Daily News Roundup: 14 October 2016

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American singer Bob Dylan, 75, won the Nobel Prize in literature for “creating new poetic expression within the great American song tradition.” (Saria Darnius, general secretary of Nobel) He is the first musician to win a prize in the 115 years of existence of Nobel Prizes.

 

Jonathan Cohen will be the new Music Director of Les Violons du Roy starting in the 2018-2019 season.

 

The Orchestre Métropolitain will hold a benefit concert for the Kidney Foundation of Canada with Marie-Josée Lord on November 11, 2016.

 

Nicolas Fortin, a collaborator of the Conseil québécois de la musique et general manager of the festival Montréal Baroque festival, died.

 

Bolshoi opera announced the death of Irina Udalova. The soprano was with the company since 1985 and sang in many operas including Turandot, Madama Butterly, Traviata and more.

 

The father of concert hall acoustics, Leo L. Beranek, died at the age of 102. The American scientist passed away in a retirement home in Westwood, Massachusetts.

 

The Carl Orff Festival at Andechs and Ammersee, Germany, is cancelled. The German festival, which ran annually from 1998 to 2015, took a break this year. The organizers filed for bankruptcy due to poor ticket sales.

 

The Austrian composer Gerhard Wimberger passed away at the age of 93. He was in charge of comteporary music on the board of the Salzburg festival since 1971.

 

Roman Spitzer, principal viola in the Israel Philharmonic, won the audition for solo viola in the Rotterdam Philharmonic.

 

The conductor, André Previn, 87, has accepted a commission from the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra to compose a 30-minute piece for its centenary in 2021.

 

The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra created a training place for a disabled conductor with cerebral palsy and limited movement. James Rose uses a head-baton and will lead an ensemble of both able-bodied and disabled players as of June 2017.

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