James Conlon Launches Three-Year Cycle of Mozart's Da Ponte Operas at The Festival Dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy

James Conlon
Shuman Associates

James Conlon returns to the original Spoleto Festival, the Festival dei Due Mondi (Festival of Two Worlds), in Spoleto, Italy – where he conducted his first opera more than 40 years ago – to lead Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte.  The opera launches a three-year cycle of Mozart’s trilogy of operas with librettist Lorenzo da Ponte, includingCosi fan TutteLe Nozze di Figaro, and Don Giovanni. ... »

Luxurious goulash; San Antonio Symphony, Sebastian Lang-Lessing, Jennifer Koh

Sebastian Lang-Lessing, Jennifer Koh
Incident Light

That feast of aural pleasures, Béla Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra, earned an uncommonly rousing ovation for the San Antonio Symphony and music director Sebastian Lang-Lessing — all hands strutting their stuff — to cap a mostly Austro-Hungarian program May 16 in the Tobin Center.  ... »

Cristina Pato on 'Latina,' Yo-Yo Ma & Saving Classical Music

Cristina Pato
Latin Post

When people think of bagpipers, Scotland enters the consciousness. But don't say that to Cristina Pato, a Galician bagpiper who also has careers as a pianist and composer.

For Pato, the bagpipes are her passion, and she is set to release a new album entitled "Latina," which she noted is an exploratory journey of what it means to be Latino across numerous cultures.

Pato became a star in her home country before moving to the U.S. to obtain her doctorate. She has had the pleasure of performing alongside a plethora of major artists, including Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble.

Her ensemble the Migration Band is slated to perform in New York on Sunday, and Pato recently spoke with Latin Post about her new album, her multiple careers and how she believes classical music can be saved. 

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