“Now we know that there is something anatomically different about them.” Their ability to keep time gives them an intuitive understanding of the rhythmic patterns they perceive all around them.
“Have I mentioned that one thing a critic learns, over time, is that there is not a single Right Way to hear music? … And that brings us to the slippery notion of taste. No matter what critics may assert, taste is both individual and fluid. Yes, there are rules and standards separating the tasteful from the crude, and in theory, there are absolutes and boundaries that shouldn’t be crossed. But if you listen long enough, you’ll hear a good many of them crossed after all.”
“The Los Angeles Philharmonic has launched a virtual reality project in which people don VR goggles and Samsung headsets that give them a 3-D, 360-degree experience of four minutes of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, performed by the orchestra at Walt Disney Concert Hall. The VR goggles and other equipment were put aboard a bus, dubbed Van Beethoven, and sent out to tour the county through October.”
Says the company’s director, Dominique Meyer: “No, during my second term there will be no music director” to succeed Franz Welser-Möst. (in German; Google-translated version here)
” Lost in Thought is an opera, but its plot is simpler than The Marriage of Figaro. The card reads: ‘Sit. Walk. Sit. Eat. Wash up. Sit Rest. Waking up. Sit. Play. Walk. Chant. Sit. Breaking the silence.’ It is suggested we meditate in the next four hours on what it is to sit, what it is to walk, what it is to eat.”
“Until now, the French haven’t really done galas in the focused way of American organizations. In a largely state-subsidized cultural system, fund-raising has not been an imperative and the cultivation of a circle of patrons has been discreet and elite.”
Mark Wigglesworth: “If you get the work right and you get your promoting of it right, then filling this building shouldn’t be a problem, but I completely agree that we have lost our way a little bit — in terms of people coming, frankly. You can’t deny that the work [at ENO] is good and you can’t deny that the box office has become more challenging. And that’s not a price worth paying.”
“That was the real issue for us, like 1 million streams equals $90. For a song like ‘All About That Bass,’ that I wrote, which had 178 million streams. I mean $5,679? That’s my share. That’s as big a song as a songwriter can have in their career and No. 1 in 78 countries. But you’re making $5,600. How do you feed your family?”
“These cuts mark the latest acknowledgment that readers have shifted online (and, more recently) to the mobile space as ad revenue has fallen. And the new landscape affects not only those soon-to-be-out-of-work journalists, but also touring bands that rely on local coverage to boost ticket sales.”
Kelly Tweeddale, who has been the executive director of Seattle Opera for the past 13 years, takes over her new role on Nov. 16, the orchestra announced Thursday.
“The largest – and until recently, only – orchestra in Central Africa has played on three continents, to standing ovations, and graced some of the philharmonic world’s most prestigious stages in recent years. But at home, it remains a modest affair. The first trumpeter still spends his days working construction sites. The double bass player is a nurse, and the tubist a pharmacist. One violinist, who is also the repairman tasked with mending instruments warped by the Congolese humidity, runs a small shop across the street, selling eggs and toothpaste.”
“The most gifted German conductor for half a century is a hero in his own country and a shadow abroad. He has no artistic relationships beyond the German-speaking Heimatland and he is very seldom seen in London, Paris or New York. If Christian Thielemann is an important conductor, and he certainly is, the world ought to be hammering at his door. It isn’t. And therein lies a tale.”
“At holiday time, some classes may perform a rousing rendition of Santa Claus is Coming to Town or White Christmas. Unfortunately, both remain copyrighted and out of the public domain, according to the Public Domain Information Project, a site where users can search for royalty-free songs.”
In a stunning reversal of decades of copyright claims, the judge ruled that Warner/Chappell never had the right to charge for the use of the “Happy Birthday To You” song. Warner had been enforcing a copyright since 1988, when it bought Birch Tree Group, the successor to Clayton F. Summy Co., which claimed the original disputed copyright.
Milton Masciadri has reported that “after I checked the instrument it went to TSA [Transportation Security Administration] for inspection but when it arrived in Arkansas they had failed to put back on the security belts that the trunk has inside. The airline had no reason to open the trunk so its obvious that TSA was the one [responsible].”
Normally, a fiberglass travel case is almost indestructible. One possibility that the airline suggested was that the case had fallen out of a baggage cart or fork lift and had been run over.
“After ten years of post-Katrina concerts in other venues, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra returns to the Orpheum Theater in New Orleans’ Central Business District to open its 2015-16 concert season. Farrar Hudkins talks with Mary von Kurnatowski, one of the Orpheum’s new owners, and longtime LPO musicians Patti Adams and Jim Atwood, to give us the story of this historic homecoming.” (audio)
Matthew Shilvock, “educated at Oxford (music) and Amherst (arts administration), came from Houston Grand Opera with Gockley in 2005, and has acted as a senior executive in all aspects of company operations, production, financial stability, and strategic development. He has had a prominent role in labor relations, negotiating with AFM and AGMA unions, with responsibility for contract maintenance.”
Digital downloads of songs continued to fall out of favour in the first half of the year, while free and paid music-streaming revenue kept growing, even without much of a bump from the launch of Apple Music.
As the asymmetrical groove of the “Ritual of the Rival Tribes” chugged into motion, men in their 20s and 30s began to bob their heads. Soon, movements grew more demonstrative (aided by a couple of professionals planted in the crowd). In the amorphous sections of “The Sacrifice” a few couples gamely tried to slow dance. The violent “Glorification of the Chosen One” briefly spawned a hardcore-style mosh pit in the increasingly steamy hall.
“The Mikado poses special problems: it has some of the most beautiful music and wittiest lyrics of any Gilbert and Sullivan work, but its use of a fictional Japanese setting to satirize British culture presents staging challenges if it is not to come off as a jumble of ugly caricatures and stereotypes. A production last year in Seattle was criticized as ‘yellowface’ by a columnist in The Seattle Times, setting off a wide-ranging discussion of the work.”
“The letters that spell ‘Avery Fisher Hall’ and ‘Home of the New York Philharmonic’ over the box office windows had already been taken down last week, and some carefully coordinated lobby remodeling was going on. The brass replacement letters were downstairs on a conference table — the 8 3/4-inch capital letters in ‘David Geffen Hall’ are taller than the capitals in ‘Home of the New York Philharmonic’ by 4 3/8 inches.”
“Talks, which began in April, have yielded little progress, the sources said, and members of the full ensemble authorized a strike several weeks ago. Players had hoped to regain ground lost during the bankruptcy.”
“For all the buzz about vinyl, sales are still small potatoes compared to digital downloads and CDs, making up only 3.6% of all albums sold in the US last year. But since 2009, their sales have increased by 260%.”
“Clara Wieck was already thirteen years old when she started writing her piano concerto, and all of the composers on the aforementioned goodness scale wrote their masterpieces by the age of ten. Little-known fact: Strauss called the Four Last Songs that because he wrote them on the eve of his fifth birthday.”
“Is there anyone you’d like to duet with?”
“Barbara Streisand – I’d love to sing with her.”
“Alsop first came to the Cabrillo Festival in the summer of 1992, following in the job famed composer John Adams who served on an interim basis for one year after the 17-year stint of Dennis Russell Davies. In her time at Cabrillo, the festival has become one of the most high-profile summer new music festivals in the world. She has brought a couple of generations of composers, musicians and conductors into Santa Cruz every summer that would have been her otherwise.”
“The opera company, founded in 1883, on Wednesday said it closed its most recent season in the black, with a balanced budget and a $1 million surplus. The preliminary financial results, which haven’t been audited, are an improvement from the Met’s previous fiscal year. Last November, the company reported a $22 million shortfall for fiscal 2014 soon after it averted a potential lockout by striking a series of deals with unions representing its musicians, singers and stagehands.”
“One member of Carnegie’s board said Mr. Perelman might have decided to step aside next month because he was unlikely to be re-elected. The board member, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the trustees had felt blindsided this summer when Mr. Perelman briefly suspended Mr. Gillinson. The board member added that while they would investigate the concerns he raised, they did not believe that Carnegie had governance or transparency problems, and denied that the board had been dragging its feet on hiring a lawyer to investigate.”
“He’ll conduct his usual eight concerts this season starting Friday night, then shift into a new role as artistic adviser and principal guest conductor next year. That means he’ll lead just four concerts a year during the following two seasons, leaving him more time to carry out his duties as the recently hired music director of the New York City Ballet.”