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In today’s news: BASCA announces election results. Nadine Sierra explores American opera and song in new album. Musicologist Robert Pascall has passed away. Cambridge Live has announced details of its 29th orchestral series. Ricardo Muti stops Chicago Symphony Orchestra mid-performance after cough from audience member. Richard Strauss Orchestra Academy cancelled this year. Bach reinvented: the Bach music festival with musical saws and nyckelharpa. Music Festival Krzyżowa – how a music festival transformed a sleepy village in Poland.

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Nadine Sierra to release album with Deutsche Grammophon and Decca Gold

Soprano Nadine Sierra has made her first album for Deutsche Grammophon and Decca Gold, having signed a contract with the labels last year.

Basca

Board and Committee Election Results Announced

Over the past few weeks, Professional and Standard members have been voting for BASCA members to represent them on the BASCA Board, and our Classical, Songwriter and Jazz Committees.

Rhinegold

Cambridge Orchestral Concert Series 2018-19 announced

Cambridge Live has announced details of its 29th orchestral series at the Corn Exchange.

The Guardian

Robert Pascall obituary

Robert Pascall, the musicologist and Brahms scholar, has died aged 74. His dedication to Brahms (and slight resemblance to him) was lifelong, from his DPhil at Oxford to the crowning glory of his career: new critical editions of the Brahms Symphonies for the complete edition of the composer’s works published between 1996 and 2012.

The Herald

Obituary: Joyce Blackham, opera singer

Joyce Blackham, who has died aged 84, was a mezzo-soprano who was renowned for her singing of the fiery cigarette girl in Bizet’s Carmen. At the beginning of her career she sang it with Sadler’s Wells Opera (SWO) and joined another young singer, Placido Domingo, in regional opera houses in America and at the New York City Opera.

Limelight

Riccardo Muti stops mid-performance after audience member coughs

The famously stern maestro brought the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to a halt after noise from the audience interrupted a quiet moment in the music.

The Violin Channel

Prizes Awarded at United States’ 2018 Washington International String Competition

Violinist Youjin Lee, violist Muriel Garnet Razavi and cellist Tony Rymer have been awarded 1st prizes at the 2018 Washington International String Competition

klassik.com

Richard-Strauss Orchesterakademie muss abgesagt werden

Die “Internationale Richard-Strauss-Orchesterakademie”, die als eine Säule der Neuausrichtung des Richard-Strauss-Festivals junge Musiker an das Werk von Richard Strauss heranführen sollte, kann in diesem Jahr nicht stattfinden.

NMZ

“Stelzenfestspiele”: Bach mit Obertongesang und Schlüsselfidel

Johann Sebastian Bach bleibt eine unerschöpfliche Inspirationsquelle für Musiker: Bei den “Stelzenfestspielen bei Reuth” im Dreiländereck von Bayern, Sachsen und Thüringen wurden am Samstag Werke des Komponisten in ungewöhnlicher Ausführung geboten – verjazzt oder klassisch, mit Obertongesang und auf Instrumenten wie Schlüsselfidel und Singender Säge.

Concerti

Musikalische Begegnungen

Erst 2015 wurde das Festival Krzyżowa-Music gegründet und hat schon jetzt ein schlesisches 200-Seelen-Dorf zu einem kulturellen Hotspot gemacht.

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Riccardo Muti conducting the Australian World Orchestra. Photo © David Collins

(Written on June 26, 2018 )

In today’s news: Ivan Hewett on composer Simon Holt, Alexis Ffrench contends that classical music should learn from hip hop, and Deutsche Grammophon unveil 120th anniversary plans. Moreover, the recording of Jonas Kaufmann’s intense Otello debut at the Royal Opera House now ranks number one on the classic charts, and Laura Schwengber translates music into sign language at Puls Open Air Festival.

The Telegraph

Composer Simon Holt on angst, creativity and the dangers of being ‘terminally trendy’

‘The world is full of composers who can fashion a slick, exciting piece that is modern in a fashionable way, slips down easily, and leaves nothing behind it. Much fewer in number are the composers whose pieces unveil a vivid and utterly personal expressive world, but which for that reason do not slip down easily. Simon Holt, who turns 60 this year, is definitely one of the latter sort’.

BBC News

Classical music ‘should learn from hip hop’

Classical music suffers from a “sense of entitlement” and needs to learn lessons from other, more “provocative” genres, says composer Alexis Ffrench.

Rhinegold

Deutsche Grammophon announces 120th anniversary plans

Deutsche Grammophon will celebrate its 120th anniversary this year with an international programme of activities and new releases. Digitised versions of rediscovered and previously unreleased tracks recorded in the early 1900s, including a reading by Leo Tolstoy and early recordings by Louis Armstrongs, are being created.

Financial Times

The strange appeal of Toto’s Africa — and why it’s cover-proof

Cropping up in South Park, Family Guy and Stranger Things, the song is popular with a generation too young to have known it first time round.

Music Week

‘It’s more relevant than it’s been for years’: Inside classical music’s UK revival

The Classic BRITs returns this week after a five-year absence, hot on the heels of the success of Ball & Boe, The Greatest Showman and Sheku Kanneh-Mason. So, are classical music and its associated genres back on the up? Hazel Davis investigates…

Concerti

Die offiziellen Top 20 Klassik-Charts im Juni 2018

Jonas Kaufmann hat vergangenen Juni sein Rollendebüt als Otello am Londoner Royal Opera House gefeiert. Der Mitschnitt dieser intensiven Aufführung steigt neu auf Platz eins der Klassik-Charts ein. Opernchef Antonio Pappano dirigiert voller Umsicht und mit der gebührenden Dramatik, Keith Warner inszeniert die Oper wie einen packenden Thriller.

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Laura übersetzt Musik in Gebärdensprache

Beim Puls Open Air war sie auf der Bühne Dolmetscherin für alle, die die Konzerte nicht hören konnten. Was Laura auf der Bühne genau macht, ist gar nicht so einfach zu definieren. Eigentlich ist sie Gebärdensprachen-Dolmetscherin, aber irgendwie auch selbst Performance-Künstlerin, so wie sie tanzt, springt und gestikuliert.

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Lebe dein Leben und deine Musik

Irene Kurka etabliert einen Podcast rund um den zeitgenössischen Gesang. Wer sich ihren Terminkalender, ihre Repertoireliste anschaut, glaubt ihr ‘neue musik leben’, diesen schönen, diesen redenden Titel für ihren brandneuen Podcast sofort. Irene Kurka lebt in der Neuen Musik, lebt für sie.

Klassik.com

Sachsen: Land erhöht Finanzmittel für Theater und Orchester

Mitarbeiter kommunaler Theater sollen in Sachsen künftig mehr Geld erhalten. Das Kabinett stimmte einem entsprechenden Entwurf aus dem Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst zu, nun muss noch der Landtag zustimmen.

Le Monde

Le business des concerts se porte à merveille

A la tête d’un réseau de 29 salles et de dizaines de stades aux Etats-Unis, Tim Leiweke, le patron d’Oak View Group, se développe à marche forcée dans un secteur florissant. “L’industrie des concerts n’a jamais été aussi florissante”, assure Tim Leiweke, le PDG d’Oak View Group, qui compte un réseau de 29 salles de concert et des dizaines de stades aux Etats-Unis.

Platea Magazine

La Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias presenta “Perspectivas”, su temporada 18-19

La Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias ha presentado la que será su próxima temporada, 2018-2019, bajo el título “Perspectivas”, que ha ideado su director artístico y titular Rossen Milanov. Los conciertos se celebrarán en Oviedo (15 conciertos) y Gijón (9 programas).

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Composer Simon Holt

 

(Written on June 13, 2018 )

In today’s news: New musical director steps up for first concert with Guisborough Choral Society, New Record set for Vuillaume violin once owned by Eugène Ysaÿe, Canberra International Music Festival has unveiled its 2018 programme. A shoulder operation is forcing conductor Zubin Mehta, 81, to take a break for at least three months. Beat Fehlmann to be the new artistic director of the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz.

Darlington and Stockton Times

New musical director steps up for first concert with Guisborough Choral Society

Rebecca Johnson will lead the group’s performance of Handel’s Messiah on 9th December.

Music Week

Spotify’s Who We Be live event becomes a riotous success

The company is set to make sold-out show a yearly event in London.

The Strad

New Record set for Vuillaume violin once owned by Eugène Ysaÿe

Vichy Enchères sale of Bernard Millant collection sees J.B.Vuillaume reach €260,000.

Limelight

Canberra International Music Festival 2018 unveiled

Canberra International Music Festival has unveiled its 2018 programme, with medieval harpist and performer Benjamin Bagby’s Beowulf and a large-scale performance of Handel’s oratorio Israel in Egypt among the highlights.

pizzicato

Zubin Mehta takes break after shoulder operation

A shoulder operation is forcing conductor Zubin Mehta, 81, to take a break for at least three months. Mehta has cancelled all concerts and opera performances.

Christian Thielemann bleibt bis 2024 in Dresden

Der Freistaat Sachsen konnte Christian Thielemann (58) um weitere fünf Jahre als Chefdirigent der Sächsischen Staatskapelle Dresden verpflichten.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Progressiv und traditionell

Heute beginnt das 2. Jazzfest der Fabrik in Frankfurt-Sachsenhausen. Es treten die Eva Klesse Quartett und die Roman Babik Urban Wedding Band auf. Das ist aber nicht alles.

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Beat Fehlmann neuer Intendant

Seit heute steht fest, wer die Nachfolge von Michael Kaufmann als Intendant der Deutschen Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz antreten wird: Beat Fehlmann.

nmz

BR-Intendant: Frequenztausch für Jugendwelle noch nicht beschlossen

«Ich habe in dieser Frage bisher nichts in Bewegung gesetzt», sagte der BR-Intendant Ulrich Wilhelm am Donnerstag in München. Er sei weiter im Gespräch mit den Verlegern und den privaten Rundfunkbetreibern.

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L’édition de la dernière chance pour le festival Avenches Opéra ?

En grande difficulté financière, le festival Avenches Opéra, qui se tient en Suisse, proposera une toute nouvelle formule pour son édition 2018. Son président, Jean-Pierre Kratzer, espère sauver l’événement avec un programmation qui se veut grand public.

Platea Magazine

Zubin Mehta suspende su agenda por espacio de al menos tres meses, por una operación en su hombro

Según ha informado el Teatro alla Scala de Milán, afectado por dicha cancelación, el maestro Zubin Mehta ha suspendido su agenda durante al menos los próximos tres meses, para someterse a una intervención en su espalda, con la consiguiente recuperación.

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Zubin Metha (c) Simone Donati

(Written on December 1, 2017 )

In today’s Classical News, the London A Cappella Festival programme is released, and Classical streaming service Grammofy is to shut down after a year. The earliest painting of Mozart has been discovered, and the Heinrich-Schütz music festival attracted more than 4.800 visitors.

Choir and Organ

London A Cappella Festival 2018 announced

The ninth London A Cappella Festival will take place 24-27 January 2018.

Classical Music Magazine

Grammofy to shut down

Specialist classical streaming service Grammofy is to shut down on 15 November.

The Times

Classic FM scores a hit by playing videogame music

Classic FM has commissioned a second series of its videogame music programme after the first became the most downloaded show in the station’s history.

The Guardian

The Guardian view on the ‘yellowface’ casting row: classical music has a diversity problem

The pulling of Peter Eötvös’s opera The Golden Dragon from the Hackney Empire must provoke some tough thinking.

Broadway World

National Philharmonic Kicks Off 2017-18 Season

The National Philharmonic’s 2017-2018 season at The Music Center at Strathmore commences with star-studded performances by some of today’s most famous classical musicians. 

GreatFalls Tribune

Symphony’s Cascade Quartet walks away from head-on crash

The Great Falls Symphony has a lot to be grateful for this weekend as four of its principal members survived a near head-on collision Thursday near Seeley Lake. 

Crescendo

Frühestes Porträt Mozarts entdeckt???

Kann ein historisches Gemälde als frühestes Bildnis von Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart identifiziert werden? Eine heiße Diskussion um den sogenannten “Fruhstorfer Mozart” ist entbrannt…

Pizzicato

Daniel Hope wird künstlerischer Leiter der Dresdner Frauenkirche

Daniel Hope (*1973) wird 2019 für zunächst fünf Jahre Künstlerischer Leiter der Dresdner Frauenkirche.

Musik Heute

Heinrich-Schütz-Musikfest zieht positive Bilanz

Das Heinrich-Schütz-Musikfest hat in den vergangenen zehn Tagen mehr als 4.800 Besucher angezogen. Die 37 Veranstaltungen in Sachsen, Sachsen-Anhalt und Thüringen seien zu 89 Prozent ausgelastet gewesen, teilten die Veranstalter am Sonntag mit.

Le Monde

L’Opéra de Lyon sous le signe de la guerre

Le chef-d’œuvre de Benjamin Britten, « War Requiem », ouvre la saison lyrique dans le cadre du « Centenaire de la Paix ».

El Mundo

El flamenco, esa escuela de energía

Pepe Habichuela celebra sesenta años de guitarra.

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Music History    in 1912 FP of ‘s Pierrot Lunaire in Berlin, after 40 rehearsals.

Image: The Times

(Written on October 16, 2017 )

Since the 1980s, Williams’ monumental site-specific artworks have rolled over sweeping expanses of ranch land in California, and have floated on the moats of picturesque chateaux in France. From the Alps to Central Park, and from Los Angeles to Seattle, his head-turning, mesmerising works have captivated thousands.

Stuart Williams in Central Park, New York City. Photo © Steven Haas

Stuart Williams in Central Park, New York City.
Photo © Steven Haas

Williams, who lives and works in New York City, holds a degree in architecture from the University of Michigan. Soon after graduation, his interests gravitated decidedly to fine art, and more definitively to site-specific, environmental art. His education, with its blend of architecture, art, engineering and urban planning, provided him with an intimate understanding of historical context, scale, and three dimensional space. It also gave him a firm grasp on the importance of relating to the unique aspects of a specific site and locale. All of these factors helped to propel him into the realm of large-scale environmental art, with a focus on both urban and rural locations. Williams has been an invited lecturer at numerous venues including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Art Institute, and the University of California, Davis.

"Breath of Life/Dresden" as seen from the Marienbrücke on the River Elbe. Artist’s sketch © Stuart Williams 2012

“Breath of Life/Dresden” as seen from the Marienbrücke on the River Elbe.
Artist’s sketch © Stuart Williams 2012

A new project, sponsored by the New York Foundation for the Arts, is now in planning for the City of Dresden, Germany. 2015 will mark the 70th anniversary of the firebombing of Dresden. In homage to Dresden’s survival and renewal, and to honour this important anniversary of an iconic moment in world history, Williams will install “Lebensatem/Dresden” (“Breath of Life/Dresden”) at the historic Dresden Cathedral in 2015. The artist will transform the facade with light… making the Cathedral appear to “breathe.” Waves of light, rising and falling at the pace of human breath, will create the visual impression of respiration. The Dresden Cathedral (Kathedrale Ss. Trinitatis) was completed in 1738, and is one of Dresden’s foremost historic landmarks. Along with the historic center of Dresden, it was destroyed in WWII, and meticulously rebuilt — stone by stone — in the 1980s. With its prominent setting on the River Elbe, it is a key component of Dresden’s historic “silhouette”, and with its soaring Baroque tower reflecting in the river, a light installation here becomes an artwork on the scale of the cityscape.

"The Kindness", one out of 16 stone figurines on top of the Dresden townhall, looking down on the destroyed city after the bombing in February 1945

“The Kindness”, one out of 16 stone figurines on top of the Dresden townhall, looking down on the destroyed city after the bombing in February 1945

“Given Dresden’s nearly total destruction in February 1945, I think the vision of one of its greatest historic landmarks appearing to breathe will be extremely moving. As an artist, I see the project as a way of honouring the survival and renewal of one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. In the end, it becomes an affirmation of life itself.” — Stuart Williams

"Breath of Life/Dresden" as seen from the Carolabrücke on the Elbe. Photo simulation © Stuart Williams 2012

“Breath of Life/Dresden” as seen from the Carolabrücke on the Elbe.
Photo simulation © Stuart Williams 2012

A documentary film is being made of “Breath of Life/Dresden.” Stuart Williams is working with New York filmmaker, Christopher Burke and French cinematographer, Martial Barrault. The film will become the enduring record of this public art event.

Visit Williams’ website for more information and follow him on Twitter and Facebook for news and updates about the project.

THE NEW YORK FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS (NYFA) is the fiscal sponsor of the “Breath of LIfe / Dresden”, which allows all contributions to be tax deductible to the full extent of the law, donate now.

(Written on December 17, 2014 )