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In today’s news: Arts Council appoints Dr Claire Mera-Nelson as new director of music, The Royal Opera House is inviting young musicians to enter its fanfare competition and study reveals that Botswana has the most unique music in the world while China’s sound is the most distinct from its neighbours. Also, France Gall is dead at 70, the revenues of the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie are better than expected and Alexandre Desplat wins Best Original Score at the Golden Globe Awards.

The Stage

Matt Hancock made culture secretary in cabinet reshuffle

He replaces Karen Bradley, who has become North Ireland secretary in PM May’s reshuffle.

Classical Music Magazine

Arts Council appoints Dr Claire Mera-Nelson as new director of music

Dr Mera-Nelson, who has over 18 years’ experience in higher education, will assume the position in March

Music Teacher

ROH launches fanfare competition

The Royal Opera House is inviting young musicians to enter its fanfare competition, which ill give budding musicians the chance to work with the ROH’s music director Sir Antonio Pappano and other highly-esteemed musicians.

M Magazine

Study discovers world’s most unique music

Botswana has the most unique music in the world while China’s sound is the most distinct from its neighbours.

The Strad

Luck holds out for violinist whose instrument went missing twice in 2 months

RSNO member Fiona West and violinist colleague reunited with stolen instruments.

Bedford Today

Relieve the glory days of the Haçienda at Wrest Park

Live music will be returning to the stunning grounds of Wrest Park in Silsoe this summer – with Haçienda Classical among the line-up.

The New York Times

France Gall, Adaptable French Singing Star, Is Dead at 70

France Gall, a pop singer who shot to fame across Europe while still a teenager after giving the winning performance in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1965, leading to a long recording career, died on Sunday in Paris. She was 70.

Klassik.com

Hamburger Elbphilharmonie mit positiver Bilanz

Das Geschäftsjahr 2016/17 brachte der Elbphilharmonie höhere Einnahmen als erwartet.

BR Klassik

Golden Globe für Alexandre Desplat

Der Preis für die beste Filmmusik ging an den französischen Komponisten Alexandre Desplat für seinen Soundtrack zu Guillermo del Toros “Shape of Water – das Flüstern des Wassers”.

Berliner Zeitung

Monika Grütters zum Kulturerbejahr „Vielfalt ist Ausdruck von Humanität“

Europa hat nach Ansicht von Kulturstaatsministerin Monika Grütters (CDU) nur als Wertegemeinschaft eine Zukunft.

Platea Magazine

La soprano Cecilia Gasdia, nueva intendente de la Arena de Verona

Según recogen medios locales, y a la espera de la designación oficial por parte del ministro Dario Franceschini, la soprano veronesa Cecilia Gasdia (Verona, 1960) sería la próxima intendente de la Arena de Verona, el célebre escenario lírico italiano.

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Music History @today_classical  in 1724 FP of J. S. ‘s Sacred Cantata No. 154 Mein liebster Jesus ist verloren

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(Written on January 9, 2018 )

In today’s news: Alexander Liebreich named Chief Conductor of the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra and Alison Balsom appointed as artistic director of Cheltenham Music Festival. Also, the Berlin Philharmonic to form an amateur orchestra, tenor Bruce Rankin is dead and artists are getting attacked more often as Unesco reports.

The Times

MBE for paralysed violinist Rosemary Johnson who uses brainwaves to play

A violinist formerly with the Welsh National Opera, who uses brain wave technology to perform despite being paralysed, was awarded an MBE for services to music yesterday.

The Telegraph

Bah Humbug! Why Christmas is ruined by its music

When Dr Seuss wrote his popular tale about how the Grinch stole Christmas, he glossed over the lead character’s backstory. Why did he grow up to be so mean? What exactly happened in his early childhood to make him hate the most wonderful time of the year? Why was he particularly triggered by the yuletide singing of his cheerful neighbours, the Whos?

Classical Music

Alison Balsom appointed as artistic director of Cheltenham Music Festival

The appointment was evidence of its continued commitment to making the arts accessible to new audiences, in particular young people.

Highlights of Aldeburgh Festival 2018 announced

The 2018 Aldeburgh Festival, which will take place 8-24 June, will mark the event’s 70th anniversary, looking back to the year of its launch (1948) with a number of events.

Wales Online

Cardiff is going to be named the UK’s first ‘music city’

Cardiff Council have unveiled the pioneering plans

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Alexander Liebreich named Chief Conductor of the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra

The Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra  announced that German conductor Alexander Liebreich, will become Chief Conductor and Artistic Director from September 2018.

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Unesco: Künstler werden zunehmend attackiert

Musiker, Autoren und andere Künstler werden laut der UN-Kulturorganisation Unesco zunehmend angegriffen.

Musik Heute

Berliner Philharmoniker bilden Laienorchester

Die Berliner Philharmoniker laden Laienmusiker zum Mitspielen ein. Interessenten zwischen 9 und 99 Jahren bekommen die Chance, mit Mitgliedern des renommierten Klangkörpers und der Karajan-Akademie die 1. Symphonie von Johannes Brahms aufzuführen.

Klassik.Com

Tenor Bruce Rankin gestorben

Er starb am Montag im Alter von 65 Jahren. Der Tenor war ab 1998 Ensemblemitglied an der Deutsche Oper am Rhein.

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Les musiciens de Radio France investissent les gares SNCF

Après la signature d’un partenariat entre Radio France et la SNCF, des musiciens de l’Orchestre national de France ont joué dans la gare de l’Est à Paris pour la première performance musicale d’une série à venir.

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Classical Music News @Classcialmusic More children than ever are learning to play music, report finds

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(Written on December 15, 2017 )

In today’s news: Dmitri Hvorostovsky dies at the age of 55, music in outer space, Bramwell Tovey becomes principal conductor of BBC Orchestra. Also, RTÉ orchestra cuts to see everywhere,  Cristian Măcelaru and Francesco Piemontesi at National Theatre Munich and Lukáš Vondráček at NDR Landesfunkhaus.

The Guardian

Why do we keep sending music to outer space?

Sónar festival is beaming cutting-edge dance music to an exoplanet 12 light years from Earth. But can such experiments ever be more than hubris? 

Classic FM

Want to feel good about the future of music? Take a look at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

As Royal Birmingham Conservatoire boasts a brand-new building and royal status, we went along to find out what they have to offer. And it’s more than just classical music…

BBC Music Magazine

Dmitri Hvorostovsky (1962-2017): leading Russian baritone dies aged 55

It is with great sadness that we learn that the Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky has died aged 55 following a long battle with brain cancer.

BBC Concert Orchestra announces Bramwell Tovey as new principal conductor

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra music director steps into a new role.

Music Teacher

YolanDa Brown to become new Youth Music chair

Saxophonist, band leader, composer and broadcaster YolanDa Brown is to become the new chair of Youth Music.

New Scientist

Your music tastes can be changed by using magnets on your brain

Can’t stand the new Taylor Swift track? A quick jolt to the brain might change your mind.

Irish Times

RTÉ’s orchestra cuts will be seen everywhere, from weddings to schools

The devil is in the detail. When RTÉ announced its latest review of orchestral services, the man in charge of the RTÉ orchestras, Aodán Ó Dubhghaill, was quoted on the history those orchestras and the importance of orchestral life in European society.

Limelight Magazine

The Australian Chamber Orchestra plays Buckingham Palace

The Australian Chamber Orchestra wrapped up its European tour with a very special performance at Buckingham Palace on the weekend.

The full Monteverdi: The Coronation of Poppea

The opera may be 375 years old, but with its sex, murder, and lust for power, it feels as contemporary as the latest HBO hit.

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Antonella Manacorda dirigiert das DSO Violinseufzer

Hommage an den verstorbenen Dirigenten Jirí Belohlávek: Das DSO spielt Schumann unter der Leitung von Antonello Manacorda.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Der innere Vogel

Der gefeierte rumänische Newcomer-Dirigent Cristian Măcelaru und der Pianist Francesco Piemontesi begeistern im Münchner Nationaltheater mit einem Ungarn-Abend.

Concerti

Bei Wein, Weib und Gesang vom Leben inspirieren lassen

In der Reihe „Talente entdecken“ gastiert Lukáš Vondráček im NDR Landesfunkhaus.

Concerti

Musikalische Wiederentdeckung

Mozarts „Mitridate“-Oper verdrängte andere Fassung von der Bühne. Dabei lohnt sich auch die Opernversion von Porpora.

Le Monde

Match Franz Schubert – Philip Glass au Collège des Bernardins

Avantage à Glass dans la confrontation de ses quatuors à cordes face à ceux de Schubert, programmée jusqu’au 26 novembre, à Paris.

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(Written on November 22, 2017 )

In today’s news: traveling musicians and British Airways, Sing for Pleasure announces young conducting scholars, Garsington Opera and the 360-degree simulated experience. VocalEssence launches a youth programme, fair pay for Australian artists is still out of reach and the Perth Festival reveals its 2018 line-up.

The Times

BA tells musicians to buy another seat for their cello

British Airways has caused consternation among some leading performers by making it easier to carry violins and violas but effectively banning most other instruments from the cabin, including guitars, unless passengers buy a second seat.

Classical Music

Sing for Pleasure announces young conducting scholars 2017/18

Sing for Pleasure has announced the recipients of scholarship places on its Young Conductors’ Programme for the coming academic year.Garsington Opera

Opera Now

Garsington Opera unveils 360-degree audience experience

Audiences can immerse themselves in Garsington Opera’s Silver Birch, thanks to a 360-degree simulated experience available on BBC Arts Digital.

Choir and Organ

VocalEssence launches youth programme

VocalEssence, a choral arts nonprofit based in Minnesota, has launched a youth programme.

Music Business Worldwide

Spotify, Soundcloud and Deezer join forces as part of new EU lobbying group

Spotify, SoundCloud and Deezer are amongst new members of a European lobbying organization which aims to “advocate for policies that shape a favourable business environment for digital music”.

NYTIMES

Lyric Opera of Chicago Offers Very Theatrical ‘Die Walküre’

CHICAGO — Many productions of Wagner’s “Die Walküre” stage the “Ride of the Valkyries” scene as a rowdy reunion. We see eight Valkyrie sisters, who arrive on their flying steeds, assemble at a mountaintop to greet one another giddily.

Limelight 

Fair pay for Australian artists still out of reach, study shows

Artists earn less than most professionals, with disparities even more pronounced for women and differently abled artists.

Perth Festival reveals its 2018 line-up

The programme includes Jordi Savall, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Taipei’s U-Theatre and the Michael Clark Company.

France Musique

Décès de l’organiste Michel Chapuis

L’organiste Michel Chapuis est décédé à l’âge de 87 ans. Musicien internationalement reconnu, il a notamment été titulaire de l’orgue du chœur de la cathédrale de Notre-Dame de Paris et de l’orgue de la chapelle du château de Versailles.

Tagesspiegel

Landesjugendorchester Berlin Tänzerische Leichtigkeit

30 Jahre Landesjugendorchester Berlin: Zum Jubiläum spielt das junge Ensemble Mozart und Vasks im Konzerthaus.

Nachfolger von Ivan Fischer Christoph Eschenbach wird neuer Chefdirigent des Konzerthauses

Seit 55 Jahren steht er auf den Bühnen dieser Welt. Mit Christoph Eschenbach übernimmt ab 2019 ein erfahrener Maestro den Taktstock am Konzerthaus. Er wird den Orchesterwettbewerb auffrischen.

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Programme abseits der Konventionen beim Festival Printemps des Arts de Monte-Carlo

Das Festival Printemps des Arts de Monte-Carlo findet in diesem Jahr zum 37. Mal statt. Auch in diesem Jahr hat der Festivalleiter Marc Monnet mehrere Schwerpunkte gesetzt, die das umfangreiche Programm mit thematischen Strängen durchziehen. 

Berlin.de

Bachs h-Moll-Messe ist Unesco-Welterbe

Jetzt hat es die Berliner Staatsbibliothek schwarz auf weiß: Das Manuskript von Johann Sebastian Bachs (1685-1750) h-Moll-Messe gehört nun offiziell zum Unesco-Weltkulturerbe.

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in 1926 Birth of American computer music specialist Max V.

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(Written on November 13, 2017 )

Olivia Brown has taken up the position of Director, London Office at WildKat PR.  Previously Head of Creative Strategy & Marketing, Olivia will continue to be responsible for creative strategy at WildKat, exploring and implementing new services, and running the branding and social media strands of the company.

Her new role will also entail overseeing all business here in the UK and Ireland, and working with Carolin Denz (Director, Berlin Office) to develop and progress the WildKat brand, as well as working with the Founder, Kathleen Alder, to adapt WildKat to our ever-changing industry.

Kathleen Alder, Founder of WildKat PR commented: “It is with great delight that we announce the promotion of Olivia Brown to Director, London Office. Olivia has always been a dedicated and hardworking member of the WildKat PR team and has displayed a great deal of passion to the field of music and performing arts. Olivia first joined us in her ‘year in industry’ while studying at the University of Leeds, and after joining the London office as a full-time member of staff has overseen the expansion of our traditional services such as PR, marketing and social media to include more creative services such as branding, surveys and a more tailored approach to our services.

“Olivia has a proven track record of team leadership and a determination to provide the best possible service for our extensive client roster, and I am excited to see where she will lead the London office in the future. Olivia’s youth, talent and enthusiasm befits the overall company ethos and she will join myself and our Berlin Director Carolin Denz in running the company overall.”

Olivia commented: “It’s been an incredibly exciting and rewarding adventure to experience WildKat transform in the past 5 years, from when I started as an intern to the newly created position that I began last year.

“I am incredibly grateful to Kat for providing me with the structure and support to confidently lead the company from within, which is often very rare in our industry. Meanwhile, Kat continues to champion the young leaders of the classical music industry, regardless of age, gender, or background. As Director, London Office, I look forward to further leading the company into exciting new territories, both through anticipating the future of the industry and reacting to it, and also overseeing our expansion into the U.S. and France in 2018.”

(Written on September 25, 2017 )

In today’s news: A concert in memory of composer Michael Hirsch at the Deutsche Oper, the lasts secrets of Maria Callas to be revealed in Paris, West End director warns of targeting a younger audience and the politicisation of music in Venezuela.

Guardian

West End director issues warning about overlooking older audiences

The theatre director Dominic Dromgoole has warned of the dangers of relentlessly pursuing younger audiences at the expense of regular and older theatregoers.

BBC News

Stream-ripping is ‘fastest growing’ music piracy

Several sites and apps allow users to turn Spotify songs, YouTube videos and other streaming content into permanent files to store on phones and computers.

Classical Source

NYO Inspire Orchestra on the Waterfront

This July, 73 teenage musicians from across the country will come together to form NYO Inspire Orchestra, in what will be a ten-day celebration of exceptional orchestral music-making on a national level.

The Conversation

Is Venezuela’s much-hyped El Sistema music programme a hotbed of political resistance?

Venezuela’s El Sistema (“the system”) is probably the world’s most famous music education programme – and its most misunderstood.

The New York Times

Anthony Roth Costanzo in a Handel Rarity at National Sawdust

The vocally brilliant and dramatically fearless countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, working with the innovative opera director Christopher Alden, comes to National Sawdust in Brooklyn with a staged version of a Handel rarity.

Broadway World

Music Institute of Chicago to Present 29th Annual Chicago Duo Piano Festival

The Music Institute of Chicago presents its 29th annual Chicago Duo Piano Festival July 7-16.

Der Tagesspiegel

Fiebrig, Frostig, Zwingend

Abschied von einem großen Geist: Das Gedenkkonzert für den Komponisten Michael Hirsch in der Deutschen Oper, mit der Uraufführung von „Bastard 2“.

Die Zeit

Komponist Pierre Henry ist tot

Er gilt als ein Pionier der elektronischen Musik, für einige war er sogar der “Großvater des Techno”. Pierre Henry ist im Alter von 89 Jahren in Paris gestorben.

Fono Forum

Die Bayreuther Festspiele im Home-Auditorium

Der Eröffnungsabend der Bayreuther Festspiele 2017 wird am 25. Juli live auf BR-Klassik im Radio und per Video-Livestream übertragen. Ausstrahlungen der Fernsehfassung folgen in 3sat und ARD-alpha.

El Mundo

Ginkana de arte emergente en el IVAM

Diez jóvenes artistas de la cuarta edición de PAM! PAM! ocupan los espacios no expositivos del museo.

Le Parisien

Deux livres, une exposition, un film… les derniers secrets de La Callas

Tom Volf poursuit la diffusion de sa recherche menée pendant quatre ans autour de Maria Callas avec dès la rentrée deux livres, un coffret de disques et une exposition à la Seine Musicale.

Le Parisien

Mort de Pierre Henry, compositeur de la célèbre «Messe pour le temps présent»

Parfois considéré comme le «grand-père de la techno», Pierre Henry préférait se définir, sans modestie, comme le «père de la musique moderne».

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in 1860 Birth of Austrian and conductor Gustav .

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(Written on July 7, 2017 )

In today’s Classical News, Brindley Sherratt gives advice to a younger generation of singers, Birmingham Conservatoire appoints international chair in cello, and YCAT announces two new artists. Czech conductor Jiri Belohlavek has died aged 71, and Paris will open the doors of its monuments for classical music performances this June.

Guardian

Singing? I’m still trying to get the hang of it

Singing was never his first choice, but three decades into an internationally acclaimed career, British bass Brindley Sherratt puts pen to paper to risk a few words of advice for a younger generation.

Music Teacher

Birmingham Conservatoire appoints international chair in cello

Jian Wang has been appointed as Birmingham Conservatoire’s international chair in cello. He will visit Birmingham Conservatoire on a regular basic, teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Classical Music Magazine

YCAT announces two new artists

YCAT (Young Classical Artists Trust) has selected pianist Jean-Sélim Abdelmoula and cellist Jamal Aliyev for representation following the Public Final Auditions at Wigmore Hall on 25 May.

Chicago Tribune

Don’t call It Brexit radio

Had it launched at any other time, Union JACK might not have attracted quite so much attention. 

LA Weekly

Superstar Pianist Yuja Wang Is Embracing the Darker Side of Classical Music, and It’s Thrilling

Yuja Wang brought the requisite star power and overt glamour that nearly filled Disney Hall on Friday night, as the astonishing Chinese pianist reunited with simpatico conductor Gustavo Dudamel and the L.A. Philharmonic and continued her recent obsession with the morbidly engrossing Hungarian composer Béla Bartók.

Le Figaro

Les monuments de Paris ouvrent leurs portes à la musique classique

Le Festival de Paris proposera pour sa première édition, du 9 au 29 juin, cinq concerts dont le premier se déroulera à la Tour Eiffel avec la soprano Patricia Petibon.

Quebec Huffington Post

Gregory Charles lance une école de musique virtuelle

Ça allait de soi, pour un aussi grand amoureux de musique, qui prend tant de plaisir à transmettre ses connaissances : Gregory Charles annonçait mercredi matin la mise sur pied de l’Académie Gregory, une école de musique virtuelle dont le premier tutoriel, Je suis pianiste, enseignera les rudiments du piano, à compter du 1erseptembre prochain.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Ein Pianist ohne Nostalgie

Der französische Pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard denkt an die Zukunft der Klaviermusik. Dafür wird er in München mit dem Siemens-Musikpreis ausgezeichnet.

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Jiri Belohlavek ist tot

Er führte die tschechische Philharmonie zu internationaler Anerkennung. Jiri Belohlavek ist nach schwerer Krankheit im Alter von 71 Jahren gestorben.

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Evangelische Kirche sieht Elbphilharmonie als G20-Ort kritisch

Die Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland (EKD) sieht die Elbphilharmonie als Veranstaltungsort für den G20-Gipfel in Hamburg kritisch.

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BBC Music Magazine  Whose tune is it anyway? We take a look at works of classical music which are often misattributed
Music History  in 1776 Birth of John George .

Image: Jiri Belohlavek

(Written on June 1, 2017 )

In today’s news: a new musical based on the The Pogues music, and how sounds a 3D printed violin? 200th anniversary of the University of music and theatre Vienna and Woodstock Chamber Orchestra selects Jonathan Handman as conductor. The first Steinway shop opens in Paris.

The Daily Telegraph

The Wire creator David Simon is working on a new musical about The Pogues

The creator of hit US television drama The Wire has written a musical based around the music of The Pogues.

The Guardian

‘He can’t lie’: the uncompromising brilliance of Paddy Considine

He’s one of Britain’s bravest screen actors. Now Paddy Considine is making a high-stakes stage debut in The Ferryman.

The Strad

British cellist Olga Hegedus has died aged 96

The London-born musician was longtime co-principal cellist of the English Chamber Orchestra and a dedicated chamber performer.

Music Week

New UK Music Boss: I’ll target Brexit fix for biz

Incoming UK Music chief executive Michael Dugher has pledged to hit the ground running, as he believes the General Election and Brexit negotiations offer crucial opportunities for the music biz to put its case to Government.

Classic FM

This is what a 3D-printed Stradivarius copy sounds like

The advent of 3D printing has led to some bizarre and exciting developments in instrument manufacture – but this exceptionally faithful recreation of a Stradivarius violin is possibly the most interesting yet.

Classical Music Magazine

Murray Perahia becomes patron of the Leeds

Murray Perahia is to become the Leeds International Piano Competition’s new patron

Concerti

200 Jahre für die Kultur

Die Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Wien feiert ihr 200-jähriges bestehen. Deutschlandfunk porträtiert die Geschichte der renommierten Hochschule in der Sendung Musikszene

Pizzicato

Woodstock Chamber Orchestra Picks Jonathan Handman As Music Director

Jonathan Handman has been named Music Director of the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra. Handman was chosen by the orchestra’s Search committee, which had to evaluate four 4 candidates for the post.

Codex Flores

Human Rights Orchestra spielt für Menschenrechte

Kommenden Montag (8. Mai) präsentiert das Human Rights Orchestra (HRO) im Luzerner KKL ein Benefizkonzert für Menschenrechts-Projekte im Kongo und in Bolivien.

First Coast news

Music director forced to retire from Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra

The Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra spring concert is just two weeks away. This past weekend, the organization sent a letter to parents and students stating that their music director of more than two decades, Scott Greg, is retiring.

Le Monde

Nouvelle partition pour Steinway

Le mythique facteur de pianos, racheté en  2013 par le fonds spéculatif Paulson & Co, ouvre sa première boutique française cette semaine à Paris. Signe d’une ambition retrouvée.

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Assemblage d’un piano Steinway dans les ateliers de Hambourg. STEINWAY

 

 

 

(Written on May 3, 2017 )

In today’s news: La La Land acrobatics outside the walls of the City Hall and London Symphony becomes Orchestra in Residence of the Luxemburg Philharmonic. Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester gets a movable audience area, and the Opéra-comique of Paris reopens. Beyoncé supports women with college scholarships and Pulitzer Prize for composer Du Yun.

The Telegraph

Los Angeles’ Mayor proclaims ‘La La Land’ day with aerial dancers at City Hall

Los Angeles’ mayor has proclaimed Tuesday the 25th of April as “La La Land” day as acrobats suspended by ropes danced their way across the outside walls of City Hall.

The Strad

Cellist Steven Isserlis receives Wigmore Medal

The British artist receives the award ‘in recognition of his commitment to, and belief in Wigmore Hall and in everything that it represents’.

The Cut

We Will Soon See Some ‘Formation Scholars’ In College Thanks to Beyoncé

Beyoncé is helping four women pay their way through college! As a way to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the release of her groundbreaking visual album Lemonade, Beyoncé announced four college scholarships.

The Violin Channel

Du Yun’s ‘Angel’s Bones’ Opera – 2017 Pulitzer Prize Winner

Chinese-born international composer Du Yun’s acclaimed 2017 Pulitzer Prize in Music winning opera ‘Angel’s Bone’

Gramophone

Join Gramophone for a conversation with Kyung Wha Chung

The eminent Korean violinist talks about her life in music

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Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Der Neue stellt sich vor

Im Herbst tritt Robin Ticciati sein Amt als achter Chefdirigent des DSO an. Jetzt hat das Orchester sein Programm für die Saison 2017/18 präsentiert.

Berlin.de

Geiger Thomas Brandis mit 81 gestorben

Der Geiger Thomas Brandis, langjähriger Konzertmeister der Berliner Philharmoniker, ist tot.

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‘London Symphony’ ist ‘Orchestra in Residence’ der Luxemburger Philharmonie

Brexit hin, Brexit her, das ‘London Symphony Orchestra’, ab September 2017 unter der Leitung von Simon Rattle, ist in der Saison 2017/18 der Luxemburger Philharmonie ‘Orchestra in Residence’.

Classicfm

This £8.7m concert hall has a stage that moves

The Stoller Hall, situated within Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester’s Medieval Quarter, is a brand-new venue providing space for recitals, chamber and orchestral music, jazz, folk, pop and spoken word as well as recordings, conferences and rehearsals.

Le Figaro

Visite privée de l’Opéra-comique avant sa réouverture demain

Une salle somptueusement restaurée, pour renouer avec une tradition toute parisienne.

South China Morning Post 

Why Pang Ho-cheung, Love Off the Cuff filmmaker, is Hong Kong cinema’s true renaissance man

The 43-year-old writer, director, producer and actor is preparing to make his first English-language film and is juggling half a dozen or more projects he wants to direct – after which he thinks he may retire

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  18 of today’s top female conductors:

20Karriere-News: Karl-Heinz Steffens (Norske Opera)

 

Robin Ticciati (l.) und Orchesterdirektor Alexander Steinbeis.Foto: Kai Bienert

(Written on April 26, 2017 )

In today’s news: first BBC proms outside of London since 1930, the German union enters the Berlin Philharmonic and the opera foundation, and on an island in the middle of the Seine lies the new futuristic looking concert hall of Paris. The Berliner Staatsoper won’t reopen until December, and Houston Symphony celebrates legacy of Prince. Four international orchestras debut at the 78th ‘Quincena musical de San Sebastián’.

The Guardian

BBC Proms to travel to Hull to mark year as City of Culture

Director says first Prom outside London since 1930 is great opportunity to make a statement about event being for whole UK.

The Telegraphs

Ella Fitzgerald: celebrating the standard-bearer of swing 100 years after her birth

For defiant joyousness capable of touching both the expert and inexpert ear, for a balm to the soul, Fitzgerald is, truly, the First Lady of Jazz.

Rhinegold

Sue Sturrock appointed as ISM president 2017/18

The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) has appointed Sue Sturrock, former director of communications at the Royal College of Music (RCM) and founder-director of Music Talks, as president for 2017/18.

The Scotsman

Classical music: New operatic season promises joyous escape, but what is going on with Glasgow Life?

Scottish Opera and all the main Scottish orchestras have now released their 2017-18 season brochures, and the prospects for classical buffs, between autumn and spring next year, are looking like the joyous escape we’ll need from the interminable political fisticuffs of Brexit and Indyref2.

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Houston Symphony Celebrates Legacy of Prince

The Houston Symphony celebrates the life and musical contributions of pop culture icon Prince on July 15 with an exceptional symphonic tribute to the artist’s eclectic music, complete with orchestra, live band and featured vocalist Marshall Charloff.

Der Tagesspiegel

Hauptstadtvertrag – Der Klang des Geldes

Der Bund steigt unter anderem bei den Berliner Philharmonikern und der Opernstiftung mit ein. Wie reagiert die Klassikszene auf den Geldfluss?

Berliner Morgenpost

Klingender Kreuzfahrtriese

Auf einer Insel inmitten der Seine liegt die neue, futuristisch aussehende Pariser Konzerthalle.

Berliner Staatsoper startet Regelbetrieb erst im Dezember

Berlin (MH) – Die Berliner Staatsoper wird ihren regulären Spielbetrieb erst am 7. Dezember aufnehmen. Das teilten die Bau- und die Kulturverwaltung Berlins am Montag mit. Am 3. Oktober soll zwar die Wiedereröffnung gefeiert werden.

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Cuatro orquestas internacionales debutan en la 78 Quincena Musical de San Sebastián

Cerca de 70 propuestas, enmarcadas en 11 ciclos, conforman la origramación de la 78 Quincena Musical de San Sebastián que se desarrollará durante todo el mes de agosto en la capital guipuzcoana.

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El director de orquesta vitoriano, Juanjo Mena, photo credit: Javier Barbancho

(Written on April 24, 2017 )