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Bundesverband Musikindustrie criticises YouTube campaign against Article 13

Germany’s music industry association BVMI criticizes the YouTube campaign against Article 13 of the planned EU copyright reform. 

“The current version of Article 13 is the result of intense dispute. In recent years, all stakeholders have had their say and have been heard. YouTube suddenly reacting in the final stages and spreadig panic gives the impression that the company is not really ready to take responsibility”, says Florian Drücke, chairman of the BVMI.

[NMZ] 


BBC newsreader Richard Baker dies aged 93

Richard Baker, who introduced the first BBC television news bulletin in 1954 and became a leading news presenter, has died at the age of 93.

Known for his rich, deep tones and calm, avuncular manner, Baker was closely associated for many years with the BBC’s classical music coverage. He presented the annual Last Night of the Proms and hosted programmes on Radio 2 and Radio 4, beginning his broadcasting career in 1950 on the Third Programme, later to become Radio 3.

The BBC director general, Tony Hall, said Baker was “at the forefront of the creation of the modern news presenter”. He said: “Later, he became a great advocate for classical music, presenting many much-loved programmes. But more than that, he was quite simply a lovely and charming man. Our sympathies are with his many friends and family.”

[The Guardian]


Bells ring for climate change

Church bells will be chimed across Europe in the first week of December to protest climate change, coinciding with World Climate Day and the Climate Change conference in Katowice, Poland.

Turmglockenspiele are the loudest and furthest sounding musical instruments in Germany. An initiative wants to use them to encourage people to tackle climate change.

World Climate Day this year coincides with the start of the World Climate Change Conference in Katowice, Poland, on December 3. Protesters are expected to ring bell chimes (Carillons) throughout Germany. The occasion is the demonstration of environmental protection associations under the motto “Stop coal! Climate protection now!” in front of the Chancellery, as part of the  Klimaglocken 2018  initiative on Wednesday, 21. November, announced in Berlin. The same melody will be played everywhere, and it comes from the 96-year-old German composer Klaus Wüsthoff, whose idea for the “climate bell” was already implemented last year.

[SWR]


Levine Andrade, founding member of the Arditti Quartt, has died

The Indian-born British violinist, violist, conductor and composer Levine Andrade died this morning, aged 64. He had been unwell for some time and was taken into hospital on Monday night, where he spent the next few hours with family.

Andrade, who was tutored by Yehudi Menuhin at the legendary violinist’s school and continued his training at the Royal Academy of Music, was well known in the field of contemporary music. He was a founder member of the Arditti Quartet, with whom he played for 16 years, before retiring in 1990 to spend more time with his violinist wife Frances and their children.

Andrade leaves behind four children, Joshua, Olly, Jacob and Lola, and three grandchildren. The family has set up a fund to help with funeral costs and to place in trust for Lola Andrade, who is just 15.

[The Strad]


The Vienna State Opera receives the Tourism Prize by the Vienna Economic Chamber

Die Wiener Staatsoper wurde von der Wirtschaftskammer Wien mit dem jährlich vergebenen Tourismuspreis geehrt. Laudatorin Elisabeth Gürtler betonte in ihrer Ansprache, die Staatsoper sei ein wesentlicher Anziehungspunkt für den Qualitätstourismus in dieser Stadt und sorge für einen großen ökonomischen Effekt mit über 600.000 Opernbesuchern pro Jahr.

The Vienna State Opera was awarded the annual Tourism Prize by the Vienna Economic Chamber. In her speech, laudator Elisabeth Gürtler emphasised that the State Opera was a key attraction for quality tourism in this city and ensured a great economic return with over 600,000 opera visitors a year. The award was accepted by Opera Director Dominique Meyer.

[Pizzicato Magazine]

(Written on November 23, 2018 )

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Top industry names honoured in BBC Woman’s Hour power list

Beyoncé has been named music’s most powerful woman by BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour.

The superstar came first in a list of the industry’s 40 most influential women, thanks to her feminism, activism and empowering musical messages. Taylor Swift, Adele and Dua Lipa were also included on the power list, which was unveiled as part of BBC Music Day.

The top 40 didn’t just recognise big-sellers and global stars, making room for the unsung heroes who work behind the scenes to champion women.

Third place went to Vanessa Reed who, as CEO of the PRS Foundation, has persuaded more than 100 festivals to sign up to a 50:50 gender balance on their line-ups by 2022.

The top 10 also includes Marin Alsop, who became the first female conductor to lead the Last Night of the Proms in 2013, and Chi-chi Nwanoku, who founded Europe’s first professional majority black and minority ethnic orchestra, Chineke!


[via BBC]


UK Musicians’ Union calls for special touring visa for musicians post-Brexit

The Musicians’ Union (MU) in the UK is calling on the government to include provision for a touring visa for musicians in any Brexit plans.

‘Any EU touring visa must be affordable, multi-entry, admin-light and cover all EU member states,’ the organisation said in an announcement, coupled with a petition inviting signatures from ‘musicians, fans and all those who want to see music remain a viable career’.

The petition text notes that ‘Musicians, and other creative and cultural workers, are a distinct workforce with specific needs. Visa and customs rules post-Brexit need to account for that.’

[via the Strad]


The Met Is Creating New Operas (Including Its First by Women)

For the first time in its history, the Metropolitan Opera is commissioning operas by women. It is hoping to adapt beloved novels like “Lincoln in the Bardo” and “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay.” And it will venture beyond the walls of its opera house to collaborate with the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Public Theater.

These are some of the plans that Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who just became the Met’s first new music director since 1976, is making with Peter Gelb, its general manager, as they try to woo broader audiences and turn the page on what has been difficult time for the company.

The company has asked Missy Mazzoli to write an opera based on George Saunders’s ghostly novel “Lincoln in the Bardo,” and is planning to stage Jeanine Tesori’s opera “Grounded,” based on the George Brant play about a fighter pilot sidelined by pregnancy who goes into drone warfare. They are the first two women commissioned to write operas for the Met, which has only performed two operas by female composers in its history: Kaija Saariaho’s “L’Amour de Loin” in 2016 and Ethel M. Smyth’s “Der Wald” in 1903, which were both written elsewhere.

[via The New York Times]


$2.5m Mellon Foundation grant launches Boston classical music initiative

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a $2.5 million grant to New England Conservatory, in consortium with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, the Community Music Center of Boston, and the string education program Project STEP, to launch the new Boston Bridge to Equity and Achievement in Music initiative.

The initiative is designed to fund the musical education of middle- and high-school-age classical musicians from historically underrepresented communities, creating individually tailored programs of study with the participating organizations to set them up for professional success.

[via Boston Globe]

(Written on September 28, 2018 )

In today’s news: India’s Carnatic musicians threatened over Christian hymns. Musicians honoured at Welsh Music Guild ceremony. 9 well-known left-handed classical musicians – how do they play backwards?! Madonna at 60: a colourful career in pictures. At the Tubax Festival musicians from all over Europe come together. Simon Rattle warns about the situation of the Venezuelan System of Orchestras created by Abreu. Andrew Joon Choi wins Neeme Järvi Prize 2018.

BBC News

India’s Carnatic musicians threatened over Christian hymns

Carnatic musicians in the southern Indian city of Chennai have often been accused of being elitist and upper caste.

Rhinegold

Musicians honoured at Welsh Music Guild ceremony

The Welsh Music Guild held its annual awards ceremony at the opening weekend of the National Eisteddfod.

Classic FM

9 left-handed classical musicians

Left-handed composers and musicians are few and far between, but we’ve found the most notable ones.

BBC News

Madonna at 60: A colourful career in pictures

Celebrated pop star, actress, director and writer Madonna celebrates her 60th birthday on Thursday.

Der Tagesspiegel

Der Nationalsozialismus und die Oper

Meister aus Deutschland.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Wer erzeugt die tiefsten Töne?

Beim Tubax-Festival im Klangbüro kommen Musiker aus ganz Europa zusammen.

neue musikzeitung

Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik: die Bestenliste 3/2018 ist erschienen

Der Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik (PdSK e.V.) veröffentlicht die dritte Vierteljahresliste 2018. 157 Juroren aus Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz sichteten die Neuveröffentlichungen des Tonträgermarktes im dritten Quartal.

El País

Simon Rattle: “Cada vez que escucho lo que ocurre en Venezuela quiero llorar”

El gran director de orquesta alerta sobre la situación del Sistema de Orquestas venezolano creado por Abreu mientras triunfa con la London Symphony en Santander.

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Andrew Joon Choi wins Neeme Järvi Prize 2018

At the Gstaad Festival in Switzerland, American conductor Andrew Joon Choi has won this year’s Neeme Järvi Prize.

 

(c) Getty Images. BBC News.

(Written on August 16, 2018 )

Today’s News: Glyndebourne appoints new artistic director. Spotify to offer users BBC podcasts. Sir Simon Rattle, Steven Isserlis and Véronique Gens shortlisted for Gramophone Awards 2018. Deutsche Grammophon and Apple Music partner on ‘essential’ classical platform. Classic FM Chart: Einaudi knocks Lord of the Rings off the top spot. An interview with Christian Girardin, manager of classical music label Harmonia Mundi. From composer Sofia Gubaidulina, the scene of contemporary serious music can always learn something new. Finnish festival Kuhmo Chamber Music receives Cremona Music Award in the projects’ category. In its third edition, Leif Ove Andsnes consolidates the Rosendal Festival as one of the most attractive summer events for lovers of chamber music.

Rhinegold

Glyndebourne appoints new artistic director

Stephen Langridge has been appointed artistic director of Glyndebourne, to take effect in spring 2019.

Music Week

‘This is a landmark moment’: Spotify to offer users BBC podcasts

Spotify has been busy making some significant deals as continues its post-IPO growth strategy.

Classic FM

Sir Simon Rattle, Steven Isserlis and Véronique Gens shortlisted for Gramophone Awards 2018

The shortlist for the prestigious Gramophone Awards has been unveiled ahead of a ceremony in London in September

Music Week

Deutsche Grammophon and Apple Music partner on ‘essential’ classical platform

Deutsche Grammophon and Apple Music have partnered on a long-term collaboration to take the label’s classical repertoire to a global music audience.

Classic FM

Classic FM Chart: Einaudi knocks Lord of the Rings off the top spot

After just one week in pole position, Howard Shore’s soundtrack for The Two Towers is unceremoniously displaced by Ludovico Einaudi.

The New York Times

A German Opera Spotlights the Refugee Crisis, With Refugees

“We tell the story of Moses because it is actually our story,” one teenager, a refugee from Afghanistan by way of Iran, said in the Hazaragi dialect to the German-speaking audience at the Bavarian State Opera here on a recent Sunday evening.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Klassik-Label Harmonia Mundi

Es geht um künstlerische Ernsthaftigkeit

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Das Kreuz als Kompositionsauftrag

Ein mächtiges Œuvre mit tief religiöser Verwurzelung: Von Klanggärtnerin Sofia Gubaidulina kann die Szene der zeitgenössischen ernsten Musik immer wieder etwas lernen.

Fono Forum

Das finnische Festival Kuhmo Chamber Music erhält den Cremona Music Award in der Kategorie Projekte

Die Jury lobte das Kuhmo Festival, bei dem rund 100 Konzerte innerhalb von zwei Wochen stattfinden. In diesem Jahr in der zweiten Juli-Hälfte. Auch die Kombination bekannter Werke mit Entdeckungen sowie die Mischung der engagierten Musiker finden Anklang.

El País

Guerra y paz en Noruega

En su tercera edición, Leif Ove Andsnes consolida el Festival de Rosendal como una de las citas veraniegas más atractivas para los amantes de la música de cámara.

 

(c) Getty Classic FM

(Written on August 13, 2018 )

In today’s news: Sir Simon Ratlle receives standing ovation in farewell concert. Baritone Barry McDaniel has passed away. Christoph Eschenbach to become director of Berlin Koncerthaus orchestra. Stuttgart Opera to run in Baden-Baden Festspielhaus during repairs to opera house.  Film about St Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh released. 1783 ‘Le Nozze di Figaro’ manuscript remains unsold after auction in Paris. Danielle de Niese talks about women composers ahead of BBC documentary.

Rhinegold

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra announces new young conductor in association

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO) has announced Marta Gardolińska as Leverhulme young conductor in association.

Rhinegold

Nicola Benedetti and Steven Isserlis in new film by Scotland’s St Mary’s Music School

Scotland’s national music school, St Mary’s in Edinburgh, has released a new short film in which the world-class musicians tutor pupils from the school.

Engadget.uk

Four problems YouTube Music will face in the UK

The worst-kept secret in music is out, and Google has now released YouTube Music and YouTube Premium in 11 more countries. But despite being in the streaming music game for quite a while, the company is almost going to have to start fresh in several places, including the UK.

The Guardian

Women composers: why are so many voices still silent?

Extraordinary talents are missing from our musical lives. Ahead of a BBC documentary, the singer and presenter Danielle de Niese wonders why, still, we hear so little of our greatest female composers

Limelight

Australia Council announces new UKARIA residency recipients

The Australia Council has announced that Queensland-based composer Gordon Hamilton and beatboxer Tom Thum (for whom Hamilton wrote his Concerto for Beatboxer and Orchestra) will be the first artistic team to take up a new residency at the UKARIA Cultural Centre in the Adelaide Hills.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Ovationen für scheidenden Philharmoniker-Chef Rattle

16 Jahre lang war Sir Simon Rattle Chefdirigent bei den Berliner Philharmonikern. Jetzt hört der 63-Jährige auf – und bekommt noch einen ganz besonderen Abschied.

klassik.com

Bariton Barry McDaniel gestorben

Der US-amerikanische Opernsänger Barry McDaniel ist im Alter von 87 Jahren in Berlin gestorben. Einer Pressemeldung der Deutschen Oper in Berlin zufolge verstarb der Bariton nach langer Krankheit.

Welt

Eschenbach wird Chefdirigent am Konzerthaus

Ein starkes Signal: Der renommierte Dirigent und Pianist Christoph Eschenbach wird das Konzerthausorchester leiten.

Musik Heute

Oper Stuttgart soll im Festspielhaus Baden-Baden spielen

Bei der Suche nach einer Interimsspielstätte für die Stuttgarter Oper hat der CDU-Bezirksverband Nordbaden eine ungewöhnliche Idee geäußert: Während der erwarteten Bauzeit von fünf bis sieben Jahren könnte die Stuttgarter Oper doch im Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden spielen, schlug der Bezirkschef und Landwirtschaftsminister Peter Hauk am Mittwoch vor.

Platea

Un manuscrito de “Le nozze di Figaro” no encuentra comprador en su primera subasta en París

El pasado miércoles París acogió la primera subasta de un manuscrito autógrafo de Mozart para el último acto de Le nozze di Figaro. Dicha subasta quedó desierta, al no encontrarse comprador.

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Barry McDaniel, © Kranichphoto

(Written on June 21, 2018 )

In today’s’ news: Aled Jones and the harassment claim, Cecilia Bartoli becomes the first female singer to record with the Sistine Chapel Choir, Spotify’s UK operation is about to get bigger. A 9-year old is conducting in France for a good cause, there is a strike at the Basque orchestra. Women dominate the TG4 Gradam Ceoil Awards. The Bavarian art awards go to a percussionist and a guitar player. In Zwickau, there is the renewal of the theatre is progressing as the architects have been let go. Also, fake concerts in Russia used for embezzlement. And René Kollo turns 80.

The Times

Aled Jones says sorry but denies harassment claim

Aled Jones, who gained fame as a choirboy, will not be on the BBC while a claim is investigated.

Classic FM

Cecilia Bartoli becomes the first woman to record with the Sistine Chapel Choir

Cecilia Bartoli has become the first female singer to record with the world-famous choir of the Sistine Chapel in Rome.

Classical Music

NYO reveals 70th anniversary season

The National Youth Orchestra has announced it’s 2018 season, which will launch with the ensemble’s first performance of a complete opera.

Choir and Organ

Paul Spicer celebrates 25 years with Birmingham Bach Choir

Conductor Paul Spicer will celebrate 25 years leading Birmingham Bach Choir with a special anniversary concert on 30 November 2017 at Birmingham Town Hall.

Music Teacher

Royal College of Music to unveil new Flentrop organ

The Royal College of Music (RCM) is to unveil its new organ in spring 2018.

Music Business Worldwide

Spotify to double UK workforce as it moves to 60,000 sq ft London office.

Spotify’s UK operation is about to get a lot bigger.

The Irish Times

Women dominate the 2018 TG4 Gradam Ceoil Awards

The list of winners represents a shift in the scales of traditional music, with four of the six individual awards going to women.

Pizzicato

Fake Hvorostovsky concerts used for embezzlement

Russian police is investigating a case in which fake concerts by baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky were used by the General Director of the Krasnoyarsk Philharmonic for embezzlement, the Russian magazine M Celebrity reports.

Nmz

Zwickauer Theaterbau: Sanierung läuft trotz Streits weiter

Die Sanierung der wichtigsten Spielstätte des Theaters Plauen-Zwickau geht trotz Kündigung des Architekten weiter. 

Concerti

Vom Schlagerstar zum Heldentenor

Im Opernbereich ist René Kollo eine Ausnahmeerscheinung: Kaum einem Sänger gelang es bislang, eine derartige Karriere als Heldentenor hinzulegen – und zuvor in der leichten Muse zum Star zu avanciert haben.

Klassik.com

Bayerischer Kunstförderpreis für Vivi Vassileva und Johannes Öllinger

Die Perkussionistin Vivi Vassileva sowie der Gitarrist Johannes Öllinger sind mit dem Bayerischen Kunstförderpreis 2017 in der Sparte Musik ausgezeichnet worden.

Pianist Viktor Soos gewinnt Lübecker Possehl-Wettbewerb

Der Pianist Viktor Soos hat beim Possehl-Wettbewerb der Lübecker Musikhochschule, der in diesem Jahr zum 54. Mal ausgetragen wurde, den ersten Preis gewonnen. 

El Mundo

El comité de la OSE pide la implicación de Bingen Zupiria en el conflicto

El comité de empresa de la Orquesta Sinfónica de Euskadi(OSE) ha reclamado hoy la implicación del consejero vasco de Cultura, Bingen Zupiria, en el conflicto que ha llevado a la sinfónica vasca a la huelga, cuya primera jornada se celebra hoy.

France musique

Nino, 9 ans, dirige l’Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France pour la journée mondiale des enfants

Dans le cadre de la campagne vidéo lancée par l’Unicef pour la Journée mondiale des enfants, Mikko Franck a cédé son pupitre à Nino, 9 ans, à la tête de l’Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France, le temps d’une répétition.

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in 1911 FP of Gustav ’s Das Lied Von Der Erde

Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images

(Written on November 20, 2017 )

In today’s news: Warner Music signs a licensing deal with Mixcloud. The plans for a new London concert hall are one step further and the ABO has announced the new cohort selected for „Find Your Way“. Daniel Hope wins the Bundesverdienstkreuz. The New York times on “The Force of Things”, a false report of death, the artistic director of the Gärtnerplatz on the re-opening, the EU Youth orchestra has got to move because of Brexit.

M Magazine

Warner Music signs licensing deal with Mixcloud

Warner Music is the first major record company to sign a licensing deal with Mixcloud, covering the label’s international roster of artists and recordings.

Classical Music Magazine

ABO announces 2017/18 Find Your Way cohort

The Association of British Orchestras has announced the new cohort selected for ‘Find Your Way’, its annual programme of sector-specific mentoring and placements for senior and emerging managers in ABO member organisations.

Pictures at an Exhibition reimagined for charity concert

Artists, musicians and authors have joined forces to reimagine Viktor Hartmann and Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition in support of London’s homeless.

The Guardian

Plans for new London concert hall move step closer after architects announced

New York firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro chosen from six-strong shortlist, and will work to submit a design for the building by December 2018

New York Times

‘The Force of Things,’ an Indirectly Audible Opera

In the 50 years since Robert Ashley wrote “That Morning Thing,” some strategies for making new opera have become clear.

Limelight

Reports of Dmitri Hvorostovsky’s death incorrect

Reports of the death of Siberian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2015, are incorrect.

Musik Heute

Bundesverdienstkreuz an Geiger Daniel Hope

Der Geiger Daniel Hope hat das Verdienstkreuz am Bande des Verdienstordens der Bundesrepublik Deutschland erhalten.

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Josef E. Köpplinger, Intendant und Regisseur zur Wiedereröffnung des Münchner Staatstheaters am Gärtnerplatz

2010 entschloss sich Klagenfurts Intendant Josef E. Köpplinger Münchens „anderes Opernhaus“ oder „Opéra comique“, das Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz ab 2012 zu übernehmen.

Pizzicato.lu

Umzug des EU-Jugendorchesters: Italien macht Angebot

Das ‘European Union Youth Orchestra’, das wegen des Brexits seinen bisherigen Sitz in London aufgeben muss, hat ein Angebot der italienischen Regierung erhalten

Twitter

Music History‏ @today_classical #Today in 1830 FP of #Chopin‘s E-minor Piano Concerto, composer at piano in Warsaw #MusicHistory #classicalmusic

 

The Force of Things ©Marina Levitskaya

(Written on October 11, 2017 )

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.

Codex flores

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.

Twitter

@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, have you ever wondered why people don’t clap between movements in a symphony? Classic FM investigates. Lang Lang relies on his assistant to lend a hand mid-performance, and a Welsh opera company is under fire for its racist casting. Orchestra carries on without a conductor, and Delnon and Nagano extend their contracts in Hamburg.

The Guardian

Assistant lends a hand to Lang Lang

Pianist plays Gershwin at the New York concert hall with a 14-year-old protege literally his left-hand man.

Classic FM

Why don’t we clap between movements?

There’s a bit of a tradition in classical music that you only clap after a piece has finished – and never in between movements. But why does this ‘rule’ actually exist?

The Stage

Welsh opera under fire for racist casting

Industry figures, including the artistic director of Yellow Earth Theatre Kumiko Mendl and actor Daniel York, have slammed “yellowface” casting in the touring production.

The Sun

Writer of hit BBC drama ‘Doctor Foster’ has plans to make it into an opera

Playwright Mike Bartlett has written 17 works for the stage, including hits in the West End and on Broadway.

Codex Flores

Delnon und Nagano verlängern ihre Hamburger Verträge

Der Aufsichtsrat der Hamburgischen Staatsoper hat die Verträge mit dem Schweizer Georges Delnon und Kent Nagano an der Hamburgischen Staatsoper um fünf Jahre zu verlängert.

Broadway World

Shortlist Announced For The 2017 BroadwayWorld UK Awards; Voting Now Open!

Today, the shortlist is announced for the 2017 BroadwayWorld UK Awards, celebrating the best long-running West End productions and best new productions from around the country.

NMZ

Klang der Revolution – Orchester spielen ohne Dirigent

So klang die Oktoberrevolution: Im Jubiläumsjahr der russischen Revolution von 1917 ist in Düsseldorf das Experiment des «herrschaftsfreien Musizierens» neu zu erleben.

Twitter

@TrinityLaban  is today! Find out why ballet is good for everyone! http://bit.ly/2yIzQHW

@BBCIntroducing Think Introducing only supports indie music? Think again. 

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(Written on October 5, 2017 )

In today’s news: The BBC launches new season of opera special programmes, new music industry report released and Sondheim on West Side Story. Berlin State Opera offers free concert, Alain Altinoglu’s debut with the Berlin Philharmonic, and music festival for sacred music at the bay of Mont-Saint-Michel/France.

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BBC tests whether sopranos really can shatter glass

The BBC launches a new season of opera-themed programmes, including a Tomorrow’s World special, a V&A collaboration, and Lucy Worsley has a night at the opera.

Classic FM

Classic FM make a case for Mahler’s Symphony No. 7  (with GIFs!)

“Take an hour and a bit to yourself, tidy your room, rearrange your sock drawer and have a listen to this epic piece of music which quite literally reinvented the orchestra.”

Rhinegold

UK Music releases ‘Measuring Music’ report

The annual economic study by UK Music and its members showed that the music industry continued to grow last year across almost every sector of the business.

The Guardian

How we made West Side Story

Stephen Sondheim and Broadway leading lady Chita Riviera on the enduring success of the American theatre classic.

Broadway World

Les Miserables North American Tour Launches Tonight in Providence

Les Mis begins its North American Tour at the Providence Performing Arts Center in Providence, Rhode Island.

Klassik Heute

Alain Altinoglu debütiert bei den Berliner Philharmonikern

Die Saison 2017/18 beginnt der französische Dirigent Alain Altinoglu mit einem besonderen Debüt: Am 21. September steht er erstmals am Pult der Berliner Philharmoniker.

Pizzicato

Kent Naganos ‘Ring’ startet mit Symposium

Kent Naganos Projekt Richard Wagners ‘Der Ring des Nibelungen’ zusammen mit ‘Concerto Köln’ in historisch informierter Aufführungspraxis vorzustellen, beginnt am 29. September mit einem Symposium in der Universität zu Köln.

Kultur Radio

Staatsoper veranstaltet Gratis-Konzert

Zu einem “Konzert für Berlin” lädt die Staatsoper Unter den Linden am 7. Oktober bei freiem Eintritt ein. Es beginnt um 12:30 Uhr und wird auch auf den Bebelplatz übertragen.

Le Figaro

La musique sacrée s’invite, le temps d’un festival, en baie du Mont-Saint-Michel

Via Aeterna, nouveau festival de musique sacrée s’ouvre jeudi pour quatre jours au Mont-Saint-Michel et dans ses environs, à l’initiative du directeur de la Folle journée de Nantes et du groupe de presse Bayard.

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(Written on September 21, 2017 )