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John Eaton, Composer and Electronic Innovator, Dies at 80
New York Times: William Grimes
One of the more entrepreneurial opera composers of the past 50 years who also worked with inventor Robert Moog, John Eaton was a faculty member of the IU Jacobs School of Music from 1970-1992.


NPR Music's 50 Favorite Albums Of 2015
2015 was a year in which the fractures in the music industry's bedrock became everyday geography — a no man's land of streaming, downloads, CDs and LPs, with plenty of skirmishes and territory disputes. It was also one in which album sales were not just broken but demolished.

New York Times

Grammy Nominations 2016: List of Classical Musicians Contending for Awards
Classicalite brings you the lists for recordings for orchestra, opera, choral, small ensemble, instrumental, and more.

The 30 Musical America Professionals of the Year: The Influencers
People who are making a difference by virtue of their position, their creativity, and/or their dedication.

The 2016 OPERA NEWS Awards Recipients
Five honorees will be acknowledged for contributions to the opera world at the 11th Annual Awards Ceremony: Joseph Calleja, Elīna Garanča, Waltraud Meier, Anna Netrebko, and José van Dam.

The Top 10 LinkedIn Influencers of 2015
Entrepreneurs and business leaders, ranked by engagement on LinkedIn.


Cleveland Orchestra Going Strong in 2015
The Plain Dealer: Zachary Lewis
The orchestra reports its second surplus in a row, endowment growth, and larger audiences in 2015.

Indianapolis Symphony Reports Third Straight Annual Budget Surplus
Indianapolis Business Journal
The ISO said it took in $23.8 million in operating revenue during the 2014-2015 fiscal year, which ended Aug. 31, while realizing expenses of $22.9 million. The budget surplus of $900,000 topped last year’s $266,000 and $236,000 in the 2012-13 fiscal year.

Geffen Hall Redesign Team is Chosen
New York Times: Robin Pogrebin
In making the long-awaited decision as to who would reimagine its home, the New York Philharmonic — together with Lincoln Center — has made a surprising choice, selecting the London firm Heatherwick Studio and Diamond Schmitt Architects of Toronto to redesign the interior of David Geffen Hall.

Charlie Parker Opera Will Go On
New York Times: Michael Cooper
When Gotham Chamber Opera closed this fall, it looked like one of the casualties would be the New York premiere of “Charlie Parker’s Yardbird,” the ambitious new work it had co-commissioned with Opera Philadelphia and which it had planned to perform at the Apollo Theater, where Charlie Parker himself played.

Ballet Hispanico Consolidates Leadership with Eduardo Vilaro as Chief Executive
The New York Times: Michael Cooper
Ballet Hispanico, which was founded 45 years ago to explore Latino dance, is re-choreographing its management structure. The company announced Wednesday that Eduardo Vilaro, its artistic director since 2009, would become its CEO as well.

'Happy Birthday' Copyright Suit Settled
Once the settlement is finalized, the song will be in the public domain. That means it will be free for all to use without fear of a lawsuit.

'One More' For Frank Sinatra, Who Took a Stand in Gary, Indiana
NPR: Scott Simon
A moment when Frank Sinatra was truly magnificent. Not in Las Vegas or New York, New York, but Gary, Indiana.

Why Sinatra is the Godfather of Hip-Hop
NPR's Sonari Glinton shares a theory he's long held: Sinatra is the godfather of hip-hop. He makes his case to NPR's Kelly McEvers.

Jackie Evancho, Lindsey Stirling among Top Earners of 2015 for Classical Music
Classicalite: Ian Holubiak
On the classical front, Andrea Bocelli, Lindsey Stirling, the Monks of Norcia, the Piano Guys, Jackie Evancho and more make the list of top contenders.


English National Opera Defends Need for Cuts after Opera Heavyweights Complain
The Telegraph: Hannah Furness
English National Opera has insisted it must make cuts if it is to survive, after highly-paid leading figures in opera criticized it for plans to stem spending by reducing its chorus and putting on musicals.

Kasper Holten to Quit Royal Opera
The Guardian: Mark Brown
Kasper Holten, the Royal Opera’s director of opera since 2011, has announced he will leave Covent Garden in 2017 in order to be closer to family in Denmark.

Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Early-Music Pioneer, Announces Retirement
The New York Times: Michael Cooper
The great Austrian conductor and early-music pioneer Nikolaus Harnoncourt announced his retirement this weekend, as he celebrated his 86th birthday.

A Wordless Elegy for China’s War Dead (with just one performance)
New York Times: Didi Kirsten Tatlow
Half a century passed since Wang Xillin conceived his haunting requiem for the souls of China’s millions of World War II dead, and it finally rang out with just one performance in Beijing on Sunday.

A New Music Journey from the U.S. to Havana
NPR: Deceptive Cadence – Anastasia Tsioulcas
A group of American composers and musicians couldn't resist an opportunity to travel to the island to present their own music and seek out their Cuban colleagues' work.

Ballet Boys Eclipse Girls (in the UK) Thanks to Billy Elliot Effect
The Telegraph: Hannah Furness
The Royal Ballet School said it has taken in slightly more boys than girls in recent years thanks to the strength of their applications. While significantly higher numbers of girls still apply, there have been more boys than girls at the school since 2010.

North Korea Sends Its Leader’s Chosen Pop Band to Beijing
New York Times: Edward Wong and Owen Guo
Moranbong Band is the latest (and maybe the only) soft-power export from North Korea. It is the favorite group of Kim Jong-un, the nation’s young authoritarian leader, and some reports say he handpicked each member.

Adele's '25' Crosses 8 Million Albums Sold
Digital Music News: Paul Resnikoff
Adele’s super-selling 25 is now careening towards 10 million units sold worldwide, with the singer now comfortably crossing the 8 million-mark.


Entrepreneurship in Music: The Series
An excellent collection of articles about music apps and products developed in the 21st century.

The Groupmuse Business Model, Part 1
The Groupmuse Business Model, Part 2
Adaptistration: Drew McManus
A comprehensive look at how Groupmuse is doing. The groundbreaking organization facilitates house parties featuring classical musicians.


Musician: The Original Entrepreneur
Audition Plus: Gina Molinari
Performers are able to make huge strides not only in pursuing the life they always wanted to, but to change the world as we know it.

The Artist's Dilemma: What Constitutes Selling Out?
The Conversation: Yoav Litvin
Companies will often seek to cultivate artists as a way to enhance their brand, and street art can have the effect of making a product look more authentic, edgy and gritty.

Marina Abramović, Igor Levit Light Up Park Avenue Armory With 'Goldberg Variations'
Classicalite: Ian Holubiak
Marina Abramović is a well-known performance artist and her approach to this unique show was based similarly in performance.

Vertical Performance: Limits to Onstage Performance
NewMusicBox: Judith Kogan
Are there limits to multitasking onstage? That question came to mind while watching Michael Gordon’s chamber opera Van Gogh during the Bang on a Can Festival at MASS MoCA this past summer.


Airport Ballet
TIME: Oliva B. Waxman
Air travel has never looked so relaxing. See the graceful way ballet dancers deal with an annoying layover.


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