Miller Symphony Hall
On Friday, May 17, Paris-based Lithuanian singer Viktorija Gečytė, backed by veteran double-bassist Gene Perla and his trio, will enchant the audience during their 11th annual tour show. Their music springs from the Great American Songbook, including jazz standards, original compositions, folk songs from Lithuania, and rarely performed musical gems.
On Saturday, May 18, Yannick Nezet-Seguin leads the John Dexter production of Poulenc’s devastating story of faith and martyrdom during Dialogues des Carmélites - The Met: Live in HD. Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard sings the touching role of Blanche and soprano Karita Mattila returns to the Met as the Prioress. Baritone Jean-Francois Lapointe makes his Met debut as Marquis de la Force.
Then, on Sunday, May 19, the Donald Sinta Quartet has earned praise from the audience for its virtuosic performance and distinctive repertoire. This performance will span centuries, ranging from commissions by today's emerging composers to standards from the saxophone quartet literature to transcriptions by master composers.
Ching-Yun Hu, piano
Ching-Yun Hu is bound for South America. She is looking forward to returning to perform at Festival Internacional de Piano del Conservatorio del Tolima this weekend.
Oregon Bach Festival
The National Endowment for the Arts awarded Oregon Bach Festival an Art Works grant of $25,000 for the Bach in Motion project.
Portland Piano International
All Classical Portland will be playing music recorded by Portland Piano International’s Rising Star Jonathan Ferrucci. Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin will be heard at 7 PM PDT Saturday, May 18, during John Plitman’s “The Concert Hall” program. Following will be one of Bach’s suites from Jonathan’s album.
Carl Topilow, conductor
Applications are now being accepted to be a part of the only year-round Pops Youth Orchestra in the United States, established by the Cleveland Pops Orchestra in collaboration with The Music Settlement. Auditions are open to students ages 12-18. This youth orchestra is a focal point in Carl Topilow’s career, part of which is dedicated to teaching the future generation of musicians. The CPYO will open season two this fall!
Nicholas McGegan, conductor
Reunion with friends: violinist Gil Shaham, conductor Nicholas McGegan, and the SWR Symphony Orchestra are dedicated to works by Mozart and Prokofiev — and correct historically interpreting the "Allerheiligen", which was live at the SWR Schwetzinger Festival on Saturday, May 11.
Timothy Myers, conductor
Timothy Myers’ present task is to prepare Bizet's The Pearl Fishers for Santa Fe Opera. The way he approaches studying and reviewing a score has changed throughout the years. But what has always stayed the same is looking for new ways to reinvigorate the text. Take a minute and listen to his thoughts on this in his latest video.
Frank Huang, piano
Frank Huang just finished the year teaching at Miami University, and he is now prepping for the next season. This includes Schubert, Messiaen, Medtner, and Beethoven. Read more in his recent blog post.