Some say too little, too late as Domingo chases digital pirates

Placido Domingo(Photo: Richard Haughton)
Placido Domingo(Photo: Richard Haughton)

Illegal downloads threaten artists livelihood, record companies futures

As the new chairman of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, the organization that represents the world’s record companies, tenor/baritone/conductor Placido Domingo has made it his mission to put a halt to illegal digital downloads and music sharing.

One-quarter of all internet traffic consisting of stolen material.

Music piracy “costs record companies billions in lost revenue, threatens their solvency, destroys jobs in music, robs performers and composers of legitimate earnings, and stifles investment in new talent.”

Read Too late, Placido (The Australian)

Watch Placido Domingo sing Puccini’s E lucevan le stelle

A Prima Donna who doesn’t act like one

Katherine Jenkins is a household name in the UK, but determined not to let it go to her head.  She has released 8 albums in 10 years and tops the charts in the UK.

In 2008, Jenkins moved from Universal Music to Warner for $10.6 million, said to be the biggest deal in classical music history.

Those kinds of numbers can go to a persons head…but Jenkins seems to be taking it in stride.

Watch Katherine Jenkins perform Habanera from Bizet’s Carmen

ProMusica partners with Franklin Park Conservatory this evening for a grand community celebration!

On August 8, 2009, the Conservatory began the first projects of Phase One – the Palm House Additions and Rooftop Gardens, Brides Garden, and James Turrell’s illumination of the John F. Wolfe Palm House.

To mark the occasion, the public is invited today to picnic on the Grand Mallway, enjoy a free performance by ProMusica Chamber Orchestra (PMCO), and celebrate the transformation.

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What if orchestras quit playing Beethoven?

Chris Becker, a composer, freelance writer, and director of public relations for Houston contemporary music ensemble Musiqa, writes that, were Beethoven to walk up to a concert hall today, he would exclaim, “Mein Gott in himmel! Hasn’t ANYONE composed anything worth a damn since 1827?”  Is he right?

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