Stéphane Denève is appointed chief conductor of the Brussels Philharmonic + MORE

 

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Simon Rattle LSO Turnage Mahler Barbican + MORE

This was no "ordinary" event! When Simon Rattle conducted the London Symphony Orchestra in Mark-Anthony Turnage and Mahler at the Barbican, a statement was being made, of much wider significance than the concert itself.  Consider the context.  Though he formally becomes the LSO's Music Dir.... More »
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A Brief Introduction to Daron Hagen and Paul Muldoon’s Frank Lloyd Wright Opera “Shining Brow’ + MORE

Here’ a cheerful Monday treat,  ECS Publishing has made available for the 150th year of Frank Lloyd Wright a four-minute introduction to Daron Hagen and Paul Muldoon’s Frank Lloyd Wright opera Shining Brow.    The opera concerns events that occured between 1903 and 1914 during the gr.... More »
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The Flying Tenor + MORE

Says a cast change announcement from the Met:AJ Glueckert will make his Met debut as Erik in Wagner’s Der Fliegende Holländer and will sing the role in the first four performances of the opera at the Met this season on April 25, 29matinee, May 4, and 8. The American tenor repl.... More »
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Classical Music News - Cristina Deutekom + MORE

Dutch coloratura soprano Cristina Deutekom died in August 2014, aged eighty-two.... More »
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Cast Change of the Silver Rose + MORE

From the Met (and no, it's not her):Kathleen Kim will sing Sophie in Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier at the April 28 and May 1 performances, replacing the originally announced Erin Morley. Morley will sing the role as scheduled on April 17, 21, 24, May 5, 9, and 13 matinee.Those two performance are sm.... More »
With the San Francisco Symphony’s semi-staged production of Benjamin Britten’s opera ‘Peter Grimes,’ the celebration of the composer’s centennial reaches a zenith. As Peter Grimes, the abused and abusive fisherman, tenor Stuart Skelton gives a memorable performance, showing the dissolution of this tangled character…

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Hero of the week: Soprano stands out against racist partyThe operatic soprano Malena Ernman has boldly shed professional neutrality and launched a stinging attack on the anti-immigrant Sweden Democrat party, which she calls neo-fascist.
Malena, who is about to sing Handel’s Xerxes, says that she saw while living in Switzerland how racism and Islamophobia has become the norm in many countries across Europe…

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Jeff Beal is a giant of today's film composing world. Though he's not a household name, he's been a major contributor to the "new golden age of television"; he's been a prolific and valued movie composer as well.

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A little night music — under the stars, surrounded by trees and performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra — is made to order for summer nights. The second annual June Summer Concert Mini-Series takes place June 26, 27 and 28 at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle…

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Alex Ross Couldn’t Be More Right (again)

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Alex Ross Couldn’t Be More Right (again)

The 6/25/2014 edition of The New Yorker published an article by Alex Ross which examines the Metropolitan Opera’s (Met) ongoing “Klinghoffer” saga. Ross adds yet one more prominent voice of reason to the growing chorus of negative feedback surrounding the Met’s series of executive decisions that produced their decision to cancel the opera’s broadcasts…

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Stéphane Denève has landed two prestigious appointments: as chief conductor of the Brussels Philharmonic and as the inaugural director of the Centre for Future Orchestral Repertoire (Cffor), a research institution dedicated to discovering the music of the current century…

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Breaking: Zubin Mehta quits Valencia

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Breaking: Zubin Mehta quits ValenciaHe told a press conference today that he can’t live with government cuts at the Palau de les Arts, where he has conducted since 2005.
Subsidy has fallen from 1.4 million Euros in 2011 to 400,000 this year. The number of musicians in the orchestra has dropped from 96 to 57.
 

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Further Shameless Self-Promotion

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Further Shameless Self-PromotionI’m delighted to announce that a new disc of premieres by the late Peter Lieberson, with liner notes by yours truly, has just been released on Bridge Records. Including performances by pianist Steven Beck, violist Roberto Díaz, and the Odense Symphony Orchestra conducted by Scott Yoo, these are first rate performances of some really worthy music…

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All in all, Pew awarded 12 Fellows (including three musicians), 35 Project Grants (seven of which are music-related) and two Advancement Grants. Recipients include Michael Djupstrom, Mary Lattimore, the Liberian Women’s Chorus for Change, The Crossing, PRISM Quartet, and Opera Philadelphia.

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Paul D. Miller (a.k.a. D.J. Spooky, That Subliminal Kid) is among 14 recipients of the National Geographic Society’s 2014 Emerging Explorer Awards. The only composer among this group of awardees (who will each receive a $10,000 award to aid further research and exploration), Miller was chosen because his work raises awareness about climate change, sustainability, global culture, and the role of technology in society.

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An Orchestra of Little Hands and Big DreamsYoung musicians from disadvantaged backgrounds will show off their skills on Saturday at the United Palace Theater in Washington Heights, Manhattan.

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Composer Casualties

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I’m kind of fascinated by the First World War, which I think of as a catastrophe unparalleled for its combination of massive scale and utter pointlessness. I particularly recommend Adam Hochschild’s book To End All Wars, one of the most fascinating history books I’ve ever read; and Stanley Kubrick’s Paths of Glory is a film I […]

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No viola jokes, please! The Minnesota Orchestra has a new violist. Gareth Zehngut spoke with Steve Staruch about the stress of the audition process, and how he chose the "humble, yet dark-sounding" viola.

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