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WEEKLY DIGEST | 08/29/2017
News, Research, & Opinion


When Musicians Get up and Move

The New York Times: Corinna de Fonseca-Wollheim
A slew of new performances - new music and classics - are asking players to use their bodies as much as their sight-reading skills.


In Tmes of Deep Division and Turmoil, What is the Role of the Arts: Refuge or Resistance?
Barry’s Blog
For some artists, creation is virtually always a political act and their art is directly related to what is happening in society. For others, their creation never relates to the politics of the times, rather it stands separate and independent in whatever statement it makes, or doesn't make. 

Diminuendo: Is Classical Music Journalism Fading to Silence
San Francisco Classical Voice: Joseph Carman
Or is there a coming crescendo as the craft finds its feet in a new millennium?

Why Contemporary Artists Are Flocking to the Opera House

Artnet Worldwide: Naomi Rea
The Return of the Gesamtkunstwerk?  Why contemporary art could give opera a major fillip in the 21st century.

Yes, It’s Possible to Build New Ballet Audiences in 2017

Dance Magazine: Ashley Rivers
A few U.S. ballet companies have proved that revenue growth is possible: In 2016, Boston Ballet saw record-breaking ticket revenue and had the highest attendance in more than a decade. Colorado Ballet has exceeded revenue goals the last four seasons, with the 2016–17 season being the most successful to date.

At G-20, Beethoven Sends a Mixed Message to Trump

The New York Times: Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim
Today “Ode to Joy” is the anthem of the European Union. While its text celebrates openness and equality, the work remains a touchstone of Western culture.


The Mann Center Wants to Shake up the Arts World, Not Just Fill Lawn Seats
Philadelphia Enquirer: Peter Dobrin
Sitting in the middle of a neighborhood, the Mann is beginning to imagine becoming a bigger player in education, perhaps even morphing into an urban Tanglewood, with a resident professional orchestra atop a pyramid of training ensembles and master classes.

The Kennedy Center Honors Abandons the Arts for Pop Culture

The Washington Post: Philip Kennicott
For years now, classical music, opera, and ballet, have been slowly edged out until, it seemed, they were lucky to have a single medal among the five given out each year. This year even that toehold looks precarious.

What’s Next for the New York Phil?

Strings Magazine: Brian Wise
Two individuals will profoundly shake up the current order of the esteemed ensemble. One is Deborah Borda, the transformative president and CEO of the Los Angeles Philharmonic since 2000 who stunned the music business in March by announcing her return to the orchestra she ran in the 1990s. The other is Jaap van Zweden, a stocky, 57-year-old Dutchman who is in his tenth and final season as music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

Ace Hotel To Celebrate The Life & Work Of Composer John Cage With A 24-Hour Loop Of His Music

OffBeat Magazine: Emily Carmichael
On what would have been his 105th birthday, the national hotel chain is partnering with the John Cage Trust in what the hotel describes as a “listening event” curated by Mode Records called “Untouchable Numbers.”

The Two Biggest YouTube Music Videos were Made by Berklee College of Music Alums

Digital Music News: Daniel Adrian Sanchez
Want to reach over two billions views on YouTube? Going to Berklee may increase your chances, as Charlie Puth and PSY have found out.

ASCAP and BMI Just Made the Biggest Commitment Yet to a Shared Licensing Database

Digital Music News: Daniel Sanchez
Last week, Congress offered a plan to create a global, centralized music database.  Now, ASCAP and BMI are taking a giant step towards that goal.


One in Three in the UK Think Classical Music Must Drop ‘Elitist’ Traditions
Arts Professional: Christy Romer
Far from being a mainstream nonentity, a UK study reveals that people do really seem to care about classical music having a future.

Venezuela Youth Orchestra Tour Canceled, Dudamel in the Center of a Political Storm

LA Times: Mark Swed
On Friday, Venezuela’s beleaguered president, Nicolás Maduro, criticized Dudamel by name on television, and then on Sunday, Maduro canceled the youth orchestra tour.


How A.I. is Creating Building Blocks to Reshape Music and Art
The New York Times: Cade Metz
Project Magenta, a team at Google, is crossbreeding sounds from different instruments based on neural networks and building networks that can draw.

How Spotify’s Playlists have Changed Music For Ever

The Guardian: Eamonn Forde
Spotify playlists are the new albums. The streaming service is forcing artists to reshape how they make music.

When Musicians Want their Songs in TV Shows, Movies and Streaming Sites, They Go Here

LA Times: Ethan Varian
Songtradr gives musicians and rights holders a simple way to license music on their own terms, no matter where they live or who they know. Licensing deals can range from $30 to $4,000 for a $10-million movie.

The Reformation: Classical Music's Punk Moment
The Guardian: John Butt
The great cultural and religious schism of the 16th century democratized music and participation, creating the template for modern classical music.

Cue the Carrots! Strike Up the Squash!
NY Times: Annie Correal
The Long Island Vegetable Orchestra has taken root at summer festivals up and down the east coast. Is Bloomington ripe for a Vegetable Orchestra?


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