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In today’s news: Konzerthaus Berlin releases financial statement from previous season. Report on sexual abuse from the Musikhochschule in Munich. Happy Independence Day – the Russian immigrant who composed an American classic. Ravenna Festival honours Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov. A Theremin ensemble plays ‘Ode to Joy’. Wiltshire Music Centre reveals 20th anniversary season. The Purcell School appoints new director of music. Artist forms whale choir.

Rhinegold

Wiltshire Music Centre reveals 20th anniversary autumn season

Pianist Joanna MacGregor and jazz vocalist Claire Martin OBE are artists in residence, while the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment is orchestra in residence.

Rhinegold

The Purcell School appoints new director of music

Paul Hoskins has been appointed director of music at The Purcell School. He is currently music director at dance company Rambert, where he developed the Rambert Music Scholarship to encourage young composers to write for dance.

Classic FM

Watch: A massive THEREMIN ensemble plays ‘Ode to Joy’

Just a giant orchestra of theremin players, performing the signature tune from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 on what seem to be tiny Russian dolls.

BBC News

Artist forms whale choir in North Shields

A choir, made up of a group of volunteers, mimics the various sounds made by whales

New York Times

‘God Bless America’: 100 Years of an Immigrant’s Anthem

The 5-year-old and his family had traveled thousands of miles to escape. When they finally arrived on American soil, free from the marauders who had burned their house to the ground, the boy was placed in a holding pen with his brother and sisters, while immigration officials decided their fate. From this story, a classic piece of music emerged.

Der Tagesspiegel

„Wir brauchen eine Schule des Hörens“

Der Berliner Staatsopern-Intendant Matthias Schulz über den Kampf mit der Bühnentechnik und das neue Kinderorchester.

klassik.com

Konzerthaus Berlin legt Bilanz für die Spielzeit 2017/18 vor

Das Konzerthaus Berlin hat die Bilanz für die Spielzeit 2017/18 veröffentlicht: Eigenen Angaben zufolge knüpft das Ergebnis an die Vorsaison an und übertrifft sie sogar.

Musik Heute

Gutachter prüfen nach sexuellen Übergriffen Münchner Musikhochschule

Wegen mehrerer sexueller Übergriffe an der Münchner Musikhochschule soll nun eine Expertenkommission die Einrichtung genauer unter die Lupe nehmen.

Platea

El Festival de Ravenna rinde homenaje al compositor ucraniano Valentin Silvestrov

Nacido en Kiev en 1937, el pianista y compositor Valentin Silvestrov es el principal homenajeado en la edición 2018 del Ravenna Festival, con Riccardo Muti al frente.

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Konzerthaus Berlin, Cameron Carpenter, © Marco Borggreve

(Written on July 4, 2018 )

The film ‘Following the Ninth’, is a documentary exploring the worldwide cultural and political influence of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. ‘Ode to Joy’ has inspired flash mob performances by musicians in countries around the world. There were flash mobs in Hong Kong, Leipzig, Japan, Connecticut, Spain, to mention a few…

Here is the Spanish Flash mob: A Spanish bank organised a performance of ‘Ode an die Freude’ on a market square in Sabadell to celebrate their 130th anniversary. Flash mobs are surprisingly common these days, so it takes a lot for it to be properly mind-blowing – and this one really is.

(Written on October 27, 2015 )

Classical News

Guardian

Facing the music: Nico Muhly

Boulez, Blake and Beyoncé… composer Nico Muhly shares his musical passions

Telegraph

Have we become too posh for the Gods?

Rupert Christiansen laments the declining popularity of the cheap seats at the opera

The Times

Wotan finds a musical home with the Hong Kong Philharmonic

The Hong Kong Philharmonic have made waves playing Wagner. Now British audiences will discover how good they are, says Neil Fisher

Classic FM

300 Android phones play Beethoven’s ‘Ode To Joy’

Google Japan has arranged a group of 300 Android phones and tablets so that they play an extract from Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.

Classical Music Magazine

John McCabe, composer and pianist: 21 April 1939-13 February 2015

John McCabe the man will be missed as much as John McCabe the musician.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Der große Eisberg über der Stadt

Die Explosion der Baukosten für die Elbphilharmonie hält Hamburg in Atem. Das neue Wahrzeichen der Stadt sollte längst fertig sein – und ist mittlerweile eines der teuersten Hochhäuser der Welt. War es das wert?

Klassik.com

Verleihung durch Brandenburgs Kulturministerin Sabine Kunst in Rheinsberg

Komponist Siegfried Matthus mit Großem Verdienstkreuz ausgezeichnet

Pizzicato

Wien behält seinen Meister

Das Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien (RSO), das gerade mit Christoph Becher einen neuen Intendanten bekommen hat, behält seinen Chefdirigenten, Cornelius Meister.

Chicago Tribune

Kenneth G. Pigott, president and CEO of Lyric Opera of Chicago, dies at 71

Kenneth G. Pigott was that rarity among leaders of cultural institutions: a visionary board president who could speak knowledgeably about the art form he served and who took an active, influential role in moving the institution forward.

Le Monde

Jean Nouvel traîne son bébé en justice

Suite du bras de fer entre l’architecte et la Philharmonie de Paris – cette fois, devant les tribunaux.

La Croix

Deux soirées avec Philip Glass à Châlons-en-Champagne

Jeudi 12 et vendredi 13 février, le grand compositeur américain, chef de file de la musique minimaliste, est venu jouer une sélection de ses œuvres.Philip Glass a réservé sa venue en France pour la Comète, scène de Châlons-en-Champagne.

El País

La música ya es invisible

Aunque fueron apenas seis segundos, no pasaron desapercibidos. Durante la gala de los Goya, vimos un veloz montaje de imágenes de fallecidos del cine español durante 2014, incluyendo a Peret y Paco de Lucía. Perfectamente justificado: el rumbero protagonizó comedias, el guitarrista puso música a películas. Pero lo que sentimos algunos espectadores fue amargura… y envidia.

Classicalite

Osmo Vanska and the Minnesota Orchestra to Perform in Cuba at the International Cubadisco Festival in May

In light of the nation’s newfound friendship with Cuba, the Minnesota Orchestra announced Thursday that it would travel to Havana to play two concerts in May. This would be the first major American orchestra to play there since President Obama normalized relations with the estranged nation.

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BBC Radio 3 @BBCRadio3: “I’ve had an idea about how I’d like the programme to start…” Programme about making programmes, from @soundslikenina http://bbc.in/1AbZbpx 

Deutsche Grammophon @DGclassics: Don’t miss @SinfiniMusic‘s video interview with @SteveReich talking music and influences: http://www.sinfinimusic.com/uk/watch/interviews/composer-interviews/steve-reich-and-colin-currie-interview …

Classic FM @ClassicFM: This 8-year-old taught himself piano by watching YouTube videos – you can watch him play here: http://classfm.co/3CV0BW 

690101be-b2e7-11e4-_854334cJaap van Zweden and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. Photo: The Times

(Written on February 16, 2015 )

It was reported today by Pizzicato that French conductor Frédéric Chaslin refused to conduct the Israeli Opera on Saturday after his request to have a moment of commemoration for the victims of the terrorist attacks in France was denied. He wanted to address the audience and play the national anthem of Israel but was told that this would ‘upset the audience.’

It saddened me to hear this, this morning; one of the reasons I love classical music is its relevance to situations like this. Throughout the ages, music has been used to celebrate, commemorate and mourn national and global events: Handel’s Zadok the Priest is played at every British coronation. Beethoven’s Ode to Joy will forever be synonymous with the concert celebrating the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. The second movement of Gorecki’s Symphony of Sorrowful Songs uses words found on a wall of a Gestapo cell to remember the horrors of the Holocaust. The image of a man playing the piano in front of Ukrainian riot police.

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I think Chaslin’s reaction was appropriate and his request should have been granted. Yes, it may have been upsetting for the audience, but as the world sat shocked at the events in Paris and Dammartin-en-Goele, music should have been a part of the healing and defiance.

(Written on January 12, 2015 )

New York Times

Detroit Symphony Agrees to New Contract With Musicians

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, which endured a bitter six-month strike a few years ago, settled its latest contract eight months early, orchestra officials announced Wednesday

BBC Music Magazine

HMV closes flagship Oxford Street store

HMV’s flagship store in Oxford Street has been shut down this week. Covering over 60,000 square-feet and set over three floors, the iconic HMV store at 150 Oxford Street has been at the forefront of the company’s UK presence since it was opened in 1986

NPR Music

A Gramophone And Mozart, Or How I Fell For Opera

British conductor Nicholas McGegan celebrates his ‘Beatle’ birthday today (64, that is). To mark the occasion, he recalls how he first fell in love with opera.

The ‘Ode To Joy’ As A Call To Action

Candaele has turned his obsession with Beethoven’s Ninth into a documentary film called Following the Ninth: In the Footsteps of Beethoven’s Final Symphony. He follows the Ninth around the world, to Chile and China, where it became an empowering anthem of solidarity, and to Japan, where performances of daiku — the Great Nine — are a cherished annual tradition.

The New York Times

The Echoes of War, From One Century to the Next

‘Shostakovich for the Children of Syria,’ a Benefit Concert “to promote the awareness of significant international humanitarian crises and other public interest issues”

The Metro

A real-life fairytale: Peter Pan performer proposes to his Wendy on stage

A Peter Pan performer surprised his very own Wendy when he got down on one knee near the end of a packed show in Glasgow

The Metro

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(Written on January 17, 2014 )