Daily News Roundup: 11 July 2016

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+ This Day in Music: George Gershwin died this day in 1937.

+ The 37th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal was a resounding success for all involved, read the festival summary here.

+ A benefit concert for Black Lives Matter on Wednesday in New York City is tragically timely in light of recent events.

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+ Angèle Dubeau & La Pietà’s albums have now been streamed more than 30 million times across more than 100 countries.

+ Read Kiersten van Vliet’s review of Gershwin arrangements for solo piano by British composer Michael Finnissy, played by Dirk Herten.

“Finnissy, who celebrated his 70th birthday earlier this year, hailed Dirk Herten’s performance as ‘thoughtful, sensitive, [and]delicately-shaded,’ while praising his refined touch. He continued, ‘I feel like a ‘revered classic’…your performances are enraptured.’ High praise indeed for Herten, but not undeserved.”

+ A vinyl plant in Burlington Ontario is in a race to be the second-largest in North America.

+ Wynton Marsalis talks about his first concerto written not for the trumpet, but for the violin.

“One of the great gifts that I had from my father and other musicians, who were not prejudiced and close-minded, was the ability to hear (classical) music and to love and respect that body of music.”

+ Stevie Wonder marked the 40th anniversary of Songs in the Key of Life with a show in London’s Hyde Park.

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Kiersten van Vliet was the Web Editor and an Editorial Assistant for La Scena Musicale from 2015–17.

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