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Pygmalion Music Festival 2010

Now in its sixth year, the Pygmalion Music Festival has firmly established itself as a major and innovative presence in the universe of North American music festivals.
Since its inception in 2005, Pygmalion has set itself apart from behemoth conferences like SXSW and CMJ as well as from large-scale fairground-based events such as Coachella and Austin City Limits by presenting both established and emerging artists in venues no bigger than a small theater. The festival -- boutique in spirit and visionary in scope -- thrives in the unique niche of its Champaign-Urbana setting, and is honored to continue growing within that intimate context.

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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 or call Rocco Somazzi at 323-573-2110.

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