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Classical Music Festivals

Medici.TV -- Great Classical Music Live On The Tube

Laurence Vittes | Posted 07.20.2016 | Arts
Laurence Vittes

This Thursday at 1 am ET, medici.tv will celebrate ten years of live broadcasts from the upscale Verbier Festival nestled high in the Swiss Alps.

Canada's Musical Instrument Bank Pays Dividends

Laurence Vittes | Posted 06.23.2016 | Arts
Laurence Vittes

The 21st annual Montréal Chamber Music Festival concluded Sunday afternoon at McGill University's Pollack Hall with 19 winners of the Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank (MIB) competition playing Mozart, Bartok and Dvorak on glorious-sounding violins and cellos.

The Gregor Piatigorsky Cello Festival - Where Were the Women?

Laurence Vittes | Posted 06.13.2016 | Arts
Laurence Vittes

Dateline: Los Angeles, Calif., June 10, 2016 The second Piatigorsky International Cello Festival at USC's Thornton School of Music ended Sunday night...

Auryn Quartet Affirms Haydn's Humanity Amidst Hungarian Migrant Crisis

Laurence Vittes | Posted 09.03.2015 | Arts
Laurence Vittes

In 1785, Joseph Haydn was commissioned by a canon in Cádiz, the ancient port city in southwest Spain, to write sacred instrumental music for Holy Week illustrating the "seven last words of the Lord."

A Classical Music Version of Ernst Lubitsch's The Shop Around the Corner Opens in Kaposvar

Laurence Vittes | Posted 08.11.2015 | Arts
Laurence Vittes

The International Chamber Music Festival of Kaposvár called Kapofest has taken a bold step to proceed for the next three years under the new leadership of two of Hungary's brightest young virtuosos, violinist Kristóf Baráti and cellist István Várdai.

Bach, Thomas Quasthoff and the Verbier Festival Defy Mortal Storms: If Verbier itself is total Hollywood - the concert was even more so!

Laurence Vittes | Posted 08.03.2015 | Arts
Laurence Vittes

As it was Friday night in Verbier's vast 1700-seat Salle, which in different configurations can serve horse jumping shows and biker rallies, it's as if the musicians and the audience were joining together to console and inspire each other at a time of heightened strife among nations.

Great Classical Music Festivals of 2014: Music Academy of the West

Laurence Vittes | Posted 11.05.2014 | Arts
Laurence Vittes

One of the great places to hear chamber music during the summer is at the Music Academy of the West, in the sleepy town of Montecito up the coast from Los Angeles.

Great Classical Music Festivals of 2014: Itinéraire Baroque in the Dordogne, July 24-27

Laurence Vittes | Posted 11.02.2014 | Arts
Laurence Vittes

Under the right circumstances, and surprisingly often and vividly, these smaller festivals can be your best bets for finding that ambience of intimacy and relationship under which music rises to its most heightened levels of experience.

8th Zagreb International Chamber Music Festival: It's a Wrap!

Laurence Vittes | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Laurence Vittes

What became the 8th Zagreb International Chamber Music Festival this past October 11-16 was started in August 2006 violinist Susanna Yoko Henkel who had just moved to Croatia's capital from Munich with husband Dalio Despot, was looking for an excuse to make music with friends.

What Mozart Said on His Way to the Airport at Montréal

Laurence Vittes | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Laurence Vittes

In Montréal, a city of music as Paris is a city of light, the Montréal Symphony has survived organizational scrapes to once again become one of the most exciting orchestras in the world.

Blanca Uribe in Bogotá: A Beacon For Beethoven

Laurence Vittes | Posted 07.06.2013 | Arts
Laurence Vittes

"When one speaks of the music of Colombia," the young conductor Alejandro Posada said recently, "the first person that comes to mind is Blanca Uribe."

Eastman Scores With Comic Books, Martyrdom and Claude Achille Debussy

Laurence Vittes | Posted 10.25.2012 | Arts
Laurence Vittes

The Eastman School of Music did Claude Debussy and Rochester, New York proud this past weekend with an array of cultural presentations culminating in a multi-media recreation of the life, times and musical excitement that changed the course of classical music history.

Tanglewood's 75-Year History In Music

The Huffington Post | Gazelle Emami | Posted 07.25.2012 | Home

HuffPost Culture is spotlighting a few new songs from the Tanglewood archives each week. Check back for the latest additions. Across the country, c...

Grand Teton Music Festival Opens Triumphantly With Beethoven and Wagner

Laurence Vittes | Posted 09.11.2012 | Arts
Laurence Vittes

Given the quality of the music, it was immediately clear that this festival is developing along the Aspen model, presenting classical music of the highest quality in surroundings of formidable luxury (symbolized by a Four Seasons hotel) against a backdrop of iconic mountain majesty.

Getting to Know Gregor Piatigorsky

Laurence Vittes | Posted 05.16.2012 | Arts
Laurence Vittes

It was yet another high point of the Gregor Piatigorsky International Cello Festival: Four famous cellists, who had studied with the great Russian master before his death in 1976, played at the University of Southern California's Newman Recital Hall.