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The Scene: Operatic Treats Including Don Giovanni in Houston and Die Meistersinger in Chicago; World Premieres by Elliott Carter and Wayne Shorter; Centenary Tribute to John Cage

Magazine article Gramophone

The Scene: Operatic Treats Including Don Giovanni in Houston and Die Meistersinger in Chicago; World Premieres by Elliott Carter and Wayne Shorter; Centenary Tribute to John Cage

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HOUSTON

Houston Grand Opera

Don Giovanni (January 25-February 10)

It will be fascinating to hear what Sir Trevor Pinnock does in his HGO debut, conducting Mozart's Don Giovanni. A harpsichordist and conductor, Pinnock is one of the pioneers of the period-performance movement and has focused his energies on the Baroque and Classical periods, tending towards brisk tempos and clarity of texture. This HGO production of Don Giovanni is a revival of the popular staging by the late Swedish director Goran Jarvefelt. A youthful cast of singers includes Austrian baritone Adrian Erod, making his debut here as the world's most unrepentant playboy, bass-baritone Kyle Ketelsen as Leporello, and sopranos Rachel Willis-Sorensen and Veronika Dzhioeva as Donna Anna and Donna Elvira.

houstongrandopera.org

MIAMI

New World Symphony

Centennial Tribute to John Cage (February 8-10)

There's a lot more to the composer John Cage than four minutes and 33 seconds of silence, as the musicians of the New World Symphony show in a series of three concert programmes celebrating this influential and provocative artist. Over the course of three weekend evenings, the NWS-with artistic director Michael Tilson Thomas-chart the composer's early career (when he made musical choices) to the middle and end, when he pioneered indeterminacy in composition, which challenged definitions about what makes music. This is a multimedia event, with screenings, panel discussions and modern dance choreography by Merce Cunningham (whose radical innovations in modern dance were fired by Cage's music). A stellar roster of guests includes vocalist Meredith Monk, soprano Jessye Norman and pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin.

nws.edu/JohnCage

SEATTLE

Seattle Symphony

Elliott Carter: Instances (February 7,9&10)

Hitting 100 did nothing to dampen Elliott Carter's commitment to composition. From 2008 until his recent death at 103, he produced at least 14 works (according to his publisher Boosey & Hawkes). Well, here's another one-commissioned, and being given its world premiere, by the Seattle Symphony-titled instances. Carter wrote this new work as a special gift to Ludovic Morlot to celebrate Morlots newrole as music director of the orchestra this season. Also on this programme, Schumann's Piano Concerto performed by the American pianist Nicholas Angelich, and Brahms's Symphony No 4. …

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