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.
The first Canadian and first woman to be named Honens Prize Laureate — Katherine Chi — will take to the stage this weekend at the National Music Centre and says even after all of those years tickling the ivories, she still gets nervous before a performance.
To showcase [Bernard’s] expertise, the ensemble announced on Thursday that it would present an ambitious three-week Bach festival in June, including concerts and the six dances that Paul Taylor, the modern dance pioneer who died last month at 88, choreographed to Bach’s music.
Karen is a remarkable chamber musician who shares the passion for string quartets, new music, education and community. She has appeared as a guest musician with the Jaspers frequently over the past season and the Quartet is excited to welcome as a new member of the quartet a musician with whom they have established a dynamic chemistry.
On the 137th anniversary of Bartok’s birthday, Gregory Vajda was awarding the 2018 Bartók-Pásztory Award in composition. The Liszt Academy honors each year a performer and composer who have significantly contributed to the development of music life in Hungary and to the maintenance of Béla Bartók’s legacy.
Previous recipients of the prize include Gyorgy Ligeti, Gabor Takacs-Nagy, and the Kodaly Quartet.
The 12th Glenn Gould Prize Jury:
Viggo Mortensen (Denmark/USA) – actor, poet, painter, photographer, musician, publisher
François Girard (Canada) – award-winning film and opera director (32 Short Films About Glenn Gould)
Ute Lemper (Germany) – singer and actress, the premier cabaret artist of our time
The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, PC (Canada), former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, novelist
Foday Musa Suso – (Gambia/USA) – musician, composer, kora virtuoso
Naeemeh Naeemaei (Iran) – painter and conservationist
Sondra Radvanovsky (Canada / USA) – internationally acclaimed operatic soprano
Howard Shore, OC (Canada) – Academy Award-winning composer of over 80 film scores and concert works
Kat Von D (Mexico/USA) – celebrated tattoo artist, television personality, musician, makeup entrepreneur and style icon
Professor Ye Xiaogang (China) – internationally renowned composer, Vice President of the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music
The Fauré holds a unique place in the history of requiems. Labadie explains why: “[It’s] not about judgment and it’s not about the fear of death. It’s about peace: peace of mind and peace of the body.”
Jasper String Quartet’s “Unbound” is selected as one of “The 25 Best Classical Music Recordings of 2017” by the New York Times
“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.
The second of Orchestra of St. Luke’s Carnegie Hall series concerts this season takes place on Thursday, December 7 at 8PM in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage. Leading the Ensemble in a program of works by Kraus, Mozart, and Beethoven is Bernard Labadie making his Orchestra of St. Luke’s New York City debut as the Principal Conductor Designate. Bernard Labadie’s appointment as Principal Conductor of OSL was announced in May 2017 and he will officially assume the post at the start of the ensemble’s 2018/2019 season.