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If you’ve ever wondered what the audition process is like for a professional orchestra, here’s your chance to take a stab at the repertoire and see if you’re up to snuff. In what is typically an undisclosed process, the New York Philharmonic has released its section violin audition packet and made it available to…Continue
Posted by Stephanie Powell on July 21, 2015 at 9:35am
Dateline: Rougemont, Switzerland, Temple de Château-d'Œx, 5:30 p.m., July 19, 2015
As festivals do these days, the 2015 installment of the Gstaad Menuhin Festival & Academy, founded in 1957 by the man everyone in the famed Alpine resort and surrounding communities calls Lord Menuhin, has a theme intended to provide numerous points of departure to explore and expand classical music's horizons: Irony and…Continue
Posted by Laurence Vittes on July 21, 2015 at 12:30am
Dateline: Lockenhaus, Austria, the Town Hall and the Pfarrkirche, July 15, 2015
Classical music dream teams dominated the day's and night's events Wednesday at the Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival: Soprano Anne Marie Pammer and violinist Ilya Gringolts; pianists Cristina Barbuti and Alexander Lonquich; the Vallardo-Kelemen-Altstaedt Trio, specially-constituted for the Festival; and the Quatuor…Continue
Posted by Laurence Vittes on July 16, 2015 at 8:09am
Posted by Stephanie Powell on July 15, 2015 at 12:20pm
Dateline: Lockenhaus, Austria, Ritterburg Castle, 7:30 p.m., July 14, 2015
In the midst of a spate of injuries and ailments which sidelined superstar violinists Alexander Sitkovetsky and Vilde Frang, this year's Lockenhaus Festival, themed "Im Volkston," entered uncharted territory Wednesday night with a program titled "Appalachian Waltz" showing off two string quartets, a pair of…Continue
Posted by Laurence Vittes on July 15, 2015 at 6:00am
Russian-born conductor Kirill Petrenko has been selected as Sir Simon Rattle’s successor as the chief conductor and artistic director of the Berlin Philharmonic.
At the press conference, which neither Petrenko nor Rattle attended, orchestra board member and double bassist…Continue
Posted by Stephanie Powell on July 7, 2015 at 10:59am
Started by André van Haren in Playing May 1.