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In today’s news: The Israeli conductor Noam Sheriff passed away. The Berlin Initiative for new music holds a concert for the homeless. A great concern has been raised over the decline in music uptake at GCSE. George Walker, who was a trailblazer in Music and a Pulitzer Price winner has passed away. And one more piece on Leonard Bernstein and what we can learn from him.

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90 music leaders express concern over GCSE music decline

90 leading figures from the music industry, including Sir Simon Rattle, Tasmin Little, Julian Lloyd Webber, Nicola Benedetti and Alison Balsom, have signed a letter to The Times expressing their concern over the rapid decline in music uptake at GCSE.

Grammophone

Bartoli’s new label to champion next generation

The mezzo Cecilia Bartoli is marking 30 years on the Decca label with the launch of a new sub-label aimed at nurturing the next generation of stars.

The Guardian

Learning from Leonard Bernstein: our cheeky Proms love letter to a musical pioneer

Bernstein wasn’t only a maverick maestro – he brought classical music to a whole new generation with his Young People’s concerts. But have they stood the test of time?

Capital Public Radio

George Walker, Trailblazing American Composer, Dies At 96

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, pianist and educator George Walker has died at the age of 96. Walker’s death was announced to NPR by one of his family members, Karen Schaefer, who said he died Thursday at Mountainside Hospital in Montclair, N.J. after a fall.

Tagesspiegel

Israelischer Komponist Noam Sheriff gestorben

Der einflussreiche israelische Komponist und Dirigent Noam Sheriff ist tot. Der 1935 geborene Musiker hatte sein Debüt als 22-Jähriger mit der Premiere seines Werks „Festival Prelude“, das Leonard Bernstein 1957 mit dem Israelischen Philharmonieorchester in Tel Aviv aufführte.

Nmz

„,Atonale‘ Musik für alle“ – Musikalische Aktion in Berlin, paradox

Im Prinzip ist die Sache ganz einfach. Vor einiger Zeit kündigte die Deutsche Bahn an, mittels Musikeinsatzes für einen geräumten Platz an der S-Bahn-Station Hermannstraße in Berlin sorgen zu wollen.

Klassik.com

Sopranistin Inge Borkh verstorben

Borkh wurde am 26. Mai 1921 in Mannheim als Ingeborg Simon geboren, wuchs jedoch aufgrund der jüdischen Herkunft der Familie in Österreich und der Schweiz auf.

El Mundo

Necesitamos escuchar casetes y vinilos (aunque Albert Rivera diga que están obsoletos)

El presidente de Ciudadanos, Albert Rivera, dijo hace unos días que el debate sobre exhumar a Franco era algo tan “obsoleto” como escuchar música en “casetes y vinilos”.

La Vanguardia

Katharina Wagner dirigirá un ‘Lohengrin’ en el Liceu

Katharina Wagner, la biznieta del compositor y actual directora artística del Festival de Bayreuth, dirigirá la puesta en escena de una nueva producción de Lohengrin en el Liceu.

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Leonard Bernstein with young students at a Young People’s Concert in 1965 Photograph: Alamy

(Written on August 27, 2018 )

In today’s news:  EU vote a “sad day” for music. Honorary scholarships awarded at Royal Academy of Music. Sheku Kanneh-Mason holds Classic FM no. 1 for seventh week in a row. Free version of Sibelius now available.  10-Year-Old Natsuho Murata Awarded 1st Prize at Italy’s il Piccolo Violino Magico Competition. Cecilia Bartoli to perform La Cenerentola in Barcelona and Madrid. The Carl-Orff-Festspiele is back with a new name and motto. A portrait of Young Euro Classic. Bayreuth – Joachim Lange in conversation with director Yuval Sharon.

UK Music

UK Music chief: EU vote “a sad day” for music – but fight goes on to ensure fairness for creators

A vote by MEPs to reject the Legal Affairs Committee’s proposals on the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market was described as a “blow” for the music industry by UK Music.

Rhinegold

Royal Academy of Music awards honorary scholarships

The Royal Academy of Music has awarded honorary memberships to Hugh Laurie, Imelda Staunton, and Paul Lewis among others.

Classic FM

Classic FM Chart: Sheku Kanneh-Mason holds No. 1 for seventh consecutive week

The Royal wedding cellist once again remains unbeatable in the Classic FM Chart, as his debut album ‘Inspiration’ takes the No. 1 spot for the seventh week in a row.

Rhinegold

Free version of Sibelius software now available

Technology provider Avid has announced the availability of Sibelius|First, a free version of the composition and notation software Sibelius. The free software includes many of the features of the original, including composition, transcription and editing tools.

The Telegraph

For six months in 1937, Graham Greene ran a weekly magazine called Night and Day, a sort of London New Yorker.

10-Year-Old Natsuho Murata Awarded 1st Prize at Italy’s il Piccolo Violino Magico Competition

10-year-old Natsuho Murata has been awarded 1st prize at the 2018 il Piccolo Violino Magico International Competition – in San Vito al Tagliamento, Italy

Concerti

Ausdrucksenergien, die zu Explosionen führen

Bei Young Euro Classic wird die Begeisterung junger Musiker zum Konzertereignis

Neue Musik Zeitung

Ein Amerikaner in Bayreuth – Joachim Lange im Gespräch mit „Lohengrin“-Regisseur Yuval Sharon

Amerikaner trifft auf Malerpaar, einen Wagnerspezialisten und auf den Schwanenritter – Yuval Sharon (39) inszeniert den neuen „Lohengrin“ in Bayreuth.

Bayerische Rundfunk

Das Weltenrad dreht sich wieder

Die Carl-Orff-Festspiele sind zurück – mit neuem Namen und einem neuen Konzept: “O Fortuna… Das Weltenrad dreht sich wieder!”, so das Motto 2018.

Platea Magazine

Cecilia Bartoli cantará “La Cenerentola” de Rossini en Barcelona… y también en Madrid

La mezzosoprano romana Cecilia Bartoli llevará La Cenerentola, ópera de Rossini, hasta el Palau de la Música de Barcelona para conmemorar el 150 aniversario del fallecimiento del compositor.

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(Written on July 9, 2018 )

In today’s news: Children & Wildlife in Harmony charity to host classical music concert to aid refugee children, pop-opera group IDA to perform, winners of RPS duets announced, Philip Roth appreciation for classical music, more embarrassment at the theatre Cottbus, A look back on this years biggest youth music competition in Germany, Martha Argerich moves her Festival to Hamburg and Cecilia Bartoli returns to the Scala.

Classic FM

Charity concert will raise money for music education for refugee children

The Born Free Foundation and Keys of Change will present Children & Wildlife in Harmony, a charity concert to raise money to provide classical music education to children in Kenya, Siberia, Japan, and Ecuador.

What’s the difference between an opera and a musical?

In a musical, the singing is interspersed with passages of dialogue, while in an opera, the singing never stops (very broadly speaking). But there are a few other elements which separate the two theatrical worlds…

Classical Music

Winners of RPS duet prizes announced

The biennial RPS duet prizes recognise outstanding young musicians under the age of 18 who study at a mainstream school.

Music Teacher

University creates mental health documentaries to attract new students

Anglia Ruskin University has created two new short documentary films about mental health as part of a marketing campaign to recruit new students.

The Telegraph

Club nights, drum machines, and game-show hosts: welcome to the brave new world of classical music

We’re often told classical music is in crisis. Audiences are getting older, and aren’t being replenished from below.

Broadway World

London’s leading Pop-Opera girl group Ida bring their show ‘IDA Girls’ to The Other Palace

Ida, will perform an impressive collection of re-worked operatic arias, chart-topping hits and musical theatre favourites.

PlayBill

The Opera House Documentary, chronicling the building of the Met Opera House, airs May 25

The film from Susan Froemke explores the creation of the Met’s home at Lincoln Center over the past 50 years.

WQXR

What Roth thought of Bach

Best known for works like Goodbye, Columbus and Sabbath’s Theater, American literary icon Philip Roth had a deep appreciation for classical music.

Tagesspiegel

Debakel am Staatstheater Cottbus

Der Vorstandsvorsitzende der Brandenburgischen Kulturstiftung Cottbus-Frankfurt/Oder, Martin Roeder, wurde am Donnerstag fristlos entlassen.

Concerti

Strahlende Gesichter in Lübeck

Mit großem Erfolg ging am heutigen Donnerstag der 55. Bundeswettbewerb von Jugend musiziert in Lübeck zu Ende.

Codex flores

Martha Argerich zieht nach Hamburg weiter

Die Symphoniker Hamburg und ihr Intendant Daniel Kühnel etablieren ein neues Festival in der Laeiszhalle, das als Pilot zum ersten Mal Ende Juni 2018 stattfinden wird.

l Messaggero

Cecilia Bartoli torna alla Scala: tre opere barocche in collaborazione con il San Carlo

Cecilia Bartoli torna alla Scala e già questa è una notizia. Perché è il mezzosoprano più famoso del mondo e perché all’ultimo concerto (che apriva la stagione della Filarmonica nel 2012) venne giù il teatro e si sfiorò la rissa fra chi fischiava e chi invece applaudiva freneticamente, in un clima che ricordava più San Siro di un teatro d’opera.

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(Written on May 25, 2018 )

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

The Times

Aled Jones says sorry but denies harassment claim

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

Classic FM

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

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

Classical Music

NYO reveals 70th anniversary season

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

Choir and Organ

Paul Spicer celebrates 25 years with Birmingham Bach Choir

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

Music Teacher

Royal College of Music to unveil new Flentrop organ

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

Music Business Worldwide

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

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

The Irish Times

Women dominate the 2018 TG4 Gradam Ceoil Awards

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

Pizzicato

Fake Hvorostovsky concerts used for embezzlement

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

Nmz

Zwickauer Theaterbau: Sanierung läuft trotz Streits weiter

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

Concerti

Vom Schlagerstar zum Heldentenor

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

Klassik.com

Bayerischer Kunstförderpreis für Vivi Vassileva und Johannes Öllinger

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

Pianist Viktor Soos gewinnt Lübecker Possehl-Wettbewerb

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

El Mundo

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

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

France musique

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

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

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

Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images

(Written on November 20, 2017 )

in todays news: A piece on racial diversity in classical music, Dame Evelyn Glennies residency comes to an end, music royalties go up and Lyric 360 is relaunched. An orchestra playing on broken instruments, how music can shape your dreams and your concentration, Cecilia Bartoli to sing in the Sistine Chapel, all of Brahms works compiled, Joyce DiDonato wins the Händel Prize and how music classes are affecting prisoners in Germany.

The Telegraph

Lawrence Brownlee on race Rossini and ‘injustice’ in Trump’s America

Scroll back half a century and opera was being magnificently swelled by a flood of African American singers. That tide has sadly ebbed now.

Classical Music

Dame Evelyn Glennie concludes King’s Cross residency

Dame Evelyn Glennie will present the product of her 12-month residency at London’s King’s Cross on 22 December.

Teaching Drama

Lyric 360 launched

London’s Lyric Hammersmith and Digital Theatre+ have launched Lyric 360, which offers a behind-the-scenes look at the Lyric’s The Seagull.

The Strad

Texas cello pedagogue Phyllis Young has died

Cellist was on the Butler School of Music faculty for over 50 years and director of the UT String Project for 35 years.

Billboard

CISAC Music Royalty Collections Grow to $8.4 Billion, even with Youtube and others ‘driving down the value of our works’

CISAC, the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers, which collects data from 239 collection management organisations in 123 countries, reports that music revenue grew to 8.006 billion euros ($8.435 billion) from 7.497 million euros ($7.9 billion), an increase of 6.8 percent.

Popular Science

Music only helps you concentrate if you’re doing the right kind of tasks

If the task requires creativity or mental rotation, music can increase performance.

The Inquirer

A desperate cry for help.’ 400 busted Philly school instruments revived for Symphony for a Broken Orchestra

Su Spina normally plays kettledrums. But when she went to pick up the instrument she’d be playing in the Symphony for a Broken Orchestra — a new composition for 400 amateur and professional musicians all playing broken instruments from the Philadelphia public schools — her options were limited.

Pizzicato

Cecilia Bartoli is the first woman to sing at the Sistine Chapel

Tomorrow, Friday 17, Italian mezzo Cecilia Bartoli will sing ‘Beata Viscere’ by the medieval French composer Perotin with the choir of the Sistine Chapel.

Concerti

Vom Einfall bis zum Beifall

In liebevoller Detailarbeit entsteht im hohen Norden Deutschlands eine Ausgabe sämtlicher musikalischer Werke von Johannes Brahms.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Wie Inhaftierte über die Musik neuen Lebensmut fassen

Das Projekt “Musik hinter Gittern” wird in 17 deutschen Gefängnissen angeboten. Es dient nicht nur als Freizeitangebot, sondern ist auch ein Resozialisationsprogramm.

BR Klassik

Verdienste um die Pflege von Händels Musik

Die US-amerikanische Mezzosopranistin Joyce DiDonato erhält den Händel-Preis 2018 der Stadt Halle. Damit sollen “ihre herausragenden Verdienste um die Pflege von Händels Musik” gewürdigt werden, erklärte die Stiftung Händelhaus am Mittwoch.

Schallplattenkritik

Die aktuelle Bestenliste ist da

Der PdSK (Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik e.V.) hat die vierte Vierteljahresliste 2017 veröffentlicht. 157 Juroren sichteten die Neuveröffentlichungen des Tonträgermarktes im letzten Quartal, sie nominierten 258 Titel in 32 Kategorien für die Longlist und evaluierten daraus die Siegertitel.

Le Figaro

Comment la musique influence nos rêves et notre sommeil

À l’occasion d’un grand concert donné à la Philharmonie de Paris dans la nuit de samedi à dimanche devant un public venu avec oreillers et couettes, Le Figaro a interrogé Sophie Schwartz, une spécialiste des neurosciences.

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#Today in 1895 Birth of #composer and conductor Paul #Hindemith #MusicHistory #classicalmusic

Dame Evelyn Glennie (c) Bärbel Recktenwald

(Written on November 16, 2017 )

In today’s news, Carnegie Hall welcomes youngest ever concert series curator, new survey highlights public concern on secondary ticketing sites, UK music venues are still not being inclusive enough for less able performers, audience members and staff. Making music in urban spaces, and musicians envisage a borderless world post-Brexit.

The Guardian

UK music venues still exclude disabled performers, audience members and staff

Why are so many disabled staff, performers and guests having to fight for access to music venues? The sector and the government needs to do more.

Music Week

New survey ‘highlights public concern on secondary ticketing’

A new consumer survey has found that 80% of the British public consider secondary ticketing to be a “rip-off”.

Classic FM

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

“Being the first woman to sing with the choir, and to record in the Sistine Chapel, is an immense privilege, I am at a loss for words. I am in seventh heaven, may I say that?” said Cecilia.

Varsity

Car park concerts, balcony bands and subway singing 

Thea Sands charts the social implications of music making in urban spaces.

Broadway World

Daniil Trifonov to Offer Seven-Concert Perspectives Series at Carnegie Hall

At 26 years of age, Mr. Trifonov is the youngest artist ever to curate a Perspectives series at Carnegie Hall.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Je spektakulärer der Bau, desto höher die Aufmerksamkeit

Allein um die beste Kunst geht es beim Konzertsaalbau nicht. Oft zählen nur Aussehen und Aufmerksamkeit. Dieser Wettlauf wird weitergehen.

Berliner Zeitung

Konzerthaus München Keine kulturelle Sensation

Das also soll der lang ersehnte neue Münchner Konzertsaal werden: Eine von dem aus Vorarlberg stammenden Büro Cukrowicz Nachbaur entworfene, im Grundriss nach Vorgabe des Grundstücks streng rechteckige, steil, glatt und weich geschwungen ansteigende Glashaube, unter der die drei Säle, die Foyers und Probenräume, Restaurants und Tiefgaragen aufgestapelt sind.

Pizzicato

Eröffnung eines Gamelan-Ausbildungszentrums in der Schweiz

Zehn Jahre nach der Gründung einer aus jungen Studenten bestehenden Gruppe von javanesischen Gamelan-Musikern, wird die von Nicole Coppey gegründete und geleitete Pädagogische Schule für Musikalische Kunst ‘Un, Deux, Trois, Musiques …’ in Sion im November dieses Jahres ein Ausbildungs- und Leistungszentrum für Gamelan eröffnen.

Musicians against Brexit

With viola player Timothy Ridout and cellist Jacob Shaw, two excellent British musicians proudly took part in Alpenarte’s European Journey, representing their country in this exciting international ride through a border-less music world.

Le Figaro

Dans les pas de Stravinsky à l’Opéra Garnier

Soirée Royale. Le ballet de l’Opéra de Paris interprète Agon et Le sacre du Printemps, tandis que Teshigawara signe une création sur une partition de Salonen.

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@StevenIsserlis: When as a boy I refused to practice, my parents used to insist, adding: “Some day you’ll thank us.’ And the annoying thing is – I do!

@STNMC1 This from @PrivateEyeNews, doesn’t look good for Diocese of London: ‘Staggering vacuity’

© Burkhard Bartsch (c): Governatorato SCV – Direzione dei Musei

(Written on October 30, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Cecilia Bartoli’s new orchestra is presented without her, M&S turns off music in stores after noise complaints and former Scotch College music teacher Allan Yang set to plead guilty to child sex offences. Also, new plans announced to save EUYO and Waltraud Meier returns to the Bayreuther Festspiele.

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Bartoli’s New Orchestra Presented Without Bartoli

With Cecilia Bartoli being ill, the General Manager of the Monte Carlo Opera Jean-Louis Grinda was alone to present the singer’s new orchestra ‘Les Musiciens du Prince’ yesterday at Monaco’s Embassy in Paris.

The Telegraph

M&S turns off music in stores as ageing customers complain about the noise

Experts say background noise can makes shoppers with hearing problems and dementia a less pleasant experience

The Telegraph

This is the kind of music you should listen to at work

They say that listening to Mozart makes a person smarter, but it is not only classical music that boosts mental activity. Nine out of 10 workers perform better when listening to music, according to a study that found 88pc of participants produced their most accurate test results and 81pc completed their fastest work when music was playing.

The Irish Times

Changing of the guard at RTÉ orchestras presents an opportunity

As the principal conductors of the NSO and the CO finish up, the question arises: how best to deal with their succession?

Classical-music.com

Why BBC Music Day is so important

BBC Music Day, now in its second year, promises something for everyone. Performances range from a live Duran Duran concert at the Eden Project in Cornwall, to co-ordinated bell-ringing from church towers across the country.

The Age

Former Scotch College music teacher Allan Yang set to plead guilty to child sex offences

Yang has been accused of being a repeated sexual predator, who for seven years preyed on underage girls.

Classical Music Magazine

Fabien Volery announced as tutor for Sing for Pleasure summer school

Sing for Pleasure has announced that Fabien Volery will be a tutor at this year’s summer school.

Orkney to acquire first Steinway

St Magnus International Festival has raised £115,000 to buy Orkney’s first Steinway piano.

Your Thurrock

Applications open for Royal Opera House apprenticeships in Thurrock

The Royal Opera House is now recruiting for new apprentices to join the production team in Thurrock in September 2016. Positions will be available in Scenic Art, Scenic Carpentry and Costume.

Codex flores

Europäische Kommission will EUYO nicht fallen lassen

Laut einer Meldung des Europäischen Jugendorchesters hat EU-Kommissionspräsident Jean-Claude Juncker Möglichkeiten gefunden, das Ensemble weiterhin zu finanzieren. Vorerst zumindest.

klassik.com

Goldenes Ehrenzeichen für Wiener Staatsoperndirektor Dominique Meyer

Der Direktor der Wiener Staatsoper, Dominique Meyer, ist mit dem Großen Goldenen Ehrenzeichen ausgezeichnet worden.

Musik heute

Waltraud Meier 2018 zurück zu Bayreuther Festspielen

Die Mezzosopranistin Waltraud Meier kehrt auf den Grünen Hügel zurück.

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BR_KLASSIK @BR_KLASSIK Aribert Reimann erhält Robert-Schumann-Preis für Dichtung & Musik 2016 #Komponist #Musikpreis

Top Classical News @topcmnews Berlin’s Pierre Boulez Saal opens to visitors

NMZ @musikzeitung JazzZeitung: Classic--Saisonhöhepunkt: das „International Hot Jazz Summit“ in Stuttgart

Bayreuth - Die Mezzosopranistin Waltraud Meier kehrt auf den Grünen Hügel zurück. Photo credit: Nomi Baumgartl

Bayreuth – Die Mezzosopranistin Waltraud Meier kehrt auf den Grünen Hügel zurück. Photo credit: Nomi Baumgartl

(Written on June 2, 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 the Guardian reports on how the bassoon is being considered as an “engandered species”. The Occupy the Pianos Festival opens at St John’s Smith Square and artistic director Tom Morris explains to Classical FM how he wants to tackle the traditions of the concert-hall at the Bristol Proms. Also organist Johannes Zeinler wins the St. Albans International Organ Competition and Roy Haynes turned 90 years old and still stays the shiniest on the Blues Alley’s stage.

Guardian

Musicians launch campaign to save the bassoon as shortage threatens orchestra

Initiative hopes to encourage young players to take up reed instrument and pave way for promoting other ‘endangered species’

Why the difficult, eccentric bassoon is well worth saving

Despite being the butt of many musicians’ jokes, the bassoon is the natural instrument of sturdy individualists

Classical Music Magazine

Rhinegold announces ‘Occupy the Pianos’ media partnership

Rhinegold’s International Piano magazine is the media partner of this year’s Occupy the Pianos festival at St John’s Smith Square.

Classic FM

Tom Morris on tackling the traditions of the concert-hall – without resorting to gimmicks

Beethoven in the dark, a solo pianist filmed from all angles and mechanical hearts that beat in time with the players’ own: all in a day’s work at the Bristol Proms. The festival’s curator, and artistic director of Bristol Old Vic talked Jane Jones through his ambitions for this fledgling event.

Classical Source

Apprentice orchestral pilots wanted! Passengers invited to conduct Scotland’s national orchestra at Glasgow Airport

RSNO Music Director Peter Oundjian passes the baton to eager pre-flight travellers

Klassik.com

Plácido Domingo wird zur Wachsfigur

Der Opernsänger und Dirigent Plácido Domingo erhält zu seinem 75. Geburtstag eine Wachsnachbildung im Museo de Cero in Madrid. Wie der Sänger bekanntgab, laufen derzeit die Vorbereitungen für die Erstellung der Wachsfigur.

Spiegelonline

Jazz-Legenden: Ein Country für alte Männer

Neue Kapitel des deutschen Jazz begannen in den Sechzigern und Achtzigern, als zwei Plattenprofis ihre eigenen Labels gründeten. Die Protagonisten von damals mischen heute noch immer mit.

klavier.de

Organist Johannes Zeinler gewinnt St. Albans International Organ Competition

Beim International Organ Festival im britischen St. Albans, das in diesem Jahr zum 28. Mal stattfand, wurde der österreichische Organist Johannes Zeinler mit dem ersten Preis sowie der Goldmedaille ausgezeichnet. Der zweite Preis sowie der “Peter Hurford Bach Prize” geht an den Italiener Davide Mariano.

Le monde

La « Norma » hors normes de Cecilia Bartoli

Ce 31 juillet à Salzbourg, Cecilia Bartoli a une nouvelle fois remporté, avec Norma, de Bellini, l’un de ses paris les plus risqués. Le spectacle a obtenu dès sa présentation, en 2013, au Festival de la Pentecôte salzbourgeois, (dont la diva assurait depuis un an la direction artistique) le Prix international de la nouvelle production d’opéra.

Washington Post

Roy Haynes dips into his fountain of youth at Blues Alley

Roy Haynes, who turned 90 in March, is surely the world’s greatest living jazz drummer. He’s also astonishingly exuberant and spry for a nonagenarian: At his most sluggish, he still seems 20 years younger. Indeed, Haynes was easily the dominating force of the otherwise much younger quartet (which he fittingly calls “Fountain of Youth”) that he brought to Blues Alley on Friday night.

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Classical Diary : You don’t need to be a scholar to enjoy the symphony. Here’s how to jump in according to Steve Barnes

Sinfini Music: ‘Music is a code which is a secret until we uncode it’. Composer Vangelis in a rare interview:

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(Written on August 3, 2015 )

The Guardian

Cecilia Bartoli sings Bellini’s Norma: exclusive album stream

Listen exclusively to a new period-instrument recording of Bellini’s tragic opera that, with Cecilia Bartoli as the priestess, reveals the heroine as a woman of flesh and blood.

 

The scratch orchestra of Kinshasa

The members of the Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste – the world’s only all-black orchestra – are self-taught and started out playing homemade instruments. Now the band’s founder is to be given a major international accolade.

 

The Telegraph

Proms booking ‘fiasco’ as BBC announces record-breaking sales

The booking system for this year’s BBC Proms has been condemned as a “fiasco” as customers waited more than four hours for tickets inly to find out touts selling them for £1,250 elsewhere.

 

The Times

Vladimir Jurowski, the Zen maestro of opera

Emma Pomfret meets Vladimir Jurowski, Glynedebourne’s spellbinding Russian conductor. Just don’t call him a ‘prodigy’.

 

Gramophone

Operatic stars join forces to record songs of John Denver

Album features such names as Plácido Domingo, Danielle de Niese, René Pape and Thomas Hampson.

 

The Washington Post (via Arts Journal)

Ballets Russes drove audiences away from modern music? Just the opposite.

The premiere of Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring” in 1913 is often cited as a flash point in the divide between new music and its audience. From this point on — so the claim goes — the chasm widened between composers pursuing their own agendas and audiences wishing they could just be left alone to hear Mozart.

 

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(Written on May 13, 2013 )