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July 10, 2016

OREGON BACH FESTIVAL

BRAHMS’ EIN DEUTSCHES REQUIEM – The 19th century Ein deutsches Requiem will fill Silva Concert Hall with a wall of sound, and will leave audiences in awe of the magnificent and deeeply moving performance.

July 15, 2016

BREVARD MUSIC FESTIVAL

JOHANN STRAUSS, MALHERFour Last Songs was completed in 1948 when Richard Strauss was 84, a year before his death. Herbert von Karajan once said that when you hear Mahler’s Fifth, “you forget that time has passed. A great performance of the Fifth is a transforming experience. The fantastic finale almost forces you to hold your breath.”

July 23, 2016

HIROSHIMA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

BEETHOVEN’S SYMPHONY No.9 – Completed in 1824, the symphony is one of the best-known works in classical music. Among critics, it is almost universally considered one of Beethoven’s greatest works, and many consider it one of the greatest compositions in the western musical canon.

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CHANSON D’AVRIL: NICOLE CABELL WITH CRAIG TERRY

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“At once womanly and ingenuous, Nicole Cabell’s luminescent lyric soprano finds its ideal channel in this exploration of French chansons. In the lush gem “Adieux de l’hôtesse arabe,” she caresses the phrase “Hélas! Adieu!” like a seductive dare. She maintains a darker color for “Ouvre ton coeur” and “Pastorale,” while the ardent outpouring of “Chanson d’avril” reveals a sunnier glow. The restrained romanticism of “L’invitation au voyage” offers Cabell the opportunity to saturate her phrases with a voluptuous, luxuriant calm. In “Enfant, si j’étais roi,” she radiates grandiosity and lends “Oh! quand je dors” a liquid, faraway quality.”

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