23rd October: Opera Props Auction, Mozart Musical, and the Musical Motif for E.T.

Tuesday 23rd October 2012

Classic FM

Mozart rock musical heading to Broadway and West End?

“Mozart, L’Opera Rock”, the French rock musical based on the life and music of Mozart, has been acquired for performance in other territories.

A Classic FM Interview special with Sir Simon Rattle

On Sunday 28 October, John Suchet broadcasts a special two hour show dedicated to one of the most recognisable and respected conductors in the world, Sir Simon Rattle.

Slipped Disc

Video just in: How John Williams composed the theme for ET

Ahead of the Blue-Ray release of Stephen Spielberg’s E. T., video has been unearthed of the director and composer working together on the key musical motif for the alien character.

Very good news: Amsterdam restores music lessons to first-year schoolrooms

After a depressing drift towards cultural derelicition, the city of Amsterdam is reversing policy and bringing back music lessons for children in their first year at school.

More opera costumes are coming up for sale… somewhere near you

Scottish Opera is having a clearout auction of old frocks and props.

Deceptive Cadence, NPR

‘Nixon In China’: An American Opera Inches Toward Classic At 25

Twenty-five years ago today, Houston Grand Opera mounted the world premiere of Nixon in China, the first opera by a young composer named John Adams.

Gramophone Blog

A new chamber music series opens at London’s Royal Institution

The Brompton’s Recitals present the Heath Quartet

Star Tribune (found on Arts Journals)

Music in midst of contract dispute

Locked-out orchestra musicians took their appeal to a sold-out hall.

The Australian

Classical music’s cultural cringe

PIANIST Michael Kieran Harvey has fired a staccato attack on Australian music organisations, with symphony orchestras, opera companies, broadcasters, and competitions among those in his sights.


Israeli & Palestinian say harmony = two pianos + two like minds

The young pianists in Duo Amal were brought together by music to spread a message of hope.

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