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The Making Economy

The Atlantic: John Tierney
Thinking through the consequences of the proliferation of powerful tools and technologies, it’s time to consider some of the challenges and dilemmas (educational, legal, moral, and ethical) all this will increasingly pose in the years to come.


New Voices Opera: Entrepreneur of the Month
Project Jumpstart
Emergent. Relevant. Opera... written, performed, and produced by Jacobs School of Music students! Their upcoming double bill at the BCT, May 8, premieres short operas "Thump" by Kimberly Osberg, and "The King in Yellow" by Melody Eötvös.


Jacobs School's Alumna Jamie Barton wins Richard Tucker Award!
New York Times: Michael Cooper
The $50,000 prize, which commemorates Tucker, the great Brooklyn-born tenor, was the latest in a series of accolades for Ms. Barton, a rising star. Previous Jacobs School winners include Ailyn Pérez and Lawrence Brownlee. Others in the field include Renée Fleming, Stephanie Blythe, David Daniels, Angela Meade, Joyce DiDonato and Michael Fabiano, who won last year.

(In Orchestras) Everything Old Is New Again
Adaptistration: Drew McManus
With all the attention these days on orchestras needing to get out of their primary venue and into unconventional spaces it is easy to forget that this is not exactly a unique idea. In fact, it’s been around for a lot longer than most folks realize and a recent trip to a favorite historic stock photo site drove that point home in a way that only photographs can do.

How Apple and its products are inspired by Canadian Glenn Gould
CTV News: Nick Patch
At the company's internal Apple University -- a somewhat secretive institution by reputation -- professor Joshua Cohen delivers three-hour seminars on the late, great Canadian pianist to classes of 15 students.

The Man Who Broke the Music Business
The New Yorker: Stephen Witt
Dell Glover manufactured CDs for a living, but he began to wonder: if the MP3 was just as good, why bother with the CD?

When Hip-Hop First Went Corporate
The Atlantic: Kyle Coward
To rappers in the early 90s, hawking malt liquor on TV wasn't selling out—it was a sign of cultural legitimacy and upward mobility.

The Hard Work And Close Bonds Of Competitive College A Cappella
NPR: Linda Holmes
As ensembles evolve, the competition is intense, audience grow, and reality shows proliferate.

Video Game Scores Rank Beside Mozart and Beethoven in UK Classic FM Survey
WQXR: Rebecca Stein
Based on more than 200,000 votes, the new listener survey placed composers of video game music amongst core composers like Ralph Vaughan Williams, Rachmaninoff, Mozart and Beethoven.

Digital Video Better Be up to Millennials' Standards
Three-quarters ditch poor digital video within 4 minutes

Why Nonprofit Fundraisers Should Give More Attention to Gen X Donors
Nonprofit Tech for Good
Gen X volunteers more than other generations. In fact, 29.7% of Gen Xers in the United States volunteer. Volunteers are almost twice as likely to donate to charity as non-volunteers.


New York Philharmonic’s Challenges go Beyond the Music
New York Times: Michael Cooper
The orchestra must raise hundreds of millions of dollars to renovate its aging and maligned Lincoln Center home, and shore up perennially shaky finances. It has to figure out how to survive two seasons without its hall during construction — the orchestral equivalent of couch surfing. And it must find a music director to succeed Alan Gilbert, who steps down in two years, to lead it during these transformative years.

Julia Wolfe Wins 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Music
NewMusicBox: Frank J. Oteri
Anthracite Fields by Julia Wolfe has been awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Music. The work (which was commissioned through Meet the Composer’s Commissioning Music/USA program) premiered on April 26, 2014 in Philadelphia in a performance by the Bang on a Can All-Stars and the Mendelssohn Club Chorus.

DSO’s “Symphony in D”: A Participatory Experiment to Watch
NPQ: Jennifer Swan
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra announced its newest project for the Detroit community called “Symphony in D.” This project is a partnership between the Orchestra, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Jessye Norman: A Powerful Voice Joins America’s Race Debate
The Guardian: Vanessa Thorpe
The renowned opera star is becoming an increasingly prominent figure in American public life, condemning the racism suffered by Barack Obama and giving her support for Hillary Clinton.

USA during the 60x and 70s: Thousands of Protest Songs Hidden out of Fear of Retribution
Out of fear of retribution many American protest musicians hid perhaps thousands of protest songs in plain sight: on the B-sides of the small 45 rpm records that were then commonly used to distribute singles in the era of the civil rights protest movement in the 1960s and 1970s.


Smaller is Beautiful: ENO's New Season Offers Invention and Ambition
The Guardian: Tom Service
Even if the 2015-16 season’s focus and concentration are the direct result of financial body-blows, this could be a year to remember for the right reasons at the Coliseum

An Opera Filmed at the Largest Particle Physics Lab in the World
HyperAllergic: Allison Meier
A movie set amongst the machines of CERN, the world’s largest particle physics facility, considers how both art and science strive to understand the universe, and what it is to be human. Symmetry, a “dance and opera film,” premiered last month at the Amsterdam Cinedans festival.

A Leading Orchestra Moves into High-Rise Housing Estate and Helps Transform the Community
BBC: Matt Pickles
For the pupils of Bremen East comprehensive school (known in German as GSO), the musicians of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen have become part of their daily lives.

Norway Becoming First Country to Eliminate FM Radio
NPR: Miles Parks
Norway is going to eliminate FM radio in less than two years, the country's government announced, becoming the first country in the world to do so. The country plans to transition completely to digital broadcasting in January 2017.


What Makes a Violin Powerful
MIT News Magazine: Jennifer Chu
A study identifies features that boost a violin’s sound.

Are You Prepared for Google’s Big Algorithm Change?
Adaptistration: Drew McManus
April 21 is the day Google fully implemented the latest major change in its search algorithm. If your site is what Google considers mobile friendly it is more likely to rank it higher in search results. Click here to see if your website is optimized for the new era >


Seven Reasons Why You Should Date a Classical Musician
Sometimes, meeting a completely unhinged Tinder date at a random bar makes you feel like a character of a dark comedy, doesn’t it? That’s when we come to your help, and kindly and pressingly suggest you try dating a Classical musician.

Katy Perry’s Left Shark Trademark Application Has Been Denied
Digital Music News: Nina Ulloa
She also tried to register the terms “Right Shark”, “Drunk Shark”, and “Basking Shark”.


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