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Georgia on his mind
With his "Big Tent" series, Atlanta Opera's Tomer Zvulun defies pandemic, launches new paradigm

October 17, 2020  •  Air Mail

Who cares about an opera company's business model? Tomer Zvulun, the visionary general and artistic director of the Atlanta Opera, for one. "Don't hire this guy," Gallup warned the board of directors in 2013. "He's not prepared." Well, look at him now. In place of the conservative-leaning season originally announced, Zvulun has cooked up a whole new one, tailored to the pandemic. His "Big Tent" series, beginning next week, offers six experimental, open-air boutique operas for boutique audiences. Expect videos of the shows in short order.

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On Mozart's fingerboard, in a lonely cell, footloose in the world...
The October 4th Catch of the Day, revisited

October 6, 2020

As recently announced, Mana'o Radio (91.7FM Maui) has recently set up an on-demand streaming feature, valid for 14 days. Sad to say, something went wrong with the new system last Sunday, but you may link directly to an air check of the full-length show from the box above. For the music only, click through to our Apple Music playlist.

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Mozart's Violin (Sony Classics 2020)

Christoph Koncz, Les Musiciens du Louvre

Concerto No. 3 in G major K 216

  • I. Allegro
  • II. Adagio
  • III. Rondo. Allegro – Andante – Allegretto [– Tempo primo]

For your further consideration

David Serkin Ludwig: The Anchoress (XAS 2020)

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When the autumn weather turns the leaves to flame
On September 27, great Catches of the Day, dominated by John Luther Adams

October 5, 2020

Remember the discouraging word last tune that "Catch of the Day" would henceforth stream live only? Well, scratch that. In short order, the station has station has found a new and superior hookup that keeps our shows available not just one week but for two.

To catch up with the September 27th edition, follow this link to the "Recent Broadcasts" page, find the "Show" menu, select "The Alpha And Omega," slide the timer to the halfway mark (2:00 hours in), and there you are! The link will be live through October 10. (We're working on simplifying access for future editions.)

The playlist—minus chat—is available indefinitely on Apple Music.

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Dan Tepfer's Goldberg Inversions
A jazz pianist/polymath turns Bach on his head

October 3, 2020  •  AIR MAIL

The Goldberg Variations? Again? What is there to add? Setting aside treatments that have stood the test of time (the Glenn Gould recordings and the Jerome Robbins ballet, to cite just two), who can keep up with the latest barrage? Even now, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker is touring her one-women dance marathon in Europe, as Parker Ramsay's newly released harp arrangement vies for attention with Lang Lang's Sony Classical blockbuster twin-pack of live and studio performances.

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Complete Works - The Table Top Shakespeare At Home
The Soul of Wit

September 26, 2020  •  Air Mail

""But we are spirits of another sort." These words go unspoken in the Forced Entertainment production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Even so, the sight of a fairy king, queen and court represented by assorted bottles of alcoholic beverages just might set the line flitting through your mind.

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Books by Matthew Gurewitsch

Cover of Rafal Olbinski Women Cover of When Stars Blow Out

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