Please tune in to PBS Channel 13 on Saturday, May 11 at 2pm for a high-definition TV broadcast of New York Philharmonic's Chinese New Year Gala lead by Maestro Long Yu.
The unique program highlights fascinating connections between Chinese and Western musical traditions, featuring: Mahler's The Song of the Earth sung by Jennifer Johnson Cano, Ye Xiaogang's The Song of the Earth performed by Ying Huang, Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 1 featuring Lang Lang, The Drunken Concubine sung by Beijing opera singer Yan Wang and traditional songs presented by the Snow Lotus Trio. This is the first video broadcast produced by the Philharmonic to be shown on PBS. The concert is available worldwide on medici.tv until May 16. The program will also air on NJTV May 11 at 3am and on WLIW May 26 at 3:30pm and May 31 at 4am.
Jonathan Batiste will perform for International Jazz Day with The National Jazz Museum in Harlem
April 30, 2013 @ 8:00p.m.
In honor of International Jazz Day, the National Jazz Museum in Harlem will illuminate the truly global roots of jazz with an international jam session led by Jonathan Batiste. Jonathan, the museum's Artistic Director-At-Large, will engage with musicians from all over the world to demonstrate the universal language of jazz. Featuring artists from 7 different countries the session will bring together Punjabi dhol music from Red Baraat's Sunny Jain, Malian kora and vocals from master griots Yacouba Sissoko and Awa Sangho, deep and thoughtful bass grooves from Japan's Noriko Ueda, Brazilian, Caribbean and Celtic percussion and vibes by James Shipp, Bolivian folk and jazz vocals from Gian-Carla Tisera and more!
Distinguished Chinese composer Tan Dun is named UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador
UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova designated celebrated Chinese composer and conductor Tan Dun as a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador on Friday, 22 March. The event, at UNESCO Headquarters, began with a live performance by the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra of Tan Dun's Music for Water, conducted by the composer. The concert, organized in cooperation with Melody for Dialogue among Civilizations Association, was followed by the designation ceremony.
Read Full Press Release from UNESCO Watch Video from UNESCO about Tan Dun
Daniele Gatti will conduct an All Wagner Program with Boston Symphony Orchestra, March 21-23 and 26, 2013, at Symphony Hall in Boston.
Maestro Gatti will also conduct the BSO at Carnegie Hall in New York City on April 4 & 5, 2013, and at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, on April 6, 2013.
Der Herr des Rings Conductor Ludwig Wicki is interviewed in preparation for the German tour of Fellowship of the Ring.
Fellowship of the Ring will play Nuremberg, Munich and Stuttgart from March 21 - April 1, 2013.
SEIJI OZAWA wins the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Solo for his work conducting “Poèmes,” with Alan Gilbert featuring Renée Fleming with the Orchestre National de France and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. Read more
LILA DOWNS WINS A GRAMMY
Los Angeles Times — February 10, 2013: "Lila Downs, the colorfully theatrical Oaxacan singer-songwriter who mixes indigenous Mexican roots music with contemporary sounds, has won the award for regional Mexican album, including Tejano." Read more
The Stars Have Aligned — One Spectacular Week in New York
On February 12–18 six distinguished artists represented by CAMI Music will perform on New York's most prestigious stages. These stellar events span a variety of instruments, genres and generations, representing the wealth and variety of our roster.
February 12: LONG YU will conduct the New York Philharmonic in the Chinese New Year Concert at Avery Fisher Hall February 14, 15, 16: RUDOLF BUCHBINDER Brahms's Piano Concerto No. 2 with New York Philharmonic and Alan Gilbert at Avery Fisher Hall; February 15: RAY CHEN will make his Carnegie Hall debut with Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and Sakari Oramo with Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 February 15, 18: DANIELE GATTI will lead the new production of Parsifal at the Metropolitan Opera February 12, 16: MICHELE MARIOTTI will conduct the new production of Rigoletto at the Metropolitan Opera. (The February 12 performance will be broadcast live on SiriusXM) February 15: JON BATISTE will perform at The Cutting Room
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CAMI Music, in collaboration with the New York Philharmonic, will celebrate the Chinese New Year for the second consecutive year, welcoming the Year of the Snake with a Gala concert spotlighting the connections between Eastern and Western cultures on Tuesday, February 12, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. A new tradition for the Philharmonic, the event celebrates the cultural heritage of China and America and honors the Chinese-American community. Long Yu — artistic director and chief conductor of the China Philharmonic, music director of the Shanghai and Guangzhou Symphony Orchestras, and artistic director of the Beijing Music Festival — will return to the Philharmonic to conduct the concert, and China's Phoenix TV will again broadcast the concert nationwide in China the following week.
This year's concert program will feature famed pianist Herbie Hancock, who will create a jazz response to contemporary Chinese composer Qigang Chen's Er Huang, and Snow Lotus Trio, a folk ensemble from the mountains of China that will join forces with the New York Philharmonic to showcase Chinese folk music traditions. The Spring Festival Overture, a traditional work celebrating the Chinese New Year, will once again open the concert, ringing in the Lunar New Year; and selections from the Peking Opera will also be performed.
RUDOLF BUCHBINDER will be the featured soloist with the New York Philharmonic led by Music Director Alan Gilbert in three concerts from February 14–16, 2013 at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall. He will perform Brahms's Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op. 83. Mr. Buchbinder's next performances in the U.S. are on March 8–10, 2013, as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra led by Christoph von Dohnányi, performing Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466.
Sony Masterworks is releasing RUDOLF BUCHBINDER’s new CD Mozart’s Piano Concertos Nos. 23 & 25 with Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Concentus Musicus Vienna on Mozart’s birthday, January 28. He received ECHO 2012 Award as Instrumentalist of the Year for his previous recording, the complete Beethoven Sonata Cycle that was released in North America in August of last year.
PACO PEÑA RECEIVES GLOWING NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW
"Listening to the flamenco guitarist Paco Peña play solo, you might believe a few guitarists were helping him out, hidden backstage. He's that good. And yet what's most admirable about this modest virtuoso, who can hold an audience spellbound on his own, is how he surrounds himself with artists of similar caliber and lets them shine." Read more
JON BATISTE FEATURED IN "ALL ABOUT JAZZ"
“Nearly everything about Jonathan Batiste is steeped in New Orleans— from the way he talks, walks, and claps his hands to the way he plays the piano, composes, and leads his Stay Human Band. So, it's surprising to consider he's actually spent most of his adult life in New York City, having arrived in 2004 when he was a teenager to study at Juilliard. Since then, he's been making a firm connection with the City, including a close association with National Jazz Museum in Harlem.
“He's also been featured at many other venues in the City—in addition to touring to more than 40 countries—including a number of appearances at Jazz at Lincoln Center. For example, he's led his own band for a week-long engagement at the Center's Dizzy's Club Coca, appeared at a concert with fellow New Orleans pianists Ellis Marsalis and Henry Butler, and he'll be the featured guest artist with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra for a series of three shows on January 18 and 19, 2013 focusing on the music of saxophonist Gerry Mulligan and pianist John Lewis.” Read more
RAY CHEN GIVES A SURPRISE PERFORMANCE FOR GIORGIO ARMANI
Milan, January 15 — Ray Chen, who is endorsed by Armani, had a pleasure of meeting the great maestro of fashion after the Armani Men's Fall/Winter 2013 collection was shown at Milan Fashion Week earlier today. During the backstage press event he gave a surprise private performance of a Paganini Caprice for Giorgio Armani. See what happened. Italy's largest paper, "La Repubblica", was the first to report this encounter.
ALEXANDRE DESPLAT NOMINATED FOR BOTH A GOLDEN GLOBE AND AN OSCAR
PACO PEÑA SET TO PERFORM AT THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART
Paco Peña will perform at the Metropolitan Museum of Art – Grace Rainey Auditorium on January 19th at 7:00 PM. Learn more.
DANIELE GATTI TO CONDUCT FRANÇOIS GIRARD'S PRODUCTION OF "PARSIFAL"
Daniele Gatti will conduct François Girard's new Metropolitan Opera production of Wagner's "Parsifal," starring Jonas Kaufmann.
It opens February 15, 2013. Watch the production preview.
CAMI MUSIC SIGNS ACCLAIMED THEATRICAL TOURING COMPANY MUMMENSCHANZ
NEW YORK, January 8, 2013 -- CAMI Music has signed the innovative European theatrical pioneer MUMMENSCHANZ for North American representation beginning in 2013, both companies announced today. CAMI Music, an international leader specializing in the development of touring theatrical entertainment, musical events and performing arts, is proud to add the famed Swiss-based visual theater company to its world renowned roster.
Celebrating its 40th anniversary, MUMMENSCHANZ continues to captivate audiences young and old around the globe with its groundbreaking art form. The acclaimed theater company is currently performing in New York City for four weeks (now until January 6th 2013) as the centerpiece to a four-month North American tour ending March 2013 -part of larger worldwide jubilee events to mark the group’s milestone.
“A group of artists and innovators of the highest caliber, MUMMENSCHANZ is an ideal addition to the diverse and extensive CAMI Music family,” said Jean-Jacques Cesbron, President, Columbia Artists Music. “We’re eager to think in creative new ways and forge collaborative partnerships for this talented theater company.”
“MUMMENSCHANZ has always had a loyal fan base and special relationship with the U.S. and North America - and now CAMI is uniquely positioned to help us tap into even bigger audiences in new ways as one of the leaders in theatrical touring and performing arts,” said Markus Simmen, Managing Director, MUMMENSCHANZ Foundation. “MUMMENSCHANZ is so pleased to join this experienced team, with its strong tradition of cultivating artists and creating new opportunities.”
Formed in Paris in 1972 by founding members Andres Bossard, Floriana Frassetto and Bernie Schürch, MUMMENSCHANZ paved the way for nonverbal theater and multiple new genres. Since then, the group has established its legacy with tireless touring across five continents over four decades by the original artists (Frassetto is still a main cast member), as well as current featured players, Philipp Egli, Pietro Montandon and Raffaella Mattioli, and technical directors Jan Maria Lukas / Dino de Maio.
Seen by millions in more than 60 countries, MUMMENSCHANZ humorously communicates timeless truths and insights on the human condition using a purely nonverbal universal “language.” The group creates a playful and uniquely memorable theater experience through an inventive use of shadow and light and creative manipulation of sculptural, expressive masks. The visually stunning spectacle is a form of family-friendly entertainment that sparks the imagination, transcends cultural barriers and dazzles audiences and generations of fans around the world.
Since 2009, MUMMENSCHANZ has been represented by Laura Colby, Director Elsie Management, a relationship that facilitated the group’s return to North America after a long absence, with two successful tours: 2010-2011 and the “40 Years” anniversary tour currently running from fall 2012 through winter 2013.
Visit www.mummenschanznyc.com or www.mummenschanz.com, View Testimonial Video, and check out the NPR interview, A Way Without Words: Mummenschanz Mimes Celebrate 40.
RAY CHEN PERFORMS AT NOBEL EVENT FOR DISTINGUISHED LAUREATES AND SWEDISH ROYALTY
December 2012 — Stockholm and Vienna — Ray Chen had a stunning success as the youngest-ever soloist at the Nobel Prize Concert in Stockholm. He performed the Bruch Concerto No. 1 for the Nobel laureates and Swedish Royalty, with Maestro Christoph Eschenbach and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. Ray looks forward to making his Carnegie Hall debut with the orchestra in February! See footage of Ray in action.
Ray then travelled to Vienna where he made his debut at the Vienna Konzerthaus with the Vienna Symphony, and he was immediately reengaged for the following season. Ray returns to Vienna in March of 2013 with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and Riccardo Chailly, this time at the Musikverein.
NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC AND SHANGHAI SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA ANNOUNCED THE FOUR-YEAR PARTNERSHIP TO INCLUDE ORCHESTRAL ACADEMY AND PERFORMANCE RESIDENCIES IN SHANGHAI AND NEW YORK.
The New York Philharmonic and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, in collaboration with CAMI Music, today announced that they have signed an agreement for a four-year partnership that will include the establishment of an Orchestral Academy in Shanghai, as well as annual performance residencies by the Philharmonic in Shanghai through the 2017–18 season. The Orchestral Academy will address a need for specialized training of orchestra musicians, identified by Long Yu as one of the main issues of orchestral development in Asia and an area that the New York Philharmonic will be exploring in the context of a global strategy. New York Philharmonic musicians will provide high-level orchestral training and instruction to Academy students at the Shanghai Conservatory through three week-long sessions each season, beginning in the fall of 2014, plus one session during each of the Orchestra’s residencies. The first New York Philharmonic performance residency in Shanghai, which will take place in the summer of 2015, will include orchestral concerts in or near Shanghai as well as a Young People’s Concert, and additional Academy activities, such as master classes and educational seminars. More info
CAMI MUSIC PRESENTS MOSCOW SRETENSKY MONASTERY CHOIR TO CAPACITY AUDIENCE AT CARNEGIE HALL
On the 15th October, CAMI Music was proud to present the Moscow Sretensky Monastery Choir at the most legendary venue in the United States of America — the fabled Carnegie Hall. Marking the Choir's first performance in New York since 2007, as part of their October 2012 tour of the USA, the event was an astonishing success. The Choir's performance was breathtaking, and New York's Russian community turned out en masse for an evening of a capella choral music from the Choir's homeland. Read what The New York Times had to say about it.
MOSCOW'S SRETENSKY MONASTERY CHOIR VISITS D.C.
About 30 members of the all-male Sretensky Monastery Choir are embarking on a tour of the United States this week, starting with a performance Saturday at the Library of Congress for invited guests and a public appearance at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater on Monday. While the choir's repertoire is rich with church music, said director Nikon Zhila, the American audience also will hear a selection of Russian folk songs, robust pieces from the beginning of the 20th century and even some from the Soviet period. More info
LANG LANG SERVES AS GUEST EDITOR IN THE OCTOBER 2012 ISSUE OF WALLPAPER MAGAZINE, currently on sale in 93 countries at a newsstand near you. More info
LANG LANG WILL GIVE A SPECIAL ONE-NIGHT ONLY BENEFIT CONCERT AT CARNEGIE HALL, HOSTED BY ALEC BALDWIN.
The international megastar pianist Lang Lang will give a special one-night only concert, hosted by Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Award-winning entertainer Alec Baldwin, at Carnegie Hall on Tuesday, October 30 at 6:30PM. He will offer solo piano works by Frederic Chopin which are featured on his new Sony Classical recording "The Chopin Album," out in October. Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell will join Lang Lang for the very first time in the beautiful Grieg Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 3 in C minor. Grammy and Tony Award-winning jazz legend Dee Dee Bridgewater will sing Broadway hits and Danish pop diva Oh Land will perform a special vocal arrangement of Chopin's Tristesse. Other surprise star performers will make special guest appearances in this red carpet event, along with six child prodigies supported by the Foundation in their piano studies. The concert will be followed by a gala dinner with all proceeds going to benefit the Lang Lang International Music Foundation. Tickets ($18-$109) are available through the Carnegie Hall web site, 212-247-7800, or at the Carnegie Hall box office. Group discounts are available at 212-903-9705 or firstname.lastname@example.org. More info at www.LangLangFoundation.org.
PIANIST LANG LANG RECEIVES GERMANY’S HIGHEST CIVILIAN HONOUR, BUNDESVERDIENSTKREUZ (ORDER OF MERIT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY), IN RECOGNITION OF HIS DISTINGUISHED SERVICES TO MUSIC.
Lang Lang received Germany's highest civilian honor, Bundesverdienstkreuz (Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany), in recognition of his distinguished services to music on August 24th, 2012.
Torsten Albig, Minister-President of the state of Schleswig-Holstein, presented Lang Lang with the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, the country's only federal decoration.
Announcing the award, Albig said: "With this honor, we are marking the distinguished services of Lang Lang to German music culture and to the Schleswig-Holstein music festival."
The award is "the highest tribute the Federal Republic of Germany can pay to individuals for services to the nation," according to the German president's website.
Foreigners and Germans can receive the distinction. In 2008, the last year for which data are available, 2,475 people won the award. The celebrated Lang Lang is the youngest Chinese people ever to be awarded with this honor. Read More
On a recent Tuesday night, Jonathan Batiste and The Stay Human Band wrapped up a gig at Rockwood Music Hall and proceeded to perform their foot stomping, funky brand of swinging jazz music through the Lower East Side to the after party six blocks away.
With the crowd in tow, Batiste on melodica, Ibanda Ruhumbika on tuba, Joe Saylor on tambourine, and special guest Wycliffe Gordon on trombone, the band clogged up the sidewalks and streets, stopping traffic as they gathered fans along the way.
"What happened tonight is what we call a love riot," said Batiste, outside the after party at Culture Fix. "There's love that's spread between everybody through the music and it's sort of like a riot because we stop the street." Read More
July 10, 2012 — Berlin: Rudolf Buchbinder, the pre-eminent Austrian pianist and the "oracle on the core literature of Haydn, Beethoven and Brahms" (Philadelphia Inquirer) has been honored with Germany's most prestigious recording award Echo Klassik in the category "Instrumentalist of the Year". This award, the European equivalent of the Grammy, celebrates the success of The Sonata Legacy, the entire Beethoven Sonata Cycle that was recorded live at the Semperoper in Dresden in 2010–11 for Sony Classical and already sold out in Europe. The US release of the 9-CD box set is confirmed for August 7, just before Rudolf Buchbinder's long-awaited appearance at the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York. Click here to listen. Rudolf Buchbinder has recorded over 100 albums for the world's leading labels. His next recording, an interpretation of Mozart piano concertos with Nicholaus Harnoncourt and Concentus Musicus, will be released in the US in December of this year. Winners of Echo Klassik 2012 also include Ricardo Chailly, Rene Fleming, Joshua Bell, among others. Read Rudolf Buchbinder’s profile on CBS News.
June 20, 2012 — St. Petersburg:: Mariinsky Theatre has premiered a ground-breaking production of Verdi Requiem fully staged by Daniele Finzi Pasca and designed by Jean Rabasse. Julie Hamelin was the co-author of the concept, which used video projections, cirque acrobats and a unique system of mirrors to create a unique vision of the afterlife. This project is yet another milestone in Finzi Pasca's artistic collaboration with Maestro Valery Gergiev that began last year with a Mariinsky production of Aida, also premiered during the Stars of the White Nights Festival and enthusiastically embraced by the public, the press and the theater community; it was distinguished with Russia's most prestigious theater award, the Golden Mask. Daniele Finzi Pasca's Requiem fulfills Maestro Gergiev's long-time dream of presenting a staged production of this seminal mass at the Mariinsky. "The director who comes from the circus world and is famous for his uplifting creations, including the opening of the Olympics [in Torino], takes on a major religious work, a funeral mass. Unbelievably, this odd combination created a spectacle that was mesmerizing and uncommonly profound," wrote The Moscow News.
"EVEN for frequent concert-goers, it is difficult to get to know the musical character of the Opera House's Ronald Sharp organ which most often appears in orchestral works where an organ part is added to provide clamorous grandeur, or pious reflection."
"The American organist Cameron Carpenter changed all that in just over an hour with a brilliant display of tonal imagination, musical inventiveness and creative originality, harnessing a fearsome but lightly-worn virtuosic control in the service of serious exploration of new musical possibilities." Read more
TAN DUN HAS BEEN AWARDED THE 2012 D.D. SHOSTAKOVICH AWARD
Tan Dun just returned from Moscow where he has been awarded the 2012 D. D. Shostakovich Award by the Yuri Bashmet International Charitable Foundation. The award ceremony will be held on May 14th outside Moscow in the historic city of Yaroslavl and will be a part of a concert conducted by Maestro Bashmet and Tan Dun for charity. Tan Dun is the first artist from China to have received the award, previous winners include Anne-Sophie Mutter, Valery Gergiev, Gidon Kremer, Evgeny Kissin and Yefim Bronfman.
PRAISE FOR DANIELE GATTI'S NEW ALBUM WITH ORCHESTRE NATIONAL DE FRANCE
"Daniele Gatti enters wholeheartedly into the enchantments of Debussy here, with striking results: rarely can a faun have been so breathtakingly glimpsed through sun-dappled foliage, or a dialogue between wind and sea been quite this animé et tumultueux, to use the composer's own direction." Read more
WORLD FAMOUS CONCERT PIANIST, LANG LANG, WILL MAKE HIS OUTDOOR FESTIVAL DEBUT AT LATITUDE 2012.
His exclusive guest appearance will see him perform against the spectacular lakeside backdrop of Latitude’s floating The Waterfront Stage. Learn more
CHUCHO VALDÉS AND THE AFRO-CUBAN MESSENGERS SCORE A STANDING OVATION AT HERBST THEATRE
Performing in front of a packed Herbst Theatre last Monday evening, the 70-year-old Valdés spent the majority of the 90-minute concert alternating between Latin and jazz, delegating and allowing his Afro-Cuban Messengers to shine…. Here was a man using all of his beguiling dexterity to build the Herbst crowd into a frenzy, on a blues track no less. Read More
TRANSFORMING ENGERGY INTO MUSIC, CAMERON CARPENTER AT TED2012
Opening Session 6 of TED2012: Cameron Carpenter, one of the world’s top organists — he's brought the "king of instruments" out of the church and into concert halls. Carpenter explains the one simple thing about the organ: energy. “The organ is literally a machine that transforms energy into music, and therefore into emotion.” Read More
DANIEL HARDING MAKES A TRIUMPHANT RETURN TO THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC WITH MAHLER 10
When the British conductor Daniel Harding stepped onto the podium at Avery Fisher Hall to lead the New York Philharmonic in Mahler’s 10th Symphony on Thursday evening [December 1, 2011], you had to readjust any lingering preconceptions... For once, you could hear a pin drop in Avery Fisher Hall. Read more
14th BEIJING MUSIC FESTIVAL BRINGS CLASSICAL LUMINARIES TO CHINA TO CELEBRATE MAHLER’S CENTENARY
Serious music-making from a stellar cast delivered within the very modern Chinese context of glittering new venues, enthusiastic young audiences and an unapologetic embrace of business. Read more
TAN DUN IS RECOGNIZED AS ONE OF THE MOST EXTRAORDINARY COMPOSERS OF OUR TIME
The City of Hamburg has recognized Tan Dun as one of the most extraordinary composers of our time by offering him the very prestigious Bach Prize. This prize is given out every four years and is the highest honor the city can bestow on a cultural figure. Tan Dun will receive the award on August 18, 2012 at the legendary Laeiszhalle after his performance with the NDR Orchestra and Martin Grubinger who will perform Tan Dun’s new Percussion Concerto.
CAMI MUSIC WELCOMES RUDOLF BUCHBINDER TO ITS ROSTER OF ARTISTS.
Rudolf Buchbinder requires no introduction. He has played on every major stage in the world and his recording legacy consists of over 100 albums. He is a superstar in his native Vienna where his regular Musikverein performances consistently sell out. Mr. Buchbinder's artistic friendships span generations of conductors, including Zubin Mehta, Valery Gergiev, Christian Thielemann, Gustavo Dudamel, Daniel Harding and Andris Nelsons. The Philadelphia Inquirer described him as "the oracle on the core literature of Haydn, Beethoven and Brahms." Anthony Tommasini of The New York Times wrote, "Buchbinder played Beethoven with haunting restraint and mystery, almost as if he were channeling the music from some cosmic beyond."
INTRODUCING THE SPIN GALACTIC iPHONE APP
CAMI Music proudly announces the launch of SPiN’s first iPhone App! We call it, simply, SPiN Galactic. Fast-paced ping-pong action blends with a super-smooth touch interface for the kind of game only the most creative designers and most advanced technicians in the world could dream up. Let’s get the game now and pong anywhere, it is only 99 cents!
August 12, 2011 — Tan Dun’s Martial Arts Trilogy, based on his Academy©-Award winning film music, received its US premiere in San Diego on July 21, followed by extraordinarily successful performances at Wolf Trap and Lincoln Center. Read the New York Times review here. The Martial Arts Trilogy is being booked in North America during the summer of 2012 and in Europe during the spring of 2013. Please contact Anastasia Boudanoque to inquire about the availability.
A compilation of Tan Dun’s most powerful film music spanning ten years and performed by the most influential soloists of our time — Lang Lang, Yo-Yo Ma, and Itzhak Perlman — was been released by Sony earlier this week. The CD features music from The Martial Arts Trilogy. For more information about The Martial Arts Trilogy, please visit Tan Dun’s newly-launched website.
RAY CHEN WINS THE PRESTIGIOUS ECHO KLASSIK AWARD 2011
Berlin, July 21, 2011 — Ray Chen, emerging star violinist, wins the prestigious Echo Klassik Award 2011 for his debut recording, Virtuoso. Celebrate his success at the Echo Klassik Gala at the Berliner Konzerthaus on October 2, or tune in to ZDF for a live broadcast. Other winners include Pierre Boulez and Vienna Philharmonic, Murray Perahia, Thomas Hampson, and other classical music superstars. Listen to excerpts from this critically acclaimed album.
CAMI MUSIC IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THE SIGNING OF THE INTERNATIONALLY-ACCLAIMED SOPRANO JESSYE NORMAN.
CAMI Music will assume the worldwide booking of Ms. Norman's performances, working in close collaboration with Ms. Norman's General Manager, William Reinert of William Reinert Associates.
Jessye Norman holds a legendary position in the vocal world. With a huge recorded legacy and five Grammy Awards to her name, among her many other awards for her artistic and humanitarian activities, she most recently collected her 38th honorary doctorate, this time awarded from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.
Ms. Norman maintains an extensive repertoire, spanning the classical masters to Jazz and folk song, and is known equally for her advocacy of 20th Century American Songwriters as for Operatic roles.
CAMI MUSIC SIGNS FLAMENCO MASTER PACO PEÑA.
New York, NY (July 20, 2011) — Columbia Artists Music LLC is proud to announce its exclusive representation of world-renowned flamenco guitar master, Paco Peña.
Paco Peña embodies both authenticity and innovation in flamenco. As guitarist, composer, dramatist, producer, and artistic mentor, he has transformed perceptions of this archetypal Spanish art form. Born in the Andalucian city of Córdoba, Paco Peña began learning guitar from his brother at the age of six and made his first professional appearance at the age of 12. In the late 1960's he left Spain for London, where his recitals of flamenco music captured the public imagination.
The New York Times declares: "Mr. Peña is a virtuoso, capable of dazzling an audience beyond the frets of mortal man. He combines rapid-fire flourishes with a colorist's sense of shading; this listener cannot recall hearing any guitarist with a more assured mastery of his instrument."
CAMI Music will be touring Paco Peña's newest show, Flamenco Vivo, in January and February, 2013.
CAMI MUSIC BRINGS OSCAR-WINNING FILM THE MATRIX TO THE CONCERT HALL.
NEW YORK, N.Y. July 13, 2011 — Columbia Artists Music LLC (CAMI Music) is proud to announce the representation of THE MATRIX LIVE in North America.
Beneath an immense projection of the film featuring full dialog and sound effects, original composer Don Davis will conduct his complete orchestral and choral score live in concert.
In 1999, The Matrix transcended the science-fiction genre to become one of the most influential and psychologically compelling films of all time. Charged by ground-breaking visual effects and Don Davis's extraordinary orchestral score, The Matrix went on to earn 460 million dollars worldwide and a #39 ranking on Empire's "The 500 Greatest Movies of All Time."
This fall, this visionary masterpiece will be brought to life by the Houston Symphony in the North American premiere of THE MATRIX LIVE, followed by its West Coast premiere with the Seattle Symphony in spring.
CAMI Music is now booking THE MATRIX LIVE for 2012 and 2013
UNICEF GOODWILL AMBASSADOR LANG LANG URGES STRONGER GLOBAL FIGHT AGAINST HIV/AIDS
NEW YORK June, 21, 2011 - UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and world renowned pianist Lang Lang can be spotted all over town these days – despite being in China. With posters in subway stations, on taxis and bus stops, Lang Lang is using his star power to help raise awareness in connection with a global meeting at the United Nations on the urgency to do more in addressing the devastating impact of HIV and AIDS – especially on the world’s most vulnerable children.
As a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for over seven years, Lang Lang continues to passionately advocate for the rights of children around the world – and to make sure that they are no longer the missing face of HIV and AIDS. The pianist launched the latest campaign in connection with the United Nations high-level meeting in New York from 8 to 10 June, which comes 10-years after a landmark UN General Assembly Special Session on HIV and AIDS. The High Level Meeting on AIDS; which included the UN Secretary General, world leaders, representatives from civil society, people living with HIV, community organizers as well faith based organizations from around the world; was to take stock of progress made in the last decade and the challenges that lie ahead.
Although global efforts to improve the lives of children affected by HIV and AIDS are increasing – they still fall short of the growing needs of millions of children. At the end of 2010, an estimated 16.6 million children had lost one or both parents to AIDS – with some 14.9 million of these children living in sub-Saharan Africa.
"Much more must be done to help the most vulnerable children – especially those who have lost a parent, a teacher, a health worker or another loved one to AIDS ,” said Lang Lang in explaining why he had decided to launch the recent awareness campaign. “This is a global problem that needs a global response. We all have a role to play, and we must act with urgency to help ensure that the lives of children and their families can be saved and improved."
Many HIV-affected children – especially those impacted by poverty - continue to face enormous challenges, including the burden of caring for sick relatives, trauma from the loss of parents, economic distress due to declining household incomes and high healthcare costs. Children, some of whom are left to fend for themselves and their siblings, are also at higher risk of abuse or sexual violence, which makes them – especially girls – more susceptible to HIV infection and at higher risk of living lives of poverty. Analysis shows that the poorest household are often the least resilient to the impacts of HIV, and that HIV is in itself impoverishing.
Stigmatization is another issue that needs to be addressed, especially in settings where epidemics are still relatively concentrated and where children and their parents can quickly become social outcasts. Access to social services and progressive legislation to reduce social exclusion are also essential in improving the lives of children and communities affected by HIV and AIDS.
UNICEF continues to provide support in preventing the transmission of HIV from mother to child; address stigmatization of those who have contracted HIV/AIDS; and ensure support and protection for children who have lost one or both parents.
Lang Lang was appointed UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador on 20 May 2004 and has continued to speak out for the rights of children through his music and talent. He frequently uses his music to raise funds for children and their families, from supporting UNICEF programmes for young people affected by AIDS in China to providing funds for earthquake victims in Haiti. He has participated in a number of UNICEF events - including fundraisers - in China, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan and the United States. He has also visited Tanzania on behalf of UNICEF with a focus on child survival.
ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA – June 11, 2011 – The world-renowned stage director and author Daniele Finzi Pasca has delivered a unique new production of Verdi’s Aida, which opened to great acclaim at this year’s Stars of the White Nights Festival. Described as the “most eagerly awaited premiere of the season” (Kommersant), it offers a fully staged version of the great opera in a concert hall setting, offering a deeply personal interpretation of Aida as a passionate anti-war manifest. This is Finzi-Pasca’s first collaboration with Valery Gergiev and the orchestra and singers of the Mariinsky Theater. Based on the success of the premiere, the production was immediately included in the theater’s 2011/12 season. Daniele Finzi Pasca came to international prominence with the shows he has created for Cirque du Soleil, Cirque Eloize, English National Opera, and the Moscow Chekhov Festival. Learn more.
CAMI MUSIC SIGNS AWARD-WINNING MEXICAN-AMERICAN SINGER LILA DOWNS.
CAMI Music is proud to announce the representation of Latin star Lila Downs for performing arts centers in the United States and Canada.
For over a decade, Lila Downs has traversed the planet, bringing her dramatic and highly unique reinvention of traditional Mexican music and original compositions fused with blues, jazz, soul, and African roots music — all supporting her soaring voice. Some would classify Lila as a Mexican artist, but there is no real way to categorize her music except to say that it is a unique and exciting fusion of international sounds. A musical journey with Lila Downs is always a fascinating one, simultaneously edgy and powerful, yet sumptuous and graceful.
Lila Downs projects a "stunning voice and a confident multi-cultural vision," according to the LA Times and has long been recognized by the music industry, receiving a Latin Grammy for the 2004 release "Una Sangre" and a Grammy nomination for 2008's "Shake Away." In addition to headlining venues all over the world, she has appeared at major festivals and theaters including Carnegie Hall, the Sacred Music Festival, WOMAD, Live Earth, and the Latino Inaugural Ball for President Barack Obama.
Lila Downs is currently working on her new album, PECADOS Y MILAGROS (Sins and Miracles), which is scheduled for an early 2012 release. The title and concept are inspired by the themes of traditional votive paintings of Mexico, as well as her infant son. The new songs are born of the reasons to find items and symbols that give us strength. She is also working on the musical theater presentation of Like Water for Chocolate, the award-winning novel and film by Mexican author Laura Esquivel.
CAMI Music is currently planning a Spring 2013 tour for Lila Downs.
CAMI MUSIC IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE ITS EXCLUSIVE REPRESENTATION OF VOCAL SENSATION AND PLATINUM-SELLING ARTIST, ZAZ.
Often called a modern-day Edith Piaf, ZAZ struck a chord with fans and critics when her self-titled debut album Zaz was released in 2010. The album went to #1 on the French charts, selling over 600,000 albums, and was Top 10 in Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, and Poland. In addition to selling over 900,000 albums worldwide, ZAZ has a devoted worldwide following on YouTube, having received a remarkable 23 million views.
The first single from Zaz, "Je Veux", which Le Nouvel Observateur said "immediately catches the ear", was eagerly devoured by a growing fan base and was #1 on the French SNEP charts for nine weeks.
With a passion for song, ZAZ is truly a musical Renaissance woman. Assimilating a wide range of influences with unfailing flair, ZAZ moves from jazz to blues to pop, and from French song to African, Brazilian and Latin genres, all with a joyful, poetic enthusiasm.
Watch Zaz's breakout single, " Je Veux ".
ZAZ is available Summer 2012 and November 2012.
INTERNATIONAL PIANO MEGASTAR LANG LANG RECEIVES HONORARY DOCTORATE OF MUSIC FROM HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS THE PRINCE OF WALES
London, United Kingdom, May 12th, 2011 – On Thursday, the 28-year-old international piano megastar Lang Lang received the Honorary Doctorate Degree from The Royal College of Music in recognition of his outstanding achievements as a performer and a philanthropist supporting the next generation of musicians, on the occasion of HRH the Prince of Wales’ annual visit to the RCM. Lang Lang is the youngest and the first Chinese individual to be distinguished with this high honor.
The ceremony took place at the Britten Theatre of the Royal College of Music in London, followed by a brief concert at the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall. As HRH the Prince of Wales arrived at RCM, the stage curtain rose and the brass fanfare welcomed the Royal party onto the stage. Lord Winston, the Chairman of the College, read the citation for Lang Lang, whereupon HRH Prince Charles conferred the Honorary Doctorate of Music and presented him with the scroll. Composer James MacMillan and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen received their Honorary Doctorate Degrees alongside Lang Lang.
RCM’s decision to award the degree to Lang Lang celebrates the 40 million Chinese children inspired to learn classical piano. As one of the world’s most renowned pianists, whose performance at the Opening Ceremony of the Beijing Olympics brought him to the attention of five billion people worldwide; Lang Lang is viewed as a symbol of China’s future. In 2004, Lang Lang was appointed International Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations Children’s Fund. Four years later he launched the Lang Lang International Music Foundation to nurture young talent, introduce underserved communities to classical music, and cultivate the audiences of tomorrow.
THE LORD OF THE RINGS ‒ IN CONCERT: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING
WEST COAST PREMIERE ARENA TOUR ANNOUNCED
Howard Shore's Grammy® Award-winning score performed live to full film on-stage by over 250 musicians.
Munich Symphony Orchestra
Phoenix Boys Choir
Conducted by Ludwig Wicki
The nine-city tour begins October 12 at Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, Arizona.
HOWARD SHORE HONORED WITH CANADA'S GOVERNOR GENERAL'S PERFORMING ARTS AWARD
The Governor General's Performing Arts Awards (GGPAA) are Canada's most prestigious honor in the performing arts. They are the ultimate recognition from Canadians of artists whose accomplishments have inspired and enriched the cultural life of Canada. Since 1992, these Awards have celebrated Canada's best for lifetime artistic achievement, voluntarism in the performing arts, and outstanding achievement in the previous performance year. Howard Shore has been honored with the 2011 Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award (Film).
VADIM REPIN TRIUMPHS WITH THE NEW MACMILLAN VIOLIN CONCERTO.
The long-awaited U.S. premiere of the James MacMillan's violin concerto, written especially for the international star violinist Vadim Repin, is celebrated with glowing reviews from The New York Times and The Philadelphia Inquirer.
MacMillan VC Carnegie Hall New York Times Philadelphia Inguirer
In advance of these long-awaited performances, The New York Times has offered an in-depth look into the life and career of one of the world’s most dynamic young conductors. “Being committed to a group of orchestras makes a debut with a new one stand out; and the New York Philharmonic stands out more than most. [Maestro Harding] will be conducting the Fourth Symphony of Mahler, a composer about whom, as he says, “the Philharmonic will have very clear ideas”.... Read the full article
LATIN GRAMMY WINNING PRODUCER TO TEACH AT BERKLEE
Seven-time Latin Grammy Award-winner and noted composer Javier Limon has been appointed as a visiting professor at Berklee College of Music.
For more information, please visit: ABC News.
CHUCHO VALDÉES WINS 5TH GRAMMY
Cuba's famed jazz pianist Chucho Valdés won his fifth Grammy Award on Sunday night in Los Angeles, California. Valdés and his band The Afro-Cuban Messengers competed in the Best Latin Jazz Album category with the CD Chucho's Steps.
For more information, please visit: Havana Times.
CAMI Music is pleased to announce the launch of SPiN Toronto, the second franchise, opening in the summer of 2011.For more information, please visit: toronto.spingalactic.com.
RAY CHEN ON THE COVER OF THE STRAD MAGAZINE!
CAMI Music is proud to see Ray Chen on the cover of The Strad Magazine. He is profiled as one of the rising stars to watch as his international career takes off with a debut CD coming out worldwide on February 1. This ground-breaking recording offers a formidable range of works representing diverse strands of violin repertoire. The album can be previewed and pre-ordered on Ray Chen's new website at www.raychenviolin.com. More info
LANG LANG IMPRESSES WITH KEYBOARD MASTERY
Superstar pianist Lang Lang delivered on his global fame and more in his performance Wednesday night at the Majestic Theatre.
The sold-out audience leapt to its feet upon the riveting, triumphant conclusion of the Sergei Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 with the San Antonio Symphony that brought a long-anticipated concert to an impressive ending.More info
VISIT RAY CHEN’S NEW WEBSITE
In advance of the world-wide release of his debut solo recording Virtuoso, out on February 1, 2011, Ray Chen has launched a brand new personal website: www.raychenviolin.com. Ray invites everyone to explore his world, browse through photos, videos, travel blog and upcoming concert dates. More info
CAMI MUSIC PRESENTS THE FIRST-EVER CANTON ASIAN MUSIC FESTIVAL
The first-ever Canton Asian Music Festival, nine concerts in twelve days by a who’s-who of Asian musicians, will take place November 5-17, 2010. Produced by CAMI Music, LLC, the event takes place in Guangzhou (Canton), the host city of the XVI Asian Games, the second largest sporting event in the world next to the Olympics. The festival, created under the artistic directorship of Maestro Long Yu, will become the first high-profile showcase for world-renowned Asian artists in Asia. This extraordinary musical celebration features a constellation of star soloists such as Lang Lang, Yo-Yo Ma, Tan Dun, Midori, Ray Chen, Sarah Chang, and others; internationally acclaimed guest ensembles Seoul Philharmonic under the direction of Maestro Myung-Whun Chung and Philharmonia Taiwan; as well as China’s own top orchestras Guangzhou Symphony, Shanghai Symphony and China Philharmonic.
“The music festival and the games embody everything that is great about Asia which is known around the world for its athletic and musical champions,” says festival creator and artistic director Long Yu. “This musical tour-de-force celebrates unity, friendship and a positive spirit between nations.”
The Asian Games, officially known as Asiad, is a multi-sport event held every four years among athletes from all over the continent. The Games are described as the second largest sporting event after the Olympic Games based on the number of participating countries, athletes and competitions. They are regulated by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) and recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Recognizing the natural synergy between the sports and the arts, the province of Guangdong and the city of Guangzhou made an unprecedented decision to present a classical music festival simultaneously with the Asian Games. This unique approach will allow the universal power of music to reinforce the Asiad’s key concepts of celebrating extraordinary achievement, looking forward to an exciting future and promoting peaceful co-existence between people of different nations and backgrounds. Guangzhou is the industrial capital and the 3rd largest city in mainland China. More info
CAMI MUSIC TO REPRESENT CANADIAN TENORS FOR US ORCHESTRA BOOKINGS.
NEW YORK, N.Y. (September 20, 2010) Columbia Artists Music LLC (CAMI Music) is proud to announce the exclusive representation by CAMI Music of vocal sensation, The Canadian Tenors for bookings with Orchestra in the US. We are now booking The Canadian Tenors Christmas Tour in December 2011. More info
Buika Receives Two Latin Grammy Nominations, Announces Collaborations with Oscar-winning filmmaker Pedro Almodovar and multi-platinum recording artist Seal.
Buika has been nominated for TWO Latin Grammy’s in 2010, the first for Recording of the Year for the song "Se Me Hizo Facil" (click here to see Music Video) and the second for Best Traditional Tropical Album for the CD "El Ultimo Trago". More info
WORLD RENOWNED PIANIST LANG LANG TO CELEBRATE SONY'S 3D INITIATIVES AS ITS GLOBAL BRAND AMBASSADOR
World Premiere of "Lang Lang – The Third Dimension” in 3D
Berlin, 1 September 2010 – World renowned pianist Lang Lang unveiled a glimpse of his new 3D production “Lang Lang –The Third Dimension” at today's Sony Europe IFA Press Conference. In the spirit of Sony’s 3D leadership, the entire press conference was produced in 3D, and Lang Lang’s live performance – also filmed and projected in 3D – took classical music to a new dimension.
“Lang Lang – The Third Dimention” features music clips by Beethoven, Prokofiev, Albeniz and Chopin, and was filmed in multiple angles with using Sony’s leading 3D technology, which was also used for the production of the Academy Award winning blockbuster “Avatar”. The 3D film will be made available on the new “Lang Lang live in Vienna” Blu-Ray Disc, slated for international launch on September 25th. Being one of 2010's most keenly anticipated releases, this recital is also available in standard CD and DVD formats.
Commenting on his debut in 3D, Lang Lang said, "I am totally excited to be at the forefront of introducing 3D technology to consumers’ living-rooms worldwide. This technical innovation opens up a new dimension to all music lovers. With musical performances captured in 3D, the musical experience becomes even more intense and emotional. I am very happy to have a strong partner in Sony who shares my vision."
"Lang Lang is a driving force in bringing classical music to a much larger audience than we have today. His keen personal interest in the most recent technological innovations in consumer electronics and entertainment, in tandem with his global audience, make him the perfect Brand Ambassador for Sony worldwide”, said Sir Howard Stringer, Chairman, CEO and President of Sony Corporation.
Lang Lang recently signed an exclusive long-term recording contract with Sony Classical, and he is also Sony’s global Brand Ambassador for Sony Corporation. Through the unique synergies of its music, entertainment and electronics divisions, Sony is committed to marry the highest artistic standards with the optimum visual definition and sound quality of its industry leading technology. “Lang Lang – The Third Dimension” is the first of manycollaborations between this adventurous young musician and his constantly innovating partner.
Lang Lang honored with Mendelssohn Award on June 12th, 2010 in Leipzig, Germany, along with Iris Berben. Veronica Ferres presented the gala ceremony.
CIRQUE ELOIZE IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE SIGNING OF
A STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP WITH CIRQUE DU SOLEIL
Montreal, May 25, 2010 - Cirque Eloize is pleased to announce the signing of a strategic partnership with Cirque du Soleil. This partnership will promote the implementation of Cirque Eloize's development strategy, enabling it to enhance its visibility on the international market.
"The partnership with Cirque du Soleil bodes very well for the future of Cirque Eloize, which is arriving at a crossroad in its history. It will enable us to solidify our role as a leader in the creation and marketing of contemporary theatre-based circus performances that combine theatricality and the circus acts. We are proud to have Cirque du Soleil as one of our partners," stated Jeannot Painchaud, President and General Director of Cirque Eloize.
"Our strategic partnership with Cirque Eloize is above all a business decision that will strengthen Quebec's position as the world capital of the circus arts. This partnership affirms our respect for the unique creative force of Cirque Eloize and firmly shows our support for the existing team, as well as its vision and potential for growth. We also plan to share with our new partner the international business expertise that we've acquired over the years," said Daniel Lamarre, President and CEO of Cirque du Soleil.
Cirque Eloize has made a name for itself in recent years on the international stage, particularly in Asia. "New markets are opening up to our current and future productions. This partnership with Cirque du Soleil will enable us to take full advantage of these promising markets, and its spinoffs will continue to benefit all of Quebec," continued Mr. Painchaud.
Under this agreement, Cirque Eloize will continue to promote the revival of the circus arts while reaffirming its leadership role in creating shows that can easily travel the globe. Two Cirque Eloize productions, Rain and Nebbia, are currently touring Europe and Latin America.
The world premiere of iD, Cirque Eloize's new creation written and directed by Jeannot Painchaud, will officially kick off the new festival Montreal completement cirque on July 8, 2010 in the Old Port of Montreal. iD will run until July 25, 2010. For more information on Cirque Eloize and its shows, visit www.cirque-Eloize.com/en
About Cirque Eloize
Founded in 1993, Montreal-based Cirque Eloize combines the circus arts with music, dance and theatre in ground-breaking and original ways. Continually striving for artistic perfection, it is a world leader in the contemporary circus arts. With seven original productions to its credit, Cirque Eloize has presented more than 3,000 performances in 375 cities and 30 countries around the world. In addition to its touring shows, Cirque Eloize develops personalized concepts for international special events.
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Maestro Seiji Ozawa will be awarded the Galileo Prize 2000 in a ceremony to occur October 24, 2009 in the Basilica di Santa Croce -- Florence, Italy. Past winners include Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti and Daniel Barenboim.
The Galileo 2000 Prize, founded in 1996, is awarded each year to an artist who has made a significant contribution to music, art and peace.
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