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WildKat PR is delighted to be working with young American conductor Brandon Keith Brown, who is rapidly attracting international attention.

As 3rd Prize Winner of the International Conducting Competition Sir Georg Solti 2012 with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra he was “… the stand-out audience favourite …” (Slipped Disc). In April 2013, Brown gave a celebrated European debut with the Badische Staatskapelle . A critic (klassik.com) wrote “… an extremely demanding program … mastered by the young conductor with flying colours.” Most recently, he gave his debut with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra (RSB), leading promptly to a re-invitation. Other engagements include the Staatskapelle Weimar, Detroit Symphony OrchestraNeue Philharmonie Westfalen and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. 2018 debuts include the Nürnberger Symphoniker.

Following after his mentors Lorin Maazel, David Zinman and Kurt Masur, Brown combines solid technique with great tradition. Brown studied with David Zinman at the Tonhalle Orchestra-Zurich and the Aspen Music Festival . As the only US scholar of the International Mendelssohn Academy in Leipzig with Kurt Masur, he worked with the Leipzig Symphony Orchestra.

An experienced opera conductor, Brown has directed, among others, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte and Puccini’s Suor Angelica. He assisted Britten’s Albert Herring and studied Puccini’s Il Trittico under Lorin Maazel at the Castleton Festival .

Brown is a passionate educator who has gained a wealth of experience as a university professor and youth orchestra leader. Winner of the 2011 Ansbacher Fellowship, he conducted members of the Vienna Philharmonic in 2011 and 2012 at the opera camps for children at the Salzburg Festival. He is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Northwestern University, the Peabody Institute of Music at Johns Hopkins University, and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

“I capitulate my intents as necessary for the music.”

 

(Written on January 16, 2018 )

WildKat PR freut sich sehr, mit dem jungen US-amerikanischen Dirigenten Brandon Keith Brown zusammenzuarbeiten, der schnell internationale Aufmerksamkeit auf sich zieht.

Bei seinem Abschlusskonzert als 3. Preisträger des internationalen Dirigentenwettbewerb Sir Georg Solti 2012 mit dem hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt war er „…the stand-out audience favourite…“ (Slipped Disc). Im April 2013 gab Brown sein gefeiertes Europa-Debüt mit der Badischen Staatskapelle. Eine Kritikerin (klassik.com) schrieb „…äußerst anspruchsvolles Programm…, das von dem jungen Dirigenten mit Bravour gemeistert wurde.“ In jüngster Zeit gab er seinen Einstand beim Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin (RSB), zu dem er umgehend wiedereingeladen wurde, bei der Staatskapelle Weimar, dem Detroit Symphony Orchestra, der Neuen Philharmonie Westfalen und beim Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Im Jahr 2018 debütiert er bei den Nürnberger Symphonikern.

In der großen Tradition seiner Mentoren Lorin Maazel, David Zinman und Kurt Masur kombiniert Brown solide Technik mit großer Tradition. Brown studierte in den Meisterkursen von David Zinman im Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich und beim Aspen Music Festival. Als der einzige US Stipendiat der Internationalen Mendelssohn-Akademie Leipzig hatte er im September 2014 die Möglichkeit, mit Kurt Masur und dem Leipziger Symphonieorchester zu arbeiten.

Brandon Keith Brown an der Masterclass von David Zinman , Tonhalle Zürich, 2012

Als versierter Operndirigent leitete Brown unter anderem Aufführungen von „Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor“, Mozarts „Cosi Fan Tutte“ sowie Puccinis „Suor Angelica“. Er assistierte bei Brittens „Albert Herring“ und erarbeitete Puccinis „Il Trittico“ unter Lorin Maazel beim Castleton Festival.

Brown ist ein leidenschaftlicher Pädagoge, der eine Vielzahl von Erfahrungen als Universitätsprofessor und Jugendorchesterleiter gesammelt hat. So ist er Preisträger des Ansbacher Fellowships 2011 und dirigierte 2011 und 2012 Mitglieder der Wiener Philharmoniker bei den Operncamps für Kinder der Salzburger Festspiele. Er ist Absolvent des Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Northwestern University, des Peabody Institute of Music an der Johns Hopkins University, und der University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Als Credo seines künstlerischen Schaffens, kann vielleicht am besten ein Zitat von ihm gelten:

„I capitulate my intents as necessary for the music.“

(Written on January 9, 2018 )

In today’s news: Cheap tickets to make theatre more attractive for the youth, a dream became true for the shirtless violist, and listen to the Montreal International Piano Competition. Salzburger Festspiele won’t be opened with ‘Tosca’ this year. Will the fusion between Theater- und Orchestergesellschaft Neubrandenburg/Neustrelitz and the Theater Vorpommern already take place in the beginning of 2018?

Evening Standard

Cheap theatre tickets for young people: How to see London’s best plays for next to nothing

You might never be able to get on to the property ladder but at least you can see some great plays

The Violin Channel

Shirtless Violinist – ‘I Dreamed a Dream’

‘The Shirtless Violinist‘ performs the evergreen broadway classic, ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ from ‘Les Misérables’ … arranged for solo violin and torso.

Classic FM

We’re at the Montreal International Piano Competition, and the talent is blowing our minds

The final round of the Montreal International Piano Competition is underway, with the second of two legs taking place tonight in the city’s Maison Symphonique.

The Strad

British cellist Keith Harvey has died, aged 79

The English musician was principal cellist of the London Philharmonic and English Chamber orchestras, and later formed the Gabrieli String Quartet

Pizzicato

Staatskapelle Dresden will Thielemann behalten

Die Musiker der Sächsischen Staatskapelle Dresden haben am gestrigen Mittwoch in geheimer Wahl « mit großer Mehrheit » für eine Verlängerung des Vertrags mit ihrem Chefdirigenten Christian Thielemann (58) gestimmt.

Kulturradio vom RBB

Salzburger Festspiele 2018 ohne Philipp Stölzls “Tosca”

Philipp Stölzl wird im kommenden Jahr nicht die Osterfestspiele Salzburg mit Puccinis Oper “Tosca” eröffnen.

Klassik.com

Fusion zum Staatstheater Nordost schon Anfang 2018 möglich?

Die Fusion der Theater- und Orchestergesellschaft Neubrandenburg/Neustrelitz und des Theater Vorpommern könnte doch schon Anfang Januar 2018 erfolgen.

The Herald

Philanthropist leaves Edinburgh Napier university £750,000 to support classical musicians

A long-time university backer has left £750,000 in his will to support young classical musicians.

BBC News

A big change for Sydney Opera House

One of the world’s most iconic buildings is about to undergo its biggest ever renovation.

South China Morning Post

Donor frocks help Hong Kong helpers look the part on red carpet for premiere of documentary about their lives

After snub from corporate sponsors, style consultant Sheryl Bolden appealed for donation of dresses so the domestic helpers who appear in documentary The Helper looked the part on red carpet at film’s premiere.

Twitter

9 Ensemble. Civil Engagement

2Neue Brahms-Gedenkstätte auf Schloss Altenstein

Rhinegold
photo credit: Lukas Gojda

(Written on May 11, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Nikida Mndoyants wins the 2016 Cleveland International Piano Competition, Corps of Army Music offers a ‘Golden Hello’ of £10,000 for players of specific instruments or instrumental groups & the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain underlines the importance of youth orchestras at the Proms. Also, Edinburgh celebrates the start of its biggest music festival.

Classical Music Magazine

Nikita Mndoyants wins Cleveland International Piano Competition 2016

The 27-year-old Russian pianist Nikita Mndoyants has won the 2016 Cleveland International Piano Competition, a tightly contested, two-week contest, which began on 24 July with 31 unusually well-qualified candidates.

Corps of Army Music offering £10,000 Golden Hello

The Corps of Army Music is offering a ‘Golden Hello’ of up to £10,000 for players of specific instruments or instrumental groups. The new incentive is an opportunity available not only to new applicants to the Army, but also to internal transferees from other Corps and Regiments within the Army, as well as those transferring from the Reserve Army and those who want to ‘re-join’ after being out of the Army for more than two years.

The Telegraph

Prom 29: National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain: a robust defence for the importance of youth orchestras

As shown by the recent scare – now happily resolved – over funding to the European Union Youth Orchestra, these can be fragile times for our youth ensembles. Such orchestras are not a luxury, so it was good that their incalculable value was celebrated this weekend in three concerts at the BBC Proms.

BBC News

Deep Time castle display opens Edinburgh International Festival

A spectacular light display on the side of Edinburgh Castle has marked the opening of the city’s International Festival. Dubbed Deep Time, the event, soundtracked by Glasgow post-rock band Mogwai, saw the landmark used as a canvas for animated projections taking in 350 million years of history.

‘Superfans’ keep UK festivals going

A core group of “superfans” are the bedrock of the UK’s festival scene, attending four or more events a year, research suggests. They spend an average of £581 a year on music festivals, often opting for VIP passes or upgraded camping options.

Broadwayworld

Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Orchestras announce audition schedules

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Orchestras (RIPYO) will hold auditions on August 30 and 31, or by appointment, for the Symphony Orchestra, Repertory Orchestra, String Orchestra, Intermediate String Ensemble and String Ensemble.

WQXR

9 Classical Music Works Inextricably Linked to the Olympics

Athletic feats take center stage at the Olympics, but classical music has always been an important element of the games.

nmz

Salzburger Festspiele: Shokhakimov gewinnt Dirigentenwettbewerb

Der Nachwuchsdirigent Aziz Shokhakimov aus Usbekistan ist mit dem Young Conductors Award der Salzburger Festspiele 2016 ausgezeichnet worden.

Klassik heute

Cello Akademie Rutesheim lädt zu Meisterkursen

Mit Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt, Jens Peter Maintz, Claudio Bohórquez, Wen-Sinn Yang, Danjulo Ishizaka und Troels Svane präsentiert die Cello Akademie Rutesheim 2016 vom 30. Oktober bis 5. November sechs Top-Solisten und Professoren.

FAZ

Es braucht einen starken Körper

Ein Gespräch mit Anna Netrebko über den Wandel ihrer Stimme, das Sterben auf der Bühne – und warum sie nie in Bayreuth auftreten und Wagner singen wird.

Twitter

TED Talks @TEDTalks The transformative power of classical music:

Classic FM @ClassicFM Special show – What does classical music sound like in 3D? investigates:

Opera Anywhere @OperaAnywhere Working on water! Madness or genius? the proof will be in the punting!

Wildkat-PR-Nikita-Mndoyants

Photograph: Rhinegold

(Written on August 8, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, The Royal Opera House has renewed its partnership with BP, stars prepare for David Bowie celebration at the BBC Proms & the leading Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara has died at the age of 87. Also, Welsh National Opera are reaching out to new audiences with Kommilitonen!.

Classical Music Magazine

ROH renews partnership with BP

The Royal Opera House (ROH) has renewed its partnership with BP for a further five years. The relationship between the two companies, which began in 1989, will now continue until 2023.

Goldsmiths student creates AI version of In C

A computing student from Goldsmiths, University of London has created an artificially intelligent orchestra to play Terry Riley’s In C.

BBC News

Stars prepare for ‘celebratory’ David Bowie Prom

A little over 10 years ago, in May 2006, David Bowie gave his last ever UK performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall. He only graced the stage for 15 minutes, as the special guest of David Gilmour, singing the Pink Floyd classics Arnold Layne and Comfortably Numb.

BBC Music Magazine

Einojuhani Rautavaara (1928-2016)

The leading Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara has died at the age of 87. One of the most frequently performed of all Finnish composers, Rautavaara was seen as the heir to Sibelius, who in 1955 recommended him for the Koussevitzky Scholarship to study in America.

Wales Online

This is how Welsh National Opera is enticing young people to try opera this summer

It’s not always easy convincing young people that opera is for them too but Welsh National Opera are currently reaching out to new audiences with Kommilitonen! WNO’s Youth Opera production for 2016 is a contemporary opera for young people about young people.

BR Klassik

“Dirigieren wird heute oft zur störenden Show”

Am 28. Juli wurde der italienische Dirigent Riccardo Muti 75 Jahre alt. 1981 gab er 40-jährig mit dem Verdi-Requiem sein Debüt beim Chor und Symphonieorchester des BR. Seither kehrt er regelmäßig nach München zurück – zuletzt am 17. und 18. Dezember 2015 mit Werken von Schubert und Cherubini.

nmz

Feierliche Eröffnung der 96. Salzburger Festspiele – Uraufführung eröffnet Opernprogramm

Mit einem großen Festakt sind die 96. Salzburger Festspiele gestartet. Österreichs Nationalratspräsidentin Doris Bures (SPÖ) eröffnete vor zahlreichen hochrangigen Vertretern aus Politik und Wirtschaft am Donnerstag das Festival in der Felsenreitschule offiziell.

Klassik.com

Berlin-Rheinsberger-Kompositionspreis 2016 für Olga Rayeva

Der mit 10.000 Euro dotierte Berlin-Rheinsberger-Kompositionspreis geht in diesem Jahr an die in Berlin lebende Komponistin Olga Rayeva. Mit der Auszeichnung verbunden ist für die gebürtige Moskauerin auch die Aufführung eines neuen Werkes in Rheinsberg und Berlin sowie eine Edition des Werkes beim Hofmeister-Musikverlag.

Twitter

Top Classical News @topcmnews Henrik Nanasi Leads a Beautifully Played Magic Flute

The Royal Opera @TheRoyalOpera There’s nothing quite like a good book Especially when it’s adapted into an opera: ^M

EnglishNationalOpera @E_N_O It’s the last day of the summer project today! Toi toi toi to you all for tonight’s performance!

BP Big Screen TOSCA live from the  Royal Opera House  Trafalgar Square, London, Great Britain  living streaming of Tosca  with additional live interviews both in Trafalgar Sq and at the Royal Opera House 18th July 2013 Photograph by Elliott Franks Tel 07802 537 220  elliott@elliottfranks.com 2013©Elliott Franks

Photograph: Elliott Franks

(Written on July 29, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Susanna Eastburn takes exception to the claim that the age of great composers is dead, BBC announces presenters for amateur orchestra series, and twenty-eight singers reach semi-finals round of Plácido Domingo’s Operalia Competition in Guadalajara. Also, Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival 2016 opens next month, and SWR Symphony Orchestra performs for the very first time at Donaueschinger Musiktage.

The Telegraph

Why is new classical music left to wither and die?

When composers receive a commission to compose a new piece for the Proms, they know they have truly arrived. But amid all the excitement, no one stops to ask; what becomes of all these commissions?

The Guardian

Composers seek new definition of greatness in a digital age

As a champion of new music, Susanna Eastburn takes exception to the claim that the age of great composers is dead. Instead, we must open our ears to more diverse, shape-shifting and connected times

Classical Music Magazine

Presenters for amateur orchestra series announced

The series ‘All Together Now: The Great Orchestra Challenge’ will follow five amateur orchestras as they compete to perform on stage at the BBC Proms in the Park concert in Hyde Park.

Opera News

Twenty-Eight Singers, Including Seven Americans, Reach Semi-Finals Round of Plácido Domingo’s Operalia Competition in Guadalajara

Founded in 1993 by Domingo to discover and launch the careers of young singers of every voice type from every country, Operalia annually receives some 1,000 applications.

The Strad

Ask the Experts: obtaining a five-string cello

Three luthiers with experience of creating five-string cellos give their thoughts to an interested reader – and their answers throw up even more questions.

Broadwayworld

Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival 2016 Opens Next Month

One of the world’s major music festivals and a beloved summer New York tradition opens its milestone 50th anniversary season with a series of events, including concerts featuring some of the world’s greatest artists.

The New York Times

Classical Music Listings for July 22-28

A critical guide to performances of classical music in the New York City area.

nmz

Leipziger Symposien zur Kinder- und Jugendstimme

Die Leipziger Symposien zur Kinder- und Jugendstimme sind ein internationales, interdisziplinäres Podium für alle Professionen, die sich mit der Stimme im Wachstum und mit singenden Kindern und Jugendlichen beschäftigen.

Musik heute

Salzburger Festspiele: Präsidentin bewirbt sich erneut

Die Präsidentin der Salzburger Festspiele, Helga Rabl-Stadler, bewirbt sich erneut um das Amt. Das erklärte die 68-Jährige am Donnerstagabend in Salzburg.

Klassik heute

SWR Symphonieorchester erstmals bei den Donaueschinger Musiktagen

Die Donaueschinger Musiktage, das älteste deutsche Festival für Neue Musik, nehmen in diesem Jahr Tuchfühlung mit der Sphäre der Unterhaltungsmusik auf.

Twitter

Top Classical News @topcmnews How German musicians say ‘well played’

BBC Proms Team @bbcproms Why do some people object to clapping between bits of a classical work? Why do some people NOT? Proms http://bbc.in/2a59sPs

klassik.com @klassikcom Luxushotel in der präsentiert

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Susanna Eastburn … artists’ ability to communicate across the globe has been revolutionary.

 

(Written on July 22, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, European Union Youth Orchestra announces to cease operations from 1 September 2016, opera shows diverse incarnations in New York festival and the Pianist producer Gene Gutowski dies aged 90. Also, Yo-Yo Ma gets a Galician bagpipe and a violin to make beautiful music and Opera Philadelphia shows how to bring young audience to their productions.

European Youth Orchestra

European Union Youth Orchestra to cease operations from 1 September 2016

The European Union Youth Orchestra, a world renowned institution celebrating its fortieth year as a cultural ambassador for the EU, is to cease operations from September 2016 due to a lack of funding from the European Union.

Daily Mail

In New York festival, opera shows diverse incarnations

New York is famous for the Metropolitan Opera but the city is home to more than 50 smaller opera companies, performing everywhere from parks to bars to private homes.

BBC News

The Pianist producer Gene Gutowski dies aged 90

Gene Gutowski, a Polish-US Holocaust survivor who produced Roman Polanski’s The Pianist, has died at the age of 90.

Classical-music.com

How to win BBC Young Musician

2014 competition winner Martin James Bartlett gives this year’s finalists some advice

Public Radio International

How Yo-Yo Ma gets a Galician bagpipe and a violin to make beautiful music together

Yo-Yo Ma doesn’t wait for musicians to come collaborate with him. He sends scouts around the world to find them.

The Bucks Herald

Help needed to solve Second World War mystery of hidden trombone

A historic trombone which was hidden by members of the Buckinghamshire Batallion during the Second World War is still shrouded in mystery, and historians need your help to solve it.

Billy Penn

Almost half of Opera Philly’s audience is under 35: Here’s how they did it

Opera Philadelphia is not your average opera company.

WQXR

New Version of ‘Appalachian Spring’ Completes What Copland Began

When Aaron Copland composed the ballet Appalachian Spring for Martha Graham’s eponymous company, he wrote the work for a 13-piece chamber orchestra. In May, a new full-orchestral version will receive its world premiere.

Codex flores

Tod des österreichischen Geigers Klaus Maetzl

Klaus Maetzl, Mitgründer des Alban-Berg-Quartetts und von 1967 bis 1970 Konzertmeister der Wiener Symphoniker, ist im Alter von 75 Jahren verstorben.

Musik heute

Riccardo Muti nach zwölf Jahren wieder an der Scala

Der italienische Dirigent Riccardo Muti tritt zwölf Jahre nach seinem stürmischen Abschied wieder an der Mailänder Scala auf.

nmz

Oper trifft Broadway – Salzburger Pfingstfestpiele zeigen Musical

Ein Musical bei den Salzburger Festspielen? Das hat es noch nie gegeben. Doch dieses Jahr ist es soweit, wenn die Salzburger Pfingstfestspiele am 13. Mai mit Leonard Bernsteins Broadway-Klassiker «West Side Story» starten.

Stereo

High End 2016: weniger Publikum, mehr Fachbesucher

Trotz des schönen Wetters besuchten 19.490 Menschen die High End 2016 – das sind 6 % weniger als im Vorjahr.

Deutscher Musikrat

Musik macht Heimat

Der „Tag der Musik“, eine bundesweite Initiative des Deutschen Musikrates, setzt ein Zeichen für den Schutz und die Förderung der Kulturellen Vielfalt in Deutschland und betont den hohen Wert der Musik.

Twitter

Bamberg Symphony @bambergsymphony #funfact about Valentin Uryupin: He is almost 7 feet (around 2 meters), the podium was taken out especially for his turn #TheMahlerCompetition

EUYO @EUYOtweets Youth to cease operations from 1 September 2016 http://bit.ly/1TcmI34

KulturPort.De @kultur_port_de – Kent Nagano und die Suche nach inhaltlicher Wahrheit in der Musik

European Union Youth Orchestra to cease operations from 1 September 2016. Photo: www.euyo.eu

European Union Youth Orchestra to cease operations from 1 September 2016. Photo: www.euyo.eu

(Written on May 12, 2016 )

Stroud News & Journal

Start your career in the music industry through the Josh Edmonds Memorial Scheme

The parents of former Cirencester student Josh Edmonds are inviting youngsters in Gloucestershire to apply for a scheme in his honour which will help start their career in the music industry

Classic FM Online

National Music Council honours UK music education

Celebrating imaginative music provision in the UK, this year’s National Music Council Honours have awarded the major trophy to SoundStorm (Bournemouth & Poole) and East Ayrshire

Lang Lang receives honorary Oxford fellowship

Pianist Lang Lang has been given an honorary fellowship at St Peter’s College Oxford, presented to him by Mark Damazer CBE at a special ceremony

BBC News

Music industry hope for deaf Grange Hill actress

A former Grange Hill actress who became deaf says it has become her ambition to break into the music industry

Huffington Post

Live In the Vineyard, a Music Industry LoveFest

Bobbi Hach-Jacobs and Clare Parr should be fierce competitors in the cutthroat world of music promotion and marketing. But as leaders in their industry, they found a friendship through their love of music and musicians and bonded as dear colleagues and close friends.

Die Zeit

Endlich daheim

Was heißt hier Macht, was Kunst? Ein Spaziergang mit Markus Hinterhäuser, dem Pianisten, Programmerfinder und designierten Intendanten der Salzburger Festspiele

Classical Music News

Classical Music News

(Written on November 20, 2013 )

Guardian

Australian Chamber Orchestra unveils interactive tablet experience 

New musical experience involves screening a pre-recorded performance during which spectators use an app on a tablet console to control which musicians can be seen and heard.

Science Daily

Professional French Horn Players in Danger of Developing Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

A new study found new evidence that French horn players are one of the most at-risk groups of developing noise induced hearing loss among professional orchestral musicians.

The Star Tribune

Talks intensify as Minnesota Orchestra dispute faces weekend deadline

As the two sides engage in confidential talks, new private and public fundraising efforts are being explored as a bridge.

The Telegraph

Why the early music movement got it wrong

Richard Egarr, the director of the Academy of Ancient music, talks to Ivan Hewett of new thinking on old composers.

BBC News

Classical music is ‘all in the mind.’

A Brazilian computer scientist and composer has remixed Beethoven to try to demonstrate how individuals hear things in varying ways.

Charlotte Church to deliver BBC 6 Music Peel Lecture

Singer Charlotte Church will tackle the role of women in the music industry when she delivers BBC Radio 6 Music’s Peel Lecture next month.

Classical Music Magazine

Yamaha piano selection days: returning to Southbank, and coming to Liverpool

Following the success of last year’s Yamaha piano selection sessions initiative, at which Yamaha took over a section of London’s Southbank Centre to showcase its range of pianos to potential buyers, the company will be running sessions at the Southbank Centre on 11&12 October and at Liverpool’s St George’s Hall on 17&18 January 2014.

Die Zeit

Hinterhäuser übernimmt Salzburger Festspiele

Die Salzburger Festspiele haben einen neuen Leiter: Ab 2017 führt Markus Hinterhäuser das renommierte Festival. Mit ihm soll wieder mehr Qualität kommen.

Science Daily

Science Daily

(Written on September 26, 2013 )

As summer approaches (very slowly, through all these grey clouds), an air of excitement surrounds the world of classical music: the festival season is here!  Whether at home in the UK or elsewhere in Europe and beyond, there is so much choice for great classical music this summer. In Olympic spirit, London is celebrating itself at the ‘City of London Festival’ from the 24th June to the 27th July, featuring the LSO and acclaimed guitarist John Williams. Also gloriously British, is the ‘Longborough Festival Opera’, which features the famous ‘Sweeney Todd’ performed by the festival’s Young Artist Production; the festival is on now, until the 29th of July.

Whilst Glastonbury’s usual Rock and Roll tenants take a break this year, the ‘Orchestra in a Field’ at Glastonbury Abbey, Somerset, takes place this weekend (30th June to 1st July) providing ‘Tchaikovsky to Tubular Bells by way of Opera, Hip Hop and hand bells’ (Classical-music.com) as well as free tickets to those under the age of 13, a great, fun event to introduce children to classical music. Another great event this weekend takes place at the prestigious ‘Wigmore Hall’: you can hear and see the Leipzig String Quartet as well as soloists of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, providing exciting music from Brahms to Beethoven.

Finishing this week is the renowned ‘Istanbul Music Festival’, which has been running for the entire month of June. In its 40th year, it has featured (a staggering) over 750 artists this year, including the Warsaw Philharmonic Choir and the Chamber Orchestra Vienna-Berlin. It has also commissioned works by the revered composers Giya Kancheli and Fazil Say, which were premiered at the festival.

Even further east is the ‘IV Gabala International Festival‘ of Azerbaijan, taking place from the 25th of July to the 5th of August, featuring traditional Chamber music, as well as Mugham – the folk compositions of Azerbaijan, which are now a UNESCO protected cultural heritage.

More centrally in Europe, Austria is hosting some of the world’s finest classical music festivals. The month-long, extraordinary ‘Bregenzer Festspiele‘ (18th July to the 18th August), in its breathtaking lake-side location features Opera on the Lake (with its stunning staging), an array of Chamber music, Theatre, and Music and Poetry: a highlight of which is Shostakovich’s ‘Ten Poems on Texts by Revolutionary Poets for mixed chorus op.88’. The renowned ‘Salzburger Festspiele‘ is one of THE summer events, from the 20th July to the 2nd September, featuring music and operas, from ‘Ariadne auf Naxos’, to ‘La Boheme’; Whilst August welcomes the ‘Innsbrucker Festwochen der alten Musik‘, from the 8th to the 26th, spanning all areas of classical music from Oriental Baroque to Slavonic Dances.

The beautiful landscapes of Italy host the ‘Incontri in Terra di Siena’ in lush Tuscany, where classical music is coupled with contemporary Jazz as well as Olive Oil and Wine tasting (definitely not one to miss!) A highlight is the Borromeo String Quartet playing Bach, Debussy and Schubert on the 22nd of July. The entire festival is from the 20th to the 29th of July.

Whether travelling abroad or staying at home in this important 2012 summer, there are numerous great festivals not be missed, an abundance of which can be found on our ‘July Unmissables’ pinterest page here.

The Famous Staging at Bregenzer Festspiele

(Written on June 28, 2012 )