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WEEKLY DIGEST | 09/04/2018
News, Research, & Opinion



In the second of our features on the towering composer’s centennial, we focus on a few articles and videos that speak to his very special relationship with the IU Jacobs School of Music.


“The Jazz Bubble” — The Arts, Commodified
Arts Fuse: Bill Marx
We are always “following the money” in politics. But what about the arts?

What If We Got the Story of the 'Rite' Wrong?

WQXR: James Bennett II
There’s a very good chance the Rite riot never happened. And if that’s the case, then how did we begin to believe it?

Twisting for Solos, the Violist Is a Quartet’s Odd Player Out
The New York Times: Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim
There’s not much to look at when a string quartet is playing. But train your eyes on the violist, and sooner or later you may well witness what seems like a secret struggle.


To Diversify American Orchestras, One Group is Helping to Get Players to Auditions
NPR: Nadege Green
Black and Latino musicians make up less than 5 percent of orchestra members. A group made up of 700 orchestras and several nonprofits wants to change that — so the National Alliance for Audition Support launched an effort this year.

Back From its South Africa Tour, Minn. Orchestra Reflects on Connections Made
MPR News: Euan Kerr
"It's really been one of the great experiences in our professional lives," said orchestra president Kevin Smith. Many of the musicians are now thinking about where the Minnesota Orchestra should go next.

Nashville: Not Just A Country Scene But A Place To Go For Jazz
NPR: Alex Ariff and Niki Walker
"It used to be: 'Nashville — that's where you come to play country music.'"

Awards for Young Musicians Marks 20 Years
Musical America: Anthony Brown
The Awards for Young Musicians (AYM) is marking its 20th anniversary with the release of 20 short films following the stories of young people from low income families, whose lives have been transformed by access to music education.

Unreleased Jazz Treasures Are Arriving: Here’s a Guide
The New York Times: Giovanni Russonello
A previously “lost” 1963 recording featuring McCoy Tyner and John Coltrane was released this year.

Taylor Swift Stands to Make Music Business History as a Free Agent
Variety: Chris Willman
Come November, the superstar will be able to sign a new deal for the first time since she was 15. And it's sure to be a big one.

Remembering a Diva: The Week in Classical Music
The New York Times: Stewart Cairns
The opera world lost a beloved diva on Sunday: Inge Borkh, a spine-tingling soprano who specialized in some of the most difficult roles in repertory, died at 97.

The Former General Director of the Dallas Opera Talks About His New Position Leading the Fort Worth Symphony

Theater Jones: Gregory Sullivan Isaacs
This week’s announcement from the Fort Worth Symphony about their new CEO was quite the surprise. Keith Cerny is a real coup for them considering his international reputation for building arts organizations, but his recent spate of musical chairs does raise an eyebrow or two.


BTHVN2020: Gearing Up For Beethoven's 250th Birthday
The Strad:
BTHVN2020 is the catchy name that Germany’s Beethoven Anniversary Society (BAS) has come up with as an umbrella brand for the various projects taking place in honor of the composer’s 250th birthday.

Kayhan Kalhor Named Recipient of 2018 Isaac Stern Human Spirit Award

The Strad
The Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition has named Iranian violin player and composer Kayhan Kalhor as one of the recipients of the 2018 Isaac Stern Human Spirit award. 

The Man Who Gives Form to the Sprawling Salzburg Festival

The New York Times: Anthony Tommasini
SALZBURG, Austria — Speaking to reporters about the Salzburg Festival’s new production of Monteverdi’s “L’Incoronazione di Poppea,” one of its stars, the mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey, described the “incredible freedom” this prestigious festival provided the staging. Young dancers, Ms. Lindsey said, were “the heart of the show.

William Thomas Wins John Christie Award

Musical America: Anthony Brown
The British bass William Thomas, 23, is the winner of the John Christie Award for 2018.


How Spotify Built its In-House Creative Team
Marketing Week: Sarah Vizard
When Spotify’s brand chief joined five years ago the plan wasn’t to build an in-house creative function; she now manages a team of 90 but still believes external perspectives are crucial.

The Future of Music Festivals Is … the Internet?

The Ringer: Victor Luckerson
After the triumph of Beychella, it seemed as though the mega-music fest was stronger than ever. But the cancellation of several high-profile events and a serious market correction has the industry reconsidering its future.

Tired of Sexual Assault, Music Festival for Women Stresses a ‘Safe Zone’

NY Times: Christina Anderson and Ceylan Yeginsu
A music festival without cisgender men? That is the aim of what is being called the world’s first music festival exclusively for women and transgender and nonbinary people in Gothenburg, Sweden.

16 Years Late, $13B Short, but Optimistic: Where Growth Will Take the Music Biz

Redef: Matthew Ball
Sixteen years after the music industry's peak, revenues have returned to growth. But the core problems of streaming service profitability and minuscule artist royalties persist. There is cause for optimism, but transformation is needed. Enter, Spotify and Apple music groups?


Eminem Drops Surprise Album Kamikaze
Across 13 tracks the Detroit rapper hits out on everyone from Donald Trump to Harvey Weinstein and Tyler, the Creator.

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