British choral group The Sixteen sings new settings of the Stabat Mater. Director Harry Christophers says the ensemble was looking for “something that was very spiritual, very mystical.”
How about some good — even great — news from American orchestras? Today and tomorrow, four of the country’s biggest ensembles are playing world premieres by prominent composers.
A year into the siege of Leningrad, a haggard group of musicians defiantly — and improbably — performed Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 7, which was dedicated to the suffering city.
This past weekend was a big one for orchestras in Massachusetts. On Saturday evening my colleague John Nowacki gave his first pre-concert talk for the Springfield Symphony Orchestra and was witness to a season opening concert he called splendid and “breathtaking.”
The 35-year-old Latvian conductor brings a sincerity and enthusiasm to his position, marking the end of a three-year period of uncertainty for one of America’s oldest and most respected ensembles.
The Pacifica Quartet explores the world of Soviet-era composer Dmitri Shostakovich. Watch the group play selections from his introspective cycle of string quartets.
Renée Fleming, though she doesn’t appear to acknowledge it on her own website, is currently at the Williamstown Theater Festival; making her first appearance in a staged play….
A new opera from composer Ricky Ian Gordon, best known for his adaptation of The Grapes Of Wrath, uses tiny moments to tell the story of a big personality.
Inspired by Shakespeare, Mendelssohn captures all the magic and frivolity in the music he wrote for the Bard’s otherworldy play.
How much of what we think of as the beautiful sound of a Stradivarius is the instrument itself — and how much is the brand? The Stradivarius violin gets its name from master craftsman Antonio Stradivari. When he died in 1737, his secrets died with him…