Clara's Schumannfest

Clara's Schumannfest

The city of Bonn has hosted an annual Schumannfest since 1998 to celebrate the lives and music of two of the city’s most famous residents: Robert Schumann and Ludwig van Beethoven.  However, in 2007 the name of the festival changed from the Bonn Schumann Festival to Schumannfest, “to illustrate the core concerns of the festival: the memory of Robert and Clara Schumann.”  Robert spent the last two years of his life in the city, and he and Clara are buried in the Old Cemetery in Bonn. Though the festivals always incorporate a wide variety of genres and performances – including…

Concerts & Events March 16-31

Concerts & Events March 16-31

Future Concerts & Events March 16-31 (by U.S. State, alphabetically) California The Bay Area Rainbow Symphony will perform Florence Price’s Symphony No. 1 on March 16. On March 24 the Berkeley Symphony will feature Sofia Gubaidulina’s Concerto for Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Band. Jessie Montgomery and Louise Farrenc will be featured by the Oakland Symphony on March 22. The San José Youth Chamber Orchestra performs Alma Deutscher’s Allegretto  as well as the rest movement of Concerto for Strings by Grazyna Bacewicz on March 18. March 30th, Art in the Park, Crystal Cove State Park, CSUF New Music Ensemble and Guests perform works by Pamela Madsen  on the…

Cal State Fullerton Celebrates 18th Annual New Music Festival

Cal State Fullerton Celebrates 18th Annual New Music Festival

With a truly exhilarating range of programming the 18th annual CSU Fullerton New Music Festival offered four days of interaction with influential performers and composers and memorable, cutting-edge concerts, February 19-23. Among the highlights were performances by the student ensembles, including the Wind Ensemble which performed Cindy McTee’s “The Unquestioned Answer.” The CSUF New Music Ensemble engaged in two of Pauline Oliveros’ iconic “Meditations” as a tribute to this hugely influential composer who passed away just over two years ago. “The Tuning Meditation” is focused and contemplative, while “Interdependence” demands rapid response and agility.  The works offer sets of instructions…

BBC Proms 2018: By the Numbers

The 2018 BBC Proms kicks off today, Friday, July 13 and continues with extensive programming through September. The annual event features what is considered the best of the best in contemporary classical music programming with ensembles, soloists, and conductors from around the world. The schedule of events is enormous, with paid and free concerts, lectures, workshops, radio broadcasts – not a dull moment until after Labor Day. Others have already shared their thoughts on the choices in programming for this year’s Proms, but we felt it important to add our thoughts, and figures, to the conversation as the Proms officially…