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The Real Reason Musicians are Dropping out of Music Schools

CBC: Claire Motyer

A 2012 Australian study on that country’s professional symphony orchestras showed that 84 per cent of musicians had experienced injuries in their lifetime and 50 per cent were currently having pain while playing. Why is this happening?


Adele Dominates the Grammys; Beyoncé Stops the Show
NY Times: Ben Sisaro
Adele won album of the year for “25” and both record of the year and song of the year for “Hello.” Beyoncé gave a showstopping performance celebrating motherhood, and championed pride for “every child of every race” when she accepted the award for best urban contemporary album for “Lemonade.” A Tribe Called Quest gave a powerfully anti-Trump performance. Katy Perry’s “Chained to the Rhythm” had political overtones. Chance the Rapper won the awards for best rap album and best new artist.

Energizing Visit
[to IU]
Greg Sandow (Blog)
I’m pretty much wowed, after spending a long weekend — last Friday to Monday — at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. Of course, it’s a big place, so there’s a lot I missed. So of course, this is just a partial impression. But I was the guest of the school’s Office of Entrepreneurship and Career Development, and I’m confident that this functions wonderfully. From what I saw, and what I know elsewhere, it must be one of the top entrepreneurship programs at any conservatory.

The Music Man: Joshua Bell at Mid-Career

The Washington Post: Anne Midgette
The fact that chamber music is Bell’s stated preference says a lot about an artist who is fueled more by interest in music than by the lure of stardom.

How Should a Musician Make a Debut? Try Going Low-Key

NY Times: Anthony Tommasini
Both the Zora and Verona Quartet, who started out at the Jacobs School of Music, are celebrated as models of success and good judgement, as they present their early professional recitals.

The Improbable Rise of the First African American Opera Impresario

San Francisco Classical Voice: Lucy Caplan
As we continue to celebrate the accomplishments of figures like Price and Arroyo, and those that have followed them, it’s essential to remember that they did not emerge out of a vacuum, nor did they succeed solely as the result of the overdue opening of the door by powerful white administrators. Rather, they built upon a longstanding tradition of black operatic performance, forged in the context of Jim Crow segregation. The circumstances under which that creation emerged were an outrage; the art created in spite of those circumstances was remarkable.

Can Wynton Marsalis and Lincoln Center Save Jazz Music?

Harvard Business Journal
With its listenership in steep decline, jazz legend Wynton Marsalis is looking to rebrand the genre and engineer its comeback, with the help of Professor Rohit Deshpande.

Making Art in a Time of Rage

The New Yorker: Alex Ross
In the face of Trump, many artists report feelings of paralysis. Should they carry on as before, nobly defying the ruination of public discourse? Or seize on a new mission, abandoning the illusion of aesthetic autonomy?

Immigrants All

The Post and Courier: Nigel Redden
Spoleto Festival director makes the arts’ case against the travel ban.

How Can the Art World Resist Trump? Probably Not Very Well.

Washington Post: Tom Rachman
Those in the American arts are in a difficult position at the dawn of Trump time: damned if they damn him, damned if they don’t.


Streaming Revolution Reaches Grammys
AFP: Shaun Tandon
Streaming has rapidly transformed the music industry and if there is to be a single moment to confirm the format's arrival, it may be the Grammy Awards. The music industry's most prestigious awards this year for the first time considered releases that were only streamed online.

An Orchestra Triumphs Over Trump’s Travel Ban

NY Times: Michael Cooper
As the orchestra prepared to leave Hungary last week, it was informed that one of its cellists, a longtime Hungarian citizen, would not be allowed to enter the United States because he also held citizenship in Iraq, one of the seven predominantly Muslim countries named in the ban.

Amid Deteriorating U.S.-Mexico Relationship, Border Youth Orchestras Unite for Joint Concerts

Dallas News: Angela Kocherga
Youth symphony orchestras from both sides of the Texas-Mexico border performed a joint concert titled  "The Bridge," a respite from protests at airports across the country where demonstrators carried signs that read "no wall, no ban" a reference to President Trump's executive orders tightening immigration controls.

Aretha Franklin Announces Retirement, Final Album

Rolling Stone: Elias Leight
Aretha Franklin plans to cut her performances down to one or two a month after the release of a new record later in 2017.

Al Jarreau, Singer Who Spanned Jazz, Pop and R&B Worlds, Dies at 76

NY Times: Margalit Fox
Al Jarreau, a versatile vocalist who sold millions of records and won a string of Grammys for his work in pop and R&B as well as his first love, jazz, died on Sunday in Los Angeles. He was 76.

Composer John Adams Still Stretches his Horizons

San Francisco Classical Voice: Jeff Kaliss
In what sometimes seems like the Dark Ages, it’s all the more vital to recognize a Renaissance man. It’s no stretch to apply that term to Berkeley-based composer John Adams, whose 70th birthday, on February 15, will be celebrated with musical performances all month and all year, here and across the globe.

More Staff Members Depart Pennsylvania Ballet Ellen Dunkel
Anastasia Babayeva and Denis Gronostayskiy, a married couple, left their jobs at the School of Pennsylvania Ballet on Friday, according to a letter that company artistic director Angel Corella and executive director David Gray wrote to parents.

Philadelphia Orchestra's Stephane Deneve signs on for three more years Patrick Stearns
Conductor Stéphane Denève's 10-year history as a Philadelphia Orchestra guest is being officially extended with a new three-year contract that continues his current principal guest conductor activities though the 2019-2020 season.


All-Female Orchestra From Afghanistan Is A Force For Change
NPR: Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson
It's perhaps the unlikeliest symphony orchestra in the world — an all-female ensemble from a strict Muslim society where it's often dangerous for young women to step outside of their homes unescorted. It's called Zohra — the name of a music goddess in Persian literature, according to its founder.

It's Official: Drake Out-Sold Everyone in 2016

BBC: Mark Savage
The Canadian star achieved millions of sales and billions of streams with his fourth album, Views, which topped the charts around the world. He managed to beat Adele and Coldplay, who also achieved big sales last year.

Young People are Abandoning UK Radio at An Alarming Rate

Digital Music News: Daniel Adrian Sanchez
Despite strong competition from music streaming, radio remains the UK’s favorite way to listen to music. Yet, stations aimed at young people are experiencing a significant decline.

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra taps Dutch Conductor Otto Tausk as Next Music Director
Vancouver Sun: David Gordon Duke
Tausk will take over the helm from Bramwell Tovey, 63, who has served as VSO music director since 2000. At the time the VSO last extended his contract in 2013, it was announced that Tovey would conclude his directorship in 2018.


Live Nation Leads the Charge in Concert Business’ Booming Revenue
Variety: Dave DiMartino
Live entertainment’s continued surge as the powerhouse driving music-industry economics is underscored by one remarkable fact: Analysts expect the revenue generated in 2016 by category leader Live Nation — pegged to hit $8.5 billion — to exceed the combined revenue generated by the top two record companies, Universal and Sony, during the same period.

Meet the Record-Pressing Robot Fueling Vinyl’s Comeback

Wired: Rene Chun
These $195,000 whiz-bang machines, the homegrown product of a Toronto company called Viryl Technologies, are the next-gen record presses our 21st century vinyl revolution has been waiting for.

How to Use Instagram Live

Music Think Tank: Ta’Rikah Jones
The latest trend in the social media world, is live streaming. Last year we saw real time videos blow up on Facebook, shortly after it made its way to Instagram. Instagram Live is a great way to showcase new music, give your fans a behind-the-scenes look into your life, or just have a Q&A session.


Just in Time for Valentine’s Day: The Sexy Music Poll
According to a new poll, songs from musicals are the least likely to get played in the British bedroom. Jazz came in 7th. Classical was 8th and opera was 11th.

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