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Paris Opera Introduces a Digital ‘Third Stage’
New York Times: Roslyn Sulcas
A new venture, developed as “an autonomous venue for digital creation.”

> Read an interview with Benjamin Millepied, director of Paris Opera Ballet, who talks about the new project and cultural change.


The Origins of the Creative Class, Part I Scott Timberg
Scott Timberg, author of Culture Crash: The killing of the Creative Class, offers an in-depth historical overview of how artists differentiated themselves from the mainstream of culture, to profound effect.

Education, Not Wealth or Class, Matters Most When It Comes to Making Art
HyperAllergic: Laura C. Mallonee
According to findings at the University of Oxford, wealth doesn’t have much to do with whether people participate in the arts.

Nicholas Hersh, Entrepreneur of the Month
Project Jumpstart
Completing his first year as Assistant Conductor with the Baltimore Symphony, Hersh talks about his work with Marin Alsop, the strength of his training at the Jacobs School, and what it's like to be a music entreprenuer.

Press Play
New York Times
A fascinating place where the NYT debuts noteworthy new (non-classical) music.

My Art Story
NEA: Video statement by Senator Elizabeth Warren
The arts help us define our values as individuals and as a society. As President Kennedy said, “Art establishes the basic human truth which must serve as the touchstone of our judgment.”

The Concert Hall as An Antidote to a Restless, Web-Driven World
New York Times: Anthony Tommasini
In the current era of constant connectivity, could the idea of the concert hall as a web-free zone, providing audiences ways to disconnect from the pressures of daily life and to concentrate on the musical arts, catch on?

Critics Look Ahead to Met Season
AP: Mike Silverman
Two dozen classical music critics pick the production or performer they most look forward to seeing in the new Metropolitan Opera season.  

Where Are The Women in Ballet?
TheArtEry: Sharon Basco
Eight ballet companies were launched in 1963 with a grant from the Ford Foundation and many were led by women.  Today, the women leaders are gone and the troupes are headed by men; what changed?


'New' Cleveland Ballet Troupe Leaps to Life
Cleveland Plain Dealer: Zachary Lewis
The newly formed Cleveland Ballet will mark not only the third official use of that name, but also the beginning of a potentially glorious age: the return of professional ballet to Northeast Ohio after a gap of nearly 15 years.

Carnegie Hall Chairman Resigns Amidst Conflict
New York Times: Michael Cooper
Billionaire Ronald Perelman’s swiftly announced departure follows disagreements with members of Carnegie Hall’s board and staff, leaving bitterness and serious charges about the governance in its wake.

New York’s Met Opera Goes From $22 Million Shortfall to $1 Million Surplus
Wall Street Journal: Jennifer Smith
Broader challenges remain. Among them: shoring up the Met’s eroding subscriber base and recruiting new opera fans to fill the company’s cavernous hall as it embarks on its new season.

Marin Alsop to Leave Cabrillo Festival
Santa Cruz Sentinel: Wallace Baine
The 2016 season — Alsop’s 25th as musical director — will be her last at the festival.

Andrew Litton Shifts from the Colorado Symphony to Focus on the New NY City Ballet Orchestra
Denver Post: Ray Mark Rinaldi
He'll conduct his usual eight CSO concerts this season, then shift into a new role as artistic advisor and principal guest conductor.


Gramophone Honors Claudio Abbado with One Final Prize
The Guardian: Imogen Tilden
This week, conductor Claudio Abbado made a final posthumous appearance at the Gramophone awards through his last recording – Bruckner’s Symphony no. 9, with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra – and was awarded the prestigious "Recording of the Year" prize.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin Stays Close to his Roots with New Announcement
Montreal Gazette: Arthur Kaptainis
Yannick Nézet-Séguin will become a 20-year man with his hometown Orchestre Métropolitain.

A Farewell to Sir David Willcocks
The Guardian: Robert Tear
For many radio and television audiences around the world, the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols broadcast from King’s College, Cambridge, is the sound of Christmas, and it was the choir’s director, David Willcocks, who turned this Victorian invention into a landmark of the musical year.

A Ballet Company is an International Symbol of Taiwan
New York Times: Amy Qin
Cloud Gate Dance Theater has become a roving, bounding symbol of Taiwan. On Wednesday it will open the annual Next Wave Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music with the US premiere of a 2013 work, “Rice.”


Can Music Help Cure Cancer?
The Daily Beast: Tim Teeman
Nolan Gasser, chief musicologist (now emeritus) at Pandora and architect of the company’s music genome project which seeks to align the musical “identities” of songs with the music preferences of listeners, is collaborating with Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital in Manhattan to pilot an “algorithm” to provide personalized musical therapy for cancer patients.

How Can Social Networks Master Music?
Cuepoint: Cortney Harding
The Vine social media platform enables users and artists to add music to their videos and discover new tracks. How could other popular social networks and social apps take music interactivity and creativity to the next level?

Batband 'Ear-Free' Headphones Transmit Sound Directly Into Your Skull
Digital Music News: Paul Resnikoff
The Batband delivers sound through bone conduction, which basically involves ‘transducers’ that emit sound waves that are picked up by your ‘private inner ear,’ which frees up your outer ear for other things. 


People Are Receiving Mysterious Cassette Tapes In The Mail
Digital Music News: Ari Herstand
A brilliant marketing ploy to create mystery about upcoming music releases has created a social media frenzy.


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