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WEEKLY DIGEST | 10/08/2018
News, Research, & Opinion



In ‘The Mile-Long Opera,’ All The High Line’s A Stage
The New York Times: Joshua Barone
The composer David Lang and architect Liz Diller create "The Mile-Long Opera," a work for 1,000 singers on the High Line in New York. During the past decade, the High Line has been a tourist magnet and balcony seat for the theater of a rapidly changing New York City. On either side of it, old meatpacking plants and neglected warehouses have been transformed into boutique hotels, high-end shops and multimillion-dollar condos.


‘There Were Phenomenal Levels Of Denial And Arrogance’: Heidi Waleson On The City Opera Collapse
Vulture: Justin Davidson
Heidi Waleson’s Mad Scenes and Exit Arias traces the history of New York City Opera, from its founding in 1943 as the “People’s Opera” to the night, 70 years later.

Hilary Hahn Returns to Bach, 21 Years Older. And Maybe Wiser.
NY Times: Joshua Barone
“Hilary Hahn Plays Bach: Sonatas 1 & 2, Partita 1” closes the circle on Bach’s solo works and will be accompanied by a virtually sold-out tour.

How Lil Wayne Became One of Hip-Hop’s Most Durable Stars

NY Times Podcast: Hosted by Jon Caramancia
Tracing the rapper’s evolution from teen in New Orleans to his long-awaited album “Tha Carter V.”

Phill Niblock At 85: Austere, Unpopular, Astounding Minimalism

Second Inversion: Michael Schell
Third generation minimalist composer and economics graduate of Indiana University composed sense-saturating intermedia performances that are as powerful today as they were at their inception half a century ago.

James Brown Family Feud: Inside A 12-Year Fight Over Bigamy, DMA Tests And Copyright Law

Hollywood Reporter:Eriq Gardner
The Godfather of Soul married a woman who was married to another man, who in turn was married to three other women. Now it's up to a federal court to decide who gets millions in song royalties in a case with big implications for artists and families.

Review: The Philharmonic Puts A Young Composer’s Twist On Bruckner

The New York Times: Anthony Tommasini
Jaap van Zweden leads the New York Philharmonic in a program of Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony and a new work, “Everything Must Go,” by the young composer Conrad Tao.


Taylor Swift, Apolitical No More, Endorses Democratic Candidates in Tennessee
NY Times: Sarah Mervosh
Taylor Swift, the pop music titan who has been notably apolitical in turbulent political times, broke her silence on Sunday and endorsed two Democratic candidates running for election in Tennessee.

Maestro Of The Influential Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra To Step Down
The New York Times: Michael Cooper
Nicholas McGegan helped make the West Coast a period-instrument power.  For the past three decades he has led the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra

A New Me2/Orchestra In Pittsburgh Will Give Musicians With Mental Illness A Way To "Fight The Stigma"

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Jeremy Reynolds
In 2011, a conductor with bipolar disorder who grew up in Pittsburgh founded an orchestra of musicians with mental illnesses.

A New Season At The Met Opera: The Week In Classical Music

The New York Times: Anthony Tommasini
Happy Friday! What a week it’s been for opera-lovers.

Florida Orchestra Extends Contract Of Music Director Michael Francis An Additional Three Years

Tampa Bay Times: Andrew Meacham
This week the orchestra extended Francis’ contract another three years, pushing his commitment through the 2023-2024 season.

“We’re Still Here”: Cherokee Chamber Singers To Perform With N.C. Symphony

Cherokee One Feather: Scott McKie B.P.
In a remarkable collaboration, the Cherokee Chamber Singers will perform seven shows with the North Carolina Symphony in October and will bring a very important message with them, “We’re Still Here”. 

Prophecy Fulfilled: WNO Announces Zambello Extension, Rogister Appointment

The Washington Post: Anne Midgette
Francesca Zambello will remain artistic director of the Washington National Opera.


After 350 Years, Paris Still Defines Opera
The New York Times: Zachary Woolfe
The Opéra National de Paris has begun to celebrate its 350th anniversary. Let it sink in: 350.

Opera Buffs Driven To Drink By ENO's 'Crazy' Water Ban

Telegraph UK: Robert Mendick
The English National Opera has begun a crackdown on opera lovers trying to smuggle colorless spirits into the auditorium disguised as mineral water.

Jerry González, Innovator Of Latin Jazz, Is Dead At 69

The New York Times: Neil Genzlinger
A central figure in Latin jazz, especially through the Fort Apache Band, died on Monday in Madrid. He was 69.

Rufus Wainwright’s First Opera Was ‘A Nightmare.’ He’s Trying Again.

The New York Times: Roslyn Sulcas
“The thing with writing an opera is that you are so wrapped up in the technicalities — shoveling emotions, time and energy into the score — that you don’t have time to reflect. Then suddenly you’re on the top of a mountain and someone is singing it back at you.”

New Cellist For Vienna Piano Trio

The Strad
Clemens Hagen from the Hagen Quartet joins the ensemble

Fitzwilliam String Quartet Announced As St Andrews Quartet In Residence

The Strad
Celebrating its 50th birthday this month, the Fitzwilliam String Quartet has announced that it is to take up a new residency at the University of St Andrews Music Centre.

Sir Karl Jenkins: 'Impossible' Task For Budding Composers

He is one of a numbers of figures to speak out, saying only children of "wealthy parents" will be able to afford to buy instruments.


London’s Radio Pirates Changed Music. Then Came The Internet.
The New York Times: Annalisa Quinn
In 1993, the illegal radio broadcasters at Kool FM came up with a plan to keep the regulators from raiding their studios.

Rob Stringer Talks Spotify, A&R, Youtube… And The Possibility Of A Major Label-Owned Streaming Service

Music Business Worldwide: Tim Ingham
Could Sony Music one day launch its own streaming service to rival Spotify?  Right now, it seems unlikely, says the major label’s CEO Rob Stringer

Tencent Music Uses ‘Tipping’ To Rack Up Revenues. Why Aren’t Western Music Streaming Platforms Doing The Same?

Music Business Worldwide: Cherie Hu
Chinese tech conglomerate Tencent currently runs a profitable music streaming business.  Compares to competitors. 


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