16th October: Villazón records Verdi, Violin Competitions, and Vexed Musicians Vote to Strike

Tuesday 16th October 2012


Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition awards two First Prizes

Alexandra Conunova-Dumortier and Dami Kim each receive €50,000 and a Naxos CD recording

Villazón records Verdi arias for DG

Verdi year begins – watch footage from the session

Classic FM

Neil Sedaka composes piano concerto, ‘Manhattan Intermezzo’

Legendary pop song composer Neil Sedaka has composed a piano concerto, included as a bonus track on his latest album.

Chetham’s Director of Music Stephen Threlfall on celebrating Delius

As Frederick Delius approaches the 150th anniversary of his birth, Classic FM chats to Chetham’s Director of Music Stephen Threlfall about the celebrations he is curating to mark the occasion.

Miami New Times (found on Musical Chairs)

Florida Grand Opera Distracts Shoppers From IKEA Weekend Hell (Video)

Have you been to IKEA on a weekend? If so, you know about the crushing crowds, the slow march through winding pathways until you find the perfect piece of build-it-yourself furniture for your crappy apartment…

The Telegraph

The benefits of a classical education at Highbury Grove

An inner-city comprehensive has turned its fortunes around by specialising in orchestral music

Slipped Disc, Arts Journal Blog

Another US orchestra votes to strike

It’s Seattle.

The players in the orchestra and the opera house have been asked to take a 15 percent pay cut, on top of previous reductions.

Limelight Magazine

Sydney Opera House theatre renamed after Joan Sutherland

The iconic opera house takes the name of the legendary soprano who called it home.

New Music Box

Playing With The Audience

Over the years I’ve heard so many comments from various pundits that the so-called concert music community (whether it’s classical, opera, or new music) needs to more effectively engage audiences.

Miami New Times