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Tag Archives: Metropolitan Opera
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, the panel comments on the Met crisis, classical music elitism, and “successful” music.
- The Metropolitan Opera averts a lockout at the eleventh hour. Now the administration and the unions have a week to work things out as they await an independent analysis.
- Universal Chairman and CEO Max Hole calls classical music “elitist” and “unwelcoming.”
- Matthew Guerrieri dissects the idea of successful music in a recent post on NewMusicBox.
This week on SoundNotion, we have composer/educator Marc Mellits. We listen to his work for traditional string band performed by Jake Schepps and the Expedition Quintet and discuss his Mellits Consortium commission Gravity for percussion quartet.
- This week on SoundNotion, we have composer/educator Marc Mellits.
- He brought his work Flatiron for traditional string band, recorded by Jake Schepps and the Expedition Quintet.
- We also discuss Marc’s percussion quartet (sometimes quintet) Gravity. The work is the product of the Mellits Consortium organized by Thad Anderson.
- Marc is also excited about and new approach to undergraduate composition at the University of Illinois at Chicago in which students will work closely with ensembles in residence. Kicking off the residency program will be Latitude 49.
- WEIRD AL IS TOPPING THE CHARTS! Do we need to say more?
- Peter Gelb sent a letter to all of The Met unions who have contracts set to expire on July 31st saying that if no agreement is reached by then, to expect a lock out.
- This year’s Bayreuth Festival stumbles out of the gate with set pieces falling on the stage and the conspicuous absence of Chancellor Angela Merkel (a known enthusiastic Wagnerian).
- Have you seen the beautiful animated scores by Stephen Malinowski? If not, then do yourself a favor. He wants to give the same treatment to a collection of works by Conlon Nancarrow and is asking for your help.
This week on SoundNotion we dig into the Met’s Klinghoffer controversy, an Opera Australia soprano’s homophobic rant, crowd surfing at Handel’s Messiah!?, YouTube’s new deal, RIP Horace Silver and Lee Hyla. PLUS: “I’ll have the Rings, hold the orchestra.”
- This week on SoundNotion we dig into the Met’s Klinghoffer controversy. We don’t get it. Dave had some thoughts.
- The Hartford Wagner Festival wanted to put on Wagner’s Ring Cycle using a digitized orchestra. Some people had quite strong (Dare I say “Wagnerian”?) reactions to this. Sam thinks that the American Federation of Musicians and others are overreacting.
- “Leading scientist ejected from classical concert for attempting to crowd surf.” FYI – This is not The Onion. Dr David Glowacki was ejected from a Bristol Proms performance of Handel’s Messiah when he got a bit over excited during the Hallelujah Chorus. He gets pretty excited about other cool stuff too.
- YouTube is starting a music streaming service. It’s either awesome or terrible and it will either lift up or strangle smaller labels. Hmmm… We’ll keep an eye on it.
- The crowdfunding music projects has sunk into the cultural consciousness over the last few years. Ben Beaumont-Thomas at The Guardian wonders if this can lead to changes in the music industry.
- The music world says goodbye to Lee Hyla (1952-2014) and Horace Silver (1928-2014).
This week Sugar Vendil, Director of the Nouveau Classical Project, and composer Trevor Gureckis chat about their ballet “Potential Energies,” premiering in NY at BAM on May 29th. In news, Colorado invites Mary Jane to the concert and NewMusicBox turns 15.
- This week on SoundNotion, Sugar Vendil, Director of the Nouveau Classical Project, and composer Trevor Gureckis chat about their new ballet “Potential Energies,” premiering in New York at BAM on May 29th.
- The ballet is a collaborative effort featuring musicians paired with dancers and choreography by Barbie Diewald. Oh, and fashion is involved.
- I wonder if The Met is due for some labor issues. Peter Gelb says if everyone would just agree that it’s all the unions’ fault, that would be great. Bullet points of the Gelb interview at adaptistration.com. Thanks Drew McManus.
- San Diego Opera rushes to stop the bleeding after several board members depart. The future is still unsure.
- Mary Jane gets invited to the Colorado Symphony.
- NewMusicBox! You just turned 15! You can drive now, but only with a legal guardian in the car.