A piece written by our “Composer of the Month” Gilad Hochman.
The 2010-11 season has been a tough one for classical music across the continent. In most cities, a sticking of heads in the sand in regard to how technology has changed our relationship with live performance and an insistence that the music itself was enough to fill the hall has left orchestral music standing in the corner wondering why people aren’t noticing how awesome it is anymore.
One of the performing artists of The Two Moors Festival.
BERLIN — The Berlin Philharmonic announced its 2011-2012 season in the foyer of the Philharmonie Monday afternoon, with Intendant Martin Hoffmann joined by Music Director Sir Simon Rattle, board member/oboist Andreas Wittmann and principal cello/general manager of Berlin Phil Media GmbH Olaf Maninger. There was also further discussion of the orchestra’s withdrawal from the Salzburg Easter Festival, about which more later.
Photograph: Mark Allan
I have seen the future of orchestral music. And boy, is it good. Spira Mirabilis are an un-conducted ensemble drawn from some of Europe’s best young orchestral players, most of them under 30. In residence at the Aldeburgh festival this week, they’ll be playing two concerts, with just a single, short symphony in each: the fourth symphonies of Beethoven and Schubert. But don’t let the familiarity of the music fool you: Spira Mirabilis represent a transformative vision of what a symphony orchestra can be. They are a revelation, proof that musicians can not only survive but prosper when liberated from the variously benign or malevolent dictatorships created by the world’s conductors.
A revelation … Spira Mirabilis.
Photograph: Karen Robinson
BERLIN — The Berlin Philharmonic has dropped out of the Salzburg Easter Festival, effective in 2013, and is moving its annual springtime festival to Baden-Baden instead.
Peter Alward, who took over as executive director of the Salzburg Easter Festival just last year, and Managing Director Bernd Gaubert were informed late Friday of the Philharmonic’s withdraw (a press statement was released at 10:30 p.m. Central European Time).
A piece written by our “Composer of the Month” Alfredo Casella.
These days, when symphony orchestras make national news, the topic is usually not a happy one. Yet one group has received a very different kind of coverage: the YouTube Symphony Orchestra (YTSO). Culminating in a performance at Australia’s Sydney Opera House on March 20, 2011, this experiment has generated unprecedented buzz and excitement.
Classical violinist Paolo Calligopoulos says he pulled on the leather jacket, black fedora and sunglasses to perform an electric guitar solo for an online audition just for fun.