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Not All Schubert Program Closes 2015 Santa Fe Chamber Music Series

Tweet The 2015 Santa Fe Chamber Music series closed this evening at the Lensic Theater with what was supposed to be an all Schubert program. But alas the best laid plans of mice and musicians often go astray. Violinist William Preucil was indisposed which caused the program to be altered. “Indisposed” in the music business…


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Shostakovich – Michelangelo Suite

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Tweet Michelangelo (1475-1564), in addition to dominating renaissance art, wrote more than 300 sonnets and madrigals. Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-75) set 11 of the sonnets to music shortly before he died. The Michelangelo Suite was originally written for bass and piano (op 145). Shostakovich then orchestrated the songs (op 145a) making the piece even more powerful…


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Lubbock Symphony orchestra Video

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Tweet Below is a 5 minute video outlining the activities of the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra.  


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Cleveland Orchestra Plays Beethoven and Shostakovich in Miami

Tweet Not surprisingly the Cleveland Orchestra spends part of the winter in Miami. On Saturday evening February 28 the band, led by its Music Director Franz Welser-Möst, played Beethoven’s 5th Symphony followed after the intermission by Shostakovich’s 10th Symphony. The venue was the Knight Concert Hall. They had played the same composers’ 3rd and 6th…


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Di Stefano Sings Neapolitan Songs

Tweet The Neapolitan songs that everyone knows are the longest running popular songs in Western music. Tenors appear to sing them more often then other vocal ranges. To bring them off requires a combination of characteristics that are almost never found in one singer. These are: fluency in the beautiful Neapolitan language, perfect diction, beauty…


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A Few Patter Songs

Tweet In the spirit of the holiday season, here are a few patter songs. This form is one of Western Civilizations greatest achievements. While the patter song precedes him, Rossini is the undisputed champion. Below are three of the master’s best examples of rapid fire comic singing. The first from the Barber of Seville is sung by…


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Renée Fleming Opens Lubbock Symphony Orchestra’s 2014-15 Season

Tweet Renée Fleming opened the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra’s 2014-15 season before a capacity audience at  the Civic Center Auditorium. Ms Fleming appeared in both halves of the concert. The program is below. Fleming who has obviously done this kind of show before had the crowd with her from the moment she first appeared. At this…


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Beethoven in Santa Fe

Tweet On Thursday evening August 21 the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival presented and all Beethoven program at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. The evening began with the last of Beethoven’s sonatas for cello and piano – the 5th in D Op 102, #2. Written in 1815 along with the 4th sonata, it was dedicated…


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Ivan Kozlovsky

Tweet Ivan Kozlovsky (1900-93) was one of the great stars of Russian opera. He appeared in over 50 operas during his years at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theater – 1926 to 1954. The Ukrainian tenor was an intimate of Stalin and performed regularly at private gatherings for the Soviet dictator. He also had a friendly rivalry with…


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Renée Fleming to Open Lubbock Symphony Orchestra’s 2014-15 Season

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Tweet The Lubbock Symphony Orchestra opens it 2014-15 season on September 9th with Renée Fleming as guest artist. Music Director David Cho conducts.


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