With funding from nation’s richest man, former prime minister Bidzina Ivanishvili, prestigious cultural institution hopes to bring back glory years. Read more at the Guardian.
Now in its 12th year, the Jarasum Jazz Festival regularly draws between 200,000 and 250,000 people over three days. Jarasum estimates that 88 percent of its 2015 audience was under age 40. To put this demographic in perspective, the numbers are basically flipped at the Newport Jazz Festival, where a 2012 survey found that 82 percent of its audience is over age 45. Read more at npr.org
The soundtrack for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” contains an “ingenious interplay of beloved motifs while adding a fair amount of fresh material”, according to Alex Ross in the New Yorker.
Mozart, Brahms and Schumann all worked with, and wrote for, chamber orchestras, whose compact size is a huge advantage to composers and audiences alike. Why do we neglect them today? Read more at the Guardian.
Instruments made by Italian luthier Antonio Stradivari are among the best-sounding ever created. They’re also good-looking, especially three of the Smithsonian’s, which are among only 11 decorated Strads still around. Here’s a closer look at one of the National Museum of American History’s instruments, a violin known as “the Greffuhle,” named after a French nobleman who once owned it. Read more at the Washington Post.
Every year concert listing website Bachtrack like to tally up 12 month’s worth of live classical music. It’s always a fascinating insight into the classical world and the music and personalities in it. Read more at classicfm.com
Days of looking at crossed-out dates on original manuscripts with magnifying glass reveals different dates on five works from composer’s early period. Read more at the Guardian.
Caitlin Cawley was only 15 when she developed tendinitis in both elbows. The condition is commonly known as “tennis elbow,” but Cawley wasn’t practicing her serve. She was studying classical percussion at a pre-college program for aspiring musicians. Read more here.
If you’ve ever wondered why the heroines in tragic opera stories don’t just roll their eyes and mouth ‘Yeah, whatever’, The Guardian has the summaries for you.
NPR Music is pleased to present the results of a poll where 147 jazz critics selected their favorite recordings of 2015. Read more at npr.org