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Gounod's Roméo et Juliette - Live in HD Theaters - Saturday 1/21/17 at 1:00 p.m.

The “thrilling star team” ( New York Observer ) of Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo sing with “white-hot sensuality and impassioned lyricism” ( New York Times ) as Shakespeare’s classic star-crossed lovers in Gounod’s lush adaptation. Director Bartlett Sher’s “brilliant and inspired new production … is a revelation” ( Huffington Post ), and has already won acclaim for its vivid 18th-century milieu and stunning costumes during runs at Salzburg and La Scala. The performances are led by the ...

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As queen of England for 63 years, Victoria had a fair amount of music written and performed for her.  

Music meant more to her than just something accompany the pomp and circumstance of coronations and jubilees. 

Victoria grew up playing the piano. She also sang, and loved going to the theater. Prince Albert, her husband, played piano and composed. It is said that after she proposed to him, he serenaded her with music that he had written - and she sang along.  

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Washington Classical Review

Operas are still being composed and staged today.  But what about the story lines?...the accessibility of the music?...the sets?...the direction?  Read Musical America's review of The Dictator's Wife here.

Here we see Allegra De Vita as the First Lady in Mohammed Fairouz's opera "The Dictator's Wife."

For nearly five decades, Daniel Barenboim has been making a case for the symphonies of Anton Bruckner. Tonight at Carnegie Hall, the conductor begins a complete cycle of Bruckner's nine numbered symphonies, leading the storied Staatskapelle Berlin.

National Symphony Orchestra Musicians

You may not be able to attend in person, but thanks to technology and a collaboration between The Kennedy Center, the National Symphony Orchestra and medici.tv, three orchestral concerts will be live streamed around the world.  The three live NSO performances can be viewed worldwide in HD on medici.tv on Sunday, January 22, at 3 p.m.; Saturday, February 11, at 8 p.m.;


When the RPO performs Shostakovich's fifth symphony later this month, they will be performing one of the legendary examples of music as political speech. Stalin thought it was a tribute to his regime; almost certainly, however, Shostakovich had threaded a musical needle and was signaling his solidarity to a suffering public.

That got us thinking: what are some other examples of music as political speech? It spans genres, and it's not always as effective as the creator of the music hopes. Finally, we discuss whether music can move the public, or if music is more effective at simply reflecting the public's mood. Our guests:

  • John Covach, director of the Institute for Popular Music at the University of Rochester
  • Lisa Jakelski, associate professor of musicology at the Eastman School of Music
  • Terry Smith, head of the Harley School's Lower School
  • Mona Seghatoleslami, host and producer on WXXI Classical 91.5

Cellist Julian Schwarz has just been named to the faculty of Shenandoah Conservatory in Virginia.

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