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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 )

Classical News

In our news today, pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim comments on Brexit, a new documentary about Yo-Yo Ma & Germany shows London how to raise money for charity through guest lists and gigs. Also, Dulcinea Quartet and violist Stephen Upshaw receive Trinity Laban Fellowship awards & London Musical Theatre Orchestra will be launched as a dedicated showtunes concert ensemble.

The Guardian

Support Act’s £1 challenge: how music lovers in London can help refugees

Germany’s Plus1 campaign has already raised €40,000 for charity thanks to donations from people on guest lists at clubs – now gig-goers in the UK capital can pitch in.

Classic FM

Top conductor Daniel Barenboim issues a call for European patriotism after Brexit

The maestro and Music Director of Berlin State Opera has expressed his sadness at the United Kingdon’s decision to leave the European Union.

International Arts Manager

Yo-Yo Ma: star of stage and screen

Yo-Yo Ma can now truly say he is a star of both stage and screen, thanks to a new documentary that takes his Silk Road Ensemble as its subject. The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble follows the travels, travails, and triumphs of the ensemble’s rotating cast of 50-plus musicians as they tour the globe.

Irish Times

Classical music: Glaring gaps in a celebration of Irish composers since 1916

Composing the Island is quite simply off the scale when it comes to the celebration of Irish composers. The festival, which will run from September 7th-25th, extends to seven orchestral concerts and 20 concerts of vocal, chamber, instrumental and choral music.

The Strad

Dulcinea Quartet and violist Stephen Upshaw receive Trinity Laban Fellowship awards

London conservatoire Trinity Laban has awarded 2016-17 Richard Carne Junior Fellowships to the Dulcinea Quartet (pictured) and American violist Stephen Upshaw.

Wesley Collins appointed Cleveland Orchestra principal viola

Wesley Collins has been appointed principal violist of the Cleveland Orchestra from the 2016-17 season. Collins replaces Robert Vernon, his former professor at the Cleveland Institute of Music, who retires from the orchestra at the end of the 2016 season after 40 years – the longest tenure of any string principal in the orchestra’s history.

The Stage

London Musical Theatre Orchestra to launch as dedicated showtunes concert ensemble

A professional orchestra dedicated to performing musical theatre scores is to launch later this year, backed by leading figures including composers Howard Goodall, Stephen Schwartz and Alan Menken.

Classical Music Magazine

Applications open for Opera Awards Foundation bursaries

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to aspiring operatic artists – including singers, conductors, répétiteurs, directors and designers – who need further training or other assistance in the development of their careers in opera.

Sudbury.com

SSO’s new conductor one of only two women to lead a Canadian orchestra

Sudbury Symphony Orchestra’s new maestra, Mélanie Léonard, is only one of two women in the country and one of about a dozen internationally to lead an orchestra. Léonard was revealed as SSO’s new musical director at a June 28 press conference.

BBC News

Elvis guitarist Scotty Moore dies aged 84

Pioneering rock guitarist Scotty Moore, who was a member of Elvis Presley’s original band, has died aged 84. He died in Nashville on Tuesday after several months of poor health.

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Verloren geglaubte Werke von Gaspare Spontini in Belgien entdeckt

In der Bibliothek des Schlosses Ursel im belgischen Hingene sind vier handschriftliche Partituren des Komponisten Gaspare Spontini (1774-1851) gefunden worden.

BR KLASSIK

Streit um Stammstrecke – stört Baulärm die Gasteig-Konzerte?

Münchner Oberbürgermeister Dieter Reiter verbietet Klage gegen zweiten S-Bahn-Tunnel

Musik heute

Staatsoper Hamburg: Ralf Klöter wird Geschäftsführer

Ralf Klöter wird neuer Geschäftsführender Direktor der Hamburgischen Staatsoper. Der 51-jährige Betriebswirt übernehme die Position zum 1. August 2017, teilte die Hamburger Kulturbehörde am Dienstag mit.

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Classical Music News @CIassicalMusic Roundhouse executive producer Nicola Thorold dies aged 51

Royal Conservatory @the_rcm On music, starting over, and the courage it takes to be yourself

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(Written on June 29, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, BBC Music Magazine is looking forward to five performances of women composers and performers to celebrate International Women’s Day on 8th March. Also, the Queen visiting the National Youth Orchestra, the musical estate of Abbado is to come to Berlin & Aribert Reimann’s birthday

Classic FM

No pressure guys, but The Queen just turned up to listen to your rehearsal

Her Majesty sits in on an orchestral rehearsal in East London as the National Youth Orchestra and Lister Community School Orchestra combine as part of the NYO Inspire

EuroNews

Welcome Among Us, an evening of classical music for refugees in Germany

Berlin hosted a special classical concert at the city’s Philharmonic Hall exclusively for refugees and volunteers

The Strad

UK cellist Gywneth George dies aged 95

The Welsh musician was known for her collaborations with pianist Alberto Portugheis

Arts Professional

£30m revamp for Croydon’s Fairfield Halls

Campaigners are fighting plans to close the south London arts venue for at least two years, to allow for a major refurbishment and the creation of new adaptable performance spaces

BBC Music Magazine

Five ways to celebrate International Women’s Day…

As Tuesday 8 March approaches we select five performances to look forward to that celebrate women composers and performers

Der Tagesspiegel

Nachlass von Claudio Abbado kommt nach Berlin

Der Nachlass des Stardirigenten Claudio Abbado geht nach Berlin. Darauf hat sich die Familie des 2014 verstorbenen Künstlers verständigt

NMZ

„Sich selbst treu bleiben“ – Komponist Aribert Reimann wird 80

Mit zehn komponierte er seine ersten Lieder. Mit zwanzig begleitete er den Jahrhundertsänger Dietrich Fischer-Diskau als Konzertpianist

Klassik.com

Rostock: Steht Abschied von Intendant Sewan Latchinian bevor?

Die Planung der kommenden Saison vor dem Hintergrund der anstehenden Umstrukturierungsmaßnahmen am Volkstheater Rostock verzögert sich

New York Times

Bob Dylan’s Secret Archive

For years, Bob Dylan scholars have whispered about a tiny notebook, seen by only a few, in which the master labored over the lyrics to his classic 1975 album “Blood on the Tracks.”

Classicalite

Square Grand Piano Owned by Mary Todd Lincoln’s Sister Restored by Springfield Art Association

Antique musical instruments are not only considered valuable because of their rarity, but also because they tell the story of whomever handled them — or, in this case, heard them

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Top Classical News Violinist Marc Bouchkov Awarded Rheingau Festival Career Grant

3sat Kulturzeit “Ein Maestro in Perm. Dandy und Punk.” Unser 3sat Kulturzeit Porträt über den Kairos-Preisträger 2016, Teodor…

Photograph: DPA / Tagesspiegel

Photograph: DPA / Tagesspiegel

(Written on March 4, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Kurt Masur, the music director emeritus of the New York Philharmonic died aged 88, and André Rieu spends £34m on fountains, ice rinks and gold carriages. Also, BBC Radio 3 will kick-start 2016 with a celebration of new music and a study has concluded that a new home for the London Symphony Orchestra should be built

The Guardian

André Rieu: ‘I spent £34m on fountains, ice rinks and gold carriages’

He has outsold Beyoncé and played to bigger crowds than Take That. He also lives in D’Artagnan’s castle and has his very own orchestra. An audience with André Rieu, the violin superstar nicknamed King of the Waltz

Telegraph

A St Paul’s chorister remembers singing carols with Leonard Bernstein

Robert Bowles shares his memories as a chorister

The New York Times

Kurt Masur Dies at 88; Conductor Transformed New York Philharmonic

Kurt Masur, the music director emeritus of the New York Philharmonic died on Saturday in Greenwich, Conn

Classical Music Magazine

Menuhin School to perform for refugees in Calais

A party of students and staff is to kick-start the Yehudi Menuhin School’s round of projects marking its founder’s centenary with a January trip to distribute food parcels and perform for refugees in Calais

Classical Source

BBC Radio 3 kick-starts 2016 with New Music

New Year New Music: a week-long celebration of new music and composers to kick-start 2016

Zeit Online

Kurt Masur: Dirigent statt Marionette

Kurt Masur ist 88-jährig gestorben. Er war nicht nur ein weltweit anerkannter Musiker, sein couragierter Umgang mit dem DDR-Regime schrieb noch dazu deutsche Geschichte

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Dirigent und Humanist Kurt Masur ist tot

Er prägte das Leipziger Gewandhausorchester und die New Yorker Philharmoniker. Am Samstag ist der Dirigent Kurt Masur im Alter von 88 Jahren nach langer Krankheit gestorben

Berliner Zeitung

Das Wunder der Musik – jenseits von Unterhaltung und Perfektion

Als Gewandhauskapellmeister in Leipzig und Dirigent großer Orchester hat Kurt Masur die Musikszene geprägt. Der Dirigent starb am Sonnabend im Alter von 88 Jahren

Die Welt

Ein friedlicher Revolutionär, kein elitärer Pult-Gott

Er war weit mehr als der Karajan des Ostens: Kurt Masur verkörperte die deutsche Musikgeschichte im welthistorischen Moment des Mauerfalls. Mit ihm stirbt ein großer Künstler. Und ein großer Mann

Le Figaro

Kurt Masur, mort d’un géant européen

Le destin de ce chef d’orchestre croise celui de l’Allemagne. Artisan pacifiste de la réunification, cet humaniste s’est éteint à l’âge de 88 ans

Le Monde

Bernard Foccroulle quittera le Festival d’Aix-en-Provence fin 2017

Le Festival d’Aix-en-Provence a annoncé, vendredi 18 décembre, que son directeur général, Bernard Foccroulle, ne renouvellera pas son mandat à la tête du prestigieux festival d’art lyrique qu’il dirige depuis dix ans

San Francisco Classical Voice

Feasibility Study Eyes Museum of London Site as New Home for Symphony

A six-month feasibility study has concluded that a new home for the London Symphony Orchestra should be built on the site of the Museum of London, adding the project would cost around $414 million, the Guardian reports

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BBC Music Magazine As Christmas Day approaches, here is what the BBC Music Magazine team would like to see under the tree…

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A Christmassy get-together at André Rieu’s castle/The Guardian

 

(Written on December 21, 2015 )

On Friday, the Vienna Philharmonic announced that it’s crowdfunding campaign has raised an astonishing €10, 000, towards a home for asylum seekers, which it bought last month. There are still 54 days to go and over 60 000 still to raise! You can donate here: http://bit.ly/1lNJXVn

The Vienna Philharmonic has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise  €75,000 towards buying and renovating a former inn in St Aegyd, Lower Austria. For every donation made,  the orchestra offers a special thank you in the form of CD’s, DVD’s, concert tickets and backstage passes.

Vienna Philharmonic home for refugees

Vienna Philharmonic home for refugees

Following the huge numbers of refugees arriving in Europe this year, questions of nationality, social cohesion, and belonging have arisen. These issues are especially apparent in countries such as Austria and Hungary, which have faced the greatest influxes of asylum seekers. The CEO of the Vienna Philharmonic, Andreas Großbauer believes that aiding refugees exemplifies everything that classical music stands for,  ‘When we play an opera like Fidelio, for example, the singers are singing about freedom – it struck me that if we did nothing to help the refugees coming to Austria, then our music just wouldn’t be honest anymore.’ Indeed, 40 members of the Vienna Philharmonic come from families of migration backgrounds and 20 don’t have an Austrian passport.

The Vienna Philharmonic’s campaign is of course hugely impressive, but there are also ordinary people throughout Austria continuously providing refugees with meals, blankets, clothes and shelter. On the other hand, in October’s elections, there was increased support for the Austrian far right ‘Freedom Party’. It got 31 percent of the vote, on an anti-immigrant platform that included a proposed border fence. In the face of this and of tensions throughout Europe, the crowdfunding campaign and generosity of the Vienna Philharmonic appears all the more impressive.

20, 000 people took to the streets in Vienna in September to demonstrate against the ill treatment of refugees/ Lhv news

20, 000 people took to the streets of Vienna in September, to demonstrate against the ill treatment of refugees/ Lhv news

It might seem like a huge amount of money to direct to housing just four families, but the orchestra also wants to set an example and inspire others. The whole community is committed to the project and to integrating the asylum seekers in the long term; they will be taught German and the home will be a place for cultural exchange and benefit concerts. The campaign is raising money to provide more than just accommodation.

The Vienna Philharmonic has consistently had a strong focus on charity work. Throughout the year, it raises money for ‘Light in Darkness’, the Red Cross, Amnesty International and victims of landmines, it also gives charity concerts in hospitals. On September 28th, the orchestra gave a benefit concert which raised €116,892.73 towards the refugee crisis. Their latest campaign to house and permanently support 16 immigrants deserves particular congratulations!

(Written on December 1, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Rolf Hind examines whether a composer’s sexual identity can influence their music, and The Telegraph asks, ‘are the Proms becoming too safe?’ Also, The Guardian reports that a ‘Refugees Welcome’ banner joined Union Jack flags at the Last Night of the Proms.

The Guardian

Queer pitch: is there such a thing?

Does a composer’s sexual identity influence their music? Rolf Hind examines what it means to be a queer composer

The Times

The magnificent seven: the greatest opera superstars of all time

In our celebrity-obsessed age, classical musicians rarely make it into the gossip columns. However, it was opera singers who invented the concept of modern celebrity

The Telegraph

Are the Proms becoming too safe?

As the 121st season of Promenade Concerts draws to a close, Ivan Hewett looks back on a high-quality season of surprising novelties, dependable delights and the odd turkey, but one that lacked the pioneering spirit of the past

Classic FM

There was a massive traffic jam on the M5 – but a string quartet performed Pachelbel’s Canon and made it all better

Hundreds of travellers were brought to a standstill on one of the UK’s busiest motorways this weekend – because a horse was on the loose. But then a string quartet appeared and played Pachelbel

The Guardian

‘Refugees Welcome’ banner steals show at Last Night of the Proms

Sign joins Union Jacks at Royal Albert Hall hours after tens of thousands of people stage solidarity march in London

Die Welt

“Immer frage ich mich: Wie kann ich nützlich sein?”

Yo-Yo Ma ist der beste Cellist der Welt. Spezialistentum mag er dennoch nicht. Ein Gespräch über das Verhältnis zu seiner liebsten Klavierpartnerin, den Neid auf Yuja Wang und seine Beziehung zu China.

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TTIP und Kultur – Rede des Präsidenten des Deutschen Kulturrates Christian Höppner

Am Tag der kulturellen Vielfalt 21.05.2015 fanden in den Räumen des Deutschen Kulturrates in Berlin mehrere Informations- und Diskussionsrunden zum Thema, wie TTIP auf die den Kulturbereich einwirkt statt.

Klassik.com

Lucerne Festival meldet Auslastung von 90 Prozent

Die Sommerausgabe des Lucerne Festival ist in diesem Jahr bei insgesamt 78.600 Besuchern mit einer Auslastung von 90 Prozent zu Ende gegangen. Damit liegt das Ergebnis leicht unter dem des Vorjahres mit 80.000 Besuchern, die dem Veranstalter eine Auslastung von 95 Prozent beschert hatten.

The New York Times

The Concert Hall as Refuge in a Restless, Web-Driven World

For all the wonders of the web, it “threatens habits of deeper inquiry,” Ian Leslie argues in “Curious: The Desire to Know and Why Your Future Depends on It.” This book is among a growing number exploring what might be lost as we “lean on search engines and offload our memories to cloud storage,” to quote a review of four contributions to the topic last year by Jacob Silverman in The New York Times.

WQXR

New York Orchestra Cancels Season Opener Amid Labor Dispute

The Binghamton Philharmonic, a central New York orchestra that draws many of its musicians from the New York City area, has cancelled its Sept. 26 opening concert because of a labor dispute.

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Jonas Kaufmann performs Puccini arias with the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marin Alsop at the Last Night of the Proms 2015. Photo: BBC/Chris Christodoulou

(Written on September 14, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, the Tagesspiegel announces Jakub Hrůša as the new Chief Conductor of the Bamberg Symphony and Sinfini investigates the price of an opera education. Also a strike at the Opera de Paris and Hungarian conductor delays concert to criticise Europe’s response to refugee crisis.

Gramophone

Jakub Hrůša named new Chief Conductor of the Bamberg Symphony

Jakub Hrůša has been named as the new Chief Conductor of the Bamberg Symphony, from the beginning of the 2016 season.

Classical Music Magazine

Guildhall announces new creative entrepreneurs

The Guildhall School of Music & Drama has announced its third cohort of Creative Entrepreneurs.

Sinfini Music

Opera education: Overpriced/unnecessary?

When Christopher Gillett started out as a singer, his education came free (courtesy of a Government grant) and lessons were arranged at his discretion. Yet aspiring young opera singers these days can face up to a decade of postgraduate education (with a correspondingly eye-watering pricetag).

Classic fm

Top Hungarian conductor delays concert to criticise Europe’s response to refugee crisis

In a speech before a concert in Berlin yesterday the great conductor Iván Fischer called the EU’s policies ‘dated’ and ‘obsolete’ and called on European countries to allow refugees to register in whichever country they choose.

Royal Opera House

The Opera Platform to offer more live relays during 2015/16

Streaming platform to offer more opportunities to catch productions from Europe’s top opera houses during the coming season.

Der Tagesspiegel

“Wir atmen die gleiche musikalische Luft”

Der Tscheche Jakub Hrusa wird im Sommer 2016 Chefdirigent der Bamberger Symphoniker. Damit tritt er in die Fußstampfen von Jonathan Nott, der nach Genf wechselt.

BR Klassik

“Wir haben ein Kribbeln gespürt” Jakub Hrůša wird neuer Chef der Bamberger Symphoniker

Bis zur Pressekonferenz wurde sein Name geheim gehalten. Nun ist es raus: Jakub Hrůša wird ab 2016 am Pult der Bamberger Symphoniker stehen. Der 1981 geborene tschechische Dirigent löst dann Jonathan Nott ab.

Musik heute

Wiener Philharmoniker geben Benefizkonzert für Flüchtlinge

Die Wiener Philharmoniker veranstalten am 28. September ein Benefizkonzert für die Flüchtlingshilfe. Christoph Eschenbach dirigiert im Wiener Konzerthaus die beiden letzten Mozart-Sinfonien sowie Richard Wagners “Wesendonck-Lieder” mit der Mezzosopranistin Elisabeth Kulman, teilte das Orchester am Montag mit.

France Musique

Grève reconduite à l’Opéra de Paris : la représentation de Platée annulée

Après Madame Butterfly samedi dernier, c’est au tour de Platée de Rameau d’être annulé ce lundi soir à l’Opéra de Paris en raison d’une grève.

Le Figaro

Une œuvre de Stravinsky retrouvée à Saint-Pétersbourg

La partition du Chant funèbre, datant de 1909, a été récupérée au conservatoire de Saint-Pétersbourg. Jouée une seule fois, on pensait qu’elle avait défintivement disparu depuis la guerre civile.

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Of all his works, Igor Stravinsky considered the recently rediscovered “Chant funèbre” to be one of the most accomplished. Photo credit: Don Hunstein/Lebrecht/Rue des Archives

 

(Written on September 8, 2015 )

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

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(Written on February 26, 2014 )