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FOOD FOR THOUGHT IN THE MUSIC WORLD | 10-19-2015

Recent News, Commentary, and Ideas.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin

ARTIST OF THE YEAR!
Yannick Nézet-Séguin Named Musical America’s AoTY
New Yorker: Michael Cooper
The dynamic conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin has had quite the fall — conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra before a visiting Pope Francis, opening the Metropolitan Opera season leading Verdi’s “Otello,” Now he can add another feather to his cap: Artist of the Year by Musical America, the venerable classical music publication.

RESEARCH & OPINION

Life Begins at 90: ECHO Klassik Honors Menahem Pressler
Deutsche Welle
After 55 years at the helm of the Beaux Arts Trio,the Jacobs School of Music Distinguished Professor, now 91, embarked on an astonishing solo career. On October 18, he received the German Phono Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award.

One in Four Performing Arts Careers Halted by Parenthood
The Stage (UK): Matthew Hemley
Almost a quarter of people with children in the performing arts have seen their careers come to a halt or stop completely because of their parental responsibilities, according to a new study.

The Devaluation of Music: It’s Worse Than You Think
CuePoint: Craig Havighurst
Starving artists have been affected by more than just piracy and streaming royalties.

The NEA at 50 and The Death of the Public Good
CultureBot: Andy Horwitz
The NEA struggles on, doing great work despite being the victim of an unrelenting and highly successful conservative assault on the public sector that began with the election of Ronald Reagan and continues to this day.

Spring Awakening and the Power of Inclusive Art
The Atlantic: Rachel Kolb
The success of Deaf West Theatre’s Broadway revival of the 2006 rock musical, performed in American Sign Language and English, proves how culture thrives by serving more communities.

In Defence of Cultural Appropriation
New Statesman: Yo Zushi
Our cultures show that we can select who we are and who we want to be – but can they also be misused?

The Unrest is Silence: Why World ‘Classical’ Music Traditions are Under Threat
The Guardian: Michael Church
From Thai gong music to Iraqi oud to American jazz, there are more classical traditions than we might imagine – and as a result of political turmoil, many of them need help to survive.

My Art Story by Indiana Arts Commission
NEA
In collaboration with the Indiana Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts looks at the arts and culture of Indiana.

[Title]
NewMusicBox/ John supko and Jeffrey Edelstein
How does the history of titles helps to shape the thinking of composers?

NATIONAL

Retiring Cleveland Orchestra Looks Back on a Turbulent, Transformational Career
The Plain Dealer: Zacahry Lewis
On the eve of his retirement Nov. 30, longtime executive director Gary Hanson likens his departure to jumping off a moving train.

Philadelphia Orchestra Players OK One-Year Pact
Philadelphia Inquirer: Peter Dobrin
Musicians of the Philadelphia Orchestra on Monday approved a labor deal - an unusual 12-month contract that leaves in its wake some unfinished business and the promise of more labor talks soon.

The Philadelphia Orchestra Needs to Rethink its Future
Philadelphia Inquirer: Peter Dobrin
If you divined during the Philadelphia Orchestra's 2011 bankruptcy that the orchestra might emerge unable to raise the money required to fund its traditional size and stature, the new musicians' contract gives form to your fears.

New Chamber Music Competition to Offer $100K Top Prize
Detroit Free Press: Mark Stryker
Aaron Dworkin, the newly appointed dean of the School of Music, Theater and Dance at the University of Michigan is spearheading the creation of an annual $200,000 chamber music competition for students and young professional ensembles with a whopping $100,000 grand prize.

In Louisville, a Young Conductor Seeks to Challenge and Delight
NPR Deceptive Cadence
Teddy Abrams is a fresh face in the classical music world. The 28-year-old conductor of the Louisville Orchestra is the eighth and youngest music director in the organization's 78-year history, and he's hoping to use his position to make classical music more accessible.

Larry Rosen, Producer and Entrepreneur, Dies at 75
Jazz Times: Jeff Tamarkin
Larry Rosen, an entrepreneur whose many credits include co-founding the GRP Records label with musician Dave Grusin, co-founding the Internet e-commerce and content company N2K, and establishing the Jazz Roots concert series and educational program, died at his Park Ridge, N.J., home on Oct. 9.

INTERNATIONAL

US Dancers Perform Sky Ballet on Skyscraper Windows in Shanghai
The Telegraph: Charlotte Krol
Footage shows dancers from the US' Bandaloop dance troupe performing sky ballet from daring skyscraper heights over Shanghai

Spotify UK Is No Longer a Profitable Business
Digital Music News: Paul Resnikoff
Spotify’s once-proud, once-profitable UK operation is now in the red, with potentially huge implications for the company and the broader streaming music industry.

Cash Crisis Causes Opera Lyra to Cease Operations
Ottawa Citizen: Peter Robb
After three decades of music, Ottawa’s Opera Lyra has ceased operations.

Chinese Dancer Breaks Cultural Barriers at the Paris Opera Ballet
The New York Times: Joyce Lau
Lam Chun-wing, a 19-year-old from a working-class Hong Kong suburb, is an unlikely addition to the world’s oldest ballet company — a state institution steeped in French tradition.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

MANANA Is Cuba's First Electronic Music Festival
Digital Music News: Paul Resnikoff
Manana is a non-profit festival that aims to bridge Afro-Cuban Folkloric music with the global dance community. The event is slated for May, with a Kickstarter in the early stages.  If everything goes as planned, it will be Cuba’s first electronica music festival.

Music Streaming Revenues Surpass Physical Formats
AllAboutJazz
Streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music generated $1.028 billion for the U.S. music industry in the first half of 2014, up 23% from the previous year.

Music to Sleep By
The New Yorker: Anwen Crawford
The composer Max Richter has written an eight-hour-long piece that he hopes listeners will sleep through.

5 Startup Concepts To Help You Prepare For The Musicpreneur Era
HypeBot: Tommy Darker
With the music business changing and developing, it is important to be prepared for whatever is coming next. Here we look at several good concepts utilized by startups to keep in mind as a musical entrepreneur.

12 Ways to Improve Your Social Media Profiles in One Hour
Hootsuite: Evan LePage
Considering how much time people spend on social media every day, it’s kind of funny (or is it sad?) that most of us find ourselves too busy to actually update or improve our profiles.

OFF THE BEATEN TRACKS

Make Way for Segway Dancing
Dance Magazine: Kristin Schwab
Choreographer David Moore, who has worked with singers Carly Rae Jepsen and Jesse McCartney, got a group of five guys together to glide their way through Justin Bieber’s latest single “What Do U Mean.”

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