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The Telegraph

Julian Lloyd Webber: the majority of music competitions are corrupt

Having retired earlier this year Julian Lloyd Webber returns to the news ahead of a talk at Birmingham City University, where he will advise students that when it comes to talent competitions it is not what you know but who you know. 

 

The Guardian

How we made the Live/Revive/Lament opera performance app

Silent Opera’s latest show includes your mobile phone as one of the cast, encouraging you to use their app to delve deeper into the performance.

 

The Guardian

Both Israelis and Palestinians are losers in this conflict

Conductor and co-founder of the West Eastern Divan Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim,  covers his perspective on the on-going conflict. The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra will be performing at the BBC Proms.

 

Classicalite

Peter Gelb of Metropolitan Opera to Union Workers: Prepare for LockoutPeter Gelb, the Metropolitan Opera’s general manager, warned that a lockout of union workers is imminent if the opera house’s singers, orchestra members, stagehands and other employees cannot reach a labor agreement with management by next week.

 

Die Zeit

Frank Castorf will vielleicht die Bayreuther Festspiele verklagen.

 

Die Welt 

“Es gibt keine militärische Lösung”

Der Dirigent Daniel Barenboim hat einen israelischen und einen palästinensischen Pass. Hier schreibt er, warum gerade Hoffnungslosigkeit der Situation einen Ausweg aus dem Konflikt weisen könnte.

 

Berliner Zeitung
Deutschlands einzige feste Kino-Organistin

Anna Vavilkina begleitet im Babylon am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz die Stummfilme. Mit Dutzenden von Registern und Effekten für Regen und Brandung. Sie ist Deutschlands einzige Kino-Organistin in Festanstellung.

 

Le Figaro

Le Festival de Salzbourg s’ouvre sur fond de tracas financiers

Dimanche s’ouvrira en Autriche l’un des rendez-vous musicaux les plus prestigieux du monde. Pourtant, dans la ville natale de Mozart, la mauvaise gestion financière et les querelles internes menacent la bonne tenue de cette 94e édition.

 

 

Twitter

NPR Classical@nprclassical The clock is ticking for the Metropolitan Opera… Labor strife may trigger a shut down next week. http://n.pr/1pglmWd

 

Tasmin @tasminlittle Tonight, tonight, TONIGHT!!! @bbcproms @BBCPhilharmonic #VeryExcited

 

Glyndebourne @glyndebourne A bit late to the party, you can now follow us on Instagram http://instagram.com/glyndebourne 

 

Barbican @barbicancentre One day to go to #walthamstowgardenparty have you planned your visit yet? http://ow.ly/zx1Jn 

 

Classic FM @classicFM Very soon I’ll be giving you a final chance to play to win an amazing musical trip to Europe to see Royal Concertgebouw Orch. @johnsuchet1

 

 

 

Photo: Rex Features

Photo: Rex Features

(Written on July 25, 2014 )

Classical News

The Telegraph

Myung-Whun Chung, interview: when music is life or death

Conductor Myung-Whun Chung doesn’t know if the North Korean musicians he worked with are alive or dead. He talks to Adam Sweeting.

The Independent

Proms 2014: Why the Proms are losing their director Roger Wright

This year’s concerts will feature the starriest names in classical music. But in the background is the sudden departure of director Roger Wright. We reveal the real reasons for his exit.

Classic FM

Cello implodes during recording session: video

A video showing a cellist’s instrument falling to pieces in her hands has been posted to YouTube.

The Telegraph

Nicola Benedetti: ‘I’ve been given a great gift in my life’

Her talent as a violinist is undisputed, but Benedetti made her way to the top thanks to a ferocious work ethic, and a passion for classical music that she wants a whole new generation to share.

Classical-Music.com

BBC Proms Inspire Young Composers’ Competition winners announced

Six young composers will have their works performed at the Proms.

Classical-Music.com

Yamaha calls for brass and woodwind scholarship candidates

Yamaha Music Foundation Europe prepares to launch the next generation of wind players.

New York Times

Divas Ready for Another Stage

After All the Arias, Opera Singers Look to the Stage and Screen.

Die Welt

Kurt Masur: “Es gibt für mich nur eins: Weitermachen”

Kurt Masur geht es nicht gut. Er hat Parkinson, erholt sich nur schwer von einer Hüftoperation und hat sein erstes Konzert danach vom Rollstuhl dirigiert. Aber: Ans Aufhören denkt er nicht.

Tagesspiegel

Mozart und Muezzin: Oper in Israel

Israel ist für vieles bekannt, nicht unbedingt für Oper. Aber auch die gibt es hier, allerdings muss sie immer wieder hart errungen werden. Eine Reise ans Tote Meer und nach Akko.

Twitter

Janet Horvath: ‏‪@playinglesshurt  #Saving ‪#Classical Music: An App for That?  ‪http://www.interlude.hk/front/saving-classical-music-an-app-for-that/#.U7Vf8kDO5qZ.twitter …

GoClassical: ‪@GoClassicalUK The practice of practising and how it works ‪http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/culture/stephenhough/100070997/the-practice-of-practising/ … ‪#piano ‪#classicalmusic

Classical Music@ClassicalM How to be a professional triangle player, with Eric Hopkins of the Utah Symphony ‪http://www.snsanalytics.com/ASpCy3 

 

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Myung-Whun Chung at a Festival in France

Photo: The Telegraph, Gerard Julien/AFP

(Written on July 7, 2014 )

Classical News

The Telegraph

Audience ejects crowd-surfer from classical concert

Scientist is thrown out of “accessible and informal” classical concert by fellow audience members after attempting to crowd-surf.

Classic FM

London Philharmonic Orchestra to star in Wimbledon advert

Musicians will star in an advert for ESPN, promoting Wimbledon 2014 – and met Rafael Nadal on court!

Classic FM

$10million Stradivarius violin fails to sell at auction

An antique violin hidden in a wardrobe for 25 years was expected to sell for an eight-figure sum this week – but failed to reach the reserve price.

The Guardian

Soprano Tamar Iveri released by Opera Australia for anti-gay comments

Public angry after posting on the Georgian singer’s Facebook page appears to describe gay people as ‘faecal masses’.

The Guardian

Orchestral manoeuvres in the car park

Level seven of a multi-storey car park in southeast London isn’t where you’d expect to hear Sibelius’s Fifth Symphony. Nonetheless, that’s where the Multi-Story orchestra are performing. Founders Kate Whitley and Christopher Stark explain how it works.

The Telegraph

Let’s honour the Great American Songbook

Children should be introduced to those classics sung by the likes of Frank Sinatra.

The New York Times

Lee Hyla, 61, Who Mixed Rock and Jazz Into Classical Works, dies

Lee Hyla, an American composer whose work married the formal rigor of classical music with the driving energy of rock and the improvisational abandon of jazz, died on June 6 in Chicago. He was 61.

Iowa Public Radio

Is Parity Time Here for the Classical Violin?

Have women achieved parity in the violin profession?

Die Welt

Nachhaltiges Beben

Um seine Klassikszene wird München beneidet. Jetzt sorgen unglückliche Zufälle wie der Rücktritt von Lorin Maazel bei den Philharmonikern und der Streit um die Klassikwelle B4 für Verwerfungen.

Der Tagesspiegel

Festival Young Euro Classic: Die Welt zu Gast in Berlin

In diesem Jahr wird “Young Euro Classic” zweigeteilt: Ende Juni sind die Jugendorchester im der Philharmonie zu erleben, im August dann im Admiralspalast. Und auch das Programm ist 2014 außergewöhnlich.

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Über 65.000 Besucher beim Bachfest Leipzig

Mehr als 65.000 Menschen haben das Bachfest Leipzig besucht. Die Gäste aus 32 Nationen erlebten 107 weitgehend ausverkaufte Veranstaltungen, teilten die Veranstalter am Sonntag mit. Im Mittelpunkt des Musikfestivals stand der zweitälteste Bach-Sohn Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, von dem allein 56 Werke aufgeführt wurden.

concerti

Festivalguide: Horizont-Erweiterungen

Ein besonderer Ort, fern des Konzertalltags: Die Sommerlichen Musiktage Hitzacker leben den Festivalgeist in Reinkultur.

El Mundo

Las ‘Cuatro estaciones’ en ‘remix’

Max Richter explica cómo se rehace una de las piezas más conocidas del repertorio clásico según los parámetros de la música electrónica.

Twitter

Telegraph Classical: ‏@TeleClassical  People diary: Opera anger over ‘anti-Semitic’ claim http://tgr.ph/1ntGN2d 

Musical America: ‏@MusicalAmerica Charleston Symphony Taps Music Director http://buff.ly/1lRgAcB  

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The Bristol Old Vic

Photograph: Alamy

(Written on June 23, 2014 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Music Education in England: about to be decimated? 

Michael Gove appears to be not only contradicting his own National Plan for Music, but he might be about to destroy Music Education altogether.

The New York Times

Strasbourg Music Festival Closes, Cites Poor Ticket Sales

Thea Strasbourg Music Festival closed its doors just days before Sunday’s opening concert. France’s oldest classical music festival, the event was scheduled to run through June 15 and feature prominent artists such as the pianist Krystian Zimerman and the conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner, leading the English Baroque Soloists.

The Telegraph

Glyndebourne: the love story that started it all 

It was English soprano Audrey Mildmay who spurred the opera-loving aristocrat John Christie into creating a professional opera at Glyndebourne, says Rupert Christiansen.

Classicfm.com

Video games concert announced for Wembley Arena

A concert of video game music starring the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra at Wembley Stadium has been announced, with highlights to include soundtracks from Halo, Mass Effect and Final Fantasy.

Die Welt

Durch den Schlamm, den Dreck zum Licht

Adriana Hölszky ist Deutschlands bedeutendste Komponistin. Die Nacht, das Abgründige, Querständige zieht sie an. Ihre Stücke schnalzen, schnarren, schreien. Man kann sich ihnen nicht entziehen.

Concerti

Wenn Spaniens Gitarren erklingen…

Pepe Romero und Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos bei den Philharmonikern in Hamburg.

Twitter

IntsArtsManager: @IntsArtsManager Can digital ever replace the live experience? internationalartsmanager.com/2014/06/05/can-digital-ever-replace-live-experience …

Birmingham Phil Orch: @BPOBirmingham #English Masterworks, 9 days to go #Elgar #VaughanWilliams book now http://tinyurl.com/nukemlx  @elgarsocietyweb @RVWSociety #classical #brum

Musicians’ Union: @WeAreTheMU Tell @LostArts_ about #artscuts affecting you & help make the case for #artsfunding via http://www.lost-arts.org  #lostarts #culturematters

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Children join in a mass violin lesson, part of the Sounds Venezuala Southbank Centre weekend.

- The Guardian

(Written on June 6, 2014 )

Classic FM

Nicola Benedetti children’s music picks cause controversy

Violinist Nicola Bendetti has listed what she sees as 10 essential pieces of classical music that children should hear when they’re growing up.

Classic FM

Mystery of piano abandoned under New York’s Brooklyn Bridge

The Mason & Hamlin piano- found under the Brooklyn Bridge on the Manhattan side- sits half submerged at high tide and mostly exposed low tide. As yet, no one knows where it came from, or why it is there.

Classical-Music.com

Martin Campbell-White awarded Honorary Membership of the Royal Philharmonic Society

The artist manager becomes the 131st recipient of the award.

The Seattle Times

League of American Orchestras chief reviews symphonic scene

Jesse Rosen, the president and CEO of the League of American Orchestras, discusses the health of the symphonic scene in the U.S. He’ll be in Seattle, along with many of his colleagues, for the League’s annual national conference, June 4-6, 2014.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Hilft klassische Musik aus dem Elend?

Virtuoser Klang für eine bessere Zukunft: In der größten Favela Brasiliens werden talentierte junge Musiker ausgebildet. Das Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks ist dabei.

Berliner Zeitung

Bach-Porträt könnte echt sein

Zehn Porträts des Komponisten Johann Sebastian Bach sind bislang aufgetaucht. Eines gilt als echt. Fünf andere nicht. Ein kürzlich in Dortmunder Privatbesitz gelangtes Pastell-Porträt könnte nun ebenfalls zu Lebzeiten Bachs entstanden sein, meinen Experten.

Concerti

Improvisation ist alles

Die Lautenistin Christina Pluhar will keine Genregrenzen akzeptieren und mischt barocke Tänze mit Fado.

KlassikAkzente

Hilary Hahn wird mit dem Glashütte Original MusikFestspielPreis 2014 ausgezeichnet

Die Geigenvirtuosin Hilary Hahn spricht im Interview mit dem neuen “Dresdner Musikfestspiel Magazin” nicht nur über ihre Vision für das Musikleben 2020, sondern auch über die Faszination, im Austausch mit anderen Menschen neue Perspektiven zu entdecken und zu teilen.

Klassik.com

Dirigent Francesco d’Avalos gestorben

Italienischer Orchesterleiter und Komponist wurde 84 Jahre alt.

Klassik heute

Mortier Award 2014 – posthume Ehrung für Gerard Mortier

Die Zeitschrift Opernwelt und der Ring Award (Internationaler Wettbewerb für Regie und Bühnengestaltung) haben gemeinsam einen neuen Preis für Musiktheater ins Leben gerufen – den Mortier Award.

Le Figaro

Festivals : halte aux idées reçues

Fréquentation, taille, pérennité, prix des places… Une étude réalisée sur quatre cents manifestations en Europe ébranle quelques poncifs.

Twitter

Classical Ear: @ClassicalEar Discover more music, for less than the price of a coffee per month, and free for 2 weeks: the #Classical Ear app. http://georiot.co/2wdj

Piano City: @pianocity A #piano under the #Brooklyn Bridge … it’s clearly time for #PianoCity New York! http://bit.ly/1iMB99P  #classical

The Guardian: @guardian Bruckner’s “saucy” sixth is the symphony that disproves those lazy received opinions about his musichttp://www.theguardian.com/music/tomserviceblog/2014/jun/03/symphony-guide-bruckners-6th

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Nicola Benedetti- classicfm.com

(Written on June 3, 2014 )

Classical News

The Telegraph

Why it’s time to to end our Cold War view of Soviet music 

Composers who were loyal to the Soviet regime should be listened to sympathetically, says Ivan Hewett. 

Classicfm.com

Sex Workers’ Opera celebrates ‘incredible’ first night

The opera, simply titled The Sex Workers’ Opera, had its first performance at the Courtyard Theatre in Hoxton, East London. The cast of the opera is partly made up of workers in the sex industry, who contributed their experiences to the writing process and are mixed in with the rest of the cast to preserve anonymity.

Financial Times 

British composers and the English landscape 

Nothing has defined English music of the past 100 years more than a composerly fixation with landscape.

The Guardian

 What concerts have sent you to sleep?

Salisbury Arts Centre wants its audience to drift off during tonight’s concert, curated by violinist Pekka Kuusisto.

Still crazy after all these years

Many of America’s great radical composers of the 20th century have been all but forgotten. Rolf Hind, who has programmed their music for his Occupy the Pianos festival, explains why we should take them seriously.

Chicagotribune.com

Former lyric chief to advise San Diego Opera

William Mason, the retired general director of Lyric Opera of Chicago, has been named to the newly created position of artistic adviser to the embattled San Diego Opera, the company announced on Friday.

Das pralle Leben hinter den Noten

Unter Hunderten von Supergeigern war sie die richtige: Jetzt verjüngt die 26-jährige Vineta Sareika das fabelhafte Artemis Quartett.

Spiegel Online

East Side Oktett: Acht Freunde müsst ihr sein!

Franz Schubert komponierte ein Marathon-Oktett, um es dem Kollegen Beethoven mal so richtig zu zeigen. Das Berliner Musik-Ensemble East Side Oktett nahm sich das Monster vor – kombiniert es aber mit einer zeitgenössischen Premiere.

http://www.spiegel.de/kultur/musik/east-side-oktett-dunkle-lichter-a-972229.html


Russland weiterhin an Kauf von Rachmaninow-Villa interessiert

17 Millionen Schweizer Franken für Haus am Vierwaldstädter See geboten.

Violinist David Nadien ist tot

US-amerikanischer Geiger wurde 88 Jahre alt

Epoch Times

Dissonance in Classical Music

Anthony Tommasini, classical music critic for The New York Times, talks about dissonance – the perceived stability or instability of two or more sounds.

Il Messaggero

Ennio Morricone malato, stop ai concerti ma continuerà lavoro per cinema

Stop a concerti e tournèe per Ennio Morricone. Il maestro, spiega il suo legale Giorgio Assumma, «è affetto già da qualche mese da una noiosa ernia del disco che gli preclude la direzione di orchestra e le lunghe trasferte che essa comporta».

Twitter

@ClassicalEar Discover more music: the #Classical Ear app brings the good stuff to your #iPhone each weekday. http://georiot.co/2wdj 

@guardian Symphony guide: Mozart’s 41st (‘Jupiter’)

@DorianGriner #Classical #Musicians to join the fast growing community @HelloStage_ @BernhardKerres @bettina_mehne

@RaymondGubbay Elgar on the Southbank is just days away! If you’re going to The Royal Festival Hall on Friday, then we’d like to hear from you! #classical

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Soviet musician Mieczyslaw Weinberg is Radio 3′s Composer of the Week
- The Telegraph

(Written on June 2, 2014 )

Classical News

Classical Music Magazine 

Southbank announces major £24m maintenance scheme for QEH, Purcell, and Hayward

The Southbank Centre has announced a £24m scheme to repair and maintain the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery, backed by a £16.7m grant from Arts Council England.

The Telegraph

London Mozart Players: the ultimate comeback kids 

This week the London Mozart Players will prove that they really are the comeback kids of the orchestral world. Twice in recent years this fine chamber orchestra has threatened to disappear.

BBC News

Apple agrees to buy headphone maker Beats for $3bn

Apple boss Tim Cook said the deal would allow the firm to “continue to create the most innovative music products and services in the world”.

The Times

How to melt the Sydney Opera House

The designers behind the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony are working their magic for the Vivid Sydney festival.

abc News

Beethoven letter goes to auction 

A rare letter by Ludwig van Beethoven is among over 400 historical documents coming to auction.

Tagesspiegel

Sprich, Bauwerk, sprich!

Im Architekturfilm „Kathedralen der Kultur“ erforschen Wim Wenders, Robert Redford und andere die Seele von Meisterwerken der Baukunst. Auch die Berliner Philharmonie ist dabei. 

Die Kunst des Anschlags

Daniil Trifonov und Igor Levit gelten als die derzeit weltbesten jungen Pianisten. Sie stammen beide aus dem russischen Nischni Nowgorod und spielten jetzt in Berlin. Ein Vergleich. 

KlassikAkzente

50 Fakten über Herbert von Karajan: Die Legende lebt, Teil 3/5

Herbert von Karajan und Deutsche Grammophon: 50 Jahre währte ihre Zusammenarbeit (1939-1989). Wir gedenken Karajans mit einer Sammlung von 50 Fakten, die jeder Fan kennen sollte.

Classicalite

Apple-ocracy: New iPad Air 2 Commercial Features Esa-Pekka Salonen Shaving, Leila Josefowicz Shilling for ‘Violin Concerto’

The New Yorker has some strong opinions about the current status of orchestral works in popular culture (cf. the latest Apple advert for the iPad Air). ”Not surprising, given Apple’s distinguished history of television propaganda,” writes David Remnick’s classical music critic Alex Ross.

El Mundo

El genio con grilletes 

El gran violonchelista Carlos Prieto relata el drama emocional vivido por el compositor en la era soviética y su peculiar ‘disidencia’ musical

Twitter

@WildKatPR Our client @PhilipSheppard is guest speaker and performer at the @C2MTL conference this evening in Montreal, Canada http://www.c2mtl.com 

@guardian Mozart’s 41st symphony – the last he composed – is full of postmodernism, palimpsests, and pure exhilaration


@WillGomptertz
Terrible news about the fire at Glasgow School of Art, a true masterpiece by a true master. A horrible blow to a great city.

 

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Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre’s second-largest performance space

www.southbankcentre.co.uk – Classical Music Magazine

(Written on May 29, 2014 )

Classical News

BBC News

Troubled arts venues get 14m rescue

More than 50 theatres, galleries and other arts organisations at “serious financial risk” have received emergency grants totalling £14m from Arts Council England over the past three years.

Classical Music Magazine

Garsington announces Philharmonia deal

The Philharmonia Orchestra will accompany one production a year, initially for five years from 2017, in new productions of late 19th- and 20th-century opera.

BBC News

Mandela opera cancelled after three shows 

Producer Unathi Mtirara, Mandela’s grandnephew, told the Agence France Presse (AFP) news agency the show had run out of money to pay performers.

Classic FM 

The Piano Guys transform One Direction with Saint-Saëns 

Steven Sharp Nelson and Jon Schmidt have taken a break from performing at the Seven Wonders of the World to re-work a version of an unlikely pop track – One Direction’s ‘Story Of My Life’.

Tagesspiegel

Für immer neugierig

Ulrich Eckhardt hat 27 Jahre lang die Berliner Festspiele geleitet – und dann ein zweites Leben als Pianist, Organist und Galerist begonnen. Ein Besuch in Zehlendorf anlässlich seines 80. Geburtstags.

Concerti

Festivalguide: Von der Magie der Gezeiten-Konzerte

In Ostfriesland umarmt die Musik die Natur – und manchmal auch umgekehrt.

Klassik.com

Dokument von 1894/95 wird erstmals in New York präsentiert.

Listen Magazine

From dorky niche to hipster darling, is the accordion going legit?

Epoch Times

Contrabass ‘Sings’ When Coaxed by Two Virtuosi

Despite the richness of the voice of the grandfather of stringed instruments, the contrabass or bass—an instrument that, in the right hands, tells its own story through great depth, color, and individuality—few bass players find much public recognition. However, two wonderful virtuosi should never be ignored again—American Joe Tamosaitis and Romanian Botond Kostyak.

Le Figaro

 La « Leçon de piano » de Valentina Lisitsa

L’artiste consacre un album à Michael Nyman, compositeur de la BO du film de Jane Campion.

Twitter

CBC Music @CBCclassical Classical violinists told they can’t take instruments on US Airways plane, make great video on the tarmac http://bit.ly/1gylK1r  #classical

World Concert Hall @wconcerthall  Today, #Bruch with @NickyBenedetti and #Mendelssohn‘s ‘Scottish’ from #Copenhagen http://ht.ly/xj90c  #wch #classicalmusic

Tim Benjamin @timthecomposer “I’ve plundered the Baroque!” http://rarescale.org.uk/section745285_285131.html …

Susan Jones @SusanJonesArts #PayingArtists@guardian http://www.theguardian.com/uk/culture  holding steady in #mostpopular read #artists #goodpractice #artsfunding

NYT

The National Youth Theatre at the London Olympics

BBC News – Getty Images

(Written on May 28, 2014 )

BBC News Wales

Horizons new music talent search launched by BBC Wales

A search for new musical talent with the promise of recording sessions and BBC airtime has been launched.

News Observer

Wake County schools to discuss new music partnership, technology and Read To Achieve

A new partnership with the music industry, the status of implementing the state’s Read To Achieve law and the district’s technology plan are scheduled to be on the agenda for the meeting of the Wake County school board’s student achievement committee.

The Vancouver Sun

Classical music is changing with the times

It used to be that a Jascha Heifetz or a Fritz Kreisler was known just for performing; today it seems the engaged artist has so many more different responsibilities and roles. When, and why, did it become necessary for an artist to consider these different demands?

Al.com

Classical music alive and well, Leon Botstein tells UAB music students; will conduct Alabama Symphony on Thursday

Birmingham, Alabama – Contrary to predictions of its early demise, classical music is not dead, or even dying.

Stuff

Apple pushes labels for iTunes exclusives

Apple has begun pressuring the major record companies to offer new releases exclusively through its iTunes store – a move that would initially block availability on streaming services such as Spotify or Beats Music, according to several people familiar with the matter.

Chicago Tribune

Ray Still, legendary CSO oboist and teacher remembered

Ray Still was famous for being the best of the best, one of the finest and longest-tenured orchestral oboe players of all time. He played oboe in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for an astonishing 40 years, 39 of them as principal oboe. He served with distinction under four CSO music directors, from Fritz Reiner to Daniel Barenboim, until his retirement in 1993.

Detroit Free Press

Jazz artist Marcus Belgrave reunited with stolen trumpet, doesn’t have to pay pawnshop

Marcus Belgrave’s custom-made trumpet, which was stolen from the trunk of his car on Friday night in Eastern Market in Detroit, was recovered at Zeidman’s pawnshop, a few blocks east of the market area. The trumpeter picked up the horn at the downtown police station this afternoon, blowing a few choruses of “Oh Happy Day” for the assembled media as his wife, Joan, sang along.

Epoch Times

Jazz-Legende Thielemans beendet Karriere

Der belgische Jazz-Musiker Jean-Baptiste „Toots“ Thielemans beendet seine Karriere.

BBC News

BBC News

(Written on March 13, 2014 )

Limelight Magazine

Esa-Pekka Salonen wins 2014 Nemmers prize

Finnish composer and conductor awarded the 2014 Michael Ludwig Nemmers Prize in Music Composition

Cincinnati

American Classical Music Hall of Fame inducts five

Legendary American pianist Andre Watts, who has appeared multiple times with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, is one of this year’s inductees in the American Classical Music Hall of Fame.

Israel National News

‘Violin Scam’ to Come to Trial

An Israeli conductor and his violinist wife were indicted on Monday by the Haifa Magistrates Court for fraudulently representing themselves as investment managers who dealt in valuable antique violins.

Voice of Russia UK

Women conductors passing on the baton in new Musin-model course

Conducting orchestras is largely a male preserve, with few women taking up the baton. But now Britain’s female conductors are working to change that, by launching a course designed to encourage more women to get onto that podium.

The Telegraph

Robotic arm gives amputee drummer ‘superhuman’ skills

A drummer who lost his arm after being electrocuted can continue to pursue his dream, thanks to a robotic arm

The Moscow Times

Turetsky Choir Mixes Opera Vocals and Pop Styles

The Turetsky Choir will celebrate its 14th birthday this year, yet the singers in the group have known each other for  20 years, since they first turned their trained operatic voices to the creation of pop music

Der Tagesspiegel

Premiere “Rein Gold” an der Staatsoper

Kalauernde Kapitalismusklatsche: Nicolas Stemann richtet Elfriede Jelineks Bühnenessay über Wagners „Ring“ für die Berliner Staatsoper zu.

The Telegraph

The Telegraph

(Written on March 11, 2014 )