News
  Jan-6-2018

Dispeker Artists is pleased to welcome industry veteran Jenny Palmer, who joins the agency as Director of Booking. Jenny was most recently a Vice President at IMG Artists, where she worked from 2001 to 2017, serving as Booking Manager for the Midwest and West Coast. Prior to that, Jenny was at Rena Shagan Associates, as a booking agent for the Northeast, and also handled tour management for RSA’s international artists.

Jenny began her arts management career at The Paul Taylor Dance Company, working as Associate Company Manager for Taylor 2, and Operations Associate.  Her varied background is not exclusive to the arts, however, having also worked in the financial services, fashion and travel industries.

Jenny brings a wealth of knowledge of the classical music industry and the performing arts, domestically and internationally, which promises to be a tremendous asset for Dispeker Artists as it expands its venerable past into an exciting future.

  Dec-14-2017

"This quartet’s taste in repertoire runs toward post-Minimalist composers who work with melody — and an edge. The pop-style rhythmic fury of Judd Greenstein’s “Four on the Floor” is exhilarating. Annie Gosfield’s “The Blue Horse Walks on the Horizon” shows some of the same dramatic flair as her recent opera for the Los Angeles Philharmonic." S.C.W.

By ANTHONY TOMMASINI, JAMES R. OESTREICH, DAVID ALLEN, SETH COLTER WALLS and JOSHUA BARONE from The New York Times

‘UNBOUND’ Jasper String Quartet (Sono Luminus/New Amsterdam).

 

Nov-15-2017

The Cathedral Choral Society announced the four-year appointment of Steven Fox as Music Director beginning with the 2018-19 season. As its third Music Director, Fox will succeed Dr. J. Reilly Lewis who led the chorus from 1985 until 2016. Fox will serve as Music Director Designate for the 2017-18 season.

Nov-15-2017

Anton Belov will perform at CAPA's season opener.

  Nov-10-2017

On Thursday, December 7 at 8PM in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, Bernard Labadie makes his Orchestra of St. Luke's New York City debut as the Principal Conductor Designate.

Nov-1-2017

Opera Canada 'Rubies' Awards honours Yves Abel, Karina Gauvin and Michael Patrick Albano

Oct-27-2017

Anderson & Roe discuss their music and film pairings for their concert at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco

Sep-18-2017

Ute Lemper performs at a cabaret series at the University of Texas

  Jul-25-2017
  Jul-13-2017

"Since embarking on a professional career in 2006, the Jasper String Quartet has been guided by the philosophy of pursuing projects they are passionate about."

Tracy Dahl in a scene from Candide, the main show at the 2014 Opera in the Village summer opera festival in Calgary, on Friday August 8, 2014. The opera singer was one of six Manitobans and 99 overall new members of the Order of Canada, it was announced on Friday, June 30, 2017 (Ted Rhodes/Calgary Herald)
Jul-6-2017

Tracy Dahl is being honored with the Order of Canada for her accomplishments as an opera singer and for her commitment to mentoring the next generation of Canadian singers.

Created in 1967, the Order of Canada, one of Canada's highest civilian honours, recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation.

May-3-2017

Orchestra of St. Luke’s today announced the appointment of renowned French Canadian conductor Bernard Labadie as its next Principal Conductor, beginning a four-year term in the 2018-19 season.

Apr-25-2017

Conductor Gregory Vajda to make debut with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony on May 5th.

Larry Wasserman
Feb-1-2017

Laurence Wasserman died on January 26, 2017 in New York City at the age of 82 after a long illness.

  Dec-8-2016

The Signum Quartet's premiere of Kevin Volans' 12th Quartet in Birmingham has come in 4th on Andrew Clements' Top 10 of 2016 in The Guardian.

  Nov-30-2016

"The Violin Channel member Tina Lee, from China was keen to know: ‘What is the best way to recover when you mess up on stage?’"

Oct-26-2016

The Anderson & Roe Piano Duo visited the Performance Studio at CPR Classical to record a performance of Gluck's famous Ballet from Orphée et Eurydice. Listen here.

Oct-4-2016

Banff International String Quartet Competition 2016 names 10 shortlisted ensembles - The 10 quartets will compete from 29 August to 4 September for a first prize worth $150,000. 

 

 

  Aug-23-2016

Astral Artists has announced the 2016 national audition winners - including VC Young Artist Timothy Chooi.

Jul-29-2016

Christoph Campestrini has been appointed Kapellmeister at Vienna’s Hofkapelle, home of the Vienna Boys’ Choir. With the appointment, Campestrini joins the ranks of the historically important and influential musicians who have been members of the Hofkapelle. He will lead the famed Hofmusikkapelle, which includes the Vienna Boys’ Choir and members of the Vienna State Opera orchestra and chorus.

  Jul-29-2016
Jul-7-2016

The Metropolitan Opera announced that Canadian violinist Nikki Chooi has been named the company’s new concertmaster. Mr. Chooi, 27, will serve a one-year term beginning next month and continuing through the end of the company’s 2016-17 season. He joins current Met concertmaster David Chan, who will continue in the position, which he has held since 2000.

Apr-13-2016

 

The Jasper String Quartet has been selected as winner of the 2016 Fischoff Educator Award. This national award recognizes the educational outreach work of Fischoff Competition alumni who have demonstrated outstanding and imaginative programming for children and youth in the United States. It honors musicians who have established professional careers in chamber music, and have proven their ability to successfully build a career in both chamber music performance and outreach education.

As winner of the Fischoff Educator Award, Jasper String Quartet will receive a coveted endorsement from Fischoff, a cash award, and a week of community outreach programs in the South Bend region October 24-27, 2016 as part of Fischoff's award-winning Arts-in-Education Residency.

 

LEAVING HIS MARK: Nir Kabaretti has helped contribute to S.B.'s metropolitan-sized scene, which he calls "a fascinating exception, and a great one, because musically we have the profile of a bigger city."
Mar-10-2016

Nir Kabaretti celebrates 10 years with the Santa Barbara Symphony this weekend, March 12-13, by conducting the piece that won him his conductorship: Johannes Brahms' Symphony No. 2. 

Ute Lemper performs on stage at the Palau de la Musica on February 7, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain.
Feb-28-2016

Grammy-nominated, internationally acclaimed artist Ute Lemper's collaboration with renowned best-selling author Paulo Coelho, The 9 Secrets, released earlier this month on February 12 via Steinway & Sons. In celebration, Lemper will perform the piece in its entirety in a fully staged production at Symphony Space in New York City on May 13.

Playing music on a recent Sunday.
Feb-15-2016

A profile feature from the New York Times - "How Ute Lemper, German Chanteuse, Spends Her Sundays"

With her sultry stage persona and “sharp vocal claws,” as a review in The New York Times put it, the German chanteuse Ute Lemper doesn’t project the vibe of an Upper West Side mom. But on Sundays — when she’s not presenting cabaret classics by Kurt Weill or her latest song cycle, “The 9 Secrets,” a setting of Paulo Coelho’s “Manuscripts Found in Accra” — she’s just that. “The rock-solid foundation of my life is my family, and I enjoy very much being with my kids and seeing them happy,” Ms. Lemper said, adding, “It’s only onstage that I am the glamorous lady.” Ms. Lemper, 52, lives in two apartments on different floors of a West 76th Street building with her husband, the percussionist and producer Todd Turkisher, 56; their children, Julian, 10, and Jonas, 4; and, when they are home from college, her two children from a previous marriage, Max, 21, and Stella, 19.

 

  Feb-1-2016

The interview by BlogCritics talks about how Ute Lemper developed the idea for her latest album and how she transformed a book by Paolo Coelho into a stunning musical work.

Ute Lemper in her Manhattan apartment
Jan-26-2016

"Everyone was expected to conform to a rigid standard of normalcy, but I resisted. I had feelings, dreams and passions, making it hard to fit in. I escaped through music."

  Jan-19-2016

Quebec City, January 8, 2016 - Les Violons du Roy founding conductor and La Chapelle de Québec music director Bernard Labadie received the Prix Samuel de Champlain today January 8 in Paris, together with celebrated French pianist Alexandre Tharaud. The award was bestowed by the Ambassador Alfred Siefer-Gaillardin, chair of the France–Canada Institute and Prix Samuel de Champlain jury. Also in attendance were Graeme Clark, chargé d’affaires at the Canadian Embassy, and Michel Robitaille, Quebec’s agent general and the premier’s personal representative for La Francophonie.

For more on the Prix Samuel de Champlain, see prixsamueldechamplain.org (in French).

Seasoned conductor Bernard Labadie is relearning his craft after a brush with death.
Jan-18-2016

Cancer not only halted Bernard Labadie's conducting career in May 2014, but nearly took his life.

After waking up from a month-long coma in November of that same year, the celebrated conductor could barely stand up. Still, as his cancer went into remission, he began the difficult journey back to the podium.

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