DRUMS OF INDIA TOUR STARTS TONIGHT

09.30.16
Bickram Ghosh's Drums of India

Opus 3 Artists and the Ravi Shankar Foundation are pleased to present DRUMS OF INDIA from tabla master Bickram Ghosh. Their first North American tour begins September 30 through October 22 from California to New York City. Electrifying and entrancing, these four master drummers from India play a variety of traditional drums plus sitar. Bickram Ghosh, called “the prince of tabla” by George Harrison, has enjoyed a decades-long career that includes multiple Grammy-nominated albums, composing for Bollywood films, and a strong bond with his guru the late Ravi Shankar. The Drums of India project was created to help further Shankar's musical legacy and the ensemble are excited to visit 10 new cities in the United States. ... »

Daniel Hope becomes Music Director of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra

09.26.16
Zurich Chamber Orchestra , Daniel Hope

Tomorrow night, Tuesday September 27, Daniel Hope begins his new role as Music Director of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra (ZKO).

The opening concert of the new season, which takes place at the Tonhalle in Zurich, is an example of the kind of programming which Daniel will be bringing to the orchestra.

The concert begins with Mendelssohn’s Octet in the original chamber version; followed by works for Violin and Orchestra by Bach and Weinberg, and concluding with Beethoven's Symphony No 2.

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Nelson Freire: Schumann elegantly realised by artist of note

09.23.16
Marcelo Lehninger
The Australian

At 72, Brazilian pianist Nelson Freire may not be a pianistic household name such as Martha Argerich, Evgeny Kissin or Murray Perahia, but his artistry is recognised as being of their ilk.

Elsewhere, Schumann focused on his trademark sense of tenderness and penchant for rhapsodic rumination. Here, Freire’s suave finesse came to the fore. His shapely phrasing, well-sustained pianissimo playing and exquisite lightness of touch realised the affettuoso quality in the opening movement and infused the slow movement with an appealing sense of grazioso.

The Sydney Symphony delivered an outstanding performance of this work with Vladimir Ashkenazy in their 2007 Rachmaninoff Festival.

Conductor Marcelo Lehninger’s exhilarating account matched it in quality, conveying the symphony’s emotional power with immediacy and intensity. ... »