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In today’s news, Joshua Bell is teaming up with Sony Playstation to launch a brand new virtual reality music experience, and an interview with German soprano Simone Kermes, and an exhibition on Siegfried Wagner and his personality. Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival (SHMF) takes place from 1st July to 27th August, Philadelphia Orchestra and Music Director Yannick announce 2017-18 season, and Bobbi McFerren conducts and sings Vivaldi’s double cello concerto. One of Britain’s foremost orchestras is setting up the Hallé Music Free School, and Spotify begins to produce its own content beginning with three music-themed shows.

The Times

Orchestra’s new free school will give pupils a rousing education

One of Britain’s foremost orchestras is setting up the Hallé Music Free School, which promises an outstanding music education at a state school.

Music Week

Attitude Is Everything CEO Suzanne Bull appointed Government’s sector champion to the music industry

Attitude Is Everything CEO Suzanne Bull has been appointed as sector champion for the music industry to drive forward the Government’s ambition to tackle the issues faced by disabled people as consumers.

Classical Music Magazine

Leeds Lieder 2017 to explore ‘Songs of Travel’

The festival, which will take place 21-23 April, will open with a recital by baritone Simon Keenlyside and pianist and Festival artistic director Joseph Middleton, featuring Schubert’s Schwanengesang, excerpts from Vaughan Williams’s Songs of Travel, and songs by Sibelius.

The Guardian

Chaucer, the opera: how to make Middle English sing

Immersing himself in Chaucer’s world to write the libretto for the Tale of Januarie, Stephen Plaice found plenty of inspiration in its vivacity and unabashed bawdiness, and a writer who still has plenty to teach us today.

Tech Radar

Spotify enters the realm of original podcasts with three music-based series

It’s been a while since Spotify introduced the ability to stream podcasts through its app, but it’s now taking the next logical step and producing its own content, with the introduction of three music-themed shows.

USA Today

Joshua Bell: VR could popularize classical music

Superstar Grammy-winning violinist Joshua Bell is teaming up with Sony Playstation to launch a brand new virtual reality music experience on PlayStation VR.

Die Morgenpost

Simone Kermes: “Wer geht heute schon noch in die Oper?”

Am Dienstag tritt sie im Konzerthaus auf: Simone Kermes ist die Lady Gaga der Klassik. Und glaubt nicht mehr an deren Zukunft.

Der Tagesspiegel

Bayreuther Beziehungskisten

Wer war Siegfried Wagner? Ein Genie im Schatten? Ein politischer Duckmäuser? Das Schwule Museum Berlin begibt sich auf Spurensuche

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Musikalische Grenzen sprengen

In diesem Jahr stellt das Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival (SHMF) vom 1. Juli bis zum 27. August den israelischen Mandolinenvirtuosen Avi Avital ins Zentrum seines Programms

WQXR Blog

Watch: Bobby McFerrin Conducts — and Sings — Vivaldi’s Double Cello Concerto

Bobby McFerrin possesses a malleable, fluid talent that’s allowed him to make a statement in a number of diverse musical stylings

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Philadelphia Orchestra and Director Yannick Announce 2017-18 Season – Tosca, WEST SIDE STORY and More!

Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and President and CEO Allison Vulgamore today released The Philadelphia Orchestra’s 2017-18 season.

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Classical Music News‏  Death of a vital Italian modernist

Music History   in 1876 FP of Edvard ‘s incidental music for Ibsen’s play Peer Gynt.

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(Written on February 24, 2017 )

 

In today’s Classical News, Rory Kinnear talks about directing a brand new opera, and Naxos closes its failed streaming platform after only a year. Violinist Annelle Gregory wins the 2017 Sphinx Competition, on Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles, the 2017 Grammy Awards in Classical Music were announced, and is streaming changing the cultural impact of music?

The Guardian

Rory Kinnear on his opera debut: ‘If it’s a disaster, I apologise’

He’s played Macheath, an M16 chief and Mr Thatcher, but can he breathe life into a brand new opera? Rory Kinnear explains why he agreed to direct The Winter’s Tale – a 400-year-old text that suddenly feels horribly contemporary.

Rhinegold

Naxos closes Classics Online

Naxos has closed its high-audio-quality streaming platform Classics Online just a year after it launched, underlining the financial crisis classical labels face because of the digital technology. Klaus Heymann, Naxos’ owner, said the Singapore-based platform was dogged by technical problems which delayed its launch for a year, and in the interim several other streaming services, such as Apple Music, entered the market.

Inaugural Dare Art Prize winner to explore beyond human hearing

A composer working with sounds below the limits of human hearing has been announced as the winner of the inaugural £15,000 Dare Art Prize.

The Strad

Violinist Annelle Gregory wins 2017 Sphinx Competition $50,000 first prize

The annual Detroit contest, including senior and junior divisions, is open to black and Latino US string players.

Balkan Insight

Classical Music Boosts Bulgaria’s Public Radio

The audience of Bulgarian National Radio has enjoyed a 20 per cent boost in audience figures since a bitter dispute with the Bulgarian copyright society forced it to play only music produced before 1945.

Die Welt

Er war wie ein Trampolin, auf dem die Töne herumhüpften

Er konnte uns auch mit banalsten Versen zum Lächeln bringen, und seine Imitationen aller möglichen Instrumente auf offener Bühne waren ein Naturereignis: Zum Tod des Jazz-Musikers Al Jarreau.

Fono Forum

Dorothea Röschmann und Mitsuko Uchida 

Für das beste klassische Solo-Album haben die Sopranistin Dorothea Röschmann und die Pianistin Mitsuko Uchida einen Grammy erhalten. Mit Liedern von Schumann und Berg überzeugten sie die Jury.

Musik Heute

Über drei Millionen Laienmusiker in Deutschland

In Deutschland sind rund 3,1 Millionen Menschen in einem verbandlich organisierten Laienchor oder -ensemble aktiv. Das entspreche 38 von 1.000 Personen, die in ihrer Freizeit musizieren, teilte das Statistische Bundesamt (Destatis) am Dienstag in Wiesbaden mit.

Classical MPR

2017 Grammy Winners in Classical Music

On Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles, the 2017 Grammy Awards in Classical Music were announced. 

The Smart Set

Why Music Ownership Matters

Is the shift from owning songs to streaming them eroding listener loyalty and reducing the cultural impact of music?

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Classical Music News @ClassicalMusic The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time ends West End run

Music History @today_classical  in 1880 Birth of Maria .

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(Written on February 14, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Lake District Summer Music cancelled summer school, but will include new series of ‘Young Artist Debut Recitals’. Results of UK Music’s survey on diversity highlight the underrepresentation of Black, Asian, minority ethnic individuals and women in the industry. Rumours have been circulating that SoundCloud is on verge of bankruptcy. Also, in Germany opinions are divided over the Elbphilharmonie following last night’s opening concert, and could Obama soon be working for Spotify?

Classical Music Magazine

Lake District ends summer school after 32 years

Lake District Summer Music, for 32 years a combined festival and summer school for students in Cumbria, is changing its pattern of activity. Public concerts by international figures in the festival are to continue as before, but this year it will include a series of ‘Young Artist Début Recitals’ by selected performers, and no summer school as such.

UK Music reveals diversity survey findings

The results of UK Music’s diversity survey highlight the underrepresentation of BAME individuals and women in the music sector.

Nathalie Stutzmann takes RTÉ principal guest conductor post

The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra has named Nathalie Stutzmann as principal guest conductor. The announcement comes just days before she gives her second performance with the ensemble.

The New York Times

Focus! Festival to Highlight Diverse Music of Latin America

This year, the Juilliard School’s annual Focus! festival will look at “Our Southern Neighbors: The Music of Latin America.”

The Violin Channel

Rumours Circulating That SoundCloud Streaming Service on Verge of Bankruptcy

Reports are circulating that SoundCloud is on the verge of bankruptcy – following the presentation of a hemorrhaging $52 million loss.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Merkel: Elbphilharmonie ist fantastischer Konzertsaal

Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel hat die Hamburger Elbphilharmonie als fantastischen Konzertsaal bezeichnet. Merkel gehörte zu den 2100 Gästen des Eröffnungskonzertes des NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchesters.

Hamburger Abenblatt

Bundespräsident Gauck: “Sie haben Großartiges geleistet”

Der Bundespräsident eröffnet die Elbphilharmonie und ist von ihrer Akustik begeistert. Die Eröffnungsrede im Wortlaut.

Welt

Liebe Hamburger, Weltklasse geht leider anders

Das Eröffnungskonzert sollte die Akustik des neuen Klanghauses zur Geltung bringen. Das ist offenbar misslungen. Es gibt einen Grund, warum der Klang nicht hält, was die Architektur verspricht.

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Une nouvelle ère s’ouvre-t-elle pour les instruments ? Ce violon électrique, d’allure futuriste, a été conçu grâce à une imprimante 3D. 

Une nouvelle ère s’ouvre-t-elle pour les instruments ? Ce violon électrique, d’allure futuriste, a été conçu grâce à une imprimante 3D. Avec son “3Dvarius”, un clin d‘œil au célèbre luthier italien Antonio Stradivari, Laurent Bernadac espère repousser les limites du son.

Le Figaro

Barack Obama, président des playlists pour Spotify ?

La plateforme d’écoute en ligne a publié une offre d’emploi intitulée «président des playlists» qui semble étrangement adaptée au curriculum du 44e président des États-Unis.

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Elbphilharmonie @elbphilharmonie A moment to remember forever! This is the first official photo of the Grand Hall with guests and orchestra.  https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C16x2tRXUAQAqcO.jpg

Tagesspiegel Berlin @TspBerlin Hamburg leuchtet,Berlin duckt sich weg?Von wegen! über die Vorzüge der Hauptstadt:

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic8 The Pittsburgh Symphony is back, putting the music scene at full strength – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette https://t.co/m9T8ih4eyt

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(Written on January 12, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, violin virtuoso Nigel Kennedy tops the bill in Perth, iHeartRadio launches Spotify rival, and Canadian firm becomes largest provider of classical music television programming. Also, Danish opera chief quits over steep cuts, and Istanbul’s club culture is struggling.

The Courier

Violin virtuoso tops the bill in Perth

Nigel Kennedy, the best-selling classical violinist of all time, has been revealed as the headline act for this year’s Perth Festival of the Arts.

Music Business Worldwide

iHeartRadio Launches Spotify Rival… And It’s A Bit of A Mouthful

iHeartRadio has launched its $9.99 a month Spotify rival: ‘iHeartRadio All Access powered by Napster’.

CMUSE

Canadian firm becomes largest provider of classical music television programming

Canadian-based Stingray is to become a leading player in classical music programming for television after it bought out German-based Unitel. Unitel operates the premium TV channel Classica.

The Violin Channel

London Symphony Orchestra Violinist Awarded OBE Queen’s Honour

London Symphony Orchestra sub-leader, violinist Lennox Mackenzie has been awarded an OBE for his services to music.

Choir and Organ Magazine

The Diapason invites nominations for 20 under 30

The Diapason is currently accepting nominations for its ’20 under 30′, which recognises the top achievers in the organ, church music, harpsichord, carillon, and organ-building fields.

POLITIKEN

Endnu en operachef på Det Kongelige giver op

Sven Müller blev operachef for at skabe ro på bagsmækken. Nu går han. Men teatrets øverste chef burde have kæmpet politisk for Operaens kunstnere og ensembler.

Der Tagesspiegel

Der Elegante: Nachruf auf Georges Prêtre

Meister des sinnlichen Orchesterklangs: Im Alter von 92 Jahren ist der französische Dirigent Georges Prêtre gestorben.

Musik Heute

Im Konzert eingeschlafen – Brille von Sitznachbarin zerbrochen

Ein 50-jähriger Mann ist während eines Konzerts im Nürnberger Opernhaus eingeschlafen: “Beim Aufwachen zuckte der Mann derart unkontrolliert mit den Armen, dass er ungewollt die Brille seiner Sitznachbarin traf, welche zu Bruch ging.”

Abbados Orchestra Mozart kehrt mit Faust und Haitink zurück

Das von Claudio Abbado über ein Jahrzehnt geprägte Orchestra Mozart tritt fast drei Jahre nach dem Tod des weltbekannten italienischen Dirigenten erstmals wieder auf.

Berliner Zeitung

Die Klubkultur in Istanbul ist am Ende

Sie ist zerrieben zwischen Terrorbedrohung und konservativer Politik.

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Music History @today_classical  in 1838 Birth of German of Max .

Classical Music News @ClassicalMusic Breaking: Danish opera chief quits over deep cuts

BBC Music @bbcmusic The winner of is… ! Here’s everything you need to know about her:

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(Written on January 6, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, applications open for £10,000 Rhinegold Charity Fund, government in Beijing boosts growth in classical music, and violinist Charlie Siem strikes a high note in fashion. Also, Mozart sells most CDs in 2016 and Soundcloud starts subscription service to compete with Spotify and Apple Music.

Classical Music Magazine

Applications open for £10,000 Rhinegold Charity Fund

Charities operating within the music sector are invited to submit their applications for the Rhinegold Charity Fund 2017/18.

Music Teacher Magazine

Scottish Opera to bring Burns opera to primary schools

Thousands of primary school pupils across Scotland will rehearse and perform an opera based on Robert Burns’ poem Tam o’ Shanter as part of Scottish Opera’s annual primary schools tour.

RCM announces David Lang residency

The Royal College of Music has announced David Lang as composer-in-residence for its American-focused spring 2017 season.

Australian Financial Review

Government in Beijing boosts growth – in classical music

This month, New York’s David Geffen Hall will welcome a visiting orchestra on a tour including other top venues in Los Angeles and San Francisco. But the guest orchestra is not the Berlin Philharmonic or one of Europe’s other esteemed ensembles. It is the China Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO), founded in Beijing a mere 16 years ago.

The New York Times

The Violinist Charlie Siem Strikes a High Note in Fashion

Read about British Violinist Charlie Siem’s interview with The New York Times, as the violin virtuoso not only is successful in classical music, but now also strikes a high note in Fashion.

Der Tagesspiegel

Kommen und Bleiben

Das Berliner Chefdirigentenkarussell dreht sich. Einer hat jetzt verkündet, dass er bleibt: Donald Runnicles verlängert seinen Vertrag an der Deutschen Oper.

NDR

Auf Klangsafari in der Elbphilharmonie

Jedes Hamburger Schulkind sollte mindestens einmal in der Elbphilharmonie gewesen sein, so hatte es sich Hamburgs Erster Bürgermeister Olaf Scholz gewünscht. Mit den musikvermittelnden Angeboten der Elbphilharmonie könnte dieses Ziel gelingen.

Spiegel Online

Mozart verkauft 2016 die meisten CDs

Ein vor 225 Jahren verstorbener Musiker entpuppt sich als Megaseller der Gegenwart: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart hat 2016 die meisten CDs verkauft. Allerdings nur mithilfe eines kleinen Rechentricks.

Klassik.com

Linksextreme protestieren vor Mailänder Scala

Vor der Mailänder Scala haben anlässlich der Spielzeiteröffnung linksextreme Gruppen protestiert. Die Demonstranten forderten mehr Sozialwohnungen und Beschäftigung, darüber hinaus riefen sie Parolen gegen die Regierung des scheidenden Regierungspräsidenten Matteo Renzi.

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Soundcloud startet Abo-Dienst auch in Deutschland

Der Berliner Musikdienst Soundcloud bringt sein Abo-Angebot auch nach Deutschland. Die Firma will gegen die Marktführer Spotify und Apple Music mit einem breiteren Angebot punkten: Neben den üblichen rund 30 Millionen Songs aus den Katalogen der Musikindustrie sind auf der Plattform viele Titel weniger bekannter Künstler sowie einige exklusive Aufnahmen von Stars zu finden.

Musik Heute

Raubkunstverdacht bei Geige – Stiftung soll 100.000 Euro zahlen

Im Fall einer möglicherweise von den Nazis geraubten wertvollen Geige hat die Schlichtungsstelle vorgeschlagen, dass die Erben des früheren Besitzers 100.000 Euro erhalten sollen. Derzeit ist die Geige im Besitz einer Stiftung, die das Instrument hochbegabten Studenten der Nürnberger Musikhochschule zur Verfügung stellen will. Diese sollen verpflichtet werden, mit Konzerten an die Geschichte der Familie Hildesheimer zu erinnern.

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rbb|24 @rbb24  Musikhochschule als Friedensprojekt: -Akademie öffnet heute in

klassik.com @klassikcom Luzerner Sinfonieorchester steigert Besucherzahlen

Music History @today_classical in 1865 Birth of Finnish Jean Julius

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(Written on December 8, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, the Classical Music Project increases amount of student involvement in classical music viewing, UK classical music supergroup London Conchord Ensemble heads to New Zealand, and Singers unite for first ever International Youth Choir Festival. Also, accordion ambassador Ksenija Sidorova aims to educate and delight audiences, and Staatsballett Berlin protests against Sasha Waltz.

Daily Collegian

Classical Music Project makes crescendo with Penn State students

The Classical Music Project is a collaborative effort to enhance students’ exposure and enjoyment to classical music. Started in 2011, there has since been an increased amount of student involvement in classical music viewing.

Scoop Culture

UK Classical Music Supergroup Tours NZ

UK classical music supergroup London Conchord Ensemble heads to New Zealand in October for Chamber Music New Zealand’s final concert tour of the year and performs two concerts in Wellington.

BBC Music Magazine

Singers unite for first ever International Youth Choir Festival

In April 2017, eight choirs from around the world will arrive in London for the inaugural International Youth Choir Festival.

Vancouver Sun

Accordion ambassador Ksenija Sidorova aims to educate and delight audiences

For Ksenija Sidorovas debut program in Vancouver, there’s a lot of variety: music by Mozart, Moszkowski, and Rachmaninov, a trio of compositions by Russian composers, and even a work by Alfred Schnittke.

Knoxville Mercury

KSO Launches Knoxville’s Fall Classical Music Season With a Debut by its New Director, Aram Demirjian

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will open its 2016-17 season on Thursday and Friday of this week under its new music director and conductor, Aram Demirjian.

New China

Flute sound breathes life into ravaged old Aleppo city

In the eerily ravaged old city of Aleppo, nothing indicates the existence of life, but the flute sound of a 70-year-old man, known as Abu Nadim.

NRK

Youtube er verdens største strømmetjeneste

Musikkbransjen taper enorme summer på at Youtube slipper unna regelverket som de øvrige tjenestene forholder seg til, forteller Marte Thorsby til NRK.

Die Zeit

Der Wunsch nach Weltspitze

In Berlin wird Kulturpolitik im Hauruckverfahren gemacht. Das zeigt sich im Protest des Staatsballetts gegen Sasha Waltz. Welches Ballett braucht die Stadt wirklich?

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Spotify meldet 40 Millionen Abo-Kunden

Der Streaming-Marktführer Spotify gewinnt im Wettlauf um das Musikgeschäft der Zukunft deutlich schneller zahlende Abo-Kunden als die Nummer zwei Apple.

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Suggerierte Spiellust und Spannungsabbau

Musik machen ist Hochleistungssport: Deswegen bieten die deutschen Hochschulen Mental- und Auftrittstraining an. Karoline Knappe hat einen Kurs an der Universität der Künste in Berlin besucht.

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BBC Music Magazine @MusicMagazine Missed an episode of the ? Catch up with our summary here.

CMUSE.org @cmuseorg First ever international festival planned in London

klassik.com @klassikcom Töne zu Farben: Aquarelle zu 350 Werken Wolfgang Amadeus Mozarts werden ausgestellt

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(Written on September 15, 2016 )

Classical News

In our classical news today, Scottish Opera presents UK’s first dementia-friendly performance, Yamaha offers upgrade to Silent or TransAcoustic pianos, and Dubai aims to rival Sydney with opening of new opera house. Also, Spotify is starting to make its own records.

Classical Music Magazine

Scottish Opera to present UK’s first dementia-friendly performance

An abridged version of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro will be the UK’s first dementia-friendly opera performance. With a running time of 1 hour and 45 minutes (including an interval), Scottish Opera’s performance has been designed to make it more accessible to those with dementia.

Yamaha offers upgrade to Silent or TransAcoustic pianos

The promotion offers individuals, schools, colleges, venues and institutions a part-exchange value of up to £1,250 on their current digital or acoustic piano when they purchase any of Yamaha’s TransAcoustic or Silent instruments.

The Telegraph

Dubai aims to rival Sydney with opening of new opera house

Located in the shadow of Burj Khalifa, in the glittering Downtown area, Dubai Opera is billed as the city’s first purpose-built multi-format performing arts theatre.

Music Business Worldwide

Spotify is making its own records … and putting them on playlists

Multiple cast-iron sources have informed MBW that, in recent months, Daniel Ek’s company has been directly paying producers to create tracks with specific musical guidelines.

Broadwayworld

Capital Fringe to Launch First-Ever Chamber Music Series This September

Capital Fringe will present four performances over three days with their first-ever Chamber Music Series at the Logan Fringe Arts Space, September 1st through the 3rd.

WQXR

Happy 100th Birthday Everett Lee, Trailblazing Conductor

On Aug. 31, Everett Lee, one of the first African-American conductors to lead an integrated Broadway cast, turns 100 years old. Terrance McKnight spoke — and sang — to him on his big day.

Klassik heute

Verband der Deutschen Konzertdirektionen feiert 70-jähriges Bestehen

Der Verband der Deutschen Konzertdirektionen e.V. (VDKD) feiert am 12. und 13. September 2016 in Berlin sein 70-jähriges Bestehen. Anlässlich des Jubiläums richtet der VDKD am 12. September eine Podiumsdiskussion für geladene Branchenvertreter aus.

RBB Kulturradio

Thomas Falk ist neuer Leiter der Rheinsberger Musikkultur

Thomas Falk löst René Serge Mund ab, der die Fusion von Musikakademie und Kammeroper mitbegleitet hatte.  Der ehemalige Leiter des Landesverbandes der Musik- und Kunstschulen Brandenburg bringt eine 25-jährige Erfahrung in der Brandenburger Kulturszene mit.

Norwegen.no

Ketil Bjørnstad: “Mein Weg zu Mozart” – Lesung und Gespräch im Felleshus

Ketil Bjørnstad ist einer der bekanntesten Schriftsteller, Pianisten und Komponisten aus Norwegen. Am 9. September ist der Autor im Felleshus der Nordischen Botschaften Berlin zu Gast und wird sein im selben Monat in der Übersetzung von Lothar Schneider erscheinendes Memoir “Mein Weg zu Mozart” vorstellen.

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Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ CM celebrates 40 years at the heart of classical music with a bumper birthday issue!

CMUSE.org @cmuseorg new complete edition of works by soon to be released

ARD Competition @ARD_competition . is also keeping up to date on our competition.

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Scottish Opera’s 2010 production of The Marriage of Figaro. Photo Credit: Mark Hamilton

(Written on September 1, 2016 )

WildKat PR are very excited to introduce our new client – Chad Lawson.

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Multi award-winning composer and pianist Chad Lawson will release his new album Bach Interpreted: Piano Variations on Bach Chorales in September 2016, accompanied by a European tour – Chad Lawson: Bach and Chopin Interpreted.

Chad will perform at Lido, Berlin on 15th September and in London at The Forge, Camden, on 29th September.

A Steinway artist, Chad’s most recent album The Chopin Variations reached #1 on the Billboard, iTunes and Amazon Classical charts in 2015. His music has huge popular appeal, and is listened to over 1.7 million times per month on streaming platforms. Described as ‘the classical CD for people that hate classical music’ (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette), Chad Lawson’s music is the perfect first step on a journey into classical music.

Chad is a national speaker and blogger on the subject of today’s independent music industry, and US streaming service Pandora have invited him to speak before Congress about the groundbreaking influence of streaming services on the ways people listen to music.

To keep up to date with Chad, follow him on Facebook and Twitter

(Written on May 31, 2016 )

In today’s news, the BBC is calling for amateur musicians to perform at the Proms, the New York City Opera announces its first full season following its emergence from bankruptcy & Graham Parker announced to become the new president of Universal Classics USA. Also, Spotify surged 80% last year to nearly €2bn and Yamaha offers free Clavinova lessons.

BBC News

Amateur musicians to play Last Night of the Proms

The BBC is calling for amateur musicians to perform Bizet’s Toreador song, from Carmen, at the Proms. A “virtual orchestra” will be created to play the piece, conducted by Marin Alsop and supported by musicians from the Royal Academy of Music.

Daily Mail

NYC Opera announces 1st full season after bankruptcy

The revived New York City Opera announced its first full season following its emergence from bankruptcy, planning 28 performances of six works in 2016-17 that include the U.S. debut of Antonio de Literes’ “Los Elementos” and area premieres of Peter Eotvos’ “Angels in America” and Tobin Stokes’ “Fallujah.”

WQXR

Graham Parker, WQXR GM, to Head Universal Classics, USA

Tuesday morning, the general manager at WQXR, Graham Parker, announced that after six years at New York Public Radio, he will be stepping down to become the president of Universal Classics, U.S.A. Music.

The Guardian

Spotify revenues surge 80% to more than £1.5bn

Revenues at Spotify, the world’s biggest music streaming service, surged 80% last year to nearly €2bn (£1.5bn) but losses widened as it invested heavily amid tough competition from the likes of Apple Music and Tidal.

Classical Music Magazine

Yamaha offers free Clavinova lessons

Yamaha is offering free 45-minute Clavinova lessons throughout Saturdays and Sundays in June. During each one-to-one session, a Yamaha pianist will demonstrate the features of the Clavinova which can help pianists to learn and improve.

The Irish Times

Classical music: Printed programmes are a convention worth keeping

The world of the classical concert is a highly ritualised affair. The dress code for performers is as formal as it is for weddings, although there are, of course, performers who shun it. Austrian pianist Friedrich Gulda took shunning to an extreme when he once appeared on stage nude.

Classicalite

New Book ‘Sounds and Sweet Airs’ Details Female Composers Consigned to Oblivion

Anna Beer’s new book, Sounds and Sweet Airs: The Forgotten Women of Classical Music, highlights overlooked but important female composers of the classical music genre.

The Telegraph

Royal Opera’s Oedipe is yet another revived gem to thank Kasper Holten for

Those who deplore the current vogue for shock-horror productions may be rejoicing at the early departure next year of the Royal Opera’s Director Kasper Holten, but there are several things to thank him for – notable among them being his commitment to programming fully staged performances of significant but unjustly neglected repertory of the 20th century.

Musik heute

Berliner Philharmoniker und Simon Rattle kämpfen für EU-Jugendorchester

Das Orchester in Berlin und sein Chefdirigent in München – gleich doppelt haben die Berliner Philharmoniker am Dienstag gegen eine Auflösung des European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) protestiert.

Klassikinfo.de

Große Abwanderung beim Bayerischen Staatsballett

Nach dem Ende der Spielzeit 2015/2016 wird Ivan Liška nach 18 Jahren sein Amt als Direktor des Bayerischen Staatsballetts an Igor Zelensky übergeben. Mit Liška werden sich einige bekannte Gesichter von der Bühne des Nationaltheaters und vom Münchner Publikum verabschieden.

Klassik.com

Nordrhein-Westfalen fördert Musikhochschule Detmold mit 14 Millionen Euro

Das Land Nordrhein-Westfalen fördert die Hochschule für Musik Detmold in den nächsten sieben Jahren mit rund 14 Millionen Euro.

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Top Classical News @topcmnews Bad news for Boston criticism

Classic FM @ClassicFM The 12 cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic are playing tangos on our Album of the Week:

BR_Klassik @BR_KLASSIK 25. Mai 1887: Die Opéra-Comique in Paris steht in Flammen

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(Written on May 25, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Soundcloud launches streaming service Soundcloud Go to compete with Spotify, Sebastian Schwarz comments on how the opera should entertain the audience & Ben Goldscheider won the brass category final of BBC Young Musician 2016.

BBC News

Soundcloud launches Spotify competitor in the UK

The company hopes to attract users with a mixture of officially licensed tracks and its catalogue of 125 million covers, remixes, DJ sets and podcasts. Called Soundcloud Go, it costs £9.99 per month in line with its rivals.

The Telegraph

‘Opera must never offend just for effect,’ says Glyndebourne’s new general director

Rumour in the opera world whispers that Glyndebourne bagged a tremendous catch when it signed Sebastian Schwarz as its new general director. “I think Covent Garden is kicking itself that it didn’t get to him first,” an insider friend of mine comments wryly.

Classical Music Magazine

Ben Goldscheider wins BBC Young Musician brass category

18-year-old horn player Ben Goldscheider has won the brass category final of BBC Young Musician 2016.

theguardian

Tales of the Unexpected: saying yes to today’s composers

From requests for disused shops, paperbacks, toys, to an ocean bed, composers have kept BCMG on their toes. Outgoing artistic director Stephen Newbould reflects on the challenges and excitement at the cutting edge of contemporary music.

Broadwayworld

Las Vegas Philharmonic Receives Excellence in Education Honor

The Las Vegas Philharmonic was recently inducted into the Clark County School District’s (CCSD) Excellence in Education Hall of Fame, recognizing the non-profit organization for their outstanding and impactful music education programs benefiting CCSD students through their annual Youth Concert Series.

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Förderprogramm des Deutschen Musikrates für den dirigentischen Nachwuchs nimmt zehn neue Talente auf

Von insgesamt 63 Kandidaten, die sich um Aufnahme in das Dirigentenforum des Deutschen Musikrates beworben hatten, wurden 24 Orchesterdirigenten zum Auswahldirigieren mit den Nürnberger Symphonikern sowie 15 Chordirigenten zum Auswahldirigieren mit dem ‘ensemberlino vocale’ und dem Philharmonischen Chor Berlin eingeladen.

Musik heute

Anwalt: Eventuell kein Prozess gegen Geiger Arzberger

Der in New York wegen eines mutmaßlichen Mordversuchs festgenommene Geiger Stefan Arzberger aus Leipzig kann einem Gerichtsprozess in den USA möglicherweise entkommen.

BR Klassik

Beethoven gegen die AfD

Weil Mitarbeiter des Mainzer Staatstheaters lautstark Beethovens “Ode an die Freude” angestimmt und damit eine AfD-Demonstration gestört hatten, wurde ein Strafverfahren eingeleitet. Jetzt ist das Ergebnis bekannt geworden.

Twitter

Glyndebourne @glyndebourne Festival 2017 line-up announced. Full details here:

Live Music Now @LiveMusicNowUK See some lovely photographs of our ‘The King, the Cat and the Fiddle’ project, from

bigshotmagazine @bigshotmagazine 12 Albums for May

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Sebastian Schwarz, the new general director of Glyndebourne Photograph: James Bellorini

(Written on May 3, 2016 )