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In today’s news: David Lewis leaves Opera Australia after child sexual abuse allegations, classical music events app Jubal goes online, ECM Records makes entire catalogue available on streaming platforms. Also, San Francisco Opera presents the world premiere of Girls of the Golden West, Brexit-Big-Band goes on tour and the French organist Michel Chapius is dead.

The Guardian

Singer David Lewis leaves Opera Australia after child sexual abuse charges

Allegations against 58-year-old tenor and longstanding member of nation’s top opera company date back to the 1990s.

BBC Music Magazine

ECM launches entire catalogue to major streaming platforms

Having previously resisted making their content available on streaming services, ECM Records have now launched on Apple Music, Spotify and more.

Opera Wire

British Opera Director Accused of Sexual Misconduct

Sexual harassment scandals continue the opera world as British theater and opera director Ramin Gray has been accused of sexually molesting a number of actresses.

Classical Music

Classical music events app launched

The new Jubal app allows users to access details of classical music concerts involving specific artists, venues and dates.

Delia Derbyshire honoured with posthumous PhD

Delia Derbyshire, best known as creator of the Doctor Who theme tune, will be awarded an honorary PhD from Coventry University for her contribution to electronic music.

The Herald

Former RSNO chief to lead Los Angeles Philharmonic

The former chief executive of Scotland’s national orchestra is to lead one of the world’s most prestigious ensembles.

Broadway World

San Francisco Opera presents World Premiere of GIRLS OF THE GOLDEN WEST

On November 21, San Francisco Opera will present the world premiere of Girls of the Golden West, the newest opera by American composer John Adams.

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EU-Austritt vertont: Brexit-Big-Band geht auf Tour

Während sich die Politik darum streitet, wie der EU-Austritt Großbritanniens aussehen soll, hat ein Künstler den Brexit bereits musikalisch interpretiert.

Klassik.com

Französischer Organist Michel Chapuis gestorben

Chapuis war vor allem als Spezialist für das Barockrepertoire bekannt; so machte er sich als einer der führenden Interpreten der Orgelwerke von Dietrich Buxtehude und Johann Sebastian Bach einen Namen.

Musik Heute

Mehr Orgeln von Schimmel befallen – Experten erforschen Ursachen

Seit 20 Jahren rätseln Organisten, Kantoren und Restauratoren immer öfter über Schimmel an historischen Orgeln. Die Ursachen seien vielfältig und nicht pauschal auf Klimaveränderungen zu reduzieren.

Codex Flores

Die Umwegrentabilität des Lucerne Festivals

Laut einer Studie der Universität St. Gallen beläuft sich der volkswirtschaftliche Mehrwert, den Lucerne Festival in der Region schafft, auf jährlich rund 22,6 Millionen Franken.

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Christoph Heesch gewinnt Fanny Mendelssohn Förderpreis

Die Jury des Fanny Mendelssohn Förderpreises hat den Preis dem jungen Cellisten Christoph Heesch verliehen. « Er überzeugte nicht nur durch sein intensives und facettenreiches Spiel, sondern auch durch ein innovatives Aufnahme-Konzept für seine Debüt CD », heißt es in einer Mitteilung.

Platea Magazin

José Bros celebra con un recital los 25 años de su debut en el Liceu de Barcelona

El próximo 26 de noviembre el tenor barcelonés celebrará los 25 años de su debut en el Gran Teatro del Liceu, desde que cantara Anna Bolena de forma un tanto inesperada junto a la soprano Edita Gruberova.

France Musique

Le milieu de la musique classique réagit après les réformes chocs du ministère de la Culture

Le document confidentiel du ministère de la Culture que France Musique a pu se procurer fait réagir le milieu de la musique classique. Entre inquiétude et incompréhension, les principaux intéressés regrettent la vision exclusivement comptable des réformes envisagées.

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(Written on November 21, 2017 )

In today’s news: Gove and Osbourne visit opera on German holiday, PRS for Music supports Gramophone classical music awards, and classical voice types de-mystified. Elbphilharmonie reopens after summer break, start of Lucerne festival, and “Troubadou” premiere in Erfurt cancelled after thunderstorm.

The Guardian

Epic night out: Gove and Osbourne visit opera on German holiday

Former cabinet colleagues spend summer break together enjoying Wagner’s Ring Cycle and its stories of power and betrayal.

M-Magazine

PRS for Music supports Gramophone classical music awards

UK collecting societies PRS for Music and PPL are presenting the Special Achievement Award at the 40th Gramophone Classical Music Awards.

Music Industries Association

Learning music helps Birmingham kids hit a happy note, music charity finds

Three-quarters (75%) of Birmingham school children say they feel happier as a result of learning to play a musical instrument, the city’s largest music education provider has found.

Classical Music

Classical voice types de-mystified

How do you cast an opera? Mostly by voice – but which voice? George Hall investigates.

Evening Standard

Cereal Killer the musical… and ten other weird and wacky musicals

A round-up of the strangest subjects made into musicals.

Limelight

Opera Australia to recreate the original Evita in 2018

Hal Prince will oversee the original Broadway and West End production at the Sydney Opera House next year.

Pizzicato

Michael Sakir named Music Director for Opera Memphis

Opera Memphis has announced American conductor Michael Sakir as its new Music Director.

Klassik.com

Treppen der Elbphilharmonie überarbeitet

Die Elbphilharmonie hat nach dreiwöchiger Sommerpause ihre Türen in überarbeiteter Gestalt wieder geöffnet.

Klassik Heute

Heute beginnt das Festival Lucerne Festival – Sommer 2017.

Das Motto des Festivals 2017 lautet in diesem Jahr “Identität.”

Musik Heute

Gewitter sorgt für Abbruch von “Troubadour”-Premiere

Die Premiere von Giuseppe Verdis Oper “Der Troubadour” bei den Domstufen-Festspielen in Erfurt ist ins Wasser gefallen.

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News: Bariton Máté Sólyom-Nagy, Ensemblemitglied des , ist seit 9. August „Kammersänger“

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(Written on August 11, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Veriko Tchumburidze receives the top prize of €30,000 following her performance of Wieniawski’s Second Violin Concerto and Shostakovich’s First Violin Concerto in the finals of 15th International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition in Poland. Royal Albert Hall has appointed current CEO of Opera Australia, Craig Hassall, as its new chief executive. Also, the shortlist for the British Composer Awards 2016 has been revealed.

The Strad

Veriko Tchumburidze wins International Wieniawski Violin Competition 2016

Veriko Tchumburidze has been named the winner of the 15th International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition in Poznań, Poland. The 20-year-old musician from Georgia/Turkey – a former winner of the Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians – receives the top prize of €30,000 following her performance of Wieniawski’s Second Violin Concerto and Shostakovich’s First Violin Concerto in the competition final.

Classical Music Magazine

RAH appoints Craig Hassall as new chief executive

The Royal Albert Hall (RAH) has appointed Craig Hassall, currently CEO of Opera Australia (OA), as its new chief executive.

British Composer Awards 2016 shortlist revealed

The shortlist for the British Composer Awards 2016 has been revealed. Thirty-four composers have been shortlisted, spanning 33 works across 11 categories.

Music Teacher Magazine

Pascal Nemirovski joins Birmingham Conservatoire

Birmingham Conservatoire has appointed Pascal Nemirovski as international chair in piano.

Choir and Organ Magazine

Stile Antico announces Young Singer Bursaries 2016/17

Mezzo-soprano Sacha Fullerton and soprano Caroline Halls are the recipients of Stile Antico’s 2016/17 Young Singer Bursaries.

International Arts Manager

From the Supreme Court to the stage

American Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg is swapping the stand for the stage as she prepares to star in Washington National Opera’s (WNO) production of La Fille du Regiment. Donizetti’s comic opera tells the tale of a young woman torn between her family and the love of her life. It runs from 12-20 November, and is directed by Robert Longbottom.

Le Parisien

Pierre Boulez donne son nom à la grande salle de la Philharmonie de Paris

La grande salle de la Philharmonie de Paris, ouverte en janvier 2015 dans le nord-est parisien, doit être baptisée mercredi officiellement du nom du compositeur Pierre Boulez, père spirituel du projet.

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Dresdner Sinfoniker laden Erdogan zu Armenier-Stück ein

Die Türkei läuft seit langem Sturm gegen das Konzertprojekt «Aghet» zum «Völkermord an den Armeniern». Die Dresdner Sinfoniker wollen ihr Stück im November im deutschen Generalkonsulat in Istanbul aufführen – wozu sie nun Präsident Erdogan persönlich eingeladen haben.

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Radiosender zeichnen Pianistin Nathalia Milstein aus

Die französische Pianistin Nathalia Milstein erhält den “Prix du jeune soliste des medias francophones publics”. Der Preis wird von vier Radiosendern vergeben: Radio France, dem schweizerischen Sender RTS, der belgischen Rundfunkstation RTBF sowie Radio Canada.

Codex Flores

Engstroem distanziert sich von Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

Martin Engstroem, der Leiter des Verbier Festivals, ist laut einer Meldung des Fachmagazins «Pizzicato» aus Unzufriedenheit über die Führung des Ensembles aus dem Kuratorium des Orchestre de la Suisse Romande(OSR)  ausgetreten.

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The Economist @TheEconomist With his album “Sleep”, Max Richter has redefined classical music in the digital age http://econ.st/2eh33l0

BBC Music Magazine @MusicMagazine How can we increase diversity in classical music? http://buff.ly/2exL7nT

The Royal Opera @TheRoyalOpera Georges Bizet was born #otd in 1838 A classic clip of #ROHcarmen to celebrate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJ_HHRJf0xg …

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Photo: International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition

(Written on October 25, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, the Edinburgh International Festival has closed with its annual fireworks concert, Stirling Orchestra tunes up for BBC competition All Together Now & fights at the opera in Cosi Fan Tutte. Also, Opera Australia and the Sydney Opera House are teaming up to create a world first: a “silent opera”.

BBC News

Annual fireworks concert closes Edinburgh festival

The Edinburgh International Festival has closed with its annual fireworks concert. More than four tonnes of explosives and 400,000 fireworks lit up the skies around Edinburgh Castle. The international festival has had its most successful year, taking more than £4m in ticket sales for the first time.

Stirling Orchestra tuning up for BBC competition challenge

Stirling Orchestra, which formed in 1983, is one of the five competitors in All Together Now: The Great Orchestra Challenge. The four-part BBC4 series aims to find the UK’s top amateur orchestra. Stirling made it to the final five after 250 orchestras initially entered the competition by submitting videos.

The Sydney Morning Herald

Opera Australia and Sydney Opera House team up for world-first silent opera

Opera Australia and the Sydney Opera House are teaming up to create a world first: a “silent opera” performed live with full orchestra and opera chorus, and 3000 audience members listening on headphones.

The Telegraph

Another fight at the opera in Cosi Fan Tutte row over wages

It has already raised eyebrows over its portrayal of Africans subjected to brutality by Fascist troops. Critics questioned the taste of including scenes of rape and racial abuse by Mussolini’s soldiers during Italy’s 1930s subjugation of Eritrea in what is a much-loved 18th century opera.

Broadwayworld

St. Cecilia Music Center’s School of Music Ramps Up for the New Season

Hundreds of past and present students from elementary school level through senior aged adults agree that at St. Cecilia Music Center (SCMC) “Music Lives Here”. Starting in September, students with an interest in music are encouraged to try out for SCMC’s School of Music programs.

CMUSE

Owner forced to ban his guide dog from classical music concerts

A regular patron of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in New Zealand has been forced to take the tough decision to leave his guide dog outside the concert hall.

klassik.com

Komponistin Isabel Mundry neues Mitglied der Akademie der Wissenschaften

Die Komponistin Isabel Mundry ist neues Mitglied der in Mainz ansässigen Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur. Auf ihrer letzten Sitzung hat die Akademie Mundry als ordentliches Mitglied der Klasse der Literatur und Musik gewählt.

BR Klassik

Skandalreicher Sommer geht zu Ende

Verschärfte Sicherheitsmaßnahmen, ein überraschender Dirigentenwechsel und der Skandal um die neue “Parsifal”-Inszenierung standen im Fokus der diesjährigen Bayreuther Festspiele.

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ARD Musikwettbewerb mit 199 Nachwuchskünstlern aus aller Welt

199 Nachwuchsmusiker kämpfen seit gestern drei Wochen lang um Preise des Internationalen Musikwettbewerbs der ARD. Künstler aus 44 Ländern treten in den Kategorien Kontrabass, Horn, Harfe und Streichquartett an.

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Edinburgh Festival @edinburghfest [scotsman] Opera review: Gurrelieder, Usher Hall: This is how an Edinburgh International Festival programme o…

New York Times Arts @nytimesarts “I think to be believed, onstage or on screen, is the one hope that all actors share.” – Gene Wilder

Glyndebourne @glyndebourne Applications are invited for places in the 2017 Glyndebourne Festival Chorus:

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Photograph: Edinburgh Festival

(Written on August 30, 2016 )

Classical News

In our news today, St John’s Smith Square opens registration for Music Marathon, BBC launches iWonder guide on tinnitus and British composer and conductor Harry Rabinowitz has died aged 100. Also, the latest figures about the salaries of music directors in the United States have been published and the safety precautions at the Bayreuther Festspiele are severely criticised by stage director of “Parsifal”, Uwe Eric Laufenberg.

Classical Music Magazine

BBC launches iWonder guide on tinnitus

The BBC has joined forces with the British Tinnitus Association (BTA) to release an iWonder guide to tinnitus. Titled ‘How can I stop gigs and festivals ruining my hearing?’, the launch of the guide has been organised to coincide with the Glastonbury Festival.

St John’s Smith Square opens registration for Music Marathon

St John’s Smith Square has opened registration for its 24-hour Music Marathon, which will begin at 10am on 17 September.

Classic FM

Harry Rabinowitz, TV and film composer and conductor, dies aged 100

Prolific musician was in demand for radio, films and TV, from Eurovision to Reilly, Ace of Spies. Rabinowitz’s family reported that he passed away at his house in France, just three months after his 100th birthday.

The Telegraph

Cows, rocket cars and 5,000 toilets: meet the people behind the scenes at Glastonbury

Glastonbury, the mother of all festivals is upon us again. On TV and out front it may be all about Adele, Coldplay and the rest, but behind the scenes there are hosts of characters who work hard, some of them for most of the year, to ensure these few days of controlled mayhem go as smoothly and as pleasurably as possible.

The Strad

Cellist arrested in Moscow for ‘preventing pedestrian movement’

Cellist Semyon Lashkin was arrested in Moscow for performing in the street, he has reported on hisFacebook page. The Moscow Conservatory-trained musician was questioned by police and had his cello confiscated for ‘deliberately creating a crowd and preventing pedestrian movement’ in Nikolskaya Street, adjacent to Red Square.

The Times

Opera: Idomeneo at Garsington, Buckinghamshire

The orchestral thunderstorms raged in this powerful production of the young Mozart’s mythological opera seria.

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Jaap van Zweden, Best Paid Music Director In The States

Drew McManus’ website Adaptistration has published the latest figures about the salaries of music directors in the United States

Adaptistration

2016 Orchestra Compensation Reports: Concertmasters

Since the economic downturn, concertmaster compensation has failed to keep pace with executive and music director stakeholders and for the 2013/14 season, they were the only group to experience a decline in average compensation (-0.19 percent).

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Parsifal-Regisseur Laufenberg kritisiert Sicherheitskonzept

Die angespannte Weltpolitik wirft ihren Schatten auf den Grünen Hügel: Die Sicherheitsvorkehrungen für die Bayreuther Festspiele werden verschärft. Die meisten Mitwirkenden nehmen es gelassen, doch von prominenter Seite kommt Kritik.

klassik.com

Staatstheater Wiesbaden freut sich über höhere Zuschüsse

Das Staatstheater Wiesbaden erhält Berichten der Frankfurter Rundschau zufolge bis zum Jahr 2019 höhere Zuschüsse als bislang. Darauf einigten sich die Landeshauptstadt Wiesbaden, das Land Hessen sowie der Kulturfonds Rhein-Main.

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1. Internationaler Dirigentenwettbewerb in Augsburg

Zum 15-jährigen Jubiläum des Studiengangs ‘Blasorchesterleitung’ des Leopold-Mozart-Zentrums (LMZ) der Universität Augsburg findet vom 2.-7.Juli  der 1. Internationalen Dirigierwettbewerb Augsburg statt.

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Cows, rocket cars and 5,000 toilets: the sun sets over Glastonbury festival. Photo credit: The Telegraph

Cows, rocket cars and 5,000 toilets: the sun sets over Glastonbury festival. Photo credit: The Telegraph

(Written on June 23, 2016 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Beethoven’s heart and Wagner’s bowels, and why they don’t matter

The trend to draw parallels between the specifics of a composer’s possible medical history and the particularities of his music should come – well, with a musicological health-warning.

Tim Ashley’s opera guide: marital hell

In the last of his opera guides, Tim Ashley selects five great works that explore what happens when they didn’t live happily ever after, and shows where to find the best versions online

The Strad

US Department of Transportation finalises law for carrying instruments on board airlines

Small instruments such as violins are now legally allowed as carry-on baggage provided there is available stowage space

Classic FM

Extinction beckons for piano shops in US as children lose interest

The continued decline in piano sales in the United States means shops selling the instrument are becoming a rare site.

The 10 most bizarre Viennese waltzes and polkas

Every year the Vienna Philharmonic greets the new year with its annual celebration of the music of the Strauss family. And every year, the orchestra lets its collective hair down with one of the more bizarre pieces in the Viennese canon. Here are some of our favourites…

Klassik.com

Frühestes bekanntes Zeugnis der Zweistimmigkeit entdeckt

Doktorand stößt in British Library auf Dokument aus der Zeit um 910

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Pilsen – eine europäische Musikstadt

Diese Stadt ist ohnehin bekannt für ihre Jazz-Szene, doch 2015 wird “ihr Jahr”: Pilsen, Kulturhauptstadt Europas.

Codex Flores

Deutscher Aktionstag gegen TTIP

Der Deutsche Kulturrat ruft am 21. Mai, dem Internationalen Tag der Kulturellen Vielfalt, zu einem Aktionstag gegen die zur Diskussion stehenden Freihandelsabkommen TTIP und CETA auf.

The New York Times

Discounted Tickets: A Test for the Metropolitan Opera

One of the first measures Peter Gelb instituted when he arrived as general manager of the Metropolitan Opera in 2006 was to introduce a rush ticket program, which offers up to 100 or so $25 tickets in prime seating locations for each performance.

El Mundo

‘El Teatro Real ha hecho los deberes’

Hace unos días, Gregorio Marañón aseguró que el Teatro Real, cuyo patronato preside, contaría con un superávit de medio millón de euros en 2015.

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Klassik.com @klassikcom: Mailänder Sinfonieorchester erhält Teil der versprochenen Subventionen http://klassik.com/?I3AH2  #Orchester #Kulturpolitik

KlassikInfo.de ‏@Klassikinfo: Waltraud Meier zum Ehrenmitglied der Berliner Staatsoper ernannt http://www.KlassikInfo.de

The soprano Renée Fleming, center, in the title role of Franz Lehar’s operetta “The Merry Widow,” at the Metropolitan Opera. Credit: Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

The soprano Renée Fleming, center, in the title role of Franz Lehar’s operetta “The Merry Widow,” at the Metropolitan Opera.
Credit: Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

(Written on January 6, 2015 )

Classical News

The Telegraph

Audience ejects crowd-surfer from classical concert

Scientist is thrown out of “accessible and informal” classical concert by fellow audience members after attempting to crowd-surf.

Classic FM

London Philharmonic Orchestra to star in Wimbledon advert

Musicians will star in an advert for ESPN, promoting Wimbledon 2014 – and met Rafael Nadal on court!

Classic FM

$10million Stradivarius violin fails to sell at auction

An antique violin hidden in a wardrobe for 25 years was expected to sell for an eight-figure sum this week – but failed to reach the reserve price.

The Guardian

Soprano Tamar Iveri released by Opera Australia for anti-gay comments

Public angry after posting on the Georgian singer’s Facebook page appears to describe gay people as ‘faecal masses’.

The Guardian

Orchestral manoeuvres in the car park

Level seven of a multi-storey car park in southeast London isn’t where you’d expect to hear Sibelius’s Fifth Symphony. Nonetheless, that’s where the Multi-Story orchestra are performing. Founders Kate Whitley and Christopher Stark explain how it works.

The Telegraph

Let’s honour the Great American Songbook

Children should be introduced to those classics sung by the likes of Frank Sinatra.

The New York Times

Lee Hyla, 61, Who Mixed Rock and Jazz Into Classical Works, dies

Lee Hyla, an American composer whose work married the formal rigor of classical music with the driving energy of rock and the improvisational abandon of jazz, died on June 6 in Chicago. He was 61.

Iowa Public Radio

Is Parity Time Here for the Classical Violin?

Have women achieved parity in the violin profession?

Die Welt

Nachhaltiges Beben

Um seine Klassikszene wird München beneidet. Jetzt sorgen unglückliche Zufälle wie der Rücktritt von Lorin Maazel bei den Philharmonikern und der Streit um die Klassikwelle B4 für Verwerfungen.

Der Tagesspiegel

Festival Young Euro Classic: Die Welt zu Gast in Berlin

In diesem Jahr wird “Young Euro Classic” zweigeteilt: Ende Juni sind die Jugendorchester im der Philharmonie zu erleben, im August dann im Admiralspalast. Und auch das Programm ist 2014 außergewöhnlich.

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Über 65.000 Besucher beim Bachfest Leipzig

Mehr als 65.000 Menschen haben das Bachfest Leipzig besucht. Die Gäste aus 32 Nationen erlebten 107 weitgehend ausverkaufte Veranstaltungen, teilten die Veranstalter am Sonntag mit. Im Mittelpunkt des Musikfestivals stand der zweitälteste Bach-Sohn Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, von dem allein 56 Werke aufgeführt wurden.

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Festivalguide: Horizont-Erweiterungen

Ein besonderer Ort, fern des Konzertalltags: Die Sommerlichen Musiktage Hitzacker leben den Festivalgeist in Reinkultur.

El Mundo

Las ‘Cuatro estaciones’ en ‘remix’

Max Richter explica cómo se rehace una de las piezas más conocidas del repertorio clásico según los parámetros de la música electrónica.

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The Bristol Old Vic

Photograph: Alamy

(Written on June 23, 2014 )

The Times

Classical stars are squeezed out by accordion

The accordion has never been regarded as a route to mainstream musical success, but its reputation may have to be reassessed after an album of squeezebox tunes reached the top of the classical chart.

The Independent

Royal Opera House wins first West End transfer with ‘Wind in the Windows’

The Royal Opera House is to follow in the footsteps of the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company with the transfer of a production to London’s West End for the first time.

BBC News

Classical music virtuoso who plays piano and tablet

Conrad Tao is a 19-year-old virtuoso who tries to push the limits of classical music by combining tradition and technology.

Choir singers ‘synchronise their heartbeats’

Choir singers not only harmonise their voices, they also synchronise their heartbeats, a study suggests.

Gramophone

Multi-million dollar Opera Australia Ring finds new conductor

Pietari Inkinen replaces Richard Mills, who resigned due to a lack of ‘unity of vision’

Classic FM

New National Curriculum for music announced

By 2021, every 14-year-old in the country will be able to read music, if the new curriculum is approved in August.

The Guardian

Shazam raises £26.9m for Latin America expansion with Carlos Slim

America Movil investment to open up new market for music, TV and ads-tagging app

Die Welt

Sag zum Abschied leise Dvořák

Letzte Quartett-Seufzer, Nina Stemmes zweiter Wesendonck-Liederanlauf, Claudio Abbados erste Schumann-Sinfonie und böse Jungs, die sehr gut klingen: die Klassik-CDs der Woche.

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(Written on July 9, 2013 )

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Racial diversity in classical music: A daunting experience for non-white professionals working in the industry today

Currently, just five per cent of classical music professionals working in the UK identify as black and minority ethnic – and this figure shows no sign of rising, according to the Arts Council Staff Survey.

The Telegraph

Is pirate music ever justified?

After Krystian Zimerman’s recent outburst at an audience member for filming on their phone, Rupert Christiansen wonders if it will ever be possible to eliminate pirate recording.

The Guardian

Classical music refashioned

Can New York students design the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra a wardrobe fit for the 21st century?

New York Times

Young Star Raises Funds for Making Younger Stars

Lang Lang International Music Foundation Gala at Carnegie

BBC Music Magazine

The British Library celebrates Britten’s centenary with a new exhibition

Draft score for A Young Person’s Guide for the Orchestra goes on display for very first time at the British Library as part of Britten 100

Limelight Magazine

Richard Mills withdraws from Opera Australia’s Ring in Melbourne

The maestro leading one of Australian opera’s largest and most expensive undertakings calls it quits, citing issues of “personal chemistry”.

NPR Deceptive Cadence

‘Becoming Traviata’: A Look At Opera From Behind The Curtain

It’s easy to think of opera as little more than an affected flock of singers warbling onstage in lacy brocade with pancake makeup, chandeliers and champagne.

Die Zeit

Männliche Musik

Der lettische Dirigent Mariss Jansons bekommt den Siemens Musikpreis zu Recht – aber warum wählt die Jury nie eine Frau?

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New York Times

(Written on June 6, 2013 )

The New York Times (via musicalchairs.info) 

Wolfgang Sawallisch, Conductor, Dies at 89

Wolfgang Sawallisch, one of the last of the old-school German conductors, who led the Philadelphia Orchestra for nearly a decade and the Bavarian State Opera in Munich for two decades before that, died on Friday at his home in Grassau, Germany. He was 89.

7 News Melbourne (via musicalchairs.info)

FORMER ENGLISH BALLET BOSS TO HEAD OPERA AUSTRALIA

Opera Australia has appointed Craig Hassall as its new chief executive officer after a four-month international search.

San Francisco Chronicle (via musicalchairs.info)

S.F. Symphony oboist has stroke onstage

William Bennett, the San Francisco Symphony’s principal oboist, suffered a cerebral hemorrhage on Saturday night, midway through a performance of Richard Strauss’ Oboe Concerto.

Classic FM

Cute animal choral video is viral hit

Choral music and a video of fluffy animals? What’s not to like? ‘The 9 Cutest Things That Ever Happened’ has received more than 1.2 million views on YouTube in two weeks, dividing opinion among audiences.

Classical Source

Kolsimcha Launch Kickstarter Project To Record With The LSO

One of the great bands in contemporary Klezmer music, Kolsimcha, has launched a project to raise £56,000 via the crowd funding site Kickstarter. The aim of the project is to record a new CD at Abbey Road with the LSO. They have until April 8 to raise the money. If they make it, they get the money, if not the project is void.

The L.A. Times

A Wagner ‘Ring’ that’s sustainably powered

A river and a dragon shaped by writhing performers. A budget nearly one-eighth of L.A.’s In Munich, the beast is inventively and economically tackled.

Conductor Wolfgang Sawallisch has died at the age of 89 (photo: CTK / Alamy)

Gramophone

(Written on February 25, 2013 )