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Just when it seemed that orchestras around the country were trending towards survival in a new era, we learn of three major musician strikes - and one quick resolution!


The Cult of El Sistema Keeps Playing On
Washington Post: Anne Midgette
A review of the recently published book, Playing for Their Lives.

The Arts: Old Assumptions and New Realities

Arts Professional (UK): Jane Earl
1) Everyone wants to take part in arts activities. 2) Everyone accepts the intrinsic place and value of the arts in their lives. 3) Artists shouldn’t have to deal with numbers. 4) Those audiences belong to us. 5) If it’s free to enter, it must be poor quality.

Could the Future of Americana be … British?

The Guardian: Mark Guarino
Thanks in part to Mumford and Sons, there are more UK artists making American roots music – and there’s even government funding to help them in the US.

More Innovation, Rather Than More Enforcement, Reduces Piracy

TechDirt: Mike Masnick
Fighting piracy through greater copyright enforcement doesn't work. It's never worked and it's unlikely to ever work.

Entrepreneur of the Month: Nikita Haduong
IU JSoM - Project Jumpstart
This month, Project Jumpstart interviews Nikita Haduong, co-founder of Argent Games, a consortium of IU Bloomington students who have just produced their newest game, Requiescence. She is a member of the violin studio of Alex Kerr.


Last Week in the Music Business

DigitalMusicNews: Adrian Sanchez
Are vinyl sales going up or are they dying out; Quitting smoking may have weakened Adele’s voice; Shawty Lo died in a tragic car accident; and Facebook messed up big time on their video metrics

Women Fill New York City Ballet’s Season with Splendor

NY Times: Alastair Macaulay
It’s hard to tear yourself away from New York City Ballet just now, in particular from its many excellent ballerinas.

A Singer’s Journey: From Solitary Confinement to the Met Opera

NY Times: Michael Cooper
It was roughly 15 years ago that a high school student from Virginia named Ryan Speedo Green first visited the Metropolitan Opera on a school trip. At the time, he was working to put his life back on track after a rough childhood that included a harrowing two months in juvenile detention. But he set himself an unlikely goal. “I am going to sing at the Met,” he told one of his teachers. And he did.

Handel and Haydn Society Raises More Than $13.5 Million

Boston Globe: Malcolm Gay
The Handel and Haydn Society will mark the opening of its 202nd season on an auspicious note Friday, as the orchestra celebrates the conclusion of a capital campaign that raised more than $13.5 million from more than 600 donors.

Julie Kent, Sweeping the Washington Ballet Forward

The Washington Post: Sarah Kaufman
Just a couple of weeks into her tenure as director, Kent is overseeing preparations for the Washington Ballet’s 40th anniversary celebration. A lot is riding on this single evening.

Brent Assink to Step Down from San Francisco Symphony

Musical America
Interview with Brent Assink, longtime executive director of the San Francisco Symphony, who has resigned, effective in March 2017. Having started in 1999, he will have been in the job for 18 years, making him one of the longest serving top executives among American orchestras.

John Coltrane at 90

ArtsJournal: Doug Ramsey
(In honor of John Coltrane) There are so many options that it is difficult to know what to bring you today to observe the great saxophonist John Coltrane’s (1926-1967) 90th birthday.


Leading British Conductor Sir Neville Marriner Dies at 92
BBC News
Sir Neville started his musical career with the London Symphony Orchestra. He later established the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, one of the world's leading chamber orchestras. The ensemble is currently let by Joshua Bell.
Norman Lebrecht offers his choice of 10-best recordings from Neville Marriner

Ravi Shankar Opera Receives Posthumous World Premiere

The Guardian: Imogen Tilden
The world-famous musician, first to bring Indian music to a global audience, began work on the composition in the final few years of his life, leaving the project almost finished at his death in December 2012.


This Symphony Had Both Human and Computer Composers
The Washington Post: Steven Overly
The consulting firm Accenture recently commissioned an original symphony composed with creative input from both human musicians and artificial intelligence software. 

A Wearable Metronome that Syncs with your Smartphone

DigitalMusicNews: Daniel Sanchez
Will feeling your metronome make you a better musician? Here’s something that’s sure to make sense for some people.  Somatic Labs is currently offering a wearable metronome.


The Greatest Record Sleeves
The Guardian
What’s the best-designed album sleeve? The Beatles’ White Album or Kraftwerk’s Autobahn? Miles Davis’s Tutu or Pixies’ Doolittle? Designers of modern album covers including Peter Saville, Vaughan Oliver and more pick their favorites.

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