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The Metropolitan Opera Announces the 2014-15 Season

February 12, 2014

The Met’s 2014-15 Season Will Feature 26 Operas, Including Three Met Premieres, In Six New Productions and 18 Revivals

The season includes the first-ever Met performances of John Adams’s The Death of Klinghoffer, Rossini’s La Donna del Lago, and Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta

Met Music Director James Levine leads six operas this season, including the opening night new production of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, directed by Richard Eyre, premiering on September 22

On New Year’s Eve, Susan Stroman makes her Met debut directing a new production of Lehár’s The Merry Widow, with Renée Fleming in the title role and Andrew Davis conducting

Two double bills of one-act operas receive new productions this season: Iolanta, with Anna Netrebko in the title role, and Bartók’s Duke Bluebeard’s Castle, conducted by Valery Gergiev and directed by Mariusz Trelinski, premieres January 26, 2015

Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, conducted by Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi and directed by David McVicar, receives its first new Met production in 45 years on April 14, 2015

The ninth season of The Met: Live in HD will feature 10 live transmissions, beginning October 11 with Verdi’s Macbeth, starring Anna Netrebko as Lady Macbeth

New York, NY—The Metropolitan Opera’s 2014-15 season will feature 26 operas, three of them company premieres, in six new productions and 18 revivals showcasing the talents of the world’s leading singers, conductors, and theater artists. The three operas that will have their first-ever Met performances, each staged by a director making his Met debut, are John Adams’s The Death of Klinghoffer, conducted by David Robertson and directed by Tom Morris, opening October 20; Rossini’s La Donna del Lago, conducted by Michele Mariotti and directed by Paul Curran, opening February 16, 2015; and Tchaikovsky’s one-act opera Iolanta, conducted by Valery Gergiev and directed by Mariusz Trelinski. Iolanta will be presented in a double bill with a new staging of Bartók’s one-act Duke Bluebeard’s Castle, also conducted by Gergiev and directed by Trelinski.

Met Music Director James Levine, back to full strength, will resume his typical schedule of six operas in the 2014-15 season. His first opera will be Richard Eyre’s new production of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, which opens the Met season on September 22. Levine also conducts five revivals next season, leading Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann; Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress; Verdi’s Ernani, which he has not conducted at the Met since 1983, and Un Ballo in Maschera; and Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. Levine will also conduct all three concerts in the MET Orchestra at Carnegie Hall series.

On New Year’s Eve, Tony Award-winning director Susan Stroman will make her Met debut with a new production of Lehár’s The Merry Widow, conducted by Andrew Davis. The final new production of the season will be another double bill, Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, led by Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi and directed by David McVicar.

The 2014-15 season was announced by Met General Manager Peter Gelb and Met Music Director James Levine.

“With a mix of new offerings, a few repertory rarities, and solid casting of our mainstay revivals, this should prove to be a stimulating season for the Company and for our audience,” said Gelb. “Jim’s return to a full slate of operas is the ideal icing on our cake.”

“My return to the company has been one of the most joyful experiences of my life, and I’m delighted to resume a full working schedule of six operas next season for the first time in several years,” said James Levine.

The ninth season of The Met: Live in HD, which is the world’s leading alternative cinema content series and currently reaches more than 2,000 theaters in 65 countries, will open on October 11 with Verdi’s Macbeth. The performance, conducted by Fabio Luisi, will star Željko Lucic as Macbeth and Anna Netrebko in the vocally and dramatically demanding role of Lady Macbeth. Nine additional matinee performances, including all six new productions, will be transmitted over the course of the season.

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National YoungArts Foundation Announces 2014 YoungArts Winners

Yong-hun Kim of Chapel Hill, North Carolina is a YoungArts Honorable Mention Winner in Music (Violin)

MIAMI, FL (December, 23, 2013) – Yong-hun Kim of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, who hails from Deerfield Academy, is a National YoungArts Foundation Honorable Mention Winner in Music (Violin). Out of approximately 11,000 applications from students in ten disciplines across the literary, performing, visual and design arts fields, Yong-hun has been recognized for his outstanding work and accomplishments. A complete list of this year’s 687 Winners is available online at this link.

“Every year I look forward to reviewing our applications because each one is so inspiring,” stated Paul T. Lehr, President & CEO of the National YoungArts Foundation. “I congratulate all 687 Winners who are incredibly talented and are who we consider to be the most promising young artists in America today.” YoungArts Winners are designated into three categories–Finalist, Honorable Mention and Merit–and are selected through a blind adjudication process. Honorable Mention award Winners receive at least $250 and along with all 2014 Winners are eligible to participate in the Emmy-nominated HBO series YoungArts MasterClass and in YoungArts’ regional programs–YoungArts Miami (February 12-17, 2014), YoungArts Los Angeles (March 18-23, 2014) and YoungArts New York (March 31-April 6, 2014)–space permitting. During these life-changing experiences, participants will take intense master classes and workshops with internationally renowned artists and will have the opportunity to present their work to the public.

All Winners receive a certificate of achievement, a recommendation letter, and the choice to be added to the YoungArts Student List Service (SLS). If added, their information will be sent to participating colleges, universities and professional schools. These schools have expressed interest in identifying young artists they may offer opportunities for admission and/or financial aid, and may be in touch with Winners regarding scholarship opportunities.

Winners also become part of the YoungArts alumni network of 17,000 artists, some of whom have gone on to become leading professionals in their fields including actresses Vanessa Williams, Viola Davis, and Kerry Washington; actor, musician, and filmmaker Adrian Grenier; four-time Tony Award nominee Raúl Esparza; CEO of American Ballet Theatre Rachel Moore; recording artists Nicki Minaj, Chris Young and Josh Groban; Metropolitan Opera star Eric Owens; musicians Terence Blanchard and Jennifer Koh; choreographer Desmond Richardson; visual artist Hernan Bas; and internationally acclaimed multimedia artist Doug Aitken. YoungArts maintains a relationship with its alumni by integrating them into national programs and local events, supporting their projects and seeking ways to promote their artistic ideas and establish connections for them with YoungArts’ partners around the country.

YoungArts is the exclusive nominating agency for the U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts, the highest honor that can be awarded to any artistically talented graduating high school senior. Every year YoungArts nominates 60 YoungArts Winners to the White House appointed Commission on Presidential Scholars, 20 of whom are then selected to become U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts.

About the National YoungArts Foundation

The National YoungArts Foundation (formerly known as the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts) was established in 1981 by Lin and Ted Arison to identify and nurture the next generation of artists in the literary, performing, visual and design arts, and to contribute to the cultural vitality of the nation by supporting the artistic development of talented young artists. Each year, YoungArts receives approximately 11,000 applications from 15-18 year old (or grades 10-12) artists. From this pool, approximately 700 winners are selected and are eligible to participate in YoungArts programs in Miami, New York and Los Angeles. YoungArts provides these emerging artists with life-changing experiences with renowned mentors, access to significant scholarships, national recognition, and other opportunities throughout their careers to help ensure that the nation’s most outstanding emerging artists are encouraged to pursue careers in the arts.

To date, YoungArts has honored more than 17,000 young artists with over $6 million in monetary awards; facilitated in excess of $150 million in college scholarship opportunities; and enabled its participants to work with master teachers who are among the most distinguished artists in the world, such as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Jacques d'Amboise, Plácido Domingo, Frank Gehry, Bill T. Jones, Quincy Jones, Robert Redford and Martin Scorsese. In addition, at the request of the Commission on Presidential Scholars, which is appointed by the President of the United States, YoungArts serves as the exclusive nominating agency for the U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts, the country's highest honor for young artists. Presidential Scholars in the Arts receive a Presidential Medal and perform at the Kennedy Center and exhibit at the Smithsonian.

Some of YoungArts’ work is featured in its Emmy nominated HBO series YoungArts MasterClass, which chronicles the work of renowned artists sharing their art and life experiences with YoungArts Winners. Season 1 featured Edward Albee, Jacques d’Amboise, Plácido Domingo, Olafur Eliasson, Frank Gehry, Bill T. Jones, Julian Schnabel, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Liv Ullmann. Season 2 featured Renée Fleming, John Guare, Patti LuPone, Bobby McFerrin, James Rosenquist, Kathleen Turner and Bruce Weber. Season 3 will include, among others, Wynton Marsalis, Anna Deavere Smith, Alan Alda, Josh Groban, Joshua Bell, and Robert Redford. In conjunction with Columbia University’s Teachers College, YoungArts also has developed a Study Guide based on its YoungArts MasterClass series, which is distributed free to schools nationwide to help increase arts education and awareness.

In order to carry on expanded activities locally in Miami and across the country, YoungArts is working with world-renowned architect and YoungArts Artistic Advisor Frank Gehry to transform the former Bacardi Tower and Museum buildings and three and a half acre campus into its national headquarters and support expanded local activities in Miami, FL. The new campus will be a multidisciplinary arts complex with a new Gehry-designed performing arts center and park with state-of-the-art sound and video capabilities. The campus is beginning to host year-round programming including master classes, public screenings and performances, artists in residence throughout the year, and visual arts exhibitions guest curated by institutions based in Miami, New York, and Los Angeles. For more information, visit www.youngarts.org. Select this link to see a brief video about YoungArts.





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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
THURSDAY, AUGUST 22, 2013
CONTACT: Suzanne Rousso, Artistic Director
office: 919/560-2701 | cell: 919/413-3120 | suzanne@mallarmemusic.org

MALLARMÉ CHAMBER PLAYERS ANNOUNCE THE FIRST CONCERT OF 2013-14 (THE 30TH) CONCERT SEASON: WEILL AND WILDER SONGBOOK

Durham, NC (August 22, 2013) – The Mallarmé Chamber Players will be presenting the Triangle's own cabaret singer, Ellen Ciompi, who will entertain with a program of art songs from the 1930s through the ‘60s presented in a cabaret style. Mrs. Ciompi will be joined by keyboardist Glenn Mehrbach, bassist Robbie Link and clarinetist Fred Jacobowitz to present Weill and Wilder Songbook on Sunday, September 15th, at 3:00 pm at the Front Room at the Cookery in Durham.

Although “Mack the Knife” is perhaps the best-known song composer Kurt Weill wrote, there are an enormous amount of entertaining, witty songs written by Weill both before and after he emigrated from Germany to the United States. Mrs. Ciompi will sing a variety of his songs including “Pirate Jenny” (lyrics by Bertolt Brecht from The Threepenny Opera) and “Tschaikowsky and Other Russians,” first sang by Danny Kaye in 1941 with lyrics by Ira Gershwin.

American composer Alec Wilder, who was known mostly for several popular songs he wrote in the 1940s like “I’ll Be Around,” effectively bridged the worlds of classical and popular music by also writing successful operas, ballets, movie-music and instrumental works. Clarinetist Fred Jacobowitz and pianist Glenn Mehrbach will present his jazz-infused Sonata for Clarinet and Piano from 1963 on the program. Mrs. Ciompi will also sing songs by Wilder, written for and first performed by artists like Frank Sinatra, Mabel Mercer, Peggy Lee and Tony Bennett.

The Front Room at the Cookery in Durham will serve as the perfect backdrop for this cabaret-style concert. Concert-goers are invited to a post-performance reception with champagne and birthday cake from Details Cake Design to celebrate the start of Mallarmé’s 30th concert season!

TICKETS: $25 in advance, $30 at the door | $20 K-12 educators, $10 students with ID at the door

Season subscription flex packages are also on sale through Sunday, September 15; individual tickets for all 2013-14 series concerts are available throughout the season by either calling the Mallarmé office at 919/560-2788 or ordering online at www.mallarmemusic.org/concerts.html. Full details for ordering tickets can be found on Mallarmé Chamber Players’ website: www.mallarmemusic.org.

MALLARMÉ CHAMBER PLAYERS 30TH SEASON – Co-produced by George Chandler

Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 3:00 PM | WEILL AND WILDER SONGBOOK
The Front Room at the Cookery – 1011 West Chapel Hill Street, Durham
$25 in advance, $30 at the door | $20 K-12 educators | $10 students

PROGRAM

Kurt Weill: "I'm a Stranger Here Myself"
"Pirate Jenny"
"Youkali Tango"
"Nanna's Lied"
"It Never Was You"
"Tchaikowsky and Other Russians"
"September Song"
"That's Him”
"The Song of the Soldier's Wife”
"How Much I Love You”

Alec Wilder: "Lovers & Losers"
"I'll Be Around"
"I See It Now"
"Blackberry Winter"
"Walk Pretty"
"Did You Ever Cross Over to Sneden's?"
"Trouble Is a Man"

Ray Jessell – "That Old Kurt Weill Song"

Alec Wilder – Sonata for Clarinet and Piano

ARTISTS
Ellen Ciompi – soprano, Glenn Mehrbach – piano, Robbie Link – bass, Fred Jacobowitz – clarinet
TICKETS: www.mallarmemusic.org/concerts.html or 919/560-2788

ABOUT MALLARMÉ CHAMBER PLAYERS

The Mallarmé Chamber Players are a flexible ensemble of professional musicians based in Durham, North Carolina, whose mission is to enrich the lives of their community through outstanding chamber music. The ensemble distinguishes itself by its innovative educational programs, its commitment to creative collaboration with other organizations, its creation of significant new work and its dedication to serve a diverse population.

Mallarmé annually presents a series of five concerts that features great, diverse, and multidisciplinary chamber music. Mallarmé performs everything from Bach with period instruments to brand new works. In this past year alone, Mallarmé has presented two world premières by composers Gwyneth Walker and Katrina Wreede. In 2010, Mallarmé released a cd on Albany/Videmus records of chamber music by African American composers to great acclaim.

Mallarmé is a nonprofit, tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organization. The 2013-14 concert season is made possible in part by grants from the Durham Arts Council’s Annual Arts Fund, the North Carolina Arts Council and Target.





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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
THURSDAY, AUGUST 22, 2013
CONTACT: Suzanne Rousso, Artistic Director
office: 919/560-2701 | cell: 919/413-3120 | suzanne@mallarmemusic.org

MALLARMÉ CHAMBER PLAYERS ANNOUNCE THE FIRST CONCERT OF 2013-14 (THE 30TH) CONCERT SEASON: WEILL AND WILDER SONGBOOK

Durham, NC (August 22, 2013) – The Mallarmé Chamber Players will be presenting the Triangle's own cabaret singer, Ellen Ciompi, who will entertain with a program of art songs from the 1930s through the ‘60s presented in a cabaret style. Mrs. Ciompi will be joined by keyboardist Glenn Mehrbach, bassist Robbie Link and clarinetist Fred Jacobowitz to present Weill and Wilder Songbook on Sunday, September 15th, at 3:00 pm at the Front Room at the Cookery in Durham.

Although “Mack the Knife” is perhaps the best-known song composer Kurt Weill wrote, there are an enormous amount of entertaining, witty songs written by Weill both before and after he emigrated from Germany to the United States. Mrs. Ciompi will sing a variety of his songs including “Pirate Jenny” (lyrics by Bertolt Brecht from The Threepenny Opera) and “Tschaikowsky and Other Russians,” first sang by Danny Kaye in 1941 with lyrics by Ira Gershwin.

American composer Alec Wilder, who was known mostly for several popular songs he wrote in the 1940s like “I’ll Be Around,” effectively bridged the worlds of classical and popular music by also writing successful operas, ballets, movie-music and instrumental works. Clarinetist Fred Jacobowitz and pianist Glenn Mehrbach will present his jazz-infused Sonata for Clarinet and Piano from 1963 on the program. Mrs. Ciompi will also sing songs by Wilder, written for and first performed by artists like Frank Sinatra, Mabel Mercer, Peggy Lee and Tony Bennett.

The Front Room at the Cookery in Durham will serve as the perfect backdrop for this cabaret-style concert. Concert-goers are invited to a post-performance reception with champagne and birthday cake from Details Cake Design to celebrate the start of Mallarmé’s 30th concert season!

TICKETS: $25 in advance, $30 at the door | $20 K-12 educators, $10 students with ID at the door

Season subscription flex packages are also on sale through Sunday, September 15; individual tickets for all 2013-14 series concerts are available throughout the season by either calling the Mallarmé office at 919/560-2788 or ordering online at www.mallarmemusic.org/concerts.html. Full details for ordering tickets can be found on Mallarmé Chamber Players’ website: www.mallarmemusic.org.

MALLARMÉ CHAMBER PLAYERS 30TH SEASON – Co-produced by George Chandler

Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 3:00 PM | WEILL AND WILDER SONGBOOK
The Front Room at the Cookery – 1011 West Chapel Hill Street, Durham
$25 in advance, $30 at the door | $20 K-12 educators | $10 students

PROGRAM

Kurt Weill: "I'm a Stranger Here Myself"
"Pirate Jenny"
"Youkali Tango"
"Nanna's Lied"
"It Never Was You"
"Tchaikowsky and Other Russians"
"September Song"
"That's Him”
"The Song of the Soldier's Wife”
"How Much I Love You”

Alec Wilder: "Lovers & Losers"
"I'll Be Around"
"I See It Now"
"Blackberry Winter"
"Walk Pretty"
"Did You Ever Cross Over to Sneden's?"
"Trouble Is a Man"

Ray Jessell – "That Old Kurt Weill Song"

Alec Wilder – Sonata for Clarinet and Piano

ARTISTS
Ellen Ciompi – soprano, Glenn Mehrbach – piano, Robbie Link – bass, Fred Jacobowitz – clarinet
TICKETS: www.mallarmemusic.org/concerts.html or 919/560-2788

ABOUT MALLARMÉ CHAMBER PLAYERS

The Mallarmé Chamber Players are a flexible ensemble of professional musicians based in Durham, North Carolina, whose mission is to enrich the lives of their community through outstanding chamber music. The ensemble distinguishes itself by its innovative educational programs, its commitment to creative collaboration with other organizations, its creation of significant new work and its dedication to serve a diverse population.

Mallarmé annually presents a series of five concerts that features great, diverse, and multidisciplinary chamber music. Mallarmé performs everything from Bach with period instruments to brand new works. In this past year alone, Mallarmé has presented two world premières by composers Gwyneth Walker and Katrina Wreede. In 2010, Mallarmé released a cd on Albany/Videmus records of chamber music by African American composers to great acclaim.

Mallarmé is a nonprofit, tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organization. The 2013-14 concert season is made possible in part by grants from the Durham Arts Council’s Annual Arts Fund, the North Carolina Arts Council and Target.





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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Parker
July 1, 2013
919 747-8452

CAROLINA BALLET PRINICPAL DANCERS TO PERFORM IN BELGIUM

RALEIGH, NC --- Carolina Ballet is pleased to announce that principal dancers Margaret Severin-Hansen and Gabor Kapin have been invited to perform with the Royal Ballet of Flanders in Antwerp, Belgium for the 2013-2014 season. “This is a great honor for these two wonderful dancers and a coup for the company,” says artistic director Robert Weiss. “It will be an excellent experience for them to showcase their talent on the international stage.” Severin-Hansen and Kapin will remain members of Carolina Ballet and return to the Triangle to perform principal roles throughout the company’s upcoming 16th season.

Margaret Severin-Hansen is a founding member of Carolina Ballet. She was hired as an apprentice from the School of American Ballet in New York City in 1998. She quickly became a member of the corps de ballet and rose through the ranks to principal dancer in only a number of years. At Carolina Ballet she has danced the premier roles for a ballerina in the classical ballet repertoire – Giselle, La Sylphide, Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, Nutcracker to name just a few. She has also danced many lead roles in the ballets of George Balanchine, and in October 2013 she will dance the female lead in Rubies on Carolina Ballet’s Balanchine program that opens the season.

Gabor Kapin arrived at Carolina Ballet at the beginning of the company’s second season from the Hungarian National Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet. After rising to the rank of soloist, Kapin took a leave of absence from the company in the fall of 2005 to join Boston Ballet; he returned to Carolina Ballet as a principal dancer in 2008. He has danced the majority of the lead male roles in the company’s repertory including the lead in Messiah which he will reprise in November over Thanksgiving weekend, dancing with Margaret Severin-Hansen as the Angel in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium. Kapin and Severin-Hansen were married in 2008. After fifteen seasons, Carolina Ballet, Inc. is firmly established among America’s premier arts organizations. Under the innovative direction of artistic director Robert Weiss, a talented company, fiscally responsible management and community support, Carolina Ballet continues to expose audiences to traditional ballet by legendary masters and new works of contemporary choreographers. The company reflects the vibrant entrepreneurial spirit and ever-increasing quality of life experienced in North Carolina.





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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LONG LEAF OPERA TAKES IT FINAL BOW WITH FREE TWO-DAY FESTIVAL MARCH 16-17, 2013

Master Class, Recital and World Premiere Honor Company & Late Co-Founder Randolph Umberger
Media Contact: Richard C. Wall (919) 942-0972
richardcookwall@gmail.com
www.longleafopera.org
https://www.facebook.com/LongLeafOperaVocalFestival

Long Leaf Opera Vocal Festival

DURHAM NC February 25, 2013 -After 16 years of producing American Opera in the Triangle and winning national recognition and merit, Long Leaf Opera is taking its last bows with the Long Leaf Opera Vocal Festival, a free two-day event featuring a master class, a recital and full-length world premiere opera and post-performance serenade to Long Leaf's co-founders on Saturday and Sunday, March 16-17, 2013 at Kenan Auditorium, Durham Academy. Produced by local musician and choral director Richard C. Wall, the two-day affair will include a series of free events:

Saturday, March 16: Master Class

At 10:00am, a Master Class for Singers features Masters Mary Gayle Greene of Appalachian State, Timothy Sparks, UNC Chapel Hill, Broadway Music Directors Mark Hartman (Avenue Q and Sondheim on Sondheim and current Musical Director of Carolina Playmakers' Cabaret) and Steven Tyler (Jane Eyre, Guys and Dolls and The Producers). Singers will participate in a roundtable discussion with the masters on their presentation, vocal abilities and will receive encouragement to continue careers in singing.
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Sunday, March 17: Recital and World Premiere Opera

At 3:00pm, a recital by JoAna Rusche, mezzo soprano, and winner of the 2012 Long Leaf Vocal Competition for young singers performs operatic songs and also songs composed by Long Leaf Co-Founder Randolph Umberger.
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

At 7:30pm, a world premiere staging of A Shipwreck Opera by New York composer John B. Hedges, with libretto by national bestseller Aimee Bender, John B. Hedges and Aimee Bender, winners of the Long Leaf New Works Competition, features Mr. Hedges as conductor who will also participate in the invitation-only Seminar for Young Composers.

This premiere work is a thought-provoking and tender look at relationships young and old, past, present and future. The opera features Tara Sperry as The Girl, washed up on the beach as a baby who grows up under a Tree which she thinks is her Mother. Shannon French plays the Tree with Maurio Hines playing the Wind who seduces The Girl. Daniel Crupi plays the Lumberjack, who also washes up on shore and chops down Tree to make a raft to leave the island with The Girl.

Immediately following the performance, audience members are invited to a complimentary champagne reception catered by Fresno Cafe in Durham and featuring a short concert of 25 Long Leaf Alums featuring excerpts from productions in which they participated during the life the company such as Kismet, Lost in the Stars, Blitztein/Weill Cabaret, Vanessa and other popular operatic song. This serenade will honor Long Leaf Opera co-founder Benjamin Keaton and the late co-founder Randolph Umberger.
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

All public events are free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations necessary. All events take place at Kenan Auditorium, Durham Academy, 3601 Ridge Road, Durham, NC.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: www.longleafopera.org or (919) 942-0972 during business hours.

About Composer John B. Hedges

Long Leaf Opera Vocal Festival

Born in 1974 in Wilmington, Delaware, Hedges studied classical music at the University of Pennsylvania, receiving his B.A. in Music in and a M.M. from Westminster Choir College with post-graduate studies at the Curtis Institute of Music where he studied with Richard Danielpour and Ned Rorem. Hedges attended the Aspen Music Festival where he studied with John Harbison and George Tsontakis and attended the Contemporary Composition and Performance course at the Britten-Pears School (as both composer and conductor). He returned to the U.K. to apprentice with Oliver Knussen. He has participated in the Academie Musicale de Villecroze in France, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra's Composition and Conducting Institute and assisted composer Tan Dun on the Metropolitan Opera premiere of The First Emperor.

John B. Hedges' music has been performed throughout the U.S. as well as Canada, France and England. As a composer and conductor he has worked with the Ensemble Modern, New Jersey Symphony, Shanghai Symphony, Curtis Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Ensembles and the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble among others. He has conducted at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Frankfurt Alte Oper, Academie Musicale de Villecroze and the Aldeburgh Festival. Recently, Hedges completed A Shipwreck Opera in collaboration with fiction writer Aimee Bender, On the Good Foot, a James Brown tribute piece for the Albany Symphony's Dogs of Desire, and a sonatina for clarinetist Jose Franch-Ballester. In 2008, the Grand Rapids Symphony premiered Prayers of Rain and Wind with contrabass soloist Joseph Conyers for whom it was written. He has also served as orchestral arranger for the eclectic string trio Time for Three and was the Fort Worth Symphony's composer in residence for their 2011-12 season.

John B. Hedges has received the Alfred Casselo Award, the Theodore Presser Career Grant and a 2006 Independence Foundation Fellowship. He has also received grants and fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Meet the Composer and multiple residencies at Yaddo. Hedges is currently on faculty at SUNY New Paltz.





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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Suzanne Rousso, Artistic Director
office: 919/560-2701 | cell: 919/413-3120 | suzanne@mallarmemusic.org
www.mallarmemusic.org

MALLARMÉ CHAMBER PLAYERS TEAMS UP WITH THE GREENSBORO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA TO CELBRATE RICHARD WAGNER’S 200TH BIRTHDAY

Durham, NC – Mallarmé and the Greensboro Symphony Chamber Players will present a concert program of music by three German composers, including Richard Wagner, whose 200th birthday is being celebrated this year.

The Mallarmé Chamber Players, in collaboration with the Greensboro Symphony and music director/violinist Dmitry Sitkovetsky, will present two concerts: Friday, March 1, at 8:00 pm at the UNC-G School of Music Recital Hall in Greensboro and Sunday, March 3, at 7:30 pm at Kirby Horton Hall at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens in Durham.

The program will feature what is Wagner’s only piece of chamber music, the beautiful Siegfried Idyll for 13 players. The composer wrote this piece as a birthday present for his second wife, Cosima, after the birth of their son Siegfried in 1869. The program will also include the Nonet by Louis Spohr and a light-hearted arrangement of Richard Strauss’s tone poem Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Prank. This chamber work is called Till Eulenspeigel einmal anders! (literally “Till Eulenspiegel another way”) is arranged for violin, double bass, clarinet, horn and bassoon by Franz Hasenöhrl.

Greensboro Symphony music director Dmitry Sitkovetsky will conduct the Wagner and play violin in the Strauss work. Mr. Sitkovetsky has built up an active and successful career as a violinist, conductor, arranger, chamber musician and festival director. He has performed as a violin soloist with a number of the world’s leading orchestras including the Berlin, New York and LA Philharmonic Orchestras, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, the Concertgebouw Orchestra, all of the major London orchestras and the Chicago, Philadelphia and Cleveland orchestras.

A combination of musicians from the Greensboro Symphony and the Mallarmé Chamber Players will complete the concert roster, including the GSO’s guest artist for the week, young virtuoso violinist Stefani Collins.

ARTISTS

Stefani Collins, Emi Hildebrandt* and Dmitry Sitkovetsky - violin Suzanne Rousso* – viola, Nathan Leyland* – cello, John Spuller - bass Debra Reuter-Pivetta – flute, Ashley Barret - oboe Kelly Burke and Jimmy Gilmore* - clarinet Rachael Elliott* - bassoon Robert Campbell and Andrew McAfee* - horn Anita Cirba – trumpet *denotes Mallarmé Chamber Player musician

CONCERTS

Friday, March 1, 2013, 8:00 pm, Recital Hall, UNC-G School of Music, Greensboro Tickets: $30/$5 for students with ID www.greensborosymphony.org Sunday, March 3, 2013, 7:30 pm, Kirby Horton Hall, Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham Tickets: $18 in advance/$20 at the door/$5 for students with ID www.mallarmemusic.org

PROGRAM

Richard Wagner – Siegfried Idyll Louis Spohr – Nonet in F major, Op. 31 Richard Strauss (arr. Hasenöhrl) – Till Eulenspiegel einmal anders! Ticket info, artist bios and programs may be found at www.mallarmemusic.org

ABOUT THE ENSEMBLES

The Greensboro Symphony Orchestra (GSO) extends back to the 1920s when a group of musicians at Woman’s College (now UNC-G) banded together under the direction of Henry Fuchs. The GSO is now a thriving regional orchestra with a budget of $1.4 million and over 60 contracted musicians. The ensemble has been led since 2003 by renowned violinist and conductor Dmitry Sitkovetsky who serves as their seventh music director. More than 50,000 Triad residents annually attend the Greensboro Symphony's offerings, which include the Masterworks Series, the Chamber Series, the POPS Series and the Holiday Concerts. The GSO’s annual educational programs serve more than 50,000 students in five counties. In its 40th season, the Greensboro Symphony Youth Orchestras comprise six ensembles of the area’s most talented young musicians. Adult Education Programs include Music at Midday, a music appreciation series held in area retirement communities; Concert Preludes, pre-concert lectures by guest speakers, open to all classical concertgoers and Postludes, an after-concert conversation with the Music Director and guest artists. www.greensborosymphony.org

The Mallarmé Chamber Players are a flexible ensemble of professional musicians based in Durham, North Carolina, whose mission is to enrich the lives of their community through outstanding chamber music. The ensemble distinguishes itself by its innovative educational programs, its commitment to creative collaboration with other organizations, its creation of significant new work and its dedication to serve a diverse population.

Mallarmé is a nonprofit, tax-exempt, 501(c)3 organization; Suzanne Rousso is the ensemble’s artistic director. The 2012-13 concert season is made possible in part by grants from the Durham Arts Council’s Annual Fund, The North Carolina Arts Council, The National Endowment for the Arts and the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation. www.mallarmemusic.org





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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MALLARMÉ CHAMBER PLAYERS RECEIVE AN NEA FASTTRACK GRANT TO SUPPORT THE NORTH CAROLINA H.I.P. MUSIC FESTIVAL

H.I.P. = HISTORICALLY INFORMED PERFORMANCE
www.mallarmemusic.org
CONTACT: Suzanne Rousso, Artistic Director
office: 919/560-2701 | cell: 919/413-3120 | suzanne@mallarmemusic.org

Durham, NC - National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman announced today that the Mallarmé Chamber Players is one of 153 not-for-profit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Challenge America FastTrack grant. The Mallarmé Chamber Players is recommended for a $10,000 grant to support the North Carolina HIP Music Festival, scheduled to take place from January 27, 2013 - February 3, 2013.

The Mallarmé Chamber Players, in collaboration with four other organizations and two university music departments, are teaming up to present a week-long festival of music performed on period instruments. The newly organized festival, the North Carolina H.I.P. Music Festival (H.I.P. = historically informed performance), will run from January 27, 2013, through February 3, 2013, and will feature performances and workshops by Aliénor (Durham), Baroque and Beyond (Chapel Hill), Ensemble Vermillian (Davidson and Berkeley, CA), Mallarmé Chamber Players (Durham), the Vivaldi Project (Washington, DC) and the music departments of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University. All events will take place at various venues in Chapel Hill and Durham.

To help support the festival, Mallarmé is receiving a Challenge America Fast-Track grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, which offers support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations -- those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics or disability. Projects include commissions, residencies, rehearsals, workshops, performances, exhibitions, publications, festivals and training programs. This year, the NEA will award 153 Challenge America Fast-Track grants totaling $1.53 million awarded to organizations in 41 states. Grants from the National Endowment for the Arts generate, on average, eight dollars from non-federal sources for each dollar awarded. Additional support of the festival has been made available by Lex and Kathy Silbiger of Durham.

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE AND HISTORY OF THE NORTH CAROLINA H.I.P. MUSIC FESTIVAL?

North Carolina is fortunate to be home to a wealth of talent of musicians who perform on period instruments. After several years of successful Historical Bach concerts, Mallarmé’s artistic director, Suzanne Rousso, starting talking to some of the musicians who performed in these concerts. The group, cellists Brent Wissick, Stephanie Vial and Barbara Krumdieck and harpsichordists Elaine Funaro and Beverly Biggs, hoped to develop a festival of music on period instruments with historically informed practices. With great enthusiasm the North Carolina H.I.P. Music Festival was born! Mallarmé has taken the lead on this project, soliciting support and input from the other participating groups. Each ensemble is producing their own events independent of the others and taking on most of the Mallarmé Chamber Players associated expenses. However, we are collectively marketing and promoting the events as well as coproducing the educational activities.

OUR COLLECTIVE DESIRED OUTCOMES ARE THREE-FOLD:

  • To collaborate with like-minded organizations to bring together our respective audiences while increasing awareness, interest and support for early music in the Triangle.
  • To offer a unique musical experience to audiences by presenting a series of dynamic, historically informed performances at a high artistic level.
  • To strengthen our relationships with schools and the community by offering memorable learning opportunities that blend music and history.

Over the course of the week, five concerts, two workshops, a master class an, informance and in-school events will be presented. Some of these events are free and open to the public and some have a single ticket admission price. However, anyone may opt to purchase a HIPSTER pass for $50, which allows admission to all performances, the master class, as an auditor at the workshops and special invitation to a HIPSTER reception and open rehearsal. Additionally, the NEA grant will allow the festival to give presentations in several Durham and Chapel Hill Schools and throughout the community, including a workshop at the Durham School for the Arts and a master class at UNC-CH with countertenor Michael Maniaci.

Twenty-three total musicians will be participating in activities including a concert by members of the UNC-CH faculty performing French baroque music “discovered” by Henri and Robert Casadesus in the early 20th century (in actuality, the works were written by them), a concert presented by Aliénor of contemporary and early harpsichord music and a performance by Ensemble Vermillian of German and Italian baroque music. The Vivaldi Project will present two performance workshops modeled on their successful Institute for Early Music on Modern Instruments held each summer in Washington, DC. The workshops are for modern string players interested in learning authentic, baroque playing techniques; one will be given for string teachers and another for professional players.

Countertenor Michael Maniaci will be featured as a guest artist on the January 27th Baroque and Beyond concert, the opening event of the festival. Ever since his 2007 Metropolitan Opera debut in Handel’s Giulio Cesare, Mr. Maniaci has been in high demand as one of the foremost countertenors in baroque opera. In addition to the concert performance, Mr. Maniaci will give a master class for vocal students at UNC-CH while he is in the area. Finally, the Mallarmé Chamber Players will present the closing concert of the festival with great German baroque string works including J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 and the Telemann Concerto for recorder and viola da gamba featuring Ensemble Vermillian’s France Blaker on the recorder and UNC’s Brent Wissick on gamba.

Individual tickets for individual events will be available at the door; in addition, tickets for the February 3rd Mallarmé concert can be purchased in advance through their website www.mallarmemusic.org or by calling 919/560-2788. Those who are interested in obtaining a HIPSTER pass to all events including the Maniaci master class, workshops and reception may do so through the Mallarmé website or any of the individual ensembles’ websites. Registration and additional information for either of the workshops can be found online at http://goo.gl/Jg22I.

Sunday, January 27, 2013 – February 3, 2013 |The North Carolina H.I.P. Music Festival
Various Locations in Chapel Hill and Durham, NC

ARTISTS

Vocalists – Michael Maniaci, countertenor and Jeanne Fischer, soprano
Baroque violin – Elizabeth Field, Peter Lekx, Richard Luby, Sangeeta Swamy, David WilsonMallarmé Chamber Players
November 16, 2012

Baroque viola – Peter Lekx, Joey O’Donnell, Suzanne Rousso
Baroque cello – Barbara Krumdieck, Stephanie Vial, Brent Wissick
Viola d’amore – Hugh Partridge
Viola da gamba – Brent Wissick
Violone – Robbie Link
Harpsichord – Beverly Biggs, Elaine Funaro, John O’Brien
Piano – Randall Love
Recorder – Frances Blaker
Theorbo/lute/guitar – William Simms, Dan Smith

North Carolina HIP Music Festival Schedule of Events (does not include in-school events)

  • Sunday, January 27, 2012 3:00 pm Chapel of the Cross, Chapel Hill | CONCERT – Baroque and Beyond Italian and German baroque music | single tickets: $20
  • Monday, January 28, 4:00 pm Person Hall, UNC-CH | MASTER CLASS – Michael Maniaci, countertenor HIPSTER event
  • Tuesday, January 29, 8:00 pm Nelson Music Room, Duke East Campus, Durham | CONCERT – Aliénor music of Poulenc, winners of the 2012 Aliénor composition contest played on harpsichord and piano | FREE
  • Thursday, January 31, 7:30pm Person Recital Hall, UNC-CH, Chapel Hill | CONCERT – UNC Music Faculty French Baroque, Both Old and New | FREE
  • Friday, February 1, 12:00 noon Beyu Caffe | LISTENING LUNCH – Mallarmé Chamber Players FREE with purchase of food or drink
  • Friday, February 1, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Person Hall, UNC-CH | WORKSHOP – The Vivaldi Project Introduction to Baroque Performance Practice for string teachers $40 participant / FREE for HIPSTER
  • Friday, February 1, 8:00 pm St. Stephens Church, Durham | CONCERT – Ensemble Vermillian Musica Transalpina, works by favorite German and Italian composers of the Baroque Era, including Bach, Buxtehude, Caccini, Castello and Fontana | suggested donation at the door: $15
  • Saturday, February 2, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon Hill Hall – UNC-CH | WORKSHOP – The Vivaldi Project Introduction to Baroque Performance Practice for professional and advanced student $40 participant / $15 auditor / FREE audit for HIPSTER
  • Saturday, February 2, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm First Presbyterian Church, Durham | OPEN REHEARSAL Mallarmé Chamber Players | HIPSTER event
  • Saturday, February 2, 7:30 pm Home of Elaine Funaro and Randall Love | RECEPTION HIPSTER event
  • Sunday, February 3, 3:00 pm First Presbyterian Church, Durham | CONCERT – Mallarmé Chamber Players Bach Is Back, with friends! J.S. Bach, Georg Muffat, G. F. Telemann and Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber $18 in advance / $20 at the door / $5 for students with ID Ticket info, artist bios and programs may be found at www.mallarmemusic.org




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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Parker

October 19, 2012
919 747-8452

CAROLINA BALLET TO CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAY SEASON WITH THE MAGIC OF NUTCRACKER

RALEIGH, NC --- With the success of Carolina Ballet’s “new” Nutcracker last season, artistic director Robert Weiss decided to expand the run of the annual holiday favorite for the company’s 15th anniversary season to include Thanksgiving weekend 2012. “Many families come into town for Thanksgiving,” says Weiss, “so we wanted to be sure they had a chance to see our new show if they weren’t going to get back for Christmas.” Carolina Ballet will present Nutcracker, accompanied by live orchestra for all performances, at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium (RMA), November 23-25 and December 14-23; and at DPAC, in Durham, December 29 & 30. The schedule of performances is:

At RMA
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, November 23-25, 2012 at 2pm each day
Friday, December 14 at 7:30pm
Saturday, December 15, at 2 & 7:30pm
Sunday, December 16, at 12:30 & 4:30pm
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, December 18-20 at 7:30pm each day
Friday & Saturday, December 21 & 22, at 2 & 7:30pm both days
Sunday, December 23, at 2pm

At DPAC
Saturday, December 29 at 7pm
Sunday, December 30 at 2pm

After ten successful seasons of presenting nearly 200 performances of Carolina Ballet’s traditional Nutcracker, artistic director Robert Weiss decided in 2011 to make some changes to the annual holiday program with new scenery, designed by Jeff A.R. Jones; and grand illusions for the Party Scene of Act I. Weiss approached several magicians with his idea, but it wasn’t until he came upon Rick Thomas, one of the top magicians working in Las Vegas, that he found what he was looking for - someone who would offer the “wow factor” without taking anything away from the elegance of the Victorian Christmas Eve scene. Not only had Rick Thomas been in the magic business with nightly shows in Las Vegas for twenty-plus years, but he and his sister had been junior ballroom dancing champions, giving him a true appreciation of music and dance. Weiss said “he understood the music and the music is very important, we just couldn’t stop the show and put the tricks in.” Rick Thomas was clear from the outset that he was not going to create a magic show, saying “we designed this where the magic was woven into the story rather than it being a magic show…I think we nailed it.” The critics thought so too saying “the gasps after each eye-popping illusion, the applause for the handsome new sets and the rapt attention from all the children confirmed the changes were worth it.” (News & Observer)

The Party Scene in Act I of Nutcracker centers around the mysterious Herr Drosselmeyer, a toymaker and godfather to the Stahlbaum’s daughter, Clara. He arrives at the party with his nephew and proceeds to entertain the guests with wonderful illusions – grand scale magic, replacing the standard parlor tricks – culminating with a special guest appearing out of a giant book to give Clara the Nutcracker doll Drosselmeyer has made for her. What most people don’t realize is that Tchaikovsky wrote the magic sections into the original score, therefore adding “real” magic wasn’t changing anything it was just enhancing what was already there. The magic during the Party Scene isn’t the only magic going on in Nutcracker. There is plenty of magic behind the scenes getting the show ready. It all starts in early September when more than two hundred children line up around the building of Carolina Ballet’s studios to get their chance to audition for a role in Nutcracker. There are 67 roles for children in a cast which includes the Party children, Truffles, Soldiers, Mice, Gingerbread Cookies, Arabian attendants, and of course Clara and her little brother, Fritz. Rehearsals begin right after the auditions with Lori Christman Bourtasenkov working her own magic throughout the fall to get the 130-plus children ready for the stage. “Being in Nutcracker was a dream come true for me when I was a little boy,” says Robert Weiss. “These children work hard and by the time we get to the stage they are really good. They know their counts and their spots. It isn’t easy but they do a terrific job.” The professional dancers of Carolina Ballet are the glitz and the glamour but the children are an integral part. Without them, there would be no Nutcracker.

Ticket prices for Nutcracker range from $20-80 and may be purchased by calling the Carolina Box Office at 919 719-0900; through Ticketmaster at 800 982-2787; or at Carolina Ballet’s website - www.carolinaballet.com.





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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
What’s the Big Deal About Delius?

Danville's Delius@150 Festival (Oct. 11-14) is part of a world-wide celebration in 2012 of the 150th anniversary of the British-born composer Frederick Delius (1862-1934). During his working life, Delius visited and lived many places outside his native Yorkshire, including Norway and just outside Paris, France. In the mid-1880s, he spent time as a young man living near Jacksonville, Florida, as well as in Danville, Virginia, where for nearly a year he taught music at the school known today as Averett University. During the time Delius lived in Florida, as well as for nearly a year living in Danville and teaching at the college (now Averett), the young musician/composer absorbed the musical sounds of the American South, including Scots-Irish folk music and, most particularly, the haunting sonorities of spirituals and other African-American musical traditions. These sounds he incorporated in such much-loved orchestral pieces as Florida Suite; the first-ever African-American opera, Koanga; and his homage to Southern Virginia—reflecting Scots-Irish and African-American tunes he heard in Danville—the landmark choral symphony Appalachia.

For more information about Danville's Delius@150 Festival, October 11-14, 2012, visit www.facebook.com/DeliusAt150, or call 434.799.5938 or 434.799.3379. Fiscal agent for Danville's Delius@150 Festival is the Danville Community College Educational Foundation • 1008 South Main Street • Danville, VA 24541.

EVENTS OVERVIEW

Thursday, October 11 - Sunday October 14, 2012 • Danville's Delius@150 Festival, part of the international Delius Sesquicentennial (150th) celebration, focusing on the musical legacy of Frederick Delius (who lived in Danville in the mid-1880s). Receptions, lectures, and musical events @ Averett University (Thursday evening, Oct. 11 - FREE); Danville Community College (Friday evening, Oct. 12 - FREE); Stratford House and the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany (Saturday evening, Oct. 13), plus the festival grand finale featuring the Richmond Symphony Orchestra (Sunday afternoon, Oct. 14 - ADMISSION $25), including two concerto artists—pianist and Danville-native Michael Adcock, and violin-virtuoso Greg Fulkerson . Concert @ George Washington Auditorium, Danville @ 3 p.m. Admission only; advance tickets ($25) available at locations around the Danville area.

SEQUENCE IN BRIEF

THURSDAY OCT. 11 • 5:30 pm (FREE) Averett University’s Blount Library - Presentation of Archives of Prof. Robert Phifer (one of Delius’ mentors) • Reception

FRIDAY OCT. 12 • 5:30 pm (FREE) Danville Community College Student Center - Informance about music Delius may have heard in mid-1880s Danville • Reception

SATURDAY OCT. 13 • 5:30 pm (FREE) Stratford House Main Gates - Dedication of Delius historic plaque

SATURDAY OCT. 13 • 6:30 pm (ADMISSION $25) Stratford House Evergreen Room -*Delius Supper & Libations (heavy hors d’oeuvres & see dessert below)

SATURDAY OCT. 13 • 7:45 pm (FREE) Episcopal Church of the Epiphany - Delius Musicale (piano/violin/chorus) NOTE: *Supper ticket includes a post-performance champagne dessert reception

SUNDAY OCT. 14 • 3:00 pm (ADMISSION - $25) George Washington Auditorium - Delius Double-concerto grand finale with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, featuring pianist and Danville-native Michael Adcock, and violin-virtuoso, Greg Fulkerson

For more information about Danville's Delius@150 Festival, October 11-14, 2012, visit www.facebook.com/DeliusAt150, or call 434.799.5938 or 434.799.3379. Fiscal agent for Danville's Delius@150 Festival is the Danville Community College Educational Foundation • 1008 South Main Street • Danville, VA 24541.





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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 1, 2012
Contact: Jennifer Blank, Development and Marketing Manager, KidZNotes
blank.kidznotes@gmail.com
919-560-2712

*Hills To Holy Water to present benefit concert*
*and fish fry for KidZNotes*

(DURHAM, NC) Join us for a benefit concert supporting KidZNotes on Friday October 5th at Durham Central Park from 5pm-11pm. Hills to Holy Water is bringing together local bands, fresh NC Catch fish, clams, and local craft brew to the Bull City to help raise money for the students of KidZNotes, now in it’s third year of programming. So bring your blanket or chair and enjoy a good time and good food for charity.

This event is the 1st annual, 2nd fish fry/benefit concert of the year for Hills to Holy Water. Earlier this year, they presented a similar event on Ocracoke Island, NC to raise funds for the Ocracoke Youth Center for their Community park/athletic field fund. They plan to take this benefit concert concept around the state, connecting communities with Fresh Catch and raising money for charity, their next stop being in Ashville, NC.

*What:* Hills To Holy Water benefit concert for KidZNotes
*Where:* Durham Central Park
*When:* Friday October 5th
*Time:* 5pm-11pm
*Cost:* $10 suggested donation upon entry.
*Food:* Tickets for food and beer will be sold at the park. $10 fish plates will be served from 5-9pm.

This benefit concert is sponsored by Toast Paninoteca, Bull City Burger and Brewery, Triangle Brewing Company, Steel String Craft Brewery, Natty Greene's Brewing Co., the Durham Farmers Market, the Cookery, the Piedmont, Ocracoke Fresh, Locals Seafood, Ocracoke Station, and the Flying Melon Café. For more information about Hills to Holy Water, the benefit, bands and Fresh Catch, visit www.h2h2o.org. For more information about KidZNotes, visit www.kidznotes.org.

About KidZNotes

KidZNotes is based on El Sistema, the widely successful orchestra program for children in poverty in Venezuela. Now entering its third year, KidZNotes will enroll 200 students in the program from five different low-income schools in East Durham: Eastway Elementary, Y.E. Smith Elementary, E.K. Powe Elementary, Club Boulevard Humanities Magnet School, and Maureen Joy Charter School. Each of the 200 students enrolled in KidZNotes receives nearly ten hours a week of free musical instruction in a combination of private and group lessons. KidZNotes is sponsored in part by the AJ Fletcher Foundation, D’Addario Music Foundation, Duke University, Durham Public Schools, Durham Parks and Recreation, and the Durham Arts Council.





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Contact:
Joel Richardson
Agency Communications Manager
Phone: 919.313.4001
Email: joel.richardson@mckinney.com

McKinney signs seven bands for sixth Triangle Corporate Battle of the Bands

Proceeds will benefit KidZNotes, an organization empowering Durham’s youth through classical music

(Durham, NC) September 11, 2012 — Seven Triangle companies are queuing their rock star employees for the sixth Triangle Corporate Battle of the Bands. The charity event, nay the orchestral-inspired corporate-rock show, bands companies together to raise money for and awareness of a new charity each year. This year the event takes place on the American Tobacco Campus lawn on Saturday, September 22, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. The Battle is hosted by McKinney and the American Tobacco Campus with all proceeds benefiting KidZNotes. The nonprofit organization fights poverty and encourages positive decision making by instructing and engaging children in classical orchestral music.

Since the inaugural Battle in 2006, the Triangle Corporate Battle of the Bands has taken on a variety of themes for the competing companies to interpret in their performances. From KISS-in-the-boardroom to toy rockers to antebellum meets glamabellum, the Battle has always embraced the dramatic. With this year’s Battle benefiting KidZNotes, the 2012 corporate virtuosos will shred electric guitars and violins alike during a classical-with-an-edge theme. Expect powdered wigs and tight pants with a rock ‘n’ roll flare from the following Triangle companies:

  • Elster Solutions – Killa Wattz
  • Duke University – London Dungeon
  • KeySource Bank – Shades of Blue
  • McKinney – The Memes
  • The News & Observer – The Lede
  • Summit Design and Engineering Services – Salt Bodyne
  • SunTrust Bank – Rock SOLID

Over the last five years, the Battle has rocked Durham and raised more than $400,000 for local charities. Gold sponsors for this year’s event are 8 Rivers Capital, the American Tobacco Campus, Capitol Broadcasting Company, Cormetech, The Herald Sun, McKinney, Ram Realty Services and Triangle Business Journal. Silver sponsors are D’Addario Music Foundation, Durham Magazine, Durham Performing Arts Center and the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce. Bronze sponsors are Atlas Production Group, Big Boss Brewing, Catchafire, Elster Solutions, Eurosport, Merge Records, Raleigh Metro and Seventh Generation.

VIP tables are still available. For information on tickets and student prices, visit trianglebattle.com.

About McKinney

McKinney was recently named the most effective independent advertising agency in the world by Effie Worldwide and Warc. Over the past year, McKinney has won 44 major industry awards including five Effies, a Cannes Cyber Lion, six One Show Pencils, seven IAB MIXX Awards, a Webby and best-in-show website at the OMMA Awards. Founded in 1969, Durham, NC-based McKinney is recognized for having one of the most innovative business models in the industry, focused on big ideas brought to life in powerful conversations between people and brands. McKinney has also been recognized as one of the best U.S. agencies, one of the Best Places to Work in Marketing & Media by Advertising Age, and one of a handful of agencies setting the standard for creativity by One Magazine. The agency's clients include Nationwide Insurance, Travelocity, Nationwide Financial, CenturyLink, Sherwin-Williams, Mizuno USA, Gold's Gym, Meijer, Ruby Tuesday, Big Boss Brewing and Urban Ministries of Durham.

McKinney is part of Cheil Worldwide, one of the world's leading marketing communications networks with 51 offices in 28 countries.

About KidZNotes

KidZNotes provides under-served children, “free-of-charge classical, orchestral music training to combat poverty, strengthen inner-city education, and foster positive decision making to unlock the world.” KidZNotes is based on the model of El Sistema, the world-renowned National System of Children and Youth Orchestras of Venezuela, which since 1974 has transformed the lives of over 800,000 Venezuelan children from impoverished circumstances.

KidZNotes is a program of social change through music education. The positive values of community building are embedded in orchestral training and performance: teamwork, responsibility, and mutual respect. KidZNotes is expanding to serve 200 students in 2012-13, our third year, in partnership with Durham Public Schools, Durham Parks and Recreation, Duke University, and the East Durham Children's Initiative. Through daily enrichment and after-school programs, KidZNotes will adopt the El Sistema model and produce graduates that leave with a sense of capability, endurance and resilience — becoming active and empowered citizens of their communities.





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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
CONTACT: Elizabeth Thompson, Publicist
ethomps@duke.edu
Duke University Department of Music
Box 90665
Durham, NC 27708
phone: 919-660-3333
fax: 919-660-3301
www.duke.edu/music

DUKE GRADUATE STUDENT SOLVES NINETEENTH-CENTURY MUSICAL MYSTERY, CELEBRATED WITH SYMPOSIUM AND CONCERT AT DUKE UNIVERSITY

DURHAM, NC – Angela Mace, a Ph.D. candidate in the Duke University Department of Music, has solved one of the last mysteries surrounding the work of nineteenth-century composer Felix Mendelssohn and his talented (but less well-known) sister, composer Fanny Hensel.

The mystery surrounds the Ostersonate (Easter Sonata) for piano, a lost work variously attributed to both Felix Mendelssohn and Fanny Hensel. In 2010, Mace gained access to an original manuscript of the piece, held in private ownership. After examining the manuscript in light of supporting evidence from Hensel’s diary and a bound collection of her handwritten scores in a Berlin archive, Mace determined the Ostersonate was definitely composed by Hensel, rather than Felix Mendelssohn. It was also composed a year earlier than previously thought: in 1828, rather than 1829.

The Duke University Department of Music will celebrate the rediscovery of the Easter Sonata with a symposium on Friday, September 7, featuring talks by Mace, Arts & Sciences Professor of Music R. Larry Todd (Duke), one of the world’s foremost scholars of the Mendelssohn siblings, and Susan Youens (Notre Dame), a distinguished expert in the nineteenth-century German art songs known as lieder. Following the symposium, Duke Performances will present a concert by the acclaimed Claremont Trio. The program of works by Hensel and Mendelssohn includes the premiere of the properly attributed and restored Easter Sonata, performed by trio pianist Andrea Lam.

“We usually think of nineteenth-century European music as familiar enough terrain,” says Todd. “Occasionally, though, a forgotten or lost composition comes to light, and the circumstances of its history prompt a reappraisal of the conventional wisdom about the century we thought we knew all too well. Such a composition is the Ostersonate. Musicological sleuthing allows us to rectify the misattribution of its authorship, and finally to celebrate it as a major piano composition by a prolific woman composer whose work is now, after a century and a half, gaining the attention it deserves.”

For Mace, the discovery was every graduate student’s dream come true. “Finding the Easter Sonata manuscript was definitely one of the most exciting moments of my career so far,” she says. “Now, I am just as excited to hear Andrea Lam bring the sonata to life once again, as the music of Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel.”

More information about Mace’s discovery and the Easter Sonata: “Angela Mace and the Mystery of the Lost Sonata.”

Fanny Hensel Rediscovered: Symposium and Concert

Friday, September 7, 2012 4 pm: Symposium marking the discovery by Duke graduate student Angela Mace of the manuscript of Fanny Hensel's Easter Sonata. Susan Youens of Notre Dame will give a talk comparing settings of Heinrich Heine's poetry by Fanny Hensel and Clara Schumann. Mace and her advisor, Prof. R. Larry Todd, will give short presentations about the Easter Sonata. A discussion will follow. East Duke Building Parlors, Duke University.

8 pm: Duke Performances presents The Claremont Trio.
Program:
FANNY MENDELSSOHN HENSEL: Piano Trio in D Minor, Op. 11
FANNY MENDELSSOHN HENSEL: Easter Sonata for Piano (world premiere by pianist Andrea Lam)
FELIX MENDELSSOHN: Piano Trio No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 66
Nelson Music Room, East Duke Building, Duke University

The symposium is free and open to the public. Tickets to the concert are $22, or $10 for Duke students (919-684-4444 or tickets.duke.edu)

Fanny Hensel Rediscovered is presented with support from the Women's Studies Program and the Vice Provost for the Arts, Duke University.





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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 13, 2012
Contact: Jennifer Blank
Development and Marketing Manager
KidZNotes
blank.kidznotes@gmail.com
919-560-2712

Musicians Play to Support Beginning Performers at “Koncert for KidZNotes”

(DURHAM, NC) On Saturday, August 18th, an orchestra of talented Triangle-based musicians will pick up their instruments to benefit their younger counterparts in the second annual “Koncert for KidZNotes” at Duke University’s Bone Hall. All of the proceeds from the concert will go to support KidZNotes, a Durham-based organization providing free classical music training to students from low-income schools.

The orchestra, directed by Christopher Kim, is made up entirely of talented local musicians volunteering their time.The program will feature Mozart’s Magic Flute Overture and Sinfonia Concertante, Elgar’s Cello Concerto, and Strauss’ Blue Danube Waltz. Soloists include Jessica Sun on violin, Paula Peroutka on cello, and KidZNotes Executive Director Katie Wyatt on viola.

Come hear a group of talented musicians play wonderful music for a worthy cause!

What: Second annual “Koncert for KidZNotes”
Contact: Jennifer Blank
Development and Marketing Manager
KidZNotes
blank.kidznotes@gmail.com
919-560-2712

About KidZNotes

KidZNotes is based on El Sistema, the widely successful orchestra program for children in poverty in Venezuela. Now entering its third year, KidZNotes will enroll 200 students in the program from five different low-income schools in East Durham: Eastway Elementary, Y.E. Smith Elementary, E.K. Powe Elementary, Club Boulevard Humanities Magnet School, and Maureen Joy Charter School. Each of the 110 students enrolled in KidZNotes receives nearly ten hours a week of free musical instruction in a combination of private and group lessons. KidZNotes is sponsored in part by D’Addario, Duke University, Durham Public Schools, Durham Parks and Recreation, and the Durham Arts Council.





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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 23, 2012

Eastern Music Festival Celebrates its Final Week of the 51st Season

What: Eastern Music Festival's final week of concerts is here, July 23rd-28th. For tickets to all events, contact the EMF Box Office at Triad Stage at 336.272.0160.

Special Event: Mozart's Requiem
July 25th, 8:00 pm, Christ United
Methodist Church, 410 N. Holden Rd,
Greensboro
Tickets: $30

Andrea Edith Moore, soprano, Nancy Maultsby, mezzo-soprano, Anthony Dean Griffey, tenor, and Sidney Outlaw, baritone, join the Winston-Salem Symphony Chorale in a special event performance of Mozart's Requiem, K. 626. Other pieces will include Mozart's Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622 featuring faculty clarinetist Shannon Scott and Ave verum corpus, K. 618.

Saturday: EMF Season Finale featuring Anthony Dean Griffey, tenor, and Nancy Maultsby, mezzo-soprano
July 28th, 8:00 pm, Dana Auditorium,
Guilford College
Tickets: General Admission $34, Reserved Seating $44

Four-time Grammy Award Winning tenor Anthony Dean Griffey has appeared in leading roles at international opera houses including The Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Opera National de Paris and performed with leading world orchestras in New York, LA, London, Paris, Munich, and Tokyo. Nancy Maultsby's unique vocal timbre and insightful musicianship keep her in demand by opera companies and orchestras throughout the world such as Teatro dell'Opera in Rome, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics. These two acclaimed guest artists join Eastern Festival Orchestra in their Season Finale performance of Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde (Song of the Earth). Other repertoire to include Danielpour's Across the Span of Time and Sibelius' Second Symphony in D major, op.43.

Young Artist Chamber Recital
July 28th, 1:30 pm, Carnegie Room at Hege
Library, Guilford College
Tickets: FREE

This final free chamber recital will feature Malcolm Arnold's Quintet for Brass, Schubert's Piano Quintet in A major ("The Trout"), Villa-Lobos' Wind quintet, and more.

Monday:Young Artist Chamber Recital
July 23rd, 1:30 pm, Carnegie Room in the Hege Library, Guilford College
Tickets: FREE
This free recital features EMF's outstanding pre-professional musicians performing chamber works including Dvorak's Piano Quintet No. 2, Haydn's String Quartet in D major, Schulhoff's Concertino for Flute, Viola and Double Bass, and more.

UNCG Chamber Series featuring George Vatchnadze, piano, and Tasmin Little, violin July 23rd, 8:00 pm, UNCG School of Music
Recital Hall
Tickets: General Admission $25
Guest artists George Vatchnadze and Tasmin Little join EMF Faculty in performances of chamber music. Repertoire to include Britten's Phantasy Quartet for Oboe, Violin, Viola and Cello, op.2 and Brahms' String Sextet No. 1 in B-flat major, op.18.

Tuesday:Young Artist Chamber Recital
July 24th, 1:30 pm, Carnegie Room at Hege Library, Guilford College
Tickets: FREE
This free Young Artist chamber recital will include Brahms' Trio for Violin, Horn and Piano in E-flat major, Barber's Summer Music for Woodwind Quintet, and more.

Starmount Chamber Series
July 24th, 8:00 pm, Starmount
Presbyterian, 3501 West Market Street,
Greensboro
Tickets: General Admission $25
EMF Faculty's final chamber performance of the season will include Steven Andrew Taylor's Pulse Aria for Viola and Electronics and Brahms' Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor.

Wednesday: Friends & Great Performers Series: Pianopalooza
July 25th, 8:00 pm, Dana Auditorium,
Guilford College
Tickets: General Admission $19
EMF's brilliant young pianists give an enthralling evening featuring a variety of solos, duets, and more!

Thursday: Tannenbaum-Sternberger Young Artists Orchestra
July 26th, 8:00 pm, Dana Auditorium,
Guilford College
Tickets: General Admission $25, Reserved
Seating $31
The student winners of the EMF Concerto Competition perform their winning repertoire. Then, conductor Thomas Hong leads the orchestra in works by Bartók and Stravinksy.

Friday: Tannenbaum-Sternberger Young Artists Orchestra
July 27th, 8:00pm, Dana Auditorium,
Guilford College
Tickets: General Admission $25, Reserved
Seating $31
Student winners of the EMF Concerto Competition perform their winning repertoire. After intermission, conductor José-Luis Novo leads the orchestra in Bernstein's Symphonic Dances from West Side Story.

EMFfringe: Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes
July 27th, 8:00 pm, Triad Stage
Tickets: $19
This Louisiana-based band, led by cellist Johnny Sketch, plays unique blends of funk, blues, rock, and more.

CONTACT:
Lisa Rodio, Marketing Intern
email: news@EasternMusicFestival.org or by phone at 336.333.7450 ext 25.





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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 9, 2012
Contact: Jennifer Blank, Development and Marketing Manager, KidZNotes
blank.kidznotes@gmail.com
919-560-2712

KidZNotes to end summer camp with concert!

DURHAM (July 9, 2012) - Join kids, parents, and volunteers for KidZNotes of Durham in celebrating the power and joy of music July 12 at 2:00 p.m., for the 2nd Annual KidZNotes’ camp concert at Y.E. Smith Elementary School. The concert will showcase what students from Durham’s most underserved schools have learned during three weeks of intensive classical music training.

With the support from the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, Durham Public Schools, Y.E. Smith Elementary School, the East Durham Children’s Initiative and WCPE 89.7 “The Classical Station” Educational Fund, the 2ndannual KidZNotes Summer Camp enrolled 55 students in 3 weeks of camp from June 25-July 12, Monday -Thursday from 10am-3pm at Y.E. Smith Elementary School in East Durham (2410 E. Main Street, Durham, NC). In addition to master classes and learning new repertoire, KidZNotes students participated in culturally enriching opportunities, including field trips to McKinney, the Nasher Museum of Art, and the American Dance Festival.

“It has been incredible to watch our kids grow at camp. They’ve put in nearly 30 hours of practice time in the last 12 days to push themselves to play more music than I’ve ever heard them play. I have parents tell me thank you every day that their kid comes home with a smile and a new song!” Kathryn Wyatt, Executive Director for KidZNotes.

When: Thursday July 12, 2 pm
Where: Auditorium, Y.E. Smith Elementary School, 2410 E. Main Street, Durham, NC.
Who: KidZNotes
What: Summer Camp Concert, grades K-4, performing classic pieces learned throughout their time at camp, sing-a-longs, and showcasing their talents.

For more details about KidZNotes, information is available at www.kidznotes.org, or by contacting Jennifer Blank ( blank.kidznotes@gmail.com) at 919-560-2712.

About KidZNotes

KidZNotes has expanded in its second year to enroll 110 students in need at four low-income schools in East Durham: Eastway Elementary, Y.E. Smith Elementary, E.K. Powe Elementary, and Club Boulevard Humanities Magnet Elementary. KidZNotes provides instruments and nearly ten hours a week of free music instruction for their 110 students. KidZNotes is sponsored in part by D’Addario, Duke University, Durham Public Schools, Durham Parks and Recreation, and the Durham Arts Council. KidZNotes is inspired by El Sistema, the social-reform orchestra program for children and families in poverty in Venezuela. Information about KidZNotes’ calendar and opportunities for support will be available at the event, and are listed at http://www.kidznotes.org.





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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 14, 2012
Contact: Jennifer Blank, Development and Marketing Manager, KidZNotes
blank.kidznotes@gmail.com
919-560-2712

KidZNotes Presents Annual Spring Concert May 19

(DURHAM, NC) May 14, 2012 – Celebrate the power and joy of music at KidZNotes’ second annual spring concert this Saturday, May 19 at 11 am. Listen to 110 area underserved kindergarten through fourth grade children showcase the classical music skills they’ve learned through a local program inspired by El Sistema, a world-renowned Venezuelan movement present in 26 U.S. states and 25 countries worldwide.

KidZNotes uses the transformational power of classical music to build new futures for children, focusing on those with economic or social barriers. El Sistema and its global off-shoots have helped nearly 2 million children, the most famous of whom is Gustavo Dudamel, 32-year-old virtuoso conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

“KidZNotes isn’t just about using music as social change for children to grow and build a future,” said Katie Wyatt, KidZNotes executive director. “It’s about encouraging businesses to get behind their neighborhoods, fostering an environment of social and economic growth.”

Duke University donates instruments to KidZNotes, and additional sponsors include Durham Public Schools, Durham Parks and Recreation, the Durham Arts Council, and the Triangle Community Foundation. Partners include the East Durham Children’s Initiative, the North Carolina Symphony and the Durham Symphony. With additional Durham community support, children participate at no cost.

Established in September 2010 in East Durham, KidZNotes serves students from four low-income Durham public schools. Enrolled students receive 10 hours of free music instruction weekly, and, on Saturdays, all students come together for large ensembles and group instruction.

When: Saturday; May 19, 2012; 11 a.m.
Where: Holton Career and Resource Center Auditorium
401 N. Driver St., Durham, N.C., 27703
Who: KidZNotes
What: Spring Concert, classical music, sing-a-longs; attendance is free

For more details about KidZNotes, visit www.kidznotes.org, or contact Jennifer Blank (blank.kidznotes@gmail.com) at 919-560-2712.

About KidZNotes

KidZNotes serves four low-income schools in East Durham: Eastway Elementary, Y.E. Smith Elementary, E.K. Powe Elementary, and Club Boulevard Humanities Magnet Elementary. KidZNotes is inspired by El Sistema, the Venezuelan social-reform orchestra program for children and families in poverty. Information about KidZNotes’ calendar and support opportunities will be available at the event and are listed at http://www.kidznotes.org.





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CONTACT: Marc Apter
301-904-3690
marca1030@gmail.com
Deborah Birnbaum
301-493-9283ext. 118
deborah@nationalphilharmonic.org

Pianist Brian Ganz to Perform in Debussy Festival At the Music Center at Strathmore

In January 2013 Pianist continues his “Extreme Chopin” Quest To Perform All of the Composer’s Works

North Bethesda, MD, (April 23, 2012) Pianist Brian Ganz will join Maestro Piotr Gajewski and clarinetist Richard Stoltzman in an all-Debussy concert on May 5th at 8pm with the National Philharmonic at the Music Center at Strathmore. The concert is the first of a multi-concert festival offered by the National Philharmonic honoring the 150th anniversary of the birth of Claude Debussy. On the May 5th concert Ganz will play the rarely heard Fantaisie for Piano and Orchestra (1889-90), and Stoltzman will play the popular Rhapsodie for Clarinet and Orchestra (1911). The orchestra will also play two of Debussy's greatest orchestral masterworks, the Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun and La Mer. For more information or to purchase tickets visit nationalphilharmonic.org or call 301-581-5100.

Debussy is one of France's most important composers and the first to be associated with the movement known as Impressionism. The National Philharmonic's festival will include performances at the Strathmore mansion as well as the main concert hall and will feature some of Debussy’s most popular orchestral, choral, chamber and keyboard works.

"The Fantaisie is hauntingly beautiful and deserves to be much better known than it is," Ganz said recently. "Many composers have periods of heightened self-assessment, and apparently Debussy went through such a period shortly before the premiere of this piece, his only work for piano and orchestra. He withdrew the piece and it was not published or performed until after his death. And even then it did not receive the attention it deserves, although it has been performed occasionally. It's a bit like a stunning piece of half-buried treasure. I'm very excited to be playing it."

Ganz is a frequent performer on the main concert stage at Strathmore. In a sold-out February recital he continued his “Extreme Chopin” quest to perform all 250 works of Frédéric Chopin over the next decade. The third concert in the series will take place at Strathmore on January 19, 2013.

Ganz has shared First Grand Prize in the Marguerite Long Jacques Thibaud International Piano Competition and won a silver medal with third prize in the Queen Elisabeth of Belgium International Competition. He has performed as a soloist with such orchestras as the St. Louis Symphony, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the City of London Sinfonia and Paris’s L’Orchestre Lamoureux and under the direction of conductors such as Leonard Slatkin and Mstislav Rostropovich.

He is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Leon Fleisher. Earlier teachers include Ylda Novik and Claire Deene. Gifted as a teacher himself, Ganz is a member of the piano faculty and Artist-in-Residence at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. He also serves on the piano faculty of the Peabody Conservatory. He has served on the jury of the Long Thibaud Competition in Paris To purchase tickets to Brian Ganz’s performance at the Debussy Festival on May 5th at the Music Center at Strathmore, please visit nationalphilharmonic.org or call the Strathmore ticket office at (301) 581-5100. More information on Ganz is available at www.brianganz.com. Tickets for kids 7-17 are FREE through the ALL KIDS, ALL FREE, ALL THE TIME program (sponsored by The Gazette). ALL KIDS tickets must be purchased in person or by phone. Parking is free.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wagner’s Complete Ring Cycle Comes to Movie Theaters
For the First Time, in the Met’s Cutting-Edge New Production

Screenings of all four operas in Wagner’s epic begin May 9 in the U.S. and Canada

On May 7, a new companion documentary, Wagner’s Dream, chronicles the challenges of making the Met’s landmark production Ring cycle and documentary screenings around the world this spring and summer

New York, NY (March 28, 2012) – The Metropolitan Opera will present worldwide movie theater screenings of Robert Lepage’s new production of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen, as well as Wagner’s Dream, a new documentary chronicling the creation of this ambitious new staging. In the United States and Canada, the series will begin May 7 with a screening of the documentary, directed by award-winning filmmaker Susan Froemke, and continue on May 9 with Das Rheingold, the first opera in the cycle. The entire four-part Ring cycle and documentary will be screened in many countries this spring and summer, including Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Chile, Colombia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

More details on the screenings are below. Please note that showtimes in some markets may vary. Tickets go on sale in the U.S. on Friday, March 30 and in Canada on Friday, April 6. To order tickets or get more information on screening times and locations, please visit www.metopera.org/liveinhd.

Wagner’s Dream
A documentary by Susan Froemke
U.S./Canada Screenings:
Monday, May 7 at 6:30 p.m. local time
Running time: 1 hour, 52 minutes
Premiere

The stakes could not be higher as visionary director Robert Lepage, some of the world’s greatest operatic artists, and the Metropolitan Opera tackle Wagner's Ring cycle. An intimate look at the enormous theatrical and musical challenges of staging opera’s most monumental work, the film chronicles the quest to fulfill Wagner's dream of a perfect Ring.

Das Rheingold (The Rhine Gold)
Conducted by James Levine
Starring Wendy Bryn Harmer (Freia), Stephanie Blythe (Fricka), Patricia Bardon (Erda), Richard Croft (Loge), Gerhard Siegel (Mime), Bryn Terfel (Wotan), Eric Owens (Alberich), Franz-Josef Selig (Fasolt), Hans-Peter König (Fafner)
U.S./Canada Screenings: Wednesday, May 9 at 6:30 p.m. local time
Running time: 168 minutes; no intermission
Original live transmission: October 9, 2010

In the first opera in the Ring cycle, the gods of Valhalla clash with underworld dwarves and brawny giants, with disastrous consequences. The evil Alberich steals gold from the Rhine and uses it to forge a ring of unimaginable power. Wotan, the king of the gods, uses magic to steal the Ring, but Alberich places a curse that guarantees misery for whoever wears it. Wotan’s unwillingness to part with the ring leads him to break a contract with the giants who have built the gods’ new castle in the sky, setting in motion a chain of events that will end in his own destruction.

Die Walküre (The Valkyrie)
Conducted by James Levine
Starring Deborah Voigt (Brünnhilde), Eva-Maria Westbroek (Sieglinde), Stephanie Blythe (Fricka), Jonas Kaufmann (Siegmund), Bryn Terfel (Wotan), Hans-Peter König (Hunding)
U.S. Screenings: Monday, May 14 at 6:30 p.m. local time
Canada Screenings: Saturday, May 12 at 10 a.m. local time
Running time: 259 minutes, including 1 intermission
Original live transmission: May 14, 2011

The mysterious hero Siegmund finds shelter in the strangely familiar arms of a lonely woman named Sieglinde. Their forbidden love leads Wotan’s daughter, the warrior maiden Brünnhilde, to defy morality and intervene on behalf of the hero. Brünnhilde’s transgression forces her father to choose between his love for his favorite daughter and his duty to his wife, the formidable goddess Fricka. Overcome with grief, Wotan takes away Brünnhilde’s godlike powers and puts her to sleep on a mountaintop, surrounded by a ring of magic fire that can only be crossed by the bravest of heroes.

Siegfried Conducted by Fabio Luisi Starring Deborah Voigt (Brünnhilde), Patricia Bardon (Erda), Jay Hunter Morris (Siegfried), Gerhard Siegel (Mime), Bryn Terfel (The Wanderer), Eric Owens (Alberich) U.S. Screenings: Wednesday, May 16 at 6:30 p.m. Canada Screenings: Thursday, May 17 at 6:30 p.m Running time: 258, including one intermission Original live transmission: November 5, 2011

The young hero Siegfried grows up in the wilderness, raised by Alberich’s conniving brother Mime. He puts together the broken pieces of the sword Nothung, uses it to slay the fearsome dragon Fafner, and takes the Ring for himself. To fulfill his destiny, he must overcome one more opponent—Wotan, now disguised as the Wanderer, who knows the world of the gods is coming to an end—and cross through the magic fire to awaken his true love, Brünnhilde.

Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods) Conducted by Fabio Luisi Starring Deborah Voigt (Brünnhilde), Wendy Bryn Harmer (Gutrune), Waltraud Meier (Waltraute), Jay Hunter Morris (Siegfried), Iain Paterson (Gunther), Eric Owens (Alberich), Hans-Peter König (Hagen) U.S. Screenings: Saturday, May 19 at 12 p.m. Canada Screenings: Saturday, May 19 at 10 a.m. Running time: 287 minutes, including one intermission Original live transmission: February 11, 2012

Siegfried and Brünnhilde’s love is torn apart by the curse of the Ring. A trio of scheming humans separates the two heroes in a desperate attempt to steal the Ring for themselves. Their villainous plan fails, but they succeed in murdering Siegfried. Heartbroken, Brünnhilde takes the Ring and leaps into the hero’s funeral pyre, causing a global cataclysm and the twilight of the gods.

The Ring Around The World

(Check www.metopera.org/liveinhd for additional and updated listings.)

Australia: June 2-3 (Wagner’s Dream), June 30-July 1 (Das Rheingold), July 14-15 (Die Walküre), July 28-29 (Siegfried), August 4-5 (Götterdämmerung)

Austria: July 28 (Das Rheingold), July 29 (Die Walküre), August 4 (Siegfried), August 5 (Götterdämmerung)

Belgium: May 7 (Wagner’s Dream), May 9 (Das Rheingold), May 14 (Die Walküre), May 16 (Siegfried), May 19 (Götterdämmerung)

Canada: May 7 (Wagner’s Dream), May 9 (Das Rheingold), May 12 (Die Walküre), May 17 (Siegfried), May 19 (Götterdämmerung)

Chile: May 19 (Wagner’s Dream), June 9 (Das Rheingold), June 16 (Die Walküre), June 23 (Siegfried), June 30 (Götterdämmerung)

Colombia: May 26 (Das Rheingold), May 27 (Die Walküre), June 2 (Siegfried), June 3 (Götterdämmerung)

Estonia: May 7 (Wagner’s Dream), May 9 (Das Rheingold), May 14 (Die Walküre), May 16 (Siegfried), May 19 (Götterdämmerung)

Finland: May 7 (Wagner’s Dream), May 9 (Das Rheingold), May 14 (Die Walküre),May 16 (Siegfried), May 21 (Götterdämmerung)

France: May 14 (Wagner’s Dream), June 5 (Das Rheingold), June 7 (Die Walküre), June 12 (Siegfried), June 14 (Götterdämmerung)

Germany: July 28 (Das Rheingold), July 29 (Die Walküre), August 4 (Siegfried), August 5(Götterdämmerung)

Ireland: July 2 (Wagner’s Dream), July 3 (Das Rheingold), July 5 (Die Walküre), July 7 (Siegfried), July 8(Götterdämmerung)

Japan: August 11-17 (Das Rheingold and Die Walküre), August 18-24 (Siegfried and Götterdämmerung)

Mexico: May 21 (Wagner’s Dream), May 26 (Das Rheingold), May 27 (Die Walküre), June 2 (Siegfried), June 3 (Götterdämmerung)

New Zealand: June 7 (Wagner’s Dream), June 14 (Das Rheingold), June 21 (Die Walküre), June 28 (Siegfried), July 5 (Götterdämmerung)

Norway: May 6 (Wagner’s Dream), May 12 (Das Rheingold), May 13 (Die Walküre), May 26 (Siegfried), May 27 (Götterdämmerung)

Peru: May 24(Wagner’s Dream), May 26 (Das Rheingold), May 27 (Die Walküre), June 2 (Siegfried), June 3 (Götterdämmerung)

Spain: May 7 (Wagner’s Dream), May 10 (Das Rheingold), May 14 (Die Walküre), May 17 (Siegfried), May 19(Götterdämmerung)

Switzerland: May 14 (Wagner’s Dream), June 5 (Das Rheingold), June 7 (Die Walküre), June 12 (Siegfried), June 14 (Götterdämmerung)

UK: June 20 (Wagner’s Dream), June 30 (Das Rheingold), July 1 (Die Walküre), July 7 (Siegfried), July 8 (Götterdämmerung)

U.S.: May 7 (Wagner’s Dream), May 9 (Das Rheingold), May 14 (Die Walküre), May 16 (Siegfried), May 19 (Götterdämmerung)

Major funding for Wagner’s Dream provided by The Link Foundation.

The Met: Live in HD series is made possible by a generous grant from its founding sponsor, The Neubauer Family Foundation.

Global corporate sponsorship of The Met: Live in HD is provided by Bloomberg.

Contact:
Lee Abrahamian / Peter Clark / Sam Neuman
(212) 870-7457
labrahamian@metopera.org / pclark@metopera.org / sneuman@metopera.org





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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NORTH CAROLINA SYMPHONY
April 23, 2012

CONTACT: Jeannie Mellinger, 919.789.5484, jmellinger@ncsymphony.org Download press releases and photos at ncsymphony.org/media/

North Carolina Symphony Education Concerts Ask Students “What Makes Music Music?”

Free Concerts for Western North Carolina Students: Mars Hill, April 26 Clyde, April 27

MARS HILL, N.C.—Every year, the North Carolina Symphony and its small ensembles present over 45 free education performances to elementary and middle school-age students across North Carolina. The series forms the core of the most extensive education program of any U.S. orchestra.

Twice during this week’s Western Tour, which includes four public North Carolina Symphony performances in the Western part of the state, the orchestra stops to provide free entertainment for the area’s young people.

Music Director Grant Llewellyn leads the Symphony in the engaging education concert program at Mars Hill College’s Moore Auditorium on Thursday, April 26 at 10:00 a.m. An education performance will also be held at Charles Beall Auditorium at Haywood Community College in Clyde, N.C., on Friday, April 27 at 10:45 a.m.

The concerts feature special demonstrations by the Symphony’s renowned staff of conductors and world-class musicians. Along the way, students and teachers are asked “What Makes Music Music?” with a rich and engaging musical lineup that highlights the building blocks of the art form: rhythm, dynamics, texture, tempo, form and melody.

“We break down music to its fundamentals to provide students with the essential tools for understanding the total influence of orchestral music in their lives,” says North Carolina Symphony Director of Education Jessica Nalbone.

This year’s lineup includes powerhouse selections by Mozart, Haydn and Strauss. Students will recognize one of music’s most famous melodies in Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” and get a little American flavor in Scott Joplin’s “The Entertainer,” well-known as the theme to the Paul Newman and Robert Redford film The Sting.

The cinematic thrills do not end there. All of the day’s lessons are brought together in the concert’s stirring finale, Reinhold Glière most famous work—one of classical music’s most frequently quoted scores and one featured in movies from The Right Stuff to The Hunt for Red October—the Russian Sailors’ Dance from The Red Poppy ballet.

“It’s so exciting to see students’ faces light up when they realize how these individual pieces relate to them,” says Nalbone. “These concerts are an enriching educational moment that will remain them for the rest of their lives.”

Glenwood Elementary music educator Carole Dolber attends the North Carolina Symphony Workshop for teachers annually and incorporates North Carolina Symphony lesson plans in her class.

“For some this is the only time they will see and hear a symphony orchestra live,” she says, “for others it sparks their interest to learning how to play an instrument…[Students] love to talk about everything after the concert: Meymandi Hall, the musicians, the instruments, the conductor and the music they have just heard.”

Symphony Resident Conductor William Henry Curry puts it even more succinctly. “Classical music is just as entertaining as any other kind of music,” he says. “That, to me, is our number one mission at the concert.”

Education concerts are presented free in schools or concert halls for school groups and are closed to the public. They are generously supported across the state by the North Carolina General Assembly, as well as BB&T, GlaxoSmithKline and Progress Energy.

The Western Tour is made possible with support from The Cannon Foundation.

For complete information on the Symphony’s education programs, including how to attend or schedule an education concert in your area, visit www.ncsymphony.org/educationprograms or contact Jessica Nalbone at jnalbone@ncsymphony.org or 919.789.5461.

About the North Carolina Symphony

Founded in 1932, the North Carolina Symphony performs over 175 concerts annually to adults and school children in more than 50 North Carolina counties. An entity of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, the orchestra employs 67 professional musicians, under the artistic leadership of Music Director and Conductor Grant Llewellyn, Resident Conductor William Henry Curry and Associate Conductor Sarah Hicks.

Based in downtown Raleigh’s spectacular Meymandi Concert Hall at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts and an outdoor summer venue at Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary, N.C., the Symphony performs about 60 concerts annually in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and Cary metropolitan area. It holds regular concert series in Fayetteville, New Bern, Southern Pines and Wilmington—as well as individual concerts in many other North Carolina communities throughout the year—and conducts one of the most extensive education programs of any U.S. orchestra.

Program Listing:
North Carolina Symphony
2011/12 Education Concert

INTRODUCTION
Prologue and Galop from The Comedians
Dimitry Kabalevsky (1904-1987)

RHYTHM
Movement III from Symphony No. 101 in D Major, “The Clock”
Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)

DYNAMICS
Overture to The Magic Flute
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

TEXTURE
“The Montagues and the Capulets” from Romeo and Juliet
Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)

TEMPO
Accelerations Waltz
Johann Strauss (1804-1849)

FORM
“The Entertainer”
Scott Joplin (1867-1917)

MELODY
“Ode to Joy”
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)/arr. Mizesko

FINALE
Russian Sailors’ Dance from The Red Poppy
Reinhold Glière (1875-1956)





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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NORTH CAROLINA SYMPHONY

April 16, 2012

CONTACT: Jeannie Mellinger
919.789.5484
jmellinger@ncsymphony.org

Pink Martini Added to North Carolina Symphony’s 2012/13 Pops Series

Super Group Joins Symphony for “Holiday Pops: A Pink Martini Christmas,” Dec. 21-22

RALEIGH, N.C.—Pink Martini will return to Raleigh this December for three holiday celebrations with the North Carolina Symphony, the orchestra announced today. Packing its unique blend of red-hot world music and retro-lounge cool, the band joins the Symphony, conducted by Sarah Hicks, for three Pops Series performances over two days at downtown Raleigh’s Meymandi Concert Hall.

The concerts, titled “Holiday Pops: A Pink Martini Christmas” will feature, among other selections, music from the band’s acclaimed 2011 holiday album Joy to the World. They take place on Friday, Dec. 21 at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 22 at 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Led by Oregon-native Thomas Lauderdale and their “Diva Next Door,” China Forbes, Pink Martini has turned a captivating sound—a mix of classical, jazz, Latin, samba and good, old-fashioned pop—into one of the hottest acts in music. Their unique combination of Hollywood lounge class and world influence offers the perfect blend of seductive and new age sounds.

“Pink Martini definitely is an original force in contemporary music,” wrote The Washington Times in 2005. “It also bridges, better than any band in recent memory, the high-brow/pop culture divide.”

Pink Martini has performed its multilingual repertoire on concert stages and with symphony orchestras throughout Europe, Asia, Northern Africa, Australia, New Zealand and North America.

“Pink Martini is a rollicking around-the-world musical adventure,” says founder Lauderdale, and a globe-trotting touring schedule and more than a decade of breakout success have not altered his motivations. “If the United Nations had a house band in 1962, hopefully we’d be that band.”

The twelve-member group has performed with top orchestras around the world, including the Boston Pops, Los Angeles Philharmonic and BBC Concert Orchestra in London. Pink Martini has also released eight CDs, including 2009’s Splendor in the Grass, hailed as “swiftly intoxicating and elegantly chilled” by London’s Telegraph, and 2011’s holiday album Joy to the World.

Tickets to “Holiday Pops: A Pink Martini Christmas” are currently only available by subscribing to the orchestra’s six-concert Pops Series or three-concert Pops Matinee Series.

For details and to purchase tickets to either offering, visit the series subscription page of the North Carolina Symphony’s website at www.ncsymphony.org/subscriptions. Subscriptions may also be purchased over the phone by calling North Carolina Symphony Audience Services at 919.733.2750 or toll free 877.627.6724.

Single-concert tickets will be available online and by phone beginning August 6. Meymandi Concert Hall is located in the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., in Raleigh.

About the North Carolina Symphony

Founded in 1932, the North Carolina Symphony performs over 175 concerts annually to adults and school children in more than 50 North Carolina counties. An entity of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, the orchestra employs 67 professional musicians, under the artistic leadership of Music Director and Conductor Grant Llewellyn, Resident Conductor William Henry Curry and Associate Conductor Sarah Hicks.

Based in downtown Raleigh’s spectacular Meymandi Concert Hall at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts and an outdoor summer venue at Booth Amphitheatre in Cary, N.C., the Symphony performs about 60 concerts annually in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and Cary metropolitan area. It holds regular concert series in Fayetteville, New Bern, Southern Pines and Wilmington—as well as individual concerts in many other North Carolina communities throughout the year—and conducts one of the most extensive education programs of any U.S. orchestra.





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NORTH CAROLINA SYMPHONY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 12, 2012

CONTACT: Jeannie Mellinger
919.789.5484
jmellinger@ncsymphony.org

North Carolina Symphony Pub Series Returns This Monday

“Celtic Aires” at Buku, April 16 Series Finale at The Oxford, May 20

RALEIGH, N.C.—The 2011/12 edition of the North Carolina Symphony’s Pub Series, the popular and relaxed dinner concerts featuring small ensembles of Symphony musicians, return for two final installments beginning this Monday.

First, Symphony musicians Elizabeth Beilman, Rebekah Binford, Jimmy Gilmore, David Marschall and Jeremy Preston present “Celtic Aires” at Buku in downtown Raleigh this Monday, April 16. Dinner service begins at 6:00 p.m., with the concert starting at 8:00 p.m.

The program features legendary movie composer Bernard Herrmann’s Souvenirs de Voyage, a warm and nostalgic clarinet and string quartet that became the composer’s final concert work. Drawing inspiration from English and Irish artists including poet A.E. Housman and painter J.M.W. Turner, the piece is a romantic departure for Herrmann, and it certainly gives concertgoers a different view of the creative force behind the music to film classics Psycho, Vertigo and Citizen Kane.

Also included in the lineup is a medley of traditional Celtic tunes arranged by the Symphony’s own long-time clarinet, Jimmy Gilmore. These musical delights will be paired with Buku’s unique take on world cuisine. The menu, just announced, includes herb-encrusted roast pork tenderloin and barley and dried currant salad, complete with whiskey toffee pudding for dessert.

Tickets are still available for “Celtic Aires” ($65, including dinner). Visit the North Carolina Symphony website at www.ncsymphony.org or call North Carolina Symphony Audience Services at 919.733.2750 or toll free 877.627.6724. Buku is located at 110 E. Davie St. in Raleigh.

The concert launches a week-long tribute to North Carolina Symphony Music Director Grant Llewellyn’s native soil. The full orchestra, led by Llewellyn and joined by celebrated Welsh harpist Catrin Finch, presents “Grant’s Postcards from Home” in Wilmington and Raleigh’s Meymandi Concert Hall, April 19-21. Llewellyn takes audiences members to his home—musically, at least—with four powerhouse compositions from Wales, many of which he conducted in their world premieres.

Click on April 19-21 at www.ncsymphony.org/events to sample this incredible music before the concerts, view video tours of where Grant grew up and buy tickets.

“Celtic Aires” is also the third of four Pub Series concerts this season. The series concludes at The Oxford in downtown Raleigh on Sunday, May 20 at 6:00 p.m., with Zoltán Kodály’s Duo for Violin and Cello and selections from American composer John Adams’s John’s Book of Alleged Dances. The program features Symphony musicians Jacqueline Saed Wolborsky, David Kilbride, David Marschall and Lisa Howard Shaughnessey. Tickets are going fast!

About the North Carolina Symphony

Founded in 1932, the North Carolina Symphony performs over 175 concerts annually to adults and school children in more than 50 North Carolina counties. An entity of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, the orchestra employs 67 professional musicians, under the artistic leadership of Music Director and Conductor Grant Llewellyn, Resident Conductor William Henry Curry and Associate Conductor Sarah Hicks.

Based in downtown Raleigh’s spectacular Meymandi Concert Hall at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts and an outdoor summer venue at Booth Amphitheatre in Cary, N.C., the Symphony performs about 60 concerts annually in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and Cary metropolitan area. It holds regular concert series in Fayetteville, New Bern, Southern Pines and Wilmington—as well as individual concerts in many other North Carolina communities throughout the year—and conducts one of the most extensive education programs of any U.S. orchestra.

Concert/Event Listing:
North Carolina Symphony
Pub Series

Celtic Aires
Monday, April 16, 2012, 6pm dinner, 8pm concert
Buku
110 E. Davie St., Raleigh

Jimmy Gilmore, clarinet
Rebekah Binford, violin
Jeremy Preston, violin
David Marschall, viola
Elizabeth Beilman, cello

Herrmann: Souvenirs de Voyage
Traditional/arr. Gilmore: A Medley of Celtic Tunes

John’s Book of Alleged Dances
Sunday, May 20, 2012, 6pm dinner, 8pm concert
The Oxford
319 Fayetteville St., Raleigh

Jacqueline Saed Wolborsky, violin
David Kilbride, violin
David Marschall, viola
Lisa Howard Shaughnessy, cello

Kodály: Duo for Violin and Cello, Op. 7
John Adams: Selections from John’s Book of Alleged Dances





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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 28, 2012
Media Contact:
Karen Wing
919-608-8997

NORTH CAROLINA OPERA TO PRESENT
VERDI’S IL TROVATORE

RALEIGH, N.C.-- North Carolina Opera will present Il trovatore by Giuseppe Verdi April 27, 2012 in the Meymandi Concert Hall at the Progress Energy Center in Raleigh, N.C. and April 29, 2012 at Memorial Hall in Chapel Hill, N.C. Artistic Director and Principal Conductor, Timothy Myers, will conduct, and David Paul will direct. The semi-staged production will be sung in Italian with English supertitles.

Il Trovatore is the quintessential Italian opera and one of the most popular operas of all time, featuring one hit tune after another, including the famous Anvil chorus. The plot is equally engaging, wherein two rivals love the same woman, while a dark family secret leads to terrible vengeance. Soprano Leah Crocetto, will play the role of Leonora. Noah Stewart, tenor, will be Manrico. Robynne Redmon is Azucena, Liam Bonner is Di Luna, Richard Ollarsaba is Ferrando, John Cashwell is Ruiz and Stephanie Foley is Ines. Ross Kolman is the lighting designer.

“Il Trovatore is one of the most tuneful operas ever written, featuring one recognizable aria after another, including the well-loved Anvil chorus, not to mention an intriguing story.” said Eric Mitchko, General Director of North Carolina Opera. “This opera was never done by either of our predecessor companies, and North Carolina Opera thought it was an important piece to bring to the stage for area opera fans.”

With an expansive repertoire of symphonic, ensemble and operatic works, Timothy Myers has proven himself as a conductor of exceptional diversity. His recent engagements include the Beijing National Center for the Performing Arts, Opera Africa, Houston Grand Opera, the North Carolina and Milwaukee symphony orchestras, the Wolf Trap and Central City festivals, and numerous other projects spanning four continents. In 2009 Myers was appointed by Lorin Maazel as the first ever Associate Conductor of the Castleton Festival, where during his two year tenure he was entrusted with multiple symphonic and opera performances. As the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of North Carolina Opera, Timothy is one of the youngest artistic leaders in American opera. His artistic vision has broadened the company’s repertoire to include a wider variety ranging from Handel to Glass, as well as the creation of innovative and stimulating productions of the classic repertoire. Myers has been engaged for assistant/associate positions with the New York Philharmonic, New York City Opera, London BBC Symphony, as well as principal guest conductor and artistic advisor of the Palm Beach Symphony. He has conducted the Jerusalem Symphony, American Symphony, Brooklyn Philharmonic, the opera companies of Palm Beach, Anchorage and Asheville, the Bard Festival, and Music Academy of the West.

David Paul has worked extensively on operatic and theatrical stages throughout the United States and abroad. Highlights of the past year include productions of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” for the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, DC and "Il barbiere di Siviglia" for Ash Lawn Opera in Virginia, as well as associate directing “Les Enfants Terribles” for North Carolina Opera and assistant directing Terrence McNally's play “Master Class” on Broadway, featuring Tyne Daly. He makes his debut at Music Academy of the West this summer, directing Stravinsky's “The Rake's Progress”, followed by Sarah Ruhl's play “Eurydice” at Columbia University. Recent directing credits include a critically-acclaimed production of "Le nozze di Figaro" for Washington National Opera, Walton's "The Bear" at the Tel Aviv Summer Opera Festival, "Così fan tutte" for Westminster Choir College, and “Die Zauberflöte” for the Intermezzo Festival in Belgium. Paul graduated summa cum laude from Columbia University with a degree in theater arts and a specialization in directing. He is a native of Hamburg, Germany.

Leah Crocetto is a third-year Adler fellow with San Francisco Opera, where she has been heard in productions of “Aida”, “Il trittico”, and “Cyrano de Bergerac”. Recognized as a rising star in the next generation of singers, Ms. Crocetto represented the United States at the 2011 Cardiff BBC Singer of the World Competition where she was a finalist in the Song Competition. She is a 2010 Grand Finals Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and was the First Place Winner, People’s Choice and the Spanish Prize Winner of the 2009 José Iturbi International Music Competition, and winner of the Bel Canto Foundation competition. She has been featured by San Francisco Opera and continues to make important debuts on stages around the world. She begins the season in her role debut as Liù in “Turandot” for San Francisco Opera, and will be featured by the prestigious San Francisco Performances on their 32nd Annual Gala Concert. In 2010–2011, Crocetto made her European debut as Leonora in Il trovatore with Opéra National de Bordeaux and her 2009 – 2010 season included Verdi’s Requiem with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel. Ms. Crocetto holds degrees from Siena Heights University in acting performance and Moody Bible Institute in vocal studies. She is a former member of the Sarasota Opera Apprentice Artists Program and San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program, where she performed scenes from “Manon”, “Don Pasquale” and sang the roles of two Verdi heroines, Luisa Miller and Leonora in “Il trovatore” on the Grand Finale Concert.

Earlier credits include the Verdi Requiem with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel, a Schwabacher Recital for the San Francisco Opera, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with San Francisco Opera and Nicola Luisotti, and Handel’s Messiah in Anchorage.

Noah Stewart is one of opera’s most sought-after artists. The current season included his debut at the Bregenz Festival as Hassan in Judith Weir’s new opera, Miss Fortune, in which he will also appear for his debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, as Hassan, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly for Opera North in Leeds, Manchester, and Dublin, and in the title role in Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette for Knoxville Opera. In past seasons, he has performed the role of the Prince in John Adams’ The Flowering Tree, with the Gulbankian Symphony in Lisbon and Paris and Rodolfo in La Bohème for Opera Carolina. He served as an Adler Fellow with the San Francisco Opera, appearing with the company as the Major-domo in Der Rosenkavalier, Macduff in Macbeth, the Philistine Messenger in Samson and Delilah, and T. Morris Chester in the world premiere of Philip Glass’ Appomattox. He also appeared as the Wizard in Conrad Susa’s Transformations as a participant in the Merola Opera Program. Mr. Stewart won a 2008 Encouragement Award from the Sullivan Foundation, 1st place in the 2008 Mario Lanza vocal competition, second prize in the Leontyne Price Competition and the George London Competition, and received the Marian Anderson Encouragement Award, an Opera Index Award, a Licia AlbaneseBPuccini Foundation Study Grant, and first prize in the Florida Grand Opera Competition. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School and the Academy of Vocal Arts.

Robynne Redmon has earned international acclaim for her artistry as a singer and as an actress. She has performed leading roles with the major opera houses of the world including The Metropolitan Opera (Maddalena in Rigoletto, Marina in Boris Godunov, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly and Fenena in Nabucco), Lyric Opera of Chicago (Adalgisa in Norma, Fenena in Nabucco, Laura in La Gioconda and The Ring of the Nibelungen), San Francisco Opera , the Bavarian State Opera (Fenena), Teatro alla Scala (La Haine in Gluck’s Armide and Clytemnestre in Gluck’s Iphigenie en Aulide), Berlin State Opera and Opera de Marseilles (Adalgisa), Teatro Regio Torino (Giovanna Seymour in Anna Bolena). A respected interpreter of modern music and creator of new roles, Ms. Redmon has created the title role in the world premiere of Bright Sheng’s Madame Mao for the Santa Fe Opera, the American premiere of Mathis der Maler, and the world premieres of Harvey Milk and Hugo Weisgall’s Esther for New York City Opera, Conrad Susa’s Black River, Stephen Oliver’s Beauty and the Beast.

Praised by Opera News for his “rich, versatile voice” and “beautiful instrument,” rising baritone Liam Bonner will make his debut in the 2011-2012 season with the Los Angeles Opera as Sid in ‘Albert Herring’ under James Conlon. In recent seasons, he made his Washington National Opera debut as the title role in ‘Hamlet’ to great acclaim, performed with Houston Grand Opera for Belcore in ‘L’elisir d’amore’, made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Morales in ‘Carmen’ and performed the role of Valentin in 'Faust' with North Carolina Opera. Mr. Bonner was also seen at the Metropolitan Opera as Horatio in ‘Hamlet’ in the worldwide HD broadcast. He earned his Master of Music from Manhattan School of Music and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University. Additionally, Mr. Bonner is a former member of the Houston Grand Opera Studio, as well as San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program and Studio and Apprentice Artist at Central City Opera. He is the recipient of the Richard F. Gold Career Grant from the Shoshanna Foundation, a first-prize winner of the Gerda Lissner Foundation Competition, a national semi-finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and an award winner from the George London Foundation and Houston Grand Opera’s Eleanor McCollum Competition.

Richard Ollarsaba, a native of Tempe, Arizona, received his BM from the Cleveland Institute of Music Mr. Ollarsaba’s experience with the CIM Opera Theater include the role of Sarastro from Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. He made his Opera Cleveland debut in its 2008 production of Le nozze di Figaro in the role of Antonio. That following November, he performed with the Kansas City Symphony in their performances of Handel’s Messiah. Mr. Ollarsaba has participated in the Music Academy of the West summer study program, summers 2009 and 2010 under the tutelage of world-renowned opera singer Marilyn Horne where he performed as the character Jarno in a rare performance of Ambroise Thomas’ Mignon and as the Commendatore in Mozart’s Don Giovanni. He received his MM from the UNCSA A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute in Winston-Salem and is currently a Professional Artist Certificate candidate within the same program, studying under Marilyn Taylor. In his time in Winston-Salem, he has performed such roles as Lord Cecil from Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda, Superintendent Budd in Britten’s Albert Herring and Don Alfonso in Mozart’s Così fan tutte with the Fletcher Opera Institute. He made his Piedmont Opera debut in their 2010 production of Il Trovatore in the role of Ferrando and returned in 2012 to sing John Hale in Robert Ward’s The Crucible. In the 2010-2011 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Mr. Ollarsaba placed second in the Southeast Region.

Ms. Crocetto holds degrees from Siena Heights University in acting performance and Moody Bible Institute in vocal studies. She is a former member of the Sarasota Opera Apprentice Artists Program She was a member of San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program. San Francisco Chronicle said Crocetto has a “powerful Verdi voice and formidable precision technique, and intensity that amplifies an already huge voice, and an innate, irresistible musicality.” San Francisco Classical voice said, “In thirty years of exciting discoveries, listening to each group of Merolini for the first time, I have never experienced a singer as complete and awesome as Crocetto.”

Tickets are $25 to $83, and are on sale now by calling the North Carolina Opera Box Office at 919-792-3850, filling out the form available at www.ncopera.org or going to www.ticketmaster.com for the Raleigh performance and www.memorialhall.unc.edu for the Chapel Hill performance. Performances will be on Apr. 27 at 8 p.m. and Apr. 29 at 3 p.m.

ABOUT NORTH CAROLINA OPERA

North Carolina Opera was formed in 2010 from the merger of Capital Opera Raleigh and The Opera Company of North Carolina. It is dedicated to presenting operatic performances at the highest level throughout the Triangle. We also have a robust education program that brings opera to schools across Wake County and surrounding counties. North Carolina Opera brings international level artists to Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, and also engages the best in local Triangle talent.





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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
75th Anniversary Carmel Bach Festival Tickets On Sale April 2

Celebration of Bach's global influence will encompass South American to Bluegrass

CARMEL, CA, March 22, 2012 — Tickets for the much anticipated 75th season of the Carmel Bach Festival go on sale Monday, April 2. Led by world-renowned Music Director Paul Goodwin, the Festival this year carries the theme "Spheres of Influence," celebrating Johann Sebastian Bach's impact on music around the world. It will take place in Carmel, California from July 14 to 28, 2012.

Beginning on April 2, tickets will be available online at bachfestival.org/index.cfm/tickets.htm, or by phone at (831) 624-1521. Ticket prices vary by event.

Among this year's highlights:

* A rare Carmel performance of the beautiful Rachmaninoff Vespers, also known as the All-Night Vigil. This a capella work was one of Rachmaninoff's own favorites — he requested that the fifth movement be played at his funeral.

* Chamber concerts will include performances by the internationally celebrated soloists Robin Blaze, countertenor; Thomas Cooley, tenor and Alexander Dobson, baritone.

* The Thursday Main Concerts will feature _Bach and Bluegrass_. Guest artists are the virtuosic mandolin duo, Mike Marshall and Caterina Lichtenberg, among the most accomplished and versatile players in the United States and Europe, with members of the Festival Orchestra. The program will include Bach, Vivaldi, Bluegrass, and Bulgarian folk music.

* Maestro Goodwin will continue his open rehearsals, inviting the audience to join him inside the artistic process. In 2011 the open rehearsals grew into a signature phenomenon with the final open rehearsal drawing a crowd of more than 600 to Carmel’s Sunset Center.

This season's full calendar can be found at bachfestival.org/index.cfm/online_calendar.htm.

Festival fans can stay in touch with the latest developments by Liking the Festival Facebook page at facebook.com/bachfestival, and by following @carmelbach on Twitter at twitter.com/carmelbach.

About the Carmel Bach Festival

Now entering its 75th anniversary season, the Carmel Bach Festival is recognized as a world class festival of music and ideas inspired by the historical and ongoing influence of Johann Sebastian Bach in the world. Transcending the traditional boundaries of performance and presentation, the Festival provides fresh contexts of relevance that enable listeners to experience beauty and wonder, sparking the imagination, stimulating conversation, and enriching lives in unpredictable ways.

The Festival has run every summer since 1935 except for a two-year hiatus during World War II. This summer's rich schedule features full orchestral and choral works, individual vocal and chamber ensemble concerts, recitals, master classes, lectures and informal talks, in addition to interactive social and family events.

More on the Carmel Bach Festival can be found at bachfestival.org. Facebook: facebook.com/bachfestival. Twitter: twitter.com/carmelbach.

More on Music Director Paul Goodwin at www.paulgoodwinconductor.com.





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Esa-Pekka Salonen
East coast concerts

Conductor and composer Esa-Pekka Salonen returns to the East coast in March and April with concerts in Philadelphia, New York, Miami and Boston.

Esa-Pekka Salonen has just been announced as one of the official Torchbearers for the Olympic Games 2012. He will carry the Olympic flame for one mile in London on July 26, the penultimate day of its 8,000 mile journey.

In Philadelphia and Boston Salonen conducts his own Violin Concerto that won the 2012 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition. The concerto will be played by Violinist Leila Josefowicz, who inspired Salonen’s work. Click here to listen to the Violin Concerto.

29/30/31 March, Philadelphia, Verizon Hall
Philadelphia Orchestra
Bartók: Music for strings, percussion and celesta
Salonen: Violin concerto
Debussy: La Mer
Leila Josefowicz, Violin

12/13/14 April, Boston, Symphony Hall
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin
Salonen: Violin concerto
Stravinsky: Firebird
Leila Josefowicz, Violin

Esa-Pekka Salonen’s stay in the US is linked to a number of education projects:

While rehearsing his Violin Concerto with the Philadelphia Orchestra he will meet with composition students of the University of Pennsylvania.

On April 3 he conducts the Juilliard School Orchestra for the first time in a program of works by Sibelius and Beethoven.

3 April, New York, Alice Tully Hall Julliard Orchestra Sibelius: Pohjola’s Daughter Beethoven: Symphony No. 7

Conducting the New World Symphony – America’s Orchestral Academy – on April 7 in Miami the programme features Salonen’s composition “Nyx” from 2011 alongside Stravinsky’s “Firebird” and Debussy’s “Prélude à l’après midi d’un faune”.

7 April, Miami, New World Hall, Frank Gehry Campus New World Symphony Debussy: Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune Salonen: Nyx Stravinsky: Firebird

While at the University of Louisville to receive the Grawemeyer Award Esa-Pekka Salonen will lead a week of activities including workshops, rehearsals and lectures on composing and conducting, bringing together composition and conducting students.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information or an interview with Esa-Pekka Salonen.

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UNCSA COMPOSER WINS COLLEGE TELEVISION AWARD
Leo Hurley Composed Score for UNCSA Student Film

WINSTON-SALEM - Leo Hurley, a 2011 graduate of the School of Music at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA), has won a College Television Award from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

A composer from Rollinsford, N.H., who earned a Bachelor of Music at UNCSA, Hurley won his College Television Award for Music: Best Composition, for his score for ZOMROMCOM: THE MUSICAL, a UNCSA student film. The score was recorded on the UNCSA School of Filmmaking Scoring Stage, with UNCSA student musicians under the direction of world-renowned conductor (and UNCSA Chancellor) John Mauceri.

UNCSA School of Filmmaking alumna Vera Herbert, who received a B.F.A. in Directing in 2011, wrote the script and the lyrics. She is from Youngstown, Ohio. The film was directed by Filmmaking alumnus Messiah Amaram (B.F.A. 2011, Screenwriting), from Raleigh.

ZOMROMCOM is the story of Svetlana, one of the world's top neuroscientists, who has dedicated her life to finding the cure for the quickest spreading virus on the planet: Zombism.

This is UNCSA's second College Television Award: WOODROW WILSON and producer Tom Santay won Second Place Comedy in 2006. Last year, UNCSA had a Blue Ribbon Finalist in the Best Composition category: Conor McHugh for PINK TRIANGLE.

This is UNCSA's first award in the Music categories.

The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences gives College Television Awards in 11 major craft categories. Finalists are chosen by preliminary and secondary panels composed of working professionals who are members of the Television Academy, and then a blue ribbon panel of judges selects the winners. Winners receive cash awards, industry recognition and the opportunity to network with top television executives. The awards gala is March 31 in Los Angeles.

Hurley had his Lincoln Center premiere last month with "Forest of Mirrors," a 20-minute ballet for trumpet and string quartet. One of his most exciting upcoming commissions comes from the Festival Europa Cantat XVIII, an international choral festival in Turin, Italy, where he will have a new choral piece premiered in July.

Hurley has gained recognition with commissions and performances spanning the United States, Italy, and Serbia. He has had the pleasure of writing for Maya Angelou's 80th Birthday Celebration, Grammy Award winner Pharoah Sanders, Winston-Salem Symphony, Beyond Words Dance Company in an Off-Broadway dance production, Sonnet Repertory Theater Company in an Off-Off-Broadway musical, Alonzo King's LINES Ballet (most notably in the performance at the La Biennale Festival in Venice, Italy), as well as several film productions. In 2011 he was chosen by the Orchestra Filarmonica di Torino (Turin, Italy) to be showcased on their New Year's Eve Concert, and he won the North Carolina Symphony String Quartet Competition with his "String Quartet No. 1." In 2010, he achieved the title of "Iron Composer" at the Cortona Session's first annual Iron Composer Competition, and he won the Winston-Salem Symphony composition competition for the second time, having his work "Mirror Mirror Overture" premiered during the Mary Starling concert series. In 2009, he was awarded the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer's Award for "Zydeco," a saxophone quartet. Recently, Hurley assisted composer Carlisle Floyd on a production of his opera Susannah in Bilbao, Spain, and continues a mentorship with him as he writes his first opera. He studied with Lawrence Dillon at UNCSA.

Hurley has also composed the score for MOLLY UNDER THE MOON, a UNCSA student film which is in post-production.

As America's first state-supported arts school, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts is a unique stand-alone public university of arts conservatories. With a high school component, UNCSA is a degree-granting institution that trains young people of talent in music, dance, drama, filmmaking, and design and production. Established by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, the School of the Arts opened in Winston-Salem ("The City of Arts and Innovation") in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.





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Kent Nagano on the 2012/13 season at Bayerische Staatsoper

In the yearly press conference of the Bayerische Staatsoper the programme of the new season was announced today: Please click here for the season brochure 2012/13.

Kent Nagano comments:

The 2012/13 season will be my seventh and last as Generalmusikdirektor at the Bayerische Staatsoper. Seven years of the most outstanding musical fulfilment and revelation! Seven years of continually new encounters and artistic experience. I should like to offer my heartfelt thanks to all those who have accompanied me on this road and helped to shape it with me.

When I began in Munich at the start of the 2006/07 season, we did of course set ourselves ambitious artistic goals illuminating the forward looking tradition of Munich: to invite the strongest and most active composers of our time, to reinstall the music of Richard Strauss into the center of the repertoire after a long absence, to focus on Verdi, particularly the younger Verdi, and on the Slavik repertoire. We always saw these goals in the context of our social and cultural responsibilities. Thus right from the outset in 2006/07 two operatic commissions were realized: ‘Das Gehege’ by Wolfgang Rihm and ‘Alice in Wonderland’ by Unsuk Chin. These were intended as road signs, pointing the way into a creative future, in which the tradition of our institution should nonetheless have a secure place. The combination of Rihm’s one-act opera with ‘Salome’ was exemplary in this respect.

That we are, in my final season in 2012/13, again staging the first performances of two commissioned works brings us full circle, and at the same time opens up a perspective. The two composers are Jörg Widmann with ‘Babylon’ and George Benjamin with ‘Written on skin’. With their music, both artists represent – each in his very own way – an artistic attitude which for me, and particularly against the background of our great and important musical tradition, is of the highest significance and imposes major obligations. Their understanding of composition is deeply rooted in the traditions of European art, and at the same time opens up a view into a future which quite obviously requires new sensory designs and consequently demands courage and a willingness to take risks.

The fact that these two composers, who, while highly imaginative are yet conscious of their responsibility, are represented in the coming season with their new works is something I regard as a great stroke of good fortune. Our expectations, and of course those of the public too, are correspondingly high; not least because the philosopher Peter Sloterdijk as the librettist of ‘Babylon’ is venturing on to new terrain as a writer for the stage, and because with ‘Babylon’ a horizon is being opened up in which nothing less is being imagined and addressed than the basic questions which are as old as humanity itself: the questions of human purpose and about the constructs of religion, civilization and culture, which provide a firm footing for our earthly existence and point out roads which we can take.

Six years ago we produced Modest Mussorgsky’s ‘Khovanchina’. We wanted to stress the importance of Slavic opera and its socially critical dimensions. With our new production of Mussorgsky’s ‘Boris Godunov’ in the 2012/13 season, again I have come full circle. It is precisely in the combination not only with Widmann’s ‘Babylon’, but also with the Verdi operas, which occupy an especially prominent place in the coming season, that our schedule shows how opera has its real basis and its core deep in the concrete realities of human life and co-existence. This says much about the cultural and social relevance of opera and indeed of music, which after all is the essential dimension of opera: in it, and in its sensuous, intellectual and emotional echoes and repercussions within ourselves, we experience earthly events, stories, and destinies as reflections on a heavenly firmament.

To talk of the importance of the orchestra for the opera is like carrying coals to Newcastle. But thanks are due to the Bayerisches Staatsorchester for the artistic initiative which always accompanies them. With the ‘OktoberMusikFest’ an autumn forum was initiated in 2006 – since 2009 in co-operation with the Max Planck Society – which opens up a thematic horizon for the members of the orchestra and exciting paths for musical imagination. Borrowing from the subject matter of the ‘Babylon’ opera the programme for the coming autumn can be summarized as ‘Chaos and Order’.

In the next season, with our collaboration with the ‘Musikalische Akademie’ and the newly formed chamber orchestra of the Bayerisches Staatsorchester, we shall have composers in the schedule to whom we have assigned great importance in recent years, composers who have occupied us repeatedly and intensively: Beethoven, Bruckner, Mahler, Berg, Strauss, Hartmann and – Wolfgang Rihm and Unsuk Chin. The two last-named are composing new works for the Bayerisches Staatsorchester, which will be premiered in the last two concerts. They thus close a ‘seven-year circle’, on whose beginning they left a crucial mark, and in which we have tried to see Munich’s musical tradition and importance in the light of future perspectives, and to put across this vision to our audiences.

Kent Nagano

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Debut Tour: Pablo Heras-Casado with Freiburger Barockorchester

Pablo Heras-Casado and the Freiburger Barockorchester begin an important

relationship with their debut tour in March. Together they will travel to Berlin, Lisbon, Stuttgart, Freiburg and St. Pölten exploring Romantic music by Schubert, Mendelssohn and Schumann – a repertoire rarely played by the orchestra.

„Die blaue Blume“
20 March, Lisbon, Gulbenkian Foundation
24 March, St. Pölten, Festspielhaus
25 March, Freiburg, Rolf-Böhme-Saal
26 March, Stuttgart, Liederhalle
27 March, Berlin, Philharmonie, Kammermusiksaal
Schubert: Symphony No. 4 „Tragic“
Schumann: Introduction and Allegro appassionato in G Major
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 „Italian“
Kristian Bezuidenhout, fortepiano

In August 2012 Pablo Heras-Casado and the Freiburger Barockorchester will be guest in New York (details of the concert will be revealed soon) and continue their relationship over the next seasons. An upcoming project is the recording of Schubert’s Symphonies No. 3 and 4 in Granada to be released by Harmonia Mundi.

This year sees Pablo Heras-Casado embark on a significant recording collaboration with Harmonia Mundi. Besides the recording with Freiburger Barockorchester he will be recording Mendelssohn’s “Lobgesang” with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in June and works by Praetorius with Vocalconsort Berlin and instrumentalists from the “Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin” in December. A further project with Freiburger Barockorchester – a recording of the Schumann instrumental concertos – is planned for 2014.

Pablo Heras-Casado

Recently announced as Principal Conductor of New York’s Orchestra of St Luke’s, 2011/12 also sees a number of significant guest conducting debuts for Pablo Heras-Casado – including the Berliner Philharmoniker, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, New World Symphony Orchestra, Mariinsky Orchestra and Staatskapelle Berlin. He also works for the first time with Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra – while making return visits with such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Houston Symphony Orchestras, San Francisco Symphony and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France.

Much in demand, too, as an opera conductor, the same season’s plans feature “Iphigenie in Tauride” with Canadian Opera Company; and “L’Elisir D’Amore” for Festspielhaus Baden-Baden. Meanwhile he is invited for significant new music projects with Paris’ Ensemble intercontemporain, both in Paris and at the Lucerne Festival, as well as conducting Klangforum Wien at the Salzburg Festival.

Highlights in 2012/13 and beyond include debuts with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera – as well as reinvitations from the Chicago Symphony and Teatro Real Madrid.

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