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FOOD FOR THOUGHT IN THE MUSIC WORLD | 02-01-2016

Recent News, Commentary, and Ideas.

Van Zweeden

VAN ZWEDEN IN THE BIG APPLE
The recent announcement of Jaap Van Zweden as the incoming New York Philharmonic music director spurred an outpouring of opinion from the leading voices in classical music. Here’s what some in the media had to say (including a quote in the first article by Jacobs School of Music’s Alex Kerr!):

Jaap van Zweden, Philharmonic’s Maestro-to-Be, Sharpens His Baton
New York Times: Michael Cooper
Jaap van Zweden and the Future of the New York Philharmonic
New York Times: Anthony Tommasini
The New York Philharmonic Makes Its Choice
The New Yorker: Alex Ross
Jaap van Zweden’s Departure from DSO Signals New Phase in Dallas Arts
The Dallas Morning News: Michael Granberry and Scott Cantrell

THE WINNERS!

Innovation Competition Winners Announced
Project Jumpstart: Jacobs School of Music
Congratulations to Jacobs School students Stephen Johnson and Matthew Leone, winner and runner-up of the 2016 Innovation Competition, hosted this past weekend by the Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Kelley School of Business. More about the competition winners will be released soon.

OPINION AND RESEARCH

Opera’s Discomfort Zone
Opera News: Philip Kennicott
Can opera ever meet twenty-first-century standards of political correctness? Should it even try?

New York Arts Organizations Lack the Diversity of Their City
New York Times: Robin Pogrebin
New York City’s cultural sector does not match the demographic diversity of the its population, though the sector is more diverse than arts organizations on the national level, according to a survey released on Thursday by the city’s Cultural Affairs Department.

Broadway Musical 'Hamilton' Could Teach Oscar a Lesson on Diversity
Los Angeles Times: Charles McNulty
This unlikely juggernaut is something Hollywood moguls, implicated in the controversy over the all-white acting nominations for this year's Academy Awards, ought to see pronto.

Adele Uncovers Mozart in Viral Cello Mashup
The Piano Guys/Slipped Disc
1.8 million hits and counting! Imagine Mozart and Adele in the same room in an intense co-write session, quill and pen in hand, respectively.

Journey: Fifth House Ensemble
Kickstarter/5HE
A campaign that has gone viral is about Journey, an effort to fund a live game play with music by Austin Wintory. Members of the 5HE will be in Bloomington, February 13 to work with JSoM students.

Why Isn’t Jazz Popular?
Vortex Magazine: Matt Fleeger
There’s something for everybody in jazz. It’s the most open-minded sound on the planet, no matter what the Jazz Police say.

NATIONAL

Gustavo Dudamel and Youth Orchestra L.A.'s Super Bowl halftime A Win for the Arts
LA Times: Mark Swed
Nothing like this has happened in the 50 years of the event.

Nick Pupillo: Making Moves for Contemporary Dance
Project Jumpstart Entrepreneur of the Month
Following his studies in the Jacobs School of Music, dancer Nick Pupillo established Visceral Dance, an innovative and very successful dance center in Chicago.

How Five American Indian Dancers Transformed Ballet in the 20th Century
Hyperallergic: Allison Meier
Five dancers who started their careers in the 1940s redefined dance in the United States. And they were all American Indians from Oklahoma.

Fort Worth Symphony Reverses Musician Wage Cuts
Star-Telegram: Andrea Ahles
According to the American Federation of Musicians Local 72-147, the concessionary terms, including a more than 8 percent pay cut, have not been forced on musicians.

INTERNATIONAL

All That Matters is How Good It Sounds: An Interview with the Former El Sistema Violinist Luigi Mazzocchi
VAN: Lawrence Scripp
An in-depth discussion about the myths and shortcomings of the El Sistema System. A call for the program to evolve beyond authoritarian pedagogical methods in the direction of a more comprehensive and progressive music education system focused strongly on social action.

A Ballet to Change Denmark’s Minds About Refugees
PBS Newshour
One of Denmark’s leading dance troupes is incorporating asylum seekers into its newest ballet to change perceptions across the nation.

Low Canadian Dollar Leading Arts Groups to Reconsider Programming Choices
CBC News: Maryse Zeidler
Talent, royalty fees and sets for some of Canada's biggest productions often come from south of the border and are contracted in U.S. dollars.

Fabio Luisi Named as Music Director of Florence's Opera di Firenze and Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Opera News: Barbara Luisi
Genoa-born conductor, Fabio Luisi, has been named as the new music director designate of Florence’s Opera di Firenze and its annual spring festival, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, in what appears to be something of a shakeup at the Tuscan company. 

Concertgebouw to Tour all 28 EU Member States
Classical Music
In each country, the Concertgebouw will perform one opening work side by side with a local youth orchestra, and members will give masterclasses and tuition to young musicians.

Violinist Leonidas Kavakos wins Léonie Sonning Music Prize 2017
The Strad
The award worth 100k Euros is Denmark’s highest musical honor and has been given annually to an internationally recognized composer, instrumentalist, conductor or singer since 1959.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

The Invention of Ambient Music
The New Yorker: Alex Abramovich
In the nineteen-seventies, the German supergroup Harmonia made music that sounds as though it could have been made this morning.

Old Music is Outselling New Music for The First Time in History
Chart Attack: Adam Pugsley
This past year, catalogue albums outsold the current ones by 4.3 million copies

OFF THE BEATEN PATH

Amsterdam Police Kick in Opera Singer’s Door Thinking He’s Screaming
Netherlands Times: Janene Pieters
Police officers were surprised early Tuesday morning when they kicked in the door of an Amsterdam man they thought was in trouble and shouting, only to discover he was actually trying to sing along with an opera recording.

The NBA Team That’s Bullish on the Opera
The Wall Street Journal
Chicago Bulls stars Pau Gasol and Nikola Mirotic spend their downtime indulging in high culture.

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