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Practice Makes Perfect? Not Necessarily.

August 22, 2019 | Anthony Brown, Musical America
It might take more than practice, practice, practice to get to Carnegie Hall. A new study concludes that natural talent plays a bigger role in differentiating between good and excellent violinists. The study sought to reassess a similar 1993 … » Read
 

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ICSOM Looks for Solutions to Its Members' Many Issues

August 22, 2019 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
Representatives from 52 major orchestras have gathered in Park City, Utah, for the three-day annual meeting of the International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians (ICSOM). They have a lot on their menu. Foremost, perhaps, is the need to … » Read
 

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Baltimore Symphony: Will the Lockout Become a Strike?

August 22, 2019 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
The Baltimore Symphony musicians yesterday said they would not go back to work in September without a new contract, despite management’s indication earlier in the summer that the lockout would end as of Sept. 9 . In a statement, they … » Read
 

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WaPo Opinion: Opera Needs to Die in Order to Survive

August 21, 2019 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
Writing an opinion piece for The Washington Post , Olivia Giovetti, identified as “a classical music writer based in New York,” proposes that “to really save opera—and classical music in general—we have to let it … » Read
 

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Iceland Symphony Honors 70th Anniversary with Inaugural UK Tour

August 21, 2019 | Anthony Brown, Musical America
The Iceland Symphony Orchestra (ISO) is to celebrate its 70 th anniversary with an eight-concert U.K. tour under Yan Pascal Tortelier. The orchestra made its Britain debut at the BBC Proms five years ago but has never toured the U.K. before. The … » Read
 

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Musicians Demand $1,200 Each from Gov't for No-deal Brexit

August 20, 2019 | Anthony Brown, Musical America
The U.K. government should cover additional costs that musicians incur in the event of a no-deal Brexit, according to the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM). A press release states that a no-deal Brexit would cause “major disruption to … » Read
 

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Philly O 2020 SPAC Season to Honor the Master's 250th

August 20, 2019 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
The Philadelphia Orchestra is to present a four-day celebration of Beethoven’s 250th anniversary at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC), playing all nine symphonies and splicing them with newly commissioned works. The new works are … » Read
 

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A New Youth Orchestra for the Royal Concertgebouw

August 19, 2019 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
The latest addition to the growing roster of youth orchestras—the Concertgebouworkest Young—will make its symphonic debut with concerts in Amsterdam and Brussels in late August. Young is a relative latecomer: the U.K., the U.S., … » Read
 

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Amusical in the White House

August 19, 2019 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
The current occupant of The White House differs from his predecessors in ways too many to count. One that has become increasingly evident is his apparent indifference to music. Leading classical, jazz, and popular musical artists have entertained … » Read
 

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Court Ruling: Berlin Boy Choir Will Remain All Boys

August 19, 2019 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
The State and Cathedral Choir in Berlin, a determinedly all-boys ensemble for its 554-year existence, will remain so for the foreseeable future. That was the ruling on Aug. 15 from a Berlin court that rejected a l awsuit filed on behalf of a … » Read
 
 

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