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In today’s news: BASCA announces election results. Nadine Sierra explores American opera and song in new album. Musicologist Robert Pascall has passed away. Cambridge Live has announced details of its 29th orchestral series. Ricardo Muti stops Chicago Symphony Orchestra mid-performance after cough from audience member. Richard Strauss Orchestra Academy cancelled this year. Bach reinvented: the Bach music festival with musical saws and nyckelharpa. Music Festival Krzyżowa – how a music festival transformed a sleepy village in Poland.

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Nadine Sierra to release album with Deutsche Grammophon and Decca Gold

Soprano Nadine Sierra has made her first album for Deutsche Grammophon and Decca Gold, having signed a contract with the labels last year.

Basca

Board and Committee Election Results Announced

Over the past few weeks, Professional and Standard members have been voting for BASCA members to represent them on the BASCA Board, and our Classical, Songwriter and Jazz Committees.

Rhinegold

Cambridge Orchestral Concert Series 2018-19 announced

Cambridge Live has announced details of its 29th orchestral series at the Corn Exchange.

The Guardian

Robert Pascall obituary

Robert Pascall, the musicologist and Brahms scholar, has died aged 74. His dedication to Brahms (and slight resemblance to him) was lifelong, from his DPhil at Oxford to the crowning glory of his career: new critical editions of the Brahms Symphonies for the complete edition of the composer’s works published between 1996 and 2012.

The Herald

Obituary: Joyce Blackham, opera singer

Joyce Blackham, who has died aged 84, was a mezzo-soprano who was renowned for her singing of the fiery cigarette girl in Bizet’s Carmen. At the beginning of her career she sang it with Sadler’s Wells Opera (SWO) and joined another young singer, Placido Domingo, in regional opera houses in America and at the New York City Opera.

Limelight

Riccardo Muti stops mid-performance after audience member coughs

The famously stern maestro brought the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to a halt after noise from the audience interrupted a quiet moment in the music.

The Violin Channel

Prizes Awarded at United States’ 2018 Washington International String Competition

Violinist Youjin Lee, violist Muriel Garnet Razavi and cellist Tony Rymer have been awarded 1st prizes at the 2018 Washington International String Competition

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Richard-Strauss Orchesterakademie muss abgesagt werden

Die “Internationale Richard-Strauss-Orchesterakademie”, die als eine Säule der Neuausrichtung des Richard-Strauss-Festivals junge Musiker an das Werk von Richard Strauss heranführen sollte, kann in diesem Jahr nicht stattfinden.

NMZ

“Stelzenfestspiele”: Bach mit Obertongesang und Schlüsselfidel

Johann Sebastian Bach bleibt eine unerschöpfliche Inspirationsquelle für Musiker: Bei den “Stelzenfestspielen bei Reuth” im Dreiländereck von Bayern, Sachsen und Thüringen wurden am Samstag Werke des Komponisten in ungewöhnlicher Ausführung geboten – verjazzt oder klassisch, mit Obertongesang und auf Instrumenten wie Schlüsselfidel und Singender Säge.

Concerti

Musikalische Begegnungen

Erst 2015 wurde das Festival Krzyżowa-Music gegründet und hat schon jetzt ein schlesisches 200-Seelen-Dorf zu einem kulturellen Hotspot gemacht.

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Riccardo Muti conducting the Australian World Orchestra. Photo © David Collins

(Written on June 26, 2018 )

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.

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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.

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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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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 news, star violinist David Garrett receives the Frankfurter Musikpreis, and the critique of Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie: accessibility not guaranteed. Finland musicians explore the fusion of classical and metal, and Handel opera gets a period punch. Drake music creates accesible music education guide, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation recently made a $2.5 million multi-year grant to the Philadelphia Music Alliance for Youth.

The New York Times

An Early-Music Ensemble Gives a Handel Opera a Period Punch

After centuries of relative neglect, Handel’s operas have come into their own.

The Guardian

Long before Brian Eno and others realised it was possible, Basil Kirchin was manipulating sounds to create a new and pioneering form of music

The List

Eicca Toppinen (Apocalyptica) – ‘Classical music is bombastic and massive and metal has the same essence’

Finnish quartet celebrate the 20th anniversary of their debut album Plays Metallica by Four Cellos.

Classical Music Magazine

Drake Music releases guide to accessible music education

The charity hopes that the guide will act as a simple ‘one stop shop’ for organisations, resources, venues, assistive music technology and instruments for inclusive approaches to music education.

Twin Cities Pioneer Press

Berliner Morgenpost

Opernstar Netrebko in Wien zur Kammersängerin ernannt

Anna Netrebko (45) ist in Wien mit dem Titel Kammersängerin geehrt worden. Sie sei seit Jahren eng mit der Wiener Staatsoper verbunden, so die Begründung.

Klassik.com

Kritik an Elbphilharmonie: Stolperfallen für Menschen mit Behinderung

An der Barrierefreiheit der Hamburger Elbphilharmonie ist Kritik laut geworden. Einem Bericht des Schleswig-Holsteinischen Zeitungsverlags zufolge fordern Vertreter des Blinden- und Sehbehindertenvereins (BSVH) Nachbesserungen, da die Elbphilharmonie Menschen mit Behinderung durch einige Stolperfallen gefährde.

Frankfurter Musikpreis geht in diesem Jahr an Geiger David Garrett

Der Geiger David Garrett erhält den diesjährigen Frankfurter Musikpreis. Die im Rahmen der Frankfurter Musikmesse verliehene Auszeichnung ist mit 15.000 Euro dotiert und ehrt Künstler, die einen besonderen Beitrag für die internationale Musikszene geleistet haben

Inside Philanthropy

A Foundation Goes All-In On Classical Music Education for Underrepresented Communities

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation recently made an unprecedented $2.5 million multi-year grant to the Philadelphia Music Alliance for Youth (PMAY)—a consortium of music education organizations serving students all over Greater Philadelphia

Chicago Tribune

Principal trumpet Martin resigns from Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Christopher Martin, principal trumpet of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 2005, has resigned from the orchestra, effective on Wednesday of this week, the orchestra has announced.

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Music History  in 1882 Birth of German Kurt .

Classical Music‏  Viewpoints: Eye On History: Exploring Beethoven’s African roots – Buffalo News

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(Written on February 17, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, violinist Herbert Light has retired from Philadelphia Orchestra, after 56 years with the ensemble. Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome and Associazione Nazionale Liuteria Artistica Italiana announced the results of the 2016 Santa Cecilia International Violin Making Competition. Also, the 17-year-old pianist, Henry Cash, has won the Pendle Young Musicians’ Bursary 2016, which took place at The Muni, Colne.

The Strad

Philadelphia Orchestra violinist retires after 56 years

Long-serving Philadelphia Orchestra violinist Herbert Light has retired after 56 years with the ensemble. A student of David Madison and Jani Szanto at the Philadelphia Musical Academy, he was a member of the Baltimore Symphony and served in the United States Army Band in Washington D.C. before joining The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1960.

Santa Cecilia International Violin Making Competition announces results

The Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome and Associazione Nazionale Liuteria Artistica Italiana (ANLAI) have announced the results of the 2016 Santa Cecilia International Violin Making Competition.

Classical Music Magazine

Scholl and Halperin win Hessischen Kulturpreis 2016

Countertenor Andreas Scholl and pianist Tamar Halperin have been named as the recipients of the Hessischen Kulturpreis 2016. The prize is endowed with €45,000 (£40,560), making it the most valuable award in the Federal Republic of Germany.

Henry Cash wins Pendle Young Musicians’ Bursary 2016

Pianist Henry Cash has won the Pendle Young Musicians’ Bursary 2016. The 17-year-old, who is currently studying with Graham Caskie at Chetham’s School, played Haydn’s D major sonata and the first movement of Chopin’s B-flat minor sonata in the final round of the bursary competition, which took place at The Muni, Colne.

Chicago Tribune

Ear Taxi Festival shows what collaboration can mean for new music in Chicago

From the Patricia Barber song cycle that launched the event Wednesday, to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s MusicNOW program that concluded it Monday night, Chicago’s largest-ever festival of contemporary classical music proved itself to be all that it aspired to be — a grand idea in a grand city at a grand time.

Broadwayworld

Las Vegas Philharmonic Renews Music Director Donato Cabrera’s Contract

This will extend Cabrera’s role as Music Director and Conductor of the Las Vegas Philharmonic through the 2019 – 2020 concert season, the orchestra’s 20th anniversary.

Le Parisien

Après le 13 novembre, le public a-t-il peur de revenir dans les salles de spectacle?

Les Français sont globalement “rassurés” par les dispositifs de sécurité adoptés dans les salles de spectacles depuis les attentats du 13 novembre 2015 mais une part importante juge encore “insuffisantes” les mesures à l’extérieur des salles et des festivals.

Spiegel Online

Der Nachschlag nach dem Festspiel-Sommer

Österreich ist Austragungsort eines der originellsten europäischen Jazzfestivals. Bei “Jazz & The City” verwandelt sich die Salzburger Altstadt in eine Bühne für Weltstars.

Neue Musikzeitung

Donaueschinger Musiktage planen 18 Uraufführungen

Das drei Tage dauernde Festival in Donaueschingen im Schwarzwald werde sich unter anderem der Schnittstelle zwischen Avantgarde und Popmusik widmen, sagte ein Sprecher der Organisatoren im Vorfeld.

Musik heute

Neuer Preis der Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern an Sopranistin Olena Tokar

Die 1987 in der Ukraine geborene Künstlerin habe beim “Sängerfest der Jungen Elite” im September überzeugt, teilten die Festspielveranstalter am Dienstag in Schwerin mit. Der mit 10.000 Euro dotierte Preis soll im Rahmen einer Operngala im Sommer 2017 überreicht werden.

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Classical Music News @ClassicalMusic The 4 great challenges, by one of our favourite pianists http://dlvr.it/MRPtN0 #ClassicalMusic

Classic FM @ClassicFM Did you know that your new £5 note can actually play classical music? https://t.co/7JYJZOrnP8

Music History @today_classical #Today in 1881 Birth of #composer Carlos Lopez #Buchardo #MusicHistory #classicalmusic

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(Written on October 12, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Villazon to be directing opera in Düsseldorf, Rheinsberg music academy to celebrate 25th anniversary and ENO to win Oliver for “outstanding achievement in opera”. Also, “Panama Papers” accuse Russian Cellist and artistic director of Petersburg’s House of Music concert hall.

Der Westen

Villazon inszeniert, Schläpfer pausiert

Junges Publikum wollen alle. Der Rheinoper gelingt der Spagat zwischen traditionellen Opernfans und Youngstern, dem Publikum von morgen

NMZ

Operndirektorin aus Stuttgart wechselt zur Nationaloper in Straßburg

Vom Neckar an den Rhein: Die Vize-Chefin der Oper Stuttgart, Eva Kleinitz, wechselt als Generalintendantin an die Nationaloper in Straßburg

Märkische Allgemeine

Musikakademie lässt die Korken knallen

Mit einem Festakt im Schlosstheater haben Begründer, Mitstreiter und Wegbegleiter am Sonnabend das 25-jährige Bestehen der Rheinsberger Musikakademie begangen

Classic FM

English National Opera Chorus and Orchestra win ‘Outstanding Achievement in Opera’ at Olivier Awards

The win comes just days after the company’s music director has announced that he will be standing down

The Strad

Russian cellist accused of money laundering scheme with Vladimir Putin

Leaked ‘Panama Papers’ suggest Sergei Roldugin, artistic director of St Petersburg’s House of Music concert hall, profited from suspicious deals

Chicago Classical Review

Student protesters try to disrupt CSO concert

A group of around a hundred student protestors rushed into Symphony Center Saturday night in an unsuccessful attempt to disrupt the evening’s Chicago Symphony Orchestra concert

ABC News

Kathleen Battle to Return to the Metropolitan Opera

Kathleen Battle is returning to the Metropolitan Opera, 22 years after the company fired her and publicly accused her of “unprofessional actions”

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Manuel Brug We’re not in Wuppertal anymore! Big -collages are now world culture heritage. Thank you !

klassik.comVictor von Halem zum Berliner Kammersänger ernannt

CLASSICALITE Francisco’s Cypress String Quartet have taken on ‘s string quartet arrangements in its entirety

Photograph: Classicfm

 

 

(Written on April 5, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Ivan Hewett, having been to the Royal Philharmonic Awards on Tuesday Night, says that classical music is getting hipper. Also, today the Chicago Symphony Orchestra are releasing a free video stream of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony to mark the anniversary of the piece’s premiere in Vienna in 1824. Also, Radio 3 and RPS have commissioned a 10 minute chamber work for BBC New Generation Artists. Elsewhere, American violinist Allan Nilles is to join the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra from the San Diego Symphony.

The Telegraph

Royal Philharmonic Awards, The Brewery: ‘classical music is getting hipper’

Ivan Hewett reports from the Royal Philharmonic Awards

BBC Music Magazine

Chicago Symphony Orchestra release free video stream of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony

The CSO’s performance of Beethoven’s masterpiece is to be streamed free over the internet

Classical Music Magazine

Radio 3 and RPS commission works for New Generation Artists

Composers including Jonathan Dove and Matthias Pintscher have been commissioned to write a 10-minute chamber piece for a BBC New Generation Artist. The pieces will be broadcast on Radio 3.

The Strad

American violist Allan Nilles joins Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

The musician was formerly a member of the San Diego Symphony

Queen Elisabeth Competition 2015 announces jury

The Brussels event is this year devoted to the violin

Der Tagesspiegel

Erfahrung und Neugierde

Am 11. Mai wählen die Berliner Philharmoniker ihren neuen Chef. Bis zum 10. Mai stellen wir täglich einen Kandidaten vor. Heute: Riccardo Chailly

Berliner Morgenpost

Abgeordnetenhaus nimmt die Staatsoper unter die Lupe

Im Skandal um die verzögerte und immer teurere Fertigstellung der Staatsoper wird jetzt ein Untersuchungsausschuss tätig. Die Fertigstellung wird wohl erst im Jahr 17 stattfinden – 2017.

The New York Times

Berlin Philharmonic Prepares to Vote on New Chief Conductor

When they gather for their conclave on Monday, the 124 eminent electors will be asked to surrender their cellphones.

ArtsJournal

Yannick Nézet-Séguin To Leave Rotterdam Philharmonic Post In 2018

“The Rotterdam Philharmonic said on Tuesday that its principal conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin will step down in 2018, his tenth year on the job.

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Elizabeth Harper ‏@Elizabe94503264 : Looking forward to our lunctime archive talk today in the @RoyalAlbertHall Elgar Room about influential women

Malan Wilkinson ‏@pianistcentral : A must read! James Rhodes: The concert pianist on mental illness and opening up about sexual abuse http://ow.ly/MDmC2 

Opera North ‏@Opera_North : Head to @Howard_Assembly to experience the NEW opera #TheVirtuesofThings on 15 May! #newmusic https://twitter.com/Howard_Assembly/status/596241860286349312 …

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Photo: CC BY 2.0

 

(Written on May 7, 2015 )

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Classic FM

Musicians play moving Charlie Hebdo tribute in Trafalgar Square

An ensemble of over 150 string players gathered in London’s Trafalgar Square to pay tribute to the victims of the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris.

The Times

Richard Morrison: Prejudice is keeping women conductors off the podium

Dismally and shamefully the glass ceiling is still in place in classical music. That, at least, is the implication of figures released this week by Bachtrack, a comprehensive listings website for classical concerts and opera.

Classical Music Magazine

Geoffrey Baker: ‘We need ethically and pedagogically sound music education, not music education in any form’

Tricia Tunstall wrote her book about El Sistema, Changing Lives, ‘to proselytize on behalf of its mission’.

BBC Music Magazine

What were the biggest trends in classical music in 2014?

Conductors are getting younger and there still aren’t enough leading women, says Bachtrack’s report

Gramophone

Bang & Olufsen’s new BeoSound Moment system matches playback to the way you feel

New £1795 system with innovative touch-sensitive wood interface is designed to give an ‘intelligent and playful’ way to access music

Classical Source

Cristina Rocca named Vice President for Artistic Planning at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Jeff Alexander, who officially assumes duties as President of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association on January 12, 2015, announced today the appointment of Cristina Rocca to the position of Vice President for Artistic Planning, the Richard and Mary L. Gray Chair, effective March 16, 2015.

CBBC Newsround

What’s so special about an orchestra?

There’s been a 35% rise in budding musicians – with more people wanting to learn to play a musical instrument.

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‘Chamber Music Society’ des ‘Lincoln Center’ zeichnet Thomas Larcher aus

Der ‘Elise L. Stoeger Prize’ der ‘Chamber Music Society’ des ‘Lincoln Center New York’ geht 2014-2015 an den österreichischen Komponisten Thomas Larcher (*1963).

KulturPort.De

NDR fördert 2015 das Kulturleben in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern mit 754.000 Euro

Davon entfallen allein etwa 564.000 Euro für die Unterstützung von Musikprojekten.

Klassik.com

Freiburger Musikwissenschaftler entwickeln Klangatlas

Das Musikwissenschaftliche Institut der Universität Freiburg entwickelt zurzeit eine Plattform, die das weltweite Hochladen von Geräuschen und Klängen ermöglichen soll.

Codex Flores

Musik als «Sprache der Gefühle» auf dem Prüfstand

Forscher der TU Berlin, der McGill Universität und der Université de Montréal sind mit Experimenten mit Pygmäen der Frage nachgegangen, ob emotionale Reaktionen auf Musik weltweit universell gleich sind.

Le Monde

Le patron de Fimalac reprend la Salle Pleyel

L’annonce était attendue pour novembre 2014 mais le suspense n’a pris fin que le 7 janvier : le conseil d’administration de la Cité de la musique, à Paris, a choisi Marc Ladreit de Lacharrière, patron de Fimalac, pour signer la convention d’occupation du domaine public de la Salle Pleyel pour un bail de quinze ans.

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BBC Philharmonic ‏@BBCPhilharmonic: Delighted to share with @the_halle Best Classical Event 2014 for ‘BBC/Halle super orchestra’ Alpine Symphony cond by Mena #CityLifeAwards

BBC Radio Wales @BBCRadioWales: It’s Orchestra Day! @jasonmohammad live all morning with @BBCNOW & @CatrinFinch. Listen NOW: http://bbc.in/13Yov2Y 

Sinfini Music @SinfiniMusic: We take a look at the history of the distinguished Bergen Philarmonic Orchestra http://bit.ly/1wZmqyb 

musicians-play-moving-charlie-hebdo-tribute-in-trafalgar-square-1420796482-article-0An ensemble of over 150 string players gathered in London’s Trafalgar Square to pay tribute to the victims of the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris. Photo: Classic FM

(Written on January 9, 2015 )

Classical News

Guardian

Venezuela’s El Sistema music scheme is ‘model of tyranny’, UK academic says

Supporters rush to defend ‘beacon of social justice’ as study shows project fails to reach disadvantaged youth

Independent

ENO blames Arts Council cuts after production of Orfeo is cancelled

The English National Opera has been forced to cancel a forthcoming production “for the first time in recent memory” as a direct result of severe cuts to its funding earlier this year.

Classical Music Magazine

Dickon Stainer appointed to lead Universal’s classical activities

Dickon Stainer has been appointed president and chief executive of global classics at Universal Music Group, with overall responsibility for all of UMG’s classical output including Deutsche Grammophon, Decca, and Sinfini Music.

The Strad

Six winning 2014 Young Concert Artists announced, including four string players

The New York organisation will promote the winning musicians with concerts and management

Sinfini Music

Kyung Wha Chung

The celebrated violinist Kyung Wha Chung has announced her London comeback in December after an absence of nearly 20 years.

Die Welt

Marek Janowski dirigiert Frank Castorfs “Ring”

Er wollte nie wieder etwas mit der Bühne zu tun haben. Doch Bayreuths mythischer Orchesterabgrund hat ihn schwach gemacht.

Wenn ein Muslim am Broadway austickt

Eine New Yorker Dinnerparty wird zur griechischen Tragödie: Für sein Vier-Personen-Stück “Disgraced” erhielt Ayad Akhtar im vergangenen Jahr den Pulitzerpreis.

Klassik.com

Debatte um Stuttgarter Konzerthaus nimmt Fahrt auf

CDU-Fraktion regt Initiative zum Bau eines Hauses mit 4.000 bis 5.000 Plätzen an

Evelyn Herlitzius erhält Faust-Theaterpreis als beste Sängerin

Die Sopranistin Evelyn Herlitzius hat den Theaterpreis “Der Faust” als beste Sängerdarstellerin erhalten.

Classicalite

EXCLUSIVE: Director Gerard McBurney on “A Pierre Dream,” the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Multimedia Portrait of Pierre Boulez

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra will celebrate the life and work of Pierre Boulez, the esteemed composer and conductor who will turn 90 in March, with a brand-new Beyond the Score production of “A Pierre Dream: A Portrait of Pierre Boulez,” on November 14 and 16 at Symphony Center.

I Care If You Listen

How To Take Charge Of Your Finances As A Musician (Part I)

Kudos for choosing to make a life from your passion!

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Classic FM ‏@ClassicFM: Superstar tenor @AlfieBoe shares some advice for singers: http://classfm.co/w1jQ6n

EnglishNationalOpera ‏@E_N_O: ICYMI earlier this week, ENO Director-in-Residence Peter Sellars talks about his spiritual side: http://ow.ly/E6ojC  #ENOGospel

Intermusica ‏@IntermusicaLtd: “New works, new instruments”: @colincurrieperc tells the story of his #MetalWoodSkin festival in the @GdnClassical http://ow.ly/E9EwH

YCA11Six winning 2014 Young Concert Artists announced. Photo: Brian D. Bumby

(Written on November 12, 2014 )

Classical News

Guardian

Radio 3 offers a unique service; surely as many as possible should have access to it?

Tom Watson’s suggestion that Radio 3 should give up its FM slot to 6 Music is baffling.

Telegraph

What does modern music mean these days?

Prompted by the Radio 3’s Early Music Show on CPE Bach, Ivan Hewett explores what exactly makes music modern.

Classical Music Magazine

Alpesh Chauhan appointed CBSO assistant conductor

Alpesh Chauhan has been appointed assistant conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, a newly created role, until July 2015.

International Arts Manager

Singapore International Violin Competition names finalists

The Singapore International Violin Competition has named the 35 candidates who will compete in the inaugural event in January.

Arts Professional

Ulster Orchestra faces insolvency, claims Assembly member

Funding cuts from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and a reduction in financial support from the BBC means the orchestra will need emergency funding within weeks.

Pizzicato

West Australian Government Lifts Ban On Bizet’s Carmen

When the West Australian Opera in Perth announced last week that they had agreed not to perform Carmen because of its references to smoking, the news was commented all over the world.

Birmingham Post

What does the future hold for CBSO conductor Edward Gardner?

Edward Gardner beings his final season by conducting the CBSO in Brahms and Bartok at Birmingham Symphony Hall.

klassik.com

Innsbrucker Haus der Musik soll bis 2018 fertiggestellt werden

Das “Haus der Musik” in Innsbruck soll laut dem Tiroler Landeshauptmann Günther Platter (ÖVP) innerhalb der ersten Jahreshälfte 2018 fertiggestellt werden.

Zeit Online

Wie viel Geist braucht große Kunst?

Konzerte gibt er keine mehr, doch ungebrochen ist seine Begeisterung für Musik, Malerei und Literatur.

concerti

Ein Obama für München

Der neue Chefdirigent der Münchner Symphoniker Kevin John Edusei will klassische Musik für alle.

pizzicato

Chicago Symphony Has An Operating Deficit Despite Record Breaking Sales

Riccardo Muti’s  Chicago Symphony Orchestra announced today record-breaking ticket sales and contributions for its fiscal year 2014 Nearly 386,000 tickets were sold for 240 ticketed concerts.

Tweets

Wigmore Hall @wigmore_hall: We are enjoying the sound of Vox Luminis this morning http://bit.ly/1v86Tzm  Don’t miss the group’s recital tomorrow http://bit.ly/1p8j2yt 

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic:_Interesting to see @Chetham‘s using @Groupon for its London and Manchester concerts: http://ow.ly/CJtVT  £14 for 2 tix #Groupon

Guardian Classical @GdnClassical: Placido Domingo on the opera stage – in pictures http://gu.com/p/42dyq 

BBC Radio 3 @BBCRadio3: BBC Music Mag and Countryfile have a poll to see who is our favourite British composer http://bit.ly/1w24HsB Choice of 10

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Alpesh Chauhan: ‘Members of the orchestra have been extremely supportive’. Photo: Richard Ion

 

(Written on October 15, 2014 )

Classical News

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Lancashire Sinfonietta announces closure

The county’s only professional chamber orchestra to close after seventeen years.

Classical-Music.com

Radio 3 announces a week celebrating composer Johannes Brahms

Concerts and essays will shed new light on the Romantic great.

Chicago Business Journal

Chicago Symphony Orchetra introduces “Concert Cash” to lure subscribers

Having morphed into an an aggressive sales machine over the past season, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra isn’t letting up as it tries to woo more subscribers for the 2014-15 season that will begin in September.

The Guardian

Does it matter that arts audiences are white, Metropolitan and middle class?

Harriet Harman warns of a generation of people with ‘no meaningful exposure’ to opera and classical music. Stephen Moss and Bonnie Greer go head to head on whether outreach programmes would make them fans.

The Australian

Old is gold for the multi-million-dollar string section

When the Australian Chamber Orchestra takes to the stage in Brisbane next week, it will reveal a new acquisition: a Guarneri violin made in 1714, worth $1.44 million. The violin will join the impressive list of prestige instruments — violins, violas and cellos worth more than $25 million — already in regular use by the orchestra.

New York Times

Free Music, At Least While It Lasts

The people who make all that yummy music are actually being loved to death by fans who expect it to be free.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Hausmusik zum Selbermachen

Klavier spielen lernen mit Chilly Gonzales.

NWZ Online

Kulturetat des Bundes steigt erneut

Der Kulturetat des Bundes wächst um weitere 90 Millionen Euro auf 1,3 Milliarden Euro. Der Haushaltsauschuss des Bundestages habe die zusätzlichen Mittel für 2014 bewilligt.

Concerti

Interview: Maria João Pires

“Ich finde es schön, älter zu werden” – Die portugiesische Pianistin Maria JoÃo Pires hat sich trotz Altersweisheit ihren jugendlichen Idealismus erhalten.

Twitter

World Concert Hall: ‏‪@wconcerthall Today, ‪#Mozart ‪#Popov, a ‪#Tarnopolsky‘s world premiere and ‪#Mendelssohn from Saint Petersburg ‪http://ht.ly/xMOVu  ‪#wch ‪#classical

Classical Music: ‪@classicalnews Rumours that BBC4 (the home of the Proms on TV) may follow BBC3 and go on-line only, if the BBC3 move proves ‘successful’.

Barbican Centre@BarbicanCentre Starting this weekend, we explore the representation of anxiety on screen with ‪@Anxiety2014 Arts Festival London ‪http://ow.ly/xP8Ek 

 

Royal Opera House audience
Opening night of the Royal Opera House in London. Photograph: Reuters.

(Written on June 10, 2014 )