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Wuorinen steps down from Rutgers


Charles Wuorinen has announced his departure from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in June. With a string of high profile commissions, most recently from the [url=]Boston Symphony Orchestra[/url] for his Piano Concerto No. 4. Wuorinen has it seems decided it is time to leave academia.

Max caught eating swan


Master of the Queen's Music, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies has been cautioned over the discovery of the remains of a swan - a protected species - at his house in Orkney.

He said the bird died after hitting a power line. When police called at his home he offered them swan terrine.

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Michael Nyman collaborates with Shobana Jeyasingh


Composer Michael Nyman collaborates with top choreographer Shobana Jeyasingh in the dance/music piece Flicker, from Tue 22 – Wed 23 March 7.45pm at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London SE1
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Nyman has worked with Jurgen Simpson, who won the 2003 Genesis Opera Project for Thwaite, to produce the score.

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Petition to save Festival Hall's acoustics.


Thirty of the world’s top conductors have signed a petition calling for the restoration of the acoustic of the Royal Festival Hall to be the chief priority in the coming refurbishment of London’s South Bank.

Read Norman Lebrecht's article online by following the link below:

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Carl Vine receives top Australian award.


Carl Vine has been honoured with the 2005 Don Banks Music Award, the highest accolade that can be given to an artist by the Music Board of the Australia Council for the Arts.

Esa-Pekka Salonen extends contract with LA Philharmonic


The Los Angeles Philharmonic have announced a two-year contract extension for Los Angeles Philharmonic Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen, taking his commitment through the 2007/2008 season. Salonen said “I feel privileged to work for this incredibly exciting symphonic organization. There is no better or more exciting job I could be doing at this moment."

This February the orchestra are giving a “Salonen x 3" festival, in which he will conduct a number of his own works alongside standards from the repertoire. They will then take the pieces to Cologne for their residency there in April.

John Adams tripple grammy


Best Classical Contemporary Composition, Best Classical Album, and Best Orchestral Performance all went to the Nonesuch release of Adams's On The Transmigration Of Souls, as performed by New York Philharmonic, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, and New York Choral Artists under the baton of Lorin Maazel.

Adams is the first-ever living composer to have won Best Classical Contemporary Composition three times, having previously won in 1989 for his opera Nixon in China and again in 1998 for his orchestral composition El Dorado.

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Max: concerts celebrating Peter Maxwell Davies, 17- 30 April 2005


A series of concerts and opera to celebrate the music of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, including:

17 April, Queen Elizabeth Hall, 7.45pm
Conducted by Nicholas Kok, a blend of dance, cello and song

A Study Afternoon takes place on SSunday 17 April from 2-5pm at the South Bank Centre.

String Quartet Day is on 19 April, when the Maggini Quartet performs the final movements of Max's Naxos Quartet No 1 followed by a Masterclass with Max.

Endymion, 20 April at the South Bank Centre

and Max's Antechrist, Revelation and Fall, Blind Man's Buff and De Assumtione Beatae, conducted by Oliver Knussen with the London Sinfonietta, Friday 22 April at the QE Hall.

See the website link for full programme.
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Cortona Contemporary Music Festival


The Cortona Contemporary Music Festival will take place in Cortona, Italy June 18-25, 2005, featuring new chamber music for Violin, Guitar & Piano. The festival will include masterclasses and performances by the resident faculty members Nathanael May, piano, and DUO46 (Beth Ilana Schneider, violin, Dr. Matthew Gould, guitar)
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Henri Dutilleux wins Ernst von Siemens 2005 Music Prize


Henri Dutilleux has been awarded the prestigious Ernst von Siemens 2005 Music Prize, described by his publishers Schott as "the Nobel Prize of the music world". The award is worth 150,000 Euros.
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