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In today’s news: Dresden Symphony plans a protest against the construction of the wall between Mexico and USA, and Berlin State Opera opens on 3rd October for a short period. Merkel honours Syrian refugees choir, and Waterbury Symphony Orchestra announces new Executive Director. The first pictures of the remake “Dirty Dancing”, Toy Story icon Don Rickles died aged 90, and the end of the General Music Director Josep Caballé-Domenech at the Staatskapelle Halle. Broke for the Fresno Grand opera, and how stressful the game Tetris could be.

BBC

Dirty Dancing: First look at remake images

Thirty years since Johnny and Baby first appeared in cinemas and created a cult hit, the producers of the TV remake have offered a glimpse at the updated version.

The Violin Channel

Nicola Benedetti – 2004 ‘BBC Young Musician of the Year’

The then 16 year old Nicola Benedetti’s 1st prize winning performance of the Szymanowski Violin Concerto No. 1 – in the Grand Final of the 2004 BBC ‘Young Musician of the Year’ Awards.

Classic FM

This accordionist play the Tetris theme for 10 levels and it’s really stressful

YouTuber Les covers de Persiflette (also known as Thibaut Trosset) has got some serious Tetris tekkers.

The Telegraph

Don Rickles, Toy Story star and legendary comedian, dies aged 90 

Don Rickles, the master insult comic who created laughs with ridicule and sarcasm in a decades-long career that earned him the facetious nickname Mr Warmth, died on Thursday at his Los Angeles home from kidney failure, his publicist said.

KLASSIK.com

Dresdner Sinfoniker wollen gegen Mauerbau zwischen den USA und Mexiko protestieren

Konzert soll im Juni diesseits und jenseits der geplanten Mauer stattfinden

Berliner Morgenpost

Die Berliner Staatsoper eröffnet – und schließt wieder

Das Opernhaus wird am 3. Oktober eröffnet. Der reguläre Spielbetrieb soll aber erst im Dezember beginnen.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Merkel ehrt syrischen Flüchtlingschor aus München

Gemeinsames Musizieren hilft bei der Bewältigung des Bürgerkriegstraumas und des Alltags in der neuen Heimat.

waterburysymphony.org

WSO Announces New Executive Director

Following a nation-wide search, the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra (WSO) has unanimously selected Robert Cinnanteas Executive Director

WQXR.org

5 Performances that Prove André Previn Can Do Anything

Sticking around on earth and letting those years add up means that you have a lot of time to get really good at whatever it is you do. Just ask André Previn.

Pizzicato

Staatskapelle Halle setzt Generalmusikdirektor vor die Tür

Der Vertrag mit dem Generalmusikdirektor und Chefdirigenten der Staatskapelle Halle, Josep Caballé-Domenech, ist vom Aufsichtsrat der  Theater, Oper und Orchester GmbH in seiner jüngsten Sitzung nicht über die kommende Spielzeit 2017/18 hinaus verlängert worden.

The Fresno Bee

Fresno Grand Opera bankruptcy filing includes long list of creditors

Orchestra members in the Fresno Grand Opera production of “Our Town” are at the head of a line of creditors after the company’s bankruptcy, court documents show.

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11 London’s premier tuba blasts his last

4Karriere-News: Markus Korselt (Stuttgarter Kammerorchester)

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(Written on April 7, 2017 )

The Academy of Ancient Music, the world-renowned period instrument orchestra and choir, has appointed Alexander Van Ingen as its new Chief Executive.

Alexander joins from Decca Classics where he was an Executive Producer in charge of Artists and Repertoire. At Decca, Alexander worked on some of the label’s best-selling classical albums of recent years with Nicola Benedetti, Voces8 and the Choir of St Paul’s Cathedral; operatic recordings from Baroque opera premieres to ‘Simon Boccanegra’; projects with new composers such as Ola Gjeilo and Rebecca Dale; award-winning albums with Alisa Weilerstein and Benjamin Grosvenor; and the digital work of artists such as Valentina Lisitsa and Janine Jansen. Alexander has created and managed several major classical music events including collaborations with the iTunes Festival, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia, and the National Youth Choir of Great Britain. With the Bowerman Charitable Trust, Alexander founded Champs Hill Records to champion the work of new artists, a label that won a Royal Philharmonic Society Award in 2014.

Alexander said: ‘The Academy of Ancient Music boasts an enviable reputation for its energy and enthusiasm, and a proud legacy of popularising period performance. I am very pleased to be working with Richard Egarr and the players and singers of the Academy of Ancient Music to develop the orchestra’s audience reach, along with their outreach and participation programmes. The AAM’s ambitious and fresh music-making is infectious, and I am greatly looking forward to this exciting new role.’

Richard Egarr, Music Director, commented: ‘We are all very excited to be working with Alex, one of the true movers and shakers working in classical music today. The AAM will grow under his leadership and we look forward to many years ahead.’

Terence Sinclair, Chairman of the Academy of Ancient Music, said: ‘The Academy is entering a very exciting phase. We recently announced the appointment of our first Hogwood Fellow, Robert Levin, and our collaboration with The Grange Festival, whose inaugural season opens this summer. We are thrilled that Alex will bring to the AAM his ideas, musicianship, and commitment to new audiences.’

Alexander was previously a client with WildKat, and so we are especially delighted with this news, and look forward to working with Alexander in the coming months.

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Image: Alexander Van Ingen

(Written on February 28, 2017 )

In today’s news, the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland announces their 2017 season based on the americas, and music teachers worry that tuition fees can’t keep up with cost of living. At the last minute of Catherine Manoukian’s Washington debut, Lura Johnson steps in to save the day, and The Royal Scottish National Orchestra will depart on its first trip to the United States in more than 35 years. Viryl Technologies releases a new vinyl-pressing, robotic technology, and jazz singer Al Jarreau announces the end of his live performance career.

Rhinegold

Music tuition fees failing to keep up with the cost of living, ISM survey reveals

The Incorporated Society of Musicians’ annual survey of teaching and accompanying rates has revealed that music tuition fees are not increasing in line with the cost of living.

National Youth Orchestras of Scotland announce 2017 season

The theme for the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland’s 2017 season is The Americas, with each ensemble performing a selection of works directly linked to or inspired by the Americas.

Washington Post

Last-minute accompanist swap didn’t mar Catherine Manoukian’s D.C. debut

Armenian violinist Catherine Manoukian’s Washington debut was imperiled by the sudden indisposition of her accompanist, but Lura Johnson, a well-known Baltimore pianist, saved the day, filling in Wednesday at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Lacking adequate rehearsal time, the new duo could offer only three standard war horses from the same era: sonatas by Brahms (Nos. 2 and 3) and Franck.

International Arts Manager

Sheku Kanneh-Mason booked for BAFTAs

Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason has booked himself the ultimate album launch party, with the release of his new EP timed to coincide with his performance at the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs). The BBC Young Musician 2016 winner will be introduced by host Stephen Fry.

The Strad

Danish jazz violinist and composer Svend Asmussen has died, aged 100

Over a career spanning eight decades, Asmussen collaborated with such jazz luminaries as Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman and Stéphane Grappelli, and recorded several albums

Broadway World

Royal Scottish National Orchestra Florida Tour Begins 3/13

This March, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra will embark upon its first trip to the United States in more than 35 years. The RSNO, together with Music Director Peter Oundjian and violinist Nicola Benedetti will perform throughout the state of Florida

Artsjournal

The New Robots That Are Making Vinyl Records

“The first new record-pressing machines built in over 30 years are finally online. The brainchild of some Canadian R&D guys with a background designing fancy MRI machines, the Warm Tone record press is everything that its vintage counterpart is not

Pizzicato

800 Singers To Perform At Sing’n’Joy Princeton 2017

From February 16-20, the Westminster Choir College in Princeton (New Jersey) and choir events organizer Interkultur will host 20 choirs

Bayreuther Festspiele verkaufen wieder Eintrittskarten online

Für die Bayreuther Festspiele (25. Juli bis 28. August) beginnt am 12. Februar (14 Uhr) der Online-Verkauf von Eintrittskarten.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Jazz-Sänger Al Jarreau beendet Live-Karriere

Im Juli hatte der Jazz-Sänger noch einmal nach Deutschland kommen wollen. Jetzt hat Al Jarreau mit 76 Jahren im Krankenhaus eine schwere Entscheidung getroffen: keine Live-Auftritte mehr.

KlassikAkzente

Ein Piano-Star kehrt heim – Lang Lang zurück bei Universal Music

Der chinesische Pianist Lang Lang begeisterte mit seinem Spiel schon Milliarden Menschen auf der ganzen Welt. Jetzt kehrt der umjubelte Künstler heim zur Universal Music Group.

Concerti

Dufter Currywurstsound

Was haben Currywurst, S-Bahn und die Musiker des Berliner Konzerthauses gemeinsam? Ganz einfach: sie machen Musik!

France musique

Musique contemporaine : vers une écoute moins intellectuelle ?

Pour cette 27e édition du festival de création musicale Présences, 79 compositions et un portrait musical de la compositrice finlandaise Kaija Saariaho sont proposés au public de la Maison de la Radio ainsi qu’aux auditeurs de France Musique.

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Classical Music News ‏ Winners of the 2017 Music Teacher Awards for Excellence announced

Music History  in 1882 FP of ‘s opera The Snow Maiden

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Image: Royal Scottish National Orchestra

 

(Written on February 10, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news, violinist Nicola Benedetti treats classical music like broccoli, The Catskill High Peaks Festival brings together renowned musicians, pedagogues and international students, and The New York Times reports on an orchestral concert to benefit the Black Lives Matter movement. Also, the international competition “Das Lied” will be held in Heidelberg in 2017, and the BBC Proms joins forces with 59 Productions and cellist Sol Gabetta to create a new film.

The Telegraph

Nicola Benedetti: Treat classical music like broccoli

The establishment has spent years trying to make classical music cool, enticing a new generation with a series of well-meaning projects. But the solution to teaching children to love classical music could be much simpler: sit them down and make them listen.

The Times

They can be Heroes, just for one Prom

The musicians Marc Almond, John Cale and Laura Mvula are to lead a tribute to David Bowie at a late-night Prom.

Classical Music Magazine

BBC Proms mark cello focus with short film

The BBC Proms has joined forces with 59 Productions and cellist Sol Gabetta to create a new film.

Broadwayworld

Bridge Street Theatre to Host Catskill High Peaks Festival’s „Music from High Peaks“

Renowned faculty and international rising young artists from the Catskill High Peaks Festival fill Bridge Street Theatre’s newly refurbished performance space with an exuberant display of virtuosity and talent.

The New York Times

For Black Lives Matter, Classical Music Steps In

In the wake of last week’s shootings, an orchestral concert to benefit the Black Lives Matter movement, scheduled for Wednesday night at the Cooper Union, has become tragically timely.

The Washington Post

Songwriting team hopes to soon have its Cinderella moment at the Broadway ball

The musical theater writing duo of Zina Goldrich and Marcy Heisler would like to clear up a common misconception about their most popular song: “Taylor the Latte Boy” is not an anthem of unrequited love.

The Strad

5 ways to improve playing in thirds

Tips for hand position, bow distribution and intonation from The Strad Archive.

Klassik heute

Bund fördert Barenboim-Said Aklademie

Die Staatsministerin für Kultur und Medien, Monika Grütters, fördert den Bau der Barenboim-Said Akademie für junge Musiker aus dem Nahen Osten mit 20 Millionen Euro. Auch die Betriebskosten sollen künftig vom Bund aus dem Haushalt der Kulturstaatsministerin finanziert werden.

Internationaler Wettbewerb “Das Lied” ab 2017 in Heidelberg

Der 2009 von Gesangslegende Thomas Quasthoff ins Leben gerufene Internationale Wettbewerb „Das Lied“ findet vom 28. Februar bis zum 4. März 2017 erstmals in Heidelberg statt.

klassikinfo.de

Harte Zeiten für Bayreuth-Besucher

Das Bayreuther Festspielhaus verfügt über die vermutlich unbequemsten Opernsitze der Welt. Fünf Stunden Wagner werden hier schnell zu einer Herausforderung für Rücken und Beine, selbst für ausgesprochene Fans des Meisters.

Twitter

Top Classical News @topcmnews Facing the music: Richard Tognetti

klassik.com @klassikcom Strenge Vorgaben für Zuschauer der Bayreuther Festspiele

neue musikzeitung @musikzeitung 7548 Musiker versuchen als ein den Rekord: Frankfurt/Main – Klassische

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Nicola Benedetti photographed at the University of Edinburgh. Credit: Getty

(Written on July 11, 2016 )

Classical News

In our news today, 16 year old boy wins Senior Menuhin Competition, UK is once again the world’s No.3 music market and Southbank Centre announces new board appointments. Also, 2016 BBC Proms sells Promming tickets online for the first time and Beyonce gives lessons in classical music.

The Strad

Ziyu He wins Menuhin Competition 2016 Senior Division

Ziyu He has been named the winner of the Menuhin Competition 2016 Senior Division, following a Final held at London’s Royal Festival Hall this evening.

Yesong Sophie Lee wins Menuhin Competition 2016 Junior Division

Yesong Sophie Lee has been named the winner of the Menuhin Competition 2016 Junior Division, following a Final held at London’s Royal Academy of Music this evening.

The Telegraph

Mozart to Beyonce: a lesson in classical music by Radio 3

She may not be to the usual taste of Radio 3 listeners. But pop singer Beyonce is to help introduce a new generation to the wonders of classical music, as the BBC launches a ‘beginner’s guide’ show for the masses.

music week

UK reclaims spot as No. 3 global music market

The UK is once again the world’s No.3 music market, having overtaken Germany, according to figures from the IFPI.

Classical Music Magazine

Southbank Centre announces new board appointments

Southbank Centre has appointed violinist Nicola Benedetti, visual effects pioneer Sir William Sargent, UK property and development leader Michael Hussey and publishing director Venetia Butterfield to its board of governors.

Promming tickets go online for first time in 2016

Concert-goers at the 2016 BBC Proms will be able to purchase Promming tickets online for the first time in the event’s history.

Classicalite

Wilco’s Glenn Kotche Performs ‘Ilimaq,’ John Luther Adams’ Drum Kit Opera

Glenn Kotche, Wilco drummer and contemporary classical renaissance man, will perform his collaboration with composer John Luther Adams in St. Louis this week.

abc news

Bus Carrying Indian Opera Troupe Members Crash, 25 Dead

Police say a bus carrying members of an opera troupe plunged into a gorge in an India forest, killing at least 25 people and leaving another 11 critically injured.

nmz

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern stockt Kulturförderung um zwei Millionen Euro auf

Kulturvereine, Literaturhäuser und Bibliotheken in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern können mit mehr finanzieller Hilfe des Landes rechnen.

Pizzicato

Rektor des Mozarteums vorläufig beurlaubt

Nachdem sich der Universitätsrat zunächst hinter Rektor Siegfried Mauser gestellt hatte, der sich diese Woche in München vor Gericht wegen sexueller Nötigung verantworten muss, hat er ihn jetzt auf eigenen Wunsch vorläufig beurlaubt.

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Anna Clyne Preisträgerin des Hindemith-Preises 2016

Die in New York lebende britische Komponistin Anna Clyne erhält in diesem Jahr den mit 20’000 Euro dotierten Hindemith-Preis, den das Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival vergibt.

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@MenuhinComp: 1st Prize winner of senior section is Ziyu He from China. Congratulations!

@WDR Auftrittsverbot für Hahn @operamrhein

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Concert-goers at the 2016 BBC Proms will be able to purchase Promming tickets online for the first time in the event’s history. Photograph: Christina Kenny / published by Classical Music Magazine

(Written on April 18, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, The Guardian critics pick their favourite live events of 2015, and The Telegraph look at how classical music has fought terrorism, seduced old rockers and is constantly changing. Also, a Spanish court has ordered soprano Montserrat Caballé to pay a €254,000 fine for tax avoidance and José Maria Blumenschein has been appointed as the new concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

The Guardian

Best of 2015: our classical critics pick their favourite live events

There were masterly turns by prodigious youngsters, and vigorous performances by mature masters – across the UK, it’s been a fascinating classical year

The Telegraph

Classical music in 2015: fighting terrorism, seducing old rockers – and constantly changing

This year, as always, the doom merchants continued to predict the imminent demise of classical music

Classical Music Magazine

Austen family music books made available online

The University of Southampton has digitised around 600 pieces of music belonging to the Austen family, placing them online free of charge

Gramophone

The cult of classical music

We need to confront the ignorance surrounding classical music – and fast

International Arts Manager

Montserrat Caballé hit with huge tax fine

A Spanish court has ordered Spanish soprano Montserrat Caballé to pay a €254,000 fine for tax avoidance

Classical Music Magazine

Vienna Philharmonic appoints new concertmaster

José Maria Blumenschein has been appointed as the new concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Der Tagesspiegel

Opernsängerin Stella Doufexis gestorben

Eine wichtige Stimme ist viel zu früh verstummt: Im Alter von nur 47 Jahren erliegt die Mezzosopranistin Stella Doufexis ihrer Krankheit.

Klassik.com

Staatstheater Cottbus trauert um Werner Kiersch

Bassist stand 38 Jahre für das Staatstheater auf der Bühne

Musikmarkt.de

MIDEM 2016 thematisiert Zukunft des Musikgeschäfts, führt Awards ein

Die 50. Ausgabe der Musikmesse MIDEM feiert die Musikbranche mit der Einführung der Midem Awards, die Musik-Executives aus der ganzen Welt ehren sollen. Die Awards sollen künftig jährlich verliehen werden.

Pizzicato.lu

New Concert Hall in London?

Plans to build a new concert hall in London have moved ahead.

The New York Times

In Handel’s ‚Messiah‘, the trumpet as divine agent

Coming late in Handel’s „Messiah“, the glittering instrumental solo in „The Trumpet Shall Sound“ is one of the most recognizable trumpet parts in music.

Twitter

South Bank BIDHave a look at our end of year message and look back on what the BID does for South Bank:

BBC Music MagazineOkay. We’ve managed to stay off the Star Wars bandwagon. Until now.

Nicola Benedetti: I am backing free music lessons

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Dramatic sense … I Puritani, one of our operatic highlights of the year from Welsh National Opera. Photograph: John Snelling/Getty Images

(Written on December 18, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Gramophone explores how streaming has changed the way people listen to classical music, and The National Student describes how The Student Pulse App is your key to classical music in London. Also, Tortelier is appointed chief conductor of Iceland Symphony Orchestra

Gramophone

Making waves: classical music and the rise of streaming

Streaming has changed the way an increasing number of people now listen to music, yet many record labels say that the numbers just don’t add up. Charlotte Gardner looks at how the classical music industry is facing up to this fresh challenge

Classical Music Magazine

Iceland Symphony Orchestra appoints Tortelier as chief conductor

The Iceland Symphony Orchestra has announced Yan Pascal Tortelier as its next chief conductor

The Strad

Van Kuijk Quartet named BBC New Generation Artists

The French group is one of seven musicians and ensembles taking part in the development programme

The National Student

London’s best classical music, from £4, at your fingertips

The Student Pulse App is your key to classical music in London, featuring concerts from 11 of London’s best orchestras and venues

Irish Times

The show goes on for Nicola Benedetti despite flight cancellation

And, in another NCH show, Basel Symphony Orchestra and conductor Dennis Russell Davies memorably take on a major flop

NYCA

2016 NYCA Worldwide Debut Audition for Pianists and Violinists of any nationality

The Worldwide Debut Audition is to discover young musicians of great talents, and give them the opportunities to expose themselves to the world through their debut stage

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Menahem Pressler

Der Pianist Menahem Pressler wird für sein Lebenswerk mit dem ECHO Klassik ausgezeichnet

Pizzicato

Stiftung Mozarteum unter neuer Leitung

Innerhalb kurzer Zeit hat das Präsidium der Stiftung Mozarteum zwei wichtige personelle Entscheidungen in Nachfolge von Matthias Schulz getroffen

KulturPort.de

Jahreskonferenz Musikland Niedersachsen 2015

Einmal im Jahr treffen sich die niedersächsischen Musikschaffenden szenenübergreifend zur Jahreskonferenz der Musikland Niedersachsen gGmbH

El Mundo

Donny Hathaway: cuerpo al vacío

Se cumple el aniversario del extraño suicidio del músico negro más admirado por toda una generación de la música soul

Twitter

Classic FMIt’s in a piece of music Happy Birthday with and Edgar Meyer First Impressions

JazzUK To celebrate our 30th anniversary, we’ve launched our campaign, aiming to raise £30k to keep alive:

TNT Magazine: The best places to experience classical music:

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Image: Gramophone

(Written on October 7, 2015 )

In today’s news, Classic FM reports on Nicola Benedetti’s appointment as vice-president of the National Children’s Orchestra, Opera Holland Park announces independence, Ivan Hewett explains how ancient barriers to classical music no longer exist & Radio 3 announces a new generation of artists

Classic FM

Nicola Benedetti to become vice-president of National Children’s Orchestra

The violinist has announced that she is to become vice-president of the National Children’s Orchestra, an ensemble which played an important part in her early musical life

Classical Music Magazine

Opera Holland Park announces independence

Opera Holland Park (OHP) has formally become an independent charity. The change in status comes after nearly 20 years as a department of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. It will continue to perform in its current venue and will maintain its founding values

BBC Music Magazine

Radio 3 announces new generation of artists

BBC Radio 3 has announced the seven artists that will be taking part in its prestigious New Generation Artists from 2015-2017. They are clarinettist Annelien Van Wauwe, pianist Beatrice Rana, tenor Ilker Arcayürek, mezzo Kathryn Rudge, jazz trumpeter Laura Jurd, trombonist Peter Moore and the Van Kuijk String Quartet

The Telegraph

Classical music’s final frontier comes crashing down

Last month, two ancient barriers to classical music came crashing down. The Last night of the Proms was conducted by a woman, for only the second time. The next day Chineke!, the world’s first professional black and minority ethnic orchestra, made its debut at the Southbank Centre in London

Classical Music Magazine

Well-meaning attempts to make classical music more accessible miss the point

On the way to a meeting with the marketing director of a leading UK orchestra in London recently, I paused at Trafalgar Square to listen to a trio of East European string players rattling through Coldplay hits to the delight of a large audience of tourists. Viva la Vida made a particular impression

Klassik Akzente 

Am 2. Oktober wird der Geiger Daniel Hope mit dem Europäischen Kulturpreis Pro Arte ausgezeichnet. Der Preis fügt sich wunderbar in die lange Liste begehrter Auszeichnungen, die seine Karriere säumen

klassik.com

Das New York Philharmonic Orchestra hat zur Saisoneröffnung bekannt gegeben, die größte individuelle Spende seiner Geschichte erhalten zu haben. Oscar Schafer, Vorsitzender des Aufsichtsrats des Orchesters, spendete gemeinsam mit seiner Frau 25 Millionen US-Dollar

La Vanguardia

La cantante ha colaborado con el tenor en una canción que se incluirá en su nuevo disco. El inesperado dúo ha grabado una canción que se incluirá en el nuevo trabajo del tenor, Cinema, y ha sido compuesta por uno de los más prestigiosos autores de bandas sonoras: Ennio Morricone

The New York Times

Now New York City’s other other opera company is closing. Gotham Chamber Opera, a small, imaginative troupe that had seemed poised to fill some of the void after New York City Opera closed in 2013, announced on Thursday that it would shut down

Twitter

Arts Council England @ace_international  because it employs thousands of people across England – inc. in isolated areas like Keswick 

The Journal of Music @journalofmusic Video: What will developments in data science to do music listening?

Gewandhausorchester @Gewandhaus From 21-23 Oct musicians will give public masterclasses with students of the .

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Pictured: Nicola, after performing with the members of the National Children’s Orchestra

Photo: Alex von Koettlitz

 

(Written on October 2, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Riccardo Chailly announced as new musical director, Organist and choirmaster John Scott dies and music can reduce pain and anxiety for surgery patients.

BBC Music Magazine

Lucerne Festival announces new musical director

Riccardo Chailly succeeds Claudio Abbado as musical director of the festival orchestra

John Scott 1956-2015

World-renowned organist and choirmaster dies aged 59

Classical Music Magazine

Music can reduce pain and anxiety for surgery patients

A new study has found that listening to music before, during and after an operation can help to reduce pain and anxiety, even if it did not reduce the length of hospital stays.

Nottingham Post

Southwell to host Classical Music Festival

Nottingham has its Splendour, Newark its blues and Southwell an annual folk weekender. But now the market town is adding classical music to its summer festival diary.

Classic FM

This man used his own hair to string a violin – and it actually sounds pretty good

A Lithuanian actor and musician has his hair turned into violin strings while still attached to his head in this amazing video.

BR Klassik

Frühe Shakespeare-Oper wiederentdeckt

“The Fairies” ist der Titel einer Oper des Ansbacher Komponisten John Christopher Smith. Der hat sich mit Shakespeares “Sommernachtstraum” beschäftigt, lange bevor Mendelssohn-Bartholdys bekannte Version dazu entstanden ist. Das Nürnberger Originalklang-Festival “Musica Franconia” hat die 250 Jahre alte Musik wiederentdeckt und bringt sie jetzt auf die Bühne.

Der Süddeutsche Zeitung

Der Sound der Heilung

Musik kann vor, während und nach chirurgischen Eingriffen positive Effekte für Patienten haben. Zu diesem Ergebnis kommen Forscher nach der Auswertung von 72 Studien zu dem Thema.

Musik-heute

Johan Simons – Der neue Intendant der Ruhrtriennale

Vom gemütlichen München ins raue Ruhrgebiet – die Ruhrtriennale ist für den neuen Intendanten Johan Simons eine Rückkehr in bekanntes Revier. Fünf Jahre hielt es den niederländischen Theatermacher an den Kammerspielen in München, deren Erfolgskurs er fortsetzte. Nun leitet der 68-Jährige bis 2017 das renommierte experimentelle Theater- und Musikfestival.

San Francisco Classical Voice

It’s news to me

Clarinetist Takes Music on Curious Flights

France Musique

Les effets bénéfiques de la musique pendant une opération chirurgicale

Ecouter de la musique avant, pendant ou après une intervention chirurgicale a un effet bénéfique sur les patients en diminuant leur anxiété et leurs douleurs et en facilitant leur rétablissement.

Twitter

BBC Radio 3 @BBCRadio3: There’s been a UFO sighting on ! @DameEvelyn Glennie plays Daugherty’s UFO (pic: Jim Callaghan)

Nicola Benedetti @NickyBenedetti: So so excited to see my friends @ncogb tonight and to perform w them @GCHalls . Please come along and support this wonderful children’s orch

Classic FM @ClassicFM: The new @LudovicoEinaud single – the only catch is YOU have to play it:  @DeccaRecords
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(Written on August 14, 2015 )

Controversy surrounding Nicola Benedetti’s interview with Scotland on Sunday last month, in which she argued that children should be exposed to classical music whether they like it or not, certainly has sparked debate as to whether this approach helps or hinders children’s learning and appreciation of the great classical works.

The benefits that music has on the human brain are largely undisputed. Neuroscientist and musical educator Anita Collins elucidates these, with particular attention to the playing of instruments, in a TED-Ed talk. In short, listening to music stimulates the brain, and playing it is even more constructive – ‘stimulating practically every area of the brain at once…and especially the visual, auditory and motor cortices’ and we’ve all heard of the Mozart Effect.

This is interesting stuff, but we are all aware that children and teenagers would rather listen to the Top-40 or perhaps the latest indie record from those bands that you or I wouldn’t have heard of. So shouldn’t we just let them? And if we do let children listen to what they want, when they want, what does the future of classical music look like?

Concert pianist James Rhodes seems to hit the nail on the head in his article in the Guardian where he explains the necessity for music to be taught in a different way to fractions or the Ottoman Empire. It is, after all, there to be enjoyed, as well as promoting brain development. He tells of his own experience and the 30 years it has taken for him to ‘undo the damage’ of being dragged to the opera against his will as a child. And he was one of the lucky ones. Many people never do have this musical epiphany, and go through their whole adult life without ever truly appreciating classical music, or even giving it a second chance. Perhaps the reason for this is purely down to the fact that we associate classical music with school, exams, and being forced to practice scales against our will.

So what is the solution? Eliminating classical music from the curriculum and hoping children will stumble across it by themselves seems like a risky strategy. Rhodes suggests stopping the segregation between genres – presenting classical music alongside hip-hop and rock. However, this will not be an easy task – hundreds of years of technological advances, changing mind-sets and cool new bands lie between Tallis and Taylor Swift, but perhaps today’s teens would be surprised and maybe even interested to see just quite how close the links are between Lady Gaga’s ‘Alejandro’ and Monti’s ‘Czárdás’? And do they know that it’s Handel they’re hearing each time they flick over to watch the Champion’s League?

It’s only a start, but if we show children just how ingrained classical music already is in their daily lives, at least they’ll be engaged. Then we can start to branch out into some tracks that they might not already know. Who knows, maybe some will even be inspired to do some research of their own and ‘discover’ some of the great works before we even get there.

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(Written on June 22, 2015 )