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In today’s news: Protest violinist and former El Sistema student Wuilly Arteaga released from custody in Venezuela, and Joyce DiDonato performs with refugee children in Greece. Michael Haensel has died, Baltic Sea Philharmonic on tour, and “Bundesakkordeonorchester” receives partnership with “Deutscher Musikrat.”

Classical Music Magazine

Gramophone announces 2017 Awards shortlist

The Awards will mark their 40th anniversary in 2017 with a ceremony at 8 Northumberland Avenue, London WC2, which will be streamed live by medici.tv.

The Violin Channel

Candidates Announced for Germany’s 2017 ARD International Violin Competition

Open to violinists of any nationality born between 1988 and 2000, the 1st prize winner will receive €10,000 (US $11,500).

The Strad

Protest violinist Wuilly Arteaga released from custody in Venezuela

Wuilly Arteaga, a former El Sistema student who has become known worldwide for taking his violin on street demonstrations in the Venezuelan capital Caracas, was arrested and detained three weeks ago, attracting a number of petitions for his release.

Music Business Worldwide

Gustavo Lopez exits Universal after 21 years, launches talent uno for Latin music.

Long-serving Universal Music executive Gustavo Lopez has officially left the major after 21 years to launch his own services company in Los Angeles.

Classic FM

Joyce DiDonato performs with refugee children in Greece

The opera singer has been working with El Sistema Greece on workshops with refugee children from countries including Afghanistan and Syria: ‘El Sistema is building a cultural revolution here, through music education.’

Broadway World

Andrew Lloyd Webber Strikes Deal for Musical Theatre Advancement in China

Andrew Lloyd Webber will be expanding his musical theatre empire into China, starting with a Chinese makeover of his hit musical, Tell Me On A Sunday.

Limelight

Robot conductor to lead Italian orchestra in Bocelli concert

The humanoid robot YuMi will conduct the Lucca Philharmonic in an operatic highlights concert in Pisa. 

Klassik.com

Früherer Intendant des Ludwigshafener Pfalzbau-Theaters gestorben

Der Regisseur und Schauspieler Michael Haensel ist im Alter von 73 Jahren nach langer, schwerer Krankheit gestorben.

Klassik Heute

Baltic Sea Philharmonic und Kristjan Järvi auf Tournee

Das Baltic Sea Philharmonic und Kristjan Järvi touren ab dem 19. August durch Schweden, Deutschland und Italien mit Folkmusik-inspirierten Werken von Strawinsky, Rachmaninow und Arvo Pärt. 

Deutscher Musikrat

Bundesakkordeonorchester erhält Privilegierte Partnerschaft des Deutschen Musikrates

Auf einstimmigen Beschluss des Präsidiums hat der Deutsche Musikrat die Privilegierte Partnerschaft an das Bundesakkordeonorchester vergeben.

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The Strad: Wuilly Arteaga

(Written on August 17, 2017 )

In today’s news, the Seattle Symphony has announced their concert, Music Beyond Borders, and the 2017 London Handel Festival celebrates the composer as a European in London. The ISM publishes a guide for musicians to fight performance anxiety, and Lang Lang signs with Universal. American Composers Orchestra will celebrate Steve Reich’s 80th birthday with a performance of his Tehillim during the season, while Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra announces the appointment of 23 year old Armenian-born cellist Gayane Khachatryan as their new Assistant Principal Cellist.

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ISM Trust publishes performance anxiety guide

The ISM Trust has published Performance Anxiety – a practical guide for music teachers, a publication designed to provide music teachers with a comprehensive guide to the identification and management of performance anxiety.

Music Business Worldwide

UNIVERSAL SIGNS CLASSICAL SUPERSTAR LANG LANG… AND IT’S VERY PLEASED ABOUT IT

You can generally tell how important a label considers an artist deal by the execs who pitch up to the signing photo. So Universal must be pleased as punch about inking an agreement with Chinese megastar Lang Lang, who will release his future classical albums through Deutsche Grammophon.

The Violin Channel

Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra Announce New Assistant Principal Cellist

The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra has announced the appointment of 23 year old Armenian-born cellist Gayane Khachatryan as their new Assistant Principal Cellist.

Pizzicato

Seattle Symphony Plays In Protest Of Trump’s Travel Ban

The Seattle Symphony has announced their concert Music Beyond Borders: Voices From The Seven in protest of Trump’s travel ban. The orchestra says on its website: « The arts community across the country has been contributing in meaningful ways to the discussion around immigration following the recent executive order restricting travel and immigration from these countries.

Classical FM

This handmade xylophone plays Bach in the middle of a serene forest in Japan

A tranquil Japanese woodland and one of Bach’s most gorgeous melodies. This is going to make you feel good, thanks to Classic FM’s More Music Breakfast and Yakult.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Aberwitziger Virtuose

Der Komponist Michael Hirsch war ein Grenzgänger zwischen Bildender Kunst und Musik. Seine Kompositionen verwischten die Genregrenzen mit dadaistischer Phantasie und höchster Virtuosität. Jetzt ist er mit 58 Jahren gestorben.

neue musikzeitung

Welturaufführung mit Tucholsky-Oper bei Rheinsberger Festivalsommer

Die Oper «Tucholskys Spiegel» erlebt in diesem Jahr beim 27. Festivalsommer der Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg ihre Uraufführung. Librettist Christoph Klimke hat dafür Originaltexte des Schriftstellers (1890-1935) («Rheinsberg. Ein Bilderbuch für Verliebte») mit eigenen Texten verknüpft.

Klassik

Beethoven-Haus erhält originalen Zeitzeugenbericht des Beethovenfestes 1845

Das Beethoven-Haus Bonn hat ein bedeutsames historisches Dokument erhalten. Es handelt sich um einen Zeitzeugenbericht des ersten Bonner Beethovenfestes im Jahr 1845.

Aftenposten

Ble vraket, starter egen festival i samme sommeruke

Tidligere kunstnerisk leder for Risør Kammermusikkfest, Lars Anders Tomter, arrangerer sin egen musikkfest i Sandefjord i juni. Det er samme uke som Risør-festivalen går av stabelen.

Broadwayworld

ACO Announces 40th Anniversary Season Featuring Reich’s 80th Birthday Celebration, World Premieres by Paola Prestini, Trevor Weston, and David Hertzberg and More

American Composers Orchestra (ACO), under the leadership of Artistic Director Derek Bermel and Music Director George Manahan, continues its 40th Anniversary Season on Friday, March 24, 2017

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Classical Music News London Handel Festival 2017: A European in London

Video: Yakult

(Written on February 9, 2017 )

Classical News

In our news today, Southbank Centre announces Belief and Beyond Belief festival, English National Opera is negotiating with new music director, and violin made from Churchill’s cigar box is to be auctioned. Also, Mozart’s music is improving the grapes in one Italian vineyard and Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie gets its own stamp.

Classical Music Magazine

Southbank Centre announces Belief and Beyond Belief festival

The Southbank Centre’s new year-long festival will explore what it means to be human in the 21st century. Presented in partnership with the London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO), Belief and Beyond Belief will consider questions pertaining to life, death, religion and spirituality.

CBSO surprises shoppers and travellers

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra gave two pop-up concerts on 8 October, which can now be watched online. The orchestra performed at Birmingham’s New Street station and Grand Central shopping centre, surprising travellers and shoppers.

Opera Now Magazine

ENO ‘in contractual negotiations’ with new music director

English National Opera is currently negotiating a contract with a new music director. The Sunday Times’ Hugh Canning asserted that Martyn Brabbins has been selected, describing it as an ‘interesting choice’.

The Strad

Violin made from Winston Churchill’s cigar box to be auctioned

A 1950s violin crafted from one of Winston Churchill’s cigar boxes is to be offered for sale this October in London by Ingles & Hayday.

Exhibition dedicated to violin maker Vincenzo Panormo to open in London

Tarisio is to host an exhibition dedicated to Vincenzo Panormo and his sons from 23-24 October. Curated by maker and restorer Andrew Fairfax, the display includes recent archival research in a new biography of the maker.

Global Voices

Surrounded by Piles of Trash, These Two Classical Musicians Played Bach in Protest

In their formal concert outfits, with masks on to protect themselves from the stench of decay, two classical musicians from Tetovo played Bach’s famous orchestral suite “Air” to protest pollution.

CBS News

How Mozart’s music is improving the grapes in one Italian vineyard

Row after row of Sangiovese grapevines cover the hills of Montalcino in Tuscany, where famed Brunello wine is made. But one of these vineyards is a bit different. The grapes here are serenaded all day, every day, by classical music.

Musik heute

Post gibt Sonderbriefmarke “Elbphilharmonie” heraus

Zur Eröffnung der Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg gibt die Deutsche Post AG eine Sonderbriefmarke heraus. Die Marke mit einem Wert von 1,45 Euro werde ab 2. Januar 2017 bundesweit erhältlich sein

Bratschisten streiten vor Gericht um Preis einer Viola

Ein Bratschist der Berliner Philharmoniker hatte einem Berufskollegen 2013 die Viola mit der Inschrift “Luigi Mingazzi Ravenna 1923” für 60.000 Euro abgekauft. Zwei Jahre später ergab jedoch ein Privatgutachten, dass die Bratsche gar nicht von dem Meister aus Ravenna, sondern aus dem Vogtland stamme.

Codex Flores

Altstaedt, Bohórquez und Lang unterrichten in Berlin

Mit ihren beiden Alumni Claudio Bohórquez und Nicolas Altstaedt gewinnt die Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler zwei herausragende und international gefragte Cellisten für die Lehre. Auch der Komponist Benjamin Lang tritt eine Professur an.

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Classical Music News @ClassicalMusic Tragedy: Nielsen winner is found dead in taxi, aged 31

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic Composer, writer and teacher Peter Reynolds died yesterday

Elbphilharmonie. Photo Credits: Thies Rätzke, Hamburg.

Elbphilharmonie. Photo Credits: Thies Rätzke, Hamburg.

(Written on October 13, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, musicians in London protest against Brexit with Beethoven’s ‘Ode to Joy’, Peter Maxwell Davies’s final work at Barbican’s concert hall, and the National Post questions whether new audiences might be attracted to classical music if it broke out of its usual venues. Also, Tim Frederiksen shares his secret to success & Katherine Jenkins cancels a concert due to health reasons.

Classic FM

Musicians protest Brexit tensions with Beethoven’s ‘Ode to Joy’ in London

A demonstration of musical and cultural unity by a scratch orchestra of musicians from both the UK and EU.

The Telegraph

The Hogboon, Peter Maxwell Davies’s final work, is satisfyingly weird

In 30 years the Barbican’s concert hall can never have been quite so crowded. By the time the bows were taken after the premiere of Peter Maxwell Davies’s final work, there was barely a spare square foot of unoccupied space onstage.

National Post

Can classical music reach a new audience through unlikely venues?

Where can we expect to hear performances of classical music these days? In a concert hall, most likely – a gleaming culture palace with cushy seats and finely calibrated acoustics. Or maybe in a church, especially if the music is sacred in nature.

The Strad

‘Classical musicians must be innovative and personal, without violating tradition,’ says Tim Frederiksen

The Royal Danish Academy of Music chamber tutor has a knack of putting together string ensembles that go on to achieve great things, finds Andrew Mellor.

International Arts Manager

Pierre Audi named sixth director of Festival d’Aix-en-Provence

Pierre Audi is to become only the sixth general director of Festival d’Aix-en-Provence when he takes over from Bernard Foccroulle on 1 September, 2018. The opera and classical music festival, first run in 1948, is a highlight of the French classical music calendar.

Classic FM celebrates National Children’s Orchestra

The National Children’s Orchestra (NCO) will be featured every day on Classic FM this week, part of ‘Young Brilliance Week’ that coincides with the launch of a new NCO website as well as the orchestra’s open auditions for 2017. Recordings, interviews with alumni conducted by current members, and a concert broadcast on Wednesday evening are all part of the programme.

BBC News

Katherine Jenkins pulls out of Llangollen eisteddfod with virus

A virus has forced Katherine Jenkins to pull out of a concert in north Wales next month.

The Guardian

Orchestral maneuvers in the park: classical festivals in stunning scenery

The hills of America’s most stunning national parks will be alive this summer with the sound of music to celebrate the centenary of the National Park Service.

Classical Music Magazine

Mahogany Opera Group appoints Ivan van Kalmthout as Chief Executive

Ivan van Kalmthout, most recently interim Artistic Director at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, has been appointed chief executive of Mahogany Opera Group, effective from the end of July.

Adaptistration

Looking for even more compensation resources?

The 2016 Orchestra Compensation Reports were a big hit but what if you’re looking for compensation data outside of executives, music directors, and concertmasters?

klassik.com

US-Gericht erklärt Happy Birthday für gemeinfrei

Ein US-Gericht hat das weltweit bekannte Geburtstagslied “Happy Birthday” nach einem mehrjährigen Rechtsstreit nun offiziell für gemeinfrei erklärt. Ein Richter stimmte dem vor mehreren Monaten vor Gericht erzielten Vergleich zwischen Klägern und dem Musikverlag Warner/Chappell zu.

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Dudamel verkauft seine Villa in LA

Der venezolanische Dirigent Gustavo Dudamel hat seine Villa in Los Angeles in  den Verkauf gegeben, die er im Januar 2015 gekauft hatte.

Codex flores

Bilanz der Festspiele Zürich 2016

Die Festspiele Zürich 2016 sind Geschichte. Die insgesamt 127 Veranstaltungen von 30 beteiligten Institutionen an 34 verschiedenen Veranstaltungsorten generierten 83‘000 Eintritte. Die Auslastung stieg gegenüber dem Vorjahr von 75 auf 85 Prozent.

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CBC News @CBCNews New all-female orchestra in Vancouver celebrates women in classical music

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ . to lead residency for young female musicians

Top Classical News @topcmnews Mahler closes Symphony season

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Photograph: Getty

(Written on June 28, 2016 )

In today’s news, The Guardian reports that ENO singers are to vote strike action and hundreds protest arts cuts in Cardiff. Also, Moscow wants Rachmaninoff’s body back and Paris inaugurates Europe’s most powerful organ

Classical Music Magazine

Leading opera figures protest plans for a ‘part-time’ ENO

A change.org petition is asking the board of English National Opera ‘to reconsider its plans to turn the company into a part-time organisation’

BBC Music Magazine

Daniel Hyde takes New York choir post

Daniel Hyde has been named as the new organist and director of music at St Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue in New York

The Strad

Cellist Thomas Mesa wins 2016 Sphinx Competition $50,000 first prize

The annual Detroit contest, including senior and junior divisions, is open to black and Latino US string players

Arts Professional

Hundreds protest arts cuts in Cardiff

400 people gathered to challenge a potential £700k cut to the arts budget in the Welsh capital, which protesters say will threaten “the future of culture in the city”

Daily Mail

Battle between Classic FM and Radio 3 continues as BBC station accuses rival of being ‘put together by computer’ ahead of review into its output

The on-going battle between Classic FM and Radio 3 rumbles on after staff at the BBC station accused its rival of being ‘put together by a computer’

The Guardian

English National Opera singers to vote on strike action

On Friday, the chorus of English National Opera were on stage in front of more than 2,000 people as part of an exhilarating opening night of Mozart’s The Magic Flute

Die Welt

Russland will Rachmaninow zurück

Der Name des kleinen Ortes erinnert eher an Wagner, aber in Valhalla liegt einer der größten russischen Komponisten begraben: Sergej Rachmaninow

Musik-heute.de

Berenberg Kulturpreis an Musiktheater-Regisseurin Kautz

Die Musiktheater-Regisseurin Luise Kautz hat den mit 10.000 Euro dotierten Berenberg Kulturpreis erhalten

Klassic.com

Placido Domingo erhält Ehrendoktorwürde der Universität Pécs

Der Sänger und Operndirektor Placido Domingo hat eine weitere Ehrendoktorwürde erhalten. Die Auszeichnung wurde ihm von der Universität im ungarischen Pécs verliehen

Le Figaro

La Philharmonie de Paris inaugure «l’orgue le plus puissant d’Europe»

Composé de quatre claviers, de 91 jeux et d’un ventre capable de rendre les plus incroyables sonorités, l’orgue de la Philharmonie est un géant

The Washington Post

In Pedja Muzijevic’s recital, talk gets in the way of ‘Haydn Dialogues’

Classical concerts shouldn’t be locked into the same old formats. Unfortunately, the process of discovering new formats for them is fraught

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MasterclassFoundat’n @MMFmasterclass #AlbanBerg was born on this day in 1885. Here’s a clip from one of his most famous works – the opera #Wozzeck. http://bit.ly/1SmER0a 

BR_Klassik 100 Jahre – auch in der Musik. Würdigung einer Kunstrevolte.

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(Written on February 9, 2016 )

In the run up to International Women’s Day this Sunday (8th March), WildKat PR are turning the spotlight onto influential and inspiring female figures in classical music, past and present.

Today’s focus is on Dame Ethel Smyth, a female composer of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, who was also an extremely active suffragette. Such was her devotion to women’s rights that she gave up her music for two years to fight for the cause.

As common to many women of middle class origins at the time, music and music theory lessons were undertaken only as part of a ‘ladylike’ education and not a serious career option. Yet, for Ethel, these inspired her to relocate to the Leipzig Conservatoire when she was 19 where she studied composition, much to her Father’s disapproval who preferred for her to marry.

Ethel Smyth Picture

Bassano. Dame Ethel Mary Smyth Image: National Portrait Gallery, London

In Leipzig she studied under Carl Reinecke and Heinrich von Herzogenberg and it was around this time that her work was introduced to Brahms. He commented, with what she realised afterwards was not a compliment but actually ‘scathing irony,’ ‘So, this is the young lady who writes sonatas and doesn’t know counterpoint.

Despite Brahms’ comments, Smyth’s works were received with critical acclaim, particularly her String Quintet in E Major. Highly respected critic, Wilhelm Altmann, wrote ‘this quintet clearly showcases the composer’s tremendous talent.’ Her Symphonic Serenade in D, secured her recognition with both public and press.

Her introduction to Emmeline Pankhurst in 1910 sparked her passionate involvement in the Suffragette movement. Indeed, she was sentenced to two months in jail for breaking an anti-suffrage politician’s window with a brick! The movement also influenced her music: she wrote The March of the Women which became an anthem for suffrage and was sung by the women on marches.

So, what can we learn from Ethel today? Clearly, her uncompromising commitment to women’s rights is something which is still very important (although we do not condone her violent methods). Whilst there are many wonderfully talented female musicians, there is still a distinct lack of women composers and conductors and Ethel’s determination to buck the trend in 20th Century England is something our industry should celebrate and encourage.

Check back here tomorrow for the next in our series on Marin Alsop!

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A Suffragette protest in London. Photograph: PA

Sources: WomenComposers.org

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(Written on March 4, 2015 )

Classic FM Online

Ukraine ‘Pianist-Extremist’ refuses to be unmasked

Playing music including Chopin and Einaudi, the mystery music college student continues to perform outside City Hall in Ukraine, protesting against the authorities, after President Viktor Yanukovich spurned an EU trade deal in favour of dealings with Moscow.

Fox News

Owner of stolen 1715 Stradivarius violin releases statement

The owner of the 1715 Lipinski Stradivarius violin that was stolen from Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond released a statement yesterday.

Miami Herald

Memphis Symphony Orchestra prepares to “wind down”

Barring a massive funding infusion, Memphis Symphony Orchestra board members have approved a resolution to “wind-down” the organization’s operations at the end of the season

Chicago Classical Review

Muti extends CSO contract through 2020, and holds forth on several subjects

More than halfway through a press conference announcing the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s 2014-2015 season, Riccardo Muti playfully revealed that he had just signed a contract extension to continue as the orchestra’s music director through 2020.

NPR Music

Duke Ellington’s Lost Opera, Forever A Work In Progress

Before his death, Duke Ellington started composing Queenie Pie, which he hoped would be a great American street opera. Composers have spent 40 years adapting it, trying to figure out what the Duke wanted for his unfinished opus.

Der Tagesspiegel

Die Kraft der frühen Jahre

Sergiu Celibidaches “Berlin Recordings” sind jetzt in einer 12-CD-Box erschienen.

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

 

(Written on February 4, 2014 )

Gramophone

Jaap Van Zweden Appointed To The Hong Kong Phil.

A second role for this impressive Dutch conductor.

New Yorker

Wikipedia Blackout: A Playlist.

Today, Wikipedia goes black to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). What does the online encyclopedia’s absence mean for you?

New York Times

Critics Discuss ‘Porgy And Bess’.

Ben Brantley, the chief theater critic for The New York Times, and Anthony Tommasini, The Times’s chief classical music critic, discuss the new musical production, “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess,” based on the 1935 opera.

In Contract Talks, City Opera Reaches Deal With A Union.

The New York City Opera and its orchestra union have reached a tentative agreement on a contract, a step forward in the company’s effort to put on a season, officials said Tuesday.

The Guardian

Gustav Leonhardt Obituary.

Harpsichordist at the heart of the early music movement.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2012/jan/17/gustav-leonhardt

 

(Written on January 18, 2012 )

The Times

Proms, Politics And Israel Philharmonic.

Avi Shoshani, the secretary-general of the orchestra, talks to Neil Fisher.

Classical Music In 2012.

There’s no escaping Daniel Barenboim and new kid on the block Gustavo Dudamel this year, according to Richard Morrison.

New York Times

A Packed Schedule For Spoleto Festival.

A preview of what’s on at the 2012 Spoleto Festival.

LA Times

Vanger vs. Wagner? 

‘Dragon Tattoo’ family has familiar ring.

Faces To Watch In 2012: Pop Music, Classical And Jazz.

The LA Times puts together an exciting gallery of faces to watch in 2012.

The Telegraph

Ronald Searle Was Britain’s Greatest Graphic Artist.

Harry Mount describes the qualities of the late Ronald Searle.

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/culture/harrymount/100059284/ronald-searle-was-britains-greatest-graphic-artist/

 

(Written on January 4, 2012 )

The Guardian

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra Proms disrupted by pro-Palestinian protest.

BBC takes Israeli orchestra’s performance off air after ‘sustained audience disturbance’ by pro-Palestinian campaigners

Gramophone

Israel Philharmonic triumphs despite protests

Mehta’s players have audience on their side

The Independent

Are there any requests from the floor?

Tonight’s Prom will feature music chosen by the audience on the spot. Its conductor, Ivá Fischer, tells Jessica Duchen about an invigorating leap into the unknown

The New York Times

Remembering 9/11 With Bach and Brahms

Trinity Church is commemorating the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks with a week of free choral concerts.

The Times

Lang Lang/Liszt: My Piano Hero

The pianist and the composer are both superstars, but nobody benefits from a recording made over hundreds of takes

 

(Written on September 2, 2011 )