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WildKat PR is excited to welcome Lizzie Ball to our roster. A truly gifted artist, Lizzie Ball is a classical trained violinist and vocalist. She is known for creating Classical Kicks, a series of shows that was established at London’s famous Ronnie Scott’s, as well as a number of other exciting collaborations. The series centres on broadening peoples’horizons for classical music by combining classical music performances at the highest level with a down-to -earth approach that allows everyone to engage with the genre.

This sums up what Lizzie is all about: She thinks outside the box to create opportunities for people to listen to stunning music while looking past all the usual conventions. She is always open to fresh and different approaches and thus her performances are always one of a kind.

Her exceptional musical skills are paired with an exuberant energy that immediately captivates the audiences. Her sounds are a combination of jazz, world, folk, bluegrass, rock and, of course, classical music. She delivers a modern and creative touch, combining all the musical impacts in her life and sharing it with the audiences. Through this she is rejuvenating the fundamentals of the classical genre. Her skills, her improvisation, her expression are the driving factors of finding a new sound, and a new perception. To quote Lizzie:

“I love creating an experience. It’s about connecting the music with the audience always. Whether it’s through my violin, my singing or when producing concert performance formats.”

Lately she has been working on a new show Viva la Vidacon Frida. This multi-media presentation is a musical journey through the life, times, art of Frida Kahlo which consists of part-concert, part talk, part imagery. Together with Mexican guitarist Morgan Szymanski, the duo play Mexican folk songs, jazz songs and classical compositions, that relate to the life of Frida Kahlo. The show also includes a live specially curated film that shows Frida Kahlo’s art, and images of the female icon aswell as Mexican imagery and illustration.

Besides her own projects, Lizzie has also been featured extensively as a classical performer with the BBC Proms, the Berliner Philharmonie and at Wigmore Hall. She has worked extensively with Nigel Kennedy, becoming the concertmaster of his orchestra of life. Her experiences in the world of rock and pop have earned her collaborations with artists, such as Jeff Beck and Brian Wilson. As a session musician, she has worked with a number of artists including Seal, Adele, Kylie Minogue and Kanye West.

She can transition between genres and styles like no other artist and through those abilities she is creating something new and exciting every step of the way.

Lizzie Ball ©Silvia Cruz

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(Written on October 16, 2017 )

In today’s news: 3 reasons why you should be excited for Rattle’s return, Leading musicians protest St Sepulchre’s ban on secular bookings, and Spotify and Warner sign multi-year licensing deal. Orchestra from Schwerin wins Youth Orchestra Prize, Amazon Music and Deutsche Grammophon join for internet radio, and da Vinci’s instrument has been built for the very first time!

M Magazine

PPL hosts classical music seminar

PPL, the UK collecting society for record companies and performers, is staging a classical music seminar next month.

BBC Music Magazine

3 reasons why you should be excited for Rattle’s return

As the British maestro prepares to pick up the baton on home turf, we look at what lies in store…

Classical Music Magazine

Leading musicians protest St Sepulchre’s ban on secular bookings

More than 50 leading figures from the classical music world have signed a letter urging St Sepulchre-without-Newgate to reverse its decision to ban ‘non-religious hiring’ of its facilities.

The Violin Channel

Philadelphia Orchestra Announce New Section Violin Appointments

The Philadelphia Orchestra has announced the appointment of violinists Yu-Ting Chen and Jeoung-Yin Kim to their Second Violin Section

The Strad

Highlights from Tarisio October auction: instruments by Santo Serafin and Andrea Guarneri

The online auctioneer’s full catalogue for the London-based auction will be released on 4 October

Music Business Worldwide

Spotify and Warner sign multi-year licensing deal

Spotify has convinced all the major labels to sign up to new multi-year licensing deals.

Pizzicato

25th Moritzburg Festival sold 97% of available tickets

On Sunday, the 25th Moritzburg Festival ended with a considerable success. An average of 97% of the available tickets were sold and a total of over 6,600 guests came to the festival.

Limelight

The Song Company unveils its 2018 season

Highlights include world premieres, an Indigenous dance collaboration, and the chamber version of Fauré’s Requiem.

NMZ

Schweriner gewinnen Deutschen Jugendorchesterpreis

Das Jugendsinfonieorchester Schwerin hat den Deutschen Orchesterpreis 2016/17 gewonnen.

Pizzicato

‘Amazon Music’ und ‘Deutsche Grammophon’ machen Internet-Radio

In Kooperation mit ‘Amazon Music’ präsentiert das Label ‘Deutsche Grammophon’ eine große Auswahl seiner Aufnahmen ab sofort in einem Streaming-Radiosender.

Klassik.com

Von Leonardo da Vinci entworfenes Instrument zum ersten Mal gebaut

Der polnische Pianist und Instrumentenbauer Slawomir Zubrzycki hat ein von Leonardo da Vinci in den Jahren 1488/89 entworfenes, jedoch bislang nie in die Realität umgesetztes Instrumenten zum ersten Mal gebaut.

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A bright and beautiful morning to make an early start for pleasures with and ! on our way!

 

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(Written on August 25, 2017 )

In today’s news: David Sulkin to join National Opera Studio in new role, and Joshua Bell and VC Rising Star Yesong Sophie Lee Called to replace Lang Lang. Composer Peteris Plakidis has died, ticket presale for Deutsche Radio Philharmonic begins, and tickets for Elbphilharmonie in high demand.

Opera Now

David Sulkin to join National Opera Studio in new role

David Sulkin OBE is to join the National Opera Studio (NOS) in the new role of director of artist development.

Music Teacher

PMLL and CLA announce arrangement competition

Printed Music Licensing Limited (PMLL) and the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) have launched a competition to promote the educational use of printed music.

Early Music Today

Brighton Early Music Festival announces 2017 programme

The 2017 Brighton Early Music Festival (27 October – 12 November) will explore the idea of ‘roots’ over more than 30 events.

The Violin Channel

Joshua Bell and VC Rising Star Yesong Sophie Lee Called to Replace Lang Lang

Lang Lang has withdrawn from his upcoming performance with the Richmond Symphony – and will be replaced by superstar violinist Joshua Bell and VC Rising Star Yesong Sophie Lee.

Limelight

Selby & Friends unveils its 2018 season

Pianist Kathryn Selby is joined by a raft of old and new friends in an excitingly diverse season.

Pizzicato

Plans for a new concert hall in Ekaterinburg

The project of a new concert hall in Yekaterinburg was presented during an architectural conference in Russia.

Klassik.com

Komponist Peteris Plakidis gestorben

Der lettische Komponist Peteris Plakidis ist tot. Er starb in der letzten Woche im Alter von 70 Jahren.

Klassik Heute

Kartenvorverkauf für die Jubiläumssaison der Deutschen Radio Phiharmonie beginnt

Am Samstag, 19. August, 9.30 Uhr, startet der Kartenverkauf für die Konzertsaison 2017/18 der Deutschen Radio Philharmonie im „SR-Shop im Musikhaus Knopp“ in Saarbrücken (Telefon: 0681-9 880 880), bei allen proticket-Vorverkaufsstellen und im Internet unter proticket.de.

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Hamburger Elbphilharmonie: Tickets heiß begehrt!
Am Montag begann der Vorverkauf für die Tickets der kommenden Saison in der Elbphilharmonie – und viele Konzerte waren bereits nach wenigen Minuten ausverkauft.

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Music History @today_classical

in 1876 FP of ‘s Ring Cycle with Die Walkure, at Bayreuth.

 

pianist Kathryn Selby, © Limelight Magazine

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(Written on August 14, 2017 )

WildKat PR are thrilled to announce that we will be working with Cowbridge Music Festival (CMF)!

The festival, now in its eighth year, will once again take place in the bucolic village of Cowbridge, South Wales, and feature internationally-acclaimed artists and performers. The varied programme of concerts will include performances by The King’s Singers, Jamie Smith’s Mabon, Misha Mullov-Abbado, Veronika Eberle and the festival’s first ever Artist-in-Residence Llŷr Williams. Nicola Benedetti MBE retains her role as patron of CMF, having first performed an unforgettable solo concert in 2011.

The festival’s founders, Mary Elliot-Rose and Sam Edwards, have been welcoming musicians to CMF since 2010. They saw the town, with its picturesque churches and vibrant community, as the perfect setting to showcase the finest chamber, vocal and instrumental music.

CMF places significant emphasis on education and outreach, education and the community, with a range of programmes and accessible activities including an interactive concert for children aged 12 and under, schools’ samba workshops and CMF Chamber Music Seminar .

A full programme can be viewed here.

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(Written on July 31, 2017 )

In today’s news: Eurovision Choir of the Year to be streamed online, Common and Kind announces collaborative fundraiser, and Pierre-Laurent Aimard signs with Pentatone. Damián Gorandi new Franz-Liszt-scholar, Kian Soltani receives Leonard Bernstein Award, and all places for Carl Bechstein Competition filled.

Music Teacher

RWCMD appoints interim principal

Former Birmingham Conservatoire principal Professor George Caird has been appointed as interim principal of the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama (RWCMD).

Classical Music Magazine

Common and Kind announces collaborative fundraiser

Common and Kind, a collective which aims to demonstrate the power of music to bring people together, has announced a fundraising concert at the Union Chapel.

International Piano

Pierre-Laurent Aimard signs with Pentatone

Pierre-Laurent Aimard has signed with Pentatone, ending an exclusive relationship with Deutsche Grammophon that began nearly a decade ago.

Choir and Organ

Eurovision Choir of the Year to be streamed online

The inaugural Eurovision Choir of the Year competition will take place in Arena Riga on 22 July. Nine choirs from nine European countries will compete for the title, each performing a six-minute unaccompanied set.

The Strad

Cooper International Violin Competition down to final three

The violinists are: Christina Jihee Nam, 14 (US), who will play the Tchaikovsky concerto; Qing Yu Chen, 17 (US), who will play Prokofiev’s Concerto no.2, and Johan Dalene, 16 (Sweden), also performing the Tchaikovsky concerto.

Limelight

Lisa Cheney’s new concerto: a first for flautist and composer

Jonathan Henderson will premiere the Australian composer’s new work with the Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra.

The New York Times

Opera’s Disrupter in Residence, Heading to Bayreuth

Yuval Sharon has instigated a mobile opera involving 126 performers, 24 limousines and six composers.

NMZ

Künstlerische Sensibilität: Der argentinische Komponist Damián Gorandi ist der neue Franz-Liszt-Stipendiat 2017

Damián Gorandi heißt der neue Franz-Liszt-Stipendiat 2017 der Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar.

Pizzicato

Vierter Carl Bechstein Wettbewerb für Kinder und Jugendliche ausgebucht

Die Carl Bechstein Stiftung veranstaltet gemeinsam mit der Kulturstiftung Schloss Britz vom 17. bis 19. November 2017 den vierten Carl Bechstein Wettbewerb für Kinder und Jugendliche.

Kulturradio RBB

Kian Soltani erhält Leonard Bernstein Award

Der 24-jährige Cellist gehört laut Intendant des Schleswig-Holstein-Musikfestivals, Christian Kuhnt, “zu den großen Hoffnungsträgern unter den jungen Instrumentalisten unserer Zeit”.

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MusicHistory @today_classical

in 1838 Death of Bavarian of the metronome Johann

 

© Celeste Mazzariol

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(Written on July 21, 2017 )

In today’s news: New Holst scores discovered, Amy Wheatly joins Ministry of Sound, and girl peforms own jazz composition. Audience jury wanted, Moritz Puschke to be director of ION, and Münchner Philharmoniker to play Bruckner’s Symphonies 1,3 and 4.

The Guardian

Original Gustav Holst scores discovered in New Zealand library

Experts believe one of the works, Folk Songs from Somerset, has not been played or heard in more than a centur

The Violin Channel

Stage 2 Semi-Finalists Announced at America’s Cooper International Violin Competition

The 10 Stage 2 Semi-Finalists have been announced at the 2017 Cooper International Violin Competition – Including VC Rising Star Johan Dalene

The Strad

Violinist prevented from taking 1709 Stradivarius on rail replacement bus

Christian Svarfvar claims he was forced to place his valuable violin in the luggage compartment after the driver refused him entry into Stockholm

Cmuse

The 5-year-old girl performs her own jazz composition

Elina Martirosyan is a 5-year-old prodigy. From the age of 4, she composes new jazz standards and then performs them on different instrument

Music Business Worldwide

Amy Wheatley joins Ministry of Sound as General Manager

Wheatley was previously at Three Six Zero where she was Head of UK Marketing, working on acts including Calvin Harris, Travis Scott and Hurts.

WDRB.com

Louisville Orchestra Inc. and Musicians of the Louisville Orchestra reach 3-year agreement

The Louisville Orchestra Inc. and Musicians of the Louisville Orchestra announced Tuesday a three-year contract agreement slated to run through May 31, 2020.

Der Tagesspiegel

Publikumsjury gesucht

Beim Jugendorchestertreffen im Konzerthaus am Gendarmenmarkt entscheiden die Hörer, wer den Komponistenpreis gewinnt

Berliner Morgenpost

Berliner Kurator übernimmt Kirchenmusik-Festival

Der Berliner Kulturmanager und Kurator Moritz Puschke übernimmt 2019 die Leitung des Nürnberger Kirchenmusik-Festivals ION.

Concerti

„Tradition ist nicht die Anbetung der Asche“

Es soll der Auftakt zum Bruckner-Zyklus schlechthin werden: Im Rahmen des Internationalen Brucknerfests spielen die Münchner Philharmoniker unter der Leitung ihres Chefdirigenten Valery Gergiev die Sinfonien 1, 3 und 4 in Linz ein.

 

© Bay of Plenty Symphonia

 

 

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(Written on July 19, 2017 )

WildKat PR is delighted to welcome back Music@Malling for the fourth time. Music@Malling brings world-class artists to historic local venues in West Malling, Kent, combining a hugely successful outreach programme with a firm commitment to new music. This year sees the seventh iteration of the festival, in which 24 events will take place over 10 days, featuring music of leading contemporary composers, alongside classical, jazz and folk music. The festival aims to engage with the local community through education and outreach work and to provide events that both enrich and entertain audiences. Music@Malling aspires to develop innovative and creative projects that are of high quality and that raise the profile of music. The artists are involved in mentoring and supporting young musicians and composers across Kent.

Music@Malling

This year, outreach work includes 1400 primary school children from 16 schools partaking in a project focusing on Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes as well as 480 children performing in four concerts alongside the festivals resident ensemble, Chamber Domaine, and narrator Matthew Sharp. Furthermore, in conjunction with Sound and Music, Go compose!, gives 10 young composers from Kent the opportunity to compose a piece of music that is performed and recorded in one day under the expert guidance of Simon Pearce (Royal College of Music and Purcell School) and Chamber Domaine. The festival also offers Meet the Composer events with composers such as Alexander Goehr and Paul Patterson, and mentoring workshops with the Artistic Director of Ronnie Scott’s, James Pearson.

Concerts will include Chamber Domaine performing Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis and Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time. Artists range from harpsichord player Steven Devine, violinist Thomas Bowes to guitarist Craig Ogden performing Bach, Dowland, Britten, and Albeniz. Flute player Sami Junnonen will perform music by Bach, Sciarrino, Debussy, Berio, Takemitsu, as well as the premiere of a new work by Tomi Räisänen.

Thomas Kemp, Artistic Director, says: ‘Our seventh festival promises to be our best yet with a wide range of music and lots of interesting programmes and opportunities for music lovers young and old. Contemporary music by Alexander Goehr and Paul Patterson rubs shoulders with works by Bach, Mozart, Elgar, Vaughan Williams and Gershwin as well as jazz, world, folk and vocal music across 24 events. I am particularly proud of our work with local schools –engaging young people in creative activities – many for the first time.’

(Written on July 17, 2017 )

In today’s news: Radio 3 will be available for listeners as a lossless audio stream, D’Addario Orchestral announces launch of the new ‘Ascenté’ violin strings, and Kronberg Academy plans its own premises in Kronberg. Wayne Shorter composes first concert for clarinet and orchestra, Klavier-Festival Ruhr-Preis goes among others to Dennis Russell Davies, and Roberto Minczuk becomes the new Music Director of The New Mexico Philharmonic.

Classical Music Magazine

Radio 3 to offer Proms as lossless audio stream

Radio 3 will be available for listeners as a lossless audio stream – the highest audio quality ever used the BBC – for the duration of the Proms

The Violin Channel

Out Now – D’Addario New ‘Ascenté’ Synthetic Violin Strings

D’Addario Orchestral has announced the launch of the new ‘Ascenté’ violin strings – a full synthetic violin string set for string players of all levels and ages.

Cmus

Trumpet Cover of Bohemian Rhapsody is Gentle and Pleasant

YouTube sensation John Crowley has been perfect so far with his cover of Queen’s Rhapsody.

Pizzicato

Kronberg Academy to build concert hall and study center

Twenty-five years after its founding, Kronberg Academy is planning its own premises in Kronberg (Hessen, near Frankfurt): a concert hall (Casals Forum) as well as an adjoining study and administrative centre.

Music Business Worldwide

Warner acquires songkick’s concert discovery business

Concert discovery app Songkick has been acquired by Warner Music Group – but the buyout excludes the company’s ticketing business, formerly known as Crowdsurge

Concerti

Montafoner Resonanzen 2017

Das Festival „Montafoner Resonanzen“ bringt die Region an sechs Wochenenden zum klingen – jedes Mal mit neuem musikalischen Schwerpunkt.

Klassik Heute

Uraufführung von Wayne Shorters erstem Klarinettenkonzert

Wayne Shorter hat sein erstes Konzert für Klarinette und Orchester komponiert.

Pizzicato

Klavier-Festival Ruhr-Preise für Dennis Russell Davies, Maki Namekawa und Philip Glass

Der Pianist und Dirigent Dennis Russell Davies, die Pianistin Maki Namekawa und der Komponist Philip Glass wurden mit dem Preis des Klavier-Festivals Ruhr ausgezeichnet.

Pizzicato

New Mexico Philharmonic hired Minczuk as Music Director

The New Mexico Philharmonic in Albuquerque, USA, announced Brazilian-born conductor Roberto Minczuk, 50, as new Music Director, effective from September 2017.

Cincinatti.com

CSO’s Timothy Lees bows out of European tour

While Lees is out on medical leave, violinist David Halen, who is the concertmaster of the St. Louis Symphony, will perform as temporary concertmaster for the tour, which runs Aug. 22-Sept. 10.

Jazz-Picknick bei den Montafoner Resonanzen © Andreas Haller/Montafon Tourismus GmbH

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in 1924 Birth of Lilian .

 

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(Written on July 17, 2017 )

In today’s news: new national portfolio for Arts Council England, and automotive manufacturer Tesla works on music-streaming service for its vehicles. Vladimir Jurowski becomes new chief conductor of the RSO Berlin, and John Axelrod assumes leadership of Seville Orchestra. Two orchestra projects are being rewarded by German initiative, and Hans Zimmer goes to Italy for the first time.

BBC Music Magazine

New national portfolio for Arts Council England

More money to boost arts organisations outside London

The Guardian

Official Charts Company shakes up rules to stop the Ed Sheeran effect

The singles chart revamp includes limiting the number of tracks per artist, aiming to adapt to the rise in streaming and showcase new music

Classical Music Magazine

Barokksolistene release deemed unsuitable for specialist classical chart

The new recording by Barokksolistene and violinist Bjarte Eike has been deemed unsuitable for the Official Specialist Classical Albums Chart.

Business Insider

5 reasons a Tesla music-streaming service is the best idea Elon Musk has had this year

Last week, Tesla revealed that it was working on a music-streaming service for its vehicles (and, presumably, other environments, such as smartphones).

Tagesspiegel

So macht man das Publikum zum Komplizen

Mit Vladimir Jurowski wird ein charismatischer Dirigent Chef des Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchesters Berlin. Und er hat viel vor. Jetzt hat er seine Pläne präsentiert.

Musik Heute

Zwei Orchesterprojekte als “Ausgezeichnete Orte” geehrt

Die junge norddeutsche philharmonie und das “Silk Road Symphony Orchestra” zählen zu den insgesamt 100 Gewinnern, wie die Initiative “Deutschland – Land der Ideen” in Berlin mitteilte.

Pizzicato

John Axelrod assumes total leadership of the Seville Orchestra

American conductor John Axelrod, 51, Artistic and Musical Director of the Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla (ROSS) since 2014, has added another function, thus taking the complete control over the orchestra.

Washington Post

Young orchestra makes case for the future of music

Classical music’s problems are with its institutions, not with lack of interest in the field.

Il Messagero

Hans Zimmer per la prima volta in Italia con data unica

Hans Zimmer arriva per la prima volta in Italia con una data unica al Mediolanum Forum di Milano il prossimo 29 giugno.

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  Die Uraufführung von Mahlers 3. Sinfonie 1902 in Krefeld war ein Triumph. Wir sind gespannt auf den 4.+5.7.2017!

  Cyprès & Band begeistern mit französischen Chansons in gemütlich gefühlvoller Atmosphäre im Weingut Fritz Allendorf.

FOTO: ROMAN GONTCHAROV

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(Written on June 28, 2017 )

In today’s news: cast members and audience evacuated from the Royal Opera House London, and violinist William Schaub will be the next concertmaster of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. Paavo Järvi becomes new principal conductor of Tonhalle Zürich Orchestra, and 12 semifinalists are announced for the Cliburn Piano Competition.

BBC News

Royal Opera House cast and audience evacuated

Cast members and theatre-goers were evacuated from the Royal Opera House in London after a fire alarm went off mid-performance.

The Strad

Violinist William Schaub named Knoxville Symphony Orchestra concertmaster

The 24-year-old musician will take up the position from the beginning of next season

MixMag

20 Photos of Haçienda Classiçal at the Royal Albert Hall

The dance music orchestra lit up the iconic London concert venue

Dallas News

Cliburn Piano Competition names 12 pianists to advance to Semifinal Round

The Van Cliburn International Piano Competition announced 12 semifinalists Tuesday night.

Berliner Morgenpost

Museum der Moderne: “Die Musik kommt von innen”

Mit gleich vier Eingängen will sich das Museum der Moderne öffnen. Das soll Bewegung am Berliner Kulturforum schaffen.

Spiegel.de

Ariana Grande tritt mit Coldplay und Justin Bieber auf

Die US-Sängerin Ariana Grande wird am Sonntag ihr Benefizkonzert in Manchester geben. Unterstützt wird sie auf der Bühne unter anderem von Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus und Justin Bieber.

Concerti

Der Estländer soll’s richten

Paavo Järvi wird ab der Spielzeit 2019/20 neuer Chefdirigent und Künstlerischer Leiter des Tonhalle-Orchesters Zürich

Le Parisien

Spotify scelle un accord de droits avec des artistes américains

Le numéro un mondial du streaming Spotify a accepté de créer un fonds de 43,45 millions de dollars pour mettre fin à une procédure judiciaire potentiellement coûteuse avec des artistes américains, ont indiqué des avocats lundi.

El Mundo

Las escuelas de música y danza de Madrid piden un rescate

Suena una balada melancólica en las escuelas públicas de música y danza desde hace cinco años, cuando la Comunidad de Madrid dejó de financiarlas y los ayuntamiento aplicaron progresivos recortes en aquellos años de crisis que se cebaron con las dotaciones culturales.

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SWR lädt rund um Pfingsten zum Sommerfestival nach Stuttgart ein – vier Tage Festivalmeile auf dem Schlossplatz

 


Wer von euch hat sich schon die Elbphilharmonie als Tattoo stechen lassen!? Zeigt her eure Arme!

 

Daniel Ek, PDG de Spotify, à Tokyo le 29 septembre 2016 (AFP/TORU YAMANAKA)

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(Written on May 31, 2017 )