The song cycle “let me tell you” by Danish composer Hans Abrahamsen has earned the 2016 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition, according to the University of Louisville, which distributes the prize each year. The prize includes $100,000.
On Tuesday, Nielsen Music said that in just four days the British singer broke the record previously set by ‘N Sync in 2000. The boy band’s “No Strings Attached” sold 2.416 million albums in its first week.
“The result was less a purely musical work than a sprawling, ceremonial communion. As an exercise in sincere civic engagement and community building, the project was unimpeachable.”
“The symphony ended the 2014-15 season with a small surplus of $135,781, its second in a row, on total operating expenses of $27,952,748. This positive report follows earlier surpluses reported for the National Ballet of Canada, the Canadian Opera Company and Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra.”
“Anything we’re doing outside the opera house is to engage a different audience. It’s not about bringing this audience we have out into the community.”
“No longer do composers require the endorsement of a large corporation to get their music recorded and released as they did 50 years ago; as a result, the diversity and quality of the recordings that listeners have at their fingertips has never been greater.”
“The slip in attendance is worrisome. Philanthropy tends to spring most naturally from active listeners, and the downtick produced a drop in revenue. ‘We had a shortfall of $3 million in our ticket sales and in our recurring contributions,’ orchestra spokeswoman Katherine Blodgett said.”
“He began to busk at the Place de Clichy metro station, making what money he could from music. At first, he sang unaccompanied, learning to project his voice down the corridors and carriages. Within six months, he had scraped enough cash together to move into a hostel. There, he taught himself guitar, piano and drums, slowly finding his calling as a musician.”
June Millington: “‘We were good, and we got better and better,’ she said. ‘So essentially [our message was] f*** you. But f*** you with a smile on our face because we want you to buy our records!'”
“With debate continuing to rage over the acceptance of Syrian refugees, the gender wage gap, police brutality, and the U.S. response to ISIS, there may be only one person who can bring generations of family members together: Adele.”
“Adele’s highly-anticipated third album, 25, has a shot at breaking the all-time single-week sales record. Just to be clear: An album from 2015, a year where album sales are in the toilet and the industry is still freaking out about how to make streaming work as a viable business model, could be the fastest-selling record ever.”
“The switch to buying and listening to music in digital rather than physical form has dented revenues, and not just because of piracy – file-sharing that infringes copyright.”
Tod Machover’s original musical composition, which he created with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, is a blend of melodies played by traditional orchestral instruments combined with everyday Detroit sounds collected, digitized and translated into music via software developed by Machover and his team at MIT’s Media Lab.
“The intrinsic power of music to facilitate reflection and reinterpretation of life experiences makes creating Landscape Music a compelling approach to improving and deepening our connection to nature—a goal which is more important now than ever.”
“Almost half the 2,500-strong audience at [London’s] Royal Festival Hall had walked out by the time [the singer], 59, was finally coaxed into taking the stage by fellow band members on Sunday.
“When she finally came on stage, she looked unsteady on her feet, her face half hidden by her right arm. She delivered a somewhat perfunctory version of ‘Don’t Explain,’ before berating some members of the audience for using their cellphones. And she didn’t explain.”
Currently the deputy artistic director of Theater an der Wien in Vienna, Sebastian Schwarz will take up his role in May 2016, becoming the the seventh general director in the opera company’s 81-year history.
“No back-up plan has been submitted and no investor has expressed concrete interest during the observation period, which made the receivership inevitable.” But since that period ended in September, the company says, there has been “substantial interest in taking over Qobuz in its current form.”
The organisation found ENO had made “good progress” in in improving its operation, but has “further work to do” to ensure future sustainability.
“Users interested only in iTunes’ media management features—people with terabytes of MP3s who want a solid app to catalog and organize their libraries—feel abandoned as Apple moves away from local file storage in favor of cloud-based services.”
“We gained a lot when albums went fully digital, but we also lost a bunch of stuff along the way. Among the things we lost: Record sleeves, media towers, and Tower Records. We have digital equivalents of all these things, so it’s not like we necessarily miss them. But perhaps the one thing we lost that we’ll never get back is the hidden track. It was one of the few things about an album that couldn’t easily be converted to MP3 or Spotify.”
“Over three years after her most-recent upload, Adele released the video for her new single “Hello” in the early hours of Friday morning (approximately 12amPT). Within 48 hours, it had been viewed 50 million times, making it the biggest debut of any video on YouTube in 2015 and one of the most-watched music video debuts of all time.”
“In 2002, she joined the New York Philharmonic as an assistant conductor, eventually becoming and associate conductor and the first holder of the Arturo Toscanini Chair. She’s also served as the music director of the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, which included a televised debut at the BBC Proms.”
“Inserts with the anthem’s lyrics were placed into the programs, and members of the audience rose to their feet, and some sang along, as the Met’s chorus, principal singers and some members of the company’s staff gathered together on stage and sang ‘La Marseillaise,’ with the Act I set of the church of Sant’Andrea della Valle in the background.”
“Martello described the scene as shocking and said there was blood on his piano from the previous night’s attack at the concert hall. ‘I got to the end of playing Imagine and just couldn’t carry on,’ he said. ‘Even if I wanted to it was just too emotional.'”
“Take off all your awards. Go on the stage naked. Or your pajamas. And go out there and do what you can do to inspire something greater than yourself.”
“The design of the 700-seat theatre is based on one of the most celebrated opera houses in the world, La Scala in Milan, which opened in the 18 century. It will feature four tiers of balconies above the stalls, according to plans seen by the Times.”
“The theatre in Milan had been due to present Kenneth MacMillan’s “Manon”, the tragic tale of an avaricious courtesan, but one union decided to walk out, leaving the theatre without enough staff to secure the stage for the dancers.”
“According to recently published research, third- and fourth-graders in Canada who initially scored low in sympathy and helpfulness developed those qualities at above-average rates if they took group music lessons for a full school year.”
Tension is building as Thierry Fischer’s baton deftly draws his orchestra into Mahler’s Symphony No. 1. But the musical tension is nothing compared to the human drama being played out behind the scenes.