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Are Unions Relevant to New Music?
NewMusicBox: Aaron Gervais
Can the “Sharing Economy” of New Music and music unions find common ground?  The AFM and other unions play a significant role in the realm of larger, more traditional music making—orchestras, musicals, film recording, opera, et cetera—but they are almost invisible when it comes to new music ensembles and organizations.


Talking Race and “Blackface” In Opera: The Long Version
Washington Post: Anne Midgette
The Washington Post features a conversation between five opera singers about race in opera, motivated by the Metropolitan Opera’s decision to stop using “blackface” in its new production of Verdi’s “Otello.”

The Power of the Arts
NEA: Michelle Obama
First Lady Michele Obama talks of her upbringing and the necessity of the arts. And, her husband agrees!

Orchestra Concerts Aren’t Patriotic. Stop Opening Them with the National Anthem.
The Washington Post: Scott Cantrell
The pomp and circumstance of a national anthem mercilessly clashes with the complex creativity of classical composers worldwide.

Are Music Scholars Ignoring Music’s Universality?
The Smart Set: Ted Gioia
Recent findings in related fields, for example Harvard professor E.J. Michael Witzel’s paradigm-changing exploration of the origins of human mythology, present a serious challenge of the incommensurability model and should not be ignored by music scholars.

Choral Singing and the Origins of Diplomacy
Pacific Standard: Tom Jacobs
New research suggests singing together was the original way our hunter-gatherer ancestors forged bonds with strangers.


Recipients of Nation’s Highest Award in Jazz Announced
National Endowment for the Arts
The 2016 Jazz Masters are Gary Burton, Wendy Oxenhorn, Pharoah Sanders, and Archie Shepp. David Baker, an Indiana University Distinguished Professor and member of the Jacobs School of Music faculty, was named a Jazz Master in 2000.

Chicago's Dynamic eighth blackbird is MCA's New Living Art Installation
Chicago Tribune: John von Rhein
Beginning this fall and ending in June, eighth blackbird will serve as a living art installation at the MCA, interacting aurally with museum patrons whose aesthetic orientation is mainly visual.

Angela Brown is October Entrepreneur of the Month
Jacobs School of Music - Project Jumpstart
Read an exclusive interview with the dramatic soprano, who recently received Indiana University’s Distinguished Alumni Service Award.

Violinist Wins Fought-Over Carnegie Hall Prize
New York Times: Michael Cooper
The winner of the $100k Carnegie Hall Prize is.... violinist Augustin Hadelich, 2006 winner of the Indianapolis Violin Competition

Ballerina Misty Copeland To Produce Fox Drama Inspired By Her Life
Deadline: Nellie Andreeva
The untitled project, which has been set up at Fox through 20th Century Fox TV, follows a young, hip and diverse group of aspiring dancers as they fiercely compete for places in a top ballet company.

Adele Says 'Hello' In First Video From Her New Album '25'
All Songs Considered : NPR All Songs Considered
A new video from Adele reveals the opening song from 25, third album, probably the last in a trilogy of albums with an age in the title, the 27-year-old singer has made what she described in a post on Facebook as "a make-up record.


Why Canada’s New Prime Minister Might Be Good for the Arts, Eh?
Hyperallergic: Gabrielle Santiago-Vancak
For the past 9 years, cultural institutions in Canada have been reeling from the effect of massive government defunding. Justin Trudeau, who pursued acting in his earlier years, and Canada’s Liberal Party now have an opportunity to stand firmly with the arts.

Young Mexican Female Conductor to Lead Queensland Symphony
New York Times: Michael Cooper
Alondra de la Parra is the rising young Mexican conductor who founded the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas. The orchestra said the position for Ms. de la Parra would combine several roles, including that of chief conductor and artistic director.

Vladimir Putin Awards Russian Baritone, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Order of Alexander Nevsky Prize
Classicalite: Ian Holubiak
Dmitri Hvorostovsky, the beloved international baritone undergoing treatment in London for brain cancer, was awarded the Order of Alexander Nevsky by Vladimir Putin, Russia's president. The award is given for exceptional artistry.

British Library Buys the Gilbert and Sullivan Archive
The Guardian: Maev Kennedy
The collection of more than a century of material owned by the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company will give public insight into comic opera.

Palestinian Anger in Jerusalem and West Bank Gets a Violent Soundtrack
New York Times: Jodi Rudoren and Rami Nazzal
Inspired by this month’s wave of Palestinian attacks against Israeli Jews and deadly clashes with Israeli security forces, musicians in the occupied West Bank and beyond have produced scores of militaristic, often violent tunes.


Videogames Help Keep the Symphony Orchestra Afloat
Kill Screen: Jess Joho
A bipolar relationship orchestras have developed toward videogames has almost single-handedly brought it back from the brink of cultural and financial extinction.

17 Things You Need Know About YouTube Red and YouTube
Digital Music News: Paul Resnikoff
YouTube Music will offer offline music access. This could be the coolest feature, especially since it’s always been missing from YouTube. 

How Jay Z's Tidal Charity Concert Raised $1.5 Million
New York Times: Joe Coscarelli
The majority of the money raised — “close to a million,” Ms. Diaz said — came from ticket sales at a sold-out show at the Barclays Center.


Falling in Love with Bands Through Commercials
NPR All Songs Considered: Robin Hilton and Bob Boilen
Enjoy tracking amazing bands such as Chairlift, Stolen Jars, Beach House, Bayonne, Bronze Radio Return, and Weaves.


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