Friday, February 21, 2014

Friday Miscellany

John Adams's The Death of Klinghoffer will be staged by Long Beach Opera next month at Long Beach's Terrace Theater, with performances on Sunday, March 16 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 22 at 2 p.m. Details here; I have a ticket for the Saturday performance.....Robert Rattray of the London artist management company Askonas Holt has been named Assistant General Manager for Artistic Affairs at the Metropolitan Opera, replacing the retiring Sarah Billingburst. Rattray will have major responsibilities in the casting, scheduling, and "liasing" areas. For plenty of snark about what this means, see Parterre Box....Bard SummerScape 2014 will focus on Schubert & His World this year. Among other things, the festival will feature the first US performance of Weber's Euryanthe in a century or so, as well as Schubert's Fierrabras. The festival takes place June 27 to August 17....Berkeley Festival (of Early Music) announces its schedule; June 1-8, 2014, with main stage concerts by Ensemble Vox Luminis, Ars Lyrica Houston, the Philharmonia Chamber Players, with guest soloist Kristian Bezuidenhout, Magnificat, Hopkinson Smith, and other groups. Bezuidenhout also presents a solo recital. As usual, the Fringe will have numerous performances...The all-day Hot Air Music Festival is back, on Sunday, March 2, from 12:30 to 9 p.m. at the SF Conservatory of Music. As usual, the lineup is delicious.

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