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In today’s news: Frank Gehry’s plans for a new home for the L.A. Phil’s youth orchestra program, Chicago Opera Theater employee steals more than $100k, L.A Phil’s ambitious plans for its 2018/19 season, Berlin State Opera turns 275 in December, Yorgos Loukos of Opéra de Lyon sentenced to 6 months in prison.

The New York Times

L.A. Phil’s Youth Orchestra to Get a New, Frank Gehry-Designed Home

Frank Gehry has already designed one of America’s best-loved concert halls, Walt Disney Concert Hall, for the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Now he is drawing up plans for a new home for the ensemble’s youth orchestra program, YOLA, which plans to double in size.

CBS Chigaco

Opera Employee Stole More Than $100,000

The former box office manager of the Chicago Opera Theater has been charged with stealing more than $100,000 in ticket receipts during the three-plus years he worked for the organisation.

Pizzicato

L.A. Phil announces big plans for centennial season

The Los Angeles Philharmonic announced the orchestra’s ambitious plans for its centennial season 2018/19. Underscoring the commitment to orchestral music as a living tradition, Gustavo Dudamel announced that the orchestra is undertaking a new-music investment of unprecedented scale in the anniversary season, when it will present 50 commissioned works.   

‘Orchestre de Chambre du Luxembourg’ gab erstes Konzert mit dem neuen Chefdirigenten

Nach einer exzellenten und jahrelangen Aufbauarbeit durch den ehemaligen Chefdirigenten David Reiland ist das Orchestre de Chambre du Luxembourg (OCL) nun ein qualitativ hochwertiger Klangkörper, der einen Vergleich mit anderen Kammerorchestern nicht mehr zu scheuen braucht, meint Alain Steffen in seiner Konzertkritik.

Concerti

Dreifaches Jubiläum

Heute Abend überträgt BR-Klassik um 20:03 Uhr das BRSO-Konzert mit Mariss Jansons und Daniel Barenboim im Radio sowie als Video-Livestream im Internet

Klassik

Geschenkt: 18,5 Millionen US-Dollar für Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Das Detroit Symphony Orchestra hat eine Spende in Höhe von insgesamt 18,5 Millionen US-Dollar erhalten. Der überwiegende Teil der Summe, 15 Millionen Dollar, kommt von der William Davidson Foundation.

Musik Heute

Staatsoper Berlin: Geburtstag mit Konzert und zwei Premieren

Die Berliner Staatsoper Unter den Linden feiert ihren 275. Geburtstag im Dezember mit einem Konzert und zwei Opernpremieren.

France Musique

Le directeur du ballet de l’Opéra de Lyon condamné pour avoir congédié une danseuse après sa grossesse

Yorgos Loukos, le directeur du ballet de l’Opéra de Lyon a été condamné jeudi 9 novembre à six mois de prison avec sursis pour discrimination au travail et harcèlement après avoir demandé le non-renouvellement du contrat d’une danseuse à son retour de congés maternité.

Platea Magazin

La Filarmónica de Berlín afronta una ambiciosa gira por Asia con Simon Rattle

urante el mes de noviembre la Filarmónica de Berlín, bajo la batuta de su aún titular Sir Simon Rattle, emprende una ambiciosa gira por Asia, la última con el maestro británico al frente.

Twitter

Rolling Stone @RollingStone Paul Buckmaster, the essential arranger for David Bowie, Rolling Stones, Elton John and more, passes away at age 71

Emily Berl for The New York Times

(Written on November 10, 2017 )

Account Manager Victoria Cappelletti’s views on working as a PR in Paris and London: Differences, difficulties & evolution

Over one year ago I moved to London to start working at WildKat PR as an Account Manager. I had previously worked for two years in the music industry in Paris, at a major record label and also in an independent PR agency with a similar structure to WildKat.

Being aware of the stakes of promoting independent and emerging artists in Paris, I was curious to see and experience the differences between the industries, seeking new professional challenges and looking forward to tame British journalists.

As I had previously worked with UK and international clients, I already had an insight into some of the differences, however, after a year of working as a press officer in London, I was able to find distinctive quirks.

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In my opinion, big record labels and majors rule music industries. That’s the case in both the UK and France. Independent, alternative and emergent artists thus struggle (more) to rise and thrive with their art.

As the French government cuts budgets for culture, the media has to focus on bigger artists, or at least on the ones that will gain a more significant audience. I could see that they were sliding dangerously from programming artists that they are personally passionate about, to generating profit for the media. As someone who is, and has always been so passionate about music, spending entire evenings digging for unknown tunes on Soundcloud, it makes me quite sad.

My knowledge of the UK government’s decisions for culture (apart from Brexit which will have an important impact on diversity in my humble French opinion) is limited, but it seems quite obvious that there are way more opportunities for new artist, to perform but also to be featured in the media.

Regarding live performances, for example, maybe it comes from the fact that all things cultural don’t happen in central London, as it is in Paris intra-muros, but alternative, emergent, underground cultural opportunities blossom in zone 2 and 3, whereas it is almost impossible to make Parisians cross the city centre’s limits.

Hence, there is a profusion of music venues, from established concert halls to basements and Pizza Express, that allow emerging bands and underground composers to perform their music or art, get visibility and improve their talent.

It also seems that there are more channels and ways to promote artists in the UK.

For example, I was able to secure a piece in a national newspaper for my first campaign, whereas the journalist had never heard from me before, and my sharp French accent couldn’t fool anyone.

Of course relationships with the media are the key to being a good and efficient PR. But here in the UK, I’ve felt like journalists are more open-minded and if you pitch to them right, offering an interesting idea, they will say yes.

In France, it’s more difficult to offer something original, and journalists are not likely to respond to you unless they know you. Maybe it’s also the case here, but simply in my experience, it’s not.

I’ve learnt that here anything is basically possible, if you put enough creativity and resources into it. This is an integral part of the culture at WildKat and has taught me a new way to approach to PR. The French music industry is obviously still strong, and there are still great things to do – it just seemed to me that without a strong record label behind them, emerging artists had less chances to be promoted in media and programmed in a venue, even the smallest.

 

Note: Beyond the PR and media industry, I think the differences between the two countries are probably beyond business. It’s social, it’s a way of working, communicating, and thinking.

The UK has seen the birth of major underground musical movements such as punk, grime and trip-hop. It’s the home of beautiful weirdos, from Elton John to Boy George to David Bowie, among so many others.

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I believe that all these cultural developments and their leaders ‘used’ people’s minds to be more open, accepting, experiencing and enjoying alternative and underground music and art movements.

Generally, the UK is known for being a cool country, where people won’t judge you for your half-balled turquoise haircut, wearing shorts in January, or the music you are listening to. I’ve seen youngsters sing along to rock songs next to quiet old men in the pub.

I am not saying France is behind in terms of music – it has the 2nd best hip-hop scene, many other amazing weirdos and a new generation of artists that are now making their way across the Channel and beyond – for example, Christine & The Queens whom I’m always glad to see on billboards here in London.

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We have a great new wave of music, which I think and hope will go far.

I believe Paris should open its ‘borders’ offer more exciting opportunities to emerging artists through reopening old venues, rehabilitating others, and take (some) inspiration in London’s music life’s landscape.

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Photo: Victoria Cappelletti

(Written on December 15, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, the Menuhin Competition names violinists for the Semi Finals, Jazz saxophonist Getatchew Mekurya died at age 81 and singer Rosie Lowe comments on the misogynistic record industry.

The Strad

Menuhin Competition 2016 names 10 violinists through to the Junior Semi Finals

Each of the 10 violinists, aged between 11 and 15, will perform their choice of Beethoven Sonata and a virtuoso work. They will also collaborate with professional musicians in Dvořák’s Terzetto in C for two violins and viola.

The Strad

Menuhin Competition 2016 names 9 violinists through to the Senior Semi Finals

The Menuhin Competition 2016 has revealed the nine candidates progressing to the Senior Semi-Finals, taking place at London’s Royal Academy of Music on Wednesday.

The Telegraph

The Sixteen: pilgrims progress around UK for 33 concerts of early English polyphony

By neat coincidence, The Sixteen have just set off on their 16th Choral Pilgrimage, the annual tour that is central to this group’s identity. While remaining busy with their other programmes, Harry Christophers and the ensemble he founded in the late 1970s have become recognised above all for their biggest yearly project, which gets the group out of the traditional Oxbridge-London comfort zones of many such choirs.

The Telegraph

Singer Rosie Lowe: ‘The record industry is misogynistic. Women are moulded to a white man’s view’

She released her first album in February to glowing reviews, Elton John announced during a radio appearance that her first single was going to be a huge hit, and Adele is also reported to be a fan. But Rosie Lowe is still getting to grips with the concept of people actually coming to her shows.

The New York Times

Getatchew Mekurya, Ethiopian Jazz Saxophonist, Dies at 81

Getatchew Mekurya, a saxophonist with an ardent, full-throated style who worked predominantly in Ethiopia for decades before being embraced by a worldwide audience, died on April 4 in Addis Ababa. He was 81.

Classicalite

Yo-Yo Ma gives investment tips on John Oliver in response to Panama Papers

The release of the Panama Papers has continued to rattle world leaders. Of those named is Russian cellist Sergei Roldugin, close friend to Russian president Vladimir Putin.

Classicalite

Lin-Manuel Miranda and ‘Hamilton’ Yields Nearly $105,000 in Royalties Per Week

A Broadway phenomenon that’s propelled its creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, to icon status, it’s been reported that the production of Hamilton rakes in nearly $105,000 a week in royalties.

International Arts Manager

Mega donation for Royal Danish Opera

AP Møller Foundation has pledged an undisclosed figure of more than DK100m (13.4m) to Royal Danish Opera(RDO) – the single biggest gift in its history. While the exact amount is not known it is far in excess of the DK35m cut in government funding that the company has recently experienced and is believed to be several hundred million Danish Krone.

WQXR

New Jersey Welcomes Its New Maestra

Introducing Xian Zhang, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s incoming music director to a Newark concert audience Thursday, April 7, principal flutist Bart Feller made one thing clear: “It’s maestra, not maestro.”

Spiegel Kultur

Nach zehn Jahren Bauzeit: Elbphilharmonie veröffentlicht erstes Programm

Zehn Jahre Bauzeit und zehnmal so teuer wie geplant: Die spektakuläre Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg soll im Januar 2017 eröffnet werden – mit einem dreiwöchigen Festival.

Crescendo

Kompositionswerkstatt im Klassenzimmer 

Zeitgenössische Musik in die Schule zu bringen, ist sowohl der Name als auch das Ziel des gleichnamigen niedersachsenweiten Programms, dessen Bewerbungsphase gerade gestartet ist.

Klavier.de

Pianistin Saskia Giorgini gewinnt den Mozartwettbewerb Salzburg

Beim Mozartwettbewerb Salzburg hat im Fach Klavier Saskia Giorgini den ersten Platz belegt. Die italienisch-niederländische Pianistin erhält ein Preisgeld in Höhe von 10.000 Euro.

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Getatchew Mekurya during a 2008 performance with the punk band the Ex at a Lincoln Center Out of Doors concert. Photograph: Jack Vartoogian/Getty Images

(Written on April 12, 2016 )

Classical News

The New York Times

New Deadline for Met Opera Negotiations: Sunday

The Metropolitan Opera, which has been threatening to lock out its workers if they do not agree to concessions, has set a new deadline for reaching an agreement with its unions: Sunday night, a little more than a month before the opera season is set to open.

Classic FM

Daniel Barenboim conducts Israeli/ Palestine peace concert

The Israeli-Argentinian conductor directed Israeli and Arab musicians in a concert on Sunday to promote peace in Gaza.

RYOT News

Watch a Renowned Violinist Play While Having Brain Surgery

Playing violin at the elite level that Roger Frisch has been doing all his life is no easy task. Doing so while undergoing brain surgery? Well that’s talent on a whole ‘nother level.

The Sydney Herald

Australian violinist recruited to work as Soviet spy

An Australian violinist was recruited by the KGB to work as a highly trained Soviet spy in Hong Kong and China, according to a just-released Russian intelligence archive.

Classic FM

Elton John and David Furnish to star in classical drama?

Sir Elton John and husband David Furnish are rumoured to be joining forces with True Blood creator Alan Ball for a new show on American channel HBO.

Classic FM

Arsenal player Santi Cazorla conducts a ‘choir’ of fans in video

Arsenal continues to build a reputation as the football club of classical music lovers following the posting of a Vine video in which midfielder Santi Cazorla is seen conducting a crowd of supporters in a chant.

Die Welt

Jetzt zwitschern sie schon aus dem Theater

Eine ganz schicke Idee: Theaterkritikschreiben während das Theater noch spielt. Hinten im Saal durfte die Kritik twittern. Warum man nicht alles machen muss, was man machen kann. Auch im Feuilleton.

La Croix

Jean-Sébastien Bach dans le Massif central

Pour son 15e anniversaire, le festival Bach en Combrailles se déroule du 11 au 16 août dans un site sauvage et protégé.

Le Monde

Paris: bataille de financements autour de la Philharmonie

La Philharmonie de Paris, futur temple de la musique symphonique conçu par l’architecte Jean Nouvel dans l’est de la capitale, en bordure du Parc de la Villette, doit être inaugurée en janvier 2015.

Twitter

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Tafelmusik: @Tafelmusik  Why does coughing occur at concerts? Thanks to @classical963FM for the post! http://ow.ly/A4471  #classicalmusic

 

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New York Metropolitan Opera

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(Written on August 12, 2014 )

The Telegraph

Can an app teach children the basics of classical music?

SymbolSmash uses the love story opera “Voyage to the Moon” to teach children the difference between their crescendos and their crochets. Traditionalist Daniel Johnson finds it a bit too gimmicky for his taste.

What’s the point of pop-up opera?

The enthusiasm of singers who perform pop-up opera is great – but is there any point to it, asks Rupert Christiansen.

The Stage

In defence of small-scale opera

Robin Norton-Hale, the director of OperaUpClose, responds to Rupert Christiansen’s assertion that pop-up opera is nothing more than a small scale version of a ‘big’ opera. 

Classic FM Online

Tim Atack in Tim Lihoreau’s Wednesday Web Chat

Composer Tim Atack talks about writing music for screens big and small.

New Music Box

If Elton John sings but everyone else does too, does it make a sound?

Four reasons why people sing along at concerts.

BBC Music Magazine

Women absent from winners of 2013 British Composer Awards

Questions have been raised about the 2013 British Composer Awards, after the winners ceremony was dominated entirely by men.

Obituary: Stan Tracey 

Pianist Stan Tracey, the British jazz legend who played with many of the 1960s greats as house pianist of Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, has died aged 86.

Neue Musikzeitung

Musiklandschaft mit Flurschäden

Verabschiedet sich Nordrhein-Westfalen von seiner Kammer­philharmonie Amadé?

Telegraph

Telegraph

 

(Written on December 11, 2013 )

Classical News:

18th September: Gramophone Awards, N-Dubz create Urban-Classical fusion and Elton John’s short fingers discouraged him from Classical music

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Gramophone

Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2013 announced!

Winners include Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Julian Bream and Jan Lisiecki. Decca Classics are Label of the Year and trumpeteer Alison Balsom is the first British woman to win Artist of the Year.

Telegraph

Fazer’s Urban Takeover

N-Dubz singer’s new BBC 3 programme attempts to “blow apart the preconceptions of young people” concerning classical music by getting seven teenagers to create classical-urban fusion.

Is New Age thinking good or bad for musicians?

Concert pianist Stephen Hough discusses the presumption that “self-expression is what the arts are all about.”

Guardian

Music in the shadow of war

A new war themed concert series begins at Wigmore Hall and Steven Isserlis discusses how the intimate nature of chamber music allows composers writing in terrible times to respond in surprising ways.

Classic FM Online

Elton John stopped playing classical music due to short fingers

Despite winning a scholarship to the Royal Academy, Elton John claims his switch from classical to popular music was due to his “fingers like cocktail sausages.”

Alison Balsom to record with legendary rock producer Ethan Johns

When trumpeter Alison Balsom moves to America later this year she will record an album with Ethan Johns, who has previously worked with artists including Tom Jones, Kings of Leon, The Vaccines and Joe Cocker.

Huffington Post Arts & Entertainment

Sergei Filin Returns To Bolshoi Theater After Devastating Acid Attack

The Bolshoi ballet’s artistic director has returned to the famed Moscow theater after months of treatment in Germany for burns he suffered to both eyes when a man threw acid in his face in January.

Pacific Standard

Study: Classical Music makes men think women are more attractive

Recently published research found a relationship between the type of music used on someone’s personal webpage and whether they are seen as attractive by the opposite sex. Men found women more attractive if classical music was playing in the background, but women found men better-looking if their webpage had a heavy-metal soundtrack.

Neue Musikzeitung

„Sieg der Frauen“ bei ARD-Musikwettbewerb

Die Viola-Spielerin Yura Lee (28) aus Südkorea ist Gewinnerin des ARD-Musikwettbewerbs.

 

Alison Balsom, BBC News

Alison Balsom, BBC News


(Written on September 18, 2013 )

The Telegraph

Serious music doesn’t have to hurt your ears

Composer George Benjamin has the knack of making the most rebarbative composition sound comprehensible, says Jane Shilling.

Classic FM

Titanic musician’s violin to be auctioned

A violin believed to have been owned by musician Wallace Hartley, who played as the Titanic sank, will be auctioned next month.

The Times of India

‘Reality shows can help promote classical music’

Indian classical music has survived the test of time and nothing can ever bring down its popularity level was the view of renowned vocalist Rajyashree Ghosh of Rabindra BhartiUniversity (RBU) and tabla player Samir Chattopadhyay of Chhandayan, USA, who were in Ranchi on Sunday for a public performance.

Huffington Post

A Good Reason to Go to Amsterdam

Carnegie Hall is nothing if not a classical music lover’s dream come true. It’s heaven on earth — as if the beautiful architecture with its peerless acoustics were not enough, the hall brings us performers of such a caliber that every time you think, “wow, this is the best concert this season.”

Music Week

Secondary ticketing legislation must now be considered by Government – Met Police

Music industry executives calling for legislation to cap the price of secondary tickets have received a boost from a new Met Police report published today.

The Guardian

Elton John plans in-store shows to help save HMV

Universal UK boss says singer has suggested a series of gigs by leading artists to encourage fans to shop in high street stores

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The Telegraph

 

 

 

(Written on February 20, 2013 )