Worcester Chamber Music Society shines in first live-streamed Spotlight Concert – Entertainment & Life – telegram.com

The Worcester Chamber Music Society’s first Spotlight Concert — the opening of a series of four hour-long, live-streamed programs the group is broadcasting this fall from Joy of Music’s Shapiro Hall — took place on Thursday night. For this inaugural installment, violist Mark Berger and pianist Randall Hodgkinson joined forces in an enticing mix of pieces by Arvo Pärt, Berger and Johannes Brahms.


The night’s most substantial offering was Brahms’ 1894 Viola Sonata no. 1. Originally written for clarinet but transcribed by the composer for viola, it’s a sober piece but a conspicuously hopeful one for a time of pandemic: The music begins in a crepuscular F minor but works its way over four movements to an exuberant conclusion in F major.


Thursday’s performance was well-directed and flexible. The lyrical viola lines in the brooding first movement sang fervently, while there was an amiable rusticity to the dancing gestures of

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Live Music Industry Collapse ‘Is Happening’ Says Venue Society

The National Independent Venue Association warned that the collapse of the live music industry was beginning to take place across the U.S. as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and political inaction.

NIVA issued a statement after President Donald Trump ended talks with Congress over a multi-trillion-dollar COVID-19 relief bill, saying he’d only continue the conversation after the election on Nov. 3.

In the new statement, NIVA stated that would be too late for many of the 2,000 concert venues that make up its membership, and pointed out that a bill designed to support the industry had already passed and was needed only to be activated. “We have been sounding the alarm since April that if our members don’t get emergency assistance, they will go under forever – and it’s happening,” director of communications Audrey Fix Scheafer said.

“This is real. We need help. We urge Congress and the White

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Calvin Harris Blasts the UK Government for ‘Treating the Music Industry Like Sh–‘ Amid COVID-19

Calvin Harris let his feelings be known in an Instagram post criticizing the UK government’s treatment of the music industry amid COVID-19.

Posted Monday, the image shows a burnt-out nightclub with the caption, “as usual the UK government treating music industry like sh–; contributes 5bn to the economy, generates massive tax revenues for NHS and other public services…besides that, culture is extremely f—ing important…you’ve lost sight of what life is about…you’d rather live in a world of supermarkets and pharmaceutical drugs.”

The Scottish producer’s post came after a Sept. 28 Sky News interview with Helen Whately, the UK’s Minister for Care at the Department of Health and Social Care. During the conversation, Whately stated that it “doesn’t make sense to continue supporting jobs where there simply isn’t work at the moment” including jobs in the nightlife sector.

This discussion came after the announcement that the UK’s Self-Employment Income Support Scheme,

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Wolf Trap, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Partnership

Press release from the Wolf Trap:

September 29 2020

Vienna, Virginia (September 22, 2020)Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts and The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS) announced a three-year partnership beginning Fall 2020 and running through Spring 2023. The partnership will present programs at The Barns at Wolf Trap as a part of the annual Chamber Music at The Barns series. Chamber Music at The Barns, originally billed as The Discovery Series, was established in 1986 and features world-class artists in an intimate, accessible and acoustically excellent setting. The performance series has welcomed audiences to interact with artists through intermission question-and-answer sessions and post-performance receptions. This tradition will continue with all chamber music performances, including the CMS originated concerts.

The relationship between Wolf Trap and CMS was brought about by pianist, educator, and cultural entrepreneur, Wu Han, who has acted as the artistic advisor for

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U.K. Music Makers Demand Sector-Specific Support For Workers

The U.K. Council of Music Makers (CMM) has called on the government for urgent, sector-specific support for individuals for an industry that is worth some £5.2 billion ($6.93 billion) to the economy.

While lauding the U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer’s recent measures to support the work force, “these measures do not go far enough for our industry,” the CMM said in an open letter to the government on Monday.

The CMM is made up of the Featured Artists Coalition, Ivors Academy, Music Managers Forum, Music Producers Guild and the Musicians’ Union. A recent Musicians’ Union survey of 2,000 of their members revealed that 34% of musicians may quit the industry due to COVID-19; 47% have been forced to look for work outside of music; 70% are unable to do more than a quarter of their usual work; 87% covered by furlough and the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme would face financial

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Music and Politics

Jerome Camal, French of birth, is assistant to the Washington University of Saint Louis in jazz studies, logic of music and logic of ethnic music. But it is also a saxophonist that is not satisfied with to live of academic searches and he doesn’t want that teacher calls him, but he prefers to play in the places, to plunge himself in jam sessions and to teach the practice of the tool.

A stimulating character, that entertains in his home page a section devoted in full to the analysis of the political jazz of the sixties.

The observations of Camal are stimulating, ideologically you direct not, also succeeding at the same time to recover important figures of that season, giving them a correct position (is worth on all the examples of Frank Kofsky and Amiri Baraka, today a little considered, in kind the first one).

Camal quotes them, he criticizes them. … Read More