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Welcome to Jonathan Wentworth Associates, a respected resource for world-class fine arts music programming on tour. Look to us for special projects including mask and puppet theatre for orchestral collaboration, and music events featuring large-scale projected images. Check this home page for news on artists and special projects in the Fanfare section, and click on the links above to visit the artists by category.

 

February News
March News

Sheng Cai plays Mussorgsky Pictures in New Brunswick  new video...

Dalí Quartet: "forged a near-instant rapport with the audience... In no time, the 300-plus audience members were on their feet" More...     new video...

Trio Galilei: Music to the ears of wounded veterans recuperating at Walter Reed -
feature in the Washinton Post

Ensemble Galilei's Winter Solstice concerts featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, and new CD review.

Jason Vieaux's celebrates 20 years of performance with new CD "Play"  Download a track here

International Chamber Soloists & violinist Dmitri Berlinsky "brilliance" in Green Bay

Fernando Otero at (le) Poisson Rouge

Dmitri Berlinsky at the Castleton Festival with Lorin Maazel

Christopher Taylor at Chautauqua Music Festival

André Laplante at Domaine Forget International Festival

Weiss Kaplan Newman Trio at SummerMusic 2013

Jason Vieaux at the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival

André Laplante at the Orford Arts Center/Festival


Jason Vieaux
is the "Genre-Defying Classical Guitarist" on Soundcheck. Hear his performance of an excerpt from Dan Visconti's Devil's Strum on WNYC's venerable Soundcheck program, just before his sold out NYC appearance. Listen

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 ... review

Cellist Clancy Newman's new videos are up. Click here to for superb performances of Mendelssohn, Chopin and Newman's own "From Method to Madness"

Pianist André Laplante tours Quebec, including a return to the distinguished LMMC series in Montréal and the Sherbrooke Symphony before Guelph and London recitals.

Conductor Michael Butterman leads the Cleveland Orchestra in performances of Beethoven excerpts for the Classical Kids Live! series.

Conductor Aziz Shokhakimov returns to the U.S. to lead the Pacific Symphony, following return engagements with Filarmonica del Teatro Comunale di Bologna. Review.

The Weiss-Kaplan-Newman Trio's new CD receives raves

Guitarist Jason Vieaux announces new collaborations with harpist Yolanda Kondonassis: "a joy from top to bottom" (Cleveland Plain Dealer); and with A Far Cry: "...a hugely enjoyable performance" (Boston Globe.) more

 

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Fanfare -- News & Events                                     

We are proud to welcome the award-winning Fry Street Quartet to our roster of fine artists.  Hailed as "a triumph of ensemble playing" (New York Times), Fry Street Quartet has perfected a "blend of technical precision and scorching spontaneity" (Strad). Since securing the Millennium Grand Prize at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, Fry Street Quartet has reached audiences from Carnegie Hall to Sarajevo and Jerusalem, exploring the medium of the string quartet and its life-affirming potential with "profound understanding… and stunning technical astuteness" (Deseret Morning News). And now available on tour:
The Crossroads Project: Fry Street Quartet & Dr. Robert Davies
A multi-disciplinary performance incorporating live music, visual art, and compelling science. Using diverse and complementary languages, the quartet joins with physicist and educator Dr. Robert Davies in a program including a newly commissioned work by composer Laura Kaminsky, to explore the impacts of society’s unsustainable systems, Earth’s rapidly changing climate, and humanity’s opportunity for a new direction. Link to The Crossroads Project. Link to the Quartet...



Arab Music Concert Series features Jason Vieaux --
 Guitarist Jason Vieaux puts his expressive gifts and virtuosity at the service of a remarkably wide range of music. In this unique collaboration, Vieaux and members of Al-Bustan's Resident Takht Ensemble reinterpret classical Western and Arab compositions. More...

Jason performs Kantigas with Hanna Khoury, Arabic violin and percussionist Hafez El Ali Kotain, in this video.

Aziz Shokhakimov -- the young award-winning conductor made his Houston Symphony debut this weekend in a program that included the Brahms 1st Symphony on the heels of his stunning debut with the Pacific Symphony [Review]. Continuing his remarkable rise (including his Mahler Competition prize win at age 21), his upcoming debuts include: London Philharmonic, Frankfurt and Stuttgart Radio Orchestras, Orchestra Filarmonica del Teatro La Fenice, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, the  Winnipeg Symphony, Teatro Comunale di Bolgona (in Eugene Onegin), and a tour of Japan. Return engagements on the schedule include orchestras in Bremen, Warsaw, Milan, Bologna and Dusseldorf. More.   


Enchantment Theatre Company premieres Mother Goose. The new show for symphony orchestra youth and family programming from the acclaimed Enchantment Theatre Company brings Mother Goose tales to life with the music of Maurice Ravel.
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First Person: Seeing America This beautifully staged concert with actors and large-screen projections illuminates the American experience from the Wild West to the Civil War, through the Great Depression to the gift of freedom. This finely crafted work seamlessly incorporates poetry and prose by some of the country's finest writers with iconic photographs from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, extraordinary performances by two actors, and the soulful music of Ensemble Galilei. "In short, magic was created" Gazettes.com

Newly directed by
Casey Stangl, First Person: Seeing America tells its story with photographs from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the words of famous Americans including James Agee, Frederick Douglass, Calamity Jane and Abraham Lincoln, poetry by Lucille Clifton, Jim Harrison and Ted Kooser, and music by Ensemble Galilei.
Photographs from the Met's collection include the iconic works of Walker Evans, Edward Curtis, Ansel Adams and Arthur Rothstein as well as many others. The soundtrack is the music of Ensemble Galilei – traditional music from Sweden, Scotland and Ireland, and new compositions featuring fiddle, Celtic harp, viola da gamba, banjo, percussion and oboe. First Person: Seeing America. More...


Photo: Walker Evans (American, 1903–1975), Alabama Tenant Farmer, 1936. Gelatin silver print, 23.6 x 18.7 cm (9 5/16 x 7 3/8 in.). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Purchase, Jennifer and Joseph Duke Gift, 2000 (2000.329) © Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.


Dali Quartet - Audiences and Critics Love the Music, Love the Performance - "prolonged and enthusiastic applause" brought forth the encore from the Dalí Quartet in the beautiful Whitley Auditorium at Elon University in late February. The critic sang the praises of the group's mixed Classical and Latin repertoire -- and the quartet's performance of it.  "The Dalí Quartet gave a beautifully judged performance" [Mozart k.575] "The deep, plush sound of the viola and cello supported a gorgeous, singing first violin melody" [Brahms op. 51, #2] And about Juan Bautista Plaza's 'Fuga Romántica' -- "beautifully crafted with elegant lines but possessing great warmth. Every ensemble ought to check out this piece as an alternate to Barber's Adagio for solemn occasions." Full Review


South Florida Symphony audiences enjoyed four concerts with cellist Clancy Newman. The press agrees. Writing about his performance of the Barber Cello Concerto on the KONK Broadcasting Network, critic Harry Schroeder said "he lived up splendidly to all of its many demands, giving it everything one could ask for from a cellist."
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Nordic Voices at Carnegie's Weill Hall... on Super Bowl Sunday
The New York Times' James Barron writes that the show goes on at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall, even during the big game. Including comments from his interview with Nordic Voices' baritone Frank Havroy, Barron highlights events at Carnegie, Lincoln Center, Dangerfield's Comedy Club and beyond. Renée Fleming wasn't the only singer on stage that night! More...      Review

Are You Ready for Some... Nordic Voices?

 


CD Release Concert in NYC: Latin Grammy winner Fernando Otero's new CD, Romance (Soundbrush Records) was celebrated in concert at 92YTribeca and called"a sensuous blend of tango and classical and chamber jazz" by the New York Times. Argentinean pianist and composer Otero won Best Classical Album award at the 11th annual Latin Grammy Awards for his 2010 CD, Vital, and was hailed by the BBC as “Urbane and exotic, surreal and street-wise, and alive with invention and emotion.”  Otero tours solo, duo, quartet and sextets. Video Samples including the hit "Until the Dawn" with Josefina Scaglione.


 

Jonathan Wentworth Associates is proud to welcome award-winning pianist Sheng Cai to our roster of fine artists. The twenty-four year old has already appeared with symphonies from Shanghai to Calgary to Toronto -- and in recital and chamber music appearances that have garnered high praise and comparisons to Glenn Gould. At the age of fifteen Sheng Cai made his debut with the Toronto Symphony and since then he has concertized throughout Canada, China, England, Russia, the Czech Republic and from Boston to Texas to the Rocky Mountains. A pianist who embraces the keyboard tradition of the romantic virtuosos, he has a major career in his hands. More... 
 

 

 


 
  
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