Friday night's concert by mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe and pianist Warren Jones at Carnegie Hall was a delight. It's hard not to love Ms Blythe as a performer. Her ever solid vocal technique, her beautiful sound, and her commanding stage presence make her someone to see and hear live at any opportunity. From the moment Ms Blythe walked on stage, she had the crowd in the palm of her hand and never let them go. She wished everyone could receive such a warm welcome as she'd ju
Lexicon Classics has announced its very first album “LAMENT.” The company noted that Sidney Outlaw and Warren Jones will be featured in the album which will be available physically and on all digital platforms beginning Jan. 28, 2022. The solo debut was a live recording, captured at the Brevard Music Center, and features works by Ricky Ian Gordon, Robert Owens, Dorothy Rudd Moore Harry T. Burleigh, and the words of Langston Hughes. This season Outlaw is set to perform at the
ECS/NMS: The next three seasons bring two publishing partnerships to Sparks, expanding future performance opportunities at all levels of the music we commission and premiere. New Music Shelf, whose artist-led and -owned company is the perfect fit for emerging composers, publishes songSLAM anthologies curated by Sparks. In this model, the composers retain ownership of their intellectual property while enjoying the benefits of publication. The second volume of songs will be ava
This debut solo album from Sidney Outlaw featuring legendary pianist Warren Jones in this live recording, captured at the Brevard Music Center. Featuring works by Ricky Ian Gordon, Robert Owens, Dorothy Rudd Moore Harry T. Burleigh and the words of Langston Hughes, this debut recording marks the first recording captured in newly renovated Parker Hall at Brevard. Learn more and purchase album.
"On this Veterans Day, in celebration of its centennial, Jeffrey Brown reports on a new look at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier through music. This report is part of our arts and culture series, CANVAS."
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"Amaker’s text explores the innermost feelings of soldiers as they go off to war and ultimately die for their country. It also examines the complex relationship of those who do not serve and the heartache they endure."
- Seen and Heard International
The Washington Post: In ‘Unknown,’ a composer and a poet offer new perspectives on war and 100 years of soldiers with names lost to time "What does war sound like? It depends upon your proximity to it. It can sound like the chaos and carnage of the battlefield. It can sound like the rhythmic roar of protest. It can sound like the austere brass of ceremony or the deafening silence left by those we’ve lost, the space we save for memory.
“Unknown,” a new song cycle from compose
"A Charleston pianist and Charleston poet are prominently featured on a Grammy Award-nominated classical album featuring all Black composers. Charleston Poet Laureate Marcus Amaker’s poem “The Rain” was put to music by Wheaton College music professor and composer Shawn E. Okpebholo and performed by College of Charleston Director of Piano Studies Paul Sanchez and Julliard graduate and baritone vocalist Will Liverman. . . “Dreams of a New Day” was nominated for best classical s
Sparks Commissions: Shawn Chang: forthcoming, 2023
*Natalie Draper: She Who Continues, poetry by Judy Grahn
*Rachel DeVore Fogarty: From the Woolworth Tower, poetry by Sara Teasedale
*John Glover: After Him, poetry by Michael Kelly, C.P. Cavafy, and Frank O’Hara
*Reinaldo Moya: Ciudad perdida, poetry by Adalber Salas Hernández
*Nailah Nombeko: Nobody Knows, poetry by Mahzi Kane
Shawn Okpebholo: Freedom on the Move - Songs in Flight, poetry by Tsitsi Jaji, Crystal Simone Smith
"Director Stephanie Havey’s crisp pacing was enhanced by ballet-like choreography, performed to the musical interludes in Verdi’s score." "This was such a convincing production that it was easy to attach to the emotion of the story, its passion, jealousy, fury and tenderness." -The Honolulu Star-Adviser Read full review.
“The Greek conductor Zoe Zeniodi does not resemble Emmanuele Haim, so we get a different repertoire for her younger age. But, like Haim, Zoe deserves to be called Mrs. Dynamite. Her energy, her obvious ability to lead (this, in an almost military capacity that defines conductors, as well as her physicality), her mature ideas shone in both concerts that we attended. . . Her Schumann’s 4th with the splendid Bogota Philharmonic was more than praiseworthy; the contrast between th
"Figaro sung by Richard Ollarsaba performed with a rich controlled voice, his every gesture finely tuned. . .Galvanizing the whole performance was the glorious music which was delivered by the Auckland Philharmonia under the baton of the enthusiastic Zoe Zeniodi." -John Daly-Peoples – NZARTS REVIEW "It is a production well worth waiting for, as the refreshing direction and production and wonderful ensemble cast and a production that brought the masterpiece to life to a rare
"General Manager Francesca Zambello and Music Director and Conductor Joseph Colaneri are fearless artists and can pretty much pull anything off together ...Once again the team has uncannily intuited a theatrical way into a classic to grab today’s audience by speaking to today’s headlines and these still “difficult times.” . . . Michael Mayes as Count di Luna who appears in a sharp blue suit and dark sunglasses seemed perfectly cast as the powerbroker count, or perhaps a dict
At ADA, our job is more than just representing our roster artists – it's creating opportunities and making connections throughout the opera industry that move the form forward and bring high quality projects to new audiences. To that end, we are excited to welcome an incredible slate of creatives and master teachers to our roster, each of whom shares in our dedication to artistic excellence, innovation, and global perspective. This new chapter builds on the successful produci
"this production is new, and a creation from the ground up. While keeping the story firmly planted in the German countryside, the simple, abstract set by Michael Baumgarten is vast but sparse, giving a sense of the emotional loneliness that early on begins to bubble up in the characters. A one-dimensional, overgrown tree is at the center of the set. Letters hang from the branches instead of leaves. In winter, the tree has lost its “leaves,” and the letters are scattered on th
"On the podium, Joseph Colaneri made an impressive company debut. Fully in command of an orchestra that was understandably diminished in its forces, his magnanimous gestures produced a sound that was warm and effulgent." – BachTrack