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In today’s news: Bryn Terfel has pulled out of the Met Opera’s production of Tosca due to vocal fatigue, Composer Alexis Ffrench’s approach to condensing compositions into three-and-a-half-minute tracks to make them more accessible and a requiem, composed by survivors of the Cambodian genocide. In addition, German musical instrument sector at its peak and a piano world record in Bosnia as symbol of unity.

The Telegraph

Composer Alexis Ffrench on why classical music can be as mainstream as pop

Through songs such as Bluebird and Radiate, Ffrench is attempting to break the preconceptions of classical music by condensing these kind of compositions into digestible three-and-a-half-minute tracks that feature recognisable song structures reminiscent of any modern day pop track.

BBC

Bryn Terfel is the latest star to quit Tosca

Bryn Terfel has pulled out of the Met Opera’s production of Tosca, to take “enforced rest due to vocal fatigue”.

Gwyneth Goes to Broadway

Hollywood star is the co-prodocer of a new musical based on the hit New Wave girl group The Go-Go’s.

Rhinegold

Wigmore Hall to celebrate learning programme with two-week festival

Inspired by Shakespeare’s take on the seven phases of life, the festival will celebrate Wigmore Hall’s ongoing community work, which encompasses projects for people of all ages.

Pitchfork

Why you should listen to John Fahey’s Christmas music

This isn’t a Christmas trifle; it’s a Christian’s prayer for a merciful exit, or at least a restart.

The Independent

Christoph Waltz moves from Tarantino to Verdi as an opera director

The Oscar-winning star of ‘Inglourious Basterds’ and ‘Django Unchained’ is directing a new production of Verdi’s ‘Falstaff’ for Opera Vlaanderen in Antwerp, Belgium, and says, for him, film and opera aren’t so different.

The New York Times

Genocide Survivors Compose a Requiem for Cambodia

Rithy Panh, a survivor of the Cambodian genocide under the Khmer Rouge, takes issue with the philosopher Theodor Adorno’s famous claim that to write poetry after Auschwitz is barbaric.

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Deutsche Musikinstrumentenbranche mit Rekordumsätzen

Laut einem Bericht der Kultur- und Kreativwirtschaft  des deutschen Bundesministeriums für Wirtschaft und Energie lag 2016 der Umsatz bei der Herstellung von Musikinstrumenten im betrachteten Zeitraum seit 2010 so hoch wie noch nie. Gleiches gilt für den Umsatz mit Musikinstrumenten im Einzelhandel.

Kulturradio rbb

20 Hände auf einem Klavier: ein Weltrekord in Bosnien

Die musikalische Aktion sollte ein Zeichen für die Einheit in dem gespaltenem Land setzen.

Musik Heute

Hindemith-Preis für Italienerin Clara Iannotta

Die italienische Komponistin Clara Iannotta erhält den Hindemith-Preis des Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festivals. Das teilten die Veranstalter am Mittwoch mit.

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L’édition 2018 du Festival Présences sera consacrée au compositeur Thierry Escaich

Du 6 au 11 février 2018, le Festival Présences dressera le portrait du compositeur et organiste Thierry Escaich.

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Deutsche Grammophon @DGclassics “Silenced and forgotten owing to his tragic fate, his beautiful and unique works remain a reflection of turbulent times and a testimony to his personal tragedy.” ‘Silenced’ by Orsolya Korcsolán is her approach to the tragic story of composer Sándor Kuti:

Hallé Orchestra @the_halle December 14th 1941: Paper rationing and blackout regulations during the Second World War meant a tiny programme and a 2.30pm start for this Malcolm Sargent concert at the Manchester Opera House.

Image: © Kulturradio rbb/Samir Yordamovic

(Written on December 14, 2017 )

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

The Guardian 

Opera for babies joins New Order at Manchester international festival

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

BBC News

Works to listen to after Handel’s Messiah

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

Rhinegold

Cheltenham Festival 2017 programme announced

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

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New ICMA Trophy Revealed In Paris

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

The Violin Channel 

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

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

The Strad

International Grumiaux Competition for Young Violinists names 2017 prize winners

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

Der Tagesspiegel

Gibt es noch Karten?

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

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Der sympathische Bösewicht von der britischen Insel

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

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Mozartpreis für böhmischen Entdecker

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

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

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

Construction News

From opera singer to site manager

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

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

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

 

Image: The Guardian

 

(Written on March 10, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Vienna Philharmonic perform in new suits designed by Vivienne Westwood, Vienna celebrates 11-year old composer Alma Deutscher, and conductor Jeffrey Tate is given a knighthood. Also, a sneak preview of 2017’s cultural highlights, and the countdown to the opening of the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg begins.

The New York Times

A New Year, and New Duds, for the Vienna Philharmonic

For the Vienna Philharmonic’s 175th anniversary, Dame Vivienne Westwood and Andreas Knonthaler — her designer partner, creative director and husband — have designed a new stage outfit, the Philharmonic Suit, for the musicians.

DW.com

2016: The year in classical music

Numbers, facts, people: it was a year of milestones in the classical world – and as always, Germany calls the tune.

Classic.fm

Opera singer Bryn Terfel given a knighthood, Dame Evelyn Glennie made a Companion of Honour and Iestyn Davies given an MBE in the New Year’s Honours 2017

Stars of the classical world are among those recognised in this year’s Honours List, joining sports stars including Mo Farah and Andy Murray, and BFG-actor Mark Rylance

The New Yorker

Bach’s Holy Dread

The composer has long been seen as a symbol of divine order. But his music has an unruly obsession with God.

Telegraph

Mariah Carey ends 2016 on low note with ‘disastrous’ New Year’s Eve performance

Pop diva Mariah Carey suffered a series of mishaps during her New Year’s Eve performance, with viewers branding the show a disaster.

Spiegel Online

Wien feiert elfjährige Komponistin

Die elf Jahre alte Alma Deutscher hat mit ihrer Aschenputtel-Oper das Wiener Publikum begeistert. Bei der Uraufführung gab es Standing Ovations. Und das Wunderkind plant schon die nächsten Projekte.

Musik Heute

Dirigent Jeffrey Tate wird zum Ritter geschlagen

Der Chefdirigent der Hamburger Symphoniker, Jeffrey Tate, wird von der britischen Queen zum Ritter geschlagen. Das teilte das Orchester am Sonntag unter Berufung auf das Londoner Königshaus mit.

Wiener Neujahrskonzert 2018 mit Riccardo Muti am Pult

Riccardo Muti soll 2018 das Neujahrskonzert der Wiener Philharmoniker dirigieren. Das Orchester würdige damit die jahrzehntelange Zusammenarbeit mit dem 75-jährigen Italiener.

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Kulturelle Highlights 2017: eine Medien- und Kultur-Vorschau

Oscars, Eurovision Song Contest, Buchmesse – was uns 2017 in Kultur und Medien erwartet. Ein Überblick von Januar bis Dezember.

Klassik Heute

ARTE feiert die Eröffnung der Elbphilharmonie

Von der langen Geschichte dieses ambitionierten Projektes bis zur Eröffnung des großen Saals am 11. Januar 2017 erzählen eine ARTE-Dokumentation und das glanzvolle Eröffnungskonzert.

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MUSIK HEUTE @Musik_Heute Umjubelter Berlin-Einstand von Dirigent Justin Doyle beim

The Royal Opera @TheRoyalOpera Share your 2016 highlights using – we’d love to hear from you bit.ly/2hJ9od9

BBC NOW @BBCNOW  Congratulations to the following composers, whose music has been chosen for this year’s

Alma Deutscher © Christian Wind/dpa

Alma Deutscher © Christian Wind/dpa

(Written on January 2, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news 92-year-old pianist Harriette Thompson has become the oldest-ever woman to complete a marathon. Opera singer Bryn Terfel will celebrate his 50th birthday with a Royal Albert Hall concert to include stars such as Sting, Danielle de Niese, Rebecca Evans and Daniel Evans. Also, violinist Alina Ibragimova tells Ivan Hewett that she still feels emotionally attached to her country of birth, despite her busy international career.

Telegraph

Alina Ibragimova: ‘My heart is still Russian’

Despite a busy international career, violinist Alina Ibragimova still feels emotionally attached to her country of birth, she tells Ivan Hewett

Classic FM

92-year old Carnegie Hall pianist becomes oldest-ever woman to complete a marathon

Harriette Thompson, who is a classically trained musician, completed the Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon in San Diego in 7hr 24min 36sec.

Classical Source

Bryn at 50

Opera star Bryn Terfel to be joined by stars, including Sting, Danielle de Niese, Rebecca Evans and Daniel Evans, for birthday concert celebration

Classical Music Magazine

Saffron Hall announces third full season

Saffron Hall has announced its 2015/16 season, which will see the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Alison Balsom, Sir András Schiff and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields make their debut appearances at the venue.

Gramophone

Peter Cropper, first violin of The Lindsays, has died

Peter Cropper, the first violin of the Lindsay Quartet (later The Lindsays), has died; he was 69. He was also the founding Artistic Director of Sheffield’s Music in the Round.

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Siemens Musikstiftung + BR + Lucerne Festival = zeitgenössische Musik

Der Förderung zeitgenössischer Orchestermusik dient eine jetzt angekündigte Kooperation der Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung, des ‘Lucerne Festival’ und ‘musica viva’ des Bayerischen Rundfunks.

Belgian [PIAS] To Become The Major Shareholder Of Harmonia Mundi

In the next months an important merger will occur in the recording industry.

MUSIK HEUTE 

Oper Halle: Generalmusikdirektor bleibt bis 2018

Der katalanische Dirigent Josep Caballé-Domenech hat seinen Vertrag an der Oper Halle verlängert.

The Boston Musical Intelligencer

The Invention of Opera?

Boston Early Music Festival’s presentation all three of the extant operas of Claudio Monteverdi (1567–1643)—“The Monteverdi Trilogy”—with a cohesive artistic and scholarly vision, constitutes a signal moment in the modern revival of Baroque opera. BMInt had conversations with the BEMF publiscist and stage director.

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Berlin Philharmonic: Happy Birthday, Edward ! Find many more works by Elgar in our concert archive at

Classic FM 8 staggering world records in classical music:

The Royal Opera ‘The lines become an indivisible part of something else’ Insights into libretto-writing: ^C

(Written on June 2, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Bryn Terfel, Sarah Kane and the chance to prom: the Royal Opera House’s 2015-16 season

A wide-ranging slate of productions include a new production of Orphée et Eurydice, Katie Mitchell directing Lucia di Lammermoor, Placido Domingo’s Nabucco and four brand-new ballets

Alan Gilbert: Orchestras in the 21st Century – a new paradigm

Read an edited version of Alan Gilbert’s 2015 Royal Philharmonic Society Lecture

The Times

Royal Opera House boss Alex Beard on a risky new season

If Alex Beard had a broad smile when he launched the Royal Opera House’s new season yesterday, he had good cause.

The Telegraph

Day of reckoning for the Royal Opera

The latest season of productions at the Royal Opera House could be make or break for director Kasper Holten, says Rupert Christiansen

The Strad

German musical instrument sales increase despite decline in string sector

The figures from the Society of Music Merchants record a seven percent increase in 2014

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Findungskommission soll neuen Leipziger Thomaskantor suchen

Unter dem Vorsitz des Leipziger Oberbürgermeisters Burkhard Jung hat sich eine Findungskommission zur Nachfolge im vakant gewordenen Amt des Thomaskantors konstituiert.

klassik.com

Intendant Martin Engstroem erhält Schostakowitsch-Preis

Der Leiter und Begründer des Verbier Festivals, Martin Engstroem, erhält den diesjährigen Schostakowitsch-Preis des Yuri Bashmet International Charity Fund. Die Auszeichnung in Form einer kleinen Statue ist mit 25.000 US-Dollar (etwa 23.580 Euro) dotiert.

Arbeitsstipendium des Archivs Frau und Musik für Manuela Kerer

Das internationale Arbeitsstipendium für Komponistinnen “Composer in Residence – Komponistinnen nach Frankfurt” geht in diesem Jahr an Manuela Kerer.

Le Monde

A Radio France, les orchestres s’accordent contre les critiques

Pointés du doigt par la Cour des comptes pour leur coût en période de crise à la Maison de la radio, le « National » et le « Philhar », les deux orchestres de Radio France, redoutent les conséquences du projet stratégique du PDG, Mathieu Gallet.

BroadwayWorld.com

Cincinnati Symphony Welcomes AZ Opera’s Keitaro Harada as Associate Conductor

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra announced that Keitaro Harada will join the CSO staff as Associate Conductor beginning in September 2015.

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Women in Film & TV ‏@WFTV_UK : Composer and WFTV member @thelaurarossi will be perfoming her live score to Jane Shore at @BFI this Fri. Book now: http://ow.ly/LB5Fk 

London Philharmonic ‏@LPOrchestra : Are you an aspiring professional musician? Our Foyle Future Firsts Development Programme is now open for applications!http://bit.ly/1koQLle 

Gramophone ‏@GramophoneMag : Latest news: @marinalsop renews contract with São Paulo Symphony Orchestra @osesp http://bit.ly/1Hwqr6Q 

ROH Stage 16th April 2015 The Royal Opera House stage. Photo: Will Pearson/ROH 

(Written on April 16, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

How can you make an opera about 9/11?

Opera has always thrived on grandiose spectacle, but are the events at the World Trade Center a tragedy too far? The team behind ENO’s new work Between Worlds talk about dramatising a day on which more than 2,700 people lost their lives

English National Opera hopes foyer cafe will help finances match artistic success

Plans to open London Coliseum’s lobby as a cafe-bar are latest effort by ENO to make up for cut in Arts Council funding

Chopin movement music to ears of Polish tourism officials

A concerted effort is under way to cash in on the composer, as the country seeks to build on the 3 million visitors who come to Warsaw each year

The Telegraph

Why are artists so difficult to work with?

A new film about Argentinian-born pianist Martha Argerich reminds us that men do not have a monopoly on egoism, says Ivan Hewett

Classical Music Magazine

Croydon Council draws up proposals for Fairfield Hall refurbishment

The long-standing issue of when and how to redevelop Croydon’s Fairfield Halls site has come centre-stage with the news that leading international consultancy Mott MacDonald and architects Rick Mather have been appointed by the local council to draw up proposals.

Klassik.com

Sinfonieorchester Biel-Solothurn protestiert gegen Sparmaßnahmen

Die Musiker des Sinfonieorchesters Biel-Solothurn protestieren gegen die Sparmaßnahmen der Stadt, die den Umbau des Klangkörpers von einem Berufs- zu einem Projektorchester vorsehen.

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Johann Strauss Festival in Dresden mit «Cagliostro»-Premiere

Die fünfte Ausgabe des Musikfests beginne am 2. Mai mit der Premiere der Operette «Cagliostro in Wien», teilte die Bühne am Dienstag mit.

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Untersuchungsausschuss Staatsoper Berlin ab 8. Mai

Der Untersuchungsausschuss zur Kostenexplosion bei der Sanierung der Berliner Staatsoper nimmt voraussichtlich am 8. Mai seine Arbeit auf.

BroadwayWorld.com

New Yorker Classical Music Critic Andrew Porter Dies at 86

Music critic Andrew Porter died either Thursday night or early Friday in London. He was 86. He died from complications of pneumonia, and it was confirmed by Sheila Porter, his sister and only immediate survivor.

Le Parisien

Piratage de TV5Monde : le gouvernement dénonce un «acte terroriste»

Sur place, la ministre de la Culture et de la communication a annoncé qu’elle allait réunir «l’ensemble des médias audiovisuels, et peut-être la presse écrite», d’ici vendredi, pour éviter ce type d’attaques.

Le Monde.fr

Violente controverse autour de l’avenir des théâtres berlinois

Si la nouvelle est confirmée, c’est une révolution. Chris Dercon, le directeur de la Tate Modern de Londres, pourrait succéder à Frank Castorf à la Volksbühne de Berlin.

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NS Culture ‏@NS_Culture : So, everyone agrees that culture is good, then? What we learned from the #CultureDebate: http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2015/04/four-things-we-learned-culture-

Classical Music Agen ‏@AClassicalMusic : BBC Music Magazine Awards: playing of integrity and passion http://ift.tt/1FpuZHj  #classicalmusic

The Night Shift ‏@OAENightShift : A ‘simple’ guide to when to clap at classical concerts… OR come to The Night Shift and clap when you feel like it. http://www.insidethearts.com/neoclassical/2015/04/when-to-clap-at-the-symphony-a-guideline/ …

'Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Steet' performance at the English National Opera, London, Britain - 28 Mar 2015Bryn Terfel as Sweeney Todd and Emma Thompson as Mrs Lovett in the ENO’s production of the Stephen Sondheim musical, which is the latest in a run of artistic successes for the company. Photograph: Donald Cooper/Rex 

(Written on April 9, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

‘I hope our artistic leaders will heed Sachs’s advice. The survival of ENO may depend on it’

Wagner’s Hans Sachs could teach today’s politicians a thing or two about the value of art, writes Iain Paterson, who makes his debut in the role at ENO this weekend

The Independent

Bryn Terfel interview: Britain’s best-loved baritone looks back on his ‘wonderful journey’ through the world’s greatest operas

Gods. Murderers. Dictators. Ghosts. Bryn Terfel is used to playing them all, and more.

The Strad

Julian Lloyd Webber to sell his Stradivarius cello

The cellist was forced to retire from performing last year due to a neck injury

BBC Music Magazine

Aldo Ciccolini (1925-2015)

The great pianist has died at the age of 89

BBC Radio 3 to celebrate International Women’s Day

Two weeks of programming will champion the work of female composers and performers

Classical Music Magazine

Barry Ife: ‘Let’s lift the lid on the myths and mysteries of the professional music world’

‘As principal of Guildhall School of Music & Drama, I have the good fortune to work with some of the most outstanding young musicians, actors and theatre technicians in the world.’

Süddeutsche.de

Klang allein ist nicht alles

München ist entrüstet, weil es keinen neuen Konzertsaal bekommt. Verständlich. Aber es gibt noch viele weitere Gründe, warum die Musiklandschaft im Vergleich zu anderen Städten wie Freiburg so blass wirkt.

Berliner Zeitung

Der Karneval der Kulturen findet statt

Der bisher auf der Kippe stehende Karneval der Kulturen in Berlin wird laut dem RBB auch in diesem Jahr stattfinden. Integrationssenatorin Dilek Kolat (SPD) habe sich mit den beteiligten Gruppen geeinigt, zitierte der Sender am Mittwochabend Kolats Sprecher.

Die Welt

“Der Tod hat sich immer für mich interessiert”

Luc Bondy ist einer der bedeutendsten Regisseuren. Gerade läuft seine Version von Tschechows “Iwanow” in Paris. Ein Gespräch über Antisemitismus in Frankreich und seine Ideen fürs Berliner Ensemble.

The New York Times

‘Tristan’ to Open Met Season in 2016

The inventive Polish director Mariusz Trelinski, whose eerie, film noir-influenced double bill of Tchaikovsky’s “Iolanta” and Bartok’s “Bluebeard’s Castle” at the Metropolitan Opera is winning praise, has received an even bigger assignment form the company: a new production of Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde” that will open the Met’s season in 2016.

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Ten Seconds Of A Naked Salome Create Protest In Northern Ireland

A new production of Richard Strauss’s Salome has raised a storm of protest in Belfast.

artsjournal

Simon Rattle Talks Sibelius

The Berlin Philharmonic’s chief conductor and Finnish music journalist/Sibelius expert Vesa Sirén spend an hour talking about the composer’s music – and what the Philharmoniker find easy and difficult about it.

Twitter

Sinfini Music ‏@SinfiniMusic : NEWS: @MancCamerata principal cellist to play Elgar on loaned 17th-c Strad: http://bit.ly/16gy2Hh  @RNCMvoice

Royal Opera House ‏@RoyalOperaHouse:Just over a week to go for young composers (aged 11-16) to enter our Fanfare competition! http://www.roh.org.uk/learning/schools-and-colleges/fanfare … ^P

Culture Republic ‏@culture_public :Interesting new app being piloted allows users to rate arts experiences http://bit.ly/1D1gH1L  & #marketers can get anonymous data on users.

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Bryn Terfel in ‘Der Fliegende Holländer.’ Photo” The Independent

 

(Written on February 5, 2015 )

Classic FM

Karl Jenkins to judge Arts Club’s £4,000 classical music award

Calling all young musicians: entries for the Classical Music Award, launched by the Arts Club in 2013 to celebrate the best performer aged between 18-30 in the UK, close on Friday 17 October.

British Airways pairs in-flight meals with classical music

British Airways have revealed a new strategy to make in-flight food taste better – pairing specific music with their meals.

The Strad

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra receives $400,000 from Andrew W Mellon Foundation

The ensemble will use the grant to launch ‘Next Generation Orpheus’

London stringed instrument dealer J & A Beare launches its first exclusively online auction

The initial sale features 37 instruments, including a Stradivarius violin and two Guadagninis

Classical Source

Wall of Water: world premiere of Violin Concerto by Deborah Pritchard in response to paintings by Maggi Hambling (October 18 at LSO St Luke’s) 

Gramophone

Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel tear up the rulebook for Sweeney Todd

Video: a concert performance like you’ve never seen before

Slipped Disc

The string quartet that speaks

Stanford University’s St. Lawrence String Quartet are playing a Haydn Discovery series in which violinist Geoff Nuttall involves the audience in what’s really going on inside those staves.

Limelight Magazine

Politicians speak out on WA Opera “censorship”

The PM and other high ranking officials criticise “crazy” decision to cut Carmen

11Alive News

ASO musicians send memo of concern to board of directors

More than a month after the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra musicians were locked out following failed contract talks, there is still no progress to report.

Die Welt

Regisseur veralbert Putin mit schwulem Zarensohn

Die Staatsoperette Dresden gönnt sich einen Seitenhieb auf die wachsende Homophobie in Russland – mit einer pikanten Inszenierung von Lehárs “Zarewitsch”.

Heute hätte er längst seinen Oscar

Wagner klaute von ihm, Wagner hasste ihn, Wagner wäre ohne ihn kaum denkbar.

crescendo

Hummeln auf dem Opernplatz

Wer sich den Cellisten Johannes Moser, einen passionierten Kammermusiker, zum „Museums-Solisten“ wählt und ihm die Möglichkeit gibt, sein Residence-Programm selbst mitzugestalten, der muss sich auf die eine oder andere Überraschung einstellen.

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Wir haben eine gute Zeit!

Wie kommt ein Chor zu diesem Namen? Ganz einfach: Er wurde am Psychologischen Institut der Uni Jena gegründet.

Codex Flores

Australiens Politik übt sich in Schadensbegrenzung

Nachdem sich die Western Australia Opera mit ihrem Bann von Bizets Carmen aus Gründen der politischen Korrektheit zum Gespött der Welt gemacht hat, macht nun die Politik auf Schadensbegrenzung.

classicalite

Fused Muse Ensemble Draws Attention to Environmental Issues Through Music, Dance and Video at Constellation in Chicago

Is it possible for artists to influence people’s attitudes toward global concerns through their art?

The Spectator

The drunk conductor who ruined Rachmaninov’s career

The disastrous first performance of Rachmaninov’s First Symphony has cast a shadow over the work ever since

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Classic FM: @ClassicFM Peugeot have made a piano. Love or hate? (more pics here: http://classfm.co/1fKf2O )

Classical Music: ‏@ClassicalMusic8 Winchester Orchestra of San Jose debuts new season, new leader – San Jose Mercury News http://dlvr.it/7D8lPW

Guardian Classical: @GdnClassical BBC Radio 3 doesn’t score highly with Ed Vaizey | Media Monkey http://gu.com/p/42fje 

Telegraph Classical: @TeleClassical Why the injustice against Joseph Haydn? http://tgr.ph/1u807FH 

The Classical Source: @ClassicalSource Preview: The Marriage of Figaro – Metropolitan Opera Live in HD on Sat 18

Orpheus‘Orpheus Chamber Orchestra’ Photo: via The Strad

(Written on October 16, 2014 )

Guardian

Emma Thompson takes on role in Sweeney Todd musical in West End

Actor to play piemaker Mrs Lovett in Stephen Sondheim’s work after Broadway run and after 25 years away from London stage

Classical Music Magazine

Making Music report: More playing, but progression is limited and class remains an issue

The playing of instruments among children has increased by 35% since 1999, a new study has found, although issues of access, progression and class remain apparent in the music education sector.

Classic FM

Oppan Lang Lang style! Pianist to perform with PSY

Chinese pianist Lang Lang is to join forces with Korean pop sensation PSY at this year’s Asian Games, Incheon 2014.

Classic FM

Singer dismissed from festival after ‘impersonating Hitler in front of German choir’

David Barclay has been excluded from the Three Choirs Festival in Worcester after reportedly making a joke about the Holocaust and impersonating Adolf Hitler during a rehearsal with the Chemnitz Opera.

The Strad

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma receives Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw Prize

The artist was honoured for his longstanding contribution to the venue

The Argus

Super soprano stops the show to tackle thief

A SUPER soprano snatched back charitable donations from a thief midway through her classical recital.

Die Welt

Auf, auf zum lustigen Intendantenjagen

Wiens Bühnen kommen nicht zur Ruhe. Nach dem Abgang von Franz Welser-Möst als Generalmusikdirektor der Staatsoper kündigte jetzt Dirigent Bertrand de Billy die “Lohengrin”-Premiere. Wegen einer Minute.

Klassik.com

Preisträger des Brahms-Wettbewerbs 2014

500 junge Musiker aus 51 Nationen traten an

Crescendo

Interview mit Michael Andreas Häringer

„Ich komponiere lieber große Orchesterstücke.”

The New York Times

Tibor Rudas, Classical Music Impresario, Dies at 94

Tibor Rudas, an irrepressible impresario who took classical music from concert halls to casinos and from there to baseball stadiums and the Eiffel Tower, helping to propel the Three Tenors to global glory, died on Sept. 8 at his home in Santa Monica. Calif.

Classicalite

American Composers Orchestra Honors Andy Akiho with $15,000 Grand Prize from the Underwood Emerging Composer Commission

The American Composers Orchestra (ACO) has named their 2014 Underwood Commission award to Andy Akiho. In addition to the accolade, the American-born composer will also be awarded a $15,000 prize for a future work to be premiered by the ACO.

NPR music

Watch A Sweet Little Butterfly Nearly Crush A Woman’s Hopes And Dreams

As Ota played for the judges, a butterfly first landed in her hair and then settled on her left eyebrow as she continued to perform.

Twitter

IntArtsManager ‏@IntArtsManager: Beautiful Vivienne Westwood dress is up for grabs, proceeds supporting the brilliant @StreetwiseOpera. Get bidding! http://www.internationalartsmanager.com/2014/09/17/vivienne-westwood-dress/ …

London Philharmonic @LPOrchestra: Our 2014/15 London season starts in one week! Watch Vladimir Jurowski introduce the season in our new video http://bit.ly/1uFvkTm 

Boosey & Hawkes @Boosey_London: ‘My Father, The Iron Curtain and Me’ – brilliant documentary about A. Panufnik to win here: http://bit.ly/Panufnik100 

Sinfini Music @SinfiniMusic#Callas‘ voice may have lacked the creamy quality of other sops, but ‘always expressed truth’ http://bit.ly/1uGDcUE

Emma Thompson and Bryn TerfelEmma Thompson and Bryn Terfel. Photo: John Snelling/Getty Images

(Written on September 17, 2014 )

The Telegraph

Opera being ruined by ‘useless quest for novelty’, says former Royal Opera House boss

Sir John Tooley, former general director of the Royal Opera House, says classics are being ruined by directors trying to do “something alternative at any price”

The Denver Post

Colorado Symphony cannabis concerts will go on, by invitation only

The Colorado Symphony Orchestra will go on with its “Classically Cannabis” concert series — changing the bring-your-own marijuana events to invitation-only fundraisers so they will not be construed as public events that potentially could break the law.

BBC Music Magazine

BBC National Orchestra of Wales announces its 2014-15 season

BBC National Orchestra of Wales has announced the details of its 2014-15 season, with Bryn Terfel joining the orchestra for St. David’s Day celebrations in 2015.

Classical Music Magazine

Thomas Hampson opens proceedings at Classical:NEXT

Do not be afraid to admit that classical music is art music and that it is enjoyed by the middle classes, but do fight to keep music in school classrooms ‒ that was the challenge delivered by singer and cultural campaigner Thomas Hampson in his keynote speech at the opening of Classical:NEXT, the 800 delegate classical congress in Vienna.

Classic FM Online

Nicola Benedetti, Murray Perahia and Andrew Lloyd Webber honoured at Royal College of Music

The star violinist spoke out against arts cuts as she received a fellowship from HRH The Prince of Wales at the Royal College of Music this morning, alongside Murray Perahia and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

New York Times

Philharmonic Transformation, From Members to Mission 

New York Philharmonic faces big orchestra hiring decisions

Die Zeit

Dirigent Valery GergievPutins Liebling

2015 soll Valery Gergiev Chefdirigent der Münchner Philharmoniker werden. Doch seine Freundschaft mit dem russischen Präsidenten irritiert. Was treibt ihn künstlerisch an? Eine Spurensuche in London und St. Petersburg.

Klassik Akzente

50 Fakten über Herbert von Karajan: Die Legende lebt, Teil 1/5

Herbert von Karajan und Deutsche Grammophon: 50 Jahre währte ihre Zusammenarbeit (1939-1989). Wir gedenken Karajans mit einer Sammlung von 50 Fakten, die jeder Fan kennen sollte.

Klassik.com

Nordrhein-Westfalen bringt Kulturfördergesetz auf den Weg

In Nordrhein-Westfalen wird die Kulturförderung künftig wohl per Gesetz geregelt. Ein entsprechender Entwurf zu einem “Kulturfördergesetz” wurde am Dienstag vom Kabinett beschlossen, nach den Sommerferien soll dieser in den Landtag eingebracht werden.

Corriere della Sera

Jan Lisiecki, il giovanissimo pianista prodigio che ama Fryderyck Chopin

Lisiecki è in tour in Italia, a Milano alla Società del Quartetto, a Reggio Emilia, a Salerno, il 28 maggio conclude il suo tour a Roma, all’Accademia di Santa Cecilia

Classical Music on Twitter

CBSO Benevolent Fund ‏@CBSOBenevolent It’s #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek and @HelpMusiciansUK offers some sound advice – https://www.helpmusicians.org.uk/get-advice///mental-health

Faber & Faber ‏@FaberBooks Still time to send @Boosey_London your questions. They are hosting a twitter Q & A with Harrison Birtwistle tomorrow at 1.30 #AskBirtwistle

Classical:NEXT ‏@ClassicalNEXT Conference session 1 “Korean New Waves In Classical Music” currently underway in the MAK Lecture Hall. http://bit.ly/1iOtAyj

LA Opera@LAOpera Maestro @JamesJConlon discusses classical music’s economic realities & what can be done in new @MusicalAmerica post http://bit.ly/1jutg8a

Joanne Lau@joannelaucomedy I don’t care if it’s breakfast. Listening to classical music while cooking makes me feel like Hannibal Lecter.

The Telegraph

The Telegraph

 

(Written on May 15, 2014 )