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We are delighted to announce that the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra will be performing at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 27th August as part of the 2017 BBC Proms programme.

Led by Musical Director Louis Langrée, the programme for the evening will be in keeping with the CSO’s history of championing American music, with a performance of Leonard Bernstein’s ‘Symphonic Suite’ from On the Waterfront, a highly descriptive symphonic portrait of New York City. In 1942, at the height of World War Two, the CSO premiered Aaron Copland’s ‘Lincoln Portrait’ written as a musical tribute to the former president, and will perform it again with a special guest speaker to be announced soon. Tchaikovsky’s majestic Symphony No. 5 will conclude the second half of the concert.

Founded in 1895, the CSO is the sixth oldest orchestra in the United States, and the first to be broadcast to a national radio audience in 1921. This concert coincides with an extensive European tour in which the CSO will visit countries including Scotland, Spain, and others to be announced soon.

Details of all concerts and events in the 2017 Proms season were announced today. Tickets are now available to purchase from the Royal Albert Hall website.

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(Written on April 20, 2017 )

Last night, Kat, Olivia, James and Eliza attended the BBC Music Magazine Awards at Kings Place in London.

After a couple of glasses of fizz, we began the awards ceremony.  Oliver Condy, Editor of BBC Music Magazine, hobbled on stage to open proceedings, explaining how crowd-surfing at a Couperin-fuelled rave was the cause of his broken ankle a month before. Oliver then introduced his co-presenter Sara Mohr-Pietsch, (standing in for James Naughtie), and things got underway.  See below for a summary of winners.

We were especially delighted to attend to see our client, Accentus Music, pick up the Best DVD Award.  Paul Smaczny, Director of Accentus Music and producer of the winning release of Berg’s Wozzeck was there to accept the award.  He gave his heartfelt thanks to his team, and read the following from soloist Christian Gerhaher:  “I feel so incredibly satisfied that this Wozzeck production, which was—and every director should please forgive me—the most exhilarating in my life, receives the greatest acclamation. The result of visualising this extraordinary staging in that simple but nearly fully conveying way is just admirable. It brings to life the wonderful months that we and the audience spent with Berg’s masterwork one and half years ago. I would definitely call this a defining criterion of opera DVDs. Thank you all!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special guest presenters included all-round fahionista and style guru, Gok Wan, who recently released his own curated album of opera entitled ‘Gok’s Divas’.  Comedian Alastair McGowan tickled the audience with a series of stunning impressions and tenuous puns, before presenting Best Instrumental Award to Mahan Esfahani for his recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations. With his customary loud-mouth, Mahan gave an impassioned and thoughtful acceptance speech, leaving us with a call to action: ‘Extend classical music, and it will be limitless in what it gives back to you.’

Dame Joan Bakewell, who presented the Recording of the Year Award offered a thought-provoking address on the great value the BBC has in the classical music world, and the impact it had on her own appreciation of music. She announced the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic with Vasily Petrenko performing Tchaikovsky Symphonies as Recording of the Year.

Throughout the evening, a number of references were made to the Proms Launch, which takes place today. BBC Radio 3 Controller, Alan Davey, slightly let the cat out of the bag when he said there would be lots of concerts in a big round hall.  Unfortunately, we can’t confirm this at the moment, but watch this space.

Vocal Award Matthias Goerne, Synergy Vocals, BBC SO, Josep Pons

Opera Award Mozart Don Giovanni, MusicAeterna, Teodor Currentzis

Chamber Music Award Martinu Piano Trios, Smetana Trio

Orchestral Award Tchaikovsky Symphonies, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Vasily Petrenko, Onyx

Instrumental Award Bach Goldberg Variations, Mahan Esfahani, Deutsche Grammophon

DVD Award Berg Wozzeck, Christian Gerhaher, Opernhaus Zurich, Accentus Music

Newcomer Award Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky Piano Concertos, Beatrice Rana, Antonio Pappano, Orchestra Dell-Accademia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia

Concerto Award CPE Bach Cello Concertos, Nicolas Altstaedt, Jonathan Cohen, Arcangelo, Hyperion

Premiere Award Julian Anderson, Vladimir Jurowski, Carolin Widmann, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir

Choral Award Jonathan Harvey, Deo, The Choir of St John’s College Cambridge, Andrew Nethsingha, Signum Records

Record of the Year Award  Tchaikovsky Symphonies, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Vasily Petrenko, Onyx

Many congratulations from all of us at WildKat PR to Accentus Music, and all the other winners! We’re looking forward to next year’s awards already.

 

(Written on April 20, 2017 )

In today’s news: Dresden Symphony plans a protest against the construction of the wall between Mexico and USA, and Berlin State Opera opens on 3rd October for a short period. Merkel honours Syrian refugees choir, and Waterbury Symphony Orchestra announces new Executive Director. The first pictures of the remake “Dirty Dancing”, Toy Story icon Don Rickles died aged 90, and the end of the General Music Director Josep Caballé-Domenech at the Staatskapelle Halle. Broke for the Fresno Grand opera, and how stressful the game Tetris could be.

BBC

Dirty Dancing: First look at remake images

Thirty years since Johnny and Baby first appeared in cinemas and created a cult hit, the producers of the TV remake have offered a glimpse at the updated version.

The Violin Channel

Nicola Benedetti – 2004 ‘BBC Young Musician of the Year’

The then 16 year old Nicola Benedetti’s 1st prize winning performance of the Szymanowski Violin Concerto No. 1 – in the Grand Final of the 2004 BBC ‘Young Musician of the Year’ Awards.

Classic FM

This accordionist play the Tetris theme for 10 levels and it’s really stressful

YouTuber Les covers de Persiflette (also known as Thibaut Trosset) has got some serious Tetris tekkers.

The Telegraph

Don Rickles, Toy Story star and legendary comedian, dies aged 90 

Don Rickles, the master insult comic who created laughs with ridicule and sarcasm in a decades-long career that earned him the facetious nickname Mr Warmth, died on Thursday at his Los Angeles home from kidney failure, his publicist said.

KLASSIK.com

Dresdner Sinfoniker wollen gegen Mauerbau zwischen den USA und Mexiko protestieren

Konzert soll im Juni diesseits und jenseits der geplanten Mauer stattfinden

Berliner Morgenpost

Die Berliner Staatsoper eröffnet – und schließt wieder

Das Opernhaus wird am 3. Oktober eröffnet. Der reguläre Spielbetrieb soll aber erst im Dezember beginnen.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Merkel ehrt syrischen Flüchtlingschor aus München

Gemeinsames Musizieren hilft bei der Bewältigung des Bürgerkriegstraumas und des Alltags in der neuen Heimat.

waterburysymphony.org

WSO Announces New Executive Director

Following a nation-wide search, the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra (WSO) has unanimously selected Robert Cinnanteas Executive Director

WQXR.org

5 Performances that Prove André Previn Can Do Anything

Sticking around on earth and letting those years add up means that you have a lot of time to get really good at whatever it is you do. Just ask André Previn.

Pizzicato

Staatskapelle Halle setzt Generalmusikdirektor vor die Tür

Der Vertrag mit dem Generalmusikdirektor und Chefdirigenten der Staatskapelle Halle, Josep Caballé-Domenech, ist vom Aufsichtsrat der  Theater, Oper und Orchester GmbH in seiner jüngsten Sitzung nicht über die kommende Spielzeit 2017/18 hinaus verlängert worden.

The Fresno Bee

Fresno Grand Opera bankruptcy filing includes long list of creditors

Orchestra members in the Fresno Grand Opera production of “Our Town” are at the head of a line of creditors after the company’s bankruptcy, court documents show.

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11 London’s premier tuba blasts his last

4Karriere-News: Markus Korselt (Stuttgarter Kammerorchester)

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(Written on April 7, 2017 )

In today’s news: the sound painter, Opera of Toulon strikes, RPS Music Awards Shortlist announced, Celeb-facts of the Folk Awards, Viola Tabea Zimmermann wins ICPA Award, interview with violinist Andres Cardenes, Royal Opera House 2017/18 Season announced, Award for cellist Isserlis, Musikmesse Frankfurt begins, pre-sales tickets for the Elbphilharmonie season 17/18 begins, and confronting Anti-Semitism in Russia through music.

BBC

The artist who paints sound

Does Lady Gaga’s music make you think of pink stripes and orange triangles? Is Tuesday female and Sunday male? What do you mean, no?

10 celebs you didn’t know were folk fans

Yes that’s right – there are some secret folk fans out there and we’ve put the hard work in to see who they are. Prepare to be shocked at these secret folkies.

Rhinegold

Shortlists announced for RPS Music Awards 2017

The shortlists for the Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS) Music Awards 2017 have been announced.

The Strad

Violist Tabea Zimmermann wins Artist of the Year at ICPA Awards

The International Classical Music Awards, given annually to the year’s finest classical artists and recordings, were announced on 1 April at a ceremony in the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Germany.

The Violin Channel 

Violinist Andres Cardenes – “Preparing for the Premiere of a New Work”

In a VC-exclusive blog, Andres talks us through his preparation for performing a new work – alongside a living composer.

ROH

Royal Opera House 2017/18 Season announced

The Royal Ballet and Royal Opera’s programme for the coming Season include world premieres, major new productions and classic revivals.

Kulturradio RBB

Cellist Isserlis bekommt Preis der Dresdner Musikfestspiele

Steven Isserlis wird für sein besonderes Engagement in der Musikvermittlung und die Förderung angehender Profimusiker geehrt.

concerti

Innovation als Lockvogel

Die Musikmesse in Frankfurt öffnet heute ihre Tore. Ein innovatives Programm soll den radikalen Veränderungen der Musikbranche trotzen

Die Welt

Neue Karten für neues Elbphilharmonie-Glück

Karten für die Elbphilharmonie sind begehrt. Am Dienstag beginnt bei ProArte nun der Vorverkauf für die Abo-Konzertreihen der kommenden Saison.

Broadwayworld

Get ready to guffaw! Meet the full company of Present Laughter, opening tonight on Broadway

Present Laughter, starring Academy Award- and two-time Tony Award-winner Kevin Kline in his triumphant return to Broadway, opens tonight, April 5th, at the St. James Theatre.

npr

Confronting Anti-Semitism in Russia, in words and then music

During the 1950s and early ’60s, the Soviet Union went through a period called “the thaw.”

pizzicato

Strike hits opera of Toulon

The choir and the orchestra of the Opéra de Toulon are on strike today.

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4Musikwissenschaftler und -pädagoge Karl Heinrich Ehrenforth gestorben

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(Written on April 5, 2017 )

In today’s news: The Royal Opera House and Shubbak Festival have announced a London residency for Arab composers, and Facebook takes on Spotify and YouTube in the world of music streaming. Shakespeare’s Globe and Glyndebourne have announced an ‘one-off’ Hamlet event, and a group of Manchester musicians carry their new music video into new digital realms.

Classical Music Magazine

ROH and Shubbak Festival announce residency for Arab composers

The Royal Opera House and Shubbak Festival, in partnership with Abu Dhabi Festival, have announced a London residency for Arab composers.

Shakespeare’s Globe and Glyndebourne collaborate on Hamlet event

Shakespeare’s Globe and Glyndebourne have announced a one-off event which will examine the appeal of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

Music Business Worldwide

Facebook set to Challenge YOUTUBE and Spotify with ‘comprehensive music strategy’

‘The prospect of Facebook taking on the likes of Spotify and YouTube in the world of music streaming is no longer a matter of ‘if’ – it’s a matter of ‘when’.

WOSU

Taking Classical Music to Contemporary and Unusual Spaces

After completing the more-than-7-mile trek up a dormant volcano in Kruzof Island, Alaska, Bailey performed Bach on his fiber carbon cello.

BBC News Beat

The music video that changes each time you click play

This Manchester band’s new music video is configured so that you’ll never see the same thing twice.

Klassik.com

Schleswig-Holstein: 6 Millionen Euro für Sanierung der Musik- und Kongresshalle Lübeck

Das Land Schleswig-Holstein greift der Stadt Lübeck bei der Sanierung der Musik- und Kongresshalle mit weiteren bis zu sechs Millionen Euro unter die Arme.

Neue Musikzeitung

Die Stones kommen an der Freiburger Universität ins Archiv

Vor 55 Jahren haben sich die Rolling Stones gegründet. Die britische Rockband hat seither Musikgeschichte geschrieben. Nun kommen die Stones in Freiburg an die Universität: Die Hochschule beherbergt ihren Angaben zufolge künftig eines der weltweit ersten und größten Rolling-Stones-Archive.

Musik Heute

Bis zwölf Jahre Wartezeit für ein Abo: Wiener Philharmoniker werden 175

Die Wiener Philharmoniker sind gefragt wie nie. Allein im März haben die Musiker in den USA, in Deutschland, in Wien und in Paris mehr als zehn Vorstellungen. Am (heutigen) Dienstag feiert das renommierte Orchester sein 175. Jubiläum.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Boykott von Brexit-Befürwortern?

Der “Iron Maiden”-Sänger Bruce Dickinson will unbedingt raus aus der EU. Wenn Rock-Idole für den Brexit stimmen, geraten Fans in eine Zwickmühle.

Classical Source

Tudor Mass experience created in chapel visited by Henry VIII, for the first time in nearly 500 years

The unique sound of a Tudor Lady Mass has been created for the chapel where Henry VIII would have heard it, almost 500 years ago.

Neue Zurcher Zeitung

Mendelssohn: Romantiker oder Protestant?

Noch heute wird hauptsächlich der Romantiker Mendelssohn bewundert – der protestantische Kirchenmusik-Komponist hat es schwer. Das Freiburger Barockorchester versucht unter Pablo Heras-Casado den Brückenschlag.

Le Monde

Le chef d’orchestre Louis Frémaux est mort à 95 ans

Prédécesseur de Simon Rattle à l’Orchestre symphonique de Birmingham, il a porté la musique française en terre britannique.

Le Figaro

Trois questions à…Pascal Nègre

Seigneur de la pop, du rap, de l’électro et du rock, Pascal Nègre impose à nouveau son jeu, un an après son départ forcé d’Universal Music France.

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BBC Music Magazine  Is Britain really at the forefront of choral music? makes the argument for a new approach

Music History   in 1842 First official performance of the Orchestra

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(Written on March 28, 2017 )

In today’s news: Sir Andrew Lloyed Webber and Stephen Sondheim celebrate their birthdays with a common performance , and Scottish Awards for New Music winners announced. Isabelle van Keulen becomes the leader of the Deutschen Kammerakademie Neuss. The Scottish Chamber Orchestra announces Ticciati’s farewell season, “Liedermacher” André Heller for his 70th. Deutsche Oper Berlin presents new program, and an interview with Kristīne Opolais

BBC Music Magazine

Scottish Awards for New Music winners announced

The first ever Scottish Awards for New Music have been awarded at a ceremony in Glasgow. The new awards, backed by Creative Scotland, aim to celebrate and champion Scottish composers, musicians, sound artists and ensembles which are creating innovative and experimental work.

Pizzicato

Isabelle van Keulen übernimmt künstlerische Leitung der Deutschen Kammerakademie Neuss

Zum Saisonstart 2017/18 übernimmt Isabelle van Keulen als ‘Artist in Residence’ die künstlerische Leitung der Deutschen Kammerakademie Neuss « und führt das Ensemble damit auf neue Wege », wie es in einer Pressemitteilung heißt.

Rhinegold

Scottish Chamber Orchestra announces Ticciati’s farewell season

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO) has announced its 2017/18 season: Robin Ticciati’s ninth and final as principal conductor.

BBC

Thailand’s blind children’s orchestra

The Thai Blind Orchestra is made up of young musicians and is run by a man whose daytime job is managing an elephant conservation centre.

The Violin Channel

Tarisio Auctions to Offer 5 x $5000 2017 Innovative Young Artist Grants

Tarisio has announced the launch of the 2017 Tarisio Trust Young Artist Grants scheme – offering five bursaries to support innovative projects

Classic FM

This pianist plays Liszt on four pianos and it’s a full-on workout

Pianist Sunny Li loves making ‘fun piano workout’ videos in between practicing for her latest piano concerto performance and hopes her lively videos will encourage young people to pick up an instrument.

Berliner Zeitung

Liedermacher André Heller zum 70. Geburtstag 

Als er Anfang der 1970er-Jahre mit seinen Liedern auch in Deutschland bekannt wurde, scheute man davor zurück, ihn einen Liedermacher zu nennen.

Klassik.com

Mendelssohn-Manuskript wird in Zürich versteigert

Ein Manuskript von jungen Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy kommt Anfang April in Zürich zur Versteigerung.

Concerti

„Vielleicht werde ich mal Impresario, wer weiß!”

Kristīne Opolais wollte nie einen perfekt vorgepflasterten Weg beschreiten und gab dem Zufall stets eine Chance. So wurde aus der Studienabbrecherin ein Weltstar

The Washington Post

Dave Davies says some new Kinks songs have been demo’d. If only his brother would let them finish.

Here’s a news nugget for Kinks obsessives: Turns out that Ray and Dave Davies, the perpetually feuding brothers at the heart of the legendary defunct rock band, actually recorded some demos last year.

Kulturradio RBB

Deutsche Oper Berlin präsentiert neues Program

Die Deutsche Oper Berlin plant für die Saison 2017/18 acht Neuproduktionen.

Broadwayworld

Happy Birthday Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber

Today we celebrate two of musical theatre’s most revered icons, Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber, who coincidentally share a birthday.

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klassik.com  3Karriere-News: Andrew Manze (NDR Radiophilharmonie)

Classical Music News  40Star cellist calls a baby break

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(Written on March 22, 2017 )

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.

kulturradio rbb

Musikinstrumente in Krisengebiete spenden

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

concerti

Bachs innere Welt

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

Der Tagesspiegel

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: a guide to newly opened Pierre-Boulez hall, a short profile of baritone Sir Bryn Terfell, and conductor Václav Luks is awarded Mozart Prize, the ICMA trophy revealed in Paris, Cheltenham festival programme for this year announced, New Order at Manchester international Festival, something different: Music tasting of Handel’s compositions, IGC winners 2017, Sirena Huang Awarded 1st Prize at NY Concert Artists Debut Auditions

The Guardian 

Opera for babies joins New Order at Manchester international festival

An opera for babies, Jane Horrocks singing about Lancashire’s cotton industry and New Order reworking their back catalogue with a 12-member synthesiser ensemble are some of the highlights of this summer’s Manchester international festival (MIF).

BBC News

Works to listen to after Handel’s Messiah

With 50-plus recordings, and thousands of performances every year, Handel’s Messiah is, without doubt, one of the most popular works ever written. But does its popularity overshadow other great music? Here are six similar works to explore…

Rhinegold

Cheltenham Festival 2017 programme announced

Highlights include performances by Bryn Terfel, the Hallé, Chineke! Orchestra, the CBSO with Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, anniversary Monteverdi from I Fagiolini and Academy of Ancient Music, a new BBC Young Musician series including Sheku Kanneh-Mason, and the first outing of the Philharmonia’s Virtual Orchestra outside of London.

Pizzicato

New ICMA Trophy Revealed In Paris

Yesterday, with ICMA President Remy Franck attending, the new trophy of the International Classical Music Awards was revealed in Paris.

The Violin Channel 

Young Artist Sirena Huang Awarded 1st Prize at NY Concert Artists Debut Auditions

22 year old VC Young Artist Sirena Huang has been awarded 1st prize at the 2017 New York Concert Artists Worldwide Debut Auditions

The Strad

International Grumiaux Competition for Young Violinists names 2017 prize winners

The tenth International Arthur Grumiaux Competition for Young Violinists, which took place in Brussels, Belgium from 2 to 5 March, has named its 2017 category prize winners.

Der Tagesspiegel

Gibt es noch Karten?

Wer den neu eröffneten Saal sehen will, kann das noch im März tun. Auch für April gibt es Plätze. Für welche Veranstaltungen genau und worauf man sich bei einem Besuch einstellen sollte, verrät unser Autor

concerti

Der sympathische Bösewicht von der britischen Insel

Für den Bariton Sir Bryn Terfel ist nur eine Sache wichtiger als die Musik: seine Familie

kulturradio rbb

Mozartpreis für böhmischen Entdecker

Der tschechische Cembalist und Dirigent Václav Luks erhält den Mozartpreis 2017 der Sächsischen Mozart-Gesellschaft.

musicalchairs

Meurig Bowen delivers stellar Cheltenham Music Festival To mark his 10TH anniversary as director

Commenting on this year’s Festival, Meurig Bowen said: “I am delighted to be celebrating ten years as director of Cheltenham Music Festival. Living here all this time, and culturally connected to the local community, I have come to appreciate Cheltenham’s many discrete, receptive and questioning audiences,…

Construction News

From opera singer to site manager

Having left the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 2012, I began to take my first steps on the road to what promised to be a successful career as an opera singer.

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Sound and Music@soundandmusic: This weekend in Manchester – , curated by – Exciting!

klassik.com@klassikcom: Szene aus unvollendeter erklingt in London

 

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(Written on March 10, 2017 )

In today’s classical news: BBC has announced a season of opera programming, which will coincide with a new exhibition at the V&A in London titled Opera: Passion, Power And Politics, and Gemma Okell is appointed as the new director of Blackheath Halls. Chemnitz’s Opera is looking for a new director that will be selected by their audience, opera singer Kurt Moll died at the age of 78, and four soloists were selected for finals of 43, Deutschen Musikwettbewerb. Discover the long-lost 10-minute scene of unfinished Liszt opera, performed by the soprano Anush Hovhannisyan. Why are female composers not taken as seriously as their male counterparts?

BBC Music Magazine

Classical music scheme hopes to inspire children aged 7-14

The BBC has revealed the line-up of music for its latest Ten Pieces project. Works by composers from the Baroque to the modern eras – including Purcell, Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-George, Tchaikovsky, Sibelius and Copland – feature in the latest programme of the popular education scheme, now in its third year. The repertoire list also includes two contemporary works, one of which is a new choral commission by composer Kerry Andrew.

Classical Music Magazine

Blackheath Halls announces new director

Gemma Okell has been appointed as the new director of Blackheath Halls. Taking up the position in April, Okell will continue to broaden and develop the venue’s programme of concerts and events, as well as building on its community initiatives. She will also work closely with the faculty of music at Trinity Laban, which regularly uses Blackheath Halls for rehearsals and performance activities.

Telegraph

We must remember Prince Albert’s numerous contributions to British music

We underestimate the significance to our cultural life of Prince​​ Albert, whose legacy continues to flourish more than 150 years after his death in 1861. The Great Exhibition, held in Hyde Park in 1851, was Albert’s initiative – and it was his idea that the profits should be used to develop a centre for the arts and sciences in South Kensington. The land on which now stand the Natural History and Science museums, as well as the Albert Hall, was bought with that money. The area, known today as Albertopolis, also houses such formidable educational institutions as Imperial College and, of the highest cultural importance, the Royal College of Music.

Pizzicato

30 Candidates Announced For The Van Cliburn Competition

The Cliburn announced today the 30 competitors selected to participate in the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, taking place May 25-June 10, 2017, at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas, USA. The jury will comprise musicians like Leonard Slatkin, jury chairman, Marc-André Hamelin, Joseph Kalichstein and Mari Kodama.

Rossini Specialist Alberto Zedda Is Dead

Italian Conductor Alberto Zedda died in Pesaro, at the age of 89. Zedda, who was artistic director of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genova and the Rossini Opera Festival, was born in Milan in 1928. He studied with Antonino Votto and Carlo Maria Giulini. In 1957 he won the international RAI conductors competition, which enabled him to start a long career on the podium of the most prestigious Italian theatres.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Der Geizhals

Das Opernhaus in Chemnitz veranstaltet einen Casting-Wettbewerb für Regieteams und überlässt dem Publikum die Entscheidung, wer im Haus demnächst Gaetano Donizettis Oper “Don Pasquale” inszenieren wird. Kann das funktionieren?

ZEIT ONLINE

Opernsänger Kurt Moll ist tot

Eine tiefdunkle, samtige Stimme ist verstummt: Der Opernsänger Kurt Moll ist im Alter von 78 Jahren gestorben. 2006 sang er zuletzt an der Bayerischen Staatsoper.

DEUTSCHER MUSIKRAT

Vier Solisten stehen im Finale des 43. Deutschen Musikwettbewerbs

Orchesterfinale mit der Staatskapelle Halle unter der Leitung von Dominik Beykirch 
Fünf Werke im Finale, Komposition“

The Guardian

We need more women composers – and it’s not about tokenism, it’s about talent

Why are female composers not taken as seriously as their male counterparts? Sound and Music, the national development organisation for new music, are determined to do something about it

The New York Times

Listen to the First Glimpse of a Long-Lost Liszt Opera

The unfinished Liszt opera — written largely in shorthand, with only one act completed — languished in a Weimar archive for nearly 170 years. A 10-minute scene will be performed by the soprano Anush Hovhannisyan at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition this summer.

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Music History   in 1958 FP of Walter ‘s Viola Concerto, by the , Charles Munch conducting

BBC Music Magazine  Some of our favourite composer quotes. What’s the best musical saying you’ve heard?

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(Written on March 7, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s Classical News, conductor Eliahu Inbal perfoms with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, a tribute to composer and festival director Siegfried Wagner, and the first critique of the newly-opened Pierre Boulez Hall.  Birmingham is set to become the capital of  ‘people’s classical music’, the V&A launches a new exhibtion focused on opera, and the City of London Sinfonia announces a commitment to 50% female artistic leadership.

International Arts Manager

UK orchestra announces commitment to 50% female artistic leadership

City of London Sinfonia has announced it is to go even further in its quest for equal representation of women across its ranks.

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Winchester Festival 2017

The 20th Winchester Festival will take place 7-15 July 2017.  The first day of the festival will include a performance from Tasmin Little and the European Union Chamber Orchestra featuring The Four Seasons, Elgar’s Serenade, and Haydn’s Symphony no. 42.

BBC announces opera focus for autumn 2017

The BBC has announced a focus on opera for autumn 2017 to coincide with the V&A’s ‘Opera: Passion, Power and Politics’ exhibition.  Themes from the exhibition, which will run between 30 September 2017 and 25 February 2018, will be interpreted through BBC Music television and radio broadcasts.

Der Tagespiegel

Mahler mit kühlem Charme

Der vielfach preisgekrönte Dirigent Eliahu Inbal führt mit dem Konzerthausorchester Mendelssohn und Mahler auf – mit Ryu Goto als Solist.

Die Welt

Als ein schwuler Dandy über Bayreuth herrschte

Er stand im Schatten seines Vaters Richard Wagner. Aber der „Meistersohn“ Siegfried ist eine schillernde Persönlichkeit aus eigenem Recht. Endlich wird der Komponist und Festspielleiter gewürdigt.

Weniger hellhörig, dafür akustisch etwas hallig

In Berlin wurde der Pierre Boulez Saal von Daniel Barenboim eingeweiht. Eine kleine Konzertarena für Kammermusik hinter der Staatsoper. Unser Klassikkritiker hat die Akustik getestet.

Guardian

Birmingham set to become the capital of ‘people’s classical music ’ says Julian Lloyd Webber

Cellist looks foward to heading new £57m conservatoire but is concerned about government cuts.

V&A opera exhibition looks to put to rest prejudice about art form

A newly announced V&A exhibition exploring opera could help remove the prejudice and misconceptions many people still have about the art form, it has been claimed.

Twitter

kulturradio vom rbb Bariton Hasselhorn gewinnt Gesangswettbewerb “Das Lied”

Music History
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Image: Siegfried Wagner (left) and company © Internationale Siegfried Wagner Gesellschaft/Schwules Museum

 

(Written on March 6, 2017 )