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If you get goosebumps listening to music, you’re more likely to be successful

People who get goosebumps are higher achievers, form stronger relationships and live happier, healthier lives, according to a new study.

New research says over half of people in the UK experience goosebumps during live entertainment, and those who do are healthier and more empathetic.

People who feel chills also tend to be more successful, achieving higher grades and earning 12 per cent more than those that don’t.

The study, carried out by Barclaycard, saw 100 UK participants watch a live performance while wearing a monitoring device, which tracked their heart rate and movement.

At the same time, the researchers carried out a series of tests to find out which participants experienced a ‘goosebump moment’, and what their reaction to the music might say about them.


Opera singer and music graduate crowned Miss America 2019

The new Miss America is an opera singer who has a Masters in music composition and plans to be a huge advocate for the arts.

Nia Franklin, an opera singer and music composition graduate, was crowned the 92nd Miss America at Sunday’s event in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Franklin also earned a Master’s degree in music composition from UNC School of the Arts.

In the Talent portion of the Finals, Franklin sang ‘Quando m’en vo’’ from Puccini’s La bohème. After being crowned Miss America, she sang a gospel song she wrote when she was five years old.

During the competition, Franklin described how music helped her find and grow comfortable with her identity.

“I grew up at a predominately Caucasian school and there was only five percent minority, and I felt out of place so much because of the colour of my skin,” Franklin said. “But growing up, I found my love of arts, and through music that helped me to feel positive about myself and about who I was.”

Franklin said she plans to be an activist for the arts during her tenure as Miss America.


A First for New York: New Conductors at the Met Opera and Philharmonic

For the first time in history, new music directors are arriving this season at both the New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera – a coincidence with the potential to transform the city’s music scene.

At the Met, the fall of James Levine amid allegations of sexual misconduct scrambled the company’s plans for passing the baton to Yannick Nézet-Séguin. This dynamic conductor was originally scheduled to take over in 2020, but Mr. Levine’s suspension and later firing forced the company into action. Mr. Nézet-Séguin, also the music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra, cut back some commitments in order to fully take on his duties at the Met this autumn.

At the Philharmonic, Jaap van Zweden was always meant to begin his tenure this month. Still, back when he was appointed in 2016, no one expected that his partner in the executive office would be Deborah Borda, who was lured away from the thriving Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Both these institutions have major transitions on the horizon, and it will be exciting to watch these new developments unfold on the New York scene.


Die Rückkehr des Mackie Messer

Im September kommt ein Film in die Kinos, der sich um die „Dreigroschenoper“ dreht: „Mackie Messer – Brechts Dreigroschenfilm“ von Joachim Lang. In den Hauptrollen: Lars Eidinger als Bertolt Brecht und Robert Stadlober als Kurt Weill. Den Macheath verkörpert Tobias Moretti und Joachim Król gibt den Peachum.

Joachim Langs Film erinnert manchmal an die beiden Lars-von-Trier-Filme „Dogville“ und „Mandalay“. Kein Wunder, denn Trier hatte sich in diesen Werken explizit auf Brechts „Verfremdungseffekt“ bezogen. Aber es soll hier nicht um den Lang-Film gehen, der gewissermaßen das „Making-of“ zeigt, sondern um die „Originale“: Erich Engels Theaterfassung der „Dreigroschenoper“ von 1928 und G. W. Pabsts Filmversion „Die Dreigroschenoper“.

Auch die „Dreigroschenoper“ ist kein warmherziges Theaterstück. Die Parole „Glotzt nicht so romantisch!“ hatte Brecht ans Publikum schon 1922 ausgegeben, als er bei der Uraufführung seines Stückes „Trommeln in der Nacht“ Plakate mit jenem Slogan im Zuschauerraum aufhängen ließ. Sie galt auch noch, als am 31. August 1928 die „Dreigroschenoper“ im Theater am Schiffbauerdamm Premiere hatte und nicht zuletzt dank der Musik von Kurt Weill ein Sensationserfolg wurde.

A new film arrives in  cinemas this Thursday, based on the collaboration of Kurt Weill and Bert Brecht for the “Threepenny Opera”.

A classic piece in every theatre repertoire, the new film tells of the life and works of Bertolt Brecht, as well as his most famous songs.

(Written on September 12, 2018 )

In today’s news: Further success for the performers of the Royal Wedding, Kyle Albertson flies cross-state 6 hours before show to save the Dallas Symphony, a study of Stradivarius violins revealed voice-like acoustics, Antonio Mendez appointed conductor of Tenerife Symphony Orchestra, and two opera singers receive important awards from the country Azerbaijan.

Classic FM

Royal Wedding cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason is now a chart-topper

The Royal Wedding cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason has shot to the top of the US iTunes pop chart with his album ‘Inspiration’.

BBC News

Royal wedding 2018: The story behind the music

The couple hand-selected the music to accompany the ceremony, which ranged from gospel to traditional hymns.

Financial Times

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra/Gražinytė-Tyla, Carnegie Hall, New York — a conductor to watch

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla is probably the most talked-about young conductor around, regardless of gender, yet she is relatively unknown in New York.

Opera Wire

Kyle Albertson Makes Heroic Role Debut At The Dallas Symphony

Kyle Albertson flew from San Fransisco to Dallas 6 hours before the show to replaceMatthias Goerne in a highly anticipated performance of Wagner’s “Die Walküre.”

The Times

Stradivarius violins really do match a sweet voice

A study of the acoustics of antique violins found that they have remarkable similarities to the acoustics of human singers, especially the violins of Antonio Stradivari.

PlayStation Life Style 

Music From PlayStation Games Will Echo at the Royal Albert Hall

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra accompanied by the City of London Choir is going to perform several soundtracks from a variety of PlayStation games.

Observer

Opera House presents ‘Van Gogh – A New Way of Seeing’

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House will present “Van Gogh – A New Way of Seeing,” a new cinematic profile of the beloved artist, as part of its Art & Architecture On Screen Series.

The New York Times

BAM’s Outgoing Leader Announces His Final Next Wave Festival

he Brooklyn Academy of Music on Monday unveiled the lineup of the final Next Wave Festival to be overseen by Joseph V. Melillo, the institution’s executive producer.

Pizzicato

Tenerife Symphony hires Antonio Mendez as Principal Conductor

Spanish conductor Antonio Mendez (*1984, Palma de Mallorca) has been appointed principal conductor of the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra from the 2018-2019 season. His contract is signed for three years.

Die Zeit

Metropolitan Opera reicht Klage wegen Missbrauchs ein

Nach einer internen Untersuchung zieht die New Yorker Met gegen ihren früheren Chefdirigenten James Levine vor Gericht: Er habe sieben Männer sexuell missbraucht.

Klassik.com

Auszeichnung für Anna Netrebko und Yusif Eyvazov

Die beiden Opernsänger Anna Netrebko und Yusif Eyvazov haben zwei wichtige Auszeichnungen des Landes Aserbaidschan erhalten.

BR Klassik

Menschenfreund und Grenzüberschreiter

Dieter Schnebel – evangelischer Pfarrer, Pädagoge, Musikwissenschaftler, poetischer Philosoph und Visionär, vor allem aber: unkonventioneller Komponist und Grenzüberschreiter. Eine der wichtigsten deutschen Künstlerpersönlichkeiten des 20. Jahrhunderts ist am Sonntag im Alter von 88 Jahren gestorben.

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Kyle Albertson steps in at Dallas Symphony © OperaWire

(Written on May 22, 2018 )

In today’s news: Kenneh-Mason praised for Royal wedding performance, US choir’s debut UK tour, Verdi letters seized by Italian government, National Concert Hall gets revamp, Dai Fujikura’s “Solaris” includes robots, the Augsburg City Theatre to be converted into a state theatre, and Pianist See Siang Wong wins cooking show.

Classical Music 

Sheku Kanneh-Mason praised for ‘breathtaking’ royal wedding performance

19-year-old cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason performed Schubert’s ‘Ave Maria’, Fauré’s ‘Après un rêve’ and Maria Theresia von Paradis’ Sicilienne at the royal wedding on 19 May.

The City Choir of Washington to make debut UK tour

The City Choir of Washington will perform at venues in London, Oxford, Gloucester and Ely in July 2018.

The Times

‘Damaged’ Verdi letters seized from descendants

Hundreds of letters written by the composer Giuseppe Verdi have been seized by the Italian government from his heirs amid claims that some have gone missing or been damaged by damp.

National Concert Hall chief Simon Taylor hopes its €78m revamp hits a high note

The National Concert Hall is being transformed by a €78m investment – and boss Simon Taylor hopes the audience will be too.

NME

Manchester Orchestra pay tribute to Scott Hutchison with Frightened Rabbit cover

Atlanta band and close-friends of Frightened Rabbit’s Scott Hutchison, Manchester Orchestra have paid tribute to the passing of the singer-songwriter with a cover of ‘My Backwards Walk’.

Opera Wire

50th Anniversary of Tullio Serafin’s Death To Get Major Celebration

To mark the 50th anniversary of his death the “Archivio storico Tullio Serafin” is coordinating a series of events to raise awareness of the Maestro’s contribution to the world of music.

Musik Heute

Metropolitan Opera verklagt Levine wegen Rufschädigung

New York – Im Streit zwischen der New Yorker Metropolitan Oper und ihrem entlassenen Star-Dirigenten James Levine fordern beiden Seiten Schadenersatz in Millionenhöhe.

nmz

Keine Lösung im Weltraum-Theater – Deutsche Erstaufführung von Dai Fujikuras „Solaris“ in Augsburg

Bald werden sie im Alltag um uns sein: Roboter mit rasant lernender künstlicher Intelligenz und einem Aussehen nach Wunsch, Lust und Laune. Nun wagte das Theater Augsburg die in Paris uraufgeführte „Solaris“-Vertonung des Japaners Dai Fujikuras.

Augsburger Theater wird nach Nürnberger Modell zum Staatstheater

Das Augsburger Stadttheater soll nach dem bereits in Nürnberg angewandten Stiftungsmodell in ein Staatstheater umgewandelt werden.

Kassik.com

Pianist See Siang Wong gewinnt Schweizer TV-Kochshow

Der Pianist See Siang Wong (39) hat die sechste Staffel der schweizerischen Kochshow “SRF bi de Lüt Männerküche” gewonnen. Im Finale kochte er für die Jury ein asiatisches Menü, bei dem vor allem sein Laksa-Fisch im Bananenblatt und sein Beef Rendang überzeugen konnten.

BR Klassik 

 Leoš Janáček: “Aus Einem Totenhous”

Das ist der Handlungsgang der dreiaktigen, wegen ihrer Kürze in der Regel ohne Pause gespielten Oper “Aus einem Totenhaus” von Leoš Janáček. Die Vorlage lieferte Dostojewski (1860), die Vertonung fand erst nach Janáčeks Tod auf eine Bühne in Brünn/Brno.

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Sheku Kanneh-Mason praised for ‘breathtaking’ royal wedding performance © Classical Music Magazine

(Written on May 21, 2018 )

In today’s news: Jessye Norman gets RPS gold, first ever saxophonist signed to Decca Classics, Spotify stop promoting or recommending music by artists whose content or conduct it deemed to be offensive, Keith Saunders on photographing musicians for a living, Music festival Lunalia, and winners decided at the German Choir Competition in Freiburg.

Classic FM

Who actually was Jenny Lind, the real-life opera singer in The Greatest Showman?

Nicknamed the ‘Swedish Nightingale’, Jenny Lind was a soprano whose voice was admired by Chopin, Mendelssohn and Clara Schumann.

Jessye Norman awarded Royal Philharmonic Society gold medal at a star-studded ceremony

The legendary American soprano was honoured at the 2018 RPS Music Awards.

The Independent

Can George Benjamin’s opera Lessons in Love and Violence follow the success of Written on Skin? 

The perfectionist composer is again working with director Katie Mitchell and librettist Martin Crimp, to tell the story of Edward II and his lover Gaveston.

Gramophone 

Saxophonist Jess Gillam signs for Decca Classics

19-year-old Gillam becomes the first saxophonist to sign for Decca Classics in the label’s history.

The Guardian 

Sharks love jazz but are stumped by classical, say scientists

A study at Macquarie University in Sydney found that sharks could recognise jazz – if there was food on offer.

The Washington Post

Levine’s recordings withdrawn from Met Opera radio channel

Performances by James Levine were withdrawn from the company’s Sirius XM satellite and online radio channel, a large percentage of the company’s history.

The New York Times

Spotify Pulls R. Kelly and XXXTentacion From Playlists, Stirring a Debate

Spotify, the music industry’s leading streaming service, said on Thursday that it would stop promoting or recommending music by artists whose content or conduct it deemed to be offensive, hoping to quell a furor over the singer R. Kelly but immediately starting another debate over who qualified for the ban.

Limelight

Keith Saunders on shooting musicians for a living

The photographer, whose images will be familiar to anyone who’s been to a Musica Viva concert, takes us behind the scenes in a new exhibition

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Musik-Festival Lunalia: Mit der Kraft des vollen Mondes

Zeitloses in Flandern: Das Stimm-Festival Lunalia entdeckt unter Leitung von Jelle Dierickx die bezaubernde Stadt Mechelen und feiert den Gesang in all seinen Formen.

Welt

Das beste Mittel gegen Sexismus? „Aufhören, Arschlöcher zu hypen“

Christopher Rüping, 32, steht für eine neue Art von Theaterregisseuren: allürenfrei, politisch, mit einem Herz für flache Hierarchien. Nun ist er zu Gast beim Berliner Theatertreffen.

Der Tagesspiegel

Nemanja Radulovic im Konzerthaus: Unbändige Energie

Der serbische Geiger Nemanja Radulovic und sein Ensemble Le Trilles du Diable überzeugen im Konzerthaus.

SWR2

Entscheidungen beim Deutschen Chorwettbewerb in Freiburg – Preise für Mannheimer und Freiburger Chöre

In Freiburg treffen sich bis zum 13. Mai die besten deutschen Laienchöre zum Deutschen Chorwettbewerb.

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Nemanja Radulovic in Dresden © picture alliance / dpa / Arno Burgi

 

(Written on May 11, 2018 )

In today’s news: Alison Balsom addressed lack of music in schools, Met Opera welcomes new maestro, James Levine sues Met Opera, Elgar’s ‘Enigma’ is yet to be solved, Opera America awards 8 female composers, Baltimore Symphony to make first overseas tour in 13 years, Alberto Vilar released from prison, Teresa Berganza honoured for her life work and Festival “Heidelberger Frühling” starts in Heidelberg.

The Times

Alison Balsom: ‘We have a music crisis in schools. Everyone needs to speak out’

Cheltenham Music Festival’s new artistic director on her job, her husband Sam Mendes and cuts to education.

The New York Times 

Met Opera’s Next Maestro Energises His Philadelphians

Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the successor to James Levine as music director of the Metropolitan Opera, may have cause to feel anointed: To judge from recent audience reactions, he is seen as the new grand maestro on the block, and quite possibly a saviour for the troubled company.

Opera Now

James Levine sues Met Opera over dismissal

James Levine is suing the Metropolitan Opera for breach of contract and defamation.

NPR Music

Elgar’s ‘Enigma’ Still Keeps Music Detectives Busy

The North American branch of the Elgar Society is holding its annual conference in Madison, Wis., March 16 – 19 .

Opera Wire

Opera America Announces Grant Awards to 8 Female Composers

Opera America has announced the latest recipients of the Discovery Grants from for the Female Composers programme made possible by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation which are given to promote the development of works by women.

NY Times

Listen In on a Violinist’s Rehearsal Room

“That was good,” the violinist Jennifer Koh told the soprano and composer Lisa Bielawa during a recent rehearsal. But then she pointed to a spot on her sheet music and said, “I do think we should take more time here.”

The Baltimore Sun

Baltimore Symphony to make first overseas tour in 13 years

The last time the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra ventured across the Atlantic was in the fall of 2005 for a tour that became a highlight of Yuri Temirkanov’s final season as music director.

BR-Klassik

Ehrenrettung oder Gewissenlosigkeit

Vor wenigen Tagen erst war Stardirigent James Levine nach Vorwürfen sexuellen Missbrauchs von der Metropolitan Opera entlassen worden. Nun verklagt er die Oper auf Schadenersatz.

SWR2

Magnus, der Erste

Langfristige Projekte, Festivals, Radiosendungen. Mit einem Artist in Residence wird vieles möglich. Der Schwede Magnus Lindgren macht nun den Anfang bei der SWR Big Band.

Blühende Musiklandschaften

Liedzentrum, Binnenfestivals, Umwegrentabilität. Beim Heidelberger Frühling geht es auch 2018 unter dem Leitgedanken “Eigen-Arten” wieder um mehr als nur um Konzertveranstaltungen. Am Samstag, 17. März, startet das rund vierwöchige Musikfestival “Heidelberger Frühling”.

klassik.com

Opernmäzen Alberto Vilar wieder auf freiem Fuß

Der Opernmäzen und Unternehmer Alberto Vilar ist wieder auf freiem Fuß. Der in der Vergangenheit als Kultursponsor und Förderer zahlreicher kultureller Einrichtungen wirkende Mäzen und Gründer einer Vermögensverwaltung war 2008 wegen Investmentbetrugs, Geldwäsche und Urkundenfälschung zu einer neunjährigen Haftstrafe verurteilt worden.

Vier Preisträger beim Deutschen Musikwettbewerb

Die Jury des Deutschen Musikwettbewerbs hat am Donnerstagabend in Bonn die Wettbewerbsgewinner bekannt gegeben. In der Finalrunde konnten Ioana Cristina Goicea (Violine), Theo Plath (Fagott), Maciej Frąckiewicz (Akkordeon) und das Eliot Quartett, bestehend aus Maryana Osipova (Violine), Alexander Sachs (Violine), Dmitry Hahalin (Viola) und Michael Preuß (Violoncello), den Preis des für sich gewinnen.

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig wird mit Briefmarke geehrt

Das Leipziger Gewandhausorchester erhält zu seinem 275-jährigen Jubiläum eine Briefmarke sowie eine Gedenkmünze.

pizzicato

JeongMeen Ahn gewinnt Richard-Strauss-Gesangswettbewerb

Beim Richard-Strauss-Gesangswettbewerb in München gewann der 26-jährige südkoreanische Bariton JeongMeen Ahn den ersten Preis.

Musik Heute

Teresa Berganza wird für ihr Lebenswerk geehrt

Die spanische Mezzosopranistin Teresa Berganza (83) wird bei den diesjährigen International Opera Awards für ihr Lebenswerk ausgezeichnet.

france musique

Philip Glass reçoit le Prix France Musique des Muses pour son livre “Paroles sans musique”

Chaque année, le Prix France Musique des Muses récompense des ouvrages consacrés à la musique classique, au jazz ou aux musiques traditionnelles publiés en langue française.

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@BBCRadio3 #today #musichistory

Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra at Carnegie Hall © Steve J. Sherman

(Written on March 16, 2018 )

In today’s news: Hip-hop opera introduced to teenagers, Spotify expands into new territories, Classic FM launches new podcast, Royal Opera House Muscat putting Oman on the cultural map, The MU develops Musical Theatre Kit, Metropolitan opera fires James Levine after sexual-abuse investigation, Gauteng Opera in Johannesburg will close its doors and the violin of Albert Einstein was auctioned by 420.000 Euro in New York.

Music Teacher

Opera Holland Park introduces teenagers to opera in new film

A new film from Investec Opera Holland Park (OHP) follows eight sixth-formers from Archbishop Tenison’s School, Lambeth as they are introduced to opera. Hip hop to opera shows the students meeting OHP’s general director Michael Volpe during some mentoring sessions, before they are taken to the Royal Opera House to watch a rehearsal, meet a singer and ROH director of opera Oliver Mears, and attend a performance of Tosca.

Music Week

Spotify expands to new territories ahead of IPO next month

Spotify has increased its global footprint today with new launches in Israel, Romania, South Africa and Vietnam. The additions have been announced as it’s been reported that Spotify will list its shares on the New York Stock Exchange in the week of April 2.

Radio Today

Tim Lihoreau to host new Classic FM podcast

Classic FM has launched a new free podcast series called Case Notes, hosted by the More Music Breakfast presenter Tim Lihoreau.

The Week

Opera in Oman: singing in the changes

Royal Opera House Muscat is putting the small Gulf state on the world’s cultural map. Oman’s crown jewel remains its opera house, which was the first in the Gulf region and has since been joined by one in Dubai.

The Stage

Musical writers supported through launch of new advice kit

Musical theatre collaborators are being offered guidance on every aspect of creating a show, through a new resource launched this week.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Metropolitan Oper entlässt Star-Dirigent James Levine

James Levine gilt als einer der besten Dirigenten der Vereinigten Staaten. Nun hat ihn die Metropolitan Oper entlassen – ihm wird sexueller Missbrauch vorgeworfen. Nach einer Untersuchung über Vorwürfe sexuellen Missbrauchs gegen James Levine hat die New Yorker Metropolitan Oper ihren Star-Dirigenten entlassen.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

#MeToo in der Klassik: “Jemand will Kuhn kastrieren – geifernd mit dem Messer”

Der sonnenkönighafte Gustav Kuhn leitet die Tiroler Festspiele. Der umstrittene Blogger Markus Wilhelm wirft ihm sexuelle Übergriffe und Psychoterror vor. Die Geschichte eines irren Zweikampfes.

klassik.com

Gauteng Opera in Johannesburg schließt ihre Pforten

Die Gauteng Oper in Johannesburg schließt ihre Tore; das gab die Unternehmensführung in der vergangenen Woche bekannt.

nmz

26. Kurt-Weill-Fest mit Besucherrekord – Bauhaus-Jubiläum 2019 Thema

Mehr als 20 000 Menschen haben das 26. Kurt-Weill-Fest besucht. Das sei ein Rekord, teilten die Organisatoren am Sonntag zum Abschluss in Dessau-Roßlau mit.

Musik Heute

Nelsons in Leipzig: Tradition und Neues verbinden

In seiner ersten kompletten Saison als Gewandhauskapellmeister will Andris Nelsons die Leipziger Musiktradition und zeitgenössische Werke verbinden. Einen Fokus legt der 39-jährige Lette, der Ende Februar ins Amt eingeführt wurde, auf Mendelssohn Bartholdy und Schumann.

Klassik Heute

NAXOS Deutschland und belvedere edition arbeiten zusammen

NAXOS freut sich über bedeutend en Zuwachs im Vertrieb! Seit 03.03.2018 arbeitet das in Berlin ansässige Label belvedere edition eng mit NAXOS Deutschland zusammen und vertreibt seine Produkte sowohl innerhalb Deutschlands als auch in der NAXOS Music Group physisch und digital.

SWR Classic

In New York wurde Einsteins Geige für Rekordpreis versteigert – Für Ulm zu teuer

Die Violine wurde 1933 in Princton hergestellt. Sie war eine Maßanfertigung für Albert Einstein – mit Fichtendecken und Ahornseiten. Jetzt ist sie für gut 420.000 € versteigert worden.

france musique

Le patrimoine musical de Pierre Boulez sera conservé dans plusieurs institutions

Les ayants droits de Pierre Boulez ont fait don de l’intégralité du patrimoine musical du compositeur et chef d’orchestre disparu le 5 janvier 216, à diverses institutions.

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The Violin Channel_@violinchannel: VERY SAD NEWS | @Staatskapelle_B Concertmaster Axel Wilczok Has Died [RIP] @DivanOrchestra http://ow.ly/aSLB30iTEvb

 

James Levine (c) Bild AP

(Written on March 13, 2018 )

In today’s classical music news, Yannick Nézet-Séguin will lead the Met Opera two years ahead of schedule, a debate about database driven problems in classical music streaming, conductor Ádám Fischer receives Israeli Wolf-Prize, New Music Biennial 2019 opens call for proposals, Aeroflot relents on hand-luggage rules following musicians’s outcry.

The New York Times

Yannick Nézet-Séguin Will Lead the Met Opera, Two Years Early

The Metropolitan Opera, which has been rocked this season by sexual misconduct accusations against its former music director, James Levine, is passing the baton to his successor. And fast.

Broadway World

100 Singers Honor 100th Anniversary Of Estonian Independence 4/1

Presented by the Foundation of Estonian Arts and Letters, Esto-Atlantis Choral Concert will celebrate the Republic of Estonia’s centennial.

Rhinegold Publishing

New Music Biennial 2019 opens call for proposals

PRS Foundation’s New Music Biennial will showcase up to twenty pieces of new music from across all genres

The Strad

Aeroflot relents on hand-luggage rules following musicians’ outcry

Russian musicians took to social media and petitions to alert airline to consequences of announcement last week.

Complete Music Update

Industry backs EU’s pilot programme to support music community

Music Moves Europe is the new programme from the European Union’s culture directorate.

The Times

‘Music has the power to make mental decline a less lonely journey’

The BSO, LPC, Wigmore Hall and Alzheimer’s Society come together for an evening at the Buckingham Palace to celebrate the power of music to enrich people’s lives, especially those suffering with dementia.

Zeit Online

Mahlers Adagio? Eine Hitsingle!

Musikstreaming ist vom Pop her gedacht. Wer aber klassische Musik bei Spotify sucht, wird schnell wahnsinnig. Wann wird dieses Datenbankproblem endlich behoben?

Codex Flores

Renaud Capuçon leitet Lausanne Soloists

An der Haute École de Musique de Lausanne (HEMU) entsteht ein neues Ensemble aus elf bis zwanzig Studierenden, das von einem prominenten Dozenten geleitet wird, dem Geiger Renaud Capuçon.

Musik Heute

Dirigent Ádám Fischer erhält israelischen Wolf-Preis

Der Chefdirigent der Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, Ádám Fischer (68), erhält den diesjährigen Wolf-Preis der gleichnamigen israelischen Stiftung. Das teilte das Orchester am Donnerstag mit.

Pizzicato

‘Esperanza’ eröffnet Festival ‘Next Generation’ in Bad Ragaz

Das ‘Ensemble Esperanza’ eröffnet heute Abend im Kursaal des ‘Grand Resort’ in Bad Ragaz (CH) das diesjährige Festival ‘Next Generation’ mit Werken von Sibelius, Vaughan Williams, Britten und Mendelssohn Bartholdy

El Mundo

¿Recuerdan Tidal? Ahora llega a España como un servicio “para hacer realidad los sueños” de fans y músicos

Hace un par de años, en plena explosión de la música en streaming, un nuevo servicio impulsado por el rapero Jay-Z intentó hacerse un hueco en un panorama cada vez más competitivo.

France Musique

Mikko Franck au Bénin pour endosser son nouveau rôle d’ambassadeur de l’Unicef

Lundi 19 février 2018 le chef d’orchestre Mikko Franck sera nommé ambassadeur de l’Unicef France. Pour officialiser ce nouveau titre, le directeur musical de l’Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France s’est rendu en mission d’une semaine au Bénin.

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@BR_KLASSIK: Er gehört jetzt zum erlauchten Kreis der Honorary Fellows der Londoner Royal Academy of Music (): Manfred Eicher, Gründer von .

Yannick Nézet-Séguin (c)Hiroyuki Ito for The New York Times

(Written on February 16, 2018 )

In today’s news: Egyptian singer sentenced to two years in prison for “inciting debauchery”, ballet about Rudolf Nureyev debuts five months later than planned, music startup Beatroot falls into liquidation. Also, sexual allegations affecting classical music industry, New York Philharmonic raises $50m for launch fund and Opera Stuttgart intending to attract the younger generation.

BBC News

Nureyev debuts but director still under arrest

A ballet about the famous Soviet dancer Rudolf Nureyev, who defected to the West has premiered – five months later than planned.

The Telegraph

Egyptian singer Shyma sent to prison for two years over ‘explicit’ music video of her eating a banana

An Egyptian pop singer has been sentenced to two years in prison for “inciting debauchery” after a music video showing her suggestively eating a banana was ruled to be too sexually explicit.

Forward

Should James Levine’s Alleged Sexual Abuse Make Us Reconsider His Music?

By now, the question is familiar: How should those who distribute and consume art deal with the artistic legacy of someone accused of sexual harassment and assault?

Slate

Advocates Have Found Five Qualities Associated With Sexual Violence. The Classical Music World Hits Four of Them.

Last week, the American sex abuse crisis reached the most elite and rarefied echelon of “entertainment”: the opera house. And while most Americans may never have seen The Marriage of Figaro, the classical music field is a surprisingly tidy case study in the environmental factors that make sexual abuse—and its cover-up—possible.

Music Business Worldwide

UK Music Startup Beatroot Falls Into Liquidation

British music tech startup Beatroot has ceased trading.

The New York Times

The Philharmonic, Under New Management, Raises $50 Million — Fast

In a show of donor confidence in its new leadership, the deficit-challenged New York Philharmonic announced Tuesday that it had raised $50 million to help it balance its budgets in the coming seasons as it rolls out its next music director, Jaap van Zweden.

Kulturradio rbb

Soziale Lage von Lehrkräften an deutschen Musikschulen ist “desaströs” 

Ihnen geht es immer schlechter, so das Ergebnis einer bundesweiten Studie der Gewerkschaft ver.di.

Klassik.Com

Theaterreform in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern im Winterschlaf?

Der Theaterreform in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern ist ins Stocken geraten. Eigentlich sollten die Theater Stralsund, Greifswald, Neubrandenburg und Neustrelitz ab 2018 unter gemeinsamem Dach als Staatstheater Nordost zusammengeführt werden.

Musik Heute

Stuttgarter Oper will sich mehr für Schüler öffnen

Die Stuttgarter Oper will sich künftig stärker öffnen – vor allem für junge Besucher.

Le Monde

Les raisons de l’alliance entre Tencent et Spotify dans le streaming musical

Le leader chinois du secteur et le champion suédois ont échangé des participations pour lancer une collaboration renforcée.

Twitter

  Entries are open for 24 categories in the Music Week Awards 2018 and the deadline is now less than a month away

Image: Jaap van Zweden at Avery Fisher Hall © Classical Music/Chris Lee

(Written on December 13, 2017 )

In today’s news: the lack of interest in opera, British Airways criticised by musicians again, Coventry to be UK City of Culture 2021. Also, Apple intends to buy Shazam, clarinet is the less hygienic instrument and Thomas Hengelbrock leaves Elbphilarmonie. 

The Telegraph

Opera isn’t for everyone – and what’s wrong with that?

As if the opera business wasn’t already in enough of a stew, along comes a survey commissioned by Classic FM. Its findings are discouraging: half the respondents couldn’t name a single opera singer and only one in five recognised a photograph of Pavarotti.

The Sun

British Airways ‘force musicians to pay £280 each to fly their instruments to Jersey for a gig’

Violinist Rita Manning was travelling to a gig with her group Lorcian Ensemble when staff told them to put their precious instruments in the hold.

Classical Music

Coventry to be UK City of Culture 2021

Coventry has been selected as the UK’s City of Culture for 2021, beating Paisley, Sunderland, Stoke and Swansea to the title.

Audio pioneer’s estate makes major gift to University of Cambridge

The estate of Ray Dolby, founder of the audio company bearing his name, has presented the University of Cambridge with £85m.

Pocket-lint

Apple to buy music recognition app Shazam for $400 million

Apple is said to be looking at acquiring Shazam, one of the most popular apps for recognising music, TV shows, films and adverts, with an official deal potentially being announced later today.

The New York Times

James Levine Will Not Face Criminal Charges in Illinois

Law enforcement officials in Illinois said Friday that they would not bring criminal charges against the famed Metropolitan Opera conductor James Levine, noting that the man accusing Mr. Levine of sexual abuse there three decades ago had been 16 at the time — which was then the age of consent.

Limelight

The clarinet is the dirtiest instrument in the band

Which instrument is the dirtiest in the band? A study has shown that it’s the clarinet that tends to harbour the most bacteria and fungi.

Zeit Online

Dirigent der Elbphilharmonie geht im Streit

Der Chefdirigent Thomas Hengelbrock verlässt das Haus im Sommer 2018. Kann sein New Yorker Nachfolger Alan Gilbert schon ein Jahr früher als geplant einspringen? 

Klassik.com

Gabriele Ferro gewinnt Bonner Beethoven-Klavierwettbewerb

Der Italiener Gabriele Ferro hat beim diesjährigen Beethoven-Klavierwettbewerb Bonn den ersten Preis gewonnen. Der erste Platz ist mit 30.000 Euro dotiert.

Bayerischer Rundfunk rudert zurück: Kein Wellentausch von BR Klassik und Jugendsender

Damit wandert der Klassiksender nicht, wie ursprünglich vorgesehen, in das Digitalangebot DAB+, sondern ist weiterhin über UKW zu empfangen.

France Musique

Julie Fuchs et Gautier Capuçon : leur hommage musical à Johnny Hallyday

La soprano Julie Fuchs et le violoncelliste Gautier Capuçon ont interprété l’Ave Maria de Schubert lors des funérailles de Johnny Hallyday samedi 9 décembre à l’église de la Madeleine.

Twitter

 “I remember the moment every time I give a concert in Berlin: the way he entered the conductor’s room, his incredible ability to fill up space and transform it instantaneously.” about firstly meeting Karajan on Dec 11, 1976 

Image: Luciano Pavarotti © Classic FM

(Written on December 11, 2017 )

In today’s news: Robert Guy becomes one of the world’s top musical conductors, harassment problems within the classical music industry, and the first reaction of conductor James Levine after the allegations. Also, the Bachakademie gets a new executive artistic director and the Luzern symphony orchestra increased their sales of tickets.

Examiner

Robert Guy becomes one of the world’s top musical conductors

The talented young orchestra conductor conquered childhood deafness to scale to new musical heights on a global level

The Stage

Andrew Lloyd Webber joins Howard Goodall for six-part musical theatre series

The show will celebrate the history of musicals and explore its relationship with opera and it is set to be broadcasted on Classic FM

Birmingham Post

Alpesh Chauhan silences the crowd with the opening onslaught of Britten’s Sinfonia da Requiem at the Auditorium Paganini

The former CBSO assistant conductor, Alpesh Chauhan has been the principal conductor of the Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini since the start of 2017

The Independent

German violinist Christian Tezlaff and pianist Lars Vogt’s extraordinary performance at the Wigmore Hall

Full house at the intimate Victorian concert venue as the duo played Brahms’ three violin sonatas

The Guardian

Classical music has a harassment problem – is it time for change?

The industry has both nurtured great performances and led to abuses of power. It’s time for a code of conduct and a change of culture or the future is at stake

Opera Wire

British artist David Hockney receives the San Francisco Opera Medal

The Company bestowed the honour on the renowned artist for his productions

Limelight

James Levine describes sexual abuse allegations as “unfounded”

The conductor, who has been suspended by the Metropolitan Opera, has spoken publicly for the first time since the allegations were made.

concerti

Katrin Zagrosek wird Geschäftsführende Intendantin der Bachakademie

Mit Katrin Zagrosek wird die Bachakademie Stuttgart im September 2018 eine neue Geschäftsführende Intendantin bekommen

Musik Heute

Würzburger Mozartfest thematisiert 2018 Aufklärung

Das Würzburger Mozartfest steht im kommenden Jahr im Zeichen der Aufklärung. Dementsprechend stehen Konzerte im Programm des Festivals, die damals wie heute von einer neuen Mündigkeit und von Freiheitsgedanken zeugen.

Klassik.Com

Luzerner Sinfonieorchester steigert Besucherzahlen

Das Luzerner Sinfonieorchester hat in seinem Geschäftsbericht 2016/17 eine positive Bilanz gezogen. Gegenüber der vorherigen Spielzeit konnte der Verkauf der Einzelkarten von knapp 45.000 auf rund 50.000 gesteigert werden, was einem Zuwachs von rund 12,5 Prozent entspricht.

France musique

La Haute école de musique de Neuchâtel menacée de fermeture

Le canton de Neuchâtel en Suisse a décidé de fermer sa Haute école de musique afin de réaliser des économies. Etudiants et professeurs se mobilisent contre cette décision choc que personne n’attendait.

Twitter

BKM Kultur & Medien @BundesKultur Markus Hilgert wurde heute zum neuen Generalsekretär der Kulturstiftung der Länder gewählt. Gratulation! Monika Grütters freut sich auf die Fortsetzung der bewährten und vertrauensvollen Zusammenarbeit.

Music History @today_classical in 1813 FP of ’s Symphony No. 7 Conducted by the nearly deaf composer

Image: Luzerner Sinfonieorchester © Vera Hartmann

(Written on December 8, 2017 )