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WEEKLY DIGEST | 01/22/2018
News, Research, & Opinion

 
  FEATURE  
 

WORLD MUSIC EXCHANGE

Minnesota Orchestra Sets its Sights on South Africa
Washington Post: Ann Midgette

While the Minnesota Orchestra prepares for its residency in Bloomington, the ensemble has announced that it is also going to South Africa this summer to honor the centenary of Nelson Mandela.

They will be the first major professional orchestra from North America to visit that country.

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  RESEARCH AND OPINION  
 

Can Philippe Jaroussky Help Fix Classical Music’s Diversity Problem?
NY Times: Elian Peltier
As the audience for classical music ages and fewer young people embrace it across Europe and the United States, the genre is facing a serious challenge to renew its devotees, let alone to fill its venues. French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky recently founded a community music program on the outskirts of Paris to counter the trend.

The Trump Protest-Song Boom, in the Eye of History
The Atlantic: Spencer Kornhaber
Pop is now as political as it was in the ’60s, the author Dorian Lynskey. The year since President Trumps inauguration has seen a flourishing of protest music, extending a preexisting trend in which even the most vanilla pop singer began regularly slinging social causes with their music.

It’s Time to Tear Down the Music Festival Boys Club

Salon: Annie Zaleski
The 2018 Bonnaroo, Firefly and Governors Ball lineups are more male-dominated than ever — change is necessary.

Who’s Afraid of Daniel Hope?

VAN US: Jeffrey Arlo Brownand Hartmut Welscher
Over the last few days, the classical music media has become aware of a small but telling scandal.

Tune-Yards’ Merrill Garbus wants you to think about whiteness (and to dance)

The New York Times: Simon Vozick-Levinson
The indie-pop musician applied lessons learned while D.J.-ing and attending a workshop on race to her new album, “I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life.”

 
  NATIONAL  
 

A New Gay Opera: The 8 Best Classical Music Moments of the Week on YouTube
NY Times
NYT critics and reporters offer a glimpse of what’s moved and delighted them on YouTube.

Earplay Set for 33rd Season and Their Second Snapshot Festival with West Edge

San Francisco Classical Voice: Janos Gereben
Seldom does an organization, especially a small one, have as varied — and important — news to share as San Francisco’s Earplay New Chamber Music, now in alliance with another champion of new music, West Edge Opera.

Mozart Lives and Thrives with the New Century Chamber Orchestra
San Francisco Classical Voice: Lou Fancher
Renowned pianist Menahem Pressler joins the ensemble for an all-Mozart program.

Hip-Hop’s Television Takeover

The Los Angeles Times: Lorraine Ali
The ceremony for the 60th Grammy Awards is still two weeks away, but already music’s biggest TV night has made history. For the first time, hip-hop artists dominate the majority of nominees chosen in the academy’s top categories, including record, album and song of the year.

Meet Standing on the Corner, the Post-Genre Crew whose Music Speaks a Secret Language

Pitchfork: Matthew Strauss
The New York group talk about sampling the past to make music for our strange present in their Rising interview.

Steeped in Guns N’ Roses and Philip Glass, Missy Mazzoli is a leading composer of her generation

Washington Post: Ann Midgette
Mazzoli, 37, is one of the top composers of her generation, but to a family of non-musicians in Lansford, Pa., a small town about an hour from Philadelphia, her career seems to have come out of left field.

 
  INTERNATIONAL  
 

The London Sinfonietta, a Contemporary Music Trailblazer, Turns 50
NY Times: Michael White
One of the worlds leading contemporary music ensembles celebrates its legacy. The Sinfonietta’s repertoire now reflects the anything-goes pluralism of a music scene that stretches beyond concert halls into the kind of clubs where rock, pop and experimental music freely coexist.

Sweden Makes Music: How Diversity, Education and Tech Propel Swedish Artists onto the World Stage
Billboard: Cherie Hu
Sweden may be a small country -- roughly the same size as California, with just one-quarter of that state’s population -- but its artistic community has been a dominating force on the Billboard charts for decades, and the national government is investing more money in providing the same global resources to the smaller, local acts who need it most.

Lahav Shani, 29, to Succeed Zubin Mehta as Head of Israel Philharmonic

The Times of Israel: Jessica Steinberg
The young Israeli pianist will take over as musical director in 2020, when the famed conductor steps down after 50 years

Pilobolus Makes History with Ground-Breaking Performance in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
IMG Artists
The acclaimed company’s performance of Shadowland marks three firsts in the kingdom: The first performance by an international dance company in Saudi Arabia; The first performance of any kind with a male and female cast performing together: The first performance of any kind with a female lead character.



UK Arts Council will Push Hard to Collect Diversity Data

Arts Professional: Christy Romer
The national funder has reported stagnating numbers of BME and disabled staff at national portfolio organizations, which have failed to collect data for large swathes of their workforce.

 
  ENTREPRENEURSHIP  
 

He has a Rarity in Music: a Steady Paycheck
The New York Times: Patricia R. Olsen
Interview with Joe Shadid, who uses the name Joe George, a music and content specialist for Reverb.com in Chicago.

 
  OFF THE BEATEN TRAIL  
 

(Video) A Marble Run, Flawlessly Synced with Tchaikovsky’s “Waltz of the Flowers”
Digital Music News: Lennon Cihak
YouTuber DoodleChaos flawlessly syncs a marble run with Tchaikovsky’s ‘Waltz of the Flowers’. A bonus! Watch DoodleChaos’ video of the Line Rider game synced with Edvard Grieg’s ‘In the Hall of the Mountain King’.

 
 

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