You can read about their exits here.
Music critics--who needs 'em?
Evidently not USA Today, the New Orleans Times-Picayune, or the New York Daily News--they've eliminated theirs.
You can read about their exits here.
As part of their month-long free release of their Transcendence album, documentary, and new website with built-in distribution—the Miró Quartet releases details of the Miró Transcendence Education Project, which is open to the United States and Canada.
The Quartet has already offered a "play it forward" 1:1 model that invites music lovers to get a download of five of their albums including Transcendence for just $10 while giving the same to a music educator that has inspired them. Now they are launching a contest to giveaway a visit to one lucky music lover including a masterclass, a short concert, and a Q&A with the Miró Quartet. This month they are celebrating their 20th anniversary season.
Anyone associated with a music program may enter by submitting a 30-second video to the Quartet's Facebook page describing or showing how musical transcendence has played a part in their lives or the lives of someone they care about. Transcendence can mean "exceeding usual limits", "extending or lying beyond the limits of ordinary experience" and "being beyond comprehension”.
"We have been in a bit of a transcendent year ourselves, says cellist and founding member Joshua Gindele, "between the benevolent gift of our benefactor and instrument collector David Fulton that made this all possible—and the response we've had to this idea of lowering the threshold to classical music participation to essentially nothing—we wanted to find a way to inspire music lovers everywhere to share the effect music has on them as well as to personally thank one music program here in North America." The Quartet would like to extend the Miró Transcendence Education Project to additional visits, pending additional financial support.
The Inspiration and Partners The project's eligibility rules—detailed below—stipulate that every entry needs to be associated with a music program (public, private, conservatory, community based) and Miró's visit must be free for that program's participants, families, and staff to attend. Just as with the "play it forward" donation initiative, the Quartet insists that educators and students have access to the music they so love. The Carnegie Hall Foundation and the 2016 Menuhin Competition in London are partners in the Miró Transcendence Education Project, assisting in pushing this to as many as possible.
Violinist and founding member Daniel Ching explains, "we each started our music education at a very young age and now that we're further along in our careers and doing more teaching, we're eager to see to it that the up-and-coming classical musicians and future patrons have the mentorship and tools they need to succeed." He adds, "When (David) Fulton gave us his gift of support, we knew it was on us to pay that forward and make the music available to as many as possible." Ching began his violin studies at the age of 3 under tutelage of his father. At age 5, he entered the San Francisco Conservatory Preparatory Division on a full twelve‐year scholarship, where he studied violin with Serban Rusu and Zaven Melikian. These details can be found at www.miroquartet.com/educationproject starting today. The deadline for submission is November 10, 2015 and a winner will be announced: November 17, 2015.
Prize Based on merit as voted on by members of the Miró Quartet and and representatives of Carnegie Hall Foundation the 2016 Menuhin Competition, one winner will be awarded a 2 hour visit in person from the Miró Quartet at an available, agreed upon date with the winner(s). This will be tailored for the winners organization, however will include both a masterclass, short performance, and time for questions and answers with the members of the Miró Quartet. And of course, photos and videos of the experience. The entire enrolled student-base and faculty will also receive free downloads of the available catalogue from www.miroquartet.com
Sir David Willcocks dead at 95
David Willcocks, former director of the choir of King's College, Cambridge--and the man who elevated the Festival of Nine lessons and Carols to an international tradition--has passed away at the age of 95.
The Guardian has a tribute to him here.
Andrew Litton is beginning a gradual exit from the Colorado Symphony, conducting eight concerts this season, and four in each of the next two seasons.
He'll be spending most of his time conducting the New York City Ballet Orchestra.
The Denver Post has the whole story here.
Artemis Quartet seeks new violist
Here's how to apply:
The Artemis Quartett Embarks on the Search for a New Member
After a period of contemplation and mourning after the loss of our violist Friedemann Weigle, we would now like to look ahead and fill the missing position in the group.
Since Gregor Sigl is both a violinist and violist, we have decided to keep our options open by accepting applications for both the viola and second violin position.
In addition to a detailed resume, please send us a video (mp4) with chamber music (string trio to string sextet).
Bard College is starting a new training orchestra called The Orchestra Now. It begins with 37 musicians, all of whom will be enrolled in a three-year Masters program. Each will receive free tuition, a $24000 annual stipend, and health benefits. They'll be working with notable conductors, and giving concerts around NYC.
The New York Times has more here.
It's a girl!
Violinist Hilary Hahn gave birth to a baby girl in August, making the announcement publicly only this week. Her name is Zelda. The new parents are doing fine.
Jon Anderson was a founding member of the band Yes, a progressive rock group of the late 60s and 70s. Evidently he's about to turn 70, and when his wife asked him what he wanted for his birthday, he asked for tickets to all of the concerts in the Lahti Sibelius Festival.
Norman Lebrecht reports on his site, Slipped Disc. You can read that post here.
Concert pianist Natalia Strelchenko was found at her home on August 30 with significant injuries to the head which led to her death. Her husband, a double-bass player who also acted as her manager was arrested the same day on suspicion of murder. They were residents of England.
International Business Times writes about it here.
Teddy Abrams, conductor of the Louisville Symphony, has some interesting thoughts on classical music, innovation, and generally how to keep the music alive and vibrant.
San Francisco Classical Voice interviewed him, and you can read his take on things here.
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