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In today’s news: first BBC proms outside of London since 1930, the German union enters the Berlin Philharmonic and the opera foundation, and on an island in the middle of the Seine lies the new futuristic looking concert hall of Paris. The Berliner Staatsoper won’t reopen until December, and Houston Symphony celebrates legacy of Prince. Four international orchestras debut at the 78th ‘Quincena musical de San Sebastián’.

The Guardian

BBC Proms to travel to Hull to mark year as City of Culture

Director says first Prom outside London since 1930 is great opportunity to make a statement about event being for whole UK.

The Telegraphs

Ella Fitzgerald: celebrating the standard-bearer of swing 100 years after her birth

For defiant joyousness capable of touching both the expert and inexpert ear, for a balm to the soul, Fitzgerald is, truly, the First Lady of Jazz.

Rhinegold

Sue Sturrock appointed as ISM president 2017/18

The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) has appointed Sue Sturrock, former director of communications at the Royal College of Music (RCM) and founder-director of Music Talks, as president for 2017/18.

The Scotsman

Classical music: New operatic season promises joyous escape, but what is going on with Glasgow Life?

Scottish Opera and all the main Scottish orchestras have now released their 2017-18 season brochures, and the prospects for classical buffs, between autumn and spring next year, are looking like the joyous escape we’ll need from the interminable political fisticuffs of Brexit and Indyref2.

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Houston Symphony Celebrates Legacy of Prince

The Houston Symphony celebrates the life and musical contributions of pop culture icon Prince on July 15 with an exceptional symphonic tribute to the artist’s eclectic music, complete with orchestra, live band and featured vocalist Marshall Charloff.

Der Tagesspiegel

Hauptstadtvertrag – Der Klang des Geldes

Der Bund steigt unter anderem bei den Berliner Philharmonikern und der Opernstiftung mit ein. Wie reagiert die Klassikszene auf den Geldfluss?

Berliner Morgenpost

Klingender Kreuzfahrtriese

Auf einer Insel inmitten der Seine liegt die neue, futuristisch aussehende Pariser Konzerthalle.

Berliner Staatsoper startet Regelbetrieb erst im Dezember

Berlin (MH) – Die Berliner Staatsoper wird ihren regulären Spielbetrieb erst am 7. Dezember aufnehmen. Das teilten die Bau- und die Kulturverwaltung Berlins am Montag mit. Am 3. Oktober soll zwar die Wiedereröffnung gefeiert werden.

El mundo

Cuatro orquestas internacionales debutan en la 78 Quincena Musical de San Sebastián

Cerca de 70 propuestas, enmarcadas en 11 ciclos, conforman la origramación de la 78 Quincena Musical de San Sebastián que se desarrollará durante todo el mes de agosto en la capital guipuzcoana.

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Music History   in 1801 finishes & FP The Seasons at the Schwasrtzenberg Palace

Classical Music News  Quartet cancels Canada ‘due to an immigration issue’

El director de orquesta vitoriano, Juanjo Mena, photo credit: Javier Barbancho

(Written on April 24, 2017 )

Classical News

In our news today, Russia, Spain, and Belgium come together at the Cadogan Hall in London for the 10th Zurich International Orchestra Series, Dale Henderson plays Bach in the subway & Paul MacAlindin talks about his time with the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq. Also, South Africa’s leading opera house has been accused of financially exploiting 12 singers.

International Arts Manager

Russia, Spain and Belgium come together for 10th Zurich International Orchestra Series

Famed London concert venue Cadogan Hall is readying itself to present 16 concerts, performed by 11 international orchestras, supported by a stellar cast of conductors and critically-acclaimed soloists, for the 10th Zurich International Orchestra Series series kicking off later this month.

The DePauw

“Bach in the Subways” founder revives classical music through spontaneous, live concerts

Instead of the screech of brakes, some subway riders have been greeted to the sounds of Bach thanks to Dale Henderson. Classical music being played in unclassical places is the mentality of Henderson, a musician who will be performing at Music on the Square tonight at 7:30 pm.

Deutsche Welle

How classical music awoke young Iraqis’ spirits

Classical music not only boosted war-trodden young Iraqis, it also affected the country’s politics, says conductor Paul MacAlindin. He tells DW about his time with the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq and his new book.

The Guardian

Sheku Kanneh-Mason: ‘Classical music isn’t elitist – the problem is it’s expensive’

It’s an understatement to say that Sheku Kanneh-Mason has had a busy few months. In May, the 17-year-old cellist was crowned BBC Young Musician. Only a few days later, he was back at school, revising for his summer exams at Trinity College Catholic school, a state secondary in Nottingham, while also preparing for his Royal Festival Hall concerto debut.

South African opera house accused of exploiting black singers

South Africa’s leading opera house has been accused of financially exploiting 12 singers who performed internationally in a controversial but critically acclaimed production of Mozart’s Così Fan Tutte, set in colonial north Africa and portraying racial abuse and rape by fascist Italian troops.

The Stage

How opera is extending its reach

Cressida Pollock, chief executive of London-based English National Opera, recently observed that the majority of performing arts audiences in the UK are “white, middle class”. She added: “When we look to attract… new people into our audience, we have to acknowledge that we usually end up with a white, middle-class audience.”

Graham Vick: Opera needs radical overhaul to survive

So much is encouraging about opera just now, most of it found in the sense of adventure of performances in pub theatres, supermarkets and car parks. Some of it is happening with small orchestras. Some of it is even happening without orchestras, with choruses of volunteers, without a chorus. Some of it is even amplified.

Classical Music Magazine

Composers’ Fund open for applications

Applications are now open for the second round of funding from PRS for Music Foundation’s Composer’s Fund. The £150,000 fund aims to give composers more control of their careers by offering them direct access to funding, enabling them to realise projects and ambitions that may not be possible through traditional commissioning models.

The Strad

‘If career becomes more important than the music, your soul becomes empty,’ says cellist Steven Isserlis

‘It’s great to have a successful career, but if the career becomes more important than the music, your soul becomes empty’. Cellist Steven Isserlis speaks about music and career for Living The Classical Life.

Broadwayworld

Houston Symphony’s September Slate Goes From Classic Rock to Judy Garland

September 2016 marks the beginning of the Houston Symphony’s 103rd season and the diverse orchestral programming Houstonians have come to love. From classic rock to Judy Garland, Seth MacFarlane and Mahler, the season’s first month of concerts will span several decades and genres of music.

Musik heute

Europäischer Komponistenpreis an Liisa Hirsch vergeben

Die estnische Komponistin Liisa Hirsch (32) hat den Europäischen Komponistenpreis 2016 erhalten. Ihr Werk “Mechanics of Flying” wurde beim Festival Young Euro Classic uraufgeführt und von einer Jury aus musikbegeisterten Laien ausgewählt.

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Theater-Tickets in MV bundesweit am geringsten subventioniert

Die Theater-Tickets in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern sind nach einer Erhebung des Deutschen Bühnenvereins bundesweit am geringsten subventioniert. Der Zuschuss pro Besucher betrug in der Spielzeit 2014/15 im Nordosten 98,38 Euro.

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Jennifer Rostock singt gegen die AfD

Die Berliner Band Jennifer Rostock hat mit einem Song gegen die AfD einen Netzhit gelandet. Bei Facebook klickten bislang 4,4 Millionen Menschen auf ein Video, das die Band in Wohnzimmer-Kulisse aufnahm.

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BBC Proms Team @bbcproms Classical music is often described as ‘epic’. It’s an entirely appropriate adjective here.

Tyne Opera House @TyneOperaHouse *TONIGHT* The Greatest Show on the Tyne! Tickets still available at

BBC Music @bbcmusic A day in the life of the world’s best classical music festival: From start to finish http://bbc.in/2c7Yc3s

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Photograph: RPO

(Written on September 2, 2016 )

Classical News

In our news today, Michael Church comments that other classical musics of the world need their proper place in the UK concert programmes, violinist Luke Hsu has won the 41st annual Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Competition receiving the gold medal and the first recording of the fluid piano has been issued. Also, Broadway stars past and present are to record a version of What the World Needs Now Is Love, to support victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting and the Strad defines how a grounding in music theory can help musicians during their performance.

Independent

Why it’s high time UK concert programmes opened their doors to music beyond the Western tradition

The British classical-music establishment is full of complacent cultural imperialism. Britain is now a very multi-ethnic society, but you’d never know that from its concert halls. There’s an increasingly need for the other classical musics of the world to be given their proper place in UK concert programmes, says Michael Church.

Violinist Luke Hsu wins Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Competition 2016

American violinist Luke Hsu has won the 41st annual Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Competition and receives the gold medal, a $25,000 cash prize and a solo performance with the Houston Symphony on July 9, 2016.

Classical Music Magazine

First recording of the fluid piano issued

Utsav Lal has released the first recording on the fluid piano. The instrument, created by Geoff Smith, allows musicians to alter each note individually and separately by precise microtonal intervals per note before or during a performance.

BBC News

Broadway stars record benefit single for Orlando victims

Broadway stars past and present are to record a version of What the World Needs Now Is Love, to support victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting. Sarah Jessica Parker, Idina Menzel and Carole King are among those involved in the initiative, inspired by the 1985 We are the World benefit for Africa.

The Strad

A grounding in music theory can help performance

I have heard many students and musicians complain about wasting time on academic music disciplines. They often do not see the importance of music theory, and indeed, most of the time its relevance to musicians is not made clear enough to them.

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Bergen Festival Announces Record Breaking Figures

This year’s Bergen International Festival was again a major success. Organized between 25 May and 08 June, the Norwegian festival presented more than 350 events at more than 40 venues.

The Guardian

Anatomy Theater’s world debut: the goriest opera ever?

There is no doubt the opera stage has seen its fair share of blood through the years, whether it be the mad scene in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, the ethereal yet obstinate stain soiling Lady Macbeth’s hand, the crimson droplets that portend the end of Mimi in La boheme, or even the corpses of suitors scattered outside the palace of Turandot.

Musik heute

Wiener Sängerknaben gründen Musikschule in Hongkong

Die Wiener Sängerknaben gründen erstmals eine Musikschule im Ausland. 2018 solle die internationale “Vienna Boys Choir International School” in Hongkong öffnen, teilte die Einrichtung am Donnerstag in Wien mit.

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Deutscher Musikrat Partner des Deutschen Jugendkammerchors

Der Deutsche Musikrat hat das Label «Privilegierte Partnerschaft» ins Leben gerufen – für Einrichtungen und Projekte, die „in besonderer Weise gesellschaftliche Wirkung erzielen“.

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„Das ungespielte Konzert“ – Pianist erinnert an ermordeten Musiker

Der Pianist Karlrobert Kreiten stand vor einer großen Karriere, als er von den Nazis ermordet wurde. Ein Konzert in Heidelberg konnte er nicht mehr spielen. Das Programm wird mehr als 80 Jahre später nachgeholt.

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The Economist @TheEconomist An attack on the attitudes which threaten to marginalise classical music and high art

Royal Academy Music @RoyalAcadMusic What happens if people give classical music a chance – Braimah talks with

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ A group of opera singers will cycle from Glasgow to London to raise money for

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Photograph: Sebastian Schutyser / Aga Khan Music Initiative

(Written on June 17, 2016 )