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In today’s classical news, German government has announced a budget of €27 million for a year of celebrations to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth. English National Opera has announced the postponement of The Mikado performance in Blackpool, which is now scheduled for 2018. In addition, read about the reality that American orchestras are now facing.

Opera Now Magazine

ENO postpones Blackpool Mikado

English National Opera has announced that its performances of The Mikado in Blackpool have been postponed.

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German government to spend €27 million to celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday

The German government announced a budget of €27 million last week for a year of celebrations to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth.

The New York Times

It’s Official: Many Orchestras Are Now Charities

There is a stark reality increasingly facing American orchestras: They are now charities, relying more, on average, on philanthropy than on the ticket sales that used to buttress them.

For Composer Lei Liang, Technology Brings a Different Transcendence

On Sunday afternoon, the composer Lei Liang looked on silently as the ensemble Loadbang made its second pass through his “Lakescape V.”

The Huffington Post

From Bach To Beyoncé: Is Classical Music Dead?

Many critics and skeptics have made the bold claim that classical music is dead. It’s true that classical music isn’t what it used to be — but neither is music in general.

Classical Music Magazine

Welsh arts organisations to mark Russian Revolution centenary

Arts organisations across Wales will present a season of performances and events throughout 2017 to mark the centenary of the Russian Revolution.

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Thorsten Seif, Mitinhaber und einer der Geschäftsführer des Musikverlags Tod’s & Fred’s sagt, der Urteil zur GEMA sei “eine falsche Entscheidung”

Thorsten Seif, Mitinhaber und einer der Geschäftsführer des Musikverlags “Tod’s & Fred’s”, sagt, das Gerichtsurteil entspreche nicht der “Praxis, wie gearbeitet” werde: “Es spiegelt eben gar nicht die Konstellation wider, wie es in der Realität aussieht in diesem Gefüge Musikverlag, GEMA, Urheber. Deshalb finde ich das eine falsche Entscheidung.”

Klassik.com

Placido Domingo wird Ehrenmitglied der Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien

Placido Domingo hat von der Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien eine Auszeichnung als Ehrenmitglied erhalten. Damit honoriert die Ausbildungsinstitution Domingos vielfältige Tätigkeit als Sänger, Dirigent, Operndirektor, Mentor und Gründer des Gesangswettbewerbs Operalia.

Musik Heute

Urteil im Bayreuther Wagner-Prozess verschoben

Das Ringen um die Macht auf dem Grünen Hügel in Bayreuth zieht sich hin. Im Zivilverfahren am Landgericht Bayreuth um den Pachtvertrag des Festspielhauses laufen derzeit noch immer Verhandlungen um einen Vergleich. Zunächst wollte das Gericht am 17. November ein Urteil verkünden. Der Termin sei aber auf den 15. Dezember verschoben worden, sagte ein Sprecher am Dienstag. “Es besteht noch die Möglichkeit, dass sich die Parteien einig werden.”

Music News Italy

Elvis Presley: nuovo documentario in arrivo

La vita di Elvis Presley verrà presto raccontata attraverso un documentario con fatti e immagini del tutto inedite. HBO, in collaborazione con la Presley Estate, produrrà un’opera che narrerà molti aneddoti sulla leggenda del rock, dalla nascita fino alle ultime sessioni di registrazione.

France Musique

Disparition du musicien de blues et de jazz Mose Allison

Le pianiste américain Mose Allison est décédé mardi 15 novembre à l’âge de 89 ans dans le sud des Etats-Unis. Egalement chanteur et compositeur, on le surnommait le « William Faulkner du jazz ».

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The Economist @TheEconomist How do you get people to listen to classical music in a profoundly non-classical age? From the archive http://econ.st/2f0YtZv

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ Economic ear: how much has the UK government spent on the arts since the end of world war two? http://ow.ly/J9KE306bBxQ

Classical Music News @ClassicalMusic Yo Yo Ma mourns his role model http://dlvr.it/Mgd574 #ClassicalMusic

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(Written on November 16, 2016 )

Classical News

In our news today, Martyn Brabbins is ENO’s new music director, City Music Foundation announces 2016 artists, and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra musicians and management plan to get back to negotiating table. Also, youngest opera composer premieres Cinderella under Zubin Mehta in Vienna in December, and Lucerne Symphony Orchestra protests against plans to make cuts to the orchestra.

The Guardian

English National Opera names Martyn Brabbins as music director

The British conductor Martyn Brabbins is to take over as the new music director of the English National Opera, in the latest attempt to revive the beleaguered company. The respected conductor takes over from Mark Wigglesworth as company seeks stability after two years of cuts and crises.

BBC News

Amadeus play: NT homecoming in fine tune

It’s 37 years since Peter Shaffer’s play Amadeus was first seen on stage and it’s now widely accepted as a modern classic. Now Lucian Msamati and Adam Gillen are bringing the play back to its original home in London. And this time there’s an orchestra too.

Classical Music Magazine

City Music Foundation announces 2016 artists

Tabea Debus (recorder), Miguel Gorodi (jazz trumpet), Joseph Houston (piano), Hannah Morgan (oboe), Ligeti Quartet, Nérija (contemporary jazz ensemble) and Mihai Ritivoiu (piano) have been selected asfor the 2016 City Music Foundation Artists programme.

Syracuse.com

Syracuse Opera opens season with Rossini’s ‘La Cenerentola,’ a tale of kindness and redemption

Banish all visions of singing mice and magic wands. A story closer to reality is told in Gioachino Rossini’s “La Cenerentola.” It stars a Cinderella who relies on wisdom and goodness rather than sorcery to honor the love she feels for the prince.

CBC News

New concert series celebrates B.C. composers

There’s a new place in Vancouver’s West End dedicated to teaching more of us about contemporary Canadian classical composers. The Canadian Music Centre in B.C. opened in 1959. Its mission is to promote the ever-changing world of new classical music in the country. The organisation recently moved to its new home in the heart of Davie Village.

WTAE.com

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra musicians, management plan to get back to bargaining table

The big issue between management and the musicians has been an argument over dollars. Musicians say there are three key items that led to the strike; management requesting they take a 15-percent pay cut, changes to pensions and a freeze on three openings.

Klassik.com

Luzerner Sinfonieorchester protestiert gegen Kürzungspläne

Das Luzerner Sinfonieorchester hat mit einem spontanen Platzkonzert vor dem Rathaus gegen die Kürzungspläne des Kantons protestiert. Nach Angaben des Intendanten sei eine weitere Kürzung der Subventionen für das mit 70 Musikern besetzte Orchester existenzbedrohend.

Kulturradio Rbb

Jüngste Opernkomponistin aller Zeiten mit “Cinderella”

Alma Deutscher, ein elf Jahre altes Mädchen aus Großbritannien, hat ihre eigene Version von “Aschenputtel” komponiert. Am 29. Dezember soll ihr Werk unter Schirmherrschaft von Zubin Mehta in Wien uraufgeführt werden.

Neue Musikzeitung

Bochumer Symphoniker bekommen erstmals eigenes Konzerthaus

Fast 100 Jahre nach ihrer Gründung bekommen die Bochumer Symphoniker erstmals eine eigene Spielstätte in ihrer Stadt. Mit drei Konzertabenden weihen sie am kommenden Wochenende (28. bis 30. Oktober) das Anneliese-Brost-Musikforum Ruhr ein.

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klassik.com @klassikcom  Erster Preis beim Wieniawski Violinwettbewerb für Veriko Tchumburidze

Top Classical News @topcmnews  Montreal Symphony becomes first orchestra to own an octobass

Music History @today_classical  in 2003 opening of Walt Disney Hall, home of

Martyn Brabbins. Photo Credits: Martin Cervenansky.

Martyn Brabbins. Photo Credits: Martin Cervenansky.

(Written on October 24, 2016 )

Classical News

In our news today, Southbank Centre announces Belief and Beyond Belief festival, English National Opera is negotiating with new music director, and violin made from Churchill’s cigar box is to be auctioned. Also, Mozart’s music is improving the grapes in one Italian vineyard and Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie gets its own stamp.

Classical Music Magazine

Southbank Centre announces Belief and Beyond Belief festival

The Southbank Centre’s new year-long festival will explore what it means to be human in the 21st century. Presented in partnership with the London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO), Belief and Beyond Belief will consider questions pertaining to life, death, religion and spirituality.

CBSO surprises shoppers and travellers

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra gave two pop-up concerts on 8 October, which can now be watched online. The orchestra performed at Birmingham’s New Street station and Grand Central shopping centre, surprising travellers and shoppers.

Opera Now Magazine

ENO ‘in contractual negotiations’ with new music director

English National Opera is currently negotiating a contract with a new music director. The Sunday Times’ Hugh Canning asserted that Martyn Brabbins has been selected, describing it as an ‘interesting choice’.

The Strad

Violin made from Winston Churchill’s cigar box to be auctioned

A 1950s violin crafted from one of Winston Churchill’s cigar boxes is to be offered for sale this October in London by Ingles & Hayday.

Exhibition dedicated to violin maker Vincenzo Panormo to open in London

Tarisio is to host an exhibition dedicated to Vincenzo Panormo and his sons from 23-24 October. Curated by maker and restorer Andrew Fairfax, the display includes recent archival research in a new biography of the maker.

Global Voices

Surrounded by Piles of Trash, These Two Classical Musicians Played Bach in Protest

In their formal concert outfits, with masks on to protect themselves from the stench of decay, two classical musicians from Tetovo played Bach’s famous orchestral suite “Air” to protest pollution.

CBS News

How Mozart’s music is improving the grapes in one Italian vineyard

Row after row of Sangiovese grapevines cover the hills of Montalcino in Tuscany, where famed Brunello wine is made. But one of these vineyards is a bit different. The grapes here are serenaded all day, every day, by classical music.

Musik heute

Post gibt Sonderbriefmarke “Elbphilharmonie” heraus

Zur Eröffnung der Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg gibt die Deutsche Post AG eine Sonderbriefmarke heraus. Die Marke mit einem Wert von 1,45 Euro werde ab 2. Januar 2017 bundesweit erhältlich sein

Bratschisten streiten vor Gericht um Preis einer Viola

Ein Bratschist der Berliner Philharmoniker hatte einem Berufskollegen 2013 die Viola mit der Inschrift “Luigi Mingazzi Ravenna 1923” für 60.000 Euro abgekauft. Zwei Jahre später ergab jedoch ein Privatgutachten, dass die Bratsche gar nicht von dem Meister aus Ravenna, sondern aus dem Vogtland stamme.

Codex Flores

Altstaedt, Bohórquez und Lang unterrichten in Berlin

Mit ihren beiden Alumni Claudio Bohórquez und Nicolas Altstaedt gewinnt die Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler zwei herausragende und international gefragte Cellisten für die Lehre. Auch der Komponist Benjamin Lang tritt eine Professur an.

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klassik.com @klassikcom DAAD-Preis für Sopranistin Jolana Slavikova

Classical Music News @ClassicalMusic Tragedy: Nielsen winner is found dead in taxi, aged 31

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic Composer, writer and teacher Peter Reynolds died yesterday

Elbphilharmonie. Photo Credits: Thies Rätzke, Hamburg.

Elbphilharmonie. Photo Credits: Thies Rätzke, Hamburg.

(Written on October 13, 2016 )

Classical News

Today’s news, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra has reached an agreement and announces its new 6-year contract with its musicians. Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s Chorus is looking to recruit new members. Also, English National Opera has announced changes to its board and governance.


The Buffalo News

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra announces 6-year contract with musicians

Good news announced Saturday at the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s season-opening concert in Kleinhans Music Hall. BPO musicians have reached an agreement with the orchestra’s management on a new six-year contract.

The Wall Street Journal
R.E.M.’s Mike Mills Blends Classical and Rock on Upcoming Album

R.E.M.’s Mike Mills spent decades performing in front of millions, but it’s his latest work that makes him nervous. This past June, the bassist and keyboard player premiered a new piece of music, “Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra” with the Toronto symphony.

Classical Music Magazine

Alison Willis wins London Concord Singers composition competition

Alison Willis has won the London Concord Singers‘ 50th anniversary composition competition.

Young People’s Chorus of NYC appoints first composer-in-residence

The Young People’s Chorus of NYC (YPC) has appointed Michael Gordon as its inaugural composer-in-residence. The three-year position will see Gordon compose at least one new work inspired by New York City each season, give workshops and masterclasses, and serve on a committee as an artistic adviser.

RSNO Chorus seeks new members

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s Chorus is recruiting for new members. Formerly the Glasgow Choral Union, the Chorus is Scotland’s oldest choir still in operation and in 2018 will celebrate its 175th anniversary.

ENO announces board changes

English National Opera has announced changes to its board and governance. Patti White, Patty Dimond and Phil Edgar-Jones have replaced Glyn Barker, David Buchler, and David Harrell (stepping down following seven, nine and nine years of service respectively) on the ENO board.

The Irish Times

Musician misses home but story ends on a positive note

Marja Gaynor loves the spontaneity of Irish musicians. In her native Finland musical gatherings are pre-planned, the violinist says.

New York Post
City’s first orchestra music charter school to open in 2017

In a development that is sure to be music to the ears of city parents, a new, orchestral-themed charter school is scheduled to open in upper Manhattan next fall — the first of its kind in the Big Apple.

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Thomas E. Bauer wird Intendant der Festspiele Europäische Wochen

Der Bariton und Kulturmanager Thomas E. Bauer ist zum neuen Intendanten der Festspiele Europäische Wochen Passau berufen worden.

Klassik heute

Piano Days in Hamburg – Klangerlebnisse mit neuester Hybridtechnologie

Klavierspielen ist schwer, teuer und nur etwas für Klassikfans? Mit diesem Klischee möchte CASIO aufräumen und ruft erstmals die CASIO Piano Days ins Leben.

Der Tagesspiegel

Wo die Freie Szene in Berlin zuhause ist

Berliner Off-Zentrale: Die Sophiensæle sind seit 20 Jahren der Flagship-Store des Freien Theaters und Tanzes.

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Speakeasy @WSJspeakeasy R.E.M.’s Mike Mills blends rock and classical music on upcoming album: http://on.wsj.com/2cCw3TF

BBC Philharmonic @BBCPhilharmonic “Classical Music is more relevant to the future” – an oldie but a goodie from Paul Morley in @Guardian

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ Two weeks until @CityMusicF‘s @RhinegoldLive! Don’t miss out – reserve your free ticket now

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Photo by: Mark Hamilton (RSNO Chorus Director, Gregory Batsleer)

(Written on September 20, 2016 )

Classical News

Yamaha has been appointed as the Official Piano Partner of English National Opera, the Rolston String Quartet takes top prize at the 12th Banff International String Quartet Competition & Czech musicians bring classical music concerts to cafés. Also, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike.

Classical Music Magazine

Yamaha becomes ENO’s Official Piano Partner

Yamaha has been appointed as the Official Piano Partner of English National Opera in London, making Yamaha the exclusive supplier of pianos to ENO. The partnership sees ENO become the first opera company to use Yamaha’s revolutionary TransAcoustic™ piano, now located in the orchestra pit at the London Coliseum.

St John’s Smith Square appoints development manager

St John’s Smith Square has appointed Lynn Simmonds as development manager. Simmonds joins St John’s from New Philanthropy Capital, where she supported charities, including cultural organisations, to assess their impact and generate new income.

BBC Music Magazine

Rolston String Quartet takes top prize at Banff

The Rolston String Quartet has won first prize at the 12th Banff International String Quartet Competition. ‘I can’t believe it!’ viola player Hezekiah Leung said of his group’s win, ‘It has been a dream of ours even to be here’.

Radio Prague

Czech musicians bring classical music concerts to cafés

Enjoy your coffee while listening to Beethoven, have a glass of wine while listening to Mozart and quench your thirst with contemporary music and mineral water, suggests a new project that brings classical musicians to cafés all around the Czech Republic. The series of concerts, which aim at raising public interest in classical music, was launched on Friday at a café in Prague’s district of Holešovice.

The Irish Times

Opera funding seems arbitrary and unaccountable

If only common sense were not so rare. Just look at the Arts Council and the mess it has been in for years with its Festivals and Events Scheme. This scheme offers grants of up to €20,000 and supports a truly diverse selection of musical endeavours.

San Diego Reader

The feminine future of classical music

Women continue to balance the disparity in classical music leadership.

NBC DFW

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra votes to authorize a strike

Instead of striking up the band, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike. They voted Tuesday night, after rejecting the most recent offer from management over proposed pay cuts.

The Irish Times

Composers on the state of classical music in Ireland today

‘Composing the Island’ celebrates 100 years of music by Irish composers, written between 1916 and 2016. What do composers think about Irish music now?

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SPD-Haushaltsexperte: Bund soll Berliner Staatsoper übernehmen

Der SPD-Haushaltsexperte Johannes Kahrs hat sich dafür ausgesprochen, dass der Bund die Berliner Staatsoper Unter den Linden übernimmt. „Das wäre für alle Beteiligten die sauberste, klarste und einfachste Lösung“.

Klassik heute

Bayerisches Staatsorchester und GMD Kirill Petrenko auf Europa-Tournee

Das Bayerische Staatsorchester und GMD Kirill Petrenko gehen im September 2016 auf ausgedehnte Europa-Tournee, bevor das Orchester 2017 wieder nach Japan reist und für 2018 sein Debüt in New York plant.

BR Klassik

Neuer Chef Igor Zelensky öffnet die Ballett-Türen

Negative Schlagzeilen, die seinem Amtsantritt vorausgeeilt sind, bringen Igor Zelensky scheinbar nicht aus der Ruhe, der Russe hat Großes vor – und lässt sich bei der Arbeit gerne über die Schulter schauen. Am Samstag öffnet er allen Ballettinteressierten die Türen zum Probensaal des Bayerischen Staatsballetts.

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Opera Today @operatoday New Staging of Wagner’s TRISTAN UND ISOLDE to Open the Met’s 50th Anniversary Season

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ ‘It is a piece for a better world’ – Wim Henderickx on his new work Blossomings

Hello Stage @HelloStage_ Classical Music and Digital Media? Really? Let’s discuss on Thursday with :

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(Written on September 7, 2016 )

Classical News

In our news today, Russia, Spain, and Belgium come together at the Cadogan Hall in London for the 10th Zurich International Orchestra Series, Dale Henderson plays Bach in the subway & Paul MacAlindin talks about his time with the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq. Also, South Africa’s leading opera house has been accused of financially exploiting 12 singers.

International Arts Manager

Russia, Spain and Belgium come together for 10th Zurich International Orchestra Series

Famed London concert venue Cadogan Hall is readying itself to present 16 concerts, performed by 11 international orchestras, supported by a stellar cast of conductors and critically-acclaimed soloists, for the 10th Zurich International Orchestra Series series kicking off later this month.

The DePauw

“Bach in the Subways” founder revives classical music through spontaneous, live concerts

Instead of the screech of brakes, some subway riders have been greeted to the sounds of Bach thanks to Dale Henderson. Classical music being played in unclassical places is the mentality of Henderson, a musician who will be performing at Music on the Square tonight at 7:30 pm.

Deutsche Welle

How classical music awoke young Iraqis’ spirits

Classical music not only boosted war-trodden young Iraqis, it also affected the country’s politics, says conductor Paul MacAlindin. He tells DW about his time with the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq and his new book.

The Guardian

Sheku Kanneh-Mason: ‘Classical music isn’t elitist – the problem is it’s expensive’

It’s an understatement to say that Sheku Kanneh-Mason has had a busy few months. In May, the 17-year-old cellist was crowned BBC Young Musician. Only a few days later, he was back at school, revising for his summer exams at Trinity College Catholic school, a state secondary in Nottingham, while also preparing for his Royal Festival Hall concerto debut.

South African opera house accused of exploiting black singers

South Africa’s leading opera house has been accused of financially exploiting 12 singers who performed internationally in a controversial but critically acclaimed production of Mozart’s Così Fan Tutte, set in colonial north Africa and portraying racial abuse and rape by fascist Italian troops.

The Stage

How opera is extending its reach

Cressida Pollock, chief executive of London-based English National Opera, recently observed that the majority of performing arts audiences in the UK are “white, middle class”. She added: “When we look to attract… new people into our audience, we have to acknowledge that we usually end up with a white, middle-class audience.”

Graham Vick: Opera needs radical overhaul to survive

So much is encouraging about opera just now, most of it found in the sense of adventure of performances in pub theatres, supermarkets and car parks. Some of it is happening with small orchestras. Some of it is even happening without orchestras, with choruses of volunteers, without a chorus. Some of it is even amplified.

Classical Music Magazine

Composers’ Fund open for applications

Applications are now open for the second round of funding from PRS for Music Foundation’s Composer’s Fund. The £150,000 fund aims to give composers more control of their careers by offering them direct access to funding, enabling them to realise projects and ambitions that may not be possible through traditional commissioning models.

The Strad

‘If career becomes more important than the music, your soul becomes empty,’ says cellist Steven Isserlis

‘It’s great to have a successful career, but if the career becomes more important than the music, your soul becomes empty’. Cellist Steven Isserlis speaks about music and career for Living The Classical Life.

Broadwayworld

Houston Symphony’s September Slate Goes From Classic Rock to Judy Garland

September 2016 marks the beginning of the Houston Symphony’s 103rd season and the diverse orchestral programming Houstonians have come to love. From classic rock to Judy Garland, Seth MacFarlane and Mahler, the season’s first month of concerts will span several decades and genres of music.

Musik heute

Europäischer Komponistenpreis an Liisa Hirsch vergeben

Die estnische Komponistin Liisa Hirsch (32) hat den Europäischen Komponistenpreis 2016 erhalten. Ihr Werk “Mechanics of Flying” wurde beim Festival Young Euro Classic uraufgeführt und von einer Jury aus musikbegeisterten Laien ausgewählt.

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Theater-Tickets in MV bundesweit am geringsten subventioniert

Die Theater-Tickets in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern sind nach einer Erhebung des Deutschen Bühnenvereins bundesweit am geringsten subventioniert. Der Zuschuss pro Besucher betrug in der Spielzeit 2014/15 im Nordosten 98,38 Euro.

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Jennifer Rostock singt gegen die AfD

Die Berliner Band Jennifer Rostock hat mit einem Song gegen die AfD einen Netzhit gelandet. Bei Facebook klickten bislang 4,4 Millionen Menschen auf ein Video, das die Band in Wohnzimmer-Kulisse aufnahm.

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BBC Proms Team @bbcproms Classical music is often described as ‘epic’. It’s an entirely appropriate adjective here.

Tyne Opera House @TyneOperaHouse *TONIGHT* The Greatest Show on the Tyne! Tickets still available at

BBC Music @bbcmusic A day in the life of the world’s best classical music festival: From start to finish http://bbc.in/2c7Yc3s

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(Written on September 2, 2016 )

Scottish tenor Nicky Spence has enlisted some of the brightest stars from the world of opera to cycle the length of the UK, from Glasgow all the way to London. Nine opera singers will cycle over 500 miles in eight days. The team includes Ailish Tynan, Nicky Spence, Mary Bevan, Louise Alder, and many other artists from The Royal Opera House, English National Opera, The Metropolitan Opera New York and La Scala.

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Kicking off at the Scottish Opera Headquarters in Glasgow on 24th July, the tour will be celebrated with performances from some of the cyclists alongside the young people of The Scottish Opera Connect Company. Throughout the journey the cyclists will take part in a series of special events, visiting some unique musical landmarks and communities both from major cities and from further afield. The goal is to raise £25,000 in aid of Help Musicians UK, a charity that supports musicians in need.

The challenging journey will take the artists along the following routes:

24 July – Glasgow to Biggar

25 July – Biggar to Hawick

26 July – Hawick to Newcastle

27 July – Newcastle to York

28 July – York to Manchester

29 July – Manchester to Birmingham

30 July – Birmingham to Oxford

31 July – Oxford to London

(Written on June 28, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Glastonbury starts with an opening by the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians, the music business reacts to Brexit & the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland announces a new partnership with Dumfries House. Also, electronic tracks will receive classical remakes & Stockholm Royal Opera offers weddings with Pride.

The Guardian

The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians: ‘When there is violence, you have to make music’

With war ravaging their homeland, the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians has been scattered across the globe. But five years since the violence erupted, the group are reuniting for a cathartic tour – and opening Glastonbury

Billboard

U.K. votes to leave European Union: Music biz reacts

Following the result, the pound fell to its lowest level against the dollar since 1985. The implications for the music industry are similarly grave with the decision to leave the economic stability of the EU anticipated to impact heavily on the live sector.

The Telegraph

Glastonbury 2016: campers ready for Muse, Skepta and ZZ Top – but shocked by Brexit

The music begins today, with Muse set to headline the Pyramid Stage tonight.

Classical Music Magazine

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland announces new partnership

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland has announced a new partnership with Dumfries House. The conservatoire will launch a new arts education programme at the 18th-century Ayrshire stately home in September 2016, giving young people the chance to access high-quality, specialist music and dance tuition and offering performance and employment opportunities.

Stoney Roads

Daft Punk, Nina Kravitz and Skrillex among others to receive classical music remakes

An impressive group of producers will be having their song transformed into classical music pieces for an upcoming orchestral compilation. The man behind the idea is Hans Ek, a classical music composer who will be remaking seventeen electronic tracks as classical pieces from the likes of Skrillex, Daft Punk, Swedish House Mafia and Nina Kraviz to name a few.

International Arts Manager

Stockholm Royal Opera offers weddings with Pride

Lots of performing arts companies are involved with LGBT activities, but few go as far as Sweden’s Stockholm Royal Opera, who are opening up their Guldfoajén hall for drop-in weddings as part of Stockholm Pride 2016.

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Der “jüdische Nobelpreis” für Itzhak Perlman

Der Geiger Itzhak Perlman bekommt am Donnerstag in Jerusalem den mit einer Million Dollar dotierten Genesis-Preis verliehen. Im Vorfeld bezieht Perlman politisch klar Stellung und kritisiert den US-Präsidentschaftskandidaten Donald Trump scharf.

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Britische Konzertveranstalter befürchten Probleme durch Brexit

Der Austritt Großbritanniens aus der EU könnte für die britischen Konzertveranstalter Probleme mit sich bringen. Der Chef der ‘English National Opera’, Sir Peter Jonas, hat von einem ‘kollektiven Suizid’ seines Landes gesprochen.

klassik.com

Geiger David Garrett holt zum juristischen Gegenschlag aus

Nachdem Anfang Juni David Garretts Ex-Geliebte gegen ihn eine Millionenklage erhoben hatte (klassik.com berichtete), holt der deutsche Geiger nun zum juristischen Gegenschlag aus. Hintergrund sind die Vorwürfe der Erotikdarstellerin Ashley Youdan, Garrett habe ihr bei sexuellen Handlungen Blessuren zugefügt. Über ihren Antwalt fordert die Amerikanerin 12 Millionen US-Dollar Schmerzensgeld für den angeblichen physischen und psychischen Missbrauch.

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Edward Snowden @Snowden No matter the outcome, polls demonstrate how quickly half of any population can be convinced to vote against itself. Quite a lesson.

The Federation @Creative_Fed Our response to the EU referendum result is available here:

Indy Music @IndyMusic To cheer you up, here’s the full Glastonbury lineup and set times

Top Classical News @topcmnews Daniel Catan’s Florencia Invigorates New York City Opera

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Photograph: Mark Allan

(Written on June 24, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, the first International Youth Choir Festival will take place in 2017, British Airways forces musician to carry his instrument unprotected and Vienna Philharmonic opens their home for refugees. Also, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra comes up with graphic listening guides and more and more musicians are using iPads and laptops instead of sheet music.

Classical Music Magazine

NYCGB announces first International Youth Choir Festival

The inaugural International Youth Choir Festival will take place on 15 and 17 April 2017.

Herbert Howells Society appoints Stephen Cleobury as president

Stephen Cleobury has been appointed president of the Herbert Howells Society. He succeeds founding president Sir David Willcocks, who served from 1987 until his death in 2015.

The Strad

Violinist forced to carry unprotected instrument on lap on British Airways flight

Cecilia Bernardini was asked by staff to remove the instrument from its case, which was then checked into the hold.

Independent

Can the notion of ‘complete art work’ save English National Opera, and opera itself?

Next week English National Opera opens a new production of Tristan and Isolde, Richard Wagner’s gigantic, groundbreaking hymn to love and Schopenhauerian philosophy. With designs by the artist Anish Kapoor, ENO’s ex-music director Edward Gardner conducting, direction by Daniel Kramer – the company’s artistic director elect – and a starry cast featuring the Australian tenor Stuart Skelton as Tristan, it promises much.

NY Times

When Classical Musicians Go Digital

Increasing numbers of players are using iPads and laptops instead of sheet music, especially now that the latest generation of tablets come in the same size as a standard score.

Mashable

Blind musicians take the lead in this Thai orchestra

In Thailand, some Buddhists view physical or intellectual disability as punishment manifested for wrongdoing in a past life. The Thai Blind Orchestra, made up of children as young as 9, hopes to help combat this perception through its musical training and performances.

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Vienna Philharmonic’s Refugee House Has Been Opened

The Philharmonic Refugee House in St. Aegyd, an initiative of the Vienna Philharmonic, has been officially opened. The house has three apartments as well as a large meeting room « in which also the local population is invited to seek contact with the families of the house ».

This Is Local London

Children’s choir to celebrate 25th anniversary

Children’s International Voices of Enfield, which is made up of and run entirely by volunteers, will sing on Sunday, July 10 at 3pm, at Palmers Green Union Reformed Church.

SFCV

Symphonic Guides for the Rest of Us

A recent post by Mark Sinclair in Creative Review reveals an innovative approach developed by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and a clever graphic designer to provide easier signposts.

Classical-music.com

What is an…Apoggiatura?

Stephen Johnson gets to grips with classical music’s technical terms.

klassik.com

Mozarteum: Einvernehmliche Vertragsauflösung zwischen Rektor und Universität

Die Universität Mozarteum Salzburg und dessen bisheriger Rektor Siegfried Mauser haben in gegenseitigem Einvernehmen eine Auflösung des Dienstverhältnisses beschlossen.

BR_KLASSIK

“Parsifal”-Premiere ohne Angela Merkel

Sie zählt zu den Stammgästen auf dem Grünen Hügel, doch dieses Jahr wird Angela Merkel nicht zur Eröffnungspremiere nach Bayreuth kommen und mit ihrem Mann Joachim Sauer über den Roten Teppich schreiten.

Musik heute

Gotthold Schwarz zum Thomaskantor berufen

Der Leipziger Stadtrat hat am Donnerstag mit großer Mehrheit Gotthold Schwarz zum neuen Thomaskantor berufen.

Twitter

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Oper Leipzig erwartet neuen Besucherrekord http://bit.ly/1PjQQWu

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Except from TSO’s listening guide for Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 in C Major (“Jupiter”) by Hannah Chan-Hartley, managing editor and musicologist at TSO

Excerpt from TSO’s listening guide for Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 in C Major (“Jupiter”) by Hannah Chan-Hartley, managing editor and musicologist at TSO

(Written on June 10, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Kronos Quartet introduces its latest project “Fifty for the Future”, Orlando Orchestra’s leader Eric Jacobsen leaps from cellist to conductor and Kansas City Symphony musicians agree to new contract. Also, Korean violinist Yoojin Jang wins Sendai Competition and Zurich voted in favour of Tonhalle concert hall renovation.

npr music

Kronos Quartet Wants To Give You Free Music — And Teach You How To Play It

Kronos Quartet has commissioned 50 pieces of music for its latest project, Fifty for the Future.

abc news

Orlando Orchestra’s Leader Leaps From Cellist to Conductor

As a young, classical music conductor in a town known more for Mickey Mouse than Mahler, Eric Jacobsen faces a double challenge: Live up to the promise of his youth and innovative background, and somehow discover the magic formula to lure young audiences to the concert hall.

The Kansas City Star

KC Symphony musicians agree to new contract

The Kansas City Symphony is a shining model of the way things can be when musicians and management work together with mutual respect and a common goal: making great music.

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Korean Violinist Wins Sendai Competition

25-year-old Korean violinist Yoojin Jang has been awarded First Prize at the Sendai completion in Japan.

The Guardian

ENO artistic director Daniel Kramer: ‘I’ve never run an opera house. Isn’t that exciting?

Appointing Daniel Kramer as artistic director of English National Opera feels like the last gasp for a company drowning in a sea of troubles. Since January last year, it has had a chairman resign, an executive director resign, an artistic director resign and, most recently, a music director resign.

The Hollywood Reporter

‘Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ Producer Developing Sydney Opera House Feature

The dramatic story of the creation of the Sydney Opera House, acknowledged as one of the seven wonders of the modern world, is being developed as a feature film with the working title,Utzon: The Man Behind The Opera House, in a three way Australian-Swedish-Danish co-production.

International Arts Manager

Queen Elisabeth Competition winners announced

Belgium’s grand dame of the music competition scene has announced its winners for 2016. Some 82 pianists were selected to compete in the first round of the competition, quickly whittled down to 24 who made it through to the semi-finals, followed by 12 finalists who competed at Brussels Centre for Fine Arts with the National Orchestra of Belgium, conducted by Marin Alsop.

The New York Times

Chick Corea’s 75th Birthday Celebration Will Make Music for Months

When the jazz pianist Chick Corea celebrates a milestone birthday, he doesn’t hold back. In 2001, when he turned 60, he played a three-week career retrospective at the Blue Note Jazz Club. He did it again at 70, with an even broader array of partners.

klassik.com

Zürich: Bürger votieren für Renovierung der Tonhalle

Die entscheidenden Weichen für eine Renovierung der Tonhalle Zürich sind gestellt. Die Bürger der Stadt votierten am Wochenende mit rund einer Dreiviertelmehrheit für die Renovierung der Tonhalle.

Musik heute

Dresdner Musikfestspiele schließen mit Besucherrekord

Mit einem Konzert ihres Festspielorchesters sind die 39. Dresdner Musikfestspiele am Sonntag zu Ende gegangen.

Klassik heute

NAXOS Music Market Munich endete mit Rekordbeteiligung

Mit mehr als 200 Teilnehmern aus über 25 Ländern sowie mehr als 50 internationalen Labels war die Veranstaltung der bislang größte Music Market, den NAXOS bis dato durchgeführt hat.

Twitter

neue musikzeitung @musikzeitung : Weitere Abstimmung über Volkstheater-Intendant Sewan Latchinian

Top Classical News @topcmnews formidable US soprano dies, aged 94

Musical America @MusicalAmerica St. Louis Symphony appoints resident conductor Gemma New

The Kansas City Symphony performing during the Celebration at the Station at Union Station in Kansas City. Photo credit: Allison Long

The Kansas City Symphony performing during the Celebration at the Station at Union Station in Kansas City. Photo credit: Allison Long

(Written on June 6, 2016 )