Classical Music and Opera

Long Beach Opera Presents ‘Frida’

June 16, 2017 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera

Long Beach Opera (LBO) will present five outdoor performances of the highly anticipated Southern California premiere of Frida on June 17, 18, 24 and 25 at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach and on June 23 at Grand Performances in downtown LA. The opera celebrates the renowned Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, her [...]



Cliburn Conversations and Tidbits

June 13, 2017 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

The Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, held at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas, ended June 10. What a whirlwind for the competitors and the audience between May 25 and then!
Thirty pianists performed recitals in the preliminary round, 20 performed recitals in the quarterfinals, 12 performed recitals and Mozart concertos with the Fort [...]



The Cliburn Announces the Winners

June 10, 2017 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera

The Cliburn just announced the winners of the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, which took place May 25 to June 10, 2017, at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas. The awards ceremony was held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 10.
And the winners are:
Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Gold Medal and Van [...]



The Cliburn: Last Day of the Final Found

June 10, 2017 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera

June 10: Day four (the last) of the final round of the Cliburn International Piano Competition: Rachel Cheung, Georgy Tchaidze and Daniel Hsu

The last three concertos on the final day of the 15th Cliburn International Piano Competition just finished.
Rachel Cheung
The first performance of the day was by 25-year-old Rachel Cheung of Hong Kong who [...]



The Cliburn: Day Three of the Final Round

June 10, 2017 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera

June 9: Day three of the final round of the Cliburn International Piano Competition: Yuri Favorin, Kenneth Broberg and Yekwon Sunwoo

Beginning on Friday night, three of the six finalists in the 15th International Cliburn Piano Competition performed some of the biggest warhorses in the piano concerto repertoire accompanied by the Fort Worth Symphony [...]



The Cliburn: Day Two of the Final Round

June 9, 2017 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera

June 8: Day two of the final round of the Cliburn International Piano Competition: Georgy Tchaidze, Rachel Cheung and Daniel Hsu
On Thursday night we heard three different piano quintets—by Dvořák, Brahms and Franck—performed by three finalists — 29-year-old Georgy Tchaidze of Russia, 25-year-old Rachel Cheung of Hong Kong and 19-year-old Daniel Hsu of the United States.
Georgy [...]



The Cliburn: Day One of the Final Round

June 8, 2017 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera

June 7: Day one of the final round of the Cliburn International Piano Competition: Kenneth Broberg, Yuri Favorin and Yekwon Sunwoo
The final round of the 15th Cliburn International Piano Competition began last night with performances of three piano quintets by three of the six finalists. Prior to the start of the competition, competitors were given [...]



The Cliburn Announces the Finalists

June 5, 2017 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera

We hope you’ve been with us in Fort Worth or streaming the Cliburn concerts online and following our posts on each of the semifinal concerts. Join us starting Wednesday for the finals.
Tonight, Leonard Slatkin, chairman of the Jury for the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition (taking place May 25-June 10 at Bass Performance Hall), [...]



The Cliburn: Day Five of the Semifinal Round, Part Two

June 5, 2017 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera

June 5: Day five of the semifinal round, part two, of the Cliburn International Piano Competition: Tony Yike Yang, Yekwon Sunwoo, Han Chen and Rachel Cheung

Tony Yike Yang

Tony Yike Yang, the 18 year old from Canada, performed Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, K. 466, with cadenzas by Beethoven and Mitsuko [...]



The Cliburn: Day Five of the Semifinal Round

June 5, 2017 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera

June 5: Day five of the semifinal round of the Cliburn International Piano Competition: Leonardo Pierdomenico and Kenneth Broberg

This last day of the semifinal round saw recitals by the two last competitors: 24-year-old Leonardo Pierdomenico from Italy and 23-year-old Kenneth Broberg from the United States.
Leonardo Pierdomenico
Pierdomenico was up first and started his recital [...]