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WEEKLY DIGEST | 09/11/2017
News, Research, & Opinion


The Week’s 8 Best Classical Music Moments on YouTube
NY Times critics and reporters (William Robin, James R. Oestreich, Joshua Barone, Anthony Tommasini, Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim) chime in to offer a glimpse of what’s delighted them on YouTube.

Choices include the Amy Beach Concerto (Joanne Polk), IU Jacobs School's legendary Janos Starker performing a Cassadó Cello Suite, John Adams' Nixon in China, Biber's "Battalia", and more.


The Music of Time: The Sound of Silence
History Today: Alexander Lee
How and why did concert-going change from a raucous, noisy affair to one of hushed appreciation?

For Greater Creativity, Go For Baroque
Pacific Standard: Tom Jacobs
In a study published in the online journal PLoS One, participants proved more skillful at generating creative ideas if that cheerful, chirpy concerto was playing in the background.

Was 1876 Classical Music’s Most Important Year?

Gramophone: Mike Ashman
Twelve seismic months heralded a new age: we still feel their impact today.


2017 Orchestra Compensation Reports: Music Directors
Adaptistration: Drew McManus
Your chance to compare the figures. For the first time, a female music director in the US (Marin Alsop) received more than $1 Million.

Berklee College to Restore one of New York’s Storied Recording Studios

Boston Globe: Deirdre Fernandes
Berklee plans to update the storied Power Station recording studio to include rehearsal space, practice rooms, and classrooms.

Guggenheim Unveils New Works & Process Lineup

NY Times: Joshua Barone
The series that provides intimate glimpses behind the scenes of coming premieres, will return in January for a spring season that includes Broadway divas, a reimagined opera at the Met and two new ballets by the celebrated choreographer Alexei Ratmansky.


Royal Opera House (UK) Has a New Leader
NY Times: Farah Nayeri
The Royal Opera in London has a new captain at the wheel: 38-year-old Oliver Mears, who takes over an institution that has more than two and a half centuries of operatic tradition behind it.

First String Quartet Festival Highlights Difficulty of Maintaining this Art Form

Toronto Star: William Littler
The Banff International String Quartet Competition is designed to be a competition that focuses on making other things happen for its contestants.

The Oldest Jazz Band in Shanghai Plays On

South China Morning Post
A fixture at Shanghai’s Fairmont Peace Hotel since the 1980s, the Old Jazz Band has played to dignitaries including former US presidents Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan, and its six current members have no plans to call time yet.

Mahler in the Jungle

The American Scholar: Sudip Bose
Silvestre Revueltas: the Mexican composer who championed the people, and who memorably depicted the Yucatán on film.


Why Google’s AI Can Write Beautiful Songs but Still Can’t Tell a Joke
MIT Technology Review: Rachel Metz
Douglas Eck of Google’s Magenta project talks about how machine learning can help artists make professional-sounding (if meandering) music.


A Philadelphia Orchestra Trumpeter Who Blasts Off Musical Cartoons for NPR
WRTI: Meridee Duddleston
A Philadelphia Orchestra musician has gained a national audience for a hobby that’s not based on sound.


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