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In today’s news: Classic FM is launching the UK’s first radio series dedicated to video game music, and former English National Opera artistic director John Berry launches non-profit opera company. James Blachly conducts his Experiential Orchestra at Dock 5 to expand the horizons of classical music performing spaces, and CTRL + ALT + CREATE leads new generation of young music producers. Arditti Quartett performs with Irish singer Jennifer Walshe. WildKat wishes a very Happy Birthday to Mister Bach!

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Classic FM launches first video game music radio series

Classic FM is launching the UK’s first radio series dedicated to video game music. High Score will be presented by Jessica Curry and will run for 6 weeks from 22 April (9pm).

John Berry launches not-for-profit opera company

Former English National Opera artistic director John Berry has launched a new, not-for-profit company that will commission and produce opera as well as offering training opportunities, The Stage has reported.

MixMag

CTRL + ALT + CREATE: Moving Castle are Leading a New Generation of Music Makers

The internet collective is making a real life impact.

The Violin Channel

116 Young Musicians Selected for 2017 National Youth Orchestra of the USA

The 116 young musicians selected to take part in the 5th annual National Youth Orchestra of the United States have been announced.

The Strad

Malta International Violin Making Competition 2017 names winners

Run by the Central Academy of Arts, the contest received 61 separate instrument and bow entries this year, while makers hailed from nine different countries.
The Independent

Lakha Khan: Meet the Indian musician fighting to save Rajasthan’s traditional folk music

Lakha Khan strongly believes his duty as a musician is not simply to perform and entertain, but to act as an historian – a maintainer and teacher of traditions.

The Washington Post

Conductor plays ‘Rite of Spring’ at a club — and then berates the audience for acting like they’re at a club

James Blachly conducts his Experiential Orchestra, which played at the “Stravinsky Rave: Rite of Spring Dance Party” at the Dock 5 nightclub Saturday.

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Musikinstrumente in Krisengebiete spenden

Im Rahmen des Berliner Festivals “MärzMusik” werden derzeit Instrumente gesammelt.

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Bachs innere Welt

Herzlichen Glückwunsch, Herr Bach! Zum 332. Geburtstag gratuliert auch das Bachhaus Eisenach mit der Eröffnung der neuen Dauerausstellung „Bachs theologische Bibliothek“

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Das Arditti Quartett spielt mit der irischen Stimmakrobatin Jennifer Walshe beim Festival Maerzmusik. Eine virtuose oft komisch überdrehte Darbietung

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Classical Music News  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra launches 2017/18 season

Music History   in 1890 FP of “Ascanio” in Paris

Image: The Washington Post

(Written on March 21, 2017 )

In today’s classical news: Roman Totenberg’s stolen Stradivarius is reintroduced by Mira Wang, and PRS for Music celebrates the first birthday of its Member Anti-Piracy System. Duelling’ violin brothers Vladimir & Anton discuss the lost art of classical improvisation. Researchers have found that accelerometers in smart devices can be hacked using sound waves. Are non-profits a sustainable system for classical music?

The Times 

Conductor more minor than Barenboim

Daniel Barenboim first conducted an orchestra at the age of 12 while Sir Simon Rattle was 13.

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PRS for Music announces anti-piracy successes

PRS for Music is celebrating the first birthday of its Member Anti-Piracy System (MAPS), which allows music creators to remove their repertoire from unlicensed online services and platforms.

Robert Murray withdraws from ENO’s Partenope

Robert Murray has withdrawn from ENO’s production of Partenope following a fall. He is suffering from severe concussion and has been advised to rest as far as possible.

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Harness the Power of Classical Music: Five Reasons Why Classical Music should be on your Playlist

Classical music is powerful, and that’s no secret. May it be playing the piano, a Cremona violin perhaps, or cello amongst others, there’s always a certain beauty in putting together a beautiful piece and making a whole music out of it.

Pizzicato

Plagiatsvorwurf gegen designierten Wiener Staatsopernchef

Bogdan Roscic, dem designierten Intendant der Wiener Staatsoper wird vorgeworfen, sich in einer Arbeit über Theodor Adorno, mit der er 1988 in Wien promovierte, des Plagiats schuldig gemacht zu haben.

Music Business Worldwide

Deezer strikes major partnership with french retailer FNAC

Interesting news out of France: The market’s No.1 physical music retailer, FNAC, is getting into bed with its No.1 streaming music provider, Deezer.

Classic FM

How do you memorise music?

The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra first played a piece of music from memory in 2010. It was Grieg’s five-part Holberg Suite. And while it was normal to see soloists performing from memory, it was something else to see a whole orchestra without music.

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Is nonprofit the best way to do classical music?

Is non-profit status a good thing for classical music? It’s the standard model in the United States, but does that mean it’s the best model?

The Guardian 

The Damnation of Faust review – Liverpool Phil moves from loftiest speculation to the lowliest taverns

Berlioz’s “dramatic legend” eludes any single genre – is it a philosophical oratorio? An opera of the imagination? A macabre, metaphysical satire featuring lowbrow songs about fleas and a eulogy to a dead rat?

The Strad

Whatever happened to improvisation in classical music?

‘Duelling’ violin brothers Vladimir & Anton grew up surrounded by Romani music and use a variety of Romani techniques in their performances – including writing their own variations and cadenzas. Here they discuss the lost art of classical improvisation.

The New York Times

Misha Mengelberg, Bold and Spirited Jazz Pianist, Dies at 81

Misha Mengelberg, a Dutch pianist and composer who approached the jazz tradition with an adventurous spirit and an antic sense of humor, died on March 3 in Amsterdam. He was 81.

The Washington Post 

Roman Totenberg’s stolen Stradivarius was once lost forever. Now, it plays again.

No two Strads are alike, they say, but the violin that Mira Wang reintroduced to the world Monday night is truly special. It was gone for decades, stolen after a concert in 1980, and its owner, Roman Totenberg, died in 2012 thinking it would never be seen again.

Pitchfork

Music Can Be Used to Hack Phones, Computers, and Cars, New Research Shows

“It’s like the opera singer who hits the note to break a wine glass, only in our case, we can spell out words.”

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Sound and Music Watch “The Iris Murder” an award winning new chamber opera by Alasdair Nicolson and librettist John Gallas. https://t.co/DsIvOw2Iu0

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(Written on March 15, 2017 )

In today’s news, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) receives a generous grant of $600,000 from the Dresner Foundation, and Spotify has surpassed 50 million subscribers, extending its lead over rivals Apple Music, SoundCloud and Google as the world’s largest paid music streaming service. The New School’s College of Performing Arts in New York will adopt the tiny but influential experimental music hub, The Stone, and Boston Symphony Orchestra musicians will get the chance to spend three to six months in Leipzig, Germany.

The New York Times

Boston-Leipzig Exchange: Andris Nelsons’ Orchestras Collaborate

Boston Symphony Orchestra musicians will get the chance to spend three to six months in Leipzig, Germany, performing with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and the Leipzig Opera, and playing Sunday cantatas at St. Thomas’s Church, where Bach was the cantor.

The Stone, an Influential Music Space, to Move to the New School

The Stone, a tiny but influential performance space that has been a fixture of the New York experimental music scene since it opened in 2005, has a new home. Its founder and artistic director, the composer John Zorn, announced on Wednesday that it will move from the East Village to Greenwich Village and take up residence at the New School’s College of Performing Arts.

Neil Ferris appointed as new BBC Symphony Chorus director

He will join the ensemble in May 2017 and will be responsible for steering its vocal and artistic development as well as leading its relationships with Radio 3, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and chief conductor Sakari Oramo, and the BBC Proms. His first project will be to prepare the ensemble for its annual appearance at the First Night of the BBC Proms.

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Grant Of $600,000 Boasts Detroit Symphony’s Education Program

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) announced that it has received a generous grant of $600,000 from the Dresner Foundation to provide comprehensive music education for underserved youth in Detroit. The grant will enable the DSO’s Wu Family Academy to launch a new, free entry-level program to be named the Dresner Foundation Allegro Ensemble in addition to expanding the reach of its Educational Concert Series and Classroom Edition webcasts.

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Young Chinese pianist speaks out after sexist online tirade

A 25-year Chinese pianist has spoken out following a stream of sexist comments after she caught public attention by playing Rachmaninov’s arrangement of Flight of the Bumblebee on two pianos simultaneously in a video that was shared by British radio station Classic FM.

Bloomberg Technology

Spotify Hits 50 Million Paid Subscribers, Lifting Music Industry

Spotify has surpassed 50 million subscribers, extending its lead over rivals Apple Music, SoundCloud and Google as the world’s largest paid music streaming service.

Berliner Morgenpost

Janine Jansen überrascht mit ihrem Mozart-Spiel

NHK Symphony Orchestra gastiert in der Philharmonie

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Hals über Kopf

Voller Emotion und mit stupender Technik: Die russische Sopranistin Julia Lezhneva singt im Konzerthaus Arien von Vivaldi und Rossini

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„Geht das so weiter oder hängt die CD?“

Klarinettist Andreas Ottensamer hört und kommentiert CDs von Kollegen, ohne dass er erfährt, wer spielt

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Virtuosic Listening: Vicky Chow’s Aorta on New Amsterdam

Pianist and chamber musician Vicky Chow has been taking careful steps in not only performing contemporary works for piano and electronics but by establishing herself and her practice

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20 Classical Music Recordings to Help You Study

We’ve decided to put together a list of classical pieces that will keep you calm when studying, but also keep your gears moving

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Classical Music News  Scottish festival funding announced

Music History   in 1875 FP of ‘s opera Carmen, at the Opera Comique, in Paris.


Image: The New York Times. John Zorn, left, with Richard Kessler, the executive dean for performing arts at the New School.

(Written on March 3, 2017 )

The Academy of Ancient Music have today announced that Robert Levin will inaugurate the Hogwood Fellowship. Established in honour of the Academy of Ancient Music’s founder Christopher Hogwood, the Fellowship is designed to further the ensemble’s commitment to providing historical insight and cultural context to the music they perform.

Christopher Hogwood was once asked if he spent half his time as a musician, and the other half as a musicologist; his response was that he spent 100% of his time as both.  Setting the AAM apart from other ensembles is the creativity and spontaneity of their performances that are grounded in scholarship, with a constant exploration of music in its broadest cultural context.

Robert Levin is a consummate musician, much loved by audiences around the world as a soloist and conductor.  He is also a renowned scholar, holding positions at institutions including Harvard and Cambridge University.  He enjoyed a long and close association with Christopher Hogwood and the AAM, which continues now with Richard Egarr as Music Director. Robert’s tenure as the first Hogwood Fellow for the remainder of this season, and the 2017-18 concert season, will include performances with the orchestra. Robert will provide insights into the music the AAM perform through interviews, talks, articles and concert programme notes.

WildKat had the great privilege of attending an interview with Robert Levin in Salzburg, where he was recording Mozart’s Piano Sonatas, on the composer’s own fortepiano.

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Music Director Richard Egarr commented: ‘I’m so pleased that Robert Levin will be our very first Hogwood Fellow.  I’ve worked with him for many years, and what he stands for really represents all that Christopher Hogwood stood for as well.  Robert Levin is a most incredible mind, has an encyclopedic knowledge of Mozart and Bach, and total recall over information. But not only that, he has the ability to transform this information into extraordinary live performance.’

Beyond 2017-18, Richard Egarr will be leading the process to seek out the next Hogwood Fellow. They may be a musician and musicologist like Robert, or perhaps an academic, or an artist – anyone from any discipline who can provide greater insight into the AAM’s music and music-making.

Robert Levin will next perform with the Academy of Ancient Music at the Barbican Centre’s ‘Sound Unbound’ weekend, taking place 29-30 April 2017.

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 Image: Robert Levin, Ascherman

(Written on February 13, 2017 )

 

In today’s Classical News, Grange Festival are to give the world premiere of Jonathan Dove’s new work, celebrating Jane Austen, and Birmingham Conservatoire announce their pianothon. A New York orchestra are putting audience members side by side with players, and Marin Alsop calls for the monetary value of the arts in the society to be promoted.  Germany sees the opening of Club Transmediale, Berlin’s best pop festival, and the future of the Richard Strauss Festival is secured.

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Grange Festival announces Dove premiere

The Grange Festival is to present the world premiere staging of the orchestral version of Jonathan Dove’s Mansfield Park.  The performances, which will take place on 16 and 17 September, will commemorate the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death and the inaugural season of the Grange Festival.

Birmingham Conservatoire announces all-night pianothon

Birmingham Conservatoire has announced an all-night pianothon, which will take place from 7.30pm on 3 March to 7.30am on 4 March at Town Hall.  The event will begin with Gergely Bogányi performing the complete Chopin Nocturnes, a mystery guest playing Beethoven Sonatas Op 109, 110 & 111 and Peter Donohoe performing Messiaen’s The Garden Warbler.

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New York orchestra turning concerts inside out

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sit among the musicians in an orchestra as they perform? The Park Avenue Chamber Symphony has developed a new concept with this idea: inside out concerts.

Music Business Worldwide

Google generated $90bn last year, 6 times more than the global recorded music business

The company’s parent Alphabet Inc. just posted mammoth annual revenues of $90.27bn for the 12 months to end of December, up 20% year-on-year and 24% at constant currency.

Classic FM

‘Art is not just revenue for the soul, it’s revenue for the pocket book,’ says top conductor

Conductor Marin Alsop has told Classic FM that the arts world needs to ‘promote the monetary value of the arts in our society’.

Berliner Zeitung

Club Transmediale Berlins bestes Pop-Festival ist eröffnet 

Vielstimmiges Singen, Brummen, Säuseln und Grunzen zur Abwendung der planetaren Klimakatastrophe gab es bei der Eröffnung des diesjährigen CTM Festivals zu hören; man kann sagen, dass die drei Leitbegriffe des Festivalthemas – „Fear Anger Love“, Furcht, Zorn und Liebe – bereits in diesen ersten knapp anderthalb Stunden eindrucksvoll und befriedigend zur musikalischen Erscheinung gelangten.

Spiegel

“Die Musik macht das Private politisch”

Das Berliner CTM ist eines der weltweit wichtigsten Festivals für elektronische und experimentelle Musik. Hier sprechen die Festivalchefs über ihr politisches Motto “Fear, Anger, Love” und Lücken in der Kulturförderung.

Klassik Heute

Zukunft des Richard-Strauss-Festivals ist gesichtert – neuer Intendant ernannt

Nach intensiven, über Monate geführten Diskussionen über die Zukunftsperspektiven des international renommierten Richard-Strauss-Festivals bekannte sich der Gemeinderat der Marktgemeinde Garmisch-Partenkirchen klar zur Fortführung des Festivals und dazu, die Finanzierung des Festivals über 2017 hinaus zu sichern.

Die Presse

Rudolf Bibl, der Maestro der Volksoper, ist tot

2273 Vorstellungen hat der Wiener Dirigent im Haus am Gürtel geleitet. Er starb 87-jährig in Frankreich.

Musik Heute

Volles Haus beim Familientag der Elbphilharmonie

Zum Abschluss ihres knapp dreiwöchigen Eröffnungsfestivals hat die Hamburger Elbphilharmonie am Sonntag einen Familientag veranstaltet. Zu Konzerten, Workshops und einer “Klangsafari” kamen rund 7.000 Gäste, wie das Haus mitteilte. Die kostenfreien Tickets waren bereits früh vergeben.

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Royal Northern Sinfonia @RNSinfonia We’re featured in @‘s list of the best classical concerts this week! @ bit.ly/2jJnTwQ / bit.ly/2jMPI4Q

Music History @today_classical  in 1774 Death of Bohemian and violist Frantisek

Musik Heute @Musik_Heute Jubel für afghanisches Frauenorchester “Zohra” in Berlin

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Photograph: The Grange Festival

(Written on January 30, 2017 )

 

In today’s Classical News, the London Festival of Baroque Music is to lose its artistic director and festival manager, and an ABO report finds orchestras are playing more, but losing income on all fronts.  Classic FM announces celebrations for its 25th birthday, and musical La La Land leads Oscar nominations with 14.  The President of the New York Philharmonic is to step down, leaving uncertainty regarding renovation projects, and composer Veljo Tormis has died, aged 86.  All over the world today, people celebrate Robert Burns, Scotland’s Bard.

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LFBM to lose artistic director and festival manager

Lindsay Kemp and Lucy Bending are to step down as artistic director and festival manager of the London Festival of Baroque Music (LFBM) at the end of the 2017 event.

Orchestras perform more but earn less, report finds

A new report has found that Britain’s orchestras are reaching more people through concerts and youth engagement, but are losing income on all fronts.

Classic FM

Classic FM celebrate 25th birthday

Classic FM will celebrate its 25th birthday year with a composition competition, the world’s first ever dedicated video game music show and the relaunch of ClassicFM.com. And much, much more…

La La Land leads the way in Oscar nominations, including best soundtrack

La La Land has equalled the all-time record for Oscar nominations, with nods in 14 categories in the 2017 Academy Awards, including Best Original Soundtrack.

BBC Music Magazine

Five of the best… settings of Robert Burns poems

Born in Ayrshire on 25 January 1759, Robert Burns (or ‘Rabbie Burns’ to many) enjoys an iconic status as Scotland’s national poet. Best known to most people as the writer of Auld Lang Syne – surely the most regularly misquoted poem in history (there should be no ‘the sake of’ in there) – his work can be cuttingly satirical, lyrical and romantic or just really rather charming.

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Nachfolger von Barbara Kasseler 

Ulrich Khuon wird Präsident des Deutschen Bühnenvereins

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Estnischer Komponist wurde 86 Jahre alt

Komponist Veljo Tormis gestorben

Fono Forum

Ehrung für zu Guttenberg

Enoch zu Guttenberg und die Chorgemeinschaft Neubeuern werden mit dem Rheingau Musik Preis 2017 ausgezeichnet. Das Preisgeld (10.000 Euro) wird vom Hessischen Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst zur Verfügung gestellt.

El País

De YouTube a la Filarmónica de Berlín

A Arturo Cardelús le encargó obra un solista de la orquesta tras ver su vídeo en la Red

The New York Times

New York Philharmonic President to Step Down

A much-anticipated, long-delayed cultural megaproject — the gut renovation of David Geffen Hall, the New York Philharmonic’s home at Lincoln Center — is facing new uncertainty. 

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Music History @today_classical  in 1909 FP of Richard ‘ opera Elektra at the Hofoper in Dresden.

Classical Music News  @ClassicalMusic The Gesualdo Six launches crowdfunding project for first recording

Philharmonic Society @RoyalPhilSoc HAPPY BIRTHDAY to US! – a sprightly 204 today! 1813

Photograph: La La Land

(Written on January 25, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Jo Dipple, current UK Music’s Chief Executive is to step down in June. The Barbican has announced its 2017/18 season. Royal Northern College of Music appoints Graham Vick CBE as its first international chair of opera. Jeremy Denk Named Milton Court Artist in Residence. Winners of Scottish Opera’s Opera Sparks 2018 competition have been announced. Also, find out the 16 most essential concertos that you should know about that Classic FM summed up!

Classical Music Magazine

UK chief executive to step down

Jo Dipple is to step down as chief executive of UK Music in June after five years in the role.

Barbican announces 2017/18 season

The Barbican’s 2017/18 season will include a composer focus on Esa-Pekka Salonen, the UK premiere of Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking, and a ten-day celebration to mark Sir Simon Rattle’s inaugural season as London Symphony Orchestra music director and artist-in-association with the Barbican and Guildhall School.

Music Teacher Magazine

RNCM appoints first international chair of opera

The Royal Northern College of Music has appointed director Graham Vick CBE as its first international chair of opera. He will take up the position in September 2017, offering tuition, masterclasses and coaching each term.

Opera Now Magazine

Opera Sparks 2018 winners announced

The winners of Scottish Opera’s Opera Sparks 2018 competition have been announced.

Classic FM

These are the 16 most essential concertos in all of classical music

Find out 16 most essential concertos that Classic FM summed up!

Nonesuch Journal

Jeremy Denk Named Milton Court Artist in Residence in Barbican’s 2017–18 Classical Music Season

The Barbican Centre in London has announced its 2017–18 Classic Music concert season, in which pianist Jeremy Denk will be Artist in Residence at Milton Court Concert Hall.

BR Klassik

“Eine unheimliche attraktive Farbenwelt” – das Phänomen Synästhesie

Ein Akkord wird blau, ein Klavierton zum Quadrat: Wer beim Musikhören Farben oder Formen sieht, wird als Synästhetiker bezeichnet. Etwa einer von tausend Menschen hat diese besondere Form der Wahrnehmung. Aber wie entsteht Synästhesie? Und was läuft in den Gehirnen von Synästhetikern anders ab? BR-KLASSIK hat mit Synästhetikern und Wissenschaftlern gesprochen.

Die Presse

Bassbariton Grochowski nach “Walküre”-Premiere gestorben

Bei der Premiere der “Walküre” in Wiesbaden hatte Gerd Grochowski noch Ovationen erhalten, einen Tag später ist er im Alter von 60 Jahren unerwartet verstorben. Er hatte wegen starker Schmerzen im Herzbereich den Notarzt gerufen, der nur noch den Tod feststellen konnte.

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Eine feste Burg ist unser Lied

Das Bundesjugendorchester widmet sich in Berlin seinem zweiten Gemeinschaftsprojekt: der Reformation. Die Ergebnisse sind von durchwachsener Qualität.

France Musique

Simon Rattle défend le projet d’une nouvelle salle de concert à Londres

Lors de la présentation des grandes lignes de la prochaine saison de l’Orchestre symphonique de Londres, Simon Rattle a largement défendu le projet de construction d’une nouvelle salle de concert dans la capitale britannique.

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New York Times Arts @nytimesarts A 300-seat music hall in the South Bronx to honor the history of music that formed there https://t.co/F5OfYFJdoa

CMUSE.org @cmuseorg  items found inside 110-year-old in UK https://t.co/h4INyea43U

klassik.com @klassikcom Tomasz Skweres gewinnt Tonali Kompositionspreis

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(Written on January 18, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Scottish government will boost Edinburgh Festivals’ funding, Philharmonia announces new managing director, and the UK’s most talented young musicians are returning to Birmingham. Also, Jiří Bělohlávek remains maestro of Czech Philharmonic.

Teaching Drama Magazine

£300k extra for Edinburgh Festivals

In celebration of the Edinburgh International, Fringe and Film Festivals’ 70th anniversary this year, the Scottish government have boosted the EIF’s government funding by £300,000, to £2.3m.

Classical Music Magazine

Philharmonia announces new managing director

The Philharmonia Orchestra has appointed Helen Sprott as its new managing director.

Bromsgrove Advertiser

The country’s most talented young musicians are returning to Birmingham

Performing under the baton of renowned conductor John Wilson, The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain makes a return visit to Birmingham’s prestigious Symphony Hall this new year.

The Violin Channel

Violin Virtuoso Julia Fischer Awarded Germany’s Highest Civilian Accolade

Violinist Julia Fischer has been awarded a German ‘Federal Cross’ Order of Merit for her work as a cultural ambassador for the country.

The New York Times

Beyoncé, Radiohead and Kendrick Lamar to Headline Coachella

In a new kind of booking for the annual festival in the California desert, Beyoncé will be one of the three headliners at Coachella this year, which will be held April 14-16 (and repeated the following weekend, April 21-23) at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif.

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Dirigent Bělohlávek verlängert Vertrag in Prag

Jiří Bělohlávek bleibt an der Spitze der Tschechischen Philharmonie. Der 70-jährige Chefdirigent habe einen Vertrag für die nächsten sechs Jahre unterzeichnet, teilte das Orchester in Prag mit.

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Hoff: Thüringen braucht Kultur in der Fläche auf hohem Niveau

Die geplante Gebietsreform in Thüringen wird nach Einschätzung von Kulturminister Benjamin-Immanuel Hoff (Linke) auch den Theatern und Orchestern neue Gestaltungs- und Finanzierungsräume eröffnen.

Klassik Heute

Audi Jugendchorakademie gastiert in der Elbphilharmonie

Unter der Leitung von Kent Nagano tritt der Chor am 13. Januar 2017 in der neuen Elbphilharmonie auf. Auf dem Programm steht die Uraufführung des Oratoriums Arche, das der Komponist Jörg Widmann für diesen Anlass geschrieben hat.

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Classic FM @ClassicFM Watch an organist play The Flight of the Bumblebee *with his feet*

Cmuse.org @cmuseorg An Italian lost his post after ruining for the children in the audience

NDR.de @ndr Vorerst letzte Chance auf ein Ticket für die : Jetzt startet der Vorverkauf der letzten 8.000 Karten.

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(Written on January 4, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, UK government pulls its funding for London concert hall, Hungarian pianist and conductor Zoltán Kocsis dies, and ABRSM joins forces with Classic FM as ‘Partner in Music Education’. Also, the opening of the Elbphilharmonie Plaza attracts over tens of thousands of visitors in Hamburg and “Initiative kulturelle Integration” is launched.

The Guardian

Government pulls its funding for London concert hall

Plans to build a “world-class” concert hall in London have been thrown into disarray after the government pulled its funding on Friday. The project, which was proposed by the conductor Simon Rattle, was not affordable, the government said.

Zoltán Kocsis, pianist and ‘giant of music’, dies aged 64

Virtuoso Hungarian pianist and conductor Zoltán Kocsis, celebrated for his versatile technique, has died at the age of 64, his orchestra, the National Philharmonic, said.

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ABRSM joins forces with Classic FM as ‘Partner in Music Education’

ABRSM, the UK’s largest music education body, has teamed up with the nation’s most popular classical music station, Classic FM, to launch a new music education partnership.

Classical Music Magazine

Liverpool Phil announces second composition prize winner

Richard Miller has won the Liverpool Philharmonic’s second Christopher Brooks Composition Prize.He wins a cash prize of £1,000 and a year’s complimentary membership of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers & Authors (Basca).

The New York Times

Jean-Jacques Perrey, Electronic Music Pioneer, Dies at 87

Jean-Jacques Perrey, the electronic music pioneer whose jubilant compositions turned up in settings as disparate as Disneyland and “The Simpsons,” died on Friday in Lausanne, Switzerland. He was 87.

Irish Examiner

This Kickstarter campaign wants to help an orchestra reinvent your favourite songs

Orchestras are no longer the reserve of Bach or Beethoven. They are increasingly becoming, dare we say it, cool. So what better time for the orchestra Metamorphestra? Founded in 2016 by Nick Proch, it brings an “oversized, high-energy, film score-esque approach to familiar songs”.

Musicweek

BRITs 2017 Voting Academy overhauled to promote diversity

The 2017 BRITs voting academy has undergone a major overhaul to promote greater gender and ethnic diversity among the awards’ voting body.

Musik-heute

Elbphilharmonie-Plaza lockt zehntausende Besucher

Die Plaza der Elbphilharmonie hat sich in den ersten Tagen ihrer Öffnung als Besuchermagnet erwiesen. Am Samstag haben nach der letzten Zählung rund 13.100 Menschen das Bauwerk besucht, am Sonntag kamen bis 17:00 Uhr 10.100 Besucher.

Klassik.com

Händel-Haus Halle erhält Porträt des Komponisten

Das Gemälde befindet sich im Besitz der Nachfahren von Händels Schwester und wird dem Händel-Haus als Dauerleihgabe zur Verfügung gestellt. Das großformatige Porträt zeigt den Komponisten in höherem Alter, der Maler ist unbekannt.

Musikrat.de

Initiative kulturelle Integration ins Leben gerufen

Anknüpfend an die Diskussionen von Bundeskanzlerin Merkel mit Vertreterinnen gesellschaftlicher Gruppen, Verbänden und Organisationen zum Thema Flüchtlinge, haben die Staatsministerin für Kultur und Medien Grütters, Bundesinnenminister de Mazière, Bundesarbeitsministerin Nahles und Staatsministerin Özoguz gemeinsam mit dem Deutschen Kulturrat die Initiative  ins Leben gerufen.

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(Written on November 7, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news round-up, read about how a composer is to create music based on Antarctic ice data, which he will use infra-gravity sound wave data and convert it into a range we can hear. The Modigliani String Quartet has appointed Amaury Coeytaux as its new first violinist from 2017, replacing Philipp Bernhard, who is to step down from the role after 13 years. Also, read about why Dresden Symphony Orchestra’s performance in Istanbul was cancelled by Germany’s Foreign Ministry.

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Project to use music to track melting ice in Antarctic

A composer is currently in the Antarctic with a scientific exhibition to collect data that will be used in the creation of a piece based on melting ice patterns in the region.

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra reaches $25 million funding goal

Amid all the news of cuts at orchestras and musicians on strike in defence of pay, it’s something of a relief to hear a successful fundraising story. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, which set a goal of $25 million for its musicians’ endowment fund so as to expand the ensemble by 11 players, reached its target two years ahead of schedule.

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Amaury Coeytaux named Modigliani String Quartet first violinist

The Modigliani String Quartet has appointed Amaury Coeytaux as its new first violinist from 2017, replacing Philipp Bernhard, who is to step down from the role after 13 years.

Winston Churchill cigar box violin sells for six times its estimate

A 1950s violin crafted from one of Winston Churchill’s cigar boxes has sold for £6,600 – far exceeding its estimate of £500-£1,000. The instrument was sold at an Ingles & Hayday auction on 25 October in London. The successful bidder was the general manager of The Churchill Arms Pub in Kensington, Mr Gerry O’Brien.

Lufthansa forces musician to check her viola into the hold

Finnish National Opera deputy principal violist Sekyeong Cheon says that she was forced to check her viola into the hold on a recent Lufthansa flight from Helsinki.

Music Business Worldwide

BBC Radio 1 has lost 2M listeners in 5 years… as 6 Music keeps growing

BBC Radio 1 has once again failed to draw an audience of more than 10M in the latest Rajars – with its listenership declining by two million people since 2011.

Opera Now Magazine

Met Opera halts performance after ashes sprinkled into orchestra pit

New York’s Metropolitan Opera stopped an afternoon performance of Guillaume Tell on 30 October after an audience member sprinkled a substance believed to be cremated ashes into the orchestra pit.

Classical Music Magazine

Manchester International Festival receives Ambition for Excellence funding

Arts Council England has awarded £640,000 to the Manchester International Festival through its Ambition for Excellence fund.

cincinnati.com

Eckart Preu to lead Chamber Orchestra

After a two-year search and nearly 200 applicants, the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra has a new leader. Eckart Preu will be the fifth music director.

Broadly

Old, Male, and Stale: The Women Fighting Classical Music’s Woman Problem

Since the dawn of time, women have been told they shouldn’t compose because it’s “unfeminine”. A new program out of Sydney is changing that, one talented female composer at a time.

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Dresdner Kreuzchor tritt doch im Stadion auf

Das Adventskonzert des Dresdner Kreuzchors im Fußballstadion der Stadt kann dank zusätzlicher Mittel nun doch stattfinden. Anfang Oktober hatte der Chor aufgrund einer Finanzierungslücke das Konzert abgesagt und auf das nächste Jahr verschoben.

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Berliner Philharmoniker rufen zu Jugendkompositionswerkstatt auf

Die Berliner Philharmoniker rufen zu ihrer Jugendkompositionswerkstatt “Opus One” auf. Jugendliche zwischen 14 und 19 Jahren können sich mit eigenen kammermusikalischen Werken um einen von bis zu vier Plätzen bewerben.

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10. Jan Koetsier-Wettbewerb für Blechbläserquintett

Blechbläserquintette aus Spanien, Österreich, England, Polen, Ungarn und Deutschland wetteifern am 12. November 2016 um die Preise im renommierten Internationalen Jan Koetsier-Wettbewerb, der in diesem Jahr zum zehnten Mal durchgeführt wird.

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(Written on October 31, 2016 )