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Friday 23 June 2017

6:24AM GMT (3 hours, 23 minutes ago)

Omaha Symphony appoints new assistant conductor

Enrico Lopez-Yañez is the Omaha Symphony's new assistant conductor. He was promoted this week after serving as a conducting fellow for two seasons. | read article...

2:55AM GMT (6 hours, 52 minutes ago)

Opera Australia raids archives to auction costumes from the past 60 years

With a sense of nostalgia, Bronwyn Jones, wardrobe coordinator with Opera Australia, sweeps through racks of stage costumes, some dating back to the 1970s. Over the past six weeks, she has cracked open 52 storage crates... | read article...

Thursday 22 June 2017

9:33PM GMT (12 hours, 14 minutes ago)

"My heart breaks for Venezuela," says conductor Gustavo Dudamel

The political unrest rocking Venezuela daily is testing the support of many who have benefited from the country's socialist-oriented government -- including its musicians. | read article...

8:32PM GMT (13 hours, 15 minutes ago)

Allison Vulgamore Talks About Leaving the Philadelphia Orchestra

On Tuesday, June 20th, Allison Vulgamore announced she will be stepping down as President and CEO of the Philadelphia Orchestra when her contract expires in December, 2017. | read article...

5:19PM GMT (16 hours, 28 minutes ago)

How the Opera di Roma turned things around - The Economist (blog)

The Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari has also cancelled performances due to lack of funds, and in February the general manager of the Opera di Firenze resigned after trade unions refused his proposed pay cuts. | read article...

2:19PM GMT (19 hours, 27 minutes ago)

Musician thrown off Aer Lingus flight for attempting to stow her violin in the cabin

A violinist has alleged that she was removed from an Aer Lingus flight from Bristol to Dublin on Sunday when she attempted to slow her instrument in the overhead locker. | read article...

2:01PM GMT (19 hours, 46 minutes ago)

Mozart in Trump Tower, and the art of getting political onstage

Opera knows a little something about conflating Julius Caesar with an American president. It also knows a little something about Donald Trump. | read article...

1:35PM GMT (20 hours, 12 minutes ago)

Youth orchestra philharmonic to participate in first-ever tour

“This will be an exciting adventure for our Philharmonic members and a tremendous educational activity,” said Rudolph in a release. “I believe that this first-ever tour will put into place a regular schedule of similar trips for future years. | read article...

1:00PM GMT (20 hours, 46 minutes ago)

Alberta 150: The fullback, the opera singer and the geologist

In honour of Canada's sesquicentennial, the Calgary Herald, Calgary Sun, Edmonton Journal and Edmonton Sun are profiling 150 Albertans who helped shape our province and Canada. | read article...

12:00PM GMT (21 hours, 46 minutes ago)

The maestro is here: SLO Symphony hires New Zealand conductor Andrew Sewell after year-and-a-half search

"California," is the cheeky one-word answer New Zealand native and conductor David Sewell offers up when asked what drew him to seek out the job of San Luis Obispo Symphony musical director. | read article...

12:41AM GMT (1 day, 9 hours ago)

NEA Awards Orpheus Chamber Orchestra $40000 Art Works Grant

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra's 2018 Touring Project will engage audiences across the country in the orchestra's distinctive conductorless music-making. Partnering with such world-class guest soloists as André Watts, Truls Mørk, Tine Thing Helseth, | read article...

Wednesday 21 June 2017

6:03PM GMT (1 day, 15 hours ago)

Cellist makes emotional return to stage to raise money for Epilepsy Society

Sixteen years ago Anna made the difficult decision to give up her career as a full- time professional musician when her then six-year-old son William was diagnosed with epilepsy. | read article...

7:02AM GMT (2 days, 2 hours ago)

Can't sing, or won't sing? Why opera stars are so prone to pulling out

Backstage at Covent Garden, everyone is on tenterhooks. The great German tenor Jonas Kaufmann – perhaps opera's biggest box office draw – is preparing to make his long–awaited debut tonight in the supremely testing title role of Verdi's Otello. | read article...

Tuesday 20 June 2017

1:01PM GMT (2 days, 20 hours ago)

York plaque honour for John Barry, James Bond composer

A memorial plaque has been unveiled for composer John Barry, famous for his work on the James Bond films, Born Free and Out of Africa. Barry's renown will live on with a blue plaque outside his childhood home, now the York Pavilion Hotel in Fulford. | read article...

9:40AM GMT (3 days ago)

Watch Shostakovich playing his own Symphony No. 7

In this video from 1941, the legendary Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich talks about one of his most famous works, Symphony No. 7 (Leningrad), and plays a section on piano. | read article...

9:39AM GMT (3 days ago)

This choir confronted anti-Pride protesters in the best possible way – with a live performance

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington were on their way back to the hotel after performing at the Pride Festival in Knoxville Tennessee this weekend when they spotted protestors holding homophobic signs. They decided to stand up to them using the power of music. | read article...

9:31AM GMT (3 days ago)

Opera Holland Park staff member among the missing following the Grenfell Tower fire

The Kensington-based opera company today issued a statement saying one of its staff members was among those missing following the disaster... | read article...

9:00AM GMT (3 days ago)

Violinist Hilary Hahn performs music for babies

The violinist announced in March that she would give concerts for parents and babies, having identified a gap in the market following the birth of her first child – a daughter named Zelda – in 2015. | read article...

Monday 19 June 2017

7:03PM GMT (3 days, 14 hours ago)

Leonidas Kavakos acquires 1734 'Willemotte' Stradivarius violin

'My very first acquaintance with the “Willemotte took place back in 1994 in NYC, during the wonderful exhibit of Guarneri “del Gesù” violins at the Metropolitan museum,' said Kavakos. 'I asked whether I could play a few notes on it. | read article...

2:43PM GMT (3 days, 19 hours ago)

Historic violin lent by Oxford University to Syrian refugee

They can be used by academics, students and researchers, but for the first time an instrument from the collection is going to be lent to a young aspiring refugee musician. | read article...

10:07AM GMT (3 days, 23 hours ago)

How a composer cut an hour from his best opera — and made it better

“Kill your darlings,” Tchaikovsky is supposed to have said. Sometimes an artist has to cut out favorite parts of a work in order to make it succeed. | read article...

Sunday 18 June 2017

10:06PM GMT (4 days, 11 hours ago)

Catriona Morison wins BBC Cardiff Singer of the World

Mezzo soprano Catriona Morison has been crowned the winner of this year's BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition. The 31-year-old from Scotland was the judge's wildcard... | read article...

Saturday 17 June 2017

8:49PM GMT (5 days, 12 hours ago)

Someone has just SMASHED the world record for the most piano notes played in a minute

Domingos-Antonio Gomes hit the piano keys a staggering 824 times in one minute. | read article...

8:48PM GMT (5 days, 12 hours ago)

'I don’t think we can make political points with music' – Vladimir Ashkenazy

Vladimir Ashkenazy is a legend of classical music. He first shot to fame when he won the Tchaikovsky Piano Competition and he’s since performed and recorded with all the major orchestras, in concert halls around the world. We asked him to share some pearls of wisdom from that incredible career. | read article...

8:47PM GMT (5 days, 13 hours ago)

Sir Mark Elder, Sarah Connolly, Chi-chi Nwanoku and Gerald Finley recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Stars of the classical music world have been recognised in the annual Queen’s Birthday Honours list, alongside J.K Rowling, Billy Connolly and Ed Sheeran. | read article...

9:42AM GMT (6 days ago)

Tributes to maestro behind Hong Kong's first professional orchestra

In 1969 Lim was named music director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic and arranged a performance of Verdi's opera La Traviata – the first step in preparations for it to become a professional orchestra in 1974. | read article...

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