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New Zealand Symphony to perform Beethoven’s nine symphonies, over four nights

Friday, 16 August 2019

“The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra is taking Beethoven’s life’s work on tour, performing all nine of the great composer's symphonies in Auckland and Wellington as part of this year's Beethoven Festival,” writes…

 

Lakeside Symphony’s “Musicalympics” family concert during summer season

Friday, 16 August 2019

“A boy blew as hard as he could into a French horn,” writes Laura Johnston in last Friday’s (8/9) Cleveland.com. “ ‘Does it sound like an elephant?’ asked musician Charlie Payette. ‘I think it kind of does.’ Dozens of kids in…

 

Composer David Lang on new work, crossing genres, and more

Friday, 16 August 2019

“For 12 hours during a marathon performance ultimately aimed at building bridges between classical and new music in 1987, composer David Lang and other musicians earned swift and appreciative acclaim for what…

 

Dudamel heads into a decade as music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic

Friday, 16 August 2019

“The first time Gustavo Dudamel came to Los Angeles, his reputation soaring after winning a prestigious conducting contest in Germany, the 24-year-old walked into the Hollywood Bowl’s rooftop restaurant and was…

 

Nashville Symphony to spotlight women’s suffrage during citywide celebrations of 19th Amendment

Friday, 16 August 2019

“Beginning this fall, Nashville will be marking the approaching centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment” giving women the right to vote, writes Colleen Phelps on Tuesday (8/13) at Nashville Public Radio. “Nashville’s classical music organizations are contributing their artistry … with concerts of new and old…

 

“Time Spans” contemporary-music festival, enlivening Manhattan in August

Thursday, 15 August 2019

“Every August, it can seem like New York’s cultural scene goes on vacation, leaving behind an eerie quiet. Then, with a clang, comes the Time Spans festival,” writes Joshua Barone in Friday’s (8/9) New York Times.

 

Scottish Chamber Orchestra to premiere MacMillan’s “Le Grand Inconnu” at Edinburgh festival

Thursday, 15 August 2019

“James MacMillan, Scotland’s most famous living composer … has written an entire piece inspired by the Holy Spirit,” writes Ivan Hewett in Tuesday’s (8/13) Daily Telegraph (U.K.)....

 

When does musical inspiration constitute cultural appropriation?

Thursday, 15 August 2019

“When it comes to borrowing from other cultures, is music fair game?” write Hannah Edgar and Elias Gross in last Thursday’s (8/8) Newsounds.org.... 

 

Serious fun: children’s book author Mo Willems’s mission at the Kennedy Center

Thursday, 15 August 2019

“There’s a 20-foot-tall pigeon coming to Washington,” writes Vicky Hallett in Tuesday’s (8/13) Washington Post. “It’s an inflatable version of the star of the award-winning book ‘Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!’ and ... 

 

Additional conducting appointment for Xian Zhang, at Melbourne Symphony in 2020

Thursday, 15 August 2019

“Chinese American conductor Xian Zhang, music director of the New Jersey Symphony through 2023-24, has been appointed principal guest conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra starting in 2020,” writes Susan Elliott in Tuesday’s (8/13) Musical America....

 

Obituary: Paul Bartel, violinist and luthier, 67

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

“The Cincinnati-based violinist, educator and luthier Paul Bartel has died following a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 67,” reads an unsigned Tuesday (8/13) obituary in The Strad. “Bartel is best known as the long-time owner of the Baroque Violin Shop in Cincinnati...

 

Review: John Luther Adams’s new “Lines Made by Walking” quartet at Tippet Rise

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

“The vast, roiling orchestral soundscape of the prize-winning Become Ocean has served many listeners as an entrée into the world of John Luther Adams,” writes Thomas May in Thursday’s (8/8) Musical America. “Adams has proved himself just as much at home within the intimate...

 

Cincinnati Pops appoints Damon Gupton principal guest conductor

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

“Damon Gupton is better known as Bill Henderson, a detective he plays on the superhero TV series ‘Black Lightning,’ than as a conductor of major American orchestras,” writes Janelle Gelfand in Monday’s (8/12) Cincinnati Business Courier. “But Gupton, 46, has been named the first-ever principal...

 

LA Opera launches investigation following sexual-harassment charges against Domingo; orchestras and opera companies withdraw invitations

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Following Tuesday’s Associated Press article alleging that tenor and conductor Plácido Domingo sexually harassed nine women, “the opera company that Domingo has led for more than 15 years, the LA Opera, announced that it is beginning an investigation into his conduct,”...

 

Grant Park Music Festival’s free mix of music a key part of city’s cultural landscape

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

“Last Wednesday night was warm and enveloping as the best summer nights can be, and so you join the steady stream of people making their way into Grant Park” for a free Grant Park Music Festival concert, writes Rick Kogan in Tuesday’s Chicago Tribune. “All of them, and there were thousands...

 

Minnesota Orchestra first associate concertmaster talks touring, and making music spontaneous

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Australian violinist Susie Park, the Minnesota Orchestra’s first associate concertmaster, discusses “a career that’s taken her from the Sydney Domain as a teenager, to the Musikverein,” writes Angus McPherson in Monday’s (8/12) Limelight (Australia)....

 

Growth in classical-music streaming services

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

“Some 41 percent of U.S. households say that they subscribe to one or more music streaming services,” writes Brian Wise in Friday’s (8/9) Musical America....

 

How no-deal Brexit may affect British orchestras

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

“At the most basic level, Brexit raises concerns about the ability of musicians to tour overseas,” writes Paul Glynn in Wednesday’s (8/9) BBC News....

 

Cincinnati Symphony’s open-air music festival, with pop-up events spotlighting city’s diverse arts groups

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

“Shara Nova, one of the co-creators … of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s community project called ‘CSO Look Around’ last weekend in Washington Park … described it as ‘like, the biggest pop-up ever,’ ” writes Janelle Gelfand on Saturday (8/10) in her blog....

 

Nine women accuse tenor/conductor Plácido Domingo of sexual harassment

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

“For decades, Placido Domingo, one of the most celebrated and powerful men in opera, has tried to pressure women into sexual relationships by dangling jobs and then sometimes punishing the women professionally when they refused his advances, numerous accusers told The Associated Press,” writes Jocelyn Gecker in Tuesday’s (8/13) Associated Press....

 

Opinion: Can an entrepreneurial approach to conducting careers point the way forward?

Monday, 12 August 2019

“Our society has become increasingly characterized by its ‘gig economies’—short-term work, often defined by the worker herself,” writes conductor Lidiya Yankovskaya in Thursday’s (8/8) New Music Box....

 

Details of sexual-abuse allegations against opera singer David Daniels at University of Michigan

Monday, 12 August 2019

“Last month, opera star David Daniels and his husband, William ‘Scott’ Walters, were indicted by Harris County, Texas on a felony charge of sexual assault,” writes Anastasia Tsioulcas on Friday (8/8) at National Public Radio....

 

Milwaukee Symphony’s downtown venue restoration to encompass moving a wall—as one piece

Monday, 12 August 2019

“It’s almost go-time for the most complex piece of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s conversion of the historic Grand Warner Theatre into a music hall,” writes Jeramey Jannene in Friday’s (8/9) Urban Milwaukee....

 

Contract extension for Jane Glover at Chicago’s Music of the Baroque through 2023, making for a two-decade tenure

Monday, 12 August 2019

“Jane Glover will continue to lead Music of the Baroque through the ensemble’s 50th anniversary season and three years beyond,” writes Lawrence A. Johnson in Friday’s (8/9) Chicago Classical Review....

 

National Philharmonic’s 2019-20 season will go on, with new leadership

Monday, 12 August 2019

“On Saturday afternoon, the National Philharmonic’s board voted unanimously for a transition plan that will allow it to complete its 2019-20 season and stay open for the coming years,” writes Rebecca Tan in Sunday’s (8/11) Washington Post. “The plan … calls for the exit of the orchestra’s top leadership….

 

Shanghai Symphony, an orchestra with a venerable history, set for Ravinia Festival debut

Friday, 09 August 2019

“When the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra makes its Chicago-area debut Aug. 16 at the Ravinia Festival, no one will be prouder of the occasion than its music director, Long Yu,” writes Howard Reich in Wednesday’s (8/7) Chicago Tribune. “To him, the Shanghai ensemble will be...

 

UNC School of the Arts names Tony Woodcock interim dean of School of Music

Friday, 09 August 2019

“The University of North Carolina School of the Arts has hired Tony Woodcock, former president of the New England Conservatory, onetime CEO at a number of orchestras, as interim dean of the School of Music,” writes Susan Elliott in Wednesday’s (8/7) Musical America (subscription required)...

 

Review: Cleveland Orchestra’s “Star-Spangled Spectacular”—in August

Friday, 09 August 2019

“Add to the Cleveland Orchestra’s already long list of powers the ability to turn back time,” writes Zachary Lewis in Thursday’s (8/8) Plain Dealer (Cleveland). “Last night may have been the seventh of August, but on that ‘Star-Spangled Spectacular’ evening, the orchestra...

 

For Southwest Michigan Symphony’s next pavilion concert: Bond … James Bond

Friday, 09 August 2019

“Robin Fountain, music director of the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra, was born in England, and has insights about the appeal of someone who can fire a pistol without spilling his cocktail,” writes Jack Walton in Wednesday’s (8/7) South Bend Tribune (IN). After World War II...

 

Summertime podium switch: ProMusica Chamber Orchestra concertmaster steps up

Friday, 09 August 2019

“The ProMusica Chamber Orchestra’s annual Summer Music Series … at the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens—will kick off Thursday,” writes Peter Tonguette in Wednesday’s (8/8) Columbus Dispatch (OH). With Music Director David Danzmayr “wrapping up an engagement...

 

Arts are an important part of educating tomorrow’s leaders

Thursday, 08 August 2019

“As Andy Warhol once said, ‘Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art,’ ” writes Charles Matthew in Friday’s (8/2) Dallas Morning News.... 

 

Review: NYO-USA and NYO2 concerts at Carnegie Hall

Thursday, 08 August 2019

Recent concerts at Carnegie Hall by the National Youth Orchestra of the United States (NYO-USA) and NYO2 “were inspiring,” writes Bruce Hodges in Tuesday’s (8/6) Musical America....

 

Opinion: Curtis should launch outside investigation into sexual-assault claims against former faculty member

Thursday, 08 August 2019

“Members of the community that treasures and supports Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music were stunned by The Inquirer’s recent story about former student Lara St. John’s long-standing sexual-assault allegations against her late violin teacher Jascha Brodsky,” writes the editorial board of the Philadelphia Inquirer on Monday (8/5)....

 

Jeff Woodruff, Harrisburg Symphony’s longtime executive director, to retire in 2020

Thursday, 08 August 2019

“The executive director of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra has announced his plans to retire,” writes Sean Adams in Wednesday’s (8/7) Patriot-News (Harrisburg, PA)....

 

Violists head south: “Viola Visions” festival set for Miami Beach in October

Thursday, 08 August 2019

“Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and the New World Symphony have announced the launch of a new five-day viola festival,” reads an unsigned article on Wednesday’s (8/7) Violin Channel....

 

South Florida Youth Symphony welcomes Uruguay’s National Youth Orchestra

Thursday, 08 August 2019

“In July, the young musicians with the National Youth Orchestra of Uruguay, known as SODRE, visited campers at the 22nd annual South Florida Youth Symphony Summer Music Academy,” writes Christina Mayo in Tuesday’s (8/6) Miami Herald. “ ‘All you had to do was look at the expressions on the faces of our young musicians to see what a wonderful experience it was for them,’ said Rick Zogaib ...

 

Behind the musical success of Britain’s Kanneh-Mason family

Wednesday, 07 August 2019

“The Kanneh-Masons, all nine of them, are off to Wales this week on a walking holiday,” writes Jane Warren in Thursday’s (8/1) Daily Express (U.K.). “The seven siblings and their parents, Stuart and Kadie, appear more like a chamber orchestra going on tour...

 

Another post-Brexit worry: what currency to use when paying artists

Wednesday, 07 August 2019

“Is there a better way to open the most exciting arts festival in the world than by having a world-class orchestra put on a free concert in a football stadium?” as the Edinburgh International Festival did with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic...

 

Utah, a growing center for recording orchestral video game scores

Wednesday, 07 August 2019

“Imagine members of the Tabernacle Choir … in a recording studio, singing in the Black Speech of Mordor,” writes Court Mann in Friday’s (8/2) Deseret News (Utah). “That really happened … for the popular ongoing video game series ‘The Lord of the Rings Online,’...

 

Ohio’s New Albany Symphony gets its own choir

Wednesday, 07 August 2019

“New Albany’s arts community is growing. The latest addition is the New Albany Symphony Chorus, which will provide choral accompaniment to the New Albany Symphony Orchestra,” writes Sarah Sole in Monday’s (8/5) ThisWeek Community News (Columbus, OH). “The orchestra has performed...

 

Metropolitan Opera and James Levine settle sexual-misconduct lawsuit

Wednesday, 07 August 2019

“One of the most closely watched #MeToo-related legal battles in classical music—pitting the eminent conductor James Levine against the Metropolitan Opera, which fired him in 2018 amid accusations of sexual misconduct—came to an inconclusive end on Tuesday, when the two sides...

 

All-day Minneapolis event to explore music inspired by Walt Whitman’s poetry

Tuesday, 06 August 2019

“ ‘But for opera I would never have written Leaves of Grass,’ the poet Walt Whitman once said,” writes Terry Blain in Sunday’s (8/4) Star Tribune (Minneapolis)....

 

Dallas Symphony’s free summer music program for area elementary students

Tuesday, 06 August 2019

“Representatives from Dallas Symphony Orchestra taught music lessons at several Dallas ISD [Independent School District] elementary schools during the summer,” reads an unsigned Thursday (8/1) article in the North Dallas Gazette (TX).... 

 

When Minnesota calls: Rosenbaum settles in as Bemidji Symphony’s executive director

Tuesday, 06 August 2019

“Minnesota’s support for the arts got the attention of Stephanie Rosenbaum as she considered a career move from her native California,” writes Dennis Doeden in Friday’s (8/2) Bemidji Pioneer (Bemidji, MN)....

 

Composer Amy Beach to be subject of upcoming documentary

Tuesday, 06 August 2019

“John Gfroerer, a documentary filmmaker based in Concord, has brought New Hampshire’s stories to the screen for years,” writes Nick Stoico in Friday’s (8/2) Concord Monitor (N.H.)....

 

Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra on growth track with themed, social concerts

Tuesday, 06 August 2019

“It might seem improbable in the age of streaming media, YouTube videos and virtual reality, but the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra is attracting a growing audience for live concerts of classical music,” writes Janelle Gelfand in Friday’s (8/2) Cincinnati Business Courier. “The key to survival … its leaders say, is the personal touch….

 

Obituary: Cellist Anner Bylsma, 85

Monday, 05 August 2019

“Anner Bylsma, who has died aged 85, was a Dutch cellist and a leading figure in the world of historically informed performance,” reads an unsigned Tuesday (7/30) obituary in the Daily Telegraph (U.K.)....

 

Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra’s U.S. tour cancelled, in wake of new visa rules

Monday, 05 August 2019

“The Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, popular with U.S. audiences, has been forced to cancel its Stateside tours because of new … hurdles the U.S. has imposed in obtaining a visa,” writes Susan Elliott in Friday’s (8/2) Musical America....

 

Fleming and Summers to become co-artistic directors of Aspen’s opera program

Monday, 05 August 2019

“It was as a young and, by her own description, ‘green’ opera student at the Aspen Music Festival and School in Colorado that the soprano Renée Fleming honed her art over several summers,” writes Michael Cooper in Sunday’s (8/4) New York Times....  

 

Mary Deissler to step down as Charlotte Symphony’s president

Monday, 05 August 2019

“Mary Deissler is leaving her post as the Charlotte Symphony’s president and CEO this summer after more than three years on the job, the organization announced in a press release on Tuesday,” reads an unsigned Wednesday (7/31) article in the Charlotte Observer (N.C.)....

 

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