The Oblique Censor, Part 1 of 3

Read James’ Keynote Address presented last month at the symposium “Music, Censorship and Meaning in Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union: Echoes and Consequences” by the Ziering-Conlon Initiative for Recovered Voices at the Colburn School, now on his Musical America blog.

Click here to read The Oblique Censor, Part 1.

Ravinia music director James Conlon extends contract through 2015

The 64-year-old American conductor has offered to extend his present contract with the festival for another year, which will keep him in his post through the 2015 summer season, for a total of 11 years as its fourth music director, Ravinia was scheduled to announce Tuesday.

“Everything has its time, and after 11 years I feel it is the moment to pass on this responsibility,” Conlon said in a statement. “This has been a difficult decision. The work at Ravinia is very meaningful to me, and the Chicago Symphony is a supreme orchestra.”

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Opera News: James Conlon leads a “stunning account” of Salome

James Conlon and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra celebrated the 150th anniversary of Richard Strauss’s birth at the Ravinia Festival with an in-concert performance of Salome featuring Patricia Racette in her first performance of the title role.

“James Conlon led a stunning account of the score, notable for a sensitive delivery of Strauss’s clever aural evocations of everything from sly Egyptians, to bombastic Romans and chilling desert winds.  Particularly admirable was the crisp clarity of specific instrumental contributions: the tense, squawking strings before Jochanaan’s beheading, and the consistently excellent work from the percussion section were practically worth the price of admission.”

Click here to read the full review in Opera News.

Upcoming Performances

New York, New York   November 10, 13, 17, 21, 25, 29, 2014
Madrid, Spain   December 12, 13, 14, 2014
Torino, Italy   December 18, 19, 2014

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