Ailyn Pérez makes house & role debuts as Desdemona in HGO’s “Otello”
Inon Barnatan: fall solo recitals in Chicago & Boston; chamber music in NYC
Joyce Yang partners with Takács Quartet, Augustin Hadelich, and more in 2014-15
Leif Ove Andsnes Embarks on Final Leg of Epic “Beethoven Journey”
Music Academy of the West musicians named first participants in New York Philharmonic Global AcademyPublished: October 29, 2014
The New York Philharmonic has selected ten outstanding young instrumentalists from the Music Academy of the West — one of the nation’s pre-eminent summer music schools and festivals — to come to New York City for a ten-day immersion amidst its musicians as Zarin Mehta Fellows, inaugurating the Philharmonic’s Global Academy Fellowship Program. Fellowship activities will begin on January 3 in New York and include coaching, chamber music, and other professional development activities with Alan Gilbert and New York Philharmonic musicians at Avery Fisher Hall. The January program is part of the two organizations’ innovative, four-year educational partnership announced in spring 2014, which includes training of Music Academy Fellows by Philharmonic musicians, biennial performances by Alan Gilbert and the Philharmonic at the Music Academy’s Summer Festival in Santa Barbara, California, and Alan Gilbert conducting Academy Festival Orchestra performances at each Music Academy Summer Festival. A new group of Music Academy students will be selected to come to New York as Zarin Mehta Fellows in each year of the partnership.
Gil Shaham tours Prokofiev to Carnegie and more with MTT & San Francisco Sym (Nov 12-22)Published: October 28, 2014
When Avery Fisher Prize-winner Gil Shaham performed with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony last season, he proved himself “an exuberantly commanding soloist” who succeeded in kindling “hot fire” (Los Angeles Times). Small wonder then, that the American master violinist is the only soloist chosen to accompany MTT and the orchestra on their upcoming 20th-anniversary national tour. Together they will present Prokofiev's Second Violin Concerto – one of those featured in Shaham’s celebrated long-term exploration of the “Violin Concertos of the 1930s” – at New York’s Carnegie Hall (Nov 20), marking the violinist’s only appearance at the venue this season, as well as at Kansas City’s Kauffman Center, Boston’s Symphony Hall, Cleveland’s Severance Hall, Miami’s Arsht Center, and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor (Nov 12–22).
Ailyn Pérez makes house & role debuts as Desdemona in HGO’s “Otello”Published: October 23, 2014
Richard Tucker and Plácido Domingo Award-winner Ailyn Pérez makes her hotly anticipated Houston Grand Opera debut this Friday (Oct 24), in what also marks her role debut as Desdemona in Otello. Under the baton of Patrick Summers, Houston’s artistic and music director, she stars opposite Simon O’Neill as Otello and Marco Vratogna as Iago in the company’s staging of John Cox’s hit production of the Shakespearean tragedy, which runs through November 7. While these will be her first appearances as Verdi’s falsely accused heroine, the American soprano is no stranger to his leading ladies; long recognized as “an ideal Violetta” (Observer, UK), she most recently headlined La traviata at London’s Royal Opera House, where her performance was simulcast free online in the company’s first live stream of a complete opera, and at the San Francisco Opera, where her outstanding portrayal “confirmed her artistic maturity” (San Francisco Classical Voice).
Inon Barnatan: fall solo recitals in Chicago & Boston; chamber music in NYCPublished: October 22, 2014
When Inon Barnatan made his solo debut at Manhattan’s SubCulture last month, the New York Times named him the “star attraction” of the venue’s piano festival; as the paper reported, “He demonstrated, in one of the most thoughtful and effective recitals I have heard from a pianist under 40, a sensitivity reminiscent of two other New York institutions, Emanuel Ax and Murray Perahia.” There are further opportunities to hear the Israeli pianist in solo recital this fall, when he performs at Chicago’s Harris Theater (Nov 3) and in the Boston “Celebrity Series” (Dec 10). Barnatan also looks forward to a number of high-profile chamber engagements, joining the Jerusalem String Quartet for an all-Brahms program at New York’s 92nd Street Y (Oct 23, 25 & 29); appearing at Alice Tully Hall with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (Nov 16); and returning to the Y to launch his unprecedented new three-year appointment as Artist-in-Association of the New York Philharmonic in company with Alisa Weilerstein (Dec 7). The Avery Fisher Career Grant-winner rounds out his full fall schedule with performances of Chopin’s First Piano Concerto with the New Jersey Symphony (Nov 28–30).