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In today’s Classical News, Primephonic, a new streaming service for classical music, launches in London, and a wedding musician is asked to play in return for social media likes. Today is BBC Music Day, celebrating the Power of Music, and Louise Alder progresses at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World.

CNET

Classical music streaming no longer plays second fiddle

Spotify and other streaming services aren’t very good at managing classical music, which is where new dedicated service Primephonic comes in.

Classic FM

A musician was asked to play for free in return for Facebook likes

‘I was hoping you may be interested in a challenge… I would like to propose if I can manage to get 1000 likes and 300 shares you would consider waiving your fee?’

Classical Music Magazine

Radio 3 announces BBC Music Day highlights

Radio 3 has announced its programming highlights for BBC Music Day (15 June), which this year will celebrate ‘The Power of Music’.

Louise Alder wins third Cardiff Singer round

British soprano Louise Alder has become the third singer chosen to perform in the final of BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2017.

Der Tagesspiegel

Ab Herbst Public Viewing von Elbphilharmonie-Konzerten

Nach dem großen Ansturm auf die Karten der Elbphilharmonie werden einige der Konzerte bald live auf öffentlichen Plätzen der Stadt übertragen.

Berliner Zeitung

Deutsche Messe“ Stefan Heucke vertont Messübersetzung von Bundestagspräsident Lammert

Eine heute nahezu unmögliche Gattung ist die Messe. Nicht nur müsste man das Ideal des gesellschaftlich wachen Künstlers verraten, um Anlass zu jenem Jubel zu haben, den Gloria oder Sanctus erheischen.

Concerti

#klangberlins – Ausgezeichnet!

Der diesjährige Deutsche Preis für Onlinekommunikation geht an das Konzerthaus Berlin. Ihre Video-Serie #klangberlins setzte sich gegen starke Mitbewerber wie Mercedes Benz, TUI und das ZDF durch.

I Care If You Listen

SPOR Festival 2017 Concludes With iScreen, YouScream!

SPOR is on a mission to prove that “music has the same potential for exploratory curation as all other art forms,” and the program for the 2017 festival certainly reflected this sentiment.

Dallas News

Say farewell to Berlin Philharmonic-bound horn player David Cooper at a Saturday recital

It says a lot for the virtuosity and elegant playing of David Cooper, principal horn on the Dallas Symphony Orchestra since 2013, that he’s been snatched up for the same post with one of the world’s most prestigious orchestra.

Twitter

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Image: Primephonic

(Written on June 15, 2017 )

Classical News

Today’s news, Colorado Symphony introduces its new Music Director, Polish instrument-maker created a music instrument dreamt by Leonardo da Vinci. Also, ARD Music Competition 2016 announced the winners of its double bass, string quartet, harp and horn sections.

Colorado Public Radio

Colorado Symphony Introduces New Music Director Brett Mitchell

Conductor Brett Mitchell, the 37-year-old associate conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra, will be the next maestro to lead the Colorado Symphony.

Classic FM

Leonardo da Vinci’s forgotten musical invention – and it sounds incredible

The viola organista was dreamt up by Leonardo da Vinci but until recently it had never been built. Now, a Polish instrument-maker has painstakingly created the first ever example and it sounds remarkable.

International Arts Manager

Generation of young musicians celebrate Armenia’s Independence Day

Hundreds of young musicians from across Armenia will come together this month to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the country’s independence.

The Strad

ARD International Music Competition 2016 names double bass and string quartet winners

The 65th annual ARD International Music Competition, which took place in Munich, Germany from 29 August to 10 September 2016, has named the winners of its double bass, string quartet, harp and horn sections.

WQXR

How to Get Kids to Fall (and Stay) in Love with Music

As school swings back into session — and along with it music lessons for a number of students — WQXR spoke to Brooklyn Youth Chorus founder and artistic director Dianne Berkun Menaker about how to get kids to love music.

Aftenposten

Ragnar Bjerkreim: Håpets komponist i en urolig tid

Bjerkreim dyrker det melodiøse, vakre og sakrale på sitt nye album, som gir et sug av velbehag.

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Berliner Staatsballett gegen Sasha Waltz als neue Intendantin

Gegen die Ernennung von Sasha Waltz an der Spitze des Berliner Staatsballetts gehen die Tänzer der Compagnie auf die Barrikaden. Sie vermuten ein Wahlkampfmanöver des Regierenden Bürgermeisters.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Warum Oper und Theater in der Innenstadt bleiben müssen

Frankfurts Oper und Schauspiel sind ein architektonisches Juwel der sechziger Jahre. Aber sie sind auch ein Sanierungsfall. Nun muss die Stadt alle Szenarien durchspielen – bis hin zum Neubau.

RBB Kulturradio

Endgültiger Freispruch für Fazil Say

Der Pianist Fazil Say kann aufatmen. Seit einigen Jahren wird er in der Türkei wegen angeblich spöttischer Äußerungen zum Islam juristisch verfolgt.

Twitter

Top Classical News @topcmnews Religious fervour: La Fura dels Baus dramatic interpretation of Bellini’s Norma at Covent Garden http://bit.ly/2cTHmWu #ClassicalMusic

Classical Music News @ClassicalMusic The room where Abbado died is now a bed-and-breakfast http://dlvr.it/MF2VBQ #ClassicalMusic

Classical Music News @ClassicalMusic The pianist who completed Bach’s final fugue http://dlvr.it/MDcqqy #ClassicalMusic

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Conductor Brett Mitchell, next Music Director of Colorado Symphony (Photograph: Colorado Symphony)

(Written on September 13, 2016 )

Classical News

In our news today, violinist Pekka Kuusisto talks about his plans to flood London with polka, French And South-Korean singers win Domingo’s Operalia, and CMUSE gives five reasons why one should take up a musical instrument. Also, the Boston University Tanglewood Institute celebrates its 50th anniversary this summer with a day of events, and Bayreuth Festival opens without red carpet and official reception.

The Guardian

Facing the music: violinist Pekka Kuusisto

The Finnish musician on formative Eurovision experiences, wanting to play the ondes Martenot with Radiohead, and his plans to flood London with polka.

pizzicato

French And South-Korean Singers Win Domingo’s Operalia

French soprano Elsa Dreisig, 25, and South Korean Tenor Keon Woo Kim, 30, won Placido Domingo’s Operalia contest, held at the Teatro Degollado in Guadalajara, Mexico.

The Telegraph

Peter Hall: the Hallmark of operatic excellence

As Glyndebourne prepares to revive Peter Hall’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Rupert Christiansen looks back on the great director’s career.

CMUSE

Five reasons why you should take up a musical instrument

As research on the subject continues to expand, we are learning about a growing list of additional benefits to becoming musical.

Classical Music Magazine

Britten Sinfonia announces 2016/17 season

Britten Sinfonia’s 2016/17 season will see the ensemble launch a three-year Beethoven symphony cycle. Each symphony will be played alongside works by Gerald Barry and Thomas Adès, who will conduct the cycle.

Broadwayworld

La Bohème, Sweeney Todd, The Crucible and More Set for 2016 at Glimmerglass Festival

The Glimmerglass Festival, which presents four mainstage productions of opera and musical theater every summer, rounds out each season with a schedule of guest appearances, concerts, public master classes, youth opera performances and more.

The Boston Musical Intelligencer

BU Institute Now 50-Year Institution

The Boston University Tanglewood Institute, where talented high-school students attend one of the country’s premiere training programs for musicians, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this summer on August 6th with a day of events.

Klassik.com

Eröffnung der Bayreuther Festspiele ohne Staatsempfang und roten Teppich

Man verzichte im Gedenken an die Opfer des Müncher Amoklaufs auf eine feierliche Eröffnung und widme die Vorstellung den Opfern: “Die Mitwirkenden der Bayreuther Festspiele trauern um alle Menschen, die am 22. Juli in München auf so tragische Weise ums Leben kamen.”

Berliner Morgenpost

Barenboim: “Wir müssen miteinander leben”

Im Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires begann am gestrigen Sonntag die Sommertournee des West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. Mit dabei ist die argentinische Pianistin und Barenboims Jugendfreundin Martha Argerich.

nmz

65. Internationaler Musikwettbewerb der ARD beginnt am 29. August

In diesem Jahr wird der Internationale Musikwettbewerb der ARD in den Fächern Kontrabass, Horn, Harfe und Streichquartett ausgetragen. Die Organisatoren rechnen mit ca. 18.000 Besuchern.

Twitter

Classic FM @ClassicFM And… GO! Booking now open for brilliant concerts in Huddersfield & Dewsbury this Autumn:

CMUSE.org @cmuseorg 5-year-old child shows off skills

BR_Klassik @BR_KLASSIK Interview mit Hartmut Haenchen: “Der Fluss der Sprache bestimmt das Tempo”

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Daniel Barenboim mit dem West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. Foto: KAI HEIMBERG I / BM

 

(Written on July 25, 2016 )

Classical News

Guardian

Maria Radner, my beloved friend

Fellow singer Karen Cargill remembers a colleague – lost in the Germanwings disaster – who became so much more

Classic FM

Alison Balsom performs with the London Philharmonic Orchestra

Star trumpeter Alison Balsom continues the LPO’s Live and Local tour this spring with performances of Songs of the Paradise Saloon

BBC Music Magazine

Scottish festival calls for multiple horn players

Festival requires 32 players for world premiere by John Luther Adams

Classical Music Magazine

Value of cultural tourism to London report supports case for concert hall

Four out of five visitors to London come for the culture, said London mayor Boris Johnson, but more needs to be done to realise the city’s cultural potential.

BBC News

Saving Gaza’s only grand piano

The only concert grand piano in war-ravaged Gaza has been rediscovered and brought back to life after years of neglect.

Zeit Online

“Sprengt die Opernhäuser!”

Pierre Boulez ist der berühmteste Musikrevoluzzer der Moderne: Zum 90. Geburtstag des kühnen Komponisten und sensiblen Dirigenten

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Gabriel holt Lobbyisten Gorny als Berater

Er schon wieder! Der Mann ist Medienmanager und Musiker, Professor ist er und Grimme-Preisträger.

»Der Jazz ist ziemlich akademisch geworden«

Die Sängerin Cassandra Wilson bewundert den Mut und den politischen Kampf ihrer Idole – und findet trotzdem, dass man kein schweres Leben braucht, um große Musik zu machen.

pizzicato

Engländer wollen mehr übersetzte Opern

Von der Nordsee-Insel Großbritannien dringt Sonderbares aufs Festland: Die finanzielle Situation der Opernhäuser könnte sich verbessern, wenn man mehr Opern in der Landessprache aufführen würde, wird dort verkündet.

Frankfurter Musikhochschule fordert Neubau

Die Frankfurter Musikschule bedauert, dass trotz verbesserter finanzieller Bedingungen, eine verbindliche Zusage für den geplanten Neubau der Hochschule seitens der Politik ausbleibt.

artsjournal

In Contract Battle, Orchestra Moves To Replace Up To Two-Thirds Of Its Players

“The KBS Symphony Orchestra moved to potentially replace 67 positions in its 100-strong orchestra on Monday, upping the ante against players in an intensifying labor dispute.”

Twitter

Fran Wilson ‏@CrossEyedPiano: This week’s top post: Meet the Artist……Gabriella Swallow, cellist http://wp.me/pXzqp-2G  @gabiswallow @ISM_music #MakeMusicWork

BatterseaArtsCentre ‏@battersea_arts: The #BACphoenix Fundraiser is now on sale @southbankcentre 18 April! Featuring @BridgetChristie and @StewartLee1 http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/battersea-arts-centre-phoenix-fundraiser-91631 …

Robert Hugill ‏@RobertHugill: Good Friday Passions in London: @AAMorchestra at @BarbicanCentre & @LHandelFestival at St George’s. My preview: http://www.planethugill.com/2015/03/a-pair-of-passions.html …

_81898788_wideview624Saving Gaza’s only grand piano. Photo: BBC News

(Written on March 27, 2015 )

BBC News Wales

Horizons new music talent search launched by BBC Wales

A search for new musical talent with the promise of recording sessions and BBC airtime has been launched.

News Observer

Wake County schools to discuss new music partnership, technology and Read To Achieve

A new partnership with the music industry, the status of implementing the state’s Read To Achieve law and the district’s technology plan are scheduled to be on the agenda for the meeting of the Wake County school board’s student achievement committee.

The Vancouver Sun

Classical music is changing with the times

It used to be that a Jascha Heifetz or a Fritz Kreisler was known just for performing; today it seems the engaged artist has so many more different responsibilities and roles. When, and why, did it become necessary for an artist to consider these different demands?

Al.com

Classical music alive and well, Leon Botstein tells UAB music students; will conduct Alabama Symphony on Thursday

Birmingham, Alabama – Contrary to predictions of its early demise, classical music is not dead, or even dying.

Stuff

Apple pushes labels for iTunes exclusives

Apple has begun pressuring the major record companies to offer new releases exclusively through its iTunes store – a move that would initially block availability on streaming services such as Spotify or Beats Music, according to several people familiar with the matter.

Chicago Tribune

Ray Still, legendary CSO oboist and teacher remembered

Ray Still was famous for being the best of the best, one of the finest and longest-tenured orchestral oboe players of all time. He played oboe in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for an astonishing 40 years, 39 of them as principal oboe. He served with distinction under four CSO music directors, from Fritz Reiner to Daniel Barenboim, until his retirement in 1993.

Detroit Free Press

Jazz artist Marcus Belgrave reunited with stolen trumpet, doesn’t have to pay pawnshop

Marcus Belgrave’s custom-made trumpet, which was stolen from the trunk of his car on Friday night in Eastern Market in Detroit, was recovered at Zeidman’s pawnshop, a few blocks east of the market area. The trumpeter picked up the horn at the downtown police station this afternoon, blowing a few choruses of “Oh Happy Day” for the assembled media as his wife, Joan, sang along.

Epoch Times

Jazz-Legende Thielemans beendet Karriere

Der belgische Jazz-Musiker Jean-Baptiste „Toots“ Thielemans beendet seine Karriere.

BBC News

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(Written on March 13, 2014 )

BBC Music Magazine

Aung San Suu Kyi becomes honorary ambassador for Leeds Piano Competition

Competition’s top prize to be named after the Burmese opposition leader.

NY Times

Budget Woes Prompt Cuts at Seattle Opera

The Seattle Opera says an anticipated $1 million budget shortfall this season will mean cuts in salaries and staff and a reshaping of its programming, with a four-opera season instead of five beginning in 2014.

Arts Journal – Slipped Disc

Berlin Philharmonic swoop for the BBC’s chief horn

Martin Owen, principal horn of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, is being passionately wooed by the big band from Berlin.

The Guardian

A guide to Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s music

His work required orchestra and conductor to perform star-jumps while shouting out the darkest parts of the Bible and Dostoevsky.

Bryn Terfel: ‘I’d like to sing Citizen Kane’

Opera star Bryn Terfel is everywhere this summer, launching his Welsh music festival and kicking off the Proms.

(Written on June 28, 2012 )