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The Times

LSO needs a new hall to lure Rattle

The London Symphony Orchestra’s illustrious conductor’s podium looks set to welcome a homecoming star in Sir Simon Rattle, although he may have a condition — a new concert hall.

ENO battles another backstage civil war

Our chief cultural writer on what to make of chairman Martyn Rose’s resignation and the leaked letter accusing his colleagues of mishandling the budget

The Strad

Boris Goldstein Violin Competition names second-round candidates

Fourteen violinists have made it through to the second round of the International Boris Goldstein Violin Competition Bern.

Classical Music Magazine

Parting shot from ENO chairman declares John Berry ‘the problem not the solution’

The outgoing chairman of English National Opera, Martyn Rose, has called ENO’s direction under artistic director John Berry ‘wholly unsustainable’ in a letter sent to Sir Vernon Ellis, ENO’s president.

BBC Music Magazine

Download the prelude from Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1

The original manuscript for JS Bach’s Six Cello Suites is lost, making it difficult to know exactly when they were written.

Berliner Zeitung

Die Botschaft der Geigen

Auf manchen von Amnon Weinsteins wurde in den Orchestern der Konzentrationslager gespielt.

pizzicato

Berufschoristen verärgert über Pariser Philharmonie

Weil die Pariser Philharmonie den Chor ihres residierenden ‘Orchestre de Paris’ als residierenden Chor auserwählt hat, protestieren die Pariser Berufschoristen, die sich in dem Kollektiv ‘Colère lyrique’ zusammen geschlossen haben, um ihrem Ärger besser Ausdruck zu verleihen.

Park schlägt zurück: Chung in Bedrängnis

Im Kampf zwischen dem Dirigenten Myung-Whun Chung und der am 29. Dezember zurückgetretenen Orchesterdirektorin des ‘Seoul Philharmonic’, Hyun-jung Park, war diese zwar offiziell unterlegen, aber sie hat mittlerweile ein Lauffeuer gegen den von ihr gehassten Chefdirigenten angefangen.

Klassik.com

Lösung in Streit um Kopien an Musikschulen

VG Musikedition schließt Vertrag mit dem Verband deutscher Musikschulen

The New York Times

Met Opera Cancels Premiere; Broadway Shows Canceled

The snowstorm forced the Metropolitan Opera to cancel one of the highlights of its season: Monday night’s planned premiere of a new production of a double bill of Tchaikovsky’s “Iolanta,” starring Anna Netrebko, and Bartok’s “Bluebeard’s Castle.”

Tweets

Springfield School ‏@SpfldUK : Are you a budding composer? @soundandmusic are offering a summer school opportunity from 2-8 August 2015 – http://soundandmusic.org/summerschool 

The Mozart Project ‏@themozartproj : Born today in 1756, here’s Mozart birth certificate showing his extremely long full name. Happy 259th Wolfgang!!

Royal Opera House @RoyalOperaHouse :We’re now on sale for Spring Season! Let us know if you need any help ^E http://bit.ly/1GXtI0y 

ENO News 27th Jan The English National Opera. Photo: Donald Cooper/Photostage

 

(Written on January 27, 2015 )

Classical News

Guardian

A very brief guide to the world’s first ‘mindfulness opera’

Lost in Thought aims to ‘stretch the boundaries of what opera can be’, which seemingly includes ‘a yoga session’

Classical Music Magazine

Martyn Rose to step down from funding-hit ENO

The chairman of English National Opera, Martyn Rose, is expected to step down at a board meeting held today, reportedly because he believes that a full-time commitment is required to guide the organisation through its £5m drop in Arts Council England funding.

Classical Source

Alexander Shelley appointed as Principal Associate Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is proud to announce the appointment of Alexander Shelley, “a conductor of superlative gifts”, as its new Principal Associate Conductor.

Sinfini

New piano unveiled in Budapest

A Hungarian pianist has unveiled a futuristic new piano of his own invention inspired by Liszt

International Arts Manager

BBC to feature Sir Simon Rattle at 60

BBC Two, BBC Four and BBC Radio 3 are set to mark the 60th birthday celebrations of famed conductor Sir Simon Rattle with a special series of programmes during January and February 2015.

Der Tagesspiegel

Ohne wär’s nur Provinz

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern spart seine Theater kaputt. Am Donnerstag will eine Demo in Neustrelitz die Politik aufrütteln.

Die Welt

Der Turbopianist und sein Nahkampfspray

Zu Turnschuhen, Füllern und Playstations hat der umjubelte Pianist Lang Lang schon “inspiriert”, jetzt war es Zeit für ein Parfum.

concerti

Wo der Meister einst durch die heiligen Hallen tobte

Der Zauber des Bachfests Leipzig liegt in der Einbeziehung der ganzen Stadt

pizzicato

Deutsche Orchester engagieren sich immer mehr für Kinder und Jugendliche

Zwei Prozent weniger Veranstaltungen insgesamt und eine zunehmende Zahl an Musikvermittlungskonzerten: Das sind die Eckwerte der Konzertstatistik, welche die Deutsche Orchestervereinigung (DOV) heute vorgestellt hat.

The Washington Post

Ward Swingle, musician who made Bach swing, dies at 87

Ward Swingle, who formed a singing group that reimagined Bach and Mozart with driving jazz rhythms and playfully scatlike vocals — and that put centuries-old classical masterworks on the pop charts alongside the Beatles — died Jan. 19 in Eastbourne, England.

Twitter

Royal College Music ‏@RCMLatest: Our @listenexp project with @OpenUniversity & @ahrcpress aims to build a database of personal listening experiences: http://bit.ly/1J79JtQ 

Help Musicians UK ‏@HelpMusiciansUK: Great to see physical music sales on the up, with HMV leading the way: http://bit.ly/1wlXZL7 

Classic FM @ClassicFM: In need of a boost? These are the happiest pieces of classical music. Fact. http://classfm.co/6isdBT 

 

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The ‘Bogányi’ piano. Photo: Sinfini

(Written on January 21, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

ENO strongly represented on new International Opera awards shortlist

The only UK company on the shortlist for opera company of the year, elsewhere nominees include US mezzo Joyce DiDonato and designer Es Devlin

Michael Kennedy obituary

Journalist, music critic and authority on the works of Edward Elgar, Richard Strauss and Ralph Vaughan Williams

The Telegraph

Philharmonie de Paris: in pictures

La Philharmonie de Paris, a state-of-the-art concert hall designed by visionary architect Jean Nouvel, is the latest architectural jewel to be unveiled in the French capital.

The Times

Musycke to twekerth to

Tudor Tunes

BBC Music Magazine

BBC declares 2015 The Year of Song and Dance

Series of special BBC programmes to be dedicated to classical singing and ballet

Pizzicato

Erfolg für Wiener Staatsoper beim Livestream

Die Wiener Staatsoper meldet Erfolg bei ihrem seit Oktober 2013 laufenden Livestreaming-Programm.

Das Orchester

Jordi Savall weist spanischen Nationalpreis zurück

Der spanische Musiker Jordi Savall hat in einem Schreiben den Kulturminister seines Landes wissen lassen, dass er den ihm zugesprochenen Nationalpreis für Musik nicht annehme.

Klassik.com

Deutsche Theaterintendanten warnen vor Selbstzensur

Nach dem Anschlag auf das französische Satiremagazin “Charlie Hebdo” durch islamistische Attentäter hat die Intendantengruppe des Deutschen Bühnenvereins vor Selbstzensur gewarnt.

Codex Flores

Nouvel boykottiert Pariser Philharmonie-Eröffnung

Für den Architekten Jean Nouvel ist die gegenwärtige Eröffnung der Philharmonie de Paris verfrüht, vermurkst und – sinngemäss – stillos.

The New York Times

Lincoln Center and New York Philharmonic to Collaborate on Operas

For years, the Metropolitan Opera has gently encroached on the symphonic terrain of its Lincoln Center neighbors with orchestral concerts at Carnegie Hall.

Tweets

Guardian culture ‏@guardianculture : Why can’t festivals just announce their lineups any more?: http://gu.com/p/44pe2 

Royal College Music ‏@RCMLatest : Pinchas Zukerman’s @CanadasNAC #violin+#viola masterclass recorded in our Britten Theatre on 28 Oct is now on YouTube http://bit.ly/1y0ZhAx 

Guildhall School @guildhallschool : Interview with leading opera singer and alumna, Anne Sofie von Otter http://bit.ly/1DFFKcg 

Philharmonie de Paris The New Philharmonie de Paris. Photo: Yves Chanoit 

 

(Written on January 15, 2015 )

Classical News

Telegraph

Watch: the world’s fastest-playing pianist

Ukrainian Lubomyr Melnyk claims that he plays 19.5 piano notes on each hand every second

Classic FM

How I wrote… Pas de Deux – James Horner

The ‘Titanic’ takes us through his first foray into concert music for 30 years – and the first major double concerto for violin and cello since Brahms.

The Strad

42nd International Viola Congress to take place in Portugal this month

150 international violists will travel to Porto to perform on and discuss the instrument

Classical Music Magazine

The Orfeo cancellation: why ENO pulled the plug

For John Berry, ENO’s artistic director, it was a bitter pill to swallow when he realised he would have to abandon the L’Orfeo project.

Classical Source

National Choir of the Year Competition 2014: The UK’s most prestigious choral competition heads to Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall with Gareth Malone

Join the search for Choir of the Year 2014

Gramophone

Royal Northern Sinfonia appoint Julian Rachlin as Principal Guest Conductor

The violinist and conductor will join Principal Conductor Lars Vogt at the Sinfonia

Musik Heute

Studien: 14 Millionen Deutsche musizieren in der Freizeit

Mindestens 14 Millionen Menschen in Deutschland musizieren in ihrer Freizeit oder singen im Chor.

Landesmusikakademie NRW veröffentlicht Jahresprogramm 2015

Die Landesmusikakademie NRW veranstaltet im kommenden Jahr 88 Kurse und Lehrgänge.

Klassik.com

Nicht-EU-Musiker ohne Festanstellung müssen Basel verlassen

Nachdem bekannt wurde, dass Arbeitsbewilligungen für Musiker aus Nicht-EU-Ländern durch einen Mitarbeiter des Amts für Wirtschaft und Arbeit (AWA) in der Vergangenheit entgegen der geltenden Gesetzgebung erteilt worden waren, treibt der Kanton Basel-Stadt nun die Ausweisung der Musiker voran.

The New York Times

Met Asks Stars to Share Fiscal Pain

The Metropolitan Opera, whose financial struggles led it to cut the pay of its orchestra, chorus, stagehands and other workers last summer after a labor battle, said Wednesday that it was also asking its solo singers voluntarily to lower their fees, including some of opera’s biggest stars.

Le Parisien

Musique en streaming: YouTube met la pression sur Spotify

La plateforme de vidéo en ligne YouTube a lancé mercredi un nouveau service payant de musique en ligne avec lequel il s’affirme comme un rival des plateformes de streaming comme Spotify, dont l’essor continue de susciter des tensions avec l’industrie musicale.

Twitter

Classic FM ‏@ClassicFM: Begin your Friday with 15 incredible classical music facts: http://classfm.co/nKCrGO 

Gramophone ‏@GramophoneMag: Happy birthday #Aaron Copland, the ‘first indisputably great American composer’. What’s your favourite Copland work?http://bit.ly/1u958R0

ABRSM ‏@ABRSM: Congratulations to @musicforyouth on a wonderful Schools Prom! Three fantastic concerts with some of the UK’s most talented young musicians.

james-horner-conducting-1373550049-article-0James Horner. Photo: Classic FM

(Written on November 14, 2014 )

Classical News

Guardian

Venezuela’s El Sistema music scheme is ‘model of tyranny’, UK academic says

Supporters rush to defend ‘beacon of social justice’ as study shows project fails to reach disadvantaged youth

Independent

ENO blames Arts Council cuts after production of Orfeo is cancelled

The English National Opera has been forced to cancel a forthcoming production “for the first time in recent memory” as a direct result of severe cuts to its funding earlier this year.

Classical Music Magazine

Dickon Stainer appointed to lead Universal’s classical activities

Dickon Stainer has been appointed president and chief executive of global classics at Universal Music Group, with overall responsibility for all of UMG’s classical output including Deutsche Grammophon, Decca, and Sinfini Music.

The Strad

Six winning 2014 Young Concert Artists announced, including four string players

The New York organisation will promote the winning musicians with concerts and management

Sinfini Music

Kyung Wha Chung

The celebrated violinist Kyung Wha Chung has announced her London comeback in December after an absence of nearly 20 years.

Die Welt

Marek Janowski dirigiert Frank Castorfs “Ring”

Er wollte nie wieder etwas mit der Bühne zu tun haben. Doch Bayreuths mythischer Orchesterabgrund hat ihn schwach gemacht.

Wenn ein Muslim am Broadway austickt

Eine New Yorker Dinnerparty wird zur griechischen Tragödie: Für sein Vier-Personen-Stück “Disgraced” erhielt Ayad Akhtar im vergangenen Jahr den Pulitzerpreis.

Klassik.com

Debatte um Stuttgarter Konzerthaus nimmt Fahrt auf

CDU-Fraktion regt Initiative zum Bau eines Hauses mit 4.000 bis 5.000 Plätzen an

Evelyn Herlitzius erhält Faust-Theaterpreis als beste Sängerin

Die Sopranistin Evelyn Herlitzius hat den Theaterpreis “Der Faust” als beste Sängerdarstellerin erhalten.

Classicalite

EXCLUSIVE: Director Gerard McBurney on “A Pierre Dream,” the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Multimedia Portrait of Pierre Boulez

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra will celebrate the life and work of Pierre Boulez, the esteemed composer and conductor who will turn 90 in March, with a brand-new Beyond the Score production of “A Pierre Dream: A Portrait of Pierre Boulez,” on November 14 and 16 at Symphony Center.

I Care If You Listen

How To Take Charge Of Your Finances As A Musician (Part I)

Kudos for choosing to make a life from your passion!

Twitter

Classic FM ‏@ClassicFM: Superstar tenor @AlfieBoe shares some advice for singers: http://classfm.co/w1jQ6n

EnglishNationalOpera ‏@E_N_O: ICYMI earlier this week, ENO Director-in-Residence Peter Sellars talks about his spiritual side: http://ow.ly/E6ojC  #ENOGospel

Intermusica ‏@IntermusicaLtd: “New works, new instruments”: @colincurrieperc tells the story of his #MetalWoodSkin festival in the @GdnClassical http://ow.ly/E9EwH

YCA11Six winning 2014 Young Concert Artists announced. Photo: Brian D. Bumby

(Written on November 12, 2014 )

Guardian

Emma Thompson takes on role in Sweeney Todd musical in West End

Actor to play piemaker Mrs Lovett in Stephen Sondheim’s work after Broadway run and after 25 years away from London stage

Classical Music Magazine

Making Music report: More playing, but progression is limited and class remains an issue

The playing of instruments among children has increased by 35% since 1999, a new study has found, although issues of access, progression and class remain apparent in the music education sector.

Classic FM

Oppan Lang Lang style! Pianist to perform with PSY

Chinese pianist Lang Lang is to join forces with Korean pop sensation PSY at this year’s Asian Games, Incheon 2014.

Classic FM

Singer dismissed from festival after ‘impersonating Hitler in front of German choir’

David Barclay has been excluded from the Three Choirs Festival in Worcester after reportedly making a joke about the Holocaust and impersonating Adolf Hitler during a rehearsal with the Chemnitz Opera.

The Strad

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma receives Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw Prize

The artist was honoured for his longstanding contribution to the venue

The Argus

Super soprano stops the show to tackle thief

A SUPER soprano snatched back charitable donations from a thief midway through her classical recital.

Die Welt

Auf, auf zum lustigen Intendantenjagen

Wiens Bühnen kommen nicht zur Ruhe. Nach dem Abgang von Franz Welser-Möst als Generalmusikdirektor der Staatsoper kündigte jetzt Dirigent Bertrand de Billy die “Lohengrin”-Premiere. Wegen einer Minute.

Klassik.com

Preisträger des Brahms-Wettbewerbs 2014

500 junge Musiker aus 51 Nationen traten an

Crescendo

Interview mit Michael Andreas Häringer

„Ich komponiere lieber große Orchesterstücke.”

The New York Times

Tibor Rudas, Classical Music Impresario, Dies at 94

Tibor Rudas, an irrepressible impresario who took classical music from concert halls to casinos and from there to baseball stadiums and the Eiffel Tower, helping to propel the Three Tenors to global glory, died on Sept. 8 at his home in Santa Monica. Calif.

Classicalite

American Composers Orchestra Honors Andy Akiho with $15,000 Grand Prize from the Underwood Emerging Composer Commission

The American Composers Orchestra (ACO) has named their 2014 Underwood Commission award to Andy Akiho. In addition to the accolade, the American-born composer will also be awarded a $15,000 prize for a future work to be premiered by the ACO.

NPR music

Watch A Sweet Little Butterfly Nearly Crush A Woman’s Hopes And Dreams

As Ota played for the judges, a butterfly first landed in her hair and then settled on her left eyebrow as she continued to perform.

Twitter

IntArtsManager ‏@IntArtsManager: Beautiful Vivienne Westwood dress is up for grabs, proceeds supporting the brilliant @StreetwiseOpera. Get bidding! http://www.internationalartsmanager.com/2014/09/17/vivienne-westwood-dress/ …

London Philharmonic @LPOrchestra: Our 2014/15 London season starts in one week! Watch Vladimir Jurowski introduce the season in our new video http://bit.ly/1uFvkTm 

Boosey & Hawkes @Boosey_London: ’My Father, The Iron Curtain and Me’ – brilliant documentary about A. Panufnik to win here: http://bit.ly/Panufnik100 

Sinfini Music @SinfiniMusic#Callas‘ voice may have lacked the creamy quality of other sops, but ‘always expressed truth’ http://bit.ly/1uGDcUE

Emma Thompson and Bryn TerfelEmma Thompson and Bryn Terfel. Photo: John Snelling/Getty Images

(Written on September 17, 2014 )

Classical News

The Telegraph

Dame Vera Lynn urges UK to ‘stay together’

Dame Vera Lynn is the latest star to sign the better together campaign, ahead of the Scottish referendum.

The Telegraph

Britannia saves the day

The Telegraph suggests that it is preposterous that presenters have been requested to not mention the upcoming referendum during the Last Night of the Proms.

The Times

Edward Gardner: ‘Do people in government watch what we do at the Coliseum?’

Edward Gardner is about to embark on his eighth and final season as director of the English National Opera.

International Arts Manager

Classical:NEXT announces 2015 jury

The Jury for the 2015 event will include Etienne Abelin, Swiss musician and co-founder of classYcal; Heloísa Fischer, founder of Brazil’s Viva Música!; Scottish-born Neil Wallace, programme director at de Doelen Concert Hall in Rotterdam; and British arts manager and consultant Jane Williams.

Die Welt

 ”Ich liebe es, wenn es singt”

Wolfgang Rihm, Deutschlands berühmtester Komponist, hat mit drei neuen Solo-Werken ein Konzerte-Jahr. Erst kam das Klavier, dann das Horn, schließlich ein Trio. Warum das so ist, erklärt er hier.

Concerti

Winrich Hopp

Der künstlerische Leiter des Musikfests Berlin Winrich Hopp im Kurzinterview

New York Times

Andris Nelsons Gets Ready to Lead the Boston Symphony

Andris Nelsons, the 35-year-old Latvian conductor who this month became the venerable orchestra’s music director, and who doesn’t even drive a car, had come upon a new toy.

SF Gate

S.F. Opera musicians ratify new 4-year contract

With a minimum of strife or public posturing, members of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra have ratified a new contract with the company that provides the musicians with annual raises of 3 percent a year for the next four years.

Classicalite

In Other Words: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Blocks ‘Comments’ Section on Website, Tightens Security Measures

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra has started a significant downturn amid negotiations between musicians and management.

Twitter

Halle Orchestra: @the_halle What a fantastic concert with #KinshasaSymphony and choir! Good luck on rest of tour to @southbankcentre, @Colston_Hall + @RWCMD

Martin Chilton: @MartinChilton As #jazz guitarist Nigel Price @Nigethejazzer prepares for a UK tour he talks to @LondonJazz Ed Sebastian Scotney  http://fw.to/6f9iTtR

ArtsProfessional: @ArtsPro #APNews: Arts should use ‘wellbeing analysis’ to make stronger case for #artsfunding, report finds http://bit.ly/1BxmJFj

Milos: @MilosGuitar So excited to perform #Aranjuez with @liverpoolphil @RoyalAlbertHall. Bring on #ClassicFMlive on 23 Sept! http://classfm.co/URVhDS  @ClassicFM

 

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Picture, The Times

 

(Written on September 12, 2014 )

Classical News

Classical-Music.com

Berlin Philharmonic appoints one of its youngest members

18-year-old trumpeter Florian Pichler will join the brass ranks.

Classical Source

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra to perform the complete Beethoven symphonies over six days opening its 2014-15 season 

Back by popular demand, all nine Beethoven Symphonies will be performed over six days. These concerts come immediately after the same team will have performed this cycle in the composer’s home town of Bonn as part of Beethovenfest.

The Guardian

SoundCloud introduces ads so it can pay musicians and other creators

Initiative is starting small, but with plans to make 175 million listeners pay off for individual artists and major labels alike.

Bonner Rundschau

Bewegte und bewegende Geschichte

Den 125. Geburtstag des Vereins Beethoven-Haus wird mit einer großen Sonderausstellung unter dem Titel „Bewegte und bewegende Geschichte“ gewürdigt, die einen großen Bogen von der Gründung bis in die „Jetztzeit“ schlägt.

Tiroler Tageszeitung

Britischer Tenor gewann Innsbrucker Barockoper-Wettbewerb

Rupert Charlesworth (27) räumte neben dem Jury- auch den Publikumspreis ab.

La-Croix

A Innsbruck, un festival entre compétition vocale et musique ancienne

Consacré à la musique ancienne et baroque, le festival autrichien promeut les jeunes talents.

Twitter

The Classical Source: @ClassicalSource News: Licia Albanese, soprano, dies aged 105 #MadamaButterfly @MetOpera http://ow.ly/i/6Dj1H 

Classical Music: @ClassicalMusic_ Here’s Tom Eisner on the widespread use of beta blockers and booze in the classical world: http://ow.ly/AzAfO 

EnglishNationalOpera: @E_N_O ”The job is never, ever dull. I’m always learning something new.” Meet Jacey, @E_N_O‘s head of sound: http://youtu.be/9FHuNXjDCSg 

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Photo: Classical-Music.com

 

(Written on August 22, 2014 )

Classical News

The New York Times
Metropolitan Opera Clears Last Hurdle in Labor Talks
The Metropolitan Opera and the union representing its stage hands reached a contract deal early Wednesday morning.

The Guardian
Peter Maxwell Davies at 80: ‘The music knows things that I don’t’

Last year Peter Maxwell Davies was given six weeks to live. Despite ‘absolutely revolting’ chemotherapy and a blood clot that almost killed him, he went on to complete his 10th Symphony, and now he’s about to celebrate his 80th birthday

The Telegraph
The fear of performance that can lead us to ecstasy

Most of us need this form of nervous excitement, this whiff of danger, to be at our best

Daniel Barenboim: My orchestra is a political laboratory

As Daniel Barenboim brings his West-Eastern Divan Orchestra to the Proms, he talks about the problems of the Middle East

The Times

If you want a bargain, avoid shops piping classical music

Having classical music on in the background turns people into less savvy shoppers, a study found, while pop makes us sharper at finding a bargain.

Kulturport.de
Festivalleitung zieht positive Bilanz nach außergewöhnlicher Ausgabe von Young Euro Classic 2014
Ein außergewöhnlicher Jahrgang des Festivals Young Euro Classic ist am Sonntag (17. August) in Berlin mit großem Erfolg zu Ende gegangen.

Classicalite.com
Italian Soprano, Puccini Star Licia Albanese Dies Aged 105
Licia Albanese, one of the great Italian sopranos of the 20th century, has died.

Symphony Space Announces New Artistic Director, Fulbright Scholar and Carnegie Hall Exec Andrew Byrne
The latest from Symphony Space comes to us via DotDotDotMusic, who is pleased to announce that Andrew Byrne will be hopping on as the new Artistic Director on September 15.

Twitter:

Classic FM: @ClassicFM Is the symphony orchestra doomed, or alive and well? – there have been robust comments from both sides: http://classfm.co/20oHm1

English National Opera: @E_N_O  How do you reinvent familiar repertoire? Conductor @TimMurray5 explains all: http://ow.ly/Awj7L

Telegraph Classical: @TeleClassical Why horn players are terrified of Richard Strauss http://fw.to/ijtOBxH

Sinfini Music: @SinfiniMusic  Great balance between hi-tech and art:@sfballet principal Maria Kochetkova (@balletrusse) on Ballet meeting Robotics: http://vimeo.com/96030980

Photo : Logan K. Young

Photo : Logan K. Young

(Written on August 20, 2014 )

Classical News

The Independent

Opera is the new circus

Showman Gerry Cottle was dragged to see the latest production of ‘Cosi Fan Tutte’ and had an epiphany.

Classic FM

Viola tennis racket is ‘the ultimate viola joke’

Viola tennis anyone? A new video has emerged offering a different way to conceive the string instrument during the summer months.

The Guardian

Maxwell Davies: ‘The best way to get people to the festival was to involve their children’

The St Magnus festival celebrated Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ 80th at a special concert involving the local community and Max’s compositions for children.

The Guardian

Symphony guide: Knussen’s Third

Knussen’s third symphony is only 15 minutes in length but it covers a massive musical and emotional spectrum.

Classic FM

Child drummer plays stunning solo with orchestra: video

The video, posted by a Facebook user called Fabio Ibrahim El Khoury (though the origin of the video is unknown), has been shared over 150,000 times.

Klassik.com

Mitbegründer des Festivals Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad gestorben

Der künstlerische Leiter und Mitbegründer des Festivals Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad, Thierry Scherz, ist laut einer Mitteilung des Veranstalters verstorben. Informationen der Berner Zeitung zufolge nahm sich Scherz am 1. Juli in Wien das Leben. Er hinterlässt Frau und zwei Kinder.

Klassik.com

Rundfunkchor Berlin streikt für Tarifvertrag

Der Berliner Rundfunkchor ist erstmals in seiner Geschichte in einem zeitlich unbefristeten Streik getreten. Die Sänger protestieren damit gegen die Ablehnung eines ausgearbeiteten Tarifvertrags durch das Kuratorium der Rundfunkorchester und -chöre GmbH (ROC).

La Nazione

Ritorna il Festival della Mente

TRE giornate con 60 relatori e 39 incontri, tra conferenze, spattacoli, workshop e momenti di approfondimento, per esplorare la nascita e lo sviluppo dei processi creativi.

Twitter

The Opera Critic: @theoperacritic  $750,000 grant will help Houston Grand Opera produce 5 new works http://fb.me/6NGlUEIoG

AustinCivicOrchestra: @ATXCivOrchestra  Top violinist taking classical music behind bars and to the streets. #classical #music http://ow.ly/yOw3h

Classical Music: @ClassicalMusic_ Nicola Benedetti awarded @MakingMusic_UK‘s Sir Charles Grove Prize for her #musiced advocacy: http://ow.ly/yUZi0 

 

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Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutti at the English National Opera

Photograph: Mike Hoban

 

 

 

(Written on July 9, 2014 )