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In today’s news: Vancouver Symphony Orchestra celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Lars Vogt releases Beethoven’s piano concertos, a Beatles opera is opening in Melbourne, Stuart Skelton replaces Anne Sofie Von Otter, robot band performs at SXSW, 90th anniversary of retired German dramatic mezzo-soprano Christa Ludwig, European tour of Philadelphia Orchestra with principal conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

The Columbian

Celtic, Irish-inspired music at Kiggins enliven St. Patrick’s weekend

St. Patrick’s Day rolled into St. Patrick’s weekend with traditional Celtic and Irish-inspired music from the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra on Sunday afternoon at Kiggins Theatre.

Classic FM

Lars Vogt releases new cycle of Beethoven’s Piano Concertos

Lars Vogt releases final volume which includes Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 4, two outstanding examples of Beethoven’s writing.

Beat

An opera inspired by The Beatles is hitting Melbourne

Emotionworks Cut Opera presents La Beatles Boheme, a series of opera fusion on the Melbourne CBD Flagstaff Carpark rooftop with a bar.

Broadway World

Sydney Symphony Orchestra Announces Stuart Skelton to Replace Anne Sofie von Otter

Australia’s greatest living tenor, Stuart Skelton, will travel to Sydney to perform with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra (SSO) this week after the untimely passing of mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie Von Otter’s husband, Benny Fredriksson, in Sydney at the weekend.

VOA

Robot Orchestra Creates Otherworldly, Psychedelic Music at SXSW

A band from Germany called Joasihno performed at the SXSW. The group  includes two guys and robots as band members.

Limelight

The tech bringing international piano competitions closer to home

Pianist Hannah Shin recently auditioned for the Alaska International Piano-e-Competition digitally using the Yamaha Disklavier at the piano company’s Premium Piano Centre in Melbourne.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Christa Ludwig zum Neunzigsten : Meine Angst vor dem A

Egal, ob mit Leonard Bernstein oder Herbert von Karajan – jede Zusammenarbeit mit einem Dirigenten ist eine erotisch-elektrische Angelegenheit.

nmz

Nur keinen Aufruhr, der Betrieb muss laufen – Kein Erfolg für den Dresdner Tänzer István Simon vor dem Arbeitsgericht

Am 15. März fand vor dem Arbeitsgericht Dresden ein bemerkenswertes Verfahren statt. Der Tänzer Istvan Simon, Erster Solist am Semperoper Ballett, klagt gegen den Freistaat Sachsen.

klassic.com

8 Millionen für Sanierung des Altenburger Theaters

Das Land Thüringen will acht Millionen Euro zur Erneuerung der bühnentechnischen Anlagen im Altenburger Theater beisteuern.

pizzicato

Magdeburger Telemann-Festtage melden Besucherrekord

Die am gestrigen Sonntag zu Ende gegangenen 24. Magdeburger Telemann-Festtage zogen über 10.000 Besucher an.

Musik Heute

Bayerische Staatsoper startet neue Saison mit Doppeljubiläum

Zum Beginn der kommenden Spielzeit feiert die Bayerische Staatsoper ein Doppeljubiläum: Die Festwoche “Geliebt, gehasst und Vorhang auf” steht im Zeichen des 200-jährigen Bestehens des Münchner Nationaltheaters und des 100. Jahrestags des Übergangs der Königlichen Oper in die Obhut des Volkes der jungen Republik Bayern.

Klassik Heute

Europatournee des Philadelphia Orchestra mit Chefdirigent Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Zum zweiten Mal begibt sich das Philadelphia Orchestra unter Leitung seines Chefdirigenten Yannick Nézet-Séguin auf Europareise und gastiert im Mai und Juni in neun Städten.

concerti

Musik und Kristalle

Ein Fest nicht nur fürs Ohr, sondern auch fürs Auge: Das Tiroler Festival Musik im Riesen feiert dieses Jahr 15-jähriges Bestehen

france musique

Philip Glass reçoit le Prix France Musique des Muses pour son livre “Paroles sans musique”

Jeudi 15 mars 2018, lors de l’inauguration du salon Livre Paris, les lauréats du Prix France Musique des Muses ont été annoncés et c’est Philip Glass, pour son livre Paroles sans musique, qui a reçu le Grand Prix.

L’Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France dans les camps de réfugiés en Grèce

En parallèle d’une série de concerts à Athènes, des musiciens de l’Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France sont allés à la rencontre des habitants du camp de réfugiés de Skaramagkas.

Platea Magazine

La Sala sinfónica del Auditorio Miguel Delibes recibirá el nombre de Jesús López Cobos

Momentos antes de que este sábado comenzase el funeral por el director de orquesta Jesús López Cobos, la Consejera de Cultura y Turismo de la Junta de Castilla y León anunciaba, en el mismo lugar del funeral, que la sala sinfónica del Auditorio Miguel Delibes, sede de la Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León, que tantas veces dirigió, recibirá el nombre del músico zamorano.

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Vancouver Symphony Orchestra performs traditional Celtic music for St. Patrick’s Day © Steve Dipaola for The Columbian

(Written on March 19, 2018 )

In today’s news: BCMG launches call for scores, David Garrett cancels March concerts, Epiris buys Time Inc., Flanders and Gangwon to potentially host the World Choir Games 2020, Holly Harrison and Paul Stanhope to provide new works for the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, the quiet decline of music in schools and more.

Classical Music

BCMG launches call for scores

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group has launched a composition competition to celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of Karl Marx.

The Strad

David Garrett cancels more concerts due to injury

The violinist has withdrawn from further concerts as herniated disc keeps him out of action.

Financial Times

Private equity group buys NME publisher Time UK

London-based private equity group Epiris will buy the UK arm of Time for £130 million.

The Economist

The quiet decline of music in British schools

Barely one in 20 pupils took music GCSE in 2017.

Limelight

Two new works announced for the 2018 MICMC

Holly Harrison and Paul Stanhope will provide brand new works for the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition.

nmz

Musikinstrumentenfonds vergibt 23 meisterhafte Streichinstrumente

55 junge Musiker im Alter von 12 bis 28 Jahren kamen aus ganz Deutschland nach Hamburg, um sich eines der Spitzeninstrumente aus dem Deutschen Musikinstrumentenfonds zu erspielen oder die Frist für ein bereits entliehenes Instrument zu verlängern.

Klassik.com

Beethoven-Rundgang in Bonn wird neu gestaltet

Der Bonner Beethoven-Rundgang wird neu gestaltet. Dies hat der Aufsichtsrat der Beethoven Jubiläums Gesellschaft entschieden.

pizzicato

Bewerber für die ‘World Choir Games 2020’ stehen fest

Die Region Flandern in Belgien mit den Städten Antwerpen und Gent sowie die Provinz Gangwon in Südkorea mit PyeongChang und GangNeung sind die beiden offiziellen Bewerber um die Ausrichtung der 11. ‘World Choir Games 2020’, teilte der Veranstalter ‘Interkultur’ mit.

Mailänder Scala plant große Rossini-Ausstellung

Die Mailänder Scala plant eine große Ausstellung zu Ehren des Komponisten Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868) anlässlich seines 150. Todestags. Es werden Manuskripte Rossinis, Bühnenkleider, Bilder und Elemente aus historischen Inszenierungen der Rossini-Werke im Scala-Museum ausgestellt.

El País

Cómo controlar el caos en la reventa de entradas ‘online

Cultura se reúne con Google para buscar soluciones al limbo legal de un negocio opaco

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Deutscher Kulturrat @DKRKultur: 30. Rote Liste der bedrohten Kultureinrichtungen ist erschienen. Berühmtes -Theater wurde mit , Studiengang und neu aufgenommen:

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(Written on February 28, 2018 )

„Ein Zyklus mit Referenzcharakter.” (Crescendo)

„Dies ist die Kunst eines Musikers, der nichts zu beweisen versucht. Mit 90 Jahren ist Blomstedt unglaublich jung, frisch und modern, aber er hat etwas fast unbeschreibliches, das in einer Ära der athletischen und verkrampften Beethoven-Interpretation verlorengegangen schien: seine musikalische Herangehensweise ist entspannt. Und das tut gut.“ (Le Devoir)

Der neue Beethoven-Zyklus, von Accentus Music produziert und in einer 5-CD-Box im vergangenen Juni veröffentlicht, erhält den International Classical Music Award als „Best Collection“. Er fängt den außergewöhnlichen Geist der langjährigen Partnerschaft zwischen dem legendären Ehrendirigenten und dem Gewandhausorchester Leipzig ein. Alle neun Sinfonien sind Live-Aufnahmen, die zwischen Mai 2014 und März 2017 im Gewandhaus zu Leipzig entstanden sind.

Blomstedts Beethoven-Interpretationen stehen auf dem Fundament eines hoch verantwortlichen Umgangs mit den Partituren und der tiefen Wahrheitsliebe dieses Dirigenten, dem alles Aufgesetzte und vordergründig Effektvolle gründlich fremd ist. Zugleich aber verbindet sich in ihnen das leistungsethische Gewissen des Künstlers mit seiner tiefen, geradezu seismographischen musikalischen Empfindsamkeit und einer hohen Expressivität.

Die Preisverleihung wird am 6. April 2018 in der NOSPR Konzerthalle in Kattowitz, Polen, stattfinden.

(Written on January 19, 2018 )

Lately, it seems like the younger generation is divided into two. One half is permanently glued to their digital device, drowning in social media, and can hardly imagine their life without Netflix and Instagram. The other half are rebelling, attempting something easily described as a “digital detox”.

A Digital detox can be defined as a period of time during which a person steps back from using electronic devices such as smartphones or computers in order to disconnect to the online world. By many, it is regarded as an opportunity to reduce stress or focus on real-life social interactions. Stress is proven to be caused by being connected, being online (literally), being available to anyone’s whim 24 hours per day, every day. A recent study from regulator Ofcom concluded that, on average, UK adults spend 25 hours a week online. And that number is constantly increasing.

So can classical music help us to escape the digital chokehold?

Listening to classical music

It is generally accepted that classical music has many positive effects on our brains, sometimes known as “the Mozart effect”. Listening to classical music is proven to boost memory function, sparks creativity, improves productivity and generally makes us feel happier and more relaxed. It can even improve the quality of our (much needed) sleep and help to ease symptoms of depression and melancholy. So why not to turn your phone off, take a deep breath and meditate while listening to classical music after a long working day or just before going to sleep? In our busy and over-connected world it is important to have some time for yourself, to slow things down and classical music is a perfect source of relaxation.

Learning an instrument

From recent research, musical instrument training can have a surprising effect on the structure of our brain. This concerns not only children but also adults and the elderly. Learning an instrument increases the capacity of our memory, enhances spatial reasoning and improves literacy skills. Moreover, musical training requires us to concentrate on one task at once. Concentrating on one task can help us to stay productive; not only while learning an instrument, but one can apply this knowledge to many other crucial tasks.

Attending classical music concerts

Listening to classical music encourages us to think deeply, connect better to ourselves and also connect to the people around us. Going to venues also means connecting to real people, talking to them, and socialising in real life. Sometimes we all need to take a step back from technology now and again. Attending classical music venues reminds us of being fully present in the world. Moreover, classical music concerts are beautiful, not only aurally, but also visually.

Considering all the benefits of classical music, we can utilise it to make our digital detox easier and our life more mindful and deliberate. Likewise, classical music helps us relax and put ourselves in a better mood. So, let’s switch off our mobile phones from time to time and allow us to be unavailable. Or, to put it in in the words of Chris Baréz-Brown: “Get lost in music with others and you might just find yourself.”

(Written on November 29, 2017 )

In today’s’ news: A new Beethoven Museum in Vienna. After a 2-year hiatus the Orff Festival returns to its home in Andechs. Mariss Jansons is honoured with the gold medal of the London Royal Philharmonic Society. The Salzburg Mozarteum still doesn’t have a new director. The Mexican folk singer Lila Downs on cultural roots in Mexico. The Jazz singer John Hendricks has died. A piece on Opera in Oman.

Classical-Music

Conductor Mariss Jansons awarded RPS Gold Medal

The Latvian conductor is the 104th recipient of one of music’s most prestigious awards

The Telegraph

Mariss Jansons: ‘Women on the podium are not my cup of tea’

Mariss Jansons has all the good qualities you could possibly hope for in a great conductor. Well, almost all. Ivan Hewett meets him

Radio Today

Radio 3 to join up with European stations

BBC Radio 3 teams up with 43 other radio stations in Europe to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the first concert from Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Petersfield Post

Liss violinist wins prestigious prizes

Sara Deborah Timossi wins both first prize and audience prize at the International Competition for Baroque Violin Premio Bonporti Rovereto 2017 in Italy.

Music Business Worldwide

Warner threatens to leave London HQ

Warner Music UK has said it may leave its Kensington-based HQ if proposals to redevelop a neighbouring building go ahead.

Japan Times

George Avakian, scholar and producer of major jazz recordings dead at 98

The Russian-born scholar and architect of the American music industry produced essential recordings by Louis Armstrong and Miles Davis.

Macau Daily Times

Baroque Music Festival returns to Macau for its third edition

The festival aims to integrate Baroque classical music with Chinese and Western architectural heritage in Macau.

Musik

Beethoven-Museum wird in Wien eröffnet

Das Leben und Werk Ludwig van Beethovens (1770-1827) ist untrennbar mit Wien verbunden.

NMZ

Carl Orff-Festspiele kehren nach Andechs zurück

Das Carl Orff-Fest kehrt im nächsten Jahr ins Kloster Andechs zurück.

Kulturradio vom rbb

Hohe Auszeichnung für Mariss Jansons in London

Der lettische Chefdirigent des Chors und Symphonieorchesters des Bayerischen Rundfunks bekommt die Goldmedaille der Londoner Royal Philharmonic Society.

Der Standard

Rektorenwahl am Mozarteum vergeigt, Uni-Räte zurückgetreten

Nun ist sie erneut schiefgegangen, die Rektorenbestellung an der Salzburger Musikuniversität Mozarteum.

El Mundo

Lila Downs: “En México negamos nuestra raíz indígena”

Es el vivo retrato de la Revolución Mexicana. Su estética, a caballo entre Frida Kahlo y Emiliano Zapata, sus letras y el eco de su voz rebotan contra un mundo cada vez más homogéneo y silenciado.

Le Monde

Jon Hendricks, poète vocaliste du jazz, est mort

Le chanteur, qui a transmué le jazz vocal en virtuosité « bop », s’est éteint le 22 novembre à l’âge de 96 ans.

France musique

Le Sultanat d’Oman, nouveau paradis pour l’opéra

Depuis quelques années, les pays du monde arabe, et plus spécialement de la péninsule arabique, ont inauguré des salles d’opéra.

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Kulturradio vom rbb @Kulturradio_rbb – Britische Städte kommen nach Brexit nicht mehr als Europäische Kulturhauptstädte infrage.

ClassicalNEXT @ClassicalNEXT – We’ve opened the registrations for ! Register here → & stay tuned for programme announcements.

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(Written on November 24, 2017 )

In today’s news: Music helps children through tough times, Jessica Dandy wins Bach Singers Prize, Refugee ensemble gets standing ovations and 5 music start-up to watch. Also German city Bonn honours Beethoven and  Christoph Eschenbach is the new chief conductor of Konzerthausorchester Berlin.

Financial Times

Arts therapy: listening helps children tune into their potential

From Kabul to Hackney, music lessons help the young through tough times.

UNHCR

Refugee orchestra wins standing ovation

An eight-strong ensemble of performers from five countries performed at the Besançon Music Festival in France.

Music Teacher

Today’s children more musical than parents, research shows

Today’s secondary school children are more likely to be able to play a musical instrument than their parents or grandparents, according to a study by Town Hall Symphony Hall (THSH), Birmingham.

Early Music Today

Jessica Dandy wins LBS Bach Singers Prize

Contralto Jessica Dandy has won the sixth London Bach Society (LBS) Bach Singers Prize.

Opera Now

Richard Gaddes receives honorary fellowship from Trinity Laban

Trinity Laban has presented an honorary fellowship to alumnus Richard Gaddes, in recognition of his 50-year career in opera in the USA.

IQ

Unlocking blockchain: 5 music start-ups to watch

Tickets Cloud founder Katerina Kirillova highlights some of the companies hoping to revolutionize the music business using blockchain technology.

The New York Times

Lincoln Center to End Its Namesake Summer Festival

When Jane Moss arrived at Lincoln Center 25 years ago to shake up it’s programming, many people thought that the days of its well-loved but staid Mostly Mozart festival were numbered.

The Washington Post

The concert was about unity; the message was all Russian

It was an unusual event from the outset: a privately funded reception and concert of music by Russian and American composers, all based on an ambiguous premise.

Pizzicato

France plans merger of Orchestre de Paris and Philharmonie

The French Ministry of culture plans the merger of the Orchestra de Paris and the Cité de la musique – Philharmonie de Paris, France Musique has revealed.

San Francisco Classical Voice

Hewlett Foundation Announces First Winners of 50 Arts Commissions Initiative

The Hewlett Foundation dropped a money bomb on the Bay Area arts scene today, announcing the first 10 recipients of the Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions initiative.

Chicago Tribune

Opera ‘As One’ sings a timely tale of being transgender in America

At a time when transgender issues are turning up more often in the national conversation, a recent opera about the journey to self-acceptance of a young trans protagonist is all the more topical than it must have seemed at its premiere three years ago.

Tagesspiegel

Das alles und noch viel mehr

Vom Wunderkind zum Bühnenstar: Der Pianist und Dirigent Daniel Barenboim hat musikalisch wie kulturpolitisch eine glückliche Hand. Heute wird er 75 Jahre alt.

Klassik.com

Musikpreis des Kantons Bern für Meret Lüthi und Ernesto Molinari

Die Violinistin und Gründerin des Alte-Musik-Ensembles “Les Passions de l’âme” Meret Lüthi sowie der Klarinettist Ernesto Molinari sind mit dem diesjährigen Musikpreis des Kantons Bern ausgezeichnet worden.

Deutschlandfunk Kultur

Bonn entdeckt Beethoven doch noch für sich

Lange hat sich Bonn wenig um den berühmtesten Sohn der Stadt gekümmert. Mit den Feiern zum 250. Geburtstag des Komponisten soll sich das ändern: Ludwig van Beethoven soll zum Aushängeschild der Stadt werden.

Codex Flores

Eschenbach wird Chefdirigent des Konzerthausorchesters Berlin

Christoph Eschenbach, der in den 1980er-Jahren auch das Zürcher Tonhalle-Orchester geleitet hat, wird ab der Saison 2019/20 für vorerst drei Jahre Nachfolger von Iván Fischer an der Spitze des Konzerthausorchesters Berlin.

France musique

Réforme du ministère de la Culture : des propositions chocs pour la musique

Intégration de l’Orchestre de Paris au sein de la Philharmonie, fin des régimes spéciaux à l’Opéra national de Paris… France Musique révèle les mesures du document du ministère de la Culture qui concernent le monde musical.

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The 2017 Global Collections Report is now available. Creators’ global royalty collections hit record €9.2 billion. Digital income growth accelerates to 51% as CISAC member author societies drive efficiencies worldwide.

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(Written on November 15, 2017 )

In today’s classical news: classical music calms pets scared of fireworks, scientists solve the riddle of Chopin’s early death, Brit Trust reaches £20m milestone. VR demonstrates what music feels like to a deaf person. Das Berliner Jazzfest attracts young auditory, Harold Faltermeyer wins the German Film Music Award (Deutscher Filmmusikpreis).

The Times

Beethoven soothes pets spooked by fireworks

It may sound barking mad, but on Bonfire Night, pet behaviourists say that dogs can calm down if they listen to Beethoven’s 6th Symphony while cats may prefer hearing Handel’s Sarabande in D minor.

The Guardian

Examination of Chopin’s pickled heart solves riddle of his early death

Scientists diagnose rare complication of tuberculosis following analysis of heart stored in jar of cognac for 170 years.

The Telegraph

The doyenne of French composers Betsy Jolas brings a new work to London, plus November’s best classical concerts

At 91, Betsy Jolas has long been the doyenne of French composers. But she has never shown any sign of resting on those laurels, and seems to be working as hard as ever.

Opera Now

Simona Genga wins COC vocal competition

Mezzo-soprano Simona Genga has won the first prize at the Canadian Opera Company’s annual Ensemble Studio Competition. She receives a $10,000 cash prize and a performance opportunity at Ontario’s Elora Festival.

Classical Music

Brit Trust reaches £20m milestone

The Brit Trust has awarded £20m since it was established in 1989.

The New York Times

How We Used VR to Explore What Music Feels Like to a Deaf Person

Seven years ago, when Rachel Kolb was 20, her friends pitched in to help her learn how to hear music.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Schweißtreibend leichtfüßig

Das Berliner Jazzfest schafft den Anschluss an die Gegenwart. Jazz wirkt im Jahr 2017 aber nicht allein deshalb wieder zeitgenössisch, weil er von jungen Menschen für ein junges Publikum gespielt wird.

concerti

Für Clara zum Geburtstag

Ein radikales Formkonzept, eine vom Publikum unverstandene Erstaufführung und eine jahrzehntelange Phase der Umarbeitung – Robert Schumanns Sinfonie Nr. 4 benötigte mehrere Anläufe, um sich im Konzertrepertoire zu etablieren.

klassik.com

Ehrenpreis wurde in Halle verliehen

Deutscher Filmmusikpreis für Harold Faltermeyer.

El País

La música del exilio

La arpista Cristina Montes abre el ciclo en memoria de los compositores españoles exiliados en la Guerra Civil.

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(Written on November 6, 2017 )

In today’s classical news: Herbert Blomstedt and the Leipzig Gewandhaus to perform at the Barbican, Sharon Roffman becomes the new Royal Scottish National Orchestra leader. Also footballers who love classical music, Weinstein and the German cultural sector and the shrinking of music publishing jobs.

The Telegraph

Herbert Blomstedt and the Leipzig Gewandhaus make marvellous work of Beethoven and Bruckner at the Barbican

Londoners may be spoiled when it comes to orchestras, with four symphony-sized bands and numerous specialist ensembles right on their doorstep.

Classic FM

Footballers who love classical music

Think football and classical music can’t mix? As the 2017/18 football season is now well underway, we couldn’t resist taking a look at a few sporting stars who are just as crazy about classical music as we are.

The Strad

Sharon Roffman appointed Royal Scottish National Orchestra leader

US violinist will share role at RSNO with current incumbent Maya Iwabuchi.

Music Business Worldwide

Music publishing jobs have shrunk 10% in three years in UK – as label jobs have grown 7%

The number of people in full-time employment working in the UK music publishing sector fell by 10.3% between 2013 and 2016.

Spotify on course to hit 500m users and a $100bn valuation, says GP Bullhound

If you thought the now-infamous Goldman Sachs report on music streaming was optimistic, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

The New York Times

Forced Out By Flooding, Houston’s Opera Gets On With the Show

The big sets had to be jettisoned. The shadow-play in the production was overhauled. The conductor was forced to lead with her back to the singers. But the show went on.

Broadway World

New York Youth Symphony to Honor Alan Fletcher and Dani Bedoni

The NYYS’s 55th Annual Benefit Gala will honor Alan Fletcher and Dani Bedoni, two outstanding individuals who have continually given their talents and support to arts organizations around the world.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Viel Publikumszuspruch

Mehr als 2000 Besucher kamen zur dritten Gilchinger Kunst- und Kulturwoche. Das Publikum erlebte an zehn Tagen an 15 Spielorten mit gut 40 Veranstaltungen ein vielfältiges Programm.

Der Tagesspiegel

Weinstein und der deutsche Kulturbetrieb

Was ist wichtiger? Die Aufklärung über Machtstrukturen und ihren Missbrauch oder die Bekenntnisse prominenter Opfer von sexueller Gewalt? Eine Umfrage zum Weinstein-Skandal.

Pizzicato

Dresdner Philharmonie bittet Stadt, Janowski als Chef zu bestellen

Die Dresdner Philharmonie hat die Stadt Dresden als Träger des Orchesters gebeten, mit ihrem ehemaligen Chefdirigenten Marek Janowski (78) Verhandlungen aufzunehmen, um ihn erneut als Chef zu bestellen.

Musik Heute

Dresdner Philharmonie will Janowski als Chefdirigent

Marek Janowski soll ab der Saison 2019/20 neuer Chefdirigent der Dresdner Philharmonie werden.

Il Messagero

Musica jazz, Jason Moran celebra il centenario di Thelonious Monk

Umbria Jazz Winter (a Orvieto dal 28 dicembre al 1 gennaio) porta in Italia lo spettacolo più ambizioso tra quelli che nel 2017 hanno celebrato il centenario della nascita di Thelonious Monk.

France musique

A New York, plus les danseuses sont habillées moins elles sont rémunérées

Dans la production des Contes d’Hoffman d’Offenbach qui se joue depuis le 26 septembre 2017 au Metropolitan Opera de New York, plusieurs figurantes interprètent des courtisanes vénitiennes, avec une importante baisse de salaires les soirs où elles sont un peu plus vêtues sur scène.

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(Written on October 24, 2017 )

WildKat PR is thrilled to be working with Blüthner on their inaugural Piano Series. Seven virtuosi will showcase the piano with its unique Golden Tone in a series of seven recitals held at St John’s Smith Square over the 2017/18 season.

From its founding in 1853 by Julius Blüthner, the eponymous firm has remained family-run. Current CEO, Dr Christian Blüthner-Haessler, enjoyed a successful career as a cancer surgeon, before taking the reins in 1996, and being named Businessman of the Year in Germany in 2004 after just 8 years in the industry.

From its inception, Blüthner has been an innovative company, which can be seen today in its impressive range of Design Pianos, and the extraordinary PH Grand. Blüthner has also pushed boundaries exploring the mechanics of tone production, with the creation of the Aliquot string, an added fourth string which vibrates sympathetically, cylindrical soundboards, and angle cut hammers, resulting in a truly special sound.

The starry list of Blüthner advocates includes Brahms, Mahler, Bartók, Debussy, Reger, Wagner, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Rachmaninoff, Liberace, Stevie Wonder, and Ariana Grande.

The seven programmes held at St John’s Smith Square will be performed by outstanding talents from across the world, highlighting the versatility, depth, and character of the Blüthner instrument. Repertoire will include Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven; Tchaikovsky, Chopin, and Brahms; Stravinsky and transcriptions of Chinese music; Sjogren, Nielssen, and Nilsson. Tom Poster’s Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective will open the series performing Clara Schumann, Brahms, Schubert, and Robert Schumann.

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(Written on September 14, 2017 )

Founded in 1895, the BBC Proms are a big part of British culture and the 2017 season begins tonight. For eight weeks of the summer, daily classical music concerts take place at the Royal Albert Hall and other venues across London, including Cadogan Hall, Stage@The Dock and Wilton’s Music Hall.

The term Prom is short for promenade concert, and refers to the outdoor concerts of the 18th century where the audience were able to stroll around while the orchestra played. Since then, the concerts have moved inside and, in the context of the BBC Proms, promming refers to the popular tradition of queueing outside the Royal Albert Hall on the day of the concert for the chance to get a £6 ticket for the standing areas inside the hall. Will you be a “prommer” this summer? Click here for some helpful tips on how to become a Pro-Prommer this year!

Royal Albert Hall: BBC Proms 2017

With the opening of the BBC Proms 2017 tonight, the WildKat team have put together a list of their highlights for this year…

Prom 35, the John Wilson Orchestra performing Oklahoma, appears to be a particular favourite in the office this year due to the magical sound that the orchestra creates and the energy that radiates from them when they perform. Not strictly classical, this prom would be a great one to go to for those who are novice prommers. Not convinced? Let The Spectator’s Richard Bratby, along with John Wilson, tell you why Rodgers and Hammerstein should be taken as seriously as Beethoven.

Another popular choice is Prom 10 with the Aurora Orchestra. Last year the ensemble performed their first prom from memory and it was such a unique experience – every single member of the orchestra completely engaged with the music and the conductor. This year they are performing Beethoven’s ‘Eroica’ from memory and we can’t wait.

If you are looking for a musical fusion, then Prom 41 is for you. It brings together Philip Glass and Ravi Shankar, combining Glass’s American Minimalism with Shankar’s sitar and the traditions of Hindustani classical music. The Britten Sinfonia and Karen Kamensek are joined by Shankar’s daughter, sitar virtuoso Anoushka Shankar.

The Cincinatti Symphony Orchestra makes its Proms debut this year and, since they are one of our clients, the WildKat team are very excited about it. They will be bringing works by two celebrated American composers and we are really looking forward to seeing everything come together.

Cincinatti Symphony Orchestra

Last but certainly not least, Prom 75 – The Last Night of the Proms! What’s not to love about a big party with classical music, waving flags, sing alongs and bobbing along to the Sailor’s Hornpipe?

(Written on July 14, 2017 )