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Straussian high days and holy days + MORE

Tussock time, as in leaping from one pleasure to another, truly began the Friday before last with the annual Europe Day Concert in St John's Smith Square and continued on Sunday and Monday at Glyndebourne. 150th birthday boy Richard Strauss was central to both: for the Rosenkavalier Study Day, obvio.... More »
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CLAUDIO ABBADO 1933-2014 + MORE

Tragic news from Italy this morning that Claudio Abbado has passed away. Here is the report in Il Post.Farewell, dear maestro. You were, I think, the most beloved of them all.Below, his official biography from DG. Here, a fantastic gallery of photographs across the decades, from Italy's Repubblica. .... More »
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Financial Times: 'Pumeza Matshikiza – Voice of Hope': Decca CD 'intermingles operatic arias and songs representing black African and American culture' + MORE

Pumeza: Voice of HopeDeccaPumeza Matshikiza has been featured on this blog several times.  On March 20, 2014 AfriClassical posted:Sergio A. Mims: Decca Classics: 'Voice of Hope' - The debut album from South African Soprano Pumeza MatshikizaHazel Singer of BlackPastBlog.org writes:Hello Bil.... More »
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Attorney General calls investigation into San Diego Opera + MORE

It’s the attorney general of the state of California and the question is whether public funds were properly handled during the period when the opera company was stumbling to near-closure. More here.  .... More »
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A Bach sermon on the mount + MORE

Any priest would be glad of the Utopian congregation - young and old, citizens of many nations and thence of the world - who attended Sir John Eliot Gardiner's Bach lecture in the courtyard of Montepulciano's Palazzo Ricci, home to the altruistic-sounding, Cologne-born European Academy of Music and .... More »

On the Air This Week

– minnesota.publicradio.org

Highlights from Oct. 29 to Nov. 5 Tuesday, 7:15 am: School Spotlight: Minnesota Youth Symphony. Tuesday, 5:30 pm: Music with Minnesotans: Music with Minnesotans: Twin Cities luthier John Waddell. Tuesday, 7:15 pm: Teacher Spotlight: School Spotlight: Minnesota Youth Symphony. Thursday,…

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Alameda-born soprano’s sore throat doesn’t spoil her appearance here in the early Wagner classic

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Karita Mattila: Power from Start to Finnish…

– jessicamusic.blogspot.com

Meet my latest interviewee: the astonishing Karita Mattila. “The Finnish Venus” needs no introduction except for this: (A short version of this interview appeared in The Independent on 26 October. Karita Mattila sings Marie in Berg’s Wozzeck at the Royal Opera House, opening 31 October.) Karita Mattila is not eight feet tall, but such is the force of her presence and her voice that she almost seems it…

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From Jeffrey Nytch: The entrepreneurial symphony

– www.artsjournal.com/sandow

From Jeffrey Nytch: The entrepreneurial symphonyFrom Greg
I’ve been in email touch with Jeff Nytch for a few years. We have a mutual close friend, and of course a shared interest in teaching entrepreneurship at music schools. Last spring, Jeff invited me to speak at the University of Colorado-Boulder, where he runs the music school’s entrepreneurship program…

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Classical music's popular and attractive new market‘A sort of art revolution seems to have been going on [in the Gulf States] in the last ten years. In 2005 the Abu Dhabi government opened the Emirates Palace concert hall in a 7-star hotel, then four years ago the Qatar Philharmonic gave its first concert in Doha (under the baton of Lorin Maazel, no less)…

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The German baritone displayed the magical quality that sets him apart, unearthing an indescribable sadness in Schumann’s ‘Dichterliebe’

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Famous Pianist Gets A New Job At The UN

– www.huffingtonpost.com

UNITED NATIONS — UNITED NATIONS (AP) — China’s superstar pianist Lang Lang has been selected to be a United Nations Messenger of Peace — a role h…
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NEW! Taking Opera to the People

– www.seenandheard-international.com

Study Day exploring the history of the travelling opera companies in the 19th Century, The Royal Academy of Music, London, 26.10.2013.  (RJW)   This one day conference was devoted to a neglected area of theatre history and in particular with reference to the companies devoted to touring opera…

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TT: Almanac

– www.artsjournal.com/aboutlastnight

“It is exciting to be considered a promising young composer, and I will try to honour this honour by also…

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One of the more endearingly paradoxical indications of compositional success is that interest gets piqued in music that even the composer had largely forgotten about. Unpublished works, unfinished works, juvenilia—when even that becomes fair game, you know you’ve (posthumously, usually) made it. The latest recordings from Florestan Recital Project pay that tribute to Samuel Barber (1910-1981).

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Pivotal London conductor dies

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Pivotal London conductor diesWe’ve been informed of the death of Leslie Head, founder of the Kensington Symphony Orchestra, an amateur ensemble made up mostly of music industry professionals. Leslie and the KSO have been instrumental in boosting many careers. Our sympathies to family and friends.  

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Leila’s Salonen violin sells for £156,000

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Leila’s Salonen violin sells for £156,000The violin with which Leila Josefowicz premiered Esa-Pekka Salonen’s concerto sold today in London for close to $300,000. Full details below: Sale Results:Musical Instruments Auction by Ingles & Hayday at Sotheby’s: 29 October 2013 GRAND TOTAL: £2,080,000 LOTS OFFERED: 140 TOP TEN RESULTS LOT PRICE ESTIMATES BUYER No…

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The Parsifal you have to see

– intermezzo.typepad.com

Booking has just opened for Parsifal at the Teatro Comunale Bologna next January. Romeo Castellucci's strange and unsettling production was first shown at La Monnaie in 2011.  It's truly like no other opera production I've ever seen. Tickets are going fast, so don't hang around…

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