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In today’s classical news, violinist Herbert Light has retired from Philadelphia Orchestra, after 56 years with the ensemble. Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome and Associazione Nazionale Liuteria Artistica Italiana announced the results of the 2016 Santa Cecilia International Violin Making Competition. Also, the 17-year-old pianist, Henry Cash, has won the Pendle Young Musicians’ Bursary 2016, which took place at The Muni, Colne.

The Strad

Philadelphia Orchestra violinist retires after 56 years

Long-serving Philadelphia Orchestra violinist Herbert Light has retired after 56 years with the ensemble. A student of David Madison and Jani Szanto at the Philadelphia Musical Academy, he was a member of the Baltimore Symphony and served in the United States Army Band in Washington D.C. before joining The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1960.

Santa Cecilia International Violin Making Competition announces results

The Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome and Associazione Nazionale Liuteria Artistica Italiana (ANLAI) have announced the results of the 2016 Santa Cecilia International Violin Making Competition.

Classical Music Magazine

Scholl and Halperin win Hessischen Kulturpreis 2016

Countertenor Andreas Scholl and pianist Tamar Halperin have been named as the recipients of the Hessischen Kulturpreis 2016. The prize is endowed with €45,000 (£40,560), making it the most valuable award in the Federal Republic of Germany.

Henry Cash wins Pendle Young Musicians’ Bursary 2016

Pianist Henry Cash has won the Pendle Young Musicians’ Bursary 2016. The 17-year-old, who is currently studying with Graham Caskie at Chetham’s School, played Haydn’s D major sonata and the first movement of Chopin’s B-flat minor sonata in the final round of the bursary competition, which took place at The Muni, Colne.

Chicago Tribune

Ear Taxi Festival shows what collaboration can mean for new music in Chicago

From the Patricia Barber song cycle that launched the event Wednesday, to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s MusicNOW program that concluded it Monday night, Chicago’s largest-ever festival of contemporary classical music proved itself to be all that it aspired to be — a grand idea in a grand city at a grand time.

Broadwayworld

Las Vegas Philharmonic Renews Music Director Donato Cabrera’s Contract

This will extend Cabrera’s role as Music Director and Conductor of the Las Vegas Philharmonic through the 2019 – 2020 concert season, the orchestra’s 20th anniversary.

Le Parisien

Après le 13 novembre, le public a-t-il peur de revenir dans les salles de spectacle?

Les Français sont globalement “rassurés” par les dispositifs de sécurité adoptés dans les salles de spectacles depuis les attentats du 13 novembre 2015 mais une part importante juge encore “insuffisantes” les mesures à l’extérieur des salles et des festivals.

Spiegel Online

Der Nachschlag nach dem Festspiel-Sommer

Österreich ist Austragungsort eines der originellsten europäischen Jazzfestivals. Bei “Jazz & The City” verwandelt sich die Salzburger Altstadt in eine Bühne für Weltstars.

Neue Musikzeitung

Donaueschinger Musiktage planen 18 Uraufführungen

Das drei Tage dauernde Festival in Donaueschingen im Schwarzwald werde sich unter anderem der Schnittstelle zwischen Avantgarde und Popmusik widmen, sagte ein Sprecher der Organisatoren im Vorfeld.

Musik heute

Neuer Preis der Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern an Sopranistin Olena Tokar

Die 1987 in der Ukraine geborene Künstlerin habe beim “Sängerfest der Jungen Elite” im September überzeugt, teilten die Festspielveranstalter am Dienstag in Schwerin mit. Der mit 10.000 Euro dotierte Preis soll im Rahmen einer Operngala im Sommer 2017 überreicht werden.

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(Written on October 12, 2016 )

Classical News

In our news today, the Royal Opera House is sued by a viola player for ruining his career, Debbie Wiseman to write the music for the Queen’s 90th birthday & the shortlists have been announced for the RPS Music Awards.

BBC News

Musician sues Royal Opera House over ruined hearing

A renowned viola player is suing the Royal Opera House for ruining his hearing and his career during rehearsals of Wagner’s Die Walkure.

Classic FM

Music for Queen’s 90th birthday written by Classic FM composer Debbie Wiseman

Classic FM’s Composer in Residence has been commissioned to compose the orchestral Overture and Finale music for the royal celebration in May.

Classical Music Magazine

Shortlists announced for RPS Music Awards

The shortlists have been announced for this year’s Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards.

Music Week

Eventbrite launches free public events drive

Self-service ticketing platform Eventbrite is running a touring exhibition of free British and Irish events that have taken place over the past 50 years.

The Telegraph

Stars gather for David Bowie tribute concert in New York

Stars from the world of rock and pop gathered at Carnegie Hall in New York to pay tribute to David Bowie who died in January, aged 69.

New York Times

Apollo Theater and Opera Philadelphia to continue partnership

Their first collaboration, the New York premiere of the opera“Charlie Parker’s Yardbird,” will not open until Friday, but the Apollo Theater and Opera Philadelphia are already making plans to get the band back together.

Classicalite

New York Philharmonic Archives Highlighted for 175th Anniversary

The New York Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra will celebrate its 175th anniversary next season with a nostalgic 2016-17 itinerary. And in observance of nearly two centuries of music, the Philharmonic is illuminating its extensive digital archive library.

Classicalite

Andreas Scholl, German ‘Spectre’ singer, brings baroque Opera into focus

German countertenor Andreas Scholl is spearheading a rejuvenation of baroque opera with his distinct, unadulterated voice. The vocalist achieved mainstream recognition last year when his version of Vivaldi’s “Cum Dederit,” backed by the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, appeared in the James Bond film, Spectre.

Pizzicato

Final preparations for the ICMA Award Ceremony and Gala Concert 2016

The International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) organize their Award Ceremony and Gala Concert today, April 1st, at the Kursaal in San Sebastian, hosted by the Euskadi Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jun Märkl and San Sebastian 2016, Cultural capital of Europe.

Pizzicato

Nine soloists at the ICMA-Gala in San Sebastian

The Gala concert of the International Music Awards 2016 takes place today, 01 April, at the Kursaal in San Sebastian. The event is hosted by the Euskadi Orchestra (Basque National Orchestra) and Donostia 2016.

Klassik.com

Konzertante Rheingold-Aufführung in der Berliner Philharmonie massiv gestört

Bei einer konzertanten Aufführung von Richard Wagners Musikdrama “Das Rheingold” ist es in der Berliner Philharmonie am vergangenen Wochenende zu einem Eklat gekommen. Lokalen Medienberichten zufolge wurde das ausverkaufte Konzert mit der Berliner Landeskapelle unter Leitung von Horst Bergfried mehrfach durch Zwischenrufe gestört und musste schließlich aufgrund von Tumulten unterbrochen werden.

Klassik.com

Bach-Medaille für Bassist Peter Kooij

Die Bach-Medaille der Stadt Leipzig geht in diesem Jahr an den niederländischen Bassisten Peter Kooij.

Zeit Online

Artemis-QuartettHäutungen eines Igels

Im vergangenen Sommer nahm sich der Bratscher des berühmten Artemis Quartetts das Leben. Jetzt präsentieren sich die Musiker erstmals in neuer Besetzung.

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Royal Opera House. Photograph: BBC News

(Written on April 1, 2016 )

Arizona Daily Star

Poland’s ‘Mozart Of Poetry’ Dies.

Poland’s 1996 Nobel Prize-winning poet Wisława Szymborska, whose simple words and playful verse plucked threads of irony and empathy out of life, has died. She was 88.

ArtsJournal: Slipped Disc

Hungarian Conductor Urges European MPs To Exclude His Racist Government.

The conductor Adam Fischer has joined the chorus of cultural opinion demanding the isolation of Victor Orban’s government.

Gramophone

RPS and Britten-Pears Foundation Commission Six New Works.

2013 marks the Royal Philharmonic Society’s bicentenary and Britten’s centenary.

Telegraph

Andreas Scholl: From Bach To Depeche Mode.

Countertenor Andreas Scholl talks to Adam Sweeting about his new CD of Bach cantatas – and his passion for Eighties electropop.

The Guardian

Why Do So Many Musicians Avoid Their Own Recordings?

Almost every performer or composer I’ve met cannot stomach hearing their own recordings – even when they’re the best you could ever hope to hear. Why not? Tom Service writes.

The New Yorker

The Last Don: Remembering the Conductor of “Soul Train”.

Don Cornelius, who died earlier today, apparently by suicide (early reports say “self-inflicted gunshot wound”), was one of the giants of American music, though he never played a note.

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/culture/2012/02/thesoul-train-departs.html

(Written on February 2, 2012 )