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The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra has announced further details of their August/September 2017 tour taking place on mainland Europe and the UK.

The orchestra is embarking on an extensive summer programme, following on from a successful tour in Hong Kong and China earlier in 2017. The CSO most recently toured Europe in 2008, before Maestro Louis Langrée took up the position as conductor and Music Director in the 2013/14 season.

In addition to the BBC Proms performance on Sunday 27th August, the orchestra will be performing at the following venues:

25th August: Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh
29th August: Palacio de Congreso del Kursaal, San Sebastian
30th August: Palacio de Congreso del Kursaal, San Sebastian
31st August: Palacio de Festivales de Cantabria, Santander
3rd September: Muziekgebouw, Eindhoven
4th September: Tivoli Vredenburg, Utrecht
5th September: Queen Elisabeth Hall, Antwerp
8th September: Seine Musicale, Paris
9th September: Seine Musicale, Paris

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(Written on May 15, 2017 )

We are delighted to announce that the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra will be performing at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 27th August as part of the 2017 BBC Proms programme.

Led by Musical Director Louis Langrée, the programme for the evening will be in keeping with the CSO’s history of championing American music, with a performance of Leonard Bernstein’s ‘Symphonic Suite’ from On the Waterfront, a highly descriptive symphonic portrait of New York City. In 1942, at the height of World War Two, the CSO premiered Aaron Copland’s ‘Lincoln Portrait’ written as a musical tribute to the former president, and will perform it again with a special guest speaker to be announced soon. Tchaikovsky’s majestic Symphony No. 5 will conclude the second half of the concert.

Founded in 1895, the CSO is the sixth oldest orchestra in the United States, and the first to be broadcast to a national radio audience in 1921. This concert coincides with an extensive European tour in which the CSO will visit countries including Scotland, Spain, and others to be announced soon.

Details of all concerts and events in the 2017 Proms season were announced today. Tickets are now available to purchase from the Royal Albert Hall website.

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(Written on April 20, 2017 )

“We are delighted to welcome back the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for their European tour in the summer of 2017, having executed a successful creative PR campaign for the release of ‘Concertos for Orchestra’. The CSO is an incredibly versatile and forward-thinking ensemble, and we look forward to developing and sharing their stories with European audiences.” – Olivia Brown, Head of Creative Strategy & Marketing

The orchestra will visit several cities in countries around Europe this summer, with dates at the Edinburgh International Festival and San Sebastian already confirmed and more to be announced shortly. In March 2017 it was announced that Louis Langrée was to remain Music Director of the CSO for the 2019-2020 season.

Founded in 1895, the CSO is the sixth oldest orchestra in the United States and the first to be broadcast to a national radio audience in 1921. With a rich history of music making directly linked to the community in the state of Ohio, the CSO ordinarily reside in the Venetian gothic ‘Music Hall’ building, which recently underwent extensive renovation and restoration. The 2017 tour will bring American musical excellence to audiences across Europe, delighting fans new and old with their ‘richness, precision and intensity’ of performance.

CSO previously released live recorded album ‘Concertos for Orchestra’ in November 2016 on the orchestra’s own label ‘Fanfare’, featuring world premieres of seven pieces by contemporary composers. Works from this album will feature among a varied concert programme performed on the European tour.

Stay tuned for more news and announcements from the CSO by checking the WildKat blog. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram too.

(Written on April 11, 2017 )

In today’s news: a work by Thomas Tallis that is performed by Alamire, and Techstars Music reveal its inaugural class of startups. Also, an obituary to conductor Stanlisław Skrowaczewski, a portrait of Chinese pianist Ran Jia, and will Cologne’s opera meet the deadline for its planned opening date? The 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, which takes place every four years, and The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine which performs at Mayo Performing Arts Center.

Classical Music Magazine

Tallis work to receive first performance in over 450 years

Alamire is to perform a work by Thomas Tallis which has not been heard for over 450 years as part of its concert at St John’s Smith Square on 14 April.

Manchester News

Should Manchester have a music museum? How to get tickets for the Manchester Music Legacies Centre debate

Industry experts want your ideas on how to celebrate Manchester’s music scene.

Der Tagesspiegel

Zum Tod von Stanlisław Skrowaczewski- Ein Leben mit Bruckner

Lange hat es gedauert, bis Stanlisław Skrowaczewski auch in Europa als großer Dirigent anerkannt war. Jetzt ist er mit 93 Jahren in den USA gestorben, die ihm zur Heimat geworden waren

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Oper Köln: Weitere Verzögerung der Wiedereröffnung?

Die Wiedereröffnung der Kölner Oper nach der seit mehreren Jahren stattfindenden Sanierung könnte sich weiter verzögern

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Das Herz auf dem Tisch

Ihre große Liebe hat die Pianistin Ran Jia schon sehr früh entdeckt: Franz Schubert. Seinetwegen zog sie sogar nach Europa.

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Among Pianists In Moscow, An Abiding Love For A Show-Stealing American

The 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, which takes place every four years, begins later this spring in Fort Worth, Texas

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National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine to Perform at Mayo Center This February

The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine performs at Mayo Performing Arts Center on Thursday, February 23, 2017

The New York Times

A Chelsea Manning-WikiLeaks Opera, Seen in a New Light

When you make art about current events, there’s a catch: Events change.

Forbes

Techstars Music Reveals Inaugural Class Of 11 Startups

Techstars Music revealed the inaugural class of startups for its brand-new program.

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Music History @today_classical in 1903 Death of German composer and Friedrich

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Conductor Stanislaw Skrowaczewski (picture alliance _ dpa _ Hermann-Josef Wöstmann)

Conductor Stanislaw Skrowaczewski (picture alliance _ dpa _ Hermann-Josef Wöstmann)

(Written on February 23, 2017 )

Classical News

In our classical news today, Syrian Expat Philharmonic Orchestra unites musicians who fled to Europe escaping war, the National Centre of Early Music launches Young Composers Award 2017, and Boston Lyric Opera uses “tweet seats”. Also, Pittsburgh Symphony continue their longest ever strike, and Herbert Blomstedt is awarded the Brahms Prize 2017.

CNN News

Syrian Expat Philharmonic Orchestra unites musicians who fled war to Europe

Jazbeh is the founder of the Syrian Expat Philharmonic Orchestra – a musical ensemble composed entirely of Syrians, many of whom are refugees who have fled the country’s bloody war.

Early Music Today Magazine

NCEM launches Young Composers Award 2017

The National Centre of Early Music (NCEM) has opened the call for entries for its Young Composers Award 2017, inviting composers under 25 to write a new piece for the Tallis Scholars.

CMUSE

What do you think of audience members tweeting during the opera?

Many orchestras and opera companies continue to ban the use of phones, while others are reconsidering their stance in a bid to tap into new technological opportunities. The Boston Lyric Opera recently began using “tweet seats,” a section of the concert hall where audience members are actively encouraged to tweet throughout the performance.

Pittsburgh Symphony musicians continue their longest strike in history

The current strike by 101 Pittsburgh Symphony musicians, launched at the end of September in opposition to demands by management for concessions, is now the longest in the orchestra’s history.

The Violin Channel

New York Philharmonic Awards $200,000 New Music Prize

Dutch composer Louis Andriessen has been announced as the winner of the 2016 New York Philharmonic Marie-Josée Kravis New Music Prize.

Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra Announce New 24 Year Old Concertmaster

The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia has announced the appointment of American violinist Stephen Tavani as their new Concertmaster.

South China Morning Post

Hong Kong-born cellist brings cultural diversity to classical music festival

Trey Lee Chui-yee launches fourth edition of Musicus Festival, with an array of local, international artists, and which comes with a Finnish twist this year. Lee, who moved to the United States at the age of eight, and toured all around the world as an adult, says that he increasingly feels as though his cultural identity was becoming blurred.

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Brahmspreis 2017 für Herbert Blomstedt

Der schwedische Dirigent Herbert Blomstedt erhält den mit 10.000 Euro dotierten Preis der Brahms-Gesellschaft Schleswig-Holstein. Der 89-Jährige beeindrucke seit mehr als sechs Jahrzehnten mit herausragenden Leistungen das Konzertpublikum.

Klassik.com

Kölner Oberbürgermeisterin schlägt Musical-Aufführungen in der Oper vor

Durch Aufführungen von Werken populärer Genres, etwa Musicals, könnte das Verständnis der Bevölkerung für die hohen Kosten der Opernsanierung ihrer Einschätzung nach erhöht werden.

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Erste Bilanz der Klassik-Streaming-Plattform Idagio

Mit den Wiener Philharmonikern bei den Salzburger Festspielen aus der Taufe gehoben, hat der Klassik-Streamingdienst Idagio nach einem Jahr 25’000 registrierte Nutzer in 72 Ländern. Der Idagio-Katalog umfasst zur Zeit rund 15’000 Aufnahmen, wöchentlich kommen rund 500 hinzu.

Miloš Karadaglić muss ein Jahr pausieren

Anstelle von Karadaglić spielt Sebastian Knauer mit dem Zürcher Kammerorchester am 22.November in der Tonhalle Zürich. Mit ihrer CD «ÜberBach» erreichten das Zürcher Kammerorchester, Pianist Sebastian Knauer und Multi-Perkussionist Pascal Schumacher im Oktober Platz 12 der Deutschen Klassik Charts, am Dienstag spielen die Musiker die modernen Kompositionen live.

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klassik.com @klassikcom Louis gewinnt Komponistenpreis des New York Philharmonic Orchestra

CMUSE.org @cmuseorg  Reviewers react to this bad t-shirt, gets notes wrong

neue musikzeitung @musikzeitung in 1695 Death of English Henry

Credit: Syrian Expat Philharmonic Orchestra (SEPO).

Credit: Syrian Expat Philharmonic Orchestra (SEPO).

(Written on November 21, 2016 )

WildKat PR are delighted to introduce another new client: concert violinist Moonkyung Lee, who performs extensively across Europe, as well as the United States and South Korea, and she has collaborated with many eminent ensembles, conductors, and performers. Highlights include the Cordoba Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Maxim Shostakovich, and performing the Beethoven Triple Concerto with cellist Mischa Maisky and the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra. Moonkyung Lee plays an 1845 Vuillaume violin, which was previously owned by Jack Benny.

Moonkyung Lee has won many awards and scholarships, such as the Luigi Zanuccoli International Competition and the Padova International Competition, and she holds an NYU/Steinhardt Doctoral Fellowship for Ph.D. Studies (of which she was the first ever classical string performer recipient). Her two recitals in Seoul in 2015 were sponsored by the Arts Council Korea, and she has often featured as a solo performer on Korea’s national television, KBS, in its Classical Odyssey, a programme devoted solely to classical music. She has also participated in many music festivals such as the International Summer Academy Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria and the Banff Center for the Arts in Banff, Canada.

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WildKat PR are excited to be working on her upcoming album release of works for violin & orchestra by Tchaikovsky.  It was recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Croatian conductor Miran Vaupotić, and will be released on PARMA Recordings in February 2017 (exact release date tbc).

Follow Moonkyung on her website and on Facebook, as well as via the WildKat PR Blog, for her latest news.

(Written on October 24, 2016 )

The UK voted yesterday in a historic referendum and made the decision to leave the European Union by 51.9%. Not only is the country still hugely divided in opinion, but the immediate reaction came with the pound dropping to its lowest level against the dollar since 1985, followed by Prime Minister David Cameron announcing his resignation earlier this morning.

What implication does Brexit have on the arts industry?

There is one thing that is certain at this time: the outcome and impact of Brexit is unknown.  We have summarised several key points from industry experts (as long as we’ve not “had enough” of them yet) and industry professionals, so that we can begin to evaluate the effect on the arts & culture industry as we begin to move forward.

The Association of British Orchestras released their statement earlier today. They noted that the “prospects for the nation’s public finances are worrying, and may affect the implementation of Orchestra Tax Relief, which has not as yet received Royal Assent, and lead to further reductions in public funding for the arts and local authorities.” As well as finances, the ABO also highlight the problems that could be caused by restrictions to freedom of movement across Europe’s borders, which is an incredibly important issue for many orchestras, ensembles and even solo musicians.

Will UK acts require a visa for each country they want to perform in and, in return, will European acts be able to tour through Britain as they did before? Rob Hallett, CEO of Robomagic states: “Anyone who has ever tried to go from the EU into Russia to perform will be having nightmares about six-hour border crossings with additional, expensive days off between shows in order to allow for possible delays.” (Music Week). As well as touring and performing restrictions, there will be serious implications for copyright protection throughout Europe (Billboard). BPI’s Geoff Taylor previously stated that as the music business is founded on copyright, copyright rules are fundamental to its future success.

Arts and culture businesses will feel the consequences amongst their employees, as they often have a high percentage of European staff. Universal Music and Beggars Group has previously stood up to encourage the remain in the EU and warned that “a victory for Brexit would be economically, politically, socially and culturally disastrous – for all of us” (Music Business Worldwide).

Here at WildKat PR, we are a truly international company. We have offices in London, Berlin and New York. Our team is made up of people from the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Canada and the US. Our clients are based all across the world. We are very lucky to enjoy the perks of European travel and a multi-national community. As with many other businesses in the arts & culture industry, we are anxious to hear what will come from this result.

The UK arts & culture industry has responded in the same way as most, with hope yet concerns for the future:

“Referendum result – Royal College of Music remains committed to our global community of talented students and staff” – The Royal College of Music

“We are very, very good at adapting and surviving. I am absolutely convinced that the British music scene will put its best foot forward and come out of this in the best possible state. But that’s not the same thing as saying, ‘It’s all fine for everyone’.” – Stephen Maddock, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

“Within the UK, we will play our part in helping to bridge divides within and between the nations and regions of the country.”  John Kampfner, Creative Industries Federation

“The worst outcome for our members will be additional uncertainty, bureaucracy and expense, allied to a worsening of their financial viability. The ABO’s next step is to build on our existing good relations with the government and engage positively with whichever Ministers take responsibility from here on, to ensure the best possible outcome for our members.” Association of British Orchestras

Not only the music industry will be affected by Brexit; the entertainment industry is heavily reliant on funds from the EU. Hit series Game Of Thrones relies, amongst others, on an injection of money from the EU’s European Regional Development Fund, which is designed to stimulate economic growth across the EU (The Guardian). With these funds cut off, hundreds of jobs created by the series in Northern Ireland are in danger. Game Of Thrones is, of course, only the most popular of a wide range of projects that have until now received funding from the EU in order to keep them running.

With the decision made, the United Kingdom will now face major changes with an unpredictable outcome.

What are the biggest positives and challenges that Brexit will bring? Comment below or tweet your thoughts to @WildKatPR.

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(Written on June 24, 2016 )

Capital Sounds is a major pan-European initiative marking the 40th anniversary of the EUYO.  The project will include concerts in every capital city of the European Union over the coming few years.  The idea behind the project is to champion unity through diversity – celebrating individual national cultures within a pan-European orchestral tradition.  The events will include keynote speeches by national leading cultural figures and joint performances with local youth ensembles, reflecting the local musical traditions of that country.

Capital Sounds will begin on the 7th August 2016 in Bratislava, for a joint celebration of Slovakia assuming the EU Presidency on the 1st July, and of EUYO’s 40th anniversary. The orchestra will then continue on to Slovenia, Poland, Germany and the Netherlands. Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko and EUYO Conductor Laureate Bernard Haitink will lead the orchestra, with repertoire to include Mozart, Haydn, Mahler and Bruckner.

One of the European Union’s great cultural institutions, the EUYO was founded as the European Community Youth Orchestra in 1976 by Joy and Lionel Bryer.  Since then it has been the leading orchestra for young musicians in the EU, providing an exceptional bridge between music colleges and the professional music world. Auditioning the best young musicians from every EU Member State is a rigorous process, taking several months every year to complete, but it means the EUYO can claim to be the only entity in Europe that represents and presents young cultural performers at a high level of excellence from all 28 EU countries.

You can find the EUYO on TwitterFacebook & YouTube 

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(Written on April 12, 2016 )

WildKat PR are excited to announce our new client European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO).

The European Union Youth Orchestra is one of the world’s pre-eminent symphony orchestras. Described by the UK Guardian as having “gripping, exhilaratingly good orchestral playing, surging with energy, laser-sharp focus and collective daring… [and] a technical prowess that is downright terrifying”, it has provided an exceptional bridge between music colleges and the professional music world for generations of Europe’s finest musicians since its foundation in 1976.

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The EUYO have previously worked with many of the world’s greatest musicians including Daniel Barenboim, Leonard Bernstein, Sir Colin Davis, Herbert von Karajan, Svlatislav Rostropovich and particularly its three Music Directors and current Chief Conductor: Founding Music Director Claudio Abbado, former Music Director Vladimir Ashkenazy, former Music Director and current Conductor Laureate Bernard Haitink, and Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko.

A truly global brand, the EUYO has performed in most of the world’s major concert halls, notably at the Royal Albert Hall, the Musikverein, Carnegie Hall and the Boston Symphony Hall.

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We are very much looking forward to supporting the EUYO over the next few months. Keep checking the WildKat PR blog for updates as well as the website, Facebook and Twitter.

(Written on March 30, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, the Classical 100 launches across the UK, Audiences Europe Network considers rethinking it’s future and Stagescreen Global announces a new musical venture. Also, Indian classical music guru Ustad Abdul Rashid Khan dies at 107

Classic FM

Classical 100: now every child in the UK can have access to some of the greatest music ever written

Following its success in English schools, the Classical 100, a partnership between Classic FM, the ABRSM and Decca Classics, is launching across the UK. Here’s the low-down

Arts Professional

Audiences Europe Network to rethink it’s future

After a failed bid to the Creative Europe programme and the end of a previous strand of European funding, network organisers are considering scaling back activities

Classical Music Magazine

Stagescreen Global announces new musical venture

Stagescreen Global, a transatlantic alliance of digital pioneers and Broadway theatre producers, is aiming to take event cinema to a new level by bringing relays of musicals to picture theatres, tablet computers and smartphones

The Times of India

Classical music guru Ustad Abdul Rashid Khan dies at 107

The grand old guru of Indian classical music, Ustad Abdul Rashid Khan, breathed his last in Kolkata on Thursday

Der Tagesspiegel

Das todernste Spiel

Magische Gesten, flüchtige Konstellationen: Zum 90. Geburtstag des ungarischen Komponisten György Kurtág

NMZ

Anhaltisches Theater feiert 250 Jahre Anhaltische Philharmonie

Das Anhaltische Theater Dessau stellt seine nächste Spielzeit in das Zeichen von 250 Jahren Anhaltische Philharmonie Dessau

Klassikakzente

Film ab: Rolando Villazón kürt den talentiertesten Musikvideokünstler

Nachdem Anfang Oktober Rolando Villazóns neues Album “Treasures of Bel Canto” erschienen ist, hat sich die Deutsche Grammophon mit dem Sänger auf die Suche nach einem talentierten Filmemacher für ein Musikvideo gemacht

Arizona Public Media

José Luis Gomez Named Tucson Symphony’s Music Director

The Tucson Symphony Orchestra announced the appointment of its 17th music director to thunderous applause Wednesday.

The Economist

Where have all the young Italian opera singers gone?

In January the Royal Opera House announced the new slate of Jette Parker artists. With its five year-long positions, the Jette Parker Young Artist programme is a sought-after destination among emerging opera stars

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 Mashable ‏@mashable  Adele wasn’t as chill as we thought about her Grammys performance: http://on.mash.to/1Ttioi9 

Moritz Eggert ‏@MoritzEggert  Wer die NMZ nicht hat, kann hier meinen letzten Artikel über den Kompositionsunterricht nachlesen: http://www.nmz.de/artikel/komponieren-ist-handwerk …

Bristol Plays Music ‏@BPMbristol   Know a young musician or singer aged 13-17 with a love of jazz? Join our free @Tom_Warriors workshop @Colston_Hall! http://www.colstonhall.org/shows/jazz-experience …

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(Written on February 19, 2016 )