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In today’s news: ‘From Classical to Rock’ concert supports music education featuring high-profile artists, Royal Opera announces world premiere, “classical music needs Kendrick Lamar more than it needs the Pulitzer”, Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester announced program for season 2018/19 and International trade fair and festival, Jazzahead started in Bremen.

Opera Now

The Royal Opera announces world premiere by composer-in-residence

The opera, entitled Mamzer Bastard and written by Na’ama Zisser, is a co-commission with the Guildhall School in association with Hackney Empire.

Music Theatre Wales appoints new chair

Christine Bradwell has been appointed chair of contemporary opera company Music Theatre Wales. She will be taking over from Geraint Davies CBE, who is stepping down after 11 years.

Choir and Organ 

Sonoro announces choral conducting masterclass

The masterclass led by co-artistic director Neil Ferris, will take place in July at St Gabriel’s Halls, Pimlico, is aimed at advanced conductors who wish to gain further technical expertise and knowledge.

Broadway World

‘From Classical to Rock’ concert to benefit music education for Orange County communities

The event brought together OCMD music students together with platinum selling rock stars and acclaimed classical musicians, performing together under one roof.

NME

Sharon Van Etten to play special orchestral show at BBC Proms

Musicians and ‘The OA’ star to team up with Heritage Orchestra at Royal Albert Hall.

Slate

Classical Music Needs Kendrick Lamar More Than It Needs the Pulitzer

Composers shouldn’t fear hip-hop. They should embrace it.

Der Tagesspiegel

DSO Berlin Saison 2018/19 Robin Ticciati liebt es vielseitig

Das Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester und sein Chefdirigent Robin Ticciati enthüllen, was sie in der Saison 2018/19 vorhaben

concerti

Das Theater Augsburg wird zum Staatstheater befördert

Das Theater Augsburg wurde durch Ministerpräsident Markus Söder zum Bayerischen Staatstheater ernannt – obgleich das Haus gerade am Beginn einer mindestens fünfjährigen Sanierungsphase steht

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Internationale Musikmesse «jazzahead!» blickt auch auf den Nachwuchs

Bremen – Die internationale Musikmesse «jazzahead!» ist am Donnerstag in Bremen eröffnet worden. Bis 22. April treffen sich Agenturen, Labels, Künstler, Produzenten und Veranstalter, um sich zu informieren und auszutauschen.

Musik Heute

Hamburger Opernstiftung zeichnet Nachwuchskünstler aus

Die Mezzosopranistin Nadezhda Karyazina, die Tänzerin Madoka Sugai und der Posaunist Felix Eckert erhalten die diesjährigen Nachwuchspreise der Hamburger Opernstiftung

Le Monde

Stéphane Roth, nouveau directeur général de Musica

L’actuel directeur éditorial de la Philharmonie de Paris succède à Jean-Dominique Marco. Très attendue dans le milieu de la musique contemporaine, la désignation du successeur de Jean-Dominique Marco à la tête du festival Musica de Strasbourg a été rendue publique.

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Sharon Van Etten to perform at BBC Proms © NME

(Written on April 20, 2018 )

– “Artistic work is only a pretext for becoming free, and it may be that it is not completely possible in this world to have freedom. In art and in fiction, I can do what I cannot in reality. It is a way to expand on the possibility of freedom.” Hayoun Kwon (participating artist “Non-sense music; borders”) –

We are thrilled to be supporting the upcoming Korean Interdisciplinary Arts Festival „Non-Sense Music #2; Borders“ and many other inspiring projects and events in cooperation with the Korean Cultural Centre in Berlin.

The Korean Cultural Centre is the cultural department of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Germany, headquartered in Berlin under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Korea (MCST). Its aim is to promote Korean culture and facilitate cultural exchanges to introduce and generate interest in the many diverse aspects of Korean culture.

The Centre organises many programmes, events and courses under the categories of arts, music, literature and film. It creates an active place for cultural mediation. An item of great importance is the organisation and support of cultural events with Korean participation throughout Germany by working closely with the relevant institutions of both countries.

Permanent and alternating exhibitions can be seen in their own premises, at their Gallery damdam and at other external exhibition spaces. In the field of music the Centre curates a wide range of events: from Young Korean talents, the JazzKorea Festival to the International Younghi Pagh-Paan Composition Prize and lunchtime concerts in the “Pavillon der Einheit”.

We begin our campaign with an in-house exhibition by the interdisciplinary and Berlin based, but Seoul born artist, kate-hers RHEE. Her arts project “I like Korea and Korea likes me” will feature at Gallery damdam from 26th April – 16th June 2018.

This solo exhibition is curated by Kahee Jeong and presents two of her projects: the “deutschsprachliche Projekt” and “Transkoreaning” plus some artworks that were especially created for this exhibition. Identity and language are the essential themes in the work of kate-hers RHEE. Her art is transgressive, performative and plays with her “otherness” as an American raised woman with Asian roots in various cultural contexts.

 

 

We look forward to also supporting the Korean Interdisciplinary Arts Festival „Non-Sense Music #2; Borders“. This ten-day interdisciplinary arts festival takes place from 11th May – 20th May 2018 at Kunstquartier Bethanien and explores the politics of space through the micro-history of six Korean artists. Curated by Seoul born Joanne Kim, the artists Nahoon Park (Choreographer, Performance), Soyoung Chung (Video, Performance), Hayoun Kwon (VR), Ryu Biho (Installation, Performance), Helena Parada Kim (Painting) and Kim Hwang (Installation, Documentary film screening) transform the circumstances and conditions of time and space into songs, performance and visual delights.

The multicultural upbringing of Helena Parada Kim – she is half Korean and half Spanish and grew up in Germany – fuels her creative inspiration in various ways. She uses photographs of members of her mother´s family to create her artworks. Using family portraits as fundamental inspiration for her paintings, allows her to present a multidimensional homage to Korean traditions and culture.

 

Helena Parada Kim: Nurses and cranes, 180×250 cm, oil on linen, 2017

 

Artist Hayoun Kwon on the other hand, specialises in film work. At Non-sense music, she exhibits the animated political documentary “489 Years”, a film grounded in personal stories and linked to geopolitical questions of borders and territoriality. With virtual reality glasses, we are being taken to the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), a strip of land running across the Korean Peninsula to serve as a buffer zone between North and South, immersing us in the personal memories of a soldier. Hayoun Kwon’s film allows us to see a forbidden place, where nature has totally reclaimed its hold.

The WildKat team is very excited to be working alongside the Korean Cultural Centre in Berlin and its many cultural and artistic projects to come, including an in-house exhibition of Thearesa Cha (September 2018), the Grassimesse Leipzig (October 2018) and the Jazz Korea Festival (November 2018).

 

(Written on April 20, 2018 )

In today’s news: BBC Proms 2018 season to celebrate music from 1918, singers from Royal Opera House travel to Dorset, NY Orchestras granted $1.8 million to battle lagging US orchestra diversity, Warner Classics signs deal with IDAGIO, Bundestag Committee of Culture and the Media discussed reactions to the Echo Awards and the Minister of State for Culture and Media, Monika Grütters’ plans for the next four years.

Classical Music

BBC announces 2018 Proms season

The season will pay tribute to a range of events that occurred 100 years ago, including the anniversary of women’s Suffrage and the end of World War I.

Hellensmusic Festival returns for ‘most ambitious year yet’

The Herefordshire festival will take place 16-20 May in and around Hellens, one of England’s oldest manor houses, with events spreading to St Bartholomew’s Church and The Walwyn Arms in Much Marcle.

Opera Now

Singers from the Royal Opera House will perform ‘Covent Garden comes to Dorset’

The Dorset Opera Festival will host ‘Covent Garden comes to Dorset,’ a new concert at Milton Abbey Heritage Church.

BBC News

Disability-led ensemble to play BBC Proms

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s Resound ensemble will become the first disability-led group to play the BBC Proms this summer.

Broadway World

Greenwich Village Church Converted For Classical Music Concert Series

George Capsis hosts classical music concert series for over 300 hundred of his closest friends and neighbour, including Sara Jessica Parker, to raise money to save the 130 year old Catholic Archdiocese of New York.

The Washington Post

Groups partner to increase lagging US orchestra diversity

In attempts to increase diversity in American orchestras, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is granting $1.8 million over the course of four years to three organisations joining together for a new initiative.

Billboard

Warner Classics Signs Deal With IDAGIO Classical Streaming Service

The new partnership encompasses the entire Warner Classics and Erato catalog, as well as playlists curated by the labels and their artists.

nmz

Bundestagsausschuss für Kultur und Medien: Reaktionen auf Echo-Verleihung

Jetzt haben sind Wellen um die ECHO-Preisverleihung bis in den Ausschuss für Kultur und Medien des Deutschen Bundestags übergeschwappt. Dies wurde ebenso thematisert wie die Vorhaben der Kulturstaatsministerin Monika Grütters für die nächsten vier Jahre.

SWR

Regisseur Serebrennikow weiter unter Hausarrest

Ein Gericht in Moskau hat den Hausarrest des regierungskritischen Regisseurs Kirill Serebrennikow bis zum 19. Juli verlängert. Das berichtet die russische Nachrichtenagentur RIA.

BR Klassik

Erfolg für Clara Shen beim Menuhin-Wettbewerb – 12-jährige Münchner Geigerin im Finale

Die erst zwölfjährige Geigerin Clara Shen aus München hat es ins Finale des renommierten Menuhin-Geigenwettbewerbs geschafft. Beim Finale am Freitag tritt sie in der Genfer Victoria Hall gegen fünf weitere Talente an, wie die Veranstalter am Dienstag mitteilten.

klassik.com

Weimarer Musikhochschule freut sich über wertvolle Gesangbuch-Sammlung

Das Thüringische Landesmusikarchiv der Weimarer Musikhochschule erhält eine wertvolle, bis in die Mitte des 16. Jahrhunderts zurückreichende Gesangbuch-Sammlung.

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BBC Proms Launch-Classical Music Magazine © Sanjeet Riat

 

 

 

(Written on April 19, 2018 )

In today’s news: Researchers decipher songs in people’s minds based off AI algorithm, Sony/ATV  acquire Abiah’s classical-catalogue in global partnership deal, Staatsoper Suttgart announced its new programme under new intendant Viktor Schoner, Oboist Ekkehard Hering receives Mozart-Prize 2018, and saxophonist Sebastian Gille to receive SWR Jazz Price 2018.

Music Teacher

ACM and Metropolis Studios to launch new record label

The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) has partnered with London-based Metropolis Studios to launch Metropolis Blue, a record label initiative run by students.

Broadway World

The Vaults Present ‘Sounds And Sorcery’ in celebration of Disney Fantasia

A brand new immersive experience which will open in the Vaults at Waterloo this summer, the year Mickey Mouse celebrates his 90th anniversary.

Digital Trends

Mind-reading A.I. algorithm can work out what music is playing in your head

Research done at University of California, Berkeley used a deep-learning algorithm and brain activity, measured with electrodes, to turn a person’s thoughts into digitally synthesised speech.

Music Week

Sony/ATV signs global partnership with Abiah

The deal covers the London-based company’s entire catalogue, including songs by rising classical singing star and lyricist Carly Paoli and composer, arranger and conductor Romano Musumarra.

Opera Now

Garsington Opera to stage its first world premiere

This July, Garsington Opera is to stage the world premiere of an opera based on the award-winning novel, The Skating Rink, by Chilean author Roberto Bolaño.

The New York Times

Nathan Davis, Jazz Saxophonist and Educator passes away at 81

Nathan Davis, a jazz saxophonist, composer and educator who helped establish a place for African-American music in the academy, died on April 8 in Atlantis, Fla. He was 81.

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Saxofonist Sebastian Gille erhält SWR Jazzpreis 2018

Der Saxofonist Sebastian Gille erhält den mit 15 000 Euro dotierten SWR Jazzpreis 2018. Der 1983 in Quedlinburg (Harz) geborene Musiker füge dem Jazz eine neue richtungsweisende Saxofonsprache hinzu, begründete die Jury am Dienstag ihre Entscheidung. Ihm gelängen Improvisationen von großer melodischer Kraft und rhythmischer Dringlichkeit.

SWR

Staatsoper Stuttgart präsentiert ersten Spielplan der neuen Opernleitung – Schoner will Fragen statt Antworten

Mit Stille, einer Uraufführung, Stummfilmen und acht Opernpremieren startet die Staatsoper Stuttgart ins erste Jahr der Intendanz von Viktor Schoner. Traditionen und Kult-Inszenierungen werden aber bleiben.

klassik.com

Mozartpreis 2018 für Oboist Ekkehard Hering

Der Chemnitzer Oboist Ekkehard Hering erhält den Mozartpreis 2018 der Sächsischen Mozart-Gesellschaft. Damit soll sein vielfältiges Engagement für einen überregionalen kulturellen Anspruch in Chemnitz gewürdigt werden. Bach, die barocken Zeitgenossen und Mozart sind hierbei zentraler Inhalt seines Wirkens.

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ELBJAZZ-Festival veröffentlicht Spielplan

Das Hamburger ELBJAZZ-Festival hat auf einer Pressekonferenz sein diesjähriges Programm bekanntgegeben. Mit dabei sind Jazzgrößen wie Kamasi Washington, Nils Landgren und Michael Wollny

france musique

Un document interne dévoile le malaise des danseurs de l’Opéra de Paris

Problèmes de management, harcèlement, absence d’accompagnement : une enquête interne révèle les tensions qui pèsent sur le ballet de l’Opéra de Paris et les critiques adressées par les artistes à la directrice de la danse, Aurélie Dupont.

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Garsington Opera at Wormsley Park

 

(Written on April 18, 2018 )

In today’s news: Rapper Kendrick Lamar is the first non-classical artist to win the Pulitzer Prize, RNCM pledges to make Manchester leading green city, soprano, Julia Bullock battles social injustice, several musicians give their Echo-Awards back and Deutsche Oper Berlin announced its plans for 2018/19 season.

Classical Music

RNCM supports Greater Manchester environmental pledge

The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) is backing Andy Burnham’s environmental pledge to remove single-use plastics by 2020, with the aim of making Greater Manchester one of the leading green city regions in Europe.

Financial Times

Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Festival Hall, London — the sound of the universe

To celebrate the opening of the new concert hall in Seoul in 2016, Unsuk Chin chose metaphysics whose theme is “our physical relationship with the cosmos”

Pacific Times

Julia Bullock is Fighting for Social Justice One Song at a Time

Bullock, a biracial soprano, sings Schubert and Fauré but also Billie Holiday and Nina Simone—and she’s blazing trails.

The List

Niall Horan recording Flicker songs with Irish orchestra

Niall Horan has teamed up with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra for a special performance of songs from his solo LP ‘Flicker’ for Irish radio.

Science Daily

Music intensifies effects of anti-hypertensive medication

Anti-hypertensive drugs improving heart rate more in patients who listen to music after taking medication

Fortune

Kendrick Lamar Becomes the First Rapper to Win the Pulitzer Music Prize

Kendrick Lamar won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in music for his album DAMN., making him the first non-jazz or classical artist to win the prize.

Zeit online

Mehrere Musiker geben Echo zurück

Preisträger protestieren gegen die Echo-Auszeichnung für Kollegah und Farid Bang. Den Verantwortlichen wird Verantwortungs- und Geschmacklosigkeit vorgeworfen.

Der Tagesspiegel

Deutsche Oper Berlin: Die Saison 2018/19 – Franzosen, Fontane und Fanale

Die Deutsche Oper Berlin hat ihre Planung für die Saison 2018/19 vorgestellt. Und sieht sich als einziges Berliner Haus, das französisches Repertoire pflegt.

Musik Heute

Kent Nagano erhält Champagne-Preis für Lebensfreude

Hamburg/Berlin (MH) – Der Dirigent Kent Nagano (66) hat am Montagabend in Hamburg den Champagne-Preis für Lebensfreude erhalten. Der US-Amerikaner mit japanischen Wurzeln vermittle durch Musik eine große Lebensfreude, erklärten die Veranstalter.

El País

El PSOE cuestiona la seguridad de un concierto de la banda sinfónica en CentroCentro

La concejal Mar Espinar exige al Ayuntamiento que aclare cómo fija el número máximo de aforo para los músicos en el escenario

Platea Magazine

Fabio Biondi dimite como director musical del Palau de les Arts

Según fuentes próximas al Palau de Les Arts de Valencia, uno de sus dos directores musicales has hoy, el italiano Fabio Biondi (Palermo, 1961), ha presentado su dimisión tras tres años en el cargo.

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Kendrick Lamar © Tone Deaf

(Written on April 17, 2018 )

In today’s news: British Museum launches first music festival, Wigmore Hall International Strings Competition winners announced, disruption at the Royal Opera House as outsourced security teams threaten strike action. German collection society GEMA increased its revenues by 5% last year to hit €1.074bn, Jennifer Higdon has been awarded the $100,000 Michael Ludwig Nemmers Prize and Germany’s Echo prize to reconsider award process.

Classical-Music.com

The British Museum launches its first music festival

A two-week festival at the British Museum hopes to combine classical and contemporary music with its global historical exhibitions.

Music of the Holocaust available to watch after 20 years in archive

Acclaimed documentary The Music of Terezín has been recovered to view by the public on the Music and the Holocaust website.

Thoroughly Good

Wigmore Hall competition winner announced after weekend-long finals

International String Quartet Competition attracts string quartets of the highest calibre, with members aged under 35, who are keen to pursue performing careers at the highest level.

The Stage

Unrest at ROH as security staff threaten strike action

Security at the London venue is outsourced to a company called Corps Security, which determines pay for its personnel. The allegations of bullying also relate to Corps Security, not the Royal Opera House management

ATG expands into German venue operation with acquisition of five theatres

Ambassador Theatre Group will acquire five new venues in Germany as it announces a takeover of theatre operator Mehr! Entertainment.

Music Business Worldwide

GEMA revenue up 5% in 2017 to reach €1.07bn

German collection society GEMA increased its revenues by 5% last year to hit €1.074bn. That’s up 5%, or nearly €50 million from 2016 thanks in part to a rise in income from the public performance of music, radio and TV, as well as a payment for the so called ‘iPhone tax’.

philly.com

Philly Grammy-winner Jennifer Higdon now wins $100,000 Nemmers Prize, too

Jennifer Higdon has been awarded the $100,000 Michael Ludwig Nemmers Prize in Music Composition for 2018, given to contemporary classical composers of exceptional achievement […].

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Barockes Opernhaus in Bayreuth : Hier könnte etwas Zukunftsweisendes entstehen

In Bayreuth ist das Opernhaus der Markgräfin Wilhelmine aus dem Jahr 1748 wiedereröffnet worden. Warum ist bislang nur eine Gelegenheitsbespielung geplant? Wie Leben in den Weltkulturerbe-Bau kommen könnte.

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Nach heftiger Kritik: Echo-Veranstalter wollen Preis überarbeiten

Wegen des Proteststurms nach der Echo-Verleihung an die Rapper Kollegah und Farid Bang will der Veranstalter das Konzept erneuern.

Musik Heute

Thüringer Bachwochen ziehen positive Bilanz

Rund 18.000 Besucher sind zu den Thüringer Bachwochen gekommen. Die 53 Veranstaltungen seien zu 80 Prozent ausgelastet gewesen, teilten die Organisatoren am Sonntag mit.

Le Monde

Jean-Claude Malgoire, hautboïste et chef d’orchestre, est mort

Pionnier de la musique ancienne et représentant du courant des « Baroqueux », il s’est éteint à l’âge de 77 ans.

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Composer Jennifer Higdon (c) Karli Cadel

 

(Written on April 16, 2018 )

In today’s news: St John’s cash reserves are running out, RPO honour victims of Gallipoli, Director of the Berlin Volksbühne gives up his post, James Levine attempts to restore his reputation while lawsuit carries on, “Europäische Wochen” in Passau results in leadership dispute, and Museum Tinguely in Basel to show an exhibition dedicated to the creative reproduction of music and art.

The Times

St John’s, Smith Square, sounds alarm over cash shortage

St John’s, Smith Square, London, is losing £250,000 a year. It does not receive any subsidy and without a fresh injection of cash its reserves will run out.

Classical Music

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra gives first performance of work to commemorate those who died in the first Gallipoli attack

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra perform Turkish composer Can Atilla’s ‘Gallipoli’ Symphony, The 57th Regiment, in the presence of His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent

St John’s Collective to hold concert to tackle homelessness in Manchester

Since January 2018, a partnership between Manchester Camerata and property developer Allied London has brought together amateur musicians from across Manchester to form St John’s Collective.

BBC Music Magazine

Winners of BBC Music Magazine Awards 2018 announced

An outstanding line-up of Award-winners includes legendary maestro Bernard Haitink, Berlioz conductor extraordinaire John Nelson and remarkable mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Intendant Chris Dercon tritt zurück

Der umstrittene Intendant der Berliner Volksbühne, Chris Dercon, gibt seinen Posten auf. Kultursenator Klaus Lederer und Dercon hätten sich einvernehmlich darauf verständigt, die Intendanz mit sofortiger Wirkung zu beenden, teilte die Kulturverwaltung am Freitag mit.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Wie ist das Verhältnis von Ton und Unterton?

Mit einer Klage möchte der wegen sexuellen Missbrauchs entlassene Dirigent James Levine seine Probleme lösen. Die Metropolitan Opera bringt derweil zwei seiner Lieblingsstücken ohne ihn heraus.

Welt

So stark unterscheiden sich die Gehirne von Jazz- und Klassik-Pianisten

Ein Instrument zu spielen ist eine besondere Aufgabe für unser Gehirn. Dabei arbeiten jene von Jazz- und Klassik-Pianisten ganz unterschiedlich, wie Neurologen nun herausfanden. Eine Erkenntnis, die auch unser Alltagsleben betrifft.

BR-Klassik

Vier Weise sollen Frieden stiften bei Europäischen Wochen in Passau

Im Führungsstreit beim Kulturfestival Europäische Wochen in Passau soll jetzt ein Beratungsgremium zwischen dem Festspiel-Intendant Thomas E. Bauer und der Vorsitzenden des Trägervereins Rosemarie Weber für Entspannung sorgen. Eine mit Spannung erwartete Mitgliederversammlung des Vereins ging am Dienstagabend mit einem Burgfrieden zu Ende.

Neue Zürcher Zeitung

Was hat Musik im Kunstmuseum verloren?

Ausstellungen wie diese sind eine intellektuelle Herausforderung für den Betrachter: Das Museum Tinguely widmet sich der kreativen Reproduktion von Musik und Kunst.

Platea Magazine

La Asociación de Teatros, Festivales y Temporadas estables de Ópera en España anuncia la convocatoria de los I Premios Ópera XXI

La Asamblea de Ópera XXI celebrada hoy en el Teatro Real (Madrid) ha aprobado la convocatoria de la primera edición de los Premios Ópera XXI. La Asociación de Teatros, Festivales y Temporadas Estables de Ópera en España trabaja ya en esta iniciativa, que supone la creación de unos nuevos premios líricos desde la desaparición de los Premios Campoamor.

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The baroque St John’s, Smith Square © Alamy

 

(Written on April 13, 2018 )

In today’s news: Orchestral music reaches new audiences through video games, BBC National Orchestra of Wales celebrates 90 years, Washington Performing Arts CEO is Pushing DC’s classical music scene forward, performance of “Edward W. Said Days” took place in Pierre Boulez Hall, and the 10th anniversary of Musikautorinnenpreis ignites criticism towards GEMA.

The Telegraph

Royal Philharmonic to perform for Playstation:“This concert is a signpost for where orchestral music is expanding,”

In front of 5,000 concertgoers at the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Philharmonic will be performing the music to the video games like Uncharted 2: Among Thieves and others. The orchestral music is expected to attract hundreds of people who have never been to a classical concert before.

‘Pitting opera against pop music is unhelpful, unfair and flawed”

Pop critic defends opera and the Arts Council.

The Times

Through Opera, Debussy Reaches a New Audience

The centennial of the composer’s death this year provides an occasion to revisit the less-known corners of his oeuvre.

BBC News

BBC National Orchestra of Wales marks 90th anniversary

The BBC National Orchestra of Wales has “evolved” in order to reach its 90th birthday, according to its director.

Isle of Wight County Press

Classical music stars, Blake and Mary-Jess to headline The Wight Proms on Isle of Wight

A classical chart-topping line up has been announced for the final evening of The Wight Proms, Last Wight of the Proms.

Washingtonian

How Washington Performing Arts CEO Jenny Bilfield Is Pushing DC’s Classical-Music Scene Forward

President and CEO of Washington Performing Arts is responsible for shaping Washington’s cultural life by including some of the most prominent shows at Kennedy Centre and Strathmore, as well as bringing lesser-known orchestra to the area for adventurous concerts.

The Oregonian

Imani Winds breaks the mold of the classical music ensemble in multiple ways

Portland’s Chamber Music Northwest replaced its longtime resident ensemble, the Emerson Quartet with Imani Winds, a younger, yet equally as talented ensemble to challenge the diversity problem in classical music.

Der Tagesspiegel

„Said Days“ im Boulez Saal – Konflikt und Kontrapunkt

Beethovens Streichquartett op.130, Bachs „Ricercar a 6“ und ein Vortrag von Raja Shehadeh. Die „Edward W. Said Days“ im Pierre Boulez Saal.

klassik.com

Generalmusikdirektor verlangt Austritt der Intendantin zur Vertragsverlängerung – Oper Köln: Künstlerische Leitung entzweit

Medienberichten zufolge hat Generalmusikdirektor François-Xavier Roth für seine Vertragsverlängerung an der Kölner Oper den Abschied von Opernintendantin Birgit Meyer gefordert. Roth halte Meyer für fachlich nicht kompetent, die Intendantin hingegen fühle sich bevormundet.

nmz

Jubiläum im Shitstorm – 10 Jahre Musikautorinnenpreis der GEMA

Über viele Jahre gehörten die GEMA und die GEZ zu Reizworten in der öffentlichen Diskussion. Immer gab es viele Leute, die etwas gegen die Institutionen hatten. Man war im Dauerfeuer der Kritik. Die GEZ gibt es mittlerweile nicht mehr. Und die GEMA, die gibt es selbstverständlich noch. Aber sie ist längst nicht mehr so stark im Fokus von Angriffen von innen wie außen.

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Lorne Balfe and orchestra perform a the Video Game Awards © Vince Bucci/PictureGroup

(Written on April 12, 2018 )

In today’s news: Opera receives large sums from Arts Council, Mark-Anthony Turnage quits opera, streaming services considered going public, Sir Andrew Davis to step down from Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, winners of  “Deutscher Pianistenpreis” are announced and Saudi Arabia inks deal with France to set up opera and orchestra.

The Times

Opera beats pop to Arts Council handouts

The Arts Council has been branded “too posh for pop” after figures emerged showing that pop music gets a fraction of the cash handed to opera.

The Guardian

Concrete Dreams: new show celebrates Southbank’s history of performance

An innovative new exhibition at London’s Southbank Centre gives visitors a performer’s perspective of its newly renovated brutalist venues, the Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Purcell Room.

No more operas from Turnage, as Twitter row with critics turns toxic

Composer Mark-Anthony Turnage became embroiled in a spat with opera critics over his newest work, Coraline, before declaring: ‘I’m done with the genre’

Music Week

Qobuz contemplates going public after successful Spotify IPO

French-owned Qobuz who has carved itself out a niche amongst fans of classical music, jazz and hi-res audio, is considering going public.

Broadway World

Eric Whitacre Signs Worldwide Publishing Agreement With Boosey & Hawkes

Grammy winning composer, Eric Whitacre with Boosey & Hawkes covering future compositions and a collection of works for chorus, orchestra and wind ensemble.

Limelight

Sir Andrew Davis to step down from Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

The British maestro, who has led the MSO since 2013, will end his tenure as Chief Conductor at the end of 2019.Sir Andrew Davis will step down from his role as Chief Conductor with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at the end of his contract in December 2019, the Orchestra announced today. The British maestro, who has led the MSO since 2013, will continue his artistic relationship with the orchestra as Conductor Laureate.

SWR2

Das Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra als Vorreiter – Komponistinnen im Fokus

Ein Drittel aller Werke, die das Orchester in der Konzertsaison 2018/2019 spielen wird, stammt von Komponistinnen – ein starkes Signal für die Gleichstellung der Geschlechter, auch im Konzerthaus.

klassik.com

Deutscher Pianistenpreis kürt Gewinner

Der südkoreanische Pianist Hans Suh hat den 8. Deutschen Pianistenpreis gewonnen. Suh nahm den mit 20.000 Euro dotieren Preis von Maryam Maleki, der Präsidentin des International Piano Forum, und dem Vorjahresgewinner  Eric Lu entgegen. Der Publikumspreis, welcher mit 3.000 Euro dotiert ist, ging an Tomoki Sakata aus Japan.

Musik Heute

International Opera Awards nach München und Frankfurt

Die Bayerische Staatsoper hat bei den International Opera Awards den Preis als bestes Opernhaus gewonnen. Das teilten die Veranstalter am Montagabend in London mit. Die Oper Frankfurt wurde für die Wiederentdeckung von Ernst Kreneks “Drei Opern” ausgezeichnet. Ihr Intendant Bernd Loebe erhielt den Preis in der Kategorie “Leadership in Opera”.

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Arabie Saoudite : la France et l’Opéra de Paris vont aider à la création d’un orchestre

Lors de la visite officielle du prince héritier saoudien Mohammed ben Salmane à Paris, Françoise Nyssen, ministre de la Culture, a annoncé que la France allait aider l’Arabie Saoudite à se doter d’un orchestre symphonique et lyrique.

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Der Gewinner des 8. Deutschen Pianistenpreis, Hans Suh, © International Piano Forum

(Written on April 10, 2018 )

In today’s news: UK’s Ivory ban will exempt musical instruments, Buxton’s Stephen Barlow steps down, Cecil Taylor dies at age 89, Rafael Karlen to be the new Peggy Glanville-Hicks Composer-in-Residence and Christa Ludwig is honoured by Ehrenpreis der Österreich Deutschland Gesellschaft.

International Piano

Paloma O’ Shea Santander competition shortlist announced

Madrid-based Paloma O’ Shea Santander International Piano Competition has named the 20 pianists who have been selected to participate in the first stage of the competition.

Classical Music 

Ivory ban will make exemptions for musical instruments

The UK ban on ivory sales, which is to be introduced after proposals were backed following public consultation, will make exemptions for musical instruments that contain a small percentage of the material.

Buxton’s Stephen Barlow steps down

Stephen Barlow has announced that he will step down as artistic director of Buxton International Festival, after a seven-year tenure. The 2018 edition will be the last under his leadership.

 The Guardian

Revolutionary musical Hamilton takes home seven Olivier awards

Hamilton, arguably the most popular and influential musical for a generation, has won big at the UK’s most prestigious theatre awards, taking seven Oliviers.

The Blade

Opera honoring MLK previewed at museum

A preview of ‘I Dream’, an opera by composer Douglas Tappin, was held at the Toledo Museum of Art during a luncheon hosted by the Toledo Opera Guild and The Links Inc.

The New York Times

Cecil Taylor, Pianist Who Defied Jazz Orthodoxy, Is Dead at 89

Cecil Taylor, a pianist who challenged the jazz tradition that produced him and became one of the most bracing, rhapsodic, abstract and original improvisers of his time, died on Thursday at his home in Brooklyn. He was 89. His death was confirmed by his legal guardian, Adam C. Wilner. No cause was given, but friends said he had been in failing health for some time.

Limelight

2018 Peggy Glanville-Hicks Composer-in-Residence announced

Rafael Karlen is to take up residence in the Sydney terrace house bequeathed by the renowned Australian composer. The winner is selected from a competitive annual application process. Previous winners include Barney McAll, Cat Hope and Jon Rose.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Deutsche Theaterlandschaft: Ein Preisschild für Sozialarbeit

Wie sieht die Zukunft des deutschen Stadttheaters aus? Darüber streitet sich die Szene. Aber eins sollte bei der Debatte nicht vergessen werden. Während die einen so stolz auf die deutsche Theaterlandschaft sind, dass sie um eine höchstrichterliche Anerkennung der hiesigen Bühnen durch die Unesco buhlen und sich eine Eintragung in die internationale Liste des immateriellen Weltkulturerbes wünschen, sehen die anderen das deutsche Stadttheatersystem als so rückschrittlich an, dass sie nicht nur grundlegende Reformen fordern, sondern auch jedes Abweichen von ihrer Vorstellung eines progressiven Stadttheaters als „ästhetisches wie politisches Verbrechen“ bezeichnen.

Der Tagesspiegel

Piano-Legende Menahem Pressler- Das Wunder der singenden Pausen

Die 94-jährige Piano-Legende Menahem Pressler tritt im Kammermusiksaal mit dem Schumann Quartett auf. Das Schumann Quartett gehört vielleicht zu den besten Streichquartett-Ensembles der Gegenwart. Das beweisen die vier Musiker schon gleich am Anfang im Kammermusiksaal der Philharmonie.

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Ehrenpreis für Sopranistin Christa Ludwig

Die Mezzosopranistin Christa Ludwig wird mit dem Ehrenpreis der Österreich Deutschland Gesellschaft ausgezeichnet. Ludwig wird die Auszeichnung in der Residenz des deutschen Botschafters in Hietzing entgegennehmen. Der Preis ist mit 10.000 Euro dotiert.

Hamburger Abendblatt

Dirigent Robert Stehli starb mit 88 Jahren

In den vergangenen Jahrzehnten gehörte der in Zürich geborene Musiker zu den Konstanten des Hamburger Musiklebens. Seine Maxime als Musiker war einfach formuliert und als Ziel eine lebenslange Aufgabe: Robert Stehli wollte das Publikum “auf hohem Niveau unterhalten”. Auf die Frage, wie man ein guter Dirigent werde, gab er die selbstkritische Antwort: “Ich weiß es nicht.”

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Dress rehearsal of the opera ‘I Dream’ at the Valentine Theatre © GRAND LUBELL PHOTOGRAPHY

(Written on April 9, 2018 )