Seven Classical Music Trends to Watch For This Season

The 2016-17 season of classical music is underway with plenty of Gershwin, a debated new production of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde at the Met, and labor crises in Pennsylvania and Fort Worth. Here are seven other things to watch and listen for in the months ahead. Continue reading “Seven Classical Music Trends to Watch For This Season”

A Musical Journey Through Iceland, from Ólafur Arnalds

As New York bakes under an ominous-sounding heat dome, thoughts turn to cooler spots on the globe, such as Iceland. Enter Ólafur Arnalds, an Icelandic composer who is in the midst of an intriguing new project called Island Songs. Continue reading “A Musical Journey Through Iceland, from Ólafur Arnalds”

Iceland Emerges on World Classical Music Stages

Don’t be surprised to see a wooly sweater or two if you’re on the streets of Los Angeles next spring. The Los Angeles Philharmonic said Tuesday that it will present a Reykjavik Festival in April 2017, featuring five concerts of Icelandic music from across the stylistic map, along with film screenings, lectures and visual art events. Continue reading “Iceland Emerges on World Classical Music Stages”