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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.

 

Twitter

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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 )

BBC News Wales

Horizons new music talent search launched by BBC Wales

A search for new musical talent with the promise of recording sessions and BBC airtime has been launched.

News Observer

Wake County schools to discuss new music partnership, technology and Read To Achieve

A new partnership with the music industry, the status of implementing the state’s Read To Achieve law and the district’s technology plan are scheduled to be on the agenda for the meeting of the Wake County school board’s student achievement committee.

The Vancouver Sun

Classical music is changing with the times

It used to be that a Jascha Heifetz or a Fritz Kreisler was known just for performing; today it seems the engaged artist has so many more different responsibilities and roles. When, and why, did it become necessary for an artist to consider these different demands?

Al.com

Classical music alive and well, Leon Botstein tells UAB music students; will conduct Alabama Symphony on Thursday

Birmingham, Alabama – Contrary to predictions of its early demise, classical music is not dead, or even dying.

Stuff

Apple pushes labels for iTunes exclusives

Apple has begun pressuring the major record companies to offer new releases exclusively through its iTunes store – a move that would initially block availability on streaming services such as Spotify or Beats Music, according to several people familiar with the matter.

Chicago Tribune

Ray Still, legendary CSO oboist and teacher remembered

Ray Still was famous for being the best of the best, one of the finest and longest-tenured orchestral oboe players of all time. He played oboe in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for an astonishing 40 years, 39 of them as principal oboe. He served with distinction under four CSO music directors, from Fritz Reiner to Daniel Barenboim, until his retirement in 1993.

Detroit Free Press

Jazz artist Marcus Belgrave reunited with stolen trumpet, doesn’t have to pay pawnshop

Marcus Belgrave’s custom-made trumpet, which was stolen from the trunk of his car on Friday night in Eastern Market in Detroit, was recovered at Zeidman’s pawnshop, a few blocks east of the market area. The trumpeter picked up the horn at the downtown police station this afternoon, blowing a few choruses of “Oh Happy Day” for the assembled media as his wife, Joan, sang along.

Epoch Times

Jazz-Legende Thielemans beendet Karriere

Der belgische Jazz-Musiker Jean-Baptiste „Toots“ Thielemans beendet seine Karriere.

BBC News

BBC News

(Written on March 13, 2014 )

Twinsburg Bulletin

Orchestra may face uphill battle attracting youth

Parker Perry on the difficulties of attracting young people to classical music performances

San Fransisco CBS Local

Community Rallies To Save Peninsula Symphony After Embezzlement

San Mateo – The Peninsula Symphony is making music again, thanks to the generosity of members and supporters who rallied to raise money for the volunteer organization after an embezzler emptied the orchestra’s bank accounts.

New York Times

Robert Ashley, Opera Composer Who Painted Outside the Lines, Dies at 83

Robert Ashley, an American composer who helped wrestle opera into the 20th century, and in so doing broadened the genre in strange, unexpected ways, died on Monday at his home in Manhattan. He was 83.

Blog TO

Why the TTC is playing classical music in the subway

‘Nefarious youths’ pacified by classical music

Classical Music Magazine

Analysis: What is the Arts Council’s This England report all about?

Arts Council England has published its response to the independent report Rebalancing our Cultural Capital, which last autumn showed how arts subsidy is heavily weighted in favour of London and against the regions (with 90% of government arts funding going to the capital).

Digital Music News

Music Sales in Germany Rise for the First Time in 15 Years…

Time and time again, we’ve heard about countries with declining music sales, largely due to declines in physical sales not being offset by increases in streaming revenue.  Germany now joins nations like Sweden and Norway in breaking that trend.

Die Welt

Der Schönheit weihte sie ihr Leben

Kiri Te Kanawa war die erste Māori, die als Opernsängerin Weltkarriere machte. Ihr weicher, cremiger Sopran wurde besonders von älteren Dirigenten geliebt. Heute wird sie 70 Jahre alt.
Digital Music News

Digital Music News

(Written on March 7, 2014 )

Physics.org

World-class orchestras judged by sight not sound

A study from University College London shows that people can, to a good level of accuracy, identify top-ranked orchestras from non-ranked orchestras when shown silent video footage, suggesting that such judgements are driven at least in part by visual cues about group dynamics and leadership.

Classic FM Online

Stonehenge just a giant xylophone?

The mystery of Stonehenge may have finally been revealed, as researchers suggest the structure could be a prehistoric instrument.

Classical Music Magazine

‘Lost’ Granados opera to be staged

The original score for Enrique Granados’s three-act opera Maria del Carmen has been found and restored by musicologist Walter Clark.

Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Pittsburgh Symphony lays off 17 staffers to aid budget

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has laid off almost 10 percent of its administrative staff in ongoing efforts to balance its budget and make operations more efficient.

Guardian

50 years ago – how John Eliot Gardiner changed music

His student performance of Monteverdi’s Vespers on 5 March 1964 put a rocket under the musical establishment; John Eliot Gardiner has not stopped entertaining and enlightening audiences ever since, says Tom Service.

San Diego 6

Classical music on San Diego trolleys

Pop up conductors and concerts on San Diego public transport.

Der Tagesspiegel

Der Bühnenschmücker

Er kann kitschig, er kann karg: Stephan Prattes baut Bühnen von Salzburg bis Berlin. Aber noch nie so aufwendig wie für „Clivia“ in der Komischen Oper.

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on March 6, 2014 )

New York Daily News

Classical music explodes, both in sales and in expanding boundaries

As crossover classical-pop performers like Andrea Bocelli and Lindsey Stirling sell tons of records, established pop, rock and roots musicians like Rufus Wainwright, Jonny Greenwood and Chris Thile tackle classical forms

BBC News

Maria von Trapp, last member of Sound of Music family, dies

The last surviving member of the Trapp Family Singers, the group whose story inspired The Sound of Music, has died at the age of 99, her family say.

Sky News

American Idol Stars Sue Sony Music for $10m

Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood are among the stars named in the lawsuit against Sony over royalties.

Classic FM Online

Classical music at the Sochi 2014 Closing Ceremony

Rachmaninov stole the show at the Fisht Olympic Stadium, celebrating Russia’s history and classical music in a spectacular Winter Olympics closing ceremony.

Holocaust survivor musician Alice Herz-Sommer dies age 110

The oldest living holocaust survivor, pianist Alice Herz-Sommer, who remembers meeting Mahler and Kafka in her incredible lifetime, died yesterday at the age of 110.

The Guardian

Christian Curnyn: too hot to Handel

He’s putting the shock into the baroque – and he couldn’t care less about all the outrage he’s causing. Maverick conductor Christian Curnyn says why sex, swearing and Stratocasters are just what early opera needs

Detroit Free Press

Leonard Slatkin: How African Americans changed classical music

How African-Americans profoundly changed the American musical landscape and paved the way for others

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on February 24, 2014 )