By Joe Banno
WASHINGTON, D.C. – After a 16-month renovation, the Kennedy Center’s rooftop-level Terrace Theater has reopened with a new architectural and acoustical plan. For chamber music, at least, the sound has improved.
By John W. Lambert
PHILADELPHIA – Yannick Nézet-Séguin set new standards of excellence with the Philadelphia Orchestra as their year-long tribute to Leonard Bernstein continued during the 60th anniversary of the celebrated stage work.
By Kyle MacMillan
DATE BOOK – From a flashback to the golden era of Young People’s Concerts to revivals of iconic stage works and little-known gems, the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth is being celebrated from coast to coast.
By Matthew Gurewitsch
PARIS – Katie Mitchell’s staging of Miranda at the Opéra-Comique is billed as a “semi-opera after Shakespeare and Purcell.” It features the return of Prospero’s daughter from exile and glorious Baroque instrumentation.
By Richard Todd
OTTAWA – Pianist Angela Hewitt was the soloist for the premiere of Nameless Seas by Matthew Whittall on a concert with Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2 that honored both the National Arts Centre’s 50th year and the 150th for Canada.
By Janelle Gelfand
CINCINNATI – A $143 million renovation of the National Historic Landmark pushed the orchestra forward, narrowed the room, and cut 1,000 seats. In the Cincinnati Symphony’s homecoming, the acoustics were still a work in progress.
By James L. Paulk
NEW YORK – Matthew Aucoin’s opera Crossing, inspired by Walt Whitman’s Civil War accounts of caring for wounded Union soldiers, has come to Brooklyn’s Next Wave Festival. Baritone Rod Gilfry’s Whitman is a coup.
By Esteban Meneses
JACKSONVILLE – Composer Timo Andres, right, created The Blind Banister for pianist Jonathan Biss to pair with Beethoven’s Concerto No. 2, part of a novel Beethoven/5 project which a Florida maestro has helped to nurture.