Miller Symphony Hall
Empowering and humbling, Verdi’s grand-scale Requiem is one of the most popular choral works performed in modern history.
On Saturday and Sunday, April 13 and 14, the Allentown Symphony Orchestra will be joined by the Allentown Symphony Chorus, under the direction of Chorus Master Eduardo Azzati, the Muhlenberg College Chorus and superb guest soloists: soprano Toni Marie Palmertree, mezzo-soprano Patricia Risley, tenor Kirk Dougherty, and bass Jeremy Galyon.
Carl Topilow, conductor
Are you ready for a great time? From pop to opera to romantic Neapolitan ballads, Italian music has topped the charts for centuries. On April 13, The Cleveland POPS Orchestra along with conductor Carl Topilow presents a night of popular Italian selections, along with soprano Alyson Cambridge and tenor John Cudia.
Portland Piano International
Italian-Australian pianist Jonathan Ferrucci “is a stunning presence on the platform – a great storyteller.” As part of Portland Piano International’s Rising Stars program, he will present three public hour-long performances on three dates: April 13, 14, and 20.
Frank Huang, piano
It’s a busy weekend for Frank Huang! On Friday, April 12, he will perform a recital with violinist Lin He at Northeastern Illinois University. Then, on Saturday, April 13, Frank and Lin will present a concert of chamber music by Brahms at PianoForte Studios in Chicago.
Pianofest in the Hamptons
On Wednesday, April 17, Pianofest in the Hamptons will present the New York premiere of one of Viktor Ullmann's works written in the concentration camp, The Tale of the Love and Death of Cornet Christopher Rilke for Narrator and Piano, at the Louis K. Meisel Gallery in SoHo (141 Prince St, New York, NY 10012). This piece was one of the last for Czech composer Viktor Ullmann and is rarely performed.
Pianofest alumnus and Artist-in-Residence Konstantin Soukhovetski will perform Ullmann, and D. Terry Williams, professor emeritus of theatre at Western Michigan University, will play the role of narrator. In addition to this piece, Pianofest alumnus Michael Brown will perform music by Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copland, including the West Side Story Suite (arr. Leo Smit) and El Salón México (arr. Leonard Bernstein).
This event takes place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m in the Louis K. Meisel Gallery, which exhibits new paintings by many of the original Photorealist artists as well as the younger generation of realist painters and sculptors. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served before the musical program, which starts at 7 p.m.
Ching-Yun Hu, piano
Nicholas McGegan, conductor
The Los Angeles Times reviewed the Philharmonia Baroque season-closing concert.
“In all this [Nicholas] McGegan, who during the last 33 years has made Philharmonia Baroque the most robust of American early music ensembles and who takes infectious pleasure in Handel, was in his element,” wrote Mark Swed. “…McGegan is the Philharmonic Baroque, and it will be hard to imagine the orchestra without him when he steps down after next season.”
Julianna Milin, soprano
On April 6, Julianna Milin performed Vier Letzte Lieder and more with pianist William Hicks in New York.
"[Julianna Milin's] voice was able to turn me on to the musical beauty of the Strauss and the Wagnerian music, while maintaining the excitement of it,” according to critic Cullen Gandy.
Oregon Bach Festival
A major event during the 2019 Oregon Bach Festival has been a year in the making. When OBF Executive Director Janelle McCoy spoke with DanceAbility International Executive Director Susan Sygall, the two came up with an idea to combine music, movement, and awareness that is centered on Bach.
"Bach in Motion" was born and will premiere on Friday, July 5. Oregon Bach Festival asked recognized Bach instrumentalist, conductor, and researcher Koji Otsuki to head this project. He examined Bach’s massive list of works, pairing them down to those that fit the theme of a “Bach pastiche”. The result is a new work that will be told through the lens of dance with DanceAbility International and the University of Oregon Dance Department.
Read the full interview with Koji Otsuki ahead of the OBF premiere.