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BBC News

How to compose classical music with your brainwaves

Professor at Plymouth University uses a device that reads thoughts, with the aid of a brain cap, and promises to translate those thoughts into music – a world away from the traditional composition process

Classic FM Online

Classical music at the Sochi 2014 Opening Ceremony

The Winter Olympics opened with a celebration of classical music and ballet, with a performance from star opera singer Anna Netrebko

Billboard Biz

YouTube Has Paid Out $1 Billion to Music Industry In Last Few Years

Google Inc. disclosed on Sunday that its YouTube video platform has paid out more than $1 billion to music rights holders “over the last several years,” putting the California technology company among the top sources of digital revenue for the embattled music industry outside of download sales.

Keighley News

Music industry jobs scheme hub in Keighley

Keighley’s Jam on Top has become part of a lottery-funded project to train young people for jobs in the music industry

Die Welt

Verruchte Unschuld und traurige Zuversicht

Kann sie das? Sie kann! Dagmar Manzel überzeugt mit den Liedern des großen Friedrich Hollaender. Live und auf CD ist zu erleben, welche Lücke der jüdische Komponist hinterlassen hat
Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on February 10, 2014 )

BBC News

Hidden hierarchy in string quartets revealed

Scientists have come up with a way to reveal the pecking order within a string quartet

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

‘Priceless’ Stradivarius violin stolen in armed robbery in Milwaukee

A 300-year-old Stradivarius violin on loan to Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond was stolen during an armed robbery after a performance by Almond at Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn said on Tuesday.

The New York Times

Pete Seeger, Champion of Folk Music and Social Change, Dies at 94

Pete Seeger, the singer, folk-song collector and songwriter who spearheaded an American folk revival and spent a long career championing folk music as both a vital heritage and a catalyst for social change, died on Monday in Manhattan. He was 94.

Classic FM Online

Man dressed as Mozart gatecrashes Super Bowl media day

An Austrian television presenter has surprised the media in the run-up to Sunday’s Super Bowl American Football match by dressing up as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

John Suchet opens Classic FM Foundation Lecture Room at Nordoff Robbins

Classic FM’s John Suchet has officially opened the Classic FM Lecture Room at the London headquarters of music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins

Katy Perry’s Verdi dress steals show at Grammys

Classical music made an unlikely appearance on this year’s Grammy Award red carpet, in the form of a stunning gown worn by Katy Perry

Gramophone

The 2014 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Awards revealed

A string quartet, soprano and violinist take top prizes

Die Welt

Die Fließbandware de Luxe eines Göttlichen

Bei der Salzburger Mozartwoche werden die elf Werke aufgeführt, die Mozart 1784 ernährten. Und es wird deutlich, wie sehr dieser sogar Bach überragte – allerdings nur den Sohn Carl Philipp Emanuel.
Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on January 29, 2014 )

BBC News

Orchestras ‘still hostile to women’

Although there are hundreds of female musicians, very few orchestras have female directors and conductors

Limelight Magazine

Classical Grammy Awards 2014

Australian Chamber Orchestra and Dawn Upshaw head the impressive list of this years winners

Gramophone

The Bolshoi Theatre has a new music director: Tugan Sokhiev

Sokhiev replaces Vassily Sinaisky at the Bolshoi

Classic FM Online

Boy with no arms learns to play trumpet with toes

Jahmir Wallace, a 10-year-old student from Phillipsberg, New Jersey, has learned to play the trumpet despite being born without arms

Classical Music Magazine

Southbank Centre looks to 21st century in 2014/15 season

The Southbank Centre itself has commissioned works from Steve Reich, Anna Clyne, Terry Riley, Unsuk Chin, Kaija Saariaho, Simon Holt and, with the Philharmonia Orchestra, James MacMillan

The Telegraph

Danielle de Niese: New generation of opera stars to combat ‘fat lady sings’ parody

Danielle de Niese, the opera singer, argues outdated stereotypes about the genre must go, and signals the end of ‘the fat lady sings’

The Independent

British orchestras are in danger of losing top billing despite rising ticket sales

Funding reductions mean our leading ensembles may have to cut back on the things that give them world status

The Telegraph

The Telegraph

(Written on January 27, 2014 )

New York Times

A Page of Beethoven May Fetch More Than $200,000

A rare Beethoven manuscript — actually, a leaf from a late-period sketchbook that the composer apparently tore out and carried in his pocket while composing the “Missa Solemnis” — will be auctioned on Jan 15th at RR Auctions in Amherst

The Guardian

Guardian to raise cover price

Weekday and Saturday editions of newspaper to cost 20p more as the Times also increases price by same amount

Classic FM Online

Gergiev and San Francisco Symphony top busiest conductor and orchestra list

The annual stats for classical concerts across the world have been released by classical events finder website Bachtrack, with Valery Gergiev coming out on top as the world’s busiest conductor

Sir Thomas Allen to receive Queen’s Medal for Music

Operatic baritone and director Sir Thomas Allen CBE has been announced as the recipient of the 2013 Queen’s Medal for Music

‘H2Orchestra’ play charity concert

Performers from Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra gave up their instruments to perform in concert – using only glasses of water

South China Morning Post

Pros and cons: the Hong Kong Philharmonic turns 40

As the Hong Kong Philharmonic marks its 40th anniversary, Oliver Chou looks back at the trials and triumphs involved in creating an orchestra to be proud of

Die Welt

Tanzkrisen reflektieren das Klima des Landes

Ihr Name bedeutet “Sauerkirsche”, sie selbst strahlt zuckersüß und ist stahlhart: Die Russin Diana Vishnewa, eine der besten Ballerinen weltweit, über die Zustände am Mariinksy und Bolschoi Theater

The Guardian

The Guardian

(Written on January 7, 2014 )

Gramophone

Taylor Swift donates $100,000 to the Nashville Symphony Orchestra

The singer-songwriter makes a birthday gift

The Guardian

Synthesisers are killing film and TV music, say British composers

Carl Davis and Christopher Gunning claim synthesised orchestras are preferred to the real thing to save money

Classic FM Online

John Williams, Alexandre Desplat and more on soundtrack Oscar longlist

Soundtrack legends and newcomers alike have made the long list for the soundtrack category at the 2014 Academy Awards ceremony, due to take place in February

Vote For The Best Classical Music Education Initiative

The Best Classical Music Education Initiative will honour an education project which has used classical music in an innovative way, shown musical excellence and had a positive impact on a significant number of participants

Pianist plays Chopin in front of Ukraine riot police

An unnamed pianist has been playing the works of Chopin in front of riot police in Ukraine

Salon

Was Wagner inspired by migraines?

Three German researchers present evidence that the German composer interwove his headache pain into his operas

The National

Pandit Jasraj brings his Mewati style of Hindustani classical music to Dubai

A conversation about Indian classical music is incomplete without the mention of Pandit Jasraj, one of India’s top classical musicians who represents the Mewati style of Hindustani classical music

Ria novosti

Kurgan Greets Sochi Olympic Flame with Classical Music

On Sunday December 15th, strains of Verdi and Tchaikovsky greeted the Sochi Olympic Flame in the Russian city of Kurgan

Daily Inter Lake

Bionic musician: Miraculous cure restores oboist’s ability to make music

When the Glacier Symphony conductor cues principal oboe player Reid Merley to blow an A — that unmistakable standard pitch by which the orchestra tunes — Merley is in perfect control of the note

Der Tagesspiegel

Die neue Kulturstaatsministerin

Mit Monika Grütters als neuer Kulturstaatsministerin folgt auf den Machtmenschen Bernd Neumann eine Frau, die aus der Kultur kommt. Die Wahlberlinerin wird in der Szene für Kompetenz und Begeisterungsfähigkeit geschätzt

Classic FM Online

(Written on December 16, 2013 )

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 )

Classic FM Online

Cricket ‘choir’ sounds like human voices

A ‘choir of crickets’ that sounds like humans singing has divided the critics after a Soundcloud clip has surfaced online

National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain announces 2014 players

Following two rounds of auditions over eight weeks in Edinburgh, Manchester, Bristol and London, 165 new players have been admitted to the National Youth Orchestra 2014

Gramilano

Riccardo Muti’s Ernani cancelled amid chaos at Rome Opera

Massive job losses are expec­ted at Rome Opera after it was announced that the theatre would go into receiv­er­ship after debts of 29 mil­lion euros ($39m) at the end of 2011. As the recent Bray Law states that if a theatre goes into receiv­er­ship, 50% of admin­is­trat­ive and tech­nical posts must be axed, the uni­ons are on the side of theatre dir­ector Catello De Mar­tino for maybe the first time

The Guardian

Antony Gormley: sculpting a new South Bank

Built in 1951, the Southbank Centre is an architectural landmark that attracts 25m visitors a year. But will it survive another 50 years? Sculptor Antony Gormley on why bulldozing the site would be better than the planned revamp

WQXR

Top Five Expressions of Thanks in Classical Music

There are compositional conventions for strong emotions and passions, such as love, anger, glee, and sorrow. Giving thanks, though, requires a bit more nuance—a challenge for any skilled composer. Luckily, as we prepare for Thanksgiving, there have been plenty of composers up to the task, especially in the five pieces that follow

Arts Journal

A respected Italian maestro has died

Angelo Campori, an associate of Leonard Bernstein who conducted at the Met and the Vienna Opera, has died aged 79

Winter woes: Conductor tosses lozenges at coughing Chicago audience

On Saturday night, Michael Tilson Thomas … went offstage and emerged with two large handfuls of loose cough lozenges, which he tossed underhanded into the main floor audience seats

Alberto Vilar is being held in a cell with no heating, books or music

The convicted fraudster and former opera philanthropist is being held while a judge hears his appeal against having his bail revoked, suddenly and without good reason

Die Welt

Klavier und Kitsch sind ziemlich beste Freunde

Früher hatte der Komponist Ludovico Einaudi den Respekt der Avantgarde. Bis er anfing, sentimentale Stücke und Soundtracks zu schreiben. Nun lieben ihn nur noch die Massen. Ein Besuch in Mailand

The Guardian

The Guardian

(Written on November 26, 2013 )

Classic FM Online

Eric Whitacre to work with Pentatonix?

The choral composer met the ‘Daft Punk’ singers in London, discussing the possibility of working together

Huffington Post

Tom Hodge On The Nature Of Collaboration

Composer and Pianist Tom Hodge examines the nature of musical collaborations, and specifically, the challenges of writing new music with another person

The Telegraph 

Mt Annan McDonald’s employs classical musical to deter loitering youths at night

With the dulcet tones of Pavarotti and his fellow tenors filling the airwaves, the carpark at Mt Annan McDonald’s has been much quieter in the past few weeks. The McDonald’s store started playing classical musical late at night recently to deter young people from loitering at the store

The Arts Desk

The journey to hell in Theresienstadt

The violinist Daniel Hope introduces Refuge in Music, his new film on the musicians of Terezín

BBC News 

How Martin guitars became an ‘American Stradivarius’

Vintage Martin guitars – the finest of which sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars – are sought after by musicians around the world for their distinctive tone and timeless design

Deadline Detroit

The Diva and the Ducks: Visiting Opera Singer Chooses Urban Farm For Detroit Lodging

Soprano Nicole Cabell is definitely NOT a diva. In fact, she’s explaining why opera shouldn’t be exclusively perceived as an elitist art form

Forbes

The World’s Highest-Paid Musicians 2013

Madonna pulled in $125 million over the past year, making her the highest-paid musician in the world. The bulk of her millions came from the tail end of her MDNA Tour, which grossed $305 million. She augments her income with heady merchandise sales at concerts, as well as her Material Girl clothing line and Truth or Dare fragrance

New Music Box

Audience Cultivation in American New Music

Historically, new music has sought to confront general audiences with unexpected sounds and forms.  The present, however, sees the milieu of new music splintered into factions, each with its own loyal but marginal audience

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

 

(Written on November 22, 2013 )