Portland Piano International
Portland Piano International announced its 15-day excursion to Italy and the Trasimeno Music Festival. The ultimate two-week visit to Italy will delight anyone who loves the piano, fine food, the good life, and all things Italian! The trip from June 25 to July 9 will explore three areas of Italy: Venice, Umbria, and Rome, and centers around the Trasimeno Music Festival, created and directed by renowned pianist Angela Hewitt.
Piano Day 2019 is still taking sign-ups for performances. If you are in the Portland area or are traveling to that area on March 29, sign up for a spot online.
Pianofest in the Hamptons
You are cordially invited to experience an extraordinary piece of theater and music by Viktor Ullmann on Wednesday, April 17, at the Louis K. Meisel Gallery in SoHo.
Pianofest alumnus and Artist-in-Residence Konstantin Soukhovetski will perform the melodrama The Tale of the Love and Death of Cornet Christopher Rilke for Narrator and Piano, and D. Terry Williams, professor emeritus of theatre at Western Michigan University, will narrate the piece. Also on the program, Pianofest alumnus Michael Brown will perform music by Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copland.
Allentown Symphony Orchestra / Miller Symphony Hall
On Thursday, the Allentown Symphony Orchestra fostered creativity and storytelling using music as inspiration with its very first Short Films Festival. This event encouraged local and regional filmmakers to create and submit a short film based on or inspired by pre-selected works of Chinese-American composer Zhou Tian.
On Friday, the crowd at Jazz Upstairs kicks off the Boscov’s Berks Jazz Festival with the sold-out Craig Thatcher Band performance. Joining Thatcher will be Cliff Starkey on keys, Chico Huff on bass, Don Plowman on drums, and Peter Fluck on sax.
Carl Topilow, conductor
"...No Cleveland Pops Orchestra concert would be complete without Topilow’s signature clarinet playing — full of chromatic sweeps and an active, loving vibrato. His tour through Carmichael’s Stardust was lovely, with just the right amount of sentiment." (ClevelandClassical.com)
Nicholas McGegan, conductor
Classical Post recently published a rave review of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, led by Nicholas McGegan, at its performance at Lincoln Center in New York City: “As we’re inundated with noise that helps us drown out the mundane, it’s Baroque music that is surprisingly so internally satisfying.”
Timothy Myers, conductor
Timothy Myers led the orchestra during the world premiere of The Fix on March 16 with the Minnesota Opera. Three reviews acclaiming Myers’ excellent work: “...Conductor Timothy Myers and the orchestra do fine things with the music” (Pioneer Press); "Conductor Timothy Myers gives full, emotional expression to Puckett’s moody, ironic score..." (Classical Post); and “The orchestra played expressively under conductor Timothy Myers” (Star Tribune).
Ching-Yun Hu, piano
This weekend, Ching-Yun will perform Ravel and Chopin during Classical Sundays at Puffin Cultural Forum in Teaneck, New Jersey. She also announced her eight-city tour of China, “Ching-Yun Hu’s Silk Road Project”, from April 15-30, and her upcoming performance at the VIII Festival Internacional de Piano del Conservatorio del Tolima in Colombia this May.
Frank Huang, piano
Frank Huang will perform the complete violin and piano sonatas of Brahms with violinist Lin He on April 13 at PianoForte Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Julianna Milin, soprano
On April 6, Julianna Milin will deliver one of Richard Strauss' most sumptuous works, Vier Letzte Lieder, alongside technicolor beauties from Wagner, Korngold, Chopin, Joplin and Beethoven. Master Pianist and Coach William Hicks will accompany her.