Philly Orchestra Strike Settles, Pittsburgh, Fort Worth Continue the Fight

Philly Orchestra Strike Settles, Pittsburgh, Fort Worth Continue the Fight

The Philadelphia Orchestra may have settled its strike less than 48 hours after walking off the job, but on the state’s westside, there’s no end in sight for the strike at the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, whose musicians hit the picket line the same weekend as Philadelphia, Sept. 30. The Fort Worth Symphony musicians also continue their walkout, which began Sept. […]

Record Math

Record Math

Vinyl is on the upsurge, so we thought it worth resurrecting this lamentable dissection of music biz economics, courtesy of techdirt.com and theroot.com. Pop artists, read it and weep! The report suggests that “for every $1,000 sold, the average musician gets $23.40,” of which they often see zero after the labels recoup their expenses. Talk about starving […]

‘Gears of War’ Soundtrack Sumthing Else

‘Gears of War’ Soundtrack Sumthing Else

The “Gears of War 4” soundrack by Ramin Djawadi will be available Oct. 18 from Sumthing Else Music Works, a record label founded on releasing video game soundtracks by pop music impresario Nile Rodgers. Djawadi is currently touring in support of the soundtrack for HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” for which he’s become something of a media sensation. He’s […]

Vienna Toasts Desplat

Vienna Toasts Desplat

The Wiener Konzerthaus comes alive with the sounds from The Secret Life of Pets under the baton of Alexandre Desplat, Oct. 14, when “Hollywood in Vienna” casts its magic over the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra. Desplat, the composer on the 2016 Universal Pictures animated film, produced by Studio Dentsu, will see his score’s concert world premiere broadcast […]

Alan Cumming ‘Sings Sappy’

Alan Cumming ‘Sings Sappy’

Alan Cumming’s well-received cabaret act, Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs, which premiered at Café Carlyle in June 2015 and by February was onstage at Carnegie Hall, makes its PBS debut Nov. 18 as part of the sixth annual PBS Arts Fall Festival. The hour-long show will be available for on-demand viewing on pbs.org through Dec. 16. Cumming, who […]

Jay Z Carter Lands at Weinstein

Jay Z Carter Lands at Weinstein

Following his triumphs in the hip hop space, the artist known as Jay Z has entered into a development deal under his real name, Shawn Carter, with the Weinstein Company, potentially signaling a new direction in his career and interests. The two-year overall development deal will be to produce for film and television, with both […]

Trilling for von Trier

Trilling for von Trier

Composer Missy Mazzoli and librettist Royce Vavrek have created a stage opera from the 1996 Lars von Trier film Breaking the Waves. The plot, about a woman whose sexual awakening is interrupted by her new husband’s sudden paralysis, is full of enough melodramatic twists and turns to earn opera cred. The New York Times praises the […]

Bayon Scores Zurich Win

Bayon Scores Zurich Win

Spanish composer Javier Bayon took top honors at the 5th International Film Music Competition, which took place within the framework of the 12th Zurich Film Festival at the Tonhalle Zürich Sept. 23. Bayon won the Golden Eye for Best International Film Music 2016, which includes a $10,000 cash prize. Five soundtracks were shortlisted by an international jury from a […]

Sounds of Katzenberg

Sounds of Katzenberg

Producer, DreamWorks co-founder, longtime Disney animation force of nature and all-around Hollywood good-guy Jeffrey Katzenberg was immortalized Thursday, when his hand- and footprints were embossed in cement outside the TLC Chinese Theater (formerly Grauman’s Chinese Theater). To commemorate the occasion, Variety asked composers with whom the musically-inclined Katzenberg has worked over the years to share their […]

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