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In today’s news, the Classical Music Project increases amount of student involvement in classical music viewing, UK classical music supergroup London Conchord Ensemble heads to New Zealand, and Singers unite for first ever International Youth Choir Festival. Also, accordion ambassador Ksenija Sidorova aims to educate and delight audiences, and Staatsballett Berlin protests against Sasha Waltz.

Daily Collegian

Classical Music Project makes crescendo with Penn State students

The Classical Music Project is a collaborative effort to enhance students’ exposure and enjoyment to classical music. Started in 2011, there has since been an increased amount of student involvement in classical music viewing.

Scoop Culture

UK Classical Music Supergroup Tours NZ

UK classical music supergroup London Conchord Ensemble heads to New Zealand in October for Chamber Music New Zealand’s final concert tour of the year and performs two concerts in Wellington.

BBC Music Magazine

Singers unite for first ever International Youth Choir Festival

In April 2017, eight choirs from around the world will arrive in London for the inaugural International Youth Choir Festival.

Vancouver Sun

Accordion ambassador Ksenija Sidorova aims to educate and delight audiences

For Ksenija Sidorovas debut program in Vancouver, there’s a lot of variety: music by Mozart, Moszkowski, and Rachmaninov, a trio of compositions by Russian composers, and even a work by Alfred Schnittke.

Knoxville Mercury

KSO Launches Knoxville’s Fall Classical Music Season With a Debut by its New Director, Aram Demirjian

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will open its 2016-17 season on Thursday and Friday of this week under its new music director and conductor, Aram Demirjian.

New China

Flute sound breathes life into ravaged old Aleppo city

In the eerily ravaged old city of Aleppo, nothing indicates the existence of life, but the flute sound of a 70-year-old man, known as Abu Nadim.

NRK

Youtube er verdens største strømmetjeneste

Musikkbransjen taper enorme summer på at Youtube slipper unna regelverket som de øvrige tjenestene forholder seg til, forteller Marte Thorsby til NRK.

Die Zeit

Der Wunsch nach Weltspitze

In Berlin wird Kulturpolitik im Hauruckverfahren gemacht. Das zeigt sich im Protest des Staatsballetts gegen Sasha Waltz. Welches Ballett braucht die Stadt wirklich?

nmz

Spotify meldet 40 Millionen Abo-Kunden

Der Streaming-Marktführer Spotify gewinnt im Wettlauf um das Musikgeschäft der Zukunft deutlich schneller zahlende Abo-Kunden als die Nummer zwei Apple.

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Suggerierte Spiellust und Spannungsabbau

Musik machen ist Hochleistungssport: Deswegen bieten die deutschen Hochschulen Mental- und Auftrittstraining an. Karoline Knappe hat einen Kurs an der Universität der Künste in Berlin besucht.

Twitter

BBC Music Magazine @MusicMagazine Missed an episode of the ? Catch up with our summary here.

CMUSE.org @cmuseorg First ever international festival planned in London

klassik.com @klassikcom Töne zu Farben: Aquarelle zu 350 Werken Wolfgang Amadeus Mozarts werden ausgestellt

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Staatsballett Berlin © Carlos Quezada

(Written on September 15, 2016 )

Classical News

In our news today, the Prince of Wales pays tribute to the Welsh National Opera on its 70th anniversary, and Apple is considering a takeover of Jay Z’s streaming service Tidal and plans to prevent iPhone cameras from functioning during live events. Also, Anahid Ajemian, violinist and new-music champion, dies at 92, and Andris Nelsons withdraws from this year’s Bayreuth Festival.

The Telegraph

Apple ‘considering takeover’ of Jay Z’s Tidal streaming service

Apple is reportedly considering a potential takeover bid forJay Z’s music-streaming service Tidal.

BBC News

Prince of Wales pays tribute to Welsh National Opera

The Prince of Wales has paid tribute to the Welsh National Opera on its 70th anniversary.
A special concert was staged at Buckingham Palace on Thursday.

EveningStandard

A London orchestra is offering anyone the chance to be the conductor… regardless of musical ability

It’s the most important job in the orchestra, with every subtle swing of the baton capable of dramatically transforming the sound.

Adaptistration

Apple Plans To Bach-Block Your Live Event Recording

Your opinion on the pro/con smartphone camera use inside the venue argument may become moot if one or more of Apple’s recently granted patents makes its way into iPhones in the near future. In a nutshell, the patents detail the ability for the phone to receive infrared signal that will effectively disable or otherwise prevent the camera from functioning.

The New York Times

Anahid Ajemian, Violinist and New-Music Champion, dies at 92

Anahid Ajemian, a violinist known as an ardent champion of new music, died on June 13 at her home in Manhattan. She was 92.

Hoyesarte.com

Muere Juan Carmona ‘Habichuela’

El guitarrista Juan Carmona Carmona ‘Habichuela’ (Granada, 1933) ha fallecido en Madrid a lo 83 años.

Klassik.com

Dirigent Andris Nelsons wirft in Bayreuth kurzfristig das Handtuch

Der Dirigent Andris Nelsons hat sich kurzfristig von den Bayreuther Festspielen zurückgezogen. Der lettische Dirigent sollte eigentlich die diesjährige Festspielpremiere des “Parsifal” in knapp vier Wochen leiten.

nmz

Mehr als 1000 Musiker beschweren sich bei EU-Kommission über YouTube

Der Konflikt zwischen der Musikindustrie und Googles Videoplattform YouTube wird schärfer. Über 1000 Musiker – darunter Stars wie Coldplay, Lady Gaga oder Ed Sheeran – haben sich bei der EU-Kommission beschwert, dass Dienste wie YouTube mit ihren breiten Gratis-Angeboten auf unfaire Weise Musik entwerteten.

Codex Flores

Geschlechtergerechtigkeit im Kultur- und Medienbetrieb

Eine Studie des Deutschen Kulturrates beschäftigt sich mit der Geschlechtergerechtigkeit im Kultur- und Medienbetrieb und der Frage, wie viele Frauen in künstlerischen Fächern studieren und arbeiten und was sie verdienen.

Twitter

Digital Music News @digitalmusicnws Apple Under Federal Investigation Over Apple Music Practices http://bit.ly/298cBwI

nmz @musikzeitung Kulturstiftung verleiht wertvolle Musikinstrumente an Nachwuchs:

klassik.com @klassikcom Karriere-News: Hein Mulders (Theater Essen)

 Jay Z unveiled Tidal last year to compete with Spotify. Credit: AFP

Jay Z unveiled Tidal last year to compete with Spotify. Credit: AFP

(Written on July 1, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, 15-year-old violinist Daniel Lozakovich signs to Deutsche Grammophon, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra announces new assistant conductor Jonathan Bloxham and the Canadian Orchestre Métropolitain is to present a video game symphony. Also, the National Opera Studio announces its young artists for 2016/17 and Artemis Quartet musician’s Carl Becker violin was stolen on german train.

The Strad

15-year-old violinist Daniel Lozakovich signs to Deutsche Grammophon

The multi prize-winning young musician will record Beethoven’s Violin Concerto as his first DG release

Classical-music.com

CBSO appoints new assistant conductor

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra announced today that Jonathan Bloxham will be its new assistant conductor. The british conductor will take up the post in 2017.

Classical Music Magazine

National Opera Studio announces 2016/17 young artists

The National Opera Studio has announced its young artists for 2016/17. The young artists will undertake nine months of professional training, commencing in September.

Singers embark on SongCycle challenge for Help Musicians UK

A group of opera singers are planning to cycle 500 miles from Glasgow to London in order to raise money for Help Musicians UK and raise awareness of the charity’s work.

San Francisco Opera to present John Adams premiere

San Francisco Opera will give the premiere of John Adams’ Girls of the Golden West in November 2017. A co-commission with Teatro La Fenice, Dutch National Opera and Dallas Opera, the opera focuses on three women living in a small mining community in the Sierra Nevada mountains during the 1850s California gold rush.

pizzicato

Orchestra To Perform Video Game Symphony for Montreal’s 375th anniversary

Canadian Orchestre Métropolitain will present in November 2017 the Montreal Video Game Symphony as part of Montreal’s 375th anniversary celebrations. The work will take the form of a multimedia show in which the orchestra’s musicians will play music from landmark video games developed in Montreal.

Classic FM

This visualisation of a Bach prelude lets you see just how clever the piece really is

J.S. Bach’s Prelude in C major from the first Well Tempered Clavier volume is a gem of mathematical beauty. And now you can see exactly how beautiful it really is.

SFCV

Petaluma’s Opera House Is Well Worth a Visit

The Cinnabar in Petaluma is one of the theater gemstones within one hour of San Francisco. It was built in 1908 as a school house and converted into an opera house in 1972 by a baritone named Marvin Klebe.

BR_KLASSIK

Artemis-Quartett bittet um Hinweise

Gestern Mittag wurde der Geigerin Anthea Kreston im ICE ihre wertvolle Violine gestohlen. Die Musikerin und ihre Kollegen des Artemis-Quartetts waren auf dem Weg zu einem Konzert in Freiburg. Das Quartett bittet nun auf Facebook um Mithilfe bei der Suche nach dem Instrument.

klassik.com

Thüringen will Subventionen für Theater und Orchester bis 2021 erhöhen

Das Land Thüringen plant, die Förderung der Theater und Orchester bis 2021 auf 77 Millionen pro Jahr zu erhöhen. Es sei vorgesehen, die Unterstützung bis zum Jahr 2025 in gleicher Weise fortzuführen, 2021 müsse jedoch die Machbarkeit überprüft werden.

Musik heute

Oper Stuttgart: Cornelius Meister wird neuer GMD

Die Staatsoper Stuttgart und ihr Orchester bekommen einen neuen Generalmusikdirektor: Cornelius Meister (36) übernimmt den Posten zur Saison 2018/19, teilte das baden-württembergische Kunstministerium am Mittwoch mit. Der Vertrag werde zunächst für sechs Spielzeiten bis 2024 vereinbart.

Twitter

neue musikzeitung @musikzeitung Theater & Konzert im Livestream: Zur Lage der Kulturinstitutionen im Internet

klassik.com @klassikcom Einigung im Streit zwischen Berliner Sing-Akademie und Senat

Digital Music News @digitalmusicnws Apple Says YouTube Is “Built On the Backs of Free, Stolen Content” http://bit.ly/28EM2Ha

Artemis Quartet musician’s Carl Becker violin stolen on German train: Anthea Kreston’s 1928 instrument was taken from the overhead rack. The group is asking for help to find the instrument. Photo credit: Ian Perkins

Artemis Quartet musician’s Carl Becker violin stolen on German train: Anthea Kreston’s 1928 instrument was taken from the overhead rack. The group is asking for help to find the instrument. Photo credit: Ian Perkins

(Written on June 16, 2016 )

 

We are looking for a driven, full-time Social Media & Content Manager to join the WildKat PR team in our Berlin office! Do you think you would be suitable for this position? Have a read through our job description below…

 

WildKat PR

WildKat PR is a game-changer in the classical music industry. We adamantly believe in changing the status quo of our industry, embracing creative values both on- and offline.

WildKat PR is the only classical music PR agency to spread worldwide, having established ourselves in London, Berlin and New York. We are deeply devoted to seeking out and using online platforms to reach and engage substantial new audiences, producing all-encompassing, bespoke, international PR campaigns that are data-driven.

 

Job Description

WildKat PR is offering an exceptional opportunity for an experienced individual to join our Berlin team to lead and advise on social media and digital strategy across the company.

This is a fantastic opportunity for a digital specialist to join one of the leading PR agencies at a time of continued rapid international growth, and to work creatively with an exciting roster of varied and high-profile artists and clients. This role requires an excellent knowledge and understanding of the digital landscape, but does not require experience within the cultural or arts sectors.

The Social Media and Content Manager will be based in the Berlin office, but will also work closely with the London team and must be fluent in English. This role is ideal for an English-speaker who would like to relocate to Berlin. Salary is competitive and dependent on experience.
Start date: August/September 2016

 

Key responsibilities include:

• Develop the strategy and execution of the social media and content platforms for WildKat PR’s clients. Platforms will include, but are not limited to, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube and Snapchat
• Determine measures of success and evaluate the work carried out
• Lead the planning, creation and distribution of engaging, timely and relevant content for WildKat PR’s clients, ensuring sensitivity to the individual personalities and priorities of each client
• Work closely with the Account Managers in London and Berlin to ensure that social media and digital campaigns are closely linked to the PR and publicity work that is taking place for each client
• Create social media overviews and progress reports to feed back to clients
• Lead the running of the WildKat PR social media channels, advising Account Managers on best practice and developing the audience and reach of each channel
• Encourage innovation and forward-thinking throughout WildKat PR’s social media and digital work, staying informed of new trends and platforms and feeling confident and inspired to try out new ideas

 

Person Specification:

• Minimum of two years’ experience working in social media and content creation
• In-depth understanding of best practice across all social channels and emerging platforms
• Awareness and understanding of evolving technology, alongside the ability to research and discover new and innovative opportunities and platforms
• Ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment, and experience of managing multiple projects simultaneously
• Fluent English speaker, but with an extremely high level of proficiency in German
• A team player, with proven experience working in a busy office

Closing Date: 6pm 28th July 2016
Please send a copy of your CV, a cover letter, and an example of a social media campaign that you have worked on to Olivia Brown Olivia@wildkatpr.com.

We look forward to hearing from you!

 

(Written on June 14, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, three-day festival in New York offers the chance to discover the music of Per Norgard, the man who shot YouTube star and singer Christina Grimmie has been identified & Emily Sun has won the Grand Final of the Royal Over-Seas League (ROSL) Annual Music Competition. Also, Nicolette Fraillon calls out sexism in the classical music world & figures show that live music is highly popular in the UK: 30 million tickets were sold for British gigs and festivals in 2015.

The New York Times

Norgard in New York celebrates Per Norgard

The kaleidoscopic, enigmatic music of the Danish composer Per Norgard, 83, has been seldom performed in America until recently being championed by the New York Philharmonic and others. This week, a three-day festival called Norgard in New York offers an ideal chance to discover the visceral music of this fascinating composer.

Man Who Shot Christina Grimmie, a Singer on ‘The Voice,’ Is Identified

The police on Saturday identified the man who shot and killed Christina Grimmie, a former cast member of the reality TV singing competition “The Voice” and a viral YouTube star, as a 27-year-old man from St. Petersburg, Fla.

Classical-music.com

Australian violinist wins Royal Over-Seas League Gold Medal

Violinist Emily Sun has won the Grand Final of the Royal Over-Seas League (ROSL) Annual Music Competition, which took place at Cadogan Hall, London on Wednesday 1 June.

ABC News

Australian Ballet music director calls out sexism in classical music world

The world’s only female music director of a ballet company says gender inequality is still rife in the classical music world. Nicolette Fraillon—also an internationally renowned conductor and musician—says the issue is indicative of the broader barriers facing women in leadership positions.

BBC News

30 million tickets sold for British gigs and festivals in 2015

Nearly 30 million tickets were sold for British gigs and festivals in 2015, say new figures. UK Music, an organisation which represents the music industry’s interests, says 27.7 million fans headed to a live music event last year.

Classical Music Magazine

Opera North to run first orchestra camp

Opera North is to run its first orchestra camp this summer. The camp, which will run from 22-26 August at the University of Leeds’ School of Music, will give aspiring young musicians the chance to perfect their playing and learn new skills.

Boughton House to host Handel exhibition

Northamptonshire’s Boughton House will host a specially curated exhibition about the life of Handel. The exhibition will chart key episodes in Handel’s life, bringing together a collection of artefacts including the first edition of the Messiah, a 1720 harpsichord (probably Handel’s own), Louis-Francois Roubiliac’s first model for Handel’s monument in Westminster Abbey and rare orchestral instruments from the period.

Press & Journal

North-east students to perform opera

Music students at a north-east university will delve into the world of Greek mythology to perform an opera this weekend. The Aberdeen University production, Orfeo’s Journey, a new adaptation of four baroque operas, which is set in the north-east.

The Guardian

Conductor Daniele Gatti on Falstaff: ‘It’s as if Verdi was saying farewell’

Giuseppe Verdi was in his late 70s and thinking about retirement when his librettist Arrigo Boito suggested they make an opera from The Merry Wives of Windsor. Verdi had set two plays by Shakespeare before – Macbeth, which was one of his first great successes in the 1840s, and Otello, which he completed in 1887, at the age of 74.

Die Zeit 

Jamsession mit 50 Giganten

Sie waren die Größten, und wie leben sie heute? Der Bildband “American Jazz Heroes, Volume 2” besucht die Helden des Genres. Amerika hat viele von ihnen längst vergessen.

Klassik.com

Orden Pour le mérite für Daniel Barenboim und Musikwissenschaftler Christoph Wolff

Der Dirigent Daniel Barenboim ist neben dem Musikwissenschaftler Christoph Wolff als neues Mitglied in den Orden “Pour le mérite” aufgenommen worden. Die Auszeichnung fand im Beisein von Bundespräsident Joachim Gauck in Berlin statt.

nmz

Deutscher Kulturrat: Künstlersozialversicherung: Bund muss den Zuschuss erhöhen

Morgen findet in Berlin die „Zukunftswerkstatt Künstlersozialversicherung“ des Bundesministeriums für Arbeit und Soziales statt.

El Pais

Vicent Ros, nuevo director del Palau de la Música de Valencia

Dirigirá el recinto cultural durante tres años tras ser seleccionado entre 15 candidaturas

Scherzo

Cómo salvar la música clásica

Es la misma canción que se repite tan insistente como bienintecionada. Acercar los públicos a la música clásica, que no se vayan espantados los que acceden a un concierto por vez primera, que el público escuche lo que le gusta pero que también se sienta sorprendido.

Twitter

The Violin Channel @violinchannel ow.ly/ZIPk3015KIR Australian Violinist Awarded Prestigious Commonwealth Bursary @RCMLondon

BBC Radio 3 @BBCRadio3 How football brought classical music to a wider audience. & from 10

Opera North @ Opera_NorthNot long to wait! 16/17 season on sale at 10am… What will YOU choose?

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Photograph: Manu Theobald

(Written on June 13, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Harpist Oliver Wass wins the 2016 Guildhall gold medal, Andris Nelsons receives the 13th Glashütte Original Music Festival Award & opera star Andrea Bocelli serenades football fans before kick off in the Leicester City vs Everton game.

Classical Music Magazine

Harpist Oliver Wass wins the 2016 Guildhall gold medal

Harpist Oliver Wass has won the 2016 Guildhall School of Music & Drama gold medal. He performed Ginastera’s concerto for harp, accompanied by the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Adrian Leaper.

Nelsons receives Glashütte Original Music Festival Award

Andris Nelsons has been presented with the 13th Glashütte Original Music Festival Award. The award was presented by the managing director of Glashütte Original Yann Gamard and the intendant of the Dresden Music Festival Jan Vogler following a concert with the Boston Symphony Orchestra on 6 May at Dresden’s Frauenkirche.

International Arts Manager

Bocelli serenades Leicester City fans

Opera star Andrea Bocelli serenaded football fans on Saturday with a spine-tingling rendition of Nussun Dorma before kick off in the Leicester City vs Everton game. The song became famous in football circles after the BBC used Pavarotti’s rendition as the theme tune for its Italia ’90 World Cup coverage.

The Telegraph

Gerald Finley: ‘I dream of finishing my career as von Trapp’

Thirty years ago, a shy young rookie with a soft Canadian accent and gentle smile, straight out of the choir of King’s College, Cambridge, and the Royal College of Music, made his professional debut in the back row of the Glyndebourne chorus.

Music Week

Irving Azoff claims YouTube is “the root of the problem”

Azoff has issued an open letter on re/code to “Dear YouTube” in response a recent blog post on the services’ “creator blog” titled ’Setting The Record Straight’. In the post, Christophe Muller, Head of YouTube International Music Partnerships, contended that “YouTube takes copyright management extremely seriously and we work to ensure rights holders make money no matter who uploads their music.

Classic FM

Kanye West surprised Kim Kardashian with a whole orchestra because he can

Kanye West is not known for his subtlety – so it makes sense that his gift to KK for mother’s day is not a bunch of flowers but a whole string orchestra.

coloradoan

Opera Fort Collins hires new executive director

Elizabeth Telling has been announced as Opera Fort Collins’ new executive director

klassik.com

Andris Nelsons mit Preis der Dresdner Musikfestspiele 2016 ausgezeichnet

Der Dirigent Andris Nelsons hat den Preis der Dresdner Musikfestspiele 2016 erhalten. Der Lette erhält die mit 25.000 Euro dotierte Auszeichnung für sein Engagement in Bezug auf die Vermittlung klassischer Musik sowie die Nachwuchsförderung.

nmz

Sachsen-Anhalt: Staatskanzlei künftig für Kultur zuständig

In Sachsen-Anhalt soll die Kulturpolitik künftig komplett von der Staatskanzlei verantwortet werden.

welt.de

Run auf Freikarten für die Elbphilharmonie-Eröffnung

Am Morgen wurde eine Seite zur Verlosung von Freikarten für die Elbphilharmonie-Eröffnungskonzerte freigeschaltet. Wenig später brach sie zusammen. Doch noch haben alle eine Chance auf Tickets.

Twitter

The Strad @TheStradMag The 9th International Violin Competition Leopold Mozart has named five semi finalists

Black Dress Code @black_dresscode Make sure that you follow us on for all updates and news for

Live Music Now @LiveMusicNowUK Fascinating uplifting meeting of A Choir in Every Care Home today. Thanks all who took part.

Dresdner Musikfestspiele . Konzert von Jan Vogler und dem Boston Symphony Orchstra am 07.05.2016 in der Dresdner Frauenkirche . Mit anschliessender Verleihung des Glashuette Original Festpielpreises an Dirigent Andris Nelsons . Foto: Oliver Killig

Photograph: Oliver Killig

(Written on May 10, 2016 )

After many years of experiencing concerts, we have been thinking, what other instruments are out there that produce more unusual sounds.

When it comes to musical instrument making, a good amount of creativity is required. The elementary school teacher Junji Koyama from Japan does not only make instruments out of vegetables and fruits, he also plays on them. On his own YouTube channel, he presents the cabbage slide whistle, the carrot pipe and the celery nose flute. You can also watch instruction videos and his suggestion to upcycle the left-overs: Just eat it!

Turn up the temperature in the concert hall and you’d have, not a finely chiseled viola, flute or conga, but a glass of water. Ice-instrument maker Tim Linhart has held ice concerts in the coolest locations all over the globe. Originally from New Mexico, Linhart was invited to one of the world’s first ice hotels in Luleå, Swedish Lapland. He was requested to build his ice-instruments to be played in an igloo auditorium near the city. Meet the coolest orchestra in the world.

You can start your own musical instrument building career now! The New York Philharmonic Kidzone instrument lab shows how to create lots of instruments out of nearly anything. Get your own inspiration in the lab or try our favourite instrument: The metrocard bassoon!

 

(Written on May 9, 2016 )

Saturday will be the the 6th International Jazz Day celebrating jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe. The day was initiated by UNESCO.

This brings us to focus on our Jazz clients today:

Michael Chillingworth is a London based saxophonist and clarinettist. With his debut jazz album Scratch And Sift – out on 1st July – he reminds us how inspiring everyday life is. Each track tells a story from his everyday life and finds drama in the mundane, from the freshness of a shower to cinematic villains or the poetic presentation on Japanese sweet packaging!

Kenneth Dahl Knudsen is a Danish composer and double bass player. For his debut album We’ll Meet In The Rain, which is to be released on 6th May, he gathered together an international jazz orchestra. The album weaves between contemporary jazz and cinematic orchestral music. Each piece speaks about Dahl Knudsen’s encounters with people, their stories and anecdotes.


Michael and Kenneth are definitely two artists you should keep your eye on! Stay tuned and follow them on their social media sites:

Michael Chillingworth: website, twitter

Kenneth Dahl Knudsen: website, YouTube, facebook

Both artists will release their albums on the London-based record label Two Rivers Records.

(Written on April 29, 2016 )

Classical News

In our news today, Met Opera understudy Francesco Anile steps in and gives performance of a lifetime as lead tenor loses his voice, sales up 14% year-on-year for Record Store Day, New York Festival of Song to premiere Compositora: Songs by Latin American Women and Motley Crue co-founder Nikki Sixx has launched a campaign asking Google to pay musicians more money when their videos appear on YouTube.

Daily Mail

The show must go on! Understudy gets last-minute big break at Met Opera when lead tenor loses his voice – so jumps on stage in jeans and sneakers and gives performance of a lifetime

It is a role of a lifetime. But when one understudy finally got his big break at the Metropolitan Opera he wasn’t expecting it to be while wearing his old jeans and sneakers.

Music Week

Retailers celebrate another successful Record Store Day

Preliminary figures show that this year’s Record Store Day was a hit, with sales up 14% year-on-year – and retailers seemed to agree that the vinyl revival isn’t going anywhere. While singles sales were down 2%, LPs were up 35% year-on-year, and the annual celebration bled into the following sales week as well.

BBC News

Nikki Sixx to YouTube: ‘Do the right thing’

Motley Crue co-founder Nikki Sixx has launched a campaign asking Google to pay musicians more money when their videos appear on YouTube. The bass player is urging Google to remember its former slogan – “Don’t be evil” – in its dealings with artists.

Classicalworld.com

NYFOS to premiere Compositora: Songs by Latin American women at Merkin Hall

New York Festival of Song rounds out its Mainstage season on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 with Compositora: Songs by Latin American Women, a fascinating program that showcases the prodigious accomplishments of Latina composers.

ArtsJournal

A German orchestra goes up against Turkey in row over a term for genocide

Turkey’s delegation to the European Union demanded the European Commission withdraw 200,000 euros ($224,500) in funding for the concert.

South China Morning Post

Mei Baojiu: China’s renowned Peking opera master dies aged 82

Youngest son of Peking opera legend Mei Lanfang was devoted to his art, considering it his lifetime mission to pass it on to the younger generation.

Classical Music Magazine

Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation awards £15,000 to Wiltshire Music Centre

The grant, which will be distributed across three years, will go towards the centre’s programme of master-classes, workshops, concerts and artist residencies for young musicians in the region.

Der Tagesspiegel

Als Kolibri durch den Saal schweben

Berlins Orchester lassen sich viel einfallen, um neues Publikum zu gewinnen. Das Konzerthaus setzt auf virtuelle Realität – mittels einer speziellen Brille.

KlassikAkzente

Mit Wagner im Kino: Live-Übertragung aus der Berliner Philharmonie mit Andris Nelsons

Wenn Andris Nelsons am 29. April gemeinsam mit den Berliner Philharmonikern Musik von Wagner und Bruckner zum Klingen bringt, kann man das Konzert in vielen Kinosälen in Deutschland live mitverfolgen.

Pizzicato

Antonini wird Erster Gastdirigent beim Mozarteumorchester

Seit eineinhalb Jahren sucht das Mozarteumorchester Salzburg erfolglos nach einem Nachfolger für den im Sommer d.J. scheidenden Chefdirigenten Ivor Bolton.

Francemusique

Nouvelle polémique quant à l’utilisation des animaux à l’opéra

L’opéra Allemand sur le Rhin (Deutche Oper am Rhein) a été contraint d’annuler le contrat de l’un de ses acteurs principaux : le coq du « Coq d’or » de Rimski-Korsakov en raison d’une décision de l’Office Vétérinaire.

El Pais

La música activa el cerebro de los bebés

Investigadores de EE UU vinculan la detección de patrones musicales con el aprendizaje del habla

Twitter

Top Classical News @topcmnews Osvaldo Golijov Headlines Spoleto USA Chamber Music Program

Black Dress Code @black_dresscode Wonderful film on Eleonore Schoenfeld She inspired our elegant palazzo trousers

Kate Simko @Kate_Simko  advice I’d give to myself.. ArtsProfessional Magazine

Photograph: UIG via Getty Images

(Written on April 26, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Yo-Yo Ma receives Getty Medal, Juilliard School and University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna to be the world’s top music universities and Classicalite questions whether classical music affects our mental and physical health.

International Arts Manager

Yo-Yo Ma honoured with Getty Medal

Yo-Yo Ma has won the prestigious J Paul Getty Medal for his work as an artist who brings different cultures together through music. Established in 2013, the award honours those who make an extraordinary contribution to the practice, understanding and support of the arts.

International Arts Manager

Midori residency programme heads to Hawaii

Illustrious violinist Midori has selected Hawaii for her next orchestral residency programme. The Japanese-born American will lead workshops, masterclasses, discussion groups and advocacy efforts, as well as performing with both Hawaii Symphony Orchestra (HSO) and Hawaii Youth Symphony (HYS).

Classicalite

Can classical music improve your mental and physical health?

Can listening to classical music favorably affect your health? Numerous studies have posited its advantageous effects on blood pressure, cognition and stress — just to name a few.

The Telegraph

Sir Peter Moores – obituary

Philanthropist and heir to the Littlewoods empire who became a generous patron of the arts.

Music Week

PRS for Music Foundation announces next Momentum Music round

PRS for Music Foundation has announced the next 14 artists to receive Momentum Music funding, in conjunction with Arts Council England and Spotify.

Pizzicato

Juilliard School & University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna are the best

QS World University Ranking has published the world’s top music universities, based on academic reputation, employer reputation and research impact. The Number One position is held by The Juilliard School, United States, followed by University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (Austria).

MusicAlly

MusicFirst coalition tears into Google and YouTube

It is open season once again on Google and YouTube in the US, following the RIAA’s decision to make the ‘value gap’ a key part of its 2015 figures announcement.

Klassik.com

Geigerin Mélanie Defize unter den Opfern der Brüsseler Terroranschläge

Unter den Opfern der Anschläge in Brüssel am 22. März befindet sich auch die belgische Geigerin und Musikproduzentin Mélanie Defize. Die 29-Jährige kam in der Metrostation Maelbeek ums Leben.

NMZ

Moritz Eggert erhält Louis Spohr Musikpreis 2016

Der deutsche Komponist Moritz Eggert (50) erhält in diesem Jahr den mit 10.000 Euro dotierten Louis Spohr Musikpreis der Stadt Braunschweig. Die Preisverleihung findet mit Unterstützung des Staatsorchesters Braunschweig am 23. Oktober 2016 im Rahmen eines Sinfoniekonzertes in der Stadthalle Braunschweig statt.

NMZ

Osterfestspiele in Baden-Baden ziehen 25 000 Besucher an

Rund 25 000 Musikliebhaber haben die Osterfestspiele Baden-Baden mit den Berliner Philharmonikern besucht. Damit wurde eine Auslastung von 90 Prozent erreicht, wie das Festspielhaus Baden-Baden am Ostermontag mitteilte.

Die Welt

SWR stellt Programm vor

Vier Jahre nach der umstrittenen Entscheidung über die Orchesterfusion beim Südwestrundfunk (SWR) nimmt der neue Klangkörper Gestalt an. Das erste Konzert des neuen SWR-Symphonieorchesters mit Sitz in Stuttgart ist am 22. September geplant.

Musikmarkt

Spenden-Plattform Musik Bewegt ins Leben gerufen

Für die gute Sache: Die Berliner Plattform Musik Bewegt gibt Künstlern die Möglichkeit, losgelöst von VÖ-Terminen, Promo-Gigs und Tourdaten gemeinsam mit anderen öffentlichkeitswirksam auf die von ihnen unterstützten sozialen Projekte aufmerksam zu machen. Die gemeinnützige Stiftung versetzt sie Fans in die Lage, sich in Verbindung mit den Künstlern engagieren.

Twitter

Top Classical News @topcmnews: Hearing the Ottomans in London: a guest post by Professor Rachel Beckles Willson #

BR_Klassik @br_klassik: # in der Klassik. Unser Wochenthema in der “Mittagsmusik”, immer von 12.05-14.00

BBC Radio 3 @bbcradio3: We’re in the Modern period for Music in Time today, looking at Holst’s interest in folk songs #

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Photograph: International Arts Manager

(Written on March 29, 2016 )