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In today’s news: Clemency Burton-Hill on where to start your classical music experiences, musicians fight homelessness and Lawrence Ball explains his spiritual approach to music. Australian classical performances generated more than one billion dollars, while the Vienna symphony orchestra is under financial review and the local government of Nordrhein-Westfalen is promising sustained financial aid for their artists. Porsche has a new ad featuring a “High Speed Orchestra” and a new production of Cavalleria rusticana is bringing polish communism to the UK.

The Times

Are you getting your classical music ‘one-a-day’?

Clemency Burton-Hill was recently asked by the manager of her local café to make him a playlist. They had been chatting, and he’d discovered she was a classical music broadcaster.

International Arts Manager

Communist Poland comes to the UK in radical new opera adaptation

A new production of Cavalleria rusticana, commissioned by Opera North and developed by Polish director Karolina Sofulak, has premiered in the UK.

Exploring the spiritual element of classical music

Composer Lawrence Ball explains how his spiritual approach to classical music (and festival management) will play out at this year’s Planet Tree Music Festival — and why audiences will be lying down

ITV News

Musicians join the fight against homelessness

The musicians Against Homelessness campaign has spread across the country. The idea is to raise money for Crisis, the charity that helps people who’re homeless.

Ad Week

Porsche Conducts a ‘High Speed Orchestra’ to Show Off Its New Sound System

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Porsche’s latest ad is about performance, but it’s probably not what you’re expecting.

Limelight

Live performances generated more than $1 billion in 2016

Classical music and opera in Australia both saw significant growth in revenue, report shows.

Washington Post

New baton, familiar style: Performer-conductor Stutzmann at the NSO

Nathalie Stutzmann is a performer-turned-conductor: one of a veritable bevy of artists who have expanded their reach by mounting the podium.

Pizzicato

Rechnungshof nimmt Wiener Symphoniker in die Mangel

Die Wiener Symphoniker haben mit « nachhaltigen finanziellen Problemen » zu kämpfen heißt es in einem Bericht des Rechnungshofs der Stadt Wien.

Klassik.com

Land NRW will Kommunen bei der Kulturförderung unterstützen

Die Kulturministerin des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen, Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen (parteilos), hat im Kulturausschuss angekündigt, Kommunen bei der Förderung von Kultureinrichtungen unterstützen zu wollen.

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Sinfonieorchester Basel in Grossbritannien

Das Sinfonieorchester Basel gibt zur Zeit unter Leitung seines Chefdirigenten Ivor Bolton in dessen Heimat vier Konzerte – in London, Edinburgh, Manchester und Birmingham.

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@ClassicFM We’re devoting today to our charity, ! Join us on Classic FM and online to hear about what we’re doing and why it’s important!

Nathalie Stutzmann © Simon Fowler

(Written on October 6, 2017 )

In today’s news: Cypress Hill on working with the London Symphony Orchestra, New BBC flagship arts show presenter finds theatre too ‘stressful’, and a musical odyssey about the desperate train journeys that divided India. Musikfest Berlin with 44.000 visitors, the Munich Radio Orchestra begins new season with new musical director, Gare du Nord in Basel begins new season.

The Guardian

Ghosts of partition: a musical odyssey about the desperate train journeys that divided India

Railways played a crucial role in partition, as Hindus and Muslims took crammed, dangerous and often deadly journeys to their new homes.

The Independant

Cypress Hill on working with the London Symphony Orchestra: ‘It’s definitely something in the works’

Exclusive: The Independent speaks to the hip hop duo about their new projects, influences, and racism in America.

DailyMail

Young Musician of the Year finalist wins three-year battle to practise piano in his £5m family home after millionaire neighbour complained about the noise

A Young Musician of the Year finalist has won his battle against a council which tried to stop him practising piano in his £5million family home.

The Telegraph

New BBC flagship arts show presenter finds theatre too ‘stressful’

When the BBC announced it would be moving its flagship arts show Front Row onto television, it promised editorial expertise from an all-new team, backed by real depth and insight.

M-Magazine

Keith Barnard and Solem Quartet to play ‘lie-down’ festival

Taking place in Hamptead and Highgate from 7 to 26 October, the festival – now in its ninth year – aims to throw the ‘stuffy’ rules found in traditional concert halls out the window, in order to offer a more accessible and enjoyable experience rooted in spirituality and relaxation.

Pizzicato

Hvorostovsky cancels Moscow recital

Baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky, 54, who is being treated for a brain tumour, has been forced to cancel his recital at the Tchaikovsky Hall of the Moscow Conservatory on September 26.

The New York Times

Hurricane Harvey Closes Houston’s Opera and Ballet Home for a Season

The Wortham Theater Center — home to Houston Grand Opera and Houston Ballet — was so severely damaged by the flooding brought on by Hurricane Harvey that it will remain closed through at least May 15, the center announced on Monday night.

Klassik.com

Musikfest Berlin 2017 meldet 44.000 Besucher

Das Musikfest Berlin hat eine positive Bilanz der diesjährigen Festspiele gezogen. An 19 Festivaltagen fanden 34 Veranstaltungen statt.

Klassik Heute

Einstand von Ivan Repušić als Chefdirigent des Münchner Rundfunkorchesters

In seinem Antrittskonzert dirigiert der Kroate Ivan Repušić das erste Sonntagskonzert der neuen Spielzeit 2017/18 und gibt damit auch den Auftakt zur neuen Saison des Münchner Rundfunkorchesters.

Codex Flores

Saisoneröffnung des Basler Gare du Nord

Der Basler Gare du Nord eröffnet die Spielzeit 2017/18 mit der Uraufführung des Musiktheaters «Lamento».

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BKM Kultur und Medien @BundesKultur

Ermutigung zu kultureller Teilhabe: vorbildliche Projekte vorschlagen! BKM-Preis Kulturelle Bildung 2018

MusicAeterna at Musikfest Berlin ©Kai Bienert

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(Written on September 20, 2017 )

Classical News

In our news today, a recent brain scan study provides clues how music pieces can evoke goosebumps, the voting for the 2016 Artist of the Year in the Gramophone Classical Music Awards is now open, and the Bachfest Leipzig attracted more international visitors than ever. Also, Winston-Salem Symphony appoints Art Bloom as their chief operating officer and grass artist creates colossal portrait of Beethoven.

The Guardian

Breakthrough in understanding the chills and thrills of musical rapture

How certain pieces of music send tingles up the spine has stumped researchers for centuries, but a recent brain scan study may have provided some clues.

Mothers of invention: the women who pioneered electronic music

A new festival celebrates Daphne Oram, Laurie Spiegel and other female synth wizards.

Peter Moores’ operatic philanthropy

While Bill Harpe’s obituary for Peter Moores (Other lives, 18 June) covers some of this remarkable philanthropist’s achievements, much is missing.

The New York Times

Leading the Orchestra, an Outsider Invited In

Kazem Abdullah, general music director in Aachen, Germany, who was born in Indianapolis and grew up in Washington and Dayton, Ohio, said he would like to return to the United States next year after his contract in Germany is up. The only problem, he said, is that he is most likely to find his opportunities limited in part because of his outsider status as an African-American, and a Muslim, in the world of classical music.

Beethoven in the grass

There is no question that Ludwig van Beethoven was a larger-than-life figure, one of the greatest composers of all time. And at the edge of the Catskills, Beethoven is very big indeed. The canvas is a huge field where cows once grazed. The artist is a man who was inspired while listening to Beethoven’s piano sonatas on long-playing records that he found at a yard sale. His tools include four tractors.

Winston-Salem Journal

Symphony hires short-term chief operating officer

The Winston-Salem Symphony has appointed Art Bloom, a business consultant and former marketing executive, to be its chief operating officer.

Gramophone

Voting for the 2016 Artist of the Year in the Gramophone Classical Music Awards is open

Once again, Gramophone is inviting its readers and visitors to its website to vote for its new Artist of the Year. From a shortlist of 10, drawn up by the magazine’s editors, readers are invited to vote.

Belfast Telegraph

Glastonbury to celebrate David Bowie with first classical music headliner

David Bowie will be celebrated at Glastonbury with the festival’s first ever classical music headliner. American composer Philip Glass’s Heroes Symphony, written in 1996 in homage to Bowie’s 1977 album Heroes, will be brought to life with an immersive laser performance by Chris Levine on the Park Stage on June 25.

The Telegraph

Danielle de Niese: the diva who put the sex into Sussex

The sun is up over Glyndebourne and the first opera lovers begin to arrive in crisp dinner jackets and floor-length ballgowns,  picnic hampers under arms, shawls and furs over shoulders.

The Sydney Morning Herald

Victorian Opera conducts first members-only live stream to celebrate winter solstice 2016

Victorian Opera is hosting its first ever live stream in a one-hour event designed to test its members’ appetite for performances streamed directly to their devices at home or on the move.

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Lego-Oper: Wie man Plastikfiguren zum Singen bringt

Normalerweise inszeniert BR-KLASSIK ja keine Opern, sondern berichtet darüber. Eine Ausnahme gibt es – und die ist aus Lego. Mozarts “Zauberflöte” und Humperdincks “Hänsel und Gretel” gibt es schon als Kurzfilm im Netz, nun kommt ein weiterer Teil dazu: “Aida”.

klassik.com

Basler Regierung fördert Orchester nach neuem Subventionsmodell

Die Stadt Basel hat die Orchesterförderung für die Jahre 2017 bis 2019 festgelegt. Sie erfolgt erstmals nach dem kontrovers diskutierten neuen Modell, nach dem eine unabhängige siebenköpfige Jury aus Musikfachleuten anhand eingereichter Programmkonzepte über die Subventionen entscheidet.

Musik heute

Bachfest Leipzig lockt mehr internationale Besucher an

Das Bachfest Leipzig hat in diesem Jahr so viele internationale Besucher angelockt wie nie zuvor. Karten wurden neben Deutschland in 17 europäische und 16 außereuropäische Länder verkauft.

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MUSIK HEUTE @Musik_Heute Sänger gewinnen Robert-Schumann-Wettbewerb – Kein Klavier-Sieger

WDR 3 @wdr3 Die ganze Woche nur Fußball? Abwechslung mit den WDR 3 Kulturtipps zum Wochenstart:

Top Classical News @topcmnews Berlin & San Francisco Orchestras to perform free concerts for Orlando victims

Giuseppe Verdis "Aida" goes LEGO: BR KLASSIK presenting opera classics in short animation films. Photo credit: BR

Giuseppe Verdis “Aida” goes LEGO: BR KLASSIK presenting opera classics in short animation films. Photo credit: BR

(Written on June 20, 2016 )

WildKat PR Welcomes “Haydn 2032”

WildKat PR is very excited to introduce our newest client: The “Haydn 2032” project.

Idolised by Stendhal, admired by Mozart and celebrated by the music world is the composer Joseph Haydn. But who is he today? What are the musical means of expression, the, images and words to describe a composer whose work can be heard every day in concert halls around the world, whose creations have been recorded hundreds of times and whose life seems to have been impeccably researched?

Haydn 2032 is a unique conceptual art project that will realise the performance and recording of all 107 Haydn symphonies by the composer’s 300th anniversary in 2032.

Every year, the orchestras “Il Giardino Armonico” and “Kammerorchester Basel” will perform a further set of Haydn’s symphonies in different venues in Europe. Each concert performance is a modern interpretation of the concert settings of the 18th century to include lectures, photography exhibitions, talks and culinary events. In May 2015, these events will take place in Berlin, Eisenstadt and Basel. Each concert cycle is recorded on historical instruments for the first time and released on CD (label “Outhere”). Works by Haydn’s contemporaries and musical models, such as Gluck, W.F. Bach, Porpora and Kraus, will be positioned alongside Haydn’s symphonies in order to embed them in a wider historical context. Limited edition books will complete the thematical series, including a CD, images and texts by well-known contemporary authors and photographers.

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Wir freuen uns sehr, unseren neuesten Kunden, das „Haydn 2032” –Projekt, vorzustellen.

Vergöttert von Stendhal, bewundert von Mozart und gefeiert von der ganzen Musikwelt ist der Komponist Joseph Haydn. Aber wer ist er heute? Welche musikalischen Ausdrucksmöglichkeiten, Bilder und Worte können für einen Komponisten, dessen Arbeit jeden Tag in Konzertsälen auf der ganzen Welt erklingt, dessen Werke hunderte Male aufgezeichnet wurden und dessen Leben nahezu vollkommen erforscht wurde, gefunden werden?

Haydn 2032 ist ein einzigartiges künstlerisches Projekt, das die konzeptionelle Aufführung und Einspielung aller 107 Haydn-Symphonien bis zum 300. Geburtstag des Komponisten im Jahr 2032 verwirklichen möchte.

Jedes Jahr werden die Orchester „Il Giardino Armonico” und das „Kammerorchester Basel” eine weitere, thematisch zueinander passende Konzertreihe an Symphonien an unterschiedlichen Orten in Europa präsentieren. Jedes Konzert stellt eine moderne Interpretation der Konzertsituation des 18. Jahrhunderts dar, sodass die musikalische Aufführung von Vorträgen, Fotoausstellungen, Diskussionen und kulinarischen Köstlichkeiten umrahmt wird. Im Mai 2015 finden diese multimedialen Aufführungen in Berlin, Eisenstadt und Basel statt. Die einzelnen Konzertreihen werden zusätzlich auf historischen Instrumenten eingespielt und auf einer CD (Label „Outhere”) veröffentlicht. Werke von Haydns Zeitgenossen und musikalischen Vorbildern wie Gluck, W. F. Bach, Porpora und Kraus werden Haydns Symphonien ergänzen und in einen größeren historischen Kontext einbetten. Eine limitierte Buchedition wird die thematische Verwobenheit der einzelnen Kunstformen nochmals verdeutlichen und vervollständigen. Hier sind CD sowie Fotografien und Texte von bekannten zeitgenössischen Autoren und Fotografen enthalten.

(Written on February 27, 2015 )

WildKat PR is delighted to announce that it is working with Solsberg Festival. The Argentinian cellist Sol Gabetta fulfilled her dream of curating her own classical music festival in the stunning surroundings of Northwestern Switzerland.

Sol Gabetta regularly performs with leading orchestras and conductors worldwide. Her debut with the Wiener Philharmoniker in 2004 helped her establish an international reputation as an extraordinarily talented cellist. She has won many prizes and awards including the Gramophone Young Artist of the Year Award, the Credit Suisse Young Artist Award and the ECHO Klassik Award.

Sol Gabetta has been a resident of the Frick valley, Canton of Aargau, for several years now. She is a devoted chamber musician and with the Solsberg Festival she brings her musical passion to her home. Sol Gabetta founded the Festival in 2006 and has since invited many of her fellow musicians to perform with her in the beautiful baroque churches of Olsberg and Rheinfelden. In June 2014 the festival welcomes renowned musicians such as Baiba Skride, Nicholas Angelich, Silvia Simionescu, Kristian Bezuidenhout, Cappella Gabetta and the Cuarteto Casals – artists, which stand at the forefront of a new generation of international soloists. Year on year, Sol Gabetta devises programmes, which excite her and her guests performers alike and visitors from all over Europe relish the festival’s warm and friendly ambience. With its unique programming and fantastic artist list, Solsberg Festival is an extraordinary addition to the musical landscape of the Basel region.

For more information about the festival, its venues and the region Aargau, please visit the festival website.