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In today’s news: Sheku Kanneh-Mason, funds cello lessons at former school, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa receives Gramophone Lifetime Achievement Award, and King’s Place to celebrate tenth anniversary with Time Unwrapped. Ensemble Aravà receives moderation award for old music , Festival String Lucerne remembers its founder, and soprano Kiri Te Kanawa retires.

Classic FM

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa given the Lifetime Achievement Award and Classic FM wins a Gramophone Award 2017

The 40th annual Gramophone Awards was a star-studded event celebrating the greatest names in classical music, including pianist Murray Perahia and mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato.

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Bramwell Tovey named director of orchestral activities at the Boston University

British conductor Bramwell Tovey, 64, the outgoing Music Director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, takes a new post at the Boston University School of Music where he has been named director of orchestral activities. His first public rehearsal is scheduled for this Friday.

The Violin Channel

Former Minnesota Duluth Music Teacher Has Died from Accidental Overdose

Former Choral Director and Associate Music Professor at the University of Minnesota Duluth, Tina Thielen-Gaffey has passed away – aged just 50.

Music Teacher

Sheku Kanneh-Mason funds cello lessons at former school

The 18-year-old cellist, who has just started his studies at the Royal Academy of Music, donated £3,000 to Trinity Catholic School in Aspley, Nottingham after hearing that budget cuts could bring an end to cello teaching. The money, which was earned through playing engagements, will ensure that cello teaching continues at the school for the next three years.

International Piano

Yamaha launches AvantGrand NU1X

Yamaha has revealed the AvantGrand NU1X, the successor to the award-winning NU1.

Classical Music Magazine

King’s Place to celebrate tenth anniversary with Time Unwrapped

King’s Place will celebrate its tenth anniversary in 2018 with a year-long series dedicated to time.

Limelight

Opera Queensland announces its 2018 season

Lindy Hume will direct Don Giovanni in her final season as AD and Graeme Murphy’s The Merry Widow comes to town.

Klassik.com

Ensemble Aravà erhält Moderationspreis für Alte Musik

Der Moderationspreis für Alte Musik, der in diesem Jahr zum ersten Mal vom Forum Alte Musik in Frankfurt am Main vergeben wurde, geht an das Ensemble Aravà.

Musik Heute

Neuer Präsident der Musikhochschule Nürnberg ernannt

Bayerns Kunstminister Ludwig Spaenle (CSU) hat dem neugewählten Präsidenten der Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg, Christoph Adt, am Mittwoch in München die Ernennungsurkunde überreicht.

Klassik Heute

Festival Strings Lucerne erinnern an ihren Gründer Rudolf Baumgartner

Heute wäre Rudolf Baumgartner (1917–2002) 100 Jahre alt geworden.

France Musique

La soprano Kiri Te Kanawa se retire de la scène

La chanteuse néo-zélandaise Kiri Te Kanawa a annoncé à la BBC le mercredi 13 septembre qu’elle prenait sa retraite, à l’âge de 73 ans.

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What a night! Read the full Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2017 report:

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(Written on September 14, 2017 )

In today’s news: Protest violinist and former El Sistema student Wuilly Arteaga released from custody in Venezuela, and Joyce DiDonato performs with refugee children in Greece. Michael Haensel has died, Baltic Sea Philharmonic on tour, and “Bundesakkordeonorchester” receives partnership with “Deutscher Musikrat.”

Classical Music Magazine

Gramophone announces 2017 Awards shortlist

The Awards will mark their 40th anniversary in 2017 with a ceremony at 8 Northumberland Avenue, London WC2, which will be streamed live by medici.tv.

The Violin Channel

Candidates Announced for Germany’s 2017 ARD International Violin Competition

Open to violinists of any nationality born between 1988 and 2000, the 1st prize winner will receive €10,000 (US $11,500).

The Strad

Protest violinist Wuilly Arteaga released from custody in Venezuela

Wuilly Arteaga, a former El Sistema student who has become known worldwide for taking his violin on street demonstrations in the Venezuelan capital Caracas, was arrested and detained three weeks ago, attracting a number of petitions for his release.

Music Business Worldwide

Gustavo Lopez exits Universal after 21 years, launches talent uno for Latin music.

Long-serving Universal Music executive Gustavo Lopez has officially left the major after 21 years to launch his own services company in Los Angeles.

Classic FM

Joyce DiDonato performs with refugee children in Greece

The opera singer has been working with El Sistema Greece on workshops with refugee children from countries including Afghanistan and Syria: ‘El Sistema is building a cultural revolution here, through music education.’

Broadway World

Andrew Lloyd Webber Strikes Deal for Musical Theatre Advancement in China

Andrew Lloyd Webber will be expanding his musical theatre empire into China, starting with a Chinese makeover of his hit musical, Tell Me On A Sunday.

Limelight

Robot conductor to lead Italian orchestra in Bocelli concert

The humanoid robot YuMi will conduct the Lucca Philharmonic in an operatic highlights concert in Pisa. 

Klassik.com

Früherer Intendant des Ludwigshafener Pfalzbau-Theaters gestorben

Der Regisseur und Schauspieler Michael Haensel ist im Alter von 73 Jahren nach langer, schwerer Krankheit gestorben.

Klassik Heute

Baltic Sea Philharmonic und Kristjan Järvi auf Tournee

Das Baltic Sea Philharmonic und Kristjan Järvi touren ab dem 19. August durch Schweden, Deutschland und Italien mit Folkmusik-inspirierten Werken von Strawinsky, Rachmaninow und Arvo Pärt. 

Deutscher Musikrat

Bundesakkordeonorchester erhält Privilegierte Partnerschaft des Deutschen Musikrates

Auf einstimmigen Beschluss des Präsidiums hat der Deutsche Musikrat die Privilegierte Partnerschaft an das Bundesakkordeonorchester vergeben.

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The Strad: Wuilly Arteaga

(Written on August 17, 2017 )

In today’s Classical News, The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation has awarded grants worth over £1 million pounds, Roderick Williams has been appointed as visiting consultant in vocal performance at Birmingham Conservatoire, and BBC Proms has committed to making classical concerts welcoming to all, with a new disability-inclusive event at the Royal Albert Hall.

Classical Music

Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation announces latest grants

The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation has awarded grants worth over £1 million pounds to 28 projects across the UK.

Classic FM

‘Simon Rattle is not afraid to say what he thinks about the state of music education – he’s great for music in the UK’

Gareth Davies is Chairman and Principal Flautist of the LSO and he spoke exclusively to our presenter Anne-Marie Minhall about the orchestra’s new music director, Sir Simon Rattle.

Music Teacher

Roderick Williams takes Birmingham Conservatoire post

Roderick Williams has been appointed as visiting consultant in vocal performance at Birmingham Conservatoire. The baritone, who was awarded an OBE earlier this year, will visit the institution on a regular basis to give recitals, individual coaching and masterclasses.

Huffington Post

BBC Proms Launches First Disability-Inclusive Concert To Make Classical Music Accessible To All

With their silent audiences, formal attire and clapping etiquette, classical music concerts don’t scream accessibility. But BBC Proms has committed to making classical concerts welcoming to all, with a new disability-inclusive event at the Royal Albert Hall.

Berliner Morgenpost

Bei Berlins Kulturstätten herrscht Sanierungsstau

435 Millionen Euro werden benötigt, um alle Theater und Konzertsäle der Stadt instand zu setzen. „Es muss dringend etwas getan werden.“

Fono Forum

Kulturinstitut der Musikindustrie

Joyce DiDonato, Matthias Goerne, Daniel Hope (!), Kent Nagano, Maurizio Pollini, Fazıl Say, Christian Tetzlaff, das Wiener Klaviertrio, Thomas Fritzsch, Sebastian Knauer, Linus Roth und der Nachwuchskünstler Lucas Debargue gehören zu den Preisträgern des ECHO KLASSIK 2017.

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Experimentierlust lässt Besucher staunen

Das Festival vielsaitig gibt klangvolle Einblicke nicht nur in die Geigenbau-Historie

El Mundo

Cartas de amor de grandes compositores

“Es una última y dura prueba, pero mi amor es mi fe, y estoy sedienta por el martirio”, escribe Marie d’Agoult cuando deja a su marido para amar a Franz Liszt. Es uno de los fragmentos de una de las misivas que recoge el libro ‘Cartas de amor de músicos’ (Turner), de Kurt Pahlen.

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Genova organizes Paganini festival

Genova, the city of the Premio Paganini, is planning a festival with nine concerts, all with free entrance, with the participation of three winners of the Paganini Award.

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(Written on July 28, 2017 )

Today’s news: A 42,000 bone flute is still making music, and take a listen to the Godfather theme performed with a cello. The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra announces their 2017-18 season which will be themed after composers who emigrated to America to save their personal and creative existence. Italian Opera Week in Hamburg, and a brief musical history of the Moog Synthesizer.

The Telegraph

The 42,000 year old instruments still making a noise in the classical world

There’s a special thrill in hearing the sound of an ancient instrument, and a CD released this week (i.e. April 21) gives us a rare chance to do it.

Classic FM

2 Cellos performing the theme from The Godfather is an offer you can’t refuse

Luka Šulić and Stjepan Hauser are tackling the world of film music on their new album, and this cut from The Godfather is the perfect introduction.

Classical Music Magazine

RLPO announces 2017/18 season

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra’s (RLPO) 2017/18 season will include a piano focus and ‘From the New World’, a series of concerts featuring music by American composers, European composers influenced by America, or composers who emigrated there to save their personal and creative existence.

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Chineke! Orchestra: Classical music diversified

“I could count on my hand the amount of people of colour I’d played with in the past 35 years… That’s not good.” Fresh off the phone from BBC Radio 4, Chi-chi Nwanoku walked me through her mission to champion change and celebrate diversity in the Classical music scene.

The Strad

Etihad Airways refuses to allow violins in the cabin due to recent policy change

The airline has changed its hand baggage policy recently and is now refusing to allow any musical instruments in the cabin, as folk musician Caitlín Nic Gabhann discovered during a tour earlier this month.

Musik Heute

Staatsoper Hamburg legt “Italienische Opernwochen” auf

Die Staatsoper Hamburg veranstaltet in der kommenden Saison erstmals “Italienische Opernwochen”.

Die Welt 

Darum boomt die Musikgattung Lied plötzlich wieder

Das Lied ist die deutscheste Form überhaupt. Sänger lieben den engen Kontakt zum Publikum; Zuhörer lassen sich bewegen von Schubert, Brahms und Co. In Heidelberg gibt es nun sogar ein Lied-Zentrum.

Concerti

Die versöhnende Kraft der Musik

Der südkoreanische Dirigent und Pianist Chung Myung-Whun möchte zum 25. Todestag des französischen Komponisten Olivier Messiaen auf die versöhnende Kraft von Musik aufmerksam machen.

The New York Times

Ballet Hispánico Dances the ‘Identity Mambo’

What does it mean to run a Latino dance company in New York in 2017?

WQXR

The Moog Synthesizer’s Dynamic Musical History

The Grammy-winning, best-selling classical album of 1968, Switched-On Bach, employs neither violins nor pianos nor any instrument hewn of materials that would not have baffled Baroque society.

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(Written on April 12, 2017 )

Classical News

In our news today, comic pop-up events in London are supposed to revolutionise opera, the RNCM gold medal competition names its winners & a same-sex kiss in the musical Les Miserables in Singapore has been removed from the show, after complaints from the public. Also, The Times introduces cellist and BBC Young Musician winner Sheku Kenneh-Mason and his family, plus former James Bond actor Roger Moore will visit the Tyne Theater & Opera House in Newcastle to talk about his career.

The Guardian

Comic opera to pop up all over London

Pop-up events have transformed the hospitality sector and now these pared down innovative events in interesting spaces are taking over the arts world as well.

The Times

Is this the most musically talented family in Britain?

The cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason’s electric performances won him the BBC Young Musician competition — and his six siblings are just as good.

Classical Music Magazine

RNCM Gold Medal winners announced

The winners of this year’s RNCM gold medal competition 2016 are James Girling (guitar), Tyler Hay (piano), Danny Ryan (composer), Abel Selaocoe (cello) and Andres Yauri (bassoon).

BBC News 

Singapore cuts same-sex kiss from Les Miserables

A kiss between two male actors in the musical Les Miserables in Singapore has been removed from the show, after complaints from the public. The scene involved a brief peck on the lips during the song Beggars at the Feast.

Laura Mvula: ‘Music industry is sexist’

Laura Mvula has described the music industry as “sexist” and “racist”, saying we are living in the “Donald Trump time of music”. The singer-songwriter said she often felt “isolated and misunderstood” as a female recording artist.

Chronicle Live

James Bond star Roger Moore set for Tyne Theatre & Opera House in Newcastle

Former James Bond actor Roger Moore will be at the Tyne Theatre later this year to talk about his career and answer questions from the audience.

Huffington Post

A lurking threat to Western classical music

Is Western classical music under threat? The genre known as classical, serious, or art music has certainly suffered from being labeled elitist and inaccessible.

Classical-music.com

Capability Brown to be celebrated in music

The 300th anniversary of the birth of landscape architect Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown is be commemorated by a new composition at this year’s Fringe in the Fen music festival in Cambridgeshire.

The New York Times

National Endowment for the Arts names 2017 Jazz Masters

The National Endowment for the Arts has named its 2017 NEA Jazz Masters: the musicians — Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dave Holland, Dr. Lonnie Smith and Dick Hyman — and the jazz historian Ira Gitler. Each will each receive $25,000 and be honored at a tribute concert at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington on April 3, 2017.

The Strad

Musician ‘kicked off’ United Airlines flight for attempting to stow her violin safely

Yura Lee was travelling with her violin from Washington to Detroit and had negotiated with fellow passengers to stow the instrument under seats.

Classic FM

Joyce DiDonato has posted a powerful response to the Orlando shootings

Soprano Joyce DiDonato has re-posted a video of herself singing Purcell’s ‘When I Am Laid In Earth’ at the Stonewall Inn in New York.

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Riccardo Chailly sagt Abschiedskonzert mit Leipziger Gewandhausorchester ab

Der italienische Dirigent Riccardo Chailly hat sein Abschiedskonzert als Gewandhauskapellmeister abgesagt. Das Konzert mit Mahlers Dritter Sinfonie sollte am kommenden Sonntag stattfinden.

Musik heute

Würth-Musikpreis an “vision string quartet” verliehen

Die Streicher des Berliner “vision string quartet” sind am Montag in ihrer Heimatstadt mit dem Würth-Preis des musikalischen Jugendverbandes Jeunesses Musicales Deutschland (JMD) ausgezeichnet worden.

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Zensur bei “Les Misérables” in Singapur

Ein Kuss zwischen zwei männlichen Musicaldarstellern hat in Singapur die Medienbehörde auf den Plan gerufen – und wurde daraufhin gestrichen. Künstler reagierten empört auf die Zensur.

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Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ First Night: discusses making her debut with Elgar’s Cello Concerto

The Culture Trip @CultureTrip  that classical music can have beneficial effects on pain, stress, depression and sleep.

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(Written on June 14, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, an interview with Jonas Kaufmann in The Guardian, Musik heute announces that the 2015 European composer prize will be awarded to Turkish Sinem Altan and the results of the German Echo awards in Neue Musikzeitung. Also, former chief technician of Steinway pianos, Franz Mohr, talks about his relationship with pianist Vladimir Horowitz.

The Guardian

Organ failure: the Nazis condemned it; at last we can make our own minds up about Jón Leifs’ Organ Concerto

Many of the Icelandic composer’s works have established a place in the repertoire, but why is his notorious organ concerto still so rarely performed?

Jonas Kaufmann: ‘I feel like an ambassador’

With his smouldering looks and extraordinary voice, Jonas Kaufmann is hailed as the greatest living tenor. Ahead of his performance at the Last Night of the Proms, Stephen Moss meets one of opera’s most serious and sought-after superstars

The Independent

Wurlitzer pipe organ: Historic instrument sounds again in UK cinema after 55-year absence

Restored cinema organ from the 1930s has been installed in east London

The Telegraph

Nigel Kennedy: Classical musicians must stop ignoring audiences

Classical musicians should be allowed to interact with their audiences, Nigel Kennedy says

Classic FM

Here’s what happened when violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter took Bach to a nightclub

She’s one of the world’s best violinists: absolutely A-list. But how would the nightclubbing population of Berlin react to Bach, Vivaldi and Gershwin?

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Sei mir gegrüßt, Melancholie!

Der unkonventionelle Dirigent Paul McCreesh hat eine eigene Plattenfirma gegründet und Händels “L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato” in einer grandiosen Aufnahme herausgebracht.

Musik heute

Europäischer Komponistenpreis beim “Young Euro Classic”-Festival vergeben

Die türkische Musikerin Sinem Altan ist mit dem Europäischen Komponistenpreis 2015 ausgezeichnet worden. Ihr Werk “Hafriyat – Earthwork” wurde beim Young Euro Classic uraufgeführt und von einer Publikumsjury ausgewählt, teilten die Veranstalter am Sonntag mit.

Neue Musikzeitung

ECHO Klassik 2015: Die Preisträger stehen fest

Jonas Kaufmann (Sänger des Jahres), Joyce DiDonato (Sängerin des Jahres), Elina Garanca (Solistische Einspielung des Jahres/Gesang), Lang Lang (Instrumentalist des Jahres/Klavier), Andreas Ottensamer (Instrumentalist des Jahres/Klarinette), Maurice Steger (Instrumentalist des Jahres/Flöte) und David Zinman (Dirigent des Jahres) zählen zu den Preisträgern des ECHO Klassik 2015. Dies gab der Bundesverband Musikindustrie (BVMI) heute in Berlin bekannt.

France Musique

Les caprices de Vladimir Horowitz racontés par le technicien en chef des pianos Steinway

Franz Mohr a travaillé auprès des plus grands pianistes du XXe siècle, attentif à leurs envies, leurs colères, mais surtout à leurs pianos. Il raconte dans un long entretien son expérience mouvementée avec le pianiste Vladimir Horowitz.

Washington Post

In life’s coda, master composer George Walker has a symphony in mind

At 93, Walker, the first African American to win a Pulitzer Prize for composition, is still working

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Konzerthaus Berlin: Das sind sie! Die Preisträger des diesjährigen ECHO Klassik! Die begehrten Trophäen werden am 18. Oktober bei uns…

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“I feel like an ambassador” tells Jonas Kaufmann The Guardian

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(Written on August 24, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news Peter Cropper, leader of the Lindsay Quartet, has died aged 69. Ji Young Lim has taken first prize in the 2015 Queen Elisabeth competition and Anna Netrebko speaks to the Guardian about her past, her love of Justin Bieber, and why she doesn’t listen to music at home.

Guardian

Facing the music: Anna Netrebko

The Russian soprano reveals her shady past, a love of Justin Bieber, and why she doesn’t listen to music at home

Telegraph

How can opera get out of its hole?

Striking a balance between a posh setting and a fun atmosphere, Opera Holland Park might well have come up with the future of opera, says Rupert Christiansen

The Times

Yannick Nézet-Séguin: Mighty Mouse is saving the Philadelphia Orchestra

How do you fix a broken orchestra? The Philadelphia Orchestra sent for Mighty Mouse. It’s the nickname the mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato has affectionately given the French-Canadian conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin and you can see why it stuck.

Classic FM

John Suchet’s tribute to Peter Cropper, leader of the Lindsay Quartet, who has died aged 69

The leader of the world-famous Lindsay Quartet, and pioneer of Sheffield’s Music in the Round festival, has died suddenly. Here, his friend and old school colleague, John Suchet, pays tribute to a unique musical talent.

Classical Music Magazine

Ji Young Lim wins 2015 Queen Elisabeth competition

Ji Young Lim has taken first prize in the 2015 Queen Elisabeth competition. She receives a cash prize of €25,000, a number of international engagements, and the loan of the ‘Huggins’ Stradivarius violin for four years.

Epoch Times

Frauenduo führt Akademie der Künste in Berlin – Ende der “Männerherrschaft”

Mehr als 300 Jahre hatten die Männer das Sagen – jetzt wird die renommierte Akademie der Künste in Berlin erstmals von Frauen geführt.

Klassik.com

Preisträger der Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung ausgezeichnet

Bei einem musikalischen Festakt im Herkulessaal der Residenz München hat Michael Krüger, Präsident der Akademie der Schönen Künste und Vorsitzender des Stiftungsrates der Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung, den diesjährigen Hauptpreis an den Dirigenten und Pianisten Christoph Eschenbach verliehen.

Musik express

Berlin Festival 2015: Zu Gast im elektronischen Großstadtzirkus

“Berlin in a nutshell” könnte die Unterzeile des Berlin Festivals lauten – die Macher des Drei-Tage-Spektakels können zufrieden sein, denn bei den Besuchern kam der künstliche Großstadtzirkus gut an.

Musik Heute

Oper über Nahost-Konflikt in Frankfurt uraufgeführt

Eine Oper über den Nahost-Konflikt ist am Sonntagabend in Frankfurt uraufgeführt worden

Le Monde

Les Nuits de Fourvière fêtent leur soixante-dixième édition

Pour leur 70e édition, qui commence à Lyon le 2 juin, Les Nuits de Fourvière vont fêter plus qu’un simple anniversaire : la métamorphose d’un festival de taille moyenne, vaillant mais limité dans ses moyens, en un événement qui compte, à la fois en France et en Europe.    

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Corinne Morris: Concert for victims was a great success. Over £3500 were raised during the evening. A BIG THANK YOU to all supporters!

Jessica Duchen: And meanwhile…ten things not to say to a music critic.

Sinfini Music Planning summer hols? Find inspiration in our Classical City Guide to cultural city breaks

Peter Cropper, leader of the Lindsay Quartet, has died aged 69. Photo: Hanya Chlala/ArenaPAL

(Written on June 1, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news fifteen North Korean senior officials have been put to death, including four musicians from the state orchestra. Karim Wasfi, cellist and director of the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra responds to terrorist attacks in Iraq through music. Also, Joyce DiDonato has been elected to the Carnegie Hall’s board of trustees with Renée Fleming, Emanuel Ax, Yo-Yo Ma and Jessye Norman.

The Times

Musicians among 15 executed in Kim purge

Kim Jong Un, the North Korean dictator, has put to death 15 senior officials, including four members of the state orchestra and a forestry manager in another purge of his critics.

Classic FM

This cellist found the most powerful way to respond to a day of terrorist attacks in Iraq

Cellist and director of the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra Karim Wasfi wanted to send a message to those ‘who consider bombs to be the only way’. So he took out his cello.

Classical Music Magazine

DiDonato joins Carnegie Hall board

Joyce DiDonato has been elected as a member of Carnegie Hall’s board of trustees, joining Renée Fleming, Emanuel Ax, Yo-Yo Ma and Jessye Norman.

Classical Source

London Symphony Orchestra with Valery Gergiev and violinist Nicola Benedetti perform Fourth Annual Free Concert in Trafalgar Square

The London Symphony Orchestra with Principal Conductor Valery Gergiev will give their next free, open-air concert in London’s Trafalgar Square on Sunday 17 May.

Sinfini

$2.5m Bach portrait returns to Leipzig

One of only two surviving portraits of JS Bach is to return to the city of Leipzig where it was painted from life 265 years ago.

San Francisco Classical Voice

California Symphony Rolls Out Details on 2015-16 Season

The California Symphony, led by music director Donato Cabrera, is rolling out its 2015-16 program.

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Pernoo And His Dream For A Chamber Music Centre In Paris

French cellist Jérôme Pernoo (43), a professor at the National Conservatory in Paris and a well-known soloist, has launched a crowd-funding on Kiss Bank in order to get the money for a planned Chamber Music Centre at Salle Cortot in Paris

Bach-Medaille 2015 für Peter Neumann

Der Kirchenmusiker, Dirigent und Chorleiter Peter Neumann wird mit der Bach-Medaille der Stadt Leipzig ausgezeichnet.

Musik Heute

Rheinoper legt neuen “Ring” auf – Kompletter Zyklus Premiere für Regisseur Hilsdorf

Düsseldorf – Die “Walküre” hat Dietrich W. Hilsdorf bereits inszeniert, für das Aalto-Musiktheater Essen.

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Teach Through Music ‏@TTMLondon: 23% of UK adults said they would love to learn a musical instrument, & 17% said they would love to do more singing! http://bbc.co.uk/news/education-32487385 …

Arts Council England ‏@ace_national:As #GE2015 nears, we summarise the latest arts + culture policy announcements: http://bit.ly/1GLf5KD  #culturematters

Classic FM @ClassicFM: As soon as he walks off stage in Maastricht, André Rieu will be answering your questions. Details here: http://classfm.co/wWEyPF 

cellist-in-BaghdadKarim Wasfi of the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra wanted to send a message to those ‘who consider bombs to be the only way’.

(Written on May 1, 2015 )

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Guardian

How Bizet’s Carmen became a male prostitute

What can Bizet’s great opera – and the globetrotting singers who perform it – tell us about our own disconnected lives? Playwright Simon Stephens on how the characters and music of Carmen inspired his play about love, loss and emptiness

Telegraph

Censoring Valentina Lisitsa shames the Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Freedom of speech means Russian pianist Valentina Lisitsa must be allowed to perform despite her politics, says Ivan Hewett

Classical Source

A national celebration of classical music for inaugural BBC Music Day 

BBC Radio 3 and the BBC Performing Groups take part in BBC Music’s inaugural BBC Music Day with unique broadcasts and events across the United Kingdom on Friday 5 June

Sinfini Music

Royal Opera Season Announcement

The Royal Opera House today announced their 2015/16 season, featuring eight new productions, two world premieres and a major role debut for Joyce DiDonato.

Huffington Post

Can Classical Music Be Cool?

Karim Hakimzadeh: Like many other kids, I was pushed to learn an instrument when I was growing up.

Der Tagesspiegel

Wiedersehen macht Freude

2015/16 wird Tugan Sokhievs letzte Saison mit dem DSO, er verlässt nach nur vier Jahren Berlin. Jetzt hat das Orchester seine Pläne für die kommende Spielzeit vorgestellt.

Kurier

Robert Meyer bleibt Volksopern-Direktor

Kulturminister Ostermayer gibt am Mittwochvormittag seine Entscheidung bekannt

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Philip Glass wins Glenn Gould Prize

American composer Philip Glass has been chosen as the Eleventh Glenn Gould Prize Laureate.

Classical Music

Aldeburgh Festival concert in Ipswich car park

For its first venture outside London, the ensemble will be joined by a choir comprised of 100 local children on 14 June for a concert in Endeavour House Car Park, home to Suffolk County Council.

Le Figaro

Terry Gilliam bientôt à l’Opéra de Paris

L’établissement dirigé par Stéphane Lissner accueillera, en 2017-2018, Benvenuto Cellini dans une mise en scène du célèbre cinéaste britannique, membre des Monty Python.

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Classic FM @ClassicFM: Happy 91st Birthday Sir Neville Marriner. @TimLihoreau https://twitter.com/ClassicFM/status/588205269643108352 …

BBC Radio 3 @BBCRadio3: Some didn’t approve of Elgar’s music during his lifetime. Listen to 18 programmes about him: http://bbc.in/1aQLl3G 

Music Mark ‏@musicmarkuk: Is there someone in your community you want to nominate as a local music champion? http://tinyurl.com/pw4er35 

joyce-didonato-stella-di-napoli-credit-pari-dukovic-658x325The Royal Opera House today announced their 2015/16 season, featuring eight new productions, two world premieres and a major role debut for Joyce DiDonato. Photo: Sinfini

(Written on April 15, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

ENO strongly represented on new International Opera awards shortlist

The only UK company on the shortlist for opera company of the year, elsewhere nominees include US mezzo Joyce DiDonato and designer Es Devlin

Michael Kennedy obituary

Journalist, music critic and authority on the works of Edward Elgar, Richard Strauss and Ralph Vaughan Williams

The Telegraph

Philharmonie de Paris: in pictures

La Philharmonie de Paris, a state-of-the-art concert hall designed by visionary architect Jean Nouvel, is the latest architectural jewel to be unveiled in the French capital.

The Times

Musycke to twekerth to

Tudor Tunes

BBC Music Magazine

BBC declares 2015 The Year of Song and Dance

Series of special BBC programmes to be dedicated to classical singing and ballet

Pizzicato

Erfolg für Wiener Staatsoper beim Livestream

Die Wiener Staatsoper meldet Erfolg bei ihrem seit Oktober 2013 laufenden Livestreaming-Programm.

Das Orchester

Jordi Savall weist spanischen Nationalpreis zurück

Der spanische Musiker Jordi Savall hat in einem Schreiben den Kulturminister seines Landes wissen lassen, dass er den ihm zugesprochenen Nationalpreis für Musik nicht annehme.

Klassik.com

Deutsche Theaterintendanten warnen vor Selbstzensur

Nach dem Anschlag auf das französische Satiremagazin “Charlie Hebdo” durch islamistische Attentäter hat die Intendantengruppe des Deutschen Bühnenvereins vor Selbstzensur gewarnt.

Codex Flores

Nouvel boykottiert Pariser Philharmonie-Eröffnung

Für den Architekten Jean Nouvel ist die gegenwärtige Eröffnung der Philharmonie de Paris verfrüht, vermurkst und – sinngemäss – stillos.

The New York Times

Lincoln Center and New York Philharmonic to Collaborate on Operas

For years, the Metropolitan Opera has gently encroached on the symphonic terrain of its Lincoln Center neighbors with orchestral concerts at Carnegie Hall.

Tweets

Guardian culture ‏@guardianculture : Why can’t festivals just announce their lineups any more?: http://gu.com/p/44pe2 

Royal College Music ‏@RCMLatest : Pinchas Zukerman’s @CanadasNAC #violin+#viola masterclass recorded in our Britten Theatre on 28 Oct is now on YouTube http://bit.ly/1y0ZhAx 

Guildhall School @guildhallschool : Interview with leading opera singer and alumna, Anne Sofie von Otter http://bit.ly/1DFFKcg 

Philharmonie de Paris The New Philharmonie de Paris. Photo: Yves Chanoit 

 

(Written on January 15, 2015 )