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David et Jonathas comes to BAM
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Music in the air: Chenoweth at the Allen Room
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Gergiev's silver jubilee at the Mariinsky
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1. Broadway and television star KRISTIN CHENOWETH joins the lineup of Lincoln Center's American Songbookseries with two concerts on February 15. Songbook has expanded its scope beyond its traditional season at the Allen Room, which opens on January 30 with Lea Salonga, to include a second series at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse, "American Songbook in the Penthouse," which opens on March 29 with Lindsay Mendez. For a complete list of acts, visit www.americansongbook.org.

2. The Brentano String Quartet and Anne Sofie von Otter appear on the soundtrack of Yaron Zilberman's new film A Late Quartet, which stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken, Catherine Keener and Mark Ivanir as the members of a renowned string ensemble who struggle to stay together as they approach their twenty-fifth anniversary. Von Otter contributes "Marietta's Lied," from Die Tote Stadt, and the Brentano Quartet plays Beethoven's Op. 131 in C-sharp minor.

3. REGINA RESNIK, who celebrated her ninetieth birthday in August, was honored at a dinner on October 9 at a private club in Manhattan. Among the guests at the event, hosted by Metropolitan Opera Guild president Richard J. Miller, Jr. and his wife, Carol Miller, was ROSALIND ELIAS, Resnik's longtime colleague and friend and fellow MOG board member.

4. The Mariinsky Theatre marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of VALERY GERGIEV's artistic leadership with the construction of a new opera house, dubbed Mariinsky II, set to open in May in St. Petersburg. The company also celebrates with a new recording of Die Walküre, featuring Jonas Kaufmann, Nina Stemme and René Pape — the first release in a planned traversal of Wagner's complete Ring cycle. 

OPERA THEATRE OF SAINT LOUIS has received a $1-million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to expand the American repertoire through a cycle of new operas, beginning in 2013 with Terence Blanchard's Champion, to be followed by Ricky Ian Gordon's Twenty-Seven (2014) and Jack Perla's Shalimar the Clown (2015). 

5. Artistic director Nicole Paiement leads the forces of OPERA PARALLÈLE in the Bay Area premiere of Osvaldo Golijov's Ainadamar on February 15, 16 and 17 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. The San Francisco company has officially changed its name from Ensemble Parallèle in recognition of its commitment to the presentation of contemporary chamber opera.

6. BROOKLYN ACADEMY OF MUSIC's winter/spring season features the first U.S. outing of Andreas Homoki's production of Marc-Antoine Charpentier's David et Jonathas (Apr. 17–21), which played the Aix-en-Provence Festival last summer. The season, which runs from January 17 to June 9, opens with the U.S. premiere of Peter Brook's play The Suit and includes The Laramie Cycle (Feb. 12–24), directed by Moisés Kaufman and Leigh Fondakowski, and Ibsen's Master Builder (May 12–June 9), headlined by John Turturro. For more information, visit www.bam.org, or call 718-636-4100. spacer 

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