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In today’s news, Glastonbury starts with an opening by the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians, the music business reacts to Brexit & the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland announces a new partnership with Dumfries House. Also, electronic tracks will receive classical remakes & Stockholm Royal Opera offers weddings with Pride.

The Guardian

The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians: ‘When there is violence, you have to make music’

With war ravaging their homeland, the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians has been scattered across the globe. But five years since the violence erupted, the group are reuniting for a cathartic tour – and opening Glastonbury

Billboard

U.K. votes to leave European Union: Music biz reacts

Following the result, the pound fell to its lowest level against the dollar since 1985. The implications for the music industry are similarly grave with the decision to leave the economic stability of the EU anticipated to impact heavily on the live sector.

The Telegraph

Glastonbury 2016: campers ready for Muse, Skepta and ZZ Top – but shocked by Brexit

The music begins today, with Muse set to headline the Pyramid Stage tonight.

Classical Music Magazine

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland announces new partnership

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland has announced a new partnership with Dumfries House. The conservatoire will launch a new arts education programme at the 18th-century Ayrshire stately home in September 2016, giving young people the chance to access high-quality, specialist music and dance tuition and offering performance and employment opportunities.

Stoney Roads

Daft Punk, Nina Kravitz and Skrillex among others to receive classical music remakes

An impressive group of producers will be having their song transformed into classical music pieces for an upcoming orchestral compilation. The man behind the idea is Hans Ek, a classical music composer who will be remaking seventeen electronic tracks as classical pieces from the likes of Skrillex, Daft Punk, Swedish House Mafia and Nina Kraviz to name a few.

International Arts Manager

Stockholm Royal Opera offers weddings with Pride

Lots of performing arts companies are involved with LGBT activities, but few go as far as Sweden’s Stockholm Royal Opera, who are opening up their Guldfoajén hall for drop-in weddings as part of Stockholm Pride 2016.

BR_KLASSIK

Der “jüdische Nobelpreis” für Itzhak Perlman

Der Geiger Itzhak Perlman bekommt am Donnerstag in Jerusalem den mit einer Million Dollar dotierten Genesis-Preis verliehen. Im Vorfeld bezieht Perlman politisch klar Stellung und kritisiert den US-Präsidentschaftskandidaten Donald Trump scharf.

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Britische Konzertveranstalter befürchten Probleme durch Brexit

Der Austritt Großbritanniens aus der EU könnte für die britischen Konzertveranstalter Probleme mit sich bringen. Der Chef der ‘English National Opera’, Sir Peter Jonas, hat von einem ‘kollektiven Suizid’ seines Landes gesprochen.

klassik.com

Geiger David Garrett holt zum juristischen Gegenschlag aus

Nachdem Anfang Juni David Garretts Ex-Geliebte gegen ihn eine Millionenklage erhoben hatte (klassik.com berichtete), holt der deutsche Geiger nun zum juristischen Gegenschlag aus. Hintergrund sind die Vorwürfe der Erotikdarstellerin Ashley Youdan, Garrett habe ihr bei sexuellen Handlungen Blessuren zugefügt. Über ihren Antwalt fordert die Amerikanerin 12 Millionen US-Dollar Schmerzensgeld für den angeblichen physischen und psychischen Missbrauch.

Twitter

Edward Snowden @Snowden No matter the outcome, polls demonstrate how quickly half of any population can be convinced to vote against itself. Quite a lesson.

The Federation @Creative_Fed Our response to the EU referendum result is available here:

Indy Music @IndyMusic To cheer you up, here’s the full Glastonbury lineup and set times

Top Classical News @topcmnews Daniel Catan’s Florencia Invigorates New York City Opera

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Photograph: Mark Allan

(Written on June 24, 2016 )

Classical News

In our news today, Itzhak Perlman pulls out of North Carolina concert over discriminatory transgender ‘bathroom law’, Members of the German Symphony Orchestra have been joined by more than 900 amateur musicians in a spontaneous concert at a Berlin mall & Ji Hwan Park, a luthier from South Korea, won the Grand Prix at this year’s International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Making Competition.

Classic FM

Itzhak Perlman pulls out of North Carolina concert over discriminatory transgender ‘bathroom law’

Itzhak Perlman has joined a burgeoning protest against ‘House Bill 2’, a law in the US state of North Carolina that has been widely criticised as discriminatory against transgender people by cancelling a planned performance with the North Carolina Symphony tonight.

abc news

Huge flashmob orchestra fills Berlin shopping centre

Members of the German Symphony Orchestra have been joined by more than 900 amateur musicians in a spontaneous concert at a Berlin mall, entertaining hundreds of spectators.

The Strad

South Korean luthier wins Wieniawski International Violin Making Competition

Ji Hwan Park, a luthier from South Korea, won the Grand Prix and €20,000 at this year’s International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Making Competition. Held every five years in Poznań, Poland, the event is the oldest lutherie competition in the world.

The Spectator

Was Opera Rara justified in reviving Bellini’s first opera? Oh yes

First operas by composers who later became great or anyway expert in writing them tend to be at best of biographical interest, to be revived mainly for people who are interested to hear premonitions of the achievements that lay ahead.

SFCV

Baroque Flutist and Beatles Expert Set for Seminar on Fab Four

Stephen Schultz, Baroque flutist, 18th-century music specialist, and professor of music at Carnegie Mellon University, teaches a 15-week Beatles music history course at the private college in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which regularly draws over 200 students and has a lengthy waiting list.

BR-Klassik

Mit Gesang andere Religionen kennenlernen

“Stimmen der Religionen” ist das diesjährige Motto von “Musica Sacra”, dem interreligiösen Musikertreffen, das seit Freitag in Marktoberdorf stattfindet.

Musik heute

DOV fordert Erhalt des Europäischen Jugendorchesters

Die Deutsche Orchestervereinigung (DOV) hat vor einer Schließung des European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) gewarnt. Die Europäische Union wolle ihrem Jugendorchester die finanzielle Unterstützung entziehen.

pizzicato

Deutsche Theater und Orchester: Künstler bekommen mehr Geld

Der Deutsche Bühnenverein als Arbeitgeberverband der Theater und Orchester hat sich am vergangenen Wochenende mit den Künstlergewerkschaften GDBA (Genossenschaft Deutscher Bühnen-Angehöriger), VdO (Vereinigung deutscher Opernchöre und Bühnentänzer) sowie DOV (Deutsche Orchestervereinigung) auf eine Gagensteigerung für die an den Stadttheatern, Staatstheatern und Landesbühnen beschäftigten künstlerischen Mitarbeiter verständigt.

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The New York Times @nytimes Itzhak Perlman cancels concert in North Carolina to take a stand against the state’s bathroom law

Top Classical News @topcmnews ‘Why we all love Florence Foster Jenkins’

Live Music Now @LiveMusicNowUK We’ve uploaded films from our conference on best practice in music outreach, supported by

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‘Loss will be significant,’ says North Carolina Symphony as Perlman joins boycott supported by Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr. Photograph: Classic FM

(Written on May 18, 2016 )

Classical News

In our news today, after their artistic director resigned things are getting out of hand at Romanian national opera, stars lined up for the Jazz FM Awards celebrated in London last night and Apple Music revealed it had passed 13 million subscribers to its streaming service, closing the gap on market leader Spotify.

The Guardian

Romanian opera row intensifies as culture minister resigns

There is chaos at the Romanian national opera: a row that began when the ballet company’s Danish artistic director resigned has led to shows being cancelled, dancers refusing to perform, local artists protesting over pay for foreign stars and has even claimed a ministerial scalp.

Music Week

Stars line up for Jazz FM Awards

The highest achievers from the worlds of jazz, blues, soul and beyond have been honoured at the third annual Jazz FM Awards, which took place last night at a star-studded ceremony at the Bloomsbury Ballroom in London.

Apple Music UK subscriptions growth outpacing Spotify 

This morning, Apple Music revealed it had passed 13 million subscribers to its streaming service, closing the gap on market leader Spotify, which says it has more than 30 million.

Classical Music Magazine

#LoveOpera weekend to celebrate the art form

#LoveOpera weekend (6-8 May) will celebrate the range and quantity of live opera and music theatre around the UK.

The Strad

12th Lyon International Chamber Music Competition names prize winners

Duo Urba has won first prize at the 12th Lyon International Chamber Music Competition, this year dedicated to cello and piano. German cellist Marius Urba and Russian pianist Vita Kan receive €8,000 and concert opportunities in France and abroad.

The New York Times

Saluting Robert Shaw, a conductor of humanist spirituality

“I am not sure I ever have ‘heard’ Brahms’s ‘Requiem’ — strictly as a member of an audience,” the incomparable California-born choral conductor Robert Shaw wrote in 1997.

Pizzicato

Perlman and Argerich together for a new recording

In Paris, Itzhak Perlman and Martha Argerich just have recorded a new album, to be released late 2016 on Warner Classics.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

EU-Kommission kommt türkischen Zensurforderungen nicht nach

Der Beschreibungstext des Konzertprojektes „Aghet“ der Dresdner Sinfoniker ist trotz türkischer Proteste wieder unzensiert auf der Webseite der EU-Kommission zu lesen – allerdings mit einem Zusatz.

Der Tagesspiegel

Wie wir lachen wollen

Das kann ja heiter werden: Die Pläne des Staatstheaters Cottbus. Los gehen soll es mit einem musikalischen Familienfest.

El Pais

La Sinfónica de Euskadi reserva sus atriles a solistas de renombre

El violinista Zukerman y las hermanas pianistas Labèque participarán con la orquesta vasca.

Twitter

Top Classical News @topcmnews Brave new season at Opera North

Conor Farrington  Enjoyed hearing ‘s on . Now listening to great recordings on her website

Black Dress Code @black_dresscode What’s your favourite piece from the first collection? We love the chiffon sleeves on the

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Photograph: The Arts Desk

(Written on April 28, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, there’s backlash in musical circles in the wake of the Super Bowl halftime show and Ojai Music Festival announces five future music directors. Also, violinist Itzhak Perlman to perform on Fiddler on the Roof Broadway recording, Korea’s classical music scene is buzzing and Decca Classics announce new senior management duo

The Washington Post

Why classical music fans are upset at orchestra’s Super Bowl spotlight

There’s been much backlash in musical circles in the wake of the Super Bowl halftime show

Classical Music Magazine

Ojai Music Festival announces five future music directors

California’s Ojai Music Festival, one of the most important events in the contemporary music calendar, has named its music directors for the next five years

The Strad

Violinist Itzhak Perlman to perform on Fiddler on the Roof Broadway recording

Violinist Itzhak Perlman has recorded a special bonus track for the forthcoming Broadway cast recording of Fiddler on the Roof

International Arts Manager

Universal Music’s Decca Classics announce new senior management duo

Alexander Buhr has been appointed managing director of famed London-based recording label, Decca Classics, succeeding Paul Moseley who moves up to senior vice president of strategic content and partnerships, Global Classics

The Korea Herald

Korea’s buzzing classical music scene

A classical music craze has swept over the country ever since young pianist Cho Seong-jin’s historic win at last year’s International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition

Die Welt

Thielemann neuer Schirmherr des Instrumentalwettbewerbes

Dirigent Christian Thielemann wird neuer Schirmherr des Internationalen Instrumentalwettbewerbes Markneukirchen

Musik-heute

Stuttgarter Opernintendant: Kommission für Schoner

Der Nachfolger des Stuttgarter Opern-Intendanten Jossi Wieler könnte gefunden sein

NMZ

Deutsch-polnische Musikfesttage widmen sich Kontrasten

Unter dem Motto «Kontraste» finden vom 4. bis zum 17. März die deutsch-polnischen Musikfesttage statt

Le Monde

Millepied  à l’Opéra de Paris : il était une fin

Sobre, les traits un peu creusés, Benjamin Millepied a présenté, mercredi 10 février, sa nouvelle saison 2016-2017

Washington Post

At 100, orchestra has a midlife crisis

On Thursday, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 100th birthday

BBC

Jimi Hendrix house retuned for future

They’re two properties side-by-side in one of London’s most exclusive districts

Twitter

Classical Diary @ClassicalDiary Mark Wigglesworth: @E_N_O needs to innovate to survive, that’s what the company stands for. theguardian.com/music/2016/feb…pic.twitter.com/pqeGepXTGn

Entrepreneur @Entrepreneur 50 Thoughts That Can Motivate You to Do Anything entm.ag/1INvpiV

Music History@today_classical #Today in 1830 Birth of German #composer Hans Bronsart VON #SCHELLENDORF #MusicHistory #classicalmusicpic.twitter.com/0gRtPHfNVd

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(Written on February 11, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Yo-Yo Ma talks about his biggest challenge so far, The Independent on how the National Youth Orchestra is inspiring a new generation and Kaufmann warns against Decca release.

The Guardian

Yo-Yo Ma: Bach, Big Bird and me

He has played for eight presidents and jammed on Sesame Street. But Yo-Yo Ma is now facing his biggest challenge yet – a Bach marathon at the Proms

The Independent

How the National Youth Orchestra is inspiring a new generation of musical teenagers

The benefits of a musical education on the development of all young people, the warning cries about cuts in music education in the state sector and the need for government to reverse their refusal to make arts education part of the national curriculum have been shouted from the rooftops.

The Strad

5 essential recordings by violinist Itzhak Perlman

The cover star of The Strad’s August 2015 edition is turning 70. Julian Haylock rounds up some of the master violinist’s finest recordings

Air Canada refuses to carry cello, blaming lack of advance warning

Cellist Andrea Stewart had purchased an extra seat for the instrument

Classical Music Magazine

Kaufmann warns against Decca release

Jonas Kaufmann has posted a message on his Facebook page warning fans not to buy an upcoming release on Decca Classics.

Berliner Zeitung

Salzburg — Das glanzvollste Fest sucht sein Profil

Salzburg erlebt eine Schrumpfkur: Es gibt nur drei Opern-Neuproduktionen, dafür viele Wiederaufnahmen und konzertante Aufführungen, und besonders desillusionierend ist der Blick aufs Schauspiel bei den Salzburger Festspielen.

Der Tagesspiegel

Der Neonhelle

Reines Wort, reiner Klang: Der Kammersänger hat viele Partien gesungen, als Evangelist der Passionen war er unvergesslich. Dem Tenor Peter Schreier zum 80. Geburtstag.

Codex Flores

Jonas Kaufmann legt sich mit Decca an

So etwas gibt’s auch nicht gerade häufig: Jonas Kaufmann rät seinen Fans, eine neue CD von ihm nicht zu kaufen, weil sie nicht halte was sie verspreche. Dahinter steckt eine gehörige Portion Label-Politik.

The New York Times

A Student Startup and Its Outsize Wagnerian Dream

Some people suffer from the familiar let’s-put-on-a-show urge, and others from the let’s-put-on-a-grand-opera-by-Richard-Wagner urge, which is several orders of magnitude more difficult.

France Musique

Décès de Vic Firth, roi des baguettes de percussionniste

Vic Firth, musicien talentueux qui a révolutionné les baguettes de percussion pour des générations de batteurs et de percussionnistes, est décédé à l’âge de 85 ans.

Tweets

Mahler Chamber @Mahler_Chamber: Two weeks until our visit to for George Benjamin’s at @LincolnCenter

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_: Jonas Kaufmann warns fans against an upcoming @deccaclassics release:

BBC Radio 3 @BBCRadio3: On @BBCTaster we’re using playlists to tell stories about classical music. Try it out and tell us what you think:

Yoyo

Yo-Yo Ma faces his biggest challenge to date
Photo: The Washington Post/Getty Images

(Written on July 29, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Le Monde reports on musician Dominique Vellard and the free tempo of medieval music and The Telegraph announces that Vaughan William’s lost masterpiece “Sancta Civitas” will be played at the Proms. Also, an interview with basso buffo Paolo Bordogna and the opening of the Moscow Philharmonic is planned for 2018.

The Times

Daniil Trifonov: meet your Prom date — Russia’s new piano dynamo

The finest young pianist in the world is playing not one but two concertos in a night at the Albert Hall, he tells Richard Morrison

The Telegraph

Ralph Vaughan Williams’s lost masterpiece

Ninety years after it was written, the English composer’s Sancta Civitas is getting its Proms debut

The Strad

Violinist Itzhak Perlman on conquering performance nerves

‘Know your enemy,’ says The Strad’s August 2015 issue cover star

Classical Music Magazine

Survey shows significant increase in legal downloads

A new survey has revealed that there has been an increase of more than 10% in legal downloads and streaming since 2013.

RPS announces new grants and commissions

The Royal Philharmonic Society has announced a number of new grants and commissions for young performers and composers. A total of £65k will be awarded to musicians at the start of professional careers for 2015/16.

Pizzicato

Moskauer Philharmonie soll 2018 eröffnet werden

In Moskau gibt es in bester Lage, nicht weit vom Kreml entfernt, eine riesige Brache, wo früher das Hotel ‘Rossiya’ stand, das vor einigen Jahren abgerissen wurde. Dort soll die neue Moskauer Philharmonie entstehen. Im Auftrag von Präsident Putin koordiniert Valery Gergiev den Bau, der in einem Park entstehen soll.

Opernnetz

Leichtigkeit und Spaß auf der Bühne

Paolo Bordogna gilt als der Basso buffo unserer Tage und ist mittlerweile an den internationalen Tophäusern und bei Festivals regelmäßiger Gast sei es an der Mailänder Scala, der Bayerischen Staatsoper, der Washington National Opera oder der Oper Sydney.

Codex Flores

Milica Djordjević erhält Belmont-Preis 2015

Die junge serbische Komponistin Milica Djordjević ist mit dem mit 20’000 Euro dotierten Belmont-Preis 2015 für zeitgenössische Musik der Forberg-Schneider-Stiftung ausgezeichnet worden.

Le Monde

Dominique Vellard explore le temps élastique de la musique médiévale

Dominique Vellard est un homme simple, de culture savante. Depuis la création de son Ensemble Gilles Binchois en 1979, il est l’une des figures de proue de l’interprétation des répertoires anciens des musiques du Moyen Age et de la Renaissance.

The New York Times

Howard Rumsey, Musician Who Invigorated West Coast Jazz Scene, Dies at 97

Howard Rumsey, the jazz bassist and entrepreneur who as leader of the Lighthouse All-Stars helped popularize the notion of a progressive West Coast jazz scene in the 1950s, died on July 15 in Newport Beach, Calif. He was 97.

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Berlin Philharmonic @BerlinPhil: Discover legendary recordings in our archive at

klassik.com: Alexander empfängt Pro Arte Europapreis 2015

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Photo credit: Howard Rumsey Collection, Los Angeles Jazz Institute Archive

(Written on July 27, 2015 )

Classical News

The Independent

Proms 2014: Tasmin Little is preparing for her 20th Proms – but busking is her real passion

The chart-topping violinist tells Jessica Duchen that her real passion is for performing for people who never set foot in a concert hall.

The Telegraph

Nicola Benedetti: first British solo violinist to reach top 20 of the UK albums chart in two decades

Nicola Benedetti’s latest album is the first release by a British solo violinist to reach the top 20 of the UK pop chart since 1995.

Classic FM

Germans use classical music to foil US spies

German politicians are using piano music to combat the threat of American eavesdropping during their meetings.

Slipped Disc

Video: Itzhak Perlman campaigns for universal polio vaccination 

‘Even two or three cases in a country, those cases can blow up unless everyone is immunised,’ pleads the great violinist.

Star Advertiser

Hawaii Symphony Orchestra extends contract with musicians

On the eve of announcing its third season, the Hawai’i Symphony Orchestra extended the current agreement with its musicians, allowing for “incremental” growth of the organization.

Klassik.com

Überraschung? – “Rettungsversuch” für SWR Sinfonieorchester gescheitert

Die Rettung des SWR Sinfonieorchesters Baden-Baden und Freiburg durch ein Stiftungsmodell ist vorerst gescheitert.

kultur-port.de

ARD-Klassikprojekt: “Das Dvorák-Experiment”

“Das Dvorák-Experiment” ist das erste gemeinsame Projekt zur Musikvermittlung, mit dem die ARD-Rundfunkanstalten Schüler in ganz Deutschland für klassische Musik begeistern wollen.

Zeit Online

Klassik ohne Radio

Die ARD-Rundfunkanstalten müssen sparen. Wo tun sie es zuerst? Bei der Kultur, klar. Oder ist das nur Einbildung, die alte Verschwörungstheorie? Auf Spurensuche zwischen dem Programmauftrag und der Massentauglichkeit eines geliebten Mediums im digitalen Zeitalter.

Le Monde

Aurélie Filippetti chahutée au « off » d’Avignon

A Avignon, mercredi 16 juillet, il y a davantage de journalistes que d’intermittents du spectacle qui attendent la ministre de la culture. Le collectif des salariés du festival in, la CGT spectacle et la Coordination des intermittents et précaires (CIP) refusent de rencontrer Aurélie Filippetti.

Twitter

Jessica Duchen: @jessicaduchen Great and to the point piece by @susannaeastburn re British Composer Awards – get nominating! http://blog.soundandmusic.org/2014/07/16/susanna-eastburn-a-call-to-action-for-female-nominations-for-the-british-composer-awards/ …

Yannick Nézet-Séguin: @nezetseguin One week left…;-) Vote for the Gramophone Artist of the Year 2014 | http://gramophone.co.uk  http://www.gramophone.co.uk/artist-of-the-year-2014 … via @GramophoneMag

Berlin Philharmonic: @BerlinPhil Passion and precision: Karajan conducts the 1978 New Year’s Eve Concert. Last chance to watch for free now at http://www.digitalconcerthall.com/en/concert/10123/?a=twitter&c=true …!

 

Tamsin Little, Independent

Tamsin Little, Independent

 

 

(Written on July 17, 2014 )

Gramophone

‘Elgar in Performance’ scheme helps stage rarely performed works 

Funds now being allocated for 2013 and beyond

Classic FM

Lang Lang to play at Glenn Gould’s birthday 

A host of performers, speakers, poets and Glenn Gould experts will gather this weekend to celebrate what would have been the pianist’s 80th birthday.

Violin dealer Machold admits embezzlement

Stradivarius dealer Dietmar Machold has admitted embezzlement as his trial for fraud begins in Austria.

Andrew Skeet on turning video game music into symphonic scores

With the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s help, Andrew Skeet has turned video game music into symphonic masterpieces. Classic FM’s Lucy Coward chatted to him about how he did it.

BBC Music Magazine

Musical molecules

Music created from movements of tiny particles

Classical Music Magazine

RFH organ a stage closer to completion

The central section of the Royal Festival Hall’s organ has been reinstalled after renovation as part of a long-term project to return the instrument to its full size

The Wall Street Journal (found on Musical Chairs)

Yundi Li Cancels Japan Tour Over China-Japan Row

The China-Japan territorial dispute has struck a sad chord for Japan’s classical music lovers.

Limelight Magazine

Daniel de Borah wins Australian National Piano Award

Daniel de Borah has won the Australian National Piano Award in Shepparton, with second place going to 21-year-old Nicholas Young and South Australian Michael Ierace coming third.

LA Times 

Itzhak Perlman joins Stephen Colbert on Comedy Central

Violinst Itzhak Perlman took a break from his performance schedule this week to put in a guest appearance on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report.”

LA Times

(Written on September 21, 2012 )