Francesco Lecce Chong has been
chosen as a finalist by the Santa Rosa Symphony in its search for a music
director. Lecce-Chong, who is the Assistant Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony
Orchestra and Music Director of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra is one
of five candidates for the post in Santa Rosa. He will lead the orchestra in a
subscription set of three concerts during the 2017-2018 season. In the past few
weeks Francesco has conducted the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy
Center, and served as cover conductor for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the
Chicago Symphony. Among other engagements this season, he will return
guest conductor to the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra,
for which he served as associate conductor for four years.
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Grammy-winning guitarist Jason Vieaux premieres Dan Visconti's new concerto
'Living Language' with the California Symphony. Strong praise follows:|
"Vieaux, for whom the piece was written, played with
terrific commitment, coaxing a wealth of sound from his amplified, nylon string
guitar. The Grammy-winning artist brought fluidity to the score's fleet
passagework and focus to the slow, reflective episodes." [San Jose Mercury
"His excellent performance throughout was most remarkable here. Each firmly
resonant note passed through three or four pitches and as many tone colors
before fading away." "Visconti was aiming for a tour of world music. Yet the
concerto remained gentle, hushed, and transparent throughout, even while many
were playing. Visconti’s skill at orchestration keeping it so was admirable.
This concerto sounded quite unlike other modern guitar concertos by Rodrigo or
others, yet it was, like their work, consonant, pleasurable, and satisfying."
[San Francisco Classical Voice]
Read the full reviews
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Acclaimed violinist Mark Kaplan's much anticipated 2-CD
set of complete solo Bach is released on the Bridge
Praise for Kaplan's "extraordinary lyricism" quickly followed. "It
is as if every note, every phrase of these monumental works has something to say
to Kaplan and, in turn, he has something to say to you about them." [ArtMusicLounge] Kaplan, who plays a 1685 Stradivarius, is sought after for his Bach
performances and lectures at venues as diverse as Indiana
University, UCLA, New York’s Bargemusic, Oxford University and the Philharmonie in
Cologne. Kaplan enjoys a wide and varied career
as a soloist, chamber musician and distinguished educator. He has performed with
nearly every major orchestra in the principal cities of Europe, North America,
the Far East and Australia. He tours worldwide and records with the
Weiss-Kaplan-Stumpf Trio, exploring the masterworks of the piano trio repertoire
as well as new works by Lera Auerbach, Fred Lerdahl and others. Kaplan’s
previous recordings include violin concerti of Paganini, Wieniawski, Bartok,
Dohnanyi, Nono, Lalo, Berg and Stravinsky with such esteemed ensembles as the
London Symphony and the Budapest Festival Orchestra.
Award-winning pianist Yael Weiss joined the Israel
Camerata and conductor Uriel Segal for the world premiere of the new
re-orchestration of Grieg’s piano concerto. Enthusiastic audiences in Tel Aviv,
Rehovot and Savion greeted Mordechai Rechtman's orchestration and hailed Weiss'
driving performances. Israel's premiere daily press,
Ha’aretz, Israel, has offered high praise:
“A display of superb musicianship”. The concerto tour
followed Yael Weiss's performances of the Beethoven piano trio cycle with her
ensemble, the Weiss-Kaplan-Stumpf Trio, over five concerts in Tel Aviv
and Naan. Ms. Weiss continues her Beethoven focus with performances of the
complete cycle of Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas, and gives lectures on Beethoven
as part of her tours. Her next CD release includes new piano trios by Fred
Lerdahl and Pierre Jalbert.
Pittsburgh Symphony appoints
Francesco Lecce Chong
Assistant Conductor. We are proud to announce that the Pittsburgh Symphony
Orchestra will welcome the acclaimed young conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong to
its conducting staff at the start of the 2015-2016 season. Lecce-Chong comes to
Pittsburgh after four years as associate conductor of the Milwaukee Symphony
Orchestra. He will return to Milwaukee in the 2015-2016 season for several guest
engagements and will make his debut at the Florentine Opera. He will continue to
serve as associate conductor of the Grand Teton Music Festival. “I am thrilled
to be joining the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and look forward to working with
Maestro Honeck, the musicians, staff and supporters,” says Lecce-Chong. “It is
inspiring to join such a vibrant organization..."
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NPR's latest Tiny Desk concert features Jason Vieaux &
Yolanda Kondonassis, guitar & harp.
The duo gives lushly detailed performances of gorgeous new works in a
twenty-minute live presentation behind Bob Boylen's desk. Hear Jason & Yolanda
create a compelling unity from their two instruments on NPR Music's iconic and
eclectic Tiny Desk series.|
Azica Records releases
Together, the new CD from Yolanda Kondonassis & Jason Vieaux. The gorgeous CD is comprised entirely of original works for harp and guitar including two world premieres of works commissioned by Jason and Yolanda: Knock on Wood, by Keith Fitch, and Hypnotized, by Gary Schocker. Hear the interview and samples from WRCJ Detroit.
Michael Butterman will lead
the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra during the Kennedy Center's inaugural SHIFT
Festival in 2017. One of just four orchestras chosen, the new SHIFT Festival
provides a national platform for today’s most innovative orchestras to share a
sampling of their most creative and provocative work that embodies the
individual orchestra’s identity, community, and artistic vision.
NPR's All Things Considered featured
The Crossroads Project.
Hear the story.
Aziz Shokhakimov conducts
the Nürnberger Symphoniker, the Magdeburgische Philharmonie, followed by a
triumph with the Edmonton Symphony. Aziz makes his debut with the Frankfurt
Radio Symphony in a program including Debussy's La Mer.
Weiss-Kaplan-Stumpf Trio appeared at the Tonhalle Dusseldorf performing
Beethoven, Smetana and Lera Auerbach's "Triptych". With the Sioux City Symphony, the trio will premiere a new concerto by Michael Gilbertson and the Beethoven Triple Concerto in the spring before heading out to Vancouver for three concerts.
Cellist Clancy Newman's
new video series, Pop-Unpopped, is a set of solo cello pieces inspired by #1 US Billboard hits (including Meghan Trainor's All About That Bass, Taylor Swift's Shake It Off, and much more.
NPR chose Jason Vieaux "perhaps the most precise and soulful classical
guitarist of his generation" for one of NPR Music's 50 Favorite Songs of 2014
Sheng Cai performs
the five Beethoven piano concertos in spring 2015 with the Ontario Philharmonic.
The first three concertos in February, the last two in May.
Dalí Quartet: "forged a
near-instant rapport with the audience... In no time, the 300-plus audience
members were on their feet"
Pianist Christopher Taylor performs Messiaen's towering "Vingt Regards" in Milwaukee and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art - "remarkable" and "poetic" says The New York Times