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In today’s news: Mariss Janson to extend contract with Bayerisches Rundfunk Symphonieorchester to 2024. Record season for Düsseldorfer Tonhalle. ISM and Musicians’ Union announce code of practice. Trouble in Tahiti: watch Bernstein’s swinging one-act opera. Composer James Newton Howard unveils world premiere. Spotify stock prices soar. The student tackling gender equality in the music industry. Brahms & Wagner in a musical feud. Opera singer Antonio Barasorda, regular at the Met, passes away. Humperdinck’s opera “Hänsel und Gretel” most performed in Germany in 2016/17 season.

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ISM and Musicians’ Union announce code of practice to tackle discrimination

The ISM and the Musicians’ Union (MU) have announced a set of principles to tackle and prevent bullying, harassment and discrimination in the music sector.

Music Business Worldwide

Spotify is worth more than $33bn, as stock price hits another all-time high

It’s been just over three months since Spotify floated on the New York Stock Exchange.
The story of the company’s valuation since that fateful day (April 3) has, so far, been one of a consistent climb.

The Guardian

Trouble in Tahiti: watch Bernstein’s swinging one-act opera – video

Opera North won terrific reviews for its production of Leonard Bernstein’s bittersweet one-act satire of suburban angst.

The Seattle Times

Hollywood composer James Newton Howard unveils world premiere at Seattle Chamber Music Society’s Summer Festival

Known for his scores to such films as “The Hunger Games” and “Pretty Woman,” the prolific film composer has written a new work for the Seattle Chamber Music Society’s ongoing 2018 Summer Festival.

FE News

Student takes on gender equality in the music Industry

A young woman from South & City College Birmingham is using her coursework project to highlight the issue of gender inequality in the music industry.

Limelight

Did You Hear About Brahms’ Musical Feud With Wagner?

Among the 19th-century’s numerous musical skirmishes, one of the more waspish has to be that between Johannes Brahms and Richard Wagner.

Merkur

Lebensprojekt München: Mariss Jansons bleibt bis 2024

Die Zeit der Flitterwochen, des himmelhoch jauchzenden Honeymoons ist schon lange vorbei. Mariss Jansons und das Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, das ist vergleichbar mit einem in innigster Selbstverständlichkeit und Zuneigung verbundenen Paar, das Verrücktheiten nicht mehr braucht als Gunstbeweise.

NMZ

Rekord-Saison für Düsseldorfer Tonhalle

Mit drei ausverkauften Konzerten von Mahlers 8. Symphonie unter der Leitung von Adam Fischer ist die Saison 2017/18 in der Tonhalle Düsseldorf zu Ende gegangen.

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Mozart führt Opernstatistik 2016/17 des Bühnenvereins an

Engelbert Humperdincks Oper “Hänsel und Gretel” war in der Spielzeit 2016/17 laut der Werkstatistik des Deutschen Bühnenvereins die meistgespielte Oper in Deutschland.

Platea Magazine

Fallece el tenor Antonio Barasorda, habitual del Met de Nueva York

Tal y como informan medios puertorriqueños, el tenor Antonio Barasorda falleció el pasado 9 de julio de un infarto, en San Juan de Puerto Rico, a los 65 años de edad.

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Trouble in Tahiti (c) Alastair Muir

(Written on July 13, 2018 )

In today’s classical music news, Yannick Nézet-Séguin will lead the Met Opera two years ahead of schedule, a debate about database driven problems in classical music streaming, conductor Ádám Fischer receives Israeli Wolf-Prize, New Music Biennial 2019 opens call for proposals, Aeroflot relents on hand-luggage rules following musicians’s outcry.

The New York Times

Yannick Nézet-Séguin Will Lead the Met Opera, Two Years Early

The Metropolitan Opera, which has been rocked this season by sexual misconduct accusations against its former music director, James Levine, is passing the baton to his successor. And fast.

Broadway World

100 Singers Honor 100th Anniversary Of Estonian Independence 4/1

Presented by the Foundation of Estonian Arts and Letters, Esto-Atlantis Choral Concert will celebrate the Republic of Estonia’s centennial.

Rhinegold Publishing

New Music Biennial 2019 opens call for proposals

PRS Foundation’s New Music Biennial will showcase up to twenty pieces of new music from across all genres

The Strad

Aeroflot relents on hand-luggage rules following musicians’ outcry

Russian musicians took to social media and petitions to alert airline to consequences of announcement last week.

Complete Music Update

Industry backs EU’s pilot programme to support music community

Music Moves Europe is the new programme from the European Union’s culture directorate.

The Times

‘Music has the power to make mental decline a less lonely journey’

The BSO, LPC, Wigmore Hall and Alzheimer’s Society come together for an evening at the Buckingham Palace to celebrate the power of music to enrich people’s lives, especially those suffering with dementia.

Zeit Online

Mahlers Adagio? Eine Hitsingle!

Musikstreaming ist vom Pop her gedacht. Wer aber klassische Musik bei Spotify sucht, wird schnell wahnsinnig. Wann wird dieses Datenbankproblem endlich behoben?

Codex Flores

Renaud Capuçon leitet Lausanne Soloists

An der Haute École de Musique de Lausanne (HEMU) entsteht ein neues Ensemble aus elf bis zwanzig Studierenden, das von einem prominenten Dozenten geleitet wird, dem Geiger Renaud Capuçon.

Musik Heute

Dirigent Ádám Fischer erhält israelischen Wolf-Preis

Der Chefdirigent der Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, Ádám Fischer (68), erhält den diesjährigen Wolf-Preis der gleichnamigen israelischen Stiftung. Das teilte das Orchester am Donnerstag mit.

Pizzicato

‘Esperanza’ eröffnet Festival ‘Next Generation’ in Bad Ragaz

Das ‘Ensemble Esperanza’ eröffnet heute Abend im Kursaal des ‘Grand Resort’ in Bad Ragaz (CH) das diesjährige Festival ‘Next Generation’ mit Werken von Sibelius, Vaughan Williams, Britten und Mendelssohn Bartholdy

El Mundo

¿Recuerdan Tidal? Ahora llega a España como un servicio “para hacer realidad los sueños” de fans y músicos

Hace un par de años, en plena explosión de la música en streaming, un nuevo servicio impulsado por el rapero Jay-Z intentó hacerse un hueco en un panorama cada vez más competitivo.

France Musique

Mikko Franck au Bénin pour endosser son nouveau rôle d’ambassadeur de l’Unicef

Lundi 19 février 2018 le chef d’orchestre Mikko Franck sera nommé ambassadeur de l’Unicef France. Pour officialiser ce nouveau titre, le directeur musical de l’Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France s’est rendu en mission d’une semaine au Bénin.

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@BR_KLASSIK: Er gehört jetzt zum erlauchten Kreis der Honorary Fellows der Londoner Royal Academy of Music (): Manfred Eicher, Gründer von .

Yannick Nézet-Séguin (c)Hiroyuki Ito for The New York Times

(Written on February 16, 2018 )

In today’s news: Sony Classical signs new guitarist, ISM announces sexual harassment and discrimination webinars and Nevill Holt Opera announces new orchestral partnerships. Also, Music industry urges new EU presidency to support safe harbour reform and over 600.000 people visited the Vienna State Opera in season 2016/2017.

Gramophone

Sony Classical signs new guitarist

Pablo Sáinz-Villegas’ first disc on the label will be a song album with Plácido Domingo.

Classical Music

Wigmore Hall reveals 2018/19 season

2018/19 will comprise nearly 500 concerts across a range of genres.

ISM announces sexual harassment and discrimination webinars

The Incorporated Society of Musicians will host two free webinars to help those working in music and the wider arts sector.

Nevill Holt Opera announces new orchestral partnerships

The company will be partnering with Royal Northern Sinfonia and Britten Sinfonia.

Complete Music Update

Music industry urges new EU presidency to support safe harbour reform

Bulgaria has recently taken on the presidency of the European Union so will be leading the EU Council as the safe harbour reforming copyright directive goes through its final stages.

The New York Times

‘O Canada’ Will Become Gender Neutral With New Lyrics

It’s just two lyrics. But it took decades to change them.

nmz

BVMI begrüßt Urteil wegen Urheberrechtsverletzung: Auftraggeber illegaler Tonträger zu mehreren Jahren Haft verurteilt

Die große Strafkammer des Landgerichts Stuttgart hat den 61-Jährigen Angeklagten in der vergangenen Woche wegen gewerbsmäßiger Urheberrechtsverletzungen zu einer Haftstrafe von 5 ½ Jahren verurteilt.

Klassik.com

Bratscher verklagt Royal Opera House wegen Gehörleiden

Bratschist Christopher Goldscheider klagt gegen das Royal Oper House Covent Garden in London. Der Musiker fordert von dem Theater Schmerzensgeld in Höhe von 750.000 Britischen Pfund.

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Wiener Staatsoper zählte 2016/17 über 600.000 Besucher

Brillante Zahlen hat die Wiener Staatsoper hat ihrem Geschäftsbericht der Saison 2016/2017 stehen.

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François-Xavier Roth nommé artiste associé à la Philharmonie de Paris

Le chef d’orchestre François-Xavier Roth vient d’être nommé « artiste associé » à la Philharmonie de Paris. Un statut inédit qui vient récompenser son engagement musical et son goût pour la transmission sous toutes ses formes.

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Music History @today_classical: in 1795 FP of Joseph ‘s Symphony No. 102 in B.

Image: Royal Opera House Covent Garden © Yair Haklai unter CC BY-SA 3.0

(Written on February 2, 2018 )

In today’s news: Alison Balsom calls British Airways a “greedy disgrace”, Joseph Colaneri denies allegations of sexual misconduct, new startup syncing music to activities launched. Also, Zubin Mehta cancels concerts with Berliner Philharmoniker, Costa Pilavachi joins RSNO board of directors and conductor Barenboim speaks out for recognition of the state of Palestine.

The Telegraph

‘Trumpet crumpet’ Alison Balsom leads revolt against British Airways over ‘greedy’ musical instrument charge 

British Airways has been branded a “greedy disgrace” by one of the world’s leading classical musicians after the airline apparently announced it was charging for smaller instruments brought on board.

Classic FM

Met Opera conductor Joseph Colaneri denies allegations of sexual misconduct 

A pianist has accused Joseph Colaneri of exposing himself to her at a performance of La Traviata in 2001. He denies the allegations. 

Classical Music

Costa Pilavachi joins RSNO board

Costa Pilavachi, former senior vice-president of Universal Music and August’s CM guest editor, has joined the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s (RSNO) board of directors.

Music Business Worldwide

UK Music Business Accused of ‘Endemic Sexual Assault and Abuse’ in BBC TV Show

Four prominent UK music industry figures have told their personal stories to the BBC – including experiences of serious sexual misconduct by males in positions of power.

Forbes

Bedroom BPM: Meet The Startup Syncing Music To Running, Skiing And–Yes–Sex

Rasmussen—who was working at Facebook in London after creating the technology behind Google Maps in the mid 2000s—and marketing guru Visviki decided to develop a product that changes the tempo of music to fit physical activity.

Klassik.Com

Zubin Mehta sagt Konzerte mit Berliner Philharmonikern ab

Zubin Mehta (81) hat seine für Februar 2018 geplanten Auftritte mit den Berliner Philharmonikern abgesagt. Der Dirigent laboriert an den Folgen einer Schulterverletzung und musste bereits mehrere Konzerte mit anderen Klangkörpern streichen.

nmz

Bundesverband Musikindustrie baut Verbandsstruktur um

Der Bundesverband Musikindustrie (BVMI) ordnet die Verbandsstruktur neu: Die Bereiche „Recht & Politik“ sowie der „Deutsche Musikpreis ECHO“ werden stärker betont.

Grieche Myron Michailidis wird neuer Generalmusikdirektor am Theater Erfurt

Der griechische Dirigent Myron Michailidis wird ab der Spielzeit 2018/19 Generalmusikdirektor am Theater Erfurt.

Musik Heute

Dirigent Barenboim für Anerkennung des Staates Palästina

Der Dirigent und Pianist Daniel Barenboim (75) hat sich für die internationale Anerkennung des Staates Palästina ausgesprochen.

Platea Magazine

Gustavo Dudamel, detrás del nuevo “Cascanueces” de Disney con Keira Knightley y Morgan Freeman 

El director de orquesta venezolano Gustavo Dudamel dirige la banda sonora, con la conocida música del ballet de Tchaikovsky, de la nueva producción de Disnet “The Nutckracker and the four Realms” (El Cascanueces y los cuatro reinos).

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  in 1909 Birth of Danish and music critic Vagn in Horsens.

Image: Philharmonie Berlin © Klassik.Com/Manfred Brückels

(Written on December 20, 2017 )

In today’s news: Victoria Wood gets her own bronze statue, listen to the drunk version of the Wedding March, and is the Royal Albert Hall fit for modern times? Interview with Antonio Pappani, a call for Germany’s best music teachers, fees for the Met, and how to bring classical music to young kids.

The Telegraph

The Royal Albert Hall: A Victorian Institution Fit for the 21st Century

With the discussion of how to finance a (welcome) new Rattle Hall at the Barbican, arts funding is again in the news.

The Guardian

Victoria Wood Statue to be Built by Creator of Eric Morecambe Memorial

Graham Ibbeson, whose work the late comedian is said to have admired, will sculpt lifesize bronze for her home town of Bury.

BBC 

The Queen beats The Crown at the Bafta TV Awards

 Ant and Dec have dedicated their Bafta TV Award to the Queen after winning a prize for their presentation of her 90th birthday celebration event.

CMuse

Organist Rearranges Drunk Version of the Wedding March

A YouTuber, Jonathan Mui, created quite a stir as he reinvented the popular Wedding March by Felix Mendelssohn as performed by a drunk organist.

Die Welt

Sehen so etwa Operngala-Besucher aus?

Die Metropolitan Opera New York feiert mit viel Pomp 50. Geburtstag, aber die Besucherzahlen gehen zurück. Die Schuld daran trägt das stolze Opernhaus wohl selber. Es hat einen fatalen Fehler gemacht.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Ein Gespräch mit dem Dirigenten Antonio Pappani. 

Netrebko begleiten wir gern, doch wir können viel mehr

Musik Heute

Deutschlands beste Musiklehrer gesucht

Musiklehrer motivieren und begeistern junge Menschen für Musik. Die engagiertesten und beliebtesten Pädagogen sollen vom (heutigen) Montag an in einem bundesweiten Wettbewerb ermittelt werden.

El País

El mundo celebra la revolución musical que concibió Monteverdi

‘Il divino Claudio’, de cuyo nacimiento se cumplen 450 años, se mantiene como uno de los más geniales compositores de la historia. La ópera nació con su ‚L’Orfeo’

The New York Times

Would Fees at the Met Deter Visitors?

The Times asked people what kind of mandatory admission fee they would be willing to pay at the Met.

Pizzicato

Naxos organisiert wieder Münchner Musikmarkt

Rund 250 Teilnehmer werden zum ‘Music Market Munich’ erwartet, den die Naxos-Gruppe vom 15. bis 17. Mai in München organisiert.

Manawatu Standard

Making classical music cool for kids

A free classical music concert where it’s OK to dance on your seat, pretend to be a conductor and sing along is headed to Palmerston North.

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Photograph: Ian West/PA

(Written on May 15, 2017 )

 

In today’s Classical News, ROH announce new work by George Benjamin, and CBSO receive a £250,000 contribution for education.  27-y-o Ben Gernon has been appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic, and Jamie Barton Wins Met Opera’s Beverly Sills Award. Verona’s arena looks set to get protection from the rain at last, and 355 people have back a crowdfunded project to replace a cello destroyed in flight on United Airlines. 

The Guardian

Royal Opera to premiere new work by George Benjamin

The Royal Opera House has announced that it will stage the world premiere of a new opera by George Benjamin and Martin Crimp. Benjamin’s third opera will be called Lessons in Love and Violence, and continues his very successful collaboration with the British playwright.

Rhinegold

CBSO receives £250,000 contribution to education programme

Philanthropists Clive and Sylvia Richards have presented the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with £250,000 towards its education programme over the next five years.

BREMF announces Creative Marketing and Programming Day

The Brighton Early Music Festival (BREMF) is holding a free training day on 19 February. Taking place at the Royal Academy of Music in London between 11am and 6pm, the day will be led by William Norris (OAE, Tafelmusik) and will look at creative ways to approach marketing and programming in order to reach new audiences.

Ben Gernon to become BBC Philharmonic principal guest conductor

Ben Gernon has been announced as principal guest conductor of the BBC Philharmonic. He will formally take up the position in autumn 2017.  The 27-year-old British conductor has worked with the orchestra for two years, conducting interactive concerts as part of The Red Brick Sessions and core repertoire. He has already presented a BBC Philharmonic ‘Meet the Phil’ event for local school children.

The Strad

League of American Orchestras condemns Trump administration US travel ban

The organisation has issued a statement reacting to the Executive Order temporarily banning citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering America.

The New York Times

Jamie Barton Wins Met Opera’s Beverly Sills Award

Jamie Barton, whose sumptuous mezzo-soprano can stretch over long, lyrical lines and cascade down coloratura runs, has won the Beverly Sills Award, the Metropolitan Opera’s $50,000 annual prize for a young singer, the company announced on Tuesday.

BroadwayWorld.com

2017 Composers Now Festival to Open This February at DiMenna Center

The Composers Now Festival empowers living composers, celebrates the diversity of their voices, and honors the significance of their contributions to our society. On February 1, the eighth annual festival begins with a celebratory event at the DiMenna Center.

Pizzicato

Plans For The Coverage Of Verona’s Arena Move On

The visitors of the Arena di Verona might soon be protected from rain. The city has announced the winners of a contest for the creating of a huge coverage to be built.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

“Es ist mir egal, ob sie mich umbringen, ich höre mit der Musik niemals auf”

Ein Frauenorchester aus Afghanistan ist zu Besuch in Deutschland. Die jungen Musikerinnen machen vielen Hoffnung, in ihrer Heimat aber bekommen sie Todesdrohungen.

Spiegel Online

Ein Gebäude wie ein Kommentar

Sein Bau markierte einen Aufbruch in der Architektur: Bis heute wirkt das Pariser Centre Pompidou wie eine bissige Anmerkung zum Kunstmarkt. So politisch und mutig sollte Museumsbau immer sein.

Klassik.com

Früherer Intendant der Bonner Oper Jean-Claude Riber gestorben

Der Regisseur und frühere Intendant der Oper Bonn Jean-Claude Riber ist tot. Er starb im Alter von 82 Jahren an seinem Wohnsitz in den Vogesen.

Musik Heute

Germeshausen wird Opernintendant in Dortmund

Heribert Germeshausen wird neuer Intendant der Oper Dortmund. Der Heidelberger Operndirektor soll das Amt zur Spielzeit 2018/19 antreten, teilte die Stadt Dortmund am Dienstag mit. 

Le Figaro

Hippocrate et Bacchus au château de Versailles

Une soirée de gala de la Charte de Paris contre le cancer était organisée dans les Grands Appartements royaux.

France Musique

Une étudiante reçoit le soutien des internautes suite à la destruction de son violoncelle

355 personnes se sont mobilisées sur internet pour venir en aide à une jeune étudiante dont le violoncelle a été détruit lors d’un vol sur la compagnie aérienne américaine United airlines.

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Classical Music News @ClassicalNews Pleasance Theatre Trust and SDTN announce new graduate scheme

Music History @today_classical #Today in 1875 Death of English #composer William Sterndale #Bennett #MusicHistory #classicalmusic

Co.Design @FastCoDesign “It does break the mold in what’s being done in classical music.” http://buff.ly/2kowOV9

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George Benjamin. Photograph: Matthew Lloyd

(Written on February 1, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, members of Royal Albert Hall have been criticised by reselling unwanted tickets using sites such as Viagogo and StubHub for a profit, instead of returning the tickets to the hall’s official ticket system. Bogdan Roscic has been appointed as the Vienna State Opera’s next director from 2020 and New York’s Metropolitan Opera has cancelled a new production of Verdi’s La forza del destino by the Catalan director Calixto Bieito. Germany saw music sales increase over 2% last year, with vinyls and paid streaming being the largest contributors.

Classical Music Magazine

Royal Albert Hall members criticised for reselling tickets

Royal Albert Hall members have been criticised by a former president for reselling tickets outside of the hall’s official ticket return system.

Opera Now Magazine

Vienna State Opera appoints new boss

Bogdan Roscic has been appointed as the Vienna State Opera’s next director from 2020. Roscic, a senior executive in the recording industry, was considered an outsider for one of opera’s most coveted positions since he has no experience of running an opera house.

Met cancels Bieito production

In what has been described as a ‘cost-cutting measure’, New York’s Metropolitan Opera has announced that it has cancelled a new production of Verdi’s La forza del destino by the Catalan director Calixto Bieito.

Opera by 11-year-old receives ovation in Vienna

An 11-year-old British composer Alma Deutscher has received a standing ovation in Vienna for the premiere of her opera, Cinderella.

The New York Times

100 Years of New York Philharmonic Milestones, by the Earful

It was 100 years ago this Friday — on Jan. 20, 1917 — that the New York Philharmonic cut its first record.

The Washington Post

American music for an inaugural week

The National Symphony Orchestra is getting better at connecting to the world outside its doors. On Thursday night, the day before the inauguration, Gianandrea Noseda, its music director designate, led an all-American, presidentially focused program, including Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait” and suites from John Williams’s scores to “Lincoln” and “JFK.”

Klassik.com

US-amerikanische Sopranistin Roberta Peters gestorben

Die US-amerikanische Sopranistin Roberta Peters ist tot. Nach Angaben ihrer Familie starb die Sängerin im Alter von 86 Jahren an den Folgen einer Parkinson-Erkrankung.

Musik Heute

Ádám Fischer wird Ehrenmitglied der Wiener Staatsoper

Der ungarische Dirigent Ádám Fischer (67) wird Ehrenmitglied der Wiener Staatsoper. Das teilte das Haus am Donnerstag mit. Die Ernennung soll am 26. Januar nach einer Aufführung von Mozarts “Don Giovanni” erfolgen.

Musikexpress

Vinyl-Umsatz steigt auch in Deutschland auf höchsten Wert seit 25 Jahren

Der deutsche Musikmarkt ist im vergangenen Jahr um über zwei Prozent gewachsen. Vor allem bezahltes Musikstreaming (+73%) und Vinylverkäufe (+41%) konnten zulegen, während für CDs (-9,6%) und Downloads (-19,4%) im Jahr 2016 weniger Geld ausgeben wurde als im Vorjahr.

Neue Musikzeitung

Generationswechsel bei Breitkopf & Härtel

Lieselotte Sievers, geschäftsführende Gesellschafterin, hat die Geschäftsführung des Musikverlages Breitkopf & Härtel an Sebastian Mohr und Nick Pfefferkorn übergeben

Le Figaro

Investiture de Donald Trump: comment les stars américaines lui ont tourné le dos

Douche froide pour le nouveau président américain. Il imaginait son arrivée sur les marches du Capitole comme une intronisation à paillettes, avec stars à gogo et tubes à sa (dé)mesure… Le magnat de l’immobilier a vite déchanté. Retour sur la très laborieuse organisation de cette cérémonie.

France musique

La programmation du Festival d’Aix-en-Provence 2017 dévoilée

Sur son site internet, le Festival d’Aix-en-Provence a publié le programme de sa prochaine édition. Et cette année encore, création mondiale, Mozart, et de grands noms du monde lyrique s’y croiseront.

El Mundo

Más de cien Grammys para el ADDA

Claro y conciso, el presidente de la Diputación de Alicante, César Sánchez, resaltó esta cifra durante la presentación de la programación estival del Adda y de la temporada sinfónica 2017-2018 en la feria Fitur de Madrid.

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Music History @today_classical  in 2014 Death of Italian Claudio in Milan.

Music History @today_classical  in 1855 Birth of French Amedee-Ernest

BR_KLASSIK @BR_KLASSIK Die Stimme von ist zurück! Gestern in “Lohengrin” an der . Freude und Applaus!

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Photo: New York MET Opera/ Rhinegold

(Written on January 20, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news round-up, read about how a composer is to create music based on Antarctic ice data, which he will use infra-gravity sound wave data and convert it into a range we can hear. The Modigliani String Quartet has appointed Amaury Coeytaux as its new first violinist from 2017, replacing Philipp Bernhard, who is to step down from the role after 13 years. Also, read about why Dresden Symphony Orchestra’s performance in Istanbul was cancelled by Germany’s Foreign Ministry.

CMUSE

Project to use music to track melting ice in Antarctic

A composer is currently in the Antarctic with a scientific exhibition to collect data that will be used in the creation of a piece based on melting ice patterns in the region.

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra reaches $25 million funding goal

Amid all the news of cuts at orchestras and musicians on strike in defence of pay, it’s something of a relief to hear a successful fundraising story. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, which set a goal of $25 million for its musicians’ endowment fund so as to expand the ensemble by 11 players, reached its target two years ahead of schedule.

The Strad

Amaury Coeytaux named Modigliani String Quartet first violinist

The Modigliani String Quartet has appointed Amaury Coeytaux as its new first violinist from 2017, replacing Philipp Bernhard, who is to step down from the role after 13 years.

Winston Churchill cigar box violin sells for six times its estimate

A 1950s violin crafted from one of Winston Churchill’s cigar boxes has sold for £6,600 – far exceeding its estimate of £500-£1,000. The instrument was sold at an Ingles & Hayday auction on 25 October in London. The successful bidder was the general manager of The Churchill Arms Pub in Kensington, Mr Gerry O’Brien.

Lufthansa forces musician to check her viola into the hold

Finnish National Opera deputy principal violist Sekyeong Cheon says that she was forced to check her viola into the hold on a recent Lufthansa flight from Helsinki.

Music Business Worldwide

BBC Radio 1 has lost 2M listeners in 5 years… as 6 Music keeps growing

BBC Radio 1 has once again failed to draw an audience of more than 10M in the latest Rajars – with its listenership declining by two million people since 2011.

Opera Now Magazine

Met Opera halts performance after ashes sprinkled into orchestra pit

New York’s Metropolitan Opera stopped an afternoon performance of Guillaume Tell on 30 October after an audience member sprinkled a substance believed to be cremated ashes into the orchestra pit.

Classical Music Magazine

Manchester International Festival receives Ambition for Excellence funding

Arts Council England has awarded £640,000 to the Manchester International Festival through its Ambition for Excellence fund.

cincinnati.com

Eckart Preu to lead Chamber Orchestra

After a two-year search and nearly 200 applicants, the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra has a new leader. Eckart Preu will be the fifth music director.

Broadly

Old, Male, and Stale: The Women Fighting Classical Music’s Woman Problem

Since the dawn of time, women have been told they shouldn’t compose because it’s “unfeminine”. A new program out of Sydney is changing that, one talented female composer at a time.

klassik.com

Dresdner Kreuzchor tritt doch im Stadion auf

Das Adventskonzert des Dresdner Kreuzchors im Fußballstadion der Stadt kann dank zusätzlicher Mittel nun doch stattfinden. Anfang Oktober hatte der Chor aufgrund einer Finanzierungslücke das Konzert abgesagt und auf das nächste Jahr verschoben.

Musik heute

Berliner Philharmoniker rufen zu Jugendkompositionswerkstatt auf

Die Berliner Philharmoniker rufen zu ihrer Jugendkompositionswerkstatt “Opus One” auf. Jugendliche zwischen 14 und 19 Jahren können sich mit eigenen kammermusikalischen Werken um einen von bis zu vier Plätzen bewerben.

Klassik heute

10. Jan Koetsier-Wettbewerb für Blechbläserquintett

Blechbläserquintette aus Spanien, Österreich, England, Polen, Ungarn und Deutschland wetteifern am 12. November 2016 um die Preise im renommierten Internationalen Jan Koetsier-Wettbewerb, der in diesem Jahr zum zehnten Mal durchgeführt wird.

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Classic FM @ClassicFM Our new release featuring 66 of Mozart’s best-loved pieces to celebrate his 225th anniversary – it’s @johnsuchet1‘s new Album of the Week!

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Royal Albert Hall @RoyalAlbertHall 📢 NEW SHOW! Internet sensations @pianoguys are heading to the Hall on 3 June! Book your ticket now: http://bit.ly/2f3NzRq 

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(Written on October 31, 2016 )

In our news today, PRS for Music Foundation has launched a new fund and resource, Cardiff Singer announces the first judges and The Metropolitan Opera has announced their new concertmaster. Also, 13 year old jazz pianist Joey Alexander presents his new debut song and nearly 4,000 young people to receive free instruments and tuition.

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PRS for Music Foundation launches Resonate initiative

PRS for Music Foundation has launched Resonate, a new fund and resource intended to encourage professional orchestras to programme British music from the past 25 years.

Cardiff Singer announces first judges

Thomas Quasthoff and Sumi Jo will join the jury for the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2017.

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Met Opera’s new Concertmaster: The Canadian violinist Nikki Chooi

The Metropolitan Opera announced Thursday that its next concertmaster would be the young Canadian violinist Nikki Chooi, who has appeared with orchestras around the world and played last season with the electic, genre-bending string trio Time for Three.

Jazz pianist Joey Alexander turns 13 and debuts new song ‘City Lights’

A couple of weeks ago the jazz pianist Joey Alexander turned 13. Given the unusual arc of his young career, it shouldn’t be a surprise that he celebrated onstage with his trio, at the Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival.

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Nearly 4,000 young people to receive free instruments and tuition

Eight London state schools are to be supported over four years by £2.8m in funding from the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation and Charles Wolfson Charitable Trust.

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25 Jahre Ensemble Musikfabrik

Seit mittlerweile 25 Jahren prägt das Ensemble Musikfabrik die musikalische Avantgarde. Inzwischen nicht nur ein internationales Spitzenensemble für Neue Musik hat es sich zu einer vitalen Produktionsstätte, zu einem Impulsgeber der Gegenwart entwickelt.

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Saisonbilanz: Semperoper erhöht Auslastung

Die Dresdner Semperoper zieht zum Ende der Spielzeit 2015/16 eine positive Bilanz. Die Auslastung lag bei 92,9 Prozent damit höher als in der vorherigen Saison (91,1 Prozent).

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Geir Lysne ab September 2016 neuer Chefdirigent der NDR Bigband

Der norwegische Dirigent, Bandleader und Arrangeur Geir Lysne ist ab September 2016 Chefdirigent der NDR Bigband. Er wird das Jazzorchester an mindestens 60 Tagen pro Saison leiten.

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Top Classical News @topcmnews Study Gives Scientific Explanation For F-Holes In Violins

Black Dress Code @black_dresscode It’s today… Here’s a video of some cows enjoying :

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(Written on July 8, 2016 )

Scottish tenor Nicky Spence has enlisted some of the brightest stars from the world of opera to cycle the length of the UK, from Glasgow all the way to London. Nine opera singers will cycle over 500 miles in eight days. The team includes Ailish Tynan, Nicky Spence, Mary Bevan, Louise Alder, and many other artists from The Royal Opera House, English National Opera, The Metropolitan Opera New York and La Scala.

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Kicking off at the Scottish Opera Headquarters in Glasgow on 24th July, the tour will be celebrated with performances from some of the cyclists alongside the young people of The Scottish Opera Connect Company. Throughout the journey the cyclists will take part in a series of special events, visiting some unique musical landmarks and communities both from major cities and from further afield. The goal is to raise £25,000 in aid of Help Musicians UK, a charity that supports musicians in need.

The challenging journey will take the artists along the following routes:

24 July – Glasgow to Biggar

25 July – Biggar to Hawick

26 July – Hawick to Newcastle

27 July – Newcastle to York

28 July – York to Manchester

29 July – Manchester to Birmingham

30 July – Birmingham to Oxford

31 July – Oxford to London

(Written on June 28, 2016 )