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Philly Pops To Close Permanently

"Facing mounting vendor debt and depressed ticket sales since the pandemic shutdown ended, the group has decided to fold, says longtime pops president Frank Giordano, ... leaving the city without a stand-alone pops orchestra and the Kimmel Center with one fewer resident company." - The Philadelphia Inquirer

This Year’s Classical And Jazz Grammy Nominees

This year's ubiquitous musician in these categories is Yannick Nézet-Séguin, performing as conductor or pianist on five separate nominated recordings. - WRTI (Philadelphia)

The Marching Bands Of HBCUs Have A Lot To Teach Classical Musicians

"One of the main lessons we can learn ... is the ability to maintain musical traditions while also responding to the surrounding culture. While the primary goal of show-style bands is to put on a show, their point of departure is still first and foremost great musicianship." - I Care If You Listen

Seattle’s Once-Thriving Music Scene Is Broken. How To Fix It?

Seattle was a thriving, energizing, musical city. It was synonymous with Sub Pop and KEXP. It was home to literally hundreds of rock, pop, hip-hop, soul, hardcore, metal, and experimental acts. Now, venues are dark. Musicians are moving away. - The Stranger

Boston’s Handel And Haydn Society, America’s Oldest Musical Group, Names New Artistic Director

Jonathan Cohen, a 44-year-old cellist, harpsichordist and conductor from Great Britain, begins his term next season.  He currently leads his own London-based ensemble, called Arcangelo, as well as Les Violons du Roy in Quebec City. - MSN (The Boston Globe)

Louisville Orchestra Names Graham Parker Chief Executive

Parker brings more than 25 years of experience in leadership roles at a range of arts organizations. Most recently, he was the president of Decca Records US at Universal Music Group. - Louisville Courier Journal

The Science Of Violins’ “Phantom Notes”

The team found that all violins produced combination tones, but the oldest instruments produced the strongest ones. The magnitude of the most prominent combination tone for the oldest violin, made in Bologna in 1700, was about 75 per cent larger than the one from a modern mass-produced instrument. - New Scientist

Study: Rats Move In Time To Music

Researchers in Japan played Mozart’s Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major (K. 448) for 10 rats, and tiny wireless accelerometers affixed to the animals’ heads revealed that the rodents subtly nodded in sync with the musical beat. - The Wall Street Journal

The UK’s Official Singles Chart Turns 70, And Looks Back On Its Many Controversies

There was the case of the vanishing Beatles hit, the decision around "Ding Dong, the Witch Is Dead" after Margaret Thatcher's death, and the whole question of a tie. - BBC

For ‘Messiah’ Season, A Handel Game

"Handel was a prolific composer of many other fine pieces, too: chamber music, organ works, 120 cantatas, 42 operas and 29 oratorios" - and a lot of them are in this interactive online crossword. - Oregon ArtsWatch

Joni Mitchell Says Her Music Upset Male Singer Songwriters In The 1970s

But she added that "she was pleased that contemporary artists seemed better equipped to express the feelings of loss and sorrow that she explored on landmark albums like Ladies of the Canyon (1970) and Blue (1971)." - BBC

Music Touring Costs Are Too High

During lockdowns, technical staff found other jobs. And "with so much current demand, venues are booked solid, gear is quickly rented out and tour buses are already reserved. Meanwhile, gas prices are exorbitant, nevermind plane tickets." - CBC

Country Music Continues To Be All About Looking Backward, In Music And In Attitudes

"It’s all compounded by the fact that country music, like all genres, is struggling to adapt to the future of streaming, confronting a touring industry that was crippled by the pandemic and struggling with how to break new music stars." - Washington Post

“Symphony Of Sirens”: The Mammoth, Raucous 1922 Concert That Would Have Made The Italian Futurists Weep

Arseny Avraamov's work, written and performed in Baku, Soviet Azerbaijan for the fifth anniversary of the October Revolution, "included the entire Caspian flotilla, cannons, locomotives, artillery regiments, hydroplanes, factory sirens, bells, foghorns, brass bands and a massive choir. Avraamov wasn't just conducting an orchestra, he was conducting a city." - BBC

Now The Climate-Protesting Art Vandals Are Coming After Classical Music

At the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam last week, members of the activist group Extinction Rebellion interrupted Verdi's Requiem, shouting "We are in the middle of a climate crisis and we are like the orchestra on the Titanic that keeps playing quietly while the ship is already sinking." - Classic FM (UK)

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