizations with live music, exhibitions, theatrical productions, and more, and is presented by the Arts and Culture Alliance of the Public Art Advisory Board.
The programming includes:
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15
  • Paul Jacobs organ recital. 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Bach Festival Society of Winter Park
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  • Winter Park to host second annual Weekend of the Arts

    February 8, 2019 – The Maitland Observer
    Winter Park is considered by most to be an arts mecca — and the city agrees. 
    Starting Feb. 15 and concluding Feb. 18, the city of Winter Park once again will display its artistic and culture side with the second annual Weekend of the Arts initiative.
    The Winter Park Arts and Culture Alliance, comprising 18 arts and culture organizations and nonprofits throughout the city, has returned this year with a new schedule of cultural events, activities and art showcases to show off what makes Winter Park special…
    The Weekend of the Arts also includes a free performance from Grammy-winning organist Paul Jacobs Feb. 15…
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    Your First Look At The 2019-20 Nashville Symphony Classical Series

    February 8, 2019 – Nashville Public Radio
    The upcoming 2019-20 Nashville Symphony Classical Series will highlight the talent of featured soloists…
    RACHMANINOFF'S THE BELLS Nov. 21-23, 2019 
    Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor; Paul Jacobs, organ; Nashville Symphony Chorus 
  • Vaughan Williams — Serenade to Music 
  • Parker — Organ Concerto in E-flat minor  (Live Recording) 
  • Rachmaninoff — The Bells 
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    …Gala Piano Concert with Ursula Oppens and Jerome Lowenthal — Oracle Center for the Arts, 700 E. Kingston St., Oracle. Pianist. 4-6 p.m. Feb. 16. $35. 1-623-295-9677. oraclepianosociety.org…
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    MY NEW YORK STORY: Misha Dichter

    February 2019 – New York Lifestyles
    Misha Dichter is that rare musician who’d rather play in his head than perform on stage. “It almost feels like an intrusion,” says the celebrated pianist, who has called New York home for over 50 years. “I’m constantly asking questions. ‘Why did the composer do this?’ ‘How do I make his intentions sound clearer?’ ‘How can I make it easier?’ As soon as the concert is over, I have to find a more interesting way of performing.”
    That’s not to say he doesn’t enjoy it. “I love the idea of letting people hear everything I’ve found to be wonderful pieces,” he says, “but it’s such a pleasure for me to be spending time with these great composers every day.”
    It’s certainly paid off. The musician, who made a much-lauded return to the stage at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall last year after recovering from a debilitating disease of the hands, has enjoyed a storied career since he won the Silver Medal at the 1966 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. At the time he was still a student at the Juilliard School. Since then Dichter has performed and recorded with many of the world’s most esteemed conductors, including Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez, Valery Gergiev, Bernard Haitink, Mariss Jansons, Kiril Kondrashin, Erich Leinsdorf, Neville Marriner, Riccardo Muti, Eugene Ormandy, Gerard Schwarz, Michael Tilson Thomas, and David Zinman, among many others…
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    April 24-25, 2020 • Beethoven 2020: “Pastoral” Symphony (Masterworks Series) • Thierry Fischer, conductor; Paul Jacobs, organ; Jason Hardink, piano (Messiaen) • Handel: Organ Concerto No. 13 “The Cuckoo and the Nightingale”; Barber: Toccata Festiva for Organ and Orchestra; Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 “Pastoral”; Messiaen: “The Mockingbird” from “Des canyons aux étoiles.”
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    WQXR host Terrance McKnight [named one of Musical America’s 2019 Top Professionals] launched his “Only at Merkin” series on February 2, with a 75th birthday tribute to pianist and intrepid interpreter Ursula Oppens…Oppens was well feted, gifted onstage at the end of the program with dozens of roses in a beautiful vase and served with an enormous cake at a post-concert reception.
    And Oppens, sporting glinting, flashy sandals that accentuated her otherwise black concert attire, worked hard for the accolades. She first gave the premiere of Tobias Picker’s URSULA (2018), a dazzling showcase described by the composer as a “very short piece with very many notes.” It is based on the opening measures of When Soft Voices Die, one of the Picker compositions Oppens premiered at the start of their 40-year association; she has since programmed and recorded his complete piano works…
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    Utah Symphony Announces 2019-20 Season

    February 5, 2019 – Broadway World Classical
    Music Director Thierry Fischer and President & CEO Paul Meecham today announced the Utah Symphony's 2019-20 season…
    Guest soloists during the 2019-20 season include…organist Paul Jacobs in Handel's Organ Concerto No. 13 ( The Cuckoo and the Nightingale ) and Barber's Toccata Festiva on April 24 and 25 [conducted by Thierry Fischer]…
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    The WA Concert Series, led by world-renowned clarinetist Charles Neidich, will present its fourth program of the 2018-19 season on Saturday evening, February 23, 2019, at 7:30 pm at the Tenri Cultural Institute (43a W 13th Street, New York, NY 10011). Entitled "Old is New," this program is developed in collaboration with the violinist and historical instrument specialist Cynthia Roberts, featuring works by Handel, Mozart, and Bernhard Crusell performed on historical instruments. In addition to Ms. Roberts, Mr. Neidich will be heard partnered with his wife and musical collaborator, clarinetist/bass clarinetist Ayako Oshima; William Purvis, French horn; violinist Chloe Fedor; violist Edson Sheid; and cellist Madeline Bouissou.
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    Wa Concert Series: Old is New

    February 4, 2019 – Bachtrack
    Tenri Cultural Institute
    On Saturday 23 February 2019 at 19:30
    PROGRAMME
    Handel, George Frideric (1685-1759): Fitzwilliam Overture in D major, HWV 424       
    Crusell, Bernhard Henrik (1775-1838): Clarinet Quartet no. 1 in E flat major, Op.2     
    Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus (1756-1791): Clarinet Quintet in A major, K581             
    PERFORMERS
    Charles Neidich Clarinet
    Cynthia Roberts Violin
    Ayako Oshima   Clarinet
    William Purvis   Conductor
    Chloe Fedor       Baroque Violin
    Edson Scheid     Baroque Violin
    Madeleine Bouissou      Baroque Cello
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    Trio Arabica Joins Tafelmusik For TALES OF TWO CITIES

    February 4, 2019 – Broadway World Pennsylvania
    Tafelmusik's groundbreaking multimedia fusion of Saxon and Arabic music, Tales of Two Cities: The Leipzig-Damascus Coffee House, returns to Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre under the direction of Elisa Citterio from February 21 to 24, 2019, before embarking on a six-city tour of the United States.

    Inspired by the opulent world of 18th-century Saxon and Syrian coffee houses, Tales of Two Cities is performed entirely from memory by Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra with narration by actor Alon Nashman. In addition to music by European baroque composers such as Telemann, Handel, and Bach, audiences will hear classical Arabic music performed by Trio Arabica-Maryem Tollar, voice and qanun; Demetri Petsalakis, oud; and Naghmeh Farahmand, percussion. Complete program details are available at tafelmusik.org.
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    The WA Concert Series, led by world-renowned clarinetist Charles Neidich, will present its fourth program of the 2018-19 season on Saturday evening, February 23, 2019, at 7:30 pm at the Tenri Cultural Institute (43a W 13th Street, New York, NY 10011). Entitled "Old is New," this program is developed in collaboration with the violinist and historical instrument specialist Cynthia Roberts, featuring works by Handel, Mozart, and Bernhard Crusell performed on historical instruments. In addition to Ms. Roberts, Mr. Neidich will be heard partnered with his wife and musical collaborator, clarinetist/bass clarinetist Ayako Oshima; William Purvis, French horn; violinist Chloe Fedor; violist Edson Sheid; and cellist Madeline Bouissou.
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    Cheers and premieres to toast Ursula Oppens at 75

    February 3, 2019 – New York Classical Review
    If that big box with the hammers and strings inside is a living instrument of today and not a museum piece, Ursula Oppens can claim a sizable share of the credit.
    For roughly half a century, this New York-born pianist has been the working composer’s best friend, relentless in her quest for new piano music of quality and brilliant in her advocacy of it, both at the keyboard and on organization boards.
    Merkin Concert Hall was packed Saturday night with her friends and admirers for a celebration of the pianist’s 75th birthday on its exact date. But there would be no sitting back and basking in the occasion for the hard-working artist, who played most of the program herself, including two world premieres and two other pieces composed for her…
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    Paul Jacobs The Grammy-winning organist plays works by Bach, Mozart, Liszt, Ives and John Weaver in recital. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., L.A. Sun., 7:30 p.m. $20-$60. (323) 850-2000.
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    American Pianist Jason Hardink Performs Works by Jason Eckardt, Debussy, Xenakis, Liszt, and Messiaen.
    The Key Pianists Series, founded in 2015 by Terry Eder, will present pianist Jason Hardink in an unusually rich and challenging program of 20th-century works, complemented by selections from Liszt's Études d'exécution transcendante, at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Tuesday evening, February 26, 2019, at 8 pm. Reviewing Mr. Hardink for ConcertoNet Harry Rolnick wrote: "a pianist of such extraordinary power-and memory-that he is difficult to forget" (December 14, 2015).
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    Classical review: RPO with Jon Nakamatsu

    February 1, 2019 – Rochester City Newspaper
    The ability to program an interesting concert is one of the less-celebrated weapons in a conductor's arsenal. On Thursday night, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Music Director Ward Stare's programming was inspired. The conductor paired Rachmaninoff's "The Isle of the Dead" - Russian late-Romanticism par excellence - with the work that is still the coolest kid in the modernist class, Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring."
    These two works indeed have almost nothing in common, but they did bookend an engrossing concert. Add in a favorite soloist, pianist Jon Nakamatsu, in a delightful performance of Beethoven's Second Concerto, and you have quite a satisfying menu…
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    American Pianist Jason Hardink Performs Works by Jason Eckardt, Debussy, Xenakis, Liszt, and Messiaen.
    The Key Pianists Series, founded in 2015 by Terry Eder, will present pianist Jason Hardink in an unusually rich and challenging program of 20th-century works, complemented by selections from Liszt's Études d'exécution transcendante, at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Tuesday evening, February 26, 2019, at 8 pm. Reviewing Mr. Hardink for ConcertoNet Harry Rolnick wrote: "a pianist of such extraordinary power-and memory-that he is difficult to forget" (December 14, 2015).
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    Tchaikovsky's Fifth

    February 1, 2019 – The Cleveland Scene
    When: Thu., March 14
    Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 is the centerpiece of tonight’s Cleveland Orchestra concert at Severance Hall. But that’s not the only piece you’ll hear at the concert. Organist Paul Jacobs has been invited to appear as a soloist and will give the highly anticipated American premiere of Bernd Richard Deutsch’s Okeanos, Concerto for organ and orchestra. Tonight’s performance begins at 7:30, and concerts are scheduled through Sunday. Check the Cleveland Orchestra website for times and ticket prices. (Niesel)
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    Things to do around Rochester from Jan. 31 to Feb. 6

    January 31, 2019 – Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
    1. The RPO with pianist Jon Nakamatsu
    Jon Nakamatsu performs with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Thursday, Jan. 31, and 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. (Photo: JEN RYNDA)
    The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Ward Stare, presents Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, and 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. The concerts will begin with Jon Nakamatsu performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op. 19. The program also includes Rachmaninoff’s Isle of the Dead. Tickets are $24 to $106.
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    UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Toronto’s Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Trio Arabica — in concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, in Schwab Auditorium — will take listeners back to 1740, when coffee houses were the places to listen to music and share stories in both the famous trading centers of Leipzig and in the ancient city of Damascus.
    The visual splendor, music and stories of the historic German and Syrian locations come to life in “Tales of Two Cities: The Leipzig-Damascus Coffee House.” Tafelmusik will perform Baroque selections by J. S. Bach, George Frideric Handel and Georg Philipp Telemann, while Trio Arabica — an ensemble featuring vocals, percussion, oud (a lute-like instrument) and qanum (a stringed instrument) — intersperses Middle Eastern music…
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    Critic’s Choice

    January 30, 2019 – New York Classical Review
    Ursula Oppens has, for decades, been one of the essential pianists in contemporary classical music. More than presenting and interpreting the repertoire, Oppens has been a partner in creating new works with some of the greatest composers of the 20th and 21st centuries, including Elliott Carter and Fred Rzewski.
    Oppens turns 75 on Saturday and her career will be celebrated at Merkin Concert Hall in a concert that puts the pianist and her collaborations front and center. The evening will be hosted by WQXR radio personality Terrance McKnight, and Oppens will be joined by her frequent performing partner, the Cassatt String Quartet. Together they will premiere a piano quintet by Laura Kaminsky (the Cassatt will also play Ravel’s String Quartet).
    This is the kind of birthday party where the guests will receive the most substantial gift, the opportunity to hear Oppens play some of the music written for her—not only earlier works from Carter and John Corigliano, but another world premiere, this one composed expressly for her by Tobias Picker.
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    Grammy Award-winning organist Paul Jacobs has been invited to appear as soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra and Music Director Franz Welser-Möst, to give the highly anticipated American premiere of Bernd Richard Deutsch's Okeanos, Concerto for organ and orchestra. Performances are slated for Thursday evening, March 14, 2019 at 7:30 pm; Friday evening, March 15, 2019 at 8 pm; Saturday evening, March 16, 2019 at 8 pm; and Sunday afternoon, March 17, 2019 at 3 pm at Severance Hall, 11001 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106…
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    CLASSICAL | RPO with Jon Nakamatsu

    January 30, 2019 – Rochester City Newspaper
    Music Director Ward Stare returns to the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra podium this week with an unusually substantial program, the first of several coming up this year. After Vadym Kholodenko's appearance earlier this month, you can hear another of the RPO's favorite guests, Jon Nakamatsu, performing Beethoven's Second Piano Concerto. This is probably the least-played but also the most charming of Beethoven's five piano concertos. Bookending the Beethoven are Rachmaninoff's impressively gloomy tone poem "The Isle of the Dead" and Stravinsky's eternally provocative "The Rite of Spring." This whole program is so rich, you may want to hear it twice.
    Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra presents "Nakamatsu + Stravinksy's Rite of Spring" on Thursday, January 31 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, February 2 at 8 p.m., at Eastman Theatre's Kodak Hall. $24-$106. 454-2100. rpo.orgjonnakamatsu.com.
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    Grammy Award-winning organist Paul Jacobs has been invited to appear as soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra and Music Director Franz Welser-Möst, to give the highly anticipated American premiere of Bernd Richard Deutsch's Okeanos, Concerto for organ and orchestra. Performances are slated for Thursday evening, March 14, 2019 at 7:30 pm; Friday evening, March 15, 2019 at 8 pm; Saturday evening, March 16, 2019 at 8 pm; and Sunday afternoon, March 17, 2019 at 3 pm at Severance Hall, 11001 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106…
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    Tchaikovsky's Fifth

    January 26, 2019 – Bachtrack
    Severance Hall
    11001 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106, United States
    Cleveland, Ohio, 11001, United States
    March 14 19:30, March 15 20:00, March 16 20:00, March 17 15:00
    PROGRAMME
    Haydn, Joseph (1732-1809)                      Symphony no. 34 in D minor
    Deutsch, Bernd Richard (b. 1977)             Okeanos (US première)
    Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich (1840-1893)     Symphony no. 5 in E minor, Op. 64
    PERFORMERS
    Paul Jacobs                                              Organ
    The Cleveland Orchestra
    Franz Welzer-Möst                                   Conductor
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    Ursula Oppens

    January 25, 2019 – The New Yorker
    To mark her seventy-fifth birthday, the pianist Ursula Oppens is throwing a party and inviting her friends. Nothing unusual—except that Oppens, an inveterate champion of new music, will spend her fête onstage, and those friends (all fellow New Yorkers) are represented by pieces that they wrote for her. The program, which includes two world premières, opens with three solo works: first, “Ursula,” a celebratory dedication by Tobias Picker, and then two opulently spiky pieces, “Two Diversions,” by Elliott Carter, and John Corigliano’s “Winging It, No. 3.” The Cassatt Quartet takes the spotlight to play Ravel’s String Quartet, before joining Oppens in a new piano quintet by Laura Kaminsky. — Fergus McIntosh
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    Norman Krieger, who earned his Bachelor and Master’s degrees at Juilliard, can’t exactly be considered a stranger to New York, but he hasn’t played here in some years, focussing on his native Southern California, where he was a professor at the Thornton School of Music at USC between 1997 and 2016. He was appointed Professor of Piano at the distinguished Jacobs School of Music at the University of Indiana. Successful appearances at the Mostly Mozart Festival and Lincoln Center’s Great Performers series have lured him back to New York, and that’s a good thing. On this occasion Terry Eder’s Key Pianists series sponsored the recital. An outstanding pianist herself, Terry Eder founded the series to give important players, much admired by their colleagues, more exposure among the general public. I have yet to attend any of these recitals that I did not thoroughly enjoy…
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    Daniel Ciobanu, a young Romanian pianist, who crowned a dense series of piano competitions extending over several years, in which he won several first prizes, with a silver medal and audience favorite award at the Rubinstein Piano Competition in 2017. A spectacular virtuoso technique was one to the qualities, still hot from the pan, he brought along to Weill from the competition. He made no attempt to conceal this, but never for one moment did he take his mind off the musical essence of the works he played…
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    5 Questions to Ursula Oppens (pianist) on her 75th Birthday

    January 23, 2019 – I Care If You Listen
    You can’t tread very far into the world contemporary classical music without coming across legendary pianist Ursula Oppens. Her wide-reaching commissioning efforts have produced not just a high volume of works, but keystones of the modern piano repertoire by composers such as John Adams, Elliott Carter, Meredith Monk, Frederic Rzewski, Joan Tower, and Charles Wuorinen, to name a few. On Saturday, February 2, 2019, Oppens comes to Merkin Hall for a 75th Birthday Tribute concert hosted by WQXR’s Terrance McKnight. The evening features works by composers with whom she has had a longstanding partnership, such as Elliott Carter, John Corigliano, and Tobias Picker (world premiere). The program also features Ravel’s String Quartet and a piano quintet by Laura Kaminsky (world premiere), for which the Cassatt String Quartet joins Oppens.
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    Christoph Denoth: Tanguero

    January 23, 2019 – WFMT Classical, New Releases with Lisa Flynn
    Guitarist Christoph Denoth presents a new album of works inspired by South America, centered on the iconic tango. The continent of South America, with its diverse countries and various lines of historical development, has stimulated the creation of many musical traditions. The guitar has a central part to play as a national instrument in all South American countries. This collection (titled “Tanguero,” describing one who sings or dances the tango) brings together many of the styles and genres of that vast continent in a colorful blend of melodies, rhythms, and harmonies.
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    Nakamatsu Steps In With Escher Quartet

    January 22, 2019 – San Francisco Classical Voice
    What does a string quartet ensemble do when one of its violinists is unavailable for a tour date? The most practical answer is for the remaining three to look through the string trio literature for something else to play…
    The three [remaining Escher] quartet members also had a secret weapon with which to enlarge their repertoire. This was pianist Jon Nakamatsu, who frequently appears in local concert programs. With him, the ensemble was equipped to play piano quartets, and they filled the rest of the concert with two masterworks of that form: Mozart’s Piano Quartet No. 2 in E-flat Major, K. 493, and Brahms’s Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25…
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    Jon Nakamatsu at Trianon Theatre

    January 16, 2019 – Metro Active
    The San Jose Chamber Music Society presents its first concert of the year—a pair of piano quartets by Mozart and Brahms, plus a string trio by Ernst von Dohnanyi featuring Escher Quartet members and acclaimed local pianist Jon Nakamatsu. In 1997, the St. Francis High School graduate took home the gold medal from the prestigious Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. He was the first American to take home the gold since Andre-Michel Schub claimed the prize back in 1981.
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    Soundcheck: A chat with pianist Misha Dichter

    January 16, 2019 – The Bozeman Daily Chronicle
    Misha Dichter likens piano performance over decades to being a scientist.
    “You keep going back to what is given and asking and asking and asking,” he said in a phone interview last week.
    I spoke to Dichter while he was sitting in his library in Manhattan, the top shelves filled with music he feels he has yet to work through.
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    IN SEARCH OF SWEET SOUNDS

    January 10, 2019 – Infodad
    Tanguero: Music from South America. Christoph Denoth, guitar. Signum Classics. $17.99…
    The word “tanguero” means “one who sings or dances the tango,” and although neither Christoph Denoth’s voice nor his feet may be heard on a new Signum Classics CD, his sense of song and dance rhythms is everywhere present… Denoth, who is Swiss, shows considerable sensitivity to the ways in which South American dance forms, broadly defined, explore and interpenetrate European norms in the classical-music field. There is actually little on the CD that is new, whether arranged for guitar or written for it: Denoth appears more interested in presenting a carefully arranged and thoughtful program than in offering anything truly revelatory. So listeners interested in tango have likely heard El choclo by Ángel Villoldo, La Cumparsita by Gerardo Motos Rodriguez, Sueño de barrilete byEladia Blázquez, Sons de Carrilhões João by Teixeira Guimarães de Pernambuco, Se ela perguntar by Dilermando Reis, Te vas milongaby Abel Fleury, Milonga by Ernest Cordero, and Violetas by Julio Sagreras – or at least some of these. Familiar or unfamiliar, though, all the works share a folkloric background to which the composers in their own ways have applied rhythmic changes, traditional variation form, extended harmonies, and other techniques common to classical music. By bringing these elements to the forefront while performing the pieces with sensitivity, Denoth offers tango lovers – especially those of a refined and perhaps somewhat academic bent – a fascinating exploration of the ways in which simple dance forms have evolved into something more complex and of greater emotional depth.
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    Clarinets and Piano at the Fore With the San José Chamber Orchestra

    January 8, 2019 – San Francisco Classical Voice
    The tiny stage of the Trianon Theatre was packed with concerto soloists at the conclusion of the San José Chamber Orchestra concert on Sunday. Pianist Jon Nakamatsu and father-and-son clarinetists Jon and Alec Manasse returned to the stage to play together in a specially commissioned encore piece to celebrate their all having played full concertos earlier on.
    Nakamatsu, always up for appearing in small-scale concerts when he’s at home in the South Bay, had performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4. Jon Manasse played Copland’s Clarinet Concerto, written for Benny Goodman, and was joined by his son Alec for a little-known Mendelssohn work for two clarinets.
    In such a small venue as the Trianon, Nakamatsu kept a soft and gentle touch on a full-sized Steinway for his Beethoven, with occasional excursions into reasonable fortes. He played with pure evenly-paced lyricism in the first movement’s second theme and in the Andante. Clouds of furry overtones rose from light and tripping runs of notes. A pianist as great as Nakamatsu will always give a fine performance, no matter how restricted the setting.
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    Classical music lovers can now take another little piece of the Utah Symphony home with them.
    Last Friday, the Salt Lake-based symphony orchestra released the first compact disc of a planned three-volume set featuring the works of French composer Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921). When all three volumes are released, later this year, it will mark the first complete commercial recording of the composer's five symphonies by an American orchestra…
    The first volume of Saint-Saens' work includes Symphony No. 3 in C minor ("Organ"), featuring Paul Jacobs; "Danse Bacchanale" from Act III of the "Samson et Dalila" opera; and Trois tableax symphoniques d'apres La foi, based on the composer's incidental music for a play by Eugene Brieux.
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    AMORE AND MORE AMORE

    January 2, 2019 – Voce di Meche
    We enjoyed Amore Opera's La Bohème so much that we returned for the New Year's Eve Gala, eager to see how the work held up with a different cast. Although vocal artistry is the most important aspect, it certainly doesn't hurt to have a Rodolfo who looks like a young poet. 
    Tenor Thomas Massey convincingly portrayed youthful high spirits in Act I, a lovesick poet in Act II, a troubled young man in Act III (breaking up is hard to do) and an anguished sufferer in Act IV. With superlative vocalism and Italianate phrasing, his performance added a great deal to the evening…As his Mimi, Michelle Pretto's generous soprano and winsome presence made her a fine romantic partner. Elisabeth Slaten did well as the flirtatious Musetta.
    A major highlight was hearing Nathan Hull (President and Stage Director) sing the "Mikado's Aria" from the eponymous Gilbert and Sullivan operetta. Mr. Hull, as we know from his writing for Scrooge, has a real feel for G&S, as do we. His delivery was a source of not-so-innocent merriment.
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