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November 2018

Have you noticed the new look of our Music Group Update? We hope you'll find this format even more user-friendly, especially if you're reading it on a tablet or your phone. And while you're at it, why not consider contributing an item to the next edition? Just drop a line to Pascale Labrie and Richard Cole.


Euroradio Season Opera series: You won't know where to begin
A few weeks ago, the Euroradio Season Opera series kicked off with an unknown work just waiting to be discovered: Gustav Vasa, the only surviving opera by Bohemian composer Leopold Koželuch, recorded in Helsinki. Indeed, our series includes a wide range of operas in acclaimed performances from stages in Madrid, Paris, Berlin, Maribor, Liège and the Wexford Opera Festival.
For instance, Covent Garden brought us a splendid Falstaff by Verdi, followed by Wagner's monumental Ring conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano.

The Vienna State Opera launched its anniversary season with Berlioz's demanding Les Troyens, starring incredible mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato. And very soon, another unique event will be shared via the Euroradio network: the world premiere of Fin de partie, the first opera written by the 92-year-old composer György Kurtàg, an icon of contemporary music, given at La Scala in Milan.

The Euroradio Season Opera series includes ten performances from both Covent Garden and the Vienna State Opera, six works from famous Italian theatres and 30 operas from stages throughout Europe. This offer is made up of masterpieces as well as rarities, rediscoveries and world premieres. Take a look at the variety, share the offer with your listeners, invite them to be guests at famous opera houses and seize the opportunity to make your opera programme as diverse and interesting as possible.

Michael Blees
Vice-Chair, EBU Music Group​
Head of Music (Concert and Opera), ORF/Ö1


Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra - photo: Czech Radio

"To the Nation": Celebrating the Czechoslovak centenary in music - On 28 Oct, Czech and Slovak broadcasters joined forces to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia with a special concert broadcast live from Prague’s Rudolfinum, available in MUS as SM/2018/08/54/02. Radek Baborak conducted the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra in music by Slovakia’s most famous composer, Eugen Suchoň, as well as by Czech masters Leoš Janáček and Antonín Dvořák.
Contact: Radka Betcheva, Senior Project Manager, Partnership Programme.

Happy Birthday, Maestro Penderecki! - On 16-23 Nov, the Krzyzstof Penderecki European Centre and the Beethoven Association celebrate the 85th birthday of Poland's living legend with a remarkable festival in Warsaw. Radio Orpheus will air the concerts in a joint project with the Mickiewicz Institute and offer them as a Members' Selection. Aleksandr Lyaskowski and Roman Berchenko will discuss the Maestro's music with him and interview performers.
Contact: Vera Dorohova, RTR, Assistant to the CEO Artistic Director;
Radio Orpheus

Member of the Month: Romanian Radio - Starting on 18 Nov., this year's RadiRo, the 4th International Festival of Radio Orchestras, has great symbolic significance. It is dedicated both to Romanian Radio's 90th anniversary and the centenary of Romania’s Great Union. The guest orchestras represent prestigious broadcasters in Europe, bringing to the foreground the extraordinary profile of radio ensembles.
Read more here.
Contact: Liliana Staicu, ROR, Director, Romanian Radio Orchestras and Choirs

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande: The First Century - To mark its first 100 years, the OSR will look both back (Bartók and Beethoven) and ahead, with premieres by Ammann and Macmillan (SM/2018/09/10/08-09). Music Director Jonathan Nott will be at the helm for a week-long series culminating in the anniversary concert in Geneva on 30 Nov., featuring opera superstar Sonya Yoncheva in Tchaikovsky arias (EURO/2018-2019/PC2/012).
Contact: Richard Cole, EBU, Senior Translator and Music Editor

ORF wants your treasures - Not money, of course, but your archive audio recordings (artist interviews, documentaries, features, reports) about the Salzburg Festival, which will celebrate its centenary in 2020. We are particularly interested in your spoken word programmes up to the 1960s (or exceptional music recordings up to the 1940s). Please send us a short description (no transcripts, please) of your content.
Contact: Margit Desch, ORF Radio, Head of International Relations & Programme Service


All systems go for the 2018-2019 Metropolitan Opera Season - The Met Opera's new Season of live Saturday matinee broadcasts opens on 1 December with Arrigo Boito's Mefistofele. The EBU signed its annual agreement with the Met at the end of October and the details of all 24 operas in the 2018-2019 series are fully up-to-date in MUSNew.
Contact: Dominic Hickey, EBU | Euroradio Project Manager

Sunday, 16 December 2018 is Euroradio Christmas Music Day - In just six weeks we will be celebrating Christmas through music in the Euroradio Season once again, with our traditional full day of concert broadcasts. Thirteen stations are contributing to a beautifully varied programme, of which seven will be live on the day. If your organization has not placed its orders yet, head to MUSNew to search for EURO/2018-2019/N/. For those who would like to broadcast these concerts but cannot be with us on the day, don't forget: all recordings will be available in the system for deferred broadcast starting the following day.
Contact: Dominic Hickey, EBU | Euroradio Project Manager


Where will you be on New Year's Day? - Not to rush the holiday season, but many people already know: listening to or watching the Vienna Philharmonic New Year's concert. It will be led by Christian Thielemann, with the theme centred around the Vienna State Opera's 150th anniversary. The programme will be announced at the press conference in December.
Contact: Matthew Trustram, EBU, Senior Project Manager, Media

Holy Week Music Day in 2019 - Save the date! Keen observers will be aware that we have not yet published the programme of the next Holy Week Music Day (Palm Sunday) in the Euroradio Season. We have an interesting programme of concerts lined up for Sunday, 14 April 2019 and will be sending out more details later in November. For now, please reserve a slot in your schedules and look out for our announcement in the coming weeks.
Contact: Dominic Hickey, EBU | Euroradio Project Manager

International Rostrum of Composers goes to South America - For the first time ever, the IRC will be held outside of Europe, as part of its ambition to be even more international. The Rostrum will be hosted by the Province of Rio Negro (Argentina) and its Philharmonic Orchestra on 14-18 May 2019 in San Carlos de Bariloche. As per IRC custom, delegates will benefit from a side programme to experience Argentina's vibrant cultural scene.
Contact: Davide Grosso, IRC, Project Manager 


My favourite offer - The concert that will long stick in my mind is from this year’s Verbier Festival (ER/2018/04/09/04) from CHRTS. Everything seems close to perfection. Leonidas Kavakos is intense and brilliant in his interpretation of Berg’s Violin Concerto, while the soprano Ying Fang sings with purity and tenderness in the finale of Mahler's 4th Symphony. Christoph Eschenbach is superb leading the Verbier Festival Orchestra, made up of promising young musicians from all over the world.
Contact: Susana Valente, RTP, Musical Producer


Participants in IR Plenary Meeting, 29-31 October 2018
From Elene Gabashvili - This was a great event for meeting colleagues from the EBU and Members and for finding out about the Radio Music Exchanges. I will do my best to share all the experience gained to get more involved in exchanging concerts. I also visited the EBU news exchange team and had personal training in MUSNew. The dinner on Lake Geneva was a great place for socialization. I couldn’t help myself laughing all evening! These 3 days were amazing; I really felt part of the EBU family.
Contact: Elene Gabashvili, GPB, International Relations Manager

From Maya Pelovska - It’s always good to meet colleagues and exchange ideas, but this IR meeting was particularly meaningful to me, and not just because it was my first one. I left Geneva filled with inspiration and faith. I was touched by some examples and initiatives presented (like the Swiss No Billag, the Austrian 55 cents, the Italian Project Beethoven) that went beyond professional limits and were a demonstration of the multidimensional idea of being public service media.
Frequently repeated words like trust, solidarity, commitment or added value took concrete shape and made me feel proud to belong to the radio community. As Paola from RAI said: "Sometimes you don’t need money, you just need a heart”. And radio has a huge heart!
Contact: Maya Pelovska, BNR, Chief Expert, International Relations

From Tetyana Siruk - I was at the IR meeting for the first time and am very happy with the knowledge and experience received. The programme is well-tailored, joining exclusively radio topics with important general subjects that impact all media platforms. There is much to discover about other Members' initiatives, issues and tools to resolve them, including new directions in work. No less important is the positive family-like environment that you can feel and appreciate at once, so essential for sharing experiences and knowledge!
Contact: Tetyana Siruk, PBC, Deputy Head, Foreign Cooperation Department


  • 5-10 Nov – Euroradio Jazz Orchestra Tour and Jazz Producers' Meeting (Latvia)
  • 15 Nov – Deadline for entrants to submit recordings and registration material for LTPS
  • 30 Nov – Deadline for submitting proposals for 2018 Christmas/New Year Folk Project
  • 1 Dec – First live Met matinee broadcast of the 2018-2019 Season
  • 15 Dec – Deadline for submitting international applications and sending recordings for 53rd Concertino Praga 2019
  • 16 Dec – Euroradio Christmas Music Day
  • 1 Jan 2019 – New Year's Concert with Vienna Philharmonic
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