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WEEKLY DIGEST | 09/24/2018
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How Leonard Bernstein Mixed Composing with Teaching (at IU!)
CBS News
In 1982, while working on his opera, "A Quiet Place," famed conductor and composer Leonard Bernstein spent several months at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music. There he engaged students in an unconventional way to workshop the material while he composed it, as Dean Emeritus Charles Webb describes to correspondent Mo Rocca in this web exclusive.


LA Phil’s new CEO Simon Woods is Helping to Reframe What It Means To Be An American Orchestra
LA Times: Mark Swed
The big question of relevance is the one that dogs Woods most. “By around 2040, there will be no single racial majority in this country,” he warns. “If that doesn’t tell you something about where you have to go as an art form, then you’re not paying attention.

2018 Is The Year Of The Queer Woman Pop Star
BuzzFeed: Kristin Leib
The days of “fauxmosexual” singers playing gay for the male gaze are (mostly) gone. But as more out queer woman pop stars rise, what kinds of representation do we want from them?

‘Quincy’ Captures a Lifelong Love Affair With Music

New York Times: Glenn Kenny
A new documentary about Quincy Jones by actor and filmmaker Rachida Jones, his daughter, and Alan Hicks is affectionate and surprisingly comprehensive.


The Met Is Creating New Operas (Including Its First by Women)
NY Times: Michael Cooper
For the first time in its history, the Metropolitan Opera is commissioning operas by women. It is hoping to adapt beloved novels like “Lincoln in the Bardo” and “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay.” And it will venture beyond the walls of its opera house to collaborate with the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Public Theater.

New Report On Arts Attendance Shows Gains
NEA: #NEAsppa
New survey findings from the National Endowment for the Arts show gains in arts attendance totals, rates, and demographic groups plus sizeable growth in poetry-reading.

Paul Simon Closes Out Farewell Tour With Euphoric Hometown Show
Rolling Stone: Andy Greene
Simon did everything possible to make his final concert a joyful affair, but by the end he was fighting back tears as he sang “Homeward Bound”

Retooling The Met Opera’s Problematic ‘Ring’ Machine
The New York Times: Michael Cooper
After months of work, the Metropolitan Opera hopes it has improved the massive, temperamental and noisy set for Wagner’s “Ring” cycle.

Megaphones Up, The Philharmonic Opens With Two Young Voices
The New York Times: Joshua Barone
The New York Philharmonic’s declaration of its new-music bona fides this season is so emphatic, it’s being delivered with megaphones.

The Jaap Van Zweden Era Begins At The Philharmonic
The New York Times: Anthony Tommasini
Jaap van Zweden leads his first concert as the New York Philharmonic’s music director at the season-opening gala.

Atlanta Symphony’s Executive Director Making Key Strides
Musial America: Taylor Grant
Just a few years ago, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) was in perilous strides. What a pleasant surprise, then, when management and the orchestra members reached a new three-year agreement.

Orrin Evans Has Been Playing Jazz for Years. So Why Is He a Rising Star?
NY Times: Giovanni Russonello
Mr. Evans has spent over two decades stubbornly committed to his own vision as a musician and community leader, but he’s never been fully accepted as a marquee bandleader, perhaps because of his proudly unpretentious persona. Now everything has changed.


A Tale of Two Paris Opera Houses
The New York Times: A.J. Goldmann
With an intriguing mix of perennial favorites, rediscoveries and brand-new works, the Paris Opera’s ambitious 350th anniversary season provides ample reason to spend time in the orbit of the Palais Garnier and the Opéra Bastille.

How Robyn, Pop’s Glittery Rebel, Danced Her Way Back From Darkness
NY Times: Caryn Ganz
After enduring an emotional crash, a breakup and the death of a mentor, the Swedish star has her first album in eight years and the most transcendent song of her career.

UK Musicians' Union Calls For Special Touring Visa For Musicians Post-Brexit
The Strad
The organization is lobbying for a ‘multi-entry, admin-light’ visa category which would cover all EU member states

Orchestral Maneuvers In The Dark: Classical Music Organizations Prepare For Brexit
The Strad
With the UK and EU no closer to finalising a Brexit deal, British orchestras are facing an uncertain future in Europe – and continental players have a right to be concerned, writes Peter Somerford

Royal Opera House Gets A $66 Million Revamp
The New York Times: Alex Marshall
“A bit like having open-heart surgery while going for a run,” Alex Beard, the Royal Opera House chief executive, said on Wednesday, describing a $66 million renovation that took nearly three years.

Toronto Symphony Taps Gustavo Gimeno As Its Music Director
The New York Times: Michael Cooper
Gustavo Gimeno will be the next director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

Raise Your Voice (in Albania)
The Calvert Journal: Hannah Zafiropoulos
Meet the Albanian Singers Carrying on an Ancient Choral Tradition

Laying Down the Law: How The Music Business Came Together to Score Two Policy Wins (Column)
Billboard: Robert Levine
The recently passed Music Modernization Act and EU Copyright Directive show how the music business can still wield some influence in Washington and Brussels.

Classical Pianist Glenn Gould Is the Next Artist Prepping for Posthumous Hologram Tour

Billboard: Karin Bliss
Eyellusion, the hologram entertainment company behind tours for Frank Zappa and Ronnie James Dio, is working with Gould's rights holder Primary Wave Music Publishing on a Glenn Gould Hologram Tour with dates expected to be announced in late 2019.

Handel and Philip Glass, But Make It Fashion
The New York Times: Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim
“I’m glad I’m a countertenor, even though I can’t sing ‘Tosca’ at all the best opera houses and make my money with that,” he said in a recent interview at his Manhattan apartment. “I’ve had to carve out my own path. And in the end that’s what I find most exciting.”

The Musicians Leading The AI Revolution
Dazed: Aimee Cliff
Could AI really replace songwriters? Sorting fact from science-fiction with Holly Herndon, Mat Dryhurst, Ash Koosha and more.

Spotify Will Now Let Artists Directly Upload Their Music To The Platform

The Verge: Dani Deahl
The beta program is still invite-only.


6 Of The World's Most Extreme Choirs
BBC: Fraser McAlpine
Nadine Cooper put together the Tuneless Choir after years of being told she could not sing, and the result is a musical experience quite unlike any other.

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