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WEEKLY DIGEST | 04/16/2018
News, Research, & Opinion



The Graham Company Just Landed A Residency At Google
Dance: Lauren Wingenroth
The Martha Graham Dance Company is getting an opportunity to work with said tech nerds at Google's New York City offices, as part of a collaboration with Google Arts & Culture to explore some of the tech giant's latest projects.


Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony Needs Speeding Up by 20 Minutes
The Telegraph: Sarah Knapton
According to one conductor audiences are continually being misled because orchestras play it too slowly, 20 minutes too slowly to be precise.

The Concert Hall in the 21st Century

VanUS: Linda Shaver-Gleason
Throughout the Romantic era, several interrelated cultural shifts coincided to make a concert culture that more closely resembles what is expected in concert halls today. Where to go from here?

It's Time for Ballet to Embrace Feminism

Dance Magazine: Ashley Boulder
It's as if the image of a man leading a woman into the wings is a metaphor for how the dance world is run. A male director leading the careers of dancers. A male choreographer laying down the pathway of steps to perform.

Beyoncé Is Bigger Than Coachella

NY Times Critics Pick: Jon Caramanica
There’s not likely to be a more meaningful, absorbing, forceful and radical performance by an American musician this year, or any year soon, than Beyoncé’s headlining set at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival Saturday night.

Turns out Stephen Hawking Had a Refined Taste in Music

Digital Music News: Marsha Silva
Stephen Hawking, erudite aficionado of fine music? Apparently so.


Boston Symphony Pumps More Than A Quarter Million into Local Economy
Associated Press
Williams College economist Stephen Sheppard says performances at Symphony Hall in Boston, Tanglewood in the Berkshires and the Boston Pops’ annual Independence Day concert on the Esplanade bring in more than $261 million to Massachusetts.

Juilliard’s New Dance Director Comes from Ailey and Ballet

NY Times: Joshua Barone
Alicia Graf Mack, an educator and former performer with Dance Theater of Harlem and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, has been chosen as director of the dance division at Juilliard.

SF Ballet Unveils Festival of 12 New Works

Mercury News: Aimee Ts’Ao
The aptly named Unbound Festival runs at the War Memorial Opera House Friday April 20- May 6.

J.D. McClatchy, Librettist of IU Opera World Premiere, Dies at 72
NY Times: Margalit Fox
The author of eight volumes of poetry, Mr. McClatchy was considered one of the country’s foremost men of letters. He was also a prolific editor, anthologist, translator and critic, as well as the author of a string of acclaimed opera librettos, among them “Our Town,” for Ned Rorem’s setting of Thornton Wilder’s enduring drama of village life, which was premiered in Bloomington.

Jennifer Higdon wins $100,000 Nemmers Prize
The Inquirer: Peter Dobrin
Jennifer Higdon has been awarded the $100,000 Michael Ludwig Nemmers Prize in Music Composition for 2018, given to contemporary classical composers of exceptional achievement “who have significantly influenced the field of composition.”

The New Jazz Torchbearer: Kamasi Washington

Rolling Stone: Marcus J. Moore
Hailed as a primary architect of a West Coast jazz revival, the creative genius has also been an integral part of Kendrick Lamar's last two albums.


Saudi Arabia Brings in France to Set Up its Opera and Orchestra
BBC News: Sebastian Usher
The Paris Opera is the latest cultural powerhouse to engage with the Saudi’s, with an agreement to help set up a national orchestra and opera. The project forms part of a hugely ambitious project by Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman - known as Vision 2030 - to shock the oil-dependent kingdom into economic dynamism.

Making Opera a Living Art Form at the Aix Festival

BachTrack: David Karlin
That term “a living art form” translates into three things: new works, new artists and new audiences.

The British Jazz Explosion: Meet the Musicians Rewriting the Rulebook

The Guardian: Kate Hutchinson
The UK is home to a diverse, collaborative and newly confident jazz scene. We meet seven musicians whose innovative sounds are liberating the genre for new audiences.

Sir Andrew Davis to Step Down from Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Limelight: Angus McPherson
The British maestro, who has led the MSO since 2013, will continue his artistic relationship with the orchestra as Conductor Laureate.


Spotify’Auto-Mix is the Robot that Replaces Party DJs
Digital Music News: Marsha Silva
The whole robots-replacing-humans thing?  If you’re a DJ playing events, it’s now a very real possibility.  And Spotify looks like it may be doing the replacing.

What YouTube, Spotify, Apple Music & Amazon are paying artists in 2018
Digital Music News: Daniel Sanchez
Napster, Tidal, Apple Music, and Amazon still have the highest per-play rates.  And don’t expect to make much on Pandora, Spotify, and YouTube.

UK Record Labels' Revenue Grows at Fastest Rate Since 1995
The Guardian: Mark Sweney
Music companies report a 10.6% surge in earnings for 2017 as music lovers turn to Spotify, Apple and Amazon.

In New Shift, Amazing Cancels Mozart In The Jungle

Vulture: Devon Ivie
This is the first major programming decision from Amazon’s newest chief, Jennifer Salke, with her apparent desire to remove quieter, niche series in favor of guaranteed blockbluster hits.


Alexa ‘Routines’ Will Wake You Up, Start Your Coffee, Open Your Shades, and Play a Morning Playlist
Digital Music News: Marsha Silva
Coffee and music: two unbearable morning chores!  Now, Alexa wants to make your life even easier by handling a myriad of mundane routines.


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