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In today’s classical news Muhal Richard Abrahms died at age 87, Chicago Symphony’s deficit widens by $300,000, Sainsbury’s launches own-brand vinyl albumsand and 2018 Opera News Awards to honour stars of the stage.

NPR

Muhal Richard Abrams, a pianist and composer of staunch independence and sweeping influence, inseparable from his role as a founding father of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians [AACM], died on Sunday at his home in New York City. He was 87.

Chigago Business

Chicago Symphony’s deficit widens by $300,000

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association posted an operating deficit of $1.4 million for fiscal 2017, compared to deficit of $1.1 million the year prior. The association, the governing body of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, released 2017 financials at its Nov. 1 annual meeting, held at Symphony Center.

Broadway World

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra With Cellist Truls Mork present World Premiere By Shuying Li

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra continues its 2017-2018 season at Carnegie Hall with a performance featuring Norwegian cellist Truls Mørk in Shostakovich’s first Cello Concerto and the world premiere of Shuying Li’s Out Came the Sun, inspired by the profound and transformative experience of postpartum motherhood.

BBC News

Instruments for Kids project seeks old music equipment

A national music project to get people to hand over their old and unused instruments to children is being launched. A pilot project earlier this year saw 50 instruments brought back into use after being donated by AMs and staff at the Welsh assembly and government.

The Guardian

Supermarket swing: Sainsbury’s launches own-brand vinyl albums

Store to release compilation albums as it looks to consolidate its position as one of the largest vinyl sellers in the UK.

Evening Standard

A new exhibition celebrates groundbreaking modernist opera ‘Four Saints in Three Acts’

Gertrude Stein’s opera featured an all-African American cast and was the first opera to open on Broadway.

Opera News

2018 Opera News Awards to honour stars of the stage

This year’s honorees—conductor William Christie, mezzo-soprano Fiorenza Cossotto, tenor Vittorio Grigolo, soprano Hei-Kyung Hong, and soprano Sonya Yoncheva — will be celebrated at a black-tie gala celebration on April 22nd, 2018 at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.

Pizzicato

Lang Lang muss bis Sommer 2018 pausieren

Der 35-jährige Chinese Lang Lang wird erst im Sommer 2018 wieder auftreten. Das sagte er in einem Gespräch mit ‘Die Zeit’

Concerti

Körpereinsatz mit Köpfchen

Noch bis zum 17. März 2018 kann man bei den Internationalen Tanzwochen Neuss einzigartige Choreografien aus der ganzen Welt bewunder.

Musik Heute

Barenboim gibt am 75. Geburtstag Benefizkonzert

Der Dirigent und Pianist Daniel Barenboim gibt an seinem 75. Geburtstag ein Benefizkonzert für den Musikkindergarten Berlin.

Klassik.com

Logo des Telemann-Jubiläums 2017 erhält Design-Preis

Das Logo für das Telemann-Jubiläum 2017 gehört zu den Gewinnern des German Design Award 2018 in der Kategorie “Corporate Identity”.

Mundoclassico

Ha fallecido el compositor sueco Ingvar Lidholm

El compositor sueco Ingvar Lidholm (Jönköping, 1921) falleció el pasado 17 de octubre a los 96 años de edad. Alumno de Hilding Rosenberg (1943-1945), Natanael Berg y Tor Mann, se formó simultáneamente como compositor e intérprete de violín, viola, violonchelo y contrabajo.

Platea Magazine

France Musique

En Russie, une ville annule le déplacement d’une statue de Tchaïkovsky

La ville de Kline, où le compositeur a vécu et travaillé, souhaitait reléguer sa statue en périphérie de la ville et la remplacer par une autre, baptisée Le bouclier de bronze. Mais devant le tollé, la municipalité a fait marche arrière.

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nmz @musikzeitung Pianist Lang Lang hofft auf Comeback im Sommer 2018

Musik @Musik_heute Heute Pianist kündigt in der Comeback für nächsten Sommer an

The late pianist and composer Muhal Richard Abrams, performing at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York in 2004 © Jack Vartoogian/Getty Images

(Written on November 2, 2017 )

In today’s news: Can the Titanic soundtrack be a gateway drug to classical music’s greats, Tido launches educational piano, and travellers to conduct the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in Glasgow Airport. Staatsoper in Vienna to begin new season, Salzburger Festspiele had more than 260,000 visitors, and 40 years of the official German charts.

The Guardian

Can the Titanic soundtrack be a gateway drug to classical music’s greats?

The 1997 film score is the bestselling classical album of the past 25 years – but not the best. We suggest further listening for those taken with James Horner’s ersatz work

Classical Music Magazine

Travellers to conduct RSNO in Glasgow Airport

Glasgow Airport is offering ten travellers the chance to conduct the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO).

International Piano

Tido launches Educational Piano

Tido has added an Educational Piano collection to its iPad app. The collection features a range of music, from compositions created to help pianists to build on their technique to fun pieces which students will enjoy playing.

Choir and Organ

Programme announced for 2017 NEMA Conference

The National Early Music Association’s 2017 conference will take place in Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge on 2 September.

The Violin Channel

VC Rising Star Anne Luisa Kramb Awarded Prestigious New York City Carnegie Hall Debut

17 year old VC Rising Star Anne Luisa Kramb has been awarded 1st prize at the 2017 2nd Manhattan International Music Competition, in New York

Pizzicato

Russian violinist Dmitry Kogan dies, aged 38
The agency TASS has made public the death of the Russian violinist Dmitry P. Kogan who died in Moscow at the age of 38.

Limelight Magazine

Blind and deaf dog learns to play the piano

Roll over Beethoven! Two-year old Australian shepherd Braille is making waves on the Internet.

Klassik heute

Wiener Staatsoper startet mit “Il trovatore” in die neue Spielzeit

Mit dem beliebten Tag der offenen Tür startet die Wiener Staatsoper am Sonntag, 3. September 2017 in die Spielzeit 2017/2018.

Klassik.com

Salzburger Festspiele mit mehr als 260.000 Besuchern
Die Salzburger Festspiele haben kurz vor Ende bereits eine positive Bilanz der diesjährigen Festivalausgabe gezogen

Neue Musik Zeitung
40 Jahre Offizielle Deutsche Charts: Eine Musikinstanz feiert Jubiläum

Alle kennen sie, viele wollen rein und nur die besten erobern sie: Die Offiziellen Deutschen Charts zeigen Woche für Woche, welche Musik in Deutschland am beliebtesten ist.

Tido launches Educational Piano

Merken

(Written on August 30, 2017 )

In today’s news: musical garden at the Chelsea Flower Show, a Suffolk music teacher spends million for Sub-Saharan africa. This summer the ‘Gig Theatre’ tours the UK, and the Berlin Piano Festival is begins. The German Orchestra Union sees a perspective for the cultural sector of Nordrhein-Westfalen, and Andrew Litton appoints guest conductor for Singapore Symphony Orchestra.

The Telegraph

Listen up! It’s Chelsea Flower Show’s first ever Musical Garden

Music and gardening – two arts that give innocent pleasure, but in every other respect seem poles apart.

Classic FM

Classic FM Attracts a new Generation of Younger Listeners

5.4 million people now tune in every week – with a big increase in listeners aged under 35

Classical Music Magazine

Classical:NEXT 2017 – Opening Ceremony

The Classical:NEXT congress’s opening ceremony on 17 May forsook its usual focus on one country for the theme diversity, posing the question: ‘What’s the point?’

‘Gig theatre’ Company to Tour UK this Summer

As part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017, a new piece of ‘gig theatre’ is this summer to be staged at Welly, a nightclub in the city.

EADT

True Scale of Incredible Generosity of Suffolk Music Teacher Revealed as £1.25million Left to Charity

The true scale of the incredible generosity of a kind-hearted Suffolk music teacher and farmer has been revealed, with £1.25million left to help children access clean water in sub-Saharan Africa.

FAZ

Ein Schloss für Brahms

Altenstein in Thüringen ist zum „Kulturdenkmal von nationaler Bedeutung“ erklärt worden. Ein neues Museum erinnert dort an die Musik von Johannes Brahms.

Der Tagesspiegel

Feuer und Herzflattern

Eherne Tremoli und feine Rubati: Yevgeny Sudbin eröffnet das Berliner Klavierfestival im Konzerthaus am Gendarmenmarkt.

Pizzicato

DOV sieht Chance für Kultur in Nordrhein-Westfalen

Die Deutsche Orchestervereinigung DOV begrüßt Forderungen aus der nordrhein-westfälischen CDU, der Kultur im bevölkerungsreichsten deutschen Bundesland endlich wieder mehr Bedeutung zu geben.

Broadway World

Andrew Litton appointed as principal guest conductor of Singapore Symphony Orchestra

For almost forty years the Singapore Symphony Orchestra has been a sure source of good news about classical music.

WQXR

12 ‘impressionist’ composers not named Debussy or Ravel

Artistic labels are tricky little things because they trap artists in a kind of musical amber with others that we deem just similar enough.

Twitter

1 Karriere-News: Cornelius Grube (Württembergische Philharmonie)

© Jan Brachmann

(Written on May 18, 2017 )

In today’s news: a new music festival in Disneyland Paris, and DG welcomed their first female cellist. True Story in the Lineup of Cannes film festival, and Luther’s music had more power than his words. Arte presents new opera on video platform, and Justin Doyle becomes chief of the RIAS-Chamber choir. Tenor Endrik Wottrich died last wednesday, and classical pianist Dennis Matsuev goes jazz.

The Strad

Cellist Camille Thomas signs to Deutsche Grammophon

The 28-year-old Franco-Belgian musician is the first ever female cellist to join DG’s artist roster.

NME

Disneyland Paris is set to host new music festival

Disneyland Paris will be the setting of a new EDM festival this summer.

The Spectator

Luther’s music had an even greater impact than his words

Music was at the heart of the Lutheran reformation. Four hours of music, for example, was introduced into the Saxon school curriculum

The Guardian

Roman Polanski’s Based on a True Story added to Cannes film festival lineup

The director’s latest thriller will premiere at the festival as his lawyer continues to battle for the Oscar winner’s return to the US

BBC

Russell Tovey and his dream role in ‘gay fantasia’

Few stage productions attract the level of expectation which surrounds the National Theatre’s new revival in London of Tony Kushner’s 1990s play Angels in America.

The Violin Channel

Thomastik-Infeld Versum Solo Cello String Pack Winners Announced!

And the winners are in! The following 5 lucky VC members will each be receiving a Thomastik-Infeld cello soloist twin set string pack.

Concerti

Oper auf Abruf

ARTE-Plattformen und +7-Mediathek verbinden sich zu neuem Videoportal

NMZ

Brite Justin Doyle startet als Chef des RIAS-Kammerchors

Der Brite Justin Doyle tritt mit der kommenden Spielzeit als Chefdirigent des RIAS Kammerchors an.

Pizzicato

Tenor Endrik Wottrich verstorben

Der 1963 in Celle geborene deutsche Tenor Endrik Wottrich ist am gestrigen Mittwoch unerwartet verstorben. Das teilte die Oper Leipzig mit.

Broadway world

44th annual Bach week festival to feature artist debuts and more

The Chicago area’s 44th annual Bach Week Festival, opening April 28 in Evanston, Ill., will feature festival debuts of local and visiting artists of international stature in concerts devoted to the music of the festival’s namesake, German Baroque composer J. S. Bach.

WQXR

Classical Pianist Denis Matsuev Takes the A Train

Classical pianist Dennis Matsuev is no stranger to jazz — here he is in concert, performing the Billy Strayhorn classic “Take the ‘A’ Train.”

San Diego Reader

PONY rides a new vision for live classical music

Movies, lights, but where is the social media presence?

Twitter 

16Schwetzinger starten am 28. April unter dem “Leidenschaft”

Join today for the last Hour of the week, followed by another 3 hours of great classical music

 

NME

(Written on April 28, 2017 )

In today’s news: Salomon Prize for Lennox Mackenzie, students at George Mason University in Virginia, US have created a 3D-printed arm to allow 10-year-old Isabella Nicola Cabrera to play the violin. The “Solistes Européens Luxembourg” program for 17/18, the Hamburger Staatsoper grants Wolf-Jürgen Wünsche honorary membership, and Philadelphia Youth Orchestra announces PRYSM Festival Concert. Utah Symphony supports haitian musicians.

Rhinegold

LSO violinist Lennox Mackenzie receives RPS/ABO Salomon Prize

Lennox Mackenzie, sub-leader and former chair of the London Symphony Orchestra, has been awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society/Association of British Orchestras Salomon Prize for orchestral musicians.

The Strad

University students create 3D-printed arm to allow 10-year-old girl to play the violin

Undergraduate students at George Mason University in Virginia, US have created a 3D-printed arm to allow 10-year-old Isabella Nicola Cabrera to play the violin.

Stratford Observer

Library card holders can access millions of classical music tracks

Classical music fans in Warwickshire now have access to all their favourite composers thanks to the county’s library service.

The Telegraph

London theatre: the best plays and shows on now

From Harry Potter and the Cursed Child to Motown the Musical, this is our regularly updated guide to the best shows in the West End and beyond

Klassik.com

Kein Neubau als Ausweichquartier für Stuttgarter Oper

Suche nach Interimsspielstätte während der Opernsanierung geht weiter

Klassik-heute

Hamburgische Staatsoper verleiht Ehrenmitgliedschaft an Wolf-Jürgen Wünsche

In Anerkennung seiner großen Verdienste um die Hamburgische Staatsoper wurde Herr Wolf-Jürgen Wünsche am vergangenen Sonnabend zum Ehrenmitglied ernannt.

Broadwayworld

Philadelphia Youth Orchestra Announces PRYSM Festival Concert, 5/13

Philadelphia Youth Orchestra’s PRYSM (Philadelphia Region Youth String Music) and PRYSM-YA (PRYSM Young Artists) ensembles will showcase their talents at the 10th Annual PRYSM Festival Concert on Saturday, May 13, 2017, at 3:00 p.m.

Pizzicato

SEL 2017/18: Von der Guzheng zum Alphorn

Die ‘Solistes Européens Luxembourg’ haben ihre Saison 2017/18 vorgestellt, und Chefdirigent Christoph König hat einmal mehr ganz fein ausgeklügelte Programme konzipiert.

Music Business Worldwide

PRS payout grew 11% IN 2016 – but costs rose 14.6% TO TOP £80M

UK collection society PRS For Music celebrated a record year in 2016, with net payouts to its songwriter members rising above £500m for the first time in history.

Desert News

How Utah Symphony is improving the lives of young Haitian musicians

Music education is not something that young musicians in Haiti take for granted.

Twitter

28 Young talent blooms at St John’s Smith Square

Tune in to for the perfect music to start your Tuesday!

 

The Strad

(Written on April 25, 2017 )

Today’s news: A 42,000 bone flute is still making music, and take a listen to the Godfather theme performed with a cello. The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra announces their 2017-18 season which will be themed after composers who emigrated to America to save their personal and creative existence. Italian Opera Week in Hamburg, and a brief musical history of the Moog Synthesizer.

The Telegraph

The 42,000 year old instruments still making a noise in the classical world

There’s a special thrill in hearing the sound of an ancient instrument, and a CD released this week (i.e. April 21) gives us a rare chance to do it.

Classic FM

2 Cellos performing the theme from The Godfather is an offer you can’t refuse

Luka Šulić and Stjepan Hauser are tackling the world of film music on their new album, and this cut from The Godfather is the perfect introduction.

Classical Music Magazine

RLPO announces 2017/18 season

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra’s (RLPO) 2017/18 season will include a piano focus and ‘From the New World’, a series of concerts featuring music by American composers, European composers influenced by America, or composers who emigrated there to save their personal and creative existence.

Bristol24/7

Chineke! Orchestra: Classical music diversified

“I could count on my hand the amount of people of colour I’d played with in the past 35 years… That’s not good.” Fresh off the phone from BBC Radio 4, Chi-chi Nwanoku walked me through her mission to champion change and celebrate diversity in the Classical music scene.

The Strad

Etihad Airways refuses to allow violins in the cabin due to recent policy change

The airline has changed its hand baggage policy recently and is now refusing to allow any musical instruments in the cabin, as folk musician Caitlín Nic Gabhann discovered during a tour earlier this month.

Musik Heute

Staatsoper Hamburg legt “Italienische Opernwochen” auf

Die Staatsoper Hamburg veranstaltet in der kommenden Saison erstmals “Italienische Opernwochen”.

Die Welt 

Darum boomt die Musikgattung Lied plötzlich wieder

Das Lied ist die deutscheste Form überhaupt. Sänger lieben den engen Kontakt zum Publikum; Zuhörer lassen sich bewegen von Schubert, Brahms und Co. In Heidelberg gibt es nun sogar ein Lied-Zentrum.

Concerti

Die versöhnende Kraft der Musik

Der südkoreanische Dirigent und Pianist Chung Myung-Whun möchte zum 25. Todestag des französischen Komponisten Olivier Messiaen auf die versöhnende Kraft von Musik aufmerksam machen.

The New York Times

Ballet Hispánico Dances the ‘Identity Mambo’

What does it mean to run a Latino dance company in New York in 2017?

WQXR

The Moog Synthesizer’s Dynamic Musical History

The Grammy-winning, best-selling classical album of 1968, Switched-On Bach, employs neither violins nor pianos nor any instrument hewn of materials that would not have baffled Baroque society.

Twitter

2Mezzosopranistin Joyce sagt Europa-Tournee ab

13‘We’ve never heard music like this before’

The Telegraph

 

(Written on April 12, 2017 )

In today’s news: Jonathan Dove announced as VOCES8 associate composer, Andrés Orozco-Estrada extends his contract, ‘Copenhagen Phil’ fights for survival, Neoclassicim music and anti-romanticism, new Rundfunk Symphony director Vladimir Jurowski wants more Mahler concerts, Concerto Köln opens with Uraufführung at Schwetzinger Festspiele, and Staatskapelle Dresden announces schedule for 2017/18.

Rhinegold

Jonathan Dove named as VOCES8 associate composer

Jonathan Dove has been appointed as VOCES8’s associate composer.

Pizzicato

Andrés Orozco-Estrada Extends Contract With Houston Symphony

Colombian-born and Vienna based conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada, 39, has extended his contract as Music Director of the Houston Symphony for three additional seasons through the 2021-22 season.

‘Copenhagen Phil’ kämpft mit Petition ums Überleben

Das ‘Copenhagen Phil’ (Sjællands Symfoniorkester) reagiert mit einer Petition auf den Vorschlag der dänischen Kulturministerin Mette Bock das Orchester zu schließen.

Classicfm

Vivaldi with a third of the notes missing sounds extremely weird

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra played the first movement of Vivaldi’s ‘Spring’ with a third of the notes missing for a very important reason.

Musicalchairs

Australia’s first Orchestral Performance master’s degree launches at University of Melbourne with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

A two-year Master of Music (Orchestral Performance) will launch today at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (MCM) when University of Melbourne ViceChancellor Professor Glyn Davis and Chair of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) Board Michael Ullmer sign an official Memorandum of Understanding.

Cmuse

Neoclassicism Music and Anti-romanticism

The years between the World Wars saw a speeding up of musical history.

Berliner Morgenpost

Für Vladimir Jurowski ist Musik Kommunikation

Der neue RSB-Chef will mehr Mahler ins Programm nehmen

klassik-heute.com

Concerto Köln mit Uraufführung bei den Schwetzinger Festspielen

Concerto Köln eröffnet mit der Uraufführung des Musiktheaters Tre Volti – Drei Blicke auf Liebe und Krieg am 28. April 2017 die 66. Ausgabe der Schwetzinger SWR Festspiele.

Staatskapelle Dresden stellt neue Spielzeit 2017/18 vor

Christian Thielemann eröffnet die neue Spielzeit mit Anton Bruckners erster Symphonie in c-Moll, die bis dato erst dreimal in Konzerten der Staatskapelle Dresden auf dem Programm stand.

Indianapolis Business Journal

Musician accuses conductor Urbanski, ISO of age discrimination

During a rehearsal for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in November 2015, principal bassoonist John Wetherill stopped playing his instrument.

broadwayworld.com

Broadway Songstress N’Kenge Makes Debut with Milwaukee Symphony in Classic FM!

Broadway Diva N’Kenge will grace the stage at Classic FM’s Four Decades of Radio Hits show with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, under the baton, Joel Levine for three concerts.

Twitter

3Geplatzte Opernaufführung in Toulouse: Sänger der Titelrolle verhaftet
image: the Guardian

(Written on March 24, 2017 )

In today’s news: Sir Andrew Lloyed Webber and Stephen Sondheim celebrate their birthdays with a common performance , and Scottish Awards for New Music winners announced. Isabelle van Keulen becomes the leader of the Deutschen Kammerakademie Neuss. The Scottish Chamber Orchestra announces Ticciati’s farewell season, “Liedermacher” André Heller for his 70th. Deutsche Oper Berlin presents new program, and an interview with Kristīne Opolais

BBC Music Magazine

Scottish Awards for New Music winners announced

The first ever Scottish Awards for New Music have been awarded at a ceremony in Glasgow. The new awards, backed by Creative Scotland, aim to celebrate and champion Scottish composers, musicians, sound artists and ensembles which are creating innovative and experimental work.

Pizzicato

Isabelle van Keulen übernimmt künstlerische Leitung der Deutschen Kammerakademie Neuss

Zum Saisonstart 2017/18 übernimmt Isabelle van Keulen als ‘Artist in Residence’ die künstlerische Leitung der Deutschen Kammerakademie Neuss « und führt das Ensemble damit auf neue Wege », wie es in einer Pressemitteilung heißt.

Rhinegold

Scottish Chamber Orchestra announces Ticciati’s farewell season

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO) has announced its 2017/18 season: Robin Ticciati’s ninth and final as principal conductor.

BBC

Thailand’s blind children’s orchestra

The Thai Blind Orchestra is made up of young musicians and is run by a man whose daytime job is managing an elephant conservation centre.

The Violin Channel

Tarisio Auctions to Offer 5 x $5000 2017 Innovative Young Artist Grants

Tarisio has announced the launch of the 2017 Tarisio Trust Young Artist Grants scheme – offering five bursaries to support innovative projects

Classic FM

This pianist plays Liszt on four pianos and it’s a full-on workout

Pianist Sunny Li loves making ‘fun piano workout’ videos in between practicing for her latest piano concerto performance and hopes her lively videos will encourage young people to pick up an instrument.

Berliner Zeitung

Liedermacher André Heller zum 70. Geburtstag 

Als er Anfang der 1970er-Jahre mit seinen Liedern auch in Deutschland bekannt wurde, scheute man davor zurück, ihn einen Liedermacher zu nennen.

Klassik.com

Mendelssohn-Manuskript wird in Zürich versteigert

Ein Manuskript von jungen Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy kommt Anfang April in Zürich zur Versteigerung.

Concerti

„Vielleicht werde ich mal Impresario, wer weiß!”

Kristīne Opolais wollte nie einen perfekt vorgepflasterten Weg beschreiten und gab dem Zufall stets eine Chance. So wurde aus der Studienabbrecherin ein Weltstar

The Washington Post

Dave Davies says some new Kinks songs have been demo’d. If only his brother would let them finish.

Here’s a news nugget for Kinks obsessives: Turns out that Ray and Dave Davies, the perpetually feuding brothers at the heart of the legendary defunct rock band, actually recorded some demos last year.

Kulturradio RBB

Deutsche Oper Berlin präsentiert neues Program

Die Deutsche Oper Berlin plant für die Saison 2017/18 acht Neuproduktionen.

Broadwayworld

Happy Birthday Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber

Today we celebrate two of musical theatre’s most revered icons, Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber, who coincidentally share a birthday.

Twitter

klassik.com  3Karriere-News: Andrew Manze (NDR Radiophilharmonie)

Classical Music News  40Star cellist calls a baby break

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(Written on March 22, 2017 )

In today’s news: Dubai and BBC Proms strike for the globalisation of classical music, Maestro Anton Coppolla (100) leads Opera Tampa in concert, finalists for Windsor Festival International String announced, Spotify signs new licensing deals, New Bedford Symphony Picks Israeli Conductor, an interview with Generalmusikdirektor of Deutschen Oper Berlin Donald Runnicles, and International Bach Academy will perform on Bach’s 332 birthday on next Tuesday. Wednesday was a big day for the New York Philharmonic, both onstage and in its offices, and Nottingham elementary school student Matthew Smith is dreaming of conducting his own orchestra.

The National

Dubai and BBC Proms strike a chord for the globalisation of classical music

In Nairobi, children kick a football down the street pretending to be Ronaldo. In London, K-pop is on MTV. And in an Abu Dhabi mall, a queue forms outside the latest bubble-­tea cafe. We have all become familiar with the continuous creep of globalisation. So it’s not surprising that, like other industries, classical music hasn’t been left behind.

Musicalchairs

100 Year Old Conductor, Maestro Anton Coppola to Lead Opera Tampa in Concert, 3/25

March 21, 2017 marks the 100th birthday of Maestro Anton Coppola, the conductor and composer whose career has spanned from singing in the Metropolitan Opera Children’s Chorus for the American premiere of Puccini’s Turandot at age 9 to – 91 years later – conducting his own an alternate ending for Puccini’s unfinished masterpiece, one of two new works to be premiered on March 25th at Coppola Conducts: 100 Years Young.

The Strad

Windsor Festival International String Competition names three finalists

The sixth Windsor Festival International String Competition has announced the three violinists selected to perform in tomorrow’s final, held in the Waterloo Chamber of Windsor Castle, UK.

Music Business Worldwide

Spotify to sign new licensing deals with major labels ‘within weeks’?

It’s been nearly two years since Spotify fell out of a long-term licensing deal with Universal Music Group.

Rhinegold

Britten-Pears Foundation appoints Sir Vernon Ellis as chair

The Britten–Pears Foundation has appointed Sir Vernon Ellis as its new chair. He will succeed Nick Prettejohn, who is to step down in early June after eight years in post.

Pizzicato

New Bedford Symphony Picks Israeli Conductor

The New Bedford Symphony Orchestra (Massachusetts) has announced Yaniv Dinur as its new music director.

Der Tagesspiegel

„Wagner machte mich zu dem, der ich bin“

Abschied von Götz Friedrichs „Ring“: Donald Runnicles, Generalmusikdirektor der Deutschen Oper Berlin, über alte und neue Nibelungen, die Liebe zu Benjamin Britten und seine Vertragsverlängerung

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Das ist sehr sadistisch

Er spielt Beethoven und Strawinsky, nebenbei entwirft er Schuhe und Parfums. Theodor Currentzis gilt als Ausnahme unter den Dirigenten und reist mit eigenem Ensemble.

concerti

„Mont Blanc der Kirchenmusik“

Am 21.3.2017 feiert Johann Sebastian Bach seinen 332. Geburtstag. Die Internationale Bachakademie begeht diesen Tag mit der Aufführung eines seiner bedeutendsten Werke, der „h-Moll-Messe“

The New York Times

New Concerto, New Leader: A Big Day at the New York Philharmonic

Wednesday was a big day for the New York Philharmonic, both onstage and in its offices.

WQXR.org

This 11-Year-Old British Boy is Set to Make his Conducting Debut (Video)

While his fellow 11-year-olds are playing video games or daring one another to eat stomach-churning food combinations, Nottingham elementary school student Matthew Smith is dreaming of conducting his own orchestra.

Twitter

Classical Music News  John Malkovich: ‘Politics has gone through a portal into an alternate universe’

klassik.com Haydn Bozen und Trient 2017 erhält 2,7 Millionen Euro

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(Written on March 17, 2017 )

In today’s news: a guide to newly opened Pierre-Boulez hall, a short profile of baritone Sir Bryn Terfell, and conductor Václav Luks is awarded Mozart Prize, the ICMA trophy revealed in Paris, Cheltenham festival programme for this year announced, New Order at Manchester international Festival, something different: Music tasting of Handel’s compositions, IGC winners 2017, Sirena Huang Awarded 1st Prize at NY Concert Artists Debut Auditions

The Guardian 

Opera for babies joins New Order at Manchester international festival

An opera for babies, Jane Horrocks singing about Lancashire’s cotton industry and New Order reworking their back catalogue with a 12-member synthesiser ensemble are some of the highlights of this summer’s Manchester international festival (MIF).

BBC News

Works to listen to after Handel’s Messiah

With 50-plus recordings, and thousands of performances every year, Handel’s Messiah is, without doubt, one of the most popular works ever written. But does its popularity overshadow other great music? Here are six similar works to explore…

Rhinegold

Cheltenham Festival 2017 programme announced

Highlights include performances by Bryn Terfel, the Hallé, Chineke! Orchestra, the CBSO with Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, anniversary Monteverdi from I Fagiolini and Academy of Ancient Music, a new BBC Young Musician series including Sheku Kanneh-Mason, and the first outing of the Philharmonia’s Virtual Orchestra outside of London.

Pizzicato

New ICMA Trophy Revealed In Paris

Yesterday, with ICMA President Remy Franck attending, the new trophy of the International Classical Music Awards was revealed in Paris.

The Violin Channel 

Young Artist Sirena Huang Awarded 1st Prize at NY Concert Artists Debut Auditions

22 year old VC Young Artist Sirena Huang has been awarded 1st prize at the 2017 New York Concert Artists Worldwide Debut Auditions

The Strad

International Grumiaux Competition for Young Violinists names 2017 prize winners

The tenth International Arthur Grumiaux Competition for Young Violinists, which took place in Brussels, Belgium from 2 to 5 March, has named its 2017 category prize winners.

Der Tagesspiegel

Gibt es noch Karten?

Wer den neu eröffneten Saal sehen will, kann das noch im März tun. Auch für April gibt es Plätze. Für welche Veranstaltungen genau und worauf man sich bei einem Besuch einstellen sollte, verrät unser Autor

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Der sympathische Bösewicht von der britischen Insel

Für den Bariton Sir Bryn Terfel ist nur eine Sache wichtiger als die Musik: seine Familie

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Mozartpreis für böhmischen Entdecker

Der tschechische Cembalist und Dirigent Václav Luks erhält den Mozartpreis 2017 der Sächsischen Mozart-Gesellschaft.

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Meurig Bowen delivers stellar Cheltenham Music Festival To mark his 10TH anniversary as director

Commenting on this year’s Festival, Meurig Bowen said: “I am delighted to be celebrating ten years as director of Cheltenham Music Festival. Living here all this time, and culturally connected to the local community, I have come to appreciate Cheltenham’s many discrete, receptive and questioning audiences,…

Construction News

From opera singer to site manager

Having left the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 2012, I began to take my first steps on the road to what promised to be a successful career as an opera singer.

Twitter

Sound and Music@soundandmusic: This weekend in Manchester – , curated by – Exciting!

klassik.com@klassikcom: Szene aus unvollendeter erklingt in London

 

Image: The Guardian

 

(Written on March 10, 2017 )