Daniel Keeling Makes His Debut at Teatro dell'Opera di Roma

New York baritone Daniel Keeling shared the exciting news that in September 2015, he will make his debut at the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, singing Dewain in John Adams' I was looking at the ceiling and then I saw the sky. Teatro dell'Opera di Roma is a major venue, and a huge step for any opera singer.

In 2010, IFS made a grant to New York baritone Daniel Keeling, to help him with expenses related to attending/performing at La Musica Lirica Festival in Novafeltria, Italy.

Tin's New Work Tops Billboard's Classical Chart

Composer Christopher Tin, whose work is primarily classical with a strong world music influence, continues to compose for films, video games, and commercials. Chris won two Grammy awards for his first album, the classical crossover “Calling All Dawns.”

The US premiere of “The Drop That Contained the Sea,” Christopher Tin’s sequel to “Calling All Dawns,” was performed at Carnegie Hall, New York, on April 13, 2014. The new work contains ten new pieces in ten languages, featuring another all-star collection of world and classical artists, including the Soweto Gospel Choir, Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares, Anonymous 4, Dulce Pontes, and many more. Also featured is the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, which Chris conducted at legendary Abbey Road Studios.

 

The West Coast premiere was performed by IFS grant recipient Angel City Chorale on June 13, 2014 in Los Angeles.

The CD of “The Drop That Contained the Sea” entered the Billboard Classical Music Chart at No. 1, and entered at No. 6 on the Billboard World Music Chart.

 

It is with great pleasure that IFS announces pianist Zsolt Bognar's acceptance of a position on The International Festival Society's Artistic Advisory Board.

Zsolt BognarZsolt Bognar was first brought to IFS' attention by former IFS president Joe Piropato. Audiences across the globe have found his playing to be absolutely brilliant.

His debut album, Franz and Franz, featuring works of Schubert and Liszt, was recorded at the B-Sharp Studios in Berlin and released in November 2013. Also in 2013, IFS made Zsolt a grant of $3,000 to help with expenses related to his performances at the Lugano Festival in Switzerland, and at the Concerts in the Box series in Vienna, Munich and Berlin.

When not performing, Zsolt is the host of Living the Classical Life, an Internet film series where he has interviewed, among other musical luminaries, Joshua Bell, the Jupiter Quartet, and Nathan Gunn. Watch for an upcoming interview with Emanuel Ax.

As the first member of IFS' Artistic Advisory Board, Zsolt will advise on potential grant recipients, will recommend potential contributors and board members, and will enhance the global footprint of IFS through his artistic talent and professional stature.