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“We are delighted to welcome back the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for their European tour in the summer of 2017, having executed a successful creative PR campaign for the release of ‘Concertos for Orchestra’. The CSO is an incredibly versatile and forward-thinking ensemble, and we look forward to developing and sharing their stories with European audiences.” – Olivia Brown, Head of Creative Strategy & Marketing

The orchestra will visit several cities in countries around Europe this summer, with dates at the Edinburgh International Festival and San Sebastian already confirmed and more to be announced shortly. In March 2017 it was announced that Louis Langrée was to remain Music Director of the CSO for the 2019-2020 season.

Founded in 1895, the CSO is the sixth oldest orchestra in the United States and the first to be broadcast to a national radio audience in 1921. With a rich history of music making directly linked to the community in the state of Ohio, the CSO ordinarily reside in the Venetian gothic ‘Music Hall’ building, which recently underwent extensive renovation and restoration. The 2017 tour will bring American musical excellence to audiences across Europe, delighting fans new and old with their ‘richness, precision and intensity’ of performance.

CSO previously released live recorded album ‘Concertos for Orchestra’ in November 2016 on the orchestra’s own label ‘Fanfare’, featuring world premieres of seven pieces by contemporary composers. Works from this album will feature among a varied concert programme performed on the European tour.

Stay tuned for more news and announcements from the CSO by checking the WildKat blog. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram too.

(Written on April 11, 2017 )

“We are delighted to be collaborating with the Hong Kong Arts Development Council to champion the talent and creativity of their artists through dynamic events in London. There is a spectrum of activities planned for the summer across a range of music forms and disciplines, which we look forward to sharing with the public through our creative services, including PR, marketing, social media & content creation.” – Head of Creative Strategy & Marketing, Olivia Brown.

Established in 1995, the Hong Kong Arts Development Council (HKADC) is a statutory body set up by the Government to support the broad development of the arts in Hong Kong. The major roles of HKADC are to fund, promote and support the broad development of the arts including literary arts, performing arts, visual arts as well as film and media arts in Hong Kong. Aiming to foster a thriving arts environment and enhancing the quality of life of the public, HKADC is also committed to facilitating community-wide participation in the arts and arts education, encouraging arts criticism, raising the standard of arts administration and strengthening the work on policy research.

After several successful overseas exchanges in Seoul, Düsseldorf, Venice, and Adelaide, they now want to take a leap to develop new opportunities for Hong Kong’s most preeminent artist, invest in the territory’s soft power and continue sharing their homegrown talents with the world.

This July 2017, they will organise the “Hong Kong Music Series”, an exceptional music festival to present an outstanding selection of Hong Kong music productions involving over 70 Hong Kong musical talents in London.

They will invite music industry professionals and welcome all audiences to discover the creativity, dynamism and vibrancy of Hong Kong’s artists and talents through five different shows and concerts in several venues across London. Performances and events will range from traditional classical to contemporary music, and from Chinese music theatre to chamber opera and jazz.

By providing opportunities for Hong Kong musicians and composers to showcase their talent on international stage, HKADC hopes that the world will gain higher interest and understanding to Hong Kong’s vibrant music scene. “Hong Kong Music Series” also aims to create a new musical dialogue and forge new cultural exchanges between the two metropolises, Hong Kong and London.

The events will run from 7th to 28th July 2017, so stay tuned for more information about the line-up!

Hong Kong Music Series” is funded by the Hong Kong Government and is one of the celebration programmes of the 20th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).

WildKat PR will create and develop a PR, social media and marketing campaign for Hong Kong Arts Development Council

 

(Written on March 16, 2017 )

 

In today’s Classical News, Imogen Tilden tackles conducting’s gender problem, and the Ravel Museum in Montfort-l’Amaury shuts abruptly.  Composer John Adams joins the Royal Academy of Music as a visiting professor, and Southbank Sinfonia announce #ConcertLab.  Conductor Christoph von Dohnanyi has written an article to warn of the politics the United States are engaging in, and the University of Texas receives a $400,000 grant for the Mellon Foundation.

The Guardian

‘This is not a woman’s issue’ – tackling conducting’s gender problem

In 2013’s Last Night of the Proms, Marin Alsop hailed progress towards inclusivity in classical music. But that progress is painfully slow, as some shocking statistics reveal. This is an issue that we all need to keep talking about.

The closure of the Ravel museum would be an act of cultural sabotage

The charming, eclectic museum in the French composer’s house at Montfort-l’Amaury has been abruptly closed and its future is in doubt.

Rhinegold

John Adams joins RAM as visiting professor

John Adams has joined the Royal Academy of Music as a visiting professor.  Adams’ relationship with RAM began in 2012, when he conducted concerts at New York’s Lincoln Center and the BBC Proms in which RAM students performed alongside Juilliard School players.

Southbank Sinfonia announces #ConcertLab performances

The Southbank Sinfonia is to explore different aspects of concert presentation in its #ConcertLab performances.  Eight of the ensemble’s Rush Hour concerts will experiment with layout, lighting, movement and concertwear. The premise will see the musicians work alongside movement directors, choreographers and lighting directors, inviting audience feedback.

International Arts Manager

Latest international funding news

A 27 per cent increase for cultural projects is set to promote cooperation between Ireland and Northern Ireland. The funds will be used for projects like the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland, who will receive €100,000, with an additional €150,000 going to the Cooperation with Northern Ireland (CNI) scheme, which was expanded in January.

Arts advocates defend the NEA

The director of the California Arts Council (CAC) and the CEO of Americans for the Arts (AFTA) have both written open letters protesting potential cuts to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). At least two members of the Trump transition team suggested that the NEA – originally set up in 1965 – should be abolished.

Austin360

UT receives $400,000 Mellon Foundation grant for new classical music

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded $400,000 to UT’s Texas Performing Arts so that the organization may continue to develop new classical music.

Der Tagesspiegel

Regiert wird später

Wofür steht eigentlich der neue Kultursenator? Klaus Lederer gibt ein nichtssagendes Debüt im Kulturausschuss, Sabine Bangert von den Grünen wird einstimmig zur Vorsitzenden gewählt.

Berliner Morgenpost

Die Berliner Orchester tragen gern Schwarz 

In Berliner Klangkörpern gelten klare Kleiderregeln. Sie sollen helfen, alles zu vermeiden, was von der Musik ablenkt.

klassik.com

Förderpreis für Oscar Escudero

Busoni-Kompositionspreis 2017 für Benjamin Scheuer

El País

Los Amantes de Teruel vuelven de la tumba (nunca se fueron)

El compositor Javier Navarrete convierte en ópera la leyenda de Isabel de Segura y Juan de Marcilla

pizzicato.lu

Christoph von Dohnanyi against Trump: « Fear and aggression produce nothing but fear and aggression »

Conductor Christoph von Dohnanyi has written an article to warn from the new politics, the United States are engaging in, the website Democratic Underground reports.

Twitter

Classical Music News @ClassicalNews PRS for Music celebrates possibilities of digital

Music History @today_classical #Today in 1873 FP of #Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 2 Little Russian in Moscow. #MusicHistory #classicalmusic

Noah Stewart @noahsofficial Heros & Sheros who paved the way in Classical Music. #RolandHayes  

Marin Alsop conducts the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra during a dress rehearsal, 11/11/10. Photo by Chris Lee

Image: Marin Alsop

(Written on February 7, 2017 )

Account Manager Victoria Cappelletti’s views on working as a PR in Paris and London: Differences, difficulties & evolution

Over one year ago I moved to London to start working at WildKat PR as an Account Manager. I had previously worked for two years in the music industry in Paris, at a major record label and also in an independent PR agency with a similar structure to WildKat.

Being aware of the stakes of promoting independent and emerging artists in Paris, I was curious to see and experience the differences between the industries, seeking new professional challenges and looking forward to tame British journalists.

As I had previously worked with UK and international clients, I already had an insight into some of the differences, however, after a year of working as a press officer in London, I was able to find distinctive quirks.

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In my opinion, big record labels and majors rule music industries. That’s the case in both the UK and France. Independent, alternative and emergent artists thus struggle (more) to rise and thrive with their art.

As the French government cuts budgets for culture, the media has to focus on bigger artists, or at least on the ones that will gain a more significant audience. I could see that they were sliding dangerously from programming artists that they are personally passionate about, to generating profit for the media. As someone who is, and has always been so passionate about music, spending entire evenings digging for unknown tunes on Soundcloud, it makes me quite sad.

My knowledge of the UK government’s decisions for culture (apart from Brexit which will have an important impact on diversity in my humble French opinion) is limited, but it seems quite obvious that there are way more opportunities for new artist, to perform but also to be featured in the media.

Regarding live performances, for example, maybe it comes from the fact that all things cultural don’t happen in central London, as it is in Paris intra-muros, but alternative, emergent, underground cultural opportunities blossom in zone 2 and 3, whereas it is almost impossible to make Parisians cross the city centre’s limits.

Hence, there is a profusion of music venues, from established concert halls to basements and Pizza Express, that allow emerging bands and underground composers to perform their music or art, get visibility and improve their talent.

It also seems that there are more channels and ways to promote artists in the UK.

For example, I was able to secure a piece in a national newspaper for my first campaign, whereas the journalist had never heard from me before, and my sharp French accent couldn’t fool anyone.

Of course relationships with the media are the key to being a good and efficient PR. But here in the UK, I’ve felt like journalists are more open-minded and if you pitch to them right, offering an interesting idea, they will say yes.

In France, it’s more difficult to offer something original, and journalists are not likely to respond to you unless they know you. Maybe it’s also the case here, but simply in my experience, it’s not.

I’ve learnt that here anything is basically possible, if you put enough creativity and resources into it. This is an integral part of the culture at WildKat and has taught me a new way to approach to PR. The French music industry is obviously still strong, and there are still great things to do – it just seemed to me that without a strong record label behind them, emerging artists had less chances to be promoted in media and programmed in a venue, even the smallest.

 

Note: Beyond the PR and media industry, I think the differences between the two countries are probably beyond business. It’s social, it’s a way of working, communicating, and thinking.

The UK has seen the birth of major underground musical movements such as punk, grime and trip-hop. It’s the home of beautiful weirdos, from Elton John to Boy George to David Bowie, among so many others.

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I believe that all these cultural developments and their leaders ‘used’ people’s minds to be more open, accepting, experiencing and enjoying alternative and underground music and art movements.

Generally, the UK is known for being a cool country, where people won’t judge you for your half-balled turquoise haircut, wearing shorts in January, or the music you are listening to. I’ve seen youngsters sing along to rock songs next to quiet old men in the pub.

I am not saying France is behind in terms of music – it has the 2nd best hip-hop scene, many other amazing weirdos and a new generation of artists that are now making their way across the Channel and beyond – for example, Christine & The Queens whom I’m always glad to see on billboards here in London.

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We have a great new wave of music, which I think and hope will go far.

I believe Paris should open its ‘borders’ offer more exciting opportunities to emerging artists through reopening old venues, rehabilitating others, and take (some) inspiration in London’s music life’s landscape.

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Photo: Victoria Cappelletti

(Written on December 15, 2016 )

WildKat PR is delighted to say we will be working with Dartington again on its International Summer School & Festival 2017.

After last year’s successes, it is an enormous pleasure to welcome back Dartington International Summer School & Festival, who has just launched its 2017 season. Dartington is a place of shimmering beauty, and its world- famous Summer School is for everyone: for professional musicians and music students, for people who love to listen, and for people who want to debate ideas. The 2017 programme engages with music reflecting migration and exile, ancient and new; and complexities of identity, nation and revolution.

Dartington International Summer School has expanded into a fully-fledged, exuberant festival, and gets more action-packed every year. The festival, which will run between 29 July and 26 August 2017, features over 90 public concerts and events. Classical Music Magazine has outlined the highlights for 2017:

Titled Stories in Transit, the first week (29 July – 5 August) will explore migration and exile. Focused on early music, it includes classes for viol players, lutenists, harpsichordists, reeds and recorders; improvisation courses led by Stevie Wishart and Huw Warren; Middle Eastern music and song classes; and a premiere of Dowland’s Lachrimae with words by refugee poets. Emma Kirkby and Nicholas Clapton will teach vocalists, Andrew Griffiths will lead Florentine Intermedi, and William Lyons and the City Musick will direct the advanced renaissance wind band.

The second week (5-12 August) will focus on English identity in Baroque music, folk music and creative writing. Repertoire will include Handel’s Samson and Purcell’s King Arthur, and Eliza and Martin Carthy will lead the folk music strand. Coaches include Carolyn Sampson, Steven Devine and Adrian Butterfield; Joanna MacGregor will run a Baroque piano music course, and Robert Howarth will teach advanced opera and baroque opera students.

The third week (12-19 August) has rich offerings for pianists, with lectures from Alfred Brendel, classes with Pascal Rogé and Florian Mitrea, and a new piano concerto competition with artistic directorJoanna MacGregor. It also offers a Latin music strand, vocal masterclasses led by Paul Nilon, a production of Sweeney Todd and the launch of the advanced conducting course.

Peter Grimes is the focus of the fourth and final week, which will also see Michael Finnissy direct the advanced composition course with the Gildas Quartet. The jazz course will be led by Andy Sheppard, Steve Lodder and Martin France; trumpeter Eric Vloeimans will lead classes, and the Fournier Trio and the Atéa Wind Quintet will offer chamber tuition. Neil Brand will lead a course on film and music, and Paul Morley will teach a course on music writing.

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We will be providing press and promotion services to Dartington. For the latest news and updates, keep visiting the WildKat PR Blog, as well as Dartington’s website, Facebook and Twitter.

(Written on December 5, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, German government has announced a budget of €27 million for a year of celebrations to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth. English National Opera has announced the postponement of The Mikado performance in Blackpool, which is now scheduled for 2018. In addition, read about the reality that American orchestras are now facing.

Opera Now Magazine

ENO postpones Blackpool Mikado

English National Opera has announced that its performances of The Mikado in Blackpool have been postponed.

CMUSE

German government to spend €27 million to celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday

The German government announced a budget of €27 million last week for a year of celebrations to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth.

The New York Times

It’s Official: Many Orchestras Are Now Charities

There is a stark reality increasingly facing American orchestras: They are now charities, relying more, on average, on philanthropy than on the ticket sales that used to buttress them.

For Composer Lei Liang, Technology Brings a Different Transcendence

On Sunday afternoon, the composer Lei Liang looked on silently as the ensemble Loadbang made its second pass through his “Lakescape V.”

The Huffington Post

From Bach To Beyoncé: Is Classical Music Dead?

Many critics and skeptics have made the bold claim that classical music is dead. It’s true that classical music isn’t what it used to be — but neither is music in general.

Classical Music Magazine

Welsh arts organisations to mark Russian Revolution centenary

Arts organisations across Wales will present a season of performances and events throughout 2017 to mark the centenary of the Russian Revolution.

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Thorsten Seif, Mitinhaber und einer der Geschäftsführer des Musikverlags Tod’s & Fred’s sagt, der Urteil zur GEMA sei “eine falsche Entscheidung”

Thorsten Seif, Mitinhaber und einer der Geschäftsführer des Musikverlags “Tod’s & Fred’s”, sagt, das Gerichtsurteil entspreche nicht der “Praxis, wie gearbeitet” werde: “Es spiegelt eben gar nicht die Konstellation wider, wie es in der Realität aussieht in diesem Gefüge Musikverlag, GEMA, Urheber. Deshalb finde ich das eine falsche Entscheidung.”

Klassik.com

Placido Domingo wird Ehrenmitglied der Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien

Placido Domingo hat von der Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien eine Auszeichnung als Ehrenmitglied erhalten. Damit honoriert die Ausbildungsinstitution Domingos vielfältige Tätigkeit als Sänger, Dirigent, Operndirektor, Mentor und Gründer des Gesangswettbewerbs Operalia.

Musik Heute

Urteil im Bayreuther Wagner-Prozess verschoben

Das Ringen um die Macht auf dem Grünen Hügel in Bayreuth zieht sich hin. Im Zivilverfahren am Landgericht Bayreuth um den Pachtvertrag des Festspielhauses laufen derzeit noch immer Verhandlungen um einen Vergleich. Zunächst wollte das Gericht am 17. November ein Urteil verkünden. Der Termin sei aber auf den 15. Dezember verschoben worden, sagte ein Sprecher am Dienstag. “Es besteht noch die Möglichkeit, dass sich die Parteien einig werden.”

Music News Italy

Elvis Presley: nuovo documentario in arrivo

La vita di Elvis Presley verrà presto raccontata attraverso un documentario con fatti e immagini del tutto inedite. HBO, in collaborazione con la Presley Estate, produrrà un’opera che narrerà molti aneddoti sulla leggenda del rock, dalla nascita fino alle ultime sessioni di registrazione.

France Musique

Disparition du musicien de blues et de jazz Mose Allison

Le pianiste américain Mose Allison est décédé mardi 15 novembre à l’âge de 89 ans dans le sud des Etats-Unis. Egalement chanteur et compositeur, on le surnommait le « William Faulkner du jazz ».

Twitter

The Economist @TheEconomist How do you get people to listen to classical music in a profoundly non-classical age? From the archive http://econ.st/2f0YtZv

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ Economic ear: how much has the UK government spent on the arts since the end of world war two? http://ow.ly/J9KE306bBxQ

Classical Music News @ClassicalMusic Yo Yo Ma mourns his role model http://dlvr.it/Mgd574 #ClassicalMusic

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Photo: bthvn2020.de

 

(Written on November 16, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Turkish-Austrian tenor Ilker Arcayürek wins Wolf Lieder Prize, Grand Rapids Symphony brings classical music with modern twist to ArtPrize, and techno takes over as the Hamburg Baroque Orchestra, Elbipolis, teams up with DJ Brezel Göring. Also, ISPA has announced the theme of its New York 2017 ISPA Congress as Currents of Change, and schools’ launch classical music awards.

Classical Music Magazine

BBC New Generation Artist wins Wolf Lieder Prize

Turkish-Austrian tenor Ilker Arcayürek took first prize in the tenth International Art Song Competition of the Hugo Wolf Akademie. He wins €15,000 (£13,000) to be shared with his pianist, Fiona Pollak.

MLive.com

Grand Rapids Symphony brings classical music with modern twist to ArtPrize

For ArtPrize Eight, the Grand Rapids Symphony is getting involved. “We’re offering a series of free concerts, as a free opportunity for ArtPrize goers to see and hear what the Grand Rapids Symphony does year-round,” said Jeff Kaczmarczyk, senior manager for communications for the Grand Rapids Symphony.

Inquirer.net

Techno takes over as the Hamburg Baroque Orchestra, Elbipolis, teams up with DJ Brezel Göring

Techno takes over as the Hamburg Baroque Orchestra, Elbipolis, teams up with experimental musician/DJ Brezel Göring, to present an unexpected musical performance that can be dubbed as both classical and inventive.

International Arts Manager

Currents of Change: Arts, Power and Politics

Delegates from all over the world will come together at the start of 2017 to discuss whether cultural institutions should simply reflect society, or rather use their power as a force for positive transformation in the world.

Meath Chronicle

Schools’ classical music awards launched

Meath’s musical teens are tuning up for a potential €5,000 boost to their career as the Fr Frank Maher Classical Music Awards, sponsored by Top Security is seeking entries for 2016. It is Ireland’s largest classical music competition for secondary schools.

The Irish Times

Julius Eastman: Radical composer who ended up sleeping rough

Black, gay and working-class, he was forgotten after his death, but his music is being revived

NRK

Nationaltheateret ønsker 1,9 milliarder på nytt statsbudsjett

Flere kulturinstitusjoner har søkt om milliardbeløp til ulike oppgraderinger for kommende statsbudsjett. For Nationaltheateret haster det med oppussingspenger. – Situasjonen er veldig alvorlig, sier prosjektansvarlig.

Klassik heute

Saison-Eröffnungskonzert der “musica viva” als Hommage an Hans Zender

Das Eröffnungskonzert der neuen „musica viva“-Saison widmet sich dem Œuvre des Komponisten Hans Zender, der in diesem Jahr seinen 80. Geburtstag feiert.

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Deutsch-französisches Improvationswunder

Der deutsche Jazzpianist Michael Wollny, 7-facher ECHO Jazz-Preisträger, hat mit dem Akkordeonisten Vincent Peirani – “Frankreichs Jazzkünstler des Jahres” – ein Album aufgenommen: Auf “Tandem” verbinden die beiden ihre musikalische Verschiedenheit zu einem wundervollen großen Ganzen.

Berliner Zeitung

Haben Künstler mehr Freiheiten als der Normalbürger?

Das Grundgesetz garantiert jedem Bürger die Meinungsfreiheit. Warum erklärt es dann noch einmal ausdrücklich „Kunst und Wissenschaft, Forschung und Lehre sind frei“?

Twitter

BBC Music Magazine @MusicMagazine Morning all. As a special Wednesday treat, why not download our current free track – Liszt’s ‘Feux folllets’?

klassik.com @klassikcom Regisseur Frank erhält Nestroy-Preis

neue musikzeitung @musikzeitung nmz-news: Ist Kunst, kann trotzdem weg

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Elbipolis. Photo: Friedrun Reinhold

(Written on September 28, 2016 )

Classical News

Today’s news, Colorado Symphony introduces its new Music Director, Polish instrument-maker created a music instrument dreamt by Leonardo da Vinci. Also, ARD Music Competition 2016 announced the winners of its double bass, string quartet, harp and horn sections.

Colorado Public Radio

Colorado Symphony Introduces New Music Director Brett Mitchell

Conductor Brett Mitchell, the 37-year-old associate conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra, will be the next maestro to lead the Colorado Symphony.

Classic FM

Leonardo da Vinci’s forgotten musical invention – and it sounds incredible

The viola organista was dreamt up by Leonardo da Vinci but until recently it had never been built. Now, a Polish instrument-maker has painstakingly created the first ever example and it sounds remarkable.

International Arts Manager

Generation of young musicians celebrate Armenia’s Independence Day

Hundreds of young musicians from across Armenia will come together this month to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the country’s independence.

The Strad

ARD International Music Competition 2016 names double bass and string quartet winners

The 65th annual ARD International Music Competition, which took place in Munich, Germany from 29 August to 10 September 2016, has named the winners of its double bass, string quartet, harp and horn sections.

WQXR

How to Get Kids to Fall (and Stay) in Love with Music

As school swings back into session — and along with it music lessons for a number of students — WQXR spoke to Brooklyn Youth Chorus founder and artistic director Dianne Berkun Menaker about how to get kids to love music.

Aftenposten

Ragnar Bjerkreim: Håpets komponist i en urolig tid

Bjerkreim dyrker det melodiøse, vakre og sakrale på sitt nye album, som gir et sug av velbehag.

nmz

Berliner Staatsballett gegen Sasha Waltz als neue Intendantin

Gegen die Ernennung von Sasha Waltz an der Spitze des Berliner Staatsballetts gehen die Tänzer der Compagnie auf die Barrikaden. Sie vermuten ein Wahlkampfmanöver des Regierenden Bürgermeisters.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Warum Oper und Theater in der Innenstadt bleiben müssen

Frankfurts Oper und Schauspiel sind ein architektonisches Juwel der sechziger Jahre. Aber sie sind auch ein Sanierungsfall. Nun muss die Stadt alle Szenarien durchspielen – bis hin zum Neubau.

RBB Kulturradio

Endgültiger Freispruch für Fazil Say

Der Pianist Fazil Say kann aufatmen. Seit einigen Jahren wird er in der Türkei wegen angeblich spöttischer Äußerungen zum Islam juristisch verfolgt.

Twitter

Top Classical News @topcmnews Religious fervour: La Fura dels Baus dramatic interpretation of Bellini’s Norma at Covent Garden http://bit.ly/2cTHmWu #ClassicalMusic

Classical Music News @ClassicalMusic The room where Abbado died is now a bed-and-breakfast http://dlvr.it/MF2VBQ #ClassicalMusic

Classical Music News @ClassicalMusic The pianist who completed Bach’s final fugue http://dlvr.it/MDcqqy #ClassicalMusic

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Conductor Brett Mitchell, next Music Director of Colorado Symphony (Photograph: Colorado Symphony)

(Written on September 13, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, the BBC Proms swapped the Royal Albert Hall for a car park in Peckham to perform three of Steve Reich’s pieces, GCSE results show more flexibility is needed with arts subjects in schools & violinist Maxim Vengerov appointed visiting professor at London’s Royal College of Music. Also, Universal Music Group spent $38m on restructuring in the first six months of 2016.

RadioTimes

The day the Proms swapped the Royal Albert Hall for a Peckham car park

The Multi-Story Orchestra performed three pieces by American modernist Steve Reich – with added percussion from passing trains and planes

Classical Music Magazine

GCSE results show more flexibility is needed with arts subjects

A recent TES report has shown that the much-disputed English Baccalaureate (EBacc) is already having an impact on students’ academic careers, with this year’s GCSE results being used as an example of the declining focus on the arts in curricula.

The Strad

Violinist Maxim Vengerov appointed visiting professor at London’s Royal College of Music

London’s Royal College of Music has appointed Maxim Vengerov as Polonsky Visiting Professor of Violin. The virtuoso performer and conductor will visit the RCM at least three times a year in the newly created role.

Music Business Worldwide

Universal spent $38M on restructuring in the first half of 2016

Universal Music Group spent close to $40m on restructuring in the first six months of 2016, as it morphed into a US-led global hierarchy. During this period, the major completed the shuttering of Universal Music Group International (UMGi) – a symbol of a now-discarded bifurcated US/ex-US setup in which all territories outside the States reported into an ‘international’ department in London.

New York Times

Sorry about that: Wells Fargo to end ads suggesting science over arts

Wells Fargo, the financial services giant immortalized in lyrics to “The Music Man,” has apologized for advertisements that seemed to suggest that teenagers should set aside their artistic dreams and choose careers in science.

International Arts Manager

Back to Bach – Kyung Wha Chung

Kyung Wha Chung is a tough nut to crack: she’s intriguing, fascinating and just a little bit frightening as she alternates from being as wily as a puma or as playful as kitten. Chung’s as sharp, honest and brutal with herself as she is with everyone else.

The Sydney Morning Herald

Bollywood comes to the Sydney Opera House for Confluence Festival of India

Bollywood loves a grand location. So what better place than the Sydney Opera House forecourt to hold a flashmob of more than 1000 people dancing to the distinctive rhythms of Indian cinema?

Le Figaro

Alexandre Hammadi, le français de l’American Ballet Theatre

Soliste à l’American Ballet Theatre, il sera à partir du 6 septembre le prince de La Belle au Bois Dormant. Son parcours voyageur est à l’image de cette compagnie ouverte et diverse.

nmz

Rheinland-Pfalz: Ministerpräsidentin Malu Dreyer will Musikstiftung Villa Musica weiter unterstützen

Ministerpräsidentin Malu Dreyer (SPD) hat der Landesstiftung Villa Musica zum 30-jährigen Bestehen die weitere Unterstützung von Rheinland-Pfalz zugesagt.

klassik.com

Usedomer Musikpreis für Geiger Daniel Lozakovich

Der schwedische Geiger Daniel Lozakovich ist mit dem Usedomer Musikpreis der Oscar und Vera Ritter-Stiftung ausgezeichnet worden. Thomas Hummel, Intendant des Usedomer Musikfestivals überreichte dem erst 15-jährigen Instrumentalisten die Auszeichnung, die mit 5.000 Euro dotiert ist.

Klassik heute

GMD Michael Hofstetter verlänger seinen Vertrag am Stadttheater Gießen

Der Dirigent Michael Hofstetter hat seinen Vertrag als Generalmusikdirektor am Stadttheater Gießen um fünf Jahre bis 2022 verlängert. Hofstetter ist einer der meistgefragten Dirigenten seiner Generation und wurde vom Fachmagazin Opernwelt mehrfach als Dirigent des Jahres nominiert.

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(Written on September 6, 2016 )

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In our news today, mayor Sadiq Khan speaks about the future of arts in London, The Royal Opera House announces Friday Rush ticket scheme, and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra musicians reject proposed contract. Also, Shanghai Isaac Stern Violin Competition reveals scores of finalists, and korean conductor Chung Myung-whun becomes music director for Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Stage

Sadiq Khan: ‘London must plan for arts as it does for transport’

London must plan for the future of its culture in the same way it plans for transport and housing to safeguard the next generation of talent, mayor Sadiq Khan has claimed.

Classical Music Magazine

ROH announces Friday Rush ticket scheme

The Royal Opera House has replaced its day ticket scheme with Friday Rush tickets. Every Friday at 1pm, 49 tickets will be made available to buy online for each main-stage performance – including those that are sold-out – from Saturday to the following Friday.

Star Telegram

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra musicians reject proposed contract

The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra performs its “A Night at the Oscars” program, with actor and guest conductor for the evening Damon Gupton in January. The orchestra took a moment to address the audience about ongoing contract disputes.

The Strad

Shanghai Isaac Stern Violin Competition reveals scores of finalists

The inaugural Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition has released the scores of its six finalists, following the announcement of the results last week.

The Telegraph

Revenge at last for Germans as Berlin Philharmonic take on London musicians in friendly football match

In a match between the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) team and the Berlin Philharmonic in Hyde Park the home side had what would have been their winning goal dramatically ruled out.

Korea Portal

Korean Conductor, Chung Myung-whun, Becomes Music Director For Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra

The legendary South Korean conductor Chung Myung-whun has become the music director for the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. According to the orchestra’s website, Chung has began working as the music director of the orchestra on Thursday.

NRK

Jakta på Bjørnson-fiolinen

I 1908 brukte sonen til Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson faren sine Nobelpris-pengar og kjøpte ein av verdas dyraste fiolinar til ei jente han knapt kjente. Men kvar er den verdifulle fiolinen i dag?

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Erste technische Probe des NDR-Orchesters in der Elbphilharmonie

Am Freitagvormittag hat das NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester zum ersten Mal im Großen Saal der Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg geprobt. Die Musiker waren nach Angaben der Kulturbehörde begeistert von dem Klang.

Musik heute

Polnischer Saxophonist gewinnt Eurovision Young Musicans

Der polnische Saxophonist Łukasz Dyczko hat den Wettbewerb “Eurovision Young Musicians” (EYM) gewonnen. Der 19-Jährige errang am Samstagabend in Köln neben einem Preisgeld von 10.000 Euro die Gelegenheit, als Solist in einem Konzert mit dem WDR-Sinfonieorchester aufzutreten.

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Vom Wunderkind zum Popstar

Der Mann, der die Musik befreien wollte: Die Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz widmet Ferruccio Busoni eine Ausstellung zum 150. Geburtstag. Notenblätter, Briefe, Fotos und Gemälde zeigen viele Facetten der Persönlichkeit des Komponisten.

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BBC Proms Team @bbcproms An expression of ‘moral outrage’ – Charlotte Bray on her new work ‘Falling in the Fire’

BBC Music @bbcmusic An asteroid’s been named after on what would have been his 70th Birthday

ARD Competition @ARD_competition We got the results from the jury! Twelve participants may proceed to the second round

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Sadiq Khan: ‘London must plan for arts as it does for transport’. Credit: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

(Written on September 5, 2016 )