Classical

The 2015 MTSU Flute Festival, featuring guest artist George Pope, will be held this Saturday, Feb. 21, in the university’s Wright Music Building.

Registration for the event, now in its 15th year, will begin at 8 a.m. Feb. 21.

Pope and guest pianist Eric Charnofsky will present a public recital at 1 p.m. in Hinton Hall inside the Wright building, and Pope will then present a master class for festival participants at 2:15 p.m.

— MTSU Opera Workshop will turn Hinton Hall into a Parisian embassy ballroom full of romantic and political intrigue Feb. 19-20 when the company recreates Franz Lehár's beloved 1905 operetta "The Merry Widow." 

Presented by MTSU Arts, the 7:30 p.m. performances inside the university’s Wright Music Building are being directed by Amy Tate Williams, chorus master and accompanist for Nashville Opera as well as the longtime opera director for the MTSU-based Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts. 

Guitar virtuoso Jason Vieaux has won the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo for his album Play. This is Vieaux's first Grammy nomination and win. Released on Azica Records in January 2014, the album celebrates Jason Vieaux’s 20th anniversary as a performer by featuring the Spanish, Mexican, South American, Cuban, French, and American classics that Vieaux has found to be universal audience favorites over the past two decades.

When naming Inon Barnatan as first Artist-in-Association of the New York Philharmonic, music director Alan Gilbert described the Israeli pianist as “the complete artist: a wonderful pianist, a probing intellect, passionately committed, and a capable contemporary-music pianist as well.” Now serving his inaugural season in the unprecedented new appointment, Barnatan will make his concerto debut with Gilbert and the orchestra next month, giving performances of Ravel’s Piano Concerto in

Profil Hänssler will release violinist Itamar Zorman’s debut album, Portrait, in the US on February 10, 2015, distributed by Naxos. This personal album, described as “pure matter of the heart” (Concerti), captures Zorman's unique communicative power, revealing astounding artistic maturity along with an impressive range of repertoire interests and technical refinement.

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