Classical Music and Opera

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

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

June 4: Day four of the semifinal round, part two, of the Cliburn International Piano Competition: Yutong Sun, Honggi Kim, Yuri Favorin and Georgy Tchaidze

The evening of day four brought the performance of four more Mozart piano concertos with the Ft. Worth Symphony under the direction of Nicholas McGegan. Kudos to the Ft. [...]



The Cliburn: Day Four of the Semifinal Round

June 4, 2017 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera

June 4: Day four of the semifinal round of the Cliburn International Piano Competition: Han Chen and Rachel Cheung

The afternoon recitals of the fourth day of the semifinal round of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition saw two outstanding competitors who, I predict, will make it to the final round.
Han Chen
The recital started off [...]



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

June 4, 2017 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera

June 3: Day three of the semifinal round, part two, of the Cliburn International Piano Competition: Leonardo Pierdomenico, Kenneth Broberg, Daniel Tsu and Dasol Kim

Before the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition began, all 30 initial contestants were given a choice of eight Mozart piano concertos from which to choose for their concerto performance [...]



The Cliburn: Day Three of the Semifinal Round

June 3, 2017 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera

June 3: Day three of the semifinal round of the Cliburn International Piano Competition: Tony Yike Yang and Yekwon Sunwoo

Tony Yike Yang
Tony Yike Yang, an 18 year old from Canada, performed four works: two sonatas by Scarlatti, the A major K 212 and the D minor K 9; the Sonata No. 2 in B-flat [...]



The Cliburn: Day Two of the Semifinal Round

June 3, 2017 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera

June 2: Day two of the semifinal round of the Cliburn International Piano Competition: Yutong Sun, Honggi Kim, Yury Favorin and Georgy Tchaidze
Yutong Sun from China
Yutong Sun, a 21-year-old from China, performed three works, Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 26 in E-flat major, Op. 81a, “Les Adiux,” the Étude No. 3, Un sospiro by Liszt, and Pictures [...]



The Cliburn: Day One of the Semifinal Round

June 1, 2017 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera

June 1: Day one of the semifinal round of the Cliburn International Piano Competition: Daniel Hsu and Dasol Kim
Daniel Hsu from the U.S.
Daniel Hsu performed two works. He started off with the four Impromptus by Schubert, Op. 90, D. 899, written in 1827, the year before his death.
Such mature playing for a 19 year old, [...]



Cliburn Semifinal Round Begins June 1

May 31, 2017 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera

Leonard Slatkin, chairman of the Jury for the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition (taking place May 25-June 10, 2017, at Bass Performance Hall), announced the 12 pianists advancing to the Semifinal Round, which starts tomorrow, June 1, and continues through Monday, June 5. Watch the performances live in Fort Worth, TX, online or in [...]



Free Tickets to Angel City Chorale

May 30, 2017 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Entertainment and Events

Angel City Chorale (ACC), the esteemed Los Angeles choir led by Founder-Artistic Director Sue Fink, will present Interactive, an imaginative and multidimensional concert event during the first weekend in June. An engaging, one-of-a-kind event that rebels against the traditions of choral performance, Interactive will fuse choir and cyberspace to break down the barriers between performer [...]



Review: Dudamel Conducts Schubert and Mahler III

May 23, 2017 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera

On Sunday afternoon, Gustavo Dudamel conducted the LA Phil in the last concert of his Schubert/Mahler series by performing Schubert’s Symphonies No. 8 in B minor, D. 759 (“Unfinished”) and No. 9 in C major, D. 944 (“Great”), and songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn by Mahler.
Dudamel opened the concert with a powerful performance of Schubert’s [...]



Review: Jeffrey Kahane’s Swan Song with LACO

May 23, 2017 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

Saturday night’s concert of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) at the Alex Theatre in Glendale was a concert mostly of lasts. It was the last concert of LACO’s 2016-2017 season (repeated on Sunday at UCLA’s Royce Hall). It was also the last concert for Jeffrey Kahane as music director. The program featured two major [...]