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WEEKLY DIGEST | 10/15/2018
News, Research, & Opinion

 
  FEATURE  
 

AN OPERA HOUSE IN TROUBLE

Striking Musicians Reject New Contract Proposal From Lyric Opera; Company Claims Survival Is At Stake
Chicago Classical Review: Lawrence A. Johnson
The leaders of the Chicago Federation of Musicians rejected a new contract proposal from Lyric Opera Thursday afternoon, the company stated.

The Strike: Should Arts Organizations be More Like Airlines?

Chicago Tribune: Chris Jones
The current tension at the Lyric exposes a dramatic change in the way the Lyric Opera expects to run itself. Orchestra musicians are concerned about reductions in the number of performances, chipping away at their compensation and job security.

 
  RESEARCH AND OPINION  
 

MacArthur Fellow Vijay Gupta On Making Music Accessible For All
NPR: Lulu Garcia-Navarro
Vijay Gupta's life work has been to make music accessible to all. That passion caught the attention of others and earlier this month the Los Angeles Philharmonic violinist was awarded a 2018 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship — also known as the genius grant.

New Academic Research Shows Music Education in UK At Significant Risk Of Disappearing

The Strad
Several UK schools are reducing or completely removing music in the curriculum.

A 6-Point Plan For Exploring Contemporary Music

The Strad
Ross Snyder, first violin for the Tesla Quartet, offers encouragement and a practical primer on incorporating new music into your chamber repertoire.

Rachel Podger: 'I Played Bach At Home In Secret'

The Strad
Bach’s E major Violin Concerto proved to be a defining work on the Baroque violinist’s path towards the period performance movement – despite the peculiar attitudes of her teacher,

Hilary Hahn On Her New Bach Disc
The Strad
Video interview

Teachout: The End Of Opera As We Have Known It
Musical America: Sarah Shay
A reflection on the recent Wall Street Journal article by critic Terry Teachout, who argues that opera’s survival in America requires “fresh thinking”.

Taylor Swift, the Grown-Up in the Room
NY Times Opinion: Margaret Renkl
Tennessee progressives were unhappy with their options in a close Senate race. The 28-year-old pop star explained the stakes on Instagram. Less than 48 hours after she got involved, more than 166,000 people across the country had registered to vote.

 
  NATIONAL  
 

The Philharmonic Takes New Music Beyond Geffen Hall
The New York Times: Anthony Tommasini
Nightcap and Sound On, the new music series is meant to offer intimate immersions into the music, personality and thinking of living composers featured on Philharmonic programs.

A Rare Side-By-Side Of A Thrilling Stravinsky

The New York Times: Anthony Tommasini
Carnegie Hall opened its new season on Wednesday with a determinedly festive gala program featuring Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony.

A Sublime New Direction for Andrew Norman in Los Angeles

The New York Times: Seth Colter Walls
Saturday night’s performance by the Philharmonic and its music director, Gustavo Dudamel, here at their Walt Disney Concert Hall home underlined just how willingly Mr. Norman has inverted his established practices.

Long Missing ‘Ames, Totenberg’ Stradivarius Now On Long-Term Loan To Nathan Meltzer
The Strad
Young US violinist chosen as beneficiary of newly founded New York based instrument loan organization Rare Violins In Consortium 

In ‘Place,’ a Composer Questions His Comfort, and Power

The New York Times: Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim
Ted Hearne orchestrated the redemption of a white millennial from Fort Greene neighborhood worried about his role in its gentrification.

Lindsey Buckingham, Cut From Fleetwood Mac Tour, Sues Bandmates

The New York Times: Joe Coscarelli
Yet another Fleetwood Mac split has turned increasingly sour, and this time Lindsey Buckingham is the odd man out.

Ambrose Akinmusire’s Trumpet Takes A Back Seat To His Pen On ‘Origami Harvest’

The New York Times: Giovanni Russonello
Looking at his career, his horn might matter most as a periscope into his compositions, which tend to be full-group affairs, too rich for any one instrument to carry.

Kathleen Turner To Join Met Cast of La Fille

Musical America: Sarah Shay
Kathleen turner is set to be a convincing imperious Duches of Krakenthorp in Donizetti’s La Fille du Régiment at the Metropolitan Opera.

Unsuk Chin Wins $200,000 and New York Philharmonic Commission
The New York Times: Michael Cooper
On Thursday the orchestra announced that it was presenting her with one of the richest awards in contemporary music, the Marie-Josée Kravis Prize for New Music, which comes with $200,000 and a commission to write a new piece for the orchestra.

 
  INTERNATIONAL  
 

Paul McCartney Can’t Stop Making People Happy
The Atlantic: James Parker
Sir Paul McCartney is 76 years old, and currently on a world tour to promote his new album, Egypt Station. “He can’t stop working or he’ll die,” I was recently assured over email by a friend who is the most passionate McCartney fan I know.

A Few New Artistic Appointments In The U.K. and the U.S.
Musical America: Susan Elliott
New appointments for three Monteverdi ensembles, The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Virginia Arts Festival, and The Florida Orchestra.

Joseph Joachim Violin Competition Starts October 11
The Strad
33 musicians will compete for a total monetary fund of €140,000.

‘They’re Going To Imprison Some Of Us. And, Yes, They Will Kill Some Of Us.

The New York Timse: Kimiko de Freytas-Tamura
Uganda: A year before he won office, singer Bobi Wine wrote a song called “Freedom” in which he personally attacked the president for the first time. “They beat me, punched me and kicked me with their boots.”

An Italian Festival Presents Verdi On His Own Turf

The New York Times: George Loomis
The Festival Verdi Parma has led a sleepy existence here for most of its 18 years. But now it demands attention.

Sinfonietta, Music Theater Wales Link Up; Opera Philly Too

Musical America: Taylor Grant
This new partnership promises to create and tour new musical theater throughout the U.K.

A Second Youth: The Chopin Competition Welcomes Period Instruments
Bachtrack: Julien Hanck
Is Poland really the paradise of period instruments? For two weeks, Warsaw has put out the red carpet for pianists.

 
  ENTREPRENEURSHIP  
 

In Numbers: The Cost of Maintaining an Instrument During the Course of a Career
The Strad
Have you ever thought about how much you will spend in total over the years to keep your instrument in working order? Drew McManus spills the beans, and then counts them.

Voter Registrations Spike As Deadlines Loom. Taylor Swift Had Something To Do With It.

The New York Times: Matthew Haag
Taylor Swift’s decision to jump into politics over the weekend, appears to have contributed to a flurry of last-minute registrations.

President Trump Signs Music Modernization Act Into Law With Kid Rock, Sam Moore As Witnesses

Billboard: Ed Christman
"The Music Modernization Act closes loopholes in our digital royalties laws to ensure that songwriters, artists and producers receive fair payment for licensing of music," Trump said just before signing the law.

 
  OFF THE BEATEN TRAIL  
 

Amy Winehouse Hologram To Tour Worldwide Next Year
BBC
Don’t delay, get your tickets now!

Kanye West’s White House Rant Steals Trump’s Spotlight
The New York Times: Katie Rogers
President Trump, a fan of a good media spectacle, temporarily ceded the glare of the spotlight on Thursday to someone even more comfortable with it: Kanye West.

 
 
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