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In today’s Classical News, read an obituary of Holocaust survivor and renowned harpsichordist, Zuzana Růžičková, who died last week, aged 90.  The ISM Trust launches Primary Music Toolkit, and the Maxwell Quartet have won the ninth Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition.

Classical Music Magazine

Zuzana Růžičková (14 January 1927 – 27 September 2017)

Czech harpsichordist Zuzana Růžičková has died aged 90.  A key figure in the revival of the harpsichord and a devotee of Bach, Růžičková’s career is all the more remarkable given that she survived internment in three concentration camps in her teens.

Music Teacher

ISM Trust launches Primary Music Toolkit

The ISM Trust, supported by the Schools Music Association (SMA), has released a Primary Music Toolkit, which aims to help primary school teachers become more confident in teaching music in the classroom.

The Strad

Scottish quartet wins jury and audience prizes in Trondheim

The ninth Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition, running alongside the Chamber Music Festival in Trondheim, Norway, was won by the Scotland-based Maxwell Quartet.

The Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Symphony Orchestra board’s dramatic u-turn on same-sex marriage

After days of turmoil and anger that threatened to tear the Sydney Symphony Orchestra apart, the orchestra’s board has staged a stunning back-flip on the issue of same-sex marriage, admitting their neutral position was “misjudged”.

CBC News

Meet the Canadian composer who’s created a basketball symphony for the TSO

Jared Miller doesn’t remember a time when he didn’t love music. “I can’t even use words to convey how much I love music and all types of music,” Miller told CBC’s Our Toronto. “So to have the privilege to create it and to play it is really something special in my mind.”

Klassik.com

Medienpreis Leopold für vier Kinderproduktionen

Köln, 03.10.2017. Der Verband deutscher Musikschulen (VdM) hat zusammen mit dem Bundesjugendministerium im Funkhaus Köln den Medienpreis “Leopold” verliehen.

Klassik Heute

Sonderpreis beim Deutschen Dirigentenpreis 2017 für Vladimir Yaskorski

Der 1. Kapellmeister des Theaters Plauen-Zwickau Vladimir Yaskorski hat beim Deutschen Dirigentenpreis 2017 den Sonderpreis für die beste Interpretation eines Werkes des 20./21.

Die Zeit

Hightech in preußischem Rokoko

Nach sieben Jahren Bauzeit präsentiert sich die restaurierte Berliner Staatsoper Unter den Linden als großer Wurf.

Codex Flores

Standards für Instrumenten-Innenmessungen

Im Projekt Musices durchleuchten Fraunhofer-Forscher per 3D-Computertomographie historische Musikinstrumente aus der Sammlung des Germanischen Nationalmuseums.

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Music History    in 1836 FP in England of ’s oratorio St. Paul in Liverpool.
Image: Zuzana Růžičková

(Written on October 3, 2017 )

In Today’s Classical News, Mozart comes to Shoreditch and Orchestra dell’Arte launches musical exchange. Lidiya Yankovskaya is named Music Director of the Chicago Opera Theater, and The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington react to homophobic protests.

The Guardian

Eine kleine slam poetry: Mozart comes to Shoreditch

MC Mozart’s Classical Smackdown brings young audiences to classical music in a way never seen before

Classic FM

Watch Shostakovich playing his own Symphony No. 7

In this video from 1941, the legendary Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich talks about one of his most famous works, Symphony No. 7 (Leningrad), and plays a section on piano.

Classical Music Magazine

Orchestra dell’Arte launches musical exchange

The Orchestra dell’Arte has launched a musical exchange scheme in order to highlight the cultural offerings of its home city of Liverpool, which recently became a Unesco Creative City of Music.

The Times

Concert review: La Voix Humaine; CBSO/ Grazinyte-Tyla at Snape Maltings

In two contrasting one-woman shows, it was Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla’s borderline excessive callisthenics that brought stunningly punchy results.

Tagesspiegel

Hengelbrock verlässt das NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester

Nacht acht Jahren: Der Chefdirigent des NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchesters, Thomas Hengelbrock, wird seinen Vertrag über die Saison 2018/19 hinaus nicht verlängern.

Concerti

Ab aufs Sofa

Anlässlich des 275-jährigen Bestehens will das Gewandhausorchester Leipzig vier Privatkonzerte geben.

Klassik.com

Catriona Morison gewinnt BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition 2017

Die Mezzosopranistin Catriona Morison hat bei der BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition zweimal den ersten Platz belegt.

Pizzicato

Lidiya Yankovskaya Named Music Director of the Chicago Opera Theater

Chicago Opera Theater has named Lidiya Yankovskaya music director. Her appointment is effective immediately, yet she will start regular conducting duties only in the 2018-19 season.

Classic FM

This choir confronted anti-Pride protesters in the best possible way – with a live performance

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington were on their way back to the hotel after performing at the Pride Festival in Knoxville Tennessee this weekend when they spotted protestors holding homophobic signs. They decided to stand up to them using the power of music.

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Music History in 1922 Death of Italian Vittorio .
 
Image: MC Mozart

(Written on June 20, 2017 )

 

In today’s Classical News, Imogen Tilden tackles conducting’s gender problem, and the Ravel Museum in Montfort-l’Amaury shuts abruptly.  Composer John Adams joins the Royal Academy of Music as a visiting professor, and Southbank Sinfonia announce #ConcertLab.  Conductor Christoph von Dohnanyi has written an article to warn of the politics the United States are engaging in, and the University of Texas receives a $400,000 grant for the Mellon Foundation.

The Guardian

‘This is not a woman’s issue’ – tackling conducting’s gender problem

In 2013’s Last Night of the Proms, Marin Alsop hailed progress towards inclusivity in classical music. But that progress is painfully slow, as some shocking statistics reveal. This is an issue that we all need to keep talking about.

The closure of the Ravel museum would be an act of cultural sabotage

The charming, eclectic museum in the French composer’s house at Montfort-l’Amaury has been abruptly closed and its future is in doubt.

Rhinegold

John Adams joins RAM as visiting professor

John Adams has joined the Royal Academy of Music as a visiting professor.  Adams’ relationship with RAM began in 2012, when he conducted concerts at New York’s Lincoln Center and the BBC Proms in which RAM students performed alongside Juilliard School players.

Southbank Sinfonia announces #ConcertLab performances

The Southbank Sinfonia is to explore different aspects of concert presentation in its #ConcertLab performances.  Eight of the ensemble’s Rush Hour concerts will experiment with layout, lighting, movement and concertwear. The premise will see the musicians work alongside movement directors, choreographers and lighting directors, inviting audience feedback.

International Arts Manager

Latest international funding news

A 27 per cent increase for cultural projects is set to promote cooperation between Ireland and Northern Ireland. The funds will be used for projects like the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland, who will receive €100,000, with an additional €150,000 going to the Cooperation with Northern Ireland (CNI) scheme, which was expanded in January.

Arts advocates defend the NEA

The director of the California Arts Council (CAC) and the CEO of Americans for the Arts (AFTA) have both written open letters protesting potential cuts to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). At least two members of the Trump transition team suggested that the NEA – originally set up in 1965 – should be abolished.

Austin360

UT receives $400,000 Mellon Foundation grant for new classical music

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded $400,000 to UT’s Texas Performing Arts so that the organization may continue to develop new classical music.

Der Tagesspiegel

Regiert wird später

Wofür steht eigentlich der neue Kultursenator? Klaus Lederer gibt ein nichtssagendes Debüt im Kulturausschuss, Sabine Bangert von den Grünen wird einstimmig zur Vorsitzenden gewählt.

Berliner Morgenpost

Die Berliner Orchester tragen gern Schwarz 

In Berliner Klangkörpern gelten klare Kleiderregeln. Sie sollen helfen, alles zu vermeiden, was von der Musik ablenkt.

klassik.com

Förderpreis für Oscar Escudero

Busoni-Kompositionspreis 2017 für Benjamin Scheuer

El País

Los Amantes de Teruel vuelven de la tumba (nunca se fueron)

El compositor Javier Navarrete convierte en ópera la leyenda de Isabel de Segura y Juan de Marcilla

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Christoph von Dohnanyi against Trump: « Fear and aggression produce nothing but fear and aggression »

Conductor Christoph von Dohnanyi has written an article to warn from the new politics, the United States are engaging in, the website Democratic Underground reports.

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Classical Music News @ClassicalNews PRS for Music celebrates possibilities of digital

Music History @today_classical #Today in 1873 FP of #Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 2 Little Russian in Moscow. #MusicHistory #classicalmusic

Noah Stewart @noahsofficial Heros & Sheros who paved the way in Classical Music. #RolandHayes  

Marin Alsop conducts the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra during a dress rehearsal, 11/11/10. Photo by Chris Lee

Image: Marin Alsop

(Written on February 7, 2017 )

In today’s news, Sheffield announces full program for their second Classical Weekend Festival, and Downtown launches a new music rights company in Tokyo. Sirena Huang is awarded first prize at the Elmar Oliveira Violin Competition. Over the weekend, Erich Leinsdorf celebrates his would-be birthday of 105 years, and today in 1933 Henry Brant’s Angels and Devils for flute was performed in New York City for the first time.

The Violin Channel

VC Young Artist Sirena Huang Awarded 1st Prize at Elmar Oliveira Violin Comp

A graduate of the Juilliard School, and current post graduate student of Hyo Kang at Yale University, Sirena is a former major prize winner at the Singapore and Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competitions.

Sheffield Telegraph

Classical: Host of Music Treats

Sheffield’s second Classical Weekend Festival, set to take place on March 17 to 19, has announced its full programme, featuring a host of international artists, and local musicians across city venues.

Music Business Worldwide

DOWNTOWN LAUNCHES NEW COMPANY IN JAPAN, PARTNERS WITH AVEX

Music rights company Downtown has launched a new Tokyo-based company, Downtown Music Japan Inc. The operation will focus on signing and developing Japanese songwriters, artists and producers, marketing and promoting Downtown’s substantial English-catalogue, and more efficiently collecting songwriting royalties from the world’s second largest music market. The expansion adds to Downtown’s existing offices in New York, Nashville, Los Angeles, London and Amsterdam.

The Violin Channel

VC INTERVIEW | Elmar Oliveira – Artistic Director, Elmar Oliveira International Violin Comp 

The Violin Channel recently caught up with violinist Elmar OliveiraDistinguished Artist in Residence at Lynn University and Founder & Artistic Director of the inaugural 2017 Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition – currently in its Final Rounds in Boca Raton, Florida.

The Violin Channel

Conductor Erich Leinsdorf Born On This Day in 1912

Austrian-born American conductor Erich Leinsdorf was born on this day in 1912 – 105 years ago. Dying in 1993, Maestro Leinsdorf served prestigious conducting positions with The Metropolitan Opera, The Cleveland Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, New York City Opera, Boston Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic and the (West) Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Feuilleton

Komponist des Kirchenlieds „Danke“ gestorben

Mit „Danke“ gelang ihm ein Hit, über den Theologen die Nase rümpften – und mit dem er die Charts stürmte. Jetzt ist der Kirchenmusiker und Komponist Martin Gotthard Schneider im Alter von 86 Jahren gestorben.

Der Tagesspigel

Zisch, Boom, Bass

Der Berliner Musiker Phillip Sollmann ist als DJ Efdemin bekannt. Für das Konzertprojekt „Monophonie“ erforscht er nun rein mechanisch produzierte Klänge.

OnlineFocus

Veranstalter teilt mit: „Rockavaria“-Festival im Olympiapark abgesagt

Schlechte Nachricht für Musikfans: Das Aus für „Rockavaria“ im Münchner Olympiapark ist offiziell. Das Festival findet in diesem Jahr nicht mehr statt, wie der Veranstalter am Samstag mitteilte.

Le Figaro

Super Bowl 2017 : Lady Gaga fait son show et envoie un message de tolérance

La diva de la pop a interprété ses plus grands tubes mais également deux chants patriotiques américains lors de sa prestation à la mi-temps de la compétition sportive, dimanche soir à Houston.

LaCroix

À la « Folle Journée » de Nantes, danse ou transe ?

En plaçant cette édition 2017 sous le signe de la danse, René Martin a donné au public un rôle tout particulier, jusqu’à l’inciter à monter sur scène lors d’un concert-performance « participatif ».

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@WDR3 Live-Aufnahmen von Bob Marley restauriert

@musikzeitung > Butter bei die Fische: Ratschläge für die von Auftragshonoraren…

@Music History #Today in 1933 FP of Henry #Brant‘s Angels and Devils for flute ensemble, in NYC. #MusicHistory #classicalmusic

@Classical Music News Facing the music: Helen Grime #ClassicalMusic

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Image: Sheffield Classical Music Weekend Festival

(Written on February 6, 2017 )

 

In today’s Classical News, Grange Festival are to give the world premiere of Jonathan Dove’s new work, celebrating Jane Austen, and Birmingham Conservatoire announce their pianothon. A New York orchestra are putting audience members side by side with players, and Marin Alsop calls for the monetary value of the arts in the society to be promoted.  Germany sees the opening of Club Transmediale, Berlin’s best pop festival, and the future of the Richard Strauss Festival is secured.

Rhinegold

Grange Festival announces Dove premiere

The Grange Festival is to present the world premiere staging of the orchestral version of Jonathan Dove’s Mansfield Park.  The performances, which will take place on 16 and 17 September, will commemorate the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death and the inaugural season of the Grange Festival.

Birmingham Conservatoire announces all-night pianothon

Birmingham Conservatoire has announced an all-night pianothon, which will take place from 7.30pm on 3 March to 7.30am on 4 March at Town Hall.  The event will begin with Gergely Bogányi performing the complete Chopin Nocturnes, a mystery guest playing Beethoven Sonatas Op 109, 110 & 111 and Peter Donohoe performing Messiaen’s The Garden Warbler.

CMUSE

New York orchestra turning concerts inside out

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sit among the musicians in an orchestra as they perform? The Park Avenue Chamber Symphony has developed a new concept with this idea: inside out concerts.

Music Business Worldwide

Google generated $90bn last year, 6 times more than the global recorded music business

The company’s parent Alphabet Inc. just posted mammoth annual revenues of $90.27bn for the 12 months to end of December, up 20% year-on-year and 24% at constant currency.

Classic FM

‘Art is not just revenue for the soul, it’s revenue for the pocket book,’ says top conductor

Conductor Marin Alsop has told Classic FM that the arts world needs to ‘promote the monetary value of the arts in our society’.

Berliner Zeitung

Club Transmediale Berlins bestes Pop-Festival ist eröffnet 

Vielstimmiges Singen, Brummen, Säuseln und Grunzen zur Abwendung der planetaren Klimakatastrophe gab es bei der Eröffnung des diesjährigen CTM Festivals zu hören; man kann sagen, dass die drei Leitbegriffe des Festivalthemas – „Fear Anger Love“, Furcht, Zorn und Liebe – bereits in diesen ersten knapp anderthalb Stunden eindrucksvoll und befriedigend zur musikalischen Erscheinung gelangten.

Spiegel

“Die Musik macht das Private politisch”

Das Berliner CTM ist eines der weltweit wichtigsten Festivals für elektronische und experimentelle Musik. Hier sprechen die Festivalchefs über ihr politisches Motto “Fear, Anger, Love” und Lücken in der Kulturförderung.

Klassik Heute

Zukunft des Richard-Strauss-Festivals ist gesichtert – neuer Intendant ernannt

Nach intensiven, über Monate geführten Diskussionen über die Zukunftsperspektiven des international renommierten Richard-Strauss-Festivals bekannte sich der Gemeinderat der Marktgemeinde Garmisch-Partenkirchen klar zur Fortführung des Festivals und dazu, die Finanzierung des Festivals über 2017 hinaus zu sichern.

Die Presse

Rudolf Bibl, der Maestro der Volksoper, ist tot

2273 Vorstellungen hat der Wiener Dirigent im Haus am Gürtel geleitet. Er starb 87-jährig in Frankreich.

Musik Heute

Volles Haus beim Familientag der Elbphilharmonie

Zum Abschluss ihres knapp dreiwöchigen Eröffnungsfestivals hat die Hamburger Elbphilharmonie am Sonntag einen Familientag veranstaltet. Zu Konzerten, Workshops und einer “Klangsafari” kamen rund 7.000 Gäste, wie das Haus mitteilte. Die kostenfreien Tickets waren bereits früh vergeben.

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Royal Northern Sinfonia @RNSinfonia We’re featured in @‘s list of the best classical concerts this week! @ bit.ly/2jJnTwQ / bit.ly/2jMPI4Q

Music History @today_classical  in 1774 Death of Bohemian and violist Frantisek

Musik Heute @Musik_Heute Jubel für afghanisches Frauenorchester “Zohra” in Berlin

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Photograph: The Grange Festival

(Written on January 30, 2017 )