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In today’s news: Nicola Benedetti has been a victim of stalking. Vasily Petrenko will be the Music Director of the RPO. Make Music Day generates over 500 free performances. Hacienda Classic brought performed an award winning show. Director at Opernhaus Zürich Andreas Homoki extends contract to 2025. Peter Ruzicka on his 70th birthday. Donald Trump denies entry to Cuban National Ballet.

Classic FM

Nicola Benedetti ‘has learned to live with’ her stalker

The top violinist said she has been a victim of stalking and had to take out a restraining order against one obsessive fan.

Classic FM

Vasily Petrenko will be the new Music Director of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 2021

“I am delighted to become Music Director at this stage in the RPO’s history. This Orchestra, with its outstanding musicians and clear vision from management, has enormous potential.”

Rhinegold

Make Music Day generates over 500 public performances

The number of Make Music Day performances has tripled since the 2017 edition of the festival.

BBC News

Classical music is not ‘entitled’

Hacienda Classic – the collaboration between former Hacienda DJs Mike Pickering and Graeme Park, with the Manchester Camerata Orchestra – brought their award-winning show (in all its shape-throwing glory) to the city’s Castlefield Bowl.

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Dirigent Zubin Mehta muss erneut Konzerte absagen

Der indische Dirigent Zubin Mehta (82) muss aus gesundheitlichen Gründen erneut mehrere Konzerte absagen und wird bis zum Ende der laufenden Konzertsaison pausieren.

Zürcher Zeitung

Stühlerücken im Opernhaus Zürich: Luisi geht, Homoki bleibt, Noseda kommt

Das Opernhaus Zürich schafft Fakten: Intendant Andreas Homoki verlängert seinen Vertrag bis zum Sommer 2025, es gibt einen neuen Generalmusikdirektor – und eine Neuproduktion von Wagners «Ring des Nibelungen».

Concerti

Musik über Musik

Er ist Musiker, Musikvermittler, Dirigent und Intendant bedeutender Opernhäuser sowie Festivals. Doch im Zentrum seines künstlerischen Schaffens steht das Komponieren. Heute feiert Peter Ruzicka seinen 70. Geburtstag

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EE.UU. niega la entrada al Ballet Nacional de Cuba, cancelándose su Cascanueces con Dudamel

Siguiendo con su política de visados desde la llegada de Donald Trump a la presidencia, Estados Unidos ha negado la entrada al país al Ballet Nacional de Cuba, tal y como ha anunciado la Filarmónica de Los Ángeles, con quienes debían ofrecer varias funciones de El Cascanueces, de Tchaikovsky, a mediados de agosto.

Le Monde

Le Festival d’Aix ou 70 ans de création contre vents et mêlées

La manifestation, fondée en 1948 par la comtesse Lily Pastré, a toujours été en prise avec son temps.

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(Written on July 3, 2018 )

In today’s classical news: The RSNO announces its Composer Hub Intake, A take on sexism in the musical world, the St. John’s Smith Square Christmas Festival and a celebration of Opera The Konzerthausorchester Berlin wins the award for innovative orchestra and at the Staatsoperette Dresden the stage is flooded by the sprinkler system. Also Karajans compete recordings on 356 CDs, some gossip about Franz Liszt and former German Home Secretary Otto Schily will be conducting a concert.

The Times

Richard Morrison: The world of classical music has had many quasi-Weinsteins

Pudgy, wrinkled and repellent; shamelessly predatory, detested and feared — no, this isn’t another article about Harvey Weinstein.

Classical Music Magazine

RSNO announces 2017/18 Composer Hub intake

The five composers selected for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s 2017/18 Composer Hub programme have been announced.

St John’s Smith Square announces Christmas Festival 2017

The 32nd Christmas Festival at St John’s Smith Square will take place 9-23 December. The festival, which comprises 14 concerts, will open with the City of London Choir’s Carols by Candlelight, featuring festive classics, new favourites and audience participation.

Opera Now

Celebrating in song

As the UK celebrates Opera Passion Day, we look ahead to an event that focuses on the power of the human voice to move and inspire audiences

The Guardian

Trio Da Kali: the Malian musicians defying jihad – with help from Kronos Quartet

The first time David Harrington met Trio Da Kali, they made him cry. The lead violinist and founder of Kronos Quartet was at the home of a colleague in London where he was to be introduced to the three Malian musicians.

WQXR

The Liszt List! 5 Absurd Moments From the Eccentric Pianist’s Life

Franz Liszt (1811-1886) was a celebrated composer and pianist, but at his peak, he was also regarded as a premiere showman. He enjoyed being a celebrity, and as long as attention was on him, he made sure to act the part.

Limelight

Karajan release sets record for biggest box set ever produced

Legendary conductor’s complete recordings for Deutsche Grammophon and Decca, on 356 discs.

Reaction

The Star-Spangled Banner and its sleazy origins

Despite the more pressing matters of Puerto Rico, gun reform, and an impending nuclear holocaust, President Trump has recently been devoting a lot of energy — and Twitter characters — to NFL players refusing to stand during the national anthem.

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Konzerthausorchester Berlin ist Innovatives Orchester 2017

Der in diesem Jahr erstmals vergebene und mit 10’000 Euro dotierte Preis «Innovatives Orchester 2017» der Deutschen Orchesterstiftung geht an das Konzerthausorchester Berlin. Einen Sonderpreis erhält das Staatsorchester Mainz.

Musik-heute

Ex-Innenminister Schily wird Konzert dirigieren

Der frühere Bundesinnenminister Otto Schily (85) geht unter die Dirigenten – zumindest für einen Abend: Am 5. Januar 2018 leitet der Rechtsanwalt und SPD-Politiker ein Neujahrskonzert im münsterländischen Borken.

Klassik.com

Staatsoperette Dresden: Sprinkleranlage flutet Bühne

Bei einer turnusmäßigen Überprüfung der Sprinkleranlagen in den Spielstätten im Kraftwerk Mitte kam es gestern zu einer folgenschweren Havarie: auf die Bühne der Staatsoperette strömten Unmengen Wasser.

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(Written on October 20, 2017 )

In today’s news: Operalia 2017 finalists announced, Radio 4 to continue Saturday Review, and scientists have found the lowest note in the universe. Woman destroys ex-husband’s 800.000€ worth violin collection, conductor Paul Angerer dies aged 90, and Konzerthaus Berlin launches season 2017/18.

Opera Now

Operalia 2017 finalists announced

The singers will perform under the baton of Plácido Domingo, accompanied by the Astana Opera Symphony Orchestra, on 29 July.

Classical Music Magazine

Radio 4 to continue Saturday Review

Radio 4 controller Gwyneth Williams has reversed her decision to cancel Saturday Review, confirming that the show will continue beyond the autumn.

The Violin Channel

London’s Hattori Foundation 2017 Career-Support Bursary Winners Announced

Awarded annually to instrumentalists and ensembles ages 21 and 27 who show outstanding promise for an international career.

Classic FM

Did you know scientists have found the lowest note in the universe (and it’s a B flat)

The sound emitted by the supermassive black hole at the centre of the Perseus cluster is the lowest sound ever detected in the universe.

Pizzicato

Next: Gay musicians will be banned from stage

Yesterday, Trump, the liar, outrageously banned transgender people from military service.

France musique

Au Japon, une femme détruit 54 violons appartenant à son ex-mari

Au Japon, une femme de 34 ans a été arrêtée pour avoir détruit 54 violons et 70 archets appartenant à son ex-mari.

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Paul Angerer mit 90 Jahren gestorben

Der österreichische Musiker, Dirigent und Komponist Paul Angerer ist im Alter von 90 Jahren gestorben.

Klassik.com

Stuttgarter Staatsoper mit geringerem Zuschauerzuspruch in der vergangenen Spielzeit

Die Staatstheater Stuttgart, unter deren Dach Schauspiel, Oper und Ballett zusammengefasst sind, haben eine Bilanz der Spielzeit 2016/17 gezogen.

KlassikHeute

Die Saison 2017/18 im Konzerthaus Berlin

Eugene Mursky eröffnet die neue Saison der C. Bechstein Klavierabende im Konzerthaus Berlin am 22. September 2017 um 20 Uhr.

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The Strad: woman who destroyed husbands instrument collection

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(Written on July 27, 2017 )

 

In today’s news: The number of people watching live music has risen in the past year, OAE announces first Rising Stars cohort, and John Axelrod’s big plans for the Bernstein Centennial. Spotify denies it is playlisting fake artists, and at G-20 Beethoven sends a mixed message to Trump.

The Times

Festival, gig and concert crowds soar

The number of people watching live music has risen in the past year, according to research which found that audiences at concerts and festivals were up 12 per cent and brought in £4 billion to the economy.

Classical Music Magazine

OAE announces first Rising Stars cohort

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE) has announced its first Rising Stars of the Enlightenment cohort: a group of up-and-coming singers the ensemble believes to be ‘the opera and vocal stars of the future’.

Pizzicato

John Axelrod’s big plans for the Bernstein Centennial

John Axelrod will turn Sevilla into the epicentre of European activities for the Bernstein at 100 worldwide events, the conductor told Pizzicato.

Music Business Worldwide

Spotify denies it’s playlisting fake artists. So why are all these fake artists on its playlists?

Last summer, MBW ran a widely-read story which blew the lid off the fact that Spotify’s platform was being deliberately clogged up with music by ‘fake’ artists.

neue musikzeitung

Kein Ausweis für den Hund – Barrie Kosky über seinen Bayreuther „Meistersinger“ im Gespräch mit Joachim Lange

Barrie Kosky bereitet auf dem Grünen Hügel in Bayreuth die „Meistersinger“ vor. Am 25. Juli werden damit die Richard-Wagner-Festspiele eröffnet.

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„Die Musik geht einfach direkt ins Herz“

Die russische Sopranistin Julia Lezhneva über ihre Karriereanfänge, Gesangswettbewerbe und die Musik von Karl Heinrich Graue.

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Plácido Domingo hofft auf 4.000. Auftritt

Der spanische Opernsänger Plácido Domingo hofft, in seiner Karriere die Zahl von 4.000 Auftritten voll machen zu können.

El País

Max Richter, el músico que se propone dormirnos

El estreno español de ‘Sleep’, una nana de ocho horas para escuchar por la noche, genera una enorme expectación en Madrid.

The New York Times

At G-20, Beethoven Sends a Mixed Message to Trump

Littered streets were lined by police officers outside the Elbphilharmonie concert hall here on Friday evening after a concert put on for world leaders attending the Group of 20 summit meeting. Inside the security bubble: Beethoven.

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Classical Music Magazine: Rising Stars of the Enlightenment cohort

(Written on July 10, 2017 )

In today’s news, the Seattle Symphony has announced their concert, Music Beyond Borders, and the 2017 London Handel Festival celebrates the composer as a European in London. The ISM publishes a guide for musicians to fight performance anxiety, and Lang Lang signs with Universal. American Composers Orchestra will celebrate Steve Reich’s 80th birthday with a performance of his Tehillim during the season, while Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra announces the appointment of 23 year old Armenian-born cellist Gayane Khachatryan as their new Assistant Principal Cellist.

Rhinegold

ISM Trust publishes performance anxiety guide

The ISM Trust has published Performance Anxiety – a practical guide for music teachers, a publication designed to provide music teachers with a comprehensive guide to the identification and management of performance anxiety.

Music Business Worldwide

UNIVERSAL SIGNS CLASSICAL SUPERSTAR LANG LANG… AND IT’S VERY PLEASED ABOUT IT

You can generally tell how important a label considers an artist deal by the execs who pitch up to the signing photo. So Universal must be pleased as punch about inking an agreement with Chinese megastar Lang Lang, who will release his future classical albums through Deutsche Grammophon.

The Violin Channel

Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra Announce New Assistant Principal Cellist

The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra has announced the appointment of 23 year old Armenian-born cellist Gayane Khachatryan as their new Assistant Principal Cellist.

Pizzicato

Seattle Symphony Plays In Protest Of Trump’s Travel Ban

The Seattle Symphony has announced their concert Music Beyond Borders: Voices From The Seven in protest of Trump’s travel ban. The orchestra says on its website: « The arts community across the country has been contributing in meaningful ways to the discussion around immigration following the recent executive order restricting travel and immigration from these countries.

Classical FM

This handmade xylophone plays Bach in the middle of a serene forest in Japan

A tranquil Japanese woodland and one of Bach’s most gorgeous melodies. This is going to make you feel good, thanks to Classic FM’s More Music Breakfast and Yakult.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Aberwitziger Virtuose

Der Komponist Michael Hirsch war ein Grenzgänger zwischen Bildender Kunst und Musik. Seine Kompositionen verwischten die Genregrenzen mit dadaistischer Phantasie und höchster Virtuosität. Jetzt ist er mit 58 Jahren gestorben.

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Welturaufführung mit Tucholsky-Oper bei Rheinsberger Festivalsommer

Die Oper «Tucholskys Spiegel» erlebt in diesem Jahr beim 27. Festivalsommer der Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg ihre Uraufführung. Librettist Christoph Klimke hat dafür Originaltexte des Schriftstellers (1890-1935) («Rheinsberg. Ein Bilderbuch für Verliebte») mit eigenen Texten verknüpft.

Klassik

Beethoven-Haus erhält originalen Zeitzeugenbericht des Beethovenfestes 1845

Das Beethoven-Haus Bonn hat ein bedeutsames historisches Dokument erhalten. Es handelt sich um einen Zeitzeugenbericht des ersten Bonner Beethovenfestes im Jahr 1845.

Aftenposten

Ble vraket, starter egen festival i samme sommeruke

Tidligere kunstnerisk leder for Risør Kammermusikkfest, Lars Anders Tomter, arrangerer sin egen musikkfest i Sandefjord i juni. Det er samme uke som Risør-festivalen går av stabelen.

Broadwayworld

ACO Announces 40th Anniversary Season Featuring Reich’s 80th Birthday Celebration, World Premieres by Paola Prestini, Trevor Weston, and David Hertzberg and More

American Composers Orchestra (ACO), under the leadership of Artistic Director Derek Bermel and Music Director George Manahan, continues its 40th Anniversary Season on Friday, March 24, 2017

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Classical Music News London Handel Festival 2017: A European in London

Video: Yakult

(Written on February 9, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Opera North announces its 2017/2018 season. Soprano Charlotte Church, among many other singers, has refused to sing at US president-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration. New York Philharmonic and Wiener Philharmoniker present joint exhibition in celebration of both orchestras’ 175th anniversary. Also, Norway is going to be the first country to shut down FM Radio.

The Guardian

Joanna Trollope says BBC’s overpaid managers are starving the arts

Announcing that she will chair the corporation’s short story award, novelist says ‘a great weight of money’ has gone to the wrong people.

New York Philharmonic

New York and Vienna Philharmonics Celebrate 175th Anniversaries with Joint Exhibit

Eighteen forty-two was a good year for orchestras. As it happens, both the New York Philharmonic and Vienna Philharmonic were founded that year — about eight months, and 4,000 miles, apart.

Opera Now Magazine

Opera North announces 2017/18 season

Opera North will launch its 2017/18 with a celebration of one-act operas.

CMUSE

Soprano Charlotte Church becomes latest to snub Trump inauguration

Charlotte Church is the latest artist to state her opposition to performing at US President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration next week.

The Scottish Sun

Violin star Andre Rieu would love to meet funnyman Jonathan Watson… so he can help him play the fiddle

The world-famous conductor and musician was lampooned by the mimic during the Hogmanay edition of Only An Excuse?

The Strad

Antje Weithaas, Tabea Zimmermann and Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt join Kronberg Academy faculty

The three string players will join the German performance school in October 2017.

The New York Times

Finally, a Debut for the Elbphilharmonie Hall in Hamburg

The Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg. After years of delays, it will have its inaugural concert on Wednesday.

Digital Music News

FM Radio Is Officially Getting Shut Down In Norway

Norway is about to become the first country in the world to shut down FM radio.  Are other countries next?

FAZ

Eröffnung der Elbphilharmonie

Hamburgs neues Wahrzeichen

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Die Kunst zu erben – Was wird aus der Boulez-Villa in Baden-Baden? 

Eine Erkundigung vor Ort

Fono Forum

Internationaler Dirigentenwettbewerb Sir Georg Solti

Unter der Schirmherrschaft seiner Witwe Lady Valerie widmen die Alte Oper und die Museums-Gesellschaft in Frankfurt dem vor 20 Jahren verstorbenen Sir Georg Solti zum achten Mal einen Dirigentenwettbewerb.

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BBC Music Magazine @MusicMagazine Find out more about Jean Sibelius, @BBCRadio3‘s Composer of the Week:

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic8 Orlando Philharmonic presents a program of music inspired by birdsong – Orlando Weekly https://t.co/HQq9bJhtIL

The Violin Channel @violinchannel http://ow.ly/vu1T307RNB4 New York Drag Queen-Violinist to Join Cast of ‘Mozart in the Jungle’ @ThorgyThor

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Photo: New York Philharmonic/ Wiener Philharmoniker

(Written on January 11, 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.

klassik.com

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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Photo: BBC Proms

(Written on January 10, 2017 )