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Murray Perahia, who performed a memorable recital Friday at Soka University, is a member of an exclusive and dwindling club of veteran solo-piano superstars whose playing seems as vital and dynamic now as it did at the beginning of their careers. In Perahia's case, that feat is all the more extraordinary considering the travails he faced in midlife, when an injury to his right thumb in 1990 led to several lengthy hiatuses.

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Soprano Robin Fisher, of the Sacramento State faculty, will be the special guest of the Camellia Symphony Orchestra during the final concert of its season, set for Saturday, April 29. Courtesy photo The final concert of the season for the Camellia Symphony Orchestra is called "Puppets and Divas," and begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at the Sacramento City College Performing Arts Center in Sacramento. The concert will begin with a short fanfare composed by Igor Stravinsky for the opening ceremony of Lincoln Center in New York in 1964.

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The WPO organised its first online concert in aid of 'Thurrock Instrument Amensty' on Sunday, April 16. The half hour concert broadcast on online streaming featured classical violinist and Thurrock resident Hannah Woolmer. Audiences purchased tickets for the event across the globe and donations came from as far afield as West Virginia, Colarado, India, Germany and Holland.

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WHETHER you know your plie from your pointe or are a complete newcomer to the world of dance, the return of Ballet Black to Theatre Royal Winchester on May 3 promises you a spectacular evening of story-telling and classical music brought to life through movement. South Bank Sky Arts Award-winner Annabelle Lopez turns a popular fairy tale on its head in a sinister re-telling of Red Riding Hood.

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Bill Murray, the 66-year-old actor, is also the leader of a very large cult that scrutinizes and adores his every weirdo project. The next one to obsess over will be in Napa this summer at Festival Napa Valley : There, with Jan Vogler, an acclaimed classical cellist he met on an international flight, plus violinist Mira Wang and pianist Vanessa Perez, he'll perform New Worlds on July 20. The eclectic program has Murray crooning a few Gershwin numbers like "It Ain't Necessarily So," Van Morrison tunes, and reading passages from Whitman and Hemingway as the trio plays behind him.

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Bill Murray is eyeing a 2017 summer release for his new classical album project, New York Times reports. The Caddyshack actor will be singing and doing a bit of spoken-word for the upcoming title - expect performances of works by George Gershwin and Stephen Foster plus songs from the musical West Side Story.

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What: Bach, Goldberg Variations Rating: 5/5 Verdict: Music written to sweeten insomnia delivers an edge-of-the-seat listening experience. Doubtlessly it was Mahan Esfahani's guest turn with Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra this year that persuaded local distributors to release his new, award-winning recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations .

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To mark and celebrate its 25th anniversary next week, Apollo's Fire founder Jeanette Sorrell said her first and primary thought was to take up Beethoven, a composer she and her colleagues haven't touched in over a decade. Thus was born the group's 2016-17 season finale, a five-day festival of concerts, talks, and other events titled "Beethoven & Schubert Rediscovered."

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When two worlds collide in a mesh of prog rock and classical music out pops Megson, an English folk duo. Megson will be heading West on Friday, April 28 to play at a spring concert at the United Reformed Church, Highworth at 7.45pm.

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When beginning a new writing project, naturalist and author Lyanda Lynn Haupt takes her research seriously. For her new book, Mozart's Starling , Haupt dutifully traveled to Austria, to see Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 's birthplace and the famed composer's grave.

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