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Double Reed Madness

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In an epic concert co-curated by Brad Balliet featuring New York's most extraordinary double reed players, we celebrated double reeds of all kinds, including the shawm and zurna

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EXO partnered with Artistic Advisor Brad Balliett to create a fully immersive celebration of double reeds, with 36 oboes and bassoons (including 3 contrabassoons!) surrounding the audience, commissions and world premieres from Brad Balliett and Viet Cuong, a dance party featuring the Macedonian Zurna, and an exploration of the Medieval Shawm.

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Ethel Smyth, the British suffragist, has found another advocate in the conductor James Blachly, whose recording of her last major work, “The Prison,” from 1931, exudes quality (Chandos) — an album of the year, by any measure.

David Allen, The New York Times

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