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In today’s news: Netrebko and Gergiev to star at Bayreuther Festspiele 2019. Profile of the Salzburger Festspiele. Barbican autumn season announced. Josie Lawrence joins bill of Ten Pieces Prom for classical music education. Bayreuth for Dummies: a guide to the festival and why it is what it is. Streaming services are seeing a jazz renaissance amongst younger fans. Kaufmann & Domingo – two opera giants – to star in Madrid on same day. In three months’ time Britain will be marking its first ever National Album Day – why do albums need protecting?

Rhinegold

Barbican autumn season programme announced

The Barbican’s autumn season, Barbican Presents, has been revealed.

The Independent

Josie Lawrence joins bill of Ten Pieces Prom for classical music education

The comedian will be joined by theatre actor Paapa Essiedu

BBC News

Streaming services are seeing a jazz renaissance amongst younger fans

After spending years adrift from the musical mainstream, jazz is enjoying an unexpected return to the limelight.

As National Album Day launches, here’s why ‘albums need protecting’

In three months’ time Britain will be marking its first ever National Album Day.

Limelight

German-Australian Opera Grant creates tomorrow’s stars

The Grant, valued at $75,000, sees an emerging singer receive a one-year employment contract at a German opera house.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Bayreuth für Dummies

Auf dem Grünen Hügel beginnen die Richard-Wagner-Festspiele. Warum wollen da alle hin? Versteht man die Handlung ohne Reclam-Heft? Und wieso ist so oft von Skandalen die Rede? Die wichtigsten Fragen und Antworten.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Nachdenklichkeit ist aller Leiden Anfang

Schmerzerfüllt: Die Salzburger Festspiele beginnen mit Passionen von Beethoven, Penderecki und Pasolini. Sie ziehen Parallelen zwischen dem Schicksal von Flüchtlingen heute und dem Leiden Jesu Christi.

Musik Heute

Bayreuther Festspiele 2019 mit Netrebko und Gergiev

Anna Netrebko als Elsa für zwei Vorstellungen und Valery Gergiev als Dirigent der neuen “Tannhäuser”-Produktion: Die Bayreuther Festspiele setzen im kommenden Jahr auf zwei Stars aus Russland.

El País

Domingo y Kaufmann, duelo de voces entre dos siglos

El Teatro Real despide la temporada con ambos tenores en días consecutivos

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Plácido Domingo & Jonas Kaufmann (c) Gisela Schober

(Written on July 25, 2018 )

In today’s news:  EU vote a “sad day” for music. Honorary scholarships awarded at Royal Academy of Music. Sheku Kanneh-Mason holds Classic FM no. 1 for seventh week in a row. Free version of Sibelius now available.  10-Year-Old Natsuho Murata Awarded 1st Prize at Italy’s il Piccolo Violino Magico Competition. Cecilia Bartoli to perform La Cenerentola in Barcelona and Madrid. The Carl-Orff-Festspiele is back with a new name and motto. A portrait of Young Euro Classic. Bayreuth – Joachim Lange in conversation with director Yuval Sharon.

UK Music

UK Music chief: EU vote “a sad day” for music – but fight goes on to ensure fairness for creators

A vote by MEPs to reject the Legal Affairs Committee’s proposals on the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market was described as a “blow” for the music industry by UK Music.

Rhinegold

Royal Academy of Music awards honorary scholarships

The Royal Academy of Music has awarded honorary memberships to Hugh Laurie, Imelda Staunton, and Paul Lewis among others.

Classic FM

Classic FM Chart: Sheku Kanneh-Mason holds No. 1 for seventh consecutive week

The Royal wedding cellist once again remains unbeatable in the Classic FM Chart, as his debut album ‘Inspiration’ takes the No. 1 spot for the seventh week in a row.

Rhinegold

Free version of Sibelius software now available

Technology provider Avid has announced the availability of Sibelius|First, a free version of the composition and notation software Sibelius. The free software includes many of the features of the original, including composition, transcription and editing tools.

The Telegraph

For six months in 1937, Graham Greene ran a weekly magazine called Night and Day, a sort of London New Yorker.

10-Year-Old Natsuho Murata Awarded 1st Prize at Italy’s il Piccolo Violino Magico Competition

10-year-old Natsuho Murata has been awarded 1st prize at the 2018 il Piccolo Violino Magico International Competition – in San Vito al Tagliamento, Italy

Concerti

Ausdrucksenergien, die zu Explosionen führen

Bei Young Euro Classic wird die Begeisterung junger Musiker zum Konzertereignis

Neue Musik Zeitung

Ein Amerikaner in Bayreuth – Joachim Lange im Gespräch mit „Lohengrin“-Regisseur Yuval Sharon

Amerikaner trifft auf Malerpaar, einen Wagnerspezialisten und auf den Schwanenritter – Yuval Sharon (39) inszeniert den neuen „Lohengrin“ in Bayreuth.

Bayerische Rundfunk

Das Weltenrad dreht sich wieder

Die Carl-Orff-Festspiele sind zurück – mit neuem Namen und einem neuen Konzept: “O Fortuna… Das Weltenrad dreht sich wieder!”, so das Motto 2018.

Platea Magazine

Cecilia Bartoli cantará “La Cenerentola” de Rossini en Barcelona… y también en Madrid

La mezzosoprano romana Cecilia Bartoli llevará La Cenerentola, ópera de Rossini, hasta el Palau de la Música de Barcelona para conmemorar el 150 aniversario del fallecimiento del compositor.

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(Written on July 9, 2018 )

In today’s news: Guadagnini violin sold for record price. New managing director for London Southbank Sinfonia. Music creators urged to fight for their rights. Fund to help Coventry’s arts organisations to prepare to become City of Culture in 2021. New music museum to be created in Madrid.

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Guadagnini Violin sold at record-price of € 1,8 million

Tarisio, a web-based auction house specializing in stringed instruments and bows has announced the sale of the Sinzheimer Guadagnini violin for £1,587,000 (€1,8 million) – the highest price ever paid at an auction for an instrument by this maker.

Music Business Worldwide

Sony Music acquires stake in classical music promoter Raymond Gubbay

Sony Music has acquired shares in UK-based classical music events promoter Raymond Gubbay as part of a process which sees the major label group sell off 49% of another company.

Southbank Sinfonia

William Norris appointed Managing Director

Southbank Sinfonia is pleased to announce the appointment of William Norris as Managing Director, taking over from James Murphy who departs to be Chief Executive of the Royal Philharmonic Society.

M magazine

Music creators urged to fight for their rights

In early July, all MEPs will come together to vote on whether to approve the most significant reform of copyright in nearly 20 years. Ahead of this vote, PRS for Music is asking its members to use a new tool to email them asking for their support in addressing the ‘transfer of value’ from rightsholders to digital service providers.

The Guardian

What’s it like to be directed by the great conductor? One amateur violinist found when she joined the Berlin Philharmonic’s BE PHIL orchestra for five inspiring days.

The Stage

Fund set up to help Coventry’s arts organisations prepare for 2021 City of Culture

A dedicated funding stream has been set up for artists and cultural organisations preparing for Coventry’s year as UK City of Culture in 2021.

klassik.com

Bariton Mikolaj Trabka gewinnt Stella Maris-Gesangswettbewerb

Der Bariton Mikolaj Trabka von der Oper Frankfurt hat den internationalen Gesangswettbewerb “Stella Maris” gewonnen. In den Genres Oper, Lied und Oratorium nahmen in diesem Jahr sechs Künstler internationaler Opernhäuser auf.

NMZ

Wie ein Erdbeben klingt? – Japaner Hosokawa an der Oper Stuttgart

Sieben Jahre nach dem Erdbeben in Japan und der so ausgelösten Atomkatastrophe in Fukushima setzt sich die Staatsoper Stuttgart künstlerisch mit der Tragödie auseinander.

Forscher kreieren mit Computersimulationen eine Jazz-Glocke

Mit Computersimulationen haben Wissenschaftler der Technischen Universität München (TUM) den Klang von Glocken erforscht – und dabei eine Jazz-Glocke kreiert.

Platea

El PSOE propone crear un museo de la música en Madrid

El grupo municipal socialista llevará hoy al pleno del Ayuntamiento de Madrid la propuesta de la creación de un museo de la música en la capital.

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Michael Schade, Mikolaj Trabka (Oper Frankfurt), Kapitän Mark Behrend, © Hapag Llyod

(Written on June 27, 2018 )

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 )