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This week on SoundNotion Dave, Sam, and Patrick talk the Kennedy Center Honors, Nonesuch Records at 50, the Metropolitan Opera layoffs, the benefits of learning an instrument and dangerous scourge of elderly cane wielding opera patrons.
- This week on SoundNotion, the panel very reluctantly discusses the Atlanta Symphony labor lockout. Musician propaganda here. Admin propaganda here. Drew McManus has some thoughts as well.
- Paola Prestini has started a new contemporary music label. VIA Records is an offshoot of intermedia outfit VisionIntoArt and will focus on interdisciplinary project commissions.
- The Met Opera cuts 22 non-union administration jobs. Now down from 254 positions to a svelte 232.
- Speaking of opera. If you find yourself late for an opera in England, watch out for guys with canes (especially if you drive a cab).
- The panel wishes a hardy happy 50th to Nonesuch Records.
- Turns out, learning to play an instrument helps make you talk good.
- Alex Ross has some stern words for the Kennedy Center Honors. The panel agrees.
This week, composer Scott Wheeler joins the panel to discuss his new opera “Naga,” his new album of orchestral music on BMOP/sound, Alex Ross’s quibbles with classical music streaming, the Proms’ quibbles over Birtwistle and labor issues in Atlanta.
- This week on SoundNotion, the panel is joined by composer Scott Wheeler to discuss his new opera Naga co-commissioned by Boston Lyric Opera and Beth Morrison Projects (featured on SN 142, 24 Nov, 2013).
- The work is part the Ouroboros Trilogy of operas around the same characters and folk source material conceived by Charles and Cerise Lim Jacobs that includes the pulitzer-winning work Madame White Snake by Zhou Long plus Wheeler’s Naga and Gilgamesh by Paola Prestini. The completed trilogy will be premiered in a day-long event in 2016.
- Scott also has a new album of orchestral music out on the BMOP label. Crazy Weather is available now and it’s our Pick of the Week.
- Friend of the show Alex Ross has some quibbles with classical music streaming. The SN panel does as well. It’s called METADATA! Alan Pierson on the AWS blog and Bob Shingleton on On An Overgrown Path have some quibbles as well.
- Speaking of quibbles, the BBCdefends its snub of Harrison Birtwistle. We aren’t buying.
- Round three of the recently revamped New Music USA grants project proves that they aren’t afraid to roll with the punches and respond to their stakeholders. This year will feature more funding for smaller projects.
- AND – sigh – Labor issues in Atlanta. A lockout may be imminent – OOPS, scratch that – Atlanta musicians ARE locked out. Drew McManus will keep you up to date.
This week the panel is joined by composer, educator Joel Puckett. He brought his Concerto Duo for flute and clarinet featuring Demarre and Anthony McGill with the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra. Birtwistle gets snubbed and we celebrate a final premiere.
- This week the panel is joined by composer, educator and proud father of two Joel Puckett.
- He brought his Concerto Duo for flute and clarinet featuring Demarre and Anthony McGill with the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra.
- Also, Joel says we should check out this release on Naxos by trumpeter Craig Morris.
- BBC! We love you, but you’ve got to trust your audience. Nobody puts Birtwistle in a corner.
- Location Location Location. Isn’t it?
- Daniel Felsenfeld along with friends Matt Marks and Lainie Fefferman have a great idea. New Music Gathering needs your ideas. And your money. But mostly your ideas.
- Joel, the SN crew, and Lisa Hirsch are happy to celebrate one more world premiere from Elliott Carter.
This week on SoundNotion, the panel is joined by The Cavell Reed Trio with their newest album Dialogue. We discuss the benefits of chamber music, Martin Fröst’s new variety/virtuoso show Dollhouse, The Met’s labor deal and good fake instrument playing.
- David MacDonald
- Sam Merciers
- The Cavell Reed Trio
- This week on SoundNotion, the panel is joined by The Cavell Reed Trio with their second album Dialogue (being released soon). Until then, try their first release on for size.
- The Cavell Trio is Shelly Meggison-oboe, Osiris Molina-clarinet, and Jenny Mann-bassoon.
- The album was recorded at the University of Alabama by Sergei Kvitko of Blue Griffin Recording. Special shout out to Sergei this week. His work has appeared on past picks of the week, and he never fails to impress.
- Clarinet virtuoso Martin Fröst has a new clarinet feature/dancing/lighting effects/variety mashup … umm. Just take a look. It’s called Dollhouse.
- The Met has settled all of its union labor issues. Can we talk about them in terms of music only for a while?
- The new teen love film If I Stay digitally grafts Chloë Moretz’s head onto a cello players body for the best fake instrument playing you’ll ever see.