The project will look back at 100 years of classical music in the UK and will be covered online and on BBC Four, BBC Two and Radio 3. The corporation has one of the biggest classical music archives in the world, with recordings from the BBC Proms, BBC orchestras and choirs along with BBC Young Musician and BBC Introducing.
The choir was renamed Friday to strip out the word Mormon in a move aimed at ending shorthand names for the religion that have been used for generations by church members and others.
Ideally, conductors and directors enable musicians and actors to express themselves as individually as possible, while inspiring them to do so along a route that they have chosen for the group as a whole. Managing a broad coalition that still has a distinct vision as its aim might appear a contradiction to some, but achieving this – without any sense of artistic compromise – is definitely the goal.
“When I was still very sick – confused and frightened, with no sure prognosis and the possibility of another seizure looming – I determined to try to rebuild my thought processes with music. And so I spent much of every day listening to complicated pieces which were already familiar but not too familiar – Bach cantatas, Beethoven’s “Diabelli Variations,” Wagner operas and long symphonies by Bruckner and Mahler.”
“Invites were extended to a broad range of music creators, including vocalists, songwriters, instrumentalists, producers and engineers. All 900 invitees, who were pre-qualified to vote by the Recording Academy, are female and/or people of color and/or under 39.”
The 36-year-old Israeli takes over the Manchester-based broadcasting orchestra next season, succeeding Juanjo Mena. He is also chief conductor at the Semperoper in Dresden.
When she was given the prize on Thursday night, she was performing with the New York Philharmonic in Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto — which, as reporter Michael Cooper observes, “counts almost as early music for her.”
Rocky Mountain locusts, to be specific. In the late 19th century, trillions of them laid waste to gardens, farms, and fields in the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains. Then, by 1902, they vanished completely. Two University of Wyoming professors, an entomologist and a composer, wrote a chamber opera about the ravenous insects’ rise and fall; it premiered last week in Jackson Hole.
Adams still gets standing ovations, and “Harmonielehre” is a staple of the symphonic literature, but his relevancy has tapered off over the last 15 years. How did this happen? When did this happen? The answers could only be in Adams’ heart and mind, if he indeed can step back to see the current state of his art.
Josephine Livingston: “The effect is extraordinary. It’s polyphony, but you, the listener, control what you hear. Curious about how the music melds with the music further down the park? Just keep walking. Captivated by a particular passage? Stay where you are. Dynamics in sound become dimensions in space. You’re so close to the singers that it’s awkward. Look them in the eye or look at your feet: It’s your choice. … In The Mile Long Opera, there are as many operas as there are listeners, because it changes according to your position in space and your frame of mind. It exists to the extent that one is tuning in.”
City Opera faced two major problems. First, by the mid-1990s, the audience that had sustained the company in its early years had gotten considerably older. Younger people were coming in — a thrill-seeking audience, interested in unusual works — but not enough of them. Which brings us to the financial problem. Ticket sales were flat and costs were going up because of inflexible labor contracts. These trends affect companies everywhere.
“Conceived as a hip-hop magazine by two unlikely parents — the most powerful black record producer in the world, Quincy Jones, at the behest of the most powerful media executive in the world, Steve Ross … [Vibe had] a creed that championed hip-hop but thought broad and wide about the genre’s connections to the past and the future, and its implications for just about every other art and science. … What follows is a selective oral history of the magazine, from its birth and ascent, through its 21st-century transformation into a digital cultural bellwether.”
McGegan came to the Bay Area-based ensemble in 1985 and built it into the largest and most-recorded period-instrument band in the U.S. He becomes music director laureate at the end of the 2019-20 season: “I feel like I’m giving up being a parent to become a grandparent. I can still take everyone out for ice cream without having to pay the school bills.”
An electrical fire in the theatre’s backup power system broke out briefly on Monday and was quickly extinguished. In 1996, a fire set by contractors working on a renovation burned the entire building to the ground.
Hospitals and psychiatric institutes have long employed music therapists in treating patients. While many doctors agree that it can be an effective form of therapy, it’s difficult to explain, qualify and quantify results. But that’s changing. With advances in neuroscience and noninvasive brain scanning, there’s increasing interest in the scientific community in exploring the ways music and the arts affect the human brain. This is leading to new enthusiasm in exploring music’s capacity to heal.
The report fleshes out details of the alleged activities for which trumpeter Mayfield and orchestra CEO Ronald Markham face wire fraud, money laundering, and other criminal charges. The audit found that Mayfield spent $28,000 of NOJO money at the Ritz-Carleton in New York and that he and Markham diverted earmarked state and city money into NOJO payroll and operations.
“This week the orchestra … extended [Michael] Francis’ contract another three years, pushing his commitment through the 2023-2024 season. It’s a major step for the fourth music director in the orchestra’s history, coming on the heels of a record-breaking 50th season.”
Because some audience members have been using them to smuggle in vodka, that’s why. As ENO CEO Stuart Murphy tweeted to an annoyed patron, “We’ve had to do this to make sure you and other great opera fans have a really nice time. Sorry it’s a bit annoying but trust me — it would be far more annoying for you to have to witness the alternative.”
“One of the biggest messages that we found personally was that we’re trying to tell people that we’re still here because a lot of people still view us as not being real – that Native Americans are made-up or that we’re extinct by now. We really want people to know that we’re not the Indians that they portray us as on TV, and we’re not the Indians that they come to sight-see. We’re actual people. We’re our own sovereign nation, and we’re trying to be a part of modern society if people will let us.”
Francesca Zambello will remain artistic director of the Washington National Opera. On Friday, the company made a long-expected announcement that the director’s contract has been renewed, for three more years, through the 2020-2021 season. The company will have a new musical leader, as well: Evan Rogister will take over as principal conductor for a four-year term, through 2021-2022.
Though a federal court jury ruled in 2016 that “Stairway to Heaven” wasn’t plagiarized from the Spirit’s instrumental song “Taurus,” the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals found that that jury was “wrongly instructed.” So Spirit’s lawsuit is back on.
Also, why not get the libretto for it from poets (and utter forces of nature and intellect) Anne Carson and Claudia Rankine, and then set it all on New York’s High Line? Why not indeed. More: “Ms. Rankine said that she assembled her contribution of the libretto — her words are spoken, while Ms. Carson’s are sung — by interviewing people about their tables.”
The Competition Bureau has expanded its investigation into Ticketmaster to include its secret scalper program after a joint CBC News/Toronto Star investigation revealed the ticket seller is working with large-scale scalpers to resell millions of dollars worth of tickets.
“Over the next two years, he will visit 36 cities — winking at the fact that each of the six [Bach cello] suites has six sections — on six continents. In each city, he will pair a performance of the full cycle … with what he’s calling a ‘day of action’ that brings Bach into the community. It’s a small and glancing, but also deeply felt, attempt to suggest that this music, with its objectivity and empathy, its breathless energy and delicate grace, could, if heard closely by enough people, change the world.”
“The Chamber Music Society (CMS) of Lincoln Center recently received a $5 million gift from Ann S. Bowers of Palo Alto, earmarked for its CMS Two residency program, which develops the next generation of young musicians. … Bowers’ gift is the largest individual gift in the society’s 48-year history. If that wasn’t newsworthy enough, consider the source of the gift. Bowers has the distinction of being the first woman to hold a vice president title in Silicon Valley while working for Apple. In a giving space where tech donors remain less than enthusiastic about the arts, Bowers’ gift is a notable outlier — and an encouraging one.”
“Violence and social pressures have not deterred members of the country’s nascent orchestra of mostly young girls from using music to ‘heal wounds’ and promote women’s rights in the strictly conservative Muslim society. The ensemble, known as Zohra, was founded in 2014 as part of the Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM) in Kabul.”
The Auckland Philharmonia has reportedly complained to the national ministry of culture about an increase in the number of performances scheduled for Auckland next year by the New Zealand Symphony, the national orchestra, which is based in Wellington (the capital) but gives an equal number of performances in Auckland, which has three times Wellington’s population.
At first, it lived primarily on pirate radio, that great British tradition in which people scale the tallest building they can find and hide makeshift transmitters. In the eighties and early nineties, new strains of dance music, like hardcore rave and jungle, evolved on such stations. In part, grime was a reaction to how posh the world of dance music had become by the late nineties.
David Frost controls the soundboard for all of broadcasts for terrestrial and satellite radio, for the company’s in-house records, and for the HD cinema simulcasts. Joshua Barone watched him work on opening night: “He sits in a booth, following along with a conductor’s score and constantly adjusting several dozen faders, dials that control the levels on microphones set up onstage and throughout the orchestra pit. With the appearance of an organist juggling complex polyphony, he aims to match the high quality of studio recordings — only in real time.”
“Mr. Honeck’s contract [as music director] was to expire in 2020. He has been with the orchestra since 2008 and has led the PSO to its first Grammy win since 1992. The contract extension” — through the 2021-22 season — covers the orchestra’s 125th anniversary season (the PSO was founded in 1896) and the 50th anniversary of its tenure in Heinz Hall.”