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FOOD FOR THOUGHT IN THE MUSIC WORLD | 3-30-2015

Recent News, Commentary, and Ideas.

A GAMECHANGER? APPLE’S MUSIC STREAMING SERVICE

NYT: Ben Sisario and Brian Chen
In what would be the biggest change to its music strategy in years, Apple is pressing ahead with a sweeping overhaul of its digital music services that would allow the company to compete directly with streaming upstarts like Spotify.

ORGANIZAITON FEATURE: DANCE THEATRE OF HARLEM
Project Jumpstart’s organization focus this week is Dance Theater of Harlem, a leading national dance institution that includes a performing ensemble, a leading arts education center and Dancing Through Barriers®, a national and international education and community outreach program.

RESEARCH AND OPINION

Advice for Aspiring String Quartets: 10 Questions for the Pacifica Quartet
The Verona Quartet (formerly the Wasmuth Quartet), Indiana University Jacobs School of Music’s graduate string quartet, interviews the Pacifica Quartet on what it takes to make it as a professional, touring string quartet.

In search of Musical Integration between the United States and the Rest of the Americas
New Music Box: Alvaro Gallegos
One might think that the globalization that governs today’s world would have brought closer together the composers of the thirty-five countries that make up the Americas, but in reality, connections exist primarily between neighboring countries, and even then it is limited.

Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet Closing: What Just Happened?
DancePulp: Emeri Fetzer
There was no visible smoke signal leading up to Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet‘s closing.

What to Do If Your Child’s First Love Is . . . Art
Wall Street Journal: Jerry Cianciolo
It’s a myth that a passion for creative expression is a one-way ticket to unemployment.

Irish Dance and Our Invented Concepts of Race and Ethnicity
Pacific Standard: Lisa Wade
When one cultural tradition evolves, borrowing and melding with other cultural traditions, it increasingly belongs to everyone.

Easter Playslist
The Guardian: Guy Dammann
From Parsifal to the Matthew Passion, here are the sublime sounds you should hear this weekend.

NATIONAL

Project Jumpstart Entrepreneur of the Month: Eric Stark
Project Jumpstart: Rafael Porto
By developing a professional life that combines performance, scholarship and collaborative leadership, Jacobs School alumnus and conductor Eric Stark has established himself as a leading choral-orchestral specialist.

Gustavo Dudamel's Contract with L.A. Phil Extended to 2022
LA Times: Mike Boehm
If there was any risk that New York City would sing a siren's song to Gustavo Dudamel, the Los Angeles Philharmonic appears to have sailed safely past.

To Draw Fresh Crowds, Symphony Offers Modern Take on Classical Music
PBS Newshour/KQED: Cy Musiker
As part of a growing national movement to revitalize the symphony experience for patrons, the San Francisco Symphony recently launched SoundBox, a show series meant to create new musical experiences and entice new audiences.

Two Competing Projects Attempt to Revive City Opera
Opera News: Brian Kellow
Several contenders are bidding for the legacy of New York City Opera in the hopes that the company — or a simulacrum of it — might be resurrected. Do those vying for a City Opera comeback know what they're getting themselves into, and is there still an audience to engage?

Choosing America’s Next Opera Idols
Wall St. Journal: Pia Catton
Performing alone on the stage of the Met, accompanied by one of the country’s most heralded opera orchestras, was for most performers their biggest stage moment thus far. Note: this article includes a picture of Jacobs School semifinalist Deniz Uzun.

Nonprofit Tax-Exemption Approvals Double, Thanks to Simplified Form
The Chronicle of Philanthropy: Richard White
The Internal Revenue Service approved 94,365 applications from organizations seeking 501(c)(3) designations in fiscal year 2014, more than double the number approved in the previous two years.

INTERNATIONAL

As Pierre Boulez Turns 90, Conductor-Composer's Impact Beyond Question
LA Times: Mark Swed
Pierre Boulez — who has done as much as if not more than any other living composer and conductor to change the way we think about and make music — turns 90.

A Performing Entrepreneur: Jordi Savall’s Never-Ending Repertory
New York Times: Zachary Woolfe
Mr. Savall’s schedule these days is often filled with the development of new projects. One, focused on Islam, will stretch musically from Afghanistan to India and China and back west again, via Morocco and Mali.

This Musician has a Half-Billion Video Views. Introducing Stromae
PRI’s The World: Andrea Crossan
If you'd been at the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, last week, you’d be asking the same question. There were posters everywhere asking "Who The Hell is Stromae?" Well, we found him — and we asked him: “My real name is Paul Van Haver and my stage name is Stromae," he says. "I'm 30 years old, and I'm a singer and composer."

Cultural Tourism Adds $4,7 Billion (£3.2bn) to London Economy
The Stage: Georgia Snow
The report, called The Value of Cultural Tourism to London, was carried out by the Greater London Authority also found that 80,000 jobs are supported by cultural tourism in the capital.

Regional Arts Leverages Australian Cultural Tourism
ArtsHub Australia
Small towns are building big business with festivals and exhibitions that bring people from larger population centers.

KBS Symphony Moves to Replace Two-Thirds of Musicians
The Korea Herald
KBS Symphony Orchestra moved to potentially replace 67 positions in its 100-strong orchestra on Monday, upping the ante against players in an intensifying labor dispute.

Russian Theater Director Fired Over Wagner Opera
ABC News
Russia's culture minister on Sunday fired the director of a Siberian theater whose modern staging of Wagner's opera "Tannhauser" offended the powerful Russian Orthodox Church.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Shock Result: Carbon-Fiber Violin Wins 2015 German Instruments Prize
Slipped Disc: Norman Lebrecht
It’s the first time a non-wood stringed instrument has been entered.

5 Free and Cheap Time Management Tools for Musicians
All About Jazz: Amy Sciarretto
Time is money, especially when you're a musician. You can't waste time trying to figure out the most effective ways to juggle the creative and business elements of being in a band, so you need to rely on time-saving tools and apps to keep your band functioning and organized.

Students Practice Performances Skills on Virtual Audiences
The Strad
London’s Royal College of Music has a developed a performance simulator in collaboration with the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana to give students greater opportunities to practice the art of performing.

FOR FUN

How Well Do You Know Classical Music?
BuzzFeed: Nina Mohan
Can you Handel this quiz?

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