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Monday 24 April 2017

2:17PM GMT (3 hours, 44 minutes ago)

This accordionist plays the Tetris theme for 10 levels and it's really stressful

YouTuber Les covers de Persiflette (also known as Thibaut Trosset) has got some serious Tetris tekkers.

classicfm.com | read article...

2:12PM GMT (3 hours, 49 minutes ago)

Sir Mark Elder: 'People need to shout from the rooftops, "This is a great musical nation!"'

We chatted to Sir Mark Elder about the importance of music in today's society, and he told us how conducting is like marinading...

classicfm.com | read article...

2:10PM GMT (3 hours, 51 minutes ago)

This £8.7m concert hall has a stage that MOVES

The Stoller Hall, situated within Chetham's School of Music in Manchester's Medieval Quarter, is a brand-new venue providing space for recitals, chamber and orchestral music, jazz, folk, pop and spoken word as well as recordings, conferences and rehearsals.

classicfm.com | read article...

9:41AM GMT (8 hours, 20 minutes ago)

She Was the Orchestra's Only Black Musician, Until She Formed Her Own

“I plan to be involved in Chineke until Chineke becomes unnecessary because eventually the aim will be for diversity to be the norm in classical music.”

nytimes.com | read article...

Sunday 23 April 2017

4:01AM GMT (1 day, 14 hours ago)

Engineers made a robotic arm for this girl to play the violin

A 10-year-old girl born with no left hand is playing the violin, thanks to a specially designed prosthetic built by undergraduates at George Mason University.

nypost.com | read article...

12:03AM GMT (1 day, 17 hours ago)

Opera Holland Park to become the first entirely independent company

Holland Park's 2017 summer season, from June 1 to July 29, is the first to be entirely planned and programmed as an independent company.

express.co.uk | read article...

Friday 21 April 2017

7:01AM GMT (3 days, 11 hours ago)

US composer John Adams: 'People who call me anti-Semitic are a disgrace'

John Adams has been at the vanguard of American minimalism for 40 years, his name uttered in the same breath as such other pioneers as Steve Reich and Philip Glass. The minimalist label, however, is not always helpful...

telegraph.co.uk | read article...

3:46AM GMT (3 days, 14 hours ago)

Why a one-handed violinist refuses to let his disability stand in the way of his dreams

Classical music is trying to survive by being faster and more technically brilliant, but that’s not the way it’s going to continue. When Beethoven wrote the Ninth Symphony, I don’t think it was played flawlessly. People’s technique wasn’t as good, yet classical music was far more relevant and popular than it is now. It’s important to embrace how we have evolved, in terms of better and better technique, and not lose sight of our humanity.

scmp.com | read article...

1:00AM GMT (3 days, 17 hours ago)

Austin Symphony earns raves and $1 million gift - austin360 (blog)

It came in the form of a bequest from patron Ronald C. Jernigan to kickstart the group's Moto Perpetuo Society, a club established for those who plan gifts to the symphony's endowment $100,000 or more. Ronald C Jernigan.

arts.blog.austin360.com | read article...

Thursday 20 April 2017

8:54PM GMT (3 days, 21 hours ago)

For the Vancouver Opera Festival, the drama is offstage - paywall

Gaynor was exactly three months away from launching a brand new opera festival in Vancouver when she fell from her beloved horse Gin Fizz de St. Germain. She had brought him over from Switzerland when she left the Verbier Festival...

theglobeandmail.com | read article...

3:20PM GMT (4 days, 2 hours ago)

Shropshire piano gold coin hoard declared treasure

The largest hoard of gold sovereigns in Britain, found hidden in an old piano, has been declared treasure. The hoard consists of 913 gold sovereigns and half sovereigns dating from 1847 to 1915...

bbc.co.uk | read article...

3:18PM GMT (4 days, 2 hours ago)

Harry Potter is coming to the Proms

Other highlights in this year's programme include:

bbc.co.uk | read article...

11:45AM GMT (4 days, 6 hours ago)

Ousted Fort Worth Opera leader looks ahead to next act

Before he was fired two months ago, Darren K. Woods had been the face and voice of leadership as the company's general director for 16 years.

star-telegram.com | read article...

5:08AM GMT (4 days, 12 hours ago)

Cattle farmers growing young opera singers

Hugh and Jane Fraser’s move from selling knitwear to running an opera company may seem lateral to some.

yasstribune.com.au | read article...

Wednesday 19 April 2017

8:03PM GMT (4 days, 21 hours ago)

Canada Turns 150, but a Silent Chorus Isn't Celebrating

It sounds like an oxymoron: a silent opera chorus. But reviving an opera that delves into Canada’s charged relationship with its indigenous population as the nation celebrates its 150th anniversary may call for an unorthodox approach.

nytimes.com | read article...

1:07PM GMT (5 days, 4 hours ago)

Batiashvili: „Ich habe Sorge um Europa“

Die Geigerin Lisa Batiashvili spricht im Interview über Integration, die Arbeit mit Putin-Freund Gergiev und die politische Wirkung von Musik.

merkur.de | read article...

1:02PM GMT (5 days, 4 hours ago)

‘The video game industry is a hard industry to be in as a woman – let’s claim our space and stop apologising’ – Jessica Curry

The weekend Jessica Curry launches High Score, a brand new video game music show on Classic FM. We spoke to her ahead of her first programme about the challenges she’s faced as a woman in the industry and whether there’s still snobbery around video game music...

classicfm.com | read article...

12:20PM GMT (5 days, 5 hours ago)

Saxophone-playing driver arrested for rehearsing on the highway

The police arrested a 49-year-old man on the A7 between Drachten and Groningen on Tuesday afternoon for playing his saxophone behind the wheel.

nltimes.nl | read article...

11:25AM GMT (5 days, 6 hours ago)

Chetham's new head says music school is in 'exceptional health'

It is the biggest specialist music school in the UK, producing more winners of the BBC’s Young Musician of the Year competition than its rivals, and boasting a medieval library where Friedrich Engels and Karl Marx once studied. But when Alun Jones took over as head of Chetham’s school of music in Manchester last year he inherited an institution with a troubled reputation.

theguardian.com | read article...

6:03AM GMT (5 days, 11 hours ago)

A year after the Composing the Island outcry, women composers barely register

The Composing the Island outcry was about the representation of women composers, not women conductors.

irishtimes.com | read article...

Tuesday 18 April 2017

11:02PM GMT (5 days, 18 hours ago)

A little girl, the conductor, and a magic wand

While conducting the Ulster Orchestra in Ireland, the Buffalo Philharmonic orchestra's music director, JoAnn Falletta made a connection with a young autistic girl in the audience.

wgrz.com | read article...

11:10AM GMT (6 days, 6 hours ago)

When Classical Meets Technology - Opera de Rouen & Newzik App

On September 15th 2016, Opera de Rouen musicians performed the first global classical performance replacing their paper sheet music with digital scores using the Newzik app on iPad Pro.

youtube.com | read article...

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