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In today’s news: Police officers to play classical music to reduce violence and Salzburg donates €50,000 towards music education for Syrian refugees. Violinist Walter Levin has died, composer Balz Bachmann receives soundtrack prize, and Berlin celebrates a month of contemporary music.

The Times

Testing music’s power to soothe a savage breast

Police officers are about to start piping classical music into the notoriously troubled Broadwater Farm estate in north London in an attempt to calm the atmosphere and disperse troublemakers.

Classical Music Magazine

LPO expands Junior Artists programme

The London Philharmonic Orchestra has expanded its LPO Junior Artists programme, adding a new strand for younger students from communities under-represented in professional UK orchestras.

Choir and Organ

London Youth Choir auditions

The ensemble is recruiting young singers from Year 3 up to age 21 who live, work or study in Greater London, show musical potential and can sing in tune. It is particularly in need of boys of all ages. 

Classical Music Magazine

Salzburg donates €50,000 towards music education for Syrian refugees

The Salzburg Festival is donating €50,000 to facilitate musical education for Syrian refugee children in Jordan over the next two years.

The Violin Channel

Finalists announced at Australian Kendall National Violin Competition

Regarded as one of Australia’s most important domestic development prizes for violinists 23 years and younger, the 1st prize winner will receive AUD $4,000, a violin crafted by Polish-Australian luthier Michal Prokop – and a number of debut concert engagements.

France Musique

Mort du violoniste Walter Levin, fondateur du Quatuor LaSalle

Le violoniste américain Walter Levin est mort à Chicago à l’âge de 92 ans.

Limelight

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s 2018 season announced

Stuart Skelton, Berlioz’s L’Enfance du Christ and Anne-Sophie Mutter are just some of the highlights among next year’s offerings.

Klassik.com

Filmmusikpreis der Fondation Suisa für Balz Bachmann

Der Schweizer Komponist Balz Bachmann hat den diesjährigen Filmmusikpreis der Fondation Suisa erhalten.

Klassik Heute

Monat der zeitgenössischen Musik

Vom 1. bis 30. September 2017 präsentiert field notes den ersten Monat der zeitgenössischen Musik in Berlin.

Musik Heute

Europäische Wochen Passau locken mehr Besucher

Weniger Konzerte, aber mehr Publikum: Die 65. Festspiele Europäische Wochen Passau haben 17.500 Besucher angelockt.

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in 1886 Birth of Dutch Daniel

Photo credit: © Salzburger Festspiele / Silvia Lelli
Riccardo Muti, Helga Rabl-Stadler, Anna Netrebko, Shirin Neshat, Francesco Meli, Angelika Svoboda and Ida Metzger-Niaghi

(Written on August 8, 2017 )

It was reported today by Pizzicato that French conductor Frédéric Chaslin refused to conduct the Israeli Opera on Saturday after his request to have a moment of commemoration for the victims of the terrorist attacks in France was denied. He wanted to address the audience and play the national anthem of Israel but was told that this would ‘upset the audience.’

It saddened me to hear this, this morning; one of the reasons I love classical music is its relevance to situations like this. Throughout the ages, music has been used to celebrate, commemorate and mourn national and global events: Handel’s Zadok the Priest is played at every British coronation. Beethoven’s Ode to Joy will forever be synonymous with the concert celebrating the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. The second movement of Gorecki’s Symphony of Sorrowful Songs uses words found on a wall of a Gestapo cell to remember the horrors of the Holocaust. The image of a man playing the piano in front of Ukrainian riot police.

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I think Chaslin’s reaction was appropriate and his request should have been granted. Yes, it may have been upsetting for the audience, but as the world sat shocked at the events in Paris and Dammartin-en-Goele, music should have been a part of the healing and defiance.

(Written on January 12, 2015 )

Classical News

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The Sixteen announces a free festival dedicated to singing

On Saturday 19 July several choral groups will appear in and around St Martin-in-the-Fields and The National Gallery for Sounds Sublime Festival.

Classic FM

Violin theft caught on CCTV

Surveillance footage of a man stealing a violin from the University of Utah has been released in an effort to catch the culprit.

Classic FM

London Philharmonic Orchestra star in Wimbledon advert

“There is more great music to come because the symphony is always unfinished at Wimbledon,” says Kate Winslet in new advert featuring the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Bridport News

Police step in after Busker drama in Bridport

A busker has been handed an on-the-spot fine after causing chaos in Bucky Doo Square on Wednesday morning.

The Japan Times

Ailing conductor Ozawa returns to podium in Europe

Conductor Seiji Ozawa took the baton Thursday before an ensemble of 25 or so young string players from the academy he founded in Rolle, Switzerland.

NY Daily News

Artworks on display at New York’s Metropolitan Opera get vandalized

Forget singing ancient tribesmen. A real vandal went into the building Wednesday morning and scrawled profanities and curse words on statues and paintings near the bandshell, an NYPD source said, adding the defacing may have been committed by a disgruntled worker who had access.

The New York Times

Julius Rudel, Longtime Impresario and Conductor of City Opera, Dies at 93

The Austrian-born conductor had led the organization, called “the people’s opera,” for 22 years and continued to be its backer.

Le Monde

Salle Pleyel au tribunal

Saisi en référé à la demande de Carla Maria Tarditi pour suspendre l’attribution de la concession de Pleyel, le tribunal de commerce de Paris renvoie l’affaire au 24 septembre.

Berliner Morgenpost

Wieder kein Termin für Eröffnung der Staatsoper genannt

Nach mehrfachem Aufschub verzögert sich die Sanierung der Berliner Staatsoper offenbar weiter.

Der Tagesspiegel

Herzensdinge

Zu Gast bei Young Euro Classic: das All-Russian Youth Orchestra unter Yuri Bashmet in der Philharmonie.

concerti

In lauer Sommerluft

Emmanuel Pahud lädt alljährlich Musiker und Publikum zu Konzerten in den Burghof von Salon-de-Provence.

KlassikAkzente

Das Dvořák-Experiment der ARD – Bundespräsident Gauck übernimmt Schirmherrschaft

Bundespräsident Joachim Gauck übernimmt die Schirmherrschaft für “Das Dvořák-Experiment – Ein ARD-Konzert macht Schule”. Bei diesem Musikvermittlungsprojekt kooperiert die ARD mit dem Deutschen Musikrat.

Klassik.com

Sir John Eliot Gardiner in Versailles ausgeraubt

Touchpad und Partituren aus Triannon Palace Hotel gestohlen.

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Genesis Sixteen

Photograph: Classical-Music.com

(Written on June 27, 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 )

Classic FM Online

Nicola Benedetti and Evelyn Glennie among ‘Outstanding Women of Scotland’ nominations?

The violinist and percussionist are among those suggested by the Saltire Society to gain the title in celebration of National Women’s Day.

The Telegraph

Is the sound of the saxophone ugly?

There’s something about the saxophone that sets the listener on edge, says Ivan Hewett. But does it have any redeeming qualities?

BBC Music Magazine

Sounds at the heart of the Mediterranean

Paolo Petrocelli, founder of EMMA for Peace, reports on two musical events in Malta that promoted the work of charities protecting refugees in the region

Classicalite

Classicalite’s Five Best: Musical Moments in Harold Ramis Films

A sad farewell to the inspired, hitherto undersung comedian, writer and director Harold Ramis.

North West Public Radio

Guy Who Identified the Stolen Stradivarius Can Help You Pick a Violin

The Classical music world was relieved when Milwaukee police found the stolen Stradivarius. But how were they sure it was the genuine article? How Stefan Hersh identifies rare violins.

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on February 26, 2014 )

Classical Music Magazine

Philip Pickett charged by City of London Police

The City of London Police has charged early music specialist Philip Pickett with 15 historic offences, relating to nine separate victims, which allegedly occurred during his tenure as a freelance teacher at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

BBC Music Magazine Online

Gravity composer takes Bafta glory

Steven Price beats John Williams and Hans Zimmer to prestigious award

NPR

Classical Music Piece Enhances Roald Dahl’s ‘Dirty Beasts’

On Sunday, the London Philharmonic debuted a new piece of music based on Roald Dahl’s Dirty Beasts. With Matilda playing to sold-out crowds on Broadway and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory running in London’s West End, this is just the latest work by the author to get a musical soundtrack.

Classic FM Online

Torvill and Dean recreate Bolero in Sarajevo

Thirty years after their historic Olympic victory, ice skating legends Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean have returned to Sarajevo to perform their Bolero routine.

Conductor stops concert to announce JFK assassination: archive recording unearthed

The audio of conductor Erich Leinsdorf halting a Boston Symphony Orchestra concert to announce the assassination of President John F. Kennedy has been unearthed.

Die Welt

Aufstand der Schauspieler gegen Intendant Hartmann

Ein Großteil des Ensembles hat Burg-Chef Matthias Hartmann das Misstrauen ausgesprochen. Der Streit um Österreichs Nationalheiligtum spitzt sich zu: Wer ist schuld am Millionendefizit des Burgtheaters?

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on February 18, 2014 )

BBC News

Hidden hierarchy in string quartets revealed

Scientists have come up with a way to reveal the pecking order within a string quartet

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

‘Priceless’ Stradivarius violin stolen in armed robbery in Milwaukee

A 300-year-old Stradivarius violin on loan to Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond was stolen during an armed robbery after a performance by Almond at Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn said on Tuesday.

The New York Times

Pete Seeger, Champion of Folk Music and Social Change, Dies at 94

Pete Seeger, the singer, folk-song collector and songwriter who spearheaded an American folk revival and spent a long career championing folk music as both a vital heritage and a catalyst for social change, died on Monday in Manhattan. He was 94.

Classic FM Online

Man dressed as Mozart gatecrashes Super Bowl media day

An Austrian television presenter has surprised the media in the run-up to Sunday’s Super Bowl American Football match by dressing up as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

John Suchet opens Classic FM Foundation Lecture Room at Nordoff Robbins

Classic FM’s John Suchet has officially opened the Classic FM Lecture Room at the London headquarters of music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins

Katy Perry’s Verdi dress steals show at Grammys

Classical music made an unlikely appearance on this year’s Grammy Award red carpet, in the form of a stunning gown worn by Katy Perry

Gramophone

The 2014 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Awards revealed

A string quartet, soprano and violinist take top prizes

Die Welt

Die Fließbandware de Luxe eines Göttlichen

Bei der Salzburger Mozartwoche werden die elf Werke aufgeführt, die Mozart 1784 ernährten. Und es wird deutlich, wie sehr dieser sogar Bach überragte – allerdings nur den Sohn Carl Philipp Emanuel.
Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on January 29, 2014 )

The New York Times

Favorite Sounds, Early to Environmental

Classical music critics of The New York Times select their favorite recordings of 2013

Dallas Observer

Dallas Symphony Announces New Assistant Conductor

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra announced Tuesday morning that American conductor Karina Canellakis will join the orchestra as assistant conductor beginning in 2014

Slipped Disc

‘For many years, she gave all the important violin premieres’

Maria Lidka, a Hitler refugee who has died at the age of 99, was a formidable figure in British musical life, performing concertos with all the main orchestras and devoting herself to the works of young composers

The Wagnerian

The Wagnerian Readers Choice Awards – 2013. Stage 1 Semi Finals: The Singers

Presenting the first annual “The Wagnerian Readers Choice Awards” dedicated to those that have “shone” in some part of the “Wagnerian world”

BBC News

Apollo Theatre: Ceiling collapses during show in London

Seventy-six people have been injured, seven seriously, after part of a ceiling in London’s Apollo Theatre collapsed during a show, police say

Der Tagesspiegel

Schützenswerte Orchesterlandschaft

Der Deutsche Musikrat will die einmalige Orchesterlandschaft der Bundesrepublik von der Unesco schützen lassen. Das erweckt den Eindruck, als hätten wir hierzulande das alleinige Recht auf musikalische Vielfalt gepachtet

BBC News

BBC News

(Written on December 20, 2013 )

Gramophone

Taylor Swift donates $100,000 to the Nashville Symphony Orchestra

The singer-songwriter makes a birthday gift

The Guardian

Synthesisers are killing film and TV music, say British composers

Carl Davis and Christopher Gunning claim synthesised orchestras are preferred to the real thing to save money

Classic FM Online

John Williams, Alexandre Desplat and more on soundtrack Oscar longlist

Soundtrack legends and newcomers alike have made the long list for the soundtrack category at the 2014 Academy Awards ceremony, due to take place in February

Vote For The Best Classical Music Education Initiative

The Best Classical Music Education Initiative will honour an education project which has used classical music in an innovative way, shown musical excellence and had a positive impact on a significant number of participants

Pianist plays Chopin in front of Ukraine riot police

An unnamed pianist has been playing the works of Chopin in front of riot police in Ukraine

Salon

Was Wagner inspired by migraines?

Three German researchers present evidence that the German composer interwove his headache pain into his operas

The National

Pandit Jasraj brings his Mewati style of Hindustani classical music to Dubai

A conversation about Indian classical music is incomplete without the mention of Pandit Jasraj, one of India’s top classical musicians who represents the Mewati style of Hindustani classical music

Ria novosti

Kurgan Greets Sochi Olympic Flame with Classical Music

On Sunday December 15th, strains of Verdi and Tchaikovsky greeted the Sochi Olympic Flame in the Russian city of Kurgan

Daily Inter Lake

Bionic musician: Miraculous cure restores oboist’s ability to make music

When the Glacier Symphony conductor cues principal oboe player Reid Merley to blow an A — that unmistakable standard pitch by which the orchestra tunes — Merley is in perfect control of the note

Der Tagesspiegel

Die neue Kulturstaatsministerin

Mit Monika Grütters als neuer Kulturstaatsministerin folgt auf den Machtmenschen Bernd Neumann eine Frau, die aus der Kultur kommt. Die Wahlberlinerin wird in der Szene für Kompetenz und Begeisterungsfähigkeit geschätzt

Classic FM Online

(Written on December 16, 2013 )

JDCMB

British Composer Awards 2013 go to… 13 men and NO women

How is it possible in 2013 that 13 men get prizes and there is not one woman in the line up?

Gramophone

CBSO appoints first Conducting Fellow

New fellowship programme aims to help aspiring conductors

British Composer Award winners are revealed

Harrison Birtwistle collects his fifth award

The Guardian

Germany may arm police with ‘Nazi Shazam’ phone app

Software would allow authorities to act immediately if illegal far-right songs are played on radio, at clubs or in public

Rufus Wainwright to compose opera about Roman emperor Hadrian

Singer is working with playwright Daniel MacIvor to create his second opera, inspired by the 1951 novel Memoirs of Hadrian

Die Zeit

Dirigent Barenboim mit Dönhoff-Preis ausgezeichnet

Daniel Barenboim ist mit dem Dönhoff-Preis für internationale Verständigung geehrt worden. Der Dirigent und Pianist fördere den Dialog zwischen Juden und Arabern

The Guardian

The Guardian

 

(Written on December 4, 2013 )