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In today’s news: applications open for third Institute for Women Conductors residency. To boo or not to boo? Royal Opera music chief defends vocal crowds, and The New Viral #MaskOffChallenge Turns Future’s Rap Into Masterful Classical Music. Young Euro Classic this year to include cinematic music, Spotify permits a payment for new albums, and Leipzig is to name a square in honour of the Gewandhausorchester Kapellmeister Kurt Masur. Cellist forced to leave American Airlines flight as his instrument poses ‘safety risk’ and Renée Fleming – “Rosenkavalier” may well be her farewell to staged opera.

Classical Music Magazine

Applications open for third Institute for Women Conductors residency

Women conductors from around the world are invited to apply for the third residency of the Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for Women Conductors (IWC), which will run 6-18 November 2017 at Dallas Opera.

TIME

The New Viral #MaskOffChallenge Turns Future’s Rap Into Masterful Classical Music

In the challenge, musicians cover the rap track with live classical renditions of their own, masterfully playing everything from flutes to violins, saxophones, cellos, and trombones.

The Guardian

To boo or not to boo? Royal Opera music chief defends vocal crowds

To boo or not to boo at the opera? The Royal Opera House would rather audiences did not but its music director, Sir Antonio Pappano, believes there is an exception.
Financial Times

How the music industry came back to life

Music was among the first industries to be digitally disrupted and music labels were badly hurt. So their recovery in developed markets (piracy remains widespread elsewhere) has useful lessons for others.

The Violin Channel

Thomastik Announce Launch of New Solo Cello Strings

Thomastik-Infeld Vienna has announced at the Messe Frankfurt musical trade fair, in Germany, the launch of the new Versum Solo Cello A & D strings

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Jugendorchester im Konzerthaus

Young Euro Classic diesmal mit Filmmusik

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Notfalls dirigiert Barenboim auf einer Baustelle

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Spotify – Neue Alben werden erstmal kostenpflichtig

Der Streaming-Marktführer Spotify hat dem jahrelangen Druck der Musikbranche nachgegeben und lässt zu, dass neue Alben zunächst nur in der kostenpflichtigen Premium-Version verfügbar sein werden.

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Leipzig soll einen Kurt-Masur-Platz erhalten

Ehrung für den ehemaligen Gewandhaus-Kapellmeister

The New York Times

The Diva Departs: Renée Fleming’s Farewell to Opera

For Renée Fleming, the superstar soprano who will sing the Marschallin at the Met, and for music, this really is the end of an era: This “Rosenkavalier” may well be her farewell to staged opera

The Strad

Cellist forced to leave American Airlines flight as his instrument poses ‘safety risk’

John Kaboff had boarded the flight from Washington DC to Chicago when the pilot asked that he leave the 737 aircraft, he says.

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BR_KLASSIK @BR_KLASSIK Lauter neue Komponisten: Der Chor des BR stellt das Programm der Konzertsaison 2017/18 vor

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(Written on April 6, 2017 )

In today’s classical news: The Womadelaide festival makes efforts to become more environmentally conscious as the issue headlines as the festival’s theme this year. For their 2017-18 program the Arts Council of Korea and the Arts Council of England collaborate on a new series of artist partnerships. Seventeen year old cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason is quickly building an international reputation as an emerging young soloist, and Victoria Bond becomes the first woman conductor to be awarded a doctorate from Juilliard’s orchestral conducting program. A brief history of opera business, and German Musikwettbewerb announces winners in Leipzig.

The Guardian

Music to our ears: sustainability headlines Womadelaide festival

From encouraging bike riding and compostable plates to better recycling, organisers have diverted 98% of waste from landfill – and they want to do more.

Golden Plains: cult music festival brings dreamy wonder to a family farm

Neil Finn, Nicolas Jaar and Cash Savage are highlights as fans pay tribute to ‘a farmer of happiness’.

International Arts Manager

New partnerships for Korean and UK artists

Arts Councils from Korea (ARKO) and England (ACE) are funding a new series of artist partnerships, as part of the UK-Korea 2017-18 cultural season. In total 21 performing and visual arts projects will receive just over €1.6m in grants.

Classical Music Magazine

Nikita Mndoyants to make New York debut

Nikita Mndoyants, winner of the 2016 Cleveland International Piano Competition (CIPC), will make his New York debut at Carnegie Hall on 7 June.

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Fedoseyev Named Principal Guest Conductor Of Moscow’s Helikon Theatre

Moscow’s Helikon Theatre announced the appointment of Vladimir Fedoseyev, 84, as Principal Guest conductor.

The Violin Channel

VC YOUNG ARTIST | Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason – 2016 BBC ‘Young Musician of the Year’

17 year old cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason is quickly building an international reputation as an emerging young soloist of outstanding potential.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

In der Dunkelloge wird soupiert

Sprechen wir nicht von berühmten Stimmen, sondern erst einmal über die gezahlten Gagen: Michael Walter legt eine gut geerdete und überaus detailreiche Geschichte des Opernbetriebs vor.

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Zum Tod von Karl Korinek

Die Wiener Staatsoper trauert um das ehemalige langjährige Aufsichtsratsmitglied und den ehemaligen Präsident der Freunde der Wiener Staatsoper Univ.-Prof. Dr. Karl Korinek, der am vergangenen Donnerstag, 9. März 2017, 76-jährig einem Herzleiden erlegen ist

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Wichtigster Preis für musikalische Nachwuchsprofis vergeben 

In Leipzig sind die Gewinner des deutschen Musikwettbewerbs gekürt worden: das sind der Berliner Hornist Tillmann Höfs, der Hannoveraner Oboist Juri Schmahl und der Regensburger Komponist Steven Heelein.

WXQR

Write Me a Concerto: Yo-Yo Ma and Esa-Pekka Salonen on Their New Work

CHICAGO — A few years ago, after they had shared more than a couple post-concert martinis, Yo-Yo Ma had a request for the composer and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen: Write me a concerto.

The New York Times

A Thousand More Will Rise: Victoria Bond Finds Inspiration in Women Past and Present 

As the very first woman conductor to be awarded a doctorate from Juilliard’s orchestral conducting program, Victoria Bond  knows what it means to take that first courageous step into uncharted territory.

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Classical Music News  English National Opera launches ENO Studio Live

Music History   in 1847 FP of ‘s opera Macbeth at the Teatro della Pergolain Florence.

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(Written on March 14, 2017 )

Accentus Music ist eines der weltweit erstklassigsten Labels für klassische Musikproduktionen. Es arbeitet mit den renommiertesten internationalen Musikern zusammen und hat auch in diesem Jahr viele sehr hochwertige Neuproduktionen geplant. Wir fühlen uns sehr geehrt, für alle kommenden Produktionen die europäische Promotion zu übernehmen, und freuen uns insbesondere auf die PR-Unterstützung für die DVD/Blu-ray mit Riccardo Chailly und dem LFO im Frühjahr als auch für die CD-Box zu Herbert Blomstedts 90. Geburtstag”, so Carolin Denz, Leiterin des Berliner WildKat-Büros.

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Das in Leipzig beheimatete Label besteht aus einem äußerst routinierten Team aus Film- und Audioproduzenten sowie Redakteuren. Seit der Etablierung als DVD/Blu-ray Label auf dem klassischen Musikmarkt im Jahr 2010 produziert Accentus Music hochqualitative Konzert- und Opernaufführungen, sowie Dokumentarfilme und Porträts weltweit. Die Veröffentlichungen beinhalten Produktionen über Künstler wie Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Evgeny Kissin, Martha Argerich, Joshua Bell, das Lucerne Festival Orchestra, die New Yorker Philharmoniker, das Gewandhausorchester Leipzig oder die Staatskapelle Berlin. Sowohl künstlerisch als auch technisch erfüllt Accentus Music die höchsten Erwartungen und Ansprüche von Musikliebhabern aus der ganzen Welt.

 
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Wir freuen uns darauf, nach mehreren Jahren der erfolgreichen Zusammenarbeit, von nun an das renommierte Unternehmen auf dem gesamten europäischen Markt unterstützen zu dürfen, und den Erfolg unserer englischen Pressekampagnen auf die deutsche Presse zu übertragen. Bisher sind Rezensionen in den größten englischen Musikpublikationen wie BBC Music Magazine, Classical Music Magazine, Gramophone, sowie auf BBC Radio 3 und in nationaler Presse wie der Financial Times erschienen.

 

(Written on February 10, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, The Royal Scottish National Orchestra is inviting submissions for its Notes from Scotland competition. The original score of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 (the Resurrection Symphony) is to be auctioned on 29th November for the first time. Also, New York Philharmonic is updating its Young People’s Concerts programme, putting videos of Young People’s Concerts, and additional educational materials and interactive games, online for schools and families to stream for free.

Music Teacher Magazine

Applications open for RSNO’s Notes from Scotland competition

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra is inviting submissions for its Notes from Scotland competition, offered in partnership with the National Trust for Scotland.

Opera Now Magazine

Hvorostovsky to give fundraising recital for ArtPointFoundation

Dmitri Hvorostovsky is to give a fundraising recital for the ArtPointFoundation on 13 November.

CMUSE

Score from Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony exhibited before auction

The original score from Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 (the Resurrection Symphony) is to be auctioned Nov. 29 for the first time. It was exhibited in Hamburg earlier this month.

The Lost Operas of Mozart

City Opera Vancouver gave three performances of the Lost Operas of Mozart last weekend, a two-hour production bringing together three works left unfinished by the composer: Lo sposo deluso, L’oca del Cairo and Zaide.

The New York Times

The Philharmonic to Stream Young People’s Concerts

When the New York Philharmonic televised its Young People’s Concerts from 1958 through 1972, it introduced new generations to classical music. Now the orchestra is updating the program: It said Thursday that it was putting videos of Young People’s Concerts, and additional educational materials and interactive games, online for schools and families to stream for free.

CNBC

Like Uber…but for a live orchestra in your home

Groupmuse, a start-up that connects musicians with fans, wants to make live classical music available to a broader audience — not just in their homes, but even in their offices. Its newest service, “Groupmuse at Work,” allows businesses to book classical entertainment on-demand.

WQXR

5 Marathon-Length Classical Works

On Sunday, running enthusiasts from all over the world will put their bodies to the test during the New York City Marathon. Here we present a few classical “marathons” — pieces that are exceptionally long, grand in scale or take superhuman concentration to complete.

The Strad

Juilliard Students respond to Westboro Baptist Church protesters with music

Between 60 and 100 Juilliard School students confronted three protesters from the Westboro Baptist Church with music and singing this morning. The church, which regularly stages racist and homophobic protests, targeted the New York school ‘where vanity and pride rule,’ according to a press release on its website.

Klassik.com

Festivalleiter und Radiomusikchef Leo Karl Gerhartz gestorben

Der Musikwissenschaftler, Rundfunk-Musikchef und Festivalleiter Dr. Leo Karl Gerhartz ist tot. Gerhartz war lange Jahre Musikchef des Hessischen Rundfunks. Auf musikwissenschaftlichem Gebiet galt Gerhartz als Experte für das Schaffen von Giuseppe Verdi.

Klassik heute

Anmelderekord beim Deutschen Musikwettbewerb 2017 in Leipzig

Insgesamt 280 junge KünstlerInnen bereiten sich auf den DMW vor, auch in der 42. Durchführung des Wettbewerbs zeigt sich so die Attraktivität des erfolgreichen Projektes des Deutschen Musikrates.

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Pergamenschikow-Preis für zeitgenössische Kammermusik 2016

Der Boris-Pergamenschikow-Preis für zeitgenössische Kammermusik 2016 wird in diesem Jahr geteilt: Er geht an das Berliner Furiant Quartett und das Kölner Trio uBu.

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Pic: Tom Finnie (28.10.2011) The Royal Scottish National Orchestra on stage at the Usher Hall with conductor Peter Ounjian.

Photo: Tom Finnie/ The RSNO

(Written on November 4, 2016 )

Classical News

In our news today, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra faces triple jeopardy, discord revealed as Theodore Kuchar leaves the Fresno Philharmonic, and new transgender choruses are springing up in North Carolina. Also, the Calidore String Quartet of New York wins the first ever $100,000 chamber music prize and Valery Gergiev is honoured with Sergei Rachmaninov International Award.

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The Toronto Symphony Orchestra faces triple jeopardy

TSO must replace both Jeff Melanson and Peter Oundjian, who leaves in 2018, and handle its $12-million deficit.

The Telegraph

Can classical go digital?

The digital revolution in the way we consume recorded music is roaring ahead.

The Fresno Bee

Complexities, discord revealed as Kuchar leaves Philharmonic

Theodore Kuchar, music director of the Fresno Philharmonic, left the post after 15 years.

Daily Mail

Monica Bellucci, 51, oozes glamour in a plunging silk gown with statement bling at Sofia Coppola’s opera La Traviata in Rome

She dazzled the silver screen when she made her Bond girl debut at the age of 51 in 2015 007 hit, Spectre.
And Monica Bellucci proved her eternal sex-appeal as she stepped out for the opening of Sofia Coppola’s take on La Traviata at the Rome Opera House in Italy on Sunday night.

The Portsmouth News

Classical music gig to raise funds for Fareham church

Classical music lovers are urged to get down to Holy Trinity Church in Fareham later this month for a concert to raise money for the church.

Ubergizmo

Musician Transforms Popular Ringtones Into Classical Music

Some of the biggest phone manufacturers like Samsung and Apple have their own iconic ringtones that will forever be associated with their handsets. Even companies like Nokia and BlackBerry who are not as big as they used to be had their own iconic ringtones which many of us still remember since we’ve all used a Nokia or BlackBerry back in the day. A musician has taken those popular ringtones and turned them into nothing short of classical music.

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Transgender Choruses Harness The (Changing) Power Of Voices

The ongoing controversy in North Carolina over access to bathrooms has increased the general public’s awareness of issues facing transgender people.

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The First-Ever $100,000 Chamber Music Prize Has A Winner

The grand prize at the inaugural M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition, held at the University of Michigan, was won by the Calidore String Quartet of New York.

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Dirigent Valery Gergiev mit Sergei Rachmaninov International Award ausgezeichnet

Der russische Dirigent Valery Gergiev ist mit dem Sergei Rachmaninov International Award 2015 ausgezeichnet worden.

Klassik heute

Sofia Coppola inszeniert Verdis “La traviata” an der römischen Oper

Die römische Oper hat die amerikanische Regisseurin Sofia Coppola für die Neuinszenierung von Verdis La traviata engagiert.

Musik heute

Martin Grubinger und Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra bringen den Groove nach Hannover

Da stand er ganz allein mit seiner Pipe Drum und füllte mühelos Deutschlands größten Konzertsaal – nicht nur mit Klängen, sondern vor allem mit seiner ausdrucksstarken Bühnenpräsenz.

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Top Classical News @topcmnews  new UK study launched to combat depression and anxiety in musicians

BR_Klassik @BR_KLASSIK Opernsängerin und Showstar: Ingeborg Hallstein wird heute 80. Ein Porträt zum Geburtstag der Sopranistin http://bit.ly/1Rjz0SZ

klassik.com @klassikcom Leipziger -Nachwuchspreis an Alexandros Stavrakis verliehen

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Valery Gergiev, © Sergei Rachmaninov International Award

(Written on May 23, 2016 )

The film ‘Following the Ninth’, is a documentary exploring the worldwide cultural and political influence of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. ‘Ode to Joy’ has inspired flash mob performances by musicians in countries around the world. There were flash mobs in Hong Kong, Leipzig, Japan, Connecticut, Spain, to mention a few…

Here is the Spanish Flash mob: A Spanish bank organised a performance of ‘Ode an die Freude’ on a market square in Sabadell to celebrate their 130th anniversary. Flash mobs are surprisingly common these days, so it takes a lot for it to be properly mind-blowing – and this one really is.

(Written on October 27, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, The Times highlights a new “chill-out” movement in classical music, while Klassik Akzente announces that John Williams is composing the soundtrack for the new Star Wars film. Also a conversation with Arvo Pärt in the Neue Musikzeitung, as we celebrate his birthday today, and an interview with Jonas Kaufmann.

The Guardian

Not just a cute girl on a podium: how to get more women conducting

This time two years ago, Marin Alsop was preparing to conduct the Last Night of the BBC Proms – the first woman to do so.

The Telegraph

British Youth Opera: Footlights Fannies not welcome

It’s the most sensitive moment in any classical singer’s career. You’ve spent up to eight years in training, coddled and monitored and subsidised within the warm embrace of a conservatoire, and suddenly you are on the verge of being flung out into the big wide world without experience or protection.

The Times

An eight-hour lullaby and a yoga opera: classical goes chill-out

A slow movement is emerging in classical music. A manifesto for its soothing power — if we can tune in over the hubbub of our busy lives. And a quiet rejection of the onward march of flashy concert tech.

The Yorkshire Post

Bringing classical music to Leeds: A finely-tuned operation

The return of the Leeds International Piano Competition is welcomed by classical music buffs eager to watch the world’s finest young pianists perform some of the greatest works ever composed.

Neue Musikzeitung

Kult-Komponist Arvo Pärt wird 80: «Musik sagt, was ich zu sagen habe»

Seit Jahrzehnten prägt er die Musikszene und genießt international höchstes Ansehen: Der estnische Komponist Arvo Pärt gilt als einer bedeutendsten und meistgespielten lebenden Komponisten.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Leipziger Perspektiven

Das Karussell für Chefdirigentenposten bei den großen Orchestern dreht sich rasant. Nächste Neubesetzung: Der 36-jährige Andris Nelsons wird als Nachfolger von Riccardo Chailly Gewandhauskapellmeister in Leipzig.

Klassik Akzente

John Williams komponiert Soundtrack zu “Star Wars 7: Erwachen der Macht”

Die berühmteste Science Fiction-Saga der Filmgeschichte geht in die 7. Runde. Für die musikalische Untermalung des galaktischen Abenteuers sorgt kein geringerer als Filmkomponist John Williams.

France Musique

Entretien exclusif avec Jonas Kaufmann

Pour sa journée spéciale sur France Musique, le ténor Jonas Kaufmann a accordé un entretien exclusif à Stéphane Grant, retranscrit ici.

The New York Times

New Leader for Atlanta Symphony

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, which has been led by an interim president since its last one resigned last year in the midst of a two-month lockout during a heated labor dispute, announced Thursday that it had selected a new leader: Jennifer Barlament, currently the general manager of the Cleveland Orchestra.

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Damian Marhulets: Hypersuites – Barock meets Gypsy München Gasteig – Carl-Orff-Saal am Do, 01.10.15, 19:30 Uhr

Anneleen Lenaerts: Great fun yesterday with Sean Rafferty!

BR_KLASSIKArvo Pärt zum 80. Geburtstag: Auf der Suche nach der Liebe zum einzelnen Ton

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JJ. Abrams promised a tribute to the old Trilogy and that’s why John Williams was called back to take charge of the soundtrack of the new episode. Photo credit: trailer’s screenshot.

(Written on September 11, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news Andris Nelsons has been announced as the new conductor of Leipzig’s Gewandhaus Orchestra. One of Britain’s largest exam boards has been forced to include female composers on their A-Level music syllabus, thanks to a student-lead campaign. Also, the speakers for this year’s Game Music Connect event have been revealed.

Guardian

Andris Nelsons is new conductor of Leipzig’s Gewandhaus Orchestra

The Latvian born musician will also continue to lead the Boston Symphony Orchestra as the basis for ‘a pioneering alliance’

Independent

Exam board forced to include female composers on A-level music syllabus by teenager’s campaign

One of Britain’s biggest exam boards has been forced to change their A-level music syllabus after a teenager won her campaign to ensure female composers were studied on the course.

Classic FM

Sony’s director of music and Batman composer Nick Arundel among the speakers at Game Music Connect

The line-up for this year’s video game music event has been unveiled and boasts appearances from the team behind the music for Alien: Isolation, ‘Avengers’ conductor Allan Wilson and an exclusive screening of a new documentary.

The Strad

Mozart’s sister may have helped compose her brother’s works, scholar suggests

Professor Martin Jarvis claims to have discovered Maria Anna’s musical handwriting

FACT Magazine

FACT mix 512: Max Richter

One of the most respected modern composers delivers his first ever mix.

Die Zeit

Gewandhaus zu LeipzigAndris Nelsons soll neuer Chefdirigent werden

Das Leipziger Gewandhaus hat einen neuen Kapellmeister ernannt. Schon im nächsten Jahr soll der Lette Andris Nelsons das Orchester dirigieren.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Leipzig Andris Nelsons wird Gewandhauskapellmeister

Ein Coup für die Stadt: Schon eine Woche nach Ricardo Chaillys vorzeitigem Abschied als Chefdirigent des Gewandhausorchesters wird ein Nachfolger präsentiert, um den sich seit einigen Jahren die ganze Musikwelt reißt.

Die Welt

Stammen einige Mozart-Werke von seiner Schwester?

Geschlechtergerechtigkeit im Hause Mozart: Bisher stand Maria Anna Walburga Ignatia im Schatten ihres Bruders Wolfgang. Martin Jarvis hat jetzt herausgefunden: Sie konnte mehr als Klavierspielen.

San Francisco Classical Voice

The Art of Healing with Sound

A gentle breeze flows through the spacious living room of Leigh and Carla McKloskey’s hillside home in Malibu. The mood is tranquil by design with people lying on mats or comfortably seated on several soft couches.

Slate

Virtual Reality Could Help Bring New Fans to Classical Music

Classical music and virtual reality are an unlikely combination. In contrast to other VR applications like video games and documentaries, a VR experience for classical music is hard to imagine. What would we even be looking at?

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The new program from the Los Angeles Philharmonic is exploring to use VR to reach and engage new generations of fans, starting with the well-known opening of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.

(Written on September 10, 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 )

Classical News

In today’s news it has been announced that the most famous painting of Bach by Elias Gottlob Haussman will return to Leipzig where the composer made his home. Polish composer Szymanowksi’s King Roger will be have its Covent Garden premiere this weekend, having been written in 1926. Elsewhere, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra have given a free concert in ‘support of our community’ after the riots this week. In other orchestra news, the Berlin Philharmonic have announced their 2015/16 season which will feature Peter Sellars as their artist in residence. Finally, choirs could become a regular feature in care homes, alongside activities such as bingo.

The Guardian

Bach portrait returns to Leipzig

The best-known painting of the German composer – formerly in the possession of a US philanthropist – is to return to the city that Bach made his home

Szymanowski’s ‘dangerously intoxicating’ King Roger

The Polish composer’s 1926 opera gets its belated Covent Garden premiere this weekend. Szymanowksi’s ecstatic music is a blinding blaze of colour – and perhaps the perfect opera for those who’ve never experienced one in the flesh

The Strad

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra to give free concert following riots in the city

The orchestra has been forced to cancel some of this week’s events, but wishes to show its ‘support of our community’

Classical Music Magazine

Berlin Philharmonic announces 2015/16 season

The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra has released the programme its 2015/16 season, which will feature Peter Sellars as artist in residence.

Famous Bach portrait to return to Leipzig

Elias Gottlob Haussman’s iconic painting of Bach will return to Leipzig after 265 years

Sinfini

A Choir In Every Care Home

Group music-making could soon be as regular a fixture in care homes as bingo, as a new project seeks to spread the joy of singing in homes throughout the UK.

Die Welt

US-Sammler vererbt Leipzig legendäres Bach-Porträt

Unsere Vorstellung davon, wie Johann Sebastian Bach ausgesehen hat, basiert auf dem Gemälde eines Leipziger Malers. Jahrzehntelang schlummerte es in Amerika in Privatbesitz. Nun soll es zurückkehren.

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Warnstreik der Philharmoniker in Bad Reichenhall

Zum ersten Mal in ihrer Geschichte sind die Musikerinnen und Musiker der Bad Reichenhaller Philharmonie in den Warnstreik getreten.

MUSIK HEUTE

BR-Klassik erhält neugeschaffenen GEMA-Radiokulturpreis

Die Rundfunksender BR-Klassik und Radio Fritz erhalten den neugeschaffenen Radiokulturpreis der GEMA.

The Washington Post

How (not) to behave: Manners and the classical music audience

Thou shalt not talk. Thou shalt not clap in the wrong places. Thou shalt not unwrap cough drops in crinkly paper during the music. Thou shalt not use thy cellphone.

San Francisco Classical Voice

Sacramento Philharmonic Hits Reset Button

Against all odds, the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera is coming back with a series of small, free concerts beginning on May 5.

Twitter

Gdn Culture Pros ‏@GdnCulturePros : ICYMI, two freelance arts pros shared their insights and gripes on being self-employed in the sector http://bit.ly/1bD3ouq 

Jo Carpenter ‏@JoCarpenterPR : Impact of arts on wellbeing & a range of social outcomes – big study here: http://tinyurl.com/nlb4qru  @MakingMusic_UK

The Royal Opera ‏@TheRoyalOpera : Falstaff’s flirting? Schicchi’s scheming? What’s your comedy moment in opera? http://www.roh.org.uk/news/laughing-out-loud-part-2-more-of-our-favourite-comic-moments-in-opera … ^C

Bach Portrait 30th April Elias Gottlob Haussmann’s painting of Bach. Photo: Altes Rathaus à Leipzig

(Written on April 30, 2015 )