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In today’s news: Lack of diversity leads to funding cuts for Toronto Opera and Orchestra, Classic Brit Awards donates tickets to London Music Fund, BBC Ten Pieces teach students about classical music, Yannick Nezet-Seguin: The director of the Philadelphia Orchestra will also become chief conductor of the Metropolitan Opera in New York,  SWR is offering „Currentzis-Lab“ to explain music pieces 2 days before his concerts, Martha Argerich’s festival moves to Hamburg, friends of Ravel try to acquire a manuscript. 

The Telegraph

Classical music for a modern age: the techno DJ entering the concert hall

“Classical music for a modern age” is a video series exploring the evolving landscape of the “new classical” genre, which flourishes on the borderland where classical meets pop, experimental and multimedia.

The ‘lost’ piano prodigy who became Britain’s best piano teacher

Fisher was one of the world’s foremost interpreters of the German romantics and Liszt and in demand all over the world. But in recent months, her body had started to fail her.

Music Teacher

Classic BRIT Awards donates tickets to London Music Fund scholars

The Classic BRIT Awards is donating 20 tickets for its awards ceremony to London Music Fund scholars.

Classical Music

40,000 students take part in BBC Ten Pieces scheme

The BBC Ten Pieces scheme invites children aged 7-14 to develop their own creative responses to ten pieces of music, learning about a wide range of classical music in the process.

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Bad Times: Toronto Cuts Orchestra and Opera Grants Over Lack of Diversity 

Ludwig Van Toronto reports that the city has penalised Canadian Opera Company and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for a perceived lack of minorities.

Opera Wire

Jennifer Rowley To Replace Elena Stikhina At Opera De Paris

Elena Stikhina has withdrawn from Opéra de Paris’ upcoming revival of Verdi’s “Il Trovatore.”

The Times

Great breaks in Britain

From outdoor theatre in Cornwall to the Edinburgh festival, here are the best events this summer

Die Welt

„Ich darf Macht nur für eine Sache einsetzen“

Yannick Nezet-Seguin: Der Leiter des Philadelphia Orchestra wird ab Herbst auch Chefdirigent der Metropolitan Opera in New York.

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Star-Dirigent will ganz viel erklären – SWR bietet «Currentzis-Lab»

Der 46-Jährige wird seinen Zuhörern stets zwei Tage vor seinen Konzerten im sogenannten «Currentzis Lab» die kostenlose Möglichkeit bieten, von ihm seine Auslegung eines Werkes erläutert zu bekommen.

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Schweizer Privatbank BSI hat Förderung des Progetto Martha Argerich eingestellt

Martha Argerichs Festival zieht nach Hamburg um.

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Friends of Ravel try to acquire a manuscript

A manuscript by Maurice Ravel will be auctioned by Ader Nordmann at the end of June at Drouot in Paris.

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Classic BRIT Awards donates tickets to London Music Fund scholars © Music Teacher

 

(Written on May 29, 2018 )

In today’s news: Children & Wildlife in Harmony charity to host classical music concert to aid refugee children, pop-opera group IDA to perform, winners of RPS duets announced, Philip Roth appreciation for classical music, more embarrassment at the theatre Cottbus, A look back on this years biggest youth music competition in Germany, Martha Argerich moves her Festival to Hamburg and Cecilia Bartoli returns to the Scala.

Classic FM

Charity concert will raise money for music education for refugee children

The Born Free Foundation and Keys of Change will present Children & Wildlife in Harmony, a charity concert to raise money to provide classical music education to children in Kenya, Siberia, Japan, and Ecuador.

What’s the difference between an opera and a musical?

In a musical, the singing is interspersed with passages of dialogue, while in an opera, the singing never stops (very broadly speaking). But there are a few other elements which separate the two theatrical worlds…

Classical Music

Winners of RPS duet prizes announced

The biennial RPS duet prizes recognise outstanding young musicians under the age of 18 who study at a mainstream school.

Music Teacher

University creates mental health documentaries to attract new students

Anglia Ruskin University has created two new short documentary films about mental health as part of a marketing campaign to recruit new students.

The Telegraph

Club nights, drum machines, and game-show hosts: welcome to the brave new world of classical music

We’re often told classical music is in crisis. Audiences are getting older, and aren’t being replenished from below.

Broadway World

London’s leading Pop-Opera girl group Ida bring their show ‘IDA Girls’ to The Other Palace

Ida, will perform an impressive collection of re-worked operatic arias, chart-topping hits and musical theatre favourites.

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The Opera House Documentary, chronicling the building of the Met Opera House, airs May 25

The film from Susan Froemke explores the creation of the Met’s home at Lincoln Center over the past 50 years.

WQXR

What Roth thought of Bach

Best known for works like Goodbye, Columbus and Sabbath’s Theater, American literary icon Philip Roth had a deep appreciation for classical music.

Tagesspiegel

Debakel am Staatstheater Cottbus

Der Vorstandsvorsitzende der Brandenburgischen Kulturstiftung Cottbus-Frankfurt/Oder, Martin Roeder, wurde am Donnerstag fristlos entlassen.

Concerti

Strahlende Gesichter in Lübeck

Mit großem Erfolg ging am heutigen Donnerstag der 55. Bundeswettbewerb von Jugend musiziert in Lübeck zu Ende.

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Martha Argerich zieht nach Hamburg weiter

Die Symphoniker Hamburg und ihr Intendant Daniel Kühnel etablieren ein neues Festival in der Laeiszhalle, das als Pilot zum ersten Mal Ende Juni 2018 stattfinden wird.

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Cecilia Bartoli torna alla Scala: tre opere barocche in collaborazione con il San Carlo

Cecilia Bartoli torna alla Scala e già questa è una notizia. Perché è il mezzosoprano più famoso del mondo e perché all’ultimo concerto (che apriva la stagione della Filarmonica nel 2012) venne giù il teatro e si sfiorò la rissa fra chi fischiava e chi invece applaudiva freneticamente, in un clima che ricordava più San Siro di un teatro d’opera.

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(Written on May 25, 2018 )

In today’s news: Orchestral music reaches new audiences through video games, BBC National Orchestra of Wales celebrates 90 years, Washington Performing Arts CEO is Pushing DC’s classical music scene forward, performance of “Edward W. Said Days” took place in Pierre Boulez Hall, and the 10th anniversary of Musikautorinnenpreis ignites criticism towards GEMA.

The Telegraph

Royal Philharmonic to perform for Playstation:“This concert is a signpost for where orchestral music is expanding,”

In front of 5,000 concertgoers at the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Philharmonic will be performing the music to the video games like Uncharted 2: Among Thieves and others. The orchestral music is expected to attract hundreds of people who have never been to a classical concert before.

‘Pitting opera against pop music is unhelpful, unfair and flawed”

Pop critic defends opera and the Arts Council.

The Times

Through Opera, Debussy Reaches a New Audience

The centennial of the composer’s death this year provides an occasion to revisit the less-known corners of his oeuvre.

BBC News

BBC National Orchestra of Wales marks 90th anniversary

The BBC National Orchestra of Wales has “evolved” in order to reach its 90th birthday, according to its director.

Isle of Wight County Press

Classical music stars, Blake and Mary-Jess to headline The Wight Proms on Isle of Wight

A classical chart-topping line up has been announced for the final evening of The Wight Proms, Last Wight of the Proms.

Washingtonian

How Washington Performing Arts CEO Jenny Bilfield Is Pushing DC’s Classical-Music Scene Forward

President and CEO of Washington Performing Arts is responsible for shaping Washington’s cultural life by including some of the most prominent shows at Kennedy Centre and Strathmore, as well as bringing lesser-known orchestra to the area for adventurous concerts.

The Oregonian

Imani Winds breaks the mold of the classical music ensemble in multiple ways

Portland’s Chamber Music Northwest replaced its longtime resident ensemble, the Emerson Quartet with Imani Winds, a younger, yet equally as talented ensemble to challenge the diversity problem in classical music.

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„Said Days“ im Boulez Saal – Konflikt und Kontrapunkt

Beethovens Streichquartett op.130, Bachs „Ricercar a 6“ und ein Vortrag von Raja Shehadeh. Die „Edward W. Said Days“ im Pierre Boulez Saal.

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Generalmusikdirektor verlangt Austritt der Intendantin zur Vertragsverlängerung – Oper Köln: Künstlerische Leitung entzweit

Medienberichten zufolge hat Generalmusikdirektor François-Xavier Roth für seine Vertragsverlängerung an der Kölner Oper den Abschied von Opernintendantin Birgit Meyer gefordert. Roth halte Meyer für fachlich nicht kompetent, die Intendantin hingegen fühle sich bevormundet.

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Jubiläum im Shitstorm – 10 Jahre Musikautorinnenpreis der GEMA

Über viele Jahre gehörten die GEMA und die GEZ zu Reizworten in der öffentlichen Diskussion. Immer gab es viele Leute, die etwas gegen die Institutionen hatten. Man war im Dauerfeuer der Kritik. Die GEZ gibt es mittlerweile nicht mehr. Und die GEMA, die gibt es selbstverständlich noch. Aber sie ist längst nicht mehr so stark im Fokus von Angriffen von innen wie außen.

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Lorne Balfe and orchestra perform a the Video Game Awards © Vince Bucci/PictureGroup

(Written on April 12, 2018 )

In today’s classical music news, veteran actor Dame Julie Walters will join the presenter lineup at Classic FM for a new Saturday show, Chineke! boosts BME representation in UK musical ensembles, YouTube Red launches internationally and Winnipeg Symphony appoints new Musical Director.

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Julie Walters to present Classic FM series

Actor will host a new six-part Saturday night radio series exploring the biggest moments and changes in the history of classical music.

Yorkshire Young Sinfonia introduces digital programme notes

Audience members at YYS concerts will soon have the option to have ‘real-time’ programme notes sent to their phones.

The Times

Peer swoops in to save opera’s fairies

The director of English National Opera’s production of Iolanthe has revealed that Lord Glendonbrook stepped in at the last minute to foot the bill for some of his creative demands.

The Telegraph

‘Classical music is finally getting somewhere with its race problem’

Chineke! leads the way for much-needed BME diversification among youth and professional ensembles.

Joyce DiDonato: how can we claim opera isn’t political?

Star mezzo-soprano tells reporter Ben Lawrence how researching a work about ‘Death Row’ deepened her love for opera

The Star

Ambition for Sheffield to hit the right notes in classical music

Classical music is thriving locally, with an ‘astonishing amount going on’, a report says – but players, ensembles, schools and charities need support to create ‘a more sustainable industry with a wider and deeper reach across Sheffield, for residents of all ages’.

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Winnipeg Symphony has appointed Daniel Raiskin as Music Director

Canadian Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (WSO) announced that Russian-born conductor Daniel Raiskin (*1970) has been named Music Director from August 1, 2018, succeeding Alexander Mickelthwate who served as Music Director since 2005.

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Die offiziellen Top 20 Klassik-Charts im Februar 2018

Riccardo Muti und die Wiener Philharmoniker landen mit ihrer Aufnahme des Neujahrskonzerts 2018 auf dem ersten Platz der Klassik-Charts.

NMZ

Immer mehr Rentner lernen an Thüringens Musikschulen

An Thüringens Musikschulen lernen immer mehr Schüler, die bereits im Rentenalter sind. Zwischen 2012 und 2016 hat sich die Zahl der Erwachsenen über 60 Jahre von 246 auf 420 erhöht, wie der Landesverband der Thüringer Musikschulen auf Anfrage der Deutschen Presse-Agentur mitteilte.

Klassik Heute 

Andris Nelsons: Amtseintritt als Gewandhauskapellmeister in Leipzig

Am 22. Februar tritt Andris Nelsons offiziell das Amt des 21. Gewandhauskapellmeisters an und läutet damit den Beginn einer neuen Ära in der Geschichte des Leipziger Gewandhauses ein.

Le Monde

YouTube va déployer son offre payante en France

YouTube Red, l’offre payante de la plate-forme de streaming musical et vidéo devrait être disponible dans une centaine de pays cette année.

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(Written on February 15, 2018 )

In today’s news: Igor Levit wins the Gilmore Award. Robert Mann has died. Christoph von Dohnányi will take over a new Salome Production at the Berlin Staatsoper. A new electronic organ is being installed at the Vatican. The Bayrische Staatsoper is celebrating 100 years Staatsoper and 200 years National theatre. A piece on cultural heritage in europe and an article with Gustavo Dudamel on Venezuela and music.

The Spectator

Debussy, Tippett and Wagner: the musical treats of 2018

Events that are due to take place in the months to come, most notably the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’s Debussy Festival.

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Igor Levit receives 2018 Gilmore Artist Award

The prestigious award, worth $300,000, goes to 2016’s Gramophone Recording of the Year winner.

Bury Times

Talented young musicians fundraise for CAFOD at festive concert 

The group, compromising of 28 children played a special seasonal concert last December.

The Guardian

How Mongolia went wild for opera

Discover the reason why so many Mongolians are winning international singing awards.

Digital streaming behind biggest rise in UK music sales for 2 decades

Platforms such as Apple Music and Spotify plus renaissance in vinyl records help fuel fastest annual growth since 1998.

The Telegraph

Royal Opera House tenor rejects ‘in your face’ sexual violence against women on stage

Michael Fabiano resists demands to perform sexually violent scenes on stage and argues the treatment of women in productions should better reflect the modern world.

NPR

Robert Mann, A Founder Of The Juilliard String Quartet, Has Died

Robert Mann, a violinist and one of the founders of the Juilliard String Quartet, died on Monday at home in Manhattan. He was 97 years old.

Musik Heute

Dohnányi übernimmt für Mehta Berliner “Salome”

Bei der Neuproduktion von Richard Strauss’ “Salome” an der Berliner Staatsoper übernimmt Christoph von Dohnányi die musikalische Leitung. 

Klassik.com

Petersdom: Elektronische Orgel ersetzt bisherige Pfeifenorgel

Der Vatikan setzt im Petersdom auf Digitalisierung: bei großen Ereignissen erklingt statt der traditionellen Pfeifenorgel künftig ein digitales Instrument.

Klassik-heute

GMD Kirill Petrenko leitet zwei “Ring”-Zyklen an der Bayerischen Staatsoper

In diesem Jahr begeht die Bayerische Staatsoper zwei Jubiläen: 100 Jahre Bayerische Staatsoper und 200 Jahre Nationaltheater. 

Berliner Zeitung

Kulturerbejahr Europa, Kontinent der Möglichkeiten 

Vor drei Tagen begann das Europäische Kulturerbejahr unter dem Motto „Sharing Heritage“. Am 8. Januar wird in Hamburg die nationale Auftaktveranstaltung zu diesem internationalen Großprojekt stattfinden.

El Mundo

Gustavo Dudamel: “Me duele el conflicto entre hermanos en Venezuela”

Gustavo Dudamel (Barquisimeto, 1981) está en medio de muchos frentes. Por un lado, tiene que lidiar con la responsabilidad de ser el director de orquesta más candente del momento […]

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(Written on January 4, 2018 )

In today’s news: The Guardian view on musical education, new Birmingham Conservatoire opens doors, and Schubert Ensemble reveals final season. Flashmob plays Marquez, a new study reveals the correlation between Education, wealth and the desire to learn an instrument, and the music competition of German broadcaster ARD has ended this year with eight second prizes and just one first prize.

The Guardian

The Guardian view on musical education: it needs social harmony

Birmingham’s renaissance sees a new conservatoire. That is good news. But we need policies to ensure music is not dominated by a wealthy elite

The Telegraph

British conductor sacked by US music festival after ‘innocent’ joke with his African-American friend was labelled racist

An acclaimed British conductor has been fired from a prestigious American music festival after a seemingly innocent joke he made to a black friend was labelled racist.

Music Teacher

New Birmingham Conservatoire opens doors

It is the first purpose-built music college to be constructed in the UK since 1987, and the conservatoire’s principal, Professor Julian Lloyd Webber, has predicted it will be the ‘last-ever’ performing arts institution of its kind to be built in this country.

Classical Music Magazine

Schubert Ensemble reveals final season

The Schubert Ensemble will give around 50 concerts in the UK and abroad before returning to its London home for a farewell concert at Wigmore Hall on 21 March 2018.

The Strad

Violin expertise and how to acquire it: Jacques Francais on the pitfalls of instrument identification

Legendary Manhattan-based French dealer, who died in 2004, with some words of wisdom first published in The Strad November 1988 issue. Interview by Stewart Pollens

WQXR

A Flash Mob Descended Upon A Mall to Play Marquez’s ‘Danzon No. 2’

We love our flash mobs. And who wouldn’t? Good things are great, but unexpected good things are even better.

Codex Flores

Bildung und Einkommen beeinflussen Musikaktivitäten

Laut einer aktuellen Studie der Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover im Auftrag der Bertelsmann Stiftung entscheiden Bildungsstatus und Einkommen der Eltern darüber, ob ein Jugendlicher Musik macht.

 Musik Heute

ARD-Musikwettbewerb vergibt acht zweite Preise

Beim Internationalen Musikwettbewerb der ARD wurde diesmal nur ein erster Preis verliehen. Daneben gab es acht zweite Preise, davon drei am Schlusstag im Fach Oboe, und drei dritte Preise.

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‘Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition’ kündigt 2. Ausgabe an

Eine zweite Ausgabe der ‘Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition’ findet vom 8. August bis 1. September 2018 in Shanghai statt.

in 1887 FP of ‘s Mass in D, Op. 86. A private performance in Luzany.

New Birmingham Conservatoire opens

(Written on September 11, 2017 )

In today’s news: Opera star Anna Netrebko talks about her life, loves – and cancelling at Covent Garden, and Canadian mezzo Emily D’Angelo wins Cesti Competition 2017. Houstan Grand Opera under water, Staatsoper Hamburg looks for young musicians, and Fabien Gabel new musical director of Orchestre Français des Jeunes.

The Telegraph

Anna Netrebko: ‘My husband just thought I was a crazy prima donna’

Europe’s queen of opera tells Rupert Christiansen about her life, loves – and cancelling at Covent Garden

Teaching Drama

Shakespeare’s Globe launches new apprenticeships

In a fresh bid to enforce its commitment to equal opportunities and arts access for young people, Shakespeare’s Globe in June launched four year-long apprenticeship programmes, to run from September.

Pizzicato

Canadian mezzo Emily D’Angelo wins Cesti Competition 2017

More than 170 young singers from 39 nations applied for the prestigious singing competition for Baroque opera, organized by the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music.

Classic FM

Titanic is the biggest-selling classical album of the last 25 years

The score for the 1997 blockbuster film Titanic, composed by the late James Horner, is the best-selling classical album of the last 25 years, according to the Ultimate Classic FM Chart, the biggest ever countdown of classical music album sales in the UK.

Limelight

Young Virtuoso Award NSW State Finals winner announced

Jennifer Hou will go on to compete at the National finals, while Toby Thatcher is named Patron of Emerging Artists.

NMZ

Sängerin in Bayreuth verletzt – Regie-Assistent spielt Brünnhilde

Ein Regie-Assistent im glitzernden Goldkleid als Brünnhilde auf der Bayreuther Festspielbühne: Zum Abschluss der Richard-Wagner-Festspiele am Montagabend musste improvisiert werden.

Klassik.com

Houston Grand Opera schwer von der Flut getroffen

Der Tropensturm “Harvey”, der im US-Bundesstaat Texas schwere Schäden verursacht hat, hat auch Oper und Ballett in Houston in hohem Maß in Mitleidenschaft gezogen.

Klassik Heute

Staatsoper Hamburg sucht junge Musikerinnen und Musiker für Kinderoper

Die Staatsoper Hamburg sucht für die Kinderoper Die arabische Prinzessin in der Reihe opera piccola Kinder und Jugendliche zwischen 14 und 20 Jahren, die bei den Vorstellungen im Februar 2018 mitwirken wollen.

Le Figaro

Gammes d’été pour l’orchestre français des jeunes

La formation aborde sa session estivale et découvre Fabien Gabel, son nouveau directeur musical.

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in 1948 Birth of Italian Lucia -Terrani in Padua.  

Canadian mezzo Emily D’Angelo wins Cesti Competition 2017

(Written on August 29, 2017 )

In today’s news: The welcome return of Proms maverick Harrison Birtwistle, Royal College of Music London to fund scholarships for BAME students, and cellist prevented from boarding flight with cello. New classical festival ‘new life’ with music of jewish composers, and Schloss Weikersheim offers great opportunity for young singers. Confusion about white powder at the Elbphilharmonie, and Fort Worth Opera names two new directors.

The Telegraph

Harrison Birtwistle: the welcome return of a Proms maverick

Harrison Birtwistle is our greatest living composer. As he prepares for this year’s classical music extravaganza, he talks to Ivan Hewett.

Classical Music Magazine

PRS Foundation names Composers’ Fund grantees

The PRS Foundation has announced the recipients of its latest round of Composers’ Fund grants.

The Strad

Royal College of Music London to fund scholarships for BAME students

Three UK students from ethnic minority backgrounds who wish to study for the RCM’s BMus course will be eligible for the scholarships from next year.

Pizzicato

Lockenhaus road named after Gidon Kremer

The road leading to the castle in Lockenhaus, Austris, has been named after Gidon Kremer, the founder of the Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival.

Classic FM

The cellist Steven Isserlis prevented from boarding flight with cello

Last night, British cellist Steven Isserlis joined the growing list of cellists and other instrumentalists who have had problems checking in their instruments onto flights.

Tagesspiegel

Vom Glück des Überlebens

Erinnern an die Vergessenen. Das Klassikfestival „New Life“ präsentiert Musik jüdischer Komponisten, die vor den Nazis flohen.

Concerti

Wertvolles Sprungbrett für junge Gesangstalente

Humperdincks „Hänsel und Gretel“ verirren sich in der Jungen Oper Schloss Weikersheim

Pizzicato

Nicholas DelBello named Music Director in Cheektowaga

The Cheektowaga Symphony Orchestra has announced Nicholas DelBello as their new Music Director, effective September 1, 2017.

Klassik.com

Weißes Pulver löst Alarm im Hotel der Elbphilharmonie aus

In dem zur Elbphilharmonie gehörenden Westin Hotel kam es am Dienstag zu einem Feuerwehreinsatz. Grund dafür waren drei anonyme Briefe, aus denen in der Poststelle des Hotels weißes Pulver ausgetreten ist.

Star Telegram

Fort Worth Opera names not one, but two new directors

Six months after the general director Darren K. Woods was terminated from the Fort Worth Opera, the board of trustees has named not one but two replacements.

South China Morning Post

How a joint student orchestra event in Hong Kong can break cultural barriers

Seven orchestras from mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau will play at Tsuen Wan Town Hall.

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in 1905 Birth of Russian Nadia .

The Strad: Royal College of Music London

(Written on July 14, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, classical music critic, Ivan Hewett, from The Telegraph, is presenting a new series on music’s five greatest chords on BBC Radio 4, at 1:45 PM from 9th to 13th January. PRS for Music has appointed Nigel Elderton as chair. BBC Proms has launched the 2017 Inspire Scheme, supporting young composers aged 12 to 18 with new opportunities for their career development. Also, new musical production in Berlin of children’s book Emil & the Detectives, and the Mozarthaus in Vienna experiences increased visitor numbers.

The Telegraph

What are the greatest chords in music history?

The Telegraph’s classical music critic Ivan Hewett is presenting a new Radio 4 series on music’s five greatest chords.

Classical Music Magazine

Nigel Elderton appointed as PRS chair

Nigel Elderton, managing director and European president of peermusic, is to succeed Guy Fletcher OBE as chair of PRS.

Music Teacher Magazine

BBC Proms launches 2017 Inspire scheme

Young composers aged 12-18 can now apply to join the BBC Proms Inspire scheme 2017. The scheme offers young composers new opportunities to support their development and the chance to have their composition performed by professional musicians at the BBC Proms and broadcast on Radio 3, as well as a BBC commission.

Early Music Today

London Festival of Baroque Music 2017: Baroque at the Edge

The theme for the London Festival of Baroque Music 2017 is ‘Baroque at the Edge’. The event, which will take place 12-20 May, will celebrate the anniversaries of Monteverdi (450th birth) and Telemann (250th death), exploring the ways that composers and performers have pushed at the chronological, stylistic, geographical and expressive boundaries of the Baroque era.

The New York Times

New David Bowie Video Arrives, Hours Before He Would Have Turned 70

Just hours before what would have been his 70th birthday, David Bowie resurfaced. A new video for one of Mr. Bowie’s final songs and a brief EP of previously released tracks were made available late on Saturday.

Choir and Organ Magazine

Stile Antico appoints new tenor

Stile Antico has appointed Tom Kelly as its new member. He replaces Jim Clements, who is leaving the ensemble after seven years to focus on his parallel career as a composer and arranger.

Pizzicato

Artists Call For Cultural Strike Against Trumpism

A number of US Cultural artists plan art strikes at the occasion of the Trump inauguration. Some have called for a strike on 20 January.

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Wiener Mozarthaus mit deutlichem Besucherzuwachs im Jahr 2016

Das Wiener Mozarthaus konnte im Jahr 2016 einen deutlichen Zuwachs der Besucherzahlen verbuchen. Insgesamt besuchten eigenen Angaben zufolge rund 176.300 Interessierte das vor zehn Jahren eingerichtete Mozarthaus.

Die Welt

Die Elbphilharmonie beendet eine andere große Ära

Wenn in Hamburg endlich die Elbphilharmonie eröffnet, endet die Zeit der Laeiszhalle. Was ein letzter Besuch in der alten Konzerthalle über die musikalische Zukunft der norddeutschen Metropole verrät.

Neue musikzeitung

Berliner Kinder-Bande für das Gute – „Emil und die Detektive” im Atze Musiktheater Berlin

Den vor 87 Jahren von Erich Kästner als Roman veröffentlichten Kinder-Krimi „Emil und die Detektive” bearbeitete Atze-Theaterleiter Thomas Sutter als ein heutiges Singspiel mit zeitgemäßem politischem Bezug und setzte ihn selbst wirkungsvoll in Szene.

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Bedeutendes Jazzfestival in Westfalen

Das internationale Jazzfestival in Münster hat auch in diesem Jahr mit seiner “Ästhetik der Kontraste” überzeugt. Die Besucher bekamen viele unterschiedliche Klangfarben und Formate zu hören. Für viele Künstler war es eine Deutschlandpremiere.

Musik Heute

Stiftung Händel-Haus zieht positive Jahresbilanz

Der Komponist Georg Friedrich Händel (1685-1759) zieht noch immer Musikliebhaber in seine Geburtsstadt Halle (Saale). 2016 kamen rund 80.000 Gäste aus aller Welt zu den Konzerten und Veranstaltungen der Stiftung Händel-Haus, wie diese am Montag mitteilte.

France Musique

Georges Prêtre inhumé en silence et dans l’intimité

Selon ses vœux, le chef d’orchestre Georges Prêtre a été porté en terre samedi 7 janvier sans aucune musique et dans la plus stricte intimité à Navès, village dans le Tarn où il résidait.

Le Figaro

L’Orchestre de Paris fête ses 40 ans en chœur

L’ensemble vocal composé uniquement d’amateurs de haut niveau se produira le 21 janvier à la Philharmonie.

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Music History @today_classical  in 1713 FP of ‘s opera Teseo in London.

Help Musicians UK @HelpMusicians UK  HMUK is delighted to have an official presence at this year’s , on 1 Feb. Read more here

Dartington Arts @DartingonArts We would like to invite musicians & performers to take part in Party in the Town on 28 April 2017   https://t.co/Q4wN6iRIga

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(Written on January 10, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Beethoven’s manuscript is to be auctioned at Sotheby’s, however the authenticity of the manuscript is being disputed between an academic based in University of Manchester and Sotheby’s Director of books and manuscripts. German ensemble, The Vision String Quartet, won the first prize of Geneva International String Quartet Competition 2016 in Switzerland. Also, pianist Menahem Pressler played Mozart’s Piano Concerto K. 595 with Boston Symphony Orchestra at the age of 92.

Belfast Telegraph

Classical music experts out of tune over Beethoven manuscript

A bad-tempered row erupted in the world of classical music after experts clashed over the authenticity of a Beethoven manuscript that is up for auction.

The Strad

Vision String Quartet wins Geneva Competition

The Vision String Quartet from Germany has won first prize, worth CHF 20,000 ($19,700), at the Geneva International String Quartet Competition in Switzerland.

Royal Academy of Music’s head of strings responds to criticism from violinist Nigel Kennedy

The British violinist accused music colleges of producing ‘factory lines’ of pianists and violinists

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92-year-old pianist plays Mozart concerto with Boston Symphony Orchestra

92-year-old Menahem Pressler was guest soloist last week with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 27.

Choir and Organ Magazine

London Concord Singers mark 50th anniversary

The London Concord Singers are celebrating their 50th anniversary with a concert under new musical director Jessica Norton.

Classical Music Magazine

Julian Lloyd Webber presents cello highlights of BBC archive

Julian Lloyd Webber will highlight some the best cello performances in the BBC Archive in a new BBC Four programme.

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Streit um Dresdner Kulturpalast – Intendant verärgert

Wenige Monate vor der Wiedereröffnung des Dresdner Kulturpalastes gibt es Streit über die Kosten der Bespielung. Nach Philharmonie-Chefdirigent Michael Sanderling reagierte am Montag auch Musikfestspiel-Intendant Jan Vogler verärgert auf die in der vergangenen Woche überraschend vom Stadtrat beschlossene Budgetkürzung für die beiden städtischen Institutionen.

Klassik.com

Dirigent Valery Gergiev muss Konzerte absagen

Der russische Dirigent muss wegen einer Knieoperation mehrere Konzerte absagen. Bereits bei einem Auftritt in Bern musste Gergiev aufgrund einer Meniskusverletzung Teile des Konzerts im Sitzen dirigieren. Im Anschluß wurden weitere Konzerte in Belgien und Luxemburg abgesagt. Gleiches gilt für Auftritte mit dem London Symphony Orchestra, bei denen nun Thomas Sondergard für Gergiev einspringt.

Musik Heute

Jana Baumeister gewinnt Bundeswettbewerb Gesang

Die Sopranistin Jana Baumeister hat den diesjährigen Bundeswettbewerb Gesang gewonnen. Die 28-Jährige erhielt den mit 10.000 Euro dotierten 1. Preis und den Sonderpreis der Leipziger Bach-Stiftung für Konzertengagements.

Klassik Heute

Hamburg kürt Deutschlands innovativste Gründung in der Musikwirtschaft

Sechs deutsche Gründerteams wetteifern beim Music WorX Day am 30. November 2016 um den Förderpreis der Freien und Hansestadt Hamburg für junge, innovative Unternehmen aus der Musikwirtschaft. Die Gründer und Gründerinnen präsentieren ihre Geschäftsideen vor einem Fachpublikum – das beste Team erhält den mit 5.000 Euro dotierten Jurypreis.

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Music History @today_classical #Today in 1797 Birth of Italian #composer Gaetano #DONIZETTI #MusicHistory #classicalmusic

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic8 The 50 greatest Schubert recordings – part 3 – Gramophone http://dlvr.it/MmGQkJ

The Royal Opera @TheRoyalOpera A Londoner through and through! Fancy a stroll around Handel’s home town? http://www.roh.org.uk/news/a-trip-ar…

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(Written on November 29, 2016 )