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In today’s news: Poles attend less concerts now, scientists investigate women’s voices after pregnancy, Stephen Hough is awarded honorary membership of the RPS, Ivan Hewett investigates the future of classical music genre, the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle boosts classical music sales, Ivan Fischer, Christoph Eschenbach und Juraj Valcuha to share the Konzerthaus’ leadership, and in Hamburg’s “Komponistenquartier” new museums remind us of the works by Gustav Mahler as well as Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn.

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Less visitors in Polish Theatres and Concert Halls

In 2017, Poles attended more cultural events, but while cinemas, museums, and mass events draw more visitors, the number of entries to theatres and music institutions decreased by 9 percent to 13 million.

Classic FM

Women’s voices temporarily drop by two semitones after pregnancy

Researchers from the University of Sussex find that new mothers’ voices become temporarily deeper and more monotone for around a year after having their first child.

Rhinegold

Stephen Hough becomes RPS honorary member

Pianist Stephen Hough has been awarded honorary membership of the Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS).

The Telegraph

Game shows and drag queens: how classical music is pushing boundaries

Ivan Hewett talks to the Artistic Director of The London Sinfonietta and explores the evolving landscape of the “new classical” genre.

Billboard

Royal Wedding & Sheku Kanneh-Mason Boost U.S. Classical Music Sales to Biggest Week of 2018

Thanks to the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on May 19, sales of classical music in the U.S. rose to its highest level in 2018.

Der Tagesspiegel

Die Mehrgenerationen-WG

Ivan Fischer, Christoph Eschenbach und Juraj Valcuha: Künftig teilen sich drei Dirigenten die Leitung des Konzerthausorchesters. Und die Musiker wagen Technikspielereien.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Für ihn vielleicht Beruf, für sie stets nur Zierde

Im Hamburger Komponistenquartier erinnern Museen für Mahler und die Geschwister Mendelssohn an die produktive, doch nie harmonische deutsch-jüdische Symbiose für das kulturelle Leben Deutschlands.

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„In Weimar fühlt man sich wie auf einer Insel“

Kirill Karabits hat sich als GMD des Deutschen Nationaltheaters in die Herzen der Musikfreunde in Weimar dirigiert – und genießt das Leben in der Goethestadt.

The New York Times

From Staff to Stave

Five Times colleagues from across the newsroom who play together in a classical music ensemble talk about how journalism and music overlap.

Pizzicato

Venice Symphony Appoints Troy Quinn Music Director

The Venice Symphony (Florida) has announced the appointment of American conductor Troy Quinn, 34, as Music Director from the 2018-19 season.

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Conductor Ivan Fischer © Marco Borggreve

(Written on June 4, 2018 )

In today’s news: New York Philharmonic plays without conductor, shortlist for Classic Brit Award Sound Poll revealed, the music genre that makes us most indulgent when eating out is revealed, premiere of Brokeback Mountain opera, Port Fairy Spring Music Festival appoints Violinist Monica Curro and pianist and composer Stefan Cassomenos as next Artistic Directors, and young singers wanted for children’s opera in Hamburg.

The Times

Follow that violinist: New York Philharmonic plays without a conductor

The New York Philharmonic was directed by its concertmaster, Frank Huang, from his position leading the first violins, instead of a conductor.

Classic FM

Classic BRIT Awards Sound of Classical poll shortlist revealed

Five future classical stars have been shortlisted in the first ever Sound of Classical poll, with the winner to be revealed at the Classic BRIT Awards on June 13th.

The New York Times

‘I’ll Have the Cake.’ The Music Made Me Do It.

People were more likely to pick unhealthful or calorie-laden items when the ambient music was loud, and healthful items when softer music was played.

Is Opera Dying? No, But This One Is Staged Among the Dead

A new series, opening with David Hertzberg’s “The Rose Elf,” will produce classical performances in the narrow catacomb at Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn.

The Independent

From Anna Meredith to Mark-Anthony Turnage, Israeli-Arab youth orchestras to late-night Bach – these are the most exciting Proms

While the core classical menu is dependable as ever, there’s also plenty of imaginative programming by the BBC this year.

Playbill

First Look at the U.S. Premiere of Brokeback Mountain Opera

The U.S. premiere of Charles Wuorinen and Annie Proulx’s operatic adaptation of Brokeback Mountain opens May 31 at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater.

Limelight

Port Fairy Spring Music Festival appoints next Artistic Directors

Violinist Monica Curro and pianist and composer Stefan Cassomenos will jointly succeed Iain Grandage as Artistic Directors of the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival from 2019, after Grandage’s final Port Fairy Festival taking place this year.

Pizzicato

David Angus extends contract with Boston Lyric Opera

63-year-old British conductor David Angus has signed a three-year renewal to his contract as Music Director for Boston Lyric Opera (BLO), taking him through the 2020/21 season.

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Was ist noch privat? Musiktheater-Biennale beginnt in München

Wie verändert sich im digitalen Zeitalter die Bedeutung des Begriffs «Privatsache»? Mit 15 Uraufführungen widmet sich die 16. «Münchener Biennale» ab Samstag (2. Juni) dieser Frage.

Klassik.com

Mikis Theodorakis wird Ehrendoktor der Universität Salzburg

Der griechische Komponist Mikis Theodorakis wird mit der Ehrendoktorwürde in Philosophie der Universität Salzburg ausgezeichnet. Theodorakis soll damit auch für seine zeitlose Musik und sein Einsatz für die Menschenrechte geehrt werden.

Klassik Heute

opera piccola: Junge Sängerinnen und Sänger für Kinderoper gesucht

Für die Kinderoper Schneewittchen in der Reihe opera piccola sucht die Staatsoper Hamburg junge Talente, die bei den Vorstellungen im Februar 2019 mitwirken wollen. 

Platea Magazine

La Filarmónica de Berlín y Simon Rattle llegan a Madrid y Barcelona en su gira europea

La Berliner Philharmoniker recalará el próximo jueves 7 en el Auditorio Nacional de Madrid y el viernes 8 en el Palau de la Música de Barcelona.

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Frank Huang directs his fellow musicians as leader of the first violins © HIROYUKI ITO/GETTY IMAGES

(Written on June 1, 2018 )

In today’s news: Symphony Orchestra of India’s debut UK tour, Kendrick Lamar collects his Pulitzer Prize, Swedish orchestra turns homophobic hate mail into music, the Elbjazz-Festival thrives, Thomas Fichtner is new Intendant of the Ensemble Musikfabrik, and book recommendation of “Leonard Bernstein – Der Charismatiker.”

Classical Music

Symphony Orchestra of India announces debut UK tour

The Symphony Orchestra of India (SOI) has announced an inaugural six-concert tour of the UK.

Classic FM

Londoners enjoy Mozart while Welsh prefer symphonic rock, study reveals

Following a recent rise in the popularity of orchestral music in the UK, a study has found British people’s taste in music varies considerably depending on where they live.

NME

See Kendrick Lamar collect the Pulitzer Prize for music

Kendrick Lamar has picked up his 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music in New York making him the first a non-jazz or classical artist to be awarded the accolade.

Forbes

Aaron Kuffner Turns Indonesian Gongs Into A Robotic Orchestra

Aaron Taylor Kuffner’s artistic robotic orchestra, Gamelatron fuses technology, sound, sculpture, and engineering to create a visceral experience based on acoustic resonance and robotic technology.

Los Angeles Blade

Swedish orchestra transforms homophobic hate mail into music

An orchestra in Sweden decided to turn a negative into a positive when it received homophobic hate mail.

The Stage

How to succeed on your path towards an operatic career

Susan Elkin seeks ways to fill the gap for aspiring opera singers just leaving school and moving onto postgraduate training.

Times Higher Education

Opera and the Political Imaginary in Old Regime France

Nicholas Till hears productive questions in a probing consideration of tragédie lyrique.

Die Zeit

Voll im Groove

Der Echo Jazz ist endgültig implodiert. Aber das Elbjazz-Festival lebt, und die Stadt swingt so sehr wie lange nicht.

Fono Forum

Ensemble Musikfabrik

Das Ensemble Musikfabrik beruft Thomas Fichter zum Intendanten und der musikaffine Bundestagspräsident a. D. Prof. Dr. Norbert Lammert übernimmt Schirmherrschaft.

BR Klassik

Buch – „Leonard Bernstein – Der Charismatiker“ 

Ein Mann der Extreme

The New York Times

The Pugnacious Performer Who Wants to Take the Harpsichord Mainstream

Mahan Esfahani is a musician on a mission. “Until the harpsichord has the presence that any other mainstream instrument has, my work isn’t done,” he said.

Congress for the New Urbanism

Walk over, Beethoven

The survival of live classical music depends on many things, not the least of which is the design and urban planning around concert halls.

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Symphony Orchestra of India announces debut UK tour © Classical Music Magazine

(Written on May 31, 2018 )

Today’s ‘Industry Idols’ interview is with Reviews Editor of Classic FM Magazine, Andrew Mellor.

What are the first, most important steps a young artist needs to take when they embark on their career as a performer?

Keep your eye on the competition, keep re-assessing your abilities and your product, and don’t forget that no matter how talented you are, you’re not owed a living – nobody is

What was your first job in the music industry?

Marketing Assistant at Manchester Camerata. Learnt a thing or two about how a junior arts-admin post works – basically if you make the tea, you’ll go far. I only wish I’d made some tea…

What skills do you think are needed to succeed in the music industry?

Passion, perception, contextual awareness and the ability to spot a bullshitter at 20 paces. And no matter what part of the music industry you’re in, never stop consuming and loving music. If you ever do, go work for a bank – apparently the money’s better.

What’s the most important thing you’ve learnt during your career?

If I don’t know the answer to a question I’ve learnt to respond with the words ‘I don’t know the answer to that question’

What do you enjoy most about your job?

Listening to music, discovering music, helping other people discover music, laughing with my brilliant colleagues and foreign travel – I’m planning a book about airports.

On a typical working day, what’s the first thing you do when you get into the office?

Open parcels full of CDs, DVDs and books. It still feels like Christmas Day every morning, and my colleagues are still dumbfounded that I find it so exciting.

Do you think there is anything in the classical music industry that needs to be changed? If yes, why?

Yes – we need to look at our industry’s extremes: on the one hand pretentious ego-llectuals who believe art music can only be touched, enjoyed or criticised by certain chosen individuals who ‘understand’ it; on the other hand the profiteers who also think the public are stupid and think great music has to be watered down before anyone normal can enjoy it. If we can begin to persuade both those groups that they’re wrong, we’re on to something.

Are there any young musicians, emerging venues, exciting companies, composers… etc that you are keeping your eye on?

Conductor Lionel Bringuier knocked my socks off at the Proms – I wasn’t even there, I was painting my bedroom! My preoccupation with the Finnish soprano Helena Juntunen continues unabated and the restraining order is yet to come through… I also find conductors Daniel Harding and Klaus Tennstedt fascinating to the point of obsession and the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra is the ensemble I’d most like to hear live right now. I’ve also discovered the Canadian vocalist Holly Cole recently. Her voice is a thing of wonder

Where do you read about classical music?

The Guardian, Keith Clarke’s finely-tuned editorials in Classical Music, Gramophone, Gig, Finnish Music Quarterly, Wikipedia, Grove, inside CD sleeves and on the pages of Classic FM magazine when they arrive on my desk for proofing

Where is your favourite place in the world for classical music?

On my iPod on a train. Or at the Bridgewater Hall, Royal Festival Hall, London Coliseum or anywhere in Finland or Scandinavia – they’re the only places people don’t look at me as though I shouldn’t be there

(Written on October 13, 2010 )