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Ballet is Being Transformed by Contemporary Dance Choreographers
The Independent: Zoe Anderson
It's an exciting time for the art form, with new works and artists emerging: there is plenty to look forward to.

The Full-Throttle Campaign to Keep Ballet Kicking
Wall Street Journal: Pia Cotton
The Center for Ballet and the Arts brings pop singers and puppeteers to help shake up the dance world.


Music Instruction Can Make for a Smarter Teen
Pacific Standard: Tom Jacobs
New research finds music lessons produce neural benefits in kids who don't start formal training until high school.

Proven Practice Strategies That Will Help You Learn New Pieces Faster
The Bulletproof Musician: Noa Kageyama
Jacobs School Music Professor, Peter Miksza's research leads to a better understanding of practice strategies.


What Will Restored U.S.-Cuba Relations Mean for Ballet?
WBUR Here & Now
Now that diplomatic relations have been restored between the United States and Cuba, opening the island up for more cultural exchange, what will that mean for Cuba’s ballet scene?

Tanglewood’s Contemporary Music Fest Milks Many Sources
New York Times: Vivien Schweitzer
This year is the 75th anniversary of the Tanglewood Music Center, the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s summer training institute for young musicians, which commissioned some 30 works to be performed in 2015. In the midst, composer Gunther Schuller is remembered.

How Do We Get Classical Radio Back in South Florida
South Florida Classical Review: Lawrence A. Johnson
What are the prospects for a new classical station arising from the ashes of Classical South Florida? To be honest, not great.

Why do Pop Singers Like Lady Gaga Keep Releasing Jazz Albums?
The Washington Post: Soraya Nadia MdDonald
It allows pop artists to reassert their musical bona fides, and even when critics find said bona fides wanting, their efforts tend to net tremendous commercial success.

Kentucky Opera’s David Roth Dies
The Courier-Journal: Elizabeth Kramer
David Roth, who was credited with taking artistic risks during his nine-year tenure as the general director of the Kentucky Opera, died late Sunday in a car accident in Illinois.

Ravinia Reconsiders Need for Music Director
Chicago Classical Review: Wynne Delacoma
Today, the festival’s primary focus is on pop music, which attracts Ravinia’s largest crowds. That shift has also affected CSO’s programming, which now typically feature film music or familiar blockbusters like Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.

'Inside Out' Composer Michael Giacchino is On a Roll
LA Times: Susan King
The award-winning composer worked on the scores for three big films: Disney/Pixar's animated "Inside Out," the blockbuster "Jurassic World" and the action-adventure "Tomorrowland."

Cellist Zuill Bailey Living the Classical Life
Vimeo: Elyria Pictures
No cellist sells more classical albums in America than Zuill Bailey. Week after week on the Nielsen charts, he outsells cellists of far greater pedigree and Carnegie residency.

California Arts Grants Rise $1 Million in Key Categories
LA Times: Mike Boehm
The grants boosts “Local Impact” projects that are aimed at helping small arts organizations work in poor and rural communities that lack cultural resources. Another category is Creative California Communities, in which nonprofit arts organizations use grant money to connect with neighborhoods in ways aimed at helping economic development or community cohesiveness. The third is an Artists in Schools program.


Violinist André Rieu Sets New Music-Concert Record at UK Cinemas
The Guardian: Tom Service
The immaculately coiffured fiddler took £1.1m at British cinemas this week, making him more popular than One Direction and Take That.

For Gustavo Dudamel, El Sistema Remains a Source of Joy and Hope
LA Times: Mark Swed
"For me," he insists, "it's all about the children. Working with the children is incredible. You also can see the intellectual perception they can have."

2015 Beijing International Violin Competition Cancelled Due to Financial Woes
The Violin Channel
The competition, scheduled to take place in China from the 10th to the 16th of September has been cancelled – due to ‘serious financial difficulties.’


Steve Reich’s Clapping Music Game
The Globe and Mail: Russell Smith
A concentration game, scientific study, and promotional vehicle, all in one.

What the Performing Arts Can Learn from Sports Marketing
San Francisco Classical Voice: Mark MacNamara
“Throughout the 20th century, the sports industry has understood its responsibility to promote opportunities for public debate and civic discourse. The arts industry has largely neglected that task, and we are paying for it now…” 

How Much Do You Think a Concert is Worth?
The Halle Orchestra lets audience set ticket price for show.

Data-Driven DJ Brian Foo: Statistics That Sing
NewMusicBox: Molly Sheridan
Multimedia artist and web developer Brian Foo has developed a series of “experiments” rather than compositions that combine “data, algorithms, and borrowed sounds.”


New Styrofoam Cello Produces More Sound with Less Effort
The Violin Channel
A student from the College of Ghent, in Belgium has discovered that a cello constructed from 1.5 cm thick Styrofoam can produce more sound, with less effort than a regular wooden version.


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