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WildKat PR is thrilled to be working with Blüthner on their inaugural Piano Series. Seven virtuosi will showcase the piano with its unique Golden Tone in a series of seven recitals held at St John’s Smith Square over the 2017/18 season.

From its founding in 1853 by Julius Blüthner, the eponymous firm has remained family-run. Current CEO, Dr Christian Blüthner-Haessler, enjoyed a successful career as a cancer surgeon, before taking the reins in 1996, and being named Businessman of the Year in Germany in 2004 after just 8 years in the industry.

From its inception, Blüthner has been an innovative company, which can be seen today in its impressive range of Design Pianos, and the extraordinary PH Grand. Blüthner has also pushed boundaries exploring the mechanics of tone production, with the creation of the Aliquot string, an added fourth string which vibrates sympathetically, cylindrical soundboards, and angle cut hammers, resulting in a truly special sound.

The starry list of Blüthner advocates includes Brahms, Mahler, Bartók, Debussy, Reger, Wagner, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Rachmaninoff, Liberace, Stevie Wonder, and Ariana Grande.

The seven programmes held at St John’s Smith Square will be performed by outstanding talents from across the world, highlighting the versatility, depth, and character of the Blüthner instrument. Repertoire will include Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven; Tchaikovsky, Chopin, and Brahms; Stravinsky and transcriptions of Chinese music; Sjogren, Nielssen, and Nilsson. Tom Poster’s Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective will open the series performing Clara Schumann, Brahms, Schubert, and Robert Schumann.

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(Written on September 14, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, winners of the British Composer Awards 2016 are revealed, nominees for 59th Grammy Awards announced, and the question is raised whether independent music shops can survive on today’s high street. Also, Billboard acknowledges the most powerful executive women in music, and two German online publications appoint female editors for the first time.

Classical Music Magazine

British Composer Awards 2016 winners revealed

Thirteen composers were presented with awards at the ceremony at the British Film Institute on 6 December, which highlighted the best compositions that premiered in the UK in the 12 months leading up to 31 March 2016.

Nominees for 59th Grammy Awards announced

The nominees for the 59th annual Grammy Awards have been announced. More than 22,000 submissions were registered across 84 categories for this year’s awards.

The Guardian

Independent thinking: can music shops survive on today’s high street?

Small retailers everywhere are struggling to compete with online competition. But one classical music store in north London is surviving – and even thriving.

CMUSE

Stravinsky piece performed after remaining hidden for 106 years

The Mariinsky Orchestra performed the Funeral Song by Igor Stravinsky on 2 December, marking only the second time the work has been performed since its composition in 1909.

The Violin Channel

Notos Quartett Awarded 1st Prize at Dutch Almere Chamber Comp

Notos Quartett has been awarded 1st prize at the 2016 Almere International Chamber Music Competition, in Almere, Holland

Billboard.com

Women In Music 2016: The 100 Most Powerful Executives

From making records to protecting rights, negotiating contracts to discovering talent, the female executives included on Billboard’s 2016 Women in Music list represent the best of today’s dealmakers, influencers and tastemakers.

Klassik.com

Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz erhält Auszeichnung für bestes Konzertprogramm

Die Jury hob in ihrer Begründung die stilistische Breite der Programme hervor, darüber hinaus honoriere der Verband mit dem Preis die bedeutende Stellung, die Sinfonik des 20. Jahrhunderts sowie zeitgenössische Musik in den Konzerten des Orchesters einnehme.

Zeit.de

Erstmals Frauen an der Spitze von wichtigen Onlinemedien

“Spiegel-Online” und “SZ.de” werden künftig von Chefredakteurinnen geführt. Im Spiegelverlag war dem Wechsel eine Kontroverse mit der Redaktion vorausgegangen.

Musik heute

Anthony Bramall wird Chefdirigent am Gärtnerplatztheater

Anthony Bramall (Jahrgang 1957), derzeit stellvertretender Generalmusikdirektor der Oper Leipzig, wird den Posten in der Spielzeit 2017/18 antreten. Bramall hat schon mehrfach am Gärtnerplatztheater gearbeitet.

RBB Kulturradio

Turner Preis für Helen Marten

Die Britin bekommt den renommierten Preis für ihre poetische Kunst aus Alltagsgegenständen.

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(Written on December 7, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, The 2016 Violin Society of America International Instrument and Bow Making Competition, which was hold in Cleveland, USA, has announced this year’s prizes and winners. London-based Violin Maker, Gabor Draskoczy, received dual gold medals for both ‘Violin Tone’ and ‘Violin Workmanship’ categories. Funeral Song, an early work by Stravinsky has been rediscovered in 2015, and will receive its first performance in 107 years in St Petersburg on 2 December. Also, findings from a study are helping researchers understand why music lessons are beneficial to children with autism and ADHD.

The Violin Channel

Violin Maker Gabor Draskoczy Sweeps Rare Golden Double at Violin Society of America Awards

The competition prizes have been announced at the 2016 Violin Society of America International Instrument and Bow Making Competition, in Cleveland.

BBC Music Magazine

Lost work by Stravinsky restored

Stravinsky’s Funeral Song will receive its first performance in 107 years.

CMUSE

Study finds music lessons improve brain activity in children

Findings from a study are helping researchers understand why music lessons are beneficial to children with autism and ADHD.

Music Teacher Magazine

Musical theme announced for Shakespeare Week 2017

Shakespeare Week, a free scheme for primary school children and their families, will have a musical theme in 2017, with Birmingham Conservatoire principal Julian Lloyd Webber appointed as patron and the release of a new song for assemblies.

International Arts Manager

Singapore Chinese Orchestra announce digital concert

Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO) will become the first Chinese orchestra to broadcast an online digital concert when they perform at SCO Concert Hall on 26 November.

Koreaherald.com

Classical music, delivered to the home

Classical music has begun seeping into the household recently. New platforms are connecting classical performers and listeners directly, allowing consumers to customize the music they listen to. Mini-concerts are now being held inside homes, returning classical music to its salon origins.

Klassik.com

Fazil Say erhält Internationalen Beethovenpreis

Der türkische Pianist Fazil Say ist Träger des Internationalen Beethovenpreises für Men­schenrechte, Frieden, Freiheit, Armutsbekämpfung und Inklusion, der in diesem Jahr zum zweiten Mal vergeben wird. Die Auszeichnung ist mit 10.000 Euro dotiert.

Händel-Preis der Stadt Halle 2017 für Mezzosopranistin Vivica Genaux

Die Mezzosopranistin Vivica Genaux erhält den Händel-Preis der Stadt Halle 2017. Die Stiftung Händel-Haus, von der die undotierte Auszeichnung verliehen wird, bezeichnete die US-amerikanische Sängerin als eine der weltweit führenden Interpretinnen von Werken der Barockzeit bis hin zum Belcanto-Repertoire.

Musik Heute

Unesco-Lehrstuhl für Transnationale Musikforschung in Weimar und Jena

Der Lehrstuhl für Transkulturelle Musikforschung in Weimar und Jena ist von der Unesco aufgewertet worden – zum Unesco Chair on Transcultural Music Studies. Er sei damit der zwölfte Unesco-Lehrstuhl in Deutschland und Teil eines weltweiten Netzwerkes von mehr als 700 Lehrstühlen in 124 Ländern.

Neue Musikzeitung

Hildesheimer Forscher wollen Musikkultur Nigerias retten

Um die von islamistischem Terror gefährdete Musikkultur Nigerias zu retten, digitalisieren Hildesheimer Musikwissenschaftler seltene Tonaufnahmen aus dem afrikanischen Land. Die 2009 gestartete Zusammenarbeit werde mit dem Ziel fortgesetzt, die Musik über ein Internet-Portal auch den Menschen in Nigeria wieder per Smartphone zugänglich zu machen.

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(Written on November 22, 2016 )

Classical News

In our news today, Chamber Music Charleston presents the Little Mozart Circus, Jonathan Groves launches his own artist management company, and the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera is celebrating their 84th anniversary. Also, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra adds new principal violin, and Jakub Hrůša makes his debut as new chief conductor of the Bamberg Symphony with three inaugural concerts.

The Post and Courier

Expose the kids to classical music at Little Mozart Circus

Chamber Music Charleston presents the Little Mozart Circus on Saturday at Marion Square. Mozart is considered a musical genius, so why not introduce your child to the advantages of learning and appreciating classical music?

Classical Music Magazine

Launch of Groves Artists

Jonathan Groves has launched his own artist management company after more than four decades with Ingpen & Williams. Groves Artists will continue to work for the artists previously represented by Ingpen & Williams.

The Pulse

Classical Music Is Alive and Well

The Chattanooga Symphony and Opera is celebrating their 84th anniversary this year, and will be kicking off their new season Thursday evening at the historic Tivoli Theater in downtown Chattanooga.

VC Reporter

CHAMBER ON THE MOUNTAIN | Ojai’s classical music series kicks off its 2016-17 season with violinist Itamar Zorman, pianist Kwan Yi

The Ojai Valley, long known for it’s modern classical music leanings with the world-renowned annual Ojai Music Festival, will soon be filled with the sounds of more traditional classical sounds throughout the coming year.

The Morning Call

Classical: Allentown Symphony presents music from Oscar films

On Saturday, September 24, the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Ronald Demkee, will present a program of favorite music from Oscar-winning films.

TwinCities

SPCO adds new principal violin

The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra has named Spanish violinist Francisco Fullana its newest principal violin. The position will have leadership, solo and chamber music opportunities while splitting the more traditional second violin duties with fellow principal violin Kyu-Young Kim.

CMUSE

How Holst’s Jupiter influenced film and video game scores

Jupiter, Bringer of Jollity” is the central movement of Gustav Holst’s Planets Suite and has the most varied melodic structure: with its Stravinsky-like ostinati and syncopation and a central melody as solemn as an anthem, it constitutes the quintessential early-20th-century English composition.

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Neue Musik trifft Facebook: Noch zehn Tage Einreichungsfrist für den JukeBoxx NewMusic Award

Auch in diesem Jahr vergibt die Christoph und Stephan Kaske Stiftung in Zusammenarbeit mit der neuen musikzeitung wieder den JukeBoxx NewMusic Award für Komponisten zeitgenössischer Musik.

Klassik heute

Antrittskonzerte von Jakub Hrůša mit den Bamberger Symphonikern

Am ersten Oktober-Wochenende gibt Jakub Hrůša seinen Einstand als neuer Chefdirigent der 1946 gegründeten Bamberger Symphoniker mit gleich drei Antrittskonzerten. Das erste überträgt BR-Klassik live am 30. September aus der Konzerthalle Bamberg.

RBB Kulturradio

Kurt Sanderling wird mit Gedenktafel geehrt

Eine Gedenktafel erinnert künftig an den langjährigen Chefdirigenten des Berliner Sinfonie-Orchesters Kurt Sanderling. Kulturstaatssekretär Renner wird am Freitag am letzten Wohnhaus Sanderlings die Tafel enthüllen.

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Jakub Hrusa, Photo: Andreas Herzau / Bamberger Symphoniker

(Written on September 22, 2016 )

In today’s news, Tom Service explores the dark side of classical music, the Royal Ballet live streams rehearsals and classes, Classic FM records a 22-year-old’s emotions after listening to classical music for the first time and Norman Lebrecht reports on Covent Garden’s new sound system

The Guardian

Music as a torture weapon: exploring the dark side

A composer’s highest joys have long been used to violate prisoners’ minds, destroying their inner beings. And not just at Guantanamo, either

Gramophone 

Enjoy 23 hours of live footage on World Ballet day live

The Royal Ballet and four other leading ballet companies will live stream classes and rehearsals on Thursday 1 October

Classic FM

We got a 22-year-old to listen to classical music for the first time- and it blew his mind

At Classic FM we’re always keen to spread the classical music word – so we took one pop-mad 22 year old and played him Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Verdi’s Requiem, Stravinsky’s ‘The Rite of Spring’ and Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto. Cue: all the emotions

Slipped disc

Voice alert: Covent Garden instals discreet amplification 

Installation magazine reports that the Royal Opera House has ‘upgraded its sound system’ with ‘eight KP102s mounted each side of the proscenium arch.’

Berliner Zeitung

Vladimir Jurowski wird RSB-Chefdirigent

Das Rundfunksinfonieorchester Berlin bekommt einen neuen Chefdirigenten. Auf Marek Janowski folgt Wladimir Jurowski. Während bei Janowski das orchestererzieherische im Vordergrund stand, könnte es unter dem 33 Jahre jüngeren Jurowski wieder mehr um Inhalte gehen

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Ausgezeichnete Opern

Die “Opernhäuser des Jahres” stehen in Frankfurt und in Mannheim. In einer Umfrage der Fachzeitschrift Opernwelt nannte eine Mehrheit der 50 befragten Kritiker aus Europa und den USA die beiden Opernhäuser am häufigsten. Dabei lobten die Kritiker die innovativen Spielpläne sowie die konsequente Entwicklung der Ensembles

klassik.com 

Sergey Simakov gewinnt Dirigierwettbewerb in Bukarest

Sergey Simakov aus Russland hat das Finale des Jeunesses Musicales Bucharest Dirigierwettbwerbs in Bukarest gewonnen. Simakov überzeugte die Jury mit seiner Interpretation von Auszügen aus Dvořáks 7. Sinfonie und Schumanns Klavierkonzert op. 54

El Mundo 

‘Siempre/Todavía’: una ópera sin voces

Esta auditorio, dirigido por José Ramón Garrido, decidió apostar por las nuevas tendencias y producir, junto al Centro Nacional de Difusión Musical, esta extraña ópera para piano, dibujos y texto, nominada ‘Siempre/Todavía’

El Pais

La Capilla Sixtina se abre para grabar en su acústica única

La Capilla Sixtina, obra renacentista de Miguel Ángel y uno de los espacios artísticos más importantes de la historia, ha sido el privilegiado escenario para la grabación de un álbum de música litúrgica. Es la primera vez en que abre sus puertas para la grabación de un CD, realizado en este caso por el coro de la propia capilla y titulado Cantante Domino

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World Ballet Day 2015, photo by Royal Opera House

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(Written on October 1, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, the Tagesspiegel announces Jakub Hrůša as the new Chief Conductor of the Bamberg Symphony and Sinfini investigates the price of an opera education. Also a strike at the Opera de Paris and Hungarian conductor delays concert to criticise Europe’s response to refugee crisis.

Gramophone

Jakub Hrůša named new Chief Conductor of the Bamberg Symphony

Jakub Hrůša has been named as the new Chief Conductor of the Bamberg Symphony, from the beginning of the 2016 season.

Classical Music Magazine

Guildhall announces new creative entrepreneurs

The Guildhall School of Music & Drama has announced its third cohort of Creative Entrepreneurs.

Sinfini Music

Opera education: Overpriced/unnecessary?

When Christopher Gillett started out as a singer, his education came free (courtesy of a Government grant) and lessons were arranged at his discretion. Yet aspiring young opera singers these days can face up to a decade of postgraduate education (with a correspondingly eye-watering pricetag).

Classic fm

Top Hungarian conductor delays concert to criticise Europe’s response to refugee crisis

In a speech before a concert in Berlin yesterday the great conductor Iván Fischer called the EU’s policies ‘dated’ and ‘obsolete’ and called on European countries to allow refugees to register in whichever country they choose.

Royal Opera House

The Opera Platform to offer more live relays during 2015/16

Streaming platform to offer more opportunities to catch productions from Europe’s top opera houses during the coming season.

Der Tagesspiegel

“Wir atmen die gleiche musikalische Luft”

Der Tscheche Jakub Hrusa wird im Sommer 2016 Chefdirigent der Bamberger Symphoniker. Damit tritt er in die Fußstampfen von Jonathan Nott, der nach Genf wechselt.

BR Klassik

“Wir haben ein Kribbeln gespürt” Jakub Hrůša wird neuer Chef der Bamberger Symphoniker

Bis zur Pressekonferenz wurde sein Name geheim gehalten. Nun ist es raus: Jakub Hrůša wird ab 2016 am Pult der Bamberger Symphoniker stehen. Der 1981 geborene tschechische Dirigent löst dann Jonathan Nott ab.

Musik heute

Wiener Philharmoniker geben Benefizkonzert für Flüchtlinge

Die Wiener Philharmoniker veranstalten am 28. September ein Benefizkonzert für die Flüchtlingshilfe. Christoph Eschenbach dirigiert im Wiener Konzerthaus die beiden letzten Mozart-Sinfonien sowie Richard Wagners “Wesendonck-Lieder” mit der Mezzosopranistin Elisabeth Kulman, teilte das Orchester am Montag mit.

France Musique

Grève reconduite à l’Opéra de Paris : la représentation de Platée annulée

Après Madame Butterfly samedi dernier, c’est au tour de Platée de Rameau d’être annulé ce lundi soir à l’Opéra de Paris en raison d’une grève.

Le Figaro

Une œuvre de Stravinsky retrouvée à Saint-Pétersbourg

La partition du Chant funèbre, datant de 1909, a été récupérée au conservatoire de Saint-Pétersbourg. Jouée une seule fois, on pensait qu’elle avait défintivement disparu depuis la guerre civile.

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Of all his works, Igor Stravinsky considered the recently rediscovered “Chant funèbre” to be one of the most accomplished. Photo credit: Don Hunstein/Lebrecht/Rue des Archives

 

(Written on September 8, 2015 )

Starting this Saturday and continuing throughout the month of November, Wimbledon will welcome world-class artists from around the globe to perform in various venues as part of the Wimbledon International Music Festival.

Now in its sixth year, the Festival has gone from strength to strength, programming unique concerts and performances from internationally renowned musicians and actors. Supported by Arts Council England, this is Wimbledon’s most creative and expansive year yet.

Wimbledon’s War and Peace theme is particularly unique. Haydn’s ‘Nelson’ Mass will feature in the opening concert given by The Academy Choir and Baroque Players, and The Katona Twins will perform their programme ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls’, interwoven with the prose and poetry of international writers, narrated by actor Henry Goodman. Prokofiev’s celebrated ‘War Sonata’ No. 7 will also feature in young pianist Denis Kozhukhin’s recital. The festival also offers ‘Peace’ with Mozart’s ‘Exsultate Jubilate’ and fun with ‘Death by Custard’, ballads performed by Musicians of the Globe.

The centre-piece of this year’s Festival will be an original production of Stravinsky’s dramatic masterpiece The Solider’s Tale – set as a computer game, with a parachute drop in, projections, and a smart phone used as never before. Fully costumed, with seven dancers and narrator it is supported musically by an extraordinary group of musicians. All musicians are Principals from major orchestras, aside from world renowned clarinettist Michael Collins, perhaps the finest clarinet player in the world.

Other highlights include the extended jazz series in association with Maggie Black Jazz Promotions and the New Generation Artists Series. New Generation Artists performing this year include musicians from the Yehudi Menuhin School, Ars Eloquentiae, Busch Piano Trio and BBC Young Musician of the Year Martin James Bartlett.

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(Written on November 7, 2014 )

Classical News

The Independent

Music lessons for children boost ‘executive brain function’ throughout adult life

A new study has suggested that children who receive regular music lessons display increased brain function through the rest of their adult life.

Classical-music.com

Revisiting the Rite

Five incarnations of Stravinsky’s best-known work.

The Independent

Sir Antonio Pappano: Conducting gave me Tennis elbow’

Covent Garden’s musical director, Sir Antonio Pappano, tells Jessica Duchen about funding crises, new productions, cinema broadcasts, and the pain of wielding the baton.

BBC News

Horace Silver, top US jazz musician, dies

Berliner Zeitung

Irgendwo ganz aus der Ferne

Kurt Masur wird im Rollstuhl zu den Musikern des Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchesters in der Philharmonie gebracht. Er dirigiert im Sitzen, mit sparsamen Bewegungen. Doch es wird ein großer, herzwärmender Mendelssohn-Abend.

Tagesspiegel 

Blick über die Buchsbaumkante: Kunstfestspiele Herrenhausen

Diskurs statt Idyll in Hannover: das risikofreudige Programm der Kunstfestspiele Herrenhausen. 

KlassikAkzente

Beim Debüt der Berliner Philharmoniker bei den Festspielen Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in Redefin am 21. Juni springt Gustavo Dudamel für Sir Simon Rattle ein. Der Chefdirigent des Orchesters freut sich unterdessen darauf, ein weiteres Mal Vater zu werden.

New York Times

Bachfest Celebrates Monteverdi Choir’s 50th Anniversary

The Father’s Day timing of the concert by John Eliot Gardiner and his Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists was fitting but coincidental. 

New York Times

‘Klinghoffer’ Composer Responds to Met’s Decision

John Adams said he feared that without international exposure via the Met’s cinema program, “The Death of Klinghoffer” might be greeted by a “Wikipedia opinion.”

Le Monde

Le Met annule la retransmission d’œuvre, par crainte de manifestations antisémites

« The Death of Klinghoffer » de John Adams devait être diffusé dans des cinémas du monde entier.

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Study measured brain activity in regions of brain associated with ability to process information, solve problems and regulate behaviour using fMRI scans

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(Written on June 19, 2014 )

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Best music schools in the world

Spears list their top 8 music schools.

Classic FM

BAFTA Games Awards: soundtrack nominations announced

The nominations for the 2014 BAFTA Games Awards have been announced, with the soundtrack category recognising six different individual scores. One of The Last Of Us’ 10 nominations is for soundtrack – alongside Assassin’s Creed IV, Mario and more.

Gamer plays Tekken with piano keys

Video games and piano enthusiast Geoffrey Guterl has linked up his electric piano to the popular beat ’em up video game Tekken, allowing him to play the game using the piano keys instead of a conventional controller.

Opera Awards 2014 nominations announced: full list

The nominations for the second annual Opera Awards have been announced, with stars such as Andris Nelsons, Simone Young and Sir Mark Elder all up for big gongs.

The Telegraph

Will cinema kill the opera star?

As more opera houses broadcast their productions in the cinema is this the end of live singing, asks Rupert Christiansen.

Dylan Thomas and Igor Stravinsky: an unlikely partnership

The hard-drinking, dishevelled poet and the neat, urbane composer planned to collaborate on an opera. The results could have been magical, says Ivan Hewett.

BBC Music Magazine 

Glasgow Chamber Choir receives sponsorship for Commonwealth Choral Marathon

Glasgow Chamber Choir has received an award of £7,100 from the Celebrate fund towards its Commonwealth Choral Marathon. Taking place in June 2014, the Marathon will see thirty singers perform five concerts over two days at unusual locations, including Glasgow International Airport and the Tall Ship.

Der Tagesspiegel

Stiller Wagemut

Zu Ostern 2013 spielten die Pianistin Martha Argerich und der Dirigent Claudio Abbado gemeinsam zwei Klavierkonzerte von Mozart ein. Durch Abbados Tod wurde die Aufnahme aus Luzern nun zum letzten Dokument einer langen, wunderbaren Künstlerfreundschaft.

Classic FM Online

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(Written on February 13, 2014 )

The Guardian

Polish tenor hits back after a ‘fanatical minority’ boos La Scala production

Piotr Beczala says he will not take another role in Italy after section of audience boos new production of La Traviata

Limelight Magazine

What’s the value of sacred music in a secular age?

Is sacred music past is sell-by? Religious leaders, musicians and non-believers share their views

Classic FM Online

Joseph Calleja hangs out with Snoop Dogg at Kennedy Center Honors

Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja performed an aria from Verdi’s Aïda last night at the Kennedy Center Honors ceremony

Andrea Bocelli Foundation donates $500k to MIT

Tenor Andrea Bocelli’s charity foundation has donated a sum of around $500,000 to aid MIT in researching new technology products for the blind

ABO

New Directions – Conference 2014

In 2014, after a break of 25 years, the ABO Conference returns to the capital for three days of crucial debate and discussion, networking and learning, and analysing of the future of the orchestral sector in the UK and around the world

Manassas Patch

Holiday Flash Mob: Manassas Cellist Leads First-Ever By Air Force Band

The flash mob took place in the middle of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum

Drowned in Sound

Drowned in sound reveal their Top 20 albums of this year

A mix of genres and styles for the ‘ listmas’ of 2013

Der Tagesspiegel

Wuschelköpfe

Hat der 32-jährige Gustavo Dudamel das Zeug dazu, 2018 Sir Simon Rattles als Chefdirigent der Berliner Philharmoniker zu beerben? Jetzt war der Dirigent aus Venezuela mit Werken von Schubert, Beethoven und Strawinsky bei dem Orchester zu Gast

The Guardian

The Guardian

(Written on December 10, 2013 )