The Lads from LA: Calder Quartet at Wigmore Hall

When the four gentlemen of the Calder Quartet strode onto the Wigmore Hall stage Saturday October 1st, my first thought was “These are the Beatles of the classical music world.” The members’ trim black suits, long skinny ties and wide grins radiated an eager, boyish energy. Many musicians’ somber faces during pre-performance bows would better…

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A Golden Performance: Yaniv d’Or, Ensemble NAYA, and Barrocade

As instrumentalists from the Ensemble NAYA and Barrocade took their places onstage on Sunday June 26th at Wigmore Hall, the period instruments from voila de gamba to theorbo to hammered dulcimer indicated a concert of acoustic veracity. But when Yaniv d'Or joined them onstage, you knew immediately that this was not going to be your traditional Baroque performance. Tall…

Encore for Opera in Cinemas!

Opera, according to some, is said to be on its deathbed. Like Mimì in La Bohème, the art form is suffering a slow decline, and though it attempts to avoid its inevitable fate, the end is written, certain as a closing chord. There will be a final pressing of hands, a last sigh, and then just once more,…

Apanhador Só’s Playground of Sound

When is a band like a children's construction crew?When you are Apanhador Só, and you build a playground of sound.Apanhador Só at a SXSW recording sessionApanhador Só (literally "lonely gatherer") began playing in 2005 out of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil, but their musical trajectory has been anything but lonely. They released their first…

King Size Idea, Twin Size Result at ROH

Christopher Marthaler's production of King Size, a liederabend mash-up containing songs by Schumann, Wagner, the Jackson 5, and the Kinks (just to name a few), brought a young and enthusiastic crowd to the Linbury Studio Theatre at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden late on Friday, April 17th. Though innovative in its concept, musically…