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Gunther Schuller, Composer Who Synthesized Classical and Jazz, Dies at 89
New York Times: Allan Kozinn
Gunther Schuller coined the term Third Stream to describe music that drew on the forms and resources of both classical and jazz, and who was its most important composer, died on Sunday in Boston. He was 89.

Gunther Schuller, 89; Classical-Jazz Giant
Boston Globe: Jeremy Eichler
Mr. Schuller’s vast erudition and range of talents made him an unparalleled figure in American musical life.


Bitter Lemons Puts the Squeeze on Traditional Relationship between Presenter and Critic
Musical Toronto: John Terauds
Anyone who has been following the evolution of criticism and reviewing over the past 15 years knows that newspapers, radio and tv have nearly abandoned consistent coverage of all but the very biggest names and productions. Bloggers and other online sources of information have been trying to pick up the slack, but all face the ultimate challenge of trying to make a living in the process.

The Arts Matter Because…
Beyond the numbers, we know the arts matter for a wholly human reason--they illuminate, they console, they articulate.

Who Will Win the Streaming Wars?
Financial Times: Stephen Witt
They have made piracy unfashionable and are adding customers fast — but for music-streaming giants the real battle starts now.

Just 9% of College Students Say They are Willing to Pay for Apple Music
Digital Music News: Nina Ulloa
Two quick surveys reveal how tough it may be for Apple Music to penetrate the college student market.  Just 9% are willing to pay, and only 8% are most likely to switch to the service.


Opera Grand Rapids Undergoes Dramatic Changes for 2015-16 Season
MLive: Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk
Opera Grand Rapids' 2015-16 season undergoes a dramatic change with one major production, two smaller-scale operas, and a season-long series of supporting events including recitals and master classes all centered on a single theme. “We need to do other things to build our audience," said the opera’s executive director, Anne Berquist.

Developing New Pittsburgh Symphony Audiences with FUSE@PSO
Pittsburgh Post-Gasette: Elizabeth Bloom
The bumper stickers have started to pop up around town: “I get my beats from Beethoven,” reads one. “Mahler = Baller,” claims another. They symbolize their creator, Steve Hackman, who is as much an embodiment of classical and contemporary as the project that brought him to Pittsburgh.

Google Play’s “Classical Live” Gives Orchestras New Outlet for Live Records
Classicalite: Ian Holubiak
Perhaps the largest effort to bring classical into the digital age, Google's upcoming music platform, dubbed Classical Live, aims to bring together audiences of all stripes. The idea is to provide listeners with exactly what the namesake denotes: exclusive live recordings of the world's most well-known orchestras.


Berlin Philharmonic Chooses Kirill Petrenko as Next Conductor
The Wall Street Journal: Rebecca Schmid
After failing to elect a principal conductor in an election six weeks ago, the Berlin Philharmonic has appointed Russian-born Kirill Petrenko to replace Simon Rattle, who leaves the renowned German orchestra in 2018.

Vancouver Opera to End Full Season and Move to Festival Format in 2017
The Georgia Straight: Janet Smith
It will be the end of a generations-long era at Vancouver Opera, and the start of a new one: after next season, the company will switch to a spring-festival format.

A Response to Vancouver Opera’s Decision to Become a Festival
Globe and Mail: Bramwell Tovey
This tweet lays the ground for a guest column in The Globe and Mail. “Distressing to see @VancouverOpera news spun as visionary. It’s terrible news. Vancouver to be only major Cdn city without an opera season.”


Berlin Opera Casts Robot Lead
The Guardian (video)
A small robot, the size an 8-year-old child, is the star of a new opera at Berlin's Komische Oper. The robot, developed by the Berlin Humboldt University and known as Myon, plays in the performance of 'My Square Lady', during which he learns what it means to feel human emotions, express them and promote them in others.

What’s It Like at a Top-Tier Conservatory? There’s an App for That
Wall Street Journal: Stuart Isacoff
Unlike most educational programs on the market, Juilliard’s interactive software is premised not on delivering instruction, but on offering the tantalizing prospect of peeking behind the doors of the school’s legendary studios. Viewers are invited in not to acquire skills, but to become witnesses to the intricacies of the creative process.

Podcasts are saving NPR
Wired: Julia Greenberg
For the first time in six years, National Public Radio, better known as NPR, is on track to break even financially thanks in part to the rising popularity of podcasts.

Arts Philanthropy Booming, Cultural Giving Rises 9.2%, New Study Says
LA Times: Mike Boehm
Overall, however, arts and culture commanded a modest share of the philanthropic pie. Estimated gifts to arts and culture totaled $17.2 billion, according to the report compiled by Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Although that was a record high, it represented only 4.8% of the $358.4-billion total.


An 11 Year Old Prodigy Performs Old-School Jazz
Raised listening to his dad's old records, Joey Alexander plays a brand of sharp, modern piano jazz that you likely wouldn't expect to hear from a pre-teenager. Listen as the 11-year-old delights the TED crowd with his very special performance of a Thelonious Monk classic.

To Ease Pain, Reach For Your Playlist Instead Of Popping A Pill
NPR: Patti Neighmond
The analgesic effects of music are well known, but most of the studies have been done with adults and most of the music has been classical. Now a recent study finds that children who choose their own music or audiobook to listen to after major surgery experience less pain.


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