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Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival's Strong Second Week

Paavo Järvi

The second week of Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival was a strong one. The concerts reached a high-point on Monday,  with the arrival of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen under Paavo Järvi. The orchestra's playing was characterized by freshness, dynamism, and an especial sensitivity to rhythm.

The performances brought out superbly the enormous debt Schumann owed to Beethoven in his overture to Manfred and his "Spring" Symphony, a relation remarked upon by Professor Bryan Gilliam in his informative pre-concert lecture. Another plus here was the superior acoustics of Alice Tully Hall, where the Manfred overture sounded riveting even from the back of the auditorium.

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The Opening Week of the Mostly Mozart Festival

The opening week of Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival -- which runs from July 27th throughout August 2010 -- provided much enjoyable music-making. The gala concert opened strongly with a confident reading of Mozart's Overture to La clemenza di Tito, an engaging work from the composer's glorious late period.

To celebrate the bicentennial of Chopin's birth, renowned pianist, Emanuel Ax, joined the Festival Orchestra to perform the composer's F minor piano concerto, a work not without Mozartean echoes. However, the concerto-form took an unfortunate turn in the Romantic period, where virtuosity dominated formal integration.

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2010 Angel City Jazz Festival

L.A.'s only non-commercial jazz and new-music festival is a weeklong celebration at six venues, combining music, film, art, dance, poetry and food with two world premieres. The 2010 Angel City Jazz Festival's featured artists include The John Abercrombie Quartet, Nels Cline's DIRTY BABY,The 2010 Angel City Jazz Festival Logo The Ravi Coltrane / Ralph Alessi Quintet, Henry Grimes and Friends, Wadada Leo Smith's Golden Quartet with Vijay Iyer, Myra Melford's Trio, The Sons of Champignon (Tim Berne, Jim Black and Nels Cline) and many others.

The festival is produced by Angel City Arts in association with the L.A. County Arts Commission, LACMA, CalArts,  L.A. Filmforum, Cryptogramophone Records and the Jazz Bakery.

For more information please visit angelcityjazz.com or call Rocco Somazzi at 323-573-2110.

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2010 Latino Cultural Festival

Tiempo Contra New York City’s second largest park, Flushing Meadow Corona Park, has become a community hub for the vast Latino and Asian populations of the great borough of Queens. The historic 1,255-acre park is also home to the Queens Theatre in the Park, which for the past 17 years has nurtured the Queens community as it transformed into the most diverse borough in the city.

The Chase Queens Theatre in the Park is now in its 14th year. Starting July 29 to August 8, 2010, the theatre has lined up 13 events including music, dance, comedy, spoken word, film, and family-friendly performances, such as a concerts by Leon Gieco, a pop-folk musician who has been called the Argentine Bob Dylan; Carlos Varela, one of Cuba's most talented and emblematic artists; Colombia folk musician Jorge Velosa, who will perform his creation, a new musical style called carranguero music; and singer Susana Baca, who has been instrumental in the international popularity of Afro-Peruvian music.  This year's participants hail from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, the United States, and Venezuela.

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