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The Telegraph

BBC Proms 2012: the Proms has it all

Ivan Hewett chooses the events he’s most looking forward to at the Proms 2012 this year.

50 Shades of Grey prompts classical music piece to climb the charts

The Tallis Scholar’s recording of ‘Spem in alium’ has been climbing the charts after being featured in El James’s erotic novel 50 Shades of Grey.

NY Times

Symphony Space Plans a Series Inspired by John Cage

Symphony Space has announced that its next season of events, which begins on Sept. 24, will includes a new series, John Cage’s “How to Get Started”.

Calvin Marsh, Baritone and Met Stalwart, Dies at 91

Calvin Marsh, a lyric baritone who sang more than 900 performances with the Metropolitan Opera before forsaking the stage for a life in religious music, died on June 18 in Dallas. He was 91.

Gramophone

Paavo Järvi appointed NHK Symphony chief conductor

Plus Kryzsztof Urbański named principal guest conductor of Tokyo Symphony.

Jessica Duchen

Le nozze di Chico?

It’s perhaps one of the strengths of Glyndebourne’s much-vaunted new production of Le nozze di Figaro, directed by Michael Grandage, that through a series of apparently zany juxtapositions it makes clear the archetypal, timeless nature of its drama.

Arts Journal – Slipped Disc

Gustavo Dudamel as you’ve never heard him before

The new Lebrecht Interview series opens next Monday on the BBC with the longest, deepest conversation that Gustavo Dudamel has ever offered on public media.

The Times

São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra debuts at the Proms

Plentiful tropical fruit aside, the Shostakovich had a maverick quality: the Fifth Symphony, which usually expresses everything horrendous about Stalinist Russia, sounded practically buoyant once the two grimmest movements had been excised to make an al-fresco taster programme.

(Written on July 11, 2012 )

Gramophone

Royal Opera House to host Olympic exhibition

The Royal Opera House will team with BP and the Olympic Museum in Lausanne to present a free Olympic exhibition in honour of the London 2012 Games.

BBC Music Magazine

Northern Sinfonia live in concert

Grant Llewellyn conducts the orchestra in Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony, Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony and Shostakovich’s Piano Conceto No. 1.

LA Times

Jazz says its final good-bye on Los Angeles AM Radio

A silence has descended on Los Angeles’ AM radio band. The station apparently sees jazz as hindering its bid for a wider audience.

Classical Music Magazine

BBC Proms 2012 bring austerity-bucking season of 92 concerts

The 2012 BBC Proms season was announced on 19 April, with a typically diverse programme of concerts in the Royal Albert Hall and beyond.

London Jazz

Children and music venues? Can anything be done?

This discussion between a parent in Leeds and the management of Colin Towns’ band Blue Touch Paper just doesn’t feel right.

The New Yorker

Ten perfect Orchestral Performances

I don’t know that perfection is of the greatest importance in music-making. Spirit, power, phrasing, tempo, expressiveness—all these things matter more than note-perfect execution.

The Telegraph

Placido Domingo on Turandot: why I’m doing the biggest opera in the world

Though well known for singing ‘Nessun Dorma’ as one of the Three Tenors, Domingo says he’ll be conducting it instead at a lavish Wembley Stadium performance.

NY Times

Gabriel Kahane is a One-man Cultural Cuisinart

Kahane’s voice, airy but with a smoky burr, is flexible and carries emotional weight easily, but “Crane Palimpsest” is still a lot to take on.

(Written on May 2, 2012 )

British Composer Emily Howard is delighted to announce her debut BBC Prom on August 21st.

‘Calculus of the Nervous system’, is part of the ‘Lovelace Trilogy’.  Howard took her inspiration from Ada Lovelace, the pioneering mathematician and daughter of the famous British poet Lord Bryon.  The piece was commissioned by international contemporary music festival Wien Modern 2011 for the ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna and premiered in the Wiener Konzerthaus on November 20th 2011.

Watch the video below to find out more about the composition from Emily herself.

For more information on Emily Howard please visit her website.

(Written on April 19, 2012 )