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(CLASSICAL) ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Musical America, a brand that has stayed vital across its two centuries of distinguished publishing history, has announced its annual awards, to be presented at a ceremony in December at Carnegie Hall. Pianist Yuja Wang has been chosen as artist of the year, with Eighth Blackbird, Susanna Mälkki, Andrew Norman, and Eric Owens recognized as ensemble, conductor, composer, and vocalist of the year 2017.

Decide for yourself: Yuja Wang performs Beethoven's "Hammerklavier"

 
  RESEARCH AND OPINION  
 


UNESCO Report Says Culture Makes Cities Safer and Stronger
BlouinArtInfo: Lisa Contag
The UNESCO makes a strong case for systematically fostering culture in city planning in its new “Global Report, Culture: Urban Future,” launched on October 18 at the Third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) in Quito, Ecuador.

The Money Pit: Orchestras that Strike Should Remember How Far They’ve Come

The Wall Street Journal: Terry Teachout
With the justifiable anger that musicians sometimes feel about their salaries, it’s worth remembering—yet hardly ever mentioned in news reports—that most orchestral musicians in the U.S. make a lot more money than they did only a couple of generations ago.
A response from Norman Lebrecht: Why The Wall Street Journal is Wrong on the Pittsburgh Strike

David Wallace: Becoming Village People

21CM (video)
At the 21CMposium, David Wallace, chair of Berklee College of Music's String Department, talks about how his program cultivates a "village mindset," where faculty and students collaborate to create a diverse, open-minded, and noncompetitive environment.

Jonathan Biss: ‘Performing Can be Inspiring, or The Thing That Eats You’

The Guardian: Interview by Fiona Maddocks
Jacobs alumnus, internationally renowned pianist, discussed composers and mortality, having two violinist parents, and his lack of coordination in all things not piano-related.

R.E.M. Bassist on ‘Breaking Down Walls Between Classical and Rock’”

Rolling Stone: Kory Grow
Mike Mills, violinist Robert McDuffie are touring in support of recently released 'Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra'              .


 
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Dance Audiences Are Down in NYC, Study Finds

The Wall Street Journal: Pia Catton
A 20% decrease in the number of paid attendees as live performances emerged in the study run by the advocacy group Dance/NYC – looking at 172 dance companies over a 2ix-year period.

The Musical Map of the United States

Brooklyn Magazine
A delightful map – and a collection of more than fifty essays by writers who have strongly associated a song with a state, melds all of this—geography, lived experience, and music—in one.

Benjamin Grosvenor Awarded Philharmonic’s New Piano Prize

New York Times: Michael Cooper
The young British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor, who has been making the leap from child prodigy to a maturing star, has been named the first recipient of a new $30,000 classical piano prize awarded by the New York Philharmonic.

Former Lincoln Center President’s New Post: At National Sawdust

New York Times: Michael Cooper
Jed Bernstein, whose tenure as the president of Lincoln Center was cut short last spring after he failed to disclose a relationship with an employee, is crossing the river for his next post: He is now an adviser at National Sawdust, the new-music space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

ICE’s Founder, Claire Chase, Will Relinquish Leadership Role

New York Times: Michael Cooper
It’s been an aspiration of the group since the very beginning to evolve into being an artist’s collective,” Ms. Chase said in an interview. “And after 15 years I think we can say that we’ve achieved that — and that it’s time to not be founder-led.

Philadelphia Orchestra Adopts Aspects of Michael M. Kaiser’s Report

The Inquirer: Peter Dobrin
The Philadelphia Orchestra will program musicals. It will set up new philanthropic councils made up from donors with special interests and, starting in 2018, from outside the city. The orchestra is starting a series of master classes with guest artists. And it will develop more ways to lure and keep younger donors.

Best and Worst of Times for Freelance Classical Singers in Philly

The Inquirer: David Patrick Stearns
New, entirely professional, and a child of the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Philadelphia Symphonic Choir would seem to be much-needed good news on the choral landscape. But so far in its formation, some Philadelphia vocal freelancers are experiencing consternation or even heartbreak at how it's being handled.

Chuck Berry Celebrates 90th Birthday with First Album in 38 Years

Rolling Stone: Daniel Kreps
Rock n' roll pioneer Chuck Berry, who turned 90 on Tuesday, celebrated his birthday by announcing that his new LP Chuck, the guitarist's first LP in 38 years, will arrive in 2017 on Dualtone Records.

 
  INTERNATIONAL  
 


Beijing’s Glowing Concert Hall is a Symphony of Visual and Audio Design

New Atlas: Stu Robarts
When you're one of the world's top symphony orchestras, it's only right that you should play in one of the world's best concert halls. That was the basis upon which MAD Architects worked when designing a new translucent, glowing, lotus-flower-inspired home for the China Philharmonic Orchestra.

English National Opera Appoints New Music Director
ClassicalMusic: Elinor Cooper
Conductor Martyn Brabbins will take up the post immediately.

Nobel Panel Gives Up Knockin’ on Dylan’s Door

The Guardian
Days after being awarded the literature prize, Bob Dylan has yet to get in touch with the Swedish Academy, or indicate whether he will attend the celebrations.

Leeds International Piano Competition to be Revamped

BBC: Mark Savage
The Leeds International Piano Competition, which launched the careers of Andras Schiff and Murray Perahia, is to be overhauled in an attempt to bring it to a wider audience.

 
  ENTREPRENEURSHIP  
 


A New App, Rotor, Turns iPad Into Electronic Music Performance Suite
SonicState.com
ROTOR is the new app that turns the iPad into a comprehensive electronic music performance suite. Using the optional ROTOR controllers, which can be purchased separately, it also brings the reactable tangible music experience that has captivated musicians such as Björk, Coldplay or Gui Boratto, for the first time into the iPad.

The Future of Pop Culture

The Guardian
AI, VR and smartphones are changing the way we consume culture, but what comes next? From film to visual arts, we explore entertainment’s new frontiers

Uber, But for Millennials Who Want Orchestras in Their Living Rooms

Wired Magazine
Around 20 Groupmuse shows happen across the country every week, mostly in Boston, New York, Seattle and the Bay Area.

An Unsigned Artist Makes 4X More from Streaming Than a Major Label Artist

DigitalMusicNews
According to to new calculations released by Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, signing to a major label can cost an artist dearly when it come to streaming royalties.  Specifically, an unsigned artist can expect to receive nearly four times the royalty from streaming than an artist signed to a major label.

Vlogging for Musicians: The equipment you’ll need

DiscMakers
For music artists looking to build a brand for themselves online, videos can factor heavily into a music marketing plan. This is part one of a two-part post with advice about vlogging for musicians. Here, we take a look at the equipment you’ll need to build your video empire.

 
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All About The Bass
CBCNews
Montreal Symphony Orchestra (OSM) is debuting a new instrument Thursday, one that will be hard to miss. The octobass measures 3.6 metres and weighs 131 kilos. The OSM has the distinction of being the only orchestra in the world in possession of one.

 
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