In a series of spring concerts, pianist Marc-André Hamelin played recitals in Amsterdam, Berlin, Lucerne, Chicago, and the Klavier-Festival Ruhr. The Canadian master played and recorded Rachmaninoff 3 and Medtner 2 with Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra and returned to Los Angeles (LACO) and Ottawa (NACO) for performances of Mozart K. 453.
The May 2016 Edition of the International Festival of Vocal Music, "A CAPPELLA", established in Leipzig in 1997 by the Ensemble amarcord, opened with amarcord's popular "European Romantic" program May 20 at St. Michael's Church followed by a May 27 concert of Monteverdi's Marienvespers with the Lautten Compagney Berlin at the St. Thomas Church, and ended at the final gala concert at the Gewandhaus May 29.
Among their 2017/18 season offerings will be a program celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Protestant Reformation, which occurs October 31, 2017, immediately followed by a tour of North America from November 3 - 19, 2017.
Austrian pianist Till Fellner returned to the States last month for "crisp and stylish" performances of Mozart's Piano Concerto in E-flat Major, K. 482, in a Chicago Symphony subscription week with Bernard Haitink.
Conductor Michael Stern starts the summer with a 7 concert tour of Israel, leading the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and Joshua Bell in a program of Copland, Lalo, and Sibelius and ends the summer at Tanglewood leading the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Yo-Yo Ma in works of Bernstein, Haydn, John Williams, and Respighi.
This month, cellist Zuill Bailey released a Prokofiev CD of theSinfonia Concertante, Op. 125 with the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra led by conductor Grant Llewellyn and the Cello Sonata in C Major, Op. 199 with pianist Natasha Paremski.
The brilliant, questing JACK Quartet is in the midst of a busy stretch, with a recent performance of the "in-the-dark" Haas Quartet No. 3, launching the San Francisco Performances new music series "Pivot."