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In today’s news, Royal Danish Opera appoints Alexander Vedernikov as chief conductor, and organ played by Liszt is to be restored. Soprano performs lead role from wheelchair after suffering injury, and Placido Domingo’s concert in Cuba is cancelled due to national mourning for Fidel Castro. Also, Michael Sanderling is to leave Dresden Philharmonie in 2019.

Opera Now Magazine

Royal Danish Opera appoints Alexander Vedernikov as chief conductor

Alexander Vedernikov will become the next chief conductor of the Royal Danish Opera.

Daily Sabah

A magical farewell to 2016 with classical music festival in Cappadocia

Magical Cappadocia, famous for its fairy chimneys, is getting ready to host another unforgettable event on New Year’s Eve. The annual musical event, “Klasik Keyifler,” which won the Best Classical Music Event of the Year award at the 2015 Donizetti Music Awards is set to take place in the unearthly atmosphere of Cappadocia on Dec. 30, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.

CMUSE

Organ played by Liszt to be restored at cost of €85,000

An organ played by Franz Liszt as a young child is to be restored over the next two years.

Soprano performs lead role from wheelchair after suffering injury

Russian soprano Anna Virovlansky was due to make her debut at the Oper Leipzig last night in Lucia di Lammermoor. But just two days before, she tore a ligament.

Irish Examiner

Loudest Whisper plan to make big noise with opera

Cork brothers Brian O’Reilly and Paud O’Reilly are behind an upcoming staging of the 44-year-old Celtic concert composition of The Children of Lir at the National Opera House of Ireland.

Musik Heute

Domingos Kuba-Konzert wegen Staatstrauer abgesagt

Der spanische Tenor Plácido Domingo hat nach dem Tod des kubanischen Revolutionsführers Fidel Castro ein Konzert in Havanna streichen müssen. Die vom Staatsrat ausgerufene neuntägige Staatstrauer verbiete alle öffentlichen Veranstaltungen.

Codex Flores

Michael Sanderling verlässt die Dresdner Philharmonie 2019

Michael Sanderling, der beim Zürcher Tonhalle-Orchester auch als potentieller Nachfolger von Lionel Bringuier gehandelt wird, hat angekündigt, dass er seinen Vertrag als Chef der Dresdner Philharmonie nicht verlängern wird. Er ist über Budgetkürzungen und deren Kommunikation verärgert.

Kulturradio vom rbb

Telemann-Preis 2017 geht an Musikproduzenten und Klassiklabel

Burkhard Schmilgun und das Klassiklabel cpo-classic production osnabrück erhalten die Auszeichnung am 4. März 2017 in Magdeburg. Gegenwärtig gebe es kein anderes Label, welches mit einer auch nur annähernd ähnlichen Fülle, Kontinuität und Qualität Werke des in Magdeburg geborenen bedeutenden Komponisten Georg Philipp Telemann veröffentlicht.

Klassik.com

Händel-Festspiele erhalten höhere Bundessubventionen

Die finanzielle Unterstützung für die beiden Festivalausgaben 2017 steigt um 40.000 Euro auf insgesamt 190.000 Euro. Festspiel-Intendant Clemens Birnbaum (Halle) wertete die Subventionserhöhung als Zeichen der Wertschätzung für die überregionale Ausstrahlung des Musikfestivals.

Der Tagesspiegel

Jenseits der Schamgrenze

Die Musiker der beiden SWR-Orchester wurden zwangsfusioniert. Jetzt müssen sie sich zusammenraufen – und nach einer neuen Identität suchen.

Twitter

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Music History @today_classical in 1829 Birth of Russian and pianist Anton

klassik.com @klassikcom Vision String Quartet gewinnt den Concours de Genève

Alexander Vedernikov. Credits: Opera Now Magazine.

Alexander Vedernikov. Credits: Opera Now Magazine.

(Written on November 28, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, the Menuhin Competition names violinists for the Semi Finals, Jazz saxophonist Getatchew Mekurya died at age 81 and singer Rosie Lowe comments on the misogynistic record industry.

The Strad

Menuhin Competition 2016 names 10 violinists through to the Junior Semi Finals

Each of the 10 violinists, aged between 11 and 15, will perform their choice of Beethoven Sonata and a virtuoso work. They will also collaborate with professional musicians in Dvořák’s Terzetto in C for two violins and viola.

The Strad

Menuhin Competition 2016 names 9 violinists through to the Senior Semi Finals

The Menuhin Competition 2016 has revealed the nine candidates progressing to the Senior Semi-Finals, taking place at London’s Royal Academy of Music on Wednesday.

The Telegraph

The Sixteen: pilgrims progress around UK for 33 concerts of early English polyphony

By neat coincidence, The Sixteen have just set off on their 16th Choral Pilgrimage, the annual tour that is central to this group’s identity. While remaining busy with their other programmes, Harry Christophers and the ensemble he founded in the late 1970s have become recognised above all for their biggest yearly project, which gets the group out of the traditional Oxbridge-London comfort zones of many such choirs.

The Telegraph

Singer Rosie Lowe: ‘The record industry is misogynistic. Women are moulded to a white man’s view’

She released her first album in February to glowing reviews, Elton John announced during a radio appearance that her first single was going to be a huge hit, and Adele is also reported to be a fan. But Rosie Lowe is still getting to grips with the concept of people actually coming to her shows.

The New York Times

Getatchew Mekurya, Ethiopian Jazz Saxophonist, Dies at 81

Getatchew Mekurya, a saxophonist with an ardent, full-throated style who worked predominantly in Ethiopia for decades before being embraced by a worldwide audience, died on April 4 in Addis Ababa. He was 81.

Classicalite

Yo-Yo Ma gives investment tips on John Oliver in response to Panama Papers

The release of the Panama Papers has continued to rattle world leaders. Of those named is Russian cellist Sergei Roldugin, close friend to Russian president Vladimir Putin.

Classicalite

Lin-Manuel Miranda and ‘Hamilton’ Yields Nearly $105,000 in Royalties Per Week

A Broadway phenomenon that’s propelled its creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, to icon status, it’s been reported that the production of Hamilton rakes in nearly $105,000 a week in royalties.

International Arts Manager

Mega donation for Royal Danish Opera

AP Møller Foundation has pledged an undisclosed figure of more than DK100m (13.4m) to Royal Danish Opera(RDO) – the single biggest gift in its history. While the exact amount is not known it is far in excess of the DK35m cut in government funding that the company has recently experienced and is believed to be several hundred million Danish Krone.

WQXR

New Jersey Welcomes Its New Maestra

Introducing Xian Zhang, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s incoming music director to a Newark concert audience Thursday, April 7, principal flutist Bart Feller made one thing clear: “It’s maestra, not maestro.”

Spiegel Kultur

Nach zehn Jahren Bauzeit: Elbphilharmonie veröffentlicht erstes Programm

Zehn Jahre Bauzeit und zehnmal so teuer wie geplant: Die spektakuläre Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg soll im Januar 2017 eröffnet werden – mit einem dreiwöchigen Festival.

Crescendo

Kompositionswerkstatt im Klassenzimmer 

Zeitgenössische Musik in die Schule zu bringen, ist sowohl der Name als auch das Ziel des gleichnamigen niedersachsenweiten Programms, dessen Bewerbungsphase gerade gestartet ist.

Klavier.de

Pianistin Saskia Giorgini gewinnt den Mozartwettbewerb Salzburg

Beim Mozartwettbewerb Salzburg hat im Fach Klavier Saskia Giorgini den ersten Platz belegt. Die italienisch-niederländische Pianistin erhält ein Preisgeld in Höhe von 10.000 Euro.

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Getatchew Mekurya during a 2008 performance with the punk band the Ex at a Lincoln Center Out of Doors concert. Photograph: Jack Vartoogian/Getty Images

(Written on April 12, 2016 )

Classical News

In our news today: new Steinway flagship store opens in New York, a huge donation is made to the Royal Danish Opera, and André Rieu launches a new waltz for the Queen’s 90th birthday. Also, Christopher Renshaw’s ‘Carmen la Cubana’ will open at the Théâtre du Châtelet Paris, and New Zealand String Quartet appoints new second violinist.

Rhinegold Publishing

Huge donation set to make the Royal Danish Opera great again

An unspecified donation has been made to the Royal Danish Opera of ‘hundreds of millions’ of kroner – tens of millions of UK pounds – by the AP Møller Foundation. The grant will be used to strengthen the company’s core repertoire, to offer discount tickets for younger and older patrons, and to assist with the Copenhagen Opera House’s sizeable infrastructure, heating and lighting costs.

Classic FM

André Rieu launches brand new waltz for HM The Queen

To celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday, the King of the Waltz has written a brand new piece of music titled ‘The Windsor Waltz’.

The Strad

New Zealand String Quartet appoints new second violinist

Australian musician Monique Lapins replaces Douglas Beilman, who performed with the ensemble for 26 years.

theguardian

Carmen with cha-cha-cha: adaptation with all Cuban cast opens in Paris

Reimagined in 1950s Cuba and directed by Christopher Renshaw, Carmen la Cubana will open at the Théâtre du Châtelet over 140 years after Paris debut.

Classical Music

BBC Young Musician keyboard winner announced

15-year-old Jackie Campbell has won the keyboard category final of the 2016 BBC Young Musician competition.

Guardian

What I’m really thinking: the orchestral musician

Musician gives an honest insider’s view into the less glamorous aspects of being a professional orchestral musician.

The Strad

Patrons should buy modern instruments for young musicians, says violin maker Stefan-Peter Greiner

In conversation with Pauline Harding, the German luthier discusses his ideas on sound adjustment, ‘Stradivari frequencies’ and creating the ideal working environment.

WQXR

Steinway’s Grand Design: A Modern Temple to the Piano

The new Steinway flagship store has opened on Avenue of the Americas, New York.

Telegraph

Pianist, teacher, writer and broadcaster Jeremy Siepman dies aged 74

Jeremy Siepman carved an entertaining niche bringing to life the works of the great composers through a multitude of books, recordings and broadcasts.

MUSIK HEUTE

Frankfurter Musikmesse zieht positives Fazit

Die Frankfurter Musikmesse hat zum Abschluss ein positives Fazit gezogen. Die Schau und ihre Begleitmesse Prolight+Sound zogen wie im Vorjahr knapp 110.000 Besucher aus rund 130 Ländern an.

BR-KLASSIK

Mehr Klassik im BR Fernsehen

Klassische Konzerte, Dokumentationen und das Klassikmagazin “KlickKlack” – ab Montag, den 11. April startet das BR Fernsehen mit einem neuen Programmschema.

Deutscher Musikrat

Hannes Reich gewinnt den 2. Deutschen Chordirigentenpreis

Beim gestrigen Finalkonzert mit dem RIAS Kammerchor vergab der Deutsche Musikrat zum zweiten Mal die mit 5.000 Euro dotierte Auszeichnung an einen jungen Dirigenten.

Twitter

Opera News @Operanews Waltraud Meier says it’s easier to remember the text of a 6 hour Wagner opera than her acceptance speech! #ONAwards

Top Classical Music News @topcmnews Austria’s new interior minister is a professional musician #ClassicalMusic

BR KLASSIK @BR_KLASSIK Das Geheimnis wird gelüftet. #Elbphilharmonie Eröffnungssaison jetzt im Livestream

The new Steinway flagship store has opened on Avenue of the Americas. Photograph: Chris Payn for WQXR

The new Steinway flagship store has opened on Avenue of the Americas. Photograph: Chris Payn for WQXR

(Written on April 11, 2016 )

The Independent

Delius: How a great British musical myth was born

A BBC film will shed light on the enigma of Frederick Delius.

The Guardian

Beethoven’s 10th? Now there’s a thought…

The composer had plans to create ‘a new gravitional force’ in his 10th symphony. What wonders might he have written?

LA Times

The Met reverse policy, will allow Opera News to review productions

Reacting to a mini-firestorm that erupted today with the news that the Metropolitan Opera would no longer allow Opera News to review its performances, the company reversed its decision early this afternoon.

Video game Diabolo III features performances by Pacific Symphony

The Pacific Symphony performs music for an unlikely audience — gamers battling the hellish underworlds of Diablo III.

Financial Times

Passion for Bach and the Baroque 

Early music revolutionary Ton Koopman is sitll flying the flag for authenticity.

Gramophone

Double appointment at Royal Danish Opera

Michael Boder named principal conductor and Sven Müller named artistic director.

Verbier Festival launches summer music camp for young musicians

Annual three-week programme to led by Daniel Harding.

Arts Journal – Slipped Disc

Natalie Dessay – are we losing her?

She has cancelled next month’s Manon at La Scala for ‘health reasons’.

The Times

Curtain rises on a feast of opera

The Magic Flute will line up alongside some extraordinary new works in Scottish Opera’s confident 50th anniversary season.

(Written on May 23, 2012 )

New Yorker

My Favourite Records: Alec Baldwin.

The eminent actor and New York Philharmonic announcer lists his favourite music.

Washington Post via the LA Times

La Scala Manager Says 7-Year Streak Of Balanced Budget Difficult To Hold In 2012.

La Scala general manager Stephane Lissner’s first goal when he arrived at the renowned opera house in 2005 was to balance the budget, which he did that year and every year since. This year could be different, he warned Tuesday.

The Independent

Sir Thomas Allen Is Still Fresh, Four Decades On.

Thomas Allen talks about his role as ‘Don Alfonso’ to Michael Church.

The Guardian

Jonathan Harvey: Touching The Void.

Jonathan Harvey’s music has always contained visions of the beyond. As he faces death himself, he talks to Tom Service.

Gramophone

Nicholas Daniel To Receive Queen’s Medal For Music.

Oboist and conductor is the seventh winner of the award.

Must We Witness Denmark’s Great Operatic Decline?

Tough Decisions Face The Royal Danish Opera But It Doesn’t Have To End In Tragedy.

Telegraph

The Opera Novice.

Until last year Sameer Rahim had little interest in classical music – but now he is hooked on opera. In a new column he offers a novice-eye’s view of this seemingly forbidding but truly magical art form.

New York Times

Carnegie Hall’s 2012-13 Season Includes A Latin American Festival.

An Arab-Israeli orchestra, a Latin American festival and the crowning ensemble of Venezuela’s music program aimed at helping the poor will be major presences at Carnegie Hall next season, examples of the growing urge to make classical music socially relevant.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/27/arts/music/gustavo-dudamel-part-of-carnegie-halls-2012-13-season.html?_r=1&ref=classicalmusic

 

 

(Written on January 27, 2012 )

Gramophone

Obituary: Dilys Elwyn-Edwards, Composer.

Born August 19th, 1918, died January 13th, 2012.

Warner And Hrusa Quit Royal Danish Opera.

Artistic director steps down; conductor withdraws.

The Mezzo Rita Gorr Has Died Aged 85.

Born February 18th, 1926, died January 22nd, 2012.

The New Yorker

Another Victory For Another Victory For Cliché: The Best Original Scores Weren’t Nominated.

Sasha Frere-Jones considers film score snubs.

Jessica Duchen’s Classical Music Blog

Sergei Polunin Jumps Ship.

The Royal Ballet has put out a statement saying that Sergei Polunin has resigned with immediate effect.

Detroit Free Press via LA Times

DSO Takes Moderate Approach For 2012-2013 Season.

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, still reeling from last season’s strike, has announced its 2012-13 season.

LA Times

Tchaikovsky Finalist Nigel Armstrong To Play With LA Chamber Orchestra.

Violinist Nigel Armstrong, who won fourth prize in last year’s 14th International Tchaikovsky Competition, will make his debut with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra this weekend.

Tod Machover Reveals Music’s Holistic Powers.

It turns out that not only are our ears in excellent shape, but also, 60 years later, we are finally finding encouraging confirmation that music is good for you, all of you. Music may even be our most holistic art form.

Hollywood Bowl 2012: ‘The Producers’, Juanes, ‘Rigoletto’, Liza.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/culturemonster/2012/01/hollywood-bowl-2012-the-producers-juanes-rigoletto-liza-minnelli.html

 

 

 

(Written on January 25, 2012 )