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Sibelius Festival in Stockholm

From the 14th to the 26th of April 2015 the Stockholm concert hall is celebrating the 150 year anniversary of two great Scandinavian symphonists: Jean Sibelius and Carl Nielsen. Over the course of 12 concerts, a total of 24 symphonies will performed by 9 different orchestras from Sweden, Denmark and Finnland, including complete cycles of both the Sibelius and Nielsen symphonies.On April 25th Alexander Shelley will lead the Gothenburg Symphony (GSO) in their guest appearance at the festival, in a programme containing Sibelius’s 7th (and final) Symphony as well as William Walton’s virtuosic 1st...

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Heidelberg Festival with Thomas Hampson

Alexander Shelley this week reconnects with his friends at the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen for an all-American project at Heidelberg’s Spring Festival. This also marks the first time that Shelley will be working with legendary baritone Thomas Hampson. Copland’s 1st book of Old American Songs will be paired with a setting of texts by Abraham Lincoln in Michael Daugherty’s 2009 work “Letters from Lincoln”, which was premiered by Hampson and the Spokane Symphony that same year. Copland’s Appalachian Spring, as well as orchestral works by Bernstein, Barber and Gershwin will round off the...

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Shelley meets Shelley

In the week of his 65th birthday, pianist Howard Shelley joined his son Alexander to perform Rachmaninov’s 3rd Piano Concerto in three sold out concerts with the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra. The concerts marked only the second time that the two had performed together and were their first outside of the United Kingdom.The reaction of the audience and press was unanimous:Of the performances, the Nürnberger Nachrichten commented:“With the spectacular family-meeting of Shelley & Shelley, the Nuremberg Symphony reaped standing ovations in the Meistersingerhalle [...] Note for note, bar for...

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