News of the Classical World January 30 – February 3

A collection of classical news stories for the week of January 23rd, 2012

January 30th, 2012

Will.i.am: “I’ve recorded a classical song with Nicole Scherzinger”

Pop artist Will.i.am, best known for his work the The Black Eyed Peas, told Capital FM that he has recently recorded a classical song with singer Nicole Scherzinger (formerly a member of the Pussycat Dolls).

“I made this song with Nicole Scherzinger that you would never expect. It’s classical music,” he said.

He added: “This classic piece of music that I did with Nicole, it’s beautiful. That girl sings like I’ve never heard anybody sing like that in pop culture. She is thebomb.com/isthatnicole?.”
(Capital FM)

[Read the entire story on capitalfm.com]


January 31st, 2012

Audiences flock to ‘difficult’ contemporary classical music

What used to be considered elitist and impenetrable is becoming the draw for new classical audiences.

“It’s the weirdest pieces which get the strongest reaction,” says Brönnimann. “Prometeo by Nono is an extremely difficult piece to listen to – two hours long with no break, either extremely soft or extremely loud, and with the audience in darkness surrounded by the performers – but it gets an amazing response. People are looking for something to get their teeth into.”

Programmers are working hard to meet this appetite for sonic adventure. Last week, the Southbank Centre in London announced a year-long festival which will bring to life The Rest is Noise, Alex Ross’s 250,000-selling history of 20th-century classical music, accompanied by a series on BBC4.
(The Guardian)

[Read the entire story on guardian.co.uk]


February 1st, 2012

TSO trumpeter Andrew McCandless honours beloved childhood music teacher

Andrew McCandless, TSO’s principle trumpeter honoured his childhood music teacher by naming his son after him.

When McCandless arrived Iroquois and started playing trumpet, Jarrett was immediately aware he was teaching a special talent.

“First of all, what drew me to him was that he was a good trumpet player. He had already developed a natural tone. He had a natural ability about him.”

Not only did he give McCandless free private lessons; he also bought him his first good trumpet, a Bach. When pupil surpassed the teacher in skill, Jarrett asked the first trumpet in the Louisville Orchestra to take on the teen as a student.
(The Toronto Star)

[Read the entire story on thestar.com]


February 2nd, 2012

Soprano Angela Meade wins Beverly Sills Artist Award

Soprano Angela Meade has been named the seventh recipient of the Metropolitan Opera’s Beverly Sills Artist Award.

‘I am so deeply honoured to be the recipient of the Beverly Sills Award,’ she said. ‘I would have loved to have met Ms Sills. We share much of the same repertoire and her interpretations of Norma, Anna Bolena, Elisabetta in Roberto Devereux, Cleopatra and Violetta have been an inspiration to me.’
(Gramophone)

[Read the entire story on gramophone.co.uk]


February 3rd, 2012

ENO announces the Charles Mackerras Fellowship

The English National Opera has announced a new award for conductors in honour of their former music director Sir Charles Mackerras.

The first recipient will be announced in April 2012 and embark on his or her two-year programme from the beginning of the 2012-13 season. A shortlist of potential candidates is currently being drawn up by the ENO, in consultation with leading music directors from other musical institutions and music colleges. The interview and audition process will involve working with singers and the ENO Orchestra.
(Gramophone)

[Read the entire story on gramophone.co.uk]


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