Pacific Standard reports on the study here.
As you age, you'll certainly want to stay in good health. One factor in maintaining your health is staying involved in cultural activities. A new British study finds that there's a link between our ability as we age to comprehend and process health-related information and attendance at cultural events.
Pacific Standard reports on the study here.
A book pianists will want
While I was a piano major in college, I ran across an old volume in the library entitled "Great Pianists on Piano Playing". It consisted of interviews with all the great early 20th century pianists, including Paderweski, Godowsky, Busoni, and many more--including some that I had not heard of to that point. Each pianist was interviewed at some length, talking about various issues relevant to playing the piano. (That book, by the way, is still available in a Dover 1999 reprint).
Since the book was quite old at that time, I had thoughts of trying to put together an updated version of the book, consisting of interviews with pianists active at that time. Other people had the same idea, of course, and since that time I've seen more that one book with a similar concept.
The most recent is entitled "At the PIano--Interviews with 21st Century PIanists" by Caroline Benser. The author interviews eight pianists who are active performers today, including Simone Dinnerstein, Marc-Andre Hamelin, Stephen Hough, and more. The book is quite informative, and likely one that any serious pianist will want to add to their collection. My only complaint about Benser's work is that the interviews were generally conducted several years ago--I think some go as far back as 2005/2006. I am left to wonder if any of the artists might now have different views musically on some of the topics they address.
That misgiving aside, this is a book I suspect any serious pianist will appreciate.
The American Harp Society is seeking their first ever Executive Director. The position will not require relocation, though the Society has a desire to establish a physical office at some point.
Closing date for applications will be December 12. You can read the announcement here.
I hadn't seen this one advertised in the trades, but if you're looking for a classical on-air host and producer position, you might find this interesting. The individual who occupies this position will not only host, but will be involved in production of the Spoleto Chamber Music Series which airs on a number of public stations nationwide.
You can read the official post here.
The Baltimore Symphony is about to give amateur musicians a chance to play with the orchestra--for a week.
It's the orchestra's sixth annual BSO Academy Week. From Saturday, June 20 through Saturday, June 27, 2015, instrumentalists from across the country are invited to rehearse and perform side-by-side with BSO musicians in an intensive music “fantasy camp.” The BSO’s Academy Week has become a popular destination for amateur musicians from across the country. The Academy provides an immersive experience for participants who desire a comprehensive learning experience through four distinct tracks for performers, educators and administrators: Orchestral Track, Chamber Music Track, Music Educator Track and the Arts Administrator Track.
Academy Week provides a variety of performing and learning experiences for adult musicians. Participants in Group One of the Orchestral Track (June 21-27) will rehearse and perform Wagner’s Overture to Rienzi, the third movement from Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, “Titan" and Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite (1919), while Group Two will work on Rimsky-Korsakov’s Russian Easter Overture, the first movement from Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 and the fourth movement from Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 2. Participants in both groups will have the opportunity to work with both BSO Music Director Marin Alsop.
There is a fee to attend, of course. Fees start at $1900 (except for the Arts Administration track which starts at $950).
Learn more at BSOAcademy.org.
Bramwell Tovey, conductor of the Vancouver Symphony, was the target of a thief over the weekend. Lost was a score Tovey had for 30 years, and the score to a new string quartet Tovey had composed which was to premiere tonight. Also taken was a baton case he had owned since 1972.
The CBC has the story here.
And their first concert will be Thursday night.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has the story here.
Is your child the next Yo-Yo Ma?
Lots of parents would like for their child to be the next prodigy to burst on the scene. But how do you know if your child is really talented?
Read here for the signs.
WABE in Atlanta is dropping its daytime classical music in favor of new programming. Long time host Lois Reitzes will be doing an arts and culture talk show from 10 a.m. until noon. Pre-recorded shows of Reitzes' "Second Cup Concerts" will be available on HD2 (which is essentially the same as burying the program--but I digress).
This comes on the heels of GPB moving into the Atlanta market, having reduced their own classical offerings by an hour a day.
Creative Loafing has an article on the change that you can read here.
A short time ago, musicians of the Atlanta Symphony met to look at a proposed contract to end the lockout of the orchestra. They will have 24 hours to vote on the measure.
Artsatl.com has the whole story, which you can read here.
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