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In today’s news: Protest violinist and former El Sistema student Wuilly Arteaga released from custody in Venezuela, and Joyce DiDonato performs with refugee children in Greece. Michael Haensel has died, Baltic Sea Philharmonic on tour, and “Bundesakkordeonorchester” receives partnership with “Deutscher Musikrat.”

Classical Music Magazine

Gramophone announces 2017 Awards shortlist

The Awards will mark their 40th anniversary in 2017 with a ceremony at 8 Northumberland Avenue, London WC2, which will be streamed live by medici.tv.

The Violin Channel

Candidates Announced for Germany’s 2017 ARD International Violin Competition

Open to violinists of any nationality born between 1988 and 2000, the 1st prize winner will receive €10,000 (US $11,500).

The Strad

Protest violinist Wuilly Arteaga released from custody in Venezuela

Wuilly Arteaga, a former El Sistema student who has become known worldwide for taking his violin on street demonstrations in the Venezuelan capital Caracas, was arrested and detained three weeks ago, attracting a number of petitions for his release.

Music Business Worldwide

Gustavo Lopez exits Universal after 21 years, launches talent uno for Latin music.

Long-serving Universal Music executive Gustavo Lopez has officially left the major after 21 years to launch his own services company in Los Angeles.

Classic FM

Joyce DiDonato performs with refugee children in Greece

The opera singer has been working with El Sistema Greece on workshops with refugee children from countries including Afghanistan and Syria: ‘El Sistema is building a cultural revolution here, through music education.’

Broadway World

Andrew Lloyd Webber Strikes Deal for Musical Theatre Advancement in China

Andrew Lloyd Webber will be expanding his musical theatre empire into China, starting with a Chinese makeover of his hit musical, Tell Me On A Sunday.

Limelight

Robot conductor to lead Italian orchestra in Bocelli concert

The humanoid robot YuMi will conduct the Lucca Philharmonic in an operatic highlights concert in Pisa. 

Klassik.com

Früherer Intendant des Ludwigshafener Pfalzbau-Theaters gestorben

Der Regisseur und Schauspieler Michael Haensel ist im Alter von 73 Jahren nach langer, schwerer Krankheit gestorben.

Klassik Heute

Baltic Sea Philharmonic und Kristjan Järvi auf Tournee

Das Baltic Sea Philharmonic und Kristjan Järvi touren ab dem 19. August durch Schweden, Deutschland und Italien mit Folkmusik-inspirierten Werken von Strawinsky, Rachmaninow und Arvo Pärt. 

Deutscher Musikrat

Bundesakkordeonorchester erhält Privilegierte Partnerschaft des Deutschen Musikrates

Auf einstimmigen Beschluss des Präsidiums hat der Deutsche Musikrat die Privilegierte Partnerschaft an das Bundesakkordeonorchester vergeben.

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The Strad: Wuilly Arteaga

(Written on August 17, 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.

neue musikzeitung

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 )

Yesterday evening the No Hunger Orchestra opened a concert at Expo Milan to raise awareness of the fight against undernutrition in lieu with World Food Day, which is today!

The concert was organised by the European Commission’s humanitarian department, along with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

Almost 800 million people are still undernourished, 51 million are children under the age of 5. No Hunger Orchestra plays instruments made from the non-edible parts of food from one part of the world, to communicate what is missing in the other part of the world.

The instruments were created by the European Commission and the NGO Action Against Hunger for World Food day 2013.

The idea is that music is a universal language. More than 150,000 people watched the 2013 concert via online streaming and 752 people created instruments made of non-edible parts of food and uploaded their videos.

In this video, EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides, presents the orchestra.

(Written on October 16, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Frank Peter Zimmermann loses his Stradivarius as prices soar

In a market driven by money and aesthetic one-upmanship, what chance do real musicians have of playing older instruments?

Opera director charged by Russian authorities with offending Christians

Timofei Kulyabin attacks ‘absurd’ charge over his production of Richard Wagner’s Tannhauser which is alleged to have ‘desecrated’ the image of Jesus Christ

The Strad

Violinist Joshua Bell on the art of conducting

In 2011 the Grammy Award-winning artist became music director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, where he conducts from the concertmaster’s chair

International Arts Manager

Jamie’s Concerts return to UK for carers of autistic children

In April and May 2015, the Japanese pianist Noriko Ogawa will give her next two Jamie’s Concerts in the UK. Jamie’s Concerts form an ongoing series that started in 2004, designed specifically for parents and carers of children with autism.

Universal and Qyuki back Mumbai dance and music Dharavi Project

Universal Music Group India (UMGI) is to team up with Indian creative networking, design and production studio Qyuki on an ambitious social improvement project in Dharavi, Asia’s largest slum area located in Mumbai.

BBC Music Magazine

Hallé names Jamie Phillips its new associate conductor

Phillips will take new post from the 2015-16 season

Zeit Online

Das Showkartell

Der Tickethändler Eventim verkauft nicht nur Konzertkarten, er betreibt nun auch die großen Bühnen selbst. Künstler und Konzertagenturen fürchten um ihre Einnahmen.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Ohrenzeuge der Klangkunst eines halben Jahrhunderts

Er hat uns in seinem unermüdlich bewegten Unruhestand und seinen geschliffenen Texten ständig ermahnt, dass wir so etwas wie Musikkultur brauchen: Ein Nachruf auf Gerhard Rohde.

Der Tagesspiegel

Chopin auf dem Flughafen

Die Brandenburgischen Sommerkonzerte feiern ihre 25. Saison mit einem besonderen Programm, das viele Stars aufbietet und spannende Musikerkombinationen.

audiophil

SAE INSTITUTE DEUTSCHLAND

SAE Institute Deutschland startet Music Business Studiengang

pizzicato

Nach Dvorak nun Gershwin und Ligeti für Deutschlands Jugend

Das erfolgreiche Deutschland-weite Musikvermittlungs-Projekt der ARD wird fortgesetzt: Nach dem erfolgreichen Start im vergangenen Jahr mit dem ‘Dvorak-Experiment – Ein ARD-Konzert macht Schule’ geht die gemeinsame Edukationsarbeit aller Landesrundfunkanstalten in Kooperation mit dem Deutschen Musikrat nun mit dem ‘Gershwin-Experiment’ in die nächste Runde.

El Mundo

Sabina: ‘Hay una caza de brujas desde Hacienda y el Gobierno’

Tras su ataque de miedo escénico el pasado diciembre en Madrid y sus problemas con Hacienda (cerca de 4 millones de euros le exige) el cantante presenta 16 nuevos conciertos de la gira ‘500 noches para una crisis’ y su correspondiente CD-DVD.

Twitter

Music ‏@BritishMusic: “There is plenty of diversity in British music. The problem is we’re not acknowledging it” @Independent http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/brit-awards-2015-commercial-success-is-rewarded-no-matter-how-bland-and-banal-you-have-to-be-to-get-there-10069877.html …

DCMS ‏@DCMS :.@edvaizey on #creativeindustries: The creative industries are making an enormous economic contribution to London and the UK #DCMSpqs

New York Times Arts @nytimesarts: Royal Ballet Choregrapher to Open Studio Space in London http://nyti.ms/1DVEwdn 

Jamie Phillips NEWS

Jamie Phillips. Photo: Russell Hart

(Written on February 26, 2015 )

Classical News

Guardian

Venezuela’s El Sistema music scheme is ‘model of tyranny’, UK academic says

Supporters rush to defend ‘beacon of social justice’ as study shows project fails to reach disadvantaged youth

Independent

ENO blames Arts Council cuts after production of Orfeo is cancelled

The English National Opera has been forced to cancel a forthcoming production “for the first time in recent memory” as a direct result of severe cuts to its funding earlier this year.

Classical Music Magazine

Dickon Stainer appointed to lead Universal’s classical activities

Dickon Stainer has been appointed president and chief executive of global classics at Universal Music Group, with overall responsibility for all of UMG’s classical output including Deutsche Grammophon, Decca, and Sinfini Music.

The Strad

Six winning 2014 Young Concert Artists announced, including four string players

The New York organisation will promote the winning musicians with concerts and management

Sinfini Music

Kyung Wha Chung

The celebrated violinist Kyung Wha Chung has announced her London comeback in December after an absence of nearly 20 years.

Die Welt

Marek Janowski dirigiert Frank Castorfs “Ring”

Er wollte nie wieder etwas mit der Bühne zu tun haben. Doch Bayreuths mythischer Orchesterabgrund hat ihn schwach gemacht.

Wenn ein Muslim am Broadway austickt

Eine New Yorker Dinnerparty wird zur griechischen Tragödie: Für sein Vier-Personen-Stück “Disgraced” erhielt Ayad Akhtar im vergangenen Jahr den Pulitzerpreis.

Klassik.com

Debatte um Stuttgarter Konzerthaus nimmt Fahrt auf

CDU-Fraktion regt Initiative zum Bau eines Hauses mit 4.000 bis 5.000 Plätzen an

Evelyn Herlitzius erhält Faust-Theaterpreis als beste Sängerin

Die Sopranistin Evelyn Herlitzius hat den Theaterpreis “Der Faust” als beste Sängerdarstellerin erhalten.

Classicalite

EXCLUSIVE: Director Gerard McBurney on “A Pierre Dream,” the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Multimedia Portrait of Pierre Boulez

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra will celebrate the life and work of Pierre Boulez, the esteemed composer and conductor who will turn 90 in March, with a brand-new Beyond the Score production of “A Pierre Dream: A Portrait of Pierre Boulez,” on November 14 and 16 at Symphony Center.

I Care If You Listen

How To Take Charge Of Your Finances As A Musician (Part I)

Kudos for choosing to make a life from your passion!

Twitter

Classic FM ‏@ClassicFM: Superstar tenor @AlfieBoe shares some advice for singers: http://classfm.co/w1jQ6n

EnglishNationalOpera ‏@E_N_O: ICYMI earlier this week, ENO Director-in-Residence Peter Sellars talks about his spiritual side: http://ow.ly/E6ojC  #ENOGospel

Intermusica ‏@IntermusicaLtd: “New works, new instruments”: @colincurrieperc tells the story of his #MetalWoodSkin festival in the @GdnClassical http://ow.ly/E9EwH

YCA11Six winning 2014 Young Concert Artists announced. Photo: Brian D. Bumby

(Written on November 12, 2014 )

Classical News

Classic FM

Max Hole confirms third Bristol Proms for 2015

The Bristol Proms will return to the Bristol Old Vic for a third year running in 2015, Universal boss Max Hole has confirmed.

BBC News

Gabriel Prokofiev launches new violin concerto at Proms

Gabriel Prokofiev, the grandson of the 20th Century composer Sergei Prokofiev, is presenting the world premiere of his new violin concerto at the BBC Proms. He tells the BBC his forebear’s fame just adds to the pressure of giving a new work its first outing.

The Telegraph

Oxford students’ acapella version of Shakira’s Hips Don’t Lie

A group of Oxford University students perform en acapella cover of a Shakira hit song, Hips Don’t Lie, which has been tweeted by the pop star herself.

Classic FM

Tom Williams on performing Bach in the Dark

Erebus Ensemble director Tom Williams and choir member Ed Danon spoke to Jane Jones backstage at the Bristol Proms.

Classic FM

Laura Wright releases racy new music video

Soprano Laura Wright’s new music video is raising eyebrows in the classical music world, showing her stripping off and doing gymnastics while performing ‘Barber’s Agnus Dei/The Sound Of Strength’.

The Courier Mail

Oboist Tania Frazer suing Queensland Symphony Orchestra for unfair treatment during a 12-month trial

An oboist who has performed internationally is suing Queensland Symphony Orchestra for $620,000, claiming she was put under stress that ended her orchestral career.

Spiegel Online

Legendäre Pianisten: Roll over Beethoven

Der Pianist Swjatoslaw Richter konnte so ziemlich alles. Welche Nuancen er beherrschte, zeigen bisher unveröffentlichte Schubert-Aufnahmen aus Moskau.

Blitz Quotidiano



Teatro dell’Opera di Roma: c’è accordo, si allontana rischio liquidazione



Si allontana lo spettro della liquidazione del Teatro dell’Opera di Roma.

La Stampa

Accordo fatto a Roma L’Opera è (quasi) salva

Previsto un referendum. Ma gli autonomi non firmano.

Le Miroir

L’Orchestre Dijon Bourgogne veut au “dialogue social” pour trouver une solution

L’Orchestre Dijon Bourgogne répond à la mairie de Dijon suite à son communiqué du 23 juillet.

El Mundo



Las óperas que nunca escuchó

Un festival desempolva partituras del XVI y XVII que no pudieron estrenarse.

Twitter

BBC Proms Team: @bbcproms Tonight at #BBCProms @BIFO_ Proms debut with @saschavienna plus world premiere of @gprokofiev concerto by @HopeViolin http://ow.ly/zFx7A 

Classical Music: @ClassicalMusic_ The last ever filmed performance of @JLloydWebber before his sad retirement through injury: http://www.rhinegold.co.uk/live/previous-concerts.asp … @RhinegoldLIVE

Guardian Classical: @GdnClassical Why it’s do-or-die for classical music at the Bristol Proms http://gu.com/p/4v98t 

 

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(Written on July 29, 2014 )

The Telegraph

Serious music doesn’t have to hurt your ears

Composer George Benjamin has the knack of making the most rebarbative composition sound comprehensible, says Jane Shilling.

Classic FM

Titanic musician’s violin to be auctioned

A violin believed to have been owned by musician Wallace Hartley, who played as the Titanic sank, will be auctioned next month.

The Times of India

‘Reality shows can help promote classical music’

Indian classical music has survived the test of time and nothing can ever bring down its popularity level was the view of renowned vocalist Rajyashree Ghosh of Rabindra BhartiUniversity (RBU) and tabla player Samir Chattopadhyay of Chhandayan, USA, who were in Ranchi on Sunday for a public performance.

Huffington Post

A Good Reason to Go to Amsterdam

Carnegie Hall is nothing if not a classical music lover’s dream come true. It’s heaven on earth — as if the beautiful architecture with its peerless acoustics were not enough, the hall brings us performers of such a caliber that every time you think, “wow, this is the best concert this season.”

Music Week

Secondary ticketing legislation must now be considered by Government – Met Police

Music industry executives calling for legislation to cap the price of secondary tickets have received a boost from a new Met Police report published today.

The Guardian

Elton John plans in-store shows to help save HMV

Universal UK boss says singer has suggested a series of gigs by leading artists to encourage fans to shop in high street stores

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(Written on February 20, 2013 )

The Independent

Baroque hour on Radio 3 as Dominic West takes to the airwaves to read poetry

Heartthrob actor Dominic West is to go from The Hour to turning back the clock by reading a daily poem from the Baroque era for Radio 3.

The Guardian

The Rest is Noise: out of the shadow of Mozart, Beethoven and Wagner

The Southbank Centre’s Gillian Moore on what February holds for the festival – and how a rising nationalism inspired composers from Janáček to Holst to embrace folk traditions

Gramophone

The Queen awards Regius Professorship of Music to Royal Holloway, University of London

One of 12 Professorships awarded in different fields to mark the Diamond Jubilee

New Music Box

Composer Assistance Program Awards $33,118

Twice a year, New Music USA receives an influx of applications from composers across the United States who are seeking support for their newly created works.

Classical Source

Whoopi Goldberg And Pamela Thomas-Graham Elected To New York Philharmonic Board Of Directors

Two distinguished women have been elected as new members of the Board of Directors of the New York Philharmonic.

On An Overgrown Path

The buildings in which you play are seen as forbidding

Now let me try to understand this one more time… Universal Music’s chief executive Max Hole tells us that classical musicians “need to think about the way they dress, and to appear more excited and engaged” and “the very buildings in which they play are often seen as forbidding and not places many people think they’d be comfortable entering”.

Slipped Disc

Just in: ‘Unsafe’ Bolshoi pulls out of centennial Rite of Spring

Wayne McGregor’s choreography for Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, scheduled for the work’s 100th anniversary in March, has been indefinitely postponed by the Bolshoi.

Music Week

HMV CFO Ian Kenyon among 190 new job cuts

Fired HMV employees have taken to the retailer’s official Twitter account to offer a live blog of 190 job losses across the firm’s head office and distribution network.

Generator

Record Store Day cut vinyl in 2013

The organisers of Record Store Day have announced that this year will see a 10% reduction in special physical product releases, with BBC 6Music dedicating a day of programming to the celebratory day of independence.

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On An Overgrown Path

(Written on February 1, 2013 )

The Telegraph

Orchestras must ‘shed elitism’ to survive, says Universal Music boss

Head of Universal Music’s classical division tells orchestras to show emotion and leave the concert hall if they want to gain new fans.

‘Tyrannical’ Walt Disney gets an opera

The Perfect American, an opera by Philip Glass, opens in Madrid and shows Walt Disney as ‘a racist, misogynist megalomaniac’.

Slipped Disc

UPDATE: Classical editor has quit the New York Times

James Oestreich has finally accepted a buyout and will retire at the end of the month from the New York Times.

Deceptive Cadence NPR

Back Off The Bach To Drive Safely

Researchers in London claim that listening to classical music makes for unsafe driving — in fact, that it caused more erratic driving than hip-hop, heavy metal or not listening to music at all.

The Arts Desk

Barbican and Southbank 2013-14 seasons: still neck and neck 

Undaunted by the current climate, the biggest steerers of London’s concert scene sail on

Planet Hugill

Flicker – new opera on Locked-In Syndrome

Music can sometimes illuminate areas that text on its own cannot.

The Pacific Standard (found via Arts Journal)

Playing Music May Lower Blood Pressure

New research from the Netherlands finds neurocardial differences between young musicians and their non-musical peers

Opera News

Joyce DiDonato to Host Live, Web-Streamed Master Class at Juilliard School on 1/25

On Friday, January 25, mezzo-soprano, Joyce DiDonato, will host a master class with four students from The Juilliard School’s Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts.

Fast Co.Design

A Board Game Designed For Classical Music Buffs

Virtuoso may not have mass appeal, but it would liven up band class

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Fast Co. Design

(Written on January 24, 2013 )

The Guardian

Vanessa-Mae gears up for Winter Olympics 2014 bid

Violinist swaps keys for skis, as she prepares for first event in her quest to represent Thailand at Sochi Games next year

Classic FM

Beethoven best for fitness workouts

Studies show classical music readies the brain for exercise and helps maintain focus during a workout session.

Deceptive Cadence, NPR 

Obama’s ‘Hope And Virtue’ Distilled In A Song

On Jan. 20, 2009, Barack Obama was sworn in as the first African-American president of the United States. And Monday, President Obama will be sworn in again — this time on a most auspicious day, the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

Planet Hugill

London Philharmonic Orchestra new season

The London Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2013/14 season at the Royal Festival Hall is remarkably strong and shows and admirable intention to develop programming outside the routine.

Slipped Disc

Just in: Vienna will live stream Holocaust opera premiere

A chamber opera on the Nazi euthanasia of 790 sick or disabled children in a Vienna hospital will be performed this Friday, ahead of International Holocaust Day, at the Austrian Parliament and streamed live on the internet at 1700 GMT.

Limelight

John Rutter: An agnostic speaks out on writing sacred music

The best-selling choral composer is now writing for the harp, but it’s not all choirs of angels.

Classical Music Magazine

Murray Johnston wins £73,000 plus costs after WNO’s unfair dismissal

Murray Johnston was unfairly dismissed in 2008, ruled an employment tribunal appeal, and he has now been awarded compensation plus costs.

Music Week

Universal, Warner and Sony plan HMV ‘rescue operation’ – report

Universal Music, Warner Music and Sony are reportedly set to discount the price of CDs and DVDs for HMV and offer the retailer generous credit terms in an attempt to rescue it from going out of business.

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Classic FM

(Written on January 22, 2013 )