Portland Piano International
The amazing Angela Hewitt will be performing in Portland this weekend to a sold-out crowd on Sunday, May 5. She also has a performance on Friday, May 3, and a Beyond the Score master class on Saturday, May 4. One of the world’s leading pianists, Angela was admitted into Gramophone’s Hall of Fame in 2015, and her performances and recordings of Bach have drawn particular praise, marking her out as one of the composer's foremost interpreters of our time.
Learn more about her concerts on Portland Piano International.
Julianna Milin, soprano
On May 6, soprano Julianna Milin will perform in a free sneak-peek before opening night of IL TROVATORE at Regina Opera Company. It will be fully staged, with English supertitles, accompanied by piano and featuring a mix of understudies and regular cast members. Julianna will perform as Leonora. Opening night is May 11.
Learn more on Regina Opera Company.
Miller Symphony Hall
Next week, Miller Symphony Hall welcomes home Lehigh Valley native Alex Meixner and his band on May 7. The band is recognized as one of the most versatile musical groups in the United States, and Alex has achieved a Grammy nomination and much acclaim for diverse collaborations. The band's repertoire zig zags from traditional polkas to odd meter Slavic folk music, gypsy jazz, blues, international party music, classical influences, and quirky mashups.
Oregon Bach Festival
Every summer, the Stangeland Family Youth Choral Academy (SFYCA) brings 80 or so of the best high school choral musicians from around the world to the University of Oregon campus for the musical education experience of a lifetime. A vital part of the Oregon Bach Festival. For many of these talented, dedicated singers, scholarships make it possible to participate.
An anonymous donor has pledged a $250,000 matching gift to support SFYCA students. The OBF and the UO School of Music and Dance are asking community members to step up and help them take advantage of this generous matching offer. By current estimates, the $500,000 endowment will enable approximately 20 high school students to attend the academy every year.
Philadelphia Young Pianists' Academy
The deadline has ended for the 2019 PYPA in Philadelphia. Now comes the task of selecting the students for 10 days of world-class piano master classes, recitals, and competition.
Carl Topilow, conductor
Few classic pieces of music have tied sound and vision closely together as Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. The Firelands Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Carl Topilow, performed this piece at its April 27 season-ending concert. This performance also featured an art exhibit of works done by local students. It also featured a Rachmaninoff performance by 15-year-old piano prodigy Gavin George.
Ching-Yun Hu, piano
After completing a 19-day tour in China, from Spring Silk Road journey in Xi'an, Zhangye, Yinchuan, to concerts and residences in Shenzhen and Shanghai, it's time to go home for pianist Ching-Yun Hu! Her spring concert tour was a success, and now the PYPA director will start preparing for the 2019 festival.