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In today’s news: Classic FM is launching the UK’s first radio series dedicated to video game music, and former English National Opera artistic director John Berry launches non-profit opera company. James Blachly conducts his Experiential Orchestra at Dock 5 to expand the horizons of classical music performing spaces, and CTRL + ALT + CREATE leads new generation of young music producers. Arditti Quartett performs with Irish singer Jennifer Walshe. WildKat wishes a very Happy Birthday to Mister Bach!

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Classic FM launches first video game music radio series

Classic FM is launching the UK’s first radio series dedicated to video game music. High Score will be presented by Jessica Curry and will run for 6 weeks from 22 April (9pm).

John Berry launches not-for-profit opera company

Former English National Opera artistic director John Berry has launched a new, not-for-profit company that will commission and produce opera as well as offering training opportunities, The Stage has reported.

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CTRL + ALT + CREATE: Moving Castle are Leading a New Generation of Music Makers

The internet collective is making a real life impact.

The Violin Channel

116 Young Musicians Selected for 2017 National Youth Orchestra of the USA

The 116 young musicians selected to take part in the 5th annual National Youth Orchestra of the United States have been announced.

The Strad

Malta International Violin Making Competition 2017 names winners

Run by the Central Academy of Arts, the contest received 61 separate instrument and bow entries this year, while makers hailed from nine different countries.
The Independent

Lakha Khan: Meet the Indian musician fighting to save Rajasthan’s traditional folk music

Lakha Khan strongly believes his duty as a musician is not simply to perform and entertain, but to act as an historian – a maintainer and teacher of traditions.

The Washington Post

Conductor plays ‘Rite of Spring’ at a club — and then berates the audience for acting like they’re at a club

James Blachly conducts his Experiential Orchestra, which played at the “Stravinsky Rave: Rite of Spring Dance Party” at the Dock 5 nightclub Saturday.

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Musikinstrumente in Krisengebiete spenden

Im Rahmen des Berliner Festivals “MärzMusik” werden derzeit Instrumente gesammelt.

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Bachs innere Welt

Herzlichen Glückwunsch, Herr Bach! Zum 332. Geburtstag gratuliert auch das Bachhaus Eisenach mit der Eröffnung der neuen Dauerausstellung „Bachs theologische Bibliothek“

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Raumdehnung

Das Arditti Quartett spielt mit der irischen Stimmakrobatin Jennifer Walshe beim Festival Maerzmusik. Eine virtuose oft komisch überdrehte Darbietung

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Classical Music News  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra launches 2017/18 season

Music History   in 1890 FP of “Ascanio” in Paris

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(Written on March 21, 2017 )

In today’s classical news: The Womadelaide festival makes efforts to become more environmentally conscious as the issue headlines as the festival’s theme this year. For their 2017-18 program the Arts Council of Korea and the Arts Council of England collaborate on a new series of artist partnerships. Seventeen year old cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason is quickly building an international reputation as an emerging young soloist, and Victoria Bond becomes the first woman conductor to be awarded a doctorate from Juilliard’s orchestral conducting program. A brief history of opera business, and German Musikwettbewerb announces winners in Leipzig.

The Guardian

Music to our ears: sustainability headlines Womadelaide festival

From encouraging bike riding and compostable plates to better recycling, organisers have diverted 98% of waste from landfill – and they want to do more.

Golden Plains: cult music festival brings dreamy wonder to a family farm

Neil Finn, Nicolas Jaar and Cash Savage are highlights as fans pay tribute to ‘a farmer of happiness’.

International Arts Manager

New partnerships for Korean and UK artists

Arts Councils from Korea (ARKO) and England (ACE) are funding a new series of artist partnerships, as part of the UK-Korea 2017-18 cultural season. In total 21 performing and visual arts projects will receive just over €1.6m in grants.

Classical Music Magazine

Nikita Mndoyants to make New York debut

Nikita Mndoyants, winner of the 2016 Cleveland International Piano Competition (CIPC), will make his New York debut at Carnegie Hall on 7 June.

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Fedoseyev Named Principal Guest Conductor Of Moscow’s Helikon Theatre

Moscow’s Helikon Theatre announced the appointment of Vladimir Fedoseyev, 84, as Principal Guest conductor.

The Violin Channel

VC YOUNG ARTIST | Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason – 2016 BBC ‘Young Musician of the Year’

17 year old cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason is quickly building an international reputation as an emerging young soloist of outstanding potential.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

In der Dunkelloge wird soupiert

Sprechen wir nicht von berühmten Stimmen, sondern erst einmal über die gezahlten Gagen: Michael Walter legt eine gut geerdete und überaus detailreiche Geschichte des Opernbetriebs vor.

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Zum Tod von Karl Korinek

Die Wiener Staatsoper trauert um das ehemalige langjährige Aufsichtsratsmitglied und den ehemaligen Präsident der Freunde der Wiener Staatsoper Univ.-Prof. Dr. Karl Korinek, der am vergangenen Donnerstag, 9. März 2017, 76-jährig einem Herzleiden erlegen ist

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Wichtigster Preis für musikalische Nachwuchsprofis vergeben 

In Leipzig sind die Gewinner des deutschen Musikwettbewerbs gekürt worden: das sind der Berliner Hornist Tillmann Höfs, der Hannoveraner Oboist Juri Schmahl und der Regensburger Komponist Steven Heelein.

WXQR

Write Me a Concerto: Yo-Yo Ma and Esa-Pekka Salonen on Their New Work

CHICAGO — A few years ago, after they had shared more than a couple post-concert martinis, Yo-Yo Ma had a request for the composer and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen: Write me a concerto.

The New York Times

A Thousand More Will Rise: Victoria Bond Finds Inspiration in Women Past and Present 

As the very first woman conductor to be awarded a doctorate from Juilliard’s orchestral conducting program, Victoria Bond  knows what it means to take that first courageous step into uncharted territory.

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Classical Music News  English National Opera launches ENO Studio Live

Music History   in 1847 FP of ‘s opera Macbeth at the Teatro della Pergolain Florence.

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(Written on March 14, 2017 )

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In today’s news: Indian conductor Zubin Mehta performs with Berlin Philharmonic, Sebastian Manz’s recording of selected works by Carl Maria Weber, and hotelier Klaus Lauer hosts Badenweiler Musiktage. Cincinnati Opera announces premiere of “Another Brick in the Wall: The Opera,” and the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra (SDSO) and Maestro Delta David Gier announce its 2017-18 concert season. Katherine Parr was in fact a masterful PR who rallied England behind its King on the way to war, an academic has claimed, and Amazon is to further diversify its business by staking out a presence at music festivals in a bid to enhance the experience of US festival-goers.

The Times

As robots take our jobs the arts will matter more

The humanities are in crisis. There is an urgent skills gap for at least 3,000 graduates capable of explaining the events that led to the War of Jenkins’ Ear. In 2015 alone Britain drafted in 1,200 Filipinos to write essays on symbols of patriarchy in the comedies of Lope de Vega.

The Telegraph

King Henry VIII’s sixth wife collaborated with Thomas Tallis to write music to rally her husband for war

Katherine Parr was in fact a masterful PR who rallied England behind its King on the way to war, an academic has claimed, as he prepares for the first performance of her secret musical collaboration in 470 years.

The Atlantic

Inside the Heads of People Who Don’t Like Music

For those who experience “musical anhedonia,” listening to a song is halfway between boring and distracting—and their brain activity reflects that.

The Drum

Amazon gets physical with US music festival presence

Amazon is to further diversify its business by staking out a presence at music festivals in a bid to enhance the experience of US festival-goers.

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Alles unter Kontrolle

Der indische Stardirigent Zubin Mehta führt mit den Berliner Philharmonikern Stücke von Elgar und Tschaikowsky auf.

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Beinahe heroische Größe

Carl Maria von Weber schrieb hinreißende Werke für die Klarinette. Sebastian Manz wollte keine halben Sachen machen und nahm gleich alle auf. Richtige Entscheidung!

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Aus Liebe zur Musik

Hotelier Klaus Lauer ist das Herz der Badenweiler Musiktage. Bereits seit 1973 veranstaltete er im elterlichen Grandhotel Römerbad regelmäßig Musiktage, alles ganz auf eigenes finanzielles Risiko mit Schwerpunkt auf Neuer Musik

The New York Times

An Opera Inspired by Pink Floyd Will Get Its United States Premiere

The Cincinnati Opera has announced the United States premiere of “Another Brick in the Wall: The Opera,” capping its 98th season and its first after a $135 million restoration of the Cincinnati Music Hall.

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South Dakota Symphony Announces 2017-18 Season – Strauss Masterpieces, Video Games Live and More!

The South Dakota Symphony Orchestra (SDSO) and Maestro Delta David Gier announce its 2017-18 concert season.

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Music History @today_classical in 1861 FP of Richard ‘s opera Tannhäuser in Paris at the Théâtre Imperial de l’Opéra.

Classical Music News @ClassicalMusic Facing the music: James Laing

Sebastian Manz Credit: Marco Borggreve

(Written on March 13, 2017 )

In today’s classical news: Sound and Music is marking International Women’s Day 2017 with a week of activities promoting female composers. An uncredited sonata by Fanny Mendelssohn will be performed under her name for the first time on International Women’s Day. Cuba celebrates women percussionists at this year’s International Drum Festival, and Margo Price, Vagabon, Fatima Al Qadiri discuss the International Day of Action. American Feminist Susan Bordo discusses International Women’s Day Campaigns, GEMA honors Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina. Along with the 18 women composers you should know, and how operas are trying to increase diversity in their audiences.

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Sound and Music Launches International Women’s Day Intervention

Sound and Music is marking International Women’s Day 2017 with a week of activity aimed at opening up the debate and championing female composers.

Yes She Can To Promote Music Industry Gender Equality

Night czar Amy Lamé and Help Musician’s Richard Robinson will be among the speakers at Yes She Can, a new event aimed at promoting greater gender equality in the music industry.

Belated premiere for Fanny Mendelssohn

A sonata by Fanny Mendelssohn, which was mistakenly attributed to her more famous brother Felix, will be performed under her name for the first time on International Women’s Day.

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Ein guter Tag ohne Frauen?

Nichts ist nur ein Frauenthema. Gleichzeitig ist alles ein Frauenthema

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Gema ehrt Gubaidulina

Für die Gema ist die russische Komponistin Sofia Gubaidulina eine “große Mystikerin” der zeitgenössischen klassischen Musik.

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Einblicke in die Kunst der Huzulen

In München bringt die ukrainische Dirigentin Oksana Lyniv dem Publikum den überdimensionalen Klang ihres Heimatlandes näher

WXQR

18 Women Composers You Should Know

March is home to both Women’s History month and International Women’s Day.

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In Pursuit Of A More Diverse Night At The Opera

Symphony orchestras and opera companies across the country continually ask the same question: How do we attract a younger and more diverse audience?

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Music History@today_classical in 1903 Birth of English , pianist, and conductor, Avril -Taylor.

BBC Radio 3@BBCRdio3 Today is International Women’s Day! We’re celebrating by playing only music by women composers all day.

Women’s Day  So many great events lined up globally like WOW Festival in London More events at

Londonist  Lots of events celebrating and more going on in London on Wednesday

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(Written on March 8, 2017 )

In today’s news: St Paul’s Cathedral has appointed a woman as a full member of its Choir for the first time in 1,000 years, and The Independent introduces a new video series featuring emerging artists. Species protection wants instrument makers keeping an account of inventory, and cellist Mahan Esfahani causes a scandal with minimal music. The rare 1684 Ex-Croall; McEwen violin is to be auctioned off on 28 March 2017 in London. Washington, D.C.’s National Symphony Orchestra performs at NPR music, and Audra McDonald joins San Francisco Symphony.

Classical Music Magazine

St Paul’s Cathedral Choir appoints first female full member in 1,000 years

St Paul’s Cathedral has appointed a woman as a full member of its Choir for the first time in 1,000 years.

1684 Stradivarius to be auctioned in London

A rare violin known as the Ex-Croall; McEwen, which was made by Antonio Stradivari in 1684, is to be offered for sale at auction in London on 28 March 2017 by Ingles & Hayday. The guide price is £1.3-£2m.

The Independent

Introducing Music Box – live video sessions by The Independent

Its simple raison d’être is to give talented artists a platform in an increasingly competitive industry for up-and-comers – where they can share their music with both their current fans and potential new ones.

The Washington Post

Two pianists show the difference between playing and performing

On Sunday at the Phillips Collection, Dennis Russell Davies, the well-known conductor and pianist, took off his jacket before performing it with his wife, the pianist Maki Namekawa, and observed to the audience that people might want to watch them fighting over who gets to use the pedal.

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Bulgarian radio gets modern music back after dispute

The public radio broadcaster in Bulgaria is able to play modern music for the first time in two months, now that a dispute over copyright which saw its ratings rise has been resolved.

Skandal-Konzert um Mahan Esfahani

Kurz nach 17.00 Uhr: Applaus in der Kölner Philharmonie für den Cembalisten Mahan Esfahani und das Ensemble Concerto Köln. Schon seit über einer Stunde spielen sie ein nettes Sonntagskonzert: Musik von Bach, Musik von Górecki. Nun greift Mahan Esfahani zum Mikrofon und kündigt ein Solostück an.

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Sopranistin Sonja Knittel gestorben

Die Sängerin Sonja Knittel ist tot. Sie starb im Alter von 91 Jahren an ihrem Wohnsitz in einem Nürnberger Vorort.

Berliner Morgenpost

Oboen bekommen einen Stammbaum

Neue Artenschutz-Bürokratie bringt deutsche Instrumentenbauer in eine schwierige Lage. Naturschutzbehörden wollen Nachweise haben

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The National Symphony Orchestra: NPR’s House Band For A Day

It’s become an annual tradition for NPR to host a live band in our studios for a full day. This year, we upped the ante and invited around 70 musicians from Washington, D.C.’s National Symphony Orchestra

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Audra McDonald to Join San Francisco Symphony in ‘PRIDE’ Concert After North Carolina Cancellations

On April 4, 2017, Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony, along with Broadway star Audra McDonald, celebrate the Bay Area’s spirit of inclusion and diversity with a special concert in Davies Symphony Hall recognising and supporting the Bay Area LGBTQ community.

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Classical Music News Eat your heart out, Met: Vienna Opera sells out most nights

Music History  in 1888 FP of ‘s Pezzo capriccioso for cello with piano accompaniment in Paris.

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(Written on February 28, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news: why Wagner’s Die Meistersinger strikes a chord in the age of Brexit, and classical music schow hits wrong note in ‘extravagance’ row.  Apple Music partners with Royal College of  Music. Conductor Ton Koopman as a guest of Berlin’s Orchestra Academy, and Dresden rebuilds an arts centre. A portrait of pianist Gerhard Oppitz, and a guide to 2017’s bold, inventive Oscar’s Music, and the artistic director of English National Opera is the “wrong man for the job.”

The Guardian

Why Wagner’s Die Meistersinger strikes a chord in the age of Brexit

Embraced by the Nazis, Wagner’s operatic masterpiece has long been shrouded in controversy. Its debate about cultural unity is now more relevant than ever

Birmingham Mail

Classical music show hits wrong note in ‘extravagance’ row

A £100,000 subsidised summer outdoor classical music concert in Sutton Park has been branded a costly vanity project by opposition councillors.

Music Week

Apple Music partners with Royal College of Music for classical playlist curation

The first playlist is designed to highlight the RCM’s prestigious history, featuring works from British composers linked with the conservatoire, including Gustav Holst and Ralph Vaughan Williams, along with some of the famed musical manuscripts in its collection.

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Entdecker bei der Arbeit

Ein aufschlussreicher Abend mit dem Dirigenten Ton Koopman und den jungen Musikerinnen und Musikern der Orchesterakademie.

Dresden kann auch anders

Das ehemalige Kraftwerk Mitte ist zum Kulturzentrum geworden. Auch die Staatsoperette residiert jetzt hier.

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Pilot mit Bodenhaftung

Kaum ein Pianist beherrscht ein so großes Repertoire so formvollendet wie Gerhard Oppitz. Nur eine Sache liegt ihm nicht: Eitelkeit

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The Ones Who Dream: A Guide To 2017’s Bold, Inventive Oscars Music

When it comes to music, the Oscars often get it wrong. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences tends to wobble in the Best Score category, nominating old hands with familiar names but frequently rewarding strangers who emerge out of left field and then disappear from the scene

The Times

Poisoned ENO is run by the wrong people, says top tenor

The artistic director of English National Opera is the “wrong man for the job” and its chief executive is out of her depth, according to one of its most prominent performers

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Music History @today_classical in 1897 Birth of American Marian in Philadelphia, PA.

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(Written on February 27, 2017 )

In today’s news: Munich’s piano spring – thousands of classical fans arrive for concerts featuring Trifonov to Barenboim, and the change in music listening habits through the increased move among listeners from radio to internet streaming providers. Google releases new technology that allows musicians to collaborate with AI, and UK Government cracks down on Google and Bing over music piracy. Is Berlin’s state opera meeting the deadline for planned opening date?

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Debate: When is film music ‘classical’?

Classical composers Philip Glass and John Corigliano have both had success scoring for the big screen. They debate that relationship with Jed Distler in New York

Classical Music Magazine

Google’s AI Duet lets you make music with a computer

Google has launched a new musical experiment with artificial intelligence, which allows users to make music with their computer.

The Register

Google agrees to break pirates’ domination over music searches

UK government-hosted talks spanning two Parliaments have culminated in Google and Bing at last agreeing to tweak their search results in response to copyright-holders’ concerns, thereby heading off threatened legislation on their conduct.

International Arts Manager

ACE supports new transgender arts company

A new Arts Council England (ACE) funded company has launched in Manchester, with a stated goal of promoting performing arts created by transgender artists. Trans Creative, which is led by performer and activist Kate O’Donnell, opened for business on 10 February during Queer Contact festival.

Biggleswade Today

Classical music but played in an unexpected way

The mantra is to make classical music more social, meaningful and dramatic, without losing depth or sincerity.

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Kann der Eröffnungstermin eingehalten werden?

Eigentlich soll die Berliner Staatsoper nach Bauarbeiten am 3. Oktober wieder eröffnen. Die Senatsverwaltung sagt nun, es gäbe da noch “Abstimmungsbedarf”. Intendant Flimm ist aber zuversichtlich.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Münchner Klavierfrühling

Zehntausende Klassikfans strömen zu Konzerten und Klavierabenden, von Trifonov bis Barenboim. Und der Pianist Radu Lupu wird als Altmeister bejubelt – zu Recht.

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Auf der Suche nach sich selbst

Die „Klassik/Kultur-Wellen“ der Öffentlich-Rechtlichen im Internet.

The New York Times

This Maestro Is Turning 90. He’s Also Conducting Over 90 Concerts This Year

Maestro Herbert Blomstedt, who will turn 90 in July and is conducting more than 90 concerts this year with the world’s leading orchestras.

classicalworld.com

C4 to Present Student Competition Winners and More in ‘EMERGING’ Concert

C4: The Choral Composer/Conductor Collective will present Emerging – Winners of C4’s First Student Competition and Other Works, the second concerts of its Collaboration 2016-17 New York season.

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Classical Music News ROH commissions new Benjamin opera

Music History  in 1911 was Gustav final public appearance conducting with a temperature of 40 °C

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(Written on February 21, 2017 )

In today’s news, a free online music app, Classical 100 increases its popularity in over 3,000 UK primary schools. Royal Albert Hall conducts study on gender association with various instruments, and Classical:Next announces the 2017 live performances at their conference. The Music Institute of Chicago appoints Venezuelan cellist Horacio Contreras to their Academy programme for gifted pre-college students, and today John Williams celebrates his 85th birthday. Yasuhisa Toyota’s unique concert hall designs engage audiences on a higher level.

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Royal Albert Hall survey reveals instrument gender bias

A study conducted by the Royal Albert Hall has revealed that brass instruments are associated with men, and string instruments with women. Of the 2,000 adults who took the survey, only 2% linked the trumpet with women and 3% thought that women were likely to play the French horn and the tuba.

Two thousand schools in England signed up for Classical 100

Over 3,000 schools and 5,000 teachers have now signed up for Classical 100 – a free online music app for UK primary schools created by ABRSM, Classic FM and Decca, and supported by the Department for Education.

The New Yorker

THE ARDOR OF JANE LITTLE, A WORLD-RECORD-SETTING ORCHESTRA MUSICIAN

Jane Little died like a warrior on the field of valor, clutching her bow so tightly that it had to be pried from her cold fingers. Her field was the stage of the Atlanta Symphony, in which she had played the bass from the age of sixteen until she keeled over in the middle of a performance, last year, at eighty-seven, having won a title that she had long coveted: the American musician with the longest tenure in any orchestra.

International Arts Manager

Classical:NEXT’s new adventure

Classical:NEXT has announced that its 2017 conference will include a new mini-festival. Titled ‘Seriously? – Adventures in Music’, it will see six showcase artists from Classical:NEXT’s programme perform for a public audience, along with groups such as Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. The selected artists are collectif9 (Canada), Jerez Le Cam Quartet (Argentina/France/Belgium), Park Jiha (South Korea), Sven Helbig (Germany), Trip Trip Trip (Columbia) and Zwerm (Belgium).

The Strad

Venezuelan cellist Horacio Contreras joins Music Institute of Chicago faculty

The Music Institute of Chicago has appointed Venezuelan cellist Horacio Contreras to the faculty of its Community Music School and Academy programme for gifted pre-college students.

The Guardian

Study challenges view of arts subjects being pushed out of education

Arts subjects remain as popular as ever among pupils taking GCSEs in England, research has found, challenging the view that the government’s policies are forcing subjects such as drama and music out of classrooms in favour of subjects considered more academic.

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Klage gegen Konzertsaal-Wettbewerb

Kommentar: Kulturkrampf um Braunfels

Neue Musikzeitung

Dresden rechnet mit «sportlichem Finale» bei Umbau des Kulturpalastes

Dresden will den Umbau seines Kulturpalastes pünktlich abschließen, rechnet aber mit einem «sportlichen» Finale.

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Grand Prix of Nations in Berlin

Seit 1988 trägt Interkultur internationale Chorwettbewerbe aus. In der vergangenen Woche fand der Grand Prix of Nations erstmals in Berlin statt: Dreißig Chöre aus 15 Ländern präsentierten in der Philharmonie ihr Können und ihre jeweilige Gesangskultur.

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Concert halls call on this Japanese engineer to shape sound

Behind some of the world’s most reputed concert halls is a Japanese engineer whose finesse in shaping sound is so perfectly unobtrusive that all listeners hear is the music — in all its subtlety, texture and fullness.

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Moscow’s Subway Organizes Competition For Musicians

A professional jury has been set up to select musicians who will be allowed to play in the subway stations in Moscow.

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Music History  in 1908 FP of ‘s Symphony No. 2 in St. Petersburg. Composer conducting.

Classic FM  Happy 85th birthday to the great John Williams! Tune on now for an hour of his epic music!

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Image: Yasuhisa Toyota

 

(Written on February 8, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, read about Groupmuse, a service currently provided in parts of U.S., bringing classical music to your living room. BBC launches project to uncover works by female composers in joint partnership with Arts and Humanities Reserach Council. Rubicon Classics, a label that will launch in January that aims to bring a new audience to classical music by marketing itself primarily on social media and the internet. Also, Fort Worth Symphony’s strike is likely to end soon, as the management and the musicians might have reached a tentative agreement.

The New York Times

I Went to My First Classical Music Concert. It Was in My Living Room.

The smile that spread across my face a few seconds after the Zaffre Quartet began the rousing finale of Mozart’s String Quartet in G was the first hint that I’d stumbled onto something special.

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BBC launches project to discover works by women composers

BBC Radio 3 is beginning a project to uncover the lost works of women composers in a joint partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The aim will be to locate music by forgotten composers and record it by making use of the BBC’s orchestras and choirs.

What was Mozart’s last completed composition?

Today is the 225th anniversary of the death of Mozart on 5 December, 1791. Anyone unaware of the dramatic licence taken in the play and film “Amadeus” might think that the genius composed the last bars of his Requiem on his deathbed, but reality didn’t quite live up to that story.

How does the oldest piano in the world sound?

Bartolomeo Cristofori, the inventor of the piano, created the instrument around the turn of the 18th century. The first hard evidence of a piano in existence comes from an inventory of goods from 1700, in which it is referred to as a harp harpsichord.

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Fort Worth Symphony Strike Is Likely To End

The management and the musicians of the Fort Symphony Orchestra have reached a tentative agreement, the Star Telegram reports.

The Violin Channel

British Violinist Sentenced to 2.5 Years Jail Over ‘Fake Cancer’ Scam

British violinist Bethan Doci has been jailed for 32 months after it was revealed she conned over $440,000 from good samaritans in a ‘fake cancer’ scam

Classical Music Magazine

Rubicon Classics to launch in January

A label will launch in January that aims to bring a new audience to classical music by marketing itself primarily on social media and the internet.

Die Welt

So viel Amadeus war nie. Und wird nie wieder sein

Zu Mozarts 225. Todestag setzt die Deutsche Grammophon mit einer 200 CDs umfassenden Box auch sich selbst ein Denkmal. Die Rekordausgabe ist sehr schön. Stimmt aber auch ziemlich wehmütig.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Brechts First Lady

Über viele Jahrzehnte prägte sie als Theaterschauspielerin das Berliner Ensemble. Sie sang Chansons auf den großen Bühnen und hinterließ ihre Spuren auch im Fernsehen. Ein Nachruf auf Gisela May.

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Besucherzahlen in Interimsspielstätte um 20.000 niedriger als im Musicalzelt der Vorsaison

Oper Köln: 44 Millionen Euro Verlust, rückläufige Besucherzahlen

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Music History @today_classical #Today in 1791 Death of W. A. #Mozart in Vienna #MusicHistory #classicalmusic

Classical Music News @ClassicalMusic How do musicians’ brains process so many notes? http://dlvr.it/MplLNH #ClassicalMusic

Classic FM @ClassicFM For a truly magical carol concert, head to @StPaulsLondon this Thursday, in aid of @mssocietyuk Tickets: http://classfm.co/YLfTAw 

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(Written on December 5, 2016 )

Much has been made of the Mozart / Salieri rivalry, most famously in Milos Forman’s 1984 film Amadeus.

Last Friday, The Prague Post revealed that a long-lost collaboration between the composers has been discovered by the Czech Museum of Music in Prague.

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Mikhail A. Vrubel, Salieri and Mozart, 1885/ bewilderingstories.com

The most exciting moment is yet to come when later this week, the work will be presented to the media. Will it then be performed?

Most people have watched Amadeus, however, less widely circulated is Pushkin’s 1830 poetic drama, Mozart and Salieri, also based on the myth that Salieri murdered Mozart.

The drama mediates on the nature of creativity and illustrates the nature of genius and envy. Salieri is a man totally devoted to music, however, as he fully realises the extent of his rival, the ‘wunderkind’ Mozart’s genius as a composer, he begins to doubt his own talent. Much like in the film, Mozart has a cheerful, care-free disposition, whilst Salieri must take his work very seriously in order for it to be a success. Mozart’s God- given genius contrasts starkly with Salieri’s supposed mere human skill and endeavour; indeed ‘Amadeus’, Mozart’s middle name means ‘loved by God.’ Here, Salieri elucidates on his unbearable feelings of jealousy.

Who’d say that proud Salieri would in life
Be a repellent envier, a serpent
Trampled by people,
Gnawing sand and dust in impotence?
No one! And now — I’ll say it
I am an envier. I envy; sorely,
Profoundly now I envy. — Pray, o Heaven!

Salieri/ 'Amadeus'

Serious Salieri / ‘Amadeus’

Salieri is infuriated by Mozart’s seemingly casual approach to his composition. When Mozart plays one of his new works for Salieri and then asks whether he thinks it’s any good, Salieri bursts out:

What profundity!
What symmetry and what audacity!
You, Mozart, are a god — and you don’t know it.
But I, I know.

Mozart/ 'Amadeus'

Light-hearted Mozart/ ‘Amadeus’

You can read the very short work here or watch it here.

It is widely understood that their rivalry is greatly exaggerated and the recent the discovery of a collaborative work between the two, makes the myth that Salieri murdered Mozart even more questionable. 200 years later, the story still isn’t over; what more might their joint venture reveal?

(Written on February 16, 2016 )