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Golijov, Tchaikovsky and Joshua Bell – A Perfect Mix of Exceptional Class

The outstanding performance of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Joshua Bell October 1 was a thrill for the entire audience that filled symphony hall. Osvaldo Golijov’s (1960-) “Sidereus,” Overture for Small Orchestra began the evening with celestial awe. The combination … Continue reading

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Samuel Barber, Gustav Mahler’s Fourth, and Soprano Barbara Shirvis

If one were to take the combination of Samuel Barber’s (1910-1981) “Adagio for Strings” and “Knoxville: Summer of 1915” for Soprano and Orchestra, op. 24, and Gustav Mahler’s (1860-1911) Symphony no. 4 in G major for Soprano and Orchestra at … Continue reading

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Why “The Elixir of Love” Makes Opera Appealing

There are many who scoff at the idea of listening to, let alone attending, an opera. They picture one of Wagner’s heavy pieces (his are all heavy, actually), and cover their ears at the thought of enduring such torture of … Continue reading

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