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A Raise for Florida O Musicians

August 9, 2022 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
The musicians of the Florida Orchestra have ratified a three-year contract that will increase base pay by 12 percent and extend the ensemble’s season. “This was one of the most positive negotiations in all my years in … » Read

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Coming of Age: Berkshire Opera Fest

August 9, 2022 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
When the pandemic derailed the western Massachusetts-based Berkshire Opera Festival’s plans to present Mozart’s Don Giovanni in 2020, cofounder and director of production Jonathon Loy rescheduled it to 2022. While the discovery that … » Read

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Texas Megachurch Breaks the Law with Its 'Adaptation' of Hamilton

August 8, 2022 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
At least one Christian church in McAllen, TX, has been caught stealing, red-handed. On Aug. 5 and 6, RGV Productions, which works with The Door Christian Fellowship Ministries of McAllen performed and live streamed Lin-Manuel Miranda’s … » Read

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'TikTok Classics.' Really, Warner?

August 8, 2022 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
According to research by the U.K.’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and others, TikTok, the social media platform on which users can upload short videos set to music, has emerged as the vehicle favored by people under 25 for streaming … » Read

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In Praise of Public-Service/Radio Orchestras, Some at Risk

August 8, 2022 | Anthony Brown, Musical America
For many decades public service orchestras in the U.K. and western Europe have been both reliable purveyors of high-quality music free from commercial demands and sources of regional and national pride. The BBC Philharmonic, which celebrates its … » Read

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The System That Governs Streaming Royalties Is 'Absurd, Archaic, and Unnecessary'

August 5, 2022 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
The music industry and the tech companies are engaged in what one music executive calls a “deeply dysfunctional symbiotic relationship.” Billions of dollars—$28.8 billion in 2021—are at stake in the battle over the … » Read

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Elephant in the Room(s): The Audience

August 4, 2022 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
Music critic Andrew Mellor has had a recurring dream in which he walks into the 2,350-seat London Coliseum for Jonathan Miller’s production of The Mikado and finds fewer than 100 people in attendance. The theater itself is dirty and … » Read

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Researchers Quantify Classical Music's 'Soothing' Impact

August 4, 2022 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
A paper published in the journal Cureus— " The Effect of Classical Music on Heart Rate, Blood Pressure, and Mood’’ —bolsters long-held beliefs regarding the connections between listening to classical music and blood … » Read

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Royal College Suspends Piano Prof for Pro-Putin Performance in Ukraine

August 3, 2022 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
The Royal College of Music has suspended Alexander Romanovsky, a professor of piano, for appearing in a video filmed by Russian state-controlled media in front of a bombed-out theater in the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol. The theater had been … » Read

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Closure at Melbourne Arts Center Challenges Ballet, Opera Cos.

August 3, 2022 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
Plans to shutter the State Theater at Melbourne’s Arts Center have forced Opera Australia (OA) and the Australian Ballet to scramble to find alternative venues for nearly three years. The State Theater is scheduled to close around Easter in … » Read

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