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WEEKLY DIGEST | 10/22/2018
News, Research, & Opinion



Here’s What the Stark Gender Disparity Among Top Orchestra Musicians Looks Like

Quartz: Oliver Staley and Amanda Shendruk
Quartz at Work examined the instruments played by the musicians of the world’s 20 greatest orchestras to understand how gender shapes their composition. The results are stark. Of the 2,438 full-time musicians looked at, 1,677 (69%) were men. But in many instruments, men were even more disproportionately represented. Bassoon (86% male), double bass (95%), and timpani (96%) players are predominately men. Just one of the 103 trumpet players in the 22 orchestras is a woman, and there are no women among the 99 trombonists and 26 tuba players. Only the harp, which is 94% female, is as skewed in the other direction.


No One Gets There On Their Own
Blog: Jason Haaheim
IU Alumni and Principal Timpanist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra discusses those who influenced his life and the need for great teachers.

A Month of Robert Glasper’s Experiments at the Blue Note

NY Times: Giovanni Russonello
Mr. Glasper is just the fourth musician to do a full month at the Blue Note. (The others have been Dizzy Gillespie, Chick Corea and, for the past 13 Decembers, Chris Botti.) The residency is yet another reminder that Mr. Glasper, who turned 40 in April, is probably the most prominent jazz musician of his generation.

Jean-Luc Godard Is, Quietly, a Probing Musical Mind

The New York Times: Seth Colter Walls
A piece about Jean-Luc Godard selects classic works for his latest film.

Two Days Of Impeccable, If Staid, Berlioz At Carnagie Hall

Musical America: John Rockwell
On October 14 and 15 at Carnegie Hall, Gardiner gave us his own Berlioz experience.


Musical America Announces 2019 Award Winners
Musical America: Susan Elliott
Russian Pianist Daniil Trifonov has been announced as Musical America’s 2019 Artist of the Year.

Opinion Poll: Americans Dig The Arts

Musical America: Taylor Grant
See how a sample of over 3,000 adults respond to questions about how the arts influence their lives.

Strike Over, Lyric Opera of Chicago Can Resume Business

The New York Times: Michael Cooper
The show can go on again at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Five days after going on strike, the musicians in its orchestra on Sunday ratified a new labor agreement.

Dudamel Gets Gish Prize, Largely for YOLA Efforts

Musical America: Taylor Grant
The Gish Prize Trust named Gustavo Dudamel, music and artistic director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, receiving $250,000.

Met’s ‘Fridays Under 40’ Lures The Young And Beautiful

Musical America: Agence France Presse
The Met is digging deep into its bag of tricks as it attempts to lure in younger generations more familiar with Mozart in the Jungle than its long-dead inspiration.

Piano Stars Gather For A Legend’s 90th

The New York Times: Michael Cooper
Gary Graffman’s birthday celebration was attended by the likes of Lang Lang and Leon Fleisher.

Takehisa Kosugi, Composer for Merce Cunningham, Dies at 80
The New York Times: Neil Genzlinger
Takehisa Kosugi, an avant-garde composer and accomplished violinist has left us with his innovative explorations of sonic landscapes.

Dallas Symphony Names Principal Guest
Musical America: Susan Elliott
Gemma New, resident conductor of the St. Louis Symphony and music director of the Hamilton (Ontario) Philharmonic, will add the Dallas Symphony to her CV.


Elton John Stays Flashy on the Long Road to Farewell
NY Times: Jon Pareles
Elton John began saying his goodbyes to New York City on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden, starting a two-night stand there. It was his first local stop on his three-year, globe-spanning Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, with a show that lasts more than two and a half hours and doesn’t even have room for all of his hits.

Nina Stemme Receives the $1M Nilsson Prize at a Grand Gala

Musical America: George Loomis
Swedish dramatic soprano Nina Stemme was awarded the 2018 Birgit Nilsson Prize amidst festivities that would do any operatic gala proud.

Postcard From Harbin, China: The Schoenfeld Competition

The Strad
Competition jury member Karine Georgian notes Harbin’s long musical tradition and hails a competition with a healthy process – as well as worthy winners.

A Sweaty Night Out In London’s New Jazz Scene

The New York Times: Kate Hutchinson
The house band played from the floor, as if it were a punk show. Other musicians crowded around, waiting for their turn.

La Scala Loggionisti Claim Foul Play

Musical America: James Imam
The group of diehard opera fans that inhabits the cheap seats in La Scala’s gallery is famous for violently booing performances it deems to be substandard.

Sotheby’s To Auction Rostrophovich And Vishnevskaya’s Belongings
Musical America: Anthony Brown
Sotheby’s London will offer at auction over 300 lots of furniture, personal jewelry, Russian works of art, books, scores, and musical instruments.


Richard Branson Explains Why He’s Founding A New Festival And What It Will Do For The Virgin Brand
AdWeek: Kristina Monllos
Branson announced a new festival to debut in 2019. Pitched as a “multi-experiential music festival series,” Virgin Fest will feature a “mixture of diverse music acts, cutting edge technological experiences, exclusive content and a commitment to sustainability”.

Festival Industry Survey: Charles Attal, Ashley Capps, Jennifer Justice, John Reese & More Weigh In On The Changing Festival Market

Pollstar: Pollstar Staff
Interviews with industry professionals on the state of affairs with the last festival season and innovations for next season.

“I Want Everything Available Digitally”: Danny Bennett, Head Of Verve, On How Digital Is Regenerating Classical And Jazz

Musically: Eamonn Forde
“With streaming, we have the ability to reach more people than in the history of the music business,” he says. “It’s not just the music; it’s audio and visual. Secondly, music is always on now. It is more about lifestyle and people are less concerned about genre.

Fender Is Expanding Its Audience Through More Than Just Guitars
Rolling Stone: Amy X. Wang
Fender’s CEO Andy Mooney Looks To New Audiences For The Future Of The Storied Guitar Company.

The Technology Behind U2’s Tour
BBC: Video
Members of the highest paid touring band explain why technology is changing the way bands stage their tours.


Taylor Swift the Antelope Briefly Escapes California Zoo
UPI: Ben Hooper
A California zoo confirmed it temporarily shut down when a bongo calf named Taylor Swift escaped from her enclosure.

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