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Classical music has a serious communication problem

Classical music has a serious communication problem | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it

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This week, in fact, the Royal Opera House will again open its doors to a group of homeless people. They’re not in the foyers and bars, but on the stage, performing in a production of Poulenc’s Dialogue of the Carmelites conducted by Simon Rattle. Next month the Royal Opera’s orchestra and chorus will join the communities who live around its production hub in Thurrock for a performance of Verdi’s Requiem. Engagement and “the public good” are priorities for even the most grandiose of arts institutions like never before. So why is the opera audience proving so stubbornly socially stagnant? I’d point at least one finger in the direction of an unlikely villain that has never really been properly dragged into the elitism debate: the total ineffectualness and inappropriateness of large-scale classical music advertising.  

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It follows the industry’s favourite  communicative norm: conceived by people who already love the art form for people who already love the art form.

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Malkki at helm of Finnish orchestra cracks glass ceiling

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Orchestra conductor Susanna Malkki is used to being asked what it is like working in a male-dominated world."Maybe one day we will have reached a point where we won't have to discuss the gender issue at all," she said with a smile.

 


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Paul Morley: ‘Pop belongs to the last century. Classical music is more relevant to the future’

Paul Morley: ‘Pop belongs to the last century. Classical music is more relevant to the future’ | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it
For years, rock critic Paul Morley viewed classical music as a pompous art form of the past. So why does the former NME writer now believe it is so revolutionary?

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Everything You Wanted To Know About Classical Music (But Weren't Afraid To Ask)

Everything You Wanted To Know About Classical Music (But Weren't Afraid To Ask) | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it
Every Friday, the proprietors of NPR Classical and their Twitter followers gather for a half-hour speed session to share great recordings and discuss the music.

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Alan Davey: why Radio 3 have hired well in this former punk enthusiast

Alan Davey: why Radio 3 have hired well in this former punk enthusiast | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it
A passionate music fan who has spent his career in bureaucracies, Davey is the right man for the job, but he will need to think carefully about who now runs the PromsBBC names Alan Davey as Radio 3 controller For Alan Davey, becoming controller of...
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Remembering Christopher Hogwood (1941-2014) - The Arts Desk

Remembering Christopher Hogwood (1941-2014) - The Arts Desk | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it
The Arts Desk Remembering Christopher Hogwood (1941-2014) The Arts Desk Dido and Aeneas recording Over coffee and squares of rather divine high-cocoa-score chocolate in his Cambridge house, we recorded an informal conversation about Cecilia's place...
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'Classical music is not elitist' - Inquirer.net

'Classical music is not elitist' - Inquirer.net | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it
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Joaquin Maria “Chino” S. Gutierrez was barely out of his toddler years, a mere child at 4, when he first pleaded his case to his parents: He wanted them to buy him a violin.
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Mezzo-soprano Alice Coote: ‘I’m trying to be the best singer in the world. Or what’s the point?’ | The Times

Mezzo-soprano Alice Coote: ‘I’m trying to be the best singer in the world. Or what’s the point?’ | The Times | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it
Accused of ‘murdering’ Handel in her debut as Xerxes, the mezzo-soprano explains why she’s still her own worst critic (Brava AC! Huzzah The Biscuit! “@msannapicard: Fierce frank fabulous.
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Anyone hear her 'murder' Handel?

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Three Quick Lessons From The Violin Wunderkind ...

Three Quick Lessons From The Violin Wunderkind ... | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it
At 46, Joshua Bell leads nine young musicians in the 30-minute HBO documentary Masterclass. Here, the violinist gives advice on finding yourself in the music.
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Japan overwhelmingly favors CDs to digital music

Japan overwhelmingly favors CDs to digital music | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it
There’s no doubt that many people think Japan is a technologically advanced wonderland that has robots awaiting at every turn.… (Japan overwhelmingly favors CDs to digital music http://t.co/FUnTUkZrUH...
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Science Reveals Something Surprising About Metal Fans and Classical Music ... - Mic

Science Reveals Something Surprising About Metal Fans and Classical Music ... - Mic | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it
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Long stereotyped as violent and even Satanic, heavy metal music and its fans have an unfortunate history of alienation and intolerance from mainstream culture.
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UT receives $400,000 Mellon Foundation grant for new classical...

UT receives $400,000 Mellon Foundation grant for new classical... | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded $400,000 to UT's Texas Performing Arts so that the organization may continue to develop new classical music .
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Opera/Classical Music Listings for Sept. 12-18 - New York Times

Opera/Classical Music Listings for Sept. 12-18
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This event features a conversation with Mr. Adams and a playback of the recording, in surround sound.
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Stanford engineer aims to connect the world with ant-sized radios - Stanford Report

Stanford engineer aims to connect the world with ant-sized radios - Stanford Report | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it
Stanford Report Stanford engineer aims to connect the world with ant-sized radios Stanford Report A Stanford engineering team has built a radio the size of an ant, a device so energy efficient that it gathers all the power it needs from the same...
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▶ Nigel Kennedy - Bach - Inventions on Violin and Cello - YouTube

Buy this DVD at: http://amzn.to/rsveu1 Nigel Kennedy playing String-Duo arrangements of Two-Part Inventions by Johann Sebastian Bach with Juliet Welchman on ...
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Joshua Bell is playing in the Metro again. This time, you can plan to be there.

Joshua Bell is playing in the Metro again. This time, you can plan to be there. | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it
For all the people who said “I wish I could have been there,” Bell will revisit his 2007 Metro performance.

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12.30 ET, today!

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Becoming Andris Nelsons: A Young Maestro’s Journey To Boston (Interview)

Becoming Andris Nelsons: A Young Maestro’s Journey To Boston (Interview) | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it
He was hired more than a year ago, but tomorrow night conductor Andris Nelsons leads his first concert as the BSO's music director. The 35-year-old's arrival marks a new era for the BSO, and his age is attracting a lot of attention.

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Thomas Quasthoff: Schuberts songs fly through the sky like angels

Thomas Quasthoff: Schuberts songs fly through the sky like angels | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it
The celebrated bass-baritone on why he retired at 52, life after thalidomide, and his new career in Shakespeare and cabaretYour own career was kick-started by winning a top prize, and now youre spearheading a competition for young singers, Das Lied.
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The Schubert Project: Classical music festival in Oxford to play all 600-plus ... - The Independent

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Can Brian Cox save classical music? - Telegraph.co.uk

Can Brian Cox save classical music? - Telegraph.co.uk | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it
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“Classical concerts are just so boringly presented,” says Daniel Harding.
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Not that classical music needs saving, but this approach sounds worthy.

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Proms conductor Marin Alsop attacks ‘snobbish’ classical music world | The Times

Proms conductor Marin Alsop attacks ‘snobbish’ classical music world | The Times | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it
Marin Alsop has said that classical music is “inaccessible” and “elitist” and that audiences should be able to clap during movements (RT @PetrocTrelawny: Clap between movements if you want says @marinalsop @thetimes (£)
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We've talked about this and, while it might take us a while to get used to, we have decided we agree with Marin. Hating on the clappers is not going to encourage them to come back.

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Celebrating Classical Music - Vermont Public Radio

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Lovers of classical music are celebrating two big milestones in Vermont: VPR's own Walter Parker marks his 30th anniversary on the air this week.
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Spotify Web Player - BBC Proms: 2014 (Radio 3) - BBC Playlister

RT @BBCPlaylister: Relive the @bbcproms with beautiful recordings of this years' works: http://t.co/fbe3n7t6Tc Hours of wonderful stirring …
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New Contemporary Label Teams Composers With Art...

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For VIA Records’ first three releases, the company has commissioned visual artists to work with the composers to create companion video works.
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Music Publishing News Weekly Roundup 9.12.14: Spotify Video Ads, ASCAP Workshop, ACM Honors

Music Publishing News Weekly Roundup 9.12.14:  Spotify Video Ads, ASCAP Workshop, ACM Honors | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it
Spotify has introduced video ads as an attempt to generate more revenue from non paying users. The leading music streaming service’s “Sponsored Session” will be a15 - 30 second video ad followed by 30 minutes of uninterrupted music.
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Classical music in Scotland - how might a yes vote change things? - The Guardian

Classical music in Scotland - how might a yes vote change things? - The Guardian | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it
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