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In today’s news: Classic FM is launching the UK’s first radio series dedicated to video game music, and former English National Opera artistic director John Berry launches non-profit opera company. James Blachly conducts his Experiential Orchestra at Dock 5 to expand the horizons of classical music performing spaces, and CTRL + ALT + CREATE leads new generation of young music producers. Arditti Quartett performs with Irish singer Jennifer Walshe. WildKat wishes a very Happy Birthday to Mister Bach!

Classical Music Magazine

Classic FM launches first video game music radio series

Classic FM is launching the UK’s first radio series dedicated to video game music. High Score will be presented by Jessica Curry and will run for 6 weeks from 22 April (9pm).

John Berry launches not-for-profit opera company

Former English National Opera artistic director John Berry has launched a new, not-for-profit company that will commission and produce opera as well as offering training opportunities, The Stage has reported.

MixMag

CTRL + ALT + CREATE: Moving Castle are Leading a New Generation of Music Makers

The internet collective is making a real life impact.

The Violin Channel

116 Young Musicians Selected for 2017 National Youth Orchestra of the USA

The 116 young musicians selected to take part in the 5th annual National Youth Orchestra of the United States have been announced.

The Strad

Malta International Violin Making Competition 2017 names winners

Run by the Central Academy of Arts, the contest received 61 separate instrument and bow entries this year, while makers hailed from nine different countries.
The Independent

Lakha Khan: Meet the Indian musician fighting to save Rajasthan’s traditional folk music

Lakha Khan strongly believes his duty as a musician is not simply to perform and entertain, but to act as an historian – a maintainer and teacher of traditions.

The Washington Post

Conductor plays ‘Rite of Spring’ at a club — and then berates the audience for acting like they’re at a club

James Blachly conducts his Experiential Orchestra, which played at the “Stravinsky Rave: Rite of Spring Dance Party” at the Dock 5 nightclub Saturday.

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Musikinstrumente in Krisengebiete spenden

Im Rahmen des Berliner Festivals “MärzMusik” werden derzeit Instrumente gesammelt.

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Bachs innere Welt

Herzlichen Glückwunsch, Herr Bach! Zum 332. Geburtstag gratuliert auch das Bachhaus Eisenach mit der Eröffnung der neuen Dauerausstellung „Bachs theologische Bibliothek“

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Raumdehnung

Das Arditti Quartett spielt mit der irischen Stimmakrobatin Jennifer Walshe beim Festival Maerzmusik. Eine virtuose oft komisch überdrehte Darbietung

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Classical Music News  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra launches 2017/18 season

Music History   in 1890 FP of “Ascanio” in Paris

Image: The Washington Post

(Written on March 21, 2017 )

In today’s news: Dubai and BBC Proms strike for the globalisation of classical music, Maestro Anton Coppolla (100) leads Opera Tampa in concert, finalists for Windsor Festival International String announced, Spotify signs new licensing deals, New Bedford Symphony Picks Israeli Conductor, an interview with Generalmusikdirektor of Deutschen Oper Berlin Donald Runnicles, and International Bach Academy will perform on Bach’s 332 birthday on next Tuesday. Wednesday was a big day for the New York Philharmonic, both onstage and in its offices, and Nottingham elementary school student Matthew Smith is dreaming of conducting his own orchestra.

The National

Dubai and BBC Proms strike a chord for the globalisation of classical music

In Nairobi, children kick a football down the street pretending to be Ronaldo. In London, K-pop is on MTV. And in an Abu Dhabi mall, a queue forms outside the latest bubble-­tea cafe. We have all become familiar with the continuous creep of globalisation. So it’s not surprising that, like other industries, classical music hasn’t been left behind.

Musicalchairs

100 Year Old Conductor, Maestro Anton Coppola to Lead Opera Tampa in Concert, 3/25

March 21, 2017 marks the 100th birthday of Maestro Anton Coppola, the conductor and composer whose career has spanned from singing in the Metropolitan Opera Children’s Chorus for the American premiere of Puccini’s Turandot at age 9 to – 91 years later – conducting his own an alternate ending for Puccini’s unfinished masterpiece, one of two new works to be premiered on March 25th at Coppola Conducts: 100 Years Young.

The Strad

Windsor Festival International String Competition names three finalists

The sixth Windsor Festival International String Competition has announced the three violinists selected to perform in tomorrow’s final, held in the Waterloo Chamber of Windsor Castle, UK.

Music Business Worldwide

Spotify to sign new licensing deals with major labels ‘within weeks’?

It’s been nearly two years since Spotify fell out of a long-term licensing deal with Universal Music Group.

Rhinegold

Britten-Pears Foundation appoints Sir Vernon Ellis as chair

The Britten–Pears Foundation has appointed Sir Vernon Ellis as its new chair. He will succeed Nick Prettejohn, who is to step down in early June after eight years in post.

Pizzicato

New Bedford Symphony Picks Israeli Conductor

The New Bedford Symphony Orchestra (Massachusetts) has announced Yaniv Dinur as its new music director.

Der Tagesspiegel

„Wagner machte mich zu dem, der ich bin“

Abschied von Götz Friedrichs „Ring“: Donald Runnicles, Generalmusikdirektor der Deutschen Oper Berlin, über alte und neue Nibelungen, die Liebe zu Benjamin Britten und seine Vertragsverlängerung

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Das ist sehr sadistisch

Er spielt Beethoven und Strawinsky, nebenbei entwirft er Schuhe und Parfums. Theodor Currentzis gilt als Ausnahme unter den Dirigenten und reist mit eigenem Ensemble.

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„Mont Blanc der Kirchenmusik“

Am 21.3.2017 feiert Johann Sebastian Bach seinen 332. Geburtstag. Die Internationale Bachakademie begeht diesen Tag mit der Aufführung eines seiner bedeutendsten Werke, der „h-Moll-Messe“

The New York Times

New Concerto, New Leader: A Big Day at the New York Philharmonic

Wednesday was a big day for the New York Philharmonic, both onstage and in its offices.

WQXR.org

This 11-Year-Old British Boy is Set to Make his Conducting Debut (Video)

While his fellow 11-year-olds are playing video games or daring one another to eat stomach-churning food combinations, Nottingham elementary school student Matthew Smith is dreaming of conducting his own orchestra.

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Classical Music News  John Malkovich: ‘Politics has gone through a portal into an alternate universe’

klassik.com Haydn Bozen und Trient 2017 erhält 2,7 Millionen Euro

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(Written on March 17, 2017 )

In today’s news, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) receives a generous grant of $600,000 from the Dresner Foundation, and Spotify has surpassed 50 million subscribers, extending its lead over rivals Apple Music, SoundCloud and Google as the world’s largest paid music streaming service. The New School’s College of Performing Arts in New York will adopt the tiny but influential experimental music hub, The Stone, and Boston Symphony Orchestra musicians will get the chance to spend three to six months in Leipzig, Germany.

The New York Times

Boston-Leipzig Exchange: Andris Nelsons’ Orchestras Collaborate

Boston Symphony Orchestra musicians will get the chance to spend three to six months in Leipzig, Germany, performing with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and the Leipzig Opera, and playing Sunday cantatas at St. Thomas’s Church, where Bach was the cantor.

The Stone, an Influential Music Space, to Move to the New School

The Stone, a tiny but influential performance space that has been a fixture of the New York experimental music scene since it opened in 2005, has a new home. Its founder and artistic director, the composer John Zorn, announced on Wednesday that it will move from the East Village to Greenwich Village and take up residence at the New School’s College of Performing Arts.

Neil Ferris appointed as new BBC Symphony Chorus director

He will join the ensemble in May 2017 and will be responsible for steering its vocal and artistic development as well as leading its relationships with Radio 3, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and chief conductor Sakari Oramo, and the BBC Proms. His first project will be to prepare the ensemble for its annual appearance at the First Night of the BBC Proms.

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Grant Of $600,000 Boasts Detroit Symphony’s Education Program

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) announced that it has received a generous grant of $600,000 from the Dresner Foundation to provide comprehensive music education for underserved youth in Detroit. The grant will enable the DSO’s Wu Family Academy to launch a new, free entry-level program to be named the Dresner Foundation Allegro Ensemble in addition to expanding the reach of its Educational Concert Series and Classroom Edition webcasts.

International Arts Manager

Young Chinese pianist speaks out after sexist online tirade

A 25-year Chinese pianist has spoken out following a stream of sexist comments after she caught public attention by playing Rachmaninov’s arrangement of Flight of the Bumblebee on two pianos simultaneously in a video that was shared by British radio station Classic FM.

Bloomberg Technology

Spotify Hits 50 Million Paid Subscribers, Lifting Music Industry

Spotify has surpassed 50 million subscribers, extending its lead over rivals Apple Music, SoundCloud and Google as the world’s largest paid music streaming service.

Berliner Morgenpost

Janine Jansen überrascht mit ihrem Mozart-Spiel

NHK Symphony Orchestra gastiert in der Philharmonie

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Hals über Kopf

Voller Emotion und mit stupender Technik: Die russische Sopranistin Julia Lezhneva singt im Konzerthaus Arien von Vivaldi und Rossini

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„Geht das so weiter oder hängt die CD?“

Klarinettist Andreas Ottensamer hört und kommentiert CDs von Kollegen, ohne dass er erfährt, wer spielt

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Virtuosic Listening: Vicky Chow’s Aorta on New Amsterdam

Pianist and chamber musician Vicky Chow has been taking careful steps in not only performing contemporary works for piano and electronics but by establishing herself and her practice

WXQR

20 Classical Music Recordings to Help You Study

We’ve decided to put together a list of classical pieces that will keep you calm when studying, but also keep your gears moving

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Classical Music News  Scottish festival funding announced

Music History   in 1875 FP of ‘s opera Carmen, at the Opera Comique, in Paris.


Image: The New York Times. John Zorn, left, with Richard Kessler, the executive dean for performing arts at the New School.

(Written on March 3, 2017 )

Wo bleibt die Leidenschaft?

Lei­den­schaft, die
Wortart: ℹ Substantiv, feminin

Leidenschaft für klassische Musik-viele Menschen besitzen sie im Kindesalter und verlieren sie im Laufe des Erwachsenwerdens. Sei es, durch das Spießerklischee, welches vielen Klassikfans aufgeschrieben wird oder weil Ihnen die Impulse, der Anreiz oder die Freude verloren gehen. Es gibt unendlich viele Gründe.
Und dann gibt es Menschen, die es sich zur Aufgabe gemacht haben, diese Leidenschaft wieder neu zu entfachen, den Eifer, für eine Sache zu brennen, erneut anzutreiben und anderen ein Leuchten in die Augen zu zaubern.
Der Dirigent Benjamin Zander versucht durch mitreißende Vorträge, wie diesen TED Talk 2008, die Leidenschaft an der Musik bei den Menschen wieder neu zu entflammen. In einer schnelllebigen Zeit einfach innezuhalten und den Klängen der Musik zu lauschen, scheint für die meisten fast unmöglich.

 

Casual Concert Lounge mit Live Act Leslie Clio | Fotos: Kai Bienert

Casual Concert Lounge mit Live Act Leslie Clio | Fotos: Kai Bienert

Laut Zander gibt es heutzutage nur noch eine Minderheit an Menschen, welche leidenschaftlich Klassik höre. Für sie gebe es „keine Leben außerhalb der Klassik.“ Eine zweite Gruppe an Menschen, welche den größten Teil ausmache, sei die, denen klassische Musik „nichts ausmacht.“ Die Klassik sei „nicht Teil ihres Lebens, aber Vivaldi im Hintergrund schade nie.“  Zuletzt spricht Zander über eine Gruppe, welche „kein musikalisches Gehör haben soll.“ Diese Gruppe gäbe es nicht, denn jeder Mensch habe in irgendeiner Art und Weise ein musikalisches Gehör, mit dem man beispielsweise anhand der Stimmlage am Telefon die Gemütsverfassung des Anderen erkenne.

KLASSIK Underground mit Anne-Sophie Mutter. Credits: KLASSIK Underground

KLASSIK Underground mit Anne-Sophie Mutter. Credits: KLASSIK Underground

Wieso aber verschwindet die Leidenschaft für klassische Musik immer mehr aus dem Leben vieler Menschen?

Bei einem Stück ohne Akzente schweift man früher oder später ab, so Zander. „Die Gedanken schleichen sich in die Köpfe“ und man denkt über Banalitäten wie die Einkaufsliste oder den nächsten Urlaubsort nach. Doch dann kommt das schlechte Gewissen, wenn man merkt: „Das ist Kultur, wach doch auf!“ Ein langer Arbeitstag und dann noch ein langes Stück – schlechte Kombi? Falsch! Man muss beginnen die klassische Musik zu verstehen und einen Bezug zu schaffen. Der Grund, warum klassische Musik viele Menschen müde macht, sind nicht sie selbst, sondern die Musiker.

Also braucht es neue Konzepte. Das Deutsche Symphonieorchester Berlin hat 2008 die Casual Concerts ins Leben gerufen, welche auch das jüngere Publikum ansprechen sollen. Einmal im Monat kommen Musikbegeisterte oder die, die es werden wollen, zusammen und lassen sich von Dirigenten durch das gesamte Stück führen. Im Anschluss dazu bietet die Casual Concert Lounge mit DJ und Liveact einen gelungen Abschluss.

© Stefan Hoderath — at Säälchen.

Yellow Lounge © Stefan Hoderath — at Säälchen.

Die Idee klassische Musik in einer lockeren Atmosphäre ans Publikum zu bringen, gibt es aber nicht erst seit 2008. Classic meets Clubbing- im Jahre 2002 wurde Yellow Lounge in der Berliner Club Szene von der Deutschen Grammophon / Universal Classics gegründet, um Klassik von ihrem angestaubten Klischee zu befreien. “Das Konzept: DJs legen klassische Musik auf. Alles von Bach bis Ligeti, wohl ausgesucht und durch raffinierte Übergänge miteinander verbunden. Gute Getränke, kommunikative Stimmung. Der Höhepunkt einer jeden Yellow Lounge ist der Live-Act”- ein Zugang zur Musik ohne Dresscode und strikte Regeln.

Auch die Musiker von KLASSIK Underground bringen den Casual Dresscode in Verbindung mit ihrer Musik. Bei den Aftershowsessions kommen Musiker und Publikum in Clubatmosphäre zusammen und erleben einzigartige Shows und Bühnenprogramme.

Wir würden uns wünschen, dass solche Projekte noch mehr Aufmerksamkeit und Unterstützung erfahren. Denn es braucht mehr dieser Menschen, die es schaffen mit so viel Liebe und Respekt an der Musik, anderen ihre Leidenschaft näher zu bringen und die Grenzen zwischen Kulturen und Altersunterschieden aufzuheben.

(Written on February 27, 2017 )

The Academy of Ancient Music have today announced that Robert Levin will inaugurate the Hogwood Fellowship. Established in honour of the Academy of Ancient Music’s founder Christopher Hogwood, the Fellowship is designed to further the ensemble’s commitment to providing historical insight and cultural context to the music they perform.

Christopher Hogwood was once asked if he spent half his time as a musician, and the other half as a musicologist; his response was that he spent 100% of his time as both.  Setting the AAM apart from other ensembles is the creativity and spontaneity of their performances that are grounded in scholarship, with a constant exploration of music in its broadest cultural context.

Robert Levin is a consummate musician, much loved by audiences around the world as a soloist and conductor.  He is also a renowned scholar, holding positions at institutions including Harvard and Cambridge University.  He enjoyed a long and close association with Christopher Hogwood and the AAM, which continues now with Richard Egarr as Music Director. Robert’s tenure as the first Hogwood Fellow for the remainder of this season, and the 2017-18 concert season, will include performances with the orchestra. Robert will provide insights into the music the AAM perform through interviews, talks, articles and concert programme notes.

WildKat had the great privilege of attending an interview with Robert Levin in Salzburg, where he was recording Mozart’s Piano Sonatas, on the composer’s own fortepiano.

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Music Director Richard Egarr commented: ‘I’m so pleased that Robert Levin will be our very first Hogwood Fellow.  I’ve worked with him for many years, and what he stands for really represents all that Christopher Hogwood stood for as well.  Robert Levin is a most incredible mind, has an encyclopedic knowledge of Mozart and Bach, and total recall over information. But not only that, he has the ability to transform this information into extraordinary live performance.’

Beyond 2017-18, Richard Egarr will be leading the process to seek out the next Hogwood Fellow. They may be a musician and musicologist like Robert, or perhaps an academic, or an artist – anyone from any discipline who can provide greater insight into the AAM’s music and music-making.

Robert Levin will next perform with the Academy of Ancient Music at the Barbican Centre’s ‘Sound Unbound’ weekend, taking place 29-30 April 2017.

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 Image: Robert Levin, Ascherman

(Written on February 13, 2017 )

In today’s news, The National Endowment for Music aims to support pupils’ musical ability by donating £1 million to the Arts Council of Wales to aid after-school music services that were affected by cuts. Frank Ocean tackles the topic of artist ownership at the Grammy’s, and the Welsh National Opera is to establish a fully integrated international opera school at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Valentin Uryupin wins Sir Georg Solti Conducting Competition, and Anne Midgette takes a look at the relevance of opera in correlation with the modern human psyche.

BBC

£1m endowment fund for children to take up music

A new £1m fund to encourage children to become musicians has been announced by the Welsh Government.

The Washington Post

How to survive the next four years on social media? Opera can help.

We are living in operatic times. Forget what you’ve heard about opera being remote and elitist. Opera is also the art form that, perhaps more than any other, specializes in heightened emotion, and in finding ways to communicate it. And heightened emotion, and big feelings, are the order of the day, everywhere you look.

The Guardian

Facing the music: conductor Daniele Rustioni

From a teenage obsession with Wagner to the inspirational Giulini and the daily necessity of Bach, the conductor shares his musical passions

Music Business Worldwide

FRANK OCEAN LETS RIP AT THE GRAMMYS. AND REALLY, WHO CAN BLAME HIM?

In the coming days, we’ll ponder what this means for the future of artist empowerment and the ultimate fate of major record companies.

Rhinegold

RWCMD and WNO to launch opera school

Welsh National Opera (WNO) is to establish a fully integrated international opera school at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD), enabling emerging artists to receive teaching from the College’s staff, members of WNO and leading figures from the wider opera world.

The New York Times

Adele Dominates the Grammys; Beyoncé Stops the Show

Adele swept the 59th annual Grammy Awards with her album “25,” an enormous hit around the world, in a night that shut out Beyoncé from the major awards and also featured reverent tributes and, at times, pointed political commentary.

Die Zeit

Die anderen nannten es Singen

Er hatte die wohl kühnste, unglaublichste Stimme des Jazz: Al Jarreau zeigte den Deutschen das Scatten und sie liebten ihn dafür. Ein Nachruf.

Klassik

Valentin Uryupin gewinnt Sir Georg Solti Dirigentenwettbewerb

Der russische Dirigent Valentin Uryupin hat den ersten Preis beim 8. Dirigentenwettbewerb Sir Georg Solti in Frankfurt am Main gewonnen. Die Auszeichnung für den 31-Jährigen ist mit 15.000 dotiert.
Musik heute

Grammy für deutsche Sopranistin Dorothea Röschmann

Die 49-Jährige erhielt den Musikpreis am Montag in Los Angeles für ihr Liederalbum “Schumann & Berg”, aufgenommen mit der britisch-japanischen Pianistin Mitsuko Uchida.

NRK

Universal kjøper rettigheter til Prince

Plateselskapet Universal har kjøpt rettighetene til flere av Prince sine album. I avtalen skal selskapet også få tilgang til materiale som ikke har vært utgitt.

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Classical Music News Jonas Kaufmann ends London residency with second cancellation
Classic FM  John Williams won his 23rd Grammy Award, and they played the wrong music.
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(Written on February 13, 2017 )

In today’s news, the Seattle Symphony has announced their concert, Music Beyond Borders, and the 2017 London Handel Festival celebrates the composer as a European in London. The ISM publishes a guide for musicians to fight performance anxiety, and Lang Lang signs with Universal. American Composers Orchestra will celebrate Steve Reich’s 80th birthday with a performance of his Tehillim during the season, while Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra announces the appointment of 23 year old Armenian-born cellist Gayane Khachatryan as their new Assistant Principal Cellist.

Rhinegold

ISM Trust publishes performance anxiety guide

The ISM Trust has published Performance Anxiety – a practical guide for music teachers, a publication designed to provide music teachers with a comprehensive guide to the identification and management of performance anxiety.

Music Business Worldwide

UNIVERSAL SIGNS CLASSICAL SUPERSTAR LANG LANG… AND IT’S VERY PLEASED ABOUT IT

You can generally tell how important a label considers an artist deal by the execs who pitch up to the signing photo. So Universal must be pleased as punch about inking an agreement with Chinese megastar Lang Lang, who will release his future classical albums through Deutsche Grammophon.

The Violin Channel

Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra Announce New Assistant Principal Cellist

The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra has announced the appointment of 23 year old Armenian-born cellist Gayane Khachatryan as their new Assistant Principal Cellist.

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Seattle Symphony Plays In Protest Of Trump’s Travel Ban

The Seattle Symphony has announced their concert Music Beyond Borders: Voices From The Seven in protest of Trump’s travel ban. The orchestra says on its website: « The arts community across the country has been contributing in meaningful ways to the discussion around immigration following the recent executive order restricting travel and immigration from these countries.

Classical FM

This handmade xylophone plays Bach in the middle of a serene forest in Japan

A tranquil Japanese woodland and one of Bach’s most gorgeous melodies. This is going to make you feel good, thanks to Classic FM’s More Music Breakfast and Yakult.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Aberwitziger Virtuose

Der Komponist Michael Hirsch war ein Grenzgänger zwischen Bildender Kunst und Musik. Seine Kompositionen verwischten die Genregrenzen mit dadaistischer Phantasie und höchster Virtuosität. Jetzt ist er mit 58 Jahren gestorben.

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Welturaufführung mit Tucholsky-Oper bei Rheinsberger Festivalsommer

Die Oper «Tucholskys Spiegel» erlebt in diesem Jahr beim 27. Festivalsommer der Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg ihre Uraufführung. Librettist Christoph Klimke hat dafür Originaltexte des Schriftstellers (1890-1935) («Rheinsberg. Ein Bilderbuch für Verliebte») mit eigenen Texten verknüpft.

Klassik

Beethoven-Haus erhält originalen Zeitzeugenbericht des Beethovenfestes 1845

Das Beethoven-Haus Bonn hat ein bedeutsames historisches Dokument erhalten. Es handelt sich um einen Zeitzeugenbericht des ersten Bonner Beethovenfestes im Jahr 1845.

Aftenposten

Ble vraket, starter egen festival i samme sommeruke

Tidligere kunstnerisk leder for Risør Kammermusikkfest, Lars Anders Tomter, arrangerer sin egen musikkfest i Sandefjord i juni. Det er samme uke som Risør-festivalen går av stabelen.

Broadwayworld

ACO Announces 40th Anniversary Season Featuring Reich’s 80th Birthday Celebration, World Premieres by Paola Prestini, Trevor Weston, and David Hertzberg and More

American Composers Orchestra (ACO), under the leadership of Artistic Director Derek Bermel and Music Director George Manahan, continues its 40th Anniversary Season on Friday, March 24, 2017

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Classical Music News London Handel Festival 2017: A European in London

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(Written on February 9, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Vienna Philharmonic perform in new suits designed by Vivienne Westwood, Vienna celebrates 11-year old composer Alma Deutscher, and conductor Jeffrey Tate is given a knighthood. Also, a sneak preview of 2017’s cultural highlights, and the countdown to the opening of the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg begins.

The New York Times

A New Year, and New Duds, for the Vienna Philharmonic

For the Vienna Philharmonic’s 175th anniversary, Dame Vivienne Westwood and Andreas Knonthaler — her designer partner, creative director and husband — have designed a new stage outfit, the Philharmonic Suit, for the musicians.

DW.com

2016: The year in classical music

Numbers, facts, people: it was a year of milestones in the classical world – and as always, Germany calls the tune.

Classic.fm

Opera singer Bryn Terfel given a knighthood, Dame Evelyn Glennie made a Companion of Honour and Iestyn Davies given an MBE in the New Year’s Honours 2017

Stars of the classical world are among those recognised in this year’s Honours List, joining sports stars including Mo Farah and Andy Murray, and BFG-actor Mark Rylance

The New Yorker

Bach’s Holy Dread

The composer has long been seen as a symbol of divine order. But his music has an unruly obsession with God.

Telegraph

Mariah Carey ends 2016 on low note with ‘disastrous’ New Year’s Eve performance

Pop diva Mariah Carey suffered a series of mishaps during her New Year’s Eve performance, with viewers branding the show a disaster.

Spiegel Online

Wien feiert elfjährige Komponistin

Die elf Jahre alte Alma Deutscher hat mit ihrer Aschenputtel-Oper das Wiener Publikum begeistert. Bei der Uraufführung gab es Standing Ovations. Und das Wunderkind plant schon die nächsten Projekte.

Musik Heute

Dirigent Jeffrey Tate wird zum Ritter geschlagen

Der Chefdirigent der Hamburger Symphoniker, Jeffrey Tate, wird von der britischen Queen zum Ritter geschlagen. Das teilte das Orchester am Sonntag unter Berufung auf das Londoner Königshaus mit.

Wiener Neujahrskonzert 2018 mit Riccardo Muti am Pult

Riccardo Muti soll 2018 das Neujahrskonzert der Wiener Philharmoniker dirigieren. Das Orchester würdige damit die jahrzehntelange Zusammenarbeit mit dem 75-jährigen Italiener.

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Kulturelle Highlights 2017: eine Medien- und Kultur-Vorschau

Oscars, Eurovision Song Contest, Buchmesse – was uns 2017 in Kultur und Medien erwartet. Ein Überblick von Januar bis Dezember.

Klassik Heute

ARTE feiert die Eröffnung der Elbphilharmonie

Von der langen Geschichte dieses ambitionierten Projektes bis zur Eröffnung des großen Saals am 11. Januar 2017 erzählen eine ARTE-Dokumentation und das glanzvolle Eröffnungskonzert.

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MUSIK HEUTE @Musik_Heute Umjubelter Berlin-Einstand von Dirigent Justin Doyle beim

The Royal Opera @TheRoyalOpera Share your 2016 highlights using – we’d love to hear from you bit.ly/2hJ9od9

BBC NOW @BBCNOW  Congratulations to the following composers, whose music has been chosen for this year’s

Alma Deutscher © Christian Wind/dpa

Alma Deutscher © Christian Wind/dpa

(Written on January 2, 2017 )

Classical News

In our last classical news round-up of the year, Apple Music introduced a new feature to sort classical music by composer, allowing music in a user’s library to be more organised. BBC Music Magazine rounds up their big highlights of 2016. Facebook is to start making its own original music, as it puts together its internal ‘sound design’ team with experienced composers. Warner Music Group partners with MelodyVR, to create more Virtual Reality contents. Also, Jeremy Nicholas gives a brief history of classical music on Gramophone.

CMUSE

Apple Music introduces option to sort tracks by composer

Apple Music has introduced a feature on one of its recent updates to allow users to sort their music by composer. While it is not yet functional for Apple Music’s entire collection, the change does allow music in a user’s library to be organised in this way.

Gramophone

A brief history of classical music

Jeremy Nicholas offers a guided tour of the key players and movements that have made classical music the rich art-form that today still entrances, moves and uplifts.

BBC Music Magazine

2016: A Year in Music

It’s been a year full of dramatic world events, but what has 2016 meant for classical music? We take a look back at the big news stories of the last twelve months.

Music Business Worldwide

Warner To Launch ‘Hundreds of Virtual Reality Experiences’ With MelodyVR Deal

Warner Music Group is getting busy creating virtual reality (VR) content for fans after inking a worldwide partnership with MelodyVR.

Facebook Looks Set To Start Making More of its Own Music

Facebook is bulking up its internal ‘sound design’ team – and recruiting for an experienced composer to help spearhead the creation of its own music.

Npr music

A Year Of Listening Desperately: 10 Classical Albums That Saved 2016

In surveying the year’s classical releases, I discovered similar nostalgic and escapist trends that revealed themselves slowly as the months of political sniping dragged on.

Boadway World

Pittsburgh Symphony Welcomes Jukka-Pekka Saraste to Conduct BNY Mellon Grand Classics Concert

Acclaimed Finnish conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste returns to Heinz Hall for the first time since 1999 to lead the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in Beethoven’s Seventh and Sibelius’ Fifth symphonies during the BNY Mellon Grand Classics weekend on January 13 and 15.

Artsjournals

Apple Music Positions Itself As Platform, Promoter, Reinventor Of The Music Biz

We all have to reinvent ourselves now that paid streaming is starting to lock in. There’s going to be a lot of new technology, and everyone’s going to be reforming their roles.

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Ich, der junge Bach?

Wenn das Weihnachtsoratorium erklingt, ist das für Hannes Leitlein besonders erhebend: Denn in seiner Familie hält sich das Gerücht, er sei mit Johann Sebastian Bach verwandt. Kann das wahr sein? Eine Spurensuche, von Baden-Württemberg bis Leipzig.

Klassik.com

Badisches Staatstheater: Gefühl der Unsicherheit bei Opernbesuchern?

Die Außenbereiche des Badischen Staatstheaters Karlsruhe seien einer Stellungnahme der SPD-Fraktion im Karlsruher Gemeinderat zufolge zu wenig beleuchtet.

Musikexpress.de

Donald Trump lehnt Andrea Bocelli ab und hat immer noch keinen Act für seine Amtseinführung

Eigentlich darf Donald Trump gar nicht so wählerisch sein. Die Suche nach einem musikalischen Begleiter bei seiner Amtseinführung am 20. Januar gestaltete sich als schwieriger als gedacht.

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Choreografin Sasha Waltz weiht Elbphilharmonie-Foyers ein

Mit einem Festakt wird der Konzertsaal der Hamburger Elbphilharmonie am 11. Januar eröffnet. Doch schon zuvor lässt sich in dem spektakulären Bau Besonderes erleben: Am Neujahrstag erkundet die weltweit gefeierte Choreografin Sasha Waltz mit einer Performance die sechsstöckigen Foyers.

Codex Flores

Die falsche These von der Krise der klassischen Musik

Im Januar präsentieren die deutschen Musikhochschulen erstmalig gemeinsam neue Konzertformate ihrer Studierenden in Berlin. Künstlerischer Leiter der Reihe ist Sebastian Nordmann, Intendant des Konzerthauses Berlin. Er widerspricht der These von der Krise der klassischen Musik.

France Musique

La région liquide le festival d’Ile-de-France

Une mesure devant être adoptée en janvier par le Conseil régional prévoit une baisse de la subvention du festival d’Ile-de-France de 68%. Principal financeur de l’événement, la Région pourrait bien être son fossoyeur.

Le Monde

La Scala, saga d’une salle aux mille visages

Ouvert en 1873, maintes fois fermé et transformé, le théâtre parisien s’apprête à renaître de ses cendres.

El Mundo

William Christie expulsa a un espectador por interrumpir el ‘Mesías’ con un móvil

El director de orquesta riñó al público por ‘destruir’ la interpretación de la obra de Händel durante una velada navideña en el Auditorio Nacional.

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BBC Radio 3 @BBCRadio3 28 carols in 2 minutes? That’ll be the @theLondon4tet http://bbc.in/2hDq1FG

Music History @today_classical #Today in 1806 FP Beethoven’s Violin Concerto. #MusicHistory #classicalmusic

Classic FM @ClassicFM Very sad news from @AndreRieu‘s Johann Strauss Orchestra: https://t.co/ComWqH8vZ8

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(Written on December 23, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, The New York Times presents its best classical music recordings of 2016, DeepBach machine is capable of composing music in the style of Bach, and Israeli luthier Amnon Weinstein receives German honour. Also, Jonas Kaufmann cancels his performance at the opening of the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, and concert in Düsseldorf is delayed, as musicians were locked in their dressing room.

The New York Times

The Best Classical Music Recordings of 2016

It is a preposterous notion: choosing a mere five albums for a list of the year’s most remarkable, out of the dozens, even hundreds, of memorable ones that land on a music critic’s desk over 12 months. So if this collection of favorites is by no means complete, it is at least a guide to four writers’ tastes and passions.

CMUSE

Machine capable of composing music in style of Bach

Deep learning technology has enabled a machine to compose chorales in the style of Johann Sebastian Bach, according to researchers. Gaetan Hadjeres and Francois Pachet say their DeepBach machine is capable of creating harmonies that can easily pass as those of the 18th century composer.

The Strad

Israeli luthier Amnon Weinstein receives German honour

Weinstein has been honoured with Germany’s Bundesverdienstkreuz in recognition of his ‘Violins of Hope’ project. German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier presented the award to the 77-year-old on Wednesday at the Jewish Museum in Berlin. ‘Behind each of your precious violins hides a human soul,’ said Steinmeier. ‘With your “Violins of Hope”, you give a voice back to these lost souls.’

Choir and Organ

Radio 3 Breakfast Carol Competition shortlist revealed

Radio 3 has revealed the shortlist for its 2016 Breakfast Carol Competition, which invited listeners to create a new Christmas carol for choir, set to the words of ‘Alleluia! A new work is come on hand’, an English text from the Middle Ages.

Classical Music Magazine

CBSO funding from Birmingham City Council falls to 1980s levels

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’s funding from Birmingham City Council will be cut by 25% from April 2017, shaving £228,000 off the ensemble’s budget from the current year’s level. The orchestra says that this means that its public funding will drop below that currently received by any other regional symphony orchestra in the country.

Musik Heute

Jonas Kaufmann sagt Elbphilharmonie-Eröffnung ab

Der Sänger habe sich auf Anraten seiner Ärzte “schweren Herzens” entschieden, seine Pause bis Mitte Januar zu verlängern, um sich vollständig zu erholen. Seine Partie in der Uraufführung von Wolfgang Rihms Werk “Reminiszenz” übernehme der slowakische Tenor Pavol Breslik (37).

Klassik.com

Verspäteter Konzertbeginn in Düsseldorf: Musiker waren in Garderobe eingeschlossen

Ein Konzert in der Düsseldorfer Tonhalle konnte am vergangenen Wochenende erst mit einiger Verspätung beginnen, da das Orchester in der Garderobe eingeschlossen war. Mithilfe vereinter Kräfte von Pförtner, Orchesterwart und Hausmeister konnten die Musiker des Breslauer Kammerorchesters Leopoldinum letztlich befreit werden.

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Musik zum Fest 2016: Deutsche stehen auf traditionelle Weihnachtslieder

Fast 90 Prozent der Deutschen hören am Weihnachtsabend Musik. Die Hälfte davon bevorzugt dabei traditionelle Weihnachtslieder wie „Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht“. Ebenso gern versammeln sich die Menschen zu internationalen Weihnachtssongs wie „Jingle Bells“ um den Gabentisch. Ein gutes Drittel entscheidet sich für Popsongs internationaler Stars wie Mariah Carey („All I want for Christimas is You“) oder Chris Rea („Driving Home for Christmas“). Auch klassische Musik hat ihren festen Platz in den Weihnachtszimmern.

Codex Flores

Vertragsverlängerung des Intendanten der Festspiele MV

Die Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern haben den Vertrag mit ihrem geschäftsführenden Intendanten vorzeitig bis Ende 2021 verlängert.

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klassik.com @klassikcom Studie zeigt Auswirkungen der Kompression auf emotionale Wahrnehmung

Music History @today_classical in 1882 Birth of Hungarian and folksong collector Zoltan

MusicSalesClassical @MSClassical Karel Husa (1921-2016) ‘a musician for the world, tirelessly creating, teaching, conducting, and coaching’

Credit: Tony Cenicola/The New York Times.

Credit: Tony Cenicola/The New York Times.

(Written on December 16, 2016 )