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Alex Ross Couldn’t Be More Right (again)

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Alex Ross Couldn’t Be More Right (again)

The 6/25/2014 edition of The New Yorker published an article by Alex Ross which examines the Metropolitan Opera’s (Met) ongoing “Klinghoffer” saga. Ross adds yet one more prominent voice of reason to the growing chorus of negative feedback surrounding the Met’s series of executive decisions that produced their decision to cancel the opera’s broadcasts…

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Paul D. Miller (a.k.a. D.J. Spooky, That Subliminal Kid) is among 14 recipients of the National Geographic Society’s 2014 Emerging Explorer Awards. The only composer among this group of awardees (who will each receive a $10,000 award to aid further research and exploration), Miller was chosen because his work raises awareness about climate change, sustainability, global culture, and the role of technology in society.

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Jeff Beal is a giant of today's film composing world. Though he's not a household name, he's been a major contributor to the "new golden age of television"; he's been a prolific and valued movie composer as well.

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All in all, Pew awarded 12 Fellows (including three musicians), 35 Project Grants (seven of which are music-related) and two Advancement Grants. Recipients include Michael Djupstrom, Mary Lattimore, the Liberian Women’s Chorus for Change, The Crossing, PRISM Quartet, and Opera Philadelphia.

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Toronto's Tafelmusik at home in Bach's hometownThe renowned Baroque orchestra this month became the first foreign ensemble-in-residence at Bachfest in Leipzig, Germany.

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Burying ‘Klinghoffer’

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J. Adams, The Death of Klinghoffer (directed by Penny Woolcock)Charles T. Downey, The Klinghoffer Controversy
Musicology Now, June 27
The Metropolitan Opera and its General Manager, Peter Gelb, took a considerable risk by planning to mount John Adams’s The Death of Klinghoffer this coming fall. The furor generated by the work’s U…

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Christof Loy’s handsome production of the German composer’s masterpiece dares to define the genre, but ends up with a muddle-headed approach

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Stéphane Denève has landed two prestigious appointments: as chief conductor of the Brussels Philharmonic and as the inaugural director of the Centre for Future Orchestral Repertoire (Cffor), a research institution dedicated to discovering the music of the current century…

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Der Ring des Nibelungen Medieval, Pagan, ModernRichard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen Medieval, Pagan, Modern.Carole M. CusackOriginally published in: Relegere: Studies in Religion and Reception 3, no. 2 (2013): 329—52.(The original article plus footnotes and appendix can be read/downloaded by following the link at the end of this article or the one above…

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A little night music — under the stars, surrounded by trees and performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra — is made to order for summer nights. The second annual June Summer Concert Mini-Series takes place June 26, 27 and 28 at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle…

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Breaking: Zubin Mehta quits Valencia

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Breaking: Zubin Mehta quits ValenciaHe told a press conference today that he can’t live with government cuts at the Palau de les Arts, where he has conducted since 2005.
Subsidy has fallen from 1.4 million Euros in 2011 to 400,000 this year. The number of musicians in the orchestra has dropped from 96 to 57.

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Philharmonia/Salonen review  curious Saariaho and uninvolving SibeliusRoyal Festival Hall, LondonThe Philharmonia were refined and violinist Lisa Batiashvili was brilliant, but Kaija Saariaho’s new organ work lacked focus and the Sibelius felt rather detachedKaija Saariaho’s new work for organ and orchestra, is not, she insists, an organ concerto, but rather a "a fruitful and inspiring companionship"…

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Further Shameless Self-Promotion

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Further Shameless Self-PromotionI’m delighted to announce that a new disc of premieres by the late Peter Lieberson, with liner notes by yours truly, has just been released on Bridge Records. Including performances by pianist Steven Beck, violist Roberto Díaz, and the Odense Symphony Orchestra conducted by Scott Yoo, these are first rate performances of some really worthy music…

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