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“We are delighted to welcome back the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for their European tour in the summer of 2017, having executed a successful creative PR campaign for the release of ‘Concertos for Orchestra’. The CSO is an incredibly versatile and forward-thinking ensemble, and we look forward to developing and sharing their stories with European audiences.” – Olivia Brown, Head of Creative Strategy & Marketing

The orchestra will visit several cities in countries around Europe this summer, with dates at the Edinburgh International Festival and San Sebastian already confirmed and more to be announced shortly. In March 2017 it was announced that Louis Langrée was to remain Music Director of the CSO for the 2019-2020 season.

Founded in 1895, the CSO is the sixth oldest orchestra in the United States and the first to be broadcast to a national radio audience in 1921. With a rich history of music making directly linked to the community in the state of Ohio, the CSO ordinarily reside in the Venetian gothic ‘Music Hall’ building, which recently underwent extensive renovation and restoration. The 2017 tour will bring American musical excellence to audiences across Europe, delighting fans new and old with their ‘richness, precision and intensity’ of performance.

CSO previously released live recorded album ‘Concertos for Orchestra’ in November 2016 on the orchestra’s own label ‘Fanfare’, featuring world premieres of seven pieces by contemporary composers. Works from this album will feature among a varied concert programme performed on the European tour.

Stay tuned for more news and announcements from the CSO by checking the WildKat blog. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram too.

(Written on April 11, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, members of Royal Albert Hall have been criticised by reselling unwanted tickets using sites such as Viagogo and StubHub for a profit, instead of returning the tickets to the hall’s official ticket system. Bogdan Roscic has been appointed as the Vienna State Opera’s next director from 2020 and New York’s Metropolitan Opera has cancelled a new production of Verdi’s La forza del destino by the Catalan director Calixto Bieito. Germany saw music sales increase over 2% last year, with vinyls and paid streaming being the largest contributors.

Classical Music Magazine

Royal Albert Hall members criticised for reselling tickets

Royal Albert Hall members have been criticised by a former president for reselling tickets outside of the hall’s official ticket return system.

Opera Now Magazine

Vienna State Opera appoints new boss

Bogdan Roscic has been appointed as the Vienna State Opera’s next director from 2020. Roscic, a senior executive in the recording industry, was considered an outsider for one of opera’s most coveted positions since he has no experience of running an opera house.

Met cancels Bieito production

In what has been described as a ‘cost-cutting measure’, New York’s Metropolitan Opera has announced that it has cancelled a new production of Verdi’s La forza del destino by the Catalan director Calixto Bieito.

Opera by 11-year-old receives ovation in Vienna

An 11-year-old British composer Alma Deutscher has received a standing ovation in Vienna for the premiere of her opera, Cinderella.

The New York Times

100 Years of New York Philharmonic Milestones, by the Earful

It was 100 years ago this Friday — on Jan. 20, 1917 — that the New York Philharmonic cut its first record.

The Washington Post

American music for an inaugural week

The National Symphony Orchestra is getting better at connecting to the world outside its doors. On Thursday night, the day before the inauguration, Gianandrea Noseda, its music director designate, led an all-American, presidentially focused program, including Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait” and suites from John Williams’s scores to “Lincoln” and “JFK.”

Klassik.com

US-amerikanische Sopranistin Roberta Peters gestorben

Die US-amerikanische Sopranistin Roberta Peters ist tot. Nach Angaben ihrer Familie starb die Sängerin im Alter von 86 Jahren an den Folgen einer Parkinson-Erkrankung.

Musik Heute

Ádám Fischer wird Ehrenmitglied der Wiener Staatsoper

Der ungarische Dirigent Ádám Fischer (67) wird Ehrenmitglied der Wiener Staatsoper. Das teilte das Haus am Donnerstag mit. Die Ernennung soll am 26. Januar nach einer Aufführung von Mozarts “Don Giovanni” erfolgen.

Musikexpress

Vinyl-Umsatz steigt auch in Deutschland auf höchsten Wert seit 25 Jahren

Der deutsche Musikmarkt ist im vergangenen Jahr um über zwei Prozent gewachsen. Vor allem bezahltes Musikstreaming (+73%) und Vinylverkäufe (+41%) konnten zulegen, während für CDs (-9,6%) und Downloads (-19,4%) im Jahr 2016 weniger Geld ausgeben wurde als im Vorjahr.

Neue Musikzeitung

Generationswechsel bei Breitkopf & Härtel

Lieselotte Sievers, geschäftsführende Gesellschafterin, hat die Geschäftsführung des Musikverlages Breitkopf & Härtel an Sebastian Mohr und Nick Pfefferkorn übergeben

Le Figaro

Investiture de Donald Trump: comment les stars américaines lui ont tourné le dos

Douche froide pour le nouveau président américain. Il imaginait son arrivée sur les marches du Capitole comme une intronisation à paillettes, avec stars à gogo et tubes à sa (dé)mesure… Le magnat de l’immobilier a vite déchanté. Retour sur la très laborieuse organisation de cette cérémonie.

France musique

La programmation du Festival d’Aix-en-Provence 2017 dévoilée

Sur son site internet, le Festival d’Aix-en-Provence a publié le programme de sa prochaine édition. Et cette année encore, création mondiale, Mozart, et de grands noms du monde lyrique s’y croiseront.

El Mundo

Más de cien Grammys para el ADDA

Claro y conciso, el presidente de la Diputación de Alicante, César Sánchez, resaltó esta cifra durante la presentación de la programación estival del Adda y de la temporada sinfónica 2017-2018 en la feria Fitur de Madrid.

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BR_KLASSIK @BR_KLASSIK Die Stimme von ist zurück! Gestern in “Lohengrin” an der . Freude und Applaus!

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Photo: New York MET Opera/ Rhinegold

(Written on January 20, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Jo Dipple, current UK Music’s Chief Executive is to step down in June. The Barbican has announced its 2017/18 season. Royal Northern College of Music appoints Graham Vick CBE as its first international chair of opera. Jeremy Denk Named Milton Court Artist in Residence. Winners of Scottish Opera’s Opera Sparks 2018 competition have been announced. Also, find out the 16 most essential concertos that you should know about that Classic FM summed up!

Classical Music Magazine

UK chief executive to step down

Jo Dipple is to step down as chief executive of UK Music in June after five years in the role.

Barbican announces 2017/18 season

The Barbican’s 2017/18 season will include a composer focus on Esa-Pekka Salonen, the UK premiere of Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking, and a ten-day celebration to mark Sir Simon Rattle’s inaugural season as London Symphony Orchestra music director and artist-in-association with the Barbican and Guildhall School.

Music Teacher Magazine

RNCM appoints first international chair of opera

The Royal Northern College of Music has appointed director Graham Vick CBE as its first international chair of opera. He will take up the position in September 2017, offering tuition, masterclasses and coaching each term.

Opera Now Magazine

Opera Sparks 2018 winners announced

The winners of Scottish Opera’s Opera Sparks 2018 competition have been announced.

Classic FM

These are the 16 most essential concertos in all of classical music

Find out 16 most essential concertos that Classic FM summed up!

Nonesuch Journal

Jeremy Denk Named Milton Court Artist in Residence in Barbican’s 2017–18 Classical Music Season

The Barbican Centre in London has announced its 2017–18 Classic Music concert season, in which pianist Jeremy Denk will be Artist in Residence at Milton Court Concert Hall.

BR Klassik

“Eine unheimliche attraktive Farbenwelt” – das Phänomen Synästhesie

Ein Akkord wird blau, ein Klavierton zum Quadrat: Wer beim Musikhören Farben oder Formen sieht, wird als Synästhetiker bezeichnet. Etwa einer von tausend Menschen hat diese besondere Form der Wahrnehmung. Aber wie entsteht Synästhesie? Und was läuft in den Gehirnen von Synästhetikern anders ab? BR-KLASSIK hat mit Synästhetikern und Wissenschaftlern gesprochen.

Die Presse

Bassbariton Grochowski nach “Walküre”-Premiere gestorben

Bei der Premiere der “Walküre” in Wiesbaden hatte Gerd Grochowski noch Ovationen erhalten, einen Tag später ist er im Alter von 60 Jahren unerwartet verstorben. Er hatte wegen starker Schmerzen im Herzbereich den Notarzt gerufen, der nur noch den Tod feststellen konnte.

Der Tagesspiegel

Eine feste Burg ist unser Lied

Das Bundesjugendorchester widmet sich in Berlin seinem zweiten Gemeinschaftsprojekt: der Reformation. Die Ergebnisse sind von durchwachsener Qualität.

France Musique

Simon Rattle défend le projet d’une nouvelle salle de concert à Londres

Lors de la présentation des grandes lignes de la prochaine saison de l’Orchestre symphonique de Londres, Simon Rattle a largement défendu le projet de construction d’une nouvelle salle de concert dans la capitale britannique.

Twitter

New York Times Arts @nytimesarts A 300-seat music hall in the South Bronx to honor the history of music that formed there https://t.co/F5OfYFJdoa

CMUSE.org @cmuseorg  items found inside 110-year-old in UK https://t.co/h4INyea43U

klassik.com @klassikcom Tomasz Skweres gewinnt Tonali Kompositionspreis

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Photo: Hugo Glendinning

(Written on January 18, 2017 )

The 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition will be taking place at the Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas, from 25th May to 10th June 2017.

We had the chance to catch up with Jacques Marquis, CEO of The Cliburn, to find out what makes The Cliburn so special, as well as how it aims to attract a wider global audience.

Have a look at the interview here!

Screening auditions are underway, having already visited London and Hannover. So far we’ve seen and heard many talented young pianists.

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Photo from London screening auditions

Besides the screening auditions, The Cliburn also held a launch event in London, with The Cliburn 2013’s semi-finalist Jayson Gillham showcasing his beautiful playing in Bach arr. Rachmaninoff and Chopin.

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Photo: Pianist Jayson Gillham rehearsing at The Cliburn 2017 launch event in London

 

In addition, The Cliburn’s new partnership with medici.tv, who will be live-streaming the competition this year, will help realise the competition’s goal of reaching new international audiences.

WildKat PR sends its best wishes to this year’s participants! We can’t wait to see the 30 pianists that will make it to the Preliminary Round in Fort Worth, Texas, later this year.

Remember to follow WildKat PR on Twitter, and The Cliburn on Twitter and Facebook, for the latest news on The 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition!

(Written on January 13, 2017 )

Classical News

In our news today, arts organisations commit to address their gender imbalances, Humber Bridge becomes sound installation for Hull 2017, and the Canadian International Organ Competition’s 2016 festival will take place in October. Also, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra appoints new guest conductors.

Classical Music Magazine

Arts organisations pledge to address gender imbalances

A number of performing arts companies have committed to address their gender imbalances. The Royal Opera House and Mahogany Opera Group were among those to participate in Tonic’s Advance programme.

Humber Bridge to become sound installation for Hull 2017

A new commission from Opera North will turn the Humber Bridge into a sound installation for Hull UK City of Culture 2017. Ten Worlds upon Humber Bridge will mix music by artists Arve Henriksen, Jan Bang and Eivind Aarset with recordings of the Chorus and Orchestra of Opera North, and field recordings made at the bridge itself.

CIOC Festival 2016

The Canadian International Organ Competition’s 2016 festival will take place 2-30 October. The event will celebrate a variety of Montreal pipe organs through concert broadcasts, guided tours of churches and historical organs, an event for children, and a film screening.

Edmonton Journal

Edmonton classical audiences treated to South American music

The Edmonton Accordion Society held their annual three-day Extravaganza. The University of Alberta presented a recital of contemporary Brazilian music at Convocation Hall.

BBC News

Sydney Opera House: How to fix an Australian icon

No other piece of architecture epitomises Australia so well. Now plans have been unveiled for its largest renovations ever, begging the question: how do you upgrade one of the most iconic structures in the world?

The Korea Times

Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra appoints new guest conductors

The new members are Thierry Fischer, principal guest conductor, and Markus Stenz, conductor-in-residence, who will begin their terms in January next year on a three-year contract.

Broadwayworld

Italian Maestro Ludovico Einaudi Tours his Latest Album ELEMENTS this February

Chart-topping Italian composer and pianist Ludovico Einaudi returns to Australia with his band in February 2017 to tour his highly anticipated release Elements.

klassik.com

Dirigent Johannes Braun mit Ernst-von-Schuch-Preis ausgezeichnet

Der Dirigent Johannes Braun hat den Ernst-von-Schuch-Preis erhalten. Die Auszeichnung wurde in diesem Jahr zum dritten Mal verliehen und ist mit 2.000 Euro dotiert.

Klassik heute

Internationaler Meisterkurs für Gesang mit Graham Johnson

Der renommierte britische Pianist und Liedbegleiter Graham Johnson ist erstmals zu Gast an der Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin und gibt ab dem 4. Oktober einen fünftägigen öffentlichen Meisterkurs.

RBB Kulturradio

Bund fördert Sanierung von Orgeln

National bedeutsame Orgeln sollen mit fünf Millionen aus zusätzlichen Bundesmitteln saniert und modernisiert werden.

Twitter

CMUSE.org @cmuseorg Try songs on the harpsichord, viola and cello

klassik.com @klassikcom Robert--Preis der Stadt Zwickau für Heinz

neue musikzeitung @musikzeitung Kleiner für und

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Arve Henriksen and Jan Bang in a recording session at Opera North. Photo credit: Danny Payne

(Written on September 26, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, The Guardian discusses the importance of giving children the chance to listen to classical music & Classical Music Magazine explains how PIPA is raising support for parents who work in the creative sector. Also, The Telegraph reports on the new opera Festival being launched at Grange Park

The Guardian

Classical music – just give children the chance to love it

You don’t need a PhD or a specific gift in order to appreciate classical music. All you need is ears, and an open mind – things every child already has

Classical Music Magazine

Parents in the Performing Arts campaign launched

The Parents in the Performing Arts (PIPA) campaign is raising awareness and support for parents working in the creative industries

The Telegraph

New opera festival to launch after stately home row

A new opera festival is launched after a row over a stately home, lengthy contract disputes and a tempting offer from Bamber Gascoigne

Concerti

„Die Merkmale der E-Musik lösen sich weiter auf“

Nur noch Stars füllen die Konzertsäle! Das Klassikpublikum stirbt aus! Schlagzeilen wie diese geistern immer mal wieder durch die Musikbranche – doch wie ist es wirklich um den Klassikmarkt bestellt?

Klavier.de

Pianistin Mitsuko Uchida mit Praemium Imperiale ausgezeichnet

Die Pianistin Mitsuko Uchida ist mit dem “Praemium Imperiale”, einem der weltweit wichtigsten Kulturpreise, ausgezeichnet worden. Uchida überzeugte die Jury des Preises durch ihre Fähigkeit, über die Noten hinaus zu verstehen, was ein Komponisten zum Ausdruck bringen wolle

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„Willkommen in Deutschland: Musik macht Heimat“ – Engagement für Dialog

Angesichts der aktuellen Flüchtlingsbewegung und des großen Engagements, präsentiert das Deutsche Musikinformationszentrum (MIZ), eine Einrichtung des Deutschen Musikrates, ausgewählte Projekte und Initiativen zum Thema Musik und Flüchtlinge

Classicalite

Vladimir Putin Awards Russian Baritone, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Order of Alexander Nevsky Prize

Dmitri Hvorostovsky, the beloved international baritone undergoing treatment in London for brain cancer, was awarded the Order of Alexander Nevsky by Vladimir Putin, Russia’s president. The award is given for exceptional artistry

philly.com

Opera Philadelphia unveils a grand festival plan

Opera Philadelphia is restructuring its season to create an opera festival each September that would draw tens of thousands not just to the Academy of Music but to other venues around the city as well

Twitter

Tarisio@TarisioAuctions The speaking stick & supermarket approach in C18th bows. Pavlo Beznosiuk @AAMorchestra demonstrates #ArchetRev bows http://tarisio.com/archet-revolutionnaire/videos/

Eaton Square Concert@EatonSqConcerts We are looking forward to welcoming @JoyfulCompany tonight. And hearing Rachmaninov “All-Night Vigil”, what a treat! http://ow.ly/THZJ1

BBC Music ! The are coming to you on December 10th! Find out more here:

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Capriccio performed at Grange Park Opera
Sara Fulgoni, Bryony Perkins, Roderick Williams 
The Telegraph
Photo: Alastair Muir

 

 

(Written on October 22, 2015 )

The world looked on in absolute horror last month as a deadly 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal. The effects of the disaster have directly affected 8 million people with over 7,000 official casualties and many more unofficially. The earthquake destroyed scores of buildings in Kathmandu in particular but has also severely affected the region’s rural areas. Aid is desperately needed, food and water are in short supply and the risk of disease threatens.

Music of all genres has always had the unique ability to bring people together for a cause and there are a few concerts planned to help raise money for the relief operation in Nepal. Below is a selection, please attend and give generously, the people of Nepal need our help.

Southwark Music Service Concert for the Nepal Earthquake Appeal, 10 May Parish Church of St. Mary Newington, 7pm

In aid of the Disasters Emergency Committee Nepal Earthquake Appeal, the tutors of Southwark Music Service will present a programme of jazz, classical and other genres performed by various ensembles linked to the Service.

Sir Neville Marriner and Friends Play for Nepal, 28 May St James’ Piccadilly, 7:30pm 

A prestigious line up of oboist Nicholas Daniel, violinist Kenneth Sillito and past and present members of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields all conducted by Sir Neville Marriner will join forces for the Disasters Emergency Committee Nepal Earthquake Appeal on 28 May. Repertoire includes Elgar, Bach, Marcello and Tchaikovsky. All involved are donating their time and services for free.

Classical Music Gala Concert for Nepal, 29 May St Barnabas Church, London W5 1QG, 7:30pm

Pianist Alicja Fiderkiewicz and cellist Corinne Morris have called upon their solo and chamber musician friends to organise this concert on 29 May. Alongside a world premiere by Keith Burstein, Murray McLachlan, Artur Pizarro, Viv Mclean, Carlo Grante and Nico de Villiers will join Alicja and Corinne at St Barnabas Church with all proceeds also going to the Disasters Emergency Committee Nepal Earthquake Appeal. The target is £10,000, come along to help them reach and exceed this goal.

Nepal Earthquake Fundraiser, 9-10 May Brixton Jamm 261 Brixton Road, 6pm onwards

If you fancy something other classical music, Brixton Jamm’s usual Saturday night will be dedicated to raising money for Circus Kathmandu, a local charity involved in setting an example in fair and best circus practises in the area. They have been on the ground in Nepal for some time before the earthquake and engage young people whilst also working closely with anti-trafficking organisations. You can be sure that by supporting this charity, the money will go straight to those who need it most. The great lineup includes artists such as Basement Jaxx, Kissy Sell Out and Audio Bullys. Find out the full list on the Facebook event page.

If you cannot make these events please consider donating directly to the DEC or to the Red Cross.

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Photo: EPA/Narenda Shrestha

(Written on May 7, 2015 )

Want to know where to take your music career next? Have questions about working in the classical music industry? Come along to our next free Open Session on Friday 8th May! Come in to our central London office or we can set up a Skype call.

(Written on May 6, 2015 )

We recently caught up with Mark Latimer, Pianist and Executive Producer of The Imperfect Pearl to talk about this exciting new production. The Imperfect Pearl or ‘Perola Barroca’ (the derivation of the term baroque) explores the life and music of one of the Baroque periods most overlooked and forgotten about composers, Domenico Zipoli, whose his manuscripts lay undiscovered for 200 years in a box marked ‘toilet paper.’ The performance is part play, part opera, part concert and not only represents the return of Zipoli to the repertoire but also Mark to the stage after pioneering treatment for Dupuytren’s contracture which was generously funded by Help Musicians UK and the Royal Society of Musicians.

Keep up to date with all the news via their website and Twitter.

The 2015 UK tour of The Imperfect Pearl will  begin on 13th May at Newbury Spring Festival. See the website for a full list of performances.

 

(Written on April 23, 2015 )

WildKat PR is extremely excited to be working with the Sacconi Quartet, a string quartet who are consistently recognised for communicating with a fresh and imaginative approach. The quartet aims to create truly immersive chamber music experiences that draw the audience into the music in a way never seen or heard before.

The Sacconi Quartet’s latest project, HEARTFELT, does just this. Audience members will hold robotic, wired hearts and will be able to feel the heartbeat of one of the players and so follow the same highs and lows as the musicians during the performance of Beethoven’s String Quartet in A minor Op, 132. It promises to be a uniquely interactive performance. This information will then be transformed in real time into a lighting display that is exclusive to that performance. The robotics and lighting are all made possible by: Silas Adekunle of Reach Robotics, responsible for the initial robotics concept; robotic and system designers, development and manufacturers, Rusty Squid; and interactive lighting designer, Ziggy Jacobs-Wyburn. It will be premiered at the 2015 Spitalfields Festival before being performed at Lichfield International Arts Festival and the Bristol Proms. The idea came about during the inaugural Bristol Proms in 2013 when the Sacconi Quartet spent two days with leaders in the technology and creative fields exploring how to make chamber music more immersive. With Arts Council funding, the result was HEARTFELT. Moments of darkness and a considered lighting design allow the focus of the performance to be on the music itself, with digital technology providing a way for audiences to engage with the music in a direct, physical way. HEARTFELT moves the concert experience beyond sight and sound, introducing tactility into live performance.

Formed in 2001, the Sacconi Quartet are a firmly established and respected ensemble, passionate about repertoire for string quartet. They are the winners of various awards including the Trondheim International String Quartet Competition and Second Prize at the London International String Quartet Competition, alongside two extra prizes at the same event. The Sacconi are the Quartet in Residence at the Royal College of Music and Associate Artists at the Bristol Old Vic. They are also regulars on the UK and European concert scene and have played at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall and the Musikverein in Vienna, to name but a few. Their 2014/15 season includes residencies at the Lichfield Festival and Salisbury International Arts Festival alongside collaborations with Miloš Karadaglić, Ksenija Sidorova and Vertavo Quartet.

Keep up to date with news about the Sacconi Quartet, HEARTFELT and their other upcoming projects through their website, Twitter and Facebook.

Sacconi_Shot3-299Hv2_bw-landscape-credit-Emilie-Bailey The Sacconi Quartet. Photo: Emilie Bailey

(Written on April 22, 2015 )