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In today’s news: Composer Oliver Knussen dies aged 66 after a short illness, Jeremy Wright replaces Matt Hancock as DCMS following “Brexodus”, and Love Islanders get a dose of classical music. Hamburg State Opera releases audience numbers for 2017/18 season. Rudolstadt-Festival for folk, world and roots music. The underwater concert to raise environmental awareness. Five finalists for directorship of Palus de les Arts in Valencia. The sound island in Madrid encouraging children to create music as they play.

The Guardian

Composer Oliver Knussen dies aged 66

British composer and conductor Oliver Knussen has died age 66, his publisher has announced.

The Drum

Jeremy Wright appointed new secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport (DCMS)

The MP used to play the trumpet, “but can barely get a note out of the instrument these days”.

Classic FM

Love Island and classical music: what’s been played on ITV2 so far?

Classic FM have noticed that a few pieces of classical music have cropped up in Series Four of Love Island, 2018. Here are all the pieces they’ve used so far.

EurekAlert

The ideal of equality makes opera thrive in Finland

The number of operas composed during the 21st century is higher than during the 150-years of previous Finnish music history.

Bloomberg

Huawei Takes a Trip to the Opera in a Break From Trade Wars

Deputy Chairman Ken Hu is heading to the French capital to unveil a technology partnership involving a 900,000-euro ($1 million) investment over three years into a content-sharing platform at France’s national opera company.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Konzert für Fische und Korallen

Tauchausrüstung oder Schnorchel waren ein Muss beim Unterwasser-Festival vor den Florida Keys. Die am einzigen lebenden US-Korallenriff abgespielten Rhythmen sollten die Aufmerksamkeit auch auf den Schutz des Ökosystems lenken.

Klassik Heute

Hamburgische Staatsoper gibt die Besucherzahlen der Spielzeit 2017/18 bekannt

Mit der Vorstellung der 44. Nijinsky-Gala des Hamburg Ballett am vergangenen Sonntag, den 8. Juli 2018, ging die Spielzeit 2017/2018 der Hamburgischen Staatsoper zu Ende.

Bayerische Rundfunk

Ruth-Preis an Ethno-Jazz-Sängerin

Zehntausende sind am vergangenen Wochenende zu rund 300 Konzerten ins thüringische Rudolstadt gereist.

Platea Magazine

Dos españoles, dos italianos, un alemán y un argentino, finalistas para dirigir el Palau de Les Arts

Tal y como publica el periódico Las Provincias, el Palau de Les Arts ya contaría con cinco finalistas para dirigir el coliseo, tras la dimisión de Davide Livermore.

El País

Una isla sonora para jugar a través de la música

Un volcán sonoro se ha instalado en Matadero. Está ubicado en una isla en la que todos los elementos que la conforman hacen ruido y, en conjunto, producen música.

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(Written on July 10, 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 classical news Muhal Richard Abrahms died at age 87, Chicago Symphony’s deficit widens by $300,000, Sainsbury’s launches own-brand vinyl albumsand and 2018 Opera News Awards to honour stars of the stage.

NPR

Muhal Richard Abrams, a pianist and composer of staunch independence and sweeping influence, inseparable from his role as a founding father of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians [AACM], died on Sunday at his home in New York City. He was 87.

Chigago Business

Chicago Symphony’s deficit widens by $300,000

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association posted an operating deficit of $1.4 million for fiscal 2017, compared to deficit of $1.1 million the year prior. The association, the governing body of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, released 2017 financials at its Nov. 1 annual meeting, held at Symphony Center.

Broadway World

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra With Cellist Truls Mork present World Premiere By Shuying Li

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra continues its 2017-2018 season at Carnegie Hall with a performance featuring Norwegian cellist Truls Mørk in Shostakovich’s first Cello Concerto and the world premiere of Shuying Li’s Out Came the Sun, inspired by the profound and transformative experience of postpartum motherhood.

BBC News

Instruments for Kids project seeks old music equipment

A national music project to get people to hand over their old and unused instruments to children is being launched. A pilot project earlier this year saw 50 instruments brought back into use after being donated by AMs and staff at the Welsh assembly and government.

The Guardian

Supermarket swing: Sainsbury’s launches own-brand vinyl albums

Store to release compilation albums as it looks to consolidate its position as one of the largest vinyl sellers in the UK.

Evening Standard

A new exhibition celebrates groundbreaking modernist opera ‘Four Saints in Three Acts’

Gertrude Stein’s opera featured an all-African American cast and was the first opera to open on Broadway.

Opera News

2018 Opera News Awards to honour stars of the stage

This year’s honorees—conductor William Christie, mezzo-soprano Fiorenza Cossotto, tenor Vittorio Grigolo, soprano Hei-Kyung Hong, and soprano Sonya Yoncheva — will be celebrated at a black-tie gala celebration on April 22nd, 2018 at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.

Pizzicato

Lang Lang muss bis Sommer 2018 pausieren

Der 35-jährige Chinese Lang Lang wird erst im Sommer 2018 wieder auftreten. Das sagte er in einem Gespräch mit ‘Die Zeit’

Concerti

Körpereinsatz mit Köpfchen

Noch bis zum 17. März 2018 kann man bei den Internationalen Tanzwochen Neuss einzigartige Choreografien aus der ganzen Welt bewunder.

Musik Heute

Barenboim gibt am 75. Geburtstag Benefizkonzert

Der Dirigent und Pianist Daniel Barenboim gibt an seinem 75. Geburtstag ein Benefizkonzert für den Musikkindergarten Berlin.

Klassik.com

Logo des Telemann-Jubiläums 2017 erhält Design-Preis

Das Logo für das Telemann-Jubiläum 2017 gehört zu den Gewinnern des German Design Award 2018 in der Kategorie “Corporate Identity”.

Mundoclassico

Ha fallecido el compositor sueco Ingvar Lidholm

El compositor sueco Ingvar Lidholm (Jönköping, 1921) falleció el pasado 17 de octubre a los 96 años de edad. Alumno de Hilding Rosenberg (1943-1945), Natanael Berg y Tor Mann, se formó simultáneamente como compositor e intérprete de violín, viola, violonchelo y contrabajo.

Platea Magazine

France Musique

En Russie, une ville annule le déplacement d’une statue de Tchaïkovsky

La ville de Kline, où le compositeur a vécu et travaillé, souhaitait reléguer sa statue en périphérie de la ville et la remplacer par une autre, baptisée Le bouclier de bronze. Mais devant le tollé, la municipalité a fait marche arrière.

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nmz @musikzeitung Pianist Lang Lang hofft auf Comeback im Sommer 2018

Musik @Musik_heute Heute Pianist kündigt in der Comeback für nächsten Sommer an

The late pianist and composer Muhal Richard Abrams, performing at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York in 2004 © Jack Vartoogian/Getty Images

(Written on November 2, 2017 )

WildKat PR is delighted to welcome back Music@Malling for the fourth time. Music@Malling brings world-class artists to historic local venues in West Malling, Kent, combining a hugely successful outreach programme with a firm commitment to new music. This year sees the seventh iteration of the festival, in which 24 events will take place over 10 days, featuring music of leading contemporary composers, alongside classical, jazz and folk music. The festival aims to engage with the local community through education and outreach work and to provide events that both enrich and entertain audiences. Music@Malling aspires to develop innovative and creative projects that are of high quality and that raise the profile of music. The artists are involved in mentoring and supporting young musicians and composers across Kent.

Music@Malling

This year, outreach work includes 1400 primary school children from 16 schools partaking in a project focusing on Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes as well as 480 children performing in four concerts alongside the festivals resident ensemble, Chamber Domaine, and narrator Matthew Sharp. Furthermore, in conjunction with Sound and Music, Go compose!, gives 10 young composers from Kent the opportunity to compose a piece of music that is performed and recorded in one day under the expert guidance of Simon Pearce (Royal College of Music and Purcell School) and Chamber Domaine. The festival also offers Meet the Composer events with composers such as Alexander Goehr and Paul Patterson, and mentoring workshops with the Artistic Director of Ronnie Scott’s, James Pearson.

Concerts will include Chamber Domaine performing Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis and Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time. Artists range from harpsichord player Steven Devine, violinist Thomas Bowes to guitarist Craig Ogden performing Bach, Dowland, Britten, and Albeniz. Flute player Sami Junnonen will perform music by Bach, Sciarrino, Debussy, Berio, Takemitsu, as well as the premiere of a new work by Tomi Räisänen.

Thomas Kemp, Artistic Director, says: ‘Our seventh festival promises to be our best yet with a wide range of music and lots of interesting programmes and opportunities for music lovers young and old. Contemporary music by Alexander Goehr and Paul Patterson rubs shoulders with works by Bach, Mozart, Elgar, Vaughan Williams and Gershwin as well as jazz, world, folk and vocal music across 24 events. I am particularly proud of our work with local schools –engaging young people in creative activities – many for the first time.’

(Written on July 17, 2017 )