14th July: Academy of Ancient Music returns, Basel Sinfonietta appoints managing director, The Concert de Paris puts dance in the spotlight, Live classical music makes a comeback

Tuesday 14th July 2020

Academy of Ancient Music returns to concert stage for first post-lockdown performance

The performance is part of VOCES8’s Live from London festival

The Academy of Ancient Music is to return to the concert stage for its first performance since the UK lockdown began. The performance will take place on 15 August 2020 at 7pm (BST) at the VOCES8 Centre in the City of London, conducted by the ensemble’s Music Director Richard Egarr. There will be no audience present.

Featuring works by Purcell, Vivaldi, Marcello, Bach and Handel, the concert is part of VOCES8’s Live from London festival, in which a programme from a different ensemble will be broadcast in HD every Saturday for 10 weeks, starting from 1 August. Participating ensembles include The Sixteen, I Fagiolini, The Swingles and Stile Antico.

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Basel Sinfonietta mit neuer Geschäftsführerin

Die Basel Sinfonietta hat eine neue Geschäftsführerin. Nachfolgerin von Felix Heri, der an das Lucerne Festival wechselt, wird die deutsche Kulturmanagerin Daniela Martin. Die Mitbegründerin und langjährige Geschäftsführerin des auf zeitgenössische Musik spezialisierten Ensemble Variances arbeitete bei renommierten Klangkörpern genauso wie für Künstleragenturen, Kulturinstitutionen und Festivals und bringt damit die nötige Erfahrung mit für die Positionierung der Basel Sinfonietta als führendes Orchester für zeitgenössische Musik. Daniela Martin wird ihre Stelle am 16. September antreten.

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Basel Sinfonietta has a new managing director

The Basel Sinfonietta has a new managing director. German cultural manager Daniela Martin succeeds Felix Heri, who is moving to the Lucerne Festival. The co-founder and long-time managing director of the Ensemble Variances, which specializes in contemporary music, worked for renowned orchestras as well as for artist agencies, cultural institutions and festivals, thereby bringing the necessary experience to position the Basel Sinfonietta as a leading orchestra for contemporary music. Daniela Martin will take up her position on September 16.

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Le Concert de Paris met la danse à l’honneur pour le 14 juillet

Chaillot-Théâtre national de la Danse s’associe au Concert de Paris pour fêter les 100 ans du Théâtre national populaire lors du 14 juillet. Pour l’occasion, Chaillot a souhaité inviter deux danseurs du Ballet Preljocaj, Jordan Kindell et Verity Jacobsen, à danser un extrait du ballet Le Parc, sur le Concerto n° 23 de Mozart. Ils seront accompagnés par la pianiste Khatia Buniatishvili et l’Orchestre national de France

Le Concert de Paris, sans public sur place, sera retransmis en direct sur France 2 et France Inter le mardi 14 juillet à 21h15. A l’affiche, sous la baguette de la cheffe d’orchestre Eun Sun Kim : l’Orchestre National de France (65 musiciens pour l’occasion), la Maîtrise et le Chœur de Radio France, les chanteurs Ludovic Tézier, Benjamin Bernheim, Fatma Said, Sonya Yoncheva, la violoncelliste Sol Gabetta, la violoniste Lisa Batiashvili, la trompettiste Lucienne Renaudin Vary et la pianiste Khatia Buniatishvili.

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The Concert de Paris puts dance in the spotlight for July 14

Chaillot-Théâtre national de la Danse joins forces with the Paris Concert to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Popular Theater on July 14. For the occasion, Chaillot wished to invite two dancers from the Preljocaj Ballet, Jordan Kindell and Verity Jacobsen, to dance an extract from the ballet Le Parc, on Mozart’s Concerto No. 23. They will be accompanied by pianist Khatia Buniatishvili and the National Orchestra of France.

The Paris Concert, without audiences on-site, will be broadcast live on France 2 and France Inter on Tuesday, July 14 at 9:15 p.m. On the bill, under the baton of the conductor Eun Sun Kim: the Orchester National de France (65 musicians for the occasion), the Master and the Choir of Radio France, the singers Ludovic Tézier, Benjamin Bernheim, Fatma Said, Sonya Yoncheva, the cellist Sol Gabetta, the violinist Lisa Batiashvili, the trumpet player Lucienne Renaudin Vary and the pianist Khatia Buniatishvili.

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Review: Live classical music makes a happy comeback in San Diego, courtesy of Mainly Mozart

The coronavirus lockdown has taken a heavy toll on the performing arts. Audiences cannot safely congregate indoors, nor can musicians, dancers or actors gather onstage in any large group.

The San Diego Symphony, San Diego Opera, La Jolla Music Society and countless other organizations, big and small, have been dark since March.

For the past 30 years, the Mainly Mozart Festival’s crown jewel, its monthlong summer festival, has brought musicians together from across the world to convene in San Diego to gloriously make music. This year, the events scheduled for June have been postponed to 2021.

On Saturday afternoon though, Mainly Mozart gave concert-starved San Diegans a free gift: a happy performance of octets by Mozart and Mendelssohn.

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