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WildKat PR are excited to announce the North American debut of China’s National Centre for the Performing Arts Orchestra Beijing!

Between 2nd-13th November, China’s NCPA Orchestra will be performing in venues across North America on their landmark seven-city tour. Along with Chief Conductor Lü Jia they will play to crowds in Washington’s Kennedy Center and the Lincoln Center in New York among others. Their diverse programme melds Eastern and Western traditions, including works by Ravel, Dvořák and Tchaikovsky alongside Zhanhao He and Gang Chen’s The Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto and Chen Qigang’s Wu Xing – The Five Elements (Suite for Orchestra). Featured in these pieces are world-renowned pianists Yuja Wang and Xiaoyu Lius, and violinist Siqing Lu. They have played with some of the world’s most prestigious orchestras from across Europe and America as well as gaining numerous awards and acclaim for their performances and recordings.

This tour also marks the 35th anniversary of the official diplomatic relations between The United States and China. This important relationship was born shortly after the Philadelphia Orchestra’s landmark tour to China in 1973, which enabled a unique collaboration that has allowed trade, education and culture between the two countries to flourish.

WildKat PR are working with the NCPA as we embark on our first major North American and Canadian tour. Beyond the expected remit of our work we will also be hosting pre-concert and VIP receptions, overseeing the ticket sales and managing the box office. WildKat PR will also be liaising with all teams across the tour from the NCPA to each individual venue, including management and press teams to coordinate marketing and promotional materials and  overseeing the distribution.

Details of the tour are as follows

Sunday 2nd November, 3pm

Symphony Center, Chicago

Monday 3rd November, 8pm

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington

Wednesday 5th November, 8pm

Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, New York 

Friday 7th November, 8pm

Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Verizon Hall, Philadelphia

Sunday 9th November, 8pm

National Arts Center, Southam Hall, Ottawa, Canada

Tuesday 11th November, 8pm

Koerner Hall, The Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, Canada

Thursday 13th November, 8pm

Maison Symphonique, Plas des Arts, Montreal, Canada

Programme information for each specific concert can be found on the China NCPA Orchestra’s official tour website and you can follow the orchestra on their facebook page.

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(Written on October 6, 2014 )

Guardian

Courtney Love to make her opera debut in New York

Love ‘wanted to do something challenging’, so she has taken a role in a production at a ‘visionary opera-theatre’ festival

Telegraph

Blow your own trumpet

The pTrumpet is made of plastic, sounds just like a brazen trumpet and costs only £100

Classical Music Magazine

City Music Foundation announces classical artists for 2014

The City Music Foundation has announced the three soloists and three chamber ensembles which it will support through mentoring, professional development and performance opportunities as part of its 2014 classical artists programme.

Classic FM

Rachmaninoff: Inside Out

Are you Rach-man-enough (sorry) to indulge in a season-long celebration of the great Russian’s music? The London Philharmonic Orchestra are, in their Rachmaninoff: Inside Out concert series, running from October 2014 until April 2015.

Classical Source

Original manuscript of Dvořák’s New World Symphony comes to US for the first time

Five-day display of priceless manuscript is a highlight of week-long events in New York City celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution

The Strad

Violinists Anne-Sophie Mutter and Leonidas Kavakos to feature in free online broadcasts from Carnegie Hall

A series of four performances will be webcast through a partnership with medici.tv

Violins allowed as carry-on baggage, but violas must be checked into the hold, says Air Canada

The airline has published detailed regulations for the transportation of musical instruments on its website

Gramophone

Podcast: Igor Levit records Bach Partitas

Igor Levit has followed his acclaimed debut recording of Beethoven’s late sonatas with an equally impressive survey of Bach’s Partitas, available now on Sony Classical. 

Slipped Disc

Star pianist quits competition jury over ‘dishonesty and fraud’

There is no finer living interpreter of Debussy and Ravel than the French pianist Pascal Rogé. He is not a man who seeks limelight or trouble, preferring to focus on the infinite impressionistic possibilities of his favourite composers.

Twitter

Classic FM ‏@ClassicFM: Exciting news – next week we begin these incredible auctions & raffles for our new charity, Global’s #MakeSomeNoise: http://classfm.co/GAA3ol

YCAT ‏@YCATrust: Travel to ‘Small Nations Big Sounds’ with @sinfoniacymru, led by YCAT violinist Bartosz Woroch - http://bit.ly/1vieRUj

Jessica Duchen ‏@jessicaduchen: October: sounds from another world. Lev Oborin plays Tchaikovsky… http://bit.ly/1tmFLbj

Telegraph Music ‏@TeleMusicNews: Well of course @Pharrell is in the top happy songs of all time . . . http://bit.ly/1rI1vQO #pharellwilliams #happysongs

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(Written on October 3, 2014 )

Classical News

The New York Times

New Deadline for Met Opera Negotiations: Sunday

The Metropolitan Opera, which has been threatening to lock out its workers if they do not agree to concessions, has set a new deadline for reaching an agreement with its unions: Sunday night, a little more than a month before the opera season is set to open.

Classic FM

Daniel Barenboim conducts Israeli/ Palestine peace concert

The Israeli-Argentinian conductor directed Israeli and Arab musicians in a concert on Sunday to promote peace in Gaza.

RYOT News

Watch a Renowned Violinist Play While Having Brain Surgery

Playing violin at the elite level that Roger Frisch has been doing all his life is no easy task. Doing so while undergoing brain surgery? Well that’s talent on a whole ‘nother level.

The Sydney Herald

Australian violinist recruited to work as Soviet spy

An Australian violinist was recruited by the KGB to work as a highly trained Soviet spy in Hong Kong and China, according to a just-released Russian intelligence archive.

Classic FM

Elton John and David Furnish to star in classical drama?

Sir Elton John and husband David Furnish are rumoured to be joining forces with True Blood creator Alan Ball for a new show on American channel HBO.

Classic FM

Arsenal player Santi Cazorla conducts a ‘choir’ of fans in video

Arsenal continues to build a reputation as the football club of classical music lovers following the posting of a Vine video in which midfielder Santi Cazorla is seen conducting a crowd of supporters in a chant.

Die Welt

Jetzt zwitschern sie schon aus dem Theater

Eine ganz schicke Idee: Theaterkritikschreiben während das Theater noch spielt. Hinten im Saal durfte die Kritik twittern. Warum man nicht alles machen muss, was man machen kann. Auch im Feuilleton.

La Croix

Jean-Sébastien Bach dans le Massif central

Pour son 15e anniversaire, le festival Bach en Combrailles se déroule du 11 au 16 août dans un site sauvage et protégé.

Le Monde

Paris: bataille de financements autour de la Philharmonie

La Philharmonie de Paris, futur temple de la musique symphonique conçu par l’architecte Jean Nouvel dans l’est de la capitale, en bordure du Parc de la Villette, doit être inaugurée en janvier 2015.

Twitter

Classical Music Agen: ‏@AClassicalMusic VC ‘Young Artist’ Violinist Charles Yang Walks Away From Horror Highway Accident http://ift.tt/XeuNwh  #classicalmusic

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Classical Music‏: @ClassicalMusic8 The Kids Could Be Alright: Classical Music Should Appreciate Its Forefathers – Classicalite http://dlvr.it/6b6gcP

Tafelmusik: @Tafelmusik  Why does coughing occur at concerts? Thanks to @classical963FM for the post! http://ow.ly/A4471  #classicalmusic

 

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New York Metropolitan Opera

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(Written on August 12, 2014 )

Classic FM

Nicola Benedetti children’s music picks cause controversy

Violinist Nicola Bendetti has listed what she sees as 10 essential pieces of classical music that children should hear when they’re growing up.

Classic FM

Mystery of piano abandoned under New York’s Brooklyn Bridge

The Mason & Hamlin piano- found under the Brooklyn Bridge on the Manhattan side- sits half submerged at high tide and mostly exposed low tide. As yet, no one knows where it came from, or why it is there.

Classical-Music.com

Martin Campbell-White awarded Honorary Membership of the Royal Philharmonic Society

The artist manager becomes the 131st recipient of the award.

The Seattle Times

League of American Orchestras chief reviews symphonic scene

Jesse Rosen, the president and CEO of the League of American Orchestras, discusses the health of the symphonic scene in the U.S. He’ll be in Seattle, along with many of his colleagues, for the League’s annual national conference, June 4-6, 2014.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Hilft klassische Musik aus dem Elend?

Virtuoser Klang für eine bessere Zukunft: In der größten Favela Brasiliens werden talentierte junge Musiker ausgebildet. Das Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks ist dabei.

Berliner Zeitung

Bach-Porträt könnte echt sein

Zehn Porträts des Komponisten Johann Sebastian Bach sind bislang aufgetaucht. Eines gilt als echt. Fünf andere nicht. Ein kürzlich in Dortmunder Privatbesitz gelangtes Pastell-Porträt könnte nun ebenfalls zu Lebzeiten Bachs entstanden sein, meinen Experten.

Concerti

Improvisation ist alles

Die Lautenistin Christina Pluhar will keine Genregrenzen akzeptieren und mischt barocke Tänze mit Fado.

KlassikAkzente

Hilary Hahn wird mit dem Glashütte Original MusikFestspielPreis 2014 ausgezeichnet

Die Geigenvirtuosin Hilary Hahn spricht im Interview mit dem neuen “Dresdner Musikfestspiel Magazin” nicht nur über ihre Vision für das Musikleben 2020, sondern auch über die Faszination, im Austausch mit anderen Menschen neue Perspektiven zu entdecken und zu teilen.

Klassik.com

Dirigent Francesco d’Avalos gestorben

Italienischer Orchesterleiter und Komponist wurde 84 Jahre alt.

Klassik heute

Mortier Award 2014 – posthume Ehrung für Gerard Mortier

Die Zeitschrift Opernwelt und der Ring Award (Internationaler Wettbewerb für Regie und Bühnengestaltung) haben gemeinsam einen neuen Preis für Musiktheater ins Leben gerufen – den Mortier Award.

Le Figaro

Festivals : halte aux idées reçues

Fréquentation, taille, pérennité, prix des places… Une étude réalisée sur quatre cents manifestations en Europe ébranle quelques poncifs.

Twitter

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Piano City: @pianocity A #piano under the #Brooklyn Bridge … it’s clearly time for #PianoCity New York! http://bit.ly/1iMB99P  #classical

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Nicola Benedetti- classicfm.com

(Written on June 3, 2014 )

WildKat PR is proud and thrilled to announce that we have been invited to lecture to the talented students of The Juilliard School over two sessions. We will be speaking about many aspects of the industry such as marketing, PR, concerts, management, social media, events, budgeting, branding, photography and websites and offering general advice on how to be a prominent and successful 21st-century artist.

The industry can be a daunting start to a young graduate and WildKat PR is here to help bridge the gap between being a student and a professional. After forging a strong relationship with the Royal Academy of Music in London and speaking about similar topics, we are excited to be expanding this service in New York, building on our ongoing presence in the American market, helping to breed the next generation of artists.

 

For further information on how we can help you or if you wanted to know more about our work in New York and at Juilliard, feel free to email fleur@wildkatpr.com

 

Juilliard School Of Music

(Written on April 7, 2014 )

WildKat PR is delighted to welcome Brooklyn Rider to its Client Roster.

Brooklyn Rider is an adventurous group of musicians whose innovation and passion for new music has attracted a great deal of fans and extensive critical acclaim. The quartet has collaborated with banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck, Chinese pipa player Wu Man, Syrian/Armenian visual artist Kevork Mourad, singer/songwriters Christina Courtin and Suzanne Vega, and many more. NPR credits Brooklyn Rider with “recreating the 300-year-old form of string quartet as a vital and creative 21st-century ensemble”. The group takes its name from Der Blaue Reiter (Blue Rider) artists’ collective from Munich, a movement that included painters Wassily Kandinsky and Franz Marc. Brooklyn Rider’s sense of cross-genre and cross-disciplinary art forms is rejuvenating the string quartet.

On their upcoming tour, Brooklyn Rider will bring their signature blend of classic quartet repertoire and new works which challenge genre boundaries to clubs and concert halls across Denmark, Sweden, Germany and the UK. The 8-date tour will feature music from the group’s 2013 Mercury Classics release A Walking Fire, including Bartók’s String Quartet No. 2, Lev “Ljova” Zhurbin’s Culai, and Three Miniatures by Brooklyn Rider’s Colin Jacobsen, with the addition of music by Philip Glass, Franz Schubert and Tobias Broström.

WildKat PR will be working to promote their exciting tour. For more information about Brooklyn Rider, take a look at their website, Facebook page, or Twitter.

(Written on March 12, 2014 )

Limelight Magazine

Esa-Pekka Salonen wins 2014 Nemmers prize

Finnish composer and conductor awarded the 2014 Michael Ludwig Nemmers Prize in Music Composition

Cincinnati

American Classical Music Hall of Fame inducts five

Legendary American pianist Andre Watts, who has appeared multiple times with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, is one of this year’s inductees in the American Classical Music Hall of Fame.

Israel National News

‘Violin Scam’ to Come to Trial

An Israeli conductor and his violinist wife were indicted on Monday by the Haifa Magistrates Court for fraudulently representing themselves as investment managers who dealt in valuable antique violins.

Voice of Russia UK

Women conductors passing on the baton in new Musin-model course

Conducting orchestras is largely a male preserve, with few women taking up the baton. But now Britain’s female conductors are working to change that, by launching a course designed to encourage more women to get onto that podium.

The Telegraph

Robotic arm gives amputee drummer ‘superhuman’ skills

A drummer who lost his arm after being electrocuted can continue to pursue his dream, thanks to a robotic arm

The Moscow Times

Turetsky Choir Mixes Opera Vocals and Pop Styles

The Turetsky Choir will celebrate its 14th birthday this year, yet the singers in the group have known each other for  20 years, since they first turned their trained operatic voices to the creation of pop music

Der Tagesspiegel

Premiere “Rein Gold” an der Staatsoper

Kalauernde Kapitalismusklatsche: Nicolas Stemann richtet Elfriede Jelineks Bühnenessay über Wagners „Ring“ für die Berliner Staatsoper zu.

The Telegraph

The Telegraph

(Written on March 11, 2014 )

Classic FM Online

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa to retire from opera stage?

New Zealand opera singer Dame Kiri Te Kanawa has suggested that she will retire from the opera stage, on the eve of her 70th birthday.

Leonard Slatkin encourages concert audience to use mobile phone cameras

Conductor Leonard Slatkin surprised attendees at a Detroit Symphony Orchestra concert by encouraging them to take photos and videos of the performance with their phones, and to post them on the internet via social media.

Gramophone

Founder of Lyrita Richard Itter has died

Richard Itter was the founder of Lyrita Recorded Edition as a mail-order subscription label in 1959 (with the first LPs issued the following year) and over the next 32 years created a superb catalogue of largely orchestral British music.

Daily Mail

CHRIS DEERIN: I adore classical music. How can I pass the baton to a new generation?

Chris Deerin on Classical Music

Rafael Bonachela: From Madonna to JS Bach

Sydney Dance Co’s AD used to chose Madonna over flamenco, but nowadays it’s classical that sets his toes tapping.

The Telegraph

iTunes Festival may force imminent iOS 7.1 update

A well-connected Apple blogger claims that iOS 7.1 will be released within days as it is needed to support new features to allow the upcoming iTunes Festival in Texas to be live-streamed to devices around the world

Die Welt

Wanderhuren aus dem finsteren Zeitalter der Oper

Lange waren Barockopern etwas für Nerds. Heute gibt es eine ganze Industrie, die sie als gefühlige Events vermarktet. Wie die Alte Musik die Klassikbranche und die Seelen retten soll.
Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on March 5, 2014 )

Trinity Buoy Wharf, Docklands thriving centre for the arts and creative industries opens its exhibition, ‘Synchronicity’ to the public tonight following last night’s preview at The Electrician’s Shop. Open 10am to 8pm today until 2nd March, the multimedia exhibition takes a focus around art in Britain.

Artists featured in Synchronicity include Robert Amesbury Brooks, Julie Simmonds, Robert Cobuzy, Syd Symons, Sharon James, Stephen Bishop, and Sheena Mentz. All of these artists offer a perspective on Britain and ‘A Meaningful Relationship in Contemporary Art’.

Robert Amesbury Brooks whom exhibited in Cord Street, London for 10 years now is bringing together a group of multinational artists. These collaborate in this mixed show, focusing on Art in Britain, the art that springs from the British landscape, culture and media.

Julie Simmonds, influenced and inspired by the British landscape produces organic and exploratory printmaking, responding to the landscape in a manner that is full of life and movement.

Robert Cobuzy from Rumania – responded to the British media through his East European eyes, exploring new techniques taking forward his knowledge about mixing different mediums, in Robert’s works are unexpected combinations of materials and ideas, a joyful combination of metallic leaf which brings a little spark to his works.

Syd Symons uses an evolutionary narrative, time and history. Sharon James with her studies of ornithology: what it was and what it is now. Could it be a representation of nothingness? Steven Bishop reflecting in his paintings a sense of life flowing back and forth, echoes reverberating across time. South African Sheena Mentz whose photography is a sublime reflection of life is able to travel places and times. All these established artists and emerging ones harmoniously exhibit Synchronicity!

With a venue as unique as Trinity Buoy Wharf’s ‘The Electrician’s Shop’, and interesting and thought provoking works by great artists, ‘Synchronicity’ is a free event not to be missed.

The exhibition is open today from 10am to 8pm, and will be running until 2nd March 2014. Find out about Trinity Buoy Wharf and all their events including ‘Synchronicity’ via their website, and also stay updated via Twitter.

Opening Times

Thursday 27th February 10am to 8pm

Friday 28th February 10am to 8pm

Late evening: Saturday 1st March 10am ti 9pm

Sunday 2nd March 10am to 3pm

Trinity Buoy Wharf, The Electrician’s Shop, 64 Orchard Place, London, E14 0JY

(Written on February 27, 2014 )

The Telegraph

Bullies almost forced me to quit Royal College of Music, says soprano Laura Wright

Soprano Laura Wright said she was bullied by students at the Royal College of Music who accused her of dumbing down classical music and almost forced her to leave

Know

Listen Like a Pro: Secrets from Classical Music Judges

At the Menuhin Competition, the pre-eminent international competition for young violinists being held at UT this week, technical excellence is expected; it’s a given for the field of 42 contestants from around the world.

Classic FM Online

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine on classical music: “It’s made me a better player”

Dave Mustaine of Megadeth explains his love of classical music ahead of his concert with the San Diego Symphony, where he’ll be performing works by Vivaldi and Bach on his very own specially modified electric guitar.

Guardian Liberty Voice

Blind Boone: African American Pianist of Classical Music and Ragtime

The inability to see did not prevent “Blind” Boone from becoming a nationally known concert pianist whose performances combined classical music and ragtime.

Gulf News

Classical music greats to gather in Dubai again

Season three of the monthly Emirates NBD Classics concert series is back this week

Limelight Magazine

Slava Grigoryan pays tribute to Paco de Lucía

Adelaide’s Guitar Festival chief writes on the passing of an inspiration

Guardian Liberty Voice

Guardian Liberty Voice

(Written on February 27, 2014 )