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FOOD FOR THOUGHT IN THE MUSIC WORLD | 6-29-2015

Recent News, Commentary, and Ideas.

A NEW MUSIC POWERHOUSE?

Berklee and Boston Conservatory Explore Merger
Boston Globe: Malcolm Gay
For nearly 50 years, Berklee College of Music and the Boston Conservatory have lived side by side as neighbors in the Fenway, sharing everything from faculty to food services. But now the two storied institutions want to become much closer.

RESEARCH AND OPINION

How Festivals can Save Opera
The Globe and Mail: Marsha Lederman
Vancouver Opera may be the first major Canadian company to move to a festival season, but it’s part of a wave. According to Scorca, several companies in the U.S. are considering the same change – and he predicts good things for VO in terms of the potential for increased sales, media attention, intensity of experience and artistic achievement.

President Obama's 'Amazing Grace' Moment and the Power of Spontaneous Song
The LA Times: Steven Zeitchik
So unlikely was it that a leader of the free world would try singing his way out of a eulogy that many weren't sure whether to believe he was.

How Does a Pianist Remember the 30,000 Notes of Rach 3
The World Post: Jura Margulis
Recent scientific research has observed that walking through doorways interferes with memory and facilitates forgetting. The research on the doorway effect is relevant for the career musician (concert pianists, for example) and the methodical pedagogue, and can be epitomized as such: The stage and the practice room must become the same room.

To Master Stage Fright, Practice Makes Imperfect OK
NPR: Chloe Veltman
Sara Solovitch plays the piano in the Terminal B baggage claim area at San Jose International Airport to overcome stage fright.

NATIONAL

Kennedy Center Imports London Leader for New Vice President of Artistic Planning
The Washington Post: Peggy McGlone
In the newly-created role of Senior Vice President of Artistic Planning, Robert van Leer will coordinate the programming of the arts center and its resident companies, the National Symphony Orchestra and the Washington National Opera. The managers who previously reported to the president will now report to him.

Silicon Valley Ballet Chief Resigns
San Francisco Classical Voice
Alan Hineline — the chief executive officer of Silicon Valley Ballet, formerly called Ballet San Jose — is leaving the company just a year after joining it.

James Horner, Film Composer for Titanic, Apollo 13, and Braveheart Dies in Plane Crash
The Hollywood Reporter: Mike Barnes
James Horner, the consummate film composer known for his heart-tugging scores for Field of Dreams, Braveheart and Titanic, for which he won two Academy Awards, died last Monday in a plane crash near Santa Barbara. He was 61.

Misty Copeland’s Possible Promotion at American Ballet Theatre is Talk of Dance World
The Wall Street Journal: Pia Catton
If promoted to principal dancer, Misty Copeland will be the first black woman to reach company’s top rank.

City Ballet Dancer, Sara Mearns, Inspires Debate and Awe
New York Times: Alastair Macaulay
The ballerina Sara Mearns, now 29, has entered her prime and is the most talked-of ballerina in America and quite possibly the most argued-about ballerina anywhere.

Miles Davis Unreleased Performances Premiere in ‘Newport 1955-1975’ Box Set
Classicalite: Ian Holubiak
During his stint at the Newport Jazz Festival, Miles Davis’ performances there brought together an audience of all stripes and trades. Now, those special performances will be available for purchase on July 17.

Remembering Ronald Wilford, the Most Powerful Man in Classical Music
The Spectator: Norman Lebrecht
The paradox is that by making conductors appear omnipotent, Wilford fatally weakened the species, leaving it, at his death, almost impotent.

Richmond Symphony Connects to Community under Big Tent
WTVR: Richmond Bizsense
Symphony spokesman Scott Dodson said the group’s newfound mobility will take it to places like Brown’s Island, while also heading out of city limits to rural communities.

INTERNATIONAL

Jacobs Alumnus Appointed Royal Scottish National Chief Executive
All Media Scotland
Krishna Thiagarajan joins the RSNO from the New York City-based Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, where he served as executive director since January 2013.

Classical Music is Alive and Well, on MediciTV
SlippedDisc: Norman Lebrecht
The first 10 days of the Tchaikovsky Competition drew in 3.5 million views across more than 160 countries.

Royal Opera House Posts 12% Box Office Revenue Increase
The Stage: Michael Quinn
Record audience numbers and box office receipts boosted the Royal Opera House’s income by 12% to £125.7 million, its annual report reveals.

Blue Note Jazz Club Plans Expansion to China
New York Times: Nate Chinen
The Blue Note Jazz Club, one of the most prominent names in its field, will announce plans on Thursday to open new locations in Hawaii and China, a sign of a large and growing market for jazz in the Pacific Rim.

After 67 Years, Japan Repeals No-Dancing Law
RT
After years of hot discussions, the Japanese government voted last week to lift the 1948 “fueiho” law (short version of Law on Control and Improvement of Amusement Business) which banned dancing in clubs and bars after midnight.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

“From the Top” Band Teams Up with Rapper Lotus Taylor for Wiz Khalifa Tribute
Classicalite: Ian Holubiak
Rap and orchestra, a bond that usually fits in the studio and has become almost a staple of the hip-hop "ballad," has brought students from Berklee and the New England Conservatory (known as the From the Top band) together to back local rapper Lotus Taylor in a Wiz Khalifa cover.

Apple Signs Thousands of Independent Labels in Royalty Deal
New York Times: Ben Sisario
Following adjustments and last-minute negotiations, a deal has enabled thousands of labels to join the new streaming service.

Top 10 Reasons Your Brand Needs to be on Facebook
Forbes: Jayson DeMers
According to the latest stats, there are now 1.44 billion active users on Facebook. No other social networking site even comes close. If you want to risk missing out on this segment of the market, do so at your own peril.

An Overlooked Key to Success: Practical Humility
LinkedIn: Deepak Chopra
It's often said that there's no "I" in teamwork, but there's no "I" in "clear and open-eyed," which is what a truly successful person needs to be.

The Hunger Games Franchise Ditches Dot-Com Domain
NBC: Samantha Sabin
The popular movie series became the first to utilize the dot-movie domain on June 9 when it released its new website, TheHungerGames.movie.

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