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In today’s news: Pioneering Radio 3 show gives dementia sufferers a voice, leading musicians assemble for gala performance in aid of Refugee Council, and nudist viola player plays during naked skydive to raise money for body image charities. Harold Faltermeyer receives German film score prize, Bayreuth announces plans for 2018, and Musikfest Berlin starts today.

The Times

Pioneering Radio 3 show gives dementia sufferers a voice

A pioneering six-hour programme that blends the voices of dementia sufferers with classical music is to air on the BBC.

Classical Music Magazine

Leading musicians assemble for gala performance in aid of Refugee Council

A number of leading artists will assemble for a performance of Tippett’s A Child of Our Time to raise funds for Refugee Council and its work with unaccompanied children arriving in Britain having fled war, trafficking and persecution.

International Piano

Sony releases Gould’s Goldberg Variations sessions

Sony Classical is to release Glenn Gould’s complete sessions for his famous 1955 recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations as part of a new box set.

The Strad

The lark descending – nudist viola player plays during naked skydive

Australian violist Glen Donnelly’s stunt is raising money for body image charities

Limelight

Saxophonist plays instrument during brain surgery

Dan Fabbio performed a piece on the saxophone during surgery to remove a brain tumour.

Pizzicato

La Monnaie in Brussels to reopen next Tuesday

The Royal Theatre of La Monnaie in Brussels will reopen on September 5 after a two-year-long renovation. The opening production is Philippe Boesman’s opera Pinocchio.

NMZ

Deutscher Filmmusikpreis 2017: „Top Gun“–Komponist Harold Faltermeyer wird Ehrenpreisträger

Der Deutsche Filmmusikpreis würdigt den in München geborenen Filmkomponisten und Musikproduzenten Harold Faltermeyer 2017 mit dem Ehrenpreis.

Kultur Radio

Bayreuth plant für 2018

Im kommenden Jahr zeigen die Bayreuther Festspiele eine Neuinszenierung der Wagner-Oper “Lohengrin”.

Klassik Heute

Heute beginnt das Festival Musikfest Berlin 2017.

Beim Musikfest Berlin präsentieren die Berliner Klangkörper sowie Gastorchester aus Amsterdam, Mailand, London, Perm und Freiburg große Werke der Musikgeschichte.

Twitter

Meet Me At The Opera‏ @MMATOpera

The packed house at the gala final performance at the old Metropolitan Opera House on Broadway at 39th Street 1966

Merken

Merken

(Written on August 31, 2017 )

Classical news

In today’s news, Ennio Morricone wins first ever Oscar and LaSalle Quartet violist Peter Kamnitzer dies aged 93. Also, Antonio Pappano and ENO chorus and orchestra nominated for Olivier Awards and music could cut costs for dementia care

Classic FM

Antonio Pappano and English National Opera Chorus and Orchestra nominated for Olivier Awards

The nominations for this year’s Oliver Awards, recognising excellence across theatre, dance and opera, have been announced

BBC Music Magazine

Ennio Morricone wins first ever Oscar

Leading film composer enjoys Academy Award success for The Hateful Eight

The Strad

LaSalle Quartet violist Peter Kamnitzer has died aged 93

The New Indian Express

Why are people losing interest in pure classical music: Amjad Ali

JODHPUR: Sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan, who has enthralled audiences all across the globe with his music, is concerned that people are today more interested in fusion than pure classical music

Kulturport

Intendantenwechsel bei den Berliner Philharmonikern zur Spielzeit 2017/2018

Martin Hoffmann, Intendant der Stiftung Berliner Philharmoniker, wird seinen im Sommer 2017 auslaufenden Vertrag nicht verlängern

NMZ

BDMV stellt sich neu auf – Paul Lehrieder neuer Präsident

Der CSU-Bundestagsabgeordnete Paul Lehrieder aus Würzburg ist neuer Präsident der Bundesvereinigung deutscher Musikverbände (BDMV)

Musik-heute

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra zu UN-Botschafter ernannt

Das West-Eastern Divan Orchestra ist von den Vereinten Nationen zum globalen Botschafter für kulturelle Verständigung ernannt worden

Arts Journal

Music Might Cut Costs For Dementia Care

“Manchester Camerata orchestra’s Music in Mind (MIM) projects, which involved 7,200 people in care homes and community projects across Greater Manchester last year, have had such dramatic effects on participants

Philly

Otto-Werner Mueller, 89; longtime teacher of conducting at Curtis

Otto-Werner Mueller, 89, an old-world maestro whose teaching technique and formidable mien inspired reverence – and no small measure of fear – in generations of conductors and orchestral players, died Thursday evening

Twitter

New York Times Arts ‏@nytimesarts  Have we been playing Gershwin wrong for 70 years? http://nyti.ms/21FYXEl 

The Opera Awards ‏@TheOperaAwards  We feel like kids on Christmas morning…#OperaAwards2016 shortlists announced today at 11am.

Making Music UK ‏@MakingMusic_UK   So many great musical initiatives are taking place around the UK in 2016. Here’s a roundup of some of the best: http://ow.ly/YvxzR 

Antonio Pappano/ IMG Artists

Sir Antonio Pappano/ IMG Artists

(Written on March 1, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, the winners of ECHO Klassik are announced, Friedrich Doležal has died and reimagining Alice in Wonderland as a hip-hop opera.

Classical Music Magazine

ECHO Klassik Prizewinners Announced

The winners of this year’s ECHO Klassik awards have been announced.

Classic FM

Piano virtuoso Lang Lang just raced sprinter Usain Bolt (on the keyboard) – and it was a tie

The Chinese pianist’s fast fingers took centre stage at the Beijing National Stadium for world athletics championships 2015 – but 100m title-holder Usain Bolt was just bemused.

The Strad

Vienna Philharmonic principal cellist Friedrich Doležal has died aged 68

The musician performed with the orchestra from 1968 until 2014

US Airways criticised for ‘passing the buck’ after losing eight violins

The instruments were finally recovered after five days and ‘hundreds of calls’, according to St Louis cello professor Ken Kulosa

PRI

Reimagining ‘Alice in Wonderland’ as a hip-hop opera

Ibrahim Maalouf says he always loved the story of “Alice in Wonderland” because it’s all about the freedom to imagine.

Klassik.com

Sanierung des Bayreuther Festspielhauses beginnt

Kurz vor Beginn der Sanierungsarbeiten am Bayreuther Festspielhaus wurde über einzelne Details der Maßnahme informiert. Bei einer Veranstaltung der Gesellschaft der Freunde von Bayreuth bekräftigte der Architekt Detlef Stephan, er gehe aufgrund des guten Bauzustandes davon aus, dass das Gesamtbudget von 30 Millionen Euro ausreiche.

Musik heute

Musikfest Berlin erwartet internationale Spitzenorchester

Das Musikfest Berlin widmet sich in diesem Jahr vor allem den Komponisten Carl Nielsen (1865-1931), Arnold Schönberg (1874-1951) und Gustav Mahler (1860-1911). Vom 2. bis 20. September treten in der Berliner Philharmonie rund 30 internationale Orchester, Instrumental- und Vokalensembles sowie Solisten auf, wie die Veranstalter am Montag mitteilten.

Pizzicato

Thüringer Orchesterkonferenz verurteilt Fusionspläne und Stellenabbau

Die Pläne der Regierung von Thüringen zur Schließung, Fusion und Verkleinerung von Orchestern und Theatersparten stossen auf starke Ablehnung. Die Thüringer Orchesterkonferenz stellt fest, dass seit der Wende bereits mehr als 400 von ehemals über 1000 Orchesterstellen in Thüringen abgebaut wurden

Classicalite

The Salzburg Festival Adapts ‘The Barber of Seville’ as an Opera for Children

Members of the Young Singers Project may finally have found a remedy for opera’s reputation for standoffishness with their unique adaptation of Rossini’s Barber of Seville for children as young as four years old.

France Musique

La construction de l’opéra de Dubaï s’achèvera en mars 2016

Pièce maîtresse d’un nouveau quartier, les travaux du Dubaï Opera House s’achèveront en mars 2016 et laisseront place à un nouvel espace culturel multi format pouvant accueillir pas moins de 2000 personnes.

Twitter

London Youth Choir  @LonYouthChoir: Happy summer school memories of fun musicianship session with @Voices_Found Musicianship is so vital for singers

BBC Music Magazine @MusicMagazine: Just had a marketing email which begins with the line: ‘Christmas is almost upon us’.

Arts & Health SW @ArtsHealthSW: Playlist For Life More on and . Check out @PlaylistForLife

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Barber of Seville adapted as children’s opera
Credit: DeAgostini/Getty Images/ Classicalite

(Written on August 25, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, The Times elucidates how Petrenko landed his new post, Prokofiev discusses BBC’s Ten Pieces and Scotland’s national orchestra announces a new chief executive. Also, composer Mikis Theodorakis looks back on his life, composer Krzysztof Penderecki has received the papal medal ‘Per Artem ad Deum’ from the Pontifical Council for Culture and Ina Kringelborn dies at the age of 31. The New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards winners for 2015 are announced, with the Grand Awards going to the New York Philharmonic and Grand Piano Passion on how to find the right audiologist.

The Times

How Kirill Petrenko landed the biggest job in classical music

Three years ago Kirill Petrenko confessed in a rare interview that conducting the Berlin Philharmonic for the first time was “like scaling Mount Everest without equipment’’.

The Independent

Gabriel Prokofiev on the BBC’s Ten Pieces, Nonclassical, and a new Carnival of the Animals

Gabriel Prokofiev is pondering, over a Turkish lunch near his Bethnal Green studio in London, an unexpected development in his career as composer: the BBC has just picked a movement from his Concerto for Turntables and Orchestra for its new Ten Pieces list for schoolchildren aged 11 to 14.

The Telegraph

Kirill Petrenko is the right choice for the Berlin Philharmonic

The Russian conductor carries a flame for the great German tradition, says Michael Henderson

Classic FM

James Horner’s final Classic FM interview: turning down Lord of the Rings and the trouble with directors

Six months before his tragic death in a plane crash, the ‘Avatar’ composer exclusively revealed to Classic FM how he turned down an offer to write the music for The Lord of the Rings.

The Herald Scotland

New chief executive for Scotland’s national orchestra

Scotland’s national orchestra has announced a new chief executive.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Wo sollen wir Hoffnung hernehmen?

Mikis Theodorakis ist der berühmteste Komponist seines Landes und ein Liebling der Nation. Jetzt blickt der fast Neunzigjährige auf sein Leben zurück – und auf die Gegenwart Griechenlands.

pizzicato

Papal Distinction For Composer Krzysztof Penderecki

Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki (*1933) has received the papal medal ‘Per Artem ad Deum’ (Through Art to God) from the Pontifical Council for Culture. A statement speaks of his « constant pursuit of God along the paths delineated with the staves and notes. »

klassik.com

Sopranistin Ina Kringelborn gestorben

Die norwegische Sopranistin Ina Kringelborn ist am vergangenen Sonntag nach kurzer schwerer Krankheit im Alter von 31 Jahren im Universitätsklinikum von Lørenskog gestorben. Kringelborn war Ensemblemitglied des Opernhauses von Oslo und der Komischen Oper Berlin.

All Access

N.Y. Philharmonic, Radiolab, RTÉ Win Grand Awards At New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards

The NEW YORK FESTIVALS International Radio Program Awards winners for 2015 have been announced.

Grand Piano Passion

How to Find the Right Audiologist: Service, Service, Service

Since I was first diagnosed with a hearing loss at age six, I have been a patient of no less than 10 audiology practices over four decades.

Tweets

Telegraph Music @TeleMusicNews: Picture a typical Glastonbury goer. Now tells us their age

Opera North @Opera_North: Musical breakthrough: @BSOrchestra‘s project provides support for those living w/ : gu.com/p/4av6f/stw

Dave Lee@DaveLeeBBC: More good news for Apple as it preps its Music service – it’s finally put pen to paper with a big group of indies

Petrenko

Kirill Petrenko in full flow

Photo credit: Dan Porges / ArenaPAL / Telegraph

(Written on June 24, 2015 )

Classical News

Much of today’s news is reporting the deadlock of the members of the Berlin Philharmonic: they failed to come to a decision over their next chief conductor yesterday. In the Guardian, pianist James Rhodes asks Education Minister Nicky Morgan if she can properly fund classical music education in schools. Elsewhere, the Times report that listening to new music can help to improve the memory of people suffering with dementia. Also, John Whittingdale has been appointed the next Secretary of State of Culture, Media and Sport, following the General Election last week.

The Guardian

Berlin Philharmonic deadlocked over Simon Rattle’s successor

Orchestra members to vote on new chief conductor within a year after 11 hours of talks end without agreement

Nicky Morgan, please give us the money to teach British kids classical music | James Rhodes

Classical music education needs to be properly funded so children come to it by choice, rather than being force-fed. Surely the education secretary can help?

The Times

Listening to new music improves memory of dementia patients

Music can have a profound effect on people with dementia, helping them to respond, communicate and even improve their memory, according to one of the first experiments into its impact.

The Telegraph

Teach your children music with a touch of pianissimo

Of course we want our children to love and appreciate classical music, but heavy-handedness risks turning them off

Classical Music Magazine

Friday Afternoons to launch new resources for 2015

The Friday Afternoons initiative will launch new resources for 2015 on 8 May, including a new song cycle commissioned from Nico Muhly.

Sinfini

New culture secretary in cabinet reshuffle

Ex-chair of the culture select committee – and classic rock fan – John Whittingdale has been appointed Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport in UK PM David Cameron’s new Cabinet.

Die Zeit

Kein Nachfolger für Simon Rattle

Die Wahl des neuen Chefdirigenten der Berliner Philharmoniker ist ohne Ergebnis geblieben. Die Musiker wollen sich noch ein Jahr Zeit lassen mit ihrer Entscheidung.

Die Welt

Unser Musikleben wird jetzt noch vielfältiger

Heute wählen die Berliner Philharmoniker einen neuen Chef. Und “Die Welt” startet einen eigenen Klassik-Blog. Hier erklärt der Autor von “Brugs Klassiker” warum und wofür.

klassik.com

Johann-Joseph-Fux Opernkompositionspreis vergeben

Der Deutsche Martin Hiendl und der Australier Matthew Shlomowitz haben den Johann-Joseph-Fux Opernkompositionspreis gewonnen.

Le Parisien

Le mystère autour du chef du Philharmonique de Berlin reste entier, nouveau vote “dans l’année”

Malgré 11 heures de débats entourés de mystère, les musiciens de l’Orchestre philharmonique de Berlin se sont séparés lundi sans avoir élu leur chef, repoussant ce scrutin aux airs d’élection pontificale à un nouveau vote “dans l’année”.

El Mundo

Sir Simon Rattle, el insustituible

Los músicos aplazan la elección del nuevo director durante un año tras deliberar durante 12 horas sin encontrar sustituto

Twitter

Corinne Morris ‏@corinnemorris : £600 already raised towards the Gala Concert for Nepal I’m organising together with many wonderful musicians…. http://fb.me/4unCJxRar 

Help Musicians UK ‏@HelpMusiciansUK : As featured in @MusicWeek, our trustee @jmorrishppl talks about the vital role we play for musicians http://bit.ly/1cMq38R 

Spitalfields Music ‏@SpitsMusic : The #MusicalRumpus cast are warming up ready for our performance at Arc in the Park @Comm_Links

John-Whittingdale-008 John Whittingdale. Photo: Graeme Robertson/Guardian 

 

 

(Written on May 12, 2015 )

The Telegraph

Why don’t composers win cash prizes when they need them most?

Composers with established reputations are loaded with honours and money. But it would be a help if they were given such recognition early in their careers, says Ivan Hewett.

BBC Music Magazine

Swedish musican makes instruments from ice

An orchestra of ‘ICEstruments’ is making an impact in Lapland. An igloo ‘ICE Concert Hall’ has been specially constructed to provide good acoustics and it has a ventilation system for removing the warmth generated by the audience of 170 people.

Can musical jingles help dementia sufferers?

Musical jingles could be used to help patients suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease with their daily routine. Researchers at Plymouth University have been exploring the idea that the brain finds it easier to remember tunes and lyrics than dry lists of information – the same reason that advertisers use catchy tunes to stick in people’s minds.

Guardian

The Met: a full season, but a not-full-enough house

A glamorous new season masks the fact that the Met had to take drastic action to get attendances back up, according to Tom Service.

Classic FM Online

Conductor stops concert to announce JFK assassination: archive recording unearthed

The audio of conductor Erich Leinsdorf halting a Boston Symphony Orchestra concert to announce the assassination of President John F. Kennedy has been unearthed.

Saurian Saint

Lara Takes On HBO and Game of Thrones in an Open Letter

A violinist and the owner of the Ancalagon record label takes on the Game of Thrones series for using a poor quality computer imitation of a cello instead of hiring a musician, despite the show’s large budget.

BBC Music Magazine

BBC Music Magazine

(Written on February 17, 2014 )

The Telegraph

Classic show tunes provide boost for dementia patients

Care homes should be filled with the sound of music, researchers claim after discovering benefits of singing Broadway hits

Classic FM Online

Choirs compete to sing in The Shard

Amateur singers are competing for the chance to perform at the top of Western Europe’s tallest building

Andris Nelsons painting unveiled in Birmingham

The CBSO music director has been immortalised by artist Norman Perryman as part of the Symphony Hall collection

Limelight Magazine

The Concertgebouw: Are they the world’s best orchestra?

The Dutch orchestra frequently tops the rankings. Limelight Magazine finds out why

Global News

Kent Nagano to stay on at Montreal Symphony Orchestra until 2020

The Montreal Symphony Orchestra has extended the contract of music director Kent Nagano until 2020

The Guardian

Brands pump more than £100m into the UK music industry

Figures show brands were responsible for investing £104.8m in the UK music industry during 2012, an increase of 6% on 2011

Die Zeit

“Musik meint: Zurück zur Muttersprache!”

Schon als Kind grübelte Anne-Sophie Mutter über den Tod nach. Bis heute lindert Musik für sie jeden Schmerz

 

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on November 12, 2013 )