Russian Wins Tchaikovsky Piano Competition


“Russian Dmitry Masleyev on Wednesday won first prize for the piano at the prestigious Tchaikovsky international music competition in Moscow.”

Are The Arts Dying Because Of Indifference?


“For while the fine arts can survive a hostile or ignorant public, or even a fanatically prudish one, they cannot long survive an indifferent one. And that is the nature of the present Western response to art, visual and otherwise: indifference.”

Book Subscription Service Stops Offering Romance And Erotica Titles Because Its Readers Read Them Too Much


“Scribd appears to have slightly underestimated just how much can be consumed at their all-you-can-eat literary buffet – especially by fans of romance. Because Scribd has to pay the authors of the books they make available on their site, it is now shelling out more money than it can make back in subscriptions, thanks to the voracious appetites of romance and erotica readers.”

The 12 Most Controversial Opera Productions


Opera has never been a stranger to controversy. It’s part of its allure. Here are twelve opera productions that shocked…

Is It Time To get Rid Of Computers In Education?

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“If we want schools to be democratizing, then we need to stop and consider how computers are likely to entrench the very opposite. Unless we stop them.”

Most Expensive West End Theatre Ticket Tops £200 (A Complete List Of Ticket Prices)


“Top price seats for The Book of Mormon have reached a record-high of £202.25. This is an increase of a third on last year’s most expensive seat in the survey, which came in at £152.25 and was also The Book of Mormon.”

The Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto We All Know And Love? Turns Out It’s Not The Version The Composer Intended


“You can hear the differences immediately. Those massive chords we’re all so used to at the start of the piano part? They’re supposed to be arpeggiated as lyrical, harp-like consecrations of the harmony, not bashed out like military hammer-blows, and they were marked to be played at a lower dynamic than they are in the Siloti version, and they’re also an octave lower.”

Remembering Gunther Schuller


“Although he coined the expression “third stream” in the late 1950s as a suitable epithet for his own amalgam of classical and jazz forms, his music was technically complex and demanding. Hence it never secured a wide and sympathetic audience in his lifetime.”

How Your Personality Affects Your Creativity


Researchers “found that focused attention generally decreased people’s creative performance, but focused individuals still did better than mind-wanderers when both personality types tried to solve problems analytically.”

Why Does The Work Of Great Artists Get Destroyed?


The motivation for destroying an artist’s work is often shadowy, and always riven with questions of ownership.

There’s Almost Never A Good Reason To Include A Rape Scene In Art


“Because rape is widely acknowledged as a Very Serious Topic, there’s also a tendency to treat rape scenes as a means to be edgy or shocking. You know, as a way of creating really serious, mature content. Most of the time, however, this approach radiates nothing so much as ignorance and immaturity.”

Why Do Songwriters Use The Same Titles Over And Over Again?


Copyright law doesn’t stop songwriters picking song titles that have already been used, unless that title has acquired a “secondary meaning”. So, if you decided to publish a song called “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”, a court would probably rule that you were trying to cause deliberate confusion.

James Patterson Gives Money For Books To 127 Schools


“In March, Patterson invited librarians, teachers and principals to apply for $1,000 to $10,000 grants. Scholastic Reading Club, a division of children’s publisher Scholastic, pledged to match each grant with bonus points that can be used for books and classroom materials. More than 28,000 applications came pouring in.”

Misty Copland Talks About Being Promoted To Principal At ABT


Ms. Copeland said she had been pleased to see more racially diverse audiences turn out at some of her performances in the past year. “From the day that I met my manager, Gilda Squire, she asked me, ‘What do you want to do?’ ” she recalled. “And I said, besides continue dancing at A.B.T., I want to bring more people to ballet, I want to see more people that look like me on the stage, in the school, and in the audience — on the board.”

The Day Columbia Records Dumped Four Of The Jazz Greats


“There are different versions of how Ornette Coleman, Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett, and Charles Mingus were let go by Columbia, over the years tending to crystallize in a single-day narrative that’s sometimes been referred to as “Bad Day at Black Rock,” a nickname for Columbia’s midtown Manhattan headquarters that also evoked a noir film of the 1950s.”

Netflix Isn’t Trying To Change TV, It’s Thinking Post-TV


“That all-at-once drop of House of Cards, for example, illustrates part of what Netflix has that television doesn’t. “It was not meant to be the template” for how Netflix would release shows, Sarandos said. “It was just, Let’s see how people watch it.” They had the flexibility to try something that would never work on TV, and the data to see immediately how users responded.”

A Havana Biennial Of Change And What Art Can Still Do


“There is much we can learn from the 12th Havana Biennial — a performed, dematerialized show — about what art can be, where it can exist and who it is for. From Tania Bruguera’s performance, we are learning what art can do — risky, truth-revealing things — for artist and audience alike. It may well be that her performance, end not in sight, is the one for which this biennial will be remembered.”

The World’s First “Metaphor Map”


“Over the past 30 years, it has become clear that metaphor is not simply a literary phenomenon; metaphorical thinking underlies the way we make sense of the world conceptually. It governs how we think and how we talk about our day-to-day lives.”

The New Helsinki Guggenheim – Where’s The Sizzle?


“It is extraordinary that a design that triumphed over 1,700 competitors should turn out to be rather ordinary. It is respectful, yet teases out no identity unique to Helsinki. The design considers no new way to look at art that would make it a must-visit. (The Guggenheim Bilbao transformed yet belongs.) It does not look like a gaudy franchise of a global brand bent on commodifying culture, as opponents feared it would, but neither does it look essential.”

What Tech Startups Can Learn From The Art Market


“The art of the startup and the business of art are flip sides of the same creative process. The Gagosian Gallery and Kleiner Perkins use the same method to spin creativity and value out of manmade volatility. The goals of this volatility are twofold: primarily to create disruptive innovation that generates the unique, the original, and the most valuable; and next to raise the price paid for the new value, whether it is a Monet or an Airbnb IPO.”

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A 60-Year-Old Infographic That Explains Disney’s Strategy Today


“Today, the network is larger, there are more platforms, and the path to success can get awfully messy, but the basic strategy is the same. Instead of following the model of other studios—releasing many films and hoping for a blockbuster—Disney is select. It releases about 10 films annually and builds out the franchising and revenue-generating opportunities that come with the territory.”

Authors React To Amazon’s Plan To Pay By The Numbers

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“A look at the numbers, though, recalls the joke that the difference between a writer and a pizza is that a pizza can feed a family. The average payout barely cracks $1 a book. Only the first reading of a page counts. Books that are reread, on this scheme, are of no greater value. And the unread novel, which has been an important part of the publishing industry if not literature, will be worthless.”

The New Concert Companion Is An App


“Before the music begins, app users can read background information about the piece. When the music starts, a sequence of brief annotations begins, cued by an operator in the hall who follows the musical score. The annotations alert listeners to when an important theme in the work is coming up, for example, or describe important subtexts to the music.”

How Video Game Music Has Changed Our Pop Music


“We are accustomed to thinking about pop music in terms of its most familiar metadata: songs and albums, scenes and artists. But what about all the other, seemingly incidental music that gets lodged in our heads, from commercial jingles to sitcom soundtracks? Could it be that the largely unknown Kondo, Nintendo’s first dedicated sound designer, was one of the great innovative forces of our time?”

Canadian Government Okays Sale Of Cirque Du Soleil To US, Chinese Investors


“Industry Minister James Moore said Tuesday the application to acquire the famed circus troupe was deemed an overall economic benefit for Canada. The buyers have committed to maintain the Cirque’s strategic decision-making and creative and artistic development at its Montreal headquarters.”

Talent Spotting: Which Would You Trust, The Data Or The Hunch?

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“The gift for talent-spotting is mysterious, highly prized and celebrated. We like to believe that certain people—sometimes ourselves—can just sense when a person has something special. But there is another method of spotting talent which doesn’t rely on hunches. In place of intuition, it offers data and analysis. Rather than relying on the gut, it invites us to use our heads. It tends not to make for such romantic stories, but it is effective—which is why, despite our affection, the hunch is everywhere in retreat.”

Readers Versus Critics, Round 497: The New Fifty Shades Of ‘Grey’ Book


“Readers, as their buying patterns have suggested for some years, do not need a critical imprimatur to select their next read.”

China’s Movie Box Office Up 50% In First Half Of 2015


“About $3.3 billion in tickets were sold in the first six months of the year, according to figures from film industry consulting firm Artisan Gateway. That’s a leap of 48.9% over the first half of 2014. Imported films accounted for 52.5% of ticket sales.”