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In todays news: A new programme for Spitalfields, Sistema’s Scotland children’s orchestra brings the noise, the Edge is helping out musicians in the flooded Texas area, the Chicago Lyric Opera recieves a suprise funding and you should listen to music while you work. A central place in Leipzig will be named after Kurt Masur, the results are in for this years Concours Nicati. In Florence the Franco Zeffirelli Center will opens its doors this September, while the director of the Rossini Festival in Pesaro quits after 38 seasons.

BBC News

Children’s orchestra makes a Big Noise in Dundee

Sistema Scotland’s fourth children’s orchestra has launched in Dundee backed by a £325,000 funding boost.

Billboard

The Edge Helping to Replace Instruments for Musicians Affected by Hurricane Harvey

The Edge’s Music Rising charity, which provided new instruments to musicians in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and restored school music programs in areas affected by Hurricane Sandy, is now focusing its efforts on raising funds for Hurricane Harvey relief.

The Telegraph

Why you should listen to music while you work, according to scientific findings

Some prefer to labour in peace. Others find blaring their favourite tunes helps keep them productive. Hitherto it has been matter of personal preference. But now scientific research has uncovered that listening to music can actually be beneficial while you work.

Classical Music Magazine

Spitalfields Music announces 2017 festival

Spitalfields Music has revealed the programme for its 2017 Festival, which has been guest curated by conductor André de Ridder.

Classical Music Magazine

Derek Bourgeois (16 October 1941– 6 September 2017)

English composer Derek Bourgeois has died aged 75.

John Maxwell Geddes (1941-2017)

Composer John Maxwell Geddes has died following a short illness.

Slipped disc

Shock as Rossini Festival Boss quits after 38 Seasons

The resignation of Gianfranco Mariotti today came as a shock to the Italian opera infrastructure.

Klassik.com

Millionenspende für die Chicago Lyric Opera

Die Chicago Lyric Opera, eines der größten Opernhäuser der Vereinigten Staaten, hat eine Spende in Millionenhöhe erhalten.

Codex Flores

Preisträgerinnen des diesjährigen Concours Nicati

In Bern sind die Gewinnerinnen des diesjährigen Concours Nicati bestimmt worden. Den Hochschul-Wettbwerb für die Interpretation zeitgenössischer Musik haben zwei Klarinettistinnen und eine Geigerin gewonnen.

BR Klassik

Posthume Ehrung für den grossen Dirigenten

Bereits seit 1989 war Kurt Masur Ehrenbürger der Stadt Leipzig. 1997 wurde er Ehrendirigent des Gewandhausorchesters, das er zuvor fast dreißig Jahre lang als Kapellmeister geleitet hatte.

France Musique

Un centre dédié à l’univers de Franco Zeffirelli voit le jour à Florence

Installé dans un ancien couvent à l’architecture baroque, situé juste derrière le Palazzo Vecchio, le Centre International des arts du spectacle Franco Zeffirelli est prêt à accueillir le public.

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the Children’s orchestra in Dundee

(Written on September 8, 2017 )

In today’s news: Police officers to play classical music to reduce violence and Salzburg donates €50,000 towards music education for Syrian refugees. Violinist Walter Levin has died, composer Balz Bachmann receives soundtrack prize, and Berlin celebrates a month of contemporary music.

The Times

Testing music’s power to soothe a savage breast

Police officers are about to start piping classical music into the notoriously troubled Broadwater Farm estate in north London in an attempt to calm the atmosphere and disperse troublemakers.

Classical Music Magazine

LPO expands Junior Artists programme

The London Philharmonic Orchestra has expanded its LPO Junior Artists programme, adding a new strand for younger students from communities under-represented in professional UK orchestras.

Choir and Organ

London Youth Choir auditions

The ensemble is recruiting young singers from Year 3 up to age 21 who live, work or study in Greater London, show musical potential and can sing in tune. It is particularly in need of boys of all ages. 

Classical Music Magazine

Salzburg donates €50,000 towards music education for Syrian refugees

The Salzburg Festival is donating €50,000 to facilitate musical education for Syrian refugee children in Jordan over the next two years.

The Violin Channel

Finalists announced at Australian Kendall National Violin Competition

Regarded as one of Australia’s most important domestic development prizes for violinists 23 years and younger, the 1st prize winner will receive AUD $4,000, a violin crafted by Polish-Australian luthier Michal Prokop – and a number of debut concert engagements.

France Musique

Mort du violoniste Walter Levin, fondateur du Quatuor LaSalle

Le violoniste américain Walter Levin est mort à Chicago à l’âge de 92 ans.

Limelight

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s 2018 season announced

Stuart Skelton, Berlioz’s L’Enfance du Christ and Anne-Sophie Mutter are just some of the highlights among next year’s offerings.

Klassik.com

Filmmusikpreis der Fondation Suisa für Balz Bachmann

Der Schweizer Komponist Balz Bachmann hat den diesjährigen Filmmusikpreis der Fondation Suisa erhalten.

Klassik Heute

Monat der zeitgenössischen Musik

Vom 1. bis 30. September 2017 präsentiert field notes den ersten Monat der zeitgenössischen Musik in Berlin.

Musik Heute

Europäische Wochen Passau locken mehr Besucher

Weniger Konzerte, aber mehr Publikum: Die 65. Festspiele Europäische Wochen Passau haben 17.500 Besucher angelockt.

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Photo credit: © Salzburger Festspiele / Silvia Lelli
Riccardo Muti, Helga Rabl-Stadler, Anna Netrebko, Shirin Neshat, Francesco Meli, Angelika Svoboda and Ida Metzger-Niaghi

(Written on August 8, 2017 )

In Today’s Classical News, Mozart comes to Shoreditch and Orchestra dell’Arte launches musical exchange. Lidiya Yankovskaya is named Music Director of the Chicago Opera Theater, and The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington react to homophobic protests.

The Guardian

Eine kleine slam poetry: Mozart comes to Shoreditch

MC Mozart’s Classical Smackdown brings young audiences to classical music in a way never seen before

Classic FM

Watch Shostakovich playing his own Symphony No. 7

In this video from 1941, the legendary Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich talks about one of his most famous works, Symphony No. 7 (Leningrad), and plays a section on piano.

Classical Music Magazine

Orchestra dell’Arte launches musical exchange

The Orchestra dell’Arte has launched a musical exchange scheme in order to highlight the cultural offerings of its home city of Liverpool, which recently became a Unesco Creative City of Music.

The Times

Concert review: La Voix Humaine; CBSO/ Grazinyte-Tyla at Snape Maltings

In two contrasting one-woman shows, it was Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla’s borderline excessive callisthenics that brought stunningly punchy results.

Tagesspiegel

Hengelbrock verlässt das NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester

Nacht acht Jahren: Der Chefdirigent des NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchesters, Thomas Hengelbrock, wird seinen Vertrag über die Saison 2018/19 hinaus nicht verlängern.

Concerti

Ab aufs Sofa

Anlässlich des 275-jährigen Bestehens will das Gewandhausorchester Leipzig vier Privatkonzerte geben.

Klassik.com

Catriona Morison gewinnt BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition 2017

Die Mezzosopranistin Catriona Morison hat bei der BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition zweimal den ersten Platz belegt.

Pizzicato

Lidiya Yankovskaya Named Music Director of the Chicago Opera Theater

Chicago Opera Theater has named Lidiya Yankovskaya music director. Her appointment is effective immediately, yet she will start regular conducting duties only in the 2018-19 season.

Classic FM

This choir confronted anti-Pride protesters in the best possible way – with a live performance

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington were on their way back to the hotel after performing at the Pride Festival in Knoxville Tennessee this weekend when they spotted protestors holding homophobic signs. They decided to stand up to them using the power of music.

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Music History in 1922 Death of Italian Vittorio .
 
Image: MC Mozart

(Written on June 20, 2017 )

In today’s news: a new music festival in Disneyland Paris, and DG welcomed their first female cellist. True Story in the Lineup of Cannes film festival, and Luther’s music had more power than his words. Arte presents new opera on video platform, and Justin Doyle becomes chief of the RIAS-Chamber choir. Tenor Endrik Wottrich died last wednesday, and classical pianist Dennis Matsuev goes jazz.

The Strad

Cellist Camille Thomas signs to Deutsche Grammophon

The 28-year-old Franco-Belgian musician is the first ever female cellist to join DG’s artist roster.

NME

Disneyland Paris is set to host new music festival

Disneyland Paris will be the setting of a new EDM festival this summer.

The Spectator

Luther’s music had an even greater impact than his words

Music was at the heart of the Lutheran reformation. Four hours of music, for example, was introduced into the Saxon school curriculum

The Guardian

Roman Polanski’s Based on a True Story added to Cannes film festival lineup

The director’s latest thriller will premiere at the festival as his lawyer continues to battle for the Oscar winner’s return to the US

BBC

Russell Tovey and his dream role in ‘gay fantasia’

Few stage productions attract the level of expectation which surrounds the National Theatre’s new revival in London of Tony Kushner’s 1990s play Angels in America.

The Violin Channel

Thomastik-Infeld Versum Solo Cello String Pack Winners Announced!

And the winners are in! The following 5 lucky VC members will each be receiving a Thomastik-Infeld cello soloist twin set string pack.

Concerti

Oper auf Abruf

ARTE-Plattformen und +7-Mediathek verbinden sich zu neuem Videoportal

NMZ

Brite Justin Doyle startet als Chef des RIAS-Kammerchors

Der Brite Justin Doyle tritt mit der kommenden Spielzeit als Chefdirigent des RIAS Kammerchors an.

Pizzicato

Tenor Endrik Wottrich verstorben

Der 1963 in Celle geborene deutsche Tenor Endrik Wottrich ist am gestrigen Mittwoch unerwartet verstorben. Das teilte die Oper Leipzig mit.

Broadway world

44th annual Bach week festival to feature artist debuts and more

The Chicago area’s 44th annual Bach Week Festival, opening April 28 in Evanston, Ill., will feature festival debuts of local and visiting artists of international stature in concerts devoted to the music of the festival’s namesake, German Baroque composer J. S. Bach.

WQXR

Classical Pianist Denis Matsuev Takes the A Train

Classical pianist Dennis Matsuev is no stranger to jazz — here he is in concert, performing the Billy Strayhorn classic “Take the ‘A’ Train.”

San Diego Reader

PONY rides a new vision for live classical music

Movies, lights, but where is the social media presence?

Twitter 

16Schwetzinger starten am 28. April unter dem “Leidenschaft”

Join today for the last Hour of the week, followed by another 3 hours of great classical music

 

NME

(Written on April 28, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news Gramophon reports that the Performing Rights Organisation will take legal actions against Soundcloud and Concerti publishes an interview with Christian Thielemann. Also, Classicallite announces that long lost opera “Andina” will receive its world premiere in Chicago.

Gramophone

PRS for Music begins legal action against SoundCloud

The performing rights organisation is set to take legal action against SoundCloud in a royalties dispute

stl today.com

A saga of lost violins, from Barcelona to (finally) St. Louis

The trip home was a traveler’s nightmare, and that was before they knew what was to come.

Arts Professional

New focus and less cash for touring

Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Programme has been cut back after applications for the previous funding round failed to make the grade.

Der Tagesspiegel

Mein Land, so weit… Carl Nielsen beim Musikfest Berlin

Die Terz als Gottesgeschenk: Das Musikfest Berlin feiert den 150. Geburtstag des dänischen Komponisten Carl Nielsen.

Concerti

„Ich habe nie Dirigierunterricht gehabt”

Dennoch zählt Christian Thielemann inzwischen zu den gefragtesten Wagner-Experten. In Bayreuth ist der Dirigent denn auch schon bis 2022 gebucht.

Neue Musikzeitung

Saisoneröffnung der Tonhalle Zürich mit vier Orchesterkonzerten zum 25. Jubiläum der Orpheum Stiftung

Namen wie Baiba Skride, Renaud und Gautier Capuçon oder Alice Sara Ott sind heute aus dem internationalen Konzertleben nicht mehr wegzudenken. Doch auch für Stars dieses Kalibers kam der Erfolg nicht über Nacht.

France Musique

L’Iran s’oppose à son tour à la venue de Daniel Baremboïm.

Après Israël la semaine dernière, c’est à présent Téhéran qui s’oppose à la venue du chef d’orchestre israélo-argentin Daniel Barenboïm. Il espérait donner un concert dans le pays avec son orchestre allemand, la Staatskapelle.

Classicalite

Long-Lost Opera ‘Andina’ to Receive Its World Premiere in Chicago, 80 Years Late

An opera manuscript discovered in a basement in Chicago will finally receive its world premiere, 80 years later, at Chicago’s Athenaeum Theatre. The opera, Andina, was written by Eustasio Rosales in the early 1930s.

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klassik.com : Concours Clara in diesem Jahr ohne ersten Preisträger

Marina Baranova : next in at Center with brilliant meets

BR_KLASSIK : 31. August 1951: Die erste deutsche Langspielplatte wird vorgeführt.

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Für Christian Thielemann wäre Tristan und Isolde die härteste Opern-Droge

(Written on August 31, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, an interview with John Mauceri, ‘Rode’ Stradivari loaned to Ashmolean Museum and the results of the fifth Northern Ireland International Organ Competition are announced.

Guardian

Facing the music: John Mauceri

Carousel, Callas, Czerny playing Beethoven … conductor John Mauceri shares the music and people that inspire him

Classical Music Magazine

‘Rode’ Stradivari on loan to Ashmolean

The 1722 ‘Rode’ Stradivari and a 1646 Amati violin have been loaned to Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum to mark the reopening of its music and tapestry gallery.

Results of fifth NIIOC announced

Alexander Hamilton, organ scholar at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, won the senior category of the fifth Northern Ireland International Organ Competition (NIIOC), which was held in St Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral in Armagh between 24 and 26 August.

I Care If You Listen

5 Questions to Nathalie Joachim (eighth blackbird, Flutronix)

Flutist and composer Nathalie Joachim, perhaps best known as half of the funky genre-blurring duo Flutronix, has just joined the multiple Grammy winning Chicago-based sextet eighth blackbird. We caught up with Nathalie just after her first official 8bb rehearsal to find out more.

Classical MPR

How Brahms kept me centered in a time of terror

The one-inch piece of invisible tape had not been disturbed. I reached up and peeled it off the door jamb, unlocked the door, and entered my apartment. If the guy who’d threatened my life had been waiting for me inside, broken tape would have warned me.

Der Tagesspiegel

Israel protestiert gegen angeblichen Barenboim-Auftritt

Israels Kulturministerin Miri Regev empört sich über das Gerücht, Daniel Barenboim wolle angeblich im Iran auftreten. Deutschland müsse das verhindert, fordert sie auf Facebook.

Der Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Missklänge um Iran Israel kritisiert Daniel Barenboim

Die israelische Kulturministerin Miri Regev fordert die Bundesregierung dazu auf, einen angeblich geplanten Auftritt des Dirigent Daniel Barenboim in Iran zu verhindern.

Klassik.com

David Hefti mit Hindemith-Preis ausgezeichnet

Der Schweizer Komponist David Hefti ist mit dem Hindemith-Preis des Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festivals ausgezeichnet worden. Die mit 20.000 Euro in Form eines Kompositionsauftrags dotierte Auszeichnung wurde im Rahmen eines Festkonzertes im Kulturwerk am See in Norderstedt vergeben.

France Musique

Le chef d’orchestre québécois Jacques Lacombe dirigera l’Opéra de Bonn

Le chef attitré de l’Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières (OSTR), Jacques Lacombe vient d’être nommé chef principal de l’Opéra de Bonn. Il prendra ses fonctions pour la saison 2016-2017.

Classicalite

The British Library’s ‘Save Our Sounds’ Program Creates Directory of UK Sound Collections

The long-feared deterioration of the world’s sound collections is a coming to a head with the British Library’s last-ditch initiative called “Save Our Sounds”. The initiative began in January 2015 with a survey that called upon archivists from across the UK to report their sound collections to the British Library before the ravages of time can further mar the fragile media formats.

Twitter

The Classical Source : Sian Edwards, conductor, Many happy returns to her @IngpenWilliams

NYCGB : Fantastic sounds coming from the choir this morning! The bottle playing is spot on  @AEdenroth

Telegraph Music : Keith Richards says he sleeps with his – and that helped him write Satisfaction

John Mauceri

John Mauceri faces the music
Photo:  Columbia Artists Management Inc/ Guardian

(Written on August 27, 2015 )

What an incredibly busy month we have had in the WildKat PR offices this past month. As the countdown to Christmas begins earlier and earlier each year, so does the classical industry’s busiest period before the candlelit concerts and masses of Messiahs begin to take over.

Kennedy Center-Washington

At the beginning of the month, the London office waved off a few of the team as they joined the New York office for China’s NCPA Orchestra on their debut North America and Canada tour. Beginning in Chicago at the Symphony Center, the team guided the Orchestra to Washington’s Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York and the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, before jet-setting off to Canada visiting Ottawa, Toronto and finally Montreal. WildKat managed the marketing of the tour through our classical music specialist in-house design company Classical Music Design, who produced everything from flyers to posters, print adverts to animated adverts online. We also hosted a reception for the New York concert, welcoming  some of New York’s most prestigious industry members.

Verizon Hall, Philadelphia

The London Account Managers also caught up with John Brancy whilst in New York to talk about his European campaign ahead of next year, as he was performing in two concerts, with the New York Festival of Song at Kaufman Center in New York and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.

Back in London we’ve been traveling between North West and South West London for Hampstead Arts Festival and Wimbledon International Music Festival respectively. Hampstead Arts Festival launched with a personal debut from Natalie Clein who performed the first of two concerts where she performed all six of Bach’s Cello Suites. Wimbledon International Music Festival began just a few days later with the Academy Choir & Baroque Players who performed in vocal and choral masterpieces of War and Peace – the theme for the Festival. Both Festivals ran throughout November and were incredibly successful, with numerous events selling out!

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We also attended the launch of Orpheus Sinfonia‘s new #BeneathTheScore, where audiences were treated to anecdotes, letters and relatively unknown facts about Beethoven and his symphonies. The first concert Revolution: The Beethoven Effect was a huge success. Keep an eye out for our audience reaction video blog, coming soon! Meanwhile the Berkeley Ensemble’s composition prize semi-final took place at one of our favourite venues, The Forge. The final will take place on 10th December 2014 – find out more here. There was also a great talk that a few of us attended, hosted by the wonderful YPIA team. Guardian Culture Professionals Network’s Matt Caines led the discussion “from Intern to CEO” with V&A Director Prof. Martin Roth and Royal Opera House’s CEO Alex Beard. This was a truly interesting and insightful event, and great to catch up with lots of familiar faces.

Over in Berlin, the WildKat team moved offices and are now settled in Prenzlauer Berg. Drop in and say hi if you’re in the area! The team also attended some really great events including the first PODIUM Festival concert at one of Berlin’s most cutting-edge classical music venues, the Radialsystem V at the River Spree. The concert was fittingly called ‘Radium’ and featured light-shows and 360° surround-sound performances. Our WildKat clients were also very busy this month with the Managing Director of Bamberg Symphony Marcus R. Axt interviewed on the German BR TV channel for the show alpha-Forum to discuss the new season 2014/15, new ideas like their encore! project and much more. Our new client Konzertdirektion Prof. Victor Hohenfels organised a great and sold out concert with horn soloist Radek Baborák in the Berlin Philharmonie. Another exciting opportunity for soprano Caroline MacPhie who, after the success of her album launch in London, moved to Berlin and auditioned for a few management companies, one accompanied by Carolin – a great new experience for both.

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Also, lots of congratulations and cake this month as we’ve had lots of WildKat birthdays – Account Managers Olivia, Clara and Carolin celebrated their birthdays, as well as our lovely University of Leeds Year in Industry colleague Rhian.

As busy as November was, we’re definitely still looking forward to December for the National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain’s Winter Concert, Avi Avital’s recital at The Globe with Mahan Esfahani, Moritz Eggert’s concert with the German pop duo 2RAUMWOHNUNG and a Christmas concert organised by the Konzertdirektion Prof. Victor Hohenfels.

The offices are open until midday Christmas Eve and we re-open on 2nd January 2015.

P.S. Look out for our Christmas cards which are on their way to you now!

(Written on December 2, 2014 )

Classical News

Telegraph

Anna Magdalena Bach: a forgotten genius?

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

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

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

Pizzicato

Opéra Comique In Paris To Sell 4.000 Costumes

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

The Sydney Morning Herald

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

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

News Letter

We’re not elitist, says Ulster Orchestra musician

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

Klassik.com

Gregor Gysi trägt rechtliche Bedenken bei Wagner-Stiftungsrat vor

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

Früher Tod des Pianisten Christopher Falzone

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

KuturPort.de

20 Jahre Internationales Opernstudio in Hamburg

Was ist die spezifische Aufgabe eines Internationalen Opernstudios?

Codex Flores

Inkinen Chefdirigent der Prager Symphoniker

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

Ruzicka wird Alleingeschäftsführer der Osterfestspiele Salzburg

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

The New York Times

A Composer Has Faith in His Show

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

Twitter

Barbican Centre @Barbican Centre: ‘A must for architecture buffs – Wim Wender’s film on the Berliner Philharmoniker is a standout’ 4* @60secmovies http://ow.ly/CVtHT

Classicalite @Classicalite: EXCLUSIVE: Q&A with Steven Blier of #NYFOS on “Art Song on the Couch: Lieder in Freud’s Vienna”… the Song Recital http://www.classicalite.com/articles/12411/20141026/exclusive-classicalite-q-a-with-steven-blier-of-nyfos-on-art-song-on-the-couch-lieder-in-freud-s-vienna-%E2%80%A6-the-song-recital.htm?exe=reporter …

KlassikAkzente @klassikakzente: Bei Universal Music Backstage gibt es ab heute erstmals einen ganzen Konzertfilm von Daniil Trifonov zu sehen! http://www.klassikakzente.de/news/klassik/article:230493/tastenzauber-daniil-trifonov-live-im-konzert-bei-universal-music-backstage …

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

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

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

(Written on October 27, 2014 )

WildKat PR are excited to announce the North American debut of China’s National Centre for the Performing Arts Orchestra Beijing!

Between 2nd-13th November, China’s NCPA Orchestra will be performing in venues across North America on their landmark seven-city tour. Along with Chief Conductor Lü Jia they will play to crowds in Washington’s Kennedy Center and the Lincoln Center in New York among others. Their diverse programme melds Eastern and Western traditions, including works by Ravel, Dvořák and Tchaikovsky alongside Zhanhao He and Gang Chen’s The Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto and Chen Qigang’s Wu Xing – The Five Elements (Suite for Orchestra). Featured in these pieces are world-renowned pianists Yuja Wang and Xiaoyu Lius, and violinist Siqing Lu. They have played with some of the world’s most prestigious orchestras from across Europe and America as well as gaining numerous awards and acclaim for their performances and recordings.

This tour also marks the 35th anniversary of the official diplomatic relations between The United States and China. This important relationship was born shortly after the Philadelphia Orchestra’s landmark tour to China in 1973, which enabled a unique collaboration that has allowed trade, education and culture between the two countries to flourish.

WildKat PR are working with the NCPA as we embark on our first major North American and Canadian tour. Beyond the expected remit of our work we will also be hosting pre-concert and VIP receptions, overseeing the ticket sales and managing the box office. WildKat PR will also be liaising with all teams across the tour from the NCPA to each individual venue, including management and press teams to coordinate marketing and promotional materials and  overseeing the distribution.

Details of the tour are as follows

Sunday 2nd November, 3pm

Symphony Center, Chicago

Monday 3rd November, 8pm

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington

Wednesday 5th November, 8pm

Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, New York 

Friday 7th November, 8pm

Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Verizon Hall, Philadelphia

Sunday 9th November, 8pm

National Arts Center, Southam Hall, Ottawa, Canada

Tuesday 11th November, 8pm

Koerner Hall, The Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, Canada

Thursday 13th November, 8pm

Maison Symphonique, Plas des Arts, Montreal, Canada

Programme information for each specific concert can be found on the China NCPA Orchestra’s official tour website and you can follow the orchestra on their facebook page.

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(Written on October 6, 2014 )

We are delighted to welcome versatile baritone John Brancy to our international client roster.

John has been hailed by the New York Times as “a vibrant, resonate presence” and a “dashing, strong-voiced baritone”. The 2014-2015 season will see him in the title role of Tobias Picker’s Fantastic Mr. Fox at Opera San Antonio‘s brand new Tobin Center and with debuts at Edmonton Opera as Papageno in Die Zauberflöte and at Opera Lyra Ottawa as Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro. Brancy’s numerous concert engagements include a debut with Musica Sacra in Handel’s Messiah at Carnegie Hall and a recital tour with pianist Peter Dugan, where they will present a special tribute to the centennial anniversary of World War I presented by VocalArts DC at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, CAIC in Chicago and Société d’art Vocal de Montréal. The young baritone will also be performing in a recital at the New York Festival of Song and with renowned pianist Ken Noda at The Song Continues: Spotlight Recital, presented by Marilyn Horne.

Previous seasons saw Brancy at Oper Frankfurt, Dresden Semperoper, Le Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Pacific Opera Victoria and Gotham Chamber Opera. He was also seen in performances at the Hugo Wolf Akademie in Stuttgart, and in recital with Thomas Adès and members of the San Francisco and Boston Symphony Orchestras. Brancy made his Carnegie, Avery Fisher, and Alice Tully Hall debuts while still an undergraduate student at The Juilliard School. He is a winner of the Sullivan Foundation Grand Prize, the 2013 Marilyn Horne Song Competition, first prize at the Classical Singer Magazine Competition, the Gold Award for Voice at the YoungArts Foundation competition and was a laureate of the 2012 Montreal International Music Competition.

John Brancy is passionate about music education and wrote the children’s opera Operation Superpower with Tobias Greenhalgh and the composer Armand Ranjbaran during their time at Julliard. John and Tobias perform the title roles of superheroes at school to encourage students to discover their own superpower. And because having a career as an opera singer and superhero is not enough, John is also about to launch the new snack brand ‘Meat N Nuts’ with his business partners Michael Atkins and Tyler Clark. Meat N Nuts combines a healthy blend of nuts with sustainably sourced beef jerky and the project was funded by a Kickstarter campaign.

John Brancy

Credit: Kristin Hoebermann

(Written on September 18, 2014 )