21st August: Tianyi Lu joins WNO, Apple Music launches Shazam Discovery, New President wants change, French composer killed by a grizzly bear

Wednesday 21st August 2019

Tianyi Lu joins WNO as first Female Conductor in Residence

Welsh National Opera (WNO) has announced Tianyi Lu as its first Female Conductor in Residence. The residency was launched to help re-address the gender balance across the industry, following WNO’s ‘Where Are All the Women’ symposium in 2018. Aiming to equip aspiring female conductors with the necessary skills and experience to pursue conducting careers, the scheme involves working closely with WNO music director Tomáš Hanus and the WNO Orchestra across a range of repertoire including main scale opera, as well as youth and community projects.

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Apple Music launches Shazam Discovery Top 50 Chart

Apple Music has launched the Shazam Discovery Top 50, a weekly global ranking of 50 artists on the move and their trending track. Using Shazam’s proprietary algorithms, the new chart offers a predictive view on rising artists and reacting tracks to Apple Music subscribers. The No.1 in the inaugural chart is All Roads Lead Home (Hobbs & Shaw remix) by Ohana Bam. The ranked songs are all at different points in their lifecycle and the majority of artists represented are new and emerging. Tracks in the Discovery Top 50 are experiencing a momentum – whether moving quickly through Shazam’s charts, growing rapidly and geographically – that indicates potential to make a mark in the overall Top 50.

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Neue Präsidentin will Perspektivwechsel für Klassik Stiftung Weimar

Neue Impulse für die zweitgrößte Kulturstiftung Deutschlands: Das Programm der neuen Präsidentin für die Klassik Stiftung Weimar sieht eine deutliche Erweiterung in der Selbst- und Außenwahrnehmung der Stiftung vor. Nicht nur die Kultur spielt dabei eine große Rolle. Politischer, digitaler und mit mehr Privatgeldern ausgestattet: So stellt sich die neue Präsidentin der Klassik Stiftung Weimar, Ulrike Lorenz, die Zukunft ihrer Institution vor. «Die Klassik Stiftung Weimar wird sich öffnen und in ihrer politischen Verantwortung aktiver werden», sagte Lorenz am Dienstag in Weimar. Die Stiftung – eine der größten Kulturstiftungen Deutschlands – könne zu einem «Thinktank», einer Denkfabrik, für Politik und Gesellschaft werden, so Lorenz.

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New President wants change of perspective for Klassik Stiftung Weimar

New impulses for Germany’s second largest cultural foundation: The program of the new president for the Klassik Stiftung Weimar plans a significant expansion in the Foundation’s self- and external perception. Not only culture plays an important role. More political, more digital and more privately funded: this is how Ulrike Lorenz, the new president of the Klassik Stiftung Weimar, presents the future of her institution. “The Klassik Stiftung Weimar will open up and become more active in its political responsibility,” said Lorenz on Tuesday in Weimar. The foundation – one of the largest cultural foundations in Germany – could become a “think tank” for politics and society, said Lorenz.

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French composer killed by a grizzly bear

Julien Gauthier, 44, a French composer of Canadian origin, has been killed last week by a Grizzly bear while camping in the territories of Western Canada. The bear invaded the camp, grabbed the man and took him into the forest. The inanimate body was found the next day. Julien Gauthier followed an atypical artistic career. Attracted by the most unusual or extreme places, he was the laureate, in 2016, of the artist residency L’Atelier des Ailleurs. He stayed for 5 months in the Kerguelen Islands, in the French Southern and Antarctic Lands (TAAF), one of the most isolated places on the planet. From this experience, he drew a symphony, Symphonie australe, created by the Symphonic Orchestra of Bretagne as well as an album of sound creations and soundscapes, Inaudita Symphonia.

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