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In today’s news, Tagesspiegel presents Barrie Kosky’s new season for Komische Oper Berlin, the construction of Barenboim-Said-Akademie to be finished by the end of 2016 & more safety precautions for Bayreuther Festspiele. Also, Menuhin Competition 2016 taking place in London & Opera Theatre of St. Louis receives grant from Opera America

Classic FM

Menuhin Competitition 2016: very good reasons why you have to get a ticket

Every two years, the world’s best young violinists gather for a competition that feels more like a music festival. Here’s why you should come to the 2016 edition in London

Classical Music Magazine

Goldsmiths charity fundraisers to play 12-hour Beethoven marathon

Professional players and singers will join forces music students from Goldsmiths, University of London to perform all nine Beethoven symphonies back-to-back on 23 April in order to raise funds for Médecins Sans Frontières

Music Week

Beatles Anthology collection now available to stream

The Beatles’ Anthology, Volumes 1-3 music collections are now available for streaming worldwide.

Classicalite

Opera Theatre of St. Louis Receives $40,000 Grant from Opera America

The Opera Theatre of St. Louis has received a major grant from the Opera America organization to continue its mission of involving the local community in the arts.

Washington Post

Want to see ‘The Ring’ in D.C.’s first-ever full cycle? Expect to pony up.

Maybe attending 17 hours of opera about the adventures of a phalanx of German gods and goddesses — featuring a cast of hundreds, not to mention splashy pyrotechnics — should cost a fortune

Der Tagesspiegel

Berliner Mischung

Seine fünfte Saison soll die beste werden: Intendant Barrie Kosky stellt die Spielzeit 2016/17 an der Komischen Oper vor

Pizzicato

Barenboim-Said Akademie perfekt im Zeitplan

Im ehemaligen Magazin der Staatsoper Berlin entsteht die Barenboim-Said Akademie. Die Bauarbeiten haben im Mai 2014 begonnen und werden im Laufe dieses Jahres abgeschlossen

Musik-heute

Zeitung: Schärferes Sicherheitskonzept für Bayreuther Festspiele

Wegen einer vermeintlich islamkritischen Inszenierung wird nach Informationen des “Nordbayerischen Kuriers” in Bayreuth an schärferen Sicherheitsvorkehrungen für die Wagner-Festspiele gefeilt

Le Parisien

Leonard Slatkin va quitter en douceur ses fonctions à la tête de l’ONL

Le chef d’orchestre américain Leonard Slatkin va quitter progressivement ses fonctions à la tête de l’Orchestre national de Lyon

Twitter

neue musikzeitung Pina-Bausch-Zentrum soll 2022 fertig sein: – Das Pina-Bausch-Zentrum im einstigen…

BR KLASSIK Entscheiden nun die Bürger über die des ?

klassik.com Karriere-News: Sylvain Cambreling (Staatsoper Stuttgart)

Cory Weaver /for the San Francisco Opera/ Washington Post

Cory Weaver /for the San Francisco Opera/ Washington Post

(Written on April 6, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Classical Music Magazine reports that the Royal College of Music will digitise its musical instrument collections, International Arts Manager announces that Martha Argerich has been awarded a RPS Gold Medal and classical music programmes mark ‘Padwa’ in India. Also, the Menuhin Competition has received a record number of entries

Classical Music Magazine

RCM to digitise UK’s music instrument collections

When the doors to the Royal College of Music’s Museum temporarily close to the public for the building developments announced earlier this year, its curators have an exciting new project to digitise the entire musical instrument collection held in the UK, bringing the accessibility of the collections up to date with a more technology-focused audience

Business Standard

Classical music programmes mark Diwali ‘Padwa’

Several classical music programmes were organised here to mark ‘Padwa’ – the third day of Diwali – the festival of lights

International Arts Manager

Martha Argerich receives RPS Gold Medal

Pianist Martha Argerich, known for her incredible recordings of 20th century composers, has been awarded a Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS) Gold Medal

Classical Music Magazine

Menuhin Competition receives record number of entries

The Menuhin Competition has received the highest number of applications to date. 307 people have entered for the 2016 competition – an increase of 9% on 2014 – of which 44 will be chosen to compete in London in April 2016

Classicalworld.com

Martin Chalifour Joins Hollywood Chamber Orchestra’s Professional Debut

Violinist Martin Chalifour, the Principal Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, will be the featured soloist at the professional debut of the Hollywood Chamber Orchestra on Friday, December 11, 2015

Classicalite

10-Year-Old Charlie Kirby to Conduct Star Wars Theme With Columbus Symphony

A young musician will premiere with the Columbus Symphony as he has with several other large orchestras across the nation

KlassikAkzente

Politisches Gewissen der Deutschen und Seelenverwandter Bachs

Neben der Faszination für die Politik trug Schmidt von seiner frühen Kindheit an auch die Liebe zur Musik in sich und fand in ihr einen unerschöpflichen Kraftquell für die Anforderungen seines anstrengenden Alltags

Crescendo

Die Kulturmarken-Gala 2015 im Video

Am 29. Oktober wurden zum zehnten Mal im Rahmen der Kulturmarken-Awards kreative Kulturanbieter und -förderer geehrt

Pizzicato

Wieder Streik an der Mailänder Scala

Weil eine Gewerkschaft das technische Personal zum Streik aufgerufen hat, wird die Balletttaufführung ‘Histoire de Manon’ heute Abend an der Mailänder Scala bloß in reduziertem Format über die Bühne gehen

Codex Flores

Junge Deutsche Philharmonie setzt auf Crowdfunding

Vier Wochen lang hat die Junge Deutsche Philharmonie im Rahmen eines Wettbewerbs der Aventis Foundation bei der Crowdfunding-Plattform Startnext Geld gesammelt – mit Erfolg

France Musique

Musicopolis : l’invention du concert public à Montpellier en 1903

Le 24 mai 1903, on pouvait lire dans l’hebdomadaire “La Vie Montpelliéraine “le titre suivant : “Le dernier concert symphonique”. Retour sur cette date importante dans Musicopolis

Le Parisien

Streaming musical : Apple Music arrive sur les terminaux Android

C’est une mini révolution sans fracas dans l’univers du streaming musical. Réservé jusqu’à présent aux utilisateurs du système d’exploitation iOS de la marque à la pomme, le service de streaming musical Apple Music et son application débarqueront très bientôt sur les terminaux Android

Twitter

Mayor’s Music Fund:@Mayorsmusic We are looking for volunteers to help us collect money at @towerlondonice next Thursday. Email chrissy@mayorsmusicfund.org for more info

New York Times Arts:@nytimesarts Effort to Revive City Opera Includes a ‘Tosca’ Staging http://nyti.ms/1kNqwLm

DCMS:@DCMS Our #charitablegiving indicators are out today! Our #GREAT cultural institutions have received £500m in fundraising

Martha Argerich International Arts Mangaer

Martha Argerich
International Arts Manager

(Written on November 12, 2015 )

While the extinction of the dinosaurs may have had something to do with a meteor, it is likely that the decline of orchestras is down to just as many debatable factors. From financial climate change, to developments in technology and changes in personal taste, there are numerous elements of change that the industry has little control over.

In the article from today’s Times, Iván Fischer heralds the evolutionary approach for orchestras, as he claims they must ‘adapt or die’. With his own Budapest Festival Orchestra being open to innovation he believes that it is the only way to truly mitigate against the terminal decline of orchestras around the world.

The Budapest Festival Orchestra are trying to bring in different audiences in order to break the white, middle-class, middle-aged, well-educated norm. While this isn’t wholly true in concert halls today, as a lot has already been done to correct the imbalance, it is still a perceived barrier to many. The BFO perform in midnight concerts to appeal to younger audiences, seating them on beanbags and giving them discounts on ticket prices if they turn up on a bike. All are intriguing innovations that could work for many orchestras and concert venues to lure in the younger generations.

However, the question that will be asked is what does this give/take from orchestral concert going. Traditionalists will be harking that it is in fact this kind of innovation that kills orchestras, while the opposing corner will rebut with the same evolutionary, forward-thinking stance that Fischer proposes in this article.

What is clear though is that demands are being placed on orchestras and those who manage them to be more creative, whether it is with their funding or engagement methods. Today also saw the Guardian Culture Professionals Live Chat about crowd-funding, which is being cited as a revolutionary change to fundraising. James Hopkirk, Editor of IdeasTap suggested ‘As arts funding gets cut back further and further and artists have to become more self-sufficient and entrepreneurial I think it’s [crowd-funding] only going to become more prevalent…’. A similar call for change has been echoed by organisations such as Nesta in their report ‘The New Art of Finance – Making Money Work Harder for the Arts’.

Essentially what all of these changes are demanding is that we are more creative, which is surely what the arts do best. It’s a philosophy that WildKat have embraced fully, with enormous success. No one is saying that creative minded people have to go and play with the stock market, or perform brain science to see what attracts people to classical music- just that we are considerate of all demographics, what makes them want to get involved or why they might want to resist, and if this is something we can change.

Rising to the challenges that the arts face is one best met by creative people- luckily our industry is brimming with them.

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(Written on August 13, 2014 )

Classical News

The Times

Iván Fischer: Symphony orchestras have only a few decades left

Ivan Fischer gives orchestras of the twenty-first century the prognosis of ‘adapt or die’.

Guardian 

How to crowdfund your next arts project – live chat

A live chat will be happening on the Guardian’s culture professionals network today from 12pm, to discuss how the arts may use crowd-funding to bridge the supply/demand gap in fundraising.

Classical-Music.com

Musical training found to improve language and reading

US researchers have found that learning a musical instrument can improve a child’s reading and language skills, as well as being better at processing sounds and language.

Die Welt

Das Glück in Boston ist die Absage für Berlin

Der 35-jährige Lette Andris Nelsons ist einer Top-Kandidaten als Rattle-Nachfolger der Berliner Philharmoniker. Hier sagt er, warum er dafür nicht mehr in Frage kommt. Jedenfalls gegenwärtig.

Klassik.com

Teatro Petruzelli in Bari sagt aus Geldmangel Produktionen ab

Viertgrößtes Opernhaus Italiens in finanziellen Nöten

Concerti.de

Porträt Christina Pluhar

Die Lautenistin Christina Pluhar will keine Genregrenzen akzeptieren und mischt barocke Tänze mit Fado

Telerama.fr

Les partitions de la Grande Guerre auscultées sur France Musique

14-18 a influé sur la musique classique. La station de radio consacre vingt émissions de trente minutes au sujet.

 

Twitter

ClassicFM: @ClassicFM It’s #InternationalLeftHandersDay so I’m playing 3 pieces with left handed connections right now http://www.classicfm.com/discover/music/left-handed-classical-musicians/ @johnsuchet1

The Guardian: @guardian Universities plug gap as government fails to support poorer students:  http://gu.com/p/4vyxv

EFG London Jazz Festival: @LondonJazzFest 2014 marks 200 years since birth of #AdolpheSax, inventor of the #saxophone. If you’re visiting Belgium, don’t miss #sax200 @mimbrussels

Simon Hopkins: @SimonHopkins The @southbankcentre have launched the  WebWe Want festival with an intriguing set of twitter questions >> http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/festivals-series/web-we-want …

 

 

Photograph: Compassionate Eye Foundation/Martin Barraud/OJO Images Ltd/Getty Images

Photograph: Compassionate Eye Foundation/Martin Barraud/OJO Images Ltd/Getty Images

 

 

 

(Written on August 13, 2014 )

Guardian

Australian Chamber Orchestra unveils interactive tablet experience 

New musical experience involves screening a pre-recorded performance during which spectators use an app on a tablet console to control which musicians can be seen and heard.

Science Daily

Professional French Horn Players in Danger of Developing Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

A new study found new evidence that French horn players are one of the most at-risk groups of developing noise induced hearing loss among professional orchestral musicians.

The Star Tribune

Talks intensify as Minnesota Orchestra dispute faces weekend deadline

As the two sides engage in confidential talks, new private and public fundraising efforts are being explored as a bridge.

The Telegraph

Why the early music movement got it wrong

Richard Egarr, the director of the Academy of Ancient music, talks to Ivan Hewett of new thinking on old composers.

BBC News

Classical music is ‘all in the mind.’

A Brazilian computer scientist and composer has remixed Beethoven to try to demonstrate how individuals hear things in varying ways.

Charlotte Church to deliver BBC 6 Music Peel Lecture

Singer Charlotte Church will tackle the role of women in the music industry when she delivers BBC Radio 6 Music’s Peel Lecture next month.

Classical Music Magazine

Yamaha piano selection days: returning to Southbank, and coming to Liverpool

Following the success of last year’s Yamaha piano selection sessions initiative, at which Yamaha took over a section of London’s Southbank Centre to showcase its range of pianos to potential buyers, the company will be running sessions at the Southbank Centre on 11&12 October and at Liverpool’s St George’s Hall on 17&18 January 2014.

Die Zeit

Hinterhäuser übernimmt Salzburger Festspiele

Die Salzburger Festspiele haben einen neuen Leiter: Ab 2017 führt Markus Hinterhäuser das renommierte Festival. Mit ihm soll wieder mehr Qualität kommen.

Science Daily

Science Daily

(Written on September 26, 2013 )

Classic FM Online

Classical music doesn’t improve brain function, study claims

The Mozart effect could be completely non-existent, according to a new neuro-scientific study in America

Katherine Jenkins and José Carreras head to Abu Dhabi

Welsh mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins ans Spanish tenor José Carreras are to perform together in Abu Dhabi on October 25th

Brighton Philharmonic saved from closure

The Brighton Philharmonic has been saved from closure thanks to a series of late donations before yesterday’s board meeting that was to decide the orchestra’s fate

90-year-old Ethiopian nun is classical composer

The compositions of Emahoy Tsegué-Mariam Guebrù who was in near seclusion for nearly 30 years have been discovered by an Israeli pianist, who describes them as a “strange combination of classical, Ethiopian and blues”

National Children’s Orchestra in Tim Lihoreau’s Wednesday Web Chat

What’s it like playing in one of the world’s best children’s orchestras? We’ll be talking to former percussionist Benjamin Glassberg and Sarah Derbyshire in our Wednesday Web Chat from 9am on 21 August

Gramophone

2014 Gilmore Young Artist Award winners announced

Andrew Hsu and Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner receive the biennial award for promising American pianists

Classical Music Magazine

Last-ditch £70,000 fundraising effort hailed as success for Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra

A campaign to raise £70,000 in less than two weeks in order to save the freelance Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra has claimed success, after garnering pledges of £72,200

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Jeder giert nach seinem Gut

Abschluss der vielleicht kürzesten Ring-Inszenierung zu Wagners 200. Geburtstag. Der Schauspieler Stefan Kaminski erklärt Wagners Ring in vier Videos: „.Rheingold“, „Walküre“, „Siegfried“ und „Götterdämmerung“

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Classic FM Online

(Written on August 21, 2013 )

The Guardian

Castorf has become the villain of the Bayreuth Ring cycle

After the Bayreuth audience booed a deliberately incoherent Ring cycle, Martin Kettle wonders if the festival – and Wagner – deserves better

Sunday Times

In The Key Of Life

Proms themed in C, including works by Tchaikovsky, Beethoven and Tippett, fascinate Paul Driver

Gramophone

Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra launches urgent appeal for donations

The orchestra must raise £70,000 if it is to survive in difficult economic times

LA Times

Metropolitan Opera responds to petition blasting Vladimir Putin

The Metropolitan Opera has sent a statement in response to an online petition criticizing the New York company for its upcoming production of Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin.”

Classic FM

14-year-old’s heavy metal Vivaldi tribute is a viral hit

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons has been given a heavy metal makeover by a French teenage girl, and become a YouTube sensation in the process

Opera Chic

Stephen Sondheim, The Art of the Musical

The Paris Review excerpts a comprehensive 1997 interview with Stephen Sondheim where the American composer/lyricist talks shop, legacy and everything in between with James Lipton.

Berliner Zeitung

So jung ist er nun auch wieder nicht

Beim Young Euro Classic-Festival treten auch gestandene Virtuosen wie Joshua Bell auf. Auch wenn der Violinist mit seinem Bubengesicht immer noch als Teenie-Schwarm und Nachwuchshoffnung wahrgenommen wird.

Classical Music News: Stephen SondheimOpera Chic

(Written on August 12, 2013 )