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Matthew Aucoin, Opera’s Great 25-Year-Old Hope
New York Times Magazine: Carlo Rotella
The composer, conductor, poet, pianist and critic may be the most promising operatic talent in a generation. But can he handle the spotlight?

Who Can Fix Opera in New York? The Germans!
New York Observer: James Jorden
A few lessons from the Rhine on how to bring opera performance into the 21st century.


Art for All: My First Experience with Opera
HowlRound (blog)
The blogger Kelsey May experiences her first opera through a program with Opera Grand Rapids and is won over. “My experience was one of amazement and thankfulness.”

Was the Minnesota Orchestra's Trip to Cuba Good Diplomacy?
MinnPost: Mark Porubcansky
An assessment of the highly publicized and well-received trip to Cuba that has left many people in both countries feeling good about improving relations between Cubans and Americans, as well as their governments.

Critic's Notebook: Our Arts Center is Missing the Point Peter Dobrin
By becoming more commercial and less about the art, the Kimmel may be improving its bottom line (the budget will break even again this year), but it is doing less in the long term to grow audiences for the arts.

How to Regain Audience Sovereignty in the Concert Hall
San Francisco Classical Voice: Mark MacNamara
Aside from the artist’s responsibility, Don Roth has come to believe that audiences need to do a better job of reasserting themselves. They need to spend more time preparing for a concert, discovering or rediscovering the music, as well as finding out about the musicians.

Want to Work out Smarter? Trick Your Brain with Music
PBS Newshour: Corinne Segal
What songs get you moving? For cognitive scientists, researchers and now music streaming apps, the answer is in your brain.

Pricing Out Portland’s Artists
The Portland Mercury: Shelby R. King
Can Portland's creative community survive development and price surge?


How the Juilliard School is Changing the Way we Hear Early Music
The Guardian: Nicholas Wroe
The Juilliard’s early music ensemble, Juilliard415, play not just Bach, but Beethoven, Haydn and new works – one sign of the way in which the school’s latest performing arts program is behind new trends in period performance.

IU Jacobs School of Music String Quartets Triumph with ‘Leaderless Cooperation’
IU Jacobs School of Music: Linda Cajigas
With leadership from the Pacifica Quartet, the school’s quartet in residence, the chamber music program has flourished with spectacular results.

Jumpstart Entrepreneur of The Month: MUSAID
Project Jumpstart
An inspiring interview with members of an organization that supports music institutions around the world with donated instruments and volunteer teaching programs, believing in a global community where artists from any cultural or financial background are granted an opportunity to share their unique artistic voices with their communities.

Handel and Haydn Society Celebrates 200 Years
New York Times: David Allen
As the classical music world grapples for cultural traction, here’s an anniversary genuinely worth toasting: The Handel and Haydn Society, which claims to be America’s oldest continuously performing arts organization, turns 200 this year.

Four Orchestras in Five acts: SHIFT Announces 2017 Line-Up
Washington Post: Anne Midgette
The Kennedy Center and Washington Performing Arts recently announced the orchestras for the inaugural Shift festival (formerly, Spring for Music).

The Most Inspiring Cities for Young Artists Ranked
Hyperallergic: Laura Mallonee
Boston has been ranked as the most creatively inspiring city for young artist. Then, San Francisco, New York, Washington DC and others.

Kansas City Symphony Players take Haydn, Mozart to Prison
The Kansas City Star: Lisa Gutierrez
This was the first time that anyone in the organization’s front office could recollect musicians playing inside a prison.

In Cleveland, Young and Old Keep Tempo of Life
New York Times: John Hanc
In a recent intergenerational living program, music students at the Cleveland Institute of Music rejuvenate a retirement community.


How Will New Director David Pickard Steer the Proms With the BBC at a Crossroads?
The Independent: Jessica Duchen
The Proms’ position will demand maintenance in the programming and requires a fine balance between the new and risky and the tried and tested.

Plea for No Further Funding Cuts in UK
BBC: Ian Youngs
With public funding cuts of 36% since 2010, arts and culture should be spared as the government seeks to balance the books, the new head of Arts Council England has said.

Can a Music & Arts Festival Help Spain's Economy Recover?
LA Times: August Brown
In the midst of a country with a 23.7% unemployment rate, a growing project in Barcelona is proof that a well-run music festival can be an anchor for a recovering economy and a central element of its tourism.

Gustavo Dudamel, Gabriela Montero Sound 2 Different Notes on Venezuela
LA Times: Mark Swed
The Venezuelan revolution is the music story thus far of the 21st century. But now Venezuela is in trouble. The price to save El Sistema may turn out to be high, politically and morally. The answers are not clear, and the country's two best-known classical musicians, pianist Gabriela Montero and Dudamel, once friends, are, as is much of the country, painfully divided on what to do.

The Lonely Life of Béla Bartók
The Telegraph: Ivan Hewett
A new biography of Béla Bartók uncovers the asceticism of one of the greatest modernist composers.


Daniel Barenboim Reveals Radical New Piano Design
The Guardian: Mark Brown
'I've fallen in love with it'! Conceived in 2011, the Barenboim piano has taken 18 months and 4,000 people hours of work to build – and may one day go into wider production.

Tiny Music Royalties Add Up, Unexpectedly
The Record - NPR: Laura Sydell
New ways of tracking use of music recordings open up new revenue streams that are surprising more than a few artists.

Netflix Bandwidth Usage Climbs to Nearly 37% of Internet Traffic at Peak Hours
BizSmart: Todd Spangler
Netflix video continues to consume more bandwidth than YouTube, Amazon and Hulu combined, according to the report.

Facing Facts: Artists Have to be Entrepreneurs
HowlRound: Seth Lepore
In order to be a successful performing artist, you need to understand business fundamentals, and disseminating this information is crucial.

What Skills do Arts Sector Grads Need to Develop Their Careers?
The Guardian: Lorraine Lim
Higher education institutions have a key role in preparing students to work in a sector with ever-evolving roles and a lack of job security.

Infographic: How Millennials, Gen Xers, and Boomers Consume Content Differently Amanda Walgrove
As it turns out, despite the stereotype that millennials can’t be torn away from their screens, baby boomers (born 1946–1964) spend more time consuming online content (20+ hours per week) than the other two generations. Surprisingly, more gen Xers (born 1965–1976) and millennials (born 1977–1995) spend closer to 5-10 hours of their weeks checking out digital content.


Anti-Booing Technology Set Up for Russia at Eurovision
The Moscow Times: Arts and Ideas
Eurovision song contest organizers say that they will take extraordinary measures to mask any booing from the audience that may be directed at Russian entry Polina Gagarina.

Shoes Let You Paint with Light While You Dance
PSFK: Vashti Hallissey
Orphe shoes are equipped with motion sensors and LEDs that enable wearers to create multi-colored movements.


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