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In today’s news: AI could become the next Mozart, violins that incorporate spiders’ silk, nominations for 2018 International Opera Awards are open. A missing Weill song is rediscovered and the German theatre prizes are awarded.

The Telegraph

Royal Academy of Music sacks lecturer over student guide that referred to string players as ‘pond life’ and violinists as ‘gypos’

The advice note circulated to students at the prestigious Royal Academy of Music was intended to help them get jobs and keep them. Instead, it caused a student revolt leading to the sacking of the senior lecturer who wrote it.

Classical Music

Nominations open for 2018 International Opera Awards

Members of the public can submit nominations in with categories including Male and Female Singer of the Year, New Production of the Year, Opera Company of the Year, and awards for Philanthropy and Education and Outreach initiatives.

Opera Now

Wexford Festival Opera awards artistic bursaries

Wexford Festival Opera artistic director David Agler has revealed the winners of three artistic bursaries following the company’s 66th season.

Futurism

Will the Next Mozart be a Robot?

The Creative AI.

NewStatesman

Why classical purists should start taking video game music seriously

The best music stays with you long after you finish playing.

Classic FM

These violins are made from spiders’ silk, and they sound beautifully mellow

An engineering student from Imperial College London has built a violin with a composite that incorporates spiders’ silk.

Codex flores

Verschollenes Weill-Lied in Berlin wiederentdeckt

In einem Berliner Archiv ist ein bislang als verschollen gegoltenes Lied Kurt Weills wieder aufgefunden worden. Das dreiseitige Notenblatt enthält das für Lotte Lenya geschriebene «Lied vom weissen Käse».

Pizzicato

‘rainy days’ in Luxemburg: « Für Musik, die es schwer hat »

„How does it feeI?“ nennt sich das Festival für Neue Musik ‘rainy days’, das gestern in der Luxemburger Philharmonie begann und noch bis zum 19. November dauert.

Klassik.com

Faust-Theaterpreis 2017 für Christoph Marthaler

Der Schweizer Regisseur Christoph Marthaler hat den Deutschen Theaterpreis “Der Faust” 2017 in der Kategorie “Regie Musiktheater” erhalten.

Spettacoli e Cultura

Chopin, mistero risolto: uno studio rivela la causa della morte del compositore polacco

I suoi notturni sono tra le composizioni musicali più famose e citate di tutti i tempi. E finora il buio, e il mistero, continuavano ad avvolgere le circostanze della sua morte.

Twitter

  in 1934 FP of ‘s Rhapsody On A Theme of Paganini with & Leopold Stokowski

 

Image: Opera Now

(Written on November 7, 2017 )

Classic FM

Lark Ascending soundtracks controversial Coronation Street death

The scene, in which Hayley (played by actress Julie Hesmondhalgh) ends her own struggle with pancreatic cancer by mixing a lethal cocktail of medicine, ended with her on-screen husband, Roy Cropper (played by David Neilson) putting on a CD of Hayley’s favourite piece, Ralph Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending.

Mozart son’s gravestone vandalised in Czech town 

The grave of Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart, son of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, has been vandalised in the Czech town of Karlovy Vary.

The Telegraph

Katherine Jenkins and the classical music stars who please our ears – and eyes

“La Jenkins’s new look can’t disguise what the classical world knows well – sex sells.” Adam Sweeting on sexual objectification in the classical music industry.

BBC Music Magazine

Tugan Sokhiev takes up Bolshoi post

Tugan Sokhiev has been appointed the music director and chief conductor of the Bolshoi Theatre.

The Oregonian

Cascadia Composers performing “Black Out,” a concert in complete darkness

Paul Safar and Nancy Wood, a husband-and-wife performance duo, will play at “Black Out” a show put on by Cascadia Composers in complete darkness, hoping to stimulate the audience’s aural capabilities by limiting their vision. 

International Arts Manager

Orchestra streams concert to hospital patients

Patients at a Philadelphia hospital will soon be able to view orchestra performances live on their bedside TVs. The initiative is the result of a partnership between the The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, announced earlier this week.

Arts Journal – Slipped Disc

Could a robot stand in for live musicians?

Robot maker Guy Hoffman thinks his machines can simulate a soul.

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(Written on January 22, 2014 )