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Did Bach’s wife write some of his best-known works?

A new documentary claims that Anna Magdalena was the real composer of her husband Bach’s best-known pieces.

International Arts Manager

Can music heal recovering addicts?

Music outreach programmes for children and the elderly are commonplace. But what about projects for the more vulnerable in society? James McConnel tells Clare Wiley why he created an orchestra of addicts

Pro Arte signs 2014 Grieg competition winner

Pro Arte International Management has signed Norwegian pianist Joachim Carr for general and world management.

Slipped Disc

Everything you need to know about the Met in 10 graphs

The composer Suby Raman has been reflecting on the state of the Met and how it might present itself itself to a graph-oriented society.

Artsjournal

Atlanta Symphony Lockout: Musicians Partly Give In To Management Demands For Smaller Orchestra

Limelight Magazine

Sculthorpe memorialised with new fellowship

NSW Government and Sydney Conservatorium announces new $30,000 award

Pizzicato

Atlanta Symphony Close To An Agreement

After eight weeks of lockout, the Atlanta Symphony Musicians made a counterproposal that gives hope for an agreement.

Hochstapelei im Namen Mahlers

Seit 2011 schon lockte ein Verein namens ‘Mahler Philharmoniker’ junge Musiker zur ‘Fortbildung’ nach Österreich.

audiophil

Greatest Hits

Festival für zeitgenössische Musik auf Kampnagel /12.–15. November 2014

Klassik.com

München: Sanierung des Gasteigs mit neuem Konzertsaal?

Ministerpräsident Seehofer schlägt gemeinsames “Leuchtturmprojekt” von Stadt und Land vor

Codex Flores

Musiker protestieren gegen missliebigen Dirigenten  

Ungewöhliches zugetragen hat sich in Spanien: Musiker des Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla protestierten auf dem Podium gegen einen künstlerischen Leiter, der ihnen ihrer Meinung nach aufgezwungen worden ist.

Le Monde

A New York, « La Mort de Klinghoffer » choque toujours

La culture nord-américaine aura connu trois scandales aux tonalités connexes : en 1969, l’écrivain Philip Roth (né en 1933) suscite une tonitruante polémique avec son roman Portnoy et son complexe, une satire carnassière – et pornographique – de la classe moyenne juive américaine

El Mundo

La mujer de Bach escribió parte de algunas de sus obras

Un documental asegura que la segunda esposa del compositor, Anna Madgalena, escribió parte de algunas de las mejores obras del músico

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Classic FM @ClassicFM:  Every October half-term, we team up with @PrincesTrust to put on Arts & Kids Week – take a look at what’s on: http://classfm.co/uRyS1b 

Clarence House @ClarenceHouse: The Prince of Wales meets young musicians in London following a joint performance of @NACOrchCNA & @RPOOnline #Canada

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(Bach and his wife, Anna Magdalena Photo via: Classic FM)

 

(Written on October 28, 2014 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Drink and drug addictions ‘blighting lives of classical musicians’

Ahead of the Channel 4 documentary, Addicts Symphony, the Guardian and The Sunday Times have both written pieces to expose how some classical musicians deal with the stresses of anti-social hours and extreme pressure.

The Telegraph

Sir Andrew Davis: The returning hero

Sir Andrew Davis will be returning to the Proms this evening as conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. The once chief conductor at the proms said that while he has held few posts, this being only his third orchestral position, he has held them all for a very long time.

Classic FM

Top conductor’s ‘symphony orchestras will be gone in 30 years’ claim stirs debate

Following Ivan Fischer’s article for The Times, orchestral professionals including Mark Pemberton, director of the Association of British Orchestras, have struck back that his comments may not have been relevant for British orchestras.

Classic FM

Game Of Thrones ‘opera’ to debut in New York

A New York opera company intends to take Game of Thrones as a theme for an opera in February 2015.

The New York Times

In Surprise Finale at Metropolitan Opera’s Labor Talks, Both Sides Agree to Cuts

It seems that the end of the Met Opera saga is in sight. The Metropolitan Opera and two of its unions agreed that to avoid the calamities that have silenced swaths of the classical music world, they would have to scale back. They are still awaiting talks with numerous other smaller unions.

Mitteldeutsche Zeitung

Stiftung Händel-Haus kauft frühe Händel-Notendrucke

Der Stiftung Händel-Haus ist der Ankauf einer Gruppe von frühen Händel-Notendrucken und -Büchern aus einem englischen Antiquariat gelungen. Unter anderem eine 1739 erschienene Erstausgabe von Händels „Ode for St. Cecilias’s Day“.

Berliner Zeitung

Die Kulturszene hat Angst vor der Amerikanisierung

Die Kulturszene fürchtet, dass durch das Freihandelsabkommen mit den USA die europäische Vielfalt der Musik und Filme, bei Büchern und in Theatern leidet. Eine Wissenschaftlerin warnt, sogar, dass das deutsche, „über 300 Jahre gewachsene Kulturmodell in Trümmern liegen“ werde.

Concerti

El Sistema auf Bayrisch

Ob singen, ein Instrument spielen oder jodeln: In der Bayrischen Philharmonie kann jeder alles lernen. Hauptsache er liebt Musik.

 

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London Symphony Orchestra: @LondonSymphony Very pleased to be back at @lsostlukes this morning (after a month of maintenance in the venue!) for rehearsals with Sir Antonio Pappano.

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Music Teacher: @MusicTeacherMag The 2014 Britten Young Songwriter Competition is open! Part of @aldeburghmusic’s @fridayPMs project: http://ow.ly/AtwVa

 

 

 

 Photo: Rex Features

Photo: Rex Features

 

 

(Written on August 19, 2014 )

While the extinction of the dinosaurs may have had something to do with a meteor, it is likely that the decline of orchestras is down to just as many debatable factors. From financial climate change, to developments in technology and changes in personal taste, there are numerous elements of change that the industry has little control over.

In the article from today’s Times, Iván Fischer heralds the evolutionary approach for orchestras, as he claims they must ‘adapt or die’. With his own Budapest Festival Orchestra being open to innovation he believes that it is the only way to truly mitigate against the terminal decline of orchestras around the world.

The Budapest Festival Orchestra are trying to bring in different audiences in order to break the white, middle-class, middle-aged, well-educated norm. While this isn’t wholly true in concert halls today, as a lot has already been done to correct the imbalance, it is still a perceived barrier to many. The BFO perform in midnight concerts to appeal to younger audiences, seating them on beanbags and giving them discounts on ticket prices if they turn up on a bike. All are intriguing innovations that could work for many orchestras and concert venues to lure in the younger generations.

However, the question that will be asked is what does this give/take from orchestral concert going. Traditionalists will be harking that it is in fact this kind of innovation that kills orchestras, while the opposing corner will rebut with the same evolutionary, forward-thinking stance that Fischer proposes in this article.

What is clear though is that demands are being placed on orchestras and those who manage them to be more creative, whether it is with their funding or engagement methods. Today also saw the Guardian Culture Professionals Live Chat about crowd-funding, which is being cited as a revolutionary change to fundraising. James Hopkirk, Editor of IdeasTap suggested ‘As arts funding gets cut back further and further and artists have to become more self-sufficient and entrepreneurial I think it’s [crowd-funding] only going to become more prevalent…’. A similar call for change has been echoed by organisations such as Nesta in their report ‘The New Art of Finance – Making Money Work Harder for the Arts’.

Essentially what all of these changes are demanding is that we are more creative, which is surely what the arts do best. It’s a philosophy that WildKat have embraced fully, with enormous success. No one is saying that creative minded people have to go and play with the stock market, or perform brain science to see what attracts people to classical music- just that we are considerate of all demographics, what makes them want to get involved or why they might want to resist, and if this is something we can change.

Rising to the challenges that the arts face is one best met by creative people- luckily our industry is brimming with them.

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(Written on August 13, 2014 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Puccini’s Italian tragic love affair house up for sale

The home that served as a romantic retreat for Giacomo Puccini and his married lover in 1886 is up for sale in Lake Como for €400,000.

The Guardian

Daniel Harding: ‘Telling a young musician to be patient is like telling Wayne Rooney to score more goals’

Conductor of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Harding, talks about his work under Simon Rattle, his musical development and his current projects.

The Telegraph

La Traviata at Glyndebourne: what the audience thought

Having been broadcast online live on 10th August, the telegraph have interviewed audiences of La Traviata from Glyndebourne.

The Times

The I, Culture Orchestra: uniting troubled countries through music

The I, Culture Orchestra are a youth orchestra who unites 18-28 year olds from nations including Poland, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Ukraine, some of the most conflict-ridden countries in the world. Azerbaijan and Armenia have technically been at war since 1988, yet the young players sit together and make music harmoniously. They will be performing at the Edinburgh International Festival on the 17th August.

Der Tagesspiegel

Doch ein Punk

Das Bundesjugendorchester beginnt bei Young Euro Classic erwachsen, getragen, pflichtbewusst – und zeigt schließlich doch, was in ihm steckt.

Klavier.de

Martha Argerich wird Ehrenmitglied des West Eastern Divan Orchestra

Ehrung anlässlich eines gemeinsamen Konzerts im Teatro Colon verliehen.

The Australian

Classical composer Peter Sculthorpe dies

CLASSICAL composer Peter Sculthorpe has been lauded as a musical giant following his death.

Dutch News

Christina Deutekom dies at 82

The world famous Dutch coloratura soprano Christina Deutekom died on Thursday evening.

Le Monde

Polémiques budgétaires à l’Opéra de Paris

L’Opéra de Paris serait-il dispendieux ?

 

Twitter

Time Out London: @TimeOutLondon Hurry! Tickets for Hamlet at the @BarbicanCentre are on sale NOW: http://timeout.entstix.com/tickets/hamlet-barbican

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IdeasMag: @IdeasMag Should you give up on your creative dreams? @Jennie_Nicole has her say: http://ideastap.com/IdeasMag/all-articles/discuss-give-up-on-your-dreams

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Photograph: Mario Nunes Vais/ Alinari Archives/Corbis

Photograph: Mario Nunes Vais/ Alinari Archives/Corbis

 

 

 

(Written on August 11, 2014 )

Classical News

South Wales Evening Post

Welsh National Opera’s David Pountney awarded the Austrian Cross of Honour

Welsh National Opera’s Chief Executive and Artistic Director, David Pountney, has been awarded the Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art, First Class.

BBC Music Magazine

Music education to get a boost

Education Minister Nick Gibb has announced an increase of £18 million in funding for UK music education.

The Telegraph

Has music education been saved?

Ivan Hewett celebrates a government climb-down over proposed cuts to music education funding in schools.

Klassik.com

Tenor Peter Seiffert wird zum Berliner Kammersänger ernannt

Der Tenor Peter Seiffert wird mit dem Titel Berliner Kammersänger geehrt. Seiffert wurde durch die Stiftung Oper in Berlin für diese Ehrung vorgeschlagen, der Senat stimmte dem zu.

El País

El Orfeó Català elige hoy a su junta en un clima de tension

La asamblea del Orfeó Català, la entidad propietaria del Palau de la Música, escogerá hoy a su nueva junta directiva tras una campaña electoral marcada por las descalificaciones y acusaciones de la candidatura presidida por Pau Duran a la anterior junta directiva de Mariona Carulla y a la mesa electoral que ha presidido las elecciones.

Le Figaro

Ton Koopman : un pur esprit baroque

Légende vivante, le chef néerlandais préside, à 70 ans, Itinéraire baroque en Périgord Vert. La 12e édition s’ouvre ce soir.

 

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ncogb:@ncogb Calling all NCO Social Staff. We need a member of social staff (ideally male) to join us on Training Orchestra starting TOMORROW!

IntArtsManager:@IntArtsManager #amaconf keynote this morning: “Is it time to change the way we think about audiences?” Remember they’re real living people, not just stats

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Credit: South Wales Evening Post

Credit: South Wales Evening Post

(Written on July 24, 2014 )

British Conductor Tim Murray is to conduct performances of “Porgy Bess” in Barcelona. The first performance is this evening at Barcelona’s opera house, the Gran Teatre del Liceu, with a series of shows which conclude on Saturday 19th July. Tim is performing in collaboration with the talented Cape Town Opera company which received critical acclaim for “Porgy and Bess” from the UK press back in June.

Tim has been vocal in his appreciation of George Gershwin’s music and particularly “Porgy and Bess”.When quizzed by members of the public on a Classic FM web chat about his experience of conducting the opera, Tim described “Porgy and Bess” as  being “a bit different from most [operas]” as “One moment the orchestra has to play jazz-and know how to SWING!- and the next moment they are playing some early twentieth-century modern music”. Tim also argues that “Porgy and Bess” shows an abundance of variety in an interview with the International Arts Manager, where he speaks about the elements of the opera such as its “down-and-dirty-jazz”, its Modernism and Speech Rhythm.

For more information about “Porgy and Bess” and tickets for the performances in Barcelona, click here

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Tim Murray

(Written on July 11, 2014 )

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.

musik heute

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.

concerti

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.

Twitter

Telegraph Classical: ‏@TeleClassical  People diary: Opera anger over ‘anti-Semitic’ claim http://tgr.ph/1ntGN2d 

Musical America: ‏@MusicalAmerica Charleston Symphony Taps Music Director http://buff.ly/1lRgAcB  

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The Bristol Old Vic

Photograph: Alamy

(Written on June 23, 2014 )

Bamberg Symphony reveals 2014/15 concert season

On their annual press conference the Bamberg Symphony not only revealed their plans for the next concert season but also the brand-new design of their logo and re-launch of their website. The Hamburg studio Peter Schmidt, Belliero & Zandée, long-standing partners of the orchestra, designed the new logo and season brochure. The top-class orchestra from Bamberg – a town with UNESCO World Heritage status – will now be playing under the adequate slogan ‘extraordinary city. extraordinary orchestra.’ The musical programming, too, has some exciting innovations in store for audiences in Bamberg and abroad.

Three internationally renowned artists will take newly created positions in Bamberg: composer and clarinettist Jörg Widmann will be Composer in Residence at Bamberg for the next two years; Principal Organist Christian Schmitt will showcase the ‘queen of instruments’ in concert performances as well as curating the Organ Series in Bamberg’s Joseph-Keilberth Saal; and pianist Piotr Anderszewski will be featured in Bamberg Symphony’s Artist Portrait, performing in the city several times next season.

Another innovative undertaking is the encore!-project as part of which the Bamberg Symphony commissioned around 40 composers to write encores for the orchestra to serve as a meaningful addition to the orchestral canon. The orchestra aims to not only extend their repertoire – especially when touring – but also to prove that contemporary music can also be entertaining, in the best sense of the term.

The musical theme of the season will be ‘Symphonic Landscapes’, including musical depictions of nature by Claude Debussy, Jean Sibelius, Carl Nielsen, Benjamin Britten, Aaron Copland and Peteris Vasks.

 

Die Bamberger Symphoniker stellen die Konzertsaison 2014/15 vor

Auf ihrer jährlichen Pressekonferenz stellten die Bamberger Symphoniker gestern nicht nur die Konzertsaison 2014/15 vor, sondern enthüllten auch ihren neuen Slogan und ein Neudesign ihres Logos, der Website und der Saisonbroschüre. Das Hamburger Studio Peter Schmidt, Belliero & Zandée, die schon zuvor mit dem Orchester zusammen gebarbeitet haben, ist für das innovative, moderne Design verantwortlich. Außerdem sind die Bamberger nun unter dem Motto ‚extraordinary city. extraordinary orchestra.’ unterwegs – ein passender Leitsatz für das Spitzenorchester aus der Weltkulturerbe-Stadt. Doch auch musikalisch haben die Bamberger Symphoniker einige Neuerungen für ihr Publikum vor Ort und auf Tournee in Planung.

Drei international renommierte Künstlerpersönlichkeiten werden in der Saison 2014/2015 neue Rollen im Orchesterleben der Bamberger übernehmen: Komponist und Klarinettist Jörg Widmann wird das Orchester zwei Jahre lang als Composer in Residence mit seinen bedeutendsten Werken begleiten; Pianist Piotr Anderszewski wird als Portrait-Künstler mehrmals in der kommenden Saison zu erleben sein; und Principal Organist Christian Schmitt, der sich selbst musizierend und als Kurator der Orgelreihe um die „Königin der Instrumente“ im Bamberger Joseph-Keilberth-Saal kümmern wird.

Das encore!-Projekt ist eine weitere Neuheit, für das das Orchester bei rund 40 Komponisten Zugaben in Auftrag gegeben hat. Damit möchten die Bamberger Symphoniker in den nächsten Jahren nicht nur ihr Repertoire – vor allem auch für Tourneen – erweitern, sondern zudem den Beweis antreten, dass zeitgenössische Musik im besten Sinne auch unterhaltend sein kann.

Den programmatischen Schwerpunkt bilden Werke unter dem Motto Symphonische Landschaften: tönende Naturschilderungen u.a. von Claude Debussy, Jean Sibelius, Carl Nielsen, Benjamin Britten, Aaron Copland oder Pēteris Vasks.photo

(Written on May 22, 2014 )

The Guardian

Neville: ‘My wife has told me to keep June free’

How did a so-so violinist from Lincoln end up one of the world’s greatest conductors? And will he ever slow down? As Neville Marriner hits 90, he talks to Stuart Jeffries about setting up the Academy of St Martin in the Fields orchestra, never saying no – and the teacher who had him beaten for over-gesticulating. 

Classic FM

Opera celebrated at Olivier Awards 2014

English Touring Opera and the Royal Opera House were honoured last night at the 2014 Olivier Awards, held at London’s Covent Garden.

Royal Opera House

The A-Z of Richard Strauss: J is for Ben Jonson
One of the Jacobean playwright’s works inspired Strauss’s sole collaboration with Stefan Zweig.
The Arts Desk

theartsdesk Q&A: Soprano Nicole Cabell

The outstanding American singer on winning Cardiff, crying in performance and Kate Bush

The Telegraph

Amanda Vickery: Why we’ve got the Georgians all wrong

We associate the Georgian era with elegance and good taste. But this gaudy, bloody period was a world away from Austen’s drawing room romances.

Die Welt

Ritter der Rondos, Grandseigneur der Serenaden

Sir Neville Marriner sorgte über Jahrzehnte für einen Easy-Listening-Boom der Alten Musik. Jetzt feiert der britische Dirigent, den viele als James Last der Klassik abtun, seinen 90. Geburtstag.

Classical Music on Twitter

Classical Music Buzz: @classicalpurist John Luther Adams Wins 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Music + MORE classicalmusic opera news … pic.twitter.com/ovr1WQiEDU

Janet Horvath: ‏@playinglesshurt 17 of the best classical music jokes – Classical music jokes @classicfm http://www.classicfm.com/discover/music/classical-music-jokes/classical-music-jokes-4/ …

BBC Music Magazine: ‏@MusicMagazine The official classical chart is out – visit our website to find out which recordings made it into the UK top 20: http://www.classical-music.com/chart/official-classical-chart …

Gramophone: @GramophoneMag Congratulations to the highly talented Krzysztof Urbanski on his new appointment at the NDR Sinfonieorchester http://www.gramophone.co.uk/news/krzysztof-urba%C5%84ski-given-a-ndr-symphony-orchestra-role …

The Strad: @TheStradMag Actors are admired and lauded for their range. But observe the ‘specialism’ police at work in classical music http://bit.ly/1p2Fm17 

The Guardian

The Guardian

(Written on April 15, 2014 )

Tomorrow evening the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra begin a five-date tour of Heerlen, Leverkusen, Bruges, Rotterdam and Ludwigsburg with their Principal Conductor, Jonathan Nott.

The programme of the concerts in Heerlen, Bruges, Rotterdam and Ludwigsburg includes Richard Strauss’s Metamorphosen and Anton Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony in E Major. In Leverkusen the programme will see Strauss’s Metamorphosen replaced with Franz Liszt’s Danse Macabre for piano and orchestra as well as Ligeti’s Melodies for orchestra. Joining the orchestra for the Liszt is the outstanding young pianist, Alexander Krichel.

The Bamberg Symphony, which was founded in 1946, has always been known for its extensive international touring and has given more than 6,500 concerts in 60 countries and over 500 cities as Cultural Ambassador for Bavaria. This tour continues this outstanding tradition. Last New Year’s Eve the orchestra received an invitation to Beijing, giving a celebrated and televised concert in the Great Hall of the People. Throughout 2014 the orchestra will continue to share the unique “Bamberg Sound” around the world.

Watch a recent video about the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra’s New Year’s Eve concerts in Beijing and Bamberg here:

(Written on March 19, 2014 )