WEEKLY DIGEST September 26, 2016
ORCHESTRA REVIVAL? With the generally good news about orchestras across the US, is it time to consider a trend? Even with the troubles in Fort Worth, Pittsburgh, and Philadelphia, Doug McLennan thinks so.
RESEARCH AND OPINION
The Challenge of Presenting ‘African American music’: First, Define It Washington Post: Anne Midgette The African American Museum’s tacit mandate is to spotlight all of African American music — which is like trying to put a frame around a living person and call it a portrait.
The New Classical: How the Next Generation of Composers and Labels is Challenging Classical Music’s Status Quo The Independent: Hazel Shellfield The classical establishment may be forced to recognize contemporary composers for its own survival.
Can Music Save Your Life? The Chronicle Review: Mark Edmundson (2012 article) Who hasn’t at least once had the feeling of being remade through music? But does music constantly provide revelation—or does it have some other effects, maybe less desirable?
Here’s Evidence That Music Training Dampens Young Kids’ Aggressive Behavior Pacific Standard: Tom Jacobs In studying music, kids learn self-discipline, which proves beneficial in other aspects of life.
Why Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde is the Ultimate Opera The Guardian: Stephen Moss The Met’s new season begins with a uniquely potent four-hour hymn to love, sex and death – at the end of which the audience may feel as if they have witnessed something revelatory, even life-changing.
The Arts’ Surprising Return to the Job of Healing ArtsBlog: Judith Essex Many physicians and hospitals across the country and around the globe are once again recognizing a significant role for the arts in healthcare.
A MacArthur for the Composer Julia Wolfe The New Yorker: William Robin Today Wolfe is the first full-time classical composer to receive a MacArthur since Osvaldo Golijov, in 2003. At fifty-seven, Wolfe is known equally as a composer and as a co-founder of the new-music collective Bang on a Can.
2015 recipients of the National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal The Washington Post Honorees include Philip Glass, Berry Gordy, Ralph Lemon, Santiago Jiménez Jr., and Wynton Marsalis.
Updated: BMI Prevails over Department of Justice in 100% Licensing Dispute Digital Music News: Paul Resnikoff The DOJ had ordered that BMI, as well as fellow performance rights organization ASCAP, to enable 100% licensing of all works within one year.
Last Week in the Music Business Digital Music News The formation of the Music Rights Awareness Foundation; why the Blurred Lines verdict is a disaster for the music industry; low rates to songwriters in the music industry; and much more.
A Most Inspiring Conference Greg Sandow (blog) A response to the offerings at the recent DePauw School of Music’s 21Cymposium by the keynote speaker.
For 25 Years, Cappella Romana has Given Ancient Music Modern Relevance OregonLive: Brett Campbell Portland-based vocal ensemble, which performs annual concert series in its hometown and Seattle, has released more than 20 recordings. Its tours have brought the group’s always powerfully moving music to venues such as New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, Los Angeles’ Getty Center, the Smithsonian Institution, Stanford and Yale universities and festivals throughout Europe.
Suzanne Farrell Ballet to Disband in 2017 Washington Post: Sarah Kaufman The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, which for the past 15 years has showcased the works of Farrell’s mentor, George Balanchine, and which is bankrolled by the Kennedy Center, will shut down after a final series of performances in December 2017, the center has announced.
The Rise of Cultural Hubs in Asia The Stage (UK): Nick Awde A game-changer for global performing arts is certainly the powerhouse taking shape in Hong Kong: the West Kowloon Cultural District. Spread across 40 hectares of land reclaimed in the 1990s as part of the HK$200 billion Airport Core Programme, the hub is run by the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority and will include 17 core arts and cultural venues, as well as space for arts education.
Why Are There So Many Great Argentine Dancers? The New Yorker: Marina Harss The country has produced, and still produces—despite hard times, relative isolation, and constant political upheaval—people of great talent and accomplishment, in just about every field. This is especially striking in the world of dance.
All of Bach!The Netherlands Bach Society is looking forward to celebrating its first 100 years in the 2021-2022 season and the idea of performing all of J.S. Bach’s works emerged in 2013. Check out their amazing website, with performances in hand-picked locations.
Who’s Too Young for an App? Musical.ly Tests the Limits NYTimes: John Herrman Musical.ly hasn’t just found the coveted teenage audience – it may have gone lower. The app reaches youngsters, putting it into potential conflict with legislation that is aimed at safeguarding children.
The Music Industry Is Finally Making Money on Streaming Bloomberg.com: Lucas Shaw After almost two decades of relentless decline caused by piracy and falling prices, the music business is enjoying a fragile recovery thanks to the growth of paid streaming services like Spotify Ltd. and Apple Music.
You Can Make More Money as a Part Time Jazz Instructor Than as a Lawyer NBC News: Nicole Audrey A recent survey by FlexJobs.com, a site that features telecommuting, part-time, freelance, and flexible job posts, found that part-time jobs can earn workers hourly pay rates of $50 or more, which, in a full-time role, could amount to a yearly salary of $104,000. Who says you can’t get rich playing music? If you have so much as a bachelor’s degree in music, humanities, or a related area, you can make close to $79 an hour teaching a jazz music courses.
OFF THE BEATEN TRACK
Love Songs with a Side of Theory Chronicle of Higher Education: David Hajdu My older brother, Chuck, a folk-music purist, teased me mercilessly. “Don’t you realize pop songs are only trying to sell you something?” “But what’s wrong with what they’re selling?” I asked. It was only love.