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In today’s news: The welcome return of Proms maverick Harrison Birtwistle, Royal College of Music London to fund scholarships for BAME students, and cellist prevented from boarding flight with cello. New classical festival ‘new life’ with music of jewish composers, and Schloss Weikersheim offers great opportunity for young singers. Confusion about white powder at the Elbphilharmonie, and Fort Worth Opera names two new directors.

The Telegraph

Harrison Birtwistle: the welcome return of a Proms maverick

Harrison Birtwistle is our greatest living composer. As he prepares for this year’s classical music extravaganza, he talks to Ivan Hewett.

Classical Music Magazine

PRS Foundation names Composers’ Fund grantees

The PRS Foundation has announced the recipients of its latest round of Composers’ Fund grants.

The Strad

Royal College of Music London to fund scholarships for BAME students

Three UK students from ethnic minority backgrounds who wish to study for the RCM’s BMus course will be eligible for the scholarships from next year.

Pizzicato

Lockenhaus road named after Gidon Kremer

The road leading to the castle in Lockenhaus, Austris, has been named after Gidon Kremer, the founder of the Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival.

Classic FM

The cellist Steven Isserlis prevented from boarding flight with cello

Last night, British cellist Steven Isserlis joined the growing list of cellists and other instrumentalists who have had problems checking in their instruments onto flights.

Tagesspiegel

Vom Glück des Überlebens

Erinnern an die Vergessenen. Das Klassikfestival „New Life“ präsentiert Musik jüdischer Komponisten, die vor den Nazis flohen.

Concerti

Wertvolles Sprungbrett für junge Gesangstalente

Humperdincks „Hänsel und Gretel“ verirren sich in der Jungen Oper Schloss Weikersheim

Pizzicato

Nicholas DelBello named Music Director in Cheektowaga

The Cheektowaga Symphony Orchestra has announced Nicholas DelBello as their new Music Director, effective September 1, 2017.

Klassik.com

Weißes Pulver löst Alarm im Hotel der Elbphilharmonie aus

In dem zur Elbphilharmonie gehörenden Westin Hotel kam es am Dienstag zu einem Feuerwehreinsatz. Grund dafür waren drei anonyme Briefe, aus denen in der Poststelle des Hotels weißes Pulver ausgetreten ist.

Star Telegram

Fort Worth Opera names not one, but two new directors

Six months after the general director Darren K. Woods was terminated from the Fort Worth Opera, the board of trustees has named not one but two replacements.

South China Morning Post

How a joint student orchestra event in Hong Kong can break cultural barriers

Seven orchestras from mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau will play at Tsuen Wan Town Hall.

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The Strad: Royal College of Music London

(Written on July 14, 2017 )

This evening, the Hong Kong Music Series begins with an inaugural concert celebrating the fusion of Eastern and Western classical music at St. John’s Smith Square. This is just the first in a series of concerts celebrating the music of Hong Kong and the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Involving over 70 musicians and creatives from Hong Kong, five concerts will be performed in prestigious venues across central London. The Hong Kong Arts Development Council has overseen the organisation of this music series, and they are keen to share the talent and skill of their home musicians with the UK.

(Photo: Eleonora Cecchini)

WildKat PR assisted with a creative campaign day on London’s South Bank to promote the concert series, and engage the public with some of Hong Kong’s more traditional music. The day involved live music performances from a local Chinese music ensemble, traditional ‘bubble’ waffles, and a social media competition to win £100 vouchers from one of the Hong Kong Music Series’ main sponsors, Dorsett Hotels . Many passers-by paused to listen to the beautiful sounds of the ehru, guzheng and pipa, having never heard or seen anything like it before! As our team handed out leaflets advertising the concerts in the music series and chatting to people interested in the music and delicious, sweet smells from the bubble waffle stall, we were confident that the Hong Kong Music Series would be a success. 

(Photo: Eleonora Cecchini)

The upcoming VIP reception on the 7th of July will see the Hong Kong Arts Development team welcoming esteemed guests from Hong Kong and London to meet the performers of Music Interflow – A Dialogue of Two Cultures. The reception will also feature speeches, anticipating the excitement of the upcoming concerts with their diverse musical genres, ranging from classical music, Chinese music theatre, contemporary music and opera. This first concert will represent both the Chinese and British cultural heritage with a repertoire of both classical and contemporary works. Furthermore, the concert will mark the important anniversary of a momentous historical event in the annals of Hong Kong citizens’ close relationship with the British people.

Other intriguing concerts include Beyond the Senses, atmospheric Music Theatre by Law Wing-fai which runs for one show only on the 15th of July at London’s Shaw Theatre. Law Wing-fai is one of Hong Kong’s leading composers, using the contemporary theatre as a means of expression, revolving around the natural timbres of Chinese musical instruments, poetry, songs, music, dance and visual elements to create an Oriental and reflective atmosphere in this production.

We can’t wait to get started, don’t forget to let us know if you’re at any of the concerts! Click here to find out more about the Hong Kong Music Series.

Click here to follow the HK Music Series on Twitter and here to follow on Facebook.

(Written on July 7, 2017 )

Last night in Fort Worth, Texas, six pianists were chosen to progress to the final round of the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. They are as follows:

Kenneth Broberg, United States, 23
Rachel Cheung, Hong Kong, 25
Yury Favorin, Russia, 30
Daniel Hsu, United States, 19
Yekwon Sunwoo, South Korea, 28
Georgy Tchaidze, Russia, 29

Before announcing the winners, Leonard Slatkin (Jury Chair), gave a though-provoking speech, reminding us all that music has the power to transport us to a better place, and that the competitors all have the responsibility to advance the cause of great art.  Cliburn CEO Jacques Marquis, and Chairman Carla Kemp Thompson offered their thanks to all the competitors and the fantastic Cliburn team working so hard to make the competition such a great success for both Fort Worth, and classical music.

Image: Leonard Slatkin

The final round will begin on Wednesday at 7.30pm.  Each competitor performs twice: on June 7–8, each finalist will join the Brentano String Quartet for a piano quintet.   Then, on June 9–10, each will perform a concerto with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leonard Slatkin.  Excitingly for the audience, no two competitors will play the same piano concerto, with repertoire consisting of: Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 2 and No. 3, Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1, Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4, and Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 and Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.

The winners of the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition will be announced in the Awards Ceremony, which begins  at 7.00pm on June 10. As always, the finals can be streamed live at cliburn2017.medici.tv.  Besides the performances, presenters Anderson and Roe give a fascinating insight into life backstage.  The finals will also be broadcast at a later date on Classic FM, who are the Cliburn’s Official UK Broadcast Partner.

Image: The six finalists of the Cliburn

Kat and James are currently in Fort Worth for the finals, and will be tweeting from @WildKatPR. Follow us for updates.

(Written on June 6, 2017 )

In today’s news: Cheap tickets to make theatre more attractive for the youth, a dream became true for the shirtless violist, and listen to the Montreal International Piano Competition. Salzburger Festspiele won’t be opened with ‘Tosca’ this year. Will the fusion between Theater- und Orchestergesellschaft Neubrandenburg/Neustrelitz and the Theater Vorpommern already take place in the beginning of 2018?

Evening Standard

Cheap theatre tickets for young people: How to see London’s best plays for next to nothing

You might never be able to get on to the property ladder but at least you can see some great plays

The Violin Channel

Shirtless Violinist – ‘I Dreamed a Dream’

‘The Shirtless Violinist‘ performs the evergreen broadway classic, ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ from ‘Les Misérables’ … arranged for solo violin and torso.

Classic FM

We’re at the Montreal International Piano Competition, and the talent is blowing our minds

The final round of the Montreal International Piano Competition is underway, with the second of two legs taking place tonight in the city’s Maison Symphonique.

The Strad

British cellist Keith Harvey has died, aged 79

The English musician was principal cellist of the London Philharmonic and English Chamber orchestras, and later formed the Gabrieli String Quartet

Pizzicato

Staatskapelle Dresden will Thielemann behalten

Die Musiker der Sächsischen Staatskapelle Dresden haben am gestrigen Mittwoch in geheimer Wahl « mit großer Mehrheit » für eine Verlängerung des Vertrags mit ihrem Chefdirigenten Christian Thielemann (58) gestimmt.

Kulturradio vom RBB

Salzburger Festspiele 2018 ohne Philipp Stölzls “Tosca”

Philipp Stölzl wird im kommenden Jahr nicht die Osterfestspiele Salzburg mit Puccinis Oper “Tosca” eröffnen.

Klassik.com

Fusion zum Staatstheater Nordost schon Anfang 2018 möglich?

Die Fusion der Theater- und Orchestergesellschaft Neubrandenburg/Neustrelitz und des Theater Vorpommern könnte doch schon Anfang Januar 2018 erfolgen.

The Herald

Philanthropist leaves Edinburgh Napier university £750,000 to support classical musicians

A long-time university backer has left £750,000 in his will to support young classical musicians.

BBC News

A big change for Sydney Opera House

One of the world’s most iconic buildings is about to undergo its biggest ever renovation.

South China Morning Post

Donor frocks help Hong Kong helpers look the part on red carpet for premiere of documentary about their lives

After snub from corporate sponsors, style consultant Sheryl Bolden appealed for donation of dresses so the domestic helpers who appear in documentary The Helper looked the part on red carpet at film’s premiere.

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2Neue Brahms-Gedenkstätte auf Schloss Altenstein

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photo credit: Lukas Gojda

(Written on May 11, 2017 )

In today’s news: Philharmonia app for PlayStation, Lichfiel Garrick has a classical twist, and Beatles manager get honoured by tribute. Ainars Rubikis becomes the new principal conductor of the Komische Oper Berlin, and Karel Mark Chichon, principal conductor of the Deutsche Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern steps down. The National Symphony Orchestra records a vinyl album.

The Guardian

Artist’s tribute to Beatles manager

Turner prize winner honours Brian Epstein for 50th anniversary of Sgt Pepper album

Classical Music Magazine

Philharmonia launches app on PlayStationVR

The Philharmonia Orchestra has become the first symphony orchestra to release a VR app on the PlayStationVR platform.

The Telegraph

From Monty Python to Louis Armstrong: the 78 best funeral songs

Which songs are played the most at funerals?

Burton Mail

Julian Lloyd Webber pays a visit to Repton School to judge music competition

Acclaimed musician Julian Lloyd Webber has praised the high standard of music teaching and abilities at Repton School.

Lichfield Live

The Opera Boys bring a classical twist to the Lichfield Garrick

Classical crossover will be on offer as the Opera Boys come to Lichfield.

Tagesspiegel

Komische Oper: Neuer Generalmusikdirektor

Nach Tagesspiegel-Informationen wird der Lette Ainars Rubikis an der Komischen Oper Nachfolger des Musikchefs Henrik Nánási. Der dirigierte zum Abschied Mahlers Vierte.

nmz

Karel Mark Chichon, Chefdirigent der Deutschen Radio Philharmonie, zurückgetreten

Saarbrücken – Der Chefdirigent der Deutschen Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern, Karel Mark Chichon, hat nach Angaben des Saarländischen Rundfunks (SR) seinen sofortigen Rücktritt erklärt.

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Ein Stück Amerika am Bodensee

Beim Bodenseefestival gibt es vier Wochen lang Klassik, Jazz, Tanz, Schauspiel sowie Literatur aus den USA zu entdecken

BBC news

One orchestra’s one-take wonder

The National Symphony Orchestra has made a “direct cut” album, recorded straight to vinyl.

Mail Online

Met Opera faces questions as it marks big anniversary

The Metropolitan Opera is pulling out the finery this weekend to mark its golden anniversary at New York’s Lincoln Center, but the celebration comes at a tough moment for opera in the United States.

South China Morning Post

Hong Kong Ballet updates Carmen for the modern age, setting it in an Asian garment factory to a partly rock score

Choreographers Yuh Egami and Ricky Hu talk about moving Bizet’s ballet to contemporary Asia, changing the characters around and using a score from 1967 with additions by Hong Kong rock musician Mike Orange.

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Spanish opera singer Placido Domingo will be one of the stars of the Met Opera’s anniversary bash

(Written on May 8, 2017 )

In today’s news: Devon’s new music project brings free music for the people, Edinburgh receives new concert venue, and an expensive restoration for a world-renowned music statue. The music schools of Baden-Württemberg team face consequences of new tuition fee, and Bernard Labadie was announced as principal conductor of Orchestra St. Luke’s. The SWR Symphony Orchestra present their season programme 17/18.

Classical Music Magazine

Architects appointed for proposed Edinburgh concert hall 

David Chipperfield Architects have won the contract to design a new arts centre for Edinburgh.

Devonlive.com

New Devon music project launches offering free music

A community based music project has been launched which is showcasing original music for people to enjoy

Bournemouth Daily Echo

Sea Music statue to be relaunched after £235k restoration

A statue donated to Poole by world-renowned sculptor Sir Anthony Caro has been restored to its former glory.

The Strad 

Violinists Ilya and Olga Kaler join Cleveland Institute of Music string faculty

The Russian husband and wife will join the US institution from the start of the 2018-19 academic year.

NMZ

Musikhochschulen fürchten wegen Studiengebühren um Nachwuchs

Musikhochschulen in Baden-Württemberg fürchten angesichts der Studiengebühren für Nicht-EU-Ausländer ein Ausbleiben internationaler Studenten.

Pizzicato

Bernard Labadie Announced As Principal Conductor Of Orchestra St. Luke’s

The New York based chamber ensemble Orchestra of St. Luke’s has announced the appointment of French Canadian conductor Bernard Labadie as its next Principal Conductor, beginning a four-year term in the 2018-19 season.

Klassik.com

SWR Symphonieorchester stellt Programm der Spielzeit 2017/18 vor

Das SWR Symphonieorchester hat gestern in Stuttgart im Rahmen einer Pressekonferenz das Programm der nächsten Spielzeit vorgestellt.

The Rest is Noise

Pelléas in Cleveland

A production of Pelléas et Mélisande is playing now at the Cleveland Orchestra, under the theatrical direction of Yuval Sharon, with Franz Welser-Möst conducting.

Le Figaro

Cannes Classics 2017 : le Festival s’intéresse à son histoire

Pour fêter dignement le 70e anniversaire du Festival, le programme de Cannes Classics 2017 sera dédié, en grande partie, à son histoire.

South China Morning Post

Heady days for hand lettering in Hong Kong and why it can pay to master the strokes

Not to be confused with typography or calligraphy, hand lettering is becoming more popular thanks to a growing interest in crafts, while social media is providing a platform for experts to show off their strokes

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3 SWR Symphonieorchester stellt Programm der Spielzeit 2017/18 vor

Seven exceptional young composers – the winners of our 25th Birthday Commissions competition!

Image: Bournemouth Daily Echo

(Written on May 4, 2017 )

In today’s news: La La Land acrobatics outside the walls of the City Hall and London Symphony becomes Orchestra in Residence of the Luxemburg Philharmonic. Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester gets a movable audience area, and the Opéra-comique of Paris reopens. Beyoncé supports women with college scholarships and Pulitzer Prize for composer Du Yun.

The Telegraph

Los Angeles’ Mayor proclaims ‘La La Land’ day with aerial dancers at City Hall

Los Angeles’ mayor has proclaimed Tuesday the 25th of April as “La La Land” day as acrobats suspended by ropes danced their way across the outside walls of City Hall.

The Strad

Cellist Steven Isserlis receives Wigmore Medal

The British artist receives the award ‘in recognition of his commitment to, and belief in Wigmore Hall and in everything that it represents’.

The Cut

We Will Soon See Some ‘Formation Scholars’ In College Thanks to Beyoncé

Beyoncé is helping four women pay their way through college! As a way to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the release of her groundbreaking visual album Lemonade, Beyoncé announced four college scholarships.

The Violin Channel

Du Yun’s ‘Angel’s Bones’ Opera – 2017 Pulitzer Prize Winner

Chinese-born international composer Du Yun’s acclaimed 2017 Pulitzer Prize in Music winning opera ‘Angel’s Bone’

Gramophone

Join Gramophone for a conversation with Kyung Wha Chung

The eminent Korean violinist talks about her life in music

Der Tagesspiegel

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Der Neue stellt sich vor

Im Herbst tritt Robin Ticciati sein Amt als achter Chefdirigent des DSO an. Jetzt hat das Orchester sein Programm für die Saison 2017/18 präsentiert.

Berlin.de

Geiger Thomas Brandis mit 81 gestorben

Der Geiger Thomas Brandis, langjähriger Konzertmeister der Berliner Philharmoniker, ist tot.

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‘London Symphony’ ist ‘Orchestra in Residence’ der Luxemburger Philharmonie

Brexit hin, Brexit her, das ‘London Symphony Orchestra’, ab September 2017 unter der Leitung von Simon Rattle, ist in der Saison 2017/18 der Luxemburger Philharmonie ‘Orchestra in Residence’.

Classicfm

This £8.7m concert hall has a stage that moves

The Stoller Hall, situated within Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester’s Medieval Quarter, is a brand-new venue providing space for recitals, chamber and orchestral music, jazz, folk, pop and spoken word as well as recordings, conferences and rehearsals.

Le Figaro

Visite privée de l’Opéra-comique avant sa réouverture demain

Une salle somptueusement restaurée, pour renouer avec une tradition toute parisienne.

South China Morning Post 

Why Pang Ho-cheung, Love Off the Cuff filmmaker, is Hong Kong cinema’s true renaissance man

The 43-year-old writer, director, producer and actor is preparing to make his first English-language film and is juggling half a dozen or more projects he wants to direct – after which he thinks he may retire

Twitter

  18 of today’s top female conductors:

20Karriere-News: Karl-Heinz Steffens (Norske Opera)

 

Robin Ticciati (l.) und Orchesterdirektor Alexander Steinbeis.Foto: Kai Bienert

(Written on April 26, 2017 )

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.

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

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Photo: Three Rivers Arts Festival

(Written on October 18, 2016 )