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FOOD FOR THOUGHT IN THE MUSIC WORLD | 08-10-2015

Recent News, Commentary, and Ideas.

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CURRICULUM FOR THE 21ST CENTURY

Mannes School of Music Revitalizes Core Curriculum and Moves to Greenwich Village
Strings Magazine: Karen Peterson
This fall, Mannes says goodbye to its Upper West Side digs for a move to the multicultural, cross-generational energy of Greenwich Village.

RESEARCH & OPINION

Sonic Youth: How Symphonies are Reaching Out to Millennial Audiences
Strings Magazine: Stephanie Powell
How do cultural organizations so steeped in tradition attract the succeeding generation of symphony-goers?

As the Met Abandons Blackface, a Look at the Legacy of African Americans in Opera
Hyperallergic: Alison Kinney
The history of Black American opera chronicles not just perseverance and accomplishment, but also racism and exclusion.

Is Streaming a Threat to Music? Not if Musicians Have Anything To Do With It
Los Angeles Times: Mark Swed
Where streaming will eventually lead us, we cannot know. Like nuclear power, it can be used for the benefit of society or as a means for apocalypse. Everything depends upon who is in control. Trust the artists.

An Old Songbook Could Put ‘Happy Birthday’ in the Public Domain
New York Times: Ben Sisario
If the song becomes part of the public domain, it would cost the Warner Music Group, which holds the rights, millions of dollars in lost licensing fees.

NATIONAL

Jacobs alumnus Frederic Chiu Innovates with Yamaha
Yamaha Entertainment Group
Yamaha and JSoM alumnus Frederic Chiu push boundaries in Classical music and technology with the release of “Distant Voices: Piano Music by Claude Debussy & Gao Ping".  The CD/DVD release is linked to a Diklavier offering in September.

Metropolitan Opera Says Its ‘Otello’ Tenor Will Not Wear Blackface
New York Times: Michael Cooper
The Confederate battle flag is not the only symbol of a racist past being phased out in many places: The Metropolitan Opera said on Tuesday that the new production of Verdi’s “Otello” that will open its season next month will not use blackface makeup on the white tenor singing the title role, breaking with a performance tradition of more than a century.

Santa Fe Opera to Tackle Steve Jobs' Complicated Life
Los Angeles Times: David Ng
The complicated personal and professional life of the late Apple co-founder will be the subject of a new opera by Mason Bates. “The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs” will have its world premiere in 2017 at Santa Fe Opera in New Mexico.

'Cold Mountain' Takes Civil War Odyssey to the Opera Stage
NPR, Deceptive Cadence: Paul Ingles
A soldier, gravely wounded in a brutal battle, flees the fighting to try and make his way home. Only this story is set during the Civil War.

Starz Drama 'Flesh and Bone' Set to 'Rip the Band-Aid Off' Ballet
Classicalite: Ian Holubiak
For the upcoming Starz drama 'Flesh and Bone', the hard truths of ballet and the organizations that run it are a searing example of what many don't know about the underbelly of the business.

Roman Totenberg's Stolen Stradivarius Found and Returned 35 Years Later
NPR: Nina Totenberg
A Stradivarius violin, which was stolen and hidden for 35 years, has now been found. It belonged to the late virtuoso Roman Totenberg — the father of NPR's Nina Totenberg. Nina tells the story.

Atlanta Ballet Achieves 20-year High in Box Office Sales
Atlanta Arts and Culture Blog: Howard Pousner
The highest ticket revenue for the company in the past two decades includes revenue by its Centre for Dance Education, contributed income, and expansion in community programming.

Andris Nelsons Extends Contract with Boston Symphony
Boston Globe: Jeremy Eichler
After a promising start, both parties are ready for more. The Boston Symphony Orchestra and its current music director, Andris Nelsons, are now planning for at least three more years of music-making together.

Cleveland Orchestra appoints André Gremillet Executive Director
The Plain Dealer: Zachary Lewis
Monday morning, the Cleveland Orchestra announced that André Gremillet, managing director of Australia's Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, will succeed Gary Hanson as executive director.

INTERNATIONAL

The Proms, BBC’s Classical Music Festival, Is All the More Important as Austerity Looms
New York Times: David Allen
Because of the Proms’ enviable roster of visiting orchestras, its support for contemporary composers, and its accessibility, there remain few larger forces for musical good anywhere.

Athletes and Artists: The Men of the Paris Opera Ballet
CNN: Benazir Wehelie
They are "les danseurs," the professional male ballet dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet. They are the epitome of strength, their bodies acting as machines of poetry with each and every point of their toes.

Why Audiences in the UK Attend Arts Events
Arts Professional: Leo Sharrock and Helen Palmer
Benefitting from more than 100,000 responses, this survey reveals that the overwhelming majority of audiences for the performing arts (85%) and music (87%) respond that they wish ‘to be entertained’. The second most commonly stated reason is to spend time with friends and family (49%).

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

8 Career Tips to Aspiring Chamber Ensembles from the Dover Quartet
Strings Magazine: Miranda Wilson
The singular commitment to their art has enabled the Dover Quartet to keep the same membership for over seven years, and reach the highest levels of the music profession. Here’s your chance to benefit from their advice.

The Zen Dance Master of New York
New York Times: Siobhan Burke
Even in the depths of summer, when New York theaters close up shop and dance companies go on break or on tour, the ballet teacher Zvi Gotheiner keeps going to work, though he may not call it that. And dancers keep flocking to work with him.

OFF THE BEATEN TRACKS

Latitudes: The Global Music You Must Hear Right Now
NPR: Anastasia Tsioulcas
This month's picks for international sounds run the gamut of ideas and emotions. They range from a deeply thought-provoking documentary film to a viral sensation from India that pokes fun at club culture.

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