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WEEKLY DIGEST | 12/17/2018
News, Research, & Opinion



The 2019 Classical Music Grammy Award Nominees
The Violin Channel
The classical music nominees for the 2019 61st Annual Grammy Awards have today been announced – and includes IU’s co-commission, “The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs;" and a performance by Joshua Bell! Other's to look out for include including James Ehnes, Laurie Anderson and the Kronos, Danish and Aizuri String Quartets.


The Music of Migration
Le Monde: Ed Emery
Everyone should have a fundamental human right to listen to their culture’s music, and make their own if they want to. It’s part of who we are, and room needs to be created for it everywhere, especially in cities.

Orchestras - Start Living More Dangerously!
The Guardian: Igor Toronyi-Lalic
Two centuries ago Berlioz was told to write ‘tamely’. Why does today’s musical establishment still fear outsiders and the new?

Review: Gustavo Dudamel Delivers a Seething ‘Otello’
NY Times: Anthony Tommasini
Gustavo Dudamel, one of the most dynamic conductors of our time and, arguably, at 37, the face of classical music today, made his much-anticipated debut at the Metropolitan Opera on Friday.

Did Dvorak’s ‘New World’ Symphony Transform American Music?
NY Times: Doug W. Shadle
History books have long asserted that the symphony was the first to make classical music “sound American.” But it’s not true.

In a World of ‘Algorithmic Culture,’ Music Critics Fight for Relevance
Columbia Journal: Cherie Hu
Music critics are lamenting the possibility of a machine-driven world that rewards artists not for their originality, creativity, or emotional authenticity, but for their ability to replicate proven, predetermined formulas.

The Best Classical Music of 2018
The New York Times: Anthony Tommasini, Zachary Woolfe, Joshua Barone and Seth Colter Walls
In a year of beginnings, the Jaap van Zweden era started at the New York Philharmonic, and the 92-year-old composer Gyorgy Kurtag’s first opera had its premiere.

How ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ Went From Parlor Act to Problematic
The New York Times: Jacey Fortin
A long-simmering debate over the lyrics has reached a boil. The annual holiday culture wars and the reckoning over #MeToo have swirled together into a potent mix.

How an Underground Queer Zine Became the Best Blog in Opera
The New York Times: Joshua Barone
James Jorden was a frustrated, often out-of-work stage director in New York in the early 1990s when a casual hookup gave him the idea for Parterre Box, now the most essential blog in opera.

Stars and Strikes: Why Musicians Need Unions
Real Life: David Turner
Since the early 20th century, the music industry has remained in a near-constant state of technological change: a gig economy in which the very nature of work shifts radically on a regular basis, and with it opportunities to make a living.


L.A. Phil Violinist Vijay Gupta is Leaving the Orchestra and Taking his Song to the Streets
LA Times: Deborah Vankin
When Los Angeles Philharmonic violinist Vijay Gupta won a MacArthur fellowship earlier this year for his social justice work, an award that came with a $625,000 no-strings-attached stipend, the obvious question was: What next? The answer: Gupta told The Times that he will give up his seat as one of the L.A. Phil’s first violins to focus on his activism, to teach and to develop his nonprofit Street Symphony, which since 2011 has been performing free concerts for Los Angeles’ homeless and in county jails.

Elizabeth Rowe has sued the BSO. Her Case Could Change how Orchestras Pay Men and Women.
The Washington Post: Geoff Edgers
Rowe filed a gender discrimination lawsuit against the BSO seeking $200,000 in back pay.  John Ferrillo, earns roughly $70,000 more than she does.

VC Artist Angelo Ziang Yu Awarded 2019 Lincoln Center Emerging Artists Prize
The Violin Channel
The Lincoln Center announces the winders of the 2019 Lincoln Center Awards for Emerging Artists – in New York City.

Cleveland Orchestra Reports Robust Attendance, Gift-Giving Along with Reduced Deficit
The Plain Dealer: Zachary Lewis
 Depending on your perspective, good times at the Cleveland Orchestra are either here again or very close at hand. Within the 2018 annual report released Tuesday lies a raft of good, even great news, especially in the areas of fundraising and attendance.

DSO Finances Solid For Sixth Year In A Row
The Detroit News: Michael H. Hodges
"While we celebrate all that we have accomplished," DSO Board Chairman Mark A. Davidoff told the meeting, "we continue to think big and plan for even greater impact in the future."

Seattle Opera Debuts its New $60M Headquarters
The Seattle Times: Seattle Times Staff
Seattle Opera’s new glass-clad, headquarters at Seattle Center is designed to draw people into opera, allowing the public to take a glimpse behind the scenes.


Music Industry Heavyweights Call for an Alternative to Brexit
The Guardian: Ben Beaumont-Thomas
Open letter signed by Annie Lennox, Paloma Faith and Billy Bragg says leaving EU poses ‘significant threat’ to UK music business

Saudi Ballet Gets its Groove On
Arab News: Deema Al-Hkudair
Ballet, one of the world’s most demanding art forms, is enjoying soaring popularity in Saudi Arabia as a new generation discovers its physical, mental and social benefits, and a Jeddah-based studio is at the forefront of the dance’s development in the Kingdom.


Uncleared Samples Are Copyright Infringement However Short, Reckons EU’s Advocate General
CMU: Chris Cooke
The good old “can a two second sample possibly constitute copyright infringement” debate that never gets old. The discussion continues that using a two-second sample of a sound recording without permission does constitute copyright infringement.


Origin of the Song Jingle Bells
Cricket Media
A brief description of the song’s origins.

The Curious History of the Christmas Carol

BBC: Mark Savage
Everyone knows Silent Night, but contemporary carols are still being written. We meet two of the UK's most popular composers, John Rutter and Bob Chilcott.

Saving Stradivari's Forests: Effort To Harvest Precious Tonewoods Felled In Storms
The Strad
A factory in the Fiemme valley has launched a crowdfunding effort to enable it to quadruple its processing capacity before the wood deteriorates.

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