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(US) The New York Times: "Aix Festival Director to Step Down" (by Michael Cooper, 21 Dec 2015)

Contributed by admin on Dec 24, 2015

"Bernard Foccroulle, the general director of the Aix-en-Provence Festival, plans to step down from his position at the end of 2017, the festival announced on Friday.

Mr. Foccroulle, who joined the festival in 2007 and has led it through a number of artistic successes, said in a statement that ...


(UK) The Stage Article: "Scottish government draft budget outlines 9.5% culture spending cut" (by Tom Dibdin, 17 Dec 2015)

Contributed by admin on Dec 24, 2015

While there are no early music groups mentioned in the article, it is most likely that the granting process will also be affected with respect to Scottish early music organizations.

"Culture has been hit with a headline 9.5% cut in the Scottish government's draft budget, published in Edinburgh on December 16.

Overall, Scottish Government is reducing spend on culture in 2016/17 from £170.2 million to £154.1 million.

As part of this, the five directly funded national companies, ...


(UK) The Guardian Interview: " Facing the music: John Butt" (21 Dec 2015)

Contributed by admin on Dec 22, 2015

"From Bach and Purcell to garage-pop band the Vaselines, conductor, organist and Dunedin Consort director Butt shares his musical inspirations ...


(US) Bach Collegium San Diego News Release: "National Endowment for the Arts supports BCSD"

Contributed by admin on Dec 22, 2015

"We are excited to announce that Bach Collegium San Diego was recently awarded a grant by the National Endowment for the Arts! 

The award of $10,000 will be used, in their words, "to support historically informed concerts and related educational activities. Plans include ...


(US) The New York Times Article: "In Handel’s ‘Messiah,’ the Trumpet as Divine Agent" (by Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheimdec 17, 2015)

Contributed by admin on Dec 22, 2015

"COMING late in Handel’s “Messiah,” the glittering instrumental solo in “The Trumpet Shall Sound” is one of the most recognizable trumpet parts in music. This time of year, its rousing opening fanfare and serenely gleaming lyrical passages can be heard in concert halls and churches all over the country, part of a bass aria that becomes one of this beloved oratorio’s emotional highlights, charged with hope, mystery and awe. ...


(US) Los Angeles Times Article: " Copyright Royalty Board hikes rates Pandora must pay" (by Ryan Faughnder, 20 Dec 2015)

Contributed by admin on Dec 20, 2015

"A panel of federal judges has ordered Pandora Media Inc. and other Internet radio stations to pay higher royalties for sound recordings in a ruling that could have broad ramifications for the music industry. ...


(US) Unquiet Thoughts Blog: "Saturday morning quotes 5.31: Authority and Autonomy"

Contributed by admin on Dec 20, 2015

"The question of autonomy versus authority has different connotations and sometimes very specific meanings in philosophy, law, the political realm, medicine, and religion.  Broadly speaking, authority is defined as the power to enforce laws and/or to determine a baseline of information or standards.  In a musicological context as relates to the sources of historical music, authoritative status is given to early printed sources of music, or given to very specific literal descriptions of a particular aspect of performance practice.  Autonomy is defined as  ...


(US) Flavorwire Article: "Is Cinema Doing Shakespeare Right?"

Contributed by admin on Dec 13, 2015

"... When it comes to adapting Shakespeare for film, fidelity to the source material is considered paramount – even if that clashes with the vision of the filmmaker in charge. One criticism that could be leveled at Justin Kurzel’s gritty, grotty take on Macbeth is that the realistic edge the director brings to the project is blunted whenever a character opens their mouth to speak.  ...


(US) Unquiet Thought Blog: "Saturday morning quotes 5.30: Tempo and pitch II" (11 Dec 2015)

Contributed by admin on Dec 12, 2015

"The is the second of two posts examining tempo and pitch in early music.  Naturally, we can only speculate as to the precise nature and relative importance of tempo and pitch in historical times.  But we can certainly point out how specialists and performers of what we call early music today have misconstrued scant available information on tempo and pitch to reinforce a thoroughly modern aesthetic. Also, where tempo and pitch were ...


(US) Hyperallergic Article: Museum Sues Wikimedia for Hosting Copyrighted Photos of Its Public-Domain Artworks (by Benjamin Sutton, 08 Dec 2015)

Contributed by admin on Dec 11, 2015

"On October 28 the Reiss Engelhorn Museum (REM) in Mannheim, Germany, filed a lawsuit against the Wikimedia Foundation for making high-resolution images of public domain artworks from its collection available for download. The contested images include photos of works by the Rococo painter Anna Dorothea Therbusch, the Flemish still life painter Alexander Coosemans, and the Dutch Golden Age painter Jacob Ochtervelt, as well as a drawing of Michelangelo’s Moses by Peter Anton von Verschaffelt and Cäsar Willich‘s circa-1862 portrait of Richard Wagner. ...


(US) Bach Society Houston Pilot Project: "Bach in Schools"

Contributed by admin on Dec 10, 2015

“Bach had how many kids?!?” exclaimed students at Foster Elementary School when told that Johann Sebastian fathered 20 children. Bach Society Houston’s new pilot project Bach in Schools is a 50-minute presentation for elementary school students focusing on J.S. Bach’s life and music, featuring live performers from the Bach Society’s orchestra and professional choir, and a real harpsichord. ...


(US) Art Seek Article: " First Of Its Kind: An Institute for Female Opera Conductors" (by Bill Zeeble, 03 Dec 2015)

Contributed by admin on Dec 07, 2015

"In a banner year of three new works from the Dallas Opera, the company this week launched a different kind of premiere: a week-long Institute for Women Conductors. This school may be the only one of its kind in the world. ....


(US) Piffaro "The Renaissance Band" & Google Cultural Institute

Contributed by admin on Dec 07, 2015

Google Cultural Institute is a hit with music groups enabling them to build storylines and interesting videos. Piffaro is highlighted in one of the latest Google Cultural Institute releases. Congratulations to Piffaro for ...


(UK) Handel and Hendrix House December 2015 Newsletter

Contributed by admin on Dec 06, 2015

(From the recently renamed Handel and Hendrix House Newsletter)

The most recent newsletter from the Handel and Hendrix House Newsletter is out. If you are interested in getting tickets to some of the performances, you may want to do this promptly as most performances are already sold out. Note also the name change to reflect the fact that Jimi Hendrix once lived at the Handel House location (25 Brook Street, London). ...


(US) CIncInatI.com Article: "Packing up to preserve a musical treasure" (by Janelle Gelfand, 3 Dec 2015)

Contributed by admin on Dec 06, 2015

From a recent article on the CIncInatI.com website. This article gives good insight of measures taken in moving a large library, over 1 million pieces of inventory, to a temporary location during a building restoration. It also gives us insight on the importance of cataloguing and even digitizing our music for the sake of its longevity. (Marc Paré, Editor EarlyMusicNews.org)

"Since summer, three librarians at the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra have been up against a daunting deadline. They are trying to put up to a million pieces of music into as much order as possible by Monday, when it all has to be moved out of Music Hall to prepare for the historic hall’s renovation in June. ...


(US) Unquiet Thoughts Blog: Saturday morning quotes 5.29: Tempo and pitch I

Contributed by admin on Dec 06, 2015

"Once upon a time, early music was distinguished by two factors: 1) instruments are tuned to A=415, and 2) it must be played as fast as possible. In fact the two phenomena are somewhat related. When strings are slackened a bit they ...


(DE) Ketil Are Haugsand - Quick Tour of the Nürnberg Collection

Contributed by admin on Dec 04, 2015

From a recent posting on Facebook, Ketil Are Haugsand gives us a quick tour of the historical keyboards in the Nürnberg Collection. If you have not seen the collection, you can get a glimpse of it here ... but still best if you see it in person. (Marc, Editor EarlyMusicNews.org)

https://www.facebook.com/EarlyMusicNews.Org/posts/1086372251382486


(UK) Genesis Sixteen Applications Now Open (Deadline date: 15 January 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 04, 2015

(From a recent The Sixteen newsletter)

"We are pleased to announce that Genesis Sixteen - the UK's leading free choral training programme for 18 - 23 year olds - is once again recruiting.

If you are passionate about choral singing and would like the opportunity to work closely with Harry Christophers and Eamonn Dougan, as well as ...


(US) Tech Crunch Article: "Google Brings Street View To The Ancient City Of Petra" (by Frederic Lardinois, 23 Nov 2015)

Contributed by admin on Dec 02, 2015

"Google continues to expand the range of its Street View project. Today, the company is launching imagery from the ancient rock-cut city of Petra, in Jordan (and one of the seven wonders of the world, depending on which list you’re looking at), as well as imagery from 30 other historical sites in the country. ...


(FR) Jordi Savall Cancels Concert in Camp for Migrants (Concert day: 17 Dec 2015)

Contributed by admin on Dec 02, 2015

In a move that may be deplored or understood by some, Jordi Savall cancels his visit and performance in a migrant camp called "La Jungle" - the jungle. ,,,


(CA) Globe and Mail Review: "Review: In Mass Disruption, John Stackhouse charts the past and future of media" (by Clive Thompson, 13 Nov 2015)

Contributed by admin on Dec 02, 2015

"... we have the data, my friend, and they are sobering. As former Globe editor-in-chief John Stackhouse reports in his new book, when the paper analyzed its online traffic, they found that fully 40 per cent of the paper is read by fewer than 1,000 people. This benighted, much-ignored category includes “baseball, tennis and theatre reviews” – basically, a lot of arts and culture coverage. ...


(UK) The Guardian Article: " 'Where are the brown people?': authors slam lack of diversity in UK publishing" (Alison Flood, 30 Nov 2015)

Contributed by admin on Dec 01, 2015

"But Shukla, who has led a groundswell of anger about the issue on social media after he highlighted the fact that the list of titles announced for 2016 World Book Night failed to include a single BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) writer ...


(US) The New York Times Article: "Google Cultural Institute Puts Us All Onstage" (by Michael Cooper, 01 Dec 2015)

Contributed by admin on Dec 01, 2015

"... The 360-degree videos are part of an innovative assemblage of performing arts groups that went online on Tuesday morning at the Google Cultural Institute ...


(US) Colbert Artsits Management News: "Mahan Esfahani in Seattle, LA, and Utah"

Contributed by admin on Nov 20, 2015

(From a recent Colbert Artsits Management newsletter 19 Nov 2015)

"Harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani returned to North America this month for recording sessions of the Dutilleux's "Les Citations" for harpsichord, percussion, oboe and bass with Ludovic Morlot and the Seattle Symphony (stay tuned for album details, soon).  He then joined ...


(UK) The Guardian Article: "Undelivered letters shed light on 17th-century society"

Contributed by admin on Nov 11, 2015

"Thousands of pieces of correspondence, many still unopened, were stored away by Dutch postmaster and are now being examined by academics...

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