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Seven Women Conductors Who Deserve Attention
WQXR: Amanda Angel
In honor of Women’s History Month, WQXR revisits the subject of female conductors. Here are seven conductors who are on the rise.

Women’s Indelible Mark on Classical Music
Rhapsody: Thomas May
It took until 1920 for the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to be ratified, guaranteeing female citizens the right to vote. But almost 100 years later, the status quo in classical music still needs a whole lot of shaking up if women are to have fair representation.


Passion Season/Bach Season
Oxford University Press Blog: Daniel Melamed
Jacobs School professor and chair of musicology, Daniel Melamed, considers the power and significance of Bach’s St. John Passion and St. Matthew Passion nearly 300 years after they were composed.

Where Have All The Good Tenors Gone, and Where Are All The Basses?
The Economist: Elisabeth Braw
An article quotes Mary Ann Hart, chair of the voice department, in an exploration of trends in emerging singing talent around the world.

The Next Generation of Great Opera Singers
WQXR: Fred Plotkin
Here are 15 female singers who merit your attention
Here are 15 male singers who merit your attention

Boulez and Harnoncourt, So Different, Yet More Alike Than They Realized
New York Times: David Allen
It’s as if the postwar period itself had died. Within two months, Pierre Boulez and Nikolaus Harnoncourt, the two avant-gardists who more than anyone in the last half-century redefined classical music, were gone.

What Does A Successful 21st Century Opera Company Look Like?
Huffington Post: Jennifer Rivera
Model #1: Small, Flexible, Innovative, Urban
Model 2: Regional, Bold, Willing to Challenge, Strong Leadership
Model #3: Multi-Dimensional Leadership, Focus on Contemporary Works, Alternative Programming, Venturing Beyond the Proscenium

Arts Organizations Need the Past as They Embrace the Future
Chicago Tribune: Chris Jones
The tricky part of this equation is that it is difficult to reinvent yourself while maintaining a structure that allows you to hold on to that existing well of loyalty.

Who Will Be the Next Arts Revolutionary?
Createquity: Shawn Lent, Katie Ingersoll, Michael Feldman, Talia Gibas
The story of how the nonprofit arts sector got started offers would-be changemakers some clues.

Wayne Shorter & Herbie Hancock Pen an Open Letter to the Next Generation of Artists
We find ourselves in turbulent and unpredictable times…

Appropriating Cultures for Fun and Profit
HowlRound: David Copelin
Cultural appropriation gets a bad rap these days. It’s usually thought of as cultural misappropriation, especially when used by members of a privileged class to imitate, or rip off, characteristics of a less-privileged group.

‘A Lot of Students Don’t Know How to Practice’ Says Pianist Melvyn Tan
ClassicFM: Elizabeth Davis
The great Singaporean pianist first made a name for himself as an expert in early music, recording music on the fortepiano. Davis spoke to him about how taking up the harpsichord by accident, learning how to practice and why he’d really like to meet Schubert.

This Is The Musician You’ve Been Looking For
Adaptistration: Drew McManus
A great interview with Holly Mulcahy, Neo Classical author and Chattanooga Symphony Concertmaster holly Mulchahy that dives into areas of her atypical 20+ year career path as a pioneer in areas that have become hot topics throughout the orchestra field. Among those is the value of connecting with the audience in ways beyond the artistic.


American Academy of Arts and Letters Announces 2016 Music Awards Totalling Over $200K
Four composers—Robert Carl, Robert Kyr, Sean Shepherd, and Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon—will each receive a $10,000 Arts and Letters Award in Music, which honors outstanding artistic achievement by a composer who has arrived at his or her own voice.

Thomas Adès on His BSO Partnership
The Boston Globe
The Boston Symphony Orchestra has just named the acclaimed British composer Thomas Adès as Artistic Partner, the first such appointment in the institution’s history.

Kennedy Center Names Q-Tip First-Ever ‘Hip-Hop Director’
The Washington Post: Peggy McGlone
Marking the 100th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s birth, Kennedy Center President Deborah Rutter has introduced her first season of programming with a year-long festival that honors the president’s legacy of courage, freedom and social justice.


Iraq's Only Ballet and Music School Faces Funding Crisis
Yahoo News: Susannah George
Iraq's only music and ballet school has survived decades of war, sanctions and dictatorship, but now faces a funding crisis due to low oil prices and the costly war against the Islamic State group.

English National Opera Chorus Ends Labor Dispute With a Pay Cut
The Stage: Matthew Hemley
English National Opera chorus members have agreed to a cash cut, but pro rata pay rise, for the work they do at the organization. The chorus members will only be paid to work nine months of the year instead of 12.

Remembering Beatles' Sir George Martin & His Classical Influence on a Generation
Classicalite: Philip Trapp
Famed record producer and legendary "Fifth Beatle," George Martin, died last Tuesday, March 8th, joining other icons such David Bowie, Pierre Boulez and more who also passed away this year.


Instagram for Arts Organizations: What does it even mean?
ArtsHacker: Jonathan Eifert
Arts organizations should be interested in developing a strong Instagram account in order to attract a younger demographic to their concerts, events, etc.


Watch David Cranmer Play a Theremin Inside a Badger, Called the 'Badgermin'
Classicalite: Ian Holubiak
In this day and age and with the advent of new technology as a constant, it's no surprise that most anything can be turned into an instrument. That is, until you've seen a badger transformed into a playable Theremin, then perhaps anything can really be transformed into something that makes music worth listening to.


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