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In our classical news today, Syrian Expat Philharmonic Orchestra unites musicians who fled to Europe escaping war, the National Centre of Early Music launches Young Composers Award 2017, and Boston Lyric Opera uses “tweet seats”. Also, Pittsburgh Symphony continue their longest ever strike, and Herbert Blomstedt is awarded the Brahms Prize 2017.

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Syrian Expat Philharmonic Orchestra unites musicians who fled war to Europe

Jazbeh is the founder of the Syrian Expat Philharmonic Orchestra – a musical ensemble composed entirely of Syrians, many of whom are refugees who have fled the country’s bloody war.

Early Music Today Magazine

NCEM launches Young Composers Award 2017

The National Centre of Early Music (NCEM) has opened the call for entries for its Young Composers Award 2017, inviting composers under 25 to write a new piece for the Tallis Scholars.

CMUSE

What do you think of audience members tweeting during the opera?

Many orchestras and opera companies continue to ban the use of phones, while others are reconsidering their stance in a bid to tap into new technological opportunities. The Boston Lyric Opera recently began using “tweet seats,” a section of the concert hall where audience members are actively encouraged to tweet throughout the performance.

Pittsburgh Symphony musicians continue their longest strike in history

The current strike by 101 Pittsburgh Symphony musicians, launched at the end of September in opposition to demands by management for concessions, is now the longest in the orchestra’s history.

The Violin Channel

New York Philharmonic Awards $200,000 New Music Prize

Dutch composer Louis Andriessen has been announced as the winner of the 2016 New York Philharmonic Marie-Josée Kravis New Music Prize.

Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra Announce New 24 Year Old Concertmaster

The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia has announced the appointment of American violinist Stephen Tavani as their new Concertmaster.

South China Morning Post

Hong Kong-born cellist brings cultural diversity to classical music festival

Trey Lee Chui-yee launches fourth edition of Musicus Festival, with an array of local, international artists, and which comes with a Finnish twist this year. Lee, who moved to the United States at the age of eight, and toured all around the world as an adult, says that he increasingly feels as though his cultural identity was becoming blurred.

Kulturradio Rbb

Brahmspreis 2017 für Herbert Blomstedt

Der schwedische Dirigent Herbert Blomstedt erhält den mit 10.000 Euro dotierten Preis der Brahms-Gesellschaft Schleswig-Holstein. Der 89-Jährige beeindrucke seit mehr als sechs Jahrzehnten mit herausragenden Leistungen das Konzertpublikum.

Klassik.com

Kölner Oberbürgermeisterin schlägt Musical-Aufführungen in der Oper vor

Durch Aufführungen von Werken populärer Genres, etwa Musicals, könnte das Verständnis der Bevölkerung für die hohen Kosten der Opernsanierung ihrer Einschätzung nach erhöht werden.

Codex Flores

Erste Bilanz der Klassik-Streaming-Plattform Idagio

Mit den Wiener Philharmonikern bei den Salzburger Festspielen aus der Taufe gehoben, hat der Klassik-Streamingdienst Idagio nach einem Jahr 25’000 registrierte Nutzer in 72 Ländern. Der Idagio-Katalog umfasst zur Zeit rund 15’000 Aufnahmen, wöchentlich kommen rund 500 hinzu.

Miloš Karadaglić muss ein Jahr pausieren

Anstelle von Karadaglić spielt Sebastian Knauer mit dem Zürcher Kammerorchester am 22.November in der Tonhalle Zürich. Mit ihrer CD «ÜberBach» erreichten das Zürcher Kammerorchester, Pianist Sebastian Knauer und Multi-Perkussionist Pascal Schumacher im Oktober Platz 12 der Deutschen Klassik Charts, am Dienstag spielen die Musiker die modernen Kompositionen live.

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klassik.com @klassikcom Louis gewinnt Komponistenpreis des New York Philharmonic Orchestra

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Credit: Syrian Expat Philharmonic Orchestra (SEPO).

Credit: Syrian Expat Philharmonic Orchestra (SEPO).

(Written on November 21, 2016 )