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New Yorker: Alexis Okeowo
An unlikely orchestra wins the world’s attention. The grandson of a Congolese prophet, Armand Diangienda, gathered musicians to glorify God. The Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of the Congo) Orchestra has now toured on three continents.


Conservatories Should Place More Focus on Teaching Skills
The Strad: Cornelia Watkins and Laurie Scott
Most professional musicians will end up teaching in some capacity – so more colleges should offer courses that foster educational skills.

Small Towns Increasingly Attract Business Through The Arts
Wisconsin Public Radio: Scottie Lee Meyers
The arts are playing an increasingly important role in stimulating the local economies of small towns and rural communities throughout Wisconsin.

New Music as a Vehicle for Deep Learning
NewMusicBox: Nell Shaw Cohen
The first in a four-part series that explores how new music can be a powerful catalyst for learning.

Notable Quotable: President Barack Obama on the American Creative Spirit
“We’ve got to support our artists and celebrate their work, and do our part to ensure that the American creative spirit that has defined us from the very beginning will thrive for generations to come.” – President Obama

Are Symphony Orchestras Really in Trouble?
Michigan Radio: Ryan Grimes
As the Grand Rapids Symphony comes to terms with its financial challenges, Michigan Public Radio interviews Bruce Ridge, Chairman of the International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians. His message is that US orchestras are extremely resilient and have emerged from the Great Recession with “tremendous growth in many places”.

Is It Always Healthy to Vent Emotions Through Music-Listening?
The Atlantic: Lauren Cassani Davis
Putting on headphones to regulate emotions may not always be beneficial.


Martin Scorsese Confirms Leonard Bernstein Biopic, Renews Paramount Deal
Classicalite: Ian Holubiak
Martin Scorsese, a household name in filmmaking, has announced that he will renew his development deal with Paramount. On the list of upcoming projects is a biopic about Leonard Bernstein.

In Search of Charisma at the New York Philharmonic
The New Yorker: Alex Ross
Year after year, the most pressing question has been one of leadership. With a search for a new conductor, Alex Ross gives the back story.

Tensions On The Rise In Fort Worth
Adaptistration: Drew McManus
The ongoing negotiations at the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra (FWSO) have attracted increased attention from local traditional news outlets due to the lack of progress combined with an increase in stakeholder frustration.

Salem (OR) Chamber Orchestra to File for Bankruptcy
Statesman Journal: Tom Mayhall Rastrelli
In spite of cost-saving measures and efforts to recruit new and younger patrons, a significant decline in donations and ticket sales resulted in an estimated budget shortfall of $100,000.

The World's Highest-Paid Women In Music 2015
Forbes Video: Zach O’Malley Greenburg
FORBES counts down the top 5 women in the music industry who brought in the most cash in the last 12 months.

Adele's "Hello" First Song to Hit 1 Million Downloads In a Week
Digital Music News: Paul Resnikoff
Adele’s ‘Hello’ has just sold 1.11 million downloads in one week, the first time any song has sold more than a million downloads in seven days or less.  A large bulk are from the iTunes Store and Amazon.

Ben Carson Releases a Rap Song. But Will He Get Signed by America?
Digital Music News: Paul Resnikoff
The rap ad, which features Chamillionaire sound-alike Aspiring Mogul, is being blasted in eight urban markets and comes alongside Carson’s surge in Republican polls.  The spot features Carson straight-talking about the issues, and is designed to better connect with African-American voters.

Remembering Harold Arlen, The Mystery Man Behind 'Over The Rainbow'
NPR: Susan Stamberg
Any fan of the Great American Songbook could hum a few bars of "Over the Rainbow", "Stormy Weather", or "That Old Black Magic" without having to think too hard. And yet, the composer of those songs remains little known. Harold Arlen had major hits, won an Oscar, and was called "the most original of all of us" by none other than George Gershwin, but he never became a household name. On the 110th anniversary of Arlen's birth, NPR Special Correspondent Susan Stamberg is here to redress that grievance.


Iran: 26 Popular Singers Banned from Performing
The Iran Intelligence Ministry banned 26 popular musicians and singers from performing in Iran after their music was aired by networks abroad.

BBC Proms Goes to Melbourne in 2016
Limelight (Australia): Maxim Boom
The new four day festival, BBC Proms Australia, brings the world's biggest classical music festival Down Under.

It's Time to Scotch the Cliche that Opera Tickets are Too Expensive
The Guardian: Andrew Mitchell
John Humphrys is just the latest to repeat the myth that opera tickets are prohibitively expensive. Look at the figures; in fact, opera houses offer tickets that are among the cheapest for any live event in the UK.


Creating an Opera as Big as L.A.
The New Yorker: Alex Ross
A high-tech work of Wagnerian scale is being staged across Los Angeles.

Another Game Changer? Facebook Is Now Streaming Music in Your Feed
Digital Music News: Charlotte Hassan
With nearly 900 million people using Facebook on their mobile devices daily, and 8 billion video views a day, getting back into music was the next logical step for the social networking giant.

How To Successfully Crowdfund: 7 Stats from 100,000 Crowdfunding Campaigns on Indiegogo
Indiegogo Blog: Amy Yeh
Information from a recent study that musicians should keep in mind when looking to raise capital for their next artistic endeavor.

SingFit: Music As Medicine to Treat Alzheimer's
All About Jazz (Hypebot): George Howard
This series of articles focuses on how music heals us, and profiles entrepreneurs who utilize music to enhance the lives of those who are ailing.


Science Explains. . .Why Dancing Is A Fast Way to Make Yourself Happier
Inverse: Sarah Sloat
There’s a rhythm in you.

Tasting Notes
NewMusicBox: Ben Houge
Writing a ‘food opera’ brought Ben Houge closer to research on crossmodal links between the senses. Pairing music with food represents an exciting new arena for aesthetic expression.


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