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Wo bleibt die Leidenschaft?

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Leidenschaft für klassische Musik-viele Menschen besitzen sie im Kindesalter und verlieren sie im Laufe des Erwachsenwerdens. Sei es, durch das Spießerklischee, welches vielen Klassikfans aufgeschrieben wird oder weil Ihnen die Impulse, der Anreiz oder die Freude verloren gehen. Es gibt unendlich viele Gründe.
Und dann gibt es Menschen, die es sich zur Aufgabe gemacht haben, diese Leidenschaft wieder neu zu entfachen, den Eifer, für eine Sache zu brennen, erneut anzutreiben und anderen ein Leuchten in die Augen zu zaubern.
Der Dirigent Benjamin Zander versucht durch mitreißende Vorträge, wie diesen TED Talk 2008, die Leidenschaft an der Musik bei den Menschen wieder neu zu entflammen. In einer schnelllebigen Zeit einfach innezuhalten und den Klängen der Musik zu lauschen, scheint für die meisten fast unmöglich.

 

Casual Concert Lounge mit Live Act Leslie Clio | Fotos: Kai Bienert

Casual Concert Lounge mit Live Act Leslie Clio | Fotos: Kai Bienert

Laut Zander gibt es heutzutage nur noch eine Minderheit an Menschen, welche leidenschaftlich Klassik höre. Für sie gebe es „keine Leben außerhalb der Klassik.“ Eine zweite Gruppe an Menschen, welche den größten Teil ausmache, sei die, denen klassische Musik „nichts ausmacht.“ Die Klassik sei „nicht Teil ihres Lebens, aber Vivaldi im Hintergrund schade nie.“  Zuletzt spricht Zander über eine Gruppe, welche „kein musikalisches Gehör haben soll.“ Diese Gruppe gäbe es nicht, denn jeder Mensch habe in irgendeiner Art und Weise ein musikalisches Gehör, mit dem man beispielsweise anhand der Stimmlage am Telefon die Gemütsverfassung des Anderen erkenne.

KLASSIK Underground mit Anne-Sophie Mutter. Credits: KLASSIK Underground

KLASSIK Underground mit Anne-Sophie Mutter. Credits: KLASSIK Underground

Wieso aber verschwindet die Leidenschaft für klassische Musik immer mehr aus dem Leben vieler Menschen?

Bei einem Stück ohne Akzente schweift man früher oder später ab, so Zander. „Die Gedanken schleichen sich in die Köpfe“ und man denkt über Banalitäten wie die Einkaufsliste oder den nächsten Urlaubsort nach. Doch dann kommt das schlechte Gewissen, wenn man merkt: „Das ist Kultur, wach doch auf!“ Ein langer Arbeitstag und dann noch ein langes Stück – schlechte Kombi? Falsch! Man muss beginnen die klassische Musik zu verstehen und einen Bezug zu schaffen. Der Grund, warum klassische Musik viele Menschen müde macht, sind nicht sie selbst, sondern die Musiker.

Also braucht es neue Konzepte. Das Deutsche Symphonieorchester Berlin hat 2008 die Casual Concerts ins Leben gerufen, welche auch das jüngere Publikum ansprechen sollen. Einmal im Monat kommen Musikbegeisterte oder die, die es werden wollen, zusammen und lassen sich von Dirigenten durch das gesamte Stück führen. Im Anschluss dazu bietet die Casual Concert Lounge mit DJ und Liveact einen gelungen Abschluss.

© Stefan Hoderath — at Säälchen.

Yellow Lounge © Stefan Hoderath — at Säälchen.

Die Idee klassische Musik in einer lockeren Atmosphäre ans Publikum zu bringen, gibt es aber nicht erst seit 2008. Classic meets Clubbing- im Jahre 2002 wurde Yellow Lounge in der Berliner Club Szene von der Deutschen Grammophon / Universal Classics gegründet, um Klassik von ihrem angestaubten Klischee zu befreien. “Das Konzept: DJs legen klassische Musik auf. Alles von Bach bis Ligeti, wohl ausgesucht und durch raffinierte Übergänge miteinander verbunden. Gute Getränke, kommunikative Stimmung. Der Höhepunkt einer jeden Yellow Lounge ist der Live-Act”- ein Zugang zur Musik ohne Dresscode und strikte Regeln.

Auch die Musiker von KLASSIK Underground bringen den Casual Dresscode in Verbindung mit ihrer Musik. Bei den Aftershowsessions kommen Musiker und Publikum in Clubatmosphäre zusammen und erleben einzigartige Shows und Bühnenprogramme.

Wir würden uns wünschen, dass solche Projekte noch mehr Aufmerksamkeit und Unterstützung erfahren. Denn es braucht mehr dieser Menschen, die es schaffen mit so viel Liebe und Respekt an der Musik, anderen ihre Leidenschaft näher zu bringen und die Grenzen zwischen Kulturen und Altersunterschieden aufzuheben.

 

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(Written on February 27, 2017 )

In today’s news, Joshua Bell is teaming up with Sony Playstation to launch a brand new virtual reality music experience, and an interview with German soprano Simone Kermes, and an exhibition on Siegfried Wagner and his personality. Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival (SHMF) takes place from 1st July to 27th August, Philadelphia Orchestra and Music Director Yannick announce 2017-18 season, and Bobbi McFerren conducts and sings Vivaldi’s double cello concerto. One of Britain’s foremost orchestras is setting up the Hallé Music Free School, and Spotify begins to produce its own content beginning with three music-themed shows.

The Times

Orchestra’s new free school will give pupils a rousing education

One of Britain’s foremost orchestras is setting up the Hallé Music Free School, which promises an outstanding music education at a state school.

Music Week

Attitude Is Everything CEO Suzanne Bull appointed Government’s sector champion to the music industry

Attitude Is Everything CEO Suzanne Bull has been appointed as sector champion for the music industry to drive forward the Government’s ambition to tackle the issues faced by disabled people as consumers.

Classical Music Magazine

Leeds Lieder 2017 to explore ‘Songs of Travel’

The festival, which will take place 21-23 April, will open with a recital by baritone Simon Keenlyside and pianist and Festival artistic director Joseph Middleton, featuring Schubert’s Schwanengesang, excerpts from Vaughan Williams’s Songs of Travel, and songs by Sibelius.

The Guardian

Chaucer, the opera: how to make Middle English sing

Immersing himself in Chaucer’s world to write the libretto for the Tale of Januarie, Stephen Plaice found plenty of inspiration in its vivacity and unabashed bawdiness, and a writer who still has plenty to teach us today.

Tech Radar

Spotify enters the realm of original podcasts with three music-based series

It’s been a while since Spotify introduced the ability to stream podcasts through its app, but it’s now taking the next logical step and producing its own content, with the introduction of three music-themed shows.

USA Today

Joshua Bell: VR could popularize classical music

Superstar Grammy-winning violinist Joshua Bell is teaming up with Sony Playstation to launch a brand new virtual reality music experience on PlayStation VR.

Die Morgenpost

Simone Kermes: “Wer geht heute schon noch in die Oper?”

Am Dienstag tritt sie im Konzerthaus auf: Simone Kermes ist die Lady Gaga der Klassik. Und glaubt nicht mehr an deren Zukunft.

Der Tagesspiegel

Bayreuther Beziehungskisten

Wer war Siegfried Wagner? Ein Genie im Schatten? Ein politischer Duckmäuser? Das Schwule Museum Berlin begibt sich auf Spurensuche

concerti

Musikalische Grenzen sprengen

In diesem Jahr stellt das Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival (SHMF) vom 1. Juli bis zum 27. August den israelischen Mandolinenvirtuosen Avi Avital ins Zentrum seines Programms

WQXR Blog

Watch: Bobby McFerrin Conducts — and Sings — Vivaldi’s Double Cello Concerto

Bobby McFerrin possesses a malleable, fluid talent that’s allowed him to make a statement in a number of diverse musical stylings

boradwayworld.com

Philadelphia Orchestra and Director Yannick Announce 2017-18 Season – Tosca, WEST SIDE STORY and More!

Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and President and CEO Allison Vulgamore today released The Philadelphia Orchestra’s 2017-18 season.

Twitter

Classical Music News‏  Death of a vital Italian modernist

Music History   in 1876 FP of Edvard ‘s incidental music for Ibsen’s play Peer Gynt.

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Image: The Guardian

(Written on February 24, 2017 )

Classical News

In our news today, copyright expires on Ravel’s “Bolero”, Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition announces its winners and Rachmaninov Hall of the Moscow Conservatory is reopened. Also, the English National Opera appoints Daniel Kramer as new artistic director and Toronto Symphony Orchestra appears to be stuck in former CEO’s legal splash zone.

thelocal

Copyright expires on Bolero, French classical favourite

Almost 90 years after it was first performed in Paris, the copyright runs out on Sunday on one of the most popular and unique pieces of classical music, Ravel’s “Bolero”.

thedallasopera

Winners Announced at the 28th Annual Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition

After two days of intense competition by some of the most talented young singers in the country, the winners of the 28th Annual Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition were announced.

Adaptistration

Toronto Symphony Appears To Be Stuck In Former CEO’s Legal Splash Zone

Toward the end of March, 2016 we examined the nasty PR mess the Toronto Symphony Orchestras (TSO) has been caught up in by way of the very public annulment legal battle between former president and CEO, Jeff Melanson, and his estranged wife, Eleanor McCain.

theguardian

English National Opera appoints Daniel Kramer as artistic director

ENO hoping American-born director will bring stability to company that has lurched from crisis to crisis over past two years.

pizzicato

Rachmaninov Hall of the Moscow Conservatory Reopened

The Rachmaninov Hall of the Moscow Conservatory has reopened after a major renovation on April 30 with a concert by pianist Denis Matsuev.

KlassikAkzente

Peter und das iPhone – Die interaktive App zu “Peter und der Wolf in Hollywood” gibt es nun auch für das iPhone

Mit Peter und seinen Freunden virtuell nach Hollywood verreisen und musikalische Abenteuer erleben – das ermöglicht die interaktive App jetzt auch ganz mobil auf dem iPhone.

nmz

Ernst von Siemens Musikpreis für dänischen Komponisten Per Nørgård

Der dänische Komponist Per Nørgård wird heute mit dem Ernst von Siemens Musikpreis ausgezeichnet. Er bekommt den Preis für ein Leben im Dienste der Musik.

klassik.com

Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen als Orchester des Jahres ausgezeichnet

Die in diesem Jahr zum ersten Mal vergebene Auszeichnung wurde durch Bundestagspräsident Dr. Norbert Lammert und den Programmchef von Deutschlandradio Kultur, Hans-Dieter Heimendahl, im Rahmen des Musikfestivals “Heidelberger Frühling” verliehen.

Twitter

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@topcmnews New to @YouTube: VC ‘Young Artist’ @YuryRevich#Vivaldi ‘Summer’ http://bit.ly/21oHP5E

Per Nørgård in Kopenhagen. Foto: Manu Theobald/EvS Musikstiftung

Per Nørgård in Kopenhagen. Foto: Manu Theobald/EvS Musikstiftung

(Written on May 2, 2016 )

With the voting currently open for the annual Classic FM Hall of Fame, we in the WildKat PR London office took some time to talk about our three choices and why we love them so much. Counted down over the Easter weekend, we’ll all definitely be tuning in to see where our favourites come! Alluding to the regular battle between Ralph Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending and Rachmaninov’s 2nd Piano Concerto, we also did our own poll to see which would win. Watch our vlog to find out…

Make sure you cast your own vote here

(Written on February 13, 2015 )

This weekend WildKat PR fled the city and headed to Cornbury Park, the 800-year-old, 1,700-acre Oxfordshire deer park and setting for Wilderness Festival. The Festival is renowned for its gastronomic delights as much as the eclectic musical line-up, this year featuring headline artists from Burt Bacharach to London Grammar.

Wilderness 2014

Wilderness 2014

This was our third time at Wilderness Festival with three of our clients – both current and upcoming – performing over the course of the weekend. Silent Opera staged their latest production Live/Revive/Lament on Saturday evening on the Wilderness Stage. Silent Opera premiered the full production at Aldeburgh Music this Summer and have since performed at Kensington’s Saatchi Gallery as part of the InTransit Festival. In addition, eccentric cellist Gabi Swallow performed with her urban family at the Wilderness Stage on Friday 8th August 2014. Donned with appropriate festival headpieces and striking make-up, Gabi and her urban family performed a range of contemporary and classical music, which included Vivaldi’s Summer and a little Piazolla.

Gabi Swallow and Her Urban Family

Gabi Swallow and Her Urban Family

Another treat for the WildKat PR team was newcomer Poppy Ackroyd who also took to the Wilderness Stage on Friday afternoon. Despite the rain, a huge crowd assembled on the bales of hay for her set, where she performed her own compositions on the violin and keyboard, accompanied by some unique visuals.

Silent Opera

Silent Opera

The British, bunting-clad, boutique festival was idyllic, and we have carefully stowed our wellington boots and feather headdresses until next year…

 

 

 

 

(Written on August 11, 2014 )

Classical News

The  Telegraph

$10m Stradivarius violin found in New York heiress Huguette Clark’s wardrobe

The home of eccentric copper heiress Huguette Clark has already turned out a trove of valuable items – a collection of jewellery including a rare pink 9-carat diamond fetched a total of $21 million at a Manhattan auction last year. But three years after her death, aged 104, Huguette Clark’s sprawling 42-room apartment on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue has just revealed its rarest treasure yet.

The Telegraph 

The Man who gave China piano fever

His piano recitals attract billions; he won’t do ‘crossover’; and he’s making Chopin hip. But what does the Chinese classical superstar Yundi think of his famous rival?

The Guardian 

New York’s Met opera house on edge of precipice, says Peter Gelb

Grand opera is dying along with its increasingly ancient audience, according to Peter Gelb, general manager of one of the grandest operas in the world, the Metropolitan in New York.

Classical-Music.com

Rethinking Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

It’s music that has captured the imaginations of audiences and musicians for centuries, and is always being presented in new guises. We have picked five reworked versions that stand out on the web…

The Guardian

Owen Wingrave: A private peace

Benjamin Britten’s ‘pacifist’ opera was written while war was at the forefront of people’s minds. In this year of centenaries, director Neil Bartlett explains why the time is right for a revival.

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Photo: REUTERS – The Telegraph

(Written on June 9, 2014 )

The Telegraph

Bullies almost forced me to quit Royal College of Music, says soprano Laura Wright

Soprano Laura Wright said she was bullied by students at the Royal College of Music who accused her of dumbing down classical music and almost forced her to leave

Know

Listen Like a Pro: Secrets from Classical Music Judges

At the Menuhin Competition, the pre-eminent international competition for young violinists being held at UT this week, technical excellence is expected; it’s a given for the field of 42 contestants from around the world.

Classic FM Online

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine on classical music: “It’s made me a better player”

Dave Mustaine of Megadeth explains his love of classical music ahead of his concert with the San Diego Symphony, where he’ll be performing works by Vivaldi and Bach on his very own specially modified electric guitar.

Guardian Liberty Voice

Blind Boone: African American Pianist of Classical Music and Ragtime

The inability to see did not prevent “Blind” Boone from becoming a nationally known concert pianist whose performances combined classical music and ragtime.

Gulf News

Classical music greats to gather in Dubai again

Season three of the monthly Emirates NBD Classics concert series is back this week

Limelight Magazine

Slava Grigoryan pays tribute to Paco de Lucía

Adelaide’s Guitar Festival chief writes on the passing of an inspiration

Guardian Liberty Voice

Guardian Liberty Voice

(Written on February 27, 2014 )

Classical Music Magazine

Music industry worth £3.5bn to the UK economy, says report

The music industry is worth £3.5bn a year to the UK economy, according to a new report from UK Music, an organisation which lobbies on behalf of live music.

Classic FM

13 reasons classical music is not dead

Classic FM: “With all the recent talk in the press of classical music being dead, we thought of 13 very good reasons why it’s actually not. At all. So there.”

Set in a background of ice and snow, the classical-pop duo play a white piano and cello to perform their new Baroque Disney single.

New York Daily News

Classical music explodes, both in sales and in expanding boundaries

As crossover classical-pop performers like Andrea Bocelli and Lindsey Stirling sell tons of records, established pop, rock and roots musicians like Rufus Wainwright, Jonny Greenwood and Chris Thile tackle classical forms

Guardian

Now you can down and up-load John Cage’s ‘silent piece’ on your phone

Various recordings of John Cage’s 4’33” are now available as an app.

Trib Live (Pennsylvania)

All-classical music station WQED reduces its staff

Pittsburgh’s only all-classical music station WQED-FM announced two staff cuts and reduced air time for local radio hosts as its parent company, WQED Multimedia, tries to rebound from years of inconsistent funding.

Klassik Akzente

Weltfilmpremiere – Recomposed by Max Richter: Vivaldi, The Four Seasons, Live in Berlin

Die Musik von Vivaldis Vier Jahreszeiten, die von Max Richter neu interpretiert wird, kann nun auch visuell bestaunt werden.

The Piano Guys

The Piano Guys

 

 

(Written on February 21, 2014 )

This week will see the start of the third annual Music@Malling Festival, which will be taking place in West Malling, Kent. The event will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of Benjamin Britten, showcasing composers who he championed as a performer. Also to be performed will be great works by contemporary composers such as Arvo Pärt and the young composer and clarinettist Mark Simpson.

Starting on Thursday 26th September and lasting until Sunday 29th September, some of the highlights include works such as Stravinsky – Three pieces for Clarinet, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, a cello sonata by Britten and Schumann’s Fantasiestücke to name just a few.

Music@Malling not only provides and celebrates the opportunity for people to experience great classical and contemporary music live, but also has an underlying vision of engaging the local community through education and outreach work, raising the profile of music in and around West Malling. The event is founded by Thomas Kemp, who is particularly centred on giving music in schools a greater focus in order to keep music performance alive and growing within education and the younger generation.

Thomas’s recent article for Gramophone gives a great insight into his passion and the work he has done within this area of music. You can read it here.

Take a look at the website here to find out more about Music@Malling, what’s on and where to buy tickets. Also you can follow Music@Malling via Twitter and Facebook to keep track of the latest news.

Music@Malling

(Written on September 24, 2013 )

WildKat PR is proud to announce that two of our clients have won an ECHO Klassik award.

The ECHO Klassik is one of the best established and most well-known music awards in the world, which honours the outstanding and successful performances of national and international artists.

Accentus Music, who create high quality operatic, concert and documentary DVDs, have been awarded an ECHO Klassik in the category ‘Music-DVD-Production of This Year’ for their DVD ‘John Cage – Journeys in Sound’.

We are also honoured that Daniel Hope and Max Richter have won an ECHO Klassik award for the ‘Classic Without Borders’ category for their recent ‘Recomposed by Max Richter’ release, an inventive deconstruction and recomposition of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.
Award-winning violinist Daniel has already been awarded five ECHO Klassik awards, as well as numerous Grammy nominations and a Classical BRIT Award.

The award ceremony will take place on the 6th October in the Konzerthaus Berlin.

For more information on Accentus Music and to watch the trailer, click here
Visit Daniel Hope’s website here
Get more information on ECHO Klassik here

(Written on August 14, 2013 )