30th November: Popcorn at the Opera, String Quartet Smackdown, and Golijov’s Prolonged Premiere

Friday 30th November 2012


Vladimir Ashkenazy to conduct Nimrod Borenstein premiere

Ashkenazy will also conduct the composer’s The Big Bang and Creation of the Universe, Op 52 – hear an excerpt!

Music Teacher Magazine

Whitgift School launches International Music Competition

Whitgift School, an independent boys’ secondary school in South Croydon, has launched a new International Music Competition, offering music scholarships as prizes.

Standpoint Magazine

The Podium Revolution

It used to be policemen that kept get- ting younger. Now, it’s conductors.

Slipped Disc 

While waiting for this violin concerto, you may grow very old

On Sunday, I heard Leonidas Kavakos give an unduly restrained performance of the Berg concerto with the LSO. He should have been playing the UK premiere of Osvaldo Golijov’s new concerto, but it wasn’t ready

Deceptive Cadence

The Peony Pavilion: A Vivid Dream In A Garden

The Peony Pavilion is one of China’s most famous operas, but uncut performances of this romantic 16th century work can take more than 22 hours.

Bleader, Chicago Reader

Cringing at the opera

Some of the scariest opera moments ever might be coming up Sunday, when Lyric Opera invites the kiddies in forPopcorn & Pasquale, a 70-minute “opera adventure” designed to introduce five- to 12-year-olds to the art form, which they can then begin to enjoy right along with their great-grandparents.

The Guardian

The Rest is Noise festival: what’s your favourite piece of 20th-century music?

In anticipation of the Southbank Centre’s year-long The Rest is Noise festival, conductors, musicians and artists share their favourite classical works from a century of musical turbulence

New Music Box

String Quartet Smackdown! In Austin

How many times during a heated debate about chamber music have you longed for a pair of boxing gloves or perhaps a cricket bat? In the topsy-turvy world of new music, sometimes having a solid piece of wood in your hand can be quite useful.

BBC Music Magazine

New pipe organ commissioned as a gift for the Queen

The Lord Mayor of London has commissioned a new organ to be installed in Westminster Abbey to mark the Queen’s diamond jubilee.

New Music Box