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In today’s news: Yukata Sado conducts DSO, and Dresdner Symphoniker play at the mexican side of the wall between the USA and Mexico. Mendelssohn and the Protestant Reformation at the centre of Music Festival Speyer, and NSO announces new executive director. Apple unveils a new ‘HomePod’ speaker system, the real-life influence behind ENO’s ‘Yardbird’ opera, ‘One Love’ concert raises £2million for victims of hate attack, and Warner Music Group announce new non-pop division.

The Guardian

My journey to Charlie Parker: ENO’s Yardbird

Bridgette Wimberly’s uncle idolised his jazz-legend friend so much that he took up the saxophone – and copied his heroin use.

M Magazine

‘One Love Manchester’ raises £2million for victims of Manchester bombing attack

Ariana Grande’s benefit concert on Sunday has, to date, raised over £2million.

The Week

NYPD sergeant connects with the community through classical music

Over the course of a decade, New York Police Sgt. Chris Yip went from not knowing how to play a note to being a classically trained pianist who performs at venues across New York City to benefit nonprofit organisations.

Billboard.com

Warner Music Group creates arts music division and joint venture with Sh-k-Boom

Kevin Gore joins as as president of new division focusing on classical, musical theatre, jazz and non-pop genres

Independent

Apple-designed ‘HomePod’ is the latest release at the WWDC to join the smart home market

Apple has officially launched HomePod, a Siri-powered talking music system for the home. It looks unusual, like a cross between Google Home and the Mac Pro, wrapped in mesh.

Tagesspiegel

Echos des anderen Amerika – Yutaka Sado dirigiert das DSO

Ein transatlantischer Gedankenflug: Der japanische Dirigent Yutaka Sado und das Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester zwischen „Apalachian Spring“ und „Aconcagua“

Spiegel.de

Anti-Trump-Konzert am Grenzzaun -Dresdner Sinfoniker in Mexiko

Musizieren gegen Trump: Die Dresdner Sinfoniker traten am Grenzzaun zwischen Mexiko und den USA auf. Ein Parallelkonzert auf der anderen Seite des Bollwerks hatten die US-amerikanischen Behörden verboten.

Concerti

Eine Sinfonie als Glaubensbekenntnis

Das Musikfest Speyer stellt dieses Jahr Mendelssohn und die Reformation ins Zentrum.

Le Monde

Disparition du chef d’orchestre Jeffrey Tate

Le grand chef britannique, qui avait fait une partie de sa carrière en France, s’est éteint en Italie à l’âge de 74 ans, le 2 juin.

The Washington Post

NSO announces new executive director

The National Symphony Orchestra named its next executive director, Gary Ginstling, currently the chief executive of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, on Monday morning.

Twitter

Clash Music (@clash_music): Listen: Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize lecture is online now and it is simply incredible http://bit.ly/2sMLdLJ

The Telegraph (@TeleMusicNews): ‘I Think It’s Going To Rain Today’: 30 great songs about rain  http://bit.ly/2sMSpI1 

Photo credit: Dominic Mercier

Photo credit: Dominic Mercier

(Written on June 6, 2017 )

In today’s news many comment on the emotional One Love Manchester concert that took place last night, two weeks after the terror attack at Ariana Grande’s concert. The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is back at the top of the charts for the first time in 50 years, and The New York Times looks at the best moments in classical music last week.

BBC News

One Love Manchester: The most emotional moments

There were high emotions at a benefit concert staged by Ariana Grande in Manchester less than two weeks after the terror attack following her gig in the city. But the show also demonstrated the power of pop music to bring people together

Sir Jeffrey Tate: Conductor with spina bifida dies at 74

Sir Jeffrey, who was born with spina bifida, was the principal conductor of the English Chamber Orchestra and the Royal Opera House in the 1980s

The Guardian

Liam Gallagher attacks brother Noel for absence at One Love Manchester concert

Oasis brothers’ feud continues as Liam says he is ‘very disappointed’ after Noel fails to join him for concert following Manchester Arena attack

Independent

Manchester One Love: Police dance with members of crowd at tribute concert

Footage of officer dancing with children in a circle at concert goes viral

New York Times

An Ice Cream Truck at Carnegie Hall: This Week’s 8 Best Classical Music Moments

In addition to reviews, features and news during the week, our critics and reporters collect the best of what they’ve heard: notes that sent shivers down their spines, memorable voices, quotations that cut to the heart of the story

Uncompromising Music Survives on the Brooklyn Waterfront

There is so much new life and affluence crowding the Brooklyn waterfront that traditionalists like Mark Peskanov, the master violinist who runs the Bargemusic concerts of chamber music aboard a handsomely converted coal barge, hard by the Brooklyn Bridge, might be tempted to move. Which he has no intention of doing

Dallas News

Mozart piano concertos begin at the Cliburn competition

Starting Saturday, the semifinal round of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition switched to a half-and-half format each day: two solo recitals each afternoon, four performances of Mozart piano concertos each evening, with Nicholas McGegan conducting the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

Classical Source

Royal Opera cast amendment, Otello, Ludovic Tézier

It is with deep regret that French baritone Ludovic Tézier will no longer be making his role debut as Iago in Otello on 21, 24 and 28 June, and on 2, 6 and 10 July

M Magazine

Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band back at number one

The Beatles’ classic album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is back at the top of the charts 50 years after it was first number one

Washington Post

Can listening to nature improve how we listen to music?

As a species, we have a lot more experience listening to the wind than we do listening to our favorite songs

Twitter

: A view from backstage

: “It is striking how Mancunians have turned to poetry and music” http://bit.ly/2qPpBhh

Where Is The Love? – Black Eyed Peas and Ariana Grande. Photo: BBC News

Merken

Merken

(Written on June 5, 2017 )

In today’s news: Barbican and Classic FM have announced Shine, an event showcasing music and music education from around the world. A view inside of the fortepiano of the Berlin Philharmonic, and Lisa Batiashvili talks about Europe and integration. Learn about electronic-visionaire Wolfgang Voigt’s new album, and meet the artist who sings with nightingales. Twitter goes wild with classical music jokes at #ClickBaitASymphony.

The Guardian

Karl Marx comedy to kick off first season at new London theatre

Rory Kinnear to star as ‘broke, horny’ philosopher at 900-seat Bridge theatre run by Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr

The Telegraph

Meet the man who sings with nightingales

No bird has a more potent mystique than the nightingale. Its mysterious habit of singing at night and its gorgeously liquid song have inspired awestruck speculation down the centuries.

Rhinegold

ABRSM announces free event to celebrate music education

ABRSM, Barbican and Classic FM have announced Shine, an event showcasing music and music education from around the world

Petrenko and RLPO win top prize at BBC Music Magazine Awards

Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (RLPO) have won the BBC Music Magazine recording of the year award for their recording of Tchaikovsky’s first, second and fifth symphonies on Onyx Classics.  Accentus Music won Best DVD for Berg’s Wozzeck.

The Strad

Violist Masumi Per Rostad joins Eastman School of Music string faculty

The Japanese-Norwegian musician has performed as a member of the Grammy-winning Pacifica Quartet since 2001

The Violin Channel

Kerr-Pool Karaoke with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra

Join Dallas Symphony Orchestra members, with Concertmaster Alex Kerr at the wheel, for their own very special Kerr-pool karaoke.

Der Tagesspiegel

Ein Blick ins Innere des Hammerflügels

Nirgendwo kann man den Berliner Philharmonikern so nahe kommen wie bei den Osterfestspielen in Baden-Baden. Eine Bilanz zum fünfjährigen Jubiläum.

Berliner Morgenpost

Regisseur Rolando Villazón erteilt Sängern keine Ratschläge

Startenor Rolando Villazón (45) will bei seiner Arbeit als Opernregisseur den Sängern keine Ratschläge geben. “Ich arbeite mit Kollegen, die wissen zu singen”, sagte Villazón am Mittwoch in Düsseldorf.

Spiegel Online

Es rauscht so schön

Ist das schon Klassik? Nach 17 Jahren Stille überwältigt Elektronik-Visionär Wolfgang Voigt mit einem neuen GAS-Album. Außerdem: Tom Schillings Gesangs-Debüt, Maximo Parks Comeback und Techno-Kunst von Actress.

Merkur

Batiashvili: „Ich habe Sorge um Europa“

Die Geigerin Lisa Batiashvili spricht im Interview über Integration, die Arbeit mit Putin-Freund Gergiev und die politische Wirkung von Musik.

The Washington Post

Russian pianist quarrels, attacks and fox trots in spectacular debut at the Phillips

Lukas Geniusas placed second at the Chopin International Competition in 2010, and again at the Tchaikovsky in 2015.

WXQR

Classical Comedy: Here are our 10 Fave #ClickBaitASymphony Tweets!

It’s just what it sounds like — denizens of Twitter turning your favorite classical tunes into headlines for delicious interweb content.

South China Morning Post

Who is the new Mrs Aaron Kwok? All about Moka Fang, model and actress who’s the bride of Canto-pop star

29-year-old first came to attention on a matchmaking variety show in China, and soon afterwards a book full of revealing photos of her was published and she appeared in an online series that resembled Sex and the City

Twitter

 And the DVD Award goes to Berg’s Wozzeck from Zurich Opera, conducted by Fabio Luisi (Accentus label).

17 Maestro move: Speranza wins her first big job

3  Jeffrey zum Ritter geschlagen

Rhinegold: Mark McNulty

(Written on April 20, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Vienna Philharmonic perform in new suits designed by Vivienne Westwood, Vienna celebrates 11-year old composer Alma Deutscher, and conductor Jeffrey Tate is given a knighthood. Also, a sneak preview of 2017’s cultural highlights, and the countdown to the opening of the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg begins.

The New York Times

A New Year, and New Duds, for the Vienna Philharmonic

For the Vienna Philharmonic’s 175th anniversary, Dame Vivienne Westwood and Andreas Knonthaler — her designer partner, creative director and husband — have designed a new stage outfit, the Philharmonic Suit, for the musicians.

DW.com

2016: The year in classical music

Numbers, facts, people: it was a year of milestones in the classical world – and as always, Germany calls the tune.

Classic.fm

Opera singer Bryn Terfel given a knighthood, Dame Evelyn Glennie made a Companion of Honour and Iestyn Davies given an MBE in the New Year’s Honours 2017

Stars of the classical world are among those recognised in this year’s Honours List, joining sports stars including Mo Farah and Andy Murray, and BFG-actor Mark Rylance

The New Yorker

Bach’s Holy Dread

The composer has long been seen as a symbol of divine order. But his music has an unruly obsession with God.

Telegraph

Mariah Carey ends 2016 on low note with ‘disastrous’ New Year’s Eve performance

Pop diva Mariah Carey suffered a series of mishaps during her New Year’s Eve performance, with viewers branding the show a disaster.

Spiegel Online

Wien feiert elfjährige Komponistin

Die elf Jahre alte Alma Deutscher hat mit ihrer Aschenputtel-Oper das Wiener Publikum begeistert. Bei der Uraufführung gab es Standing Ovations. Und das Wunderkind plant schon die nächsten Projekte.

Musik Heute

Dirigent Jeffrey Tate wird zum Ritter geschlagen

Der Chefdirigent der Hamburger Symphoniker, Jeffrey Tate, wird von der britischen Queen zum Ritter geschlagen. Das teilte das Orchester am Sonntag unter Berufung auf das Londoner Königshaus mit.

Wiener Neujahrskonzert 2018 mit Riccardo Muti am Pult

Riccardo Muti soll 2018 das Neujahrskonzert der Wiener Philharmoniker dirigieren. Das Orchester würdige damit die jahrzehntelange Zusammenarbeit mit dem 75-jährigen Italiener.

nmz

Kulturelle Highlights 2017: eine Medien- und Kultur-Vorschau

Oscars, Eurovision Song Contest, Buchmesse – was uns 2017 in Kultur und Medien erwartet. Ein Überblick von Januar bis Dezember.

Klassik Heute

ARTE feiert die Eröffnung der Elbphilharmonie

Von der langen Geschichte dieses ambitionierten Projektes bis zur Eröffnung des großen Saals am 11. Januar 2017 erzählen eine ARTE-Dokumentation und das glanzvolle Eröffnungskonzert.

Twitter

MUSIK HEUTE @Musik_Heute Umjubelter Berlin-Einstand von Dirigent Justin Doyle beim

The Royal Opera @TheRoyalOpera Share your 2016 highlights using – we’d love to hear from you bit.ly/2hJ9od9

BBC NOW @BBCNOW  Congratulations to the following composers, whose music has been chosen for this year’s

Alma Deutscher © Christian Wind/dpa

Alma Deutscher © Christian Wind/dpa

(Written on January 2, 2017 )

Every day the WildKat team scan the newspapers and blogs online to bring you a digested list of the day’s classical music.

Gramophone online

Daniel Barenboim is named new head of La Scala

After six years the Italian house appoints a new director

The Guardian

Jeffrey Tate: ‘I’ve had to fight all my life’

After nearly two decades abroad, Jeffrey Tate returns to Covent Garden. So why the wait, asks Tom Service

Intermezzo

Free opera online from the Opera House of the Year

La Monnaie, recently awarded the prestigious title of Opera House of the Year by Opernwelt magazine, is planning to stream all of this season’s productions free online.

Fast company.com

How Symphonies Grew Strong Audiences By Killing The Myth Of The Average Consumer

It turns out the secret to unlocking demand for classical music–as for most products–is discarding the Myth of the Average Customer

New York Times

Philadelphia Orchestra Management and Musicians Approve Labor Agreement

The Philadelphia Orchestra management and musicians said on Thursday that they had approved a labor agreement that represents a major step toward bringing the orchestra out of bankruptcy court

The Telegraph

Il Volo: The boys who tempt teens to love opera

Italian pop-opera trio Il Volo have taken America by storm. Adam Sweeting reports

 

 

 

(Written on October 14, 2011 )