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WEEKLY DIGEST | 10/30/2018
News, Research, & Opinion



Two amazing organizations received this year’s accolades >>

Richard J. Bogomolny National Service Award
Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM)
Established in Chicago in 1965, the AACM has been an inspirational leader within the cultural community, achieving broad influence across a variety of musical genres. AACM members are recipients of the Pulitzer Prize, multiple MacArthur “Genius” grants, the Doris Duke Artist Award, and many other accolades, and are regularly commissioned by ensembles and institutions throughout the US and abroad.

Visionary Award
This year’s recipient is the adventurous and forward-looking PUBLIQuartet, whose interactive programming draws connections between genres, eras, and styles of music. Its innovative series—including the group-improvisation-focused MIND|THE|GAP, and the “genre independent” commissioning program PUBLIQAccess—employ traditional instrumentation to tell urgent and engaging stories about our modern world, drawing in new audiences and showcasing voices and sensibilities rarely heard on the classical concert stage.

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Get Out the Vote. Where are the Arts?
Barry’s Blog
There seems to be consensus across the political spectrum on one thing:  This may be the most important election of our lives. Clearly we all have a stake in this election.  Not just for what it might mean for our self-interest as the nonprofit arts, but for a thousand impacts it will have on the nation - for generations to come.

Music Modernization Act Was Verse One, the Rest of the Song Is Yet to Be Written

Vanity: Michael Huppe
While a great victory for creators and rights-holders, it should be just the first step, argues SoundExchange president/CEO Michael Huppe

Who Actually Listens to Halloween Music?
The New York Times: Jonah Engel Bromwich
Look at who is listening to Halloween music, and where the popular pockets are in the United States, Spotify gave us answers.

Review: A Vital and Sweeping ‘Porgy and Bess’ Debuts in London

NY Times: Anthony Tommasini
Emotional depth and belief in the characters run through the English National Opera’s first-ever production of “Porgy and Bess,” which opened here earlier this month, directed by James Robinson.

Review: Hilary Hahn Plays an Unabashedly Romantic Bach

The New York Times: Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim
Hilary Hahn playing Bach in her first-ever violin-alone recital in New York on Tuesday at Alice Tully Hall

Paul Rolland's Tension-Free Philosophy

The Strad
Pioneering pedagogue formulated a groundbreaking Technique through a University of Illinois String Research Project in the late 1960s. Charlotte Smith investigates the legacy of his findings, 40 years after his death.


Cleveland Orchestra Fires Two Musicians for Sexual Misconduct
The New York Times: Michael Cooper
William Preucil, the Cleveland Orchestra’s longtime concertmaster, was fired after an investigation said he had engaged in sexual misconduct and harassment.

Opera Carolina Names New Exec; Ballet West Gets New Musical Director
Musical America: Nicholas Beard
Beth Hansen, a former board member and corporate attorney is the new executive director as the NC-based Opera Carolina goes into its 70th season.

At 95, Ned Rorem Is Done Composing. But He’s Not Done Living
The New York Times: Joshua Barone
Mr. Rorem — elder statesman of American art song, prolific prose writer, pioneer of gay liberation — was exaggerating when he said “I know everything, but I remember nothing.”

The Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition Returns
NPR: Nate Chinen
After an uncertain delay, the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition has an official date, it will be Dec 2-3 in Washington D.C.

The Hungarians Are Coming!
Musical America: Bicholas Beard
Hungarian State Opera and Hungarian National Ballet begins a 13-day residency on October 30 at the New York State Theater

Riverbanks Cultural Center Renamed After $1 Million Gift
The New York Times: Robin Pogrebin
Robert F. Smith, who has donated $1 million to the Cultural Performance Center at the Denny Farrell Riverbank State Park in Harlem.

Looking at Songs That No Longer Seem Quite So Romantic
The New York Times: Hilarie M. Sheets
Ragnar Kjartansson, an Icelandic artist, will be presenting the all-female marathon musical performance “Romantic Songs of the Patriarchy” next month.


COC Stays in the Black, Despite Falling Attendance
Musical America: Sarah Shay
The Canadian Opera Company (COC) announced a small operating surplus for its recently concluded fiscal year.

Opera Dots: ROH Reaches Out to the Very (Very) Young
Musical America: Anthony Brown
The Royal Opera recently introduced Opera Dots, a new program for children ages three months to five years, to cultivate future audiences

After the Royal Wedding, a Gospel Choir Hits the Big Time

The New York Times: David Segal
Before singing for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the gospel ensemble was largely unknown. Now the group has an album out and is set to travel the world.

Annapurna Devi, Acclaimed but Reclusive Indian Musician, Dies at 91

The New York Times: Neil Genzlinger
Annapurna Devi played the surbahar, often described as a bass sitar, and the relatively few people who heard her before she stopped performing early in her career were amazed by her mastery of it.

Violinist Timothy Chooi wins 2018 Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition
The Strad
The 24-year-old performed Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in the final round.

Paulo Cello Competition Names Winner
The Strad
US cellist Brannon Cho takes first place in Helsinki final with performance of Prokofiev’s Sinfonia Concertante

Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra is moving offices after attack
The Strad
The orchestra plans to complete the move by 1 December after the Executive Director survived an attack in the office.

Richard Gill, Much Admired Australian Conductor, Has Died
Musical America: Taylor Grant
Much beloved conductor and educator, died at the age of 76 in his Sydney home.


Is Own-Label Recording the Right Choice if You're Not Already Established?
The Strad
Creating your debut CD is only the first step on the road to success, as the subsequent marketing process can be just as difficult. Peter Somerford gathers some expert advice.

Gibson Guitars Names New Leadership And Exit From Bankruptcy

NPR: Anastasia Tsioulcas
On Tuesday, the Nashville-based guitar company Gibson Brands announced a crop of new executives who hope to guide the business through a pivotal transition in its 124-year history


Stand out this Halloween with these wild costumes inspired by pop
BBC: Emily Mackay
If you haven’t got your costume sorted by now, you better get thinking.  We have your back with some inspiration from the most creatively costumed artists out there.

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