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In today’s’ news: Aled Jones and the harassment claim, Cecilia Bartoli becomes the first female singer to record with the Sistine Chapel Choir, Spotify’s UK operation is about to get bigger. A 9-year old is conducting in France for a good cause, there is a strike at the Basque orchestra. Women dominate the TG4 Gradam Ceoil Awards. The Bavarian art awards go to a percussionist and a guitar player. In Zwickau, there is the renewal of the theatre is progressing as the architects have been let go. Also, fake concerts in Russia used for embezzlement. And René Kollo turns 80.

The Times

Aled Jones says sorry but denies harassment claim

Aled Jones, who gained fame as a choirboy, will not be on the BBC while a claim is investigated.

Classic FM

Cecilia Bartoli becomes the first woman to record with the Sistine Chapel Choir

Cecilia Bartoli has become the first female singer to record with the world-famous choir of the Sistine Chapel in Rome.

Classical Music

NYO reveals 70th anniversary season

The National Youth Orchestra has announced it’s 2018 season, which will launch with the ensemble’s first performance of a complete opera.

Choir and Organ

Paul Spicer celebrates 25 years with Birmingham Bach Choir

Conductor Paul Spicer will celebrate 25 years leading Birmingham Bach Choir with a special anniversary concert on 30 November 2017 at Birmingham Town Hall.

Music Teacher

Royal College of Music to unveil new Flentrop organ

The Royal College of Music (RCM) is to unveil its new organ in spring 2018.

Music Business Worldwide

Spotify to double UK workforce as it moves to 60,000 sq ft London office.

Spotify’s UK operation is about to get a lot bigger.

The Irish Times

Women dominate the 2018 TG4 Gradam Ceoil Awards

The list of winners represents a shift in the scales of traditional music, with four of the six individual awards going to women.

Pizzicato

Fake Hvorostovsky concerts used for embezzlement

Russian police is investigating a case in which fake concerts by baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky were used by the General Director of the Krasnoyarsk Philharmonic for embezzlement, the Russian magazine M Celebrity reports.

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Zwickauer Theaterbau: Sanierung läuft trotz Streits weiter

Die Sanierung der wichtigsten Spielstätte des Theaters Plauen-Zwickau geht trotz Kündigung des Architekten weiter. 

Concerti

Vom Schlagerstar zum Heldentenor

Im Opernbereich ist René Kollo eine Ausnahmeerscheinung: Kaum einem Sänger gelang es bislang, eine derartige Karriere als Heldentenor hinzulegen – und zuvor in der leichten Muse zum Star zu avanciert haben.

Klassik.com

Bayerischer Kunstförderpreis für Vivi Vassileva und Johannes Öllinger

Die Perkussionistin Vivi Vassileva sowie der Gitarrist Johannes Öllinger sind mit dem Bayerischen Kunstförderpreis 2017 in der Sparte Musik ausgezeichnet worden.

Pianist Viktor Soos gewinnt Lübecker Possehl-Wettbewerb

Der Pianist Viktor Soos hat beim Possehl-Wettbewerb der Lübecker Musikhochschule, der in diesem Jahr zum 54. Mal ausgetragen wurde, den ersten Preis gewonnen. 

El Mundo

El comité de la OSE pide la implicación de Bingen Zupiria en el conflicto

El comité de empresa de la Orquesta Sinfónica de Euskadi(OSE) ha reclamado hoy la implicación del consejero vasco de Cultura, Bingen Zupiria, en el conflicto que ha llevado a la sinfónica vasca a la huelga, cuya primera jornada se celebra hoy.

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Nino, 9 ans, dirige l’Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France pour la journée mondiale des enfants

Dans le cadre de la campagne vidéo lancée par l’Unicef pour la Journée mondiale des enfants, Mikko Franck a cédé son pupitre à Nino, 9 ans, à la tête de l’Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France, le temps d’une répétition.

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(Written on November 20, 2017 )

WildKat PR is thrilled to be working with Blüthner on their inaugural Piano Series. Seven virtuosi will showcase the piano with its unique Golden Tone in a series of seven recitals held at St John’s Smith Square over the 2017/18 season.

From its founding in 1853 by Julius Blüthner, the eponymous firm has remained family-run. Current CEO, Dr Christian Blüthner-Haessler, enjoyed a successful career as a cancer surgeon, before taking the reins in 1996, and being named Businessman of the Year in Germany in 2004 after just 8 years in the industry.

From its inception, Blüthner has been an innovative company, which can be seen today in its impressive range of Design Pianos, and the extraordinary PH Grand. Blüthner has also pushed boundaries exploring the mechanics of tone production, with the creation of the Aliquot string, an added fourth string which vibrates sympathetically, cylindrical soundboards, and angle cut hammers, resulting in a truly special sound.

The starry list of Blüthner advocates includes Brahms, Mahler, Bartók, Debussy, Reger, Wagner, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Rachmaninoff, Liberace, Stevie Wonder, and Ariana Grande.

The seven programmes held at St John’s Smith Square will be performed by outstanding talents from across the world, highlighting the versatility, depth, and character of the Blüthner instrument. Repertoire will include Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven; Tchaikovsky, Chopin, and Brahms; Stravinsky and transcriptions of Chinese music; Sjogren, Nielssen, and Nilsson. Tom Poster’s Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective will open the series performing Clara Schumann, Brahms, Schubert, and Robert Schumann.

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(Written on September 14, 2017 )

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra has announced further details of their August/September 2017 tour taking place on mainland Europe and the UK.

The orchestra is embarking on an extensive summer programme, following on from a successful tour in Hong Kong and China earlier in 2017. The CSO most recently toured Europe in 2008, before Maestro Louis Langrée took up the position as conductor and Music Director in the 2013/14 season.

In addition to the BBC Proms performance on Sunday 27th August, the orchestra will be performing at the following venues:

25th August: Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh
29th August: Palacio de Congreso del Kursaal, San Sebastian
30th August: Palacio de Congreso del Kursaal, San Sebastian
31st August: Palacio de Festivales de Cantabria, Santander
3rd September: Muziekgebouw, Eindhoven
4th September: Tivoli Vredenburg, Utrecht
5th September: Queen Elisabeth Hall, Antwerp
8th September: Seine Musicale, Paris
9th September: Seine Musicale, Paris

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(Written on May 15, 2017 )

In today’s news: Philharmonia app for PlayStation, Lichfiel Garrick has a classical twist, and Beatles manager get honoured by tribute. Ainars Rubikis becomes the new principal conductor of the Komische Oper Berlin, and Karel Mark Chichon, principal conductor of the Deutsche Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern steps down. The National Symphony Orchestra records a vinyl album.

The Guardian

Artist’s tribute to Beatles manager

Turner prize winner honours Brian Epstein for 50th anniversary of Sgt Pepper album

Classical Music Magazine

Philharmonia launches app on PlayStationVR

The Philharmonia Orchestra has become the first symphony orchestra to release a VR app on the PlayStationVR platform.

The Telegraph

From Monty Python to Louis Armstrong: the 78 best funeral songs

Which songs are played the most at funerals?

Burton Mail

Julian Lloyd Webber pays a visit to Repton School to judge music competition

Acclaimed musician Julian Lloyd Webber has praised the high standard of music teaching and abilities at Repton School.

Lichfield Live

The Opera Boys bring a classical twist to the Lichfield Garrick

Classical crossover will be on offer as the Opera Boys come to Lichfield.

Tagesspiegel

Komische Oper: Neuer Generalmusikdirektor

Nach Tagesspiegel-Informationen wird der Lette Ainars Rubikis an der Komischen Oper Nachfolger des Musikchefs Henrik Nánási. Der dirigierte zum Abschied Mahlers Vierte.

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Karel Mark Chichon, Chefdirigent der Deutschen Radio Philharmonie, zurückgetreten

Saarbrücken – Der Chefdirigent der Deutschen Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern, Karel Mark Chichon, hat nach Angaben des Saarländischen Rundfunks (SR) seinen sofortigen Rücktritt erklärt.

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Ein Stück Amerika am Bodensee

Beim Bodenseefestival gibt es vier Wochen lang Klassik, Jazz, Tanz, Schauspiel sowie Literatur aus den USA zu entdecken

BBC news

One orchestra’s one-take wonder

The National Symphony Orchestra has made a “direct cut” album, recorded straight to vinyl.

Mail Online

Met Opera faces questions as it marks big anniversary

The Metropolitan Opera is pulling out the finery this weekend to mark its golden anniversary at New York’s Lincoln Center, but the celebration comes at a tough moment for opera in the United States.

South China Morning Post

Hong Kong Ballet updates Carmen for the modern age, setting it in an Asian garment factory to a partly rock score

Choreographers Yuh Egami and Ricky Hu talk about moving Bizet’s ballet to contemporary Asia, changing the characters around and using a score from 1967 with additions by Hong Kong rock musician Mike Orange.

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Spanish opera singer Placido Domingo will be one of the stars of the Met Opera’s anniversary bash

(Written on May 8, 2017 )

In today’s news: The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s classical music event is tomorrow, and Dean Aaron Dworkin named as the new leadership from the Michigan School of Music. Schauspielhaus Cologne’s Head Dramaturg Thomas Laue to be Artistic Director of Nibelungen-Festspiele Worms, and Dresden Symphony plans a trans-boundary concert at the wall between USA and Mexico. Changes in Heidelberger Frühling Festival are being planned, and to adjust for the Easter time – suit music.

Gramophone

Music for Holy Week and Easter

This week on the Gramophone website we will be exploring some of the finest music written for Holy Week and Easter with three special articles.

The Strad

Violinist Lisa Ji Eun Kim to join the Boston Symphony Orchestra

Kim, who is currently serving as a second violinist with the Houston Symphony Orchestra, has previously performed as a BSO substitute player.
The Guardian

Globe director Dominic Dromgoole swaps stage for screen

After 10 years at the Globe, Dominic Dromgoole will direct and produce films, following in the footsteps of Stephen Daldry and Sam Mendes.

The Times

Florence has a new classical music festival

The New Generation Festival features performances from the world’s finest young musical talents in the spectacular gardens at the Palazzo Corsini Al Prato

The Violin Channel

Dean Aaron Dworkin Has Resigned from Michigan School of Music

Dean Aaron Dworkin is set to step down from the leadership role at the University of Michigan School of Music – effective from August 15th

WDR

Steinway setzt auf selbstspielende Flügel

Der amerikanische Hersteller von Klavieren und Flügeln, Steinway & Sons, verkauft nun auch selbspielende Flügel.

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Thomas Laue wird neuer Künstlerischer Leiter der Nibelungen-Festspiele

Der derzeitige Chefdramaturg am Schauspielhaus Köln wird zur Spielzeit 2018 Künstlerischer Leiter der Nibelungen-Festspiele Worms

Neuemusikzeitung

Der Heidelberger Frühling macht sich mit dem Schwerpunkt „Neuland.Lied“ für das Kunstlied stark

Das Festival Heidelberger Frühling will die Stadt nun wieder zu einem Zentrum der Liedkultur machen

The New York Times

Chuck Berry Is Hailed as a Rock Trailblazer and a St. Louis Hero at His Funeral

The four-hour funeral on Sunday afternoon honored a musician who helped forge rock ’n’ roll but never moved away from his hometown and continued faithfully playing gigs there until he was in his late 80s

WQXR.org

20 Classical Music Selections to Enhance Your Cooking Experience

A stereotype that has been proven again and again is the belief that musicians love to cook

Herald Live

Feast of light classical music

The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s music department will be taking guests on a classical music journey with its Opera Lights concert tomorrow at the South Campus Auditorium.

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(Written on April 11, 2017 )

In today’s news: Amazon makes a significant move into the UK live music scene, and British conductor Antonio Pappano launches a new competition for young singers named after his father, Pasquale Pappano. Bob Dylan will finally accept his literature prize at a meeting with members of the Swedish Academy in Stockholm this weekend, researchers working on Google Brain aim for machines and musicians to work together to create a “new kind of art”. Why the music industry needs more ‘rule-breakers’, and discover the lost opera of Liszt!

The Telegraph

Google wants humans and machines to create ‘new kind of music’

Researchers working on Google Brain, the internet giant’s deep learning research project, hope one day machines and musicians can work together to create a “new kind of art”.

BBC NewsBeat

David Bowie producer: Music needs more young rule-breakers

The producer behind some of David Bowie’s biggest songs says the music industry needs to give more young “rule-breakers” a chance to follow in his footsteps.

BBC Music Magazine

The story behind Liszt’s unheard opera

Can we really take Franz Liszt seriously as an opera composer? David Trippett makes the case for the Romantic genius.

Music Business Worldwide

Amazon Partners with UK Events and Venues to offer Prime Experience

Amazon has made a significant move into the UK live music scene with the launch of pre sale tickets for gigs, and exclusive lounges at venues and festivals.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Rainer Kussmaul ist tot

Etwas zutiefst Untypisches für einen Geiger umgab Rainer Kussmaul, diesen bedeutenden Musiker und Lehrer: ein wohltuender Mangel an Selbstbezogenheit.

Der Tagesspiegel

Der Neugierige

Fünf Jahre war Rainer Kussmaul Konzertmeister bei den Berliner Philharmonikern, seine Schüler: unter anderem Thomas Hengelbrock und Daishin Kashimoto. Jetzt ist er mit 70 Jahren gestorben.

Berliner Zeitung

Chor aus Kapstadt: Die African Angels kommen in die Philharmonie

Bald geht Simphiwe Mayeki wegen dieser auf Reisen und lässt seine Familie zurück. Er gehört zu den African Angels, einem Teil des Chors der Cape Town Opera. Am Abend zuvor haben wir ihn bei Verdis „Rigoletto“ auf der Bühne gesehen

Pizzicato

Antonio Pappano Creates Singing Contest Honouring His Father

Together with the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Benevento, an Italian city 50 kilometres northeast of Naples, British conductor Antonio Pappano launches this year a new competition for young singers named after his father, Pasquale Pappano, who was a singing teacher.

Codex Flores

Tod des Saxophonisten und Publizisten Ekkehard Jost

Laut einer Mitteilung der Universität Giessen ist der Saxophonisten und Musikwissenschaftler Ekkehard Jost, eine namhafte Stimme der deutschen Jazzpublizistik, im Alter von 79 Jahren verstorben.

The New York Times

Finally Returning Bernstein’s Overdue Mahler

It was more than 50 years overdue, but Leonard Bernstein’s score of Mahler’s “Das Lied von der Erde” was finally returned to the Vienna Philharmonic on Tuesday.

Bob Dylan Will Receive His Nobel Prize While on Tour in Sweden

After months of suspense and typically inscrutable standoffishness, Bob Dylan, the elusive Nobel laureate, will finally accept his literature prize at a meeting with members of the Swedish Academy in Stockholm this weekend.

Tagesanzeiger

Klassiker der Woche: Helium für die Sänger

Sie suchen noch nach einem guten Aprilscherz? Geben Sie es auf. Einen besseren als diesen hier finden Sie nicht.

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 Classical:NEXT 2017 programme revealed

Help Musicians UK  The line-up is finally here

Music History  1  in 1881 FP of ´ Symphony in d, with Hermann Levi, in Munich.

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(Written on March 30, 2017 )

In today’s news: a new music video by Luca D’Alberto uses drones to offer unique views of Berlin, reminiscing over the inaugural concert of the Vienna Philharmonic, and a look into how an independent guitar maker survives despite the increase of internet shopping and mass production. Grime artists may be unfairly targeted by the Metropolitan police through their use of a risk-assessment form, and the new Tinder Opera plays with modern technology and our ability to interact within relationships.

The New York Times

Finally Returning Bernstein’s Overdue Mahler

It was more than 50 years overdue, but Leonard Bernstein’s score of Mahler’s “Das Lied von der Erde” was finally returned to the Vienna Philharmonic on Tuesday.

NPR Music

The Tinder Opera’ Creators Hope You Swipe Right On Online Opera

The first opera hit the stage over 400 years ago. More recently, the art form has been adapted to modern media: In the 1920s and ’30s, operas were written to be performed on the radio, and in 1951, NBC commissioned Gian Carlo Menotti to compose Amahl And The Night Visitors for television. Now, a company called Rainy Park Opera is creating operas for the internet.

Classical Music Magazine

Medieval carol set to music for first time in 500 years

The first musical setting of the Medieval carol ‘Be Mery’ since the Reformation will be the soundtrack to a new English Heritage exhibition in the gatehouse of Battle Abbey.

The Guardian

Culture minister says Met’s 696 form discriminates against grime artists

Matt Hancock warns that controversial risk-assessment may damage London’s night-time economy and stifle young musicians.

Broadwayworld

100 Year Old Conductor, Maestro Anton Coppola to Lead Opera Tampa in Concert, 3/25

Coppola Conducts: 100 Years Young. This concert on March 25th will be presented by Opera Tampa, the company for which Coppola was the founding Artistic Director.

I Care If You Listen

Experimental Opera Hopscotch on The Industry Records

Hopscotch is a completely different kind of album experience! After all, it is the result of a totally new way at looking at opera as envisioned by Yuval Sharon. Sharon is the founder and artistic director of The Industry, a Los Angeles-based company that looks to promote experimental music productions and change the concept of the traditional opera experience.

France Musique

Christophe Ghristi prend la direction artistique du théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse

Le dramaturge Christophe Ghristi retrouve Toulouse en étant nommé directeur artistique du théâtre du Capitole, 8 ans après avoir quitté le même poste. Il succède à Frédéric Chambert et prendra en charge la programmation lyrique et chorégraphique de l’institution.

El Mundo

La Academia Sueca desconoce si Bob Dylan acudirá a la conferencia para recibir los 900.000 dólares del Nobel

El artista actuará en Estocolmo, y la institución comunica que no ha tenido ninguna conversación telefónica con Bob Dylan en los últimos meses. Si no lo hace antes del 10 de junio, perderá la dotación económica

Musik Express

Drohnen-Musikvideo von Luca D’Alberto fängt die Schönheit Berlins ein

Videopremiere: Multiinstrumentalist Luca D’Alberto zeigt in „Endless“ Berlins nur scheinbar kühle Seite. Der Song packt aber auch ohne seine Bilder.

Faz

Das Gespür für die richtige Saite

In einer Zeit, in der viele Fachgeschäfte schließen und immer mehr online abläuft, geht Martin Meckbach einem traditionellen Handwerk nach: dem Bauen und Reparieren von Gitarren.

Deutschland Radio

Vor 175 Jahren: Das erste Konzert der Wiener Philharmoniker

Die Wiener Philharmoniker gehören zu den besten Orchestern der Welt. Tickets für ihre Konzerte im Goldenen Saal des Musikvereins sind heiß umkämpft. Die Geburt des Ensembles war ein Konzert am 28. März 1842.

Berliner Zeitung

Ed Sheeran Konzert Der junge Mann ohne Eigenschaften

Sheeran sang gemeinsam mit den Leuten seine Lieder

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BR_KLASSIK  #Brexit zwingt EU-Barockorchester zum Umzug

Classical Music News  Musicians’ Union announces next general secretary

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Tenor Scott Joiner and mezzo-soprano Viktoria Falcone try to find love via Tinder in a still from Connection Lost: The Tinder Opera.

 

(Written on March 29, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Royal College of Music partners with Shanghai Conservatory of Music to establish a joint institute, offering collaborative projects between the two institutions. Sound and Music partners with Sage Gateshead and NMC Recordings to launch ‘Next Wave’, a programme designed to promote and support composers in higher education. Sir Simon Rattle talks about a new home for London Symphony Orchestra, as the current venue Barbican restricts the orchestra’s repertoire. Also, violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter was presented with The 23rd annual World Economic Forum’s Crystal Awards for her leadership in providing opportunities for young people to develop careers as musicians.

Music Teacher Magazine

RCM announces collaboration with Shanghai Conservatory

The Royal College of Music (RCM) and the Shanghai Conservatory of Music (SHCM) are to establish a new Joint Institute in China.

Classical Music Magazine

Sound and Music launches Next Wave programme

Sound and Music has joined forces with Sage Gateshead and NMC Recordings for Next Wave, a programme designed to promote and support composers in higher education.

Producer faces pay accusations

World on Stage producer Stephen Leatherland has been accused of failing to pay singers and production staff involved in the 2016 tour of A Night in Venice, according to The Stage.

Evening Standard

Sir Simon Rattle says plans for a new venue for the London Symphony Orchestra are coming together

Sir Simon Rattle says the London Symphony Orchestra’s home in the Barbican restricts its repertoire and that the case for a new concert hall was “slowly and surely” coming together.

Opera Now Magazine

Applications open for Glyndebourne Academy

Applications are invited for the Glyndebourne Academy, which will run for the third time in 2017.

Music Business Worldwide

PRS and PPL Launch Joint Licence For Non-profit Radio Stations in the UK

UK music licensing organisations, PPL and PRS for Music, have introduced a new joint licence, which came into effect on 1 January 2017, for Ofcom-licensed community radio stations broadcasting on AM or FM.

Pizzicato

Geneva Finally Able To Build Its Cité De La Musique

The UN have now approved the resolution granting a land right in favour of the new Cité de la Musique in Geneva.

The Herald

Passing the baton

SCO conductor Robin Ticciati on the power of music, the beauty of silence and preparing to say goodbye to Scotland.

The New York Times

The Weeknd’s ‘Starboy’ and the ‘La La Land’ Soundtrack Top the Chart

This week on the Billboard album chart, the Weeknd holds at No. 1, while the “La La Land” soundtrack shoots to No. 2 after the film won seven Golden Globe Awards.

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Donald sucht den Superstar: Künstler boykottieren Trumps Vereidigung

Hollywood attackiert ihn, Musiker distanzieren sich: Die Suche nach Stars zur Vereidigung wird für Donald Trump zur Blamage.

klassik.com

Anne-Sophie Mutter mit Crystal Award ausgezeichnet

Die Auszeichnung honoriert insbesondere Mutters Engagement im Bereich der musikalischen Bildung bzw. Erziehung und der Förderung junger Musiktalente im Rahmen der Anne-Sophie Mutter Stiftung.

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Benefizkonzert für Syrien mit Musikern und Musikerinnen aus Syrien und Europa

Kommenden Freitag findet in der Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche in Berlin ein Benefizkonzert für Syrien mit dem Titel „Berlin steht auf!“ statt. Es treten junge, internationale Musiker_innen des Berliner Orchesterprojekts „STEGREIF.orchester“ mit syrischen, geflüchteten Musikern und Musikerinnen gemeinsam auf.

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Classic FM @ClassicFM ‘We can do wonderful work in the Barbican, but about 20 per cent of the repertoire won’t work there’ – Simon Rattle

BBC Music Magazine @MusicMagazine Gustav Mahler… an unlikely optimist?

klassik.com @klassikcom Mutmaßliches Portrait von Frederic  entdeckt 

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(Written on January 17, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Mahler’s complete manuscript of Symphony No.2 was sold at auction and broke new record, which was set previously by Mozart’s symphonies. Yale School of Music is collaborating with Classical Movements on a 10-day, 8-night tour, where a series of concerts will take place and be played to the refugees in Germany in June 2017. Also, listen to pianist Yuja Wang’s incredible palying of Mozart’s Turkish March, in a “jazzy” way, which went viral after being posted on Facebook before it was taken down.

Classical Music Magazine

Mahler manuscript sets new auction record

A complete manuscript of Mahler’s second symphony sold at auction for £4,546,250, breaking a previous record set by the sale of manuscript of nine Mozart symphonies in 1987.

Winds Without Borders to perform for German refugees

The Yale School of Music is collaborating with Classical Movements on a series of concerts for refugees in Germany.

Quartz

A Chinese piano prodigy is lighting up the internet with her rendition of Mozart’s Turkish March

Yuja Wang, a 29-year-old Chinese pianist, is taking over the internet this week with her dazzling rendition of Mozart’s Turkish March.

Music Teacher Magazine

Guildhall School announces spring 2017 season

The Guildhall School of Music & Drama’s spring 2017 season includes the premiere of the first opera written in Middle English and a masterclass led by Jonas Kaufmann.

NRK

KORKs julekalender

Hvilken musikk skaper aller best julestemning? Hver dag vil en KORK-musiker avsløre sin julefavoritt.

Aftenposten

Klassisk-guide: Her er vår anmelders forhåndsfavoritter blant de klassiske julekonsertene!

Messias og pøbler kjemper om oppmerksomheten i førjulsstria – vi gir deg oversikten.

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Orchestervereinigung fordert Rücknahme der Kürzungen in Dresden

Im Streit um Budgetkürzungen bei der Dresdner Philharmonie und den Dresdner Musikfestspielen fordert nun auch die Deutsche Orchestervereinigung eine Rücknahme der Streichungen.

Klassik heute

Bamberger Symphoniker gestalten ZDF-Weihnachtskonzert mit dem Bundespräsidenten

Das Weihnachtskonzert mit dem Bundespräsidenten, das in diesem Jahr in der Morizkirche in Coburg vom ZDF aufgezeichnet und am Heiligen Abend um 18 Uhr gesendet wird, gestalten in diesem Jahr die Bamberger Symphoniker.

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Dirigieren mit der Zahnbürste

Die Wahl-Berlinerin Alice Sara Ott über vergessene Komponistinnen, verstorbene Idole und Whisky.

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Music History @today_classical #Today in 1822 Debut as concert pianist in Vienna of Franz #Liszt at the age of 11. #MusicHistory #classicalmusic

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic8 Plaza Live renovations challenge Orlando Philharmonic – Orlando … – Orlando Sentinel https://t.co/UM8FngsX5s

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(Written on December 1, 2016 )

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.

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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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Royal Academy Music @RoyalAcadMusic Meet the Maestro: postgrad talks to

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 )