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Classical News

In today’s classical news, renowned violinist Andre Rieu announces his rescheduled UK tour dates with the Johann Strauss Orchestra, and David Robertson will step down as Music Director for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra after their 2018-19 season. Donald Trump denies asking world-famous Tenor Andrea Bocelli to sing at his inauguration, after Bocelli backed out due to pressure from fans. Also, read about one of the world’s top harpsichordists, Zuzana Ruzickova, who endured three concentration camps in World War Two and was persecuted by the Communists in Czechoslovakia.

The Violin Channel

Saddened Andre Rieu Announces New UK Arena Tour Dates

Violinist Andre Rieu has today announced his rescheduled UK tour dates -after a member of his orchestra this week suffering a heart attack.

Pizzicato

Robertson To Leave St. Louis Symphony in 2019

David Robertson, 58, will leave his post as music director of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra after the 2018-19 symphony season.

Trump Says He Never Asked Bocelli To Sing

A Trump Inauguration Manager said on CNBC that would-be tenor Andrea Bocelli was never asked to sing at the feast. The denial came after Bocelli apparently refused to sing at this show due to pressure from fans.

WQXR

You Haven’t Seen A Cloud Play a Piano Until Now

All of these musical feats share the skies as inspiration, but artist David Bowen is taking more literal approach to the weather in music. The weather has long fascinated Bowen and his recent project answers a related question: What if a cloud could play the piano?

BBC News

The ‘miraculous’ life of Zuzana Ruzickova

Zuzana Ruzickova endured three concentration camps in World War Two, including Auschwitz, and was persecuted by the Communists in Czechoslovakia in the years that followed. But not only did she survive, she also went on to become one of the world’s leading harpsichordists.

Can video game music be ‘classical’?

Listen to BBC Newshour, where they discussed The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performing music from the Pokemon console games in London, which is the latest example of top classical musicians playing music from video games.

The Strad

Düsseldorf concert delayed because musicians are locked in the dressing room

The performers of the Breslau Chamber Orchestra Leopoldinum were ultimately freed by the combined efforts of porter, caretaker and fellow musicians.

Klassik.com

Rundfunkbeitrag in Österreich steigt

Der Stiftungsrat des Österreichischen Rundfunks hat eine Erhöhung des Rundfunkbeitrages um 6,5 Prozent beschlossen. Die höheren Abgaben werden ab Mai 2017 fällig.

Komponist Karel Husa ist tot

Der US-amerikanische Komponist Karel Husa ist tot. Er starb Mitte letzter Woche im Alter von 95 Jahren in Apex, North Carolina. Husa war gebürtiger Tscheche, studierte unter anderem bei Arthur Honegger sowie Nadia Boulanger und emigrierte 1954 in die Vereinigten Staaten.

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Verträge über künftige Theaterfinanzierung unter Dach und Fach

Nach monatelangen Debatten und Verhandlungen sind die Verträge über die Finanzierung der Thüringer Theater und Orchester – Theater Eisenach und Philharmonie Gotha-Eisenach – bis 2021 unter Dach und Fach.

BR Klassik

Bogdan Roscic folgt auf Dominique Meyer

Der Musikmanager Bogdan Roscic wird ab 2020 neuer Direktor der Wiener Staatsoper. Das teilte Österreichs Kulturminister Thomas Drozda am Mittwoch in Wien mit. Eine Personalentscheidung, die eine Öffnung des Hauses signalisiert.

Musik Heute

Anja Harteros singt nicht bei Elbphilharmonie-Eröffnung

Die Sopranistin Anja Harteros wird nicht bei den Eröffnungskonzerten der Hamburger Elbphilharmonie singen. Als Ersatz habe man die schwedische Opern- und Konzertsängerin Camilla Tilling gewinnen können.

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Music History @today_classical #Today in 1888 FP of J. #Brahms‘ Violin Sonata No. 3 in d, Op. 108, in Budapest. #MusicHistory #classicalmusic

DW – Culture @dw_culture Mourning with #Berlin: Nine famous songs of sadness and the stories behind them http://dw.com/p/2Ubm1?maca=en-tco-dw …

Guardian Classical @GdnClassical Andrew Clements’ top 10 classical CDs of 2016 https://t.co/IA0JXxGbEq

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Photo from The Violin Channel

(Written on December 21, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, in order to break the bottleneck on the top of the charts caused by the inclusion of streaming datas, The Official Chart Company is changing the way it calculates to reflect the rise in music streaming. Academy of Ancient Music is collaborating with Mid Wales Opera and Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama on MWO’s tour in Wales. The Royal Northern College of Music has announced partnership with Zhejiang Conservatory of Music in Hangzhou, China. English National Opera finished its financial year with a surplus of £308,000. Also, read about the Stradivari violins, the mystery that even Sherlock Holmes failed to solve.

BBC News

Chart company changes formula to reflect rise in streaming

The Official Chart Company is changing the way it calculates the Top 40 to reflect the rise in streaming.

Early Music Today Magazine

Academy of Ancient Music to collaborate with RWCMD and Mid Wales Opera

Mid Wales Opera’s second co-production with the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama is to tour Wales in association with the Academy of Ancient Music.

Music Teacher Magazine

RNCM announces partnership with Zhejiang Conservatory of Music

The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) has announced a partnership with the Zhejiang Conservatory of Music (ZJCM).

Opera Now Magazine

English National Opera reports 75% capacity for 2015/16

English National Opera ended the 2015/16 financial year with a surplus of £308,000, the company’s annual review has revealed.

The Times

Stradivari’s secret could be a drop of fungicide

Even Sherlock Holmes himself couldn’t solve the mystery of Stradivari violins. Florian Leonhard says that Stradivari is still way ahead of his modern rivals and researchers believe an ancient fungicide may be the secret of the violins’ unique acoustics.

Der Tagesspiegel

Deutsche Theater- und Orchesterlandschaft soll Welterbe werden

Deutschland hat seine Theater- und Orchesterlandschaft für die internationale Unesco-Liste des Immateriellen Kulturerbes nominiert. Deutschland verfüge über die weltweit höchste Theaterdichte, hieß es dazu. Die Orchesterdichte zähle zu den höchsten der Welt.

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ECHO 2017: Verleihung des Musikpreises des Bundesverbandes der Musikindustrie wird im nächsten Jahr neu gestaltet

Die Neuausrichtung wird sowohl den Aufbau der Sendung als auch die Rolle der Jury betreffen und darüber hinaus eine inhaltliche Überarbeitung der Regularien einschließen.

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Alvis Hermanis inszeniert nicht in Bayreuth

Der lettische Regisseur hat sich aus den Verhandlungen mit den Bayreuther Festspielen zurückgezogen. Hermanis war für den “Lohengrin” 2018 im Gespräch gewesen. Hermanis ist wegen seiner Aussagen zur Flüchtlingspolitik umstritten.

Codex Flores

Haimor Chef der Württembergischen Philharmonie Reutlingen

Die Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen (WPR) hat mit dem Amerikaner Fawzi Haimor einen neuen Chefdirigenten. Er tritt sein Amt zum Spielzeitbeginn 2017/18 an.

WELT

Die unterkühlte Monarchin der Oper steigt vom Thron

Renée Fleming ist eine der größten Sängerinnen der Welt. Sie trat in der Sesamstraße auf, beim Super Bowl, sogar ein Dessert ist nach ihr benannt. Nun plant sie ihren Abschied. Es wird Zeit.

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Cmuse.org @cmuseorg Boy battling #leukemia gets chance to conduct symphony #orchestra http://www.cmuse.org/7-year-old-boy-battling-leukemia-gets-chance-to-conduct-orchestra/ … #music

Classical Music News @ClassicalMusic Breaking: Andrea Bocelli pulls out of Trump inauguration http://dlvr.it/MwdgSz #ClassicalMusic

Help Musicians UK @HelpMusiciansUK Learn how we’ve supported artists this year through our Creative Programme. RT & share the word

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Photo: Zhejiang Conservatory of Music/ 浙江音乐学院

(Written on December 20, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Turkish pianist Fazil Say wins Beethoven Prize, The Telegraph picks best pieces of classical Christmas music, and works for BSO Composers’ Day 2017 are revealed. Also, will Andrea Bocelli sing at Donald Trump’s inauguration ceremony?

The Telegraph

The 10 best pieces of classical Christmas music

Read about The Telegraph’s top 10 picks of classical music for Christmas.

Deutsche Welle

Fazil Say: ‘I make music like a Turk’

Read about Turkish pianist Fazil Say’s interview with Deutsche Welle.

The Indian Express

You won’t believe which Austrian musician outsold Beyoncé, Drake in 2016!

Eighteenth century Austrian classical music legend Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart has managed to outsell Beyoncé, Drake and Adele this year.

Classical Music Magazine

Works for BSO Composers’ Day 2017 revealed

The 12 works selected for the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s Composers’ day have been revealed.

Classic FM

André Rieu postpones UK concerts after musician falls ill

André Rieu has postponed the remaining dates of his UK tour after a member of his Johann Strauss Orchestra suffered a severe heart attack.

Will Andrea Bocelli also sing at Donald Trump’s inauguration ceremony?

After reported difficulties in securing musical acts to perform at the presidential inauguration ceremony, it looks like Andrea Bocelli could be in line to sing for Donald Trump.

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Dresden nimmt Kürzung für Philharmonie zurück – Orchester erleichtert

Die Philharmonie blicke nun nach vorn und freue sich auf den lang ersehnten Konzertsaal, der Ende April 2017 eröffnet werden soll.

Klassik.com

Pianist Fazil Say mit Beethovenpreis ausgezeichnet

Der türkische Pianist ist mit dem Internationalen Beethovenpreis ausgezeichnet worden. Der “Preis für Men­schenrechte, Frieden, Freiheit, Armutsbekämpfung und Inklusion” ist mit 10.000 Euro dotiert. Der türkische Journalist Can Dündar, der eigentlich als Laudator geplant war, hat an der Preisverleihung nach internationalem Wirbel um seinen Auftritt nicht teilgenommen.

Gedenktag für Kurt Masur in Breslau

In Breslau findet am heutigen Montag ein Gedenktag für Kurt Masur statt, der im Dezember 2015 verstorben war. Im Rahmen der Gedenkfeierlichkeiten findet ein Konzert mit dem Orchestre National de France statt, bei dem die Geigerin Anne-Sophie Mutter als Solistin auftritt, Dirigent ist Ken-David Masur, Sohn von Kurt Masur.

Twitter

klassik.com @klassikcom  Münchner : Bebauungsplan für das Werkviertel genehmigt

3sat Kulturzeit @kulturzeit Die -Preisverleihung wird ab 2017 bei Vox zu sehen sein.

The Royal Opera @TheRoyalOpera ‘‘Ah fors’è lui’ / ‘Sempre libera’ – the dazzling musical highlight from

Fazil Say © Marco Borggreve

Fazil Say © Marco Borggreve

(Written on December 19, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Harpist Oliver Wass wins the 2016 Guildhall gold medal, Andris Nelsons receives the 13th Glashütte Original Music Festival Award & opera star Andrea Bocelli serenades football fans before kick off in the Leicester City vs Everton game.

Classical Music Magazine

Harpist Oliver Wass wins the 2016 Guildhall gold medal

Harpist Oliver Wass has won the 2016 Guildhall School of Music & Drama gold medal. He performed Ginastera’s concerto for harp, accompanied by the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Adrian Leaper.

Nelsons receives Glashütte Original Music Festival Award

Andris Nelsons has been presented with the 13th Glashütte Original Music Festival Award. The award was presented by the managing director of Glashütte Original Yann Gamard and the intendant of the Dresden Music Festival Jan Vogler following a concert with the Boston Symphony Orchestra on 6 May at Dresden’s Frauenkirche.

International Arts Manager

Bocelli serenades Leicester City fans

Opera star Andrea Bocelli serenaded football fans on Saturday with a spine-tingling rendition of Nussun Dorma before kick off in the Leicester City vs Everton game. The song became famous in football circles after the BBC used Pavarotti’s rendition as the theme tune for its Italia ’90 World Cup coverage.

The Telegraph

Gerald Finley: ‘I dream of finishing my career as von Trapp’

Thirty years ago, a shy young rookie with a soft Canadian accent and gentle smile, straight out of the choir of King’s College, Cambridge, and the Royal College of Music, made his professional debut in the back row of the Glyndebourne chorus.

Music Week

Irving Azoff claims YouTube is “the root of the problem”

Azoff has issued an open letter on re/code to “Dear YouTube” in response a recent blog post on the services’ “creator blog” titled ’Setting The Record Straight’. In the post, Christophe Muller, Head of YouTube International Music Partnerships, contended that “YouTube takes copyright management extremely seriously and we work to ensure rights holders make money no matter who uploads their music.

Classic FM

Kanye West surprised Kim Kardashian with a whole orchestra because he can

Kanye West is not known for his subtlety – so it makes sense that his gift to KK for mother’s day is not a bunch of flowers but a whole string orchestra.

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Opera Fort Collins hires new executive director

Elizabeth Telling has been announced as Opera Fort Collins’ new executive director

klassik.com

Andris Nelsons mit Preis der Dresdner Musikfestspiele 2016 ausgezeichnet

Der Dirigent Andris Nelsons hat den Preis der Dresdner Musikfestspiele 2016 erhalten. Der Lette erhält die mit 25.000 Euro dotierte Auszeichnung für sein Engagement in Bezug auf die Vermittlung klassischer Musik sowie die Nachwuchsförderung.

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Sachsen-Anhalt: Staatskanzlei künftig für Kultur zuständig

In Sachsen-Anhalt soll die Kulturpolitik künftig komplett von der Staatskanzlei verantwortet werden.

welt.de

Run auf Freikarten für die Elbphilharmonie-Eröffnung

Am Morgen wurde eine Seite zur Verlosung von Freikarten für die Elbphilharmonie-Eröffnungskonzerte freigeschaltet. Wenig später brach sie zusammen. Doch noch haben alle eine Chance auf Tickets.

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The Strad @TheStradMag The 9th International Violin Competition Leopold Mozart has named five semi finalists

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Live Music Now @LiveMusicNowUK Fascinating uplifting meeting of A Choir in Every Care Home today. Thanks all who took part.

Dresdner Musikfestspiele . Konzert von Jan Vogler und dem Boston Symphony Orchstra am 07.05.2016 in der Dresdner Frauenkirche . Mit anschliessender Verleihung des Glashuette Original Festpielpreises an Dirigent Andris Nelsons . Foto: Oliver Killig

Photograph: Oliver Killig

(Written on May 10, 2016 )

 

Classical News

In today’s news, the arts world is being love-blitzed by government ministers, and The Arts Desks discusses music in other cultures. Also, the Sir Karl Jenkins Music Award 2016 is launched, and interviews with Andrea Bocelli and Andrew Shore

The Times

Richard Morrison: Finally the arts world is being love-blitzed by government ministers

David Cameron isn’t the only Tory rushing to seize the centre ground with a show of cuddly, caring conservatism. After years in which his party huffed and puffed about the importance of youngsters getting qualifications in “hard” academic disciplines, the arts world is suddenly being love-blitzed by his education ministers

Telegraph

Andrea Bocelli: ‘It’s beautiful to sing for everybody’

If Andrea Bocelli had his way, he would never speak, only sing. So it seems almost unfair to subject him to an interview

The Guardian

Baritone Andrew Shore: from baring all for Beckmesser, to toupees and timing

He’s always wanted to play a panto dame, eyebrows are crucial, and the best singers are those that simply listen to the music. The great buffo-baritone talks us through some of his greatest comic roles for English National Opera

The Arts Desk

Extract: The Other Classical Musics

Michael Church prefaces a collection of essays on the Great Tradition in different cultures

Classical Music Magazine

Royal College of Music development gets green light

The Royal College of Music (RCM) has been granted planning permission for the development of its site on Prince Consort Road

Classic FM

Sir Karl Jenkins Music Award 2016 launched

The Arts Club has announced details of this year’s Sir Karl Jenkins Music Award 2016

Der Tagesspiegel 

Der Nachwuchs kommt aus Fernost

Alle Finalisten spielten beim Max-Rostal-Wettbewerk an der Universität der Künste das gleiche Werk. Gewonnen hat nur einer: Diyang Mei aus China

Concerti

„Heute will sich das Publikum amüsieren“

Nikolai Lugansky gilt als Exponent der russischen Klavierschule, er selber will von solchen Klassifizierungen jedoch nichts wissen

Pizzicato 

Rare Mozart Letter Sold For $217,000 At Auction

A rare letter written by Mozart sold for $217,000 according to Boston-based RR Auction. The one-page signed note in German is undated, but was probably written in the summer of 1786 to the composer’s close friend, the great Austrian botanist Nikolaus Joseph von Jacquin

Pacific Standard

Music Is a Potent Source of Meaning

But new research finds younger and older people largely listen for different reasons. The source of music’s power has long been debated, with many psychologists concluding its primary benefit is emotional regulation. For many of us, that has always seemed awfully reductive and recently published research suggests we may be right

Le Figaro

Les Gipsy Kings au patrimoine mondial de l’Unesco?

La rumba catalane, musique emblématique de groupes gitans de Barcelone ou Perpignan comme celui de la famille Reyes, est candidate pour être inscrite sur la liste du patrimoine culturel immatériel des Nations unies

Twitter

Arts Council England ‏@ace_national : #culturematters: share our EDM with your MP, recognising economic impact of arts&culture http://bit.ly/1L1tSW3 

Sinfini Music @SinfiniMusic  : Mr @LudovicoEinaud‘s new album dropped today! We quizzed him about Euclid, Eminem & an extremely full iPhone… http://bit.ly/1LQr2ok 

Classic FM ‏@ClassicFM  :10 pieces of classical music that will change your life: http://classfm.co/tzsPBl  (and all of them are on @composed)

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(Written on October 16, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, The Edinburgh Festival must look to Manchester for fresh ideas, Philip Pullman speaks up in favour of music education and 7 tips for performing from memory from The Strad.

The Times

Richard Morrison: ‘The Edinburgh Festival must look to Manchester for fresh ideas’

It’s a bit of a memento mori to realise that I’m attending my 43rd Edinburgh Festival and my 39th as a journalist.

The Independent

Royal Opera House unveils colourful hand-painted silk installation telling its story

London’s Royal Opera House has unveiled the huge hand-painted silk installation that will hang in the Paul Hamlyn Hall next month.

Classical Music Magazine

Philip Pullman speaks up in favour of music education

Author Philip Pullman has stated that he considers music to be the most important school subject.

Classic FM

We’ve got our hands on Andrea Bocelli’s new album (and we’ll be the first in the world to play it!)

The Italian tenor has always looked like a dashing hero from a cinematic classic, so it’s fitting that his new album is all about the best movie music. We’re so excited about it that we’re going to play it before anyone else.

The Strad

7 tips for performing from memory

Guidance from The Strad’s archive on performing and practising from memory – and how to deal with memory lapses

Klassik.com

Kölner Opernsaison droht zu platzen

Nachdem die Wiedereröffnung des Kölner Opernhauses aufgrund von Planungsfehlern und der Insolvenz des Bauunternehmens Imtech weiter aufgeschoben werden musste (klassik.com berichtete), steht die kommende Opernsaison auf der Kippe. Voraussichtlich wird das Haus weder in der Saison 2015/16 noch 2016/17 zur Verfügung stehen.

Klassikakzente

Musik als einziger Freund: Wie Keith Jarrett seine Einsamkeit in Kreativität verwandelte

Bei der Vorstellung von Wolfgang Sandners neuer Keith-Jarrett-Biographie unterhielt sich der Autor mit dem ECM-Produzenten Manfred Eicher über den Pianisten.

Musik heute

Thüringer Staatskanzlei will Theater und Orchester reformieren

Die Thüringer Staatskanzlei will Theater und Orchester in dem Freistaat umbauen. Dazu führe man seit Jahresbeginn Gespräche mit Intendanten und den kommunalen Trägern, sagte Regierungssprecher Alexander Fischer am Donnerstag in Erfurt.

Le Figaro

Moscou cherche à rapatrier les restes de Rachmaninov, inhumé à New York

Les autorités russes souhaitent que le grand compositeur repose dans sa région natale de Novgorod, dans le nord-ouest de la Russie. Les descendants du musicien s’opposent au transfert de ses restes.

Classicalite

Miguel Vásquez on Panama, New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall and His Grandpa

At the age of nine, Miguel Vásquez was an aspiring classical violinist/cellist in Panama. There on the isthmus, though, getting proper musical education proved difficult–especially as his skills improved. His grandfather, Luis Vásquez–a professional double bassist, guitarist and English horn player–first inspired the would-be musician.

Twitter

Sinfini Music @SinfiniMusic: Update: nearly 2k sigs on petition to include female composers on A-level syllabus. Story:

Sam Jackson @classicjacko: If anyone ever says studying music isn’t a good idea, show them this. Especially pleased to see @TrinityLaban at No.2

Guardian Classical @GdnClassical: Jonas Kaufmann: ‘I feel like an ambassador’

Times

Edinburgh Festival should look to Manchester for ideas
Credit: James Glossopp/ Times

(Written on August 21, 2015 )

Telegraph

Parents think classical music is ‘elitist’ and only listen to pop

These days it is children who introduce classical music to their parents, says former Royal Harpist Catrin Finch

Daniel Harding: conductor on a mission to revive the classical concert

British conductor Daniel Harding has recruited the TV physicist Brian Cox and other famous thinkers to revolutionise the concert-going experience

Classic FM

Lindsey Stirling to join Andrea Bocelli on UK tour

Violinist and internet sensation Lindsey Stirling has been announced as special guest for Andrea Bocelli‘s November UK & Ireland arena tour.

The Strad

Former Chetham’s School of Music violin teacher charged with rape and indecent assault

The charges against Wen Zhou Li, who also taught at the Royal Northern College of Music, date back to the 1990s

Classical Source

London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski extend partnership

The London Philharmonic Orchestra is delighted to announce that its long-standing and celebrated partnership with Vladimir Jurowski, Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor, will continue until at least 2018.

The Stage

Online arts channel to be launched with arts council backing

A new on-demand channel for the arts is to be launched with £1.8 million of funding from Arts Council England.

Pizzicato

Atlanta Symphony President Resigns During Lockout

The President of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Stanley Romanstein, has resigned, mentioning that his leadership would be an “impediment” to reaching a new labor agreement with the symphony’s locked out musicians.

Die Zeit

Bayerische Staatsoper zur Oper des Jahres gewählt

Musikkritiker aus Europa und den USA haben das Musikhaus erstmals auf Platz eins ihrer Bestenliste gehoben. Ausschlaggebend war die Arbeit des Generalmusikdirektors

Musik-heute

Komponistin Milica Djordjević erhält Belmont-Preis für zeitgenössische Musik

Mit ihr werde eine der interessantesten Komponistinnen der jüngeren Generation ausgezeichnet, teilte die Forberg-Schneider-Stiftung am Montag mit.

Codexflores

Machtkämpfe bei Radio France

Beim Orchestre philarmonique de Radio France wird nach einer Ankündigung der Gewerkschaften Sud und CGT am 3. Oktober gestreikt. Zum Opfer fällt der Massnahme ein Konzert im Salle Pleyel. Protestiert wird gegen die Umstände beim Abgang des künstlerischen Leiters des Kultursenders.

ORF.AT

Dirigenten-Eklat: Meyer sieht Mitschuld

In der Staatsoper gibt man sich nach den jüngsten Turbulenzen um Dirigenten-Absagen und Sänger-Probleme vor der „Idomeneo“-Premiere am kommenden Sonntag entspannt. Gleichzeitig gestand Direktor Dominique Meyer eine Mitschuld ein.

ArtsATL

Breaking News: ASO’s Stanley Romanstein resigns; former Coke executive appointed interim CEO

Stanley Romanstein has resigned as president and CEO of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, effective immediately, the latest casualty of the acrimonious relationship between the orchestra musicians and its management, which led to a lockout four weeks long.

The New York Times

Austerity Leads Ensemble to Adapt

William Christie and Les Arts Florissants in Season of Change

Classicalite

Classical Musicians Said To Create “Peaceful Atmosphere” For Occupy Central Demonstrators

Occupy Central is underway in China and amid threats from the government to lay siege, protestors and organizers have tried to remain optimistic and calm.

Twitter

Royal Albert Hall @RoyalAlbertHall: See photos, setlist and more from Friday night’s acoustic @jason_mraz show at the Hall: bit.ly/1sLAP5n

Wigmore Hall @wigmore_hall: “The key is to figure out what you’re contributing,” @JoshuaBellMusic on playing chamber music http://n.pr/1DSR6Z9 

Benjamin Britten @BrittenOfficial: On @BBCInTune today @suzyklein has 10 quirky facts about ‘Storm’ from Britten’s 4 Sea Interludes, part of 10 Pieces: bbc.in/1lrlo8j

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Lindsey Stirling. Photo: Classic FM

(Written on September 30, 2014 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Addiction in the orchestra: classical music’s drink and drugs problem

At 15 she was playing the Royal Albert Hall. At 21 she was breakfasting on vodka. As a new documentary explores addiction in classical music, cellist Rachael Lander tells her story.

Slipped Disc

Conductor hits back over international Mahler scam

The Austrian conductor Wolfgang Scheidt has written a blistering letter, dissociating himself from the organisers of the Salzburg Voice Festival and the Mahler Philharmoniker orchestra. Both were exposed four weeks ago in Slipped Disc as a scam that took money from young singers and gave very little in return.

Classic FM

Andrea Bocelli, Il Divo and Richard Reed Parry take the Ice Bucket Challenge

Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, Il Divo’s Urs Bühler and composer Richard Reed Parry are among the latest to take the ALS ice bucket challenge, posting videos of themselves getting dunked on YouTube.

Classic FM

Howard Shore: ‘I write film music in a 19th-century world. I live in a forest’

Lord of the Rings composer Howard Shore has revealed how he continues to write some of the most inspiring music around in an exclusive interview to mark his fifth successive victory in the Classic FM Movie Music Hall of Fame.

The Washington Post

What do college partyers, violin makers and cake decorators have in common?

The sale of Everclear, and all 190-proof liquor is now banned in Maryland. Who is most upset? The people who make violins.

Broadawayworld

Nitzan Haroz Appointed Principal Trombone for Philidelphia Orchestra

The Philadelphia Orchestra announces the appointment of Nitzan Haroz as principal trombone, effective immediately.

Menschen in Dresden

Serge Dorny gegen Freitstaat: Verhandlungstermin geplatzt

Keine Verhandlung im Streit um gekündigten Intendantenvertrag am 1. September. Foto: Stephan Floss, Matthias Creutziger.

Concerti

Interview Kit Armstrong

“Ich bin einfach ein neugieriger Mensch”.

Klavier.de

Berlioz-Klavier unwissentlich zur Versteigerung angeboten

Preisvorschlag von 800 Euro nach Recherchen zurückgezogen.

Twitter

EUYO: ‏@EUYOtweets  Check out the short video of our recent Flashmob @rijksmuseum with @Concertgebouw http://youtu.be/5ycw4_xHQXM  #flashmob #classicalmusic #euyo

GoClassical: ‏@GoClassicalUK  Deutsche Grammophon launches own streaming service called DG Discovery http://www.gramophone.co.uk/news/deutsche-grammophon-launches-own-streaming-service-called-dg-discovery … #classicalmusic

The Classical Source: @ClassicalSource News: A New Thought on Applause during Concerts by Leonard Slatkin @DetroitSymphony @BBCProms http://ow.ly/AGdGD 

Adelaide Symphony: ‏@The_ASO  Villains and #Classical music. This is not for the faint-hearted. slate.me/1wvFdXV

 

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(Written on August 26, 2014 )

The Times

10 great opera stars

Nine singers, one conductor — these are the people you need to know before the International Opera Awards next month

Gramophone

Spotify: threat or friend?

Martin Cullingford reflects on the changing nature of how we get our music

Music events to include Three Choirs Festival commission and Late Night Prom on the anniversary

International Arts Manager

Performing arts talent from Spain and Portugal will form the focus of the Kennedy Center’s 2015 festival.

BBC Music Magazine

Reading University unveils plaque to commemorate Gustav Holst

The composer and former lecturer is celebrated

First female organist appointed at St Paul’s

A new musical appointment at St Paul’s Cathedral makes history

Classic FM

Brooklyn Rider launch Kickstarter for new Almanac project

New York-based string quartet Brookyln Rider have launched a Kickstarter project to help fund their forthcoming album and multimedia project, ‘Almanac’

Andrea Bocelli got married to his manager and it was just lovely

The legendary tenor finally did the honourable thing and married his long-term partner and manager Veronica Berti in a gorgeous ceremony in Tuscany

Audience vote to decide pianist’s Chopin concert repertoire

Pianist Sergio Tiempo will allow the audience of his forthcoming London concert to decide which six Chopin Etudes he will play by asking them to vote online

derStandard.at

Franzose Bertrand de Billy: “Mir ist der Kragen geplatzt” – Franck springt ein

Le Monde

Ecoutez le son caverneux de l’octobasse, cet instrument hors normes

A l’occasion de la Semaine des musées, la Cité de la musique a publié une vidéo présentant cet instrument géant mis au point au XVIIIe siècle

Concerti

Interview Frank Peter Zimmermann: „Neue Gedanken zum Klingen bringen“

Der Geiger Frank Peter Zimmermann über den Reiz zeitgenössischer Werke, Kommunikation mit dem Orchester und Spontaneität im Konzert

 

Classical Music on Twitter

M Magazine: @Maria_MillerMP: “UK music industry must ensure it can sustain itself for the future” http://ow.ly/v2V57  #copyright

WildKatPR: #Crowdfunding in #music: check out WildKat PR clients who are using this right now! http://wildkatpr.com/news/blog/2014/03/27/current-crowdfunded-projects/ … @Brooklyn_Rider @InHarmonyTS

Sinfini Music: @SinfiniMusic10 classical music highlights this week, which one are you going to? http://bit.ly/1iDNfUJ  @officialronnies @BarbicanCentre @SwanseaUni

Gabriel Prokofiev: @gprokofiev First ever @Nonclassical in Leeds tonight. At legendary gig space: @CockpitLeeds ft @juicevocal @Damien_Harron & many Leeds based performer

Zeit Online Kultur: @zeitonline_kul Online hat gewonnen. Print auch. 12 Thesen zum Journalismus von @berndulrich (@DIEZEIT) und @Jochen (@zeitonline) http://www.zeit.de/2014/14/print-online-redaktion-thesen-journalismus

Brian Wise: @briancwise Top 5 Most Controversial Audience Behaviors (with lively comments thread) http://www.wqxr.org/#!/story/top-5-most-controversial-audience-behaviors/

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(Written on March 28, 2014 )

New York Daily News

Classical music explodes, both in sales and in expanding boundaries

As crossover classical-pop performers like Andrea Bocelli and Lindsey Stirling sell tons of records, established pop, rock and roots musicians like Rufus Wainwright, Jonny Greenwood and Chris Thile tackle classical forms

BBC News

Maria von Trapp, last member of Sound of Music family, dies

The last surviving member of the Trapp Family Singers, the group whose story inspired The Sound of Music, has died at the age of 99, her family say.

Sky News

American Idol Stars Sue Sony Music for $10m

Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood are among the stars named in the lawsuit against Sony over royalties.

Classic FM Online

Classical music at the Sochi 2014 Closing Ceremony

Rachmaninov stole the show at the Fisht Olympic Stadium, celebrating Russia’s history and classical music in a spectacular Winter Olympics closing ceremony.

Holocaust survivor musician Alice Herz-Sommer dies age 110

The oldest living holocaust survivor, pianist Alice Herz-Sommer, who remembers meeting Mahler and Kafka in her incredible lifetime, died yesterday at the age of 110.

The Guardian

Christian Curnyn: too hot to Handel

He’s putting the shock into the baroque – and he couldn’t care less about all the outrage he’s causing. Maverick conductor Christian Curnyn says why sex, swearing and Stratocasters are just what early opera needs

Detroit Free Press

Leonard Slatkin: How African Americans changed classical music

How African-Americans profoundly changed the American musical landscape and paved the way for others

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on February 24, 2014 )