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Wednesday 26 October 2016

4:03PM GMT (23 hours, 37 minutes ago)

National Symphony Orchestra executive director to step down - Washington Post

Rita Shapiro, the executive director of the National Symphony Orchestra for 15 years, is stepping down at the end of the calendar year, the orchestra has announced. The decision is said to be her own. “These last 15 years have been enormously ... | read article...

9:10AM GMT (1 day, 6 hours ago)

Semyon Bychkov: ‘In music, polygamy is not only allowed, it’s encouraged’

The great Russian conductor has just launched an epic Tchaikovsky project – in which he’s recording all of the iconic composer’s symphonies, and piano concertos. We spoke to him about growing up with Tchaikovsky, what it takes to be a conductor and why, musically speaking, he’s all about polygamy. | read article...

9:08AM GMT (1 day, 6 hours ago)

This musician had the *perfect* response to potential client who was offering NO payment for a concert

Musicians are often offered a bum deal when dealing with freelance work, but this member of a string quartet has come up with a zinger of a reply. | read article...

Tuesday 25 October 2016

9:34PM GMT (1 day, 18 hours ago)

2016 Shortlist unveiled for British Composer Awards

The 2016 shortlist, announced today, is made up of 38 per cent women composers (the highest numbers in the Awards' history), 20 per cent international composers and 50 per cent first-time nominees. | read article...

6:38PM GMT (1 day, 21 hours ago)

Philadelphia Orchestra dives in with a streaming music service

Launched Monday by the Philadelphia Orchestra, the website offers a sprinkling of concerts from current and past seasons, dating back to Yannick Nezet-Sequin's inaugural 2012-13 season as music director. Additional content includes concerts by former ... | read article...

4:36AM GMT (2 days, 11 hours ago)

Opera review wants government out of musicals -

The review, which made 118 recommendations, says Opera Australia shouldn't be stopped from putting on musicals, but that government funding should go to "non-commercial activities". The review panel was also concerned about the double whammy for Australian opera singers of a declining number of roles available and an increase in international artists. | read article...

Monday 24 October 2016

11:29PM GMT (2 days, 16 hours ago)

Montreal Symphony Orchestra acquires a rare octobass - CTV News

“For many years, we at the OSM have strived to present performances of great 19th century repertoire inspired by the perspectives offered by recent scholarly research,” wrote Maestro Kent Nagano, the orchestra’s music director, in a press release. “We eagerly await our chance to introduce this fascinating instrument to our public.” | read article...

7:23PM GMT (2 days, 20 hours ago)

After 'daunting' auditions, newest Seattle Symphony players make the cut - The Seattle Times

The SSO has a new second horn, Jenna Breen, from Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in Australia, and Matthew Decker, assistant principal timpani and section percussionist, from the North Carolina Symphony. | read article...

2:55AM GMT (3 days, 12 hours ago)

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra musicians, management plan to get back to bargaining table

Members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra were joined by people from Boston and Philadelphia's symphonies. Those concerts will continue as negotiations go on.Still no resolution in FWSO contract standoff... | read article...

Sunday 23 October 2016

11:03PM GMT (3 days, 16 hours ago)

Zakhar Bron attacks jury as Georgian wins the Wieniawski

Veriko Tchumburidze, a Georgian living in Turkey, won the Wieniawski Competition in Poznan last last night. | read article...

10:33PM GMT (3 days, 17 hours ago)

Tribute to an Overlooked Female Composer: Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel - New York Times

When Queen Victoria, praising Felix, told him which of his songs was her favorite, he confessed it was by Fanny but published under his name. | read article...

1:08PM GMT (4 days, 2 hours ago)

You've never heard opera like this

‘Silent’ production finds a stage outside Sydney Opera House... | read article...

3:57AM GMT (4 days, 11 hours ago)

Musicians' union hopes to come to an agreement with Orchestra soon

Managers of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra met with the union that represents its musicians today to try to come up with an agreement before the holidays. | read article...

Saturday 22 October 2016

2:15PM GMT (5 days, 1 hour ago)

Writers a poor third in arts funding behind orchestras, opera

The federal government's primary arts funding body has defended its support to Australian books and authors, after figures showing Australia Council literature... | read article...

Friday 21 October 2016

4:37PM GMT (5 days, 23 hours ago)

These are the 15 absolute greatest sopranos of all time

Cecilia Bartoli is the great adventurer of modern sopranos: a voice to die for, but coupled with absurd creative ambition and tremendous humour. | read article...

3:34PM GMT (6 days ago)

English National Opera names Martyn Brabbins as music director

Respected conductor takes over from Mark Wrigglesworth as company seeks stability after two years of cuts and crises... | read article...

1:38PM GMT (6 days, 2 hours ago)

A violinist's methodical search for creativity -

Now 36, a star of the violin world, returning to Washington for a concert at the Kennedy Center at the end of this month, Hahn is one of the most creative, illuminating violinists of our time... | read article...

3:04AM GMT (6 days, 12 hours ago)

German orchestra with 'democratic system' comes to Boston

Seeing what Reiner calls the “personal, human, and loving” approach Bavarian conductor Enoch zu Guttenberg brought to music, he and fellow violinist Josef Kröner invited him to lead this different kind of orchestra, which they founded together in 1997. | read article...

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