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Bloomberg Arts Division, Muse, is Finally Shuttered

Bloomberg Arts Division, Muse, is Finally Shuttered >>

Arts journalism takes a heavy blow with Bloomberg's announcement that it will close its arts brand.

Sir Mark Elder Further Commits to Hallé Orchestra, Until 2020 >>

Some conductors--or, for that matter, orchestras--have commitment issues. Not so Sir Mark Elder, one of the U.K.'s most successful maestros. His tenure leading English National Opera (the so-called "powerhouse" regime alongside Peter Jonas and David Poutney) lasted for some 14 years. And now, he has signed a contract extension with the Hallé Orchestra that will keep him at the helm of the Manchester-based ensemble until at least 2020.

Benjamin Britten @ 100: 'Friday Afternoons' with Peter Pears...and Young Boys? >>

Benjamin Britten, composer of music 'from the heart', feted at century mark...and because it's not only JFK @ 50 Day here!

Quickies for Nov. 22, 2013: John F. Kennedy Assassination 50 Years Later...in Music >>

Tracking Down a Musical Witness to the Day a Savior was Murdered [The Times of Israel, James Inverne]

What's that whisper? Wireless headphone opera in busy train station

L.A. Dance Project's 'Invisible Cities' at L.A. Amtrak's Union Station >>

Los Angeles Times music critic Mark Swed called "Invisible Cities" a "startlingly ambitious project" - one that "could be, and should be, done anywhere."

Classicalite's Five Best: Composers You’ve Never Heard Of

Classicalite's Five Best: Composers You’ve Never Heard Of >>

We all know our Beethovens and our Mozarts and our Bachs. Some of us even know our Tippet and our Borodin and our Massenet. But there are dozens of composers who, though accidents of history or lack of political or media support or for some other reason are largely forgotten today, except among a few enlightened souls. But it's exciting to discover the new, even when it's very old. So why not take a journey of discovery, starting with these five.

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies Warns Daily Telegraph that Music's Future is in Danger >>

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, one of today's leading composers and the U.K.'s Master of the Queen's Music, has attacked music education in Britain. Speaking to the Daily Telegraph newspaper, he said that the situation has "reached a serious tipping point," where youngsters of the future will be almost entirely ignorant of the works of the great composers.

The New Hot Five: What the Cows Are Listening To >>

We know that elephants like percussive Eastern music (well, at least the ones in the elephant orchestra we featured recently). Now, though they don't appear to play, we can clearly see what cows like.

Classicalite's Five Best: Musical Married Couples >>

Chemistry. You've either got it or you haven't. So one would think that musicians who live together and play together would have it. And one would think right, in many cases. It's an interesting phenomenon and we thought we'd explore it in a little more detail with these five interesting case studies. Sounds like couples therapy? Far be it from us to say.

Gareth Davies, London Symphony Orchestra Flautist-cum-Author, Talks Titanic Tour >>

It is a part of local lore that the London Symphony Orchestra missed the maiden and only sailing of the Titanic which they were to have taken to make the first American tour of what was billed as the "world's best orchestra." Though they avoided that fateful voyage, the 85 members of the orchestra still had what was for the time an adventurous trip, spending much of April 1912 living on a train in a whistle-stop tour of America as far west as Milwaukee before they returned to New York to sail back home.

Pleyel Pianos, Chopin’s Favorite Maker, Plays Its Swan Song >>

Sad news from the piano world. Pleyel Pianos is no more. Perhaps most famous for creating the pianos Chopin favored, the more than 200-year-old company will not see its fourth century without the intervention of a miracle.

UPDATE: Bolshoi Dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko Argues Director Sergei Filin Deserved Acid Attack >>

A dancer accused of plotting an acid attack on the Bolshoi ballet's artistic director argued with the victim of his over his management style, saying he acted like a king, a Moscow court heard on Tuesday. The poisonous backstage rivalries that may have led to the January 17 attack were illuminated in court as director Sergei Filin's assistant testified about the arguments at the trial of dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko and two co-defendants.

Dame Felicity Lott Closes a Chapter at Wigmore Hall >>

Dame Felicity Lott, one of the great sopranos of our time, is about to bow out as a solo recitalist. Her performance at Wigmore Hall tomorrow, always a favorite venue for her, will be her farewell.

Fantasia Barrino, k.d. lang Star in Duke Ellington, Wynton Marsalis' 'After Midnight' on Broadway >>

After Midnight, a Broadway musical featuring original arrangements by jazz great Duke Ellington, melds classic songs from the 1920s and '30s with dance to recreate Harlem's Golden Age and the legendary Cotton Club.

British Composer Jim Aitchison's New Work to be Played Across Four Venues...at the Same Time! >>

Composer Jim Aitchison clearly likes a challenge. Writing a one-piano work for a traditional concert hall is clearly for lightweights. Because he has written a piece for no fewer than four pianos, at the Royal Academy of Music. And, er, the Falmouth Academy of Music and Theatre Arts. And Yamaha Music London. And, finally, Goldsmiths University. It is quite a technological feat, and it's even more complex that that sounds, as International Piano magazine has reported.

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