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(Sunday, March 8, 2015)

Why the Male Domination of Classical Music Might be Coming to an End
The Guardian: Jessica Duchen
For decades – no, make that centuries – the classical music world has sidelined women, if not ignored them completely. But the balance may be finally shifting.

Women Composers: Genius Is Gender-Blind – And So Should We Be
The Guardian: Sara Mohr-Pietsch
Classical music’s past might be dominated by men, but we can ensure its future isn’t.

L.A. Phil's Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla lights a fire at Disney Hall
LA Times: Mark Swed
Grazinyte-Tyla was the third exceptional woman to conduct the L.A. Phil in a week. Xian Zhang led the orchestra's Chinese New Year's celebrations; Susanna Malkki headed the massive "Alice" enterprise. All are going places.

Dallas Opera Starting New Institute for Women Conductors
Dallas Morning News: Scott Cantrell
The Dallas Opera is doing its part to address the shortage of female conductors—and opportunities for them.

The Women Making Waves in Electronic Music
Dancing Astronaut
In celebration of International Women’s Day, Dancing Astronaut highlights some of the best and brightest international female DJs.


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How Arts Education Fuels the Creative Economy
KCET: Cristina Pacheco
In the 21st century, we are turning to a creative economy. In a creative economy, innovative people with new ideas, artistic view and mindset will be needed more than ever.

A New Tool to Measure an Area’s Creative Economy
Barry’s Blog
WESTAF has just launched the Creative Vitality Suite, a new online tool to measure the robustness of an area’s creative economy.

Report on Corporate Social Responsibility and the Arts
Americans for the Arts
More corporations are focusing strategically on issues that align with their business interests and have a positive social impact on their employees, consumers, or the communities in which they do business.

Whither American Culture?
The American Scholar: Scott Timberg
Six questions for author Scott Timberg (who wrote Culture Crash) about the future of American culture.


Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Mourns the Death of Professor Steve Zegree
Jacobs School of Music
Internationally recognized as one of the most respected vocal jazz conductors and educators in the world, Steve Zegree was also active as a pianist, arranger and adjudicator, having performed on six continents.

The Battle to Make Opera Cool: Meet the Bright Young Things of New York City’s Opera Renaissance
The Daily Beast: David Levesley
A generation of performers disillusioned by Broadway musicals gambles their careers on making opera cool again in the Big Apple.

Orchestra Cancels Performance After Learning that Commission Quotes Nazi Anthem
New York Times: Michael Cooper
Jonas Tarm, a 21-year-old junior at the New England Conservatory of Music, said that his nine-minute piece, which is about conflict, totalitarianism and nationalism, also incorporated the anthem of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, with each one quoted for about 45 seconds.

NYC’s Last Classical Sheet Music Store to Close
NPR: Deceptive Cadence
Saying Goodbye To A Manhattan Classical Music Mecca

David Geffen Captures Naming Rights to Avery Fisher Hall With Donation
New York Times: Robin Pogrebin
Mr. Geffen’s gift will help pay for the hall’s gut renovation, which is expected to cost more than $500 million.

Ascap Topped $1 Billion in Revenue Last Year, Lifted by Streaming
New York Times: Ben Sisario
According to preliminary results announced on Tuesday, Ascap had just over $1 billion in revenue in 2014 — the first time that Ascap or any organization like it has raised so much.

Ballet San Jose Needs $550,000 to Keep Running
San Jose Mercury News: Karen D’Souza
The leaders of South Bay's major resident dance company, which has long struggled with its finances, announced Wednesday that they are launching an emergency fundraising campaign to shore up the crumbling bottom line.


Simon Rattle Appointed Music Director of London Symphony Orchestra
The Guardian: Mark Brown
The news, as big as it gets in the world of classical music, ends months of speculation that Rattle would return to the UK when his tenure with the Berlin Philharmonic finished.

The Royal Conservatory of Music Goes Online to Connect with Students
The Globe and Mail: Marsha Lederman
A new app, in development, will allow students to, say, spend five minutes a day on ear training using their smartphone. Or do their sight reading. There’s an app being designed for parents of very young infants to aid in their development; the first in a series of digital products for parents of children up to age five, to be launched in a few years.


Ten of the World’s best Concert Halls
The Guardian: Trevor Cox
A world-class classical music venue in London may be years away so where can music lovers find truly outstanding acoustics? Trevor Cox picks 10 landmark concert halls around the world where brilliant design means beautiful sound


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