Daily News Roundup: 19 July 2016

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Marie-Josée Lord, Daily News Roundup, Philadelphia Orchestra

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Today’s Daily News Roundup asks whether Classical music is as calming as we are lead to believe. Plus a new appointment to the Philadelphia Orchestra, and more.


+ Is Classical Music calming for our brains? Gramophone’s Andrew Mellor deconstructs the notion.

“Let’s not deny great music its reassuring, contemplative and soothing qualities. But let’s not pretend that’s all it does either. Music of all kinds – whether heard live at the Philharmonie in Berlin or via your phone on the top deck of the 196 bus – has the ability to temporarily realign the chemical balance in our brains. It’s a wonderful, joyous, complex and often terrifying effect.”

+ Kensho Watanabe has been named assistant conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra, beginning in the 2016-17 season, succeeding Lio Kuokman, whose term ends at the end of the 2015-16 season.

+ Read this profile of Marie-Josée Lord in advance of her appearance at the Ottawa Chamberfest.

+ This Day in Music – 1942: Shostakovich’s 7th Symphony Debuts in America.

+ Video of the Day – Songhoy Blues Tiny Desk Concert.

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Kiersten van Vliet is the Web Editor and an Editorial Assistant for La Scena Musicale. A current MA musicology student at McGill University, her research on Quebec composer-pianist and child prodigy André Mathieu (1929–68) is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Kiersten earned her BMus in Music History from Western University Canada as well as an Artist’s Diploma in Violin Performance. Other interests include conducting, chamber music, and musical theatre. Kiersten served as an Editor-in-Chief for Nota Bene: Canadian Undergraduate Journal of Musicology at Western University from 2012–14.

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