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In today’s news: interview with Miriam Margolyes, more young talent for the Salzburg Festival and listen to Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto. Aleksandra Markovic announced as the new director of Opera North. ‘Paris – a celebration of life’ is the motto of the new ‘classic con brio festival’. Wagner-Tenor Manfred Jung dies aged 76, and Ingo Metzmacher conducts ‘Lady Macbeth of Mzensk’ at the Vienna Opera. Larry Rachleff conducts in his last concert as music director of the RI Philharmonic, and after coming out – a russian violinist’s new reality.

Telegraph

Miriam Margolyes interview: ‘It’s good to shock, it shakes people up a bit’ 

Actress Miriam Margolyes is famous for being outspoken – but even so, she still manages to take Chris Harvey by surprise

Rhinegold

Salzburg Festival doubles number of youth subscriptions

The Salzburg Festival is to double the number of youth subscriptions in 2017 as a result of high demand.

Classic FM

A detailed guide to Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto

Pianist Simon Trpčeski is performing this Romantic colossus at Classic FM Live at the Royal Albert Hall tonight. Ahead of his performance, we asked him to talk us through the great work.

The Violin Channel

Yumi Saiki – ‘Deux Sillages Ⅱ’ for String Quartet

Last month’s world premiere performance of acclaimed Japanese composer Yumi Saiki’s ‘Deux Sillages Ⅱ’ for String Quartet

Concerti

Paris – ein Fest fürs Leben

„Paris – ein Fest fürs Leben“ lautet das Motto des diesjährigen „classic con brio“-Festivals des Schlossverein Osnabrück e.V., in Anlehnung an das gleichnamige Buch von Ernest Hemingway, der darin liebevoll das Paris der Zwanzigerjahre als Rückzugsort vieler Künstler und Literaten beschreibt.

Kulturradio vom rbb

Manfred Jung ist tot

Jung war für seine Wagner Rollen bekannt, weil er als einer der wenigen alle Tenorpartien in Richard Wagners “Ring des Nibelungen” gesungen hatte.

Klassik heute

Ingo Metzmacher leitet “Lady Macbeth von Mzensk” an der Wiener Staatsoper

Schostakowitschs Lady Macbeth von Mzensk steht ab Samstag, 22. April 2017 wieder auf dem Spielplan der Wiener Staatsoper.

npr music

After coming out as gay, a russian violinist’s new reality

A 23-year-old, Russian-born violinist named Artem Kolesov is capturing international attention after posting a YouTube video in which he comes out as gay.

Broadwayworld

Larry Rachleff conducts final concert as music director of the RI Philharmonic, 5/6

Larry Rachleff’s final concert as Music Director with the RI Philharmonic on Saturday, May 6 at 7pm is almost sold out.

South China Morning Post

How jazz borrowed improvisation from classical music, and pianist Gabriela Montero who’s on a mission to take it back

Ahead of her concert in Hong Kong, musician talks about spontaneous composition, how jazz took it up in the 20th century, and her mission to bring it back into classical music

Pizzicato

Aleksandra Markovic Resigns As Music Director Of Opera North

Richard Mantle, General Director of the Leeds based Opera North, has announced that he has accepted the resignation of Serbian conductor Aleksandar Markovic, 41, as the Company’s Music Director, a position he took up in September 2016.

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(Written on April 19, 2017 )

“We are delighted to be collaborating with the Hong Kong Arts Development Council to champion the talent and creativity of their artists through dynamic events in London. There is a spectrum of activities planned for the summer across a range of music forms and disciplines, which we look forward to sharing with the public through our creative services, including PR, marketing, social media & content creation.” – Head of Creative Strategy & Marketing, Olivia Brown.

Established in 1995, the Hong Kong Arts Development Council (HKADC) is a statutory body set up by the Government to support the broad development of the arts in Hong Kong. The major roles of HKADC are to fund, promote and support the broad development of the arts including literary arts, performing arts, visual arts as well as film and media arts in Hong Kong. Aiming to foster a thriving arts environment and enhancing the quality of life of the public, HKADC is also committed to facilitating community-wide participation in the arts and arts education, encouraging arts criticism, raising the standard of arts administration and strengthening the work on policy research.

After several successful overseas exchanges in Seoul, Düsseldorf, Venice, and Adelaide, they now want to take a leap to develop new opportunities for Hong Kong’s most preeminent artist, invest in the territory’s soft power and continue sharing their homegrown talents with the world.

This July 2017, they will organise the “Hong Kong Music Series”, an exceptional music festival to present an outstanding selection of Hong Kong music productions involving over 70 Hong Kong musical talents in London.

They will invite music industry professionals and welcome all audiences to discover the creativity, dynamism and vibrancy of Hong Kong’s artists and talents through five different shows and concerts in several venues across London. Performances and events will range from traditional classical to contemporary music, and from Chinese music theatre to chamber opera and jazz.

By providing opportunities for Hong Kong musicians and composers to showcase their talent on international stage, HKADC hopes that the world will gain higher interest and understanding to Hong Kong’s vibrant music scene. “Hong Kong Music Series” also aims to create a new musical dialogue and forge new cultural exchanges between the two metropolises, Hong Kong and London.

The events will run from 7th to 28th July 2017, so stay tuned for more information about the line-up!

Hong Kong Music Series” is funded by the Hong Kong Government and is one of the celebration programmes of the 20th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).

WildKat PR will create and develop a PR, social media and marketing campaign for Hong Kong Arts Development Council

 

(Written on March 16, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news round-up, Pittsburgh Symphony cancelled more shows due to the ongoing strike of its musicians. An English cello bow by James Tubbs, which was presumed to have been in the possession of Jacqueline du Pré, has been withdrawn from auction due to a lack of ‘confidence’ in its provenance. The 15th International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition, which is currently taking place in Poland, has announced its 13 semi-finalists. In addition, Caroline Dollimore has been appointed the Director of Publicity of Atlantic Records UK, effective November 2016.

The Times

Pittsburgh Symphony cancels more shows due to strike

Due to the ongoing strike by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra musicians, additional symphony concerts through Nov. 18 have been canceled. The musicians’ union went on strike last month after unanimously rejecting calls for 15 percent pay cuts.

The Strad

Jacqueline du Pré cello bow withdrawn from sale due to doubt over provenance

An English cello bow by James Tubbs, ‘presumed to have been in the possession of Jacqueline du Pré’, has been withdrawn from auction due to a lack of ‘confidence’ in its provenance. The bow was to be sold by Tarisio in London this October with a sale price estimate of £20,000-£30,000.

2016 International Wieniawski Violin Competition names 13 semi-finalists

The 15th International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition, taking place from 8-23 October in Poznań, Poland, has named the 13 candidates selected to progress to the semi-finals.

Opera Now Magazine

Glyndebourne announces winners of new awards for young singers

Glyndebourne has announced the winners of two new biennial awards for young singers, launched to mark 30 years since the creation of its education department. The Gus Christie Award is for a young singer who has demonstrated outstanding vocal talent, while the Bill Weston Young Singers Award is for a promising singer who would benefit from financial support to continue their development.

Music Business Worldwide

Caroline Dollimore Named Director of Publicity at Atlantic Records UK

Atlantic Records UK announced the appointment of Caroline Dollimore as Director of Publicity, effective November 2016. Reporting to General Manager Mark Mitchell, Dollimore will oversee the strategic direction for all artist publicity campaigns on Atlantic’s roster.

South China Morning Post

Hong Kong group to strip down operas and bring them to the people

A new non-profit opera company in Hong Kong will soon be producing condensed versions of Western classical operas away from the formality of concert halls so that more people may be lured by the genre’s passion and music.

Musik Heute

Bamberger Symphoniker: Intendant Axt bleibt bis 2023

Der Intendant der Bamberger Symphoniker, Marcus Rudolf Axt (42), bekommt eine zweite Amtszeit. Der Stiftungsrat habe die Verlängerung seines Vertrages bis 2023 unterzeichnet, teilte das Orchester am Montag mit. Axt war 2013 mit einem Fünfjahresvertrag angetreten.

Berliner Morgenpost

Manacorda wird nicht neuer Generalmusikdirektor

Die Suche nach einem neuen Generalmusikdirektor an der Komischen Oper Berlin geht weiter. Das Orchester des Hauses hat sich gegen die Postenvergabe an Antonello Manacorda ausgesprochen.

RBB Kulturradio

Hans Pischner ist tot

Der frühere Intendant der Staatsoper Unter den Linden starb am vergangenen Samstag im Alter von 102 Jahren. Die Staatsoper führte Pischner in der DDR auch gegen kulturpolitische Widerstände sei es als stellvertretender Minister für Kultur oder später als Vizepräsident der Akademie der Künste.

Klassik.com

Schweizerischer Nationalfonds fördert Webern-Ausgabe mit 1,3 Millionen Franken

Bei dem Editionsprojekt handelt es sich um eine hybride Ausgabe, die sowohl im Druck erscheint wie auch digital zugänglich ist. Das Open-Access-Projekt enthält nicht nur Weberns gedruckte Werke, sondern auch frühe Fassungen, Jugend- und Studienkompositionen, Skizzen, Fragmente sowie Bearbeitungen.

Twitter

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic8 In Yo-Yo Ma concert with LA Chamber Orchestra, simplicity outshines the showmanship – Los Angeles Times: https://t.co/LgbRHzNmS5

Music History @today_classical #Today in 1879 Birth of Polish #composer Gregor #FITELBERG in Latvia #MusicHistory #classicalmusic

Classical Diary @ClassicalDiary This Season discover Wales’ composers with this fantastic series from @BBCNOW https://lc.cx/4CuQ #music #concert #contemporary

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Photo: Three Rivers Arts Festival

(Written on October 18, 2016 )

The film ‘Following the Ninth’, is a documentary exploring the worldwide cultural and political influence of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. ‘Ode to Joy’ has inspired flash mob performances by musicians in countries around the world. There were flash mobs in Hong Kong, Leipzig, Japan, Connecticut, Spain, to mention a few…

Here is the Spanish Flash mob: A Spanish bank organised a performance of ‘Ode an die Freude’ on a market square in Sabadell to celebrate their 130th anniversary. Flash mobs are surprisingly common these days, so it takes a lot for it to be properly mind-blowing – and this one really is.

(Written on October 27, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Iestyn Davies discusses the challenges of being Farinelli, and the Royal Northern College of Music launches its first ever four-year BMus in popular music. Also, Coady Green reports on a unique concert in the Himalayas, and The Telegraph writes Alexander Faris’s obituary

The Guardian

The King and I: Iestyn Davies on being Farinelli

In a play about the healing power of song, who does the singing? Countertenor Iestyn Davies ponders the challenges of breathing life into the castrato singer Farinelli in Claire van Kampen’s play

Classical Music Magazine

RNCM launches UK’s first four-year degree in popular music

The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) is launching the UK’s first ever four-year BMus (Hons) degree in popular music on 1 October

The Strad

Hong Kong’s MTR reviews ban on large musical instruments following criticism from orchestras

The railway company had threatened to issue fines and refused entry to students for carrying cellos

The Telegraph

Alexander Faris, composer – obituary

Composer who wrote the theme tune for Upstairs, Downstairs and orchestrated music for Pavarotti

BBC Music Magazine

Scriabin in the Himalayas

Pianist Coady Green reports on a unique concert in the mountains

Artsjournal

Nonesuch Records Chief Robert Hurwitz To Retire After 32 Years

When executives at big record companies leave their jobs, there is usually a quick announcement and a scramble behind the scenes to install a new regime.

NPR classical

‘We Need To Be Human’: Zuhal Sultan On Starting The Iraqi Youth Orchestra

It’s difficult enough to start an orchestra, but Zuhal Sultan founded the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq (NYOI) as a teenager in the middle of a war. She brought together 40 young musicians from different Iraqi cities and sectarian backgrounds in an effort to unify a divided nation. Now, six years later, the Euphrates Institute has named her Visionary of the Year.

Berliner Zeitung

Schön Rumstehen mit Blick auf die Elbe

In Hamburg traf sich die Musikindustrie zum Reeperbahn Festival. Während in Berlin Musikindustrie-Events nie geklappt haben, sind die Hamburger ehrlich und auf Zack: Auf dem Reeperbahn Festival werden Hände geschüttelt, nicht viel mehr. Völlig ausreichend, findet unser Autor

Die Welt

Nun ward der Herbst unseres Tenorvergnügens

Der Klangritter von hohen B: Der Tenor Jonas Kaufmann räumt mit Giuseppe Verdi und Giacomo Puccini bis in die Popcharts ab. Ob CD, Kino oder Oper, er ist überall. Und er ist immer exzellent.

Musik Heute

“Opernhaus des Jahres” in Frankfurt und Mannheim

“Opernhaus des Jahres” 2015 sind die Oper Frankfurt und das Nationaltheater Mannheim. Das ergab eine Umfrage unter 50 Musikkritikern in Europa und den USA, die die Zeitschrift “Opernwelt” am Mittwoch veröffentlichte.

France Musique

Démission du chef d’orchestre Jean-Yves Ossonce, directeur de l’Opéra de Tours

Jean-Yves Ossonce, directeur du Grand Théâtre lyrique de Tours et chef de l’Orchestre symphonique Région Centre – Val de Loire – Tours a annoncé sa démission via un communiqué.

Le Parisien

La filière musicale française s’accorde sur les revenus du streaming

La filière musicale française a annoncé mardi avoir conclu un “accord” pour une “juste répartition” des revenus issus du numérique, pomme de discorde dans une industrie en crise depuis 15 ans qui voit son salut dans le développement du streaming.

Twitter

The Royal OperaMozart’s Magic Flute had its premiere in 1791

Classic FMStars so far in our radio play for Davids Tennant & Suchet More on bfast tomorrow

BBC Radio 3Fascinating. Mark-Anthony Turnage and Peter Erskine, composer and drummer, on working together
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Coady Green and Christopher Wayne Smith performing in Ladakh (Picture courtesy of Scriabin in the Himalayas)/BBC Music Magazine

 

(Written on September 30, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Max Richter explains his eight-hour composition ‘Sleep’ – the longest continuous piece of music broadcasted by the BBC – and Pergolesi’s Opera Settecento is finally premiered after nearly 300 years. Also, Christie’s exhibits its $60m Stradivarius and Guarneri collection and Classic FM reports on the Game Music Connect 2015.

The Guardian

Adriano in Siria – why Pergolesi’s overlooked masterpiece deserves a UK premiere at last

Pergolesi’s opera has lain unloved for nearly 300 years, but, with its cascade of showstopping arias, Opera Settecento are finally bringing it to a UK public

The Independent

Max Richter’s ‘Sleep’: The longest continuous piece of music broadcast by the BBC

As Max Richter prepares to premiere his eight-hour ‘lullaby for a frenetic world’, before a live, if slumbering, audience, he tells Jessica Duchen why he dreamt up the experiment

Classic FM

Game Music Connect 2015: what we’ve learned about videogame music

Classic FM is at London’s Southbank Centre for the annual videogame music conference, where we’ve heard insider knowledge from a Sony bigwig and why London’s musicians are the best.

The Strad

Christie’s exhibits $60m Stradivarius and Guarneri collection in Shanghai and Hong Kong

‘The Art of Music’ sale features seven violins and one cello from a private European collection

Journal Sentinel

Milwaukee Symphony names Yaniv Dinur its new assistant conductor

Jerusalem native Yaniv Dinur is joining the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra as assistant conductor. He will conduct youth, family and outreach concerts.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Achtstündiges Schlaflied

Eine boshafte Anekdote behauptet, dass Johannes Brahms sieben Jahre an seinem berühmten Wiegenlied komponiert habe, weil er dabei am Piano immer wieder einnickte

Neue Musikzeitung

Levy Sekgapane gewinnt den Montserrat-Caballé-Gesangswettbewerb

Der Südafrikaner Levy Sekgapane aus dem Jungen Ensemble der Dresdner Semperoper hat den Internationalen Montserrat-Caballé-Gesangswettbewerb in Spanien gewonnen

Klassik.com

Tenor Levy Sekgapane gewinnt den Montserrat Caballé Gesangswettbewerb

Der südafrikanische Tenor Levy Sekgapane hat den Hauptpreis beim 14. Internationalen Gesangswettbewerb Montserrat Caballé in Saragossa gewonnen. Levy Sekgapane überzeugte die Jury mit einer Arie aus Rossinis “L’italiana in Algeri”

France Musique

Un quatuor joue du Pachelbel sur une autoroute anglaise

Alors que de nombreux automobilistes stationnent à l’arrêt durant un embouteillage sur l’autoroute M5 en Angleterre, un  quatuor à corde sort de son véhicule et interprète le Canon de Pachelbel

Twitter

Sinfini Music

Carmen: ‘Our relationship goals are not compatible’. Famous Operas Made Significantly Shorter Through Feminism: http://bit.ly/1FfifJx

Which recording would you choose as The Recording of the Year? Vote here →

BBC Proms Team

Are you pitch perfect? Take our Proms Quiz and test your knowledge of this year’s season!

rehearsal, march 2012, Berlin Max Richter

(Written on September 16, 2015 )

In today’s news, a Bristol-based orchestra uses technology to enable disabled musicians to perform, whereas the New York Times describes the concert hall as a refuge from the web-driven world. Also, NZ cathedral bans Karl Jenkins’ Mass for Peace over Muslim call to prayer, and the Hong Kong minister encourages classical music performances in less formal venues

BBC

Orchestra for disabled musicians helps showcase talent

A “unique” Bristol-based orchestra has begun using technology to enable disabled musicians to showcase their talent

The New York Times

The Concert Hall as Refuge in a Restless, Web-Driven World

For all the wonders of the web, Ian Leslie argues that it “threatens habits of deeper inquiry.” Anthony Tommasini explores this further

Classic FM

NZ cathedral bans performance of Karl Jenkins’ Mass for Peace over Muslim call to prayer

The Dean of Nelson Cathedral in New Zealand has refused to host a concert by Nelson Civic Choir, because of the non-Christian elements in Karl Jenkins’ Mass for Peace

South China Morning Post

Put classical music in the hearts of Hong Kong children, minister urges

Florence Hui says the city needs some less formal performance venues, and points to MTR; Asia Society’s Alice Mong says rail operator should consider official busking scheme like London’s and New York’s

The Telegraph

Did Anne Boleyn write this music while awaiting execution?

Ivan Hewett investigates the origins and purposes of the Anne Boleyn Songbook, attempting to unravel its mysteries

Die Welt

Eine Diva, eine nubische Königin, ein Urereignis

Außenseiterin und Perfektionistin und eine der größten Stimmen der Klassik: Die amerikanische Sopranistin Jessye Norman war immer gut für besondere Momente. Jetzt feiert sie ihren 70. Geburtstag

BR Klassik

Ruhrtriennale 2015: Eine Zwischenbilanz

Am Rande von sozialen Brennpunkten feiert Intendant Johan Simons ein experimentierfreudiges Festival. Doch kann er sein Motto “Seid umschlungen” einlösen, wenn Hochkultur auf hässlichen Alltag trifft? Eine Zwischenbilanz von Peter Jungblut

Musik heute

ARD-Musikwettbewerb mit vier ersten Preisen

Beim 64. Internationalen Musikwettbewerb der ARD wurden in allen vier Fächern erste Preise vergeben. “Wir konnten einen Wettbewerb auf höchstem Niveau erleben, mit fantastischen jungen Musikern in allen Kategorien”, sagte der diesjährigen künstlerische Leiter Oswald Beaujean am Sonntag

France Musique

Création du 3DVarius : le premier violon réalisé grâce à une imprimante 3D

C’est une première : l’ingénieur et musicien français Laurent Bernadac invente le premier violon électrique imprimé en 3D. Baptisé 3DVarius, l’instrument devrait être commercialisé en 2016

WQXR

Leeds Piano Competition Gold Medal Goes to Anna Tcybuleva

Ukranian-born pianist Anna Tcybuleva on Sunday gave a rousing performance of Brahms’s Second Piano Concerto to take the Gold Medal at the Leeds International Piano Competition, one of the most prestigious prizes in the piano world

Twitter

Classic FM : Chuck Doud’s advice to composers: “Know your medium. You don’t need to understand the technology”

Sinfini Music: 10am is definitely the time to discover the essential castrati facts. Men… cross those legs

BBC Proms Team: Read ‘s illustrated guide to taking a Last Night of the Proms selfie

News Sep 15

3DVarius the first electric violin. Photo credit: Screenshot Youtube

(Written on September 15, 2015 )

Classical News

The New York Times

New Deadline for Met Opera Negotiations: Sunday

The Metropolitan Opera, which has been threatening to lock out its workers if they do not agree to concessions, has set a new deadline for reaching an agreement with its unions: Sunday night, a little more than a month before the opera season is set to open.

Classic FM

Daniel Barenboim conducts Israeli/ Palestine peace concert

The Israeli-Argentinian conductor directed Israeli and Arab musicians in a concert on Sunday to promote peace in Gaza.

RYOT News

Watch a Renowned Violinist Play While Having Brain Surgery

Playing violin at the elite level that Roger Frisch has been doing all his life is no easy task. Doing so while undergoing brain surgery? Well that’s talent on a whole ‘nother level.

The Sydney Herald

Australian violinist recruited to work as Soviet spy

An Australian violinist was recruited by the KGB to work as a highly trained Soviet spy in Hong Kong and China, according to a just-released Russian intelligence archive.

Classic FM

Elton John and David Furnish to star in classical drama?

Sir Elton John and husband David Furnish are rumoured to be joining forces with True Blood creator Alan Ball for a new show on American channel HBO.

Classic FM

Arsenal player Santi Cazorla conducts a ‘choir’ of fans in video

Arsenal continues to build a reputation as the football club of classical music lovers following the posting of a Vine video in which midfielder Santi Cazorla is seen conducting a crowd of supporters in a chant.

Die Welt

Jetzt zwitschern sie schon aus dem Theater

Eine ganz schicke Idee: Theaterkritikschreiben während das Theater noch spielt. Hinten im Saal durfte die Kritik twittern. Warum man nicht alles machen muss, was man machen kann. Auch im Feuilleton.

La Croix

Jean-Sébastien Bach dans le Massif central

Pour son 15e anniversaire, le festival Bach en Combrailles se déroule du 11 au 16 août dans un site sauvage et protégé.

Le Monde

Paris: bataille de financements autour de la Philharmonie

La Philharmonie de Paris, futur temple de la musique symphonique conçu par l’architecte Jean Nouvel dans l’est de la capitale, en bordure du Parc de la Villette, doit être inaugurée en janvier 2015.

Twitter

Classical Music Agen: ‏@AClassicalMusic VC ‘Young Artist’ Violinist Charles Yang Walks Away From Horror Highway Accident http://ift.tt/XeuNwh  #classicalmusic

METOrchMusicians ‏@METOrchestra  RT @OrchCanada: “Musicians On Call” Bring Music for the Soul to Patients’ Beds: @artshealthca #classicalmusic http://reut.rs/1kErHfC

Classical Music‏: @ClassicalMusic8 The Kids Could Be Alright: Classical Music Should Appreciate Its Forefathers – Classicalite http://dlvr.it/6b6gcP

Tafelmusik: @Tafelmusik  Why does coughing occur at concerts? Thanks to @classical963FM for the post! http://ow.ly/A4471  #classicalmusic

 

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New York Metropolitan Opera

Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

 

 

(Written on August 12, 2014 )