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WEEKLY DIGEST | 09/10/2018
News, Research, & Opinion

 
  FEATURE  
 

FINALLY, STREAMING DESIGNED FOR CLASSICAL MUSIC

Primephonic Launches Classical Streaming in the US and Europe
Stereophile: Jason Victor Serinus
According to Primephonic's press release, the site's business model "provides maximum returns for artists in the classical music industry. The service has designed a pay-per-second model to ensure a fair payout model that considers the longer duration of classical music works."

 
  RESEARCH AND OPINION  
 

Opera Philadelphia: The HBO of the Opera World?
(with a performance by JSoM faculty member Marietta Simpson!)
San Francisco Classical Voice
The general director of Opera Philadelphia offers an in-depth look at how the company is reinventing itself, following extensive research funded by the Pew Charitable Trust.  For anyone interested in the future of the art form, this is a must-read.

The Paul Taylor Company Without Paul Taylor
NY Times: Colin Moynihan
Following Mr. Taylor’s recent death at 88, 35-year-old Michael Novak is preparing — perhaps sooner than he expected — to take the reins of an organization that includes two dance companies, an archive and a school.

Keepers Of The Underground: The Hiphop Archive At Harvard
NPR: Morning Edition
Along with gathering everything about hip-hop for preservation, The Archive works with rappers and producers to share the history and thinking of the masters of the medium and pass on the traditions.

Musical Pleasures

Aeon: Roger Mathew Grant
We know music is pleasurable, the question is why? Many answers have been proposed: perhaps none are quite right.

A Friend of Beethoven, Now Rediscovered in His Own Right
NY Times: Corinna da Fonseca-Wolheim
But an ambitious recording project by the American-Serbian pianist Ivan Ilic suggests it’s time to finally give Reicha’s music a listen. This week brings the release of the second in a planned five-disc series, accompanied by documentary videos posted online.

 
  NATIONAL  
 

They Are Bach! Washington Bach Consort Kicks Off 41st Season with Dana Marsh as Director
DC Metro
After a dramatic auditioning process that lasted the entirety of their 40th season, Washington Bach Consort has selected their new Artistic Director. The premiere Baroque chorus and orchestra that uses period instruments announced their appointment of JSoM faculty member, Dana Marsh, earlier this summer through a media partnership with Classical WETA 90.9 FM.

IU Opera Prepares its Premiere of “The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs”
Herald Times: Peter Jacobi
The curtain in the Musical Arts Center will open Friday evening to a local premiere, a local co-production of an opera that has already stirred excitement, enthusiasm and controversy elsewhere: “The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs,” described as an “Electro-acoustic” opera by composer Mason Bates and librettist Mark Campbell about the co-founder of Apple, a force responsible for world-changing developments in our lives, cultural and beyond.

After Two Hit Operas, a Composer Takes on the Bleak Prairie

The New York Times: Zachary Woolfe
With the New York premiere of “Proving Up,” at the Miller Theater on Sept. 26 and 28, the composer Missy Mazzoli has that contemporary musical miracle: a hotly anticipated third opera, a voice intriguing enough to seek out again and again.

Semi-Finalists Announced at Indianapolis Violin Competition

The Strad: Press Release
The International Violin Competition of Indianapolis has revealed the names of the 16 young violinists who have made it through to it semi-final round.

Madison’s Overture Center Gets New CEO

Wisconsin State Journal: Dean Mosiman
Sandra Gajic, former director of Vancouver Civic Theaters, has been appointed president and CEO of Overture Center of Madison, WI.

Philadelphia Orchestra Adds Even More Women to its Composer Roster
(including a JSoM alumna!)

The Inquirer Daily News (Philly.com): Peter Dobrin
The Philadelphia Orchestra on Thursday announced a series of new initiatives bolstering its work with women composers. The list includes Melody Eötvös who recently completed her degree at the Jacobs School of Music.

Timothy O’Leary, WNO’s new leader, brings idealism, pragmatism and fundraising chops

The Washington Post: Anne Midgette
O’Leary, 42, has already convinced a lot of people about opera.  In a 10-year tenure as general director of the Opera Theater of St. Louis, he expanded the budget and endowment by millions of dollars, while mounting productions that got people talking.

 
  INTERNATIONAL  
 

Janine Jansen Wins €100,000 Vermeer Award
The Strad
The Netherlands’ Ministry of Education, Culture and Science has announced Janine Jansen as the recipient of this year’s Johannes Vermeer Award, the country’s annual state prize for the arts.

Artemis Quartet Announces Two Departures – Including Last Founding Member

The Strad: Anthea Kreston
The Berlin based ensemble will announce successors ‘later this autumn’ but perform the 2018/19 season in its current configuration

Hundreds of Children to Join Nicola Benedetti on Stage

The Strad: Undisclosed
The Super String events mark the 10th birthday of the Sistema Big Noise Venture

Matthias Pintscher Abruptly Exits Lucerne Fest

Musical America: Susan Elliott
On Saturday night in Lucerne’s famous KKL Konzertsaal, Matthias Pintscher conducted an enticing program of orchestral works, returning for repeated bows.  By Wednesday, he was gone, leaving September 9 and 12 with empty podiums.

Aidan Lang to Welsh National Opera

Musical America: Susan Elliott
Seattle Opera is to lose Aidan Lang, its general director to the Welsh National Opera.

 
  ENTREPRENEURSHIP  
 

Apple’s Takeover of Shazam Is Cleared by European Regulators
The New York Times: Adam Satariano
European authorities on Thursday cleared Apple’s acquisition of the popular song-recognition app Shazam, after months of study into whether the deal would give the iPhone maker an unfair advantage over rival streaming music services like Spotify.

A New Spotify Initiative Makes the Big Record Labels Nervous

The New York Times: Ben Sisario
Almost every artist today who reaches the top of the charts has gotten there with help from one of the three conglomerates: Universal, Sony and Warner.  Now Spotify is experimenting with another approach.

A Champion, a Critic, a Therapist: Dyana Williams Is Hip-Hop’s Artist Whisperer

The New York Times: Joe Coscarelli
Ms. Williams, a 64-year-old communications coach and artist development specialist, pressed the rapper Fetty Luciano, an energetic new signee fresh from a stint in prison, on the finer points of his future aspirations.

 
  OFF THE BEATEN TRAIL  
 

An All-but-Extinct Piano Plays Once More
The New York Times: Cleveland Johnson
The Russian pianist Alexei Lubimov performs music of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-88) on the all-but-extinct Tangentenflügel (tangent piano).

 
 
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