Amsterdam's world-famous Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (RCO) is clearly dedicated to putting its money where its mouth is, so to speak, when it comes to European unity. The RCO has just announced that over the next two-and-half seasons it will be touring to each and every one of the European Union's 28 member states. General manager Jan Raes explained of the tour that it is important to show dedication to a united continent at such a volatile time in our history. The orchestra also broke the news this month that Huang Ruo has just been hired as the RCO's first ever composer-in-residence.
Perhaps the largest effort to bring classical into the digital age, Google's upcoming music platform, dubbed 'Classical Live' aims to bring together audiences of all stripes. The idea is to provide listeners with exactly what the namesake denotes: exclusive live recordings of the world's most well-known orchestras.
Chief conductor of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Mariss Jansons, who has led from his post for nearly a decade, has decided he can't take it anymore and announced Tuesday that he will resign for the 2014-15 season.
UPDATE: "Over the past five years the management, our planning department and Bernard Haitink have had contact on a regular basis. In the past years the flexibility which other prominent conductors offered to make concert sessions for Bernard Haitink has reached its reasonable limitation." -- RCO
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra has launched 'CSO Sounds & Stories,' an online multimedia magazine designed to enhance the concert-going experience and bring the CSO’s concerts and programs to music lovers around the world.
The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra will leave for Russia in November, part of its world tour celebrating the venerable ensemble's 125th anniversary. And one member of the orchestra, viola player Vincent Peters, is urging his band to make a statement about the Russian government's anti-LGBTQ policies.
Ensembles around the world are using technology to present classical music in exciting new formats. Ranging from customizable concerts to an opportunity to conduct your own online orchestra, these online programs are both inventive and fun.
In its ongoing efforts to find innovative new platforms for presenting classical music, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam recently launched a video magazine, RCO Editions, available for iPhone and iPad. Each issue explores the life of a different composer and musical work, starting with Mozart.