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Grant Leighton

In October 2013 Marin Alsop will bring the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Brazil’s leading cultural export, to Europe for a 15 concert tour . The Orchestra’s most extensive European tour to date takes in Berlin’s Philharmonie, Paris’s Salle Pleyel, London’s Royal Festival Hall and the Vienna Konzerthaus, plus three dates at the Salzburg Festival. Maestra Alsop was appointed Chief Conductor of the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra (OSESP) in 2012. Her contract runs through 2017. Already she has...

Craig Johnson

The week of June 3-8 marks the 38th call to order of the Victoria Bach Festival . Hundreds of musicians will eventually make their ways to this South Texas city as participants in numerous chamber concerts, plus the grand finale on Saturday evening, June 8. That final concert brings the entire ensemble of orchestra, chorus and soloists to the stage of the Victoria Fine Arts Center, 1002 Sam Houston Drive. Craig Hella Johnson 's downbeat is at 7:30 PM. The final concert features one work:...

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2013 marks the 100th anniversary of the first performance of Igor Stravinsky's landmark ballet "Le Sacre du Printemps," commonly known as "The Rite of Spring." James Baker and Ron Moore, for many years co-hosts of KPAC's Alternate Routes, recently took time out to reflect on the meaning of 100 years of The Rite of Spring. There are essentially two versions of Igor Stravinsky's Rite of Spring. The first, and its many variants (and choreography), is for dancers and orchestra. The...

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A few weeks ago I had the wonderful opportunity to interview the remarkable composer and band leader Maria Schneider. Her latest work as a composer is still the buzz around both classical and jazz crowds. The disc, consisting of two song cycles written for Dawn Upshaw, is called " Winter Morning Walks ." In the video interview below, I talk to Schneider about writing classical music, and whether and when she might write more.

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The hearts of all who love and care for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra are weeping today with the announcement of the passing of trumpeter Adolph Herseth . For over a half century (1948-2004), he was the principal trumpet of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Along with tubist Arnold Jacobs, Herseth and his brass playing colleagues evolved into the most powerful and accomplished orchestral brass section in the world. This is no exaggeration! I have had the opportunity to study with and interview...

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