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In today’s news: Radio 3 will be available for listeners as a lossless audio stream, D’Addario Orchestral announces launch of the new ‘Ascenté’ violin strings, and Kronberg Academy plans its own premises in Kronberg. Wayne Shorter composes first concert for clarinet and orchestra, Klavier-Festival Ruhr-Preis goes among others to Dennis Russell Davies, and Roberto Minczuk becomes the new Music Director of The New Mexico Philharmonic.

Classical Music Magazine

Radio 3 to offer Proms as lossless audio stream

Radio 3 will be available for listeners as a lossless audio stream – the highest audio quality ever used the BBC – for the duration of the Proms

The Violin Channel

Out Now – D’Addario New ‘Ascenté’ Synthetic Violin Strings

D’Addario Orchestral has announced the launch of the new ‘Ascenté’ violin strings – a full synthetic violin string set for string players of all levels and ages.

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Trumpet Cover of Bohemian Rhapsody is Gentle and Pleasant

YouTube sensation John Crowley has been perfect so far with his cover of Queen’s Rhapsody.

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Kronberg Academy to build concert hall and study center

Twenty-five years after its founding, Kronberg Academy is planning its own premises in Kronberg (Hessen, near Frankfurt): a concert hall (Casals Forum) as well as an adjoining study and administrative centre.

Music Business Worldwide

Warner acquires songkick’s concert discovery business

Concert discovery app Songkick has been acquired by Warner Music Group – but the buyout excludes the company’s ticketing business, formerly known as Crowdsurge

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Montafoner Resonanzen 2017

Das Festival „Montafoner Resonanzen“ bringt die Region an sechs Wochenenden zum klingen – jedes Mal mit neuem musikalischen Schwerpunkt.

Klassik Heute

Uraufführung von Wayne Shorters erstem Klarinettenkonzert

Wayne Shorter hat sein erstes Konzert für Klarinette und Orchester komponiert.

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Klavier-Festival Ruhr-Preise für Dennis Russell Davies, Maki Namekawa und Philip Glass

Der Pianist und Dirigent Dennis Russell Davies, die Pianistin Maki Namekawa und der Komponist Philip Glass wurden mit dem Preis des Klavier-Festivals Ruhr ausgezeichnet.

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New Mexico Philharmonic hired Minczuk as Music Director

The New Mexico Philharmonic in Albuquerque, USA, announced Brazilian-born conductor Roberto Minczuk, 50, as new Music Director, effective from September 2017.

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CSO’s Timothy Lees bows out of European tour

While Lees is out on medical leave, violinist David Halen, who is the concertmaster of the St. Louis Symphony, will perform as temporary concertmaster for the tour, which runs Aug. 22-Sept. 10.

Jazz-Picknick bei den Montafoner Resonanzen © Andreas Haller/Montafon Tourismus GmbH

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(Written on July 17, 2017 )

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra has announced further details of their August/September 2017 tour taking place on mainland Europe and the UK.

The orchestra is embarking on an extensive summer programme, following on from a successful tour in Hong Kong and China earlier in 2017. The CSO most recently toured Europe in 2008, before Maestro Louis Langrée took up the position as conductor and Music Director in the 2013/14 season.

In addition to the BBC Proms performance on Sunday 27th August, the orchestra will be performing at the following venues:

25th August: Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh
29th August: Palacio de Congreso del Kursaal, San Sebastian
30th August: Palacio de Congreso del Kursaal, San Sebastian
31st August: Palacio de Festivales de Cantabria, Santander
3rd September: Muziekgebouw, Eindhoven
4th September: Tivoli Vredenburg, Utrecht
5th September: Queen Elisabeth Hall, Antwerp
8th September: Seine Musicale, Paris
9th September: Seine Musicale, Paris

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(Written on May 15, 2017 )

We are delighted to announce that the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra will be performing at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 27th August as part of the 2017 BBC Proms programme.

Led by Musical Director Louis Langrée, the programme for the evening will be in keeping with the CSO’s history of championing American music, with a performance of Leonard Bernstein’s ‘Symphonic Suite’ from On the Waterfront, a highly descriptive symphonic portrait of New York City. In 1942, at the height of World War Two, the CSO premiered Aaron Copland’s ‘Lincoln Portrait’ written as a musical tribute to the former president, and will perform it again with a special guest speaker to be announced soon. Tchaikovsky’s majestic Symphony No. 5 will conclude the second half of the concert.

Founded in 1895, the CSO is the sixth oldest orchestra in the United States, and the first to be broadcast to a national radio audience in 1921. This concert coincides with an extensive European tour in which the CSO will visit countries including Scotland, Spain, and others to be announced soon.

Details of all concerts and events in the 2017 Proms season were announced today. Tickets are now available to purchase from the Royal Albert Hall website.

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(Written on April 20, 2017 )

“We are delighted to welcome back the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for their European tour in the summer of 2017, having executed a successful creative PR campaign for the release of ‘Concertos for Orchestra’. The CSO is an incredibly versatile and forward-thinking ensemble, and we look forward to developing and sharing their stories with European audiences.” – Olivia Brown, Head of Creative Strategy & Marketing

The orchestra will visit several cities in countries around Europe this summer, with dates at the Edinburgh International Festival and San Sebastian already confirmed and more to be announced shortly. In March 2017 it was announced that Louis Langrée was to remain Music Director of the CSO for the 2019-2020 season.

Founded in 1895, the CSO is the sixth oldest orchestra in the United States and the first to be broadcast to a national radio audience in 1921. With a rich history of music making directly linked to the community in the state of Ohio, the CSO ordinarily reside in the Venetian gothic ‘Music Hall’ building, which recently underwent extensive renovation and restoration. The 2017 tour will bring American musical excellence to audiences across Europe, delighting fans new and old with their ‘richness, precision and intensity’ of performance.

CSO previously released live recorded album ‘Concertos for Orchestra’ in November 2016 on the orchestra’s own label ‘Fanfare’, featuring world premieres of seven pieces by contemporary composers. Works from this album will feature among a varied concert programme performed on the European tour.

Stay tuned for more news and announcements from the CSO by checking the WildKat blog. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram too.

(Written on April 11, 2017 )

WildKat PR is very happy to announce and welcome our newest client, The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

CSO is a dynamic ensemble of some of the world’s finest musicians. As the sixth oldest symphony orchestra in the U.S. and the oldest orchestra in Ohio, it has played a leading role in the cultural life of Greater Cincinnati and the Midwest since its founding in 1895.

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Louis Langrée, CSO’s current Music Director, began his tenure as the CSO’s 13th Music Director in the 2013-2014 season with a celebrated program. The New York Times said “deftly combined nods to the orchestra’s history, the city’s musical life and new music.” Over the Orchestra’s 120-year history, it has also been led by Leopold Stokowski, Eugène Ysaÿe, Fritz Reiner, Eugene Goossens, Max Rudolf, Thomas Schippers, Jesús López-Cobos, and Paavo Järvi, among others.

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During the 2015-16 season, the CSO continued the tradition of commissioning new music with the world premieres of seven works including three Concertos for Orchestra, by composers Sebastian Currier, Thierry Escaich and Zhou Tian. Live recordings were made out of each of these new concertos for commercial release, and is the second CSO recording with Music Director Louis Langrée. The album will be released on 17th November by the Orchestra’s own record label Fanfare. A short web documentary will soon be released in three parts, covering each of the three pieces and featuring interviews with Louis Langrée and the three composers who come from three different continents.

WildKat PR will be providing PR service for The CSO in the US, UK and France. Keep up to date with the orchestra’s latest news on its website, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and WildKat PR blog.

(Written on September 30, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Villazon to be directing opera in Düsseldorf, Rheinsberg music academy to celebrate 25th anniversary and ENO to win Oliver for “outstanding achievement in opera”. Also, “Panama Papers” accuse Russian Cellist and artistic director of Petersburg’s House of Music concert hall.

Der Westen

Villazon inszeniert, Schläpfer pausiert

Junges Publikum wollen alle. Der Rheinoper gelingt der Spagat zwischen traditionellen Opernfans und Youngstern, dem Publikum von morgen

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Operndirektorin aus Stuttgart wechselt zur Nationaloper in Straßburg

Vom Neckar an den Rhein: Die Vize-Chefin der Oper Stuttgart, Eva Kleinitz, wechselt als Generalintendantin an die Nationaloper in Straßburg

Märkische Allgemeine

Musikakademie lässt die Korken knallen

Mit einem Festakt im Schlosstheater haben Begründer, Mitstreiter und Wegbegleiter am Sonnabend das 25-jährige Bestehen der Rheinsberger Musikakademie begangen

Classic FM

English National Opera Chorus and Orchestra win ‘Outstanding Achievement in Opera’ at Olivier Awards

The win comes just days after the company’s music director has announced that he will be standing down

The Strad

Russian cellist accused of money laundering scheme with Vladimir Putin

Leaked ‘Panama Papers’ suggest Sergei Roldugin, artistic director of St Petersburg’s House of Music concert hall, profited from suspicious deals

Chicago Classical Review

Student protesters try to disrupt CSO concert

A group of around a hundred student protestors rushed into Symphony Center Saturday night in an unsuccessful attempt to disrupt the evening’s Chicago Symphony Orchestra concert

ABC News

Kathleen Battle to Return to the Metropolitan Opera

Kathleen Battle is returning to the Metropolitan Opera, 22 years after the company fired her and publicly accused her of “unprofessional actions”

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CLASSICALITE Francisco’s Cypress String Quartet have taken on ‘s string quartet arrangements in its entirety

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(Written on April 5, 2016 )

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.

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(Written on March 13, 2014 )

Classic FM Online

Ukraine ‘Pianist-Extremist’ refuses to be unmasked

Playing music including Chopin and Einaudi, the mystery music college student continues to perform outside City Hall in Ukraine, protesting against the authorities, after President Viktor Yanukovich spurned an EU trade deal in favour of dealings with Moscow.

Fox News

Owner of stolen 1715 Stradivarius violin releases statement

The owner of the 1715 Lipinski Stradivarius violin that was stolen from Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond released a statement yesterday.

Miami Herald

Memphis Symphony Orchestra prepares to “wind down”

Barring a massive funding infusion, Memphis Symphony Orchestra board members have approved a resolution to “wind-down” the organization’s operations at the end of the season

Chicago Classical Review

Muti extends CSO contract through 2020, and holds forth on several subjects

More than halfway through a press conference announcing the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s 2014-2015 season, Riccardo Muti playfully revealed that he had just signed a contract extension to continue as the orchestra’s music director through 2020.

NPR Music

Duke Ellington’s Lost Opera, Forever A Work In Progress

Before his death, Duke Ellington started composing Queenie Pie, which he hoped would be a great American street opera. Composers have spent 40 years adapting it, trying to figure out what the Duke wanted for his unfinished opus.

Der Tagesspiegel

Die Kraft der frühen Jahre

Sergiu Celibidaches “Berlin Recordings” sind jetzt in einer 12-CD-Box erschienen.

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(Written on February 4, 2014 )

Classical Music Magazine

PRS for Music Foundation and British Council announce Musicians in Residence ‒ China

The Performing Rights Society for Music Foundation and British Council’s Musicians In Residence ‒ China programme has announced the names of the next five musicians to spend up to six weeks in China. Anna Meredith, Arun Ghosh, Oliver Coates, Sam Genders and Sid Peacock will travel to five cities across China from spring 2014.

The Telegraph

Christmas 2013: the best classical music books of the year

The Telegraph’s pick of the best classical music books of 2013, from Bach to Britten.

BBC News

Jingle sells: The lure of the Christmas album

With classics continuing to top the Christmas album, do we need new Christmas music?

The Stage

ENO’s Income Up 12%

Increased performances and audience numbers together with a 71% increase in income from sponsorship and donations gave English National Opera a 12% boost in total income to just over £40 million in the year to the end of March.

Sinfini

Nine lessons and carols: a King’s chorister recalls

Just who will be chosen to sing that coveted ‘Once in Royal’ solo? Tenor Christopher Gillett reminisces about being a chorister on Christmas Eve at King’s College Cambridge.

Independent

Christmas number ones from the past 50 years

From the Beatles to the X Factor Machine.

Chicago Tribune

‘Health issues’ sideline Boulez from CSO residency

Pierre Boulez, who turns 89 next spring, has suffered a number of health problems in recent years which have lead him to cancel his upcoming residency with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

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(Written on December 24, 2013 )

Forbes

IMG Artists To Launch TV Scouting Of Classical Music Talents In China

IMG Artists will join hands with China Arts and Entertainment Group to expand its business in China and bring Chinese performing arts programs abroad. The joint venture will be an investment of several hundred million dollars and aims to introduce a wide array of Chinese programs with an emphasis on classical music and dance artists.

Guardian

Vladimir Putin to purchase Sergei Rachmaninoff’s archive and estate?

Pianist Denis Matsuev claims that the Russian president has shown interest in Rachmaninov’s Swiss villa, which holds much of the late composer’s manuscripts and mementos.

Ideas Tap

Alexis Smith and Joe Henson on composing for video games

Music can completely alter the way a player experiences a video game. The composers behind the latest instalment in the Assassin’s Creed franchise, Alexis Smith and Joe Henson, explain their process and tell us why it’s an exciting time to be in the industry.

Chicago Classical Review

Tilson Thomas throws out the first lozenge at bronchial CSO concert

A Chicago Symphony Orchestra performance of Mahler 9 was so plagued with audience coughing that conductor Tilson Thomas went offstage & emerged with handfuls of lozenges which he threw into the audience.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Acclaimed Australian theatre and opera director Elke Neidhardt dies aged 72

One of Australia’s most noted opera and theatre directors, Elke Neidhardt, has died at the age of 72.

Telegraph

No-one works harder than the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Given the cuts to arts funding, esteemed organizations such as the RPO must now explore new money-making avenues, says Rupert Christiansen.

Classic FM Online

David Bowie’s Peter and the Wolf to be reissued

A recording of Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf featuring David Bowie as narrator is being re-released by Sony Classical in time for Christmas.

Die Zeit

Mehr Klebeband ins Klavier!

Diese verrückten Deutschen. In Amsterdam gaben der Techno-DJ Henrik Schwarz und der Klavierdompteur Hauschka ein erstes gemeinsames Konzert. Ganz erstaunlich.

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(Written on November 27, 2013 )