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Choral Arts performance of J. S. Bach’s "Christmas Oratorio" BWV 248 December 31, 2014

No wonder the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral was almost filled.  I was among many who were prepared to hear a joyful masterpiece of baroque music.  Bach certainly knew how to begin the celebration, starting with four confident beats of timpani, a sweet trill of the flute, and the bright ring of trumpets.  I…


Posted by Joyce Portnoy on January 2, 2015 at 8:00pm

Unique group will be performing next Thursday at Glen Foerd

Six hands - one piano

  • One virtuoso pianist - everybody has seen and enjoyed them.
  • Virtuoso duet - a lot of people have seen and enjoyed them.
  • You can be one of very…

Posted by Mikhail Zorich on December 10, 2014 at 10:58am

Christmas in Renaissance Italy

Piffaro’s annual holiday concert takes listeners back in time to the 16th century Kingdom of Naples. Renowned as the “conservatory of Europe,” the city boasted an abundance of talented composers and players to supply music to accompany Nativity plays, crèche scenes, and feasts. 

Piffaro’s program will mirror the variety of music enjoyed by these Renaissance revelers: Spanish and Italian, contemplative and rowdy, divine and earthy.

Piffaro's musicians,…


Posted by Piffaro, The Renaissance Band on December 4, 2014 at 2:40pm

For Joseph Schmidt, Tenor

You inch down a narrow side street

of a windy winter

in an eastern European city

and into a dark recording studio,

it is 1928

and you sing--no, better!

you hold forth like a soaring eagle--

you will be dead

in just a handful of years.

Now eighty years later

--much longer than how long you lived--

on the eastern coast

of the New World,

I take your CD out on the deck

in summer…


Posted by Ray Greenblatt on December 3, 2014 at 4:57pm

Odyssey of an African Opera Singer: From Zwinde Township to the World Stage.

Musa Ngqungwana, bass-baritone and ’14 AVA alumnus has had an eventful couple of months. Not only has Musa been vigorously preparing for his now-ended and successful run as Colline in Washington National Opera’s La bohème, but he has also been busy publishing his autobiography, Odyssey of an African Opera Singer: From Zwinde Township to the World…


Posted by Samantha van Adelsberg on November 20, 2014 at 12:00pm

Tempesta plays 2 Bachs & Telemann

Tempesta plays 2 Bachs & Telemann

orchestral music by the father, the son, and the godfather

Johann Sebastian Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach and Georg Philipp Telemann—father, son and godfather—shared in lifelong personal and musical exchanges. The program showcases the musical…


Posted by Tempesta di Mare on November 18, 2014 at 2:11pm




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