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(US) The New York Times Article: "Russell Oberlin, 88, Dies; Led Renaissance of Countertenor in U.S." (by Margalit Fox, 29 Nov 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 05, 2016

"Russell Oberlin, one of the 20th century’s most celebrated countertenors, whose voice was famed for an earthy robustness that belied the ethereal heights to which it could ascend, died on Friday in Manhattan. He was 88.

His assistant, Zachary Stains, confirmed the death. ...


(CA) Globe and Mail Article: "Making arts experiences accessible to all is more important than ever" (by Kate Taylor, 25 Nov 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 05, 2016

"Everywhere you turn, arts institutions are getting wildly creative about drawing new audiences – or is that wildly desperate? Anecdotal evidence from arts administrators suggests their audiences are in serious decline. And this week the Canadian Index of Wellbeing came out with a challenging report suggesting that the decline is real and part of a larger social trend. ...


(US) Musica Pacifica CD Release: "Mi Palpita Il Cor: Baroque Passions" (Navona Records, 14 Oct 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 01, 2016

"MI PALPITA IL COR: BAROQUE PASSIONS is a compelling journey into the rich corners of the mid- and late-Baroque period. Featuring an array of thrilling instrumental and vocal compositions, the album is driven by the performances of French-Canadian soprano Dominique Labelle and American early music ensemble Musica Pacifica, founded in 1990, based in San Francisco, and whose playing has been called “a small miracle of precision and musical electricity” by the Washington Post. ...


(US) Ralph Locke Discusses Alexander the Great and the Indian Rajah Puru in Musicology Colloquium Series (06 Dec 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 01, 2016

Musicologist Ralph Locke (Emeritus, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester) will deliver a talk entitled “Alexander the Great and the Indian Rajah Puru: Exoticism in a Metastasio Libretto as Set by Hasse and by Handel in the Peabody Institute Musicology Colloquium series this coming Tuesday, December 6 at 5PM.  ...


(FR) Festival d'Ambronay 2016 (16 Sep-09 Oct) Available in Video Online

Contributed by admin on Dec 01, 2016

If you missed the Festival d'Ambronay 2016, you may view and hear some of its concerts online thanks to the site "Culturebox". Visit the site before the videos lapse and are removed. ...


(ES) Alia Vox CD Release: "El Llibre Vermell de Montserrat" (29 Nov 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 01, 2016

New recording of one of Jordi Savall's first performances of this wonderful work, recorded at the Church Santa Maria del Pi, Barcelona, in November, 2013, as a tribute to Montserrat Figueras. ...


(US) New Comma Baroque Announces Residency at Emmanuel Episcopal Church of La Grange, Illinois

Contributed by admin on Dec 01, 2016

New Comma Baroque, the Chicago-based early music ensemble, is honored to announce its residency at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in La Grange. The partnership signifies the ensemble's dedication to bringing music directly into the communities, as well as making historically informed performance accessible to audiences. ...


(ES) Capella de Ministrers (CdM)-Carles Magraner CD Release: "Hic et Nunc - Live in Concert"

Contributed by admin on Dec 01, 2016

"Capella de Ministrers - Carles Magraner present "Hic et Nunc Live in Concert", a memorial of their 30th anniversary, a live recording of the July 15 at FeMAP by Catalunya Music with a selection of instrumental works from their last record work around Ramón Llull, an amalgamation of music that unites sounds from all the coasts of the Mediterranean. A rich and vibrant medieval repertoire, with the peculiarity of having been recorded live. ...


(US) San Francisco Classical Voice Article: "“Kitka Remix” Filters Ancient Tones Through Modern Sensibilities" (by Lou Fancher, 28 Nov 2016)

Contributed by admin on Nov 30, 2016

"When the world’s oldest song-transmission method meets the world’s most progressive song-production tools and techniques, is it bliss, or a blowout?

The women’s vocal ensemble Kitka specializes in traditional Eastern European songs, some of which predate Christianity and have been passed down by oral tradition — from mouth-to-ear-to-mouth — for centuries. ...


(UK) The Stage Article: "Government vows to tackle ticketing bots that would ’disarm the worst’ touts" (by Georgia Snow, 29 Nov 2016)

Contributed by admin on Nov 30, 2016

"A law banning software used to exploit the secondary ticketing market has moved one step closer to reality, after arts minister Matt Hancock confirmed the government would consider implementing legislation. ...

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