Δευτέρα, 31 Δεκεμβρίου 2012

The Kairological Qabalah by Dr Nicolas Laos

Rediscovering Western Esotericism within Philosophy, Science and the Revolutionary Secrets of Freemasonry, Rosicrucianism and the Illuminati.

By: Dr Nicolas Laos
As an original and in-depth look at man’s existential problems and challenges, The Kairological Qabalah – Rediscovering Western Esotericism, contains an inspiring plan for the creation of a New Western Renaissance.
This book brings Western Esotericism under careful scrutiny and then re-interprets it for our modern age. From this new position, Dr Laos articulates a new esoteric system, The Kairological Qabalah, which is based upon the “opportune moment” of Kairos, where Man is the architect and manager of his own fate.

Endorsements

“Dr Nicolas Laos is an outstanding policy-analysis scholar. His analytical mind assists the reader to comprehend the meaning of the Greek word “esotericism” as well as the Greek concept of “Kairos” that focuses on the dynamic continuity between the reality of the world and the reality of consciousness.”
– Dr John M. Nomikos, Director, Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS) and Chairman, Mediterranean Council for Intelligence Studies
“Nicolas Laos offers a rational perspective about Western esotericism. Establishing connections between the Greek concept of Kairos (the right or opportune moment) and a redefined Qabalah (as an ecumenical esoteric system of correspondences and symbols), he opens new possibilities of dialogue between ancient symbolism and advanced sciences.”
– Metropolitan Daniel (de Jesús Ruiz Flores) of Mexico and All Latin America (Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Mexico)
“The volume at hand is a well-thought out, methodical and coherent professional study. In an orderly manner, this book delineates the profound meaning of the Greek word ‘esotericism’. To do eloquently so, Dr Laos travels carefully through history, cultures and civilizations…the author offers a reflective portrait about the inner confrontations, the spirituality and the multi-survival apprehension issues that humanity faces today.”
– Dr Elias D. Kallioras, Former Vice-President of the Parliamentary Assembly of Black Sea Economic Co-operation (PABSEC) 

Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Introduction
Acknowledgements
Part One: The Emergence and Development of Western Esotericism
Chapter 1: Esotericism as an Object of Historical Research
Chapter 2: The Noachites and the Spiritual Horizon of Western Esotericism
Chapter 3: The Creation of the Japhethite Ecumene and the Foundations of Western Esotericism
Part Two: The Kairological Qabalah: The Secret Mysteries of Nature and Science and the Mastering of Reality
Chapter 4: Kairos and Qabalah
Chapter 5: The Kairological Left-Hand Pillar
Chapter 6: The Kairological Right-Hand Pillar
Chapter 7: The Kairological Middle Pillar
Chapter 8: The Incarnate Logos and the Esoteric Significance of the Number Thirty-Three
Part Three: Esoteric Fraternities, Morality and Politics from the Perspective of the Kairological Qabalah
Chapter 9: The Rituals and Teachings of Western Esoteric Fraternities
Chapter 10: Western Esotericism and Moral Philosophy
Chapter 11: The Political Dimension of Western Esotericism and the Kairological Qabalah
Bibliography
Index
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Κυριακή, 30 Δεκεμβρίου 2012

NATIONAL ETHNIC PRESS AND MEDIA COUNCIL OF CANADA

Conseil national de la presse et des medias ethniques du Canada
                                                 “Canada’s Other Voices”
Office of the President
December 28. 2012
                                     The 2012  Annual Report from the President
Dear friends and Colleagues, Sisters and Brothers in the Ethnic Press of Canada: As 2012 comes to end in three days, I do feel the need to report to all of you about the activities of the administration on your behalf, during the 2012.
As you all remember we organized our weekly exhibition of the ethnic press of Canada on May the 9th, 2012 at the Rotunda of the Toronto City Hall, honoring the Freedom of the Press Day of the UN. More than 365 publications participated in this venue with the best copies they produced during the year. Sixteen publications all together and four Magazines selected by our committee for an Award.  Among them we recognized three papers from Vancouver and another three from Montreal. Ten publications recognized from the rest of the Country.
On July the second, as per our annual tradition, we celebrated “Canada Day” with the participation of about 350 members. Many dignitaries from the three levels of government were with us to help make the event memorable.
On August 17th, we participated with our pavilion at the Toronto’s Annual “Canadian National Exhibition”, for 18 days. It was one of the most successful events as more than two million visitors came to our pavilion took pictures and received information about the ethnic press.
On September 23, we participated to “Word on the Street” festival.
On November 9th, we organized our Award ceremony. The event was organized by His Honour the Honourable David C. Onley, L. Governor of Ontario, at the L. Governor’s suite Main Legislative building, Queen’s Park, Toronto.
On November 19th, in another ceremony at the Toronto Dominion Bank tower center, together with Seneca College, we presented the first ever Socio-Economic report of the Ethnic Press of Canada. This is a historic report dealing with the difficulties and the needs of the member publishers of the ethnic press of Canada.
Finally, on December 14th, we organized the “Annual Get Together Event” in Toronto. This is an opportunity for us to meet and greed with our families and friends. All of the events were honored with the presence of politicians of all three levels of the government and as well as many friends.
Taking this opportunity I want to inform you that for the New Year 2013, we are planning our second educational seminar in cooperation with Seneca College. To this extend I hope that during the early months of the New Year I will be able to give you more detailed information about this project.
Closing, please allow me to remind you that on Monday, March 18, 2013 we are holding our Annual General Membership meeting and elections. The floor is open for Nominations for officers and directors of the organization effective immediately and nominations will be accepted until February 28. The names of the candidates will be given to membership by March 10, 2013 and the members will vote on Monday March 18, 2013. If you are interested in participating please make sure that you are a member in good standing and that your membership is paid in full before the process. Only members in good standing can be candidates and stand for elections. Members from outside Toronto can vote either by telephone or by email.
Chairman of our elections committee is our ombudsman Dr. Mohammad Tajdolati.
I wish you all the best for the New Year, health, happiness and success, to you and all the members of your family.

Παρασκευή, 28 Δεκεμβρίου 2012

Χριστιανισμός-Δημοκρατία -Σωστή κοινωνία




ΕΓΚΥΚΛΙΟΣ ΠΡΩΤΟΧΡΟΝΙΑΣ
Μητροπολίτη Σωτηρίου

Ο Χριστιανισμός αδελφωμένος με την ιδέα της αρχαίας Ελληνικής Δημοκρατίας, δημιούργησε τις καλύτερες κοινωνίες. Ευνομούμενες κοινωνίες, στις οποίες επεκράτησε η απαράμιλλη χριστιανική διδασκαλία. Ο σεβασμός στα ανθρώπινα δικαιώματα. Η ελευθερία και η ισοτιμία του πολίτη. Η φροντίδα της πολιτείας για τον πολίτη, γνωστή σαν κοινωνική πρόνοια. Η αισιοδοξία και η ενατένιση του μέλλοντος με εμπιστοσύνη και ελπίδα.
Στις περισσότερες δυτικές δημοκρατικές χώρες και σήμερα επικρατούν τα στοιχεία που αναφέραμε ανωτέρω. Δυστυχώς όμως, κάπου τα πράγματα ξεθωριάζουν και εκτροχιάζονται. Το χειρότερο και πιο πρόσφατο παράδειγμα, είναι το μακελειό στο Connecticut των ΗΠΑ. Εάν το γεγονός αυτό ήταν ένα και μοναδικό, δεν θα υπήρχε λόγος μεγάλης ανησυχίας. Δυστυχώς, είναι το δέκατο τέτοιο μακελειό στις ΗΠΑ και μόνο μέσα στο έτος 2012. Αυτό λέει πολλά και πρέπει να δούμε γιατί φθάσαμε  εδώ που φθάσαμε.
Τα πράγματα είναι φως, φανάρι. Δυστυχώς, οι χριστιανικές χώρες σήμερα είναι εν πολλοίς χριστιανικές μόνο κατ’όνομα. Εγκατέλειψαν τον Χριστό. Σταμάτησαν να διαφωτίζονται από την πίστη στον Χριστό και την διδασκαλία Του. Τα παραδείγματα πολλά. Αναφέρουμε μόνο δύο. Τις εκτρώσεις και τον γάμο των ομοφυλοφίλων.
Εγκαταλείψαμε τον Χριστό και ζούμε στην ζούγκλα της τρομοκρατίας. Στην ζούγκλα του «οφθαλμόν αντί οφθαλμού και ονδόντα αντί οδόντος». Στη ζούγκλα τύπου μακελειού του Connecticut. Στην ζούγκλα της μαφίας.
Τι πρέπει να γίνει; Η απάντηση είναι επιστροφή. Επιστροφή στον Χριστό. Επιστροφή στην σωστή Δημοκρατία. Επιστροφή χωρίς καθυστέρηση.
Τι σημαίνει αυτή η επιστροφή; Σημαίνει πίστη στον Τριαδικό Θεό, τον Πατέρα, τον Υιό και το Άγιο Πνεύνα. Πίστη στον Ιησού Χριστό ως Μεσσία, Αληθινό Θεό και μόνο Λυτρωτή και Σωτήρα του κόσμου. Πίστη δι’ έργων ενεργουμένη. Ειλικρινή μετάνοια. Εφαρμογή της συγχώρησης εκατέρωθεν. Δηλαδή να ζητούμε συγγνώμη και να δίδουμε άφεση αμαρτιών. Σωστή μεταχείριση του πλησίον, όποιος κι αν είναι αυτός.
Οι δυνατοί της γης και οι κυβερνήτες να αφήσουν τα κροκοδείλια κλάματα και ειλικρινά να επιστρέψουν στον Χριστό. Να είναι όχι μόνο υπουργοί, δηλαδή υπηρέτες του λαού, αλλά και το παράδειγμά τους. Μοντέλο προς μίμηση.
Αγαπημένοι μου χριστιανοί, στην πρώτη του έτους 2013 καλώ όλους σας και τον εαυτό μου, με ταπείνωση,  ειλικρίνεια και μετάνοια, να επιστρέψουμε στον Χριστό. Οταν εγκαταλείπουμε τον Χριστό, δεν βλάπτεται Εκείνος, εμείς βλαπτόμεθα. Εκείνος δεν έχει καμμία ανάγκη, εμείς έχουμε τις ανάγκες. Θα επιστρέψουμε λοιπόν στον Χριστό, για να μη  ζούμε στη ζούγκλα της τρομοκρατίας, του ««οφθαλμόν αντί οφθαλμού και οδόντα αντί οδόντος», του μακελειού τύπου Connecticut. Να επιστρέψουμε ειλικρινά στον Χριστό για να μην ιδούμε και να μην ζήσουμε τα χειρότερα. Καθημερινα προσεύχομαι για όλους σας. Προσεύχεσθε κι εσείς για μένα. Ολόψυχα σας εύχομαι ο καινούργιος χρόνος να είναι ευτυχής, με υγεία, πρόοδο και προκοπή, ευλογημένος από τον Θεό. Με επιστροφή όλων μας στον Χριστό.

Με πατρική αγάπη και θερμές ευχές

Ο ΜΗΤΡΟΠΟΛΙΤΗΣ

Ο ΤΟΡΟΝΤΟ ΣΩΤΗΡΙΟΣ

Δευτέρα, 24 Δεκεμβρίου 2012

ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA ANNOUNCES JANUARY CONCERTS

MUSIC DIRECTOR ROBERT SPANO TO LEAD WORLD PREMIERE OF CLARINET CONCERTO
BY ATLANTA SCHOOL OF COMPOSERS MEMBER MICHAEL GANDOLFI
JANUARY 10–12, 2013
Concerto To Feature Atlanta Symphony Principal Clarinet Laura Ardan
Juho Pohjonen To Join Orchestra for Atlanta Symphony Premiere
Of Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 5
ISRAELI VIOLINIST VADIM GLUZMAN TO MAKE ATLANTA SYMPHONY DEBUT
PLAYING BRUCH VIOLIN CONCERTO NO. 1
JANUARY 24 AND 26, 2013
Japanese Guest Conductor Kazushi Ono To Lead Orchestra
NORWEGIAN VIOLINIST VILDE FRANG TO MAKE ATLANTA SYMPHONY DEBUT
PERFORMING KORNGOLD VIOLIN CONCERTO
JANUARY 31 AND FEBRUARY 2, 2013
Guest Conductor Gilbert Varga To Lead Schumann’s “Rhenish” Symphony
January 10-12, 2013, 8:00 p.m.: Music Director Robert Spano will lead the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in the world premiere of The Nature of Light, a clarinet concerto by Atlanta School of Composers member Michael Gandolfi, which was written for Principal Clarinet Laura Ardan. The program will also include Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade and the Atlanta Symphony premiere of Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 5 with pianist Juho Pohjonen. Tickets are $23-$67.
Mr. Gandolfi is a member of the Atlanta School of Composers — a continuing commitment by Mr. Spano and the Orchestra to nurture, commission, and record contemporary music through multi-year partnerships with a new generation of American composers. The ASO commissioned Mr. Gandolfi’s orchestral work, The Garden of Cosmic Speculation, and gave the world premiere performances at Atlanta Symphony Hall in May 2007. Mr. Spano and the ASO also recorded The Garden of Cosmic Speculation for Telarc Records.
Mr. Gandolfi’s recent choral work QED: Engaging Richard Feynman — an ASO commission that was given its world premiere by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in June 2010 — was featured on the Atlanta Symphony’s inaugural release on ASO Media alongside fellow Atlanta School of
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Composers member Jennifer Higdon’s concerto, On A Wire, featuring the chamber ensemble eighth blackbird.
Prior to the concert on Thursday, January 10, 2013, Mr. Gandolfi will join ASO Insider and Program Annotator Ken Meltzer for the evening’s Concert Preview to discuss the world premiere of The Nature of Light. The concert preview will take place from 7:00–7:30 p.m. in Atlanta Symphony Hall and is free for all concert ticket holders.
January 24 and 26, 2013, 8:00 p.m.: Violinist Vadim Gluzman, an Israeli violinist who appears regularly with major international orchestras, will make his Atlanta Symphony Orchestra debut performing Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1. Japanese guest conductor Kazushi Ono will lead the Orchestra in the Overture to Weber’s Euryanthe and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3, “Scottish.” Tickets are $23-$67.
January 31 and February 2, 2013, 8:00 p.m.: Vilde Frang, a 25-year-old Norwegian violinist, will make her Atlanta Symphony Orchestra debut performing the Korngold Violin Concerto. The program will also include Grieg’s Two Elegiac Melodies and Schumann’s Symphony No. 3, “Rhenish,” led by guest conductor Gilbert Varga. Tickets are $24-$75.
About the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, now in its 68th season, consistently affirms its position as one of America’s leading Orchestras by performing great music, presenting great artists, nurturing young talent, and engaging with the community… (more)
Concert Previews
Audiences have the opportunity to learn more about the music they’ll be hearing at concerts with free Concert Previews given by composers, conductors, educators, and musical experts, all hosted by ASO Insider and Program Annotator Ken Meltzer. Thursday evenings, 7:00–7:30 p.m. in Symphony Hall (unless otherwise noted). Concerts previews are free and open to all concert ticket holders. Speakers and locations are subject to change.
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The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Delta Classical Concert Series is presented by Delta Air Lines.
The January 24 and 26 performances are presented by Delta Air Lines, Porsche Cars North America and Jim Ellis Porsche.
Delta Air Lines is the Official Airline of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
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All single tickets for the 2012–2013 season are on sale now, and available online at atlantasymphony.org, or by calling 404.733.5000. Tickets may also be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com, all ticketmaster outlets, and the Woodruff Arts Center Box Office, located in the Woodruff Arts Center at 15th and Peachtree Streets. Box office hours are Monday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Tuesday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
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ROBERT SPANO LEADS WORLD PREMIERE
OF MICHAEL GANDOLFI CLARINET CONCERTO
Delta Classical Series
Atlanta Symphony Hall, Memorial Arts Building, Woodruff Arts Center
Thursday, January 10, 2013, 8:00 p.m.
Friday, January 11, 2013, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 12, 2013, 8:00 p.m.
Robert Spano, conductor
Juho Pohjonen, piano
Laura Ardan, clarinet
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
MICHAEL GANDOLFI The Nature of Light †
PROKOFIEV Piano Concerto No. 5 ‡
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Scheherazade
KAZUSHI ONO AND VADIM GLUZMAN
Delta Classical Series
Atlanta Symphony Hall, Memorial Arts Building, Woodruff Arts Center
Thursday, January 24, 2013, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 26, 2013, 8:00 p.m.
Kazushi Ono, conductor
Vadim Gluzman, violin *
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
WEBER Overture to Euryanthe
BRUCH Violin Concerto No. 1
MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 3, “Scottish”
GILBERT VARGA AND VILDE FRANG
Delta Classical Series
Atlanta Symphony Hall, Memorial Arts Building, Woodruff Arts Center
Thursday, January 31, 2013, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 2, 2013, 8:00 p.m.
Gilbert Varga, conductor
Vilde Frang, violin *
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
GRIEG Two Elegiac Melodies
KORNGOLD Violin Concerto
SCHUMANN Symphony No. 3, “Rhenish”
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* denotes Atlanta Symphony Orchestra debut
** denotes Atlanta Symphony Orchestra subscription debut
† denotes world premiere and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra commission
± denotes U.S. premiere
‡ denotes Atlanta Symphony Orchestra premiere

MAESTRO ALAN GILBERT, VIOLINIST LISA BATIASHVILI, AND THE BSO BEGIN THE NEW YEAR JANUARY 10-15 WITH A PROGRAM FEATURING TCHAIKOVSKY'S VIOLIN CONCERTO

MR. GILBERT ALSO LEADS THE ORCHESTRA IN DUTILLEUX'S MÉTABOLES, STRAVINSKY'S SYMPHONY IN THREE MOVEMENTS, AND RAVEL'S LA VALSE
Performances to take place Thursday, January 10, Saturday, January 12,
and Tuesday, January 15, at 8 p.m., and Friday, January 11, at 1:30 p.m.;
for press tickets reply to this email or call 617-638-9286
New York Philharmonic music director Alan Gilbert will lead the Boston Symphony Orchestra and violinist Lisa Batiashvili in Tchaikovsky's ultra-Romantic Violin Concerto Thursday, January 10-Tuesday, January 15. Maestro Gilbert also leads the BSO in three 20th-century works: Dutilleux's Métaboles for Orchestra, in which the composer endeavors to "present one or several ideas in a different order and from different angles, until, by successive stages, they are made to change character completely"; Stravinsky's Symphony in Three Movements; and Ravel's remarkable homage to Vienna, La Valse.
PROGRAM DETAILS
One of Henri Dutilleux's several important works to have been commissioned by American orchestras-The Cleveland Orchestra and George Szell, in this case-Métaboles is an intricate work, meticulous composed over five years (1959-1964), that uses formal and motivic metamorphoses as a musical lens through which to examine corresponding transformations in nature. Comprising five connected sections, Métaboles presents a series of motifs, each of which is slowly modified, reshaped, and then used as the starting point for the next section, resulting in something like a nested set of interconnected theme-and-variations.
It is perhaps fitting that Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto has over its history reached the highest highs and the lowest lows-just like the emotions of its music and its composer. Composed in 1878, it emerged from one of the darkest periods of Tchaikovsky's life, when the composer had fled to Switzerland to escape a farcical marriage. The piece, though, came easily, and was completed in less than a month. Shortly thereafter, things went south: The first two soloists he asked to premiere it declined, and when it was finally given its first performance three years later, infamous critic Eduard Hanslick eviscerated the music in a scathing review, stating that the piece "for the first time confronts us with the hideous idea that there may be compositions whose stink one can hear." History and subsequent audiences, however, have taken a contrasting view, and Tchaikovsky's rhapsodic, cathartic, and vibrant concerto is now enshrined among the greatest works in the genre.
The program concludes with two works profoundly influenced by the ravages of the 20th century's two great wars. Though Ravel denied that his great orchestral "choreographic poem" La Valse carried symbolic meaning, it was his first completed work after a halting return to composition following the end of World War I, and its exploration of the waltz taken to distorted and even violent extremes seem to perfectly capture the cataclysmic end of Europe's Belle Époque. Stravinsky, on the other hand, decisively made the connection between the subsequent World War and his Symphony in Three Movements, which he said represented "our arduous time of sharp and shifting events, of despair and hope, of continual torments, of tension and, at last, cessation and relief..."
ALAN GILBERT
Alan Gilbert last appeared with the BSO at Symphony Hall on March 5-10, 2009, leading the BSO in a program of Sibelius, Rachmaninoff, and Ives. He made his BSO debut at Tanglewood on August 28, 1999.
New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert, The Yoko Nagae Ceschina Chair, began his tenure in September 2009, launching what New York magazine called "a fresh future for the Philharmonic." The first native New Yorker to hold the post, he has sought to make the Orchestra a point of civic pride for the city as well as for the country. Mr. Gilbert's creative approach to programming combines works in fresh and innovative ways. He has also forged artistic partnerships, introducing the positions of The Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence and The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence, held in the 2011-12 season by Magnus Lindberg and violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann, respectively; an annual three-week festival, which this season is The Modern Beethoven, conducted by David Zinman; and CONTACT!, the new-music series in which Philharmonic musicians perform works by today's leading and emerging composers in New York's more intimate venues. In the 2011-12 season Alan Gilbert conducted world premieres of works by John Corigliano, Marc Neikrug, and Magnus Lindberg; three Mahler symphonies, including the Second, Resurrection, on A Concert for New York on September 10; the Orchestra's first International Associates residency at London's Barbican Centre, as part of its Europe Winter 2012 tour and the California Spring 2012 tour; and the season-concluding musical exploration of space at the Park Avenue Armory that features Stockhausen's theatrical immersion, Gruppen. Renée Fleming's recording, Poèmes, featuring Alan Gilbert leading the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France (Seiji Ozawa is also a featured conductor on this album), has been nominated for a Grammy Award for best classical vocal solo for the 55th annual Grammy Awards. In September 2012, Mr. Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic released recordings of Carl Nielsen's Symphony No. 2, The Four Temperaments,and Symphony No. 3, Sinfonia Espansiva. His contract with the orchestra was recently extended through the 2016-17 season.
Lisa Batiashvili
Lisa Batiashvili last appeared with the BSO at Symphony Hall on March 26, 28, 2009, performing Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 2. She made her BSO debut at Tanglewood on July 29, 2005.
Few young soloists command the degree of warmth and respect from fellow musicians all over the world as violinist Lisa Batiashvili. She is featured season after season with many of the world's greatest orchestras. In the US she performs with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony and Philadelphia orchestras. In Europe she works with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden and the Orchestre de Paris. In the 2011/12 season Lisa Batiashvili performed with the New York Philharmonic (with Alan Gilbert), NHK Symphony Orchestra (with Charles Dutoit) and Sydney Symphony (with Vladimir Ashkenazy). Further highlights include a European tour with Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra (with Sakari Oramo), concerts with London Philharmonic and Rotterdam Philharmonic orchestras (both with Yannick Nézet-Séguin), Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich and Orchestre National de France (with David Zinman). Lisa Batiashvili has an exclusive recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon. She received an ECHO Klassik award for her debut album for the label, released in February 2011, featuring Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and Esa-Pekka Salonen. In 1995, as the youngest ever competitor aged 16, Lisa was awarded second prize in the Sibelius Competition in Helsinki. In 2003 she was named winner of the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival's Leonard Bernstein Award and was later awarded the Beethoven Ring Prize from the Beethoven Festival Bonn.
TICKET, SPONSORSHIP, AND OTHER PATRON INFORMATION
TICKET INFORMATION
Subscriptions for the BSO's 2012-13 season are available by calling the BSO Subscription Office at 888-266-7575 or online through the BSO's website (http://www.bso.org/subscriptions). Single tickets are priced from $30 to $124. Regular-season Boston Symphony Orchestra concerts on Tuesday and Thursday evenings are priced from $30 to $114; Friday afternoons are priced from $31 to $107; concerts on Friday and Saturday evenings are priced from $33 to $124. Tickets may be purchased by phone through SymphonyCharge (617-266-1200 or 888-266-1200), online through the BSO's website (www.bso.org), or in person at the Symphony Hall Box Office (301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston). There is a $6.25 service fee for all tickets purchased online or by phone through SymphonyCharge.
A limited number of Rush Tickets for Boston Symphony Orchestra subscription concerts on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Friday afternoons are set aside to be sold on the day of a performance. These tickets are sold at $9 each, one to a customer, at the Symphony Hall Box Office. For Friday afternoon concerts Rush Tickets are available beginning at 10 a.m. For Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday evening concerts Rush Tickets are available beginning at 5 p.m.
The BSO's <40 strong="strong"> program allows patrons under the age of 40 to purchase tickets for $20. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis on both the orchestra and balcony levels. There is a limit of one pair per performance, but patrons may attend as many performances as desired.
The Boston Symphony Orchestra offers groups advanced ticket reservations and flexible payment options for BSO concerts at Symphony Hall. Groups of 20 or more may take advantage of ticket discounts, backstage tours, clinics, and master classes. Pre- and post-concert dining options and private function space are available. More information is available through the group sales office at groupsales@bso.org
The BSO College Card and High School Card are the best way for students and aspiring young musicians to experience the BSO on a regular basis. For only $25 (College Card) or $10 (High School Card) students can attend most BSO concerts at no additional cost by registering the card online to receive text and email notifications of real-time ticket availability.
American Express, MasterCard, Visa, Diners Club, and Discover (in person or by mail) and cash (in person only) are all accepted at the Symphony Hall Box Office. Gift certificates are available in any amount and may be used toward the purchase of tickets (subject to availability) to any Boston Symphony Orchestra or Boston Pops performance at Symphony Hall or Tanglewood. Gift certificates may also be used at the Symphony Shop to purchase merchandise.
Patrons with disabilities can access Symphony Hall through the Massachusetts Avenue lobby or the Cohen Wing on Huntington Avenue. An access service center, accessible restrooms, and elevators are available inside the Cohen Wing entrance. For ticket information, call the Access Services Administrator at 617-638-9431 or TDD/TTY 617-638-9289.
EDUCATIONAL INITIATIVES AT SYMPHONY HALL
As part of the BSO's ongoing initiative to make classical music programming and education widely available to listeners, the orchestra is offering adult educational initiatives for the 2012-2013 season.
UnderScore Fridays is a uniquely formatted concert series. At all Friday-evening concerts, subscribers will hear comments from the evening's conductor, guest artists, or other important guests speaking from the stage about the program. Tickets for UnderScore Fridays range from $33 to $123.
BSO 101: Are You Listening?returns in 2012-2013, offering seven Wednesday-evening sessions with BSO Director of Program Publications Marc Mandel and members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra designed to enhance your listening abilities and general appreciation of music by focusing on works from the BSO's repertoire. No prior musical training, or attendance at any previous session, is required, since each session is self-contained. BSO: 101: An Insider's View also returns in 2012-2013, offering four Tuesday-evening sessions with BSO administrative staff and musicians in discussions of such behind-the-scenes activities as program planning, auditions, and the rehearsal process, as well as player perspectives on performing with the BSO. All "BSO 101" sessions take place from 5:30-6:45pm at Symphony Hall, and each is followed by a complimentary reception. Full details of the 2012-2013 "BSO 101" schedule will be announced at a later date.
The popular Friday Preview Talks, during which sandwiches and beverages are available for purchase, run from 12:15pm to 12:45pm and the Symphony Hall doors open at 11:30am. Given by BSO Director of Program Publications Marc Mandel and Assistant Director of Program Publications Robert Kirzinger, these informative half-hour talks incorporate recorded examples from the music to be performed.
BSO MEDIA OFFERINGS
The Boston Symphony Orchestra's extensive website, BSO.org, is the largest and most-visited orchestral website in the country, receiving approximately 7 million visitors annually and generating over $70 million in revenue since its launch in 1996. The Boston Symphony Orchestra is on Facebook at Facebook.com/BostonSymphony and on Twitter at Twitter.com/BostonSymphony. Video content from the BSO is also available at YouTube.com/BostonSymphony.
In the fall of 2011, the BSO redesigned and updated its popular website at BSO.org. The site's Media Center, consolidates its numerous new media initiatives in one location. In addition to comprehensive access to all BSO, Boston Pops, Tanglewood, and Symphony Hall performance schedules, patrons have access to a number of free and paid media options. Free offerings include WGBH radio broadcast streams of select BSO, Boston Pops, and Tanglewood performances; audio concert preview podcasts; Emmy Award-winning audio and video interviews with guest artists and BSO musicians; music excerpts, of up to three minutes, highlighting upcoming programs as well as all self-produced albums by the BSO, Boston Pops, Boston Symphony Chamber Players, Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and Tanglewood Music Center Fellows, and complete program notes for all performances, which can be downloaded and printed or saved offline to an e-reading device such as a Kindle or Nook.
Paid content includes digital music downloads produced and published under the BSO's music label BSO Classics and includes performances by the BSO, Boston Pops, Boston Symphony Chamber Players, Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and Tanglewood Music Center Fellows. Albums available include the BSO's and James Levine's Grammy-winning recording of Ravel's complete Daphnis and Chloé, Brahms's A German Requiem; the Boston Pops' The Dream Lives On: A Portrait of the Kennedy Brothers featuring Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, and Ed Harris, and The Red Sox Album; as well as the Tanglewood Festival Chorus's 40th Anniversary CD. The most recent album released by BSO Classics in November 2011, is the Boston Symphony Chamber Players' Profanes et Sacrées: 20th-Century French Chamber Music. During the summer of 2012, BSO Classics will be releasing 75 archive recordings from Tanglewood's storied history. These recordings will be released individually for the first 70 days of the Tanglewood season. Each release will be free to stream within the first 24 hours of release, and then available as a paid digital download after the streaming period is over. Digital music is available in standard definition MP3, and select content is also available in high definition (HD) stereo and surround formats. The Media Center can be visited by clicking on Media Center at bso.org.
In the Fall of 2012, BSO.org will also be available in a phone/mobile device format. Patrons will be able to use BSO.org Mobile to access performance schedules, purchase tickets as well as pre-performance food and beverages, download program notes, listen to radio broadcasts, music clips, and concert previews, watch video exclusives, and make donations to the BSO - all in the palm of their hand.
RADIO BROADCASTS AND STREAMING
BSO concerts are broadcast regularly on the stations of Classical New England, a service of WGBH. Saturday-evening concerts are broadcast live on 99.5 in Boston and 88.7 in Providence, on HD radio at 89.7 HD2, and online - both live and archived - at www.classicalnewengland.org In addition, BSO concerts are now heard throughout New England and upstate New York, on a network of stations including WFCR/Amherst MA, WAMC/Albany NY, WCNH/Concord NH, Vermont Public Radio, and the Maine Public Broadcasting Network. BSO broadcasts on Classical New England begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday nights, and are repeated at 1 p.m. on Sunday afternoons. The full schedule is available at www.classicalnewengland.org/bso.
FOOD SERVICES AT SYMPHONY HALL
The Boston Symphony Orchestra's catering partner, Boston Gourmet, offers a fresh perspective on the food and beverage options offered at Symphony Hall before concerts, during intermission, and in the popular Symphony Café. Symphony Café offers buffet-style dining from 5:30 p.m. until concert time for all evening Boston Symphony Orchestra concerts. In addition, Symphony Café is open for lunch prior to Friday-afternoon concerts. Patrons enjoy the convenience of pre-concert dining at the Café in the unique ambiance of historic Symphony Hall. The cost of dinner is $39 per person; the cost of lunch is $25. The Café is located in Higginson Hall; patrons enter through the Cohen Wing entrance on Huntington Avenue. Please call 617-638-9328 for reservations.
Additionally, appetizers will be available at the bars in Symphony Hall's Cabot-Cahners Room and O'Block-Kay Room. Patrons can purchase appetizers at the bars or order in advance a pre-concert package that features an appetizer and half-bottle of wine and they can also take advantage of the hall-wide beverage service by purchasing beverage coupons in advance through the BSO's website at www.bso.org/dining.
SYMPHONY HALL SHOP AND TOURS
The Symphony Shop, located in the Cohen Wing on Huntington Avenue, is open Thursdays and Saturdays from 3pm to 6pm, and from one hour before concert time through intermission. A satellite shop, located on the first-balcony level, is open only during concerts. Merchandise may also be purchased by visiting the BSO website at http://www.bso.org/shop. The shop can be reached at 617-638-9383.
The Boston Symphony Association of Volunteers offers weekly public and private tours of Symphony Hall during the BSO and Pops seasons. For more information on taking a Symphony Hall tour, please visit us at www.bso.org. You may also email bsav@bso.org, or call 617-638-9390 to confirm specific dates and times. Schedules are subject to change.
SPONSORSHIPS
Bank of America and EMC Corporation are proud to be the Season Sponsors of the Boston Symphony Orchestra's 2012-13 season. The Fairmont Copley Plaza Boston, celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2012, together with Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, is the Official Hotel of the BSO. Commonwealth Worldwide Chauffeured Transportation is the Official Chauffeured Transportation Provider of the BSO

Lancaster Symphony Orchestra Announces its 2012-2013 Season

LANCASTER, PA – Lancaster Symphony Orchestra will celebrate another season of bringing unsurpassed “Only in Lancaster” music to its audiences as they debut their 2012-2013 season. Featuring a variety of unique programs, the Symphony’s season will showcase outstanding music from world-renowned artists including Jonathan Carney, Concertmaster of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and Angel Romero, the “Spanish Maestro of Guitar.” The Symphony also will introduce extraordinary emerging artists from around the world!

The Lancaster Symphony Orchestra introduces the season beginning with a mix of Argentinean and Spanish flair. The October program (October 5-7) presents one of the most sought-after guitarists of his generation, Angel Romaro. Romero will be performing a work from one of Hollywood’s greatest composers, Lalo Schifrin. Schifrin is best known for his film and TV scores such as the “Theme from Mission: Impossible.” The outstanding talents of Romaro will be showcased in this East Coast premiere of Schifrin’s Guitar Concerto.The October program also presents Ginastera’s Variaciones Concertantes. Maestro Gunzenhauser explains: “Ginastera’s Variaciones Concertantes presents a challenge to our musicians technically and musically, combining rhythm and South American color in an exciting flamboyance.”

The second part of the program presents a traditional, Spanish flavor with a
celebratory quality honoring a mix of various nationalities. The orchestra will
perform Ravel’s Alborada del Gracioso and Rimsky-Korsakov – Capriccio Espagnol. Switching from Spanish tradition back to our roots, the November program (November 9-11) will showcase a composition from Schubert that is often overlooked and rarely ever performed as well as perhaps the greatest musical compositions ever written - Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 will feature the talents of the Lancaster Symphony Chorus
directed and conducted by Dr. William Wright. The chorus is comprised of students from the Franklin & Marshall College Chorus, Dr. William Wright, Director, Millersville University Choir, Dr. Mark A. Boyle, Chorus Director, and the
Elizabethtown College Concert Choir, Dr. Matthew Fritz, Chorus Director. Featured soloists include, the acclaimed tenor Matthew Garrett and bass-baritone Keith Harris (returning from last November’s Carmina Burana), and two amazingly talented sisters, soprano Rebecca AuYeung and mezzo-soprano Ruth Kenote will accompany the chorus.“Having the honor to feature Matthew Garrett and Keith Harris again this season is a delight and it’s a quality program that is hard to match. Performing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the chorus allows the musicians the freedom to express themselves in a historical and legendary work,” said Maestro Gunzenhauser.

Next, it’s time to get the Central PA region in a festive holiday mood with Sounds of the Season. Staff Conductor, Dr. William Wright leads the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra and the Lancaster Symphony Chorus, presenting beloved holiday classics and a few festive melodies audiences may be unfamiliar with but grow to love. Selections from “Messiah” along with favorite holiday hits like “Let It Snow,” “Feliz Navidad,” and selections from the “Nutcracker” will be performed by the Lancaster Symphony Brass Ensemble. This year’s Sounds of the Season will be Friday, December 14 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, December 16 at 3:00 PM at the Barshinger Center for Musical Arts at Franklin & Marshall College.

The Symphony’s annual tradition of a New Year’s celebration will feature “The
Beatles” on their Classical Mystery Tour, Monday, December 31, 2012 and Saturday, January 5, 2013 at American Music Theatre. Four musicians portraying The Beatles will present some 30 Beatles tunes sung, played and performed exactly as they were written. Audiences will hear the classics such as “Penny Lane” with a live trumpet section and “Yesterday” with an acoustic guitar and string quartet. Classic Mystery

Tour features Jim Owen (John Lennon) on rhythm guitar, piano and vocals; Tony Kishman (Paul McCartney) on bass guitar, piano and vocals; John Brosnan (George Harrison) on lead guitar and vocals; and Chris Camilleri (Ringo Starr) on drums and vocals.

To start 2013, we present Copland’s Billy the Kid Suite, January (11-13). One of
Copland’s most favored and widely performed pieces; the ballet is famous for its incorporation of many cowboy melodies and American folk songs. “Copland captured the visual music of the American West yet he was raised as a Brooklyn boy. You can almost smell the hay and the smoke from the guns shooting,”
states Maestro Gunzenhauser. Also part of the January program is Chesky’s Violin Concerto No. 2, featuring Michael Ludwig as soloist. We will also reveal our 2012-2013 Composer’s Award Recipient!

“Chesky is a New York composer who captures the grit of New York and the chaotic life of New York. He draws upon Jimi Hendrix in the first movement of this piece. During the second movement he builds a sexy Cuban dancon. And, the third movement is based on the work of J.S. Bach. It’s an eclectic mix and one that I have fallen in love with,” states Maestro Gunzenhauser.

Leonard Bernstein’s first venture into musical theater was also his first venture
onto the Broadway stage with On The Town, a wartime story featuring Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Jules Munshin, on a 24-hour shore leave in New York City. Three dances are used in this concert suite: Dance of the Great Lover, Pas de Deux, and Times Square Ballet. Each of the Dance Episodes was dedicated to a person intimately involved in the production of On the Town.

Concluding the January program is Gershwin’s Symphonic Suite from “Porgy & Bess.” Originally conceived by Gershwin as an “American folk opera,” Porgy and Bess featured an entire cast of classically trained African-American singers. Songs featured in Porgy & Bess include: “Summertime,” “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” “Bess, You Is My Woman Now,” and “I Got Plenty ‘O Nuttin.” The opera is admired for Gershwin’s innovative synthesis of European orchestral techniques with American jazz and folk music idioms. Porgy & Bess tells the story of Porgy, a disabled black beggar living in the slums of Charleston, South Carolina.

The February (February 22-24) program opens with an exciting Lancaster debut
showcasing the extraordinary talents of Anita Pari, a teen prodigy from Canada. Pari has won numerous awards for her age including winning first place at the Canadian Music Competition in 2009. Pari steps on stage to perform one of Saint Saëns’ most celebrated piano concertos, Piano Concerto No. 2.
Maestro Stephen Gunzenhauser explains: “Part of the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra’s mission is to introduce new artists each season in a unique manner. One of the aspects I’m looking forward to most this season is showcasing the talents of Anita Pari. Anita is a 14 year-old pianist from Canada. I met her during the Endless Mountain Music Festival last summer and was completely overwhelmed by her skill, ability and charm. Not only is she an extremely gifted pianist, she also is a cellist and composer and is quite talented at all three. Anita will be joining us for our February program.”

Saint-Saëns wrote the concerto in three weeks and had very little time to prepare for the premiere; consequently, the piece was not initially successful. Some have observed that the concerto “sounds like it begins with Bach and ends with Offenbach.”Also during the February program, audience members will hear one of Johannes Brahms’ final symphonies with Symphony No. 4. The piece begins with a dramatic opening and moves to a joyful conclusion.

April (April 5-7) sets the mood for a changing season with Vivaldi and Piazzolla’s Four Seasons, featuring the outstanding talent of soloist Jonathan Carney, Concertmaster for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra will be performing the complete seasons from both Vivaldi and Piazzolla. Each season will be connected with a set of written narratives which will be read by a guest narrator. The Classic Concert series concludes in May (17-19) beginning with Mozart’s Serenade No. 6 K. 239, featuring the Lancaster Symphony’s String Quartet. “Mozart wrote this piece specifically for outdoor concerts. It was not a simple piece to write; in fact it’s a little like a crystal structure; simple but delicate. It is a delightful piece mimicking nature and the beauty of nature,” states Maestro Gunzenhauser.

Also part of the May program is Liszt’s Les Preludes, one of Liszt’s most popular
symphonic poems. The composition is a continuous unit, divided into four Episodes, relating to the four Movements of the Traditional Symphony. These Episodes are called: (1) Dawn of Existence; Love; (2) Storms of Life; (3) Refuge and Consolation in Rural life; (4) Strife and Conquest.To end the final program of the season with even more excitement, Santiago Rodriguez, the world’s foremost interpreter of Rachmaninoff, returns to the Symphony as soloist to perform Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3. “Piano Concerto No. 3 is one of the greatest piano concertos of all time. It’s filled with gorgeous melodies and crashing chords. However, this piece creates monstrous demands on the pianist in the pursuit of great music,” said Maestro Gunzenhauser.

A new concert program (introduced in early 2012) will be featured again this season. The program called Symphony in a Snap! is a distinctive program targeted for younger professionals that combines networking, light appetizers, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, social media and symphonic music. Three Snap! concerts will be offered on Thursday, October 4, 2012, Thursday, January 10, 2013 and Thursday, May 16, 2013, all beginning at 6:15 PM at the Fulton Opera House. Tickets are $25* each (*plus a $2.50 Fulton box office processing fee) and may be purchased by calling the Fulton Opera box office at: 717-397-7425.

The Symphony’s Classic Concert Series concerts will be performed at the historic
Fulton Opera House at 12 North Prince Street in Downtown Lancaster. Ample parking is available adjacent to the Fulton and at the Prince Street garage.
Friday’s opening night performances begin at 8:00 PM. Two Saturday concerts are offered at 3:00 PM and 8:00 PM. Sunday night concerts will be performed at 7:30 PM.

The Symphony’s holiday program, Sounds of the Season, will be on Friday, December 14 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, December 16 at 3:00 PM, at the Barshinger Center for Musical Arts at Franklin & Marshall College. Tickets are available by calling Barb McConnell at: 717-291-4420.

The annual New Year’s Celebration on Monday, December 31, 2012 at 7:30 PM and Saturday, January 5, 2013 at 2:00 PM at the American Music Theatre, Lancaster. Tickets may be purchased directly by calling American Music Theatre, (800) 648-4102 or visiting their website, www.amtshows.com.

Audiences may learn about the performance prior to each concert with a free “Meet the Music” pre-concert talks, held one hour before each performance. Friday night audiences may enjoy a post-concert “Meet the Musicians” reception following every Friday night concert in the Fulton lobby. Complimentary appetizers will be served, and a cash bar will be open. Subscriptions to the 2012-2013 Classic Concert Series are on sale now by calling the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra at (717) 291-6440.

Subscription prices range from $114 to $306, a savings of as much as 18 percent over single ticket prices.Classic Concert Series subscribers receive other benefits, including 10 percent discounts on dining at many area restaurants before and after concerts, free ticket exchanges and 20 percent off the purchase of additional Symphony single tickets.

Discounted subscriber tickets for the “New Year’s Celebration” are also on sale. “New Year’s Celebration” tickets are $63-$69 for subscribers, a savings of $6.00 over generation admission tickets.

The core purpose of the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra is to enrich, entertain and educate the south central Pennsylvania community through unique, live musical performances and to provide community engagement opportunities for students of all ages. The Lancaster Symphony Orchestra is a 70-member professional orchestra, serving 52,000 music enthusiasts.

Dallas Symphony Commission Earns GRAMMY Nomination

Dallas, TX (December 6, 2012) - The Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO) announces today that Steven Stucky's concert drama August 4, 1964 has been nominated for a GRAMMY Award®.

Stucky's composition, with a libretto by Gene Scheer, was commissioned by the Dallas Symphony and recorded live by conductor Jaap van Zweden, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, and vocal soloists Indira Mahajan, soprano; Kristine Jepson, mezzo-soprano; Vale Rideout, tenor; and Rod Gilfry, baritone, in May, 2011 at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas. The world premiere recording of August 4, 1964, on the label DSO Live, is distributed worldwide by Naxos and is available for purchase and download at Naxos.com, Amazon.com and iTunes.

Nominations for the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards® (www.grammy.com) were announced December 5, 2012 by The Recording Academy®. The 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held Feb. 10, 2013, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast live on CBS from 7 - 10:30 p.m. Central Time.

"I am so very proud of the Dallas Symphony, the Dallas Symphony Chorus, and our four very fine soloists for sharing in this deserving recognition of Steven Stucky," said Jaap van Zweden, Music Director of the Dallas Symphony. "We all worked very hard to make a special recording. I'd like to congratulate Stephen Stucky for writing such a profound and moving work on such an important and difficult subject. I hope this nomination will help bring a broader audience to Stucky's emotionally resonating music and to the incredible work of our orchestra."

"Working with Gene Scheer, Jaap van Zweden, and these marvelous soloists, choral singers, and orchestral musicians was a high point in my musical life," said composer Steven Stucky. "What an unexpected and delightful bonus it is now to have our work nominated by our colleagues in the Recording Academy! As we approach the 50th anniversary of August 4, 1964, the troubling events of that day haunt us still. All of us involved in this project hope that our work, and the GRAMMY nomination, helps to focus attention on this crucial piece of our American history."

About Stucky's GRAMMY nominated composition August 4, 1964 on DSO Live, music critic Scott Cantrell wrote in The Dallas Morning News: "Stucky is a master of orchestral writing, his palette alternately portentous and atmospheric. Music director Jaap van Zweden gets stunning playing from the DSO, captured with a glorious panoply of Meyerson Center reverberance."

In addition to Stucky's August 4, 1964, other GRAMMY Award nominees for "Best Contemporary Classical Composition" are Stephen Hartke (Meanwhile - Incidental Music to Imaginary Puppet Plays); Tania León (Inura for Voices, Strings & Percussion); Ugis Praulins (The Nightingale); and Einojuhani Rautavaara (Cello Concerto No. 2, "Towards the Horizon").

"The GRAMMY Awards process once again has produced a diverse and impressive list of nominations across multiple genres," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "This year's nominees truly represent an exceptional and vibrant creative community that exemplifies some of the highest levels of artistry and excellence in their respective fields. Combined with the fifth year of our primetime nominations special, we're off to an exciting start on the road to Music's Biggest Night, the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards, on February 10."

This is the first GRAMMY nomination for a composition by Steven Stucky. His pieces have appeared in two previous GRAMMY Award-winning "best performance" categories, by pianist Gloria Cheng (2008) and choral group Chanticleer (1999). The sole GRAMMY nomination for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra was in 1982 for an all-Richard Strauss recording of Death and Transfiguration, Don Juan and "Dance of the Seven Veils" with Music Director Eduardo Mata on the RCA label.

About Stucky's August 4, 1964

First performed on September 18, 2008 by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Stucky's August 4, 1964 is a concert drama commissioned by the Dallas Symphony for the 100th anniversary of Lyndon Baines Johnson's birth. The work centers on the day that two key issues in Johnson's Presidency converged: the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights movement. On that day President Johnson and Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara decided to bomb North Vietnam, escalating the Vietnam conflict, and the bodies of three slain civil rights workers were discovered in Mississippi.

Scheer's libretto juxtaposes these events and uses White House telephone tapes, letters from the slain civil rights workers and their mothers, speeches by President Johnson, and other contemporary sources for the majority of his text. Two of the four vocal soloists (soprano and alto) portray the mothers of the slain civil rights workers, and the two other soloists portray McNamara (tenor) and LBJ (baritone).

The DSO Live recording of August 4, 1964 was made possible by the Nancy P. and John G. Penson Dallas Symphony Orchestra Recording Fund.

About Steven Stucky

Steven Stucky is one of America's most highly regarded and frequently performed living composers. Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for his Second Concerto for Orchestra, he is a trustee of the American Academy in Rome, a director of New Music USA, a board member of the Koussevitzky Music Foundation, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is also active as a conductor, writer, lecturer, and teacher.

As a co-commission by two of America's foremost orchestras, Stucky's new, four-movement Symphony (2012) was showcased with Gustavo Dudamel leading its world premiere with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic debuting it in New York. The 2012-13 season also offers world premieres of Stucky's orchestral song cycle, The Stars and the Roses(2012), as part of his yearlong residency at the Berkeley Symphony; Say Thou Dost Love Me (2012) for a cappella chorus; and Take Him, Earth (2012) scored for accompanied chorus, which commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination.

Among other season highlights are high-profile repeat performances of his symphonic poem, Silent Spring (2011), which the Pittsburgh Symphony takes on a tour of seven key European cities; the Elegy from August 4, 1964 (2007-08), which the Dallas Symphony Orchestra reprises at home and on a seven-city tour of Europe. To learn more, please visit www.StevenStucky.com.

About the GRAMMY Awards® nomination process

This year's GRAMMY Awards process registered more than 17,000 submissions over a 12-month eligibility period (Oct. 1, 2011 - Sept. 30, 2012). GRAMMY ballots for the final round of voting will be mailed on Dec. 19 to the voting members of The Recording Academy. They are due back to the accounting firm of Deloitte by Jan. 16, 2013, when they will be tabulated and the results kept secret until the 55th GRAMMY telecast.

About the The Recording Academy®

Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards - the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music - The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com.

CSO MUSIC DIRECTOR RICCARDO MUTI HONORED FOR HIS INSPIRING CAREER BY ITALIAN INSTITUTE OF CULTURE IN U.S.

CHICAGO — In celebration of his inspiring career Chicago Symphony Orchestra Music Director Riccardo Muti was honored last week with the Award for Culture by the Italian Institute of Culture’s New York branch and its Foundation, the Friends of the Italian Cultural Institute. The award was presented to the Maestro at the inaugural La Notte gala dinner at Industria Superstudio in Manhattan.
Maestro Muti, who was seated with Lorenzo Ornaghi, the Italian Minister of Culture, during the evening, graciously donated to the evening's auction the baton he used when he conducted Otello by Giuseppe Verdi at Carnegie Hall in April 2012. It was sold for $3,000.
The Foundation was formed to promote the richness of Italian culture and cultural ties between Italy and the United States. Funds raised at the event will support the opening of the library of the Italian Cultural Institute of New York to the public, fund grants and awards offering young Italian artists the opportunity to work in New York, and to promote cultural initiatives for 2013, the year of Italian Culture in the U.S.
2013 has been named the Year of Italian Culture in the U.S., and special events in New York City and Washington, DC, last week launched the celebratory year.
Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi officially opened the yearlong celebration of Italian culture in more than 40 U.S. cities with a rare display of Michelangelo's David-Apollo at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. The year 2013 will see more than 180 events curated by the Italian embassy in Washington and by Italian consulates and cultural institutes in more than 40 U.S. cities. The Year of Italian Culture was arranged by Foreign Minister Terzi, in cooperation with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano, to reinforce the strong and long-standing friendship between the U.S. and Italy. Throughout the year, tributes to renowned Italians, including Nobel Prize-winning scientists, designers and artists of all kinds, will be awarded. Maestro Muti is the first to receive recognition in this celebratory year, in honor of his worldwide contributions to Italian culture and his unparalleled commitment to music making at the highest level.
Born in Naples, Italy, RICCARDO MUTI first came to the attention of critics and public in 1967, when he won the Guido Cantelli Competition for conductors in Milan. In 1971, Muti was invited by Herbert von Karajan to conduct at the Salzburg Festival, which became his first appearance in what is now a more than 40-year history of splendid collaboration with this glorious Austrian Festival. Muti has served as music director of several international institutions: Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Philharmonia Orchestra of London, Philadelphia Orchestra and Teatro alla Scala. In 2004, Muti founded the Luigi Cherubini Youth Orchestra, which consists of young musicians selected from all over Italy. Over the course of his extraordinary career, Riccardo Muti has conducted the world’s most important orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic and the Bayerischer Rundfunk. He made his debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival in July 1973 and began his tenure as the CSO’s tenth music director in September 2010. Subsequently, he won his first two Grammy awards for his recording of Verdi’s Messa da Requiem with the CSO and Chorus.
Innumerable honors have been bestowed on Riccardo Muti. He has received the decoration of Officer of the Legion of Honor from French President Nicolas Sarkozy in a private ceremony held at Élysée Palace and was also was made an honorary Knight Commander of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in Britain. In 2011, he was awarded Spain’s Prince of Asturias Prize, and was named an honorary member of the Vienna Philharmonic and an honorary director for life at the Rome Opera; he is also the recipient of the 2011 Birgit Nilsson Prize. In May 2012, he was awarded the highest Papal honor: the Knight of the Grand Cross First Class of the Order of St. Gregory the Great by Pope Benedict XVI, as well as the McKim Medal from the American Academy in Rome. In November 2012, he was awarded Italy’s Vittorio De Sica prize for his contributions to music.

Σάββατο, 15 Δεκεμβρίου 2012

Hellenic University Club Christmas Gala 2012 - Photo Album

On Saturday, December 8, 2012, many members of the AHC participated in the Annual Hellenic University Club Christmas Gala. The Gala took place at the new Huffington Center of the Saint Sophia Cathedral. The event was a success with more than 160 attendees from the community, music by the Hellenic Sounds and a delicious selection of food and wine by Petros Hellenic Cuisine. Among the notable participants were the Consul General of Greece, Hon. Elisavet Fotiadou and Father John Bakas of St. Sophia Cathedral.

SUPPORT THOSE WHO SUPPORT US!


Παρασκευή, 14 Δεκεμβρίου 2012

Billy Chrissochos' Rock Group Iskandar Show and Arts, Crafts, Antiques and Collectibles Exhibition

Billy Chrissochos' Rock Group "Iskandar" hits the stage this SATURDAY December 15th in Astoria at Gussy's Bar with a special new guest singer from Greece!!!
Necromancer Productions, Inc. presents :
Journey to 2013 Show
Featuring  Metorana, The Cosmos, Iskandar (9:00PM), Demon Boy and Ignite Violet.

Doors open at 7:00PM. Show begins at 8:00PM.
MINI FESTIVAL - LIVE BANDS - KILLER DRINK & BEER SPECIALS, AND A WHOLE LOT MORE!
$10 Admission

December 15th, 2012
Gussy's Bar

20-14 29th Street
Astoria, New York 11105

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The Federation of Hellenic Societies of Greater New York Inc and the Cultural Committee will be sponsoring their 4th Arts, Crafts,
Antiques and Collectibles  Exhibition of Greek American artists this Sunday, December 16th. Paintings, Drawings, Poster Art, Mixed Media, Comic Book Art and Photography will be exhibited, as well as antiques and collectibles.






Admission is Free. This is a perfect opportunity to buy some great Christmas and Holiday gifts for your family and friends!
Coordinators are Billy Chrissochos, George Delis and Athanasios Aronis.

Sunday, December 16th 2012
Hours: 3:00PM-9:00PM
Stathakion Cultural Center
22-51 29th Street
Astoria, NY 11105
www.hellenicsocieties.org