The Philharmonie de Paris’s Architect Boycotted The Hall’s Grand Opening

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In an editorial in Le Monde, Jean Nouvel alleges that he has been sidelined and ignored, and that key decisions about the hall, made with no input from him, have compromised the building. “The contempt these last two years for architecture, for the architect’s craft … prevents me from expressing my agreement and satisfaction with attending the opening ceremony.”

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Sir Neville Marriner, Still Conducting At 90

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The birthday year of the founder of the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra “has been a big deal in the world of classical music, where the conductor is widely regarded as one of the most prolific, rigorous and amiable musicians of his time.” (By the way, he says audiences are “much more sophisticated nowadays.”)

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Shift: A Reimagined Spring For Music Festival Going To The Kennedy Center

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“Called “Shift: A Festival of American orchestras,” and initially scheduled for a three-year run starting in the spring of 2017, the festival is a continuation, or reimagining, of the Spring for Music festival that ran in New York from 2010 to 2014, which brought orchestras large and small to Carnegie Hall with innovative, unusual programs.”

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The Musician Making Money By Understanding Search Engines

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“I realized people will type weird stuff into search engines, and there’s not always songs for the stuff. If you search for ‘love’ on iTunes or Spotify, you’re going to get something like 15 million songs. If you search ‘monkey,’ you’re going to get fewer.” So Matt Farley decided to fill that gap.

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Writing A Singable English Version Of The World’s First Good Opera Wasn’t As Easy As It Sounded

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“The technical problems of making a singable version of an Italian opera can be stated very simply: you have to make English sentences fit music written for Italian ones. However, this is like trying to fit a set of spanners into a velvet box made for a dinner-service. It also means you have to flip the polarity of the whole language.”

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What Everyone Gets Wrong About (Classical Music) Minimalism

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“Despite the terrible moniker, and the scorn of modernists and traditionalists alike, minimalism is triumphant. You can hear the echo of its pounding beats, static harmonies and slowly shifting patterns everywhere in the wider world of music, from TV commercials to film scores to pop music.”

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John Luther Adams Wins $50K William Schuman Award

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“The Columbia University School of the Arts has announced that John Luther Adams is the newest recipient of the William Schuman Award, a major recognition given periodically over the past three decades. Named for its first recipient, the award, in the form of a direct, unrestricted grant of $50,000, is one of the largest given to an American composer.”

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Here’s Why The Same Old Music Sells Best

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“Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Medical University of Vienna, Austria, scientists found that the more popular a musical style grew, the more generic it became—partly due to the glut of artists that flock to a burgeoning sound and the drop-off in innovation that tends to accompany demand.”

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Study: How Musical Complexity Correlates With Popularity

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“We show that changes in the instrumentational complexity of a style are related to its number of sales and to the number of artists contributing to that style. As a style attracts a growing number of artists, its instrumentational variety usually increases. At the same time the instrumentational uniformity of a style decreases, i.e. a unique stylistic and increasingly complex expression pattern emerges. In contrast, album sales of a given style typically increase with decreasing instrumentational complexity.”

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How Data About The Music You’re Listening To Is Changing The Music Business

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“Concert promoters study Spotify listens to route tours through towns with the most fans, and some artists look for patterns in Pandora streaming to figure out which songs to play at each stop on a tour. In fact, all of our searching, streaming, downloading, and sharing is being used to answer the question the music industry has been asking for a century: What do people want to hear next?”

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The San Francisco Symphony Is Loving Its Chance To ‘Break Out’ Of The Big Concert Hall

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“It’s an informal party setting for ages 21 and older, with the audience seated on faux leather benches set up between two stages. A half dozen well-attended bars serve exotic drinks: Mad Monk (Dolin Dry Vermouth, Benedictine, St. George Absinthe, orange peel) and dubious snacks (truffle-scented popcorn).”

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What To Wear To Symphony Concerts: Actually Useful Advice For Newbies

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Sure, administrators and musicians so often say to wear whatever you’re comfortable in, we don’t mind, we’re just happy you’re here. But plenty of people who hear that just keep asking, because they don’t want to stand out or get dirty looks and they honestly don’t know what other people do. So Holly Mulcahy offers some practical help for those folks (and those of us who talk with them).

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Classical Music By The Numbers, 2014 Edition

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In 2014, we listed over 25,000 events cementing our position as the No.1 site for classical events. This enables us to see trends in concert halls worldwide. Who are the most performed composers? The busiest orchestras? The most popular operas?”

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Opera Australia Drops Two Critics From Press Tix List; Predictable Furor Ensues

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“In early December, Sydney Morning Herald classical music critic Harriet Cunningham was removed from OA’s list after [artistic director Lyndon] Terracini was, according to an OA publicist, ‘very offended’ by a piece she wrote in Crikey‘s arts website … And on Friday, OA took another well-respected critic off its complimentary tickets list – Stage Noise and former Bulletin arts editor, Diana Simmonds.”

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