Daily News Roundup: 17 June 2016

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+ From The Guardian’s archive: A collaboration between Yehudi Menuhin and Stéphane Grappelli.

+ The 2018 World Choir Games will be held in Gauteng Province in the Republic of South Africa.

+ Some of the most important pioneers of electronic music were women, as explained in this preview for London’s Deep Minimalism festival next week.

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+ Learn some of the science behind “the chills” you feel when listening to your favourite works of music.

“Robert Zatorre, a neuroscientist at the Montreal Neurological Institute at McGill University, said the results were valuable for those hoping to understand music’s pleasurable effects in the brain. “Some people seem particularly sensitive to music, showing not only a lot of interest and liking of music, but also displaying physiological responses to music, such as the very pleasurable ‘chills’,” he said.”

+ “This Land is Your Land” may belong in public domain, says the same law firm that won the “Happy Birthday” copyright case last year.

+ This may be your last opportunity to see Hamilton’s creator Lin-Manuel Miranda live in the title role. There are plans to film the original cast before his departure.

+ Rising stars discuss how to make jazz relevant in the age of hip-hop in anticipation of the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, which starts next Friday.

+ Le Devoir continues its series of interviews about Quebec cultural policy with businessman Sébastien Barangé (French).

+ Joyce DiDonato has won the Maria Callas Debut Artist of the Year for her role as Arden Scott in Great Scott (French).

+ There is a petition to recover Maurice Ravel’s lost manuscripts (French).

+ Norman Lebrecht reviewed a recent release of Shostakovich’s trios and viola sonata.

“The three works on this album encompass an entire composing life. The first piano trio was written by a 17 year-old for his girlfriend in 1923. The mastery is already undeniable and the thumbprints instantly recognisable: pathos, scepticism and the juxtaposition of polar opposites. This is not the way most of us would go about wooing the love of our life. Shostakovich was always an original, even at his most eclectic.”

+ Happy Birthday Gounod (1818–1893) & Stravinsky (1882–1971)!


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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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