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When the Government Pays for the Play, the Critic Best Watch His Words

July 9, 2019 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
The differences between cultural life in Europe and the U.S. are many. One of the biggest is that most European governments fund their country’s arts organizations, often generously.  In the U.S., the richest nation in the world, … » Read
 

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Musique Concrète et Naturel: Buzzing Bees Inside a Cello

July 9, 2019 | Anthony Brown, Musical America
Martin Bencsik, a professor from Nottingham Trent University and husband of a professional cellist, is using a cello to research the vibrations and sounds made by bees. “Bees need a cavity,” Bencsik told the BBC, so he placed a … » Read
 

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Estonians Celebrate Their Freedom in Massive Song Fest

July 9, 2019 | David Keyton and Jari Tanner
TALLINN, Estonia — Tens of thousands of Estonians joined in singing folk songs Sunday on the 150th anniversary of a music festival that inspired resistance to Soviet control and later received recognition from the U.N. cultural agency. The … » Read
 

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A Tehran Symphony Concert Provides Relief from Reality

July 9, 2019 | Associated Press
TEHRAN, Iran — Aficionados of Western classical music have carved out a niche for themselves in Iran, where cultural expression remains tightly controlled by strict rules imposed after the 1979 Islamic Revolution. And perhaps surprisingly, … » Read
 

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Penelope to Premiere at Tanglewood, Previn's Final Work

July 9, 2019 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
André Previn’s final work, Penelope , will receive its world premiere at Tanglewood in a concert staging on July 24. Based on the character from Homer’s Odyssey , as created by librettist/playwright Tom Stoppard, the piece is … » Read
 

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New Orchestra Combines Young Musicians from Russia and the U.K.

July 8, 2019 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
In a project that combines elements of the Barenboim-Said West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and Carnegie Hall’s annual National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYOUSA), conductor Jan Latham-Koenig is launching the privately … » Read
 

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New Arts Complex to Open in Houston

July 8, 2019 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
The New York office of the Rotterdam-based Office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) has released plans to transform the 550,000square-foot Barbara Jordan Post Office in Houston into a complex featuring arts and music venues, workspaces, and a … » Read
 

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America's Orchestras Deserve to Be Saved

July 5, 2019 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
In a passionate opinion piece, The Week’s national correspondent Matthew Walther argues for the necessity of supporting America’s orchestras. “If we cannot make Wagner and Bruckner and Richard Strauss available to anyone who … » Read
 

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Charter Files to Dismiss RIAA Lawsuit Claiming Piracy

July 3, 2019 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Last March, the RIAA on behalf of major record labels filed suit against Charter Communications, claiming that, as an internet service provider (ISP), it does nothing to stop repeat copyright infringers from pirating titles in their respective … » Read
 

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An Argument for Leaving Opera As Is

July 3, 2019 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
In Australia the struggle between those intent on ridding opera of any whiff of gender bias, sexism, or dramatized acts of violence against women and defenders of the traditional repertoire is now well underway. While agreeing that a conversation … » Read
 
 

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