Classical Beat: Arnold Salzman, Central City Opera, Luciano Pavarotti ...

Salzman work premieres; Denver company announces 2000-01 season.

Rescue in Denmark, a new symphony composed as a tribute to the Danish heroes who helped ferry thousands of Jews to safety during World War II, premiered Wednesday (June 14). The work was performed at the 131-year-old Adas Israel synagogue in Washington, D.C., and was

composed by cantor Arnold Salzman. In attendance was one of those heroes, Preben Munch Nielsen, with whom the congregation has maintained a relationship and to whom Salzman dedicated the piece. The symphony is the first of a three-part project that will include a CD recording, a set of lessons based on the symphony and supplementary readings. ...

Denver's Central City Opera, the fifth-oldest opera company in the United States, announced plans for its 2000-2001 season, including the first staging of Benjamin Britten's Elizabethan opera, Gloriana, written for the coronation of Elizabeth II in 1953. The company also will present the first regional staging of Mark Adamo's Little Women, a work based on

the Louisa May Alcott novel and premiered by the Houston Grand Opera in 1998. Completing the season next summer will be a revival of Puccini's La Bohème. ...

Tenor sensation Luciano Pavarotti will give a concert June 30 in Seoul, South Korea, marking the historic Korean summit and the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Korean War. Pavarotti will present Peace Forever, United as One on June 30 in Seoul's Chamsil Stadium, home of the 1988 Summer Olympics. ...

Pop-rock singer Elvis Costello ventured onto new artistic ground at the Bell Atlantic Jazz Festival when he starred in an opera by former Attractions keyboardist Steve Nieve. The premiere Friday (June 9) of Welcolme to the

Voice, at New York's Town Hall, is the only scheduled performance. The one-act opera tells the story of a former steelworker who quits his job because he is consumed by opera and makes his home outside the doors of the local opera house. ...

Seiji Ozawa received an honorary doctorate in music at Harvard University's 349th commencement Thursday (June 8). Past recipients of the honorary degree have included

COLOR="#003163">Itzhak Perlman, Jessye Norman, Ella Fitzgerald, Yo-Yo Ma,

color="#003163">Isaac Stern and Quincy Jones. Ozawa will leave the BSO for the Vienna State Opera in 2002. ...

San Francisco classical label New Albion Records has formed an alliance with PlayJ.com to distribute titles from its catalog over the Internet. New Albion, considered one of the leading independent publishers of contemporary classical works, will offer excerpts of more than a dozen

CDs from its 100-plus album catalogue including recordings by Henry Cowell, John Cage and Terry Riley. Those excerpts can be downloaded direct from PlayJ's Web site. ...

Internet billionaire James V. Kimsey has donated $10 million to the Kennedy Center. The co-founder of America Online is a trustee of the Kennedy Center, chairman of the National Opera and a member of the board of the

COLOR="#003163">National Symphony Orchestra. Part of the Washington-raised billionaire's gift will go toward endowing the principal tuba chair in the orchestra and giving every fifth-grade student in the District of Columbia the opportunity to attend a

performance at the center. ...

Congress passed a resolution Tuesday (June 6) to re-christen the Washington Opera as the National Opera. The resolution was primarily a symbolic act to give the fifth largest opera company in the country a more prominent stature. The company requested the official name change even though it didn't need such legislation to take on the "national" moniker. Rep. William Goodling, R-Pa., said he introduced the resolution with the goal of improving both ticket sales and fund-raising prospects for the privately held company. Artistic director Plácido Domingo will continue his role overseeing the renamed National Opera and the company will continue to perform at the Kennedy

Center in Washington, D.C. ...

As part of Emmanuel

Music's 30th anniversary season, the company

will collaborate with two of its illustrious alumni: stage

director Peter

Sellars and mezzo-soprano

COLOR="#003163">Lorraine Hunt Lieberson.

They will work with conductor

COLOR="#003163">Craig Smith and the

Emmanuel musicians on a triptych of staged

COLOR="#003163">Bach cantatas. Also

featured in the 2000–01 season will be Sunday-

morning cantatas with guest conductors including

Seiji Ozawa,

Christopher

Hogwood,

COLOR="#003163">David Hoose and

Michael Beattie.

...

Kansas City

Symphony conductor

COLOR="#003163">Anne Mason will lead the

Geneva Opera of

Switzerland in a staging of American composer

Carlisle Floyd's

groundbreaking opera Susanna. Mason will lead the

production despite chronic pain of the sciatic nerve,

diagnosed at the end of the symphonic season in Kansas

City, Mo. Noted bass

COLOR="#003163">Samuel Ramey joins tenor

Gordon Gietz

and soprano Nancy

Gustafson, who is playing the title role of this

distinctly American tale. Performances of the opera will run

June 16–28 in Switzerland; rehearsals began June 5.

Because of the chronic pain, Mason has canceled all other

appointments this summer to take a three-month rest, as

prescribed by her doctor. ...

The New York Times reported that

COLOR="#003163">Zarin Mehta will step into

the shoes of executive director of the New York

Philharmonic. Zarin is the brother of famed conductor

Zubin Mehta,

who served as musical director of the orchestra for 13

years until 1991. Mehta will succeed

COLOR="#003163">Deborah Borda, who left

her position to join the Los Angeles Philharmonic. ...

The English National

Opera will perform 10 consecutive new

productions as part of London's String of Pearls Millennium

Festival. The operas — which open with

COLOR="#003163">Monteverdi's The

Coronation of Poppea and end with

COLOR="#003163">Verdi's Requiem

— will run from September through December. ...

Director Pinchas

Zukerman of Canada's

COLOR="#003163">National Arts Centre

Orchestra announced Thursday (May 25) that

the NAC will present its second annual Great Composers

Festival in July in Ottawa. Performers include tenor

Ben Heppner

and pianists Angela

Hewitt and

COLOR="#003163">Alicia de Laroccha. There

will be a Bach-

around-the-clock marathon, a jazz concert along with

various chamber music recitals. The festival unfolds July

4–28. ...

The Peking

Opera will perform at the Atlantic City Sands

Hotel & Casino from June 27 to Sept. 10. ... California's

Orange County is known for its conservative political

climate. But this week, the Orange County High School of

the Arts will step out onto the avant-garde edge with a

series of performances that include Three Mob

Pieces by Austrian composer

COLOR="#003163">H.K. Gruber; Le

Tombeau de Liberace by American

COLOR="#003163">Michael Daugherty (of

Jackie O opera fame); and the West Coast premiere

of I: A Meditation on Iona for percussion and strings

by modern Scottish composer

COLOR="#003163">James MacMillan. ...

Tenor Andrea

Bocelli and the

COLOR="#003163">Lincoln Center Jazz

Orchestra with

COLOR="#003163">Wynton Marsalis will

headline the first Liberty State Park Music and Heritage

Festival beginning July 1. The twice-Grammy-nominated

Bocelli will be joined by the

COLOR="#003163">New Jersey Symphony

Orchestra for his only New York-area

performance of the year. Marsalis and the Lincoln Center

Orchestra will headline a Fourth of July tribute to

Louis

Armstrong. Jazz singer

COLOR="#003163">Diane Reeves and

trumpeter Clark

Terry will contribute to the tribute.

— sonicnet.com staff report