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In today’s news: Alfonso Scarano becomes Chief Conductor of the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, Singapore International Violin Competition announces 2018 participants and Milan’s Teatro alla Scala plans big extension. 60th anniversary of Ingo Metzmacher and impact of music lessons on the aging process. 

Classical Source

Alfonso Scarano named Chief Conductor of the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra

Alfonso Scarano has been named Chief Conductor of the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra for the 2017-18 season after having served as Guest Conductor for six seasons between 2011-12 and 2016-17.

Classic FM

Steven Isserlis: This cello was played in the trenches of the First World War

This cello was once played in the trenches of Ypres, one of the most deadly frontlines of the First World War. One hundred years later, Steven Isserlis is letting it sing again.

The Strad

Singapore International Violin Competition announces 2018 participants

Event returns for second edition with $100,000 total prize fund, of which half goes to the winner.

Music Teacher

LPO launches Creative Classrooms Connect

The London Philharmonic Orchestra has launched Creative Classrooms Connect, a collection of resources for Key Stage 2 teachers created in collaboration with primary teachers and other experts in music education.

RNCM launches Pathfinder programme

The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) has launched a new three-year programme to help aspiring young musicians within Greater Manchester progress their musical talent.

The New York Times

At the Met Opera, a Note So High, It’s Never Been Sung Before

It lasts just a split second, almost imperceptible in a two-hour score. It’s over too quickly to summon the dogs of the Upper West Side or to break any nearby windows.

Irish Times

Can RTÉ effectively axe an orchestra?

Cuts in RTÉ’s pool of musician employees is fuelling speculation about a merger of RTÉ’s two orchestras.

Pizzicato

Milan: Scala plans big extension

Milan’s Teatro alla Scala is building new spaces behind the old theatre, in Via Verdi, where a building which had been acquired years ago, has already been demolished to allow the new construction designed by architect Mario Botta. 

Tagesspiegel

Hommage an Claudio Abbado

Die Orchester-Akademie der Berliner Philharmoniker verleiht den Claudio-Abbado-Kompositionspreis an den Slowenen Vito Zuraj.

Concerti

Würdigung zum 60. Geburtstag

Heute Abend beschäftigt sich Margarete Zander um 21:26 Uhr auf NDR Kultur mit der Karriere des Dirigenten Ingo Metzmacher.

Codex Flores

Besser älter werden mit Musikunterricht

Das Institut für Musikphysiologie und Musikermedizin der Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover will gemeinsam mit einem Genfer Forschungskonsortium und der Medizinischen Hochschule Hannover erforschen, in welcher Weise Musikmachen im höheren Alter die Denkfertigkeiten und die Lebensqualität älterer Menschen steigern kann.

Il Messagero

Chopin, mistero risolto: uno studio rivela la causa della morte del compositore polacco

I suoi notturni sono tra le composizioni musicali più famose e citate di tutti i tempi. E finora il buio, e il mistero, continuavano ad avvolgere le circostanze della sua morte.

France Musique

Les artistes de Broadway se plaignent de la grossièreté de certains spectateurs

Entre les téléphones portables qui sonnent et les papiers d’emballage qui crépitent, les artistes de Broadway (New York) dénoncent le comportement parfois peu respectueux du public.

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Image: Alfonso Scarano

(Written on November 8, 2017 )

In today’s classical news Muhal Richard Abrahms died at age 87, Chicago Symphony’s deficit widens by $300,000, Sainsbury’s launches own-brand vinyl albumsand and 2018 Opera News Awards to honour stars of the stage.

NPR

Muhal Richard Abrams, a pianist and composer of staunch independence and sweeping influence, inseparable from his role as a founding father of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians [AACM], died on Sunday at his home in New York City. He was 87.

Chigago Business

Chicago Symphony’s deficit widens by $300,000

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association posted an operating deficit of $1.4 million for fiscal 2017, compared to deficit of $1.1 million the year prior. The association, the governing body of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, released 2017 financials at its Nov. 1 annual meeting, held at Symphony Center.

Broadway World

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra With Cellist Truls Mork present World Premiere By Shuying Li

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra continues its 2017-2018 season at Carnegie Hall with a performance featuring Norwegian cellist Truls Mørk in Shostakovich’s first Cello Concerto and the world premiere of Shuying Li’s Out Came the Sun, inspired by the profound and transformative experience of postpartum motherhood.

BBC News

Instruments for Kids project seeks old music equipment

A national music project to get people to hand over their old and unused instruments to children is being launched. A pilot project earlier this year saw 50 instruments brought back into use after being donated by AMs and staff at the Welsh assembly and government.

The Guardian

Supermarket swing: Sainsbury’s launches own-brand vinyl albums

Store to release compilation albums as it looks to consolidate its position as one of the largest vinyl sellers in the UK.

Evening Standard

A new exhibition celebrates groundbreaking modernist opera ‘Four Saints in Three Acts’

Gertrude Stein’s opera featured an all-African American cast and was the first opera to open on Broadway.

Opera News

2018 Opera News Awards to honour stars of the stage

This year’s honorees—conductor William Christie, mezzo-soprano Fiorenza Cossotto, tenor Vittorio Grigolo, soprano Hei-Kyung Hong, and soprano Sonya Yoncheva — will be celebrated at a black-tie gala celebration on April 22nd, 2018 at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.

Pizzicato

Lang Lang muss bis Sommer 2018 pausieren

Der 35-jährige Chinese Lang Lang wird erst im Sommer 2018 wieder auftreten. Das sagte er in einem Gespräch mit ‘Die Zeit’

Concerti

Körpereinsatz mit Köpfchen

Noch bis zum 17. März 2018 kann man bei den Internationalen Tanzwochen Neuss einzigartige Choreografien aus der ganzen Welt bewunder.

Musik Heute

Barenboim gibt am 75. Geburtstag Benefizkonzert

Der Dirigent und Pianist Daniel Barenboim gibt an seinem 75. Geburtstag ein Benefizkonzert für den Musikkindergarten Berlin.

Klassik.com

Logo des Telemann-Jubiläums 2017 erhält Design-Preis

Das Logo für das Telemann-Jubiläum 2017 gehört zu den Gewinnern des German Design Award 2018 in der Kategorie “Corporate Identity”.

Mundoclassico

Ha fallecido el compositor sueco Ingvar Lidholm

El compositor sueco Ingvar Lidholm (Jönköping, 1921) falleció el pasado 17 de octubre a los 96 años de edad. Alumno de Hilding Rosenberg (1943-1945), Natanael Berg y Tor Mann, se formó simultáneamente como compositor e intérprete de violín, viola, violonchelo y contrabajo.

Platea Magazine

France Musique

En Russie, une ville annule le déplacement d’une statue de Tchaïkovsky

La ville de Kline, où le compositeur a vécu et travaillé, souhaitait reléguer sa statue en périphérie de la ville et la remplacer par une autre, baptisée Le bouclier de bronze. Mais devant le tollé, la municipalité a fait marche arrière.

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nmz @musikzeitung Pianist Lang Lang hofft auf Comeback im Sommer 2018

Musik @Musik_heute Heute Pianist kündigt in der Comeback für nächsten Sommer an

The late pianist and composer Muhal Richard Abrams, performing at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York in 2004 © Jack Vartoogian/Getty Images

(Written on November 2, 2017 )

In today’s Classical news, the programme for the London Contemporary Music Festival 2017 is announced, a virtual museum about some of the UK’s most important musical instruments is now live, Michael Tilson Thomas will leave San Francisco Symphony, Munich aims to beat the Elbphilharmonie with its new concert hall and Richard Williams talks about the Jazzfest Berlin.

BBC News

Sting brings Newcastle-set musical ‘The Last Ship’ home for UK premiere

Gordon Sumner created the show as a tribute to the shipbuilding community where he grew up in Wallsend, but it lasted just three months on Broadway in 2014 and 15 after mixed reviews and lacklustre ticket sales.

Rhinegold

Programme for London Contemporary Music Festival 2017 announced

This year’s festival (3-10th Dec) will include experimental sound works, erotic films, musical battles with artificial intelligence, punk, Fluxus, wild pop, Afrofuturism, live electronic sets, mouth installations, a seven-hour song recital and talks.

Virtual musical instrument museum launched

A virtual museum featuring sound, pictures and information about some of the UK’s most important musical instruments is now live. MINIM-UK allows members of the public to explore instruments from 200 separate collections across the UK in a single virtual location.

Gramophone

Michael Tilson Thomas to step down from the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra

The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra has announced that Michael Tilson Thomas will step down from his role as Music Director at the end of the 2019-20 season. MTT will be 75 and will have served in the post for 25 years.

Forbes

Bill Murray, Three Classical Musicians Collaborate On ‘New Worlds’ Recording And Concert Tour

A chance meeting on a flight from Berlin to New York led actor Bill Murray and cellist Jan Vogler to became fast friends and curious about each other’s artistic world and interests.

The New York Times

After 25 years, Michael Tilson Thomas will leave San Francisco Symphony

Michael Tilson Thomas, whose trailblazing leadership of the San Francisco Symphony spurred American classical music’s westward expansion, announced on Tuesday that he would step down as its music director in 2020, after his 25th season.

Die Welt

Mit diesem Saal will München die Elbphilharmonie schlagen

München hat sich endlich auf einen Entwurf für den neuen Konzertsaal festgelegt. Der 300-Millionen-Glaspalast soll Aushängeschild werden. Doch Kritiker spotten schon über den „Schneewittchensarg“.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

“Es wird Zeit, dass jemand Jüngeres drankommt”

Richard Williams, der scheidende Leiter des Jazzfests Berlin, über die rasante Entwicklung des Jazz.

Fono Forum

Mehr als 1.666 Stunden Alte Musik

Ein klingendes Urgestein der Alten-Musik-Szene wird 65: Die Sendung Tafel-Confect des Bayerischen Rundfunks.

Neue Zürcher Zeitung

Bitte vergessen Sie das Applaudieren nicht!

Die erste Asientournee des Lucerne Festival Orchestra mit seinem neuen Chefdirigenten Riccardo Chailly eröffnet widersprüchliche Blicke in die Zukunft des Musikbetriebs.

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ECHO  Fotos der Verleihung in der Galerie auf der ECHO KLASSIK-Website: ▸

Berliner FestspieleDer Aufbau für das Pop-Up-Konzert von beim 2017 im Alexa Berlin läuft! Heute um 14 Uhr geht es dann los!

Michael Tilson Thomas at home in San Francisco in 2014.

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(Written on November 1, 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.

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@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, Birmingham Conservatoire is granted Royal title, and its Principal Julian Lloyd Webber criticises the government for not valuing music. New musical for children called “Wemmicks”, Sachsen-Anhalt celebrates “Day of Singing” on September 29, and the Metropolitan Opera begins its new season.

Music Teacher

Birmingham Conservatoire granted Royal title

Birmingham Conservatoire’s new £57m home opens its doors to students today (25 September) with the news that the institution has been granted a royal title by Her Majesty the Queen.

Choir and Organ

New resources for A Choir in Every Care Home

Live Music Now has relaunched A Choir in Every Care Home with a new set of free resources. Videos and tool-kits to help more care homes and musicians to perform more, higher quality singing are available online.

The Guardian

Playlist of the Lambs: psychopaths prefer rap over classical music, study shows

Researchers studying people’s musical preferences have found that psychopaths prefer listening to rap music and, contrary to the movie trope epitomised by Anthony Hopkins’s Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs, they are no fonder of classical music than anyone else.

The New York Times

‘Pretty Woman’ as a Broadway Musical? Get Ready

“Pretty Woman,” the film that made a star of Julia Roberts, is being adapted into a stage musical, with songs co-written by Bryan Adams, and is aiming to open on Broadway next fall after a spring run in Chicago.

The Telegraph

Julian Lloyd Webber interview: ‘Why don’t the government value music?’

The cellist tells Ivan Hewett about his fight for music in schools, being confused with his brother Andrew, and the injury that ended his performing career.

The Strad

Flying high: an El Sistema inspired music education programme in China

Inspired by Venezuela’s El Sistema, China’s Wings of Music aims to bring dignity and self-belief to some of the country’s most deprived children.

Pizzicato

Small Greek island to host first Young Artist Opera and Oratorio Competition

The first-ever annual Young Artist Opera and Oratorio Competition will take place in July 2018 at the Apollo Theatre on the Island of Syros, Greece.

Berliner Morgenpost

Kinder-Musical erzählt Geschichte der “Wemmicks”

Der Filmmusik-Student Ephraim Peise bringt seine Abschlussarbeit auf die Bühne. Finanziert hat er das Projekt mit privaten Geldgebern.

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Musikalische Entdeckungsreise

Am 29. September, dem Tag des Singens, feiern Kinder in ganz Sachsen-Anhalt das gemeinsame Musizieren. Für viele wird es ein Tag voller neuer klanglicher Eindrücke

Musik Heute

New Yorker “Met” eröffnet Saison mit “Norma”

Mit Vincenzo Bellinis “Norma” ist die New Yorker Metropolitan Opera am Montagabend (Ortszeit) in die neue Saison gestartet.

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Music History   in 1835 FP of ‘s Lucia di Lammermoor, at the Teatro San Carlos in Naples.

Image: Birmingham Conservatoire

(Written on September 26, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Paul Lewis and Adam Gatehouse, joint Artistic Directors of Leeds International Piano Competition, talk about the reinvention of the competition. David Teie, an US composer and cellist, released Music For Cats after years of research. Also, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra launched the “Classical Connections” program to study cognitive benefits of classical music.

The Guardian

Paul Lewis: how we’re transforming ‘the Leeds’ to nurture tomorrow’s pianists

The Leeds piano competition is being given a radical, creative reboot. Paul Lewis, one of its new directors – alongside Adam Gatehouse – explains the plan.

Today Online

Album for cats tops classical music charts

David Teie, an US composer and cellist, released Music For Cats after years of research.

Broadway World

Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra Launches Program to Study Cognitive Benefits of Classical Music

The Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra (SBCO) has launched “Classical Connections,” an innovative program to study the therapeutic benefits of classical music for individuals suffering cognitive or neurological impairment.

Classical Music Magazine

RSNO Composers’ Hub announces 2016/17 intake

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra has announced the second intake for its Composers’ Hub scheme.

Help Musicians UK announces latest career development grants

Help Musicians UK has announced the latest recipients of its career development bursaries.

Voice 2.0 – Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival 2017

The three-day festival, which will take place 24-26 February 2017 at Plymouth University, will showcase new technologies and novel approaches to composition, performance and participation in music under the theme VOICE 2.0.

Washington Post

Russian city cancels ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ after protest

A theater in Omsk, one of Russia’s largest cities has cancelled a planned performance of the musical “Jesus Christ Superstar” following protests by an organization of conservative Orthodox Christians. Local group “Family, Love, and Fatherland” filed a complaint that the musical mocked religious faith.

24-Year-Old Conductor Makes History at Broadway

Madeline Smith made her Broadway debut October 14 conducting the Broadway production of Waitress. At age 24 she is believed to be the youngest woman to conduct in a Broadway pit.

Der Tagesspiegel

Iván Fischer verlässt das Konzerthaus nach 2018

Iván Fischer, Chefdirigent des Konzerthausorchesters Berlin, wird seinen Vertrag nicht über 2018 hinaus verlängern – zum Bedauern seiner Musiker. Mit neuen Formaten und spannenden Ideen konnte Iván Fischer das Konzerthausorchester profilieren.

Codex Flores

Heidelberger Frühling zeichnet einen Hotelier aus

Klaus Lauer, Gründer und Leiter der Römerbad Musiktage und Intendant der Badenweiler Musiktage, erhält den mit 10.000 Euro dotierten Musikpreis des Heidelberger Frühling 2017. Das Musikfestival vergibt die Auszeichnung jährlich an Persönlichkeiten, die sich «substanziell und nachhaltig für die Vermittlung von klassischer Musik einsetzen».

Musik Heute

Yuja Wang wird Musical Americas “Künstlerin des Jahres”

Die chinesische Pianistin Yuja Wang ist von “Musical America” zur Künstlerin des Jahres 2017 ernannt worden. Die Karriere der 29-Jährigen übersteige die jedes anderen Pianisten in der heutigen Öffentlichkeit.

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Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ .@PRSFoundation announces New Music Biennial 2017 composer residencies & Minute of Listening

The Royal Opera @TheRoyalOpera How the musical tide turned against Shostakovich: http://www.roh.org.uk/news/knocked-b… #ROHnose

Classic FM @ClassicFM This clip of a Liverpool NHS Emergency Medical Technician casually belting out some opera is going viral: https://t.co/xVhfKz9ubX

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Photo: Leeds International Piano Competition

(Written on October 19, 2016 )

Classical News

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

Independent

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

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

Violinist Luke Hsu wins Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Competition 2016

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

Classical Music Magazine

First recording of the fluid piano issued

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

BBC News

Broadway stars record benefit single for Orlando victims

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

The Strad

A grounding in music theory can help performance

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

pizzicato

Bergen Festival Announces Record Breaking Figures

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

The Guardian

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

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

Musik heute

Wiener Sängerknaben gründen Musikschule in Hongkong

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

Codex flores

Deutscher Musikrat Partner des Deutschen Jugendkammerchors

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

nmz

„Das ungespielte Konzert“ – Pianist erinnert an ermordeten Musiker

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

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

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

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

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Photograph: Sebastian Schutyser / Aga Khan Music Initiative

(Written on June 17, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, European Union Youth Orchestra announces to cease operations from 1 September 2016, opera shows diverse incarnations in New York festival and the Pianist producer Gene Gutowski dies aged 90. Also, Yo-Yo Ma gets a Galician bagpipe and a violin to make beautiful music and Opera Philadelphia shows how to bring young audience to their productions.

European Youth Orchestra

European Union Youth Orchestra to cease operations from 1 September 2016

The European Union Youth Orchestra, a world renowned institution celebrating its fortieth year as a cultural ambassador for the EU, is to cease operations from September 2016 due to a lack of funding from the European Union.

Daily Mail

In New York festival, opera shows diverse incarnations

New York is famous for the Metropolitan Opera but the city is home to more than 50 smaller opera companies, performing everywhere from parks to bars to private homes.

BBC News

The Pianist producer Gene Gutowski dies aged 90

Gene Gutowski, a Polish-US Holocaust survivor who produced Roman Polanski’s The Pianist, has died at the age of 90.

Classical-music.com

How to win BBC Young Musician

2014 competition winner Martin James Bartlett gives this year’s finalists some advice

Public Radio International

How Yo-Yo Ma gets a Galician bagpipe and a violin to make beautiful music together

Yo-Yo Ma doesn’t wait for musicians to come collaborate with him. He sends scouts around the world to find them.

The Bucks Herald

Help needed to solve Second World War mystery of hidden trombone

A historic trombone which was hidden by members of the Buckinghamshire Batallion during the Second World War is still shrouded in mystery, and historians need your help to solve it.

Billy Penn

Almost half of Opera Philly’s audience is under 35: Here’s how they did it

Opera Philadelphia is not your average opera company.

WQXR

New Version of ‘Appalachian Spring’ Completes What Copland Began

When Aaron Copland composed the ballet Appalachian Spring for Martha Graham’s eponymous company, he wrote the work for a 13-piece chamber orchestra. In May, a new full-orchestral version will receive its world premiere.

Codex flores

Tod des österreichischen Geigers Klaus Maetzl

Klaus Maetzl, Mitgründer des Alban-Berg-Quartetts und von 1967 bis 1970 Konzertmeister der Wiener Symphoniker, ist im Alter von 75 Jahren verstorben.

Musik heute

Riccardo Muti nach zwölf Jahren wieder an der Scala

Der italienische Dirigent Riccardo Muti tritt zwölf Jahre nach seinem stürmischen Abschied wieder an der Mailänder Scala auf.

nmz

Oper trifft Broadway – Salzburger Pfingstfestpiele zeigen Musical

Ein Musical bei den Salzburger Festspielen? Das hat es noch nie gegeben. Doch dieses Jahr ist es soweit, wenn die Salzburger Pfingstfestspiele am 13. Mai mit Leonard Bernsteins Broadway-Klassiker «West Side Story» starten.

Stereo

High End 2016: weniger Publikum, mehr Fachbesucher

Trotz des schönen Wetters besuchten 19.490 Menschen die High End 2016 – das sind 6 % weniger als im Vorjahr.

Deutscher Musikrat

Musik macht Heimat

Der „Tag der Musik“, eine bundesweite Initiative des Deutschen Musikrates, setzt ein Zeichen für den Schutz und die Förderung der Kulturellen Vielfalt in Deutschland und betont den hohen Wert der Musik.

Twitter

Bamberg Symphony @bambergsymphony #funfact about Valentin Uryupin: He is almost 7 feet (around 2 meters), the podium was taken out especially for his turn #TheMahlerCompetition

EUYO @EUYOtweets Youth to cease operations from 1 September 2016 http://bit.ly/1TcmI34

KulturPort.De @kultur_port_de – Kent Nagano und die Suche nach inhaltlicher Wahrheit in der Musik

European Union Youth Orchestra to cease operations from 1 September 2016. Photo: www.euyo.eu

European Union Youth Orchestra to cease operations from 1 September 2016. Photo: www.euyo.eu

(Written on May 12, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, there’s backlash in musical circles in the wake of the Super Bowl halftime show and Ojai Music Festival announces five future music directors. Also, violinist Itzhak Perlman to perform on Fiddler on the Roof Broadway recording, Korea’s classical music scene is buzzing and Decca Classics announce new senior management duo

The Washington Post

Why classical music fans are upset at orchestra’s Super Bowl spotlight

There’s been much backlash in musical circles in the wake of the Super Bowl halftime show

Classical Music Magazine

Ojai Music Festival announces five future music directors

California’s Ojai Music Festival, one of the most important events in the contemporary music calendar, has named its music directors for the next five years

The Strad

Violinist Itzhak Perlman to perform on Fiddler on the Roof Broadway recording

Violinist Itzhak Perlman has recorded a special bonus track for the forthcoming Broadway cast recording of Fiddler on the Roof

International Arts Manager

Universal Music’s Decca Classics announce new senior management duo

Alexander Buhr has been appointed managing director of famed London-based recording label, Decca Classics, succeeding Paul Moseley who moves up to senior vice president of strategic content and partnerships, Global Classics

The Korea Herald

Korea’s buzzing classical music scene

A classical music craze has swept over the country ever since young pianist Cho Seong-jin’s historic win at last year’s International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition

Die Welt

Thielemann neuer Schirmherr des Instrumentalwettbewerbes

Dirigent Christian Thielemann wird neuer Schirmherr des Internationalen Instrumentalwettbewerbes Markneukirchen

Musik-heute

Stuttgarter Opernintendant: Kommission für Schoner

Der Nachfolger des Stuttgarter Opern-Intendanten Jossi Wieler könnte gefunden sein

NMZ

Deutsch-polnische Musikfesttage widmen sich Kontrasten

Unter dem Motto «Kontraste» finden vom 4. bis zum 17. März die deutsch-polnischen Musikfesttage statt

Le Monde

Millepied  à l’Opéra de Paris : il était une fin

Sobre, les traits un peu creusés, Benjamin Millepied a présenté, mercredi 10 février, sa nouvelle saison 2016-2017

Washington Post

At 100, orchestra has a midlife crisis

On Thursday, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 100th birthday

BBC

Jimi Hendrix house retuned for future

They’re two properties side-by-side in one of London’s most exclusive districts

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(Written on February 11, 2016 )

Classical News

Telegraph

Anna Magdalena Bach: a forgotten genius?

If JS Bach’s wife composed some of his best-known pieces, it will put a bomb at the heart of the Western musical tradition

Violin teacher Suzuki is the biggest fraud in music history, says expert

Japanese music teacher behind the Suzuki method has been unmasked as a liar and a fraud

Pizzicato

Opéra Comique In Paris To Sell 4.000 Costumes

As part of its tercentenary, Opéra Comique in Paris sells more than 4.000 costumes, mainly from its past seasons under the direction of Jérôme Deschamps, but also some older pieces.

The Sydney Morning Herald

161-year-old Philharmonic faces closure after council grant snub

One of Australia’s oldest arts institutions is facing closure after the City of Melbourne cut off its annual funding.

News Letter

We’re not elitist, says Ulster Orchestra musician

A violinist for the Ulster Orchestra has appealed to the public to get behind a campaign to save it — and insisted that his own working-class origins show it is not elitist.

Klassik.com

Gregor Gysi trägt rechtliche Bedenken bei Wagner-Stiftungsrat vor

Der Fraktionschef der SED-Nachfolgepartei “Die Linke” im Bundestag, Gregor Gysi, hat bei einer Sitzung des Stiftungsrats der Richard-Wagner-Stiftung rechtliche Bedenken zum neuen Mietvertrag des Festspielhauses Bayreuth vorgetragen.

Früher Tod des Pianisten Christopher Falzone

Der US-amerikanische Pianist Christopher Falzone ist überraschend im Alter von 29 Jahren gestorben; die Todesursache ist nicht bekannt.

KuturPort.de

20 Jahre Internationales Opernstudio in Hamburg

Was ist die spezifische Aufgabe eines Internationalen Opernstudios?

Codex Flores

Inkinen Chefdirigent der Prager Symphoniker

Pietari Inkinen übernimmt im September 2015 die Position als Chefdirigent der Prager Symphoniker.

Ruzicka wird Alleingeschäftsführer der Osterfestspiele Salzburg

Peter Ruzicka, der frühere Intendant der Salzburger Festspiele, ist per Juli 2015 zum Alleingeschäftsführer der Osterfestspiele Salzburg ernannt worden.

The New York Times

A Composer Has Faith in His Show

‘Amazing Grace,’ a Faith-Based Musical, Aims at Broadway

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NPR Classical @nprclassical: Happy bday, D. Scarlatti! Watch harpist Yolanda Kondonassis play a sonata at the #nprtinydesk. http://n.pr/1EP7XMX

Members of the International Opera Studio, State Opera Hamburg 2014/15: Benjamin Popson, Anat Edri, Vincenzo Neri, Stanislav Sergeev, Christina Gansch und Daniel Todd. photograph: © Jörn Kipping.

Members of the International Opera Studio, State Opera Hamburg 2014/15: Benjamin Popson, Anat Edri, Vincenzo Neri, Stanislav Sergeev, Christina Gansch und Daniel Todd. photograph: © Jörn Kipping.

(Written on October 27, 2014 )