24th January: Classical Music: Great for Games and Health, but not for Safe Driving

Thursday 24th January 2013

The Telegraph

Orchestras must ‘shed elitism’ to survive, says Universal Music boss

Head of Universal Music’s classical division tells orchestras to show emotion and leave the concert hall if they want to gain new fans.

‘Tyrannical’ Walt Disney gets an opera

The Perfect American, an opera by Philip Glass, opens in Madrid and shows Walt Disney as ‘a racist, misogynist megalomaniac’.

Slipped Disc

UPDATE: Classical editor has quit the New York Times

James Oestreich has finally accepted a buyout and will retire at the end of the month from the New York Times.

Deceptive Cadence NPR

Back Off The Bach To Drive Safely

Researchers in London claim that listening to classical music makes for unsafe driving — in fact, that it caused more erratic driving than hip-hop, heavy metal or not listening to music at all.

The Arts Desk

Barbican and Southbank 2013-14 seasons: still neck and neck 

Undaunted by the current climate, the biggest steerers of London’s concert scene sail on

Planet Hugill

Flicker – new opera on Locked-In Syndrome

Music can sometimes illuminate areas that text on its own cannot.

The Pacific Standard (found via Arts Journal)

Playing Music May Lower Blood Pressure

New research from the Netherlands finds neurocardial differences between young musicians and their non-musical peers

Opera News

Joyce DiDonato to Host Live, Web-Streamed Master Class at Juilliard School on 1/25

On Friday, January 25, mezzo-soprano, Joyce DiDonato, will host a master class with four students from The Juilliard School’s Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts.

Fast Co.Design

A Board Game Designed For Classical Music Buffs

Virtuoso may not have mass appeal, but it would liven up band class



Fast Co. Design