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In today’s news: Opera receives large sums from Arts Council, Mark-Anthony Turnage quits opera, streaming services considered going public, Sir Andrew Davis to step down from Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, winners of  “Deutscher Pianistenpreis” are announced and Saudi Arabia inks deal with France to set up opera and orchestra.

The Times

Opera beats pop to Arts Council handouts

The Arts Council has been branded “too posh for pop” after figures emerged showing that pop music gets a fraction of the cash handed to opera.

The Guardian

Concrete Dreams: new show celebrates Southbank’s history of performance

An innovative new exhibition at London’s Southbank Centre gives visitors a performer’s perspective of its newly renovated brutalist venues, the Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Purcell Room.

No more operas from Turnage, as Twitter row with critics turns toxic

Composer Mark-Anthony Turnage became embroiled in a spat with opera critics over his newest work, Coraline, before declaring: ‘I’m done with the genre’

Music Week

Qobuz contemplates going public after successful Spotify IPO

French-owned Qobuz who has carved itself out a niche amongst fans of classical music, jazz and hi-res audio, is considering going public.

Broadway World

Eric Whitacre Signs Worldwide Publishing Agreement With Boosey & Hawkes

Grammy winning composer, Eric Whitacre with Boosey & Hawkes covering future compositions and a collection of works for chorus, orchestra and wind ensemble.

Limelight

Sir Andrew Davis to step down from Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

The British maestro, who has led the MSO since 2013, will end his tenure as Chief Conductor at the end of 2019.Sir Andrew Davis will step down from his role as Chief Conductor with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at the end of his contract in December 2019, the Orchestra announced today. The British maestro, who has led the MSO since 2013, will continue his artistic relationship with the orchestra as Conductor Laureate.

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Das Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra als Vorreiter – Komponistinnen im Fokus

Ein Drittel aller Werke, die das Orchester in der Konzertsaison 2018/2019 spielen wird, stammt von Komponistinnen – ein starkes Signal für die Gleichstellung der Geschlechter, auch im Konzerthaus.

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Deutscher Pianistenpreis kürt Gewinner

Der südkoreanische Pianist Hans Suh hat den 8. Deutschen Pianistenpreis gewonnen. Suh nahm den mit 20.000 Euro dotieren Preis von Maryam Maleki, der Präsidentin des International Piano Forum, und dem Vorjahresgewinner  Eric Lu entgegen. Der Publikumspreis, welcher mit 3.000 Euro dotiert ist, ging an Tomoki Sakata aus Japan.

Musik Heute

International Opera Awards nach München und Frankfurt

Die Bayerische Staatsoper hat bei den International Opera Awards den Preis als bestes Opernhaus gewonnen. Das teilten die Veranstalter am Montagabend in London mit. Die Oper Frankfurt wurde für die Wiederentdeckung von Ernst Kreneks “Drei Opern” ausgezeichnet. Ihr Intendant Bernd Loebe erhielt den Preis in der Kategorie “Leadership in Opera”.

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Arabie Saoudite : la France et l’Opéra de Paris vont aider à la création d’un orchestre

Lors de la visite officielle du prince héritier saoudien Mohammed ben Salmane à Paris, Françoise Nyssen, ministre de la Culture, a annoncé que la France allait aider l’Arabie Saoudite à se doter d’un orchestre symphonique et lyrique.

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Der Gewinner des 8. Deutschen Pianistenpreis, Hans Suh, © International Piano Forum

(Written on April 10, 2018 )

In today’s news: Bill Murray is bringing his classical music shows to the UK, Decca’s Rebecca Allen on the Classic BRITs comeback, Ruth Mackenzie named chair of Arts Council England’s London area council, Philadelphia Orchestra announced Monday evening that it had chosen Matías Tarnopolsky as a new leader, Catholic Church quits GEMA contract (society for musical copyright enforcement) and France 4 now offers an animated series called Max & Maestro with main character Daniel Barenboim.

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Bill Murray is bringing his classical music shows to the UK

New Worlds mixes music and literature to explore themes of American history and identity. During the group’s performances, Murray reads passages from classic American literature and poetry while accompanied by a diverse array of instrumental pieces, with compositions from Bach to Bernstein to Van Morrison performed by a chamber trio (Vogler on cello, violinist Mira Wang, and pianist Vanessa Perez).

BBC News

The autistic musician who ‘makes music with his mind’

As someone with high-functioning autism who sees the world through sound, creating melodies from the bustle of the high street or trains on the tracks feels more natural than any social interaction.

Music Week

Decca’s Rebecca Allen on the Classic BRITs comeback

Allen has told Music Week it’s the “right time” for the return of the Classic BRIT Awards amid a resurgence for non-pop repertoire. The televised event, organised by the BPI, is being revived to mark the growing popularity of classical releases, musical theatre and music from TV, film and video game soundtracks.

The Stage

Ruth Mackenzie named chair of Arts Council England’s London area council

Mackenzie replaces current chair Veronica Wadley, who will be leaving the role on June 30 after eight years.

The New York Times

The Philadelphia Orchestra Looks West for Its New Leader

The Philadelphia Orchestra, which has been trying to ride a wave of recent musical success after facing the rough seas of bankruptcy earlier this decade, announced Monday evening that it had chosen a new leader: Matías Tarnopolsky, the executive and artistic director of Cal Performances, the performing arts organization at the University of California, Berkeley.

Limelight

New World Symphony: Education’s new Age of Enlightenment

Concerned for classical music’s future? Take a look at Michael Tilson Thomas’s Miami-based academy. […] It’s home to around 90 students, many of who you can peer in on as they practise inside the glass-walled rehearsal rooms, but these are no ordinary rooms, and this is no ordinary college of learning. […] Instead, NWS fellows (as they are known) are taught by a combination of visiting guest artists and hi-tech, interactive, long-distance coaching sessions. Their teachers include senior musical pedagogues from all over America (or even further afield), plus the careful guiding hand and sensitive, forward-thinking ministrations of founder and Artistic Administrator, conductor, composer and impassioned educator, Michael Tilson Thomas.

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Französische Pionierin Lili Boulanger – Schmerzmusik

Sie hätte Musikgeschichte schreiben können. Lili Boulanger komponiert als junge Frau Werke von betörender Schönheit. Im Jahr 1918 stirbt sie. Mit nur 24 Jahren. Jetzt kommt ihre Musik nach Berlin.

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Katholische Kirche steigt aus GEMA-Vertrag aus – Singen wird teuer

Wer Musikstücke aufführt, muss GEMA-Gebühren bezahlen. Das gilt auch bei kirchlichen Konzerten. Weil die katholische Kirche jetzt aus dem Pauschalvertrag mit der GEMA ausgestiegen ist, kommen hohe Kosten auf die Gemeinden zu.

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Max & Maestro, quand Daniel Barenboim devient un personnage de dessin animé

France 4 propose à partir de ce lundi 26 mars Max & Maestro, une série animée d’éveil à la musique classique avec comme personnage principal, Daniel Barenboim. L’illustre chef d’orchestre a également été consultant et a interprété ou dirigé les morceaux présents dans les 52 épisodes.

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(Written on March 27, 2018 )

In today’s news: A concert in memory of composer Michael Hirsch at the Deutsche Oper, the lasts secrets of Maria Callas to be revealed in Paris, West End director warns of targeting a younger audience and the politicisation of music in Venezuela.

Guardian

West End director issues warning about overlooking older audiences

The theatre director Dominic Dromgoole has warned of the dangers of relentlessly pursuing younger audiences at the expense of regular and older theatregoers.

BBC News

Stream-ripping is ‘fastest growing’ music piracy

Several sites and apps allow users to turn Spotify songs, YouTube videos and other streaming content into permanent files to store on phones and computers.

Classical Source

NYO Inspire Orchestra on the Waterfront

This July, 73 teenage musicians from across the country will come together to form NYO Inspire Orchestra, in what will be a ten-day celebration of exceptional orchestral music-making on a national level.

The Conversation

Is Venezuela’s much-hyped El Sistema music programme a hotbed of political resistance?

Venezuela’s El Sistema (“the system”) is probably the world’s most famous music education programme – and its most misunderstood.

The New York Times

Anthony Roth Costanzo in a Handel Rarity at National Sawdust

The vocally brilliant and dramatically fearless countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, working with the innovative opera director Christopher Alden, comes to National Sawdust in Brooklyn with a staged version of a Handel rarity.

Broadway World

Music Institute of Chicago to Present 29th Annual Chicago Duo Piano Festival

The Music Institute of Chicago presents its 29th annual Chicago Duo Piano Festival July 7-16.

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Fiebrig, Frostig, Zwingend

Abschied von einem großen Geist: Das Gedenkkonzert für den Komponisten Michael Hirsch in der Deutschen Oper, mit der Uraufführung von „Bastard 2“.

Die Zeit

Komponist Pierre Henry ist tot

Er gilt als ein Pionier der elektronischen Musik, für einige war er sogar der “Großvater des Techno”. Pierre Henry ist im Alter von 89 Jahren in Paris gestorben.

Fono Forum

Die Bayreuther Festspiele im Home-Auditorium

Der Eröffnungsabend der Bayreuther Festspiele 2017 wird am 25. Juli live auf BR-Klassik im Radio und per Video-Livestream übertragen. Ausstrahlungen der Fernsehfassung folgen in 3sat und ARD-alpha.

El Mundo

Ginkana de arte emergente en el IVAM

Diez jóvenes artistas de la cuarta edición de PAM! PAM! ocupan los espacios no expositivos del museo.

Le Parisien

Deux livres, une exposition, un film… les derniers secrets de La Callas

Tom Volf poursuit la diffusion de sa recherche menée pendant quatre ans autour de Maria Callas avec dès la rentrée deux livres, un coffret de disques et une exposition à la Seine Musicale.

Le Parisien

Mort de Pierre Henry, compositeur de la célèbre «Messe pour le temps présent»

Parfois considéré comme le «grand-père de la techno», Pierre Henry préférait se définir, sans modestie, comme le «père de la musique moderne».

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(Written on July 7, 2017 )

In today’s news: Winners of 2017 BBC Proms Inspire Competition announced, and conductor Riccardo Muti to lead joint Italian and Iranian orchestral concerts. Final spurt at the construction site of the Staatsoper Berlin, and musicians at the G20 summit.

Music Teacher

Winners of 2017 BBC Proms Inspire Competition announced

Five young composers have won across three categories in this year’s competition. They will have their compositions performed at the BBC Prom in 2018, and they also win a broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and a bbc commission throughout the 17/18 season.

The Strad

Conductor Riccardo Muti to lead joint Italian and Iranian orchestral concerts

Celebrating 20 years of Muti’s ‘Roads of Friendship’ initiative, the performances by Italian and Iranian musicians take place in Tehran on 6 July and in Ravenna on 8 July

Cmuse

Saxophonist Floats Paper Inside Saxophone

Check out this cool trick by saxophonist and hobbyist, David Pope. He put a video of a piece of paper floating mid-air inside the bell of a saxophone.

Pizzicato

Denis Matsuev cancels concerts due to exhaustion

Under his doctor’s orders, Russian Pianist Denis Matsuev, 42, had to reduce his schedule due to exhaustion and therefore withdraw from several concerts during summer.

Berliner Morgenpost

Endspurt auf der Baustelle der Staatsoper Unter den Linden

In der Staatsoper Unter den Linden wird Optimismus verbreitet: Die Handwerker versichern, Ende Juli fertig zu sein.

NMZ

Dünne moralische Luft auf dem Gipfel

Orchestermusiker sind auch nur Bürger in Uniform, sie haben zu exerzieren, was man ihnen auf die Pulte stellt, was ein Regisseur ihnen vorinszeniert.

Klassik.com

Richard-Strauss-Festival 2017 zieht positive Bilanz

Das Richard-Strauss-Festival hat eine positive Bilanz der diesjährigen Festspielausgabe gezogen. Die binnen sieben Festivaltagen 25 ausgerichteten Veranstaltungen wurden von knapp 7.000 Zuschauern besucht.

BBC News

The sisters who have sung in the same church choir for 80 years

A pair of sisters have been singing in their church choir for more than 80 years.

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(Written on July 6, 2017 )

In today’s news: Which pop act might save the political gloom of today, BBC National Orchestra concert for audience with autism, and Investec Opera Holland Park to perform Verdi’s Requiem for Grenfell Tower victims.

The Guardian

Abba lifted the political gloom of the 1970s. Who will save us today?

A new exhibition explores how the Swedish group cheered up Britain in bleak times. We consider which pop acts might make up the band’s modern-day equivalent.

BBC News

BBC National Orchestra concert for audience with autism

The BBC National Orchestra of Wales has staged its first concert designed for audiences with autism, learning disabilities and sensory loss.

Classical Music Magazine

Investec Opera Holland Park to perform Verdi’s Requiem for Grenfell victims

Investec Opera Holland Park (OHP) is to give a performance of Verdi’s Requiem on 1 August to support those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.

Music Teacher

Dame Evelyn Glennie to receive honorary doctorate

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is to present percussionist and teacher Dame Evelyn Glennie with the honorary degree of Doctor of Music.

The Strad

Cellist Paul Katz on creating your ideal sound with vibrato

The New England Conservatory cello professor describes how to vary hand position to produce your desired vibrato sound.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

»Jeder sollte Mahlers ›Urlicht‹ mal live gehört haben«

Die Sopranistin Christiane Karg steht am Beginn einer Weltkarriere. Klassische Musik ist für sie auch als Hörerin wichtig. Warum sie außerdem Punk der Popmusik vorzieht, erklärt sie hier.

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Der mit dem traurigen Gedanken tanzt

Zum 25. Todestag des Jahrhundertbandoneonisten und Tango-Provokateurs Astor Piazzolla

Musik heute

Sanierung der Kölner Oper: Reker spricht von “Desaster”

Die Kölner Oberbürgermeisterin Henriette Reker hat die immer teurer werdende Sanierung der Kölner Bühnen als “Desaster” bezeichnet.

Digital Music News

Soundcloud May Finally Have a Buyer (And It’s Definitely Not Spotify)

Spotify already passed on buying SoundCloud.  But Deezer thinks this just might be a winning play.

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Erstmals Opern-Dirigentenwettbewerb in Liège

Die ‘Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège’ veranstaltet vom 18. bis 26. August den ersten, ausschließlich dem Opernrepertoire gewidmeten Dirigentenwettbewerb.

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Classical Music Magazine: Verdi Requiem for Grenfell Tower victims

(Written on July 4, 2017 )

In today’s news: British Youth Opera announces 30th anniversary productions, Tarisio announces Tarisio Trust Young Artist Grants 2017, and why music means so much to us. Tom Jones to make his Proms debut this year, and loss of freedom of movement will diminish British creativity.

Classical Music Magazine

British Youth Opera announces 30th anniversary productions

British Youth Opera’s 30th anniversary season will comprise productions of Judith Weir’sThe Vanishing Bridegroom (2, 6 and 8 September) and Mozart’s Don Giovanni (5, 7 and 9 September).

The Strad

Tarisio Trust Young Artist Grants 2017 awarded to string players and ensembles

Online instrument and bow auction house Tarisio has announced four of the recipients of its 2017 Tarisio Trust Young Artists Grants – with a fifth to be chosen by the public

Pizzicato

Lucilin to tour Japan and create Manoury’s Kein Licht

United Instruments of Lucilin, one of Europe’s foremost ensembles for contemporary music, announces another busy semester of activities.

Classical Music Magazine

Kent Nagano to step down from Montreal post in 2020

Kent Nagano has announced that he will not accept the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal’s (OSM) invitation to extend his contract as music director beyond 2020.

The Guardian

Ultra sound: why music means so much to us

Music is one of life’s great pleasures. But why, asks Adam Ockelford, does it affect us so profoundly?

BBC News

Tom Jones to celebrate the sound of soul at the Proms

Sir Tom Jones is to make his Proms debut in a celebration of Stax Records, alongside soul legends Booker T Jones and Sam Moore

The Guardian

Freedom of movement helped British creativity thrive. Its loss will diminish us Nicholas Hytner

Britain’s creative industries are worth £84bn a year. But Brexit will deal a disastrous blow to a sector that depends on sharing ideas, experiences and talent.

Washington Post

The real motor of the performing arts isn’t vision. It’s the board, stupid.

Vision. We want performing arts organizations to have it. After all, the point is to offer us compelling performances, new perspectives and ideas. Or so, at least, some of us think.

 Süddeutsche Zeitung

Dieser Mann will beweisen, dass Passau das schönere Salzburg ist

Sänger Thomas E. Bauer will als Intendant die Europäischen Wochen wieder zum Leuchten bringen.

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Wiener Staatsoper mit 98,83% Auslastung

Die Wiener Staatsoper hat die Saison 2016/2017 mit einem Einnahmenrekord beendet: Erstmals seien mehr als 35 Mio. Euro Karteneinnahmen (2015/2016: 34,6 Mio. Euro) erzielt worden, teilte das Opernhaus mit.

 Klassik

Oswald Georg Bauer mit Leipziger Richard Wagner Preis 2017 ausgezeichnet

Dr. Oswald Georg Bauer hat den Richard Wagner Preis 2017 erhalten, der von der Richard-Wagner-Stiftung Leipzig verliehen wird. Die Auszeichnung ist mit 10.000 Euro dotiert. Bauer war lange Jahre Pressechef der Bayreuther Festspiele, als das Musikfestival von Wolfgang Wagner geleitet wurde.

Musik Heute

Staatskapelle Dresden ehrt Blomstedt mit Volksfest

Die Staatskapelle Dresden hat am Sonntagabend für ihren früheren Chef und jetzigen Ehrendirigenten Herbert Blomstedt ein Volksfest auf dem Theaterplatz ausgerichtet.

 France musique

Concerts participatifs : à vous de jouer !

Le concert participatif envahit les salles de concerts en France. Le principe : devenir, le temps d’un concert, un musicien d’orchestre ou un membre du chœur. Présentation de ce spectacle d’un nouveau genre.

 Le Monde

Choisissez au mieux votre festival de musique de l’été selon vos artistes préférés

Les festivals estivaux sont nombreux à se disputer votre préférence. Avec cette application, dites-nous quels artistes vous aimez, nous vous dirons où vous rendre.

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The Guardian: ‘The grotesque betrayal of the generation that most detests Brexit is like some lost Restoration comedy.’

(Written on July 3, 2017 )

In today’s news many comment on the emotional One Love Manchester concert that took place last night, two weeks after the terror attack at Ariana Grande’s concert. The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is back at the top of the charts for the first time in 50 years, and The New York Times looks at the best moments in classical music last week.

BBC News

One Love Manchester: The most emotional moments

There were high emotions at a benefit concert staged by Ariana Grande in Manchester less than two weeks after the terror attack following her gig in the city. But the show also demonstrated the power of pop music to bring people together

Sir Jeffrey Tate: Conductor with spina bifida dies at 74

Sir Jeffrey, who was born with spina bifida, was the principal conductor of the English Chamber Orchestra and the Royal Opera House in the 1980s

The Guardian

Liam Gallagher attacks brother Noel for absence at One Love Manchester concert

Oasis brothers’ feud continues as Liam says he is ‘very disappointed’ after Noel fails to join him for concert following Manchester Arena attack

Independent

Manchester One Love: Police dance with members of crowd at tribute concert

Footage of officer dancing with children in a circle at concert goes viral

New York Times

An Ice Cream Truck at Carnegie Hall: This Week’s 8 Best Classical Music Moments

In addition to reviews, features and news during the week, our critics and reporters collect the best of what they’ve heard: notes that sent shivers down their spines, memorable voices, quotations that cut to the heart of the story

Uncompromising Music Survives on the Brooklyn Waterfront

There is so much new life and affluence crowding the Brooklyn waterfront that traditionalists like Mark Peskanov, the master violinist who runs the Bargemusic concerts of chamber music aboard a handsomely converted coal barge, hard by the Brooklyn Bridge, might be tempted to move. Which he has no intention of doing

Dallas News

Mozart piano concertos begin at the Cliburn competition

Starting Saturday, the semifinal round of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition switched to a half-and-half format each day: two solo recitals each afternoon, four performances of Mozart piano concertos each evening, with Nicholas McGegan conducting the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

Classical Source

Royal Opera cast amendment, Otello, Ludovic Tézier

It is with deep regret that French baritone Ludovic Tézier will no longer be making his role debut as Iago in Otello on 21, 24 and 28 June, and on 2, 6 and 10 July

M Magazine

Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band back at number one

The Beatles’ classic album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is back at the top of the charts 50 years after it was first number one

Washington Post

Can listening to nature improve how we listen to music?

As a species, we have a lot more experience listening to the wind than we do listening to our favorite songs

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Where Is The Love? – Black Eyed Peas and Ariana Grande. Photo: BBC News

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(Written on June 5, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, the full programme of Aldeburgh Festival 2017 will be announced in January 2017, and the 2017 festival will also mark the 50th anniversary of the Snape Maltings Concert Hall. English Symphony Orchestra (ESO) has appointed Michael Young as its new Assistant Conductor, effective January 2017. Also, read about the ‘pampered’ turkeys on BBC News, where turkeys were raised listening to classical music, and they might be on your Christmas table this year!

Classical Music

Aldeburgh Festival 2017

The 70th Aldeburgh Festival (9-25 June 2017) will mark the 50th anniversary of the Snape Maltings Concert Hall.

Temple Music Foundation announces 2017 programme

The Temple Music Foundation’s 2017 concert programme encompasses Venetian polychoral works, Bach’s St John Passion and a contemporary composition for church choir, organ and saxophone.

English Symphony Orchestra appoints assistant conductor

The English Symphony Orchestra has appointed Michael Young in the newly created role of assistant conductor.

BBC News

‘Pampered’ Corwen turkeys raised on classical music

Turkeys raised to classical music and fed a home-grown grain mix may be north Wales’ “most pampered”.

The Strad

Violist and teacher Paul Leggett drowns in Central Australia

The long-time violist with the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic died while swimming in the Northern Territory.

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Nürnberg bewirbt sich als Kulturhauptstadt 2025

Der Stadtrat gab gestern mit großer Mehrheit seine Zustimmung zu der Bewerbung, deren Kosten mit etwa 5 Millionen Euro veranschlagt werden. Nürnberg solle “Kulturhauptstadt der Ideen” werden.

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Erfolg für Bayreuther Festspiele

Das Landgericht Bayreuth weist die Klage von Wieland Wagners Angehörigen ab. Es ging um den Mietvertrag des Festspielhauses und Entscheidungen über die Festspielleitung.

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GVL: Künstler können jetzt noch Vergütungen für die Nutzung ihrer Produktionen in den Jahren 2010 bis 2012 erhalten

Ob Musiker, Schauspieler, Synchronschauspieler, Tänzer oder Dirigenten: Viele Kreative wissen nicht, dass sie für Ihre Mitwirkungen an künstlerischen Produktionen vergütet werden können, wenn ein Dritter (zum Beispiel ein TV- oder Radiosender) diese nutzt.

Musik heute

Bundesverdienstkreuz für israelischen Geigenbauer Weinstein

Der israelische Geigenbauer Amnon Weinstein hat das Bundesverdienstkreuz für die Restaurierung von etwa 50 Instrumenten von Holocaust-Opfern erhalten.

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Dercon will neues Ensemble an Volksbühne aufbauen

Chris Dercon (58) setzt für die Berliner Volksbühne auf ein festes Ensemble. Das Theater, dessen Intendanz der Belgier im August 2017 übernehmen soll, werde in den nächsten Jahren ein neues Ensemble aufbauen.

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(Written on December 15, 2016 )

Classical News

In our news today, Michael Church comments that other classical musics of the world need their proper place in the UK concert programmes, violinist Luke Hsu has won the 41st annual Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Competition receiving the gold medal and the first recording of the fluid piano has been issued. Also, Broadway stars past and present are to record a version of What the World Needs Now Is Love, to support victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting and the Strad defines how a grounding in music theory can help musicians during their performance.

Independent

Why it’s high time UK concert programmes opened their doors to music beyond the Western tradition

The British classical-music establishment is full of complacent cultural imperialism. Britain is now a very multi-ethnic society, but you’d never know that from its concert halls. There’s an increasingly need for the other classical musics of the world to be given their proper place in UK concert programmes, says Michael Church.

Violinist Luke Hsu wins Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Competition 2016

American violinist Luke Hsu has won the 41st annual Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Competition and receives the gold medal, a $25,000 cash prize and a solo performance with the Houston Symphony on July 9, 2016.

Classical Music Magazine

First recording of the fluid piano issued

Utsav Lal has released the first recording on the fluid piano. The instrument, created by Geoff Smith, allows musicians to alter each note individually and separately by precise microtonal intervals per note before or during a performance.

BBC News

Broadway stars record benefit single for Orlando victims

Broadway stars past and present are to record a version of What the World Needs Now Is Love, to support victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting. Sarah Jessica Parker, Idina Menzel and Carole King are among those involved in the initiative, inspired by the 1985 We are the World benefit for Africa.

The Strad

A grounding in music theory can help performance

I have heard many students and musicians complain about wasting time on academic music disciplines. They often do not see the importance of music theory, and indeed, most of the time its relevance to musicians is not made clear enough to them.

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Bergen Festival Announces Record Breaking Figures

This year’s Bergen International Festival was again a major success. Organized between 25 May and 08 June, the Norwegian festival presented more than 350 events at more than 40 venues.

The Guardian

Anatomy Theater’s world debut: the goriest opera ever?

There is no doubt the opera stage has seen its fair share of blood through the years, whether it be the mad scene in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, the ethereal yet obstinate stain soiling Lady Macbeth’s hand, the crimson droplets that portend the end of Mimi in La boheme, or even the corpses of suitors scattered outside the palace of Turandot.

Musik heute

Wiener Sängerknaben gründen Musikschule in Hongkong

Die Wiener Sängerknaben gründen erstmals eine Musikschule im Ausland. 2018 solle die internationale “Vienna Boys Choir International School” in Hongkong öffnen, teilte die Einrichtung am Donnerstag in Wien mit.

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Deutscher Musikrat Partner des Deutschen Jugendkammerchors

Der Deutsche Musikrat hat das Label «Privilegierte Partnerschaft» ins Leben gerufen – für Einrichtungen und Projekte, die „in besonderer Weise gesellschaftliche Wirkung erzielen“.

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„Das ungespielte Konzert“ – Pianist erinnert an ermordeten Musiker

Der Pianist Karlrobert Kreiten stand vor einer großen Karriere, als er von den Nazis ermordet wurde. Ein Konzert in Heidelberg konnte er nicht mehr spielen. Das Programm wird mehr als 80 Jahre später nachgeholt.

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The Economist @TheEconomist An attack on the attitudes which threaten to marginalise classical music and high art

Royal Academy Music @RoyalAcadMusic What happens if people give classical music a chance – Braimah talks with

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ A group of opera singers will cycle from Glasgow to London to raise money for

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Photograph: Sebastian Schutyser / Aga Khan Music Initiative

(Written on June 17, 2016 )

In today’s news, the BBC is calling for amateur musicians to perform at the Proms, the New York City Opera announces its first full season following its emergence from bankruptcy & Graham Parker announced to become the new president of Universal Classics USA. Also, Spotify surged 80% last year to nearly €2bn and Yamaha offers free Clavinova lessons.

BBC News

Amateur musicians to play Last Night of the Proms

The BBC is calling for amateur musicians to perform Bizet’s Toreador song, from Carmen, at the Proms. A “virtual orchestra” will be created to play the piece, conducted by Marin Alsop and supported by musicians from the Royal Academy of Music.

Daily Mail

NYC Opera announces 1st full season after bankruptcy

The revived New York City Opera announced its first full season following its emergence from bankruptcy, planning 28 performances of six works in 2016-17 that include the U.S. debut of Antonio de Literes’ “Los Elementos” and area premieres of Peter Eotvos’ “Angels in America” and Tobin Stokes’ “Fallujah.”

WQXR

Graham Parker, WQXR GM, to Head Universal Classics, USA

Tuesday morning, the general manager at WQXR, Graham Parker, announced that after six years at New York Public Radio, he will be stepping down to become the president of Universal Classics, U.S.A. Music.

The Guardian

Spotify revenues surge 80% to more than £1.5bn

Revenues at Spotify, the world’s biggest music streaming service, surged 80% last year to nearly €2bn (£1.5bn) but losses widened as it invested heavily amid tough competition from the likes of Apple Music and Tidal.

Classical Music Magazine

Yamaha offers free Clavinova lessons

Yamaha is offering free 45-minute Clavinova lessons throughout Saturdays and Sundays in June. During each one-to-one session, a Yamaha pianist will demonstrate the features of the Clavinova which can help pianists to learn and improve.

The Irish Times

Classical music: Printed programmes are a convention worth keeping

The world of the classical concert is a highly ritualised affair. The dress code for performers is as formal as it is for weddings, although there are, of course, performers who shun it. Austrian pianist Friedrich Gulda took shunning to an extreme when he once appeared on stage nude.

Classicalite

New Book ‘Sounds and Sweet Airs’ Details Female Composers Consigned to Oblivion

Anna Beer’s new book, Sounds and Sweet Airs: The Forgotten Women of Classical Music, highlights overlooked but important female composers of the classical music genre.

The Telegraph

Royal Opera’s Oedipe is yet another revived gem to thank Kasper Holten for

Those who deplore the current vogue for shock-horror productions may be rejoicing at the early departure next year of the Royal Opera’s Director Kasper Holten, but there are several things to thank him for – notable among them being his commitment to programming fully staged performances of significant but unjustly neglected repertory of the 20th century.

Musik heute

Berliner Philharmoniker und Simon Rattle kämpfen für EU-Jugendorchester

Das Orchester in Berlin und sein Chefdirigent in München – gleich doppelt haben die Berliner Philharmoniker am Dienstag gegen eine Auflösung des European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) protestiert.

Klassikinfo.de

Große Abwanderung beim Bayerischen Staatsballett

Nach dem Ende der Spielzeit 2015/2016 wird Ivan Liška nach 18 Jahren sein Amt als Direktor des Bayerischen Staatsballetts an Igor Zelensky übergeben. Mit Liška werden sich einige bekannte Gesichter von der Bühne des Nationaltheaters und vom Münchner Publikum verabschieden.

Klassik.com

Nordrhein-Westfalen fördert Musikhochschule Detmold mit 14 Millionen Euro

Das Land Nordrhein-Westfalen fördert die Hochschule für Musik Detmold in den nächsten sieben Jahren mit rund 14 Millionen Euro.

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Top Classical News @topcmnews Bad news for Boston criticism

Classic FM @ClassicFM The 12 cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic are playing tangos on our Album of the Week:

BR_Klassik @BR_KLASSIK 25. Mai 1887: Die Opéra-Comique in Paris steht in Flammen

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(Written on May 25, 2016 )