Matthew Gurewitsch
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Celebrating Beethoven, late but gloriously, In the Norwegian countryside
With Leif Ove Andsnes at the Rosendal Chamber Music Festival

August 10, 2022  •  Classical Voice North America

Aloha, friends near and far! My report on the Rosendal Chamber Music Festival, founded and directed by Leif Ove Andsnes, has just posted on Classical Voice North America. The teaser appears above. To read the entire article, please follow this link.

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Back Into the Woods
Broadway's first posthumous Stephen Sondheim revival

August 1, 2022  •  Classical Voice North America

Aloha, friends!

I'm recently back on Maui from the mainland and Europe. Just chanced to catch the Broadway transfer of Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods as revived in a concert staging by Encores! The word on the street is ecstatic. My take was more reserved. Curious? Please click here.

And here are two photos the relevance of which you'll understand if you proceed to the article. If not, not!

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R.I.P. Juraj Filas (March 5, 1955-December 31, 2021)
A composer whose time will come

December 31, 2021

I've just learned from mutual friends, with great sadness, of the death of the Czech composer Juraj Filas, yet another victim of the continuing pandemic. To the best of my knowledge, this post will be the first to bring the news to the internet.

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The Amahl file
A lifetime with Menotti's Christmas miracle

December 23, 2021

1. Looking back: an introduction

I was a shepherd, I had a flock of sheep

But my mother sold them, sold them

Now there are no sheep left...

Four days shy of my fourth birthday, well past my bedtime, my parents plunked me down in front of the television set to watch Amahl and the Night Visitors, the inaugural presentation of the Hallmark Television Playhouse and a world premiere. That was on Christmas Eve, 1951. Tomorrow, Gian Carlo Menotti's shepherd boy turns 70. Yet in the popular imagination (not to mention my own), he hasn't aged a day.

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A banner year of armchair opera, three banner weeks with Michael Spyres
From Air Mail, a chronicle of musical adventures

December 20, 2021

When life as you've known it flies off the rails, it's time to impose new structure. In January, Laura Jacobs, my editor at Air Mail, came up with a project that has been keeping me on my toes all year. Yes, the lively arts were in lockdown. Yes, travel was all but impossible. Yet online, opera was making quite a comeback. Free streams nightly from the Met. Major new productions from Europe, beamed out from from empty auditoriums. Experimental novelties proliferating on Zoom. So, said Laura, how about a virtual Pick of the Week? Short takes, please! But each informed by a lifetime's impassioned engagement with the art.

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