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BMI Surpasses $1 Billion in Annual Revenue
NY Times: Ben Sisario
The music industry may be struggling to make money in the streaming age, but one part of the business has been growing consistently: payments to songwriters.

The Concert Hall as Refuge in a Restless, Web-Driven World
New York Times: Anthony Tommasini
Could the idea of the concert hall as a web-free zone, a place to reclaim what we’ve “Lost in a World of Constant Connection” catch on?

What It’s Like to be An Opera Singer In 2015
Irish Times: Lauren Murphy
The cast of a new Irish production of Handel’s opera Agrippina talk about the grueling demands of modern opera singing.

Can Musicians Stop Donald Trump from Playing Their Music?
Salon: Scott Timberg
Intellectual property lawyer Joel Schoenfeld answers a few key questions.

How Ballet Turned a Boy with Profound Autism Become Independent
The Guardian: Judith Mackrell
Something about the structure of a ballet class – the repetition, the rhythm, the sequencing of the exercise – made this possible.


Handel and Haydn Society Appoints New CEO
Boston Globe: Jeremy Eichler
On the heels of its bicentennial, the Handel and Haydn Society has appointed David Snead as new president and CEO. Snead is currently vice president of marketing, brand, and customer experience at the New York Philharmonic.

Atlanta Symphony Hires Cleveland Orchestra GM Jennifer Barlament as Executive Director
ArtsAtl: Scott Freeman
It will be a homecoming for Barlament, 42, who graduated from Emory University with a degree in music, followed by a master’s degree in clarinet performance at the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester in New York.

Bard College Starts Up New World Symphony-Style Postgrad Orchestra
New York Times: Michael Cooper
The Orchestra Now announced Wednesday that it was welcoming its first 37 musicians this month and that it would perform concerts this season at Bard, Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and elsewhere.

Trisha Brown Dance Company Partners with Bard College
New York Times: Joshua Barone
The Trisha Brown Dance Company is extending its reach to academia by partnering with Bard College’s dance program for classes, workshops and performances.

Interactive Theater Fans Will Love the New Andy Warhol Opera
The Daily Beast: Shawn Milnes
With fears of opera audiences not only shrinking but literally dying off, Opera Philadelphia has been at the forefront of commissioning new operas with contemporary subject matter and an innovative, genre-blending sensibility to snare a younger audience and revitalize opera for the 21st century.


Andris Nelsons Named Music Director of Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
New York Times: Michael Cooper
The dynamic young conductor who became music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra last season, continued his crescendo on Wednesday when he was named the next music director of the venerable Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra.

Beyond borders: How Immigration Shaped British Jazz
The Vinyl Factory: Liam Izod
Whether welcomed from the West Indies or fleeing apartheid in South Africa, jazz in the UK has always looked beyond its own borders, embracing everything from reggae, punk and hip hop to raga and prog rock to create an identity out of diversity rather than exclusion.

A Strike Cancels Paris Opera Opening
Le Figaro (Google Translation)


Virtual Reality Could Help Bring New Fans to Classical Music
Slate: Lily Hay Newman
A new program from the Los Angeles Philharmonic seeks to use Virtual Reality to engage new generations of fans, starting with the well-known opening of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and a van, called “Van Beethoven”!

Billie Holiday to Sing At The Apollo This Fall – As A Hologram
New York Times: Andrew Chow
The Apollo says it will be the first theater in the United States to offer continuing presentations with hologram technology.


Playing A Violin, From The Violin’s Perspective
Slate: Robby Berman
Pavel Frumin hit the streets of Kiev, Ukraine, with a GoPro at either end of his violin. The cameras reveal his fingers racing up and down the instrument’s fingerboard as if in some crazy finger tap dance. Watch the video!

Wagner’s “Wedding March” On Sale For a Cool $3.6 Million
SlippedDisc: Norman Lebrecht
The manuscript of  the tune ‘Here comes the Bride’ from Lohengrin has been put on sale online. The seller wants $3.6 million. No indication of provenance.


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