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In today’s news: Sheku Kanneh-Mason, funds cello lessons at former school, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa receives Gramophone Lifetime Achievement Award, and King’s Place to celebrate tenth anniversary with Time Unwrapped. Ensemble Aravà receives moderation award for old music , Festival String Lucerne remembers its founder, and soprano Kiri Te Kanawa retires.

Classic FM

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa given the Lifetime Achievement Award and Classic FM wins a Gramophone Award 2017

The 40th annual Gramophone Awards was a star-studded event celebrating the greatest names in classical music, including pianist Murray Perahia and mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato.

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Bramwell Tovey named director of orchestral activities at the Boston University

British conductor Bramwell Tovey, 64, the outgoing Music Director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, takes a new post at the Boston University School of Music where he has been named director of orchestral activities. His first public rehearsal is scheduled for this Friday.

The Violin Channel

Former Minnesota Duluth Music Teacher Has Died from Accidental Overdose

Former Choral Director and Associate Music Professor at the University of Minnesota Duluth, Tina Thielen-Gaffey has passed away – aged just 50.

Music Teacher

Sheku Kanneh-Mason funds cello lessons at former school

The 18-year-old cellist, who has just started his studies at the Royal Academy of Music, donated £3,000 to Trinity Catholic School in Aspley, Nottingham after hearing that budget cuts could bring an end to cello teaching. The money, which was earned through playing engagements, will ensure that cello teaching continues at the school for the next three years.

International Piano

Yamaha launches AvantGrand NU1X

Yamaha has revealed the AvantGrand NU1X, the successor to the award-winning NU1.

Classical Music Magazine

King’s Place to celebrate tenth anniversary with Time Unwrapped

King’s Place will celebrate its tenth anniversary in 2018 with a year-long series dedicated to time.

Limelight

Opera Queensland announces its 2018 season

Lindy Hume will direct Don Giovanni in her final season as AD and Graeme Murphy’s The Merry Widow comes to town.

Klassik.com

Ensemble Aravà erhält Moderationspreis für Alte Musik

Der Moderationspreis für Alte Musik, der in diesem Jahr zum ersten Mal vom Forum Alte Musik in Frankfurt am Main vergeben wurde, geht an das Ensemble Aravà.

Musik Heute

Neuer Präsident der Musikhochschule Nürnberg ernannt

Bayerns Kunstminister Ludwig Spaenle (CSU) hat dem neugewählten Präsidenten der Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg, Christoph Adt, am Mittwoch in München die Ernennungsurkunde überreicht.

Klassik Heute

Festival Strings Lucerne erinnern an ihren Gründer Rudolf Baumgartner

Heute wäre Rudolf Baumgartner (1917–2002) 100 Jahre alt geworden.

France Musique

La soprano Kiri Te Kanawa se retire de la scène

La chanteuse néo-zélandaise Kiri Te Kanawa a annoncé à la BBC le mercredi 13 septembre qu’elle prenait sa retraite, à l’âge de 73 ans.

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Gramophone @GramophoneMag

What a night! Read the full Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2017 report:

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(Written on September 14, 2017 )

In todays news: A new programme for Spitalfields, Sistema’s Scotland children’s orchestra brings the noise, the Edge is helping out musicians in the flooded Texas area, the Chicago Lyric Opera recieves a suprise funding and you should listen to music while you work. A central place in Leipzig will be named after Kurt Masur, the results are in for this years Concours Nicati. In Florence the Franco Zeffirelli Center will opens its doors this September, while the director of the Rossini Festival in Pesaro quits after 38 seasons.

BBC News

Children’s orchestra makes a Big Noise in Dundee

Sistema Scotland’s fourth children’s orchestra has launched in Dundee backed by a £325,000 funding boost.

Billboard

The Edge Helping to Replace Instruments for Musicians Affected by Hurricane Harvey

The Edge’s Music Rising charity, which provided new instruments to musicians in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and restored school music programs in areas affected by Hurricane Sandy, is now focusing its efforts on raising funds for Hurricane Harvey relief.

The Telegraph

Why you should listen to music while you work, according to scientific findings

Some prefer to labour in peace. Others find blaring their favourite tunes helps keep them productive. Hitherto it has been matter of personal preference. But now scientific research has uncovered that listening to music can actually be beneficial while you work.

Classical Music Magazine

Spitalfields Music announces 2017 festival

Spitalfields Music has revealed the programme for its 2017 Festival, which has been guest curated by conductor André de Ridder.

Classical Music Magazine

Derek Bourgeois (16 October 1941– 6 September 2017)

English composer Derek Bourgeois has died aged 75.

John Maxwell Geddes (1941-2017)

Composer John Maxwell Geddes has died following a short illness.

Slipped disc

Shock as Rossini Festival Boss quits after 38 Seasons

The resignation of Gianfranco Mariotti today came as a shock to the Italian opera infrastructure.

Klassik.com

Millionenspende für die Chicago Lyric Opera

Die Chicago Lyric Opera, eines der größten Opernhäuser der Vereinigten Staaten, hat eine Spende in Millionenhöhe erhalten.

Codex Flores

Preisträgerinnen des diesjährigen Concours Nicati

In Bern sind die Gewinnerinnen des diesjährigen Concours Nicati bestimmt worden. Den Hochschul-Wettbwerb für die Interpretation zeitgenössischer Musik haben zwei Klarinettistinnen und eine Geigerin gewonnen.

BR Klassik

Posthume Ehrung für den grossen Dirigenten

Bereits seit 1989 war Kurt Masur Ehrenbürger der Stadt Leipzig. 1997 wurde er Ehrendirigent des Gewandhausorchesters, das er zuvor fast dreißig Jahre lang als Kapellmeister geleitet hatte.

France Musique

Un centre dédié à l’univers de Franco Zeffirelli voit le jour à Florence

Installé dans un ancien couvent à l’architecture baroque, situé juste derrière le Palazzo Vecchio, le Centre International des arts du spectacle Franco Zeffirelli est prêt à accueillir le public.

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the Children’s orchestra in Dundee

(Written on September 8, 2017 )

 

In today’s Classical News, ROH announce new work by George Benjamin, and CBSO receive a £250,000 contribution for education.  27-y-o Ben Gernon has been appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic, and Jamie Barton Wins Met Opera’s Beverly Sills Award. Verona’s arena looks set to get protection from the rain at last, and 355 people have back a crowdfunded project to replace a cello destroyed in flight on United Airlines. 

The Guardian

Royal Opera to premiere new work by George Benjamin

The Royal Opera House has announced that it will stage the world premiere of a new opera by George Benjamin and Martin Crimp. Benjamin’s third opera will be called Lessons in Love and Violence, and continues his very successful collaboration with the British playwright.

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CBSO receives £250,000 contribution to education programme

Philanthropists Clive and Sylvia Richards have presented the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with £250,000 towards its education programme over the next five years.

BREMF announces Creative Marketing and Programming Day

The Brighton Early Music Festival (BREMF) is holding a free training day on 19 February. Taking place at the Royal Academy of Music in London between 11am and 6pm, the day will be led by William Norris (OAE, Tafelmusik) and will look at creative ways to approach marketing and programming in order to reach new audiences.

Ben Gernon to become BBC Philharmonic principal guest conductor

Ben Gernon has been announced as principal guest conductor of the BBC Philharmonic. He will formally take up the position in autumn 2017.  The 27-year-old British conductor has worked with the orchestra for two years, conducting interactive concerts as part of The Red Brick Sessions and core repertoire. He has already presented a BBC Philharmonic ‘Meet the Phil’ event for local school children.

The Strad

League of American Orchestras condemns Trump administration US travel ban

The organisation has issued a statement reacting to the Executive Order temporarily banning citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering America.

The New York Times

Jamie Barton Wins Met Opera’s Beverly Sills Award

Jamie Barton, whose sumptuous mezzo-soprano can stretch over long, lyrical lines and cascade down coloratura runs, has won the Beverly Sills Award, the Metropolitan Opera’s $50,000 annual prize for a young singer, the company announced on Tuesday.

BroadwayWorld.com

2017 Composers Now Festival to Open This February at DiMenna Center

The Composers Now Festival empowers living composers, celebrates the diversity of their voices, and honors the significance of their contributions to our society. On February 1, the eighth annual festival begins with a celebratory event at the DiMenna Center.

Pizzicato

Plans For The Coverage Of Verona’s Arena Move On

The visitors of the Arena di Verona might soon be protected from rain. The city has announced the winners of a contest for the creating of a huge coverage to be built.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

“Es ist mir egal, ob sie mich umbringen, ich höre mit der Musik niemals auf”

Ein Frauenorchester aus Afghanistan ist zu Besuch in Deutschland. Die jungen Musikerinnen machen vielen Hoffnung, in ihrer Heimat aber bekommen sie Todesdrohungen.

Spiegel Online

Ein Gebäude wie ein Kommentar

Sein Bau markierte einen Aufbruch in der Architektur: Bis heute wirkt das Pariser Centre Pompidou wie eine bissige Anmerkung zum Kunstmarkt. So politisch und mutig sollte Museumsbau immer sein.

Klassik.com

Früherer Intendant der Bonner Oper Jean-Claude Riber gestorben

Der Regisseur und frühere Intendant der Oper Bonn Jean-Claude Riber ist tot. Er starb im Alter von 82 Jahren an seinem Wohnsitz in den Vogesen.

Musik Heute

Germeshausen wird Opernintendant in Dortmund

Heribert Germeshausen wird neuer Intendant der Oper Dortmund. Der Heidelberger Operndirektor soll das Amt zur Spielzeit 2018/19 antreten, teilte die Stadt Dortmund am Dienstag mit. 

Le Figaro

Hippocrate et Bacchus au château de Versailles

Une soirée de gala de la Charte de Paris contre le cancer était organisée dans les Grands Appartements royaux.

France Musique

Une étudiante reçoit le soutien des internautes suite à la destruction de son violoncelle

355 personnes se sont mobilisées sur internet pour venir en aide à une jeune étudiante dont le violoncelle a été détruit lors d’un vol sur la compagnie aérienne américaine United airlines.

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Classical Music News @ClassicalNews Pleasance Theatre Trust and SDTN announce new graduate scheme

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George Benjamin. Photograph: Matthew Lloyd

(Written on February 1, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Lugano Festival to be closed due to funding stop, Tobias Picker will become artistic director of Tulsa Opera, and Detroit Symphony Orchestra receives donation for its music education programs. Also, Czech pianist Lukas Vondracek wins the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels and a veteran principal clarinetist of the National Symphony Orchestra reflects on the orchestra’s ups and downs.

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Bank Fails Martha Argerich: Lugano Festival To Be Closed

It has been reported by Ticino News that this year’s Lugano festival of Martha Argerich will be the last, since the bank BSI will stop funding the event.

Tulsa World

Tulsa Opera names Tobias Picker artistic director

Composer Tobias Picker, acclaimed by the Wall Street Journal as “our finest composer for the lyric stage,” will become the new artistic director of Tulsa Opera.

The Washington Post

Leaving the NSO, a veteran clarinetist reflects on the orchestra’s ups and downs

Loren Kitt, 74, has been the principal clarinet of the National Symphony Orchestra since 1970. In the middle of this season, he quietly left the orchestra and retired to his home in Maine.

The Georgia straight

Shari Ulrich’s violins and mandolin stolen

A popular B.C. musician has lost precious instruments that were inside her car on the West Side of Vancouver.

Michigan Radio

Detroit Symphony Orchestra gets $2.9M for music education

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra says it has received a roughly $3 million donation for its music education programs.

Wayfair

How to Design Your Home Music Room

Including expert tips from top musicians and sound technicians on how to create your home music room…

Prague Monitor

Pianist Vondráček wins prestigious contest in Brussels

Czech pianist Lukas Vondracek, 29, has won the Queen Elisabeth Competition, which is considered the world’s most demanding piano contest, in Brussels

Codex flores

“human requiem” in Rotterdam ausgezeichnet

Die Klassik-Messe Classical:next hat in Rotterdam das «human requiem», eine szenische Umsetzung des Brahms-Requiems durch Jochen Sandig und ein Team der Compagnie Sasha Waltz, mit dem Classical:next Innovation Award 2016 ausgezeichnet.

Musik heute

Maifestspiele Wiesbaden ziehen positive Bilanz

Die Internationalen Maifestspiele haben eine positive Abschlussbilanz gezogen. Zu den 48 Aufführungen seit dem 1. Mai seien rund 22.000 Zuschauer gekommen, teilte das veranstaltende Hessische Staatstheater Wiesbaden am Sonntag mit.

Klassik.com

Untersuchungsausschuss verabschiedet Bericht zum Bauskandal der Berliner Staatsopern-Sanierung

Der vor rund einem Jahr eingesetzte Untersuchungsausschuss zu Verzögerungen und Kostensteigerungen bei der Sanierung der Berliner Staatsoper hat seinen Abschlussbericht verabschiedet.

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Top Classical News @topcmnews Giveaway: Win 1 of 5 Newly-Released Signed Leonidas Kavakos ‘Virtuoso’ CDs

 BR_KLASSIK @BR_KLASSIK Schärferes Sicherheitskonzept bei den Bayreuther Festspielen 2016. Einschnitte betreffen Mitwirkende und Besucher

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The NSO’s principal clarinet, Loren Kitt, has retired after more than 45 years of service. (Photo credit: Kennedy Center for Washington Post)

The NSO’s principal clarinet, Loren Kitt, has retired after more than 45 years of service. (Photo credit: Kennedy Center for Washington Post)

(Written on May 30, 2016 )

Gramophone

Taylor Swift donates $100,000 to the Nashville Symphony Orchestra

The singer-songwriter makes a birthday gift

The Guardian

Synthesisers are killing film and TV music, say British composers

Carl Davis and Christopher Gunning claim synthesised orchestras are preferred to the real thing to save money

Classic FM Online

John Williams, Alexandre Desplat and more on soundtrack Oscar longlist

Soundtrack legends and newcomers alike have made the long list for the soundtrack category at the 2014 Academy Awards ceremony, due to take place in February

Vote For The Best Classical Music Education Initiative

The Best Classical Music Education Initiative will honour an education project which has used classical music in an innovative way, shown musical excellence and had a positive impact on a significant number of participants

Pianist plays Chopin in front of Ukraine riot police

An unnamed pianist has been playing the works of Chopin in front of riot police in Ukraine

Salon

Was Wagner inspired by migraines?

Three German researchers present evidence that the German composer interwove his headache pain into his operas

The National

Pandit Jasraj brings his Mewati style of Hindustani classical music to Dubai

A conversation about Indian classical music is incomplete without the mention of Pandit Jasraj, one of India’s top classical musicians who represents the Mewati style of Hindustani classical music

Ria novosti

Kurgan Greets Sochi Olympic Flame with Classical Music

On Sunday December 15th, strains of Verdi and Tchaikovsky greeted the Sochi Olympic Flame in the Russian city of Kurgan

Daily Inter Lake

Bionic musician: Miraculous cure restores oboist’s ability to make music

When the Glacier Symphony conductor cues principal oboe player Reid Merley to blow an A — that unmistakable standard pitch by which the orchestra tunes — Merley is in perfect control of the note

Der Tagesspiegel

Die neue Kulturstaatsministerin

Mit Monika Grütters als neuer Kulturstaatsministerin folgt auf den Machtmenschen Bernd Neumann eine Frau, die aus der Kultur kommt. Die Wahlberlinerin wird in der Szene für Kompetenz und Begeisterungsfähigkeit geschätzt

Classic FM Online

(Written on December 16, 2013 )

Variety

‘Invisible Cities’ Opera Gets Immersive With Wireless Technology

It’s billed as the future of opera, live performance, technology and art, at least according to German audio company Sennheiser. But to judge from “Invisible Cities,” the new opera for wireless headphones performed in L.A.’s Union Station, the future of immersive theater is already here.

BBC News

Good music education only ‘for minority of pupils’

A quality music education only reaches a minority of pupils in England’s schools, an Ofsted report has said

The New York Times

If It All Doesn’t Fit, Build a Bigger Box

Classical Music Boxed Sets Multiply

Daily Mail

Queen’s composer says every young person should study classical music 

Peter Maxwell Davies, Master of the Queen’s Music, blames governments for treating classical music as an ‘elitist fringe activity’

CBS News

Price of success: Will the Recycled Orchestra last?

A group of very poor children in Paraguay changing their lives through making music with what they have found in a dump

Los Angeles Times

Herb Alpert gives $300,000 to L.A. City College music department

Herb Alpert is giving $300,000 to the Los Angeles City College music department. The trumpet player and former A&M Records owner is a leading arts philanthropist

crescendo

Sol Gabetta und Ivan Monighetti: “Er ist wie ein musikalischer Vater für mich.”

Ein Gespräch mit den Cellisten Sol Gabetta und Ivan Monighetti über ihre besondere Geschichte, den Einfluss ihrer Lehrer und das Unterrichten an sich

BBC News

BBC News

(Written on November 18, 2013 )