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In Today’s Classical News, Mozart comes to Shoreditch and Orchestra dell’Arte launches musical exchange. Lidiya Yankovskaya is named Music Director of the Chicago Opera Theater, and The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington react to homophobic protests.

The Guardian

Eine kleine slam poetry: Mozart comes to Shoreditch

MC Mozart’s Classical Smackdown brings young audiences to classical music in a way never seen before

Classic FM

Watch Shostakovich playing his own Symphony No. 7

In this video from 1941, the legendary Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich talks about one of his most famous works, Symphony No. 7 (Leningrad), and plays a section on piano.

Classical Music Magazine

Orchestra dell’Arte launches musical exchange

The Orchestra dell’Arte has launched a musical exchange scheme in order to highlight the cultural offerings of its home city of Liverpool, which recently became a Unesco Creative City of Music.

The Times

Concert review: La Voix Humaine; CBSO/ Grazinyte-Tyla at Snape Maltings

In two contrasting one-woman shows, it was Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla’s borderline excessive callisthenics that brought stunningly punchy results.

Tagesspiegel

Hengelbrock verlässt das NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester

Nacht acht Jahren: Der Chefdirigent des NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchesters, Thomas Hengelbrock, wird seinen Vertrag über die Saison 2018/19 hinaus nicht verlängern.

Concerti

Ab aufs Sofa

Anlässlich des 275-jährigen Bestehens will das Gewandhausorchester Leipzig vier Privatkonzerte geben.

Klassik.com

Catriona Morison gewinnt BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition 2017

Die Mezzosopranistin Catriona Morison hat bei der BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition zweimal den ersten Platz belegt.

Pizzicato

Lidiya Yankovskaya Named Music Director of the Chicago Opera Theater

Chicago Opera Theater has named Lidiya Yankovskaya music director. Her appointment is effective immediately, yet she will start regular conducting duties only in the 2018-19 season.

Classic FM

This choir confronted anti-Pride protesters in the best possible way – with a live performance

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington were on their way back to the hotel after performing at the Pride Festival in Knoxville Tennessee this weekend when they spotted protestors holding homophobic signs. They decided to stand up to them using the power of music.

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Music History in 1922 Death of Italian Vittorio .
 
Image: MC Mozart

(Written on June 20, 2017 )

In today’s Classical News, Primephonic, a new streaming service for classical music, launches in London, and a wedding musician is asked to play in return for social media likes. Today is BBC Music Day, celebrating the Power of Music, and Louise Alder progresses at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World.

CNET

Classical music streaming no longer plays second fiddle

Spotify and other streaming services aren’t very good at managing classical music, which is where new dedicated service Primephonic comes in.

Classic FM

A musician was asked to play for free in return for Facebook likes

‘I was hoping you may be interested in a challenge… I would like to propose if I can manage to get 1000 likes and 300 shares you would consider waiving your fee?’

Classical Music Magazine

Radio 3 announces BBC Music Day highlights

Radio 3 has announced its programming highlights for BBC Music Day (15 June), which this year will celebrate ‘The Power of Music’.

Louise Alder wins third Cardiff Singer round

British soprano Louise Alder has become the third singer chosen to perform in the final of BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2017.

Der Tagesspiegel

Ab Herbst Public Viewing von Elbphilharmonie-Konzerten

Nach dem großen Ansturm auf die Karten der Elbphilharmonie werden einige der Konzerte bald live auf öffentlichen Plätzen der Stadt übertragen.

Berliner Zeitung

Deutsche Messe“ Stefan Heucke vertont Messübersetzung von Bundestagspräsident Lammert

Eine heute nahezu unmögliche Gattung ist die Messe. Nicht nur müsste man das Ideal des gesellschaftlich wachen Künstlers verraten, um Anlass zu jenem Jubel zu haben, den Gloria oder Sanctus erheischen.

Concerti

#klangberlins – Ausgezeichnet!

Der diesjährige Deutsche Preis für Onlinekommunikation geht an das Konzerthaus Berlin. Ihre Video-Serie #klangberlins setzte sich gegen starke Mitbewerber wie Mercedes Benz, TUI und das ZDF durch.

I Care If You Listen

SPOR Festival 2017 Concludes With iScreen, YouScream!

SPOR is on a mission to prove that “music has the same potential for exploratory curation as all other art forms,” and the program for the 2017 festival certainly reflected this sentiment.

Dallas News

Say farewell to Berlin Philharmonic-bound horn player David Cooper at a Saturday recital

It says a lot for the virtuosity and elegant playing of David Cooper, principal horn on the Dallas Symphony Orchestra since 2013, that he’s been snatched up for the same post with one of the world’s most prestigious orchestra.

Twitter

Music History  in 1886 Birth of Charles .
London Philharmonic LPO brass trio performing at the launch of new classical music streaming service
Music History  in 1772 Death of French Louis-Claude d’
Image: Primephonic

(Written on June 15, 2017 )

Der Sommer beginnt und tausende Festivals und Open Air Konzerte schießen aus dem Boden. In Zeiten der jedem zugänglichen Social-Media-Plattformen ist es nicht immer leicht, sich von anderen Künstlern abzusetzen und das Interesse für seine Musik oder sein Projekt zu wecken. Deswegen hat unsere Gründerin und CEO, Kathleen Alder folgende Idee gehabt: Musikern kurze und hilfreiche sogenannte Open Sessions in unseren Büros in London und Berlin anzubieten. Dort kann sich jede/r sinnvolle Tipps für eine sofortige Verbesserung der Selbst-Promotion holen.

 

In unserem Berliner Büro bieten wir diese kostenlosen Open Sessions seit einem Jahr an jedem zweiten Freitag an. Dadurch konnten wir vielen interessanten KünstlerInnen und deren Projekten mit einem kleinen Schubs in die richtige Richtung geholfen. Während das Angebot, sich als selbstpromotender Künstler in kurzen Gesprächen Tipps von Profis einzuholen in der PR Branche im UK weit verbreitet ist, ist dieser Trend in Deutschland noch nicht so sehr angekommen. Und das wollen wir ändern!

Carolin Denz – Office Director Berlin: „Die Open Sessions geben die einmalige Möglichkeit, Tipps rund um PR, Promotion, Marketing, Konzertorganisation etc. von uns als professioneller PR-Agentur mit langjähriger Erfahrung kostenlos zu erhalten. Darüber hinaus gehen wir individuell auf Fragen und Wünsche ein und helfen dadurch jedem/r Künstler/in in der eigenen Karriere einen Schritt weiter zu kommen.“

 

Hier sind die Vorteile der Open Sessions:

– externer und objektiver Blick auf Projekt/ Situation

– Profi-Tipps in Sachen PR oder Marketing, die jede umsetzten kann

– Austausch mit Leuten, die viel Erfahrung in der Branche haben

– Neue Ideen und Impulse durch das Gespräch

 

Wer sich für die heutige oder die kommenden Sessions anmelden möchte: http://wildkatpr.com/open-sessions/

 

 

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(Written on June 9, 2017 )

Following a wonderful party at Fort Worth Zoo yesterday evening (including appearances from flamingos, baby racoons, and a skunk), first on the menu this morning was a fascinating symposium on Cultural Diplomacy.  After Stuart Isacoff’s introduction to arts diplomacy between America and Russia from the end of  World War Two up until the fall of the Berlin Wall, we heard from panellists Marc Thayer, Sarah Tanguy, and Patrick Castillo.

Images: Fort Worth Zoo

First we heard from Marc Thayer, former deputy director of American Voices, which takes musicians abroad to countries including Iraq and Afghanistan, to teach and perform music to locals.  Marc emphasised the good relations this forms with local musicians, leaving a favourable and lasting impression of American culture. Rather than just taking American music to these communities, they build on the practices already in place, using the music of the countries they visit together with American music.

Founded in 1953 and formalised by President Kennedy, Arts in Embassies takes American artists to participate abroad, engaging over 20,000 people to date in 189 countries.  Professional curators, such as Sarah Tanguy, create around 60 exhibitions per year, and since the turn of the century over 58 permanent collections have been installed in diplomatic facilities all over the world.

Patrick Castillo, a composer, performer, writer, and educator, has taken part at The Festival de Música Contemporánea de La Habana three times.  Having started as the only American participant, the most recent festival saw ten members of the American Composers Forum attend.  Patrick cited lack of equipment in Cuba as a major problem, and said that on subsequent visits, composers and musicians took across suitcases of reeds, strings, pencils, and manuscript paper.

Throughout the discussion it emerged that sadly these schemes are not something that the State Department likes to trumpet, fearing accusations of misspending of public money.  Thus reciprocal schemes giving opportunities for oversees artists to visit the States have not yet taken flight.  All three speakers were also nervous about funding cuts, with the future of their organisations not guaranteed.

Image: Cultural Exchange Symposium, The Cliburn

Concert 1 of the Final Round begins this evening at 7.30pm, and can be viewed on cliburn2017.medici.tv.

(Written on June 7, 2017 )

Last night in Fort Worth, Texas, six pianists were chosen to progress to the final round of the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. They are as follows:

Kenneth Broberg, United States, 23
Rachel Cheung, Hong Kong, 25
Yury Favorin, Russia, 30
Daniel Hsu, United States, 19
Yekwon Sunwoo, South Korea, 28
Georgy Tchaidze, Russia, 29

Before announcing the winners, Leonard Slatkin (Jury Chair), gave a though-provoking speech, reminding us all that music has the power to transport us to a better place, and that the competitors all have the responsibility to advance the cause of great art.  Cliburn CEO Jacques Marquis, and Chairman Carla Kemp Thompson offered their thanks to all the competitors and the fantastic Cliburn team working so hard to make the competition such a great success for both Fort Worth, and classical music.

Image: Leonard Slatkin

The final round will begin on Wednesday at 7.30pm.  Each competitor performs twice: on June 7–8, each finalist will join the Brentano String Quartet for a piano quintet.   Then, on June 9–10, each will perform a concerto with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leonard Slatkin.  Excitingly for the audience, no two competitors will play the same piano concerto, with repertoire consisting of: Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 2 and No. 3, Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1, Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4, and Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 and Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.

The winners of the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition will be announced in the Awards Ceremony, which begins  at 7.00pm on June 10. As always, the finals can be streamed live at cliburn2017.medici.tv.  Besides the performances, presenters Anderson and Roe give a fascinating insight into life backstage.  The finals will also be broadcast at a later date on Classic FM, who are the Cliburn’s Official UK Broadcast Partner.

Image: The six finalists of the Cliburn

Kat and James are currently in Fort Worth for the finals, and will be tweeting from @WildKatPR. Follow us for updates.

(Written on June 6, 2017 )

In today’s Classical News, The Leeds announces a piano festival, Classic FM try out the Philharmonia Orchestra’s new VR toy, and a music teacher arranges Ariana Grande in the wake of the Manchester attack. Plus a round-up of summer festivals from around the world, and an obituary of Jiri Belohlavek, who died yesterday aged 71.

International Piano

The Leeds announces annual piano festival

The Leeds International Piano Competition has announced a major partnership with the Lang Lang International Music Foundation, and a new annual piano festival.

Music Teacher

Teacher offers free Ariana Grande arrangement in wake of Manchester attack

Music teacher James Himsworth has arranged Ariana Grande’s ‘One Last Time’ for school children as a gesture of support for those affected by the Manchester bombing attack.

Classic FM

We tried out the Philharmonia Orchestra’s new virtual reality experience

The Philharmonia Orchestra, Classic FM’s Orchestra on Tour, is one of the most digital-savvy music ensembles out there – and now, thanks to their new VR toy, you can experience life in the orchestra.

New York Times

A Summer of Opera, Theatre and Music

A roundup of performing-arts festivals around the world from June through August.

Why Salzburg Is a Must-Visit for Classical Music

It has long been said that Austrians in general and Salzburgers specifically simply do not understand the obsession with the Oscar-winning film and Broadway musical “The Sound of Music,” which is set in Salzburg around the time of the Anschluss in 1938.

El Mundo

La Asamblea de Madrid insta al Gobierno a recuperar la financiación de las escuelas de música y danza

El Pleno de la Asamblea de Madrid aprobó hoy una proposición no de ley, en la que se insta al Gobierno regional a recuperar la financiación autonómica de las Escuelas Municipales de Música y Danza de la Comunidad de Madrid, en los niveles que tuvo en el año 2007, que garantice, por un lado, un marco estable de financiación para todos los municipios de la región, y que permita, por otro, el acceso universal a estas enseñanzas.

The Hindu Times

‘Classical music has to change’

A creative mind with a scholarly approach to music, Dr Prabha Atre says just because it’s classical, it doesn’t mean you cannot change things in it.

Musik Heute

Tschechischer Dirigent Jirí Belohlávek (71) gestorben

Der langjährige Chefdirigent der Tschechischen Philharmonie, Jirí Belohlávek, ist im Alter von 71 Jahren gestorben. Er habe in der Nacht zu Donnerstag den Kampf mit seiner schweren Krankheit verloren

Tagesspiegel

Placido Domingo feiert 50 Jahre Berlin-Debüt

Gala für das neue Ehrenmitglied: Placido Domingo wird von Daniel Barenboim und der Staatskapelle zu seinem 50. Berlin-Jubiläum gefeiert. 

Zeit

Genialer Glöckner

Der Pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard liebt das Zeitgenössische und bekommt nun den Siemens-Musikpreis

Twitter

Music History  in 1909 Birth of British Robin
Classical Music News  NYCGB Auditions 2017: advance notice
Music History  in 1857 Birth of English and conductor Sir Edward William .
Image: The Leeds

(Written on June 2, 2017 )

In today’s Classical News, Brindley Sherratt gives advice to a younger generation of singers, Birmingham Conservatoire appoints international chair in cello, and YCAT announces two new artists. Czech conductor Jiri Belohlavek has died aged 71, and Paris will open the doors of its monuments for classical music performances this June.

Guardian

Singing? I’m still trying to get the hang of it

Singing was never his first choice, but three decades into an internationally acclaimed career, British bass Brindley Sherratt puts pen to paper to risk a few words of advice for a younger generation.

Music Teacher

Birmingham Conservatoire appoints international chair in cello

Jian Wang has been appointed as Birmingham Conservatoire’s international chair in cello. He will visit Birmingham Conservatoire on a regular basic, teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Classical Music Magazine

YCAT announces two new artists

YCAT (Young Classical Artists Trust) has selected pianist Jean-Sélim Abdelmoula and cellist Jamal Aliyev for representation following the Public Final Auditions at Wigmore Hall on 25 May.

Chicago Tribune

Don’t call It Brexit radio

Had it launched at any other time, Union JACK might not have attracted quite so much attention. 

LA Weekly

Superstar Pianist Yuja Wang Is Embracing the Darker Side of Classical Music, and It’s Thrilling

Yuja Wang brought the requisite star power and overt glamour that nearly filled Disney Hall on Friday night, as the astonishing Chinese pianist reunited with simpatico conductor Gustavo Dudamel and the L.A. Philharmonic and continued her recent obsession with the morbidly engrossing Hungarian composer Béla Bartók.

Le Figaro

Les monuments de Paris ouvrent leurs portes à la musique classique

Le Festival de Paris proposera pour sa première édition, du 9 au 29 juin, cinq concerts dont le premier se déroulera à la Tour Eiffel avec la soprano Patricia Petibon.

Quebec Huffington Post

Gregory Charles lance une école de musique virtuelle

Ça allait de soi, pour un aussi grand amoureux de musique, qui prend tant de plaisir à transmettre ses connaissances : Gregory Charles annonçait mercredi matin la mise sur pied de l’Académie Gregory, une école de musique virtuelle dont le premier tutoriel, Je suis pianiste, enseignera les rudiments du piano, à compter du 1erseptembre prochain.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Ein Pianist ohne Nostalgie

Der französische Pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard denkt an die Zukunft der Klaviermusik. Dafür wird er in München mit dem Siemens-Musikpreis ausgezeichnet.

Der Tagesspiegel

Jiri Belohlavek ist tot

Er führte die tschechische Philharmonie zu internationaler Anerkennung. Jiri Belohlavek ist nach schwerer Krankheit im Alter von 71 Jahren gestorben.

neue musikzeitung

Evangelische Kirche sieht Elbphilharmonie als G20-Ort kritisch

Die Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland (EKD) sieht die Elbphilharmonie als Veranstaltungsort für den G20-Gipfel in Hamburg kritisch.

Twitter

BBC Music Magazine  Whose tune is it anyway? We take a look at works of classical music which are often misattributed
Music History  in 1776 Birth of John George .

Image: Jiri Belohlavek

(Written on June 1, 2017 )

In today’s Classical News, Steven Isserlis donates his Glashütte prize money, and the Cincinnati World Piano Competition will close after 60 years. Thierry Fischer extends his contract with the Utah Symphony, and Kevin Zhu becomes the youngest ever winner of the Menuhin Prize.  Jon Webster steps down as MMF President, and enjoy some Bach performed on the Baritone saxophone.

The Strad

Cellist Steven Isserlis receives €25,000 Glashütte Original Music Festival Award

The artist will donate his cash prize to the International Musicians Seminar Prussia Cove, London Music Masters and Rhapsody in School programmes.

Cincinnati.com

Cincinnati World Piano Competition won’t play it again

After 60 years, the Cincinnati World Piano Competition is closing its doors. The chief reason was financial, said Jack Rouse, chairman of the board. Despite generous donors in recent years, the competition was unable to raise the $300,000 needed to continue to exist.

Pizzicato

Utah Symphony Keeps Music Director Thierry Fischer Through 2021-22 Season

The Utah Symphony announced an extension of Thierry Fischer’s contract as Music Director through the 2021-22 season. The agreement extends the current contract, which was signed to expire in 2019. Swiss conductor Thierry Fischer (56) is in this position since 2011.

The Violin Channel

Kevin Zhu, 16 – Youngest Menuhin Competition Prize Winner

16 year old American violinist Kevin Zhu is quickly building an impressive international reputation as a prodigious young talent of enormous potential.

CMUSE

Bach Cello Suite Performed on Baritone Saxophone

There are few pieces that are more frequently performed and recognized than Bach’s Cello Suites. Noah Bedrin has performed one of the purest and arrangements of Bach’s Cello Suite No. 2 using a baritone saxophone.

Music Business Worldwide

‘Music Industry Legend’ Jon Webster steps down as MMF President

The exec has resigned in order to pursue a number of external projects – including completion of a book about his time at Virgin Records.

Twitter

Today In Music  1688 – Christian August Jacobi, composer was born

Guardian Classical  Budapest Festival Orchestra/Fischer review – thought-provoking and exhilarating Bartók

Classical Music  The Poetry of Mozart – Argonaut Online https://t.co/aXEXLQ2fzB
Image: The Strad, Steven Isserlis

(Written on May 25, 2017 )

We are looking for an Intern to join WildKat PR in London for a month, starting as soon as possible.

Do you think you would be suitable for this position? Have a read through our job description below.

WildKat PR
WildKat PR is a creative agency for classical music and the arts. We are a dynamic, forward thinking agency offering full services for public relations, marketing, artistic consultancy, event management, social media, and creative campaigns, specialising in both classical and contemporary music. We are a young, enthusiastic, creative, and music-loving company and our expertise and creativity allows us to devise innovative campaigns tailored to individual artists’ needs. With offices currently established in London, Berlin, and New York, and clients including the Ancient Academy of Music, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Dartington International Summer School, Gstaad Menuhin Festival, and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, our reach extends internationally to offer professional PR support worldwide.

Job Description
WildKat PR is offering an exceptional opportunity for a motivated, intelligent, and confident individual to join our London team. Working with the Director, Head of Creative & Marketing, and fellow Account Managers on creative PR campaigns across the classical music and cultural industries, they will be expected to assist their colleagues in all aspects of the campaigns, to quickly establish an understanding of the industry and begin to build working relationships with press to generate media coverage for our clients.  This position will provide an overview of all clients, demonstrating the different stages of PR campaigns, along with a range of different styles and approaches to press. Through assisting all account managers in an array of different tasks, the intern will acquire the core skills and abilities of a publicist.  

Key duties
As an Intern your role will be:
– Summarising classical music and industry news on the WildKat PR blog each day and posting to social media
– Research-based tasks to assist Account Managers
– Updating social media for WildKat PR and our clients, e.g. Facebook, Twitter, websites
– Uploading listings to websites for clients’ upcoming concerts
– Writing blogs for our website and for clients’ websites or newsletters
– Writing and proofreading press releases for clients
– Creating and uploading interesting and new content for our social media platforms
– Recording and producing video blogs of our clients for WildKat PR YouTube
– Inviting critics, journalists, and industry contacts to concerts
– Contacting critics, journalists, bloggers, and radio or TV producers to gain features or reviews for clients
– Attending events of our clients, and possibly helping out at the events, such as selling CDs or page turning
– Daily maintenance and upkeep of the office
– Buying flowers, office stationery, kitchen supplies, etc., via petty cash
– Tidying the office before/after meetings and at end of the week
– Filing daily newspapers in storage
– Organising large CD/DVD collections

Opportunities of working with WildKat PR:
– Friendly, open-plan office
– Chance to do diverse things within the role, and expand your skill set quickly
– Gain wider industry experience, not just PR
– Supportive colleagues and management welcoming your fresh ideas
– Personalised creative skills training and coaching
– Collaboration with mainstream brands and projects
– Office yoga, Friday drinks, the offer of several 6-hour working days per month

Person Specification
Essential
– A keen interest and passion in classical music
– Strong written and verbal communication skills
– Feel they will improve quickly and efficiently throughout the internship
– A creative mind
– An interest in new media
– Confidence and enthusiasm to share new ideas
– Self-motivated and keen to use initiative
– Sense of urgency, with skills to prioritise effectively
– Strong organisation skills

Desirable
– Previous experience in our industry
– Speak another language
– Study music, English or marketing/PR

Expenses: £400 per month

To apply, please send your CV and a covering letter to james@wildkatpr.com with the subject title ‘WildKat PR Intern application’.

(Written on May 16, 2017 )

We are delighted to announce that the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra will be performing at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 27th August as part of the 2017 BBC Proms programme.

Led by Musical Director Louis Langrée, the programme for the evening will be in keeping with the CSO’s history of championing American music, with a performance of Leonard Bernstein’s ‘Symphonic Suite’ from On the Waterfront, a highly descriptive symphonic portrait of New York City. In 1942, at the height of World War Two, the CSO premiered Aaron Copland’s ‘Lincoln Portrait’ written as a musical tribute to the former president, and will perform it again with a special guest speaker to be announced soon. Tchaikovsky’s majestic Symphony No. 5 will conclude the second half of the concert.

Founded in 1895, the CSO is the sixth oldest orchestra in the United States, and the first to be broadcast to a national radio audience in 1921. This concert coincides with an extensive European tour in which the CSO will visit countries including Scotland, Spain, and others to be announced soon.

Details of all concerts and events in the 2017 Proms season were announced today. Tickets are now available to purchase from the Royal Albert Hall website.

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(Written on April 20, 2017 )