In our news today, Michael Church comments that other classical musics of the world need their proper place in the UK concert programmes, violinist Luke Hsu has won the 41st annual Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Competition receiving the gold medal and the first recording of the fluid piano has been issued. Also, Broadway stars past and present are to record a version of What the World Needs Now Is Love, to support victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting and the Strad defines how a grounding in music theory can help musicians during their performance.
The British classical-music establishment is full of complacent cultural imperialism. Britain is now a very multi-ethnic society, but you’d never know that from its concert halls. There’s an increasingly need for the other classical musics of the world to be given their proper place in UK concert programmes, says Michael Church.
American violinist Luke Hsu has won the 41st annual Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Competition and receives the gold medal, a $25,000 cash prize and a solo performance with the Houston Symphony on July 9, 2016.
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Utsav Lal has released the first recording on the fluid piano. The instrument, created by Geoff Smith, allows musicians to alter each note individually and separately by precise microtonal intervals per note before or during a performance.
Broadway stars past and present are to record a version of What the World Needs Now Is Love, to support victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting. Sarah Jessica Parker, Idina Menzel and Carole King are among those involved in the initiative, inspired by the 1985 We are the World benefit for Africa.
I have heard many students and musicians complain about wasting time on academic music disciplines. They often do not see the importance of music theory, and indeed, most of the time its relevance to musicians is not made clear enough to them.
This year’s Bergen International Festival was again a major success. Organized between 25 May and 08 June, the Norwegian festival presented more than 350 events at more than 40 venues.
There is no doubt the opera stage has seen its fair share of blood through the years, whether it be the mad scene in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, the ethereal yet obstinate stain soiling Lady Macbeth’s hand, the crimson droplets that portend the end of Mimi in La boheme, or even the corpses of suitors scattered outside the palace of Turandot.
Die Wiener Sängerknaben gründen erstmals eine Musikschule im Ausland. 2018 solle die internationale “Vienna Boys Choir International School” in Hongkong öffnen, teilte die Einrichtung am Donnerstag in Wien mit.
Der Deutsche Musikrat hat das Label «Privilegierte Partnerschaft» ins Leben gerufen – für Einrichtungen und Projekte, die „in besonderer Weise gesellschaftliche Wirkung erzielen“.
Der Pianist Karlrobert Kreiten stand vor einer großen Karriere, als er von den Nazis ermordet wurde. Ein Konzert in Heidelberg konnte er nicht mehr spielen. Das Programm wird mehr als 80 Jahre später nachgeholt.
Photograph: Sebastian Schutyser / Aga Khan Music Initiative
(Written on June 17, 2016 )