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In today’s news: A concert in memory of composer Michael Hirsch at the Deutsche Oper, the lasts secrets of Maria Callas to be revealed in Paris, West End director warns of targeting a younger audience and the politicisation of music in Venezuela.

Guardian

West End director issues warning about overlooking older audiences

The theatre director Dominic Dromgoole has warned of the dangers of relentlessly pursuing younger audiences at the expense of regular and older theatregoers.

BBC News

Stream-ripping is ‘fastest growing’ music piracy

Several sites and apps allow users to turn Spotify songs, YouTube videos and other streaming content into permanent files to store on phones and computers.

Classical Source

NYO Inspire Orchestra on the Waterfront

This July, 73 teenage musicians from across the country will come together to form NYO Inspire Orchestra, in what will be a ten-day celebration of exceptional orchestral music-making on a national level.

The Conversation

Is Venezuela’s much-hyped El Sistema music programme a hotbed of political resistance?

Venezuela’s El Sistema (“the system”) is probably the world’s most famous music education programme – and its most misunderstood.

The New York Times

Anthony Roth Costanzo in a Handel Rarity at National Sawdust

The vocally brilliant and dramatically fearless countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, working with the innovative opera director Christopher Alden, comes to National Sawdust in Brooklyn with a staged version of a Handel rarity.

Broadway World

Music Institute of Chicago to Present 29th Annual Chicago Duo Piano Festival

The Music Institute of Chicago presents its 29th annual Chicago Duo Piano Festival July 7-16.

Der Tagesspiegel

Fiebrig, Frostig, Zwingend

Abschied von einem großen Geist: Das Gedenkkonzert für den Komponisten Michael Hirsch in der Deutschen Oper, mit der Uraufführung von „Bastard 2“.

Die Zeit

Komponist Pierre Henry ist tot

Er gilt als ein Pionier der elektronischen Musik, für einige war er sogar der “Großvater des Techno”. Pierre Henry ist im Alter von 89 Jahren in Paris gestorben.

Fono Forum

Die Bayreuther Festspiele im Home-Auditorium

Der Eröffnungsabend der Bayreuther Festspiele 2017 wird am 25. Juli live auf BR-Klassik im Radio und per Video-Livestream übertragen. Ausstrahlungen der Fernsehfassung folgen in 3sat und ARD-alpha.

El Mundo

Ginkana de arte emergente en el IVAM

Diez jóvenes artistas de la cuarta edición de PAM! PAM! ocupan los espacios no expositivos del museo.

Le Parisien

Deux livres, une exposition, un film… les derniers secrets de La Callas

Tom Volf poursuit la diffusion de sa recherche menée pendant quatre ans autour de Maria Callas avec dès la rentrée deux livres, un coffret de disques et une exposition à la Seine Musicale.

Le Parisien

Mort de Pierre Henry, compositeur de la célèbre «Messe pour le temps présent»

Parfois considéré comme le «grand-père de la techno», Pierre Henry préférait se définir, sans modestie, comme le «père de la musique moderne».

Twitter

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Music History @today_classical

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(Written on July 7, 2017 )

WildKat PR are excited to announce our new client BitterSuite!

“BitterSuite symphonies allow you to remain powerfully in the moment by teasing your senses in time with the music…This is a concert where you don’t just listen to the music – you taste it, smell it and feel it as well.” Lyndsey Winship, The Guardian

BitterSuite are exploring how to re-imagine the classical concert through the use of all of the senses. Inspired by graphic notation and synaesthesia, Creative Producer Stephanie Singer created the company to explore new ways of thinking about and approaching classical music. Their concerts are intimate: audience members are blindfolded and led by a performer through a personal multi-sensory experience.

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Collaboration is key to BitterSuite’s ethos – partnerships to date include creating a multi-sensory experience by and for deaf and blind audiences with Sense UK, and engaging vulnerable young people and disadvantaged communities through workshops using innovative sensory techniques. All their performances have sold out including venues such as Vaults in London, Wilderness 2015, Nesta’s Future Fest 2015, Arcola Theatre, Round House 2015 and Rich Mix London. Their next concert will be on 23rd July at The Other Art Fair in Bristol. Further performances will be at  Wilderness Festival, Old Truman Brewery London and Brooklyn Academy of Music.

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Keep up to date with news from BitterSuite through their websiteTwitter, Facebook, Instagram and, as always, through the WildKat PR blog.

(Written on June 20, 2016 )

The Telegraph

Julian Lloyd Webber: ‘I cried on stage. I’m not sure I will play again’

The cellist Julian Lloyd Webber talks for the first time about the injury that has ended his stellar career.

Business Standard

New app allows classical musicians to perform solo with virtual orchestra

A new computer system allows musicians to perform as solo with a full philharmonic orchestra from the comfort of their own living rooms.

Classic FM Online

Austria tops ‘classical Eurovision’ survey

As Europe gears up for a weekend of Eurovision, UK audiences have chosen their top five classical countries – with Britain coming a respectable fourth.

Eric Whitacre announces Virtual Youth Choir

The composer and conductor is calling on singers aged 18 and under to join him in his latest online choral project, which launches officially next week.

Arts Journal

Gergiev’s Trafalgar Square concert is marred by anti-Putin protests

The London Symphony Orchestra’s free concert in Trafalgar Square was marred yesterday by demonstrations against its outgoing conductor, Valery Gergiev, an outspoken supporter of the Russian president, Vladimir Putin.

The Violin Channel 

Prized Russian Cellist Dmitry Volkov Has Died

Russian cello virtuoso Dmitry Volkov has passed away aged just 26. A graduate of the Moscow Conservatory and Peabody Institute, Dmitry was a former 1st prize winner at the Carlos Prieto International Cello Competition. The cause of death at this stage is not known.

New York Times

Factory Conversion Moves Forward 

The effort to turn a century-old sawdust factory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, into an acoustically sound concert hall, recording studio, nightclub and center for composers is moving ahead.

Klassik.com 

Fédor Roudine gewinnt Violinwettbewerb Henri Marteau

Russischer Geiger erhält Preisgeld in Höhe von 10.000 Euro

Le Figaro

Philharmonie de Paris: « Un vrai signe de changement »

La nouvelle salle symphonique présente sa toute première saison le 15 mai. Laurent Bayle, son président nous en livre les grandes lignes en exclusivité.

Le Monde

Capuçon, Bowie, Boulez… : la Philharmonie de Paris dévoile son programme

Terre ! Terre ! Cette fois, la Philharmonie de Paris, dont l’ouverture était initialement prévue en 2013, puis en 2014, annonce enfin sa première saison, qui devrait débuter en janvier 2015.

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The Telegraph

The Telegraph

(Written on May 12, 2014 )

WildKat PR is delighted to welcome Bryce Dessner to our artist roster. Graduating from Yale University with a master’s degree in music, Bryce is best known as the guitarist from Brooklyn-based rock group The National and is also a highly established composer and curator. Bryce is the founder of Cincinnati’s acclaimed MusicNOW Festival and composer-in-residence at Muziekgebouw Frits Philips in Eindhoven, Netherlands. His notable accomplishments include producing the Red Hot AIDS charity compilation Dark Was the Night with his brother Aaron Dessner, and co-curating the Crossing Brooklyn Ferry music festival for the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Bryce has shared a stage with Steve Reich, Nico Muhly, Sufjan Stevens, Radiohead’s Johnny Greenwood and many other eminent musicians.

This season will be an exciting one for Bryce. November sees the Carnegie Hall premiere of “Murder Ballades” for eighth blackbird, a new work for So Percussion and the worldwide release of an album from Bryce entitled Aheym. The album will include Bryce’s compositions “Tenebre,” “Little Blue Something,” “Tour Eiffel,” and “Aheym” and is a collaboration with Grammy award-winning Kronos Quartet. It will be released by ANTI- records in the UK on November 4th 2013.

We look forward to working with Bryce as his stellar career continues to develop.

Bryce Dessner - The National

(Written on October 10, 2013 )

The Guardian

James Gaddarn Obituary

James Gaddarn, who has died aged 87, spent his working life in the service of classical music, particularly choral music.

Jonathan Lemalu: How I Learned To Sing In Chinese

Bass-baritone Jonathan Lemalu loves a challenge, so how did he learn to sing in Mandarin for the premiere of Three Poems by Mu Xin?

LA Times

The LA And Brooklyn New Music Scenes, Competition Or Love-fest?

The real battleground is inter-borough. The New York Philharmonic doesn’t touch this stuff, according to Mark Swed.

New Yorker

Can The Kennedy Center Find New Life?

In 1971, the complex, bearing the name John F. Kennedy Memorial Center for the Performing Arts, made its début. But a mist of disappointment soon settled over the building.

Gramophone

Jeremy Denk To Release Debut Album For Nonesuch

Pianist records Ligeti and Beethoven

ENO’s Mini Operas Launches

Budding librettists are invited to open the competition.

Independent

Vittorio Grigolo: Romantic Hero Who’s Proud To Be A Popera Star

The Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo loves to mix up his music.

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/classical/features/vittorio-grigolo-romantic-hero-whos-proud-to-be-a-popera-star-7586221.html

 

(Written on March 28, 2012 )