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In today’s news: Ticketmaster shutters secondary ticketing sites Get Me In! and Seatwave. Nominate for the 2019 Music Teacher Awards for Excellence. Performers of Edinburgh finale revealed. New releases: James Horner – The Classics, Chouchane Siranossian – In Time. In Berlins Jewish Museum Comics are made into classical music. How a young generation of opera lovers uses social media. Another artist has cancelled its appearance at this years Ruhrtriennale. The finalists for the IFAC Australian Singing Competition have been announced.

Music Week

Ticketmaster shutters secondary ticketing sites Get Me In! and Seatwave

Ticketmaster has announced the closure of its resale sites in an effort to stamp out inflated prices online by touts.

Music and Drama Education Expo- A Rhinegold event

Nominate for the 2019 Music Teacher Awards for Excellence

Nominations are now open for next year’s Music Teacher Awards for Excellence, taking place on 6 March 2019 at the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane Hotel, Mayfair.

Rhinegold

Performers of Edinburgh finale revealed

Tenor Nicky Spence and soprano Lucy Crowe will perform songs from Bernstein’s West Side Story at the closing event of the festival on 27 August.

Classic FM

New releases: James Horner – The Classics, Chouchane Siranossian – In Time

Throughout the week Classic FM’s presenters bring you the best new recordings, including world exclusives and premiere broadcasts of latest releases.

Limelight

Finalists announced for the IFAC HANDA Australian Singing Competition 

The finalists for the 2018 IFAC Handa Australia Singing Competition have been announced. The five hopefuls were chosen from 11 young singers hoping to progress to the next round and win the premier award on offer, the Marianne Mathy Scholarship valued at $30,000.

FAZ

In jedem Bild steckt ein Klang

Im dunklen Saal der W. Michael Blumenthal Akademie des Jüdischen Museums Berlin ist eine einfache Leinwand heruntergezogen. Daneben steht ein Flügel. Kaum vorstellbar ist, dass mit so bescheidenen Mitteln Kunst zum Leben erwacht, die unbeteiligte Zuschauer in ihren Bann ziehen kann.

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Verdi auf Instagram

Die U-Bahn ist überfüllt. Hunderte sind unterwegs zum Konzert der Rolling Stones im Olympiastadion. Viele von ihnen sind sichtbar mit der Band gealtert. Zwei ziemlich junge Leute dagegen steigen schon an der Station „Deutsche Oper“ aus.

Welt

Ruhrtriennale: Auftritt Istanbuler Musik-Gruppe abgesagt

Zwei Tage vor dem geplanten Auftritt haben die Musiker des Istanbuler Hezarfen Ensembles ihr Konzert auf dem Kulturfestival Ruhrtriennale abgesagt.

 

(c) Beth Chalmers

(Written on August 14, 2018 )

We are very pleased to be working alongside the Royal Over-Seas League on their 66th Annual Music Competition, which is taking place at Over-Seas House on Greek Park, London.

The AMC is the centrepiece of ROSL Arts’ year-round programme of music, art and literary events. Offering upwards of £75,000 in grants and awards, the AMC is widely-regarded in industry circles for its prestige and heritage. Recent winners of the Gold Medal include guitarist Sean Shibe, baritone Jonathan McGovern and saxophonist Huw Wiggin, each having gone on to achieve outstanding success in the early stages of their career.

Winners are offered life-changing performing opportunities after the competition, including bookings at the likes of Wigmore Hall and British music festivals. Past winners have benefited from concerts organised in countries including Singapore, Canada, Australia and Zimbabwe.

Founded in 1910 as the ‘Over-Seas Club’, ROSL aimed to unite a ‘far-flung brotherhood of individual men and women of diverse creed and races living widely apart under differing conditions, in different latitudes’ (Sir Evelyn Wrench). ROSL continues to champion international friendship and cultural understanding throughout the Commonwealth and beyond. A non-profit private members’ club, the Grade I listed clubhouse hosts regular music and arts events and offers under-35s a heavily discounted membership fee and networking opportunities.

A full list of section finals, and details of winners so far, is below:

13 February Wind and Brass (Jonathan Radford, saxophone)
20 February Voice (Michael Mofidian, bass-baritone)
27 February Strings (Emmanuel Bach, violin)
6 March Keyboard
13 March Ensembles A
20 March Ensembles B
22 March Overseas Award

The prestigious Gold Medal final, carrying an award of £15,000, will be held on 4 June at the newly reopened Queen Elizabeth Hall on the South Bank. Tickets can be purchased here.

(Written on February 28, 2018 )

In today’s news: Warner Music signs a licensing deal with Mixcloud. The plans for a new London concert hall are one step further and the ABO has announced the new cohort selected for „Find Your Way“. Daniel Hope wins the Bundesverdienstkreuz. The New York times on “The Force of Things”, a false report of death, the artistic director of the Gärtnerplatz on the re-opening, the EU Youth orchestra has got to move because of Brexit.

M Magazine

Warner Music signs licensing deal with Mixcloud

Warner Music is the first major record company to sign a licensing deal with Mixcloud, covering the label’s international roster of artists and recordings.

Classical Music Magazine

ABO announces 2017/18 Find Your Way cohort

The Association of British Orchestras has announced the new cohort selected for ‘Find Your Way’, its annual programme of sector-specific mentoring and placements for senior and emerging managers in ABO member organisations.

Pictures at an Exhibition reimagined for charity concert

Artists, musicians and authors have joined forces to reimagine Viktor Hartmann and Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition in support of London’s homeless.

The Guardian

Plans for new London concert hall move step closer after architects announced

New York firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro chosen from six-strong shortlist, and will work to submit a design for the building by December 2018

New York Times

‘The Force of Things,’ an Indirectly Audible Opera

In the 50 years since Robert Ashley wrote “That Morning Thing,” some strategies for making new opera have become clear.

Limelight

Reports of Dmitri Hvorostovsky’s death incorrect

Reports of the death of Siberian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2015, are incorrect.

Musik Heute

Bundesverdienstkreuz an Geiger Daniel Hope

Der Geiger Daniel Hope hat das Verdienstkreuz am Bande des Verdienstordens der Bundesrepublik Deutschland erhalten.

concerti

Josef E. Köpplinger, Intendant und Regisseur zur Wiedereröffnung des Münchner Staatstheaters am Gärtnerplatz

2010 entschloss sich Klagenfurts Intendant Josef E. Köpplinger Münchens „anderes Opernhaus“ oder „Opéra comique“, das Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz ab 2012 zu übernehmen.

Pizzicato.lu

Umzug des EU-Jugendorchesters: Italien macht Angebot

Das ‘European Union Youth Orchestra’, das wegen des Brexits seinen bisherigen Sitz in London aufgeben muss, hat ein Angebot der italienischen Regierung erhalten

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Music History‏ @today_classical #Today in 1830 FP of #Chopin‘s E-minor Piano Concerto, composer at piano in Warsaw #MusicHistory #classicalmusic

 

The Force of Things ©Marina Levitskaya

(Written on October 11, 2017 )

In today’s news: Barbara Hannigan speaks to Ben Lawrence, Nick Hornby’s “Fever Pitch” has become an opera, and Brexit might threaten UK’s music industry. 2.200 visitors at choir conference “chor.com”, Johannes Krahl wins organ competition in Freiberg, and Bamberg Symphony to open its new season.

Evening Standard

Classical concert raises £30,000 for the victims of the Grenfell Tower disaster

75 former residents of the tower block in Kensington were among the 850-strong audience at Cadogan hall for the three-hour performance.

Daily Mail

Scientist turns the sound of irregular heartbeats into classical music

It is hoped that the experimental project may help doctors better diagnose the condition of heart arrhythmia.

The Telegraph

Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan serves the music, not the audience

Ben Lawrence speaks to the 46-year old opera veteran about her ability to draw an audience into the fragile emotional state of the characters she plays on stage.

Independent

Nick Hornby’s ‘Fever Pitch’ has become an opera

Stage version of the football autobiography features 16 original songs, using popular football chants as hooks and riffs.

Huffington Post

Brexit is a huge potential threat to the UK’s booming music industry

British music exports are higher than ever at £365million in 2016, but uncertainty over Brexit threatens its future.

Pizzicato

Ben Glassberg Wins Besançon Conducting Competition

The 55th international competition for young conductors in Besançon ended yesterday evening with the victory of the British conductor Ben Glassberg, 23.

Limelight

Bel Canto and Elizabeth Connell Prize winners announced

The Joan Sutherland & Richard Bonynge Foundation awards prizes to mezzo Bronwyn Douglass and soprano Katie Lowe.

NMZ

chor.com: 2.200 Kongressteilnehmer leiten Trendwende in der Musikszene ein

Über 200 Veranstaltungen bot der Branchentreff chor.com in Dortmund, der an diesem Sonntag zu Ende ging.

Klassik.com

Johannes Krahl gewinnt Silbermann-Orgelwettbewerb in Freiberg

Der 18-jährige Organist Johannes Krahl hat beim Gottfried-Silbermann-Orgelwettbewerb, der in diesem Jahr zum 13. Mal ausgetragen wurde, den ersten Platz belegt.

Klassik Heute

Saisoneröffnung mit Chefdirigent Jakub Hrůša in Bamberg

Chefdirigent Jakub Hrůša sagt über den Komponisten Josef Suk es sei einer, auf den wir aufmerksam machen wollen.

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Music History @today_classical

in 1971 Birth of Russian Anna

Bronwyn Douglass © The Joan Sutherland & Richard Bonynge Foundation

 

 

 

 

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(Written on September 18, 2017 )

In today’s news: a closer look at Classic FM, the numbers are in for British music exports, the winners of the Gilmore Young Artist Awards have been announced, Facebook is negotiating with the music industry, Cardiff doesn’t want to be European Capital of Culture anymore and a nude violinist raises body awareness. also in the news: a street artists who turns to opera, no winners at the ARD Violin competition and Silbermann Tage have opened in Saxonia.

The Guardian

Classic FM at 25: The sweet sound of success

When it launched 25 years ago, no-one would have predicted that Classic FM would become the UK’s biggest commercial radio station. John Crace goes behind the scenes to find out why Titanic is in, but Gilbert and Sullivan are out

Classical Music Magazine

British recorded music exports at highest level since 2000

British recorded music exports have risen to their highest levels this century, the BPI (British Phonographic Industry) has announced.

2018 Gilmore Young Artists announced

Pianists Wei Luo and Elliot Wuu have been named as recipients of the 2018 Gilmore Young Artist Awards.

The Telegraph

Facebook to pay music industry millions in royalty fees to protect its users from breaking copyright

Facebook is to pay millions in royalty fees to the music industry to protect its users from copyright violation when they upload videos that contain illegal uses of songs.

BBC News

Cardiff pulls out of European Capital of Culture race

Cardiff has ruled itself out of bidding to become European Capital of Culture 2023.

Limelight

Violinist skydives nude for men’s body image awareness

Australian violinist Glen Donnelly played Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending as he fell 15,000 feet in his birthday suit.

Washington Post

This legendary street artist has done walls, shoes and Bieber albums. Now he’s trying opera.

What you see, on the white wall, are elegant sweeping marks, a script you can’t quite make out or have forgotten to learn. What the artist hears is music. His name is Marquis Lewis, better known as Retna […]

BR Klassik

ARD-MUSIKWETTBEWERB 2017 FINALE VIOLINE

Kein erster Preis wurde im Fach Violine vergeben. Ein zweiter Preis ging jeweils an den Italiener Andrea Obiso und Sarah Christian aus Deutschland, die auch den Publikumspreis erhielt.

Codex Flores

Rein durch Gedankenkraft komponieren

Forschende der TU Graz entwickeln ein Brain-Computer-Interface (BCI), mit dem sich durch Gedankenkraft Musik komponieren lässt: Aus einer BCI-Methode, die hauptsächlich zum Buchstabieren dient, hat das Team eine entsprechende Anwendung entwickelt.

Musik Heute

Silbermann Tage in Freiberg eröffnet

Wenige Tage nach der Wiedereröffnung des Wohn- und Arbeitshauses von Gottfried Silbermann (1683-1753) haben am Mittwoch in Freiberg (Landkreis Mittelsachsen) die Silbermann-Tage zu Ehren des berühmten Orgelbauers begonnen.

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Music History‏ @today_classical

in 1922 FP of Sir Arthur ‘ Colour Symphony in England.

Gottfried Silbermann (1683-17539)

(Written on September 7, 2017 )

In today’s news: NYMAZ to extend digital music education project, YouTube ripping site YouTube-MP3 shutting down after RIAA battle, and does playing Mozart to your unborn baby really make it smarter? Kirill Serebrennikow still under house arrest, Deutsche Oper Berlin begins new season with 140,000 guests, and more music at schools in France.

Classical Music Magazine

Basca announces 2017 Gold Badge recipients

Basca (British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors) has announced the recipients of the 2017 Gold Badge Awards.

Music Teacher

NYMAZ to extend digital music education project

NYMAZ has received £273,000 from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Education and Learning Through the Arts Fund to extend its digital music education project Connect: Resound over the next four years.

The Strad

ARD Competition announces violin finalists

Launched in 1952, the competition focuses each year on different instrumental categories, selected from 21 disciplines. The 66th ARD International Music Competition 2017 offered four categories: violin, piano, guitar, and oboe.

Music Business Worldwide

YouTube ripping site YouTube-MP3 shutting down after RIAA battle

Good news for rights-holders: the world’s most popular online tool for ‘stream ripping’ audio from YouTube is shutting down following a legal battle with US recorded music body the RIAA.

Classic FM

Does playing Mozart to your unborn baby really make it smarter?

Studies suggest that playing music to your unborn child can improve its hearing, spatial reasoning skills and even general intelligence. But is there any truth in the ‘Mozart effect’?

Limelight

Australian Brandenburg Orchestra in 2018

With guests from Italy, France and Cuba, Paul Dyer’s 2018 season tells wide-ranging stories of musical journeys.

Pizzicato

Wiener Staatsoper installierte 2.000 Tabletdisplays

Zum Saisonbeginn hat die Wiener Staatsoper ein neues Untertitel- und Informationssystem in Betrieb genommen. Zwei Millionen Euro wurden investiert.

Klassik.com

Moskauer Gericht lehnt Einspruch des russischen Regisseurs Serebrennikow ab

Der russische Regisseur Kirill Serebrennikow bleibt weiter unter Hausarrest. Ein Moskauer Gericht lehnte den Einspruch der Verteidigung Serebrennikows sowie deren Forderung, den Hausarrest aufzuheben, ab.

Musik Heute

Deutsche Oper Berlin: 14.000 Gäste bei Saison-Eröffnung

Das diesjährige Saison-Eröffnungsfest der Deutschen Oper Berlin hat rund 14.000 Besucher jeden Alters angezogen.

France Musique

Rentrée en musique : un espoir pour l’avenir des musiciens intervenants en milieu scolaire

Cette année, la rentrée se fera en musique, selon le souhait du ministre de l’Éducation nationale Jean-Michel Blanquer, avec aux premières loges, les enseignants de musique en milieu scolaire, qui espèrent y voir un engagement en faveur de l’éducation musicale à l’école. 

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in 1883 Birth of Else -Fischer in Frankfurt.

Classic FM: Does playing Mozart to your unborn baby really make it smarter?

(Written on September 5, 2017 )

In today’s news: Opera star Anna Netrebko talks about her life, loves – and cancelling at Covent Garden, and Canadian mezzo Emily D’Angelo wins Cesti Competition 2017. Houstan Grand Opera under water, Staatsoper Hamburg looks for young musicians, and Fabien Gabel new musical director of Orchestre Français des Jeunes.

The Telegraph

Anna Netrebko: ‘My husband just thought I was a crazy prima donna’

Europe’s queen of opera tells Rupert Christiansen about her life, loves – and cancelling at Covent Garden

Teaching Drama

Shakespeare’s Globe launches new apprenticeships

In a fresh bid to enforce its commitment to equal opportunities and arts access for young people, Shakespeare’s Globe in June launched four year-long apprenticeship programmes, to run from September.

Pizzicato

Canadian mezzo Emily D’Angelo wins Cesti Competition 2017

More than 170 young singers from 39 nations applied for the prestigious singing competition for Baroque opera, organized by the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music.

Classic FM

Titanic is the biggest-selling classical album of the last 25 years

The score for the 1997 blockbuster film Titanic, composed by the late James Horner, is the best-selling classical album of the last 25 years, according to the Ultimate Classic FM Chart, the biggest ever countdown of classical music album sales in the UK.

Limelight

Young Virtuoso Award NSW State Finals winner announced

Jennifer Hou will go on to compete at the National finals, while Toby Thatcher is named Patron of Emerging Artists.

NMZ

Sängerin in Bayreuth verletzt – Regie-Assistent spielt Brünnhilde

Ein Regie-Assistent im glitzernden Goldkleid als Brünnhilde auf der Bayreuther Festspielbühne: Zum Abschluss der Richard-Wagner-Festspiele am Montagabend musste improvisiert werden.

Klassik.com

Houston Grand Opera schwer von der Flut getroffen

Der Tropensturm “Harvey”, der im US-Bundesstaat Texas schwere Schäden verursacht hat, hat auch Oper und Ballett in Houston in hohem Maß in Mitleidenschaft gezogen.

Klassik Heute

Staatsoper Hamburg sucht junge Musikerinnen und Musiker für Kinderoper

Die Staatsoper Hamburg sucht für die Kinderoper Die arabische Prinzessin in der Reihe opera piccola Kinder und Jugendliche zwischen 14 und 20 Jahren, die bei den Vorstellungen im Februar 2018 mitwirken wollen.

Le Figaro

Gammes d’été pour l’orchestre français des jeunes

La formation aborde sa session estivale et découvre Fabien Gabel, son nouveau directeur musical.

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in 1948 Birth of Italian Lucia -Terrani in Padua.  

Canadian mezzo Emily D’Angelo wins Cesti Competition 2017

(Written on August 29, 2017 )

In today’s news: Voices Now reveals results of Big Chorus Census, RSNO launches third Composers’ Hub competition, and Facebook reveals plans to negotiate with existing digital music platforms. Exclusive concert at the Elbphilharmonic for police men after G20 summit riots, and conductor Frank Matthus leaves Kammeroper Rheinsberg.

Choir and Organ

Voices Now reveals results of Big Chorus Census

There are at least 40,000 choirs singing regularly in the UK, according to Voices Now. The charity has revealed the results of its Big Choral Census – its first piece of research – which examined the activity and volume of vocal groups across the UK.

Classical Music Magazine

RSNO launches third Composers’ Hub competition

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) has launched its third Composers’ Hub competition.

The Strad

Lara Boschkor wins Tonali Violin Competition in Germany

The 17-year-old Kronberg Academy student took home the top prize of €10,000 for her performance of Prokofiev’s First Violin Concerto

Pizzicato

Josep Pons Named Conductor Laureate of the Orchestra of Granada

The Mayor of Granada and President of the Orquesta Ciudad de Granada, Francisco Cuenca, has named Josep Pons (*1957) Conductor Laureate.

Music Business Worldwide

Facebook reveals plans to negotiate with existing digital music platforms

Back in March, MBW revealed that Facebook was hiring for no less than three senior positions – all focused on the direct licensing of music.

Tagesspiegel

Frank Matthus verlässt Kammeroper Rheinsberg

2018 ist Schluss. Frank Matthus, der künstlerische Leiter der Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg, verlässt das Opernfestival in Brandenburg.

Berliner Zeitung

Nach G20-Krawallen Gratis-Konzert für Polizisten in der Elbphilharmonie 

Sechs Tage nach den Staats- und Regierungschefs lädt die Hamburger Elbphilharmonie auch Polizisten ein, die beim G20-Gipfel im Einsatz waren.

NMZ

Unterm Regenbogen – München leuchtet schillernd bunt!

So geht es auch: Klassik und Neue Musik als Starter für die CSD-Woche in der Bayernmetropole.

Broadway World

Newly Appointed Principal Bass and Horn Announced by L.A. Chamber Orchestra

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), one of the nation’s premier orchestras as well as a leader in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions, appoints David Grossman as Principal Bass and Michael Thornton as Principal Horn, announces LACO’s Executive Director Scott Harrison.

WQXR

Traffic Marshall Surprises Travelers with a Public Piano Performance

Traveling by rail (or air, or sea) can be a draining experience.

Twitter

in 1925 Birth of Japanese Tasushi

Choir and Organ: Voices Now

(Written on July 12, 2017 )

In today’s news: German broadcast license fee decreases, and conductor Frieder Bernius celebrates his 70th birthday. Fete de la musique has begun in Berlin and Brandenburg, and Dina Gilbert becomes music director in Kamloops. ABO announces first recipients of sirens fund.

Classical Music Magazine

VCM Foundation launches composition competition

The Voces Cantabiles Music (VCM) Foundation has launched its inaugural composition competition. Composers are invited to submit an original composition for SATB divisi a cappella lasting a maximum of four minutes. The compositon must not have been performed before.

The Strad

Remembering Bernard Millant 1929-2017

The esteemed bow maker, dealer, author and expert died in April aged 87. Jean-François Raffin, who worked with Millant and co-authored the celebrated three-volume work L’Archet with him, remembers his friend and colleague

Music Business Worldwide

Now Apple wants to reduce royalty rate it pays record labels

Last year, MBW broke the news that Spotify was trying to negotiate the royalty rate it paid record labels down from 55% of revenue closer towards 50%. Now Apple is believed to be on a similar mission.

Classical Music Magazine

ABO announces first recipients of Sirens funding

The Association of British Orchestras has announced the first recipients of its Sirens awards made to UK orchestras for projects to raise awareness of historic women composers

Berliner Zeitung

Rundfunkbeitrag GEZ-Einnahmen sinken auf knapp acht Milliarden Euro

Die Einnahmen aus dem Rundfunkbeitrag zur Finanzierung der öffentlich-rechtlichen Sender sinken. – Quelle: http://www.berliner-zeitung.de/27836904 ©2017

Concerti

Herzlichen Glückwunsch, Frieder Bernius!

Der Stuttgarter Dirigent Frieder Bernius feiert heute seinen 70. Geburtstag. Seit einem halben Jahrhundert setzt er mit dem Kammerchor Stuttgart neue Maßstäbe

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Fête de la musique in Berlin und Brandenburg

Zum Sommeranfang erklingt Live-Musik von vielen Freilichtbühnen, Plätzen und Parks.

Broadway World

NEA Awards Orpheus Chamber Orchestra $40,000 Art Works Grant
National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $82 million to fund local arts projects across the country in the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2017.

Pizzicato

Dina Gilbert named Music Director in Kamloops, British Columbia
Born in Québec, Gilbert has served as an assistant conductor of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra from 2013 to 2016.

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:By our reckoning, the mighty will just have completed her 24 piano marathon for Macmillan Cancer Support! Well played, Anna!
2 in 1911 FP of ‘s Coronation March at the coronation of King George V and Queen Mary in London.
Classical Music Magazine: ABO announces first recipients of Sirens funding

(Written on June 22, 2017 )

Following a wonderful party at Fort Worth Zoo yesterday evening (including appearances from flamingos, baby racoons, and a skunk), first on the menu this morning was a fascinating symposium on Cultural Diplomacy.  After Stuart Isacoff’s introduction to arts diplomacy between America and Russia from the end of  World War Two up until the fall of the Berlin Wall, we heard from panellists Marc Thayer, Sarah Tanguy, and Patrick Castillo.

Images: Fort Worth Zoo

First we heard from Marc Thayer, former deputy director of American Voices, which takes musicians abroad to countries including Iraq and Afghanistan, to teach and perform music to locals.  Marc emphasised the good relations this forms with local musicians, leaving a favourable and lasting impression of American culture. Rather than just taking American music to these communities, they build on the practices already in place, using the music of the countries they visit together with American music.

Founded in 1953 and formalised by President Kennedy, Arts in Embassies takes American artists to participate abroad, engaging over 20,000 people to date in 189 countries.  Professional curators, such as Sarah Tanguy, create around 60 exhibitions per year, and since the turn of the century over 58 permanent collections have been installed in diplomatic facilities all over the world.

Patrick Castillo, a composer, performer, writer, and educator, has taken part at The Festival de Música Contemporánea de La Habana three times.  Having started as the only American participant, the most recent festival saw ten members of the American Composers Forum attend.  Patrick cited lack of equipment in Cuba as a major problem, and said that on subsequent visits, composers and musicians took across suitcases of reeds, strings, pencils, and manuscript paper.

Throughout the discussion it emerged that sadly these schemes are not something that the State Department likes to trumpet, fearing accusations of misspending of public money.  Thus reciprocal schemes giving opportunities for oversees artists to visit the States have not yet taken flight.  All three speakers were also nervous about funding cuts, with the future of their organisations not guaranteed.

Image: Cultural Exchange Symposium, The Cliburn

Concert 1 of the Final Round begins this evening at 7.30pm, and can be viewed on cliburn2017.medici.tv.

(Written on June 7, 2017 )