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In today’s news, Rolf Hind examines whether a composer’s sexual identity can influence their music, and The Telegraph asks, ‘are the Proms becoming too safe?’ Also, The Guardian reports that a ‘Refugees Welcome’ banner joined Union Jack flags at the Last Night of the Proms.

The Guardian

Queer pitch: is there such a thing?

Does a composer’s sexual identity influence their music? Rolf Hind examines what it means to be a queer composer

The Times

The magnificent seven: the greatest opera superstars of all time

In our celebrity-obsessed age, classical musicians rarely make it into the gossip columns. However, it was opera singers who invented the concept of modern celebrity

The Telegraph

Are the Proms becoming too safe?

As the 121st season of Promenade Concerts draws to a close, Ivan Hewett looks back on a high-quality season of surprising novelties, dependable delights and the odd turkey, but one that lacked the pioneering spirit of the past

Classic FM

There was a massive traffic jam on the M5 – but a string quartet performed Pachelbel’s Canon and made it all better

Hundreds of travellers were brought to a standstill on one of the UK’s busiest motorways this weekend – because a horse was on the loose. But then a string quartet appeared and played Pachelbel

The Guardian

‘Refugees Welcome’ banner steals show at Last Night of the Proms

Sign joins Union Jacks at Royal Albert Hall hours after tens of thousands of people stage solidarity march in London

Die Welt

“Immer frage ich mich: Wie kann ich nützlich sein?”

Yo-Yo Ma ist der beste Cellist der Welt. Spezialistentum mag er dennoch nicht. Ein Gespräch über das Verhältnis zu seiner liebsten Klavierpartnerin, den Neid auf Yuja Wang und seine Beziehung zu China.

neue Musikzeitung

TTIP und Kultur – Rede des Präsidenten des Deutschen Kulturrates Christian Höppner

Am Tag der kulturellen Vielfalt 21.05.2015 fanden in den Räumen des Deutschen Kulturrates in Berlin mehrere Informations- und Diskussionsrunden zum Thema, wie TTIP auf die den Kulturbereich einwirkt statt.

Klassik.com

Lucerne Festival meldet Auslastung von 90 Prozent

Die Sommerausgabe des Lucerne Festival ist in diesem Jahr bei insgesamt 78.600 Besuchern mit einer Auslastung von 90 Prozent zu Ende gegangen. Damit liegt das Ergebnis leicht unter dem des Vorjahres mit 80.000 Besuchern, die dem Veranstalter eine Auslastung von 95 Prozent beschert hatten.

The New York Times

The Concert Hall as Refuge in a Restless, Web-Driven World

For all the wonders of the web, it “threatens habits of deeper inquiry,” Ian Leslie argues in “Curious: The Desire to Know and Why Your Future Depends on It.” This book is among a growing number exploring what might be lost as we “lean on search engines and offload our memories to cloud storage,” to quote a review of four contributions to the topic last year by Jacob Silverman in The New York Times.

WQXR

New York Orchestra Cancels Season Opener Amid Labor Dispute

The Binghamton Philharmonic, a central New York orchestra that draws many of its musicians from the New York City area, has cancelled its Sept. 26 opening concert because of a labor dispute.

Twitter

Classical Music ‏@ClassicalMusic_ Ukranian-born pianist Anna Tcybuleva wins @leedspiano 2015: http://bit.ly/1VX5OWV 

Sinfini Music ‏@SinfiniMusic : Your challenge this wk: beat yr friends/colleagues in our @ABRSM-inspired Grade 5 theory quiz! http://bit.ly/1Qqg4UC 

BBC Proms Team ‏@bbcproms Two minutes of MONDAY THERAPY. A Schubert jewel from @fxrroth and the SWR Symphony Orchestra: http://bbc.in/1LE8wvN 

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Jonas Kaufmann performs Puccini arias with the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marin Alsop at the Last Night of the Proms 2015. Photo: BBC/Chris Christodoulou

(Written on September 14, 2015 )