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WEEKLY DIGEST | 11/05/2018
News, Research, & Opinion



The Case for Greatness in Classical Music
New York Times: Anthony Tomassini

“I will always be unapologetically hooked by the reality that there is greatness in music. … And yet it is just as much my duty to take in the music of our own time, and to help address the inequalities of the classical canon, which was historically reserved for white men only. Some of these imbalances are finally being righted. These days, easily half the composition majors in colleges and conservatories are women. Since 2010, four of the nine winners of the Pulitzer Prize in Music have been women; last year’s prize went to the rapper Kendrick Lamar, for his album “DAMN.” Arbitrary divisions between classical contemporary music and myriad pop and jazz styles are falling away.”

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Study of Bach Recordings Reveals That Classical Music is Speeding Up
The Strad
Evidence gathered from Bach recordings finds that some performances are up to 30% quicker than a half century ago.

What Makes Superstar Conductor Gustoavo Dudamel So Good?

The New York Times: Brian Phillips
The Venezuelan maestro of the Los Angeles Philharmonic conjures joy in difficult times.

John Luther Adams: “We Must Change The Way We Live Together”

Musical America: Anthony Brown
John Luther Adams laments the current state of the world, saying “in my mid-60s, I don’t feel much optimism…”


Houston Performing Arts Gets New CEO
Musical America: Susan Elliott
Meg Booth, director of dance programming at the Kennedy Center, is to be CEO of Houston’s Society for the Performing Arts (SPA), effective December 1.

Don’t Expect Relaxing Fare At Long Beach Opera
Musical America: Taylor Grant
For the past 15 years artistic director, Andreas Mitisek, positioned his company on the cutting edge of contemporary opera.  It’s hard to argue with his results.

Baltimore Symphony Musicians Fear Regional Orchestra Status

Musical America: Susan Elliott
The Baltimore Symphony musicians have agreed to extend the terms of their current contract.

#Metoo Ripples Reach The Suzuki Violin World

The New York Times: Michael Cooper
William Preucil, the Cleveland Orchestra’s longtime concertmaster who was fired in connection with sexual misconduct allegations, will be replaced as the violinist on the Suzuki Method instructional materials.

Louis Armstrong House Museum Gets $1.9 Million From NYC
The New York Times: Gabe Cohn
In addition to the $1.9 Million from the City, an education center and jazz club are being built across the street.

Review: A New Conductor Inspires the Orchestra Of St. Luke’s
The New York Times: Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim
In his debut as the ensemble’s principal conductor, Bernard Labadie led the Orchestra of St. Luke’s on Thursday at Carnegie Hall.


Russia Locked Him Up. But He’s Directing An Opera 1,400 Miles Away
The New York Times: A.J. Goldman
Kirill Serebrennikov directs Mozart’s “Così Fan Tutte” in Zurich, Swirtzerland from house arrest in Moscow, Russia.

Winner Announced at Inaugural Melbourne Violin Competition

The Strad
The Danish violinist Christine Bernsted wins $5000.

New Under 35s Ticket Scheme Announced At Wigmore Hall

The Strad
Under the new scheme, 25,000 £5 tickets will be available every season.

Timothy Chooi Wins 2018 Joseph Joachim Violin Competition

The Strad
The 24-year-old performed Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in the final round.

Meet The Women Heading Up London’s New Female-Fronted Radio Station,

Dummy Mag: Felicity Martin is a brand new community venture focused on bringing female and diverse talent to the airwaves.

Orchestra Of Syrian Expats Alive And Well In Europe
Musical America: Anthony Brown
Through the efforts of Raed Jazbej, who arrived in Germany in 2013, Syrians have found a musical home in the Syrian Expat Philharmonic Orchestra.


Watch Maria Callas, Now In Living Color
The New York Times: Michael Cooper
What was it like to experience the great soprano Maria Callas? Technology continues to try to approximate an answer for those who missed her storied career.

An Indie Music Expert Explains Why Artists Are Turning Away From Record Deals
Rolling Stone: Amy X. Wang
“People know not to trust the music industry anymore,” says Ditto Music CEO Lee Parsons

Femme-Run Labels Are The Future Of The Music Industry

i-d Music: René Kladzyk
Suzi Analogue, Bunny Michael, Hether Fortune, and Fielded are bucking the traditional music label system — and breaking up the industry boys' club.


Noise Pollution Or Art? Court Grants Musician Right To Practice
DW Made for Minds
A German musician has won the right to blow his own trumpet: Siegfried Ratz' neighbors had sued him for excessive noise pollution. The professional trumpeter prevailed in Germany's top court.

Blind, Sick Elephants Comforted By Pianist At Thailand Sanctuary
Fox News: Nicole Darrah
An English artist and classical pianist is comforting blind and elderly elephants by playing the piano for them at a sanctuary in Thailand.

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