Oregon Bach Festival
The Oregon Bach Festival has announced its 2019 event lineup. There is a lot on tap for this year’s amazing two-plus-week festival from June 28 through July 13, beginning with Mozart’s Requiem, directed by British conductor Jane Glover and ending with Berlioz’s Romeo & Juliet with conductor John Nelson. It will be peppered with family and community events, as well as opportunities to enjoy food and drink together.
Allentown Symphony Orchestra / Miller Symphony Hall
Last weekend the ASO celebrated To the Moon and Back in a family concert celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. It hosted a Musical Petting Zoo with special activities for the whole family with space-themed music.
This weekend the Hall will enjoy another Met Opera performance, Donizetti's La Fille du Régiment, where tenor Javier Camarena and soprano Pretty Yende team up for a feast of bel canto vocal fireworks. On Sunday it will host the Dover Quartet, a Philadelphia-based ensemble that has launched into international fame. They were recently named the Cleveland Quartet Award winners and awarded the coveted Avery Fisher Career Grant, becoming one of the most in-demand quartets in the world. They appear at Carnegie Hall this spring.
On Wednesday, the 10th annual Young Musician String Festival occurs at Miller Symphony Hall, a fun and educational opportunity for young string players in the area to enhance their skills as both individual and ensemble musicians, and to meet other young musicians from around the Lehigh Valley.
Portland Piano International
This past weekend PPI had the honor of working with Chamber Music Northwest in its second Duos concert, this time with Shai Wosner and Orion Weiss. The pair performed at the beautiful Congregation Beth Israel, and included acclaimed David Lang’s works Gravity and After Gravity.
PPI is now preparing for the March SOLO concert with British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor. He is internationally recognized for his electrifying performances and insightful interpretations. Benjamin is renowned for his distinctive sound, making him one of the most sought-after young pianists in the world.
Pianofest in the Hamptons
The Winter Newsletter is here! This edition features many wonderful updates on the past season of live-streamed concerts, an announcement of 2019 Pianofest faculty, an alumnus profile on Michael Brown, and a special interview with manager Steven Dickman as he looks toward retirement.
Philadelphia Young Pianists' Academy
As PYPA announces information for its 2019 Festival, it is getting some press! The expanded festival will be from August 2-11, and will include Ching-Yun Hu, Gary Graffman, Dang Thai Son, Yekwon Sunwoo, Lydia Artymiw, and Alon Goldstein as faculty. More details from Pianist Magazine, Classical Post, and its website.
Carl Topilow, conductor
With Grammy-nominated guest artist Andres Cardenes, composer Dan Perttu, and Firelands Symphony Orchestra, Carl celebrated unforgettable love songs from some of the great romantic silver-screen favorites of all time during last weekend’s concert, including “Tara’s Theme” from Gone With The Wind, “You'll Never Walk Alone from Carousel, the love theme from Cinema Paradiso and Tchaikovsky’s sweeping emotional composition of Romeo and Juliet. It received some local press with the Norwalk Reflector.
He is now preparing for the March 9th performance with The Cleveland Pops Orchestra and wonderful guest vocalist Capathia Jenkins, celebrating the Great American Songbook.
Timothy Myers, conductor
Opera News highlighted the next work by Minnesota Opera, The Fix, which Tim is thrilled to conduct! He is getting ready to perform this contemporary work about one of the most notorious scandals in American history that will come to life featuring a lyrical, poetic score, and legendary figures from baseball.
It was announced recently that Tim will conduct Pittsburgh Opera’s Carmen in the 2019-2020 season.
Ching-Yun Hu, piano
Ching-Yun’s latest project, a video series titled Conversation with Ching-Yun, just released its seventh episode. In it, she explores what a musician can contribute to society and how she created PYPA. She recently performed at the Temple Performing Arts Center (listen to the full concert) during the University’s Keyboard Festival, and was part of the jury for the 2019 Young Pianist Foundation Grand Prix Egorov in Amsterdam.
Frank Huang, piano
On Wednesday, March 6, Frank will host another online concert as part of his digital concerts titled Rallentando. In this edition, learn more about the beautiful lyricism found in a rarely performed work by Nikolai Medtner, a Russian contemporary of Sergei Rachmaninov. The concert will be streamed live to Facebook and Instagram.
Julianna Milin, soprano
Julianna is happy to announce that she will be singing her first staged Leonora in Regina Opera Company’s production of Verdi’s Il Trovatore in May. She is currently traveling in Cape Town, South Africa.