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Lilly Endowment Boosts Numerous Organizations with $100 Million in Grants
Amounts include $10 million to the Indianapolis Symphony, $5 million to the International Violin Competition, and $5 million to the American Pianists Association.


How Playing an Instrument Benefits Your Brain
TEDEd: Anita Collins
Multiple areas of your brain become engaged and active when you listen to music. But when you actually play an instrument, the activity becomes more like a full-body brain workout.

Violinist Interviews New Yorkers About Classical Music
Philippe Quint goes out to various parts of the city to find out what New Yorkers have to say about classical music. The conversations end up being surprising!

Even Ballet Dancers Are in Awe of Stephen Curry’s Moves
New York Times: Scott Cacciola
The Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry has ballet dancers in awe.

The Choreographer Crystal Pite Pushes Against Ballet
The New York Times: Roslyn Sulcas
In the continuing discussion about the scarcity of female choreographers in the ballet world, one name inevitably crops up: Crystal Pite.

Sound Without Barriers: Recording Contemporary Music
Gramophone: James McCarthy
Recording has transformed the way new music reaches new listeners.


Philadelphia Orchestra Not Out of the Woods Yet Peter Dobrin
Slipping audience attendance, deferred staff hires, smaller productions, and cancelled partnerships. The Philadelphia Orchestra makes painful decisions as it balances its budget.

Opera Colorado's Comeback a Chance to Move Forward
The Denver Post: Ray Mark Rinaldi
Expanding audiences is a key goal of Opera Colorado's new five-year plan, which it hopes will bridge the demands of traditional operagoers with the need to attract new faces and keep the company moving forward artistically — all while keeping ambitions reasonable.

Remembering Joseph Silverstein, Renowned Violinist and BSO Concertmaster
Boston Globe: Jeremy Eichler
A student of Josef Gingold and Mischa Mischakoff, Silverstein served as the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s concertmaster for 22 years and as its assistant conductor from 1971 to 1984.

Sheldon Harnick, ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ Lyricist, Busier Than Ever at 91
New York Times: Michael Paulson
The 91-year-old lyricist, a musical theater luminary best known for “Fiddler on the Roof,” with more than six decades working in New York theater, including 31 Broadway productions, is not interested in retirement.

Danish Composer Wins 2016 Grawemeyer Award
Louisville Courier-Journal: Elizabeth Kramer
The song cycle “let me tell you” by Danish composer Hans Abrahamsen has earned the 2016 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition, according to the University of Louisville, which distributes the prize each year. The prize includes $100,000.


Adele’s ‘25’ Sells Record-Shattering 3.38 Million Copies
New York Times: Joe Coscarelli
That’s nearly a million more than the previous high mark for first-week sales — ’N Sync sold 2.4 million copies of “No Strings Attached” in 2000 — and makes “25” the first release to sell three million copies in a week since Nielsen (and previously SoundScan) began tallying hard sales data in 1991.

Who Is Really Paying for Adele?
The New Yorker: John Seabrook
In pursuing a strategy of inflating sales by keeping albums such as British singer Adele’s “25” off streaming services, could the record business be choosing short-term profits over long-term growth?

Toronto Symphony Orchestra Posts Small Surplus
The Globe and Mail: Robert Harris
The $135,781 surplus is the second in two years for the orchestra, reversing the two previous years’ deficits, which together totaled more than $2 million.

Iran Orchestra Barred Over Women Musicians
A high-profile performance in Iran by the Tehran Symphony Orchestra was cancelled at the last minute because it was due to feature female musicians, its furious conductor said on Sunday.

Benjamin Clementine: From Busker to Mercury Winner
BBC: Mark Savage
Singer-songwriter Benjamin Clementine has won the 2015 Mercury Music Prize for his searingly personal debut album, 'At Least For Now'. It is a remarkable turnaround for the 26-year-old, who was sleeping rough in Paris six years ago.

Favela Ballet Project Gives Brazilian Girls a Chance to Dance
The Guardian: Frederick Bernas
In Rio de Janeiro’s notorious Morro do Adeus a young ballerina is teaching pliés and jumps and offering girls an opportunity to transcend their harsh reality.


Drooble Starts a Collaborative Music Community
Digital Music News: Paul Resnikoff
Drooble wants to bring the now-global community of musicians and artists under one roof. The service will initially focus its energies around a few core areas: teaching and taking lessons, pairing compatible musicians, facilitating collaborative jamming, and band pages.

4 Music Marketing Tips From DIY Musician Conference
HypeBot: Justin Zupnick
Patrick Griffin (Digital Promotions and Label Relations at CD Baby) and Chris Robley (Marketing Coordinator at CD Baby) offer suggestions on how independent artists can boost their careers by taking advantage of the growing digital landscape.

Let’s Save Classical Music
The online social network that connects young classical musicians to local audiences through concert house parties is growing. Will the project come to Bloomington?


What Happens When Bach Visits Campus?
New York Times: Michael George
Matt Haimovitz and his cello case with staff members from the Miller Theater before his pop-up concert at Brad’s Cafe at Columbia University last Friday, one of several stealthy performances he did at campus sites including a dining hall and a gym.


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