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In today’s news: Here’s why Alondra de la Parra is one of the most exciting new conductors in years, British startup MelodyVR has scored another coup – signing a partnership with Universal Music Group. A dialogue with artistic director Serge Dorny, Märzmusik Festival: an evening in honour of Julius Eastman, and mezzo-soprano Geneviève Tschumi wins Telemann Competition.

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Here’s why Alondra de la Parra is one of the most exciting new conductors in years

The young Mexican conductor is changing classical music from the inside

Music Business Worldwide

UNIVERSAL INKS DEAL WITH MELODYVR FOR ‘REVOLUTIONARY MUSIC VR EXPERIENCES’

British startup MelodyVR has scored another coup – signing a partnership with Universal Music Group to co-produce and distribute ‘revolutionary virtual reality music experiences’ featuring artists from UMG’s roster.

The Guradian

BBC must now do for arts what it has done for science, says R4 culture boss

With mathematicians, physicists and doctors dominating much of the airtime on BBC Radio 4, science coverage has never had it so good. But is it time to restore some balance?

The Violin Channel

American Violinist Joan Field Died On This Day in 1988 – Aged 73

American violinist Joan Field died on this day in 1988 – aged 73.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Zurück in die Zukunft

Retro ist die neue Mode im Operngeschäft: Der Intendant der Oper Lyon verrät, was es mit Zweitverwertung, Meisterwerken und langweiligem Designertheater auf sich hat.

Der Tagesspiegel

Minimale Strukturen, maximale Wirkung

Start des Märzmusik-Festivals: Ein Abend zu Ehren des US-Komponisten Julius Eastman

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Mezzosopranistin Geneviève Tschumi gewinnt Telemann-Wettbewerb

Hauptpreisträgerin auch mit zwei Sonderpreisen ausgezeichnet

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Exclusive Music Video: Colin Jacobsen’s ‘Ascending Bird,’ Featuring Yo-Yo Ma

Argentine composer Osvaldo Golijov’s cello concerto Azul was first commissioned for Yo-Yo Ma by the Boston Symphony, and received its premiere in 2006. Now, over 10 years later, Azul is seeing its first studio release.

Musical Chairs

Musicians must keep Britain in tune with EU after Brexit, says Ashkenazy

The veteran Russian pianist and conductor defends our common European culture

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Music History @todays_classical in 1918 Birth of German Bernd Alois .

klassik.com @klassikcom Geraubte nach 35 Jahren wieder vor Publikum erklungen

Einmal im Jahr stellt er an seiner Oper eine große Hausaufgabe: Serge Dorny. © Malte Jaeger_laif

 

(Written on March 20, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Kronos Quartet introduces its latest project “Fifty for the Future”, Orlando Orchestra’s leader Eric Jacobsen leaps from cellist to conductor and Kansas City Symphony musicians agree to new contract. Also, Korean violinist Yoojin Jang wins Sendai Competition and Zurich voted in favour of Tonhalle concert hall renovation.

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Kronos Quartet Wants To Give You Free Music — And Teach You How To Play It

Kronos Quartet has commissioned 50 pieces of music for its latest project, Fifty for the Future.

abc news

Orlando Orchestra’s Leader Leaps From Cellist to Conductor

As a young, classical music conductor in a town known more for Mickey Mouse than Mahler, Eric Jacobsen faces a double challenge: Live up to the promise of his youth and innovative background, and somehow discover the magic formula to lure young audiences to the concert hall.

The Kansas City Star

KC Symphony musicians agree to new contract

The Kansas City Symphony is a shining model of the way things can be when musicians and management work together with mutual respect and a common goal: making great music.

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Korean Violinist Wins Sendai Competition

25-year-old Korean violinist Yoojin Jang has been awarded First Prize at the Sendai completion in Japan.

The Guardian

ENO artistic director Daniel Kramer: ‘I’ve never run an opera house. Isn’t that exciting?

Appointing Daniel Kramer as artistic director of English National Opera feels like the last gasp for a company drowning in a sea of troubles. Since January last year, it has had a chairman resign, an executive director resign, an artistic director resign and, most recently, a music director resign.

The Hollywood Reporter

‘Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ Producer Developing Sydney Opera House Feature

The dramatic story of the creation of the Sydney Opera House, acknowledged as one of the seven wonders of the modern world, is being developed as a feature film with the working title,Utzon: The Man Behind The Opera House, in a three way Australian-Swedish-Danish co-production.

International Arts Manager

Queen Elisabeth Competition winners announced

Belgium’s grand dame of the music competition scene has announced its winners for 2016. Some 82 pianists were selected to compete in the first round of the competition, quickly whittled down to 24 who made it through to the semi-finals, followed by 12 finalists who competed at Brussels Centre for Fine Arts with the National Orchestra of Belgium, conducted by Marin Alsop.

The New York Times

Chick Corea’s 75th Birthday Celebration Will Make Music for Months

When the jazz pianist Chick Corea celebrates a milestone birthday, he doesn’t hold back. In 2001, when he turned 60, he played a three-week career retrospective at the Blue Note Jazz Club. He did it again at 70, with an even broader array of partners.

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Zürich: Bürger votieren für Renovierung der Tonhalle

Die entscheidenden Weichen für eine Renovierung der Tonhalle Zürich sind gestellt. Die Bürger der Stadt votierten am Wochenende mit rund einer Dreiviertelmehrheit für die Renovierung der Tonhalle.

Musik heute

Dresdner Musikfestspiele schließen mit Besucherrekord

Mit einem Konzert ihres Festspielorchesters sind die 39. Dresdner Musikfestspiele am Sonntag zu Ende gegangen.

Klassik heute

NAXOS Music Market Munich endete mit Rekordbeteiligung

Mit mehr als 200 Teilnehmern aus über 25 Ländern sowie mehr als 50 internationalen Labels war die Veranstaltung der bislang größte Music Market, den NAXOS bis dato durchgeführt hat.

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neue musikzeitung @musikzeitung : Weitere Abstimmung über Volkstheater-Intendant Sewan Latchinian

Top Classical News @topcmnews formidable US soprano dies, aged 94

Musical America @MusicalAmerica St. Louis Symphony appoints resident conductor Gemma New

The Kansas City Symphony performing during the Celebration at the Station at Union Station in Kansas City. Photo credit: Allison Long

The Kansas City Symphony performing during the Celebration at the Station at Union Station in Kansas City. Photo credit: Allison Long

(Written on June 6, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Lugano Festival to be closed due to funding stop, Tobias Picker will become artistic director of Tulsa Opera, and Detroit Symphony Orchestra receives donation for its music education programs. Also, Czech pianist Lukas Vondracek wins the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels and a veteran principal clarinetist of the National Symphony Orchestra reflects on the orchestra’s ups and downs.

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Bank Fails Martha Argerich: Lugano Festival To Be Closed

It has been reported by Ticino News that this year’s Lugano festival of Martha Argerich will be the last, since the bank BSI will stop funding the event.

Tulsa World

Tulsa Opera names Tobias Picker artistic director

Composer Tobias Picker, acclaimed by the Wall Street Journal as “our finest composer for the lyric stage,” will become the new artistic director of Tulsa Opera.

The Washington Post

Leaving the NSO, a veteran clarinetist reflects on the orchestra’s ups and downs

Loren Kitt, 74, has been the principal clarinet of the National Symphony Orchestra since 1970. In the middle of this season, he quietly left the orchestra and retired to his home in Maine.

The Georgia straight

Shari Ulrich’s violins and mandolin stolen

A popular B.C. musician has lost precious instruments that were inside her car on the West Side of Vancouver.

Michigan Radio

Detroit Symphony Orchestra gets $2.9M for music education

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra says it has received a roughly $3 million donation for its music education programs.

Wayfair

How to Design Your Home Music Room

Including expert tips from top musicians and sound technicians on how to create your home music room…

Prague Monitor

Pianist Vondráček wins prestigious contest in Brussels

Czech pianist Lukas Vondracek, 29, has won the Queen Elisabeth Competition, which is considered the world’s most demanding piano contest, in Brussels

Codex flores

“human requiem” in Rotterdam ausgezeichnet

Die Klassik-Messe Classical:next hat in Rotterdam das «human requiem», eine szenische Umsetzung des Brahms-Requiems durch Jochen Sandig und ein Team der Compagnie Sasha Waltz, mit dem Classical:next Innovation Award 2016 ausgezeichnet.

Musik heute

Maifestspiele Wiesbaden ziehen positive Bilanz

Die Internationalen Maifestspiele haben eine positive Abschlussbilanz gezogen. Zu den 48 Aufführungen seit dem 1. Mai seien rund 22.000 Zuschauer gekommen, teilte das veranstaltende Hessische Staatstheater Wiesbaden am Sonntag mit.

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Untersuchungsausschuss verabschiedet Bericht zum Bauskandal der Berliner Staatsopern-Sanierung

Der vor rund einem Jahr eingesetzte Untersuchungsausschuss zu Verzögerungen und Kostensteigerungen bei der Sanierung der Berliner Staatsoper hat seinen Abschlussbericht verabschiedet.

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Top Classical News @topcmnews Giveaway: Win 1 of 5 Newly-Released Signed Leonidas Kavakos ‘Virtuoso’ CDs

 BR_KLASSIK @BR_KLASSIK Schärferes Sicherheitskonzept bei den Bayreuther Festspielen 2016. Einschnitte betreffen Mitwirkende und Besucher

WDR 3 @wdr3 Intendant Jürgen Wilke ist tot

The NSO’s principal clarinet, Loren Kitt, has retired after more than 45 years of service. (Photo credit: Kennedy Center for Washington Post)

The NSO’s principal clarinet, Loren Kitt, has retired after more than 45 years of service. (Photo credit: Kennedy Center for Washington Post)

(Written on May 30, 2016 )

Classical News

Guardian

UK’s orchestras to get tax relief

The measure, aimed to encourage performances across the UK, brings British orchestras in line with theatre and film industries

Telegraph

The tragedy of Europe’s great forgotten female composer

Vítězslava Kaprálová was on the cusp of greatness when she died of tuberculosis. On the centenary of her birth, John Allison uncovers a tragic love triangle in Vichy France

Independent

ENO’s outgoing chairman Martyn Rose demands artistic director John Berry be sacked

The chairman’s animosity towards Mr Berry was revealed in a private letter sent to the ENO’s president Sir Vernon Ellis

The Times

Michael Morpurgo: ‘Bring children who wriggle and scream’

When the violinist Kyung-Wha Chung interrupted her comeback concert at the Festival Hall last December to suggest to the parents of a coughing child that maybe they “bring her back when she’s older”, reactions ranged from sympathetic to outraged.

BBC Music Magazine

Mozart’s birthday to be celebrated with first ever worldwide virtual recital

Pianists of all ages and abilities invited to join in online

Die Welt

“Da ist Bratsche einfach gnädiger als Klavier”

Die Bratsche war lange ein belächeltes Instrument. Tabea Zimmermann hat es zu Weltruhm mit ihr gebracht. Ein Gespräch in der Trattoria – über eine nicht einfache Kindheit und den späten Beethoven.

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WDR 3 Jazzfest mit 14 Konzerten und WDR Jazzpreis-Verleihung am Freitag

Mit insgesamt 14 Jazz-Konzerten inklusive der Verleihung der WDR Jazzpreise macht das WDR 3 Jazzfest von Mittwoch, 28. Januar bis Samstag, 31. Januar 2015 Station in Dortmund.

Klassik.com

Neuer Intendant nach Skandal am Palau de les Arts Valencia

Trotz Korruptionsvorwürfen erhält Schmidt Abfindung für zehnjährige Intendanz

Gewerkschaft will Scala-Vorstellung zur Expo-Eröffnung boykottieren

Traditioneller Feiertag wichtiger als Weltausstellung

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Flash Mob Generates Audience in Poland

There are many of the so called flash mobs on various Internet platforms, and seldom we learned about any positive result.

El Mundo

Doña Helga S.A.

La polémica gestión en el Palau de Les Arts

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Guardian Classical @GdnClassical: Facing the music: Iestyn Davies http://gu.com/p/4537g

Classicalite @Classicalite: ‘Eyes Wide Open’ at Café Carlyle, Avant Music Festival + More! – http://eepurl.com/bcpPKf

Klassik.com @klassikcom: Mindestlohn: Heinrich-Schütz-Haus in finanziellen Nöten http://klassik.com/?Tu5OY  #Musikwissenschaft #Kulturmanagement #Kulturpoliti

Helga Schmidt Photo via El Mundo

Helga Schmidt
Photo via El Mundo

(Written on January 26, 2015 )