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The New York Times: Classical Music Concerts to See in N.Y.C. This Weekend – Mahan Esfahani

The New York Times: Classical Music Concerts to See in N.Y.C. This Weekend – Mahan Esfahani

ORPHEUS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA at the 92nd Street Y (May 8, 7:30 p.m.). The harpsichordist de nos jours Mahan Esfahani is the soloist in two relatively recent concertos, by Manuel de Falla and Bohuslav Martinu. Also on the bill are two arrangements for nonet, one of Mozart’s Wind Quintet by Jean Françaix, and another of Strauss’s “Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche” by Brett Dean.
212-415-5500, 92y.org

The New York Times: Yo-Yo Ma and Wu Man with Long Yu Play With Cinematic Sweep

The New York Times: Yo-Yo Ma and Wu Man with Long Yu Play With Cinematic Sweep

“A Happy Excursion” had a fitting companion in Tchaikovsky’s emotive “Pathétique” Symphony. The [New York] Philharmonic musicians can probably play this overprogrammed piece in their sleep; in the past, it has occasionally felt as if they were doing just that. But under Mr. Yu’s baton, they summoned surprising extremes, leavened occasionally with the brisk lightness of a Tchaikovsky ballet.

The New York Times: Grand Teton Music Festival Named One of Top 15 Classical Music Festivals

The New York Times: Grand Teton Music Festival Named One of Top 15 Classical Music Festivals

Donald Runnicles is the music director in this picturesque town opposite Jackson Hole, which is just south of Grand Teton National Park and an hour’s drive from Yellowstone. With an orchestra whose players are drawn from major symphonies across the country, Mr. Runnicles conducts Mahler’s Symphony No. 3, Bernstein’s “West Side Story” and much else. Visiting soloists include Daniil Trifonov, Leila Josefowicz and Kirill Gerstein.

The New York Times: Watch Ping-Pong Make Its New York Philharmonic Debut with Maestro Long Yu

The New York Times: Watch Ping-Pong Make Its New York Philharmonic Debut with Maestro Long Yu

Michael Landers and Ariel Hsing, table tennis champions in their early 20s, are featured as the Ping-Pong-playing soloists in Andy Akiho’s energetic concerto “Ricochet,” which will have its American premiere on Tuesday as part of the Philharmonic’s Lunar New Year gala. And yes, this is the first time a Ping-Pong table has been onstage at David Geffen Hall.

The New York Times: Hear the Martha Argerich Recording That Inspired Yekwon Sunwoo

The New York Times: Hear the Martha Argerich Recording That Inspired Yekwon Sunwoo

We asked some of the most talented younger pianists (and one harpsichordist) to share and discuss their favorite Argerich recordings. Their answers — and the music — are below. Yekwon Sunwoo, the 28-year-old South Korean pianist who won this year’s Cliburn Competition, loved Ms. Argerich’s recording of “Gaspard de la Nuit,” but then he found a video of her playing the piece.

The New York Times: Livestream with Pianist Yekwon Sunwoo

The New York Times: Livestream with Pianist Yekwon Sunwoo

A Facebook livestream performance and interview with New York Times reporter Josh Barone and the pianist Yekwon Sunwoo who recently bested 29 rivals to win the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

New York Times: South Korean Pianist Wins the Van Cliburn Competition

New York Times: South Korean Pianist Wins the Van Cliburn Competition

Yekwon Sunwoo won the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition on Saturday, besting 29 rivals over two weeks of playing to become the prestigious contest’s first champion from South Korea. The Cliburn, held every four years in Fort Worth, was founded in 1962 by Van Cliburn, the American pianist who stunned the world by winning the Tchaikovsky competition in Moscow in 1958, at the height of the Cold War.

The New York Times: 10 Spring and Summer Classical Festivals

The New York Times: 10 Spring and Summer Classical Festivals

Grand Teton Music Festival - The setting is everything at this event, located near Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, but with Donald Runnicles in charge of the festival’s orchestra, musical quality is assured, too. Mr. Runnicles sprinkles some recent work — by Aaron Jay Kernis, Marc Neikrug and Luciano Berio — among weighty canonical fare, including Mahler’s Ninth and Beethoven’s Seventh. Guest artists include Yefim Bronfman, Garrick Ohlsson, Augustin Hadelich, Vasily Petrenko and James Ehnes.

The New York Times: 8 Best Classical Music Moments - Diplomatic Harp

The New York Times
By Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim

A Valiant Return to the Met Opera: This Week’s 8 Best Classical Music Moments

Diplomatic Harp

The harp is a diplomatic instrument: There is something about its sound, so clear in its attack and so graceful in its decay, that suggests an openness to other points of view. As such it should be a prized chamber-music companion, a point eloquently made by the harpist Sivan Magen in a sparkling concert of music for mixed ensembles. Some of the most beautiful moments found him at his most self-effacing, like in the gorgeous first Interlude for Harp, Clarinet and Cello by Jacques Ibert, in which Mr. Magen’s pealing chords supported a soaring line in the cello with the clarinet — less heard than felt — adding just a hint of a draft in the melody’s sails.