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In today’s news: Jessye Norman gets RPS gold, first ever saxophonist signed to Decca Classics, Spotify stop promoting or recommending music by artists whose content or conduct it deemed to be offensive, Keith Saunders on photographing musicians for a living, Music festival Lunalia, and winners decided at the German Choir Competition in Freiburg.

Classic FM

Who actually was Jenny Lind, the real-life opera singer in The Greatest Showman?

Nicknamed the ‘Swedish Nightingale’, Jenny Lind was a soprano whose voice was admired by Chopin, Mendelssohn and Clara Schumann.

Jessye Norman awarded Royal Philharmonic Society gold medal at a star-studded ceremony

The legendary American soprano was honoured at the 2018 RPS Music Awards.

The Independent

Can George Benjamin’s opera Lessons in Love and Violence follow the success of Written on Skin? 

The perfectionist composer is again working with director Katie Mitchell and librettist Martin Crimp, to tell the story of Edward II and his lover Gaveston.

Gramophone 

Saxophonist Jess Gillam signs for Decca Classics

19-year-old Gillam becomes the first saxophonist to sign for Decca Classics in the label’s history.

The Guardian 

Sharks love jazz but are stumped by classical, say scientists

A study at Macquarie University in Sydney found that sharks could recognise jazz – if there was food on offer.

The Washington Post

Levine’s recordings withdrawn from Met Opera radio channel

Performances by James Levine were withdrawn from the company’s Sirius XM satellite and online radio channel, a large percentage of the company’s history.

The New York Times

Spotify Pulls R. Kelly and XXXTentacion From Playlists, Stirring a Debate

Spotify, the music industry’s leading streaming service, said on Thursday that it would stop promoting or recommending music by artists whose content or conduct it deemed to be offensive, hoping to quell a furor over the singer R. Kelly but immediately starting another debate over who qualified for the ban.

Limelight

Keith Saunders on shooting musicians for a living

The photographer, whose images will be familiar to anyone who’s been to a Musica Viva concert, takes us behind the scenes in a new exhibition

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Musik-Festival Lunalia: Mit der Kraft des vollen Mondes

Zeitloses in Flandern: Das Stimm-Festival Lunalia entdeckt unter Leitung von Jelle Dierickx die bezaubernde Stadt Mechelen und feiert den Gesang in all seinen Formen.

Welt

Das beste Mittel gegen Sexismus? „Aufhören, Arschlöcher zu hypen“

Christopher Rüping, 32, steht für eine neue Art von Theaterregisseuren: allürenfrei, politisch, mit einem Herz für flache Hierarchien. Nun ist er zu Gast beim Berliner Theatertreffen.

Der Tagesspiegel

Nemanja Radulovic im Konzerthaus: Unbändige Energie

Der serbische Geiger Nemanja Radulovic und sein Ensemble Le Trilles du Diable überzeugen im Konzerthaus.

SWR2

Entscheidungen beim Deutschen Chorwettbewerb in Freiburg – Preise für Mannheimer und Freiburger Chöre

In Freiburg treffen sich bis zum 13. Mai die besten deutschen Laienchöre zum Deutschen Chorwettbewerb.

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Nemanja Radulovic in Dresden © picture alliance / dpa / Arno Burgi

 

(Written on May 11, 2018 )

In today’s news: Henry Blofeld joins the Classic FM lineup for new show on British music, dozens of UK music festivals and conferences pledge to tackle gender inequality, government appoints new disability champion for the arts. Also, major water damage in the Deutsche Oper Berlin amounts to 4 – 5 million euro, former German president appointed as new president of Deutscher Chorverband and robbed cello returned to French musician Ophelie Gaillard.

Classic FM

Henry Blofeld joins Classic FM to join roster of presenters

The broadcaster will be joining Classic FM to host a new series celebrating British music, starting on Good Friday.

Telegraph

Opera singers come in all shapes and sizes

American mezzo soprano Kate Lindsey: “Opera should be a communion between the voices on stage, the orchestra and the public.”

Music Week

Dozens of international music festivals and conferences pledge to tackle gender equality

PRS for Music Foundation’s Keychange is a pioneering scheme supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, which is encouraging industry conferences and festivals to achieve or maintain a 50:50 balance by 2022. Some festival organisers were again criticised recently for featuring a lack of female artists.

Classical Music News

Government appoints new disability champion for arts and culture sector 

Andrew Miller will tackle the issues faced by disabled people within the industry, encouraging greater inclusivity.

Tallis Scholars to give concert in aid of Muze Trust 

The charity, which provides music initiatives for deprived children and adults in Zambia, was set up in 2012. Peter Phillips, director of the Tallis Scholars, is one of its original trustees.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

USA debattieren über neue Hymne

Regelmäßig scheitern selbst beste Sänger an “The Star-Spangled Banner” – oder verhunzen das Lied mit eigenwilligen Interpretationen. Zahlreichen US-Amerikanern reicht es jetzt. Sie fordern eine neue Nationalhymne.

Klassik.com

Kosten des Wasserschadens an der Deutschen Oper bei 4 bis 5 Millionen Euro

Bei dem Ende Dezember verursachten Wasserschaden an der Deutschen Oper Berlin sind Schäden in Höhe von vier bis fünf Millionen Euro entstanden.

Geraubtes Cello im Wert von 1,3 Millionen Euro wieder aufgetaucht

Das historische Cello der französischen Musikerin Ophelie Gaillard ist wieder aufgetaucht. Die Cellistin konnte das Instrument im Wert von rund 1,3 Millionen Euro nach einem Raub auf kuriose Weise wieder in Empfang nehmen.

Frühere Intendantin Marietheres List gestorben

Die frühere Intendantin Marietheres List ist tot. Sie starb im Alter von 72 Jahren. List wirkte zwischen 1988 und 2002 als Intendantin des Theaters Regensburg.

Musik Heute

Alt-Bundespräsident Wulff neuer Chorverbands-Präsident

Alt-Bundespräsident Christian Wulff ist neuer Präsident des Deutschen Chorverbandes.

Platea Magazine

Emmanuel Macron, presidente de Francia, narrará “Pedro y el lobo” de Prokofiev

El presidente de Francia, Emmanuel Macron, narrará el cuento musical Pedro y el lobo, creado por el compositor ruso Serguéi Prokofiev, el próximo 1 de marzo, en el Palacio del Eliseo.

Hacienda reclama 400.000 euros a Amics de l’Òpera de Sabadell

Según recogía ayer en sus páginas La Vanguardia, Hacienda reclama a los Amics de l´Òpera de Sabadell un montante de 400.000 euros en concepto de IVA, desde el año 2013 hasta 2017.

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DeutschlandfunkMusik @DLFMusik: “Es nimmt uns mit in eine andere Welt, wo sehr viel Harmonie ist. Es ist eine Paradies-Vision”, sagt über die Musik von Arvo Pärt. Mit dem Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin und dem hat er u.a. das “Te Deum” aufgeführt.

Deutsche Oper Berlin © Leo Seidel

(Written on February 26, 2018 )

Everyone listens to music. We can surely all agree that music is a big part of our lives, whether that be listening to the radio or a Spotify playlist on the way to work, letting our hair down in a nightclub on a Friday night, or watching a visiting orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall, music is something that everyone can relate to. So why are researchers warning of the extinction of music in secondary schools in England?

The government introduced the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) in 2010, with a goal to increase the take-up of ‘core’ academic subjects like mathematics and science. This move, however, has left the arts lagging behind. The Ebacc does leave space for students to take arts subjects and there is no solid evidence that the new syllabus has affected GCSE arts subject entries. However, in the New Schools Network report on the EBacc and the arts, it has been found that ‘schools have misunderstood the intention behind the EBacc, using its introduction to reduce funding for the teaching of the arts.’ This has therefore led to a decline in the number of qualified arts teachers, correlating with declining figures on music teacher PGCE courses.

The music industry contributes £3.5 billion to the economy, and it is well known that arts education improves job prospects by making young people more creative, tolerant and broad-minded. It is therefore strange that it is not taken as seriously as one of the ‘core subjects’ that the government view as most important to a child’s education. Catherine McKinnell stated in debates on arts subject inclusion and petition in February 2016: ‘I feel that the Government’s policy and approach at the moment fundamentally risks undermining the benefits that can come from that experience… at the most fundamental level, we need these skills for our economy. If we put off children and young people who can flourish in those areas even though they may struggle in some other ones, the evidence shows that that would be a worrying trend.’

Photograph: Newsteam

Not only does music enrich the economy, but it is also good for you. A study from the University of London’s Institute of Education ‘found that exposing children to classical music can aid in developing better concentration levels, self-discipline and social skills.’ Music is both valuable for the economy and for the individual and in Finland, teaching music and learning to play an instrument is the norm. It is, as stated by Stephen Moss in his article, Why not put music at the heart of education?, ‘the foundation of  children’s schooling (in Finland); it should be the model for us to follow.’

So what are we waiting for?

(Written on August 17, 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 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news round-up, to celebrate its 70-year history, BBC Radio 3 is to broadcast music for 12 hours without presenters talking on air. Scottish Chamber Orchestra appoints Benjamin Marquise Gilmore as its new leader, who will share joint responsibility with Stephanie Gonley. Also, read about how Kenya’s Art of Music Foundation and classical music is changing and enriching Kenyan children’s lives.

Classical Music Magazine

Radio 3 to celebrate 70 years with 12 hour broadcast

Radio 3 will be broadcasting music for 12 hours continuously on 30 October.

Scottish Chamber Orchestra announces new leader

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO) has appointed Benjamin Marquise Gilmore as its new leader. He will share the role with Stephanie Gonley.

The New York Times

A Classical Music Lover Changes Kenyan Children’s Lives

Created in 2008, Ghetto Classics’ music education program, which benefits youth in the slum of Korogocho and other poor areas, is one of the project by Kenya’s Art of Music Foundation, and was set up to enrich the lives of young Kenyans through music.

Early Music Today Magazine

York Early Music Christmas Festival 2016

The York Early Music Christmas Festival 2016, which takes place 8-15 December, comprises ten concerts over eight days.

Classic FM

This musician had the *perfect* response to potential client who was offering NO payment for a concert

Musicians are often offered a bum deal when dealing with freelance work, but this member of a string quartet has come up with a zinger of a reply

NRK

Operadirektøren: – Det føles riktig for meg å slutte

Direktør ved den Norske Opera og Ballett, Nils Are Karstad Lysø, slutter i jobben i løpet av sommeren 2017. – Overraskende og uheldig, sier NRKs kulturkommentator.

Aftenposten

Jeg vil løfte operaorkesteret ut av anonymiteten

Han hadde drømmejobben som solist i et av verdens beste orkestre. Men Karl-Heinz Steffens vil heller være sjef for operaorkesteret i Oslo.

Die Zeit

Auswärtiges Amt stoppt Konzert der Dresdner Sinfoniker

Erstmals sollte in der Türkei ein Stück über den armenischen Völkermord gezeigt werden, und zwar im deutschen Generalkonsulat. Ohne Angabe von Gründen wurde nun abgesagt.

nmz

Schulen können «Vivaldi-Experiment« im Unterricht einsetzen

Für überraschend ausfallende Musikstunden stellt der WDR den Schulen ein Alternativprogramm zur Verfügung: Eine DVD mit dem Mitschnitt des «Vivaldi-Experiments», das eine überraschende Mischung aus Klassik und Rap bietet.

Musik heute

Katharina Wagner mit Europa-Medaille ausgezeichnet

Die Leiterin der Bayreuther Festspiele, Katharina Wagner, hat am Dienstag die Europa-Medaille des Freistaats Bayern erhalten. Die Opernregisseurin wurde für ihre Leistungen für das Festival geehrt, das ein “Musik und Konzertstandort von Weltrang” sei.

Twitter

Music History @today_classical #Today in 1685 Birth of Italian #composer and harpsichordist Domenico #SCARLATTI 🎂 #MusicHistory #classicalmusic

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ Pianist Dylan Perez wins the Gerald Moore Award 2016 https://t.co/L4p290YOFw

The Royal Opera @TheRoyalOpera 5 things you need to know about Shostakovich’s #ROHnosehttp://www.roh.org.uk/news/opera-essentials-shostakovichs-the-nose …

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Photo: Rhinegold Publishing/ BBC Radio 3

(Written on October 26, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Classical Music Magazine reports that Søndergård has extended his contract with BBC National Orchestra & Chorus of Wales, Music Director Nelsons wins a Grammy Award and Steven Stucky dies aged 66. Also, Huffpost Arts and Culture discusses whether technology can save Classical music

Baltic-course.com

Music Director Nelsons won Grammy Award

Music Director Andris Nelsons from Latvia and the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s recording, Shostakovich Under Stalin’s Shadow – featuring Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10 and the Passacaglia from Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk – won the Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance tonight (February 15, 2016) at the 58th annual Grammy Awards, reports BC Bernadette Horgan, director of public relations at BSO

Classical Music Magazine

Søndergård extends contract with BBC National Orchestra & Chorus of Wales

Thomas Søndergård will continue as principal conductor of the BBC National Orchestra & Chorus of Wales for at least two more years

Classical-music.com

Steven Stucky (1949-2016)

Leading American composer dies aged 66

Huffpost Arts & Cultural

Can Technology Save Classical Music?

By almost any metric, classical music is in trouble. A 2015 study by the National Endowment for the Arts titled “When Going Gets Tough,” found that attendance at arts events had steadily dropped over two decades.

NMZ

Viktor Schoner soll Stuttgarter Oper durch Sanierung führen

Ende des Jahres könnte feststehen, was die Sanierung und Erweiterung des Stuttgarter Opernhauses genau kosten wird

Musik-heute

Osterfestspiele Baden-Baden mit zwei Opern-Neuinszenierungen

Die Osterfestspiele Baden-Baden mit den Berliner Philharmonikern wollen im kommenden Jahr die Puccini-Oper “Tosca” auf die Bühne bringen

RBB-online

Bernauer Fans wollen Karajan in die Walhalla bringen

Stardirigent Herbert von Karajan, der über drei Jahrzehnte lang die Berliner Philharmoniker leitete, ist seit mehr als 20 Jahren tot

Le Figaro

Des orchestres qui marchent à la baguette

À l’Auditorium de la Maison de la Radio, le programme de musique orchestrale vaut bien celui de la Philharmonie de Paris

Twitter

Guardian Classical @GdnClassical Opera’s new voices: 10 composers making overtures to greatness d.gu.com/KWNfq0

LondonJazz News @LondonJazz FEATURE: Celebrating 25 years of the Peter Whittingham Jazz Awards londonjazznews.com/2016/02/featur…

Music Opportunities @Music_Opps Get your songs promoted on this popular music discovery platform bit.ly/1SUqTSR

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(Written on February 16, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, the ENO announces Glenn Close as star in Sunset Boulevard, and ‘Happy Birthday’ is ruled out of copyright. Also, The Guardian reveals career tips for opera singers, and reports on Met director Bartlett Sher’s decision not to use blackface in his new production of Otello

BBC

‘Happy Birthday’ ruled out of copyright

The company collecting royalties to ‘Happy Birthday To You’ does not hold a valid copyright to the song, a US federal judge has ruled

The Telegraph

Glenn Close to make West End debut in Sunset Boulevard

English National Opera announces Glenn Close to star in semi-staged production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard

The Guardian

Career tips for opera singers

From selecting a teacher to cultivating your vocal strength, four opera singers offer some sound advice

The Guardian

Decision to scrap blackface from Otello not complicated, says Met director

Bartlett Sher says the cultural implications in the US made its use ‘completely unthinkable’ despite its persistence in performances of Verdi’s opera

Classic FM

Classic FM extends partnership with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

RLPO principal conductor Vasily Petrenko spoke to Classic FM’s Jane Jones backstage at the Royal Albert Hall about extending the partnership between the orchestra and the UK’s favourite classical music radio station.

klassik.com

Auszeichnung für soziales und kulturelles Engagement wird erstmals vergeben

Komponistenverband ehrt ehemaligen Bundesinnenminister Gerhart Baum

neuen musikzeitung

Musik-Dienst Deezer plant Börsengang

Der Musik-Streamingdienst Deezer setzt noch vor dem Marktführer Spotify zum Börsengang an.

Die Zeit

„Happy Birthday“ ist Allgemeingut

Ein US-Gericht hat klargestellt, dass das Urheberrecht an dem weltweit bekannten Geburtstagskind ungültig ist. Ein Musikkonzern hatte die Rechte seit 1988 beansprucht.

The New York Times

San Francisco Opera picks Matthew Shilvock, an insider, to be its leader

The San Francisco Opera mounted a 10-month international search to find a general director to succeed David Cockily when he steps down after this season.

Le Parisien

Chassol, la Martinique pour partition

Chez Chassol, pianiste inventif se promenant entre pop, jazz et musique concrète, la vidéo constitue la matière première dont il use pour composer une musique hypnotique et rendre hommage à ses origines martiniquaises.

Twitter

Classical Music ‏@ClassicalMusic_  :@BBCRadio3 to air the premiere live broadcast of @maxrichtermusic‘s SLEEP: http://bit.ly/1V8iZCd 

Sinfini Music ‏@SinfiniMusic  :The latest #OperaStrip gives #Stravinsky‘s The Rake’s Progress the graphic novel treatment: http://bit.ly/1JzZhsU 

BBC Radio 3 ‏@BBCRadio3  :”…music is an illusion of a better world.” La Divina Maria Callas speaking in 1958: http://bbc.in/1Wfguk1 

News 23rd Sep

Lloyd Webber and Glenn Close rehearsing Sunset Boulevard for the Los Angeles and New York production of the show which went onto win 7 Tony awards/The Telegraph

 

(Written on September 23, 2015 )

Earlier today Labour MP Tom Watson has been reported suggesting that BBC radio 3 should give up its FM slot to Radio 6 Music.

Since the threat of closure four years ago, digital-only station 6 Music has enjoyed a huge increase in audience numbers. In July the BBC released figures for the previous quarter showing, for the first time, BBC 6 Music overtaking BBC Radio 3 in listener figures. BBC Radio 3, which is available on both digital and analogue platforms, had an audience of 1.88 million per week. This is down 5.6% from the same time last year and down 9.7% on the previous quarter. However, BBC 6 Music attracted 1.89 million listeners per week – a 5.5% increase on the same time in the previous year.

Watson’s argument explains that as BBC 6 Music is able to top BBC Radio 3 solely on the digital platform, giving it an FM space would increase its audience even further. He said: “It does strike me if the Radio 3 audience continues to diminish and BBC 6 Music continues to grow its audience, the BBC should seriously consider it, they must put it on their agenda.” He also comments that he is in no way suggesting the closure of BBC Radio 3, but highlights that it may be becoming a “niche station” and might be better suited to the digital-only platforms to make way for newer, more popular stations.

Despite the steady decline in BBC Radio 3’s audience numbers the BBC have assured listeners that they “are very proud of both stations and think they are working brilliantly for listeners as they are.” They are also confident that the figures for the next quarter will show improvement after the broadcast of The Proms over the summer months on BBC Radio 3.

BBC 6 Music is a digital-only station and so its listenership is obviously more used to that platform. As a channel it is produced and packaged with that in mind so would adding it to the analogue platform allow it to gain much more? BBC Radio 3’s audience, despite not increasing over the past few years, has managed to hold on to its percentage of listeners. Year on year more people in the UK are tuning into the radio and BBC Radio 3 are still maintaining 4% of the audience. Ivan Hewitt points out that Radio 3 are clearly doing something right, but in order to keep and gain listeners they will have to do something to allow for our “constant shifts in culture” whilst still maintaining integrity as a station that provides “high culture and classical music”.

What are your thoughts? Get involved in the conversation and tweet us @WildKatPR.

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(Written on October 14, 2014 )

Classical News

The Independent

Proms 2014: Tasmin Little is preparing for her 20th Proms – but busking is her real passion

The chart-topping violinist tells Jessica Duchen that her real passion is for performing for people who never set foot in a concert hall.

The Telegraph

Nicola Benedetti: first British solo violinist to reach top 20 of the UK albums chart in two decades

Nicola Benedetti’s latest album is the first release by a British solo violinist to reach the top 20 of the UK pop chart since 1995.

Classic FM

Germans use classical music to foil US spies

German politicians are using piano music to combat the threat of American eavesdropping during their meetings.

Slipped Disc

Video: Itzhak Perlman campaigns for universal polio vaccination 

‘Even two or three cases in a country, those cases can blow up unless everyone is immunised,’ pleads the great violinist.

Star Advertiser

Hawaii Symphony Orchestra extends contract with musicians

On the eve of announcing its third season, the Hawai’i Symphony Orchestra extended the current agreement with its musicians, allowing for “incremental” growth of the organization.

Klassik.com

Überraschung? – “Rettungsversuch” für SWR Sinfonieorchester gescheitert

Die Rettung des SWR Sinfonieorchesters Baden-Baden und Freiburg durch ein Stiftungsmodell ist vorerst gescheitert.

kultur-port.de

ARD-Klassikprojekt: “Das Dvorák-Experiment”

“Das Dvorák-Experiment” ist das erste gemeinsame Projekt zur Musikvermittlung, mit dem die ARD-Rundfunkanstalten Schüler in ganz Deutschland für klassische Musik begeistern wollen.

Zeit Online

Klassik ohne Radio

Die ARD-Rundfunkanstalten müssen sparen. Wo tun sie es zuerst? Bei der Kultur, klar. Oder ist das nur Einbildung, die alte Verschwörungstheorie? Auf Spurensuche zwischen dem Programmauftrag und der Massentauglichkeit eines geliebten Mediums im digitalen Zeitalter.

Le Monde

Aurélie Filippetti chahutée au « off » d’Avignon

A Avignon, mercredi 16 juillet, il y a davantage de journalistes que d’intermittents du spectacle qui attendent la ministre de la culture. Le collectif des salariés du festival in, la CGT spectacle et la Coordination des intermittents et précaires (CIP) refusent de rencontrer Aurélie Filippetti.

Twitter

Jessica Duchen: @jessicaduchen Great and to the point piece by @susannaeastburn re British Composer Awards – get nominating! http://blog.soundandmusic.org/2014/07/16/susanna-eastburn-a-call-to-action-for-female-nominations-for-the-british-composer-awards/ …

Yannick Nézet-Séguin: @nezetseguin One week left…;-) Vote for the Gramophone Artist of the Year 2014 | http://gramophone.co.uk  http://www.gramophone.co.uk/artist-of-the-year-2014 … via @GramophoneMag

Berlin Philharmonic: @BerlinPhil Passion and precision: Karajan conducts the 1978 New Year’s Eve Concert. Last chance to watch for free now at http://www.digitalconcerthall.com/en/concert/10123/?a=twitter&c=true …!

 

Tamsin Little, Independent

Tamsin Little, Independent

 

 

(Written on July 17, 2014 )

WildKat PR is delighted to welcome pianist Jean Muller to its client roster.

Jean Muller is an internationally established pianist with extraordinary artistic genuineness. Born in Luxembourg in 1979, he was only six when he took his first piano lessons with Marie- José Hengesch at the Conservatoire de Luxembourg. Jean Muller has been awarded twelve first prizes at international competitions, the most recent one in 2013 as ‘Export Artist of the Year 2013’ by Music:LX. He has also performed on several occasions during state visits of Their Royal Highnesses Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria-Teresa of Luxembourg. In 2007 the Grand Duke of Luxembourg made him Chevalier de l’Ordre de Mérite Civil et Militaire d’Adolphe de Nassau.

Jean has given over 300 concerts in Europe, Asia and the U.S.A. at major concert halls such as the Megaron in Athens, the NCPA in Beijing, the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Alte Oper Frankfurt, the Kings Place London, the Luxembourg Philharmonie, the Carnegie Hall in New York, the Salle Cortot in Paris and the Musikverein in Vienna. He has been featured on numerous radio stations including BBC Radio 3, DeutschlandRadio Kultur, Bayern 4, France Musique, Radio Canada, Musique 3 and others.

During 2013, Jean Muller presented his new CD “Chopin Recital” during a worldwide tour. WildKat PR will be working with Jean to launch the 2014 project ‘Transcendence’ with a global tour as well as the release of a CD. He is scheduled to perform in Luxembourg, Paris, Frankfurt, Berlin, New York and completing the tour in London. 

The ‘Transcendence’-album, which includes the complete set of Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes and the Mephisto Waltz No. 1 in the dazzling version of Vladimir Horowitz, will be released in March 2014. Besides his tour he will be playing in the opening concert at Classical:NEXT in Vienna in May, as well as performing for the 6th time during an official state visit of the Grand Duke of Luxembourg, this time in Poland.

 

(Written on February 6, 2014 )