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Music Tops Leisure Interests for Millennials
Yahoo News (AFP)
Music is the top leisure interest for the millennial generation, with the booming festival industry offering vast untapped opportunities for brands, a study said Thursday.

The Minds Of Millennials
Adaptistration: Drew McManus
A Millennial age producer, director, and editor films a revealing two-minute video about a night on the town built around an orchestra concert.


Hey Spotify: Apple Music Just Topped 10 Million Paying Subscribers
Digital Music News
According to the Financial Times, Apple Music has surpassed 10 million paying subscribers.  The milestone comes just 6 months after launch, making Apple Music the world’s second-largest streaming music service behind Spotify.

Classical Music Needs a New Name
Cuepoint: Graig Havighurst
A chance to re-introduce and refresh the very idea of music made for careful listening and refined expression in a fast-changing and jaded world.

Composers’ Collectives Offer Creativity and Challenges
New York Times: Corinna da Fonesca-Wollheim
Composers’ collectives have always had a certain combative spirit. But it is perhaps a sign of the fuzzy warmth of the current all-embracing new-music scene, where no one style is dominant, that composers seem to band together in order to argue with one another, rather than take up the fight against a perceived status quo.

The Police Co-Founder and Drummer, Stewart Copeland, Explains His Journey from Rock to Opera
Huffington Post: Steve Schonberg
Last weekend one of Copeland’s works, The Cask of Amontillado, played at Dixon Place in New York City, premiering new orchestrations for the early 1990’s opera.

Musicians on How 'Mozart in the Jungle' Conducts Itself
New York Times: Laura M. Holson
How do professional musicians respond to the surprisingly popular series? 

Does Listening to a Recording Help Us Learn Faster and Play More Accurately?
The Bulletproof Musician: Noa Kageyama
Researchers at the University of Texas Austin recruited 32 instrumental music majors with some secondary piano training to learn a short passage either (a) after listening to a recording or (b) without listening to a recording. The results are fascinating.

Dealing With Disappointment
Jonathan Blalock, Tenor
In a competitive music world, how does one realize that rejection is often an opportunity to regroup and empower your performing future.


‘Mozart in the Jungle’: High-Profile Wins at Golden Globes
Variety: Elizabeth Wagmeister
“Mozart in the Jungle” walked away with the best comedy series statue, beating out HBO’s “Silicon Valley” and “Veep,” Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black,” Hulu’s “Casual” and yes, Amazon’s own “Transparent,” which was considered the frontrunner.

NYC Opera: A Leap of Faith
The New Yorker: Russell Platt
Just because New York ought to support two established opera companies, as so many in the business contend, doesn’t necessarily mean that it has to.

Boston Symphony Launches New App, Provides iPads?
Classicalite: Shane Jordan
In a clear sign that they are ready to embrace the future with open arms, and in the hopes of attracting a more youthful cliental, the Boston Symphony Orchestra has not only launched an extensive app but has also introduced new "Casual Fridays".

'Hamilton' to Contend for Primary Tony Awards
Classicalite: Rebecca Zedeck
The 70th Annual Tony Awards will be held on June 12th at the Beacon Theatre. It will be broadcast live on CBS. Official nominations will be announced live from the Paramount Hotel on May 3.

Michael Jackson-Themed Orchestra Piece Wins ASCAP Nissim Prize
Vincent Calianno has been awarded the 36th annual ASCAP Foundation Rudolf Nissim Prize for ‘The Facts and Dreams of the World According to Michael Jackson’, a 12-minute work for orchestra.

Menahem Pressler Makes Symphony Center Solo Piano Debut
Classicalite: Shane Jordan
After making his subscription debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra more than 40 years ago, Distinguished Professor Menahem Pressler is set to make his solo piano debut at the Symphony Center later this month.

American Ballet Theatre Appoints Kara Medoff Barnett as Next Executive Director
Classicalite: Kara Medoff Barnett
Kara Medoff Barnett is an executive from Lincoln Center and will succeed ABT's longtime ED Rachel Moore, who parted with the theatre last year.

Renee Fleming Celebrates New Vocal Traditions with 'Chicago Voices' Initiative
Classicalite: Ian Holubiak
A project in coordination with Chicago's Lyric Opera that celebrates the diverse vocal traditions interspersed throughout the Chicago area, the new program is entitled ‘Chicago Voices’ and is modeled after a previous endeavor from Fleming.

Artist Marcel Dzama Designs Costumes for Justin Peck’s Newest Ballet
WWD: Misty White Sidell
A new crop of creators, procedures and strategies have emerged with the objective to bring the storied art form into the future

David Bowie Never Had a Number 1 Album in America (Until Now)
Digital Music News: Charlotte Hassan
David Bowie has reached number one on the American album charts for the first time ever.  He did it with his last album, Blackstar.

Ronald Perelman Quits Carnegie Hall Board
The New York Times: Michael Cooper
In a quiet coda to a period of sturm und drang at Carnegie Hall, Ronald O. Perelman, the billionaire businessman, resigned from its board of trustees earlier this month.


Chanting Monks (led by JSoM alumnus Cassian Folsom) Become Bestselling Artists
CBS Sunday Morning
It took several hundred years, but an American has brought music back to this sacred place in Italy - and music lovers around the world have responded.

Henryk Górecki Premieres Fourth Symphony Follow Up to 'Sorrowful Songs' After 25 Years
Classicalite: Ian Holubiak
Nearly 25 years after his title hit, ‘Symphony of Sorrowful Songs’, the late Henryk Górecki has premiered a follow-up to the million copy-selling smash. His fourth symphony to date, Górecki has compiled four movements into a unique 35-minute recording currently available for streaming. The work was reconstructed by Gorecki's son Mikolaj, who received his MM in composition from the Jacobs School of Music, studying with Eugene O'Brien and Sven-David Sandström.

Jazz on the Rise in South Korea
Classicalite: Ian Holubiak
While it may be losing its footing this side of the globe, jazz is on the rise in South Korea. This rise is perhaps none more evident than at the country's Jarasum International Jazz Festival, which takes place a couple hours outside of Seoul.

Britain Proposes 10-Year Prison Terms for Copyright Infringement
Digital Music News: Paul Resnikoff
British statutes currently call for two-year term maximums. And that may be the extent of it: according to just-released survey data, nearly 98% of the British public hate the idea of a long-term lockup for infringement.


Delegation for Musicians: A Guide for Getting Help
You will never achieve the success you want it if you try to do it all alone and try to take on things that stop you dead in your tracks or waste your precious time.

Music Marketing In 2016: 6 Key Trends
Hybrid Language: Lucy Blair
Video is the new social media star. Virtual becomes reality. Redefining YouTube’s role in music. Streaming becomes mainstream. Big Data and big ideas. Music marketing gets antisocial.

4 Ways to Network in the Music Industry That Won't Cost You a Cent
Research before introducing yourself. Join a local music industry meetup group. Do them a favor (without being asked). Show your support.

Best Times To Post On #Facebook, #Twitter, #Instagram, #Pinterest
HypeBot (infographic)
When is the best time to post on social media?  The best answer depends on your audience and goals, but there are some guidelines and the folks at QuickSprout have created this graphic guide.

Submit Your Video to the 2016 Tiny Desk Contest Now
NPR All Songs Considered
The 2016 Tiny Desk Contest is now open!


The Volvo V40 R-Design: Life Is In The (Conductor’s) Details
Swedish Conductor Marie Rosenmir is the carmaker’s new endorser.

What Happens When You Get Sir Mix-A-Lot's Phone Number?
NPR: James Doubek
Jonathan Nichols got a new phone number when he was in law school in Seattle. He told The Seattle Times he wanted an easy number to remember, with a local area code to help him in a job search. But he realized something was wrong when he got a few odd text messages.


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