13th April: The classical music festival in Beirut that survives war and assassinations, El Sistema 40th anniversary and why American football players make perfect opera singers

Monday 13th April 2015

Classical News


Al Bustan – the classical music festival in Beirut that survives war and assassinations

In its 22 years, the festival has cancelled only a single concert. As its founder says: ‘Every year there’s some crisis and we say: “My God, are we going to carry on?” and we always do’

The London Bach finally gets his London revival

The city where the young Mozart spent a year in the 1760s was also home to “the London Bach” – Johann Christian. Mozart held him and his music in the highest regard, so why have Londoners heard so little of the older composer?


El Sistema 40th anniversary: Conductor Gustavo Dudamel says Venezuela project is “the most important thing apart from my family”

The widely-admired national programme -which was set up in 1975 by José Antonio Abreu – exposes hundreds of thousands of children to music, teaching them instruments and letting them play in orchestras


Why American football players make perfect opera singers

The unusual story of an American football star turned opera singer proves that there is a deep affinity between music and sport, says Ivan Hewett

Classical Source

National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain launches its first Inspire Orchestra

‘NYO Inspire Orchestra’ to tour secondary schools enabling more young musicians than ever to have breakthrough orchestral experience of NYO, and give more teenagers the chance to hear the power of brilliantly-played live orchestral music

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Theater des Friedens

Mit dem „Living Theatre“ erfand Judith Malina eine radikale, experimentierfreudige und dezidiert politische Form des Theaters. Jetzt ist sie im Alter von 88 Jahren gestorben.


Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie: Intendant fordert neuen Konzertsaal

Der Intendant der Südwestdeutschen Philharmonie Beat Fehlmann hat laut Berichten des Südkuriers einen neuen Konzertsaal für Konstanz gefordert.


Elbphilharmonie-Intendant: Jeder wird sich eine Karte leisten können

Der Intendant der Elbphilharmonie, Christoph Lieben-Seutter, will das Konzertgebäude im Hamburger Hafen zu einem Haus für alle machen.

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Aus dem SOZ werden die Zürcher Symphoniker

Langjährige Musiker des früheren Symphonischen Orchesters Zürich haben sich in einem Trägerverein wieder formiert und wagen den Neustart. Das Ensemble war vor zwei Jahren wegen Lohndumpings im Rahmen einer Aida-Aufführung beim Festival La Perla in Pfäffikon in Misskredit geraten.

The New York Times

Milton Delugg, Accordionist, Composer and ‘Tonight Show’ Bandleader, Dies at 96

Milton Delugg, who accompanied Al Jolson on the accordion, co-wrote the Nat King Cole hit “Orange Colored Sky” conducted the band for Johnny Carson’s “The Tonight Show” and was musical director of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade for three decades, died on April 6 at his home in Los Angeles.


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Norma in BeirutCarmen Giannattasio (in red) duets with Nino Surguladze in a concert performance of Bellini’s Norma at the festival. Photograph: Al Bustan