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What Orchestras Can Learn From The Failed “Concert Companion” About Innovating

May 21, 2015 - 9:37am

They must “build innovation into the core product so that eventually innovation becomes part of your incremental track. It’s a 10-year window and requires a real investment in innovation.”

Study: Experiencing Awe Builds Compassion, Humility

May 21, 2015 - 9:12am

“Reminding participants of a time when they experienced awe … increased their tendencies to endorse ethical decisions across a variety of scenarios.”

Utah Symphony And Opera Musicians Sign New Contract, Get Raise

May 21, 2015 - 8:33am

“The deal includes an average 3.5 percent increase in base salary in each of the next three seasons for the musicians, who endured $3.8 million in salary cuts over the past seven years as the orchestra weathered a nationwide economic downturn and its aftermath.”

Why The New Shakespeare “Portrait” Is So Not Him

May 21, 2015 - 7:28am

By the time we get to Shakespeare, a lot of logic has been sidestepped. And now we really do enter Dan Brown territory. Starting from the heraldic tradition of the “sign of 4”, he embarks on a series of elaborate moves involving Latin and coats of arms to produce the name “Shakespeare.”

Remember When The Tech Revolution Was Supposed To Be For The Masses? Now Not So Much

May 21, 2015 - 12:24am

“We are once again living in a go-go time for tech, but there are few signs that the most consequential fruits of the boom have reached the masses. Instead, the boom is characterized by a rise in so-called on-demand services aimed at the wealthy and the young.”

Jerry Saltz: How Kim Kardashian Is Achieving Art World Cred

May 20, 2015 - 11:21pm

“I think that we may be turning a corner away from what I think of as takedown culture. It all comes from cynicism, the feeling that the system is corrupt and that everything is rigged and nothing is what it seems. We all love a good critical catfight, but somehow, with these catfights and cynical demonizations becoming the way of mainstream media, I perceive the wider culture and the art world slowly trying to separate out and isolate this behavior for what it is: Headline-grabbing, grandstanding, gasbags, people scared of change, or afraid of going deeper.”

These Are The Songs That Were Cut Out Of The Original “My Fair Lady”

May 20, 2015 - 11:13pm

“The five songs that were cut before rehearsals include a tune called “Lady Liza,” sung by Higgins and his buddy Colonel Hugh Pickering; “Please Don’t Marry Me,” a lament for Higgins; and “Shy,” in which Eliza confesses she has feelings for her professor. The composers decided that wasn’t true to George Bernard Shaw’s original play, so they replaced it with “I Could Have Danced All Night,” where she expresses excitement rather than affection.”

Study Says Typical Kids’ Dance Classes Don’t Provide Enough Physical Activity

May 20, 2015 - 10:38pm

“Only 8% of children and 6% of adolescents achieved the 30-minute recommendation for after-school moderate-to-vigorous exercise. In children, the type of dance really mattered. Hip-hop was the most active kind of dance, with 57% of class time being devoted to moderate-to-vigorous physical activity. Jazz took second place, followed by partnered class, tap, salsa and finally ballet, where 30% of class is spent in moderate-to-vigorous activity.”

Maria Abramovic Complains Jay Z Took Advantage Of Her. But Who Took Advantage Of Whom?

May 20, 2015 - 10:10pm

Maria Abramović has crossed a line that even Jeff Koons and Damien Hirst are wary of. Someone was bound to do it eventually. She has not just taken art out of the gallery but into a realm of rock concert hysteria and teen adulation. To put it kindly, you can say her fans resemble the star-struck kids in old films of the Beatles. But what is the cultural price of mass intoxication? Is it a good thing?

Handicapping This Year’s Tony Nominees For Best Actor

May 20, 2015 - 9:57pm

While 20 have been nominated, only four will win. “Here, a look at who’s ahead, who can upset and who should just be happy to be there.”

Heel-gate Ends: Cannes Film Festival Apologizes

May 20, 2015 - 9:22pm

“We apologise. There was perhaps a small moment of over-zealousness,” Cannes Festival director Thierry Fremaux said, apparently referring to the security guards who prohibited women without heels from walking the festival red carpet.

Eccentric Frank Gehry Guesthouse Once Valued At $4.5M Sells At Auction For $750K

May 20, 2015 - 9:10pm

“Once valued at $4.5 million, the house had been estimated to sell for up to $1.5 million. But after less than five minutes of lackluster bidding, auctioneer Richard Wright declared it “Sold” to a telephone bidder for $750,000, plus auction house fees.”

Rant: Time To Stop Being Snobbish About Book Genres

May 20, 2015 - 8:48pm

“I’m tired of cultural pompousness passing as a form of intelligence and moral superiority, whether we’re talking about television, book, movie or music preferences. I record “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” while my boyfriend records “Nova”—does that make him a better person? Is that really what we want to pass down to the next generation—a way of one-upping ourselves over something that should be entertaining?”

Bruce Lundvall, 79, Influential Jazz Recording Exec

May 20, 2015 - 8:43pm

Mr. Lundvall’s career in the recording industry encompassed more than half a century, with success across multiple genres. Blue Note had been an important jazz label for decades but had been dormant for years when he revived it under the umbrella of EMI Records in 1984, intent on celebrating its legacy while moving forward.

PEN Warns That China Censors Foreign Translations Without Authors’ Knowledge

May 20, 2015 - 7:37pm

“A report Wednesday from the PEN American Center says translated versions of foreign books may be excised because of political sensitivities, like Taiwan, Tibet and the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown on democracy protesters. But references to sexually explicit material and gay and lesbian issues are also frowned upon.”

San Luis Obispo Symphony Members Threaten To Quit Over Firing Of Longtime Music Director

May 20, 2015 - 6:35pm

Michael Nowak had led the orchestra for 31 years when the orchestra’s board fired him. “We asked for a reason, and we were told that no reason was required according to the terms of the contract, and we would not have a reason.”

Toronto’s Luminato Festival Gets Anthony Sargent As New CEO

May 20, 2015 - 12:46pm

Sargent, 65, recently stepped down after his latest triumph: leading the team of Sage Gateshead in creating an internationally acclaimed new venue for music in northeast England. Previously Sargent worked for the BBC as concerts planning manager, including the work of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and helped create the BBC Millennium Music Live project.

Who Was It Who Declared That This Is The Year Of The REALLY Long Novels?

May 20, 2015 - 12:32pm

“I don’t fear the long novel as much as pine for good editors. A book can be any length, if the words earn their keep on the page. I rarely see the point in huge chunks of prose that don’t serve the story: writing has to be mesmerisingly good before that doesn’t feel self-indulgent to me. I also worry that we might be overlooking short novels.”

Landmarks Commission Rules Against Altering Modernist NYC Classic

May 20, 2015 - 12:29pm

“The interior of the Four Seasons restaurant, a vision of Modernist elegance with its French walnut paneling and white marble pool of bubbling water, should not be changed, New York City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission decided on Tuesday.”

Artist: We Should Prescribe Drugs For Creativity

May 20, 2015 - 12:23pm

“Basically what I’m proposing is the idea of using performance-enhancing drugs in education,” Leon Ewing told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Wednesday. “We already prescribe amphetamine-like medication for focus and docility. What if we medicated for creativity?”