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Intendant der Dresdner Sinfoniker erhält Erich-Kästner-Preis

Der Mitbegründer und Intendant der Dresdner Sinfoniker, Markus Rindt, hat am  2. Dezember 2018 den Erich-Kästner-Preis des Dresdner Presseclubs erhalten. Damit ehre man das vielfältige Engagement des Musikers gegen Nationalismus, Fanatismus und Abschottung sowie dessen Einsatz für eine bessere Verständigung der Völker. Die Auszeichnung ist mit 10.000 Euro dotiert, die der Preisträger dem sozialen Musikprojekt “Musaik – Grenzenlos Musizieren” in Dresden-Prohlis stifte.

In seiner Dankesrede sagte Rindt:

“Die Kunst ist in der Lage, die Herzen der Menschen zu erreichen, uns emotional zu berühren. Sie kann Türen öffnen, die der Politik verschlossen blieben. Diese großartige Fähigkeit der Kunst sollten wir Interpreten uns immer bewusst machen. Wir sollten sie einsetzen, um mit unseren Mitteln auf Probleme hinzuweisen, die zur Lösung Hilfe benötigen.”


[Musik-Heute] 


Bundeswettbewerb Gesang kürt Siegerinnen und Sieger

Im Finalkonzert des Bundeswettbewerb Gesang traten elf junge Sängerinnen und Sänger in der Komischen Oper um die begehrten Preise an.

“Die elf Finalisten im Bundeswettbewerb Gesang haben nur wenige Minuten, um sich dem Publikum vorzustellen. Um zu gewinnen, müssen sie allerdings die Jury überzeugen. Und die hat sie bereits während der letzten Tage genauestens beobachtet. 200 Nachwuchskünstler hatten sich beworben, zwei Finalrunden galt es zu überstehen, um – besonnen und feinfühlig begleitet von Axel Kober und dem Orchester der Komischen Oper, präsentiert von Annette Dasch – die Chance zu bekommen, auf der Bühne in der Behrenstraße ein letztes Mal zu punkten.”

Den ersten Platz belegte die Schwedin Ylva Sofia Stenberg, die “Glitter and be gay” aus “Candide” sang und so die Jury überzeugte. Der zweite Preis ging an Slávka Zámecníková, die mit ihrem vollen Sopran sehr präzise und klar „Nun eilt herbei“ aus Nicolais „Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor“ gesungen hat. Als dritter Sieger ging Konstantin Krimmel hervor.


[Tagesspiegel] 


Violinist Lizzie Ball included in Daily Mail’s Inspirational Women Awards

Violinist Lizzie Ball has been included in the Daily Mail’s ‘Inspirational Women Awards’. Lizzie was selected as one of 50 inspiring women for being a ‘maverick musician’, eager to bring classical music to a ‘wider audience’ in a ‘more down-to-earth environment’.


[Rhinegold] 


Winners of the British Composer Awards announced

The winners of the British Composer Awards have been announced, including composers Judith Weir, Trevor Wishart, Harrison Birtwistle and Sally Beamish. Birtwistle has now won eight awards in the Awards’ 14-year history, making him their most celebrated composer. BBC Radio 3 will be broadcasting the Awards on Sunday 9 December at 9.20pm.


New composers took centre stage this year, with 70 per cent of the winners receiving their first British Composer Awards. Improving the accessibility of music was an issue addressed by two first-time winners: Liam Taylor-West and Oliver Searle, who won in the Community or Educational Project and Amateur or Young Performer categories respectively.

[Classical-Music.com] 

(Written on December 7, 2018 )

JIM-Studie 2018 liegt vor – Musik machen ist eine der beliebtesten Freizeitaktivitäten von Jugendlichen

Die JIM-Studie (Jugend, Information, Medien) ist eine seit 1998 jährlich veröffentlichte Basisstudie zum Medienumgang der Zwölf- bis 19-Jährigen, die vom Medienpädagogischen Forschungsbund Südwest veröffentlicht wird.

Musik machen ist eine der wenigen Freizeitaktivitäten Jugendlicher zwischen 12 und 19 Jahren, die im Vergleich der letzten zehn Jahre (2008–2018) an Beliebtheit zugenommen hat (+4%).

“Laut aktueller JIM-Studie hat jeder fünfte Jugendliche mindestens mehrmals pro Woche Musikunterricht, Chor- oder Bandprobe. Damit liegt das Musizieren an vierter Stelle bei den beliebtesten non-medialen Freizeitaktivitäten – noch vor dem Besuch von Sportveranstaltungen (13%). Das Musizieren ist bei Mädchen (27%) deutlich beliebter als bei Jungen (18%). Darüber hinaus ergab die Studie, dass Jugendliche mit niedrigerem Bildungshintergrund musikalisch weniger aktiv sind als Gymnasiasten. Auch zeigt sich, dass das Alter eine Rolle spielt: die jüngeren Befragten machen öfter Musik.”

[NMZ] 


Lucerne Piano Festival 2018 begrüßt rund 11.300 Menschen

Das Lucerne Piano Festival hat seine Bilanz für 2018 vorgelegt. Die 20. Ausgabe des im Rahmen des Lucerne Festivals stattfindenden Klavierfestivals fand zwischen dem 17. November und dem 25. November statt. Die 14 Konzerte im Kultur- und Kongresszentrum und der Luzerner Lukaskirche wurden den Angaben zufolge von rund 11.300 Menschen besucht.

Neben den kostenpflichtigen Konzerten gab es wie in jedem Jahr Gratis-Auftritte von “Piano Off-Stage” in Luzerner Bars. Zu den 41 Veranstaltungen kamen rund 5.500 Interessierte, zum Eröffnungskonzert mit acht internationalen Jazz-Pianisten sogar 1.500 Gäste. Darüber hinaus boten die Festspiele in Kooperation mit der Hochschule Luzern erstmals auch Klavier-Meisterkurse an.


[Klassik.com] 


Awards for Young Musicians (AYM) aims to raise £60,000 in the Big Give Christmas Challenge

From 27 November to 4th December, all donations given via the Big Give website are doubled by the organisation. AYM provides awards, which give young musicians from low-income families access to funding for music lessons, instruments, and transport to lessons and performances.


[Rhinegold] 


Accentus have 12 nominations for the upcoming International Classical Music Awards

Accentus have 12 nominations for the upcoming International Classical Music Awards, closely following Alpha and Deutsche Grammophon who each have 13 nominations.

“Finalists will be chosen on 10th December, and the winners announced on 17th January. The awards will be presented on 10th May in a ceremony and gala concert at the Kultur- und Kongresszentrumin in Lucerne, Switzerland, featuring the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra under Lawrence Foster.”

[theStrad] 

(Written on November 30, 2018 )

 

We are looking for a Junior Account Manager to join WildKat PR in London!

 

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

WildKat PR

WildKat is a creative agency for culture and music. We offer PR, marketing, branding, social media and event management for institutions and artists. We are the only performing arts agency working internationally, with offices in London, Berlin and New York.

 

 

Job Description

WildKat PR is offering an exciting opportunity to join our London team. Working with the Founder, Director of the London Office and Account Managers, you will learn how to develop and execute creative PR campaigns across the classical music and cultural industries in order to generate coverage and publicity for our clients.

Key Duties

As a Junior Account Manager:

  • To assist the Account Managers with their set of clients, working with them in securing press, attracting new audiences, helping to improve their brand, organising events
  • To think creatively about how you (and your colleagues) approach campaigns. You will be asked to continually make new connections and approach your work in innovative ways. You will be expected to challenge how we, and the industry, are doing things
  • To integrate digital media into campaigns. This means exploring new technology and developing ways to include it in client campaigns
  • To take a leading role in the development and execution of unique, creative campaigns to promote your clients and the company
  • To write copy in relation to clients’ needs, including: fact sheets, bios, blogposts, newsletters, brochures
  • To liaise with journalists to generate and secure media coverage for clients
  • To organise client events, as needed. This includes: concerts, VIP receptions, industry networking events
  • To attend all relevant artists’ events (which regularly occur outside of office hours) including meetings and performances
  • To network within the industry to build your reputation and that of the company
  • To be willing to grow into a more senior role

Opportunities of working with WildKat PR:

  • Small, open plan office
  • Chance to do diverse things within the role and expand your skillset 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
  • Opportunities for travel
  • Sociable atmosphere
  • Staff benefits, which include annual ski trip, Friday drinks, office yoga, opportunity for sabbatical and 6 hour working days

 

Person Specification

Essential

  • Interest in classical music, culture, and the arts
  • A fast learner, able to absorb information quickly and confidently put it into practice
  • Ability to remain calm when working under pressure and to manage conflicting deadlines
  • Proven administrative and organisational skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to take initiative and responsibility when working alone
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • High degree of accuracy and attention to detail
  • A strong interest in online media
  • Self-motivated
  • Good standard of computer literacy (Word, Excel, WordPress)

Desirable but not essential

  • 3-6 month internship in an arts PR organisation or similar experience
  • Experience in PR, marketing or social media

Salary: £20,000 per annum (plus opportunities for bonuses) for full-time role

We are open to receiving applicants looking for a part-time role as an Account Manager. Please ask Olivia Brown for more details on this.

WildKat PR is an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their ethnicity, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation, or age.

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter to olivia@wildkatpr.com with the subject title ‘WildKat Junior Account Manager application’ by 5pm on 16th November 2018.

(Written on November 5, 2018 )

What happened in this week’s #ClassicalNews?

Top industry names honoured in BBC Woman’s Hour power list

Beyoncé has been named music’s most powerful woman by BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour.

The superstar came first in a list of the industry’s 40 most influential women, thanks to her feminism, activism and empowering musical messages. Taylor Swift, Adele and Dua Lipa were also included on the power list, which was unveiled as part of BBC Music Day.

The top 40 didn’t just recognise big-sellers and global stars, making room for the unsung heroes who work behind the scenes to champion women.

Third place went to Vanessa Reed who, as CEO of the PRS Foundation, has persuaded more than 100 festivals to sign up to a 50:50 gender balance on their line-ups by 2022.

The top 10 also includes Marin Alsop, who became the first female conductor to lead the Last Night of the Proms in 2013, and Chi-chi Nwanoku, who founded Europe’s first professional majority black and minority ethnic orchestra, Chineke!


[via BBC]


UK Musicians’ Union calls for special touring visa for musicians post-Brexit

The Musicians’ Union (MU) in the UK is calling on the government to include provision for a touring visa for musicians in any Brexit plans.

‘Any EU touring visa must be affordable, multi-entry, admin-light and cover all EU member states,’ the organisation said in an announcement, coupled with a petition inviting signatures from ‘musicians, fans and all those who want to see music remain a viable career’.

The petition text notes that ‘Musicians, and other creative and cultural workers, are a distinct workforce with specific needs. Visa and customs rules post-Brexit need to account for that.’

[via the Strad]


The Met Is Creating New Operas (Including Its First by Women)

For the first time in its history, the Metropolitan Opera is commissioning operas by women. It is hoping to adapt beloved novels like “Lincoln in the Bardo” and “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay.” And it will venture beyond the walls of its opera house to collaborate with the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Public Theater.

These are some of the plans that Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who just became the Met’s first new music director since 1976, is making with Peter Gelb, its general manager, as they try to woo broader audiences and turn the page on what has been difficult time for the company.

The company has asked Missy Mazzoli to write an opera based on George Saunders’s ghostly novel “Lincoln in the Bardo,” and is planning to stage Jeanine Tesori’s opera “Grounded,” based on the George Brant play about a fighter pilot sidelined by pregnancy who goes into drone warfare. They are the first two women commissioned to write operas for the Met, which has only performed two operas by female composers in its history: Kaija Saariaho’s “L’Amour de Loin” in 2016 and Ethel M. Smyth’s “Der Wald” in 1903, which were both written elsewhere.

[via The New York Times]


$2.5m Mellon Foundation grant launches Boston classical music initiative

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a $2.5 million grant to New England Conservatory, in consortium with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, the Community Music Center of Boston, and the string education program Project STEP, to launch the new Boston Bridge to Equity and Achievement in Music initiative.

The initiative is designed to fund the musical education of middle- and high-school-age classical musicians from historically underrepresented communities, creating individually tailored programs of study with the participating organizations to set them up for professional success.

[via Boston Globe]

(Written on September 28, 2018 )

Academy Music Group has announced a new lease agreement with Manchester-based live entertainment venue, FWSO has hired Keith Cerny as its next president and CEO. New artists announced for woman and tech festival, and why is Classic FM so popular with Millennials? New award dedicated exclusively to classical artists to be launched in Germany after discontinuation of ECHO, and silent film remembering war victims by Abel Gance to be honoured with live orchestra at Musikfest Berlin.

Music Week

Academy Music Group expands with Manchester’s ‘stunning’ Victoria Warehouse

Academy Music Group has announced a new lease agreement with Manchester-based live entertainment venue, Victoria Warehouse. It will be rebranded O2 Victoria Warehouse Manchester from September 1.

International Arts Manager

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra appoints former Dallas Opera chief

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra (FWSO) has hired Keith Cerny as its next president and CEO. He will take up the job in January 2019.

The Guardian

Why are more millennials tuning in to Classic FM?

The classical music station has seen a 30% leap in younger people listening to it in the past 18 months. What is the secret of its growing appeal?

M Magazine

New artists announced for women and tech festival

Bishi, Chagall, Gazelle Twin and Rebekah Ubuntu are among the artists confirmed for the inaugural WITCiH festival next month.

Limelight Magazine

Management changes at Limelight

Limelight Arts Media Pty Ltd, the publisher of Limelight Magazine, has announced changes to the management structure of Australia’s classical music and arts magazine.

Die Welt

Klassik-Branche startet eigenen Musikpreis

Nach dem Ende der Echo-Musikpreise geht die Klassik-Branche eigene Wege bei der Würdigung ihrer Talente und Stars.
Musikkonzerne, unabhängige Platten-Label, Verlage und Konzertveranstalter wollen am 14. Oktober erstmals den Opus Klassik in Berlin verleihen – unabhängig vom Bundesverband Musikindustrie (BVMI), der bisher für den Echo in den Sparten Pop, Jazz und Klassik verantwortlich war.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Weltkriegsende auf Musikfest : Auf, ihr Toten, in die Musik des Lichts!

Im September 1918 drehte der Regisseur Abel Gance eine Vision über die Wiederauferstehung der Kriegstoten. Der Stummfilm wird nun – zum 100-jährigen Weltkriegsende – mit Live-Orchester auf dem Musikfest Berlin gewürdigt.

Klassik.com

Festspiele Erl: Rund 100 Strafverfahren wegen illegaler Beschäftigung

In der Affäre um illegale Beschäftigung und die Hinterziehung von Sozialabgaben bei den Tiroler Festspielen Erl haben sich die Vorwürfe zu den Beschäftigungsbedingungen ausländischer Musiker weiter erhärtet. In einem Interview mit der Tiroler Tageszeitung äußerte sich Bezirkshauptmann Christoph Platzgummer dahingehend, dass mittlerweile in etwa 100 Fällen Strafverfahren eingeleitet wurden und ermittelt werde.

Pizzicato

Beginn der Endrunde im Isaac Stern-Wettbewerb in Shanghai

In dem 2014 eröffneten, akustisch hervorragenden und optisch großzügigen Saal des ‘Shanghai Symphony Orchestra’ beginnt heute die Endrunde der ‘Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition’. Remy Franck berichtet aus Shanghai.

New home © Music Week

 

(Written on August 30, 2018 )

In today’s classical music news, LSO announces the sudden death of James Mallinson, and RPO study suggests increasing numbers of young people are discovering classical music through gaming. Independent music festivals have urged the competition watchdog to investigate Live Nation’s dominance of the UK music industry, warning that the summer festival scene is suffering. A dispute escalates regarding the future of the Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg and singer Bernd Weikl wonders what has become of his beloved profession and if  vocal art is ruined by hidden microphones.

Rhinegold

LSO announces the sudden death of record producer James Mallinson

Mallinson learnt his trade with Decca, where he recorded the first ever complete Haydn symphonies with Antal Dorati and a major series of works by 20th-century composers including Messiaen, Ligeti, Cage and Birtwhistle.

Classic FM

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra suggests more young people are discovering classical music through video games than live concerts

Video game music is just as good an introduction to classical music for children as a real-life concert, says managing director of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO), James Williams.

The Guardian

Live Nation’s grip on music festivals ‘stifling competition’

Independent music festivals have urged the competition watchdog to investigate Live Nation’s dominance of the UK music industry, warning that the summer festival scene is suffering.

Digital Music News

The Music Industry Has a New Tactic to Fight Google: #LoveMusic

In a collective effort, the music industry has banded together to ensure Google finally pays music creators fairly.  But will the #LoveMusic campaign work?

Der Tagesspiegel

Schwieriger Start mit neuem Leiter

Um die Zukunft der Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg eskaliert ein Streit.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Naturgewalt adé

Der Sänger Bernd Weikl wundert sich, was aus seinem geliebten Beruf geworden ist. Wird die Gesangskunst durch versteckte Mikrofone ruiniert?

neue musikzeitung

Theater Chemnitz: Für Vernunft und Diskursoffenheit – gegen Hass und Gewalt

Die Theater Chemnitz äußern sich in einer Stellungnahme zu den aktuellen Vorgängen in der Stadt und sprechen sich aus für eine „Kultur, die Respekt im Miteinander lebt,“ für „Vernunft und Diskursoffenheit – gegen Hass und Gewalt.“

El País

Utrecht, capital musical de Borgoña

El Festival de Música Antigua de la ciudad holandesa se da un baño de polifonía renacentista con presencia de intérpretes casi antagónicos.

Video gaming music © Getty

(Written on August 29, 2018 )

The 2018/19 season for the Milton Keynes City Orchestra has been announced today.

The fantastic programme includes performances from the likes of Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Stephen Hough and Craig Ogden, who will join the ensemble in Milton Keynes. The season kicks off in September with the MK Proms, featuring soprano Ellie Laugharne.

Musical Director Damian Iorio said: “MKCO has over 40 years of tradition and it is a great pleasure to present the new season which will include a broad range of works covering the string, chamber and symphonic orchestra repertoire. I also look forward to working with some fantastic soloists, including Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Stephen Hough and Federico Colli.”

The orchestra also welcomes its new leader, violinist Helena Wood, and also continues its collaboration with Yamaha, giving a concerto opportunity to the winner of their Music Foundation of Europe scholarship.

A link to the full concert season brochure is here. Tickets now on-sale.

(Written on July 30, 2018 )

Conductor Damian Iorio will join the Welsh National Opera for its touring production of W. A. Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute’ in the first half of 2019.

The production will be directed by Olivier award-winning Dominic Cooke, and will tour UK cities including Cardiff, Birmingham, Milton Keynes, Plymouth, Bristol, Llandudno and Southampton.

“I’m looking forward to making my debut with the Welsh National Opera for the 2019 touring production of ‘The Magic Flute’, working with a fantastic cast and crew and sharing one of Mozart’s best-loved operas with towns and cities across the country.” (Damian Iorio, June 2018)

This will be Damian’s first engagement with the WNO, having previously worked with the likes of Glyndebourne Festival Opera, San Francisco Symphony, St Petersburg Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony, BBC Symphony, Philharmonic and Scottish orchestras and BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

More information and tickets can be found on the WNO website.

Damian is currently in Paris to conduct ‘Boris Godunov’ with the Opéra national de Paris, with performances on 19, 22 June and 6, 9, 12 July.

(Written on June 20, 2018 )

In today’s news: British Museum launches first music festival, Wigmore Hall International Strings Competition winners announced, disruption at the Royal Opera House as outsourced security teams threaten strike action. German collection society GEMA increased its revenues by 5% last year to hit €1.074bn, Jennifer Higdon has been awarded the $100,000 Michael Ludwig Nemmers Prize and Germany’s Echo prize to reconsider award process.

Classical-Music.com

The British Museum launches its first music festival

A two-week festival at the British Museum hopes to combine classical and contemporary music with its global historical exhibitions.

Music of the Holocaust available to watch after 20 years in archive

Acclaimed documentary The Music of Terezín has been recovered to view by the public on the Music and the Holocaust website.

Thoroughly Good

Wigmore Hall competition winner announced after weekend-long finals

International String Quartet Competition attracts string quartets of the highest calibre, with members aged under 35, who are keen to pursue performing careers at the highest level.

The Stage

Unrest at ROH as security staff threaten strike action

Security at the London venue is outsourced to a company called Corps Security, which determines pay for its personnel. The allegations of bullying also relate to Corps Security, not the Royal Opera House management

ATG expands into German venue operation with acquisition of five theatres

Ambassador Theatre Group will acquire five new venues in Germany as it announces a takeover of theatre operator Mehr! Entertainment.

Music Business Worldwide

GEMA revenue up 5% in 2017 to reach €1.07bn

German collection society GEMA increased its revenues by 5% last year to hit €1.074bn. That’s up 5%, or nearly €50 million from 2016 thanks in part to a rise in income from the public performance of music, radio and TV, as well as a payment for the so called ‘iPhone tax’.

philly.com

Philly Grammy-winner Jennifer Higdon now wins $100,000 Nemmers Prize, too

Jennifer Higdon has been awarded the $100,000 Michael Ludwig Nemmers Prize in Music Composition for 2018, given to contemporary classical composers of exceptional achievement […].

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Barockes Opernhaus in Bayreuth : Hier könnte etwas Zukunftsweisendes entstehen

In Bayreuth ist das Opernhaus der Markgräfin Wilhelmine aus dem Jahr 1748 wiedereröffnet worden. Warum ist bislang nur eine Gelegenheitsbespielung geplant? Wie Leben in den Weltkulturerbe-Bau kommen könnte.

nmz

Nach heftiger Kritik: Echo-Veranstalter wollen Preis überarbeiten

Wegen des Proteststurms nach der Echo-Verleihung an die Rapper Kollegah und Farid Bang will der Veranstalter das Konzept erneuern.

Musik Heute

Thüringer Bachwochen ziehen positive Bilanz

Rund 18.000 Besucher sind zu den Thüringer Bachwochen gekommen. Die 53 Veranstaltungen seien zu 80 Prozent ausgelastet gewesen, teilten die Organisatoren am Sonntag mit.

Le Monde

Jean-Claude Malgoire, hautboïste et chef d’orchestre, est mort

Pionnier de la musique ancienne et représentant du courant des « Baroqueux », il s’est éteint à l’âge de 77 ans.

Twitter

 

Composer Jennifer Higdon (c) Karli Cadel

 

(Written on April 16, 2018 )

In today’s news: Orchestral music reaches new audiences through video games, BBC National Orchestra of Wales celebrates 90 years, Washington Performing Arts CEO is Pushing DC’s classical music scene forward, performance of “Edward W. Said Days” took place in Pierre Boulez Hall, and the 10th anniversary of Musikautorinnenpreis ignites criticism towards GEMA.

The Telegraph

Royal Philharmonic to perform for Playstation:“This concert is a signpost for where orchestral music is expanding,”

In front of 5,000 concertgoers at the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Philharmonic will be performing the music to the video games like Uncharted 2: Among Thieves and others. The orchestral music is expected to attract hundreds of people who have never been to a classical concert before.

‘Pitting opera against pop music is unhelpful, unfair and flawed”

Pop critic defends opera and the Arts Council.

The Times

Through Opera, Debussy Reaches a New Audience

The centennial of the composer’s death this year provides an occasion to revisit the less-known corners of his oeuvre.

BBC News

BBC National Orchestra of Wales marks 90th anniversary

The BBC National Orchestra of Wales has “evolved” in order to reach its 90th birthday, according to its director.

Isle of Wight County Press

Classical music stars, Blake and Mary-Jess to headline The Wight Proms on Isle of Wight

A classical chart-topping line up has been announced for the final evening of The Wight Proms, Last Wight of the Proms.

Washingtonian

How Washington Performing Arts CEO Jenny Bilfield Is Pushing DC’s Classical-Music Scene Forward

President and CEO of Washington Performing Arts is responsible for shaping Washington’s cultural life by including some of the most prominent shows at Kennedy Centre and Strathmore, as well as bringing lesser-known orchestra to the area for adventurous concerts.

The Oregonian

Imani Winds breaks the mold of the classical music ensemble in multiple ways

Portland’s Chamber Music Northwest replaced its longtime resident ensemble, the Emerson Quartet with Imani Winds, a younger, yet equally as talented ensemble to challenge the diversity problem in classical music.

Der Tagesspiegel

„Said Days“ im Boulez Saal – Konflikt und Kontrapunkt

Beethovens Streichquartett op.130, Bachs „Ricercar a 6“ und ein Vortrag von Raja Shehadeh. Die „Edward W. Said Days“ im Pierre Boulez Saal.

klassik.com

Generalmusikdirektor verlangt Austritt der Intendantin zur Vertragsverlängerung – Oper Köln: Künstlerische Leitung entzweit

Medienberichten zufolge hat Generalmusikdirektor François-Xavier Roth für seine Vertragsverlängerung an der Kölner Oper den Abschied von Opernintendantin Birgit Meyer gefordert. Roth halte Meyer für fachlich nicht kompetent, die Intendantin hingegen fühle sich bevormundet.

nmz

Jubiläum im Shitstorm – 10 Jahre Musikautorinnenpreis der GEMA

Über viele Jahre gehörten die GEMA und die GEZ zu Reizworten in der öffentlichen Diskussion. Immer gab es viele Leute, die etwas gegen die Institutionen hatten. Man war im Dauerfeuer der Kritik. Die GEZ gibt es mittlerweile nicht mehr. Und die GEMA, die gibt es selbstverständlich noch. Aber sie ist längst nicht mehr so stark im Fokus von Angriffen von innen wie außen.

Twitter

Lorne Balfe and orchestra perform a the Video Game Awards © Vince Bucci/PictureGroup

(Written on April 12, 2018 )