Is there nowhere round here to practise?
Australia’s a big country, but members of its youth orchestra struggle to find a bit of peace and quiet.
Boston heads for Canada
The Boston Symphony has fixed its first trip north of the border this century. press release: For the first time in 21 years, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Music Director Andris Nelsons, make a highly anticipated return to Canada for two performances: at Montreal’s Maison Symphonique on Saturday, March 4, and Toronto’s […]
Washington Cathedral Choir will sing at Trump inauguration
Statement by the Very Rev. Randolph Marshall Hollerith, Dean of Washington National Cathedral: WASHINGTON, D.C. — As Christians, we are called, among other things, to be a people of peace and agents of reconciliation. Our choir is singing at the inauguration to honor the peaceful transition of power that is at the heart of our democratic […]
Death of a well-liked New York PR
We’re saddened to learn of the death of Lois Cohen, a long-serving, unusually agreeable head of press at Carnegie Hall and subsequently at the New York Philharmonic, rising to be head of marketing. Lois was 80. You could take her word for it.
Salzburg names Brit as Mirga’s successor
The Salzburg Landestheater has appointed a new music director, replacing Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla who has gone off to the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. It’s an internal promotion. Adrian Kelly has been first Kapellmeister at the Salzburger Landestheater since 2009. The theatre has also announced a new head of opera, Katrin König.
Film: Is this how Mahler conducted?
Hungarian archives have turned up a fascinating silent film of Oskar Fried conducting. The gestures are large, the baton long, the arms raised very high. Fried was assistant conductor to Mahler in several performances, modelling himself on his mentor. See what you think.
NY City Opera tenor dies, at 75
The tenor Melvyn Poll, who sang at City Opera from 1974 to 1978 after early successes in Germany and Israel, has died in Seattle at the age of 75. He was regional chair for the Metropolitan National Council Auditions and sang often with the Seattle Opera and Seattle Symphony. He also ran a law practice.
Did Napoleon give a piano to the Shah of Iran?
According to the Encyclopedia Iranica, the Emperor made the gift in 1806. It was the first western keyboard instrument ever seen in Iran. But it has never been seen since. A Dutch musician is in Tehran, trying to track it down. Read on here.
Virus hits Hamburg’s new hall
Amid the opening jubilations, the Elbphilharmonie suffered two last-minute cancellations. The Swedish soprano Camilla Tilling phoned in sick for Beethoven’s Ninth, and the composer Wolfgang Rihm who wrote a consecration piece was unable to hear it due to illness. Hanna-Elisabeth Müller flew in from Mannheim just in time to fill out the Beethoven quartet. The […]
David Attenborough: Why music can move us to tears
Two extraordinary reflections from the great natural historian:
Macedonia mourns conductor, 50
The death has been confirmed of Sasha Nikolovski-Gjumar, a leading conductor in the Balkan state of Macedonia. Cause of death is not known. He was conductor of the national Youth Chamber Orchestra and other ensembles, and professor at the Faculty of Music Arts in Skopje.