Daily News Roundup: 21 June 2016

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+ R.E.M’s Mike Mills Concerto for Violin, Rock Band, and String Orchestra with the TSO was quite the hit with younger audiences.

+ A miniseries based on Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace begins shooting in August and will appear on both Netflix and CBC.

+ Sook-Yin Lee is moving onto a project called Sleepover, after Definitely Not the Opera got cut from CBC’s on-air programming earlier this year.

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+ Italian pianist Ludovico Einaudi is raising awareness for the environmental degradation of the North by playing on an ice floe in the middle of the Arctic Ocean. Watch a video of his performance.

+ Canadian singer Michael Bublé is recovering well after vocal cord surgery.

+ Read this excerpt of a review from 1848 of Hector Berlioz conducting at the Drury Lane theatre.

“The history of the career of this composer furnishes a striking illustration of the force of innate genius, combined with industry, and actuated by a spirit of right-minded independence. Like all men of a bold and original cast of thought, he rejected established guides and models, cast away conventional forms, and struck one into new and untrodden paths.”

+ Benoîte Groult, French writer and feminist has died at the age of 96 (French).

+ A first: The Philharmonie de Paris performed a match-concert for the Spain-Croatia Euro 2016 match (French).

+ In a similar vein, here is a fun mashup of football stars and composers for the Euro 2016 (French).

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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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