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Classical Notes: April 21, 2010 Archive

Late Night Dudamel

Posted at 1:17 AM on April 21, 2010 by Ward Jacobson
Filed under: Programs

Stay up late tonight (12:05am, Thursday) with Classical MPR for our exclusive Euro-Classic. That sensation of the podium, Gustavo Dudamel, conducts the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra performing the 2nd Suite from Ravel's Daphnis and Chloe in a concert from October, 2009, recorded at the Salle Pleyel in Paris.

The original ballet score was the largest work Ravel ever composed, calling for an enormous orchestra (with 15 distinct percussion instruments), and a wordless chorus, heard both onstage and offstage. From that massive score came two suites, with the second suite drawing its music from the ballet's final three numbers.

So try to squeeze in a nap today and stay up late with us tonight!

Susanna Phillips wins Beverly Sills Award

Posted at 9:59 PM on April 21, 2010 by John Birge
Filed under: Awards & Accomplishments, The blog

The New York times reports that soprano Susanna Phillips is the winner of the Beverly Sills Artist Award. It's a $50,000 prize for gifted young singers.

Susanna Philips comes to Minnesota Opera this September as Euridice in Orfeo ed Euridice with the incomparable counter-tenor David Daniels.
Between this award, and James Valenti's Richard Tucker award last week, it seems that Minnesota Opera is developing an impressive track record for bringing us tomorrow's stars, today.

If you don't want to wait til September to hear Susanna Phillips' Minnesota Opera performance, here she is singing Mozart in Fort Worth:

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