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In today’s news: Sixteen and Britten Sinfonia perform for the Pope, The Phantom of the Opera score big at West End Eurovision 2018,  EU to investigate Apple’s purchase of Shazam, Daniel Barenboim returned his Echo-Awards, Hsin-Chien Fröhlich received the Chordirigentenpreis/ German Choir Conductor Prize, and Madrid celebrates International Jazz Day over 10 days.

The Times

The Sixteen: the British choir who blew the ceiling off

The Pope asked the Sixteen and the Britten Sinfonia in to the Sistine Chapel to play James MacMillan’s modern choral classic.

RTÉ urged to spin off symphony orchestra

Helen Boaden, former director of BBC Radio and of BBC News suggests that the station’s second orchestra, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, should remain within RTÉ.

Broadway World

The Phantom of the Opera were victorious at the West End Eurovision 2018

The cast of the West End’s longest running musical, The Phantom of the Opera, were hailed the stars of West End Eurovision 2018, scoring a remarkable double victory.

Hyperallergic

Over Two Millennia of Music play in Met Museums’s Instrument Galleries 

The newly reopened galleries combine disparate instruments the world over, grouping them by time period and type, rather than dividing them into the cultures by which they were created.

Teaching Drama

Bloomsbury Digital Resources is marking the fifth anniversary of its Drama Online library by allowing access to each of its most popular video, audio play and playtext for one week

The Verge

Apple’s purchase of Shazam is now under investigation by the EU

The EU has launched an investigation into Apple’s acquisition of music identification service Shazam. It’s concerned that the deal could shrink consumer options for mobile music streaming services within the EEA (European Economic Area).

Zeit Online

Auch Daniel Barenboim gibt Auszeichnungen zurück

“Kommerzielle Interessen dürfen nicht überwiegen”: Der Pianist und Dirigent Barenboim schließt sich dem Protest gegen die Echos für Kollegah und Farid Bang an.

Der Tagesspiegel

Hsin-Chien Fröhlich gewinnt deutschen Chordirigentenpreis

Seit drei Jahren gibt es den deutschen Chordirigentenpreis zur Förderung junger Talente. Diesmal geht er an Chordirektorin Hsin-Chien Fröhlich vom Theater Hof.

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Deutsche Orchesterkonferenz: Professionelle Orchester bereichern mit Musikvermittlung die Gesellschaft

Anlässlich der morgen stattfindenden Deutschen Orchesterkonferenz betont die DOV die enorme Bedeutung der professionellen Orchester und Chöre für den Zusammenhalt unserer Gesellschaft.

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Brief Wagners soll in Jerusalem versteigert werden – Es grüßt der Antisemit

In Israel gibt es so gut wie keine Aufführungen der Musik Richard Wagners. In Jerusalem ist aber ein handgeschriebener Brief von ihm zu ersteigern, für geschätzte 8.000 $.

El País

Nueva Orleans inunda Madrid

International Jazz Day Madrid trae a la capital a artistas de jazz, rock y flamenco en 80 citas durante 10 días

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Chordirektorin und Kapellmeisterin Hsin-Chien Fröhlich © Kai Bienert

 

(Written on April 24, 2018 )

In today’s news: St John’s cash reserves are running out, RPO honour victims of Gallipoli, Director of the Berlin Volksbühne gives up his post, James Levine attempts to restore his reputation while lawsuit carries on, “Europäische Wochen” in Passau results in leadership dispute, and Museum Tinguely in Basel to show an exhibition dedicated to the creative reproduction of music and art.

The Times

St John’s, Smith Square, sounds alarm over cash shortage

St John’s, Smith Square, London, is losing £250,000 a year. It does not receive any subsidy and without a fresh injection of cash its reserves will run out.

Classical Music

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra gives first performance of work to commemorate those who died in the first Gallipoli attack

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra perform Turkish composer Can Atilla’s ‘Gallipoli’ Symphony, The 57th Regiment, in the presence of His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent

St John’s Collective to hold concert to tackle homelessness in Manchester

Since January 2018, a partnership between Manchester Camerata and property developer Allied London has brought together amateur musicians from across Manchester to form St John’s Collective.

BBC Music Magazine

Winners of BBC Music Magazine Awards 2018 announced

An outstanding line-up of Award-winners includes legendary maestro Bernard Haitink, Berlioz conductor extraordinaire John Nelson and remarkable mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Intendant Chris Dercon tritt zurück

Der umstrittene Intendant der Berliner Volksbühne, Chris Dercon, gibt seinen Posten auf. Kultursenator Klaus Lederer und Dercon hätten sich einvernehmlich darauf verständigt, die Intendanz mit sofortiger Wirkung zu beenden, teilte die Kulturverwaltung am Freitag mit.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Wie ist das Verhältnis von Ton und Unterton?

Mit einer Klage möchte der wegen sexuellen Missbrauchs entlassene Dirigent James Levine seine Probleme lösen. Die Metropolitan Opera bringt derweil zwei seiner Lieblingsstücken ohne ihn heraus.

Welt

So stark unterscheiden sich die Gehirne von Jazz- und Klassik-Pianisten

Ein Instrument zu spielen ist eine besondere Aufgabe für unser Gehirn. Dabei arbeiten jene von Jazz- und Klassik-Pianisten ganz unterschiedlich, wie Neurologen nun herausfanden. Eine Erkenntnis, die auch unser Alltagsleben betrifft.

BR-Klassik

Vier Weise sollen Frieden stiften bei Europäischen Wochen in Passau

Im Führungsstreit beim Kulturfestival Europäische Wochen in Passau soll jetzt ein Beratungsgremium zwischen dem Festspiel-Intendant Thomas E. Bauer und der Vorsitzenden des Trägervereins Rosemarie Weber für Entspannung sorgen. Eine mit Spannung erwartete Mitgliederversammlung des Vereins ging am Dienstagabend mit einem Burgfrieden zu Ende.

Neue Zürcher Zeitung

Was hat Musik im Kunstmuseum verloren?

Ausstellungen wie diese sind eine intellektuelle Herausforderung für den Betrachter: Das Museum Tinguely widmet sich der kreativen Reproduktion von Musik und Kunst.

Platea Magazine

La Asociación de Teatros, Festivales y Temporadas estables de Ópera en España anuncia la convocatoria de los I Premios Ópera XXI

La Asamblea de Ópera XXI celebrada hoy en el Teatro Real (Madrid) ha aprobado la convocatoria de la primera edición de los Premios Ópera XXI. La Asociación de Teatros, Festivales y Temporadas Estables de Ópera en España trabaja ya en esta iniciativa, que supone la creación de unos nuevos premios líricos desde la desaparición de los Premios Campoamor.

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The baroque St John’s, Smith Square © Alamy

 

(Written on April 13, 2018 )

In today’s news: conductor David Heusel dies of unknown causes, aged 60; composer Karol Beffa is honoured with the Grand Prix SACEM for symphonic music. Streetwise Opera announces 15th anniversary opera, Komische Oper Berlin turns 70. 

The Times

World-renowned conductor David Heusel died hours before he was to perform in Dublin

David Heusel was American born, but over the past 20 years had made a name for himself in Dublin conducting Opera Ireland and working with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.

Classic FM

Musicians are three times more likely to experience depression, according to study

A concerning new piece of research reveals the scale of the mental health crisis facing the UK music industry.

Opera Now

Streetwise Opera announces 15th anniversary opera

Streetwise Opera will celebrate its 15th anniversary by presenting the premiere of a new immersive opera on 14 and 15 April 2018 at Sage Gateshead.

Music Teacher

Ten Pieces III activities announced

BBC Music and BBC Learning have announced a programme of activity for Ten Pieces III for the 2017/18 academic year, including a Live Lesson inspired by the Royal Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker.

The Strad

Violinist avoids jail after causing car crash at twice the drug drive limit

Violinist Victoria Yellop, who trained at London’s Trinity College of Music, was given a four-month suspended prison sentence and a six-month night-time curfew for causing a traffic accident while under the influence of cocaine.

The New York Times

As Geffen Hall’s Renovation Stumbles, Cincinnati Shows the Way

A concert hall that was simply too cavernous: hard to sell out and leaving audiences feeling distant from the music. Lobbies that have grown shabby over time. A fortresslike presence, somewhat isolated from the city just outside its doors.

Pizzicato

Composer Karol Beffa Honoured with the Grand Prix SACEM for symphonic music

In a ceremony on November 27 at Pleyel, the French Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers of Music (SACEM) will award their Grand Prix for symphonic music to the composer Karol Beffa.

Browdway World

Grammy-Winning Kronos Quartet to Work with Orange County School of the Arts Students

In partnership with the Orange County Philharmonic Society, Orange County School of the Arts has brought the talented and highly acclaimed Kronos Quartet to OCSA to teach and practice repertoire with select students. 

Zeit Online

Hämmer ohne Grenzen

Punk ist zurück, sitzt aber am Klavier: Die Neoklassik von Nils Frahm, Francesco Tristano oder den Grandbrothers beantwortet eine Sehnsucht nach Reduktion und Regelbruch. 

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Zwischen Düsternis und Sinnlichkeit

Die Komische Oper Berlin wird siebzig. Für das Jubiläum wird tief in das Repertoires gegriffen: Barrie Kosky eröffnet die Saison mit seiner Inszenierung von Claude Debussys „Pelléas et Mélisande“.

France Musique

Karol Beffa, Grand Prix Sacem de la musique symphonique 2017

Chaque année, la Société des auteurs, compositeurs et éditeurs de musique (Sacem) récompense le travail artistique de ses membres, en attribuant une série de Grands Prix, dont le Grand Prix de la musique symphonique, le Grand Prix du jazz et le Grand Prix de la musique du monde.

El Mundo

El Reina Sofía acogerá el festival de arpa Tierra 47

El festival de arpa Tierra 47 se celebrará en Madrid los días 20 y 21 de octubre. En concreto, en las instalaciones del Museo Reina Sofía, como ya se hiciera con otros festivales como Músicas Infinitas o Escena contemporánea.

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 Today is celebrating the studio that changed music forever:

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(Written on October 18, 2017 )

In today’s news: cast members and audience evacuated from the Royal Opera House London, and violinist William Schaub will be the next concertmaster of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. Paavo Järvi becomes new principal conductor of Tonhalle Zürich Orchestra, and 12 semifinalists are announced for the Cliburn Piano Competition.

BBC News

Royal Opera House cast and audience evacuated

Cast members and theatre-goers were evacuated from the Royal Opera House in London after a fire alarm went off mid-performance.

The Strad

Violinist William Schaub named Knoxville Symphony Orchestra concertmaster

The 24-year-old musician will take up the position from the beginning of next season

MixMag

20 Photos of Haçienda Classiçal at the Royal Albert Hall

The dance music orchestra lit up the iconic London concert venue

Dallas News

Cliburn Piano Competition names 12 pianists to advance to Semifinal Round

The Van Cliburn International Piano Competition announced 12 semifinalists Tuesday night.

Berliner Morgenpost

Museum der Moderne: “Die Musik kommt von innen”

Mit gleich vier Eingängen will sich das Museum der Moderne öffnen. Das soll Bewegung am Berliner Kulturforum schaffen.

Spiegel.de

Ariana Grande tritt mit Coldplay und Justin Bieber auf

Die US-Sängerin Ariana Grande wird am Sonntag ihr Benefizkonzert in Manchester geben. Unterstützt wird sie auf der Bühne unter anderem von Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus und Justin Bieber.

Concerti

Der Estländer soll’s richten

Paavo Järvi wird ab der Spielzeit 2019/20 neuer Chefdirigent und Künstlerischer Leiter des Tonhalle-Orchesters Zürich

Le Parisien

Spotify scelle un accord de droits avec des artistes américains

Le numéro un mondial du streaming Spotify a accepté de créer un fonds de 43,45 millions de dollars pour mettre fin à une procédure judiciaire potentiellement coûteuse avec des artistes américains, ont indiqué des avocats lundi.

El Mundo

Las escuelas de música y danza de Madrid piden un rescate

Suena una balada melancólica en las escuelas públicas de música y danza desde hace cinco años, cuando la Comunidad de Madrid dejó de financiarlas y los ayuntamiento aplicaron progresivos recortes en aquellos años de crisis que se cebaron con las dotaciones culturales.

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SWR lädt rund um Pfingsten zum Sommerfestival nach Stuttgart ein – vier Tage Festivalmeile auf dem Schlossplatz

 


Wer von euch hat sich schon die Elbphilharmonie als Tattoo stechen lassen!? Zeigt her eure Arme!

 

Daniel Ek, PDG de Spotify, à Tokyo le 29 septembre 2016 (AFP/TORU YAMANAKA)

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(Written on May 31, 2017 )

Yesterday in Madrid, eight pianos were placed in different spots about the city for everyone to play.

The initiative was taken in connection with a concert by Ukrainian pianist Stanislav Khristenko at the Auditorio Nacional de Música, Madrid, which took place yesterday evening. 

Stanislav Khristenko won the ‘Concurso de Música Maria Canals’, a competition held annually in the Palau de la Música Catalana, Barcelona.

The idea of placing these eight pianos about the city was to get the public into the spirit of the concert that evening.

In this video, members of the public play one of the pianos and discuss the project.

(Written on October 15, 2015 )

Global Post

French luxury piano maker Pleyel plays its final notes

Top-end French piano maker Pleyel, whose instruments were used by the likes of Frederic Chopin, Claude Debussy and Franz Liszt, announced Wednesday it will end production by the end of the year

Star Tribune

For Minnesota Orchestra, a fresh start

Recent times have seen the end of The Minnesota Orchestra, but the future suggests there may be a Minnesota Symphony Orchestra… there is an ensemble, a venue and an endowment. All that is needed now is a vision

SF Gate

‘Unsound’ documentary explores collapse of music industry

San Francisco based musician and producer Mikael “Count” Eldridge (DJ Shadow, Galactic) is currently raising funds through an IndieGogo campaign to complete “Unsound,” a documentary that explores the collapse of the music industry in the wake of the Internet

The Strad

American violinist Stephen Waarts wins Young Concert Artists auditions

Violinist Stephen Waarts was the only string player among the three first-prize winners of this year’s Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York

From the archive: The tale of the King of Spain Strads

The set of decorated Stradivari instruments housed at the Royal Palace of Madrid made news recently when they received their first public performance, by the Quiroga Quartet from Spain

Der Tagesspiegel

Sein Weg mit Karajan

32 Jahre lang hat Peter Csobadi als Pressesprecher dem Dirigenten Herbert von Karajan treue Dienste geleistet. Zuvor war der Ungar bereits Sekretär Ferenc Fricsays gewesen, SFB-Redakteur und Pressechef der Berliner Festwochen. In einem Hörbuch erzählt der 90-Jährige nun aus seinem Leben

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(Written on November 14, 2013 )

Classical Music Magazine

Protest disrupts Met’s Eugene Onegin first night

The Metropolitan Opera’s season-opening production of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin on 23 September was disrupted briefly by a lone protester urging the house and its cast to take a public stand against Russia’s repression of homosexuals

Los Angeles Times

Renée Fleming sings Top 10 on ‘Late Show with David Letterman’

Renée Fleming lent her lush soprano voice to CBS’ “Late Show with David Letterman” on Wednesday night, singing a humorous rendition of the show’s Top 10 list

Classic FM Online

Inflatable concert hall to open in Japan

A bright purple inflatable concert hall resembling giant plum is touring areas devastated by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Matsushima, Japan

British Paraorchestra win Prime Minister’s Big Society Award

A year on from playing with Coldplay at the Paralympics 2012, the British Paraorchestra is to be honoured with a Big Society Award

Star Tribune

New Minnesota Orchestra offer includes $20K signing bonuses

Musicians are “offended” board went public with proposal that includes $20,000 one-time bonus

Limelight Magazine

Hilliards to hang up vocal cords after 40th anniversary tour

The Hilliard Ensemble are to launch their 40th anniversary season with a special reunion concert at the Spitalfields Music Winter Festival on December 11 – four decades to the day since their debut concert in 1973

Arts beat

Gerard Mortier Named Artistic Adviser of Teatro Real Opera House in Madrid

The Teatro Real said Wednesday that it had created a new advisory post for Gerard Mortier, two weeks after abruptly ousting him as artistic director of the opera house here

Pacific Standard

Want Quick, Accurate Thinking? Ask a Musician

New research finds musical training appears to sharpen our ability to detect our own mistakes, and rapidly make needed adjustments

The Telegraph

New York Opera set to enter bankruptcy within a week

New York City Opera could be sounding its final note this weekend – at least for a while

The Guardian

Classical music is at the heart of Manchester’s radical music scene

Manchester’s classical music tradition and culture is full of names just as stellar and characters just as large and significant as the likes of Oasis, The Smiths and New Order, writes Stuart Maconie

BBC Music Magazine

John Williams’s Star Wars theme named nation’s favourite film score

Classic film score beats competition from Morricone, Bernstein and Herrmann

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(Written on September 27, 2013 )

Gramophone

The 2013 Gramophone Classical Music Award-winning recordings

Recording of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, Young Artist of the Year, Label of the Year and Artist of the Year winners are discussed on the Gramophone website.

The Guardian

A quiet word about classical concert etiquette

Who says classical music must be enjoyed in silence? Despite a summer of mobiles, coughs and even a misfiring hearing aid, Kate Molleson refuses to join the tutters.

Madrid’s Teatro Real boss sparks row by saying no Spaniard can succeed him

Belgian Gerard Mortier sparks controversy by saying that no one from Spain is capable of running opera house.

Star Tribune

Minnesota Orchestra musicians make counter-offer in pay dispute

Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra on Tuesday said they had given management a counterproposal on a new contract. Management dismissed proposal as a “vague framework” that does not “constitute an official counterproposal.”

The Telegraph

BBC Big Band cuts are shameful mistake

BBC decision to axe Radio 2 show Big Band Special is a crass mistake, says Martin Chilton.

Nashua Telegraph

Stradivarius hometown gets a violin museum

The northern Italian town where Antonio Stradivari and other master violin-makers worked will open a new museum celebrating the instrument.

Classical Music Magazine

Last-minute Night of the Proms: Iestyn Davies was called in as late replacement

Countertenor Iestyn Davies was a late draft onto the bill for 7 September’s Last Night of the Proms after BBC producers were told they would not be able to use a treble soloist because the performance was to be broadcast live after 7pm. Davies was called in, announced to the public on the day before the event, and only rehearsed with Alsop and the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus on the day of the concert itself.

Arts Journal

Vienna’s Konzerthaus ‘is bankrupt’

New director Matthias Naske says there has been no increase in public subsidy for 16 years and he can’t see how to make ends meet.

Die Zeit

Künstler zwischen Konzert und Konzern

Der Tourveranstalter Berthold Seliger kritisiert die Großen der Musikbranche gern. Sein neues Buch zeigt umfassend, wie auf Kosten der Kreativen Geschäfte gemacht werden.

Gramophone

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(Written on September 11, 2013 )

Arts Journal- Slipped Disc 

Why Madrid pulled the plug on Barenboim: the full story 

Barenboim’s Madrid concert is cancelled….

Pianist in blasphemy trial issues defiant dance video

The composer and pianist Fazil Say has written “Dance” a new piece based on Turkish rhythms in reply to the charge he is being faced with.

Two Maestros turned 85 this week 

Kurt Masur and Michael Gielen turn 85 in the same week.

Mendelssohn gets his bust back in Dusseldorf 

The statue of Mendelssohn is reinstated on his plinth on 25th September 2012 having been knocked down by the Nazis in 1936.

Gramophone 

RPS Society awards grants totalling £36, 500 

The Royal Philharmonic Society has awarded grants to 20 young composers and musicians.

The Guardian 

Guardagni: the first modern singer?  

Iestyn Davies explores if the castrato Gaeteno Gaurdagni was the first truly modern singer.

LA Times 

L.A Opera sets concert ‘Foscari’ with Placido Domingo, in O.C

Placido Domingo with star in a concert version in Verdi’s “The Two Foscari” as part of Los Angeles Opera’s new season.

Classic FM 

A real life Carnival of the Animals  

Sorrelli Strings perform at The Big Sheep Farm in Bideford, North Devon

 

(Written on July 20, 2012 )