Written on: May 1, 2015
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In today’s news fifteen North Korean senior officials have been put to death, including four musicians from the state orchestra. Karim Wasfi, cellist and director of the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra responds to terrorist attacks in Iraq through music. Also, Joyce DiDonato has been elected to the Carnegie Hall’s board of trustees with Renée Fleming, Emanuel Ax, Yo-Yo Ma and Jessye Norman.

The Times

Musicians among 15 executed in Kim purge

Kim Jong Un, the North Korean dictator, has put to death 15 senior officials, including four members of the state orchestra and a forestry manager in another purge of his critics.

Classic FM

This cellist found the most powerful way to respond to a day of terrorist attacks in Iraq

Cellist and director of the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra Karim Wasfi wanted to send a message to those ‘who consider bombs to be the only way’. So he took out his cello.

Classical Music Magazine

DiDonato joins Carnegie Hall board

Joyce DiDonato has been elected as a member of Carnegie Hall’s board of trustees, joining Renée Fleming, Emanuel Ax, Yo-Yo Ma and Jessye Norman.

Classical Source

London Symphony Orchestra with Valery Gergiev and violinist Nicola Benedetti perform Fourth Annual Free Concert in Trafalgar Square

The London Symphony Orchestra with Principal Conductor Valery Gergiev will give their next free, open-air concert in London’s Trafalgar Square on Sunday 17 May.

Sinfini

$2.5m Bach portrait returns to Leipzig

One of only two surviving portraits of JS Bach is to return to the city of Leipzig where it was painted from life 265 years ago.

San Francisco Classical Voice

California Symphony Rolls Out Details on 2015-16 Season

The California Symphony, led by music director Donato Cabrera, is rolling out its 2015-16 program.

pizzicato

Pernoo And His Dream For A Chamber Music Centre In Paris

French cellist Jérôme Pernoo (43), a professor at the National Conservatory in Paris and a well-known soloist, has launched a crowd-funding on Kiss Bank in order to get the money for a planned Chamber Music Centre at Salle Cortot in Paris

Bach-Medaille 2015 für Peter Neumann

Der Kirchenmusiker, Dirigent und Chorleiter Peter Neumann wird mit der Bach-Medaille der Stadt Leipzig ausgezeichnet.

Musik Heute

Rheinoper legt neuen “Ring” auf – Kompletter Zyklus Premiere für Regisseur Hilsdorf

Düsseldorf – Die “Walküre” hat Dietrich W. Hilsdorf bereits inszeniert, für das Aalto-Musiktheater Essen.

Twitter

Teach Through Music ‏@TTMLondon: 23% of UK adults said they would love to learn a musical instrument, & 17% said they would love to do more singing! http://bbc.co.uk/news/education-32487385 …

Arts Council England ‏@ace_national:As #GE2015 nears, we summarise the latest arts + culture policy announcements: http://bit.ly/1GLf5KD  #culturematters

Classic FM @ClassicFM: As soon as he walks off stage in Maastricht, André Rieu will be answering your questions. Details here: http://classfm.co/wWEyPF 

cellist-in-BaghdadKarim Wasfi of the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra wanted to send a message to those ‘who consider bombs to be the only way’.

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