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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Week of September 21 - September 28, 2017

All links are live.

This week on Rhode Island Public television,
WSBE:  (Comcast 294, Cox 808, Full Channel 109, and Verizon 478)  
 Great Performances at the Met 

Saturday, September  23, 8:00pm
Sunday, September 24,   3:00am
Monday,  September 25, 1:00am


James Levine conducts Verdi's early drama of ancient Babylon, with Placido Domingo as the title character, Nabucco. Liudmyla Monastyrska sings Abigaille, Nabucco's willful daughter, with Jamie Barton, Russell Thomas and Dmitri Belosselskiy.
Length: 150


Most opera fans are probably setting their sights on the upcoming LIVE broadcast on Monday (September 25) of the Met's Opening Night performance of Bellini's "Norma." With an all-star cast featuring Sondra Radvanovsky as Norma, Joyce DiDonato as Adalgisa, and Joseph Calleja as Pollione, it's bound to be an exciting evening, and the Met is to be applauded for making the performance available as part of their FREE live audio-stream.

Other operas coming up in the next few days include one that was written in 1658, a 21st century world premiere, and a few others that were composed in-between. The earliest work happens to be Francesco Cavalli's "Hipermestra" which was performed at this summer's Glyndebourne Festival. BBC Radio 3 will be broadcasting it on Saturday.

The world premiere performance is that of Sebastian Fagerlund's brand-new opera "Autumn Sonata" which is based on the 1978 Ingmar Bergman film of the same name. This one can actually be SEEN on The Opera Platform in a performance from Helsinki.

There's also a 20th century work being offered on Saturday; it's Swedish composer Gosta Nystroem's one-act opera "Herr Arnes Penningar" ("Herr Arne's Hoard") which premiered in 1957. Swedish Radio is broadcasting the April 23, 2017 performance that took place in Goteborg.

NPR continues its series of broadcasts from the San Francisco Opera's 2016/2017 season with a performance of Giordano's most popular opera: "Andrea Chenier."

On Sunday, you have your choice of two Verdi operas, one of which is "Luisa Miller" in a performance from Munich, the other being a LIVE performance from Rome of "Un Ballo in Maschera."




Singular Voices: Maria Callas
Fred Plotkin reflects on the singular voice of Maria Callas. Sep 15, 2017

News from Around the World of Music
Marian Anderson (February 27, 1897 – April 8, 1993)
 and  Leonard Bernstein  (August 25, 1918) - (October 14, 1990)

"Opera is, first and foremost, a popular art, a more popular form of theater, and this is because it is emotionally so direct that the basic human emotions are pin-pointed and magnified way beyond life-size, so that you can’t miss them; and each emotion comes at you gigantically, in a clear, direct, uncluttered, full-blown way."

 -Leonard #Bernstein ("What Makes Opera Grand?", Vogue, December, 1958)

Bernstein at 100: What’s old becomes new, once again

Celebrating 'Lenny:' Leonard Bernstein's centennial commemorations will be as 'broadband' as he was

Does Leonard Bernstein have any heirs?

October 15, 1990
The New York Times
Leonard Bernstein, 72, Music's Monarch, Dies

The Voice Must Be Heard

Opera Meets Film: First Love & Heartbreak In ‘Atonement’ & ‘La Bohème’

A Firing and a Question of Race Roil the Oregon Bach Festival

High Tech Meets High Art in a 3-D Opera

Hurricane Harvey Closes Houston’s Opera and Ballet Home for a Season

Why Do Orchestras Seem to Play Behind the Beat?
You've seen it before: The conductor raises the baton and brings it down to ... an offbeat orchestra? What's up with that? Sep 19, 2017

5 Arrangements of 'Ave Maria' That Freshen up an Old Classic
Schubert's "Ave Maria" seems to be everywhere. Which is exactly why we welcome these peaceful, powerful — and sometimes, unusual — arrangements. Sep 18, 2017

Must Stravinsky Be Both Seen and Heard? Pina Bausch's 'Rite of Spring' Delivers a Convincing Yes
David Patrick Stearns reviews “The Rite of Spring” as choreographed by Pina Bausch at Brooklyn Academy of Music and asks whether Stravinsky must be both seen and heard. Sep 18, 2017

5 Classical Pieces For and About Moms

Which Composer's Ominous Music Is Used in 'The Defenders'?
The bad guys in the new superhero miniseries “The Defenders” really like Brahms. A lot. Sep 15, 2017

Family Friendly Concerts for the Fall Season
Here is a list of family-friendly concerts for you and your little ones to enjoy this fall.  Sep 15, 2017

'Beauty in the Suffering' — Texas Man Finds Music Amid Harvey's Destruction
When Aric Harding returned to his flooded Texas home, he took a moment to play the piano. The video went viral, and launched a good-willed campaign to get him a new instrument. Sep 15, 2017

Last Night of the Proms Tinged With Themes of Equality

9 Amazing, Stirring and Electrifying Moments from Proms 2017
Proms 2017 featured some amazing and borderline unreal performances. Here are just a few of our favorites. Sep 14, 2017

Lucille Chung and Alessio Bax Perform a Mozart Piano Sonata for Four Hands
Recorded live in the WQXR studio, Lucille Chung and Alessio Bax perform a Mozart sonata for piano four-hands. Sep 14, 2017

Hilary Hahn With Bach, Ives and American Throwbacks
Revisit Hahn's 2011 Tiny Desk concert — and her Ives-inspired medley. Sep 14, 2017

Composer, Alchemist, Poet and ... Time Traveler Immortal?
The Count of St. Germain is one of history's most tantalizing enigmas. He may be remembered for those rumors of alchemy and immortality, but he was a composer, too. Sep 13, 2017

Our 2017-2018 Concert Season includes:

A Full & Glorious Messiah

G. F. Handel

Saturday, November 25, 2017 ~ 7:30pm

The Cathedral of Saints Peter & Paul, 30 Fenner St., Providence, RI

Sunday, November 26th, 2017 ~ 3:00pm

St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center, 84 Cumberland St., Woonsocket, RI

Tomorrow's Stars Today

Saturday, March 24, 2018 ~ 7:30 PM

The Cathedral of Saints Peter & Paul, 30 Fenner St., Providence, RI
 W. A. Mozart:  Coronation Mass
Gustav Holst:  Four Hymns from the Rig Veda
Benjamin Britten:  Rejoice in the Lamb

Love and Peace: Two Journeys
Saturday, June 2, 2018 ~ 7:30 PM
Immaculate Conception Church, 237 Garden Hills Dr., Cranston, RI
Esa-Pekka Salonen:  Dona nobis pacem
Geoffrey Gibbs:  Until Forever Ends (WORLD PREMIERE)
R. Vaughan Williams:  Dona nobis pacem

(All concerts performed with orchestra.)
or visit our website:  www.ricco.org.

"I invite any and all who share in our enthusiasm for great choral music to become part of the Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra experience. I promise you the best music, hard work, camaraderie, enthusiasm, a commitment to excellence, and rewards which greatly surpass things material. We offer the opportunity to share your talent and enthusiasm with other like-minded individuals as well as appreciative and knowledgeable audiences."   
--Dr. Edward Markward

An early peek at our 46th season

Baroque Brilliance  |  Saturday and Sunday, November 11-12, 2017
Baroque masterworks for chorus and orchestra, including:
   • Purcell’s Come Ye Sons of Art
   • Handel’s Zadok the Priest and Dettingen Te Deum
   • Zelenka’s Magnificat.

Messiah  |  Saturday, December 16, 2017
Christine Noel conducts the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, Providence Singers, and soloists in the eleventh annual performance of Handel’s masterpiece — a fresh reading informed by Baroque performance practice.

Of Sea and Sky  |  Saturday and Sunday, March 10-11, 2018
Music inspired by the power and majesty of the natural world, including these and more:
   • Brahms’ O Schöne NachtSpätherbstAbendlied, and Warum
   • Elder’s Ballade to the MoonSky Sonnet, and Sunrise Carol
   • Eric Whitacre’s Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine
Also on the program: The traditional Scottish ballad Loch Lomond and the U.S. Navy Hymn.

Opera Choruses  |  Saturday, May 19, 2018
We present a grand and glorious journey through the world of opera, done up in fine formal style as a gala concert to benefit choral performance and education. Count on it: Giuseppe Verdi’s creations will be there for sure, with contributions from Giacomo Puccini, Gioachino Antonio Rossini, and a number of their talented friends


The Metropolitan Opera Announces Chorus Auditions 
for the 2018–19 Season

Met Opera Chorus performs  Nabucco

The Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Extra Chorus offer unique and rewarding career opportunities for highly qualified performers. Classically trained professional singers who have been invited to audition should be prepared to sing two operatic arias in different languages from memory. Selections should demonstrate the applicant’s ability to sing lyrically. An accompanist will be provided.

All applicants will be considered for Full Time (Regular) and Extra Chorus positions.

Applicants shall submit via email addressed to ChorusAuditions@metopera.org the following materials:

a cover letter requesting an audition; please indicate your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd audition session preference from the dates below; any union affiliation should be also be listed
a current one-page resume, including a photo/head-shot
an audio clip (MP3 file, no larger than 10 MB) of an operatic aria (no youtube clips or links)
a list of no more than 5 operatic arias, two of which will be selected as your audition pieces
PDF or JPEG copy of current documentation proving the ability to work in the United States.
Auditions will be granted by invitation only, and will be held at the following times:

Session #1       Tuesday, October 31st, 2017       1:45pm to 4:45pm

Session #2       Friday, November 3rd, 2017       2:45pm to 5:45pm

Session #3       Wednesday, November 15th, 2017       2:45pm to 5:45pm

Session #4       Friday, November 17th, 2017       2:45pm to 5:45pm

Applications must be received on or before 12 midnight EST, Friday, September 1st, 2017.  Submissions received after this date, regardless of postmark or email transmission time, will not be considered.

Only applicants with current documentation proving the ability to work in the United States will be granted an audition.

Any singer who is offered employment and is not already a member of AGMA (American Guild of Musical Artists) will be required to join AGMA.

All applicants will be notified as to whether an audition has been granted. No audition comments will be shared with the applicant.

Similar information about the auditions may be found by contacting the following:

American Guild of Musical Artists
1430 Broadway 14th Floor
New York, NY  10018
(212) 265-3687

The Metropolitan Opera
Donald Palumbo, Chorus Master
Steven Losito, Chorus Administrator
Daniel Hoy, Incoming Chorus Administrator effective July 31st, 2017
Lincoln Center
New York, NY  10023

The Metropolitan Opera is an Equal Opportunity Employer

The Met Saturday afternoon
 radio broadcast is on hiatus until 
December 2.
but You can hear operas from the Royal Opera in Covent Garden, the Chicago Lyric Opera, and other operas around the world at 
1:00PM on WQXR

Go to:  http://www.wqxr.org/streams

Then click on 

WQXR 105.9 FM


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