From February 16-20, the Westminster Choir College in Princeton (New Jersey) and choir events organizer Interkultur will host 20 choirs from the United States, China and Indonesia to sing together in Friendship Concerts, compete in an international choir competition and celebrate the variety of international vocal music at the Sing’n’Joy Princeton Choir Festival. They will be joined by composer Morten Lauridsen, the American Boy Choir and by the hosting choir of the Westminster Choir College.

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Nicolai Gedda

Nicolai Gedda has died yesterday in Switzerland, aged 91. His family has confirmed the death which is more than important, since in May 2015 rumours said, Gedda, one of the greatest tenor of the XXth Century had died on Saturday, 16 May. Wikipedia pages in several languages mentioned his death. Two days later, the death references and dates were removed from those pages. Read More →

Stéphane Denève
(c) Henry Fair

French conductor Stéphane Denève has signed a new three-year contract as Principal Guest Conductor, through the 2019-2020 season. Stéphane Denève, 45, is also Music Director of the Brussels Philharmonic, and Director of the Centre for Future Orchestral Repertoire (CffOR). From 2011-2016, he served as Chief Conductor of Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra (SWR) and from 2005-2012 as Music Director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

Jordi Savall
(c) David Ignaszewski

At the initiative of the Catalan musician Jordi Savall, The Saline Royale (Royal Saltworks), a historical building at Arc-et-Senans in the department of Doubs, eastern France will host the project Orpheus XXI, Radio France Bleu reports. The project aims at the integration of professional musicians, who fled their countries, Syrians, Afghans and many others. So far, 12 musicians have been recruited, and the last auditions are to take place in March.

Bayreuth, Festspielhaus

Für die Bayreuther Festspiele (25. Juli bis 28. August) beginnt am 12. Februar (14 Uhr) der Online-Verkauf von Eintrittskarten. Jeder kann bis zu vier Eintrittskarten für eine oder mehrere Aufführungen bestellen – ‘Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg’, ‘Tristan und Isolde’, ‘Parsifal’ sowie eine Einzelvorstellung der ‘Walküre’ – und zudem bis zu zwei Stück für die ‘Ring’-Tetralogie. Eine Vorab-Registrierung empfiehlt sich. Ticketshop:


Ludovic Morlot
(c) Sussie Ahlburg

The Seattle Symphony has announced tonight’s concert Music Beyond Borders: Voices From The Seven in protest of Trump’s travel ban. The orchestra says on its website: « The arts community across the country has been contributing in meaningful ways to the discussion around immigration following the recent executive order restricting travel and immigration from these countries. Read More →

A professional jury has been set up to select musicians who will be allowed to play in the subway stations in Moscow. According to the press service of the Moscow Metro, 400 out of 1000 candidates are competing in front of the jury from 7 to 10 February. The music groups and individual performers will be judged on criteria such as the equipment and the quality of their performance, visual image and the overall impression.

Riccardo Muti

Für eine Aufführung der Verdi-Oper ‘Stiffelio’ will er britische Regisseur Graham Vick Bühne und Saal vereinen: das Publikum soll stehen und sich vom Saal nach Belieben auf die Bühne begeben dürfen, um sich unter die Sänger zu mischen. Die Vereinigung der Stammbesucher (Loggionisti) hat mittlerweile zum Boykott aufgerufen und erhielt, Presseberichten zufolge, jetzt die Unterstützung von Riccardo Muti. Gegen ein derartiges Regiegebaren seien « Barrikaden » gerechtfertigt, sagte Muti bei einer Begegnung mit den ‘Loggionisti’ in Parma.

Johann Sebastian Bach
(c) Bach-Archiv Leipzig

Ende 2016 hat das Bach-Archiv Leipzig die autographe Partitur der 1724 erstmals öffentlich aufgeführten Kantate ‘O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort’ von Johann Sebastian Bach angekauft. Mit einem Festakt im Leipziger Rathaus wurde heute die Rückkehr der Handschrift gefeiert, die ein wertvoller Baustein für die Erforschung von Bachs Schaffensweise und Revisionstätigkeit ist. Read More →

A fire has damaged parts of the Kuwait Opera House. The fire was rapidly controlled and extinguished by local firemen crews. No human casualties or injuries were reported, according to agency reports. The building was opened in October 2016. Events and activities there would continue uninterrupted, a spokesman for the cultural centre said.

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