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      Wednesday, March 4 at 8:00 pm Kirill Karabits conducts the San Francisco Symphony in this concert with violinist Alexander Barantschik and violist Jonathan Vinocour. The program includes Honegger’s Pacific 231, Benjamin Britten’s Double Concerto, Sibelius’ Symphony #2, and an encore of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony #2. more...

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      Hercules review – Handel’s neglected opera is an extraordinary study in marital jealousy

      Barbican, London
      It was never staged in Handel’s lifetime, and rarely is in ours, yet this concert performance makes an outstanding case for the work’s dramatic qualities Continue reading...






      Mid-concert selfie stage-invasions - hasn't Dvorák suffered enough already?

      What punishment for the narcissist who leapt on the Royal Festival Hall stage to take a selfie during Dvořák’s New World symphony? If only life were like the Simpsons...

      There’s an episode of Simpsons in which Homer ruins a U2 concert by coming on stage mid-song to boost his campaign to become Springfield’s sanitation commissioner. As the audience boos, Homer explains that he would be, if elected, “the most whack, tripped-out sanitation commissioner ever! Can you dig it?” Not before time the security goons drag him off stage. “Don’t worry, he’ll get the help he needs,” Bono tells the crowd. A video screen behind the band reveals Homer getting his face filled in by the aforementioned goons - totally justifiably in my view - as the band play the richly ironic accompaniment, their song In the Name of Love.

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      OAE/Fischer review – high-voltage Dvořák, majestic Brahms – with added stage invasion

      Royal Festival Hall, London
      A rethought New World Symphony and exceptional Brahms were not compromised by a dancing intruder who took the selfie to end all selfies

      Comment: Mid-concert selfie stage-invasions - hasn’t Dvořák suffered enough already?

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