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We are pleased to welcome the talented pianist and composer Daniela Mastrandrea and her team at Believe Distribution Services to join our growing client roster, in promotion of her new album Lo Specchio across Germany, the UK and the US.

Daniela Mastrandrea is an Italian pianist, composer and arranger from the Puglia region. She began studying the piano at the age of seven and composed her first pieces when she was only nine years old. After graduating as a pianist from the Academy of Music Nino Rota in Monopoli under the tutelage of Gabriella Bassi,

Daniela studied composition and attended masterclasses in piano technique and jazz study. She won the first prize for her piece Luci e Ombre (published by Rotas) in 2015, third prize for her piece Ridi in 2012 and the jury prize for her piece Indesiderabile Tenerezza. In 2017, she won the first iteration of the Web Talent V.I.T.A. (Video Interactive Talent Awards) promoted by Believe Digital and Zimbalam Italy, winning a record deal.

Daniela was involved in many recitals, theatrical shows and concert seasons with OBA, Youth Orchestra La Bottega dell’Armonia as pianist, composer and arranger. In 2011, she led the mu sical project Fluide Risonanze in the Auditorium Diocesano Vallisa in the city of Bari, as composer, arranger and player of her own pieces in quartet with Master Flavio Maddonni (violin), Antonio Barracchia (cello) and Elisa Benedetto (flute).

She now presents her album Lo Specchio (The Mirror) with Believe Distribution Services, which will be released across digital platforms on 18th May 2018 and will be available for pre-order from 11th May. Two singles precede the album release: Lo Specchio, released on 20th April, and A Testa Bassa which will be released on 11th May.

The album Lo Specchio is an introspective yet accessible album, which takes the listener on a journey of discovery and contemplation, with tracks featuring stunning sublime pianism. It describes the human habit to sometimes reflect oneself in and through others. Lo Specchio was inspired by Daniela’s longing to look inside herself and dig as deep as possible: “We have a duty to welcome and nurture the talents and gifts that life has given us and we are responsible for that talent. It is a call, a vocation”, she says.

(Written on April 25, 2018 )

In today’s news: 19-year-old cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason has been invited to perform at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, National Opera Studio commissions twelve arias for young artists, IFPI Global Music Report reveals streaming is largest revenue source, interactive baroque opera for smartphone users, Staatsoper Hamburg declines pregnant singer and conductor of Staatstheater Cottbus Christ reflects on dissolution of his contract.

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Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason to perform at Royal Wedding

19-year-old cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, who won BBC Young Musician in 2016, has been invited to perform at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle next month.

National Opera Studio commissions twelve arias for young artists

To celebrate its 40th anniversary, the National Opera Studio has commissioned twelve composers and twelve librettists to collaborate with its young artists in the creation of twelve contemporary audition arias.

Independant

Bob Dorough dead: Schoolhouse Rock composer who wrote ‘Conjunction Junction’ and ‘3 is a Magic Number’ dies aged 94

Bob Dorough, the musician known for writing and performing many of the beloved songs on Schoolhouse Rock, has died aged 94.

The Times

BBC Proms star Sierra Boggess quits over West Side Story ‘whitewash’

For its Proms production of West Side Story, the BBC will perhaps be thinking it should have looked further south.

Music Week

IFPI Global Music Report reveals streaming is largest revenue source

Surging streaming revenues have consolidated the return to growth around the world in the recorded music market, according to the IFPI’s Global Music Report 2018.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Smartphone-Oper in Wuppertal: App-Lenkung durch betreutes Tippen

Interaktive Barock-Oper für Smartphone-Nutzer: Francesca Caccinis „La liberazione di Ruggiero“ in Wuppertal hat das Potential die Jüngeren in die Oper zu locken.

Der Tagesspiegel

Arbeitsrecht: Staatsoper Hamburg sagt schwangerer Sängerin ab

Eigentlich sollte Sopranistin Julie Fuchs im Mai auftreten. Doch die Staatsoper Hamburg sagt ihr ab, weil sie im vierten Monat schwanger ist. Die Künstlerin ist enttäuscht.

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Ruhrtriennale beginnt dreijährige «Zwischenzeit»

Die Veränderung von Lebensumständen etwa durch Krieg und Flucht ist zentrales Thema der neuen Ruhrtriennale von 2018 bis 2020.

klassik.com

Staatstheater Cottbus: Auflösung des GMD-Vertrages?

Dirigent Christ lehnt Angebot für Auszeit ab und denkt über Auflösung seines Vertrages nach. Im Konflikt zwischen dem Orchester des Staatstheater Cottbus und seinem Generalmusikdirektor Evan Christ hat die Theaterleitung in einer Pressemeldung öffentlich Stellung bezogen.

El País

Sónar vuelve a buscar vida alienígena a través de la música

El festival enviará canciones a un planeta potencialmente habitable

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Interaktive Barock-Oper für Smartphone-Nutzer (c) Jens Grossmann

(Written on April 25, 2018 )

In today’s news: Sixteen and Britten Sinfonia perform for the Pope, The Phantom of the Opera score big at West End Eurovision 2018,  EU to investigate Apple’s purchase of Shazam, Daniel Barenboim returned his Echo-Awards, Hsin-Chien Fröhlich received the Chordirigentenpreis/ German Choir Conductor Prize, and Madrid celebrates International Jazz Day over 10 days.

The Times

The Sixteen: the British choir who blew the ceiling off

The Pope asked the Sixteen and the Britten Sinfonia in to the Sistine Chapel to play James MacMillan’s modern choral classic.

RTÉ urged to spin off symphony orchestra

Helen Boaden, former director of BBC Radio and of BBC News suggests that the station’s second orchestra, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, should remain within RTÉ.

Broadway World

The Phantom of the Opera were victorious at the West End Eurovision 2018

The cast of the West End’s longest running musical, The Phantom of the Opera, were hailed the stars of West End Eurovision 2018, scoring a remarkable double victory.

Hyperallergic

Over Two Millennia of Music play in Met Museums’s Instrument Galleries 

The newly reopened galleries combine disparate instruments the world over, grouping them by time period and type, rather than dividing them into the cultures by which they were created.

Teaching Drama

Bloomsbury Digital Resources is marking the fifth anniversary of its Drama Online library by allowing access to each of its most popular video, audio play and playtext for one week

The Verge

Apple’s purchase of Shazam is now under investigation by the EU

The EU has launched an investigation into Apple’s acquisition of music identification service Shazam. It’s concerned that the deal could shrink consumer options for mobile music streaming services within the EEA (European Economic Area).

Zeit Online

Auch Daniel Barenboim gibt Auszeichnungen zurück

“Kommerzielle Interessen dürfen nicht überwiegen”: Der Pianist und Dirigent Barenboim schließt sich dem Protest gegen die Echos für Kollegah und Farid Bang an.

Der Tagesspiegel

Hsin-Chien Fröhlich gewinnt deutschen Chordirigentenpreis

Seit drei Jahren gibt es den deutschen Chordirigentenpreis zur Förderung junger Talente. Diesmal geht er an Chordirektorin Hsin-Chien Fröhlich vom Theater Hof.

nmz

Deutsche Orchesterkonferenz: Professionelle Orchester bereichern mit Musikvermittlung die Gesellschaft

Anlässlich der morgen stattfindenden Deutschen Orchesterkonferenz betont die DOV die enorme Bedeutung der professionellen Orchester und Chöre für den Zusammenhalt unserer Gesellschaft.

SWR 2

Brief Wagners soll in Jerusalem versteigert werden – Es grüßt der Antisemit

In Israel gibt es so gut wie keine Aufführungen der Musik Richard Wagners. In Jerusalem ist aber ein handgeschriebener Brief von ihm zu ersteigern, für geschätzte 8.000 $.

El País

Nueva Orleans inunda Madrid

International Jazz Day Madrid trae a la capital a artistas de jazz, rock y flamenco en 80 citas durante 10 días

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Chordirektorin und Kapellmeisterin Hsin-Chien Fröhlich © Kai Bienert

 

(Written on April 24, 2018 )

In today’s news: Paavo Järvi talks Brexit impact for musicians, Alexander Pushkin poetry transformed into opera by a direct descendent, Roxanna Panufnik to release new album, conductor Hartmut Haenchen receives prize from Leipzig Richard Wagner Foundation, conductors Thielemann and Sächsische Staatskapelle return Echo-Award, and Bamberger Symphoniker receive award for best concert program.

Classic FM

‘Brexit will isolate British musicians,’ warns Estonian conductor Paavo Järvi

“Brexit won’t make the lives of British musicians any easier. It will isolate a lot of them and create logistical and financial barriers,” the Estonian maestro told Classic FM.

Diana Adamyan has won the 2018 Menuhin Competition

17-year-old Diana Adamyan from Armenia managed to take the night’s big prize, followed by 10-year-old Christian Li and 11-year-old Chloe Chua for a joint Junior Award.

The Guardian

Pushkin descendant puts Russian poet’s turbulent life on stage for first time

Alexander Pushkin’s direct descendant, the London-based writer and lyricist Marita Phillips, has created the first stage version of his turbulent life story to be written in any language.

Classical Music 

Roxanna Panufnik celebrates her 50th birthday with two commissions and an album release

Celestial Bird is due to be released on Signum Records on 7 September and will feature two tracks commissioned by Ex Cathedra.

The Academy of Ancient Music appoints new leader

The Academy of Ancient Music (AAM) has appointed Bojan Čičić as leader of the orchestra.

Limelight

Details announced for 2018 Accompanists’ Guild of SA Festival

Pianists Lisa Moore and Sonya Lifschitz headline the festival, where they’ll be playing a two piano rendition of Bach’s Goldberg Variations.

Prospect Magazine

Leonard Bernstein invented how we do modern classical music

Whether he was conducting, composing or communicating, Bernstein was a stylish innovator.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Auch Dirigent Thielemann und Staatskapelle geben Echos zurück

Von einem „Symbol eines Zynismus“ spricht die Sächsische Staatskapelle, die nicht länger in derselben Siegerliste stehen mag wie Kollegah und Farid Bang.

BR Klassik

Von Richard-Wagner-Stiftung ausgezeichnet

Der Dirigent Hartmut Haenchen erhält den diesjährigen Preis der Leipziger Richard-Wagner-Siftung. Er ist mit 10.000 Euro dotiert. Der gebürtige Dresdner soll die Auszeichnung während der Wagner-Festtage im Mai in Leipzig entgegennehmen.

klassik.com

Bamberger Symphoniker erhalten Auszeichnung für bestes Konzertprogramm

Der Preis für das beste Konzertprogramm, der vom Deutschen Musikverleger-Verband (DMV) verliehen wird, geht für die Spielzeit 2017/18 an die Bamberger Symphoniker.

nmz

Rebell, Visionär, Bewahrer, Erneuerer – Jean Guillou in der Elbphilharmonie

Bezeichnend ist es allemal, dass das Geburtstagskonzert für Jean Guillou in Hamburg stattfindet – und nicht etwa in Paris.

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Bamberger Symphoniker © Andreas Herzau

 

 

 

 

(Written on April 23, 2018 )

In today’s news: ‘From Classical to Rock’ concert supports music education featuring high-profile artists, Royal Opera announces world premiere, “classical music needs Kendrick Lamar more than it needs the Pulitzer”, Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester announced program for season 2018/19 and International trade fair and festival, Jazzahead started in Bremen.

Opera Now

The Royal Opera announces world premiere by composer-in-residence

The opera, entitled Mamzer Bastard and written by Na’ama Zisser, is a co-commission with the Guildhall School in association with Hackney Empire.

Music Theatre Wales appoints new chair

Christine Bradwell has been appointed chair of contemporary opera company Music Theatre Wales. She will be taking over from Geraint Davies CBE, who is stepping down after 11 years.

Choir and Organ 

Sonoro announces choral conducting masterclass

The masterclass led by co-artistic director Neil Ferris, will take place in July at St Gabriel’s Halls, Pimlico, is aimed at advanced conductors who wish to gain further technical expertise and knowledge.

Broadway World

‘From Classical to Rock’ concert to benefit music education for Orange County communities

The event brought together OCMD music students together with platinum selling rock stars and acclaimed classical musicians, performing together under one roof.

NME

Sharon Van Etten to play special orchestral show at BBC Proms

Musicians and ‘The OA’ star to team up with Heritage Orchestra at Royal Albert Hall.

Slate

Classical Music Needs Kendrick Lamar More Than It Needs the Pulitzer

Composers shouldn’t fear hip-hop. They should embrace it.

Der Tagesspiegel

DSO Berlin Saison 2018/19 Robin Ticciati liebt es vielseitig

Das Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester und sein Chefdirigent Robin Ticciati enthüllen, was sie in der Saison 2018/19 vorhaben

concerti

Das Theater Augsburg wird zum Staatstheater befördert

Das Theater Augsburg wurde durch Ministerpräsident Markus Söder zum Bayerischen Staatstheater ernannt – obgleich das Haus gerade am Beginn einer mindestens fünfjährigen Sanierungsphase steht

nmz

Internationale Musikmesse «jazzahead!» blickt auch auf den Nachwuchs

Bremen – Die internationale Musikmesse «jazzahead!» ist am Donnerstag in Bremen eröffnet worden. Bis 22. April treffen sich Agenturen, Labels, Künstler, Produzenten und Veranstalter, um sich zu informieren und auszutauschen.

Musik Heute

Hamburger Opernstiftung zeichnet Nachwuchskünstler aus

Die Mezzosopranistin Nadezhda Karyazina, die Tänzerin Madoka Sugai und der Posaunist Felix Eckert erhalten die diesjährigen Nachwuchspreise der Hamburger Opernstiftung

Le Monde

Stéphane Roth, nouveau directeur général de Musica

L’actuel directeur éditorial de la Philharmonie de Paris succède à Jean-Dominique Marco. Très attendue dans le milieu de la musique contemporaine, la désignation du successeur de Jean-Dominique Marco à la tête du festival Musica de Strasbourg a été rendue publique.

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Sharon Van Etten to perform at BBC Proms © NME

(Written on April 20, 2018 )

– “Artistic work is only a pretext for becoming free, and it may be that it is not completely possible in this world to have freedom. In art and in fiction, I can do what I cannot in reality. It is a way to expand on the possibility of freedom.” Hayoun Kwon (participating artist “Non-sense music; borders”) –

We are thrilled to be supporting the upcoming Korean Interdisciplinary Arts Festival „Non-Sense Music #2; Borders“ and many other inspiring projects and events in cooperation with the Korean Cultural Centre in Berlin.

The Korean Cultural Centre is the cultural department of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Germany, headquartered in Berlin under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Korea (MCST). Its aim is to promote Korean culture and facilitate cultural exchanges to introduce and generate interest in the many diverse aspects of Korean culture.

The Centre organises many programmes, events and courses under the categories of arts, music, literature and film. It creates an active place for cultural mediation. An item of great importance is the organisation and support of cultural events with Korean participation throughout Germany by working closely with the relevant institutions of both countries.

Permanent and alternating exhibitions can be seen in their own premises, at their Gallery damdam and at other external exhibition spaces. In the field of music the Centre curates a wide range of events: from Young Korean talents, the JazzKorea Festival to the International Younghi Pagh-Paan Composition Prize and lunchtime concerts in the “Pavillon der Einheit”.

We begin our campaign with an in-house exhibition by the interdisciplinary and Berlin based, but Seoul born artist, kate-hers RHEE. Her arts project “I like Korea and Korea likes me” will feature at Gallery damdam from 26th April – 16th June 2018.

This solo exhibition is curated by Kahee Jeong and presents two of her projects: the “deutschsprachliche Projekt” and “Transkoreaning” plus some artworks that were especially created for this exhibition. Identity and language are the essential themes in the work of kate-hers RHEE. Her art is transgressive, performative and plays with her “otherness” as an American raised woman with Asian roots in various cultural contexts.

 

 

We look forward to also supporting the Korean Interdisciplinary Arts Festival „Non-Sense Music #2; Borders“. This ten-day interdisciplinary arts festival takes place from 11th May – 20th May 2018 at Kunstquartier Bethanien and explores the politics of space through the micro-history of six Korean artists. Curated by Seoul born Joanne Kim, the artists Nahoon Park (Choreographer, Performance), Soyoung Chung (Video, Performance), Hayoun Kwon (VR), Ryu Biho (Installation, Performance), Helena Parada Kim (Painting) and Kim Hwang (Installation, Documentary film screening) transform the circumstances and conditions of time and space into songs, performance and visual delights.

The multicultural upbringing of Helena Parada Kim – she is half Korean and half Spanish and grew up in Germany – fuels her creative inspiration in various ways. She uses photographs of members of her mother´s family to create her artworks. Using family portraits as fundamental inspiration for her paintings, allows her to present a multidimensional homage to Korean traditions and culture.

 

Helena Parada Kim: Nurses and cranes, 180×250 cm, oil on linen, 2017

 

Artist Hayoun Kwon on the other hand, specialises in film work. At Non-sense music, she exhibits the animated political documentary “489 Years”, a film grounded in personal stories and linked to geopolitical questions of borders and territoriality. With virtual reality glasses, we are being taken to the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), a strip of land running across the Korean Peninsula to serve as a buffer zone between North and South, immersing us in the personal memories of a soldier. Hayoun Kwon’s film allows us to see a forbidden place, where nature has totally reclaimed its hold.

The WildKat team is very excited to be working alongside the Korean Cultural Centre in Berlin and its many cultural and artistic projects to come, including an in-house exhibition of Thearesa Cha (September 2018), the Grassimesse Leipzig (October 2018) and the Jazz Korea Festival (November 2018).

 

(Written on April 20, 2018 )

In today’s news: BBC Proms 2018 season to celebrate music from 1918, singers from Royal Opera House travel to Dorset, NY Orchestras granted $1.8 million to battle lagging US orchestra diversity, Warner Classics signs deal with IDAGIO, Bundestag Committee of Culture and the Media discussed reactions to the Echo Awards and the Minister of State for Culture and Media, Monika Grütters’ plans for the next four years.

Classical Music

BBC announces 2018 Proms season

The season will pay tribute to a range of events that occurred 100 years ago, including the anniversary of women’s Suffrage and the end of World War I.

Hellensmusic Festival returns for ‘most ambitious year yet’

The Herefordshire festival will take place 16-20 May in and around Hellens, one of England’s oldest manor houses, with events spreading to St Bartholomew’s Church and The Walwyn Arms in Much Marcle.

Opera Now

Singers from the Royal Opera House will perform ‘Covent Garden comes to Dorset’

The Dorset Opera Festival will host ‘Covent Garden comes to Dorset,’ a new concert at Milton Abbey Heritage Church.

BBC News

Disability-led ensemble to play BBC Proms

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s Resound ensemble will become the first disability-led group to play the BBC Proms this summer.

Broadway World

Greenwich Village Church Converted For Classical Music Concert Series

George Capsis hosts classical music concert series for over 300 hundred of his closest friends and neighbour, including Sara Jessica Parker, to raise money to save the 130 year old Catholic Archdiocese of New York.

The Washington Post

Groups partner to increase lagging US orchestra diversity

In attempts to increase diversity in American orchestras, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is granting $1.8 million over the course of four years to three organisations joining together for a new initiative.

Billboard

Warner Classics Signs Deal With IDAGIO Classical Streaming Service

The new partnership encompasses the entire Warner Classics and Erato catalog, as well as playlists curated by the labels and their artists.

nmz

Bundestagsausschuss für Kultur und Medien: Reaktionen auf Echo-Verleihung

Jetzt haben sind Wellen um die ECHO-Preisverleihung bis in den Ausschuss für Kultur und Medien des Deutschen Bundestags übergeschwappt. Dies wurde ebenso thematisert wie die Vorhaben der Kulturstaatsministerin Monika Grütters für die nächsten vier Jahre.

SWR

Regisseur Serebrennikow weiter unter Hausarrest

Ein Gericht in Moskau hat den Hausarrest des regierungskritischen Regisseurs Kirill Serebrennikow bis zum 19. Juli verlängert. Das berichtet die russische Nachrichtenagentur RIA.

BR Klassik

Erfolg für Clara Shen beim Menuhin-Wettbewerb – 12-jährige Münchner Geigerin im Finale

Die erst zwölfjährige Geigerin Clara Shen aus München hat es ins Finale des renommierten Menuhin-Geigenwettbewerbs geschafft. Beim Finale am Freitag tritt sie in der Genfer Victoria Hall gegen fünf weitere Talente an, wie die Veranstalter am Dienstag mitteilten.

klassik.com

Weimarer Musikhochschule freut sich über wertvolle Gesangbuch-Sammlung

Das Thüringische Landesmusikarchiv der Weimarer Musikhochschule erhält eine wertvolle, bis in die Mitte des 16. Jahrhunderts zurückreichende Gesangbuch-Sammlung.

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BBC Proms Launch-Classical Music Magazine © Sanjeet Riat

 

 

 

(Written on April 19, 2018 )

In today’s news: Researchers decipher songs in people’s minds based off AI algorithm, Sony/ATV  acquire Abiah’s classical-catalogue in global partnership deal, Staatsoper Suttgart announced its new programme under new intendant Viktor Schoner, Oboist Ekkehard Hering receives Mozart-Prize 2018, and saxophonist Sebastian Gille to receive SWR Jazz Price 2018.

Music Teacher

ACM and Metropolis Studios to launch new record label

The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) has partnered with London-based Metropolis Studios to launch Metropolis Blue, a record label initiative run by students.

Broadway World

The Vaults Present ‘Sounds And Sorcery’ in celebration of Disney Fantasia

A brand new immersive experience which will open in the Vaults at Waterloo this summer, the year Mickey Mouse celebrates his 90th anniversary.

Digital Trends

Mind-reading A.I. algorithm can work out what music is playing in your head

Research done at University of California, Berkeley used a deep-learning algorithm and brain activity, measured with electrodes, to turn a person’s thoughts into digitally synthesised speech.

Music Week

Sony/ATV signs global partnership with Abiah

The deal covers the London-based company’s entire catalogue, including songs by rising classical singing star and lyricist Carly Paoli and composer, arranger and conductor Romano Musumarra.

Opera Now

Garsington Opera to stage its first world premiere

This July, Garsington Opera is to stage the world premiere of an opera based on the award-winning novel, The Skating Rink, by Chilean author Roberto Bolaño.

The New York Times

Nathan Davis, Jazz Saxophonist and Educator passes away at 81

Nathan Davis, a jazz saxophonist, composer and educator who helped establish a place for African-American music in the academy, died on April 8 in Atlantis, Fla. He was 81.

nmz

Saxofonist Sebastian Gille erhält SWR Jazzpreis 2018

Der Saxofonist Sebastian Gille erhält den mit 15 000 Euro dotierten SWR Jazzpreis 2018. Der 1983 in Quedlinburg (Harz) geborene Musiker füge dem Jazz eine neue richtungsweisende Saxofonsprache hinzu, begründete die Jury am Dienstag ihre Entscheidung. Ihm gelängen Improvisationen von großer melodischer Kraft und rhythmischer Dringlichkeit.

SWR

Staatsoper Stuttgart präsentiert ersten Spielplan der neuen Opernleitung – Schoner will Fragen statt Antworten

Mit Stille, einer Uraufführung, Stummfilmen und acht Opernpremieren startet die Staatsoper Stuttgart ins erste Jahr der Intendanz von Viktor Schoner. Traditionen und Kult-Inszenierungen werden aber bleiben.

klassik.com

Mozartpreis 2018 für Oboist Ekkehard Hering

Der Chemnitzer Oboist Ekkehard Hering erhält den Mozartpreis 2018 der Sächsischen Mozart-Gesellschaft. Damit soll sein vielfältiges Engagement für einen überregionalen kulturellen Anspruch in Chemnitz gewürdigt werden. Bach, die barocken Zeitgenossen und Mozart sind hierbei zentraler Inhalt seines Wirkens.

concerti

ELBJAZZ-Festival veröffentlicht Spielplan

Das Hamburger ELBJAZZ-Festival hat auf einer Pressekonferenz sein diesjähriges Programm bekanntgegeben. Mit dabei sind Jazzgrößen wie Kamasi Washington, Nils Landgren und Michael Wollny

france musique

Un document interne dévoile le malaise des danseurs de l’Opéra de Paris

Problèmes de management, harcèlement, absence d’accompagnement : une enquête interne révèle les tensions qui pèsent sur le ballet de l’Opéra de Paris et les critiques adressées par les artistes à la directrice de la danse, Aurélie Dupont.

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Garsington Opera 2011
Garsington Opera at Wormsley Park

 

(Written on April 18, 2018 )

In today’s news: Rapper Kendrick Lamar is the first non-classical artist to win the Pulitzer Prize, RNCM pledges to make Manchester leading green city, soprano, Julia Bullock battles social injustice, several musicians give their Echo-Awards back and Deutsche Oper Berlin announced its plans for 2018/19 season.

Classical Music

RNCM supports Greater Manchester environmental pledge

The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) is backing Andy Burnham’s environmental pledge to remove single-use plastics by 2020, with the aim of making Greater Manchester one of the leading green city regions in Europe.

Financial Times

Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Festival Hall, London — the sound of the universe

To celebrate the opening of the new concert hall in Seoul in 2016, Unsuk Chin chose metaphysics whose theme is “our physical relationship with the cosmos”

Pacific Times

Julia Bullock is Fighting for Social Justice One Song at a Time

Bullock, a biracial soprano, sings Schubert and Fauré but also Billie Holiday and Nina Simone—and she’s blazing trails.

The List

Niall Horan recording Flicker songs with Irish orchestra

Niall Horan has teamed up with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra for a special performance of songs from his solo LP ‘Flicker’ for Irish radio.

Science Daily

Music intensifies effects of anti-hypertensive medication

Anti-hypertensive drugs improving heart rate more in patients who listen to music after taking medication

Fortune

Kendrick Lamar Becomes the First Rapper to Win the Pulitzer Music Prize

Kendrick Lamar won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in music for his album DAMN., making him the first non-jazz or classical artist to win the prize.

Zeit online

Mehrere Musiker geben Echo zurück

Preisträger protestieren gegen die Echo-Auszeichnung für Kollegah und Farid Bang. Den Verantwortlichen wird Verantwortungs- und Geschmacklosigkeit vorgeworfen.

Der Tagesspiegel

Deutsche Oper Berlin: Die Saison 2018/19 – Franzosen, Fontane und Fanale

Die Deutsche Oper Berlin hat ihre Planung für die Saison 2018/19 vorgestellt. Und sieht sich als einziges Berliner Haus, das französisches Repertoire pflegt.

Musik Heute

Kent Nagano erhält Champagne-Preis für Lebensfreude

Hamburg/Berlin (MH) – Der Dirigent Kent Nagano (66) hat am Montagabend in Hamburg den Champagne-Preis für Lebensfreude erhalten. Der US-Amerikaner mit japanischen Wurzeln vermittle durch Musik eine große Lebensfreude, erklärten die Veranstalter.

El País

El PSOE cuestiona la seguridad de un concierto de la banda sinfónica en CentroCentro

La concejal Mar Espinar exige al Ayuntamiento que aclare cómo fija el número máximo de aforo para los músicos en el escenario

Platea Magazine

Fabio Biondi dimite como director musical del Palau de les Arts

Según fuentes próximas al Palau de Les Arts de Valencia, uno de sus dos directores musicales has hoy, el italiano Fabio Biondi (Palermo, 1961), ha presentado su dimisión tras tres años en el cargo.

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Kendrick Lamar © Tone Deaf

(Written on April 17, 2018 )

In today’s news: British Museum launches first music festival, Wigmore Hall International Strings Competition winners announced, disruption at the Royal Opera House as outsourced security teams threaten strike action. German collection society GEMA increased its revenues by 5% last year to hit €1.074bn, Jennifer Higdon has been awarded the $100,000 Michael Ludwig Nemmers Prize and Germany’s Echo prize to reconsider award process.

Classical-Music.com

The British Museum launches its first music festival

A two-week festival at the British Museum hopes to combine classical and contemporary music with its global historical exhibitions.

Music of the Holocaust available to watch after 20 years in archive

Acclaimed documentary The Music of Terezín has been recovered to view by the public on the Music and the Holocaust website.

Thoroughly Good

Wigmore Hall competition winner announced after weekend-long finals

International String Quartet Competition attracts string quartets of the highest calibre, with members aged under 35, who are keen to pursue performing careers at the highest level.

The Stage

Unrest at ROH as security staff threaten strike action

Security at the London venue is outsourced to a company called Corps Security, which determines pay for its personnel. The allegations of bullying also relate to Corps Security, not the Royal Opera House management

ATG expands into German venue operation with acquisition of five theatres

Ambassador Theatre Group will acquire five new venues in Germany as it announces a takeover of theatre operator Mehr! Entertainment.

Music Business Worldwide

GEMA revenue up 5% in 2017 to reach €1.07bn

German collection society GEMA increased its revenues by 5% last year to hit €1.074bn. That’s up 5%, or nearly €50 million from 2016 thanks in part to a rise in income from the public performance of music, radio and TV, as well as a payment for the so called ‘iPhone tax’.

philly.com

Philly Grammy-winner Jennifer Higdon now wins $100,000 Nemmers Prize, too

Jennifer Higdon has been awarded the $100,000 Michael Ludwig Nemmers Prize in Music Composition for 2018, given to contemporary classical composers of exceptional achievement […].

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Barockes Opernhaus in Bayreuth : Hier könnte etwas Zukunftsweisendes entstehen

In Bayreuth ist das Opernhaus der Markgräfin Wilhelmine aus dem Jahr 1748 wiedereröffnet worden. Warum ist bislang nur eine Gelegenheitsbespielung geplant? Wie Leben in den Weltkulturerbe-Bau kommen könnte.

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Nach heftiger Kritik: Echo-Veranstalter wollen Preis überarbeiten

Wegen des Proteststurms nach der Echo-Verleihung an die Rapper Kollegah und Farid Bang will der Veranstalter das Konzept erneuern.

Musik Heute

Thüringer Bachwochen ziehen positive Bilanz

Rund 18.000 Besucher sind zu den Thüringer Bachwochen gekommen. Die 53 Veranstaltungen seien zu 80 Prozent ausgelastet gewesen, teilten die Organisatoren am Sonntag mit.

Le Monde

Jean-Claude Malgoire, hautboïste et chef d’orchestre, est mort

Pionnier de la musique ancienne et représentant du courant des « Baroqueux », il s’est éteint à l’âge de 77 ans.

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Composer Jennifer Higdon (c) Karli Cadel

 

(Written on April 16, 2018 )