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In today’s classical news: The Womadelaide festival makes efforts to become more environmentally conscious as the issue headlines as the festival’s theme this year. For their 2017-18 program the Arts Council of Korea and the Arts Council of England collaborate on a new series of artist partnerships. Seventeen year old cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason is quickly building an international reputation as an emerging young soloist, and Victoria Bond becomes the first woman conductor to be awarded a doctorate from Juilliard’s orchestral conducting program. A brief history of opera business, and German Musikwettbewerb announces winners in Leipzig.

The Guardian

Music to our ears: sustainability headlines Womadelaide festival

From encouraging bike riding and compostable plates to better recycling, organisers have diverted 98% of waste from landfill – and they want to do more.

Golden Plains: cult music festival brings dreamy wonder to a family farm

Neil Finn, Nicolas Jaar and Cash Savage are highlights as fans pay tribute to ‘a farmer of happiness’.

International Arts Manager

New partnerships for Korean and UK artists

Arts Councils from Korea (ARKO) and England (ACE) are funding a new series of artist partnerships, as part of the UK-Korea 2017-18 cultural season. In total 21 performing and visual arts projects will receive just over €1.6m in grants.

Classical Music Magazine

Nikita Mndoyants to make New York debut

Nikita Mndoyants, winner of the 2016 Cleveland International Piano Competition (CIPC), will make his New York debut at Carnegie Hall on 7 June.

Pizzicato 

Fedoseyev Named Principal Guest Conductor Of Moscow’s Helikon Theatre

Moscow’s Helikon Theatre announced the appointment of Vladimir Fedoseyev, 84, as Principal Guest conductor.

The Violin Channel

VC YOUNG ARTIST | Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason – 2016 BBC ‘Young Musician of the Year’

17 year old cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason is quickly building an international reputation as an emerging young soloist of outstanding potential.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

In der Dunkelloge wird soupiert

Sprechen wir nicht von berühmten Stimmen, sondern erst einmal über die gezahlten Gagen: Michael Walter legt eine gut geerdete und überaus detailreiche Geschichte des Opernbetriebs vor.

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Zum Tod von Karl Korinek

Die Wiener Staatsoper trauert um das ehemalige langjährige Aufsichtsratsmitglied und den ehemaligen Präsident der Freunde der Wiener Staatsoper Univ.-Prof. Dr. Karl Korinek, der am vergangenen Donnerstag, 9. März 2017, 76-jährig einem Herzleiden erlegen ist

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Wichtigster Preis für musikalische Nachwuchsprofis vergeben 

In Leipzig sind die Gewinner des deutschen Musikwettbewerbs gekürt worden: das sind der Berliner Hornist Tillmann Höfs, der Hannoveraner Oboist Juri Schmahl und der Regensburger Komponist Steven Heelein.

WXQR

Write Me a Concerto: Yo-Yo Ma and Esa-Pekka Salonen on Their New Work

CHICAGO — A few years ago, after they had shared more than a couple post-concert martinis, Yo-Yo Ma had a request for the composer and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen: Write me a concerto.

The New York Times

A Thousand More Will Rise: Victoria Bond Finds Inspiration in Women Past and Present 

As the very first woman conductor to be awarded a doctorate from Juilliard’s orchestral conducting program, Victoria Bond  knows what it means to take that first courageous step into uncharted territory.

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Classical Music News  English National Opera launches ENO Studio Live

Music History   in 1847 FP of ‘s opera Macbeth at the Teatro della Pergolain Florence.

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(Written on March 14, 2017 )

Classical News

Today’s news, congratulations to Sinfonia Viva with receiving Arts Council England’s grant. The 4th Temple Winter Festival will take place from 12 to 19 December 2016. Also, The Formosa Quartet will perform live on Classical 101 radio, on Friday at 11 a.m. in Columbus time.

Classical Music Magazine

Sinfonia Viva receives Arts Council grant

Sinfonia Viva has received £159,525 through Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring programme. According to the Arts Council, the ensemble will use the grant ‘to transform its inflatable stage into a modern day musical cabinet of curiosity’, touring it to towns and cities where there are few traditional concert venues and offering people of all ages a mix of classical concerts and workshops.

Music for a royal festival

St Edward’s Singers will celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday with a performance on 16 October. The choir will be accompanied by the Wykeham Sinfonia, both underthe baton of Jonathan Venner.

Temple Winter Festival 2016

The fourth Temple Winter Festival will take place 12-19 December 2016. This year’s festival comprises seven concerts, of which the first six will take place in Temple Church and the last in Middle Temple Hall. The event will launch with a performance from Temple Church Choir and Temple Singers to mark the 90th birthday of the Queen and the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death with a programme of Bernstein, Vaughan Williams, Britten and Walton.

WOSU Radio

East Meets West: The Formosa Quartet Performs Live on Classical 101 Friday at 11 a.m.

The Formosa Quartet previews “From Hungary to Taiwan” live on Classical 101 Friday at 11 a.m. They’ll give us a preview of “From Hungary to Taiwan,” an innovative program of new and traditional works by and inspired by Hungarian and Taiwanese composers that the Formosa Quartet will perform in Columbus Saturday, 8:00 p.m, at Columbus’ Southern Theatre on the Chamber Music Columbus series.

Collegian

DUO 1804 kicks off the UCA’s Fall Classical Convergence Series

Tuesday, September 20, marked the first performance in The Colorado State University School of Music, Theater and Dance’s Classical Convergence Concert Series. The series brings in a variety of classical music performances, including solo artists and ensembles, in order to hone in on every aspect of the genre of classical music.

The Colby Echo

Harlem String Quartet Adds Pizazz to Classical Concert

This weekend, the Colby Music Department kicked off their fall season with a concert by the Harlem String Quartet, who played a mélange of classical and modern works in Lorimer Chapel on Saturday evening. This Grammy Award-winning music group boasts an impressive resume that includes a performance at the White House, international tours, and collaborations with such artists as Itzhak Perlman, Paquito D’Rivera, and the jazz duo Chick Corea and Gary Burton.

Evening Telegraph

Classical Twist for Still as show returns after nine years

Hit comedy Still Game is taking a classical twist with the famous BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra recording a new version of its theme tune. The sitcom is returning to TV in October for the first series in nine years with the original cast in their roles.

Arts Professional

Making the most of the money

Artists and other self-employed arts professionals are missing out by failing to take advantage of the tax rules designed to leave more money in their pockets. Alistair Bambridge explores the possibilities.

Le Figaro

Visite en avant-première de la nouvelle salle Pleyel

Fermé en décembre 2014, Pleyel rouvre en grande pompe ses portes vendredi 23 septembre avec un concert de Benjamin Biolay.

nmz

Musik verfolgter Komponisten bei Festival in Schwerin

Schwerin bietet seit Donnerstag mit dem 9. Internationalen Festival Verfemte Musik ein Podium für Musik, deren Komponisten von den Nazis verfolgt und die in der Folge oft vergessen wurden.

Musik heute

Markus Stenz vom Seoul Philharmonic verpflichtet

Der deutsche Dirigent Markus Stenz wird Conductor in Residence beim Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. Als Erster Gastdirigent wurde der Schweizer Thierry Fischer verpflichtet, wie das Ensemble am Donnerstag mitteilte.

Klassik heute

Internationale Meisterklasse für Chordirigieren in Berlin

Vom 24. bis 30. September richtet der Rundfunkchor Berlin erneut die Internationale Meisterklasse für Chordirigieren aus – Chefdirigent Gijs Leenaars und Ehrendirigent Simon Halsey arbeiten eine Woche lang mit acht vielversprechenden ChordirigentInnen aus sechs Ländern.

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BBC Music Magazine @MusicMagazine 15 of the daftest pieces of classical music ever written. http://buff.ly/2cQ3x25 

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ American composer Julia Wolfe has been named as one of the 2016 @macfound fellows

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ Find out more about Andrey Lebedev & Samson Tsoy, who will be performing in the next @RhinegoldLive recital! http://ow.ly/9qkc304sOc1

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Photograph: Classical Music Magazine(Rhinegold)/ Sinfonia Viva

(Written on September 23, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Classical Music Magazine reports about challenges in classical music sales, England’s arts funding to be restructured and German copyright contract law to be repelled by the German Stage Association. Also, Andris Nelsons and Augustin Hadelich win Grammy Awards

Classical Music Magazine

Decline in classical music sales can be stopped, says Select MD

The decline in sales of classical music videos – which has shadowed that of CDs – can be arrested and even reversed by applying marketing flair, according to Anthony Anderson, managing director of leading UK DVD distributor and Naxos subsidiary Select

The Strad

Violinist Augustin Hadelich wins his first Grammy Award

Augustin Hadelich has won the Best Classical Instrumental Solo category at the 58th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles

Arts Professional

ACE to restructure arts funding from 2018

Four-year funding contracts, a tiered framework for NPOs and a ring-fenced budget for individual artists are all on the table as Arts Council England consults on its plans

Classical Music Magazine

Applications open for the Rhinegold Charity Fund

Charities operating within the music sector are invited to submit their applications for the Rhinegold Charity Fund 2016/17

NMZ

Bühnenverein lehnt das von der Bundesregierung geplante Urhebervertragsrecht ab

Das von der Bundesregierung geplante neue Urhebervertragsrecht stößt auf heftige Kritik des Deutschen Bühnenvereins

Musik-heute

Musikverleger: Staatskapelle Halle bot bestes Konzertprogramm

Die Staatskapelle Halle erhält den Preis für das “Beste Konzertprogramm” der Saison 2015/16

BR Klassik

Kunst und Musik als Sprache für den Frieden

Zentral, mitten in Istanbul gelegen, haben sie ihr eigenes Konzerthaus: Das Borusan Philharmonic Orchestra

Pizzicato

Festivals In Aix And Beijing Sign Partnership

The Festival of Aix-en-Provence and the Beijing Music Festival announced a collaboration agreement for 5 years between 2016 and 2020

Boston Globe

Andris Nelsons, BSO, Seiji Ozawa win Grammy Awards

The Boston Symphony Orchestra and its music director, Andris Nelsons, struck Grammy gold on Monday night, when “Shostakovich: Under Stalin’s Shadow” earned the prize for best orchestral performance

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Sinfini Music Absolutely exquisite playing by Martha Argerich in this performance (via ) of Bach’s Partita No.2 in Cminor

CM Musikwirtschaft Wird das aussterben?

Classicalite Classicalite gives our 2016 roundup of the , and honorees

Photograph: Borusan Muzik Evi/ BR Klassik

Photograph: Borusan Muzik Evi/ BR Klassik

 

 

(Written on February 17, 2016 )

WildKat PR is delighted to announce the upcoming project of their newest client Ensemble BPM. Multimedia performance specialists, Ensemble BPM will present the first ever opera staged live at an IMAX cinema this year with performances of Pulitzer prize-winning composer Steve Reich and video artist Beryl Korot’s Three Tales at the London Science Museum’s IMAX Theatre.

Incorporating live orchestra and singers, sampled audio, re-processed historical film and interviews with prescient cultural thinkers, Three Tales is a video opera that examines man’s deepening relationship with technology.

The work will be presented in association with a conference at the Institute of Historical Research entitled Being Modern: Science and Culture in the Early Twentieth Century, led by Dr Robert Bud, Chief Curator at the Science Museum. Performances take place on 22 and 24 April 2015 – the former date marking the centenary of the first use of chemical weapons in warfare.

Composed in 1998-2002, Three Tales recalls three events from twentieth-century history, exploring technology’s growing dominance in society: the crash of the Hindenburg zeppelin in 1937, nuclear bomb testing on Bikini Atoll in 1946-1958 and the cloning of Dolly the Sheep in 1996.

Ensemble BPM is only the second group to stage Three Tales since the work’s 2002 premiere. The production will be conducted by Artistic Director Nick Sutcliffe, directed by Matthew Eberhardt and produced by Amanda Carrick. It is supported by the London Science Museum, Arts Council England AHRC and The Hinrichsen Foundation.

Tickets

Adults £22.00, Concessions £12.00

Book tickets online www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/threetales or call 0870 870 4868

For more information on Ensemble BPM and to keep up to date with news, visit their website, Twitter and Facebook.

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(Written on January 12, 2015 )

Classical News

Guardian

John Rutter’s Christmas playlist

Today, conductor, choral composer and one of the UK’s most-loved musicians shares his festive playlist with us.

Telegraph

Opera Review of 2014: the start of opera becoming the domain of the elite?

Despite some unforgettable singing this year, 2014 suggests rot is developing beneath opera’s plastered surface, says Rupert Christiansen

The Times

Neil Fisher: ‘This year has felt like the nastiest for audience wars’

There’s one thing I know I’ll enjoy about seeing a play at Shakespeare’s Globe or its new baby cousin the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, and that’s the end.

Classic FM

Pierre Boulez awarded Lifetime Achievement GRAMMY Award

Conductor and composer Pierre Boulez will be honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 57th GRAMMY Awards on 7 February 2015.

Classical Music Magazine

Where will Darren Henley and Peter Bazalgette take ACE?

When the news came through of Darren Henley’s appointment as chief executive of Arts Council England, cries of ‘of course’ could be heard across the country.

Die Welt

Hacker tun es für die Sache, die Medien für Geld

Sony-Leaks ist kein stolzer Moment für Hollywood. Auch ich bin Opfer der Cyber-Kriminellen. Noch skandalöser als ihre Tat ist aber das Verhalten der Medien. Eine Philippika von Aaron Sorkin.

Musik Heute

Liszt-Klavierwettbewerb Weimar – Bayreuth nimmt Bewerbungen an

Der Wettbewerb findet vom 20. Oktober bis 01. November 2015 statt. Anmeldeschluss ist der 20. Juli 2015.

WDR startet Wettbewerb für Amateur-Chöre

Der Westdeutsche Rundfunk (WDR) veranstaltet im kommenden Jahr erstmals einen Wettbewerb für Amateur-Chöre aus Nordrhein-Westfalen.

KulturPort.De

Neue Musik für alte Filme: Neuvertonung von historischen Stummfilmen aus der Sammlung des DB Museums

In der Filmsammlung des DB Museums schlummern wahre Schätze der Reichsbahn-Filmstelle aus den 1920er-Jahren.

The Washington Post

Just Asking: Opera singer Soloman Howard on the football field vs. the stage

The rising star explains how emotional opera can be.

Pizzicato

New Hope For A New York City Opera Renaissance

In March 2015 New York will celebrate the career of conductor Julius Rudel (+ June 26, 2014) and his contribution to the closed New York City Opera as principal conductor and director for 22 years from 1957 to 1979.

Twitter

EnglishNationalOpera@E_N_O: #ENOGoldenWest and #ENOCellini have made the top 2 spots in @TelegraphOpera Top 5 Operas of 2014! http://ow.ly/G9LfN 

Music Education UK@MusicEdUK: £75m to be distributed to music hubs in 2015/6:  http://bit.ly/1CaxX2w 

Gdn Culture Pros@GdnCulturePros: Miss this yesterday? Access to music should be every child’s basic right, says singer-songwriter http://bit.ly/1r5YbSM  #musiced

pierre-boulez-1348074034-article-2Pierre Boulez. Photo: Classic FM

(Written on December 19, 2014 )

Classic FM Online

Rachmaninov manuscript sells for £1.2million

Music scholarship may change forever after the Russian master’s Symphony No. 2 sold at auction today alongside music by Beethoven, Puccini and Mozart.

The Guardian

Young Musician competition – let’s start with a level playing field

It’s undeniable that pianists and string players have the advantage in instrumental competitions. Tom Service has a dream, and if Michael Gove’s nightmare doesn’t destroy the next generation of musicians first, why not rethink the Young Musician competition so that all players and all music is created equal?

The Local

French dad uses Mozart to fight drug dealers

A father in the Parisian suburbs who became fed up with drug dealers hanging out in front of his apartment building is using an original method to try to chase the young men away – a nightly dose of classical music.

7 News Australia

Fat shaming must end in Aussie opera

After the British press fat shamed young star Tara Erraught this week, Australian opera singer Sarah Ann Walker has revealed the pressure to be slim pervades the industry Down Under too.

Telegraph

‘I stand by every word’

A review of Der Rosenkavalier at Glyndebourne has sparked a row about whether critics have the right to comment on a female singer’s appearance. Rupert Christiansen sticks to his guns

Classical Music on Twitter

ACE National@ace_national Balancing act: our Chief Exec @armslengthal blogs about our ongoing national portfolio investment process: http://bit.ly/1jr8haV

Telegraph Opera @TelegraphOpera Make up your own mind about Rosenkavalier: the Telegraph is live streaming the opera on June 8 #GlyndebourneLive @glyndebourne 

Mayor’s Music Fund@Mayorsmusic Looking forward to hearing Deputy Mayor for Education & Culture, Munira Mirza, on @LBC this morning. #LDNMusicAwards

Music Teacher@MusicTeacherMag Congrats to the winners of this year’s NCEM Young Composers Award – details and link to live stream here: http://ow.ly/x5Bsh

Naxos Records@naxosrecords It’s never too late to introduce the kids to #ClassicalMusic! Enter2Win My 1st Classical Music Collection! http://ow.ly/x1zjT

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on May 21, 2014 )

Guardian

San Diego Opera to stay open amid crowdfunding success

The 58-member board of directors voted in March to shut down, but recent campaign saved the troubled company.

Are opera singers now to be judged on their looks not their voice?

A storm of protest has erupted over critics’ disparaging comments about a Glyndebourne singer’s size and shape. If there is a line over which opera critics should not step, then it is into the realms of a singers’ personal appearance, writes mezzo soprano Jennifer Johnston.

Classic FM Online

Pittsburgh Symphony auditions barking dogs

A group of dogs were put through their paces at an audition for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, to determine which would take part in a performance of Leopold Mozart’s Hunt Symphony.

Liverpool Echo

Liverpool Philharmonic faces final curtain before £13.8m face lift

As it shuts its doors this weekend capital development director Emma King discusses the long-term vision for the Phil.

Classical Music Magazine

Classical:NEXT day four ‒ Classical music for generation Y, venerating venues, conference closing numbers

Phillip Sommerich reports from the final day of events at Classical:NEXT 2014. Appropriately, the final conference of Classical:NEXT was titled ‘Classical Music is Dead’, and speaker Brendan Walsh of consultancy Brending began in style.

Limelight Magazine

Global politics causes controversy at Carnegie Hall

World-renowned Finnish soprano Karita Mattila has publically refused to sing under the direction of Russian conductor Vladimir Gergiev, as tensions between Russia and the rest of the world manifested themselves at Carnegie Hall.

The New York Times

Pop Music Recital With a Classical Veneer

On Saturday, the Tribeca New Music Festival presented ‘Poetry in Motion:’ an evening of polished pop that featured the soprano Mellissa Hughes.

Classical Music on Twitter 

UberFacts ‏@UberFacts Singing helps reduce feelings of depression and anxiety, increases oxygen to your lungs and helps better posture.

The Forge@TheForgeCamden Let your child roam, dance, play & sing to classical music @BachToBaby this Thurs morning: http://ow.ly/wZSFF @LondonMums @islingtonmums

OAE@theoae The OAE Hall of Shame. It’s time to unveil the TOP 10 MOST HATED PIECES OF CLASSICAL MUSIC as voted for by you. http://bit.ly/1lUH00B

BBC Entertainment@bbcentertain VIDEO: How to make Anglo-Iranian music http://bbc.in/1mPv7Kl

The Journal of Music@journalofmusic Arts Council to Invest €450,000 in Music Generation. http://ow.ly/x0TP2

PRS Foundation@PRSFoundation We’re delighted to be partnered with @CreativeScots @ArtsCouncilNI @Arts_Wales_ & @artscouncil_ie on #BeyondBorders http://ow.ly/x0kzg

Guardian

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(Written on May 20, 2014 )

Classical Music Magazine

Industry welcomes tax relief on production costs

Arts Council England has welcomed a new scheme for arts and cultural organisations to claim specific tax relief on production costs, announced in Chancellor George Osborne’s budget on 19 March.

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra announces 2014/15 season

The BBCSSO continues its exploration of cutting edge contemporary music together with performances of much-loved classics in its 2014/15 season. ‘Discovery’ is one of the main themes throughout with audiences having the opportunity to hear some less familiar works.

The Guardian

La Scala’s new boss takes aim at ‘crazy’ catcalling of the loggionisti opera fans

Pavarotti and Alagna both suffered from the jeers of La Scala’s aficionados. Now manager Alexander Pereira has had enough.

BBC Music Magazine

Ewa Gubańska wins Handel Singing Competition

The Polish mezzo-soprano bags first prize at the 13th Handel Singing Competition.

BBC News

Dead Rat Orchestra’s meat cleavers recreate vigilantes’ music

A musician is using specially crafted meat cleavers to reproduce music – a tradition that is up to 300 years old and once made by groups of vigilantes.

Huffington Post

20 classical music names you are probably mispronouncing

The Huffington post gives us a video guide on how to pronounce the names of some tricky composers.

 

Classical music and culture on twitter

British Council: @Brit_VisualArts “We are delighted to announce Sarah Lucas as the artist representing Britain @la_Biennale 2015 http://bit.ly/OEP8Wx  pic.twitter.com/orAWiFJug4

The Forge: @TheForgeCamden Tonight! Massive @ The Forge. Live #reggae music in true Camden tradition & free entry all night! http://ow.ly/uKJzD  @frugl

Sinfini Music:  ‏@SinfiniMusic “More popular than God. Or football.* http://wp.me/p2k7ha-1hg  via @Andy_Doe. Ammunition for when people tell you classical music is dead.”

London Music Masters: @LDNmusicmasters “3 wks today we will be hosting a discussion on Class, Race & Classical Music @theESU with @xtaizy & @CandaceAllenLon  http://bit.ly/1h45wNi

Baltimore Symphony: @BaltSymphony “Who are the most interesting classical musicians on Twitter? http://bit.ly/PMFC59  cc @violincase @zoecello @nicomuhly @EricWhitacre

Classical Music Magazine

Classical Music Magazine

 

(Written on March 21, 2014 )

Guardian 

Spotify and Ministry of Sound settle music playlists copyright lawsuit

Playlists based on the dance brand’s compilations will be removed from streaming service’s search engine.

Alice Herz-Sommer, 1903–2014: remembered by Ed Vulliamy

The Observer’s Ed Vulliamy recalls his life-affirming meeting with the pianist and Holocaust survivor Alice Herz-Sommer, who died last week aged 110.

Star Tribune

Divided Minnesota Orchestra board faces big leadership decision

A divided board today will weigh CEO Michael Henson’s future and the possible return of ex-music director Osmo Vänskä.

The Telegraph

Musician loses beloved viola in bitter dispute with builders

Kathryn Bassano, an accomplished viola player, has been forced to sell the instrument after using it as security for three separate loans as she struggled to pay escalating court costs following a row with builders over the cost of work at her mansion.

Classical Music Magazine

Arts Council responds to regional balance debate

Following the House of Commons’ Culture, Media and Sport Committee’s announcement on 10 January of an inquiry into the regional imbalance of funding in the UK, Arts Council England has published a formal response as well as a report entitled This England: How Arts Council England uses its investment to shape a national cultural ecology.

Die Welt

Die wichtigsten Theaterpremieren im März

Rosenkrieg und Weltkrieg. Einstein am Strand und Dichter an der Front. Philosophen, die Stücke schreiben, und Stücke, die Philosophen beschreiben. Das sind die Top-Themen deutschsprachiger Bühnen.

National Portfolio Organisation via BBC Music Magazine

National Portfolio Organisation via BBC Music Magazine

(Written on March 3, 2014 )

Classical Music Magazine

Ulster Orchestra appoints Rafael Payare as next chief conductor

Venezuelan conductor Rafael Payare has been announced as the next chief conductor of the Ulster Orchestra. He will take over from JoAnn Falletta from the 2014-15 season, initially on a three-year contract.

Commons committee to investigate ACE’s remit, funding criteria and regional balance

The Culture, Media and Sport select committee of the House of Commons is to conduct an inquiry into the work of Arts Council England. The inquiry will look over the organisation’s scale, scope and remit, as well as the current weighting of its funding towards arts organisations in London.

Guardian

Scented scarves, scampering fingers and ice: concerts the immersive way

What does Debussy smell like? BitterSuite is an immersive concert project inspired by synaesthesia.

Telegraph

Master of the Queen’s Music – who next for a royal appointment?

As Peter Maxwell Davies prepares to step down as Master of the Queen’s Music, John Allison weighs up the various contenders to replace him.

CBC News

Violinist Yosuke Kawasaki fights $120K fine for antique violin

One of Canada’s most prestigious violinists is battling the Canada Border Services Agency in Federal Court after he was fined $120,000 for failing to declare nearly half a million dollars in musical instruments.

 South China Morning Post

US conductor Leonard Slatkin says future of orchestras is secure

He’s optimistic about the role of orchestras in our society, positive about young players and doesn’t worry about the classics disappearing. As long as society exists, there will be orchestras to reflect it, he says.

Die Zeit

“Für Machos ist Mariachi wichtiger als Mozart”

Auf seinem neuen Album singt der Tenor Rolando Villazón selten gehörte Arien von Mozart. Mit der “Welt” spricht er darüber, warum es zarte Wiener Klassik in der Latinogesellschaft so schwer hat.

Guardian

Guardian

 

(Written on January 14, 2014 )