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In today’s classical news, Thomas Kemp has helped put West Malling on the musical map as part of a mission to bring top-flight music to the area in the last five years. The classical establishment may soon have to figure out where to put contemporary composers, if only for its own survival. In addition, the Echo Society, a squad of Los Angeles composers, pairs classical music concert with light projection.

Kent Online

Music@Malling’s Thomas Kemp looks ahead to the 2016 West Malling classical music festival

Back in 2010 the small market town was best known for its pubs, history and community feel, but that was before Thomas moved back to West Malling – and realised classical music was sadly lacking there. So in the last five years Thomas Kemp has helped put West Malling on the musical map as part of a mission to bring top-flight music to the area.

The Independent

The New Classical: how the next generation of composers and labels are challenging classical music’s status quo

The classical establishment may be forced to recognise contemporary composers for its own survival. “What happens in the space where genres, sounds and ideas collide?” asked the Barbican when it invited the German pianist and composer Nils Frahm to put together a weekend of music in July.

KCET

These Composers Pair Classical Music with a Light Projection Spectacle

A low bass rumbled through the packed 1,600-seat Ace Hotel theater, accompanied by a flickering green alien light. An audience member, dressed like a throwback from the Strokes days of New York, murmured an approval. “Woah,” whispered the woman next to him. For years, the world of classical music has tried to court a younger audience. This concert by the Echo Society, a squad of Los Angeles composers, might be the missing link.

Evesham Journal

St John’s orchestra to bring Marvellous Mozart to life in classical show

LOVERS of classical music are in for a treat at St John’s Church next month, when The Orchestra of St John will be performing its ‘Marvellous Mozart’ programme. The Bromsgrove-based symphony orchestra will be performing songs such as The Linz and Mozart’s ‘Turkish’ violin concerto at at 7.30pm on October 1.

Gloucester Advocate

Classical music lesson made fun

The classically trained musicians, who were in town to play at the Craven Creek Concerts, stopped by St Joseph’s Primary School and Gloucester Public School for a session. Creating their own sound, students stomp their feet and clap their hands to make their own music as directed by the Craven Creek Musicians.

Boston Globe

Handel and Haydn Society raises more than $13.5 million

The Handel and Haydn Society will mark the opening of its 202nd season on an auspicious note Friday, as the orchestra celebrates the conclusion of a capital campaign that raised more than $13.5 million from more than 600 donors.

USC News

Classical KUSC website unveils new design

Visit kusc.org and you’ll see a fresh new design, redone to be more accessible to listeners on smartphone browsers. The aim is to boost classical music and the arts to a broad audience

WQXR

5 Great Videos to Begin Exploring Classical Crossover

You might have heard of a subset of classical music called classical crossover. What is it and why is it so popular?

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Schwedin gewinnt Aeolus-Wettbewerb in Düsseldorf

Zum ersten Mal in der Geschichte des Internationalen Aeolus Bläserwettbewerbs hat eine Frau den ersten Preis gewonnen. Die 28-jährige Schwedin Louise Pollock konnte die achtköpfige Jury überzeugen.

Der Tagesspiegel

Und jetzt wechseln

Seit einiger Zeit gibt es in Berlin regelmäßig Ärger bei Intendantenwechseln. Es herrscht Angst vor dem Neuen in der Stadt. Der neue Kultursenator, wenn es einen gibt, muss damit zurechtkommen.

Klassik heute

Neues Werk von Unsuk Chin für das Festival “Acht Brücken” Köln

Das Kölner Festival „Acht Brücken“ plant für 2017 die Uraufführung eines neuen Werkes der koreanischen Komponistin Unsuk Chin, die seit 1988 in Berlin lebt.

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Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ Among friends: @owenpiano & @katyaapekisheva introduce their new @LondonPianoFest http://ow.ly/pdCe304hqgO

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ Looking forward to some cannon fire at tonight’s #classicfmlive – thanks for the invitation @ClassicFM !

Rhinegold @RhinegoldDigi We are delighted working with @ISM_music especially as sponsors for @MusicEdExpo. Go to http://ism.org

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Photograpgh: Kent Online/ Music@Malling/ Thomas Kemp

(Written on September 21, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, classical pianist Parker is breathing new life into the traditional music scene, pianist Till Hoffmann wins TONALi competition, and Chloë Hanslip talks about musical journeys. Also, first night of the BBC Proms opened with a tribute to the people of Nice, and George Enescu International Competition 2016 announces violin and cello candidates.

Daily Mail

Classical pianist Parker is breathing new life into the traditional music scene.

The 29-year-old reformed wild child is on a mission to revolutionise classical music with her haunting piano performances and glamorous looks. The name Parker is a play on her surname, which she feels has ‘bad karma’ and refuses to divulge. Friends call her Anastasia.

BBC News

BBC Proms: First Night opens with tribute to Nice victims

The first night of the BBC Proms has opened with a tribute to the people of Nice, in the wake of the Bastille Day attack that left at least 84 dead.

The Guardian

Facing the music: Chloë Hanslip

The young British violinist talks about Shostakovich, being a Formula One driver in another life, and taking her shoes off for a watery recital.

The Times

Opera: The Creation at Garsington at Wormsley, Buckinghamshire

Three excellent singers and a conductor are overshadowed by some perverse choreography in this staging of Haydn’s oratorio.

The Strad

George Enescu International Competition 2016 announces violin and cello candidates

The 2016 George Enescu Competition has announced the 174 young artists who will compete in its violin, cello and piano sections from 3 to 25 September in Bucharest, Romania.

Musik heute

Pianist Till Hoffmann gewinnt TONALi Musikwettbewerb

Der Pianist Till Hoffmann hat den diesjährigen TONALi-Instrumentalwettbewerb gewonnen. Der 20-Jährige erhielt ein Preisgeld von 10.000 Euro, teilten die Veranstalter am Sonntag mit.

Klassik heute

François-Xavier Roth: „Rundfunkorchester sind unglaubliche Maschinen für die Musik, für die Zukunft“

Am Wochenende gibt das SWR-Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg seine letzten beiden Konzerte überhaupt.

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Münchner Philharmoniker starten eigenes Label MPHIL

Am 30. September 2016 veröffentlichen die Münchner Philharmoniker und ihr Chefdirigent Valery Gergiev die ersten beiden Live-Konzertaufzeichnugen des orchestereigenen Labels MPHIL.

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BBC Radio 3 @BBCRadio3 ‘If music be the food of love… ‘s fav Shakespearean music this week on …play on!’

Top Classical News @topcmnews AUDITION | Scottish Opera, United Kingdom – ‘Principal Cello’ Position

klassik.com @klassikcom Patrick Grahl gewinnt Johann-Sebastian-Bach-Wettbewerb im Fach

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‘Music is a living, breathing thing, which can take you on so many journeys’ Violinist Chloë Hanslip. Photograph: Benjamin Ealovega 2009

(Written on July 18, 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 )

In today’s news, The Guardian reports that ENO singers are to vote strike action and hundreds protest arts cuts in Cardiff. Also, Moscow wants Rachmaninoff’s body back and Paris inaugurates Europe’s most powerful organ

Classical Music Magazine

Leading opera figures protest plans for a ‘part-time’ ENO

A change.org petition is asking the board of English National Opera ‘to reconsider its plans to turn the company into a part-time organisation’

BBC Music Magazine

Daniel Hyde takes New York choir post

Daniel Hyde has been named as the new organist and director of music at St Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue in New York

The Strad

Cellist Thomas Mesa wins 2016 Sphinx Competition $50,000 first prize

The annual Detroit contest, including senior and junior divisions, is open to black and Latino US string players

Arts Professional

Hundreds protest arts cuts in Cardiff

400 people gathered to challenge a potential £700k cut to the arts budget in the Welsh capital, which protesters say will threaten “the future of culture in the city”

Daily Mail

Battle between Classic FM and Radio 3 continues as BBC station accuses rival of being ‘put together by computer’ ahead of review into its output

The on-going battle between Classic FM and Radio 3 rumbles on after staff at the BBC station accused its rival of being ‘put together by a computer’

The Guardian

English National Opera singers to vote on strike action

On Friday, the chorus of English National Opera were on stage in front of more than 2,000 people as part of an exhilarating opening night of Mozart’s The Magic Flute

Die Welt

Russland will Rachmaninow zurück

Der Name des kleinen Ortes erinnert eher an Wagner, aber in Valhalla liegt einer der größten russischen Komponisten begraben: Sergej Rachmaninow

Musik-heute.de

Berenberg Kulturpreis an Musiktheater-Regisseurin Kautz

Die Musiktheater-Regisseurin Luise Kautz hat den mit 10.000 Euro dotierten Berenberg Kulturpreis erhalten

Klassic.com

Placido Domingo erhält Ehrendoktorwürde der Universität Pécs

Der Sänger und Operndirektor Placido Domingo hat eine weitere Ehrendoktorwürde erhalten. Die Auszeichnung wurde ihm von der Universität im ungarischen Pécs verliehen

Le Figaro

La Philharmonie de Paris inaugure «l’orgue le plus puissant d’Europe»

Composé de quatre claviers, de 91 jeux et d’un ventre capable de rendre les plus incroyables sonorités, l’orgue de la Philharmonie est un géant

The Washington Post

In Pedja Muzijevic’s recital, talk gets in the way of ‘Haydn Dialogues’

Classical concerts shouldn’t be locked into the same old formats. Unfortunately, the process of discovering new formats for them is fraught

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MasterclassFoundat’n @MMFmasterclass #AlbanBerg was born on this day in 1885. Here’s a clip from one of his most famous works – the opera #Wozzeck. http://bit.ly/1SmER0a 

BR_Klassik 100 Jahre – auch in der Musik. Würdigung einer Kunstrevolte.

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(Written on February 9, 2016 )

The Esterházys were an immensely rich and powerful family. From the sixteenth century they held a prominent position in the Habsburg Empire and were important patrons of the arts. The family owned palaces in Vienna and throughout Hungary; Schloss Esterházy in Eisenstadt, Austria was the family’s principle residence. In 1766, the magnificent Eszterháza Palace in Fertőd, Hungary was completed.

The Haydnsaal is a concert hall in Schloss Eszterházy, named after Joseph Haydn, who dedicated most of his working life to composing for the Esterházys.

Hadynsaal, Schloss Esterházy

Hadynsaal, Schloss Esterházy, Austria

The Esterházys were music lovers. Haydn began his service in 1761 and served the family for nearly 40 years, spanning the patronage of four Esterhazy princes. Prince Paul Anton was the only Esterházy who took little interest in music, and during his reign, Haydn was sent away from court and lived in Vienna.

The palace contained two opera houses, as well as a theatre to seat 400 and a marionette theatre; it was intended that it should be the cultural centre of Europe. Haydn conducted his own and others’ operas at the palace. His first opera, Acide, was written for the Esterházys. Indeed, 1762 to 1784 was an intense period of operatic activity at court for Haydn, who composed no fewer than 15 operas.

Joseph Hayden ( 1732-1909)

Joseph Haydn ( 1732-1909)

Under Esterházy patronage, Haydn was obliged to compose music at the behest of his prince. He was the third highest paid officer in the household; this demonstrates his significant position at the court and how highly he was regarded by his patrons.

Nicholas II (1765-1833) cared more for sacred music than any other music, therefore during this period, Haydn was required to compose many masses; one of his most celebrated was The Creation (1797-1798). He told his biographer “…I was never as devout as when I was at work on The Creation; I fell to my knees daily…”. From 1795 until 1802, Haydn composed a mass every year to celebrate the name day of Esterhazy princess Maria Josepha Hermenegild (1768-1845).

Nicholas II, Esterházy Prince ( 1765 – 1833)

Nicholas II, Esterházy Prince ( 1765 – 1833)

Haydn’s legacy in the region lives on: a Haydn Festival in Burgenland was established 1986 and an impressive concert scene still thrives at the Esterházy Palace. In 1993, the International Joseph Haydn Foundation was founded in Eisenstadt for research purposes.

Haydn composed according to the taste of his Prince, meaning that his musical output directly related to the desires of his employer at the time; the Esterházys doubtless had a great influence on his work. He was dedicated to the family, who cherished him until his death in 1806.

(Written on November 10, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news documentary maker Christopher Nupen remembers his first encounter with Daniel Barenboim, and tells the story of their collaboration that led to the legendary 1969 film, The Trout. Warner Music Group has acquired Polskie Nagrania, Poland’s longest-running record company and the Rambert Dance Company will work with Garsington Opera in a collaboration on Haydn’s The Creation.

Guardian

Barenboim – A free and uninhibited spirit

Documentary maker Christopher Nupen remembers his first encounter with Daniel Barenboim, and tells the story of their collaboration that led to the legendary 1969 film, The Trout

Classical Music Magazine

Warner Music acquires Polskie Nagrania

Warner Music Group (WMG) has finalised the acquisition of Polskie Nagrania, Poland’s longest-running record company.

Classical Source

Rambert Dance Company to work with Garsington Opera

As the curtain goes up on Garsington Opera’s fifth season at Wormsley, Douglas Boyd, Artistic Director, is delighted to announce the 2016 season which will include a collaboration with the dance company Rambert on Haydn’s The Creation.

Sinfini

Mozart and Beethoven’s hair up for auction

A lock of hair belonging to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is expected to fetch up to £12,000 ($18,482) when it is sold at auction in London this week.

Thüringer Allgemeine

Dirigent Daniel Klajner wird neuer Intendant am Nordhäuser Theater

Internationale Erfahrung wird der neue Intendant des Nordhäuser Theaters mitbringen. Das ist sicher. Wenn Daniel Klajner im Sommer kommenden Jahres das Ruder von Lars Tietje übernimmt, dann hält erstmals ein Dirigent die Zügel in der Hand.

klassik.com

Komponist und Pianist Michael Braunfels gestorben

Der Komponist und Pianist Michael Braunfels ist am 15. Mai im Alter von 98 Jahren in Köln gestorben.

MUSIK HEUTE

Der Hexenmeister der Violine

Er war der wohl erste Superstar der Musikgeschichte: Der Geiger und Komponist Niccolò Paganini wird bis heute bewundert als einer der größten Virtuosen aller Zeiten. Vom Vater zum Wunderkind gedrillt, entwickelte er überwiegend autodidaktisch seine einzigartige Technik und revolutionierte das Geigenspiel.

ORF  

Ulrike Sych zur Musikuni-Rektorin gewählt

Die neue Rektorin der Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien (mdw) heißt Ulrike Sych. Das gab der Universitätsrat Dienstagabend bekannt. Ihrer Wahl waren Turbulenzen rund um die Nachbesetzung vorausgegangen.

The New York Times

Matthew Aucoin, Opera’s Great 25-Year-Old Hope

The composer, conductor, poet, pianist and critic may be the most promising operatic talent in a generation. But can he handle the spotlight?

Twitter

The Stage: Victoria Saxton (): Where are the women who write musical theatre?

BBC Radio 3: Beautiful sounds coming from St Mary’s Church – & Tom Poster rehearsing. On live at 1pm

The Guardian : A moment that changed me – my marriage proposal | James Rhodes

_63537825_bigpic_paRambert Dance Company to work with Garsington Opera. Photo: BBC

(Written on May 28, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Netia Jones: punk it up

It is one of the most visually riotous shows of the year – an Alice in Wonderland that takes live action and video to surreal extremes. Imogen Tilden meets Netia Jones, the nerdy young director with her finger firmly on the button

10 of the world’s best concert halls

A world-class classical music venue in London may be years away so where can music lovers find truly outstanding acoustics? Trevor Cox picks 10 landmark concert halls around the world where brilliant design means beautiful sound

The Telegraph

Glyndebourne 2015: watch Mozart and Britten operas live on the Telegraph site

Glyndebourne to show key productions for free, in partnership with the Telegraph

The Strad

New York’s last classical sheet music store to close

Frank Music Company, which opened in 1937, will cease trading on Friday

Classical Music Magazine

This could be the beginning of a golden age for the LSO and Rattle

There you have it, Simon Rattle has finally been officially anointed as the next music director of the LSO. It is true that we’ve all sort of known for ages, or at least strongly suspected, ever since his decision to leave the Berlin Phil was announced in January 2013 at more or less the same time as Valery Gergiev revealed he would be heading to Munich after his LSO contract ran out.

International Arts Manager

25th IAMA conference comes In From the Margins

At the imminent 2015 edition of the International Arts Managers’ Association (IAMA) Conference, the central theme – In From the Margins – will aim to create an ongoing discussion focussing on classical music’s place in the mainstream.

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Naske mit schrägen Zahlen im Konzerthaus Wien

Die Zwischenbilanz des Wiener Konzerthauses sieht uneben aus: Die Zahl der Veranstaltungen wurde um 15 Prozent gesteigert.

Händel-Haus in Halle ersteigert bisher unbekanntes Händel-Portrait

Die Stiftung Händel-Haus in Halle hat kürzlich ein Portrait erworben, bei dem es sich mit höchster Wahrscheinlichkeit um Georg Friedrich Händel handelt.

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Oh, Happy Day – Der Wupper-Chor aus Wuppertal

Der Wupper-Chor hat sich in die Herzen der Wuppertaler gesungen. Eine große Besonderheit ist das breite Altersspektrum seiner 60 aktiven Sängerinnen und Sängern: sowohl 20-Jährige als auch über 80-Jährige machen mit.

Musik Heute

Bremer Philharmoniker werden Paten für Jugendsinfonieorchester

Die Bremer Philharmoniker übernehmen die Patenschaft für das Jugendsinfonieorchester Bremen-Mitte.

Codex Flores

Nana Mouskouri wird mit Lebenswerk-Echo geehrt

Der Deutsche Musikpreis Echo in der Kategorie Lebenswerk geht in diesem Jahr an die griechische Sängerin Nana Mouskouri.

The New York Times

David Geffen Captures Naming Rights to Avery Fisher Hall With Donation

Perhaps it’s about injecting Hollywood glamour into New York’s classical musical world.

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EMM ‏@enticottmusic: Intimate & intense: the world’s most charismatic #classical guitarist http://bit.ly/1GmMwFa  @MilosGuitar @ClassicFM

LSO St Luke’s ‏@lsostlukes :HELLO! to @4tetmeta4 who join us at 1pm today. Come along for your dose of #Haydn & #Bartok.

WigmoreHallLearning @WigmoreLearning: It’s today! Looking forward to welcoming @heathquartet @ValentineNeil @mrjulianwest + 120 school children to @wigmore_hall #CHAMBERCHALLENGE

 

Netia Jones NewsAlice (Rachel Gilmore) and the mouse (Christopher Lemmings) in Netia Jones’s multimedia production of Alice in Wonderland. Photograph: Greg Grudt/Mathew Imaging/Greg Grudt/Mathew Imaging

(Written on March 5, 2015 )

Starting this Saturday and continuing throughout the month of November, Wimbledon will welcome world-class artists from around the globe to perform in various venues as part of the Wimbledon International Music Festival.

Now in its sixth year, the Festival has gone from strength to strength, programming unique concerts and performances from internationally renowned musicians and actors. Supported by Arts Council England, this is Wimbledon’s most creative and expansive year yet.

Wimbledon’s War and Peace theme is particularly unique. Haydn’s ‘Nelson’ Mass will feature in the opening concert given by The Academy Choir and Baroque Players, and The Katona Twins will perform their programme ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls’, interwoven with the prose and poetry of international writers, narrated by actor Henry Goodman. Prokofiev’s celebrated ‘War Sonata’ No. 7 will also feature in young pianist Denis Kozhukhin’s recital. The festival also offers ‘Peace’ with Mozart’s ‘Exsultate Jubilate’ and fun with ‘Death by Custard’, ballads performed by Musicians of the Globe.

The centre-piece of this year’s Festival will be an original production of Stravinsky’s dramatic masterpiece The Solider’s Tale – set as a computer game, with a parachute drop in, projections, and a smart phone used as never before. Fully costumed, with seven dancers and narrator it is supported musically by an extraordinary group of musicians. All musicians are Principals from major orchestras, aside from world renowned clarinettist Michael Collins, perhaps the finest clarinet player in the world.

Other highlights include the extended jazz series in association with Maggie Black Jazz Promotions and the New Generation Artists Series. New Generation Artists performing this year include musicians from the Yehudi Menuhin School, Ars Eloquentiae, Busch Piano Trio and BBC Young Musician of the Year Martin James Bartlett.

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(Written on November 7, 2014 )

Classic FM

Karl Jenkins to judge Arts Club’s £4,000 classical music award

Calling all young musicians: entries for the Classical Music Award, launched by the Arts Club in 2013 to celebrate the best performer aged between 18-30 in the UK, close on Friday 17 October.

British Airways pairs in-flight meals with classical music

British Airways have revealed a new strategy to make in-flight food taste better – pairing specific music with their meals.

The Strad

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra receives $400,000 from Andrew W Mellon Foundation

The ensemble will use the grant to launch ‘Next Generation Orpheus’

London stringed instrument dealer J & A Beare launches its first exclusively online auction

The initial sale features 37 instruments, including a Stradivarius violin and two Guadagninis

Classical Source

Wall of Water: world premiere of Violin Concerto by Deborah Pritchard in response to paintings by Maggi Hambling (October 18 at LSO St Luke’s) 

Gramophone

Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel tear up the rulebook for Sweeney Todd

Video: a concert performance like you’ve never seen before

Slipped Disc

The string quartet that speaks

Stanford University’s St. Lawrence String Quartet are playing a Haydn Discovery series in which violinist Geoff Nuttall involves the audience in what’s really going on inside those staves.

Limelight Magazine

Politicians speak out on WA Opera “censorship”

The PM and other high ranking officials criticise “crazy” decision to cut Carmen

11Alive News

ASO musicians send memo of concern to board of directors

More than a month after the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra musicians were locked out following failed contract talks, there is still no progress to report.

Die Welt

Regisseur veralbert Putin mit schwulem Zarensohn

Die Staatsoperette Dresden gönnt sich einen Seitenhieb auf die wachsende Homophobie in Russland – mit einer pikanten Inszenierung von Lehárs “Zarewitsch”.

Heute hätte er längst seinen Oscar

Wagner klaute von ihm, Wagner hasste ihn, Wagner wäre ohne ihn kaum denkbar.

crescendo

Hummeln auf dem Opernplatz

Wer sich den Cellisten Johannes Moser, einen passionierten Kammermusiker, zum „Museums-Solisten“ wählt und ihm die Möglichkeit gibt, sein Residence-Programm selbst mitzugestalten, der muss sich auf die eine oder andere Überraschung einstellen.

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Wir haben eine gute Zeit!

Wie kommt ein Chor zu diesem Namen? Ganz einfach: Er wurde am Psychologischen Institut der Uni Jena gegründet.

Codex Flores

Australiens Politik übt sich in Schadensbegrenzung

Nachdem sich die Western Australia Opera mit ihrem Bann von Bizets Carmen aus Gründen der politischen Korrektheit zum Gespött der Welt gemacht hat, macht nun die Politik auf Schadensbegrenzung.

classicalite

Fused Muse Ensemble Draws Attention to Environmental Issues Through Music, Dance and Video at Constellation in Chicago

Is it possible for artists to influence people’s attitudes toward global concerns through their art?

The Spectator

The drunk conductor who ruined Rachmaninov’s career

The disastrous first performance of Rachmaninov’s First Symphony has cast a shadow over the work ever since

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Classic FM: @ClassicFM Peugeot have made a piano. Love or hate? (more pics here: http://classfm.co/1fKf2O )

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Guardian Classical: @GdnClassical BBC Radio 3 doesn’t score highly with Ed Vaizey | Media Monkey http://gu.com/p/42fje 

Telegraph Classical: @TeleClassical Why the injustice against Joseph Haydn? http://tgr.ph/1u807FH 

The Classical Source: @ClassicalSource Preview: The Marriage of Figaro – Metropolitan Opera Live in HD on Sat 18

Orpheus‘Orpheus Chamber Orchestra’ Photo: via The Strad

(Written on October 16, 2014 )

WildKat PR are thrilled to announce that William will be performing in Germany with his recital tour during the 2014/2015 season.

He will begin the tour with a performance in Bonn at the Beethoven-Haus Kammermusiksaal on 5 October at 6pm and then in Bielefeld’s Rudolf-Oetker-Halle on 8 October at 8pm, accompanied by pianist Nico de Villiers. The programme, titled “Eine musikalische Reise – Liederabend mit William Berger”, will include music by Schubert, Haydn, Mahler and Mozart, songs by British composer Jonathan Dove and a selection of French melodies.

The tour continues in March 2015 with renowned pianist Julius Drake for performances in Munich, Hamburg and Berlin.

To find out more information and to buy tickets please click here.

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(Written on September 17, 2014 )