BY JOHN GLOVER
This week, we dabble in a bit of everything; grants and programs, international news, and a few other curious items of interest…
WHO’S GOT TALENT?
Classical radio station 3MBS has just opened up applications for The Talent 2018. Each week, the program provides two musicians with the exciting opportunity to play live on air for all of Melbourne to hear. If that wasn’t appealing enough, the top three artists from all the series return to perform for the chance to host their own concert at the Kew Court House with $1000 artist fee! Solo and ensemble performance entries are open for all studying musicians, so take note of this opportunity, musos!
THE BATON PASSES TO NEW HANDS
Lahav Shani will become musical director of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in 2020. The 29-year-old will replace Zubin Mehta, who moves on after a dazzling 50 years at his post. Though Mehta is sure to be sorely missed, the orchestra’s musicians are quite happy with Shani, with most players voting for his election. We’re excited to see what great things Shani will achieve during his time.
BLOKES DON’T LIKE BEETHOVEN??
A recent Japanese study has found a link between higher testosterone and lower interest in classical music. The research included 37 men and 39 women, mostly in their 20s, to listen to 25 musical extracts and rate these on a scale from like to dislike, with their testosterone levels recorded in a saliva sample. What is funny with this study, however, is that the correlation of high testosterone and low interest was found only among the men. Though a small and limited study, we’re positive the researchers weren’t playing the right music for these guys…
The Tasmanian Youth Orchestra has received a $5000 grant from Arts Tasmania. The grant will be used by the TYO to host a new community concert series over the course of 2018, which will feature the talents of Tassie’s young classical musicians. Alongside these concerts, the organisation hosts a variety of music events which include both beginner and experience musicians.
CUTCOMMON ANNOUNCES OFFICIAL LAUNCH LINE-UP
Did you hear the news? We’re going to print. CutCommon has announced its official venue line-up, listing locations that will be part of the publication’s national 2018 Roving Launch. You can find out more here. Where will you grab your copy?
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Image: Tasmanian Youth Orchestra, supplied.