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“We are delighted to welcome back the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for their European tour in the summer of 2017, having executed a successful creative PR campaign for the release of ‘Concertos for Orchestra’. The CSO is an incredibly versatile and forward-thinking ensemble, and we look forward to developing and sharing their stories with European audiences.” – Olivia Brown, Head of Creative Strategy & Marketing

The orchestra will visit several cities in countries around Europe this summer, with dates at the Edinburgh International Festival and San Sebastian already confirmed and more to be announced shortly. In March 2017 it was announced that Louis Langrée was to remain Music Director of the CSO for the 2019-2020 season.

Founded in 1895, the CSO is the sixth oldest orchestra in the United States and the first to be broadcast to a national radio audience in 1921. With a rich history of music making directly linked to the community in the state of Ohio, the CSO ordinarily reside in the Venetian gothic ‘Music Hall’ building, which recently underwent extensive renovation and restoration. The 2017 tour will bring American musical excellence to audiences across Europe, delighting fans new and old with their ‘richness, precision and intensity’ of performance.

CSO previously released live recorded album ‘Concertos for Orchestra’ in November 2016 on the orchestra’s own label ‘Fanfare’, featuring world premieres of seven pieces by contemporary composers. Works from this album will feature among a varied concert programme performed on the European tour.

Stay tuned for more news and announcements from the CSO by checking the WildKat blog. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram too.

(Written on April 11, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Wigmore Hall announces new partnership with medici.tv and Gramophone Magazine reports that soprano Denise Deval has died. Also, cellist Julian Lloyd Webber is named Birmingham and Midland Institute president and a task force tackles musicians’ US work visa problems 

Classical Music Magazine

Wigmore Hall announces new partnership with medici.tv

Wigmore Hall has announced a new partnership with medici.tv and the expansion of its ticket scheme for under 35s

Gramophone Magazine

The soprano Denise Duval has died at 94

Denise Duval, who inspired some of Francis Poulenc’s most powerful works for soprano, has died in Switzerland where she lived

The Strad

Cellist Julian Lloyd Webber named Birmingham and Midland Institute president

Lloyd Webber was also appointed principal of Birmingham Conservatoire in 2015

Arts Professional

Task force to tackle musicians’ US work visa problems

The Musicians’ Union and British Underground have assembled a task force to tackle problems with visas that musicians face when travelling to the US, including high costs, restrictions and delays

Klassikakzente

Persönliche Einblicke – Daniel Hopes neue Radiosendung auf

In der neuen Sendung “WDR 3 Persönlich” berichtet Daniel Hope nun jeden Sonntag aus seinem Musikerleben und präsentiert Künstler und Werke, zu denen er eine besondere Verbindung hat

Der Westen

Film „Feuer bewahren“ zeigt Choreograph Martin Schläpfer

Zwei kräftige Waden in Wanderschuhen, die über den feuchten Waldboden nach oben steigen: Mit dieser symbolkräftigen Sequenz beginnt der Dokumentarfilm „Feuer bewahren – nicht Asche anbeten“ über Martin Schläpfer, Choreograph und Direktor des Balletts am Rhein

NMZ

Verwertungsgesellschaft Gema zieht erneut gegen YouTube vor Gericht

Der Streit zwischen der Verwertungsgesellschaft Gema und der Google-Tochter YouTube ist zäh und zieht sich bereits seit Jahren hin

New York Times

New York Philharmonic Taps Jaap van Zweden as Its Next Maestro

The New York Philharmonic announced on Wednesday that it was turning to Jaap van Zweden, an intense, exacting Dutch conductor, to be its next music director and guide it through the costly renovation of its hall, two seasons of exile and, if all goes well, a triumphant return to Lincoln Center

Le Monde

Mort de Denise Duval, la « Voix humaine » de Francis Poulenc

Le « Rossignol à larmes » du compositeur Francis Poulenc, inoubliable créatrice de La Voix humaine, s’est envolée lundi 25 janvier : la soprano française, Denise Duval, est morte à l’âge de 94 ans dans sa maison en Suisse

Twitter

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Southbank Centre@southbankcentre  Chineke! @Chineke4Change Europe’s first BME orchestra join our family of Associate Orchestras #Classical1617

Denise Duval/ Gramophone Magazine

Denise Duval/ Gramophone Magazine

(Written on January 28, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news Apple Music has gained 11 million members in the five weeks after its launch. The Artistic Director and Executive Producer of the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group are standing down in 2016, and the Welsh National Opera have appointed a new managing director to start December 2015.

Guardian

Apple Music has 11m trial members five weeks after launching

Spotify rival is still in its free trial period, so the real crunch will come when those users are prompted to pay

Classical Music Magazine

WNO appoints new managing director

Welsh National Opera has appointed Leonora Thomson as its new managing director. Currently director of audiences and development at the Barbican Centre, Thomson is to take up the position in December 2015.

Classical Source

Stephen and Jackie Newbould to leave Birmingham Contemporary Music Group at the end of 2015/16 season

Stephen Newbould, Artistic Director of Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and Jackie Newbould, the ensemble’s Executive Producer, have decided to stand down from their roles at the end of BCMG’s 2015/16 season (in summer 2016).

The Strad

Students launch crowdfunding website to help musicians travel to auditions

The site offers scholarships of up to $500 for string players travelling throughout the US

New York Times

The Proms, BBC’s Classical Music Festival, Is All the More Important as Austerity Looms

Because of the Proms’ enviable roster of visiting orchestras, its support for contemporary composers, and its accessibility, there remain few larger forces for musical good anywhere. But it is now operating in an atmosphere of some discomfort: Its parent corporation and fellow musical broadcasters in Europe are under pressure. And the British government remains bent on austerity.

ClassicalWorld.com

International Philharmonic Orchestra to Offer Seven Concerts Featuring World’s Best Young Classical Musicians

International Philharmonic Orchestra brings together 100 young talented musicians from 74 countries to represent their countries through music in Seven Epic Concerts, including a concert for Global Peace at Carnegie Hall, New York during United Nations week.

Der Tagesspiegel

Es ist eine Heimkehr

Die 16. Ausgabe des Festival Young Euro Classic beginnt am Donnerstag. Insgesamt 1500 Musiker kommen dafür nach Berlin und musizieren 18 Tage lang im Konzerthaus.

Musik Heute

Musik-Festspiele MV zielen auf neuen Besucherrekord

Die Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern haben eine positive Halbzeitbilanz gezogen. Bis zum Ende der 25. Festivalausgabe erwarte man mehr Gäste als im Vorjahr, als mit 73.000 Besuchern ein Rekord erreicht wurde.

Klassik.com

Trondheim: Historische Musikinstrumente fallen Brand zum Opfer

Ein Brand im Nationalen Musikmuseum Ringve in Trondheim hat hohe Schäden verursacht. Angaben des Museumsdirektors zufolge seien zwei historische Klaviere, ein Tafelklavier und ein Flügel aus dem 19. Jahrhundert zerstört worden.

Le Parisien

La Hadopi se sépare de son secrétaire général Eric Walter

La Hadopi, l’autorité anti-piratage dont le bilan fait actuellement débat, a indiqué lundi s’être “séparée” de son secrétaire général Eric Walter, confirmant une information de plusieurs médias spécialisés.

El Mundo

Juan Pérez Floristán, primer premio del Concurso de Piano ‘Paloma O’Shea’

Juan Pérez Floristán, ha sido elegido para ser el primer premio y Medalla de Oro, en Gala de Clausura y Entrega de Premios del XVIII Concurso Internacional de Piano de Santander Paloma O’Shea.

Twitter

Sinfini Music: Barbara Strozzi, born this day in 1619, basically totally bossed being a woman in 17thC Venice. Free here:

Tête à Tête: It may not be as hard as you think to get to some shows at tonight, more here:

BBC Proms Team: See how performed his piece “Toilet Brushes – More”:

06PREMIERES1-master675The Aurora Orchestra and the BBC Proms Youth Ensemble at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Photo: Chris Christodoulou/BBC

(Written on August 6, 2015 )

Classical News

Guardian

Mid-concert selfie stage invasions – hasn’t Dvorák suffered enough?

What punishment for the narcissist who leapt on the Royal Festival Hall stage to take a selfie during Dvořák’s New World symphony? If only life were like the Simpsons…

Classic FM

Why does music give us chills? Eric Whitacre and his Singers put on a concert to find out

Our favourite dashing-blonde choral conductor and his choir turned guinea pigs in a huge experiment looking at the health benefits of singing in (and even just listening to) a choir. There were electrodes, latex gloves and LOTS of saliva…

Classical Music Magazine

Censorship claims in US after youth orchestra cancels composer’s Nazi-quoting new work

A censorship row is brewing in New York after the New York Youth Symphony announced it would not be performing a piece commissioned through its own young composer competition, after being alerted to the work’s quotation of a Nazi anthem.

Classical Source

Aldeburgh Music in negotiations to purchase Snape Maltings

The owners of Snape Maltings, the Gooderham family, have announced today that they are in the final stages of negotiation with Aldeburgh Music for the sale of the site’s freehold and commercial portfolio.

Wired

Italian opera embraces tech to reach new audiences

Until now, La Scala has long kept many of its inner workings a closely guarded secret — but with opera struggling to attract younger audiences, it is turning to technology to promote openness and broaden its appeal.

Zeit Online

Putins Afterhour

In Russland wird Kulturförderung noch ernst genommen! Wladimir Putin ist inzwischen sogar in Besitz eines eigenen Kreml-DJs. Was sagt uns das?

concerti

„Silber gehört zum guten Ton“

Das C. Bechstein Sterling Grand Piano – inspired by Robbe & Berking

pizzicato

Wegen Zitat aus Nazihymne aus dem Programm genommen…

Das ‘New York Youth Symphony’ hat eine Auftragskomposition aus dem Programm genommen, weil das Werk des 21-jährigen amerikanischen Komponisten Jonas Tarm ein Zitat der Nazihymne (Horst Wessel-Lied) enthält.

Gasteig-Affäre: Junge Musiker rufen zu Protestkundgebung in München auf

Ignorante Politiker bekommen wieder eine Ohrfeige: Für Samstag, 07.03.2015 um 11:00 Uhr ruft das Chor- und Orchesterensemble ‘MünchenKlang’ stellvertretend für junge Nachwuchsensembles am Münchner Odeonsplatz zu einer Kundgebung gegen die Entscheidung der Bayerischen Staatsregierung, kein neues Konzerthaus für München zu bauen, auf.

El Mundo

Un genio de la música en el instituto

El compositor estonio, protagonista de la ‘Carta Blanca’ que le brinda la Orquesta y Coro Nacionales de España, conversa, escucha y canta con los alumnos del Lope de Vega de Madrid.

Twitter

BBC Radio 3@BBCRadio3: With #womensday on Sunday, our final interview with @EricaJong is on now. Today music by Rachmaninov + Lili Boulanger http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b014r87y …

Music Teacher@MusicTeacherMag: @GarethMalone is made ambassador for Music for All and the @LearntoPlayDay http://tinyurl.com/6rht9rf 

Prolific North ‏@ProlificNorth: .@ClassicFM to broadcast from Liverpool to mark Philharmonic anniversary http://www.prolificnorth.co.uk/?p=45783  @liverpoolphil

playopenerItalian opera embraces tech to reach new audiences. Photo: Mattia Balsamini/Wired

(Written on March 6, 2015 )

The Telegraph

The International Opera Awards: a reminder of a vibrant operatic scene

Amid signs of gloom, the International Opera Awards are a welcome reminder of just how vibrant the operatic scene is. The 2nd International Opera Awards ceremony will take place tonight at Grosvenor House Hotel.

The Guardian

When UK pop was born: the 18th century

We take it for granted that music is all around us and endlessly accessible. But did you know that gigs, muzak, and the music business itself were all born in the 18th century in the UK?

Classic FM

Lang Lang receives honorary doctorate from Birmingham City University

This isn’t the first honorary degree the pianist has received. In 2011, the Prince of Wales awarded him a PhD from the Royal College of Music, in 2012 picked up a degree from the Manhattan School of Music, and is also an honorary fellow of Oxford University.

Classical Music Magazine

London International A Cappella Choir Competition: Tallis Scholars host tribute to Tavener

Choirs from Estonia, Spain, Poland, the US, Sweden, Ireland and the UK will compete in the competition, which was conceived as a 70th birthday tribute to Sir John Tavener and will now be held in his memory.

Royal Opera House

Marianela Nunez, Thiago Soares and Fernando Montano nominated for 2014 LUKAS awards

Royal Ballet Principals Marianela Nuñez and Thiago Soares, and First Artist Fernando Montaño have all been nominated for the Personality of the Year award at the Latin UK Awards (LUKAS). The LUKAS awards, which are now in their third year, celebrate the culture of Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese communities in the UK. This year, around 1,200 people were nominated for a total of 65 awards.

Spiegel Online

Vielseitige Sopranistin: Darf ich bitten, Herr Strauss!

Ob “Alphorn” oder “Madrigal”: Die Sopranistin Christiane Karg stürzt sich gern in musikalische Abenteuer. Da findet sie eine Menge in den Liedern von Richard Strauss. Die silbrige Faszination des “Rosenkavalier”-Komponisten leuchtet auch in der kleinen Form.
Klassik Akzente

Man kennt Myung Whun Chung als Dirigenten am Pult renommierter Ensembles wie dem Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France oder der Staatskapelle Dresden. Aber er ist auch ein exzellenter, inspirierter Pianist. Beispiel Piano.

Unerhörte Spannungen – Kammermusik von Harrison Birtwistle

ECM New Series widmet der Musik des britischen Komponisten Harrison Birtwistle erstmals ein ganzes Album. Till Fellner, Lisa Batiashvili, Adrian Brendel und die Sänger Amy Freston und Roderick Williams haben es aufgenommen.

Le Monde

Jonas Kaufmann, « wunderténor »

On doit à Jonas Kaufmann l’une de nos plus belles soirées lacrymales. C’était à l’Opéra Bastille, en janvier 2010. Le ténor allemand chantait le dernier acte du Werther de Massenet dans la mise en scène sensitive de Benoît Jacquot.

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(Written on April 7, 2014 )

Paul Higgs’ new album Pavane is out now in the UK.

Celebrated trumpeter and composer Paul Higgs has created many albums throughout his time as a successful musician, but Pavane is the first to blend the genres of classical and jazz music. A song-like eleven track collection, Pavane is fusion at its best, combining the freedom of jazz with the rich sonorities of classical music.

A week after the US release, Pavane is now available in the UK from Amazon and iTunes. For more information, please see Paul’s website.

Ruth Crafter

Ruth Crafter

(Written on January 31, 2014 )

The Independent

Former violin teacher Chris Ling may be extradited from US over historical sex abuse allegations

A former violin teacher wanted over historical sex abuse allegations at a music school may be extradited from the US, it was reported last night

The Guardian

Lottery cash spares English arts groups from big cuts

Public money available to England’s arts organisations in 2015 will be £334m after funding fall of 2.24% – far less than expected

Gramophone

Naim makes a big-stakes Statement in Las Vegas with $200,000 amplifier

New preamplifier/power amplifier system launched at CES 2014 trade show, will go on sale later this year

Classic FM Online

Classical music improves children’s social skills

Listening to classical music at an early age has a wide-range of educational benefits, including improving concentration, self-discipline, listening, and social skills, according to a study

BAFTA Film Awards 2014: full list of nominees

Five of the best soundtracks of the past year are in the running to win the Music BAFTA 2014, as nominations were announced this morning

Counsel & Heal

Classical Music May Boost Children’s Listening Skills

New research reveals that listening to classical pieces composed by Bach and Mozart improves concentration and self-discipline in children. Researchers also found that children who listen to classical musical are more likely to appreciate a wider range of music in later years

Die Zeit

Freischwimmen mit Bach

Janine Jansen entdeckt sich neu in den Köthener Violinwerken

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

 

(Written on January 9, 2014 )

The Guardian

Spotify to take on iTunes Radio with free tier for its music apps

11 December event expected to expand free mobile access from US, although on-demand streams will be limited

The New York Times

Kennedy Center Names New Chief

Deborah F. Rutter, who as president of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra helped it navigate the financial shoals that have sunk other orchestras, will become the president of the Kennedy Center next fall, the center announced on Tuesday

Voice of America

San Francisco Musicians Create ‘New’ Classical Music

A group of young artists in San Francisco are continuing that trend, giving new life to an old field: opera and European classical music

Star Tribune

Italian opera house La Scala: Riccardo Chailly to replace Barenboim as musical director

The Milanese opera house La Scala took another step in its artistic and managerial transition on Tuesday by confirming that Riccardo Chailly will be its new musical director, replacing Daniel Barenboim

Minnesota Orchestra: Board reports deficit of $1.1 million for fiscal 2013

Minnesota Orchestral Association reported revenue of roughly $12 million, nearly all through contributions and investment income

New Music Box

FAIR AND BALANCED

“Until we rid ourselves of the notion that the best music of all time was created by a handful of men who lived an ocean away from us and who all died more than a century before any of us were born, we will never have programming that truly reflects the vast array of musical creativity all around us.”

Digital Music News

A Tiny Percentage of Artist Income Comes from Copyright, Study Finds…

According to a study conducted by Peter DiCola of the Northwestern University School of Law, artists are now, on average, deriving a relatively tiny percentage of their income directly from copyrights

FONO FORUM

“Reden – das kann ich einfach so”

Die Pianistin Mitsuko Uchida ist nicht nur eine weltweit gefeierte Mozart-Interpretin, sondern weiß auch sachkundig und unterhaltsam über Musik zu erzählen. Im Januar gibt sie ein Gesprächskonzert zu Beethovens „Diabelli-Variationen“ in der Essener Philharmonie

FONO FORUM

FONO FORUM

(Written on December 12, 2013 )

The Guardian

The footballer who became a baritone and performed with Pavarotti

Jeff Taylor the footballing baritone’s story starts on the school football pitches of Huddersfield

London Jazz News

EFG London Jazz Festival Preview: Sebastian Scotney On Jazz Line-Up Tomorrow Saturday 9th at 6:00pm

Make sure you tune into BBC Radio 3 this Saturday the 9th, when Sebastian will be a guest on Claire Martin’s Jazz Line-Up with a round-up preview of the EFG London Jazz Festival 2013

Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel

MSO chorus director arrested in undercover park-sex sting

Lee E. Erickson, Chorus Director of Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra accused of exposing himself in Grant Park bathroom

Classic FM Online

Free cocktails for concert-goers in London

Concert-goers in London will be given a free cocktail to enjoy after classical music concerts, thanks to a new scheme called Pick & Mix

John Suchet wins International Radio Personality of the Year

Classic FM’s John Suchet has been named International Radio Personality of the Year at the Association for International Broadcasting Awards

Lorde’s ‘Royals’ gets classical version with two double basses

‘Royals’ by Lorde has been given a classical reworking by two double bass players, the week after it topped the UK singles charts

Culture Map Houston

Houston radio station fires its main on-air talent: A classical music bloodbath?

The Front Row, a radio series that regularly featured local artists and nonprofit arts organizations, is history as main classical music personalities are laid off

Berliner Zeitung

Nach dem Fragen kommt das Jubeln

Gibt es überhaupt noch etwas Neues zu erleben beim Hören klassischer Musik? Und ist es anders bei sogenannter Neuer Musik? Beim „NoonSong“ samstags um 12 in der Kirche am Hohenzollernplatz darf jedenfalls das Vaterunser mitgesungen werden

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on November 8, 2013 )

The Guardian

BuzzFeed president: ‘We feel strongly that traditional media have given up on young people’

Jon Steinberg tells MIPCOM audience that his site is ‘bringing more hard news on a relative basis than a lot of the traditional television networks’

London Live TV channel to recruit 50 editorial staff ahead of Launch

Local television channel, an extension of the London Evening Standard, to hire producers and presenters before March launch

Classic FM Online

Breaking Bad opera to premiere in 2014

The hit US TV show is making its mark on the world of classical music just one week after the series finale

Pianist performs concert of Pink Floyd classical covers

AyseDeniz Gokcin, the pianist who turns Pink Floyd songs into classical arrangements, has recorded an entire concert of Pink Floyd material, taking inspiration from Chopin and Rachmaninov

David Garrett reveals new video with Nicole Scherzinger

Violinist David Garrett and Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger collaborate in an impressive new classical song, Io Ti Penso Amore

NPR

What Is Classical Music’s Women Problem?

Anastasia Tsioulcas discusses the subject of women in classical music following the Marin Alsop controversy

LA Times

In the L.A. classical music scene, the music comes first

Critic’s Notebook: New York and Minnesota’s financial issues and cancellations stem from a lack of vision and commitment. L.A. is a different story

Limelight Magazine

Pop-up concert in Philadelphia

Philadelphia Orchestra rallies a pop-up success story after Carnegie cancellation

Gerard Willems: On the value of healthy competition

Why do musicians put themselves through the grueling process of competitions and is it ever worth it?

Patrice Chéreau has died

Iconic director of Wagner’s centenary Ring cyle at Bayreuth passes at 68

Die Welt

“Wir sind schändlich mit Verdi umgegangen”

“Die Welt” überträgt am Freitag früh ab 2.30 Uhr als Livestream aus Chicago das Festkonzert zum 200. Geburtstag von Giuseppe Verdi. Ein Gespräch mit Riccardo Muti, der das Requiem dirigiert

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

 

(Written on October 10, 2013 )