Strad hijacker gets sent to jail
Universal K. Allah, 37, one of two men who attacked Frank Almond with a stun-gun and stole his Stradivarius, has received a three-and-a half year jail sentence after pleading guilty to the offence. He will spend an additional three and a half years under supervision. Before sentencing he apologised ‘humbly’ to the Milwaukee concertmaster and […]
Salzburg ‘will lose millions when Pereira leaves’
Helga Rabl-Stadler, the festival president, has painted a gloomy picture of the festival’s finances after the end of the present season, Alexander Pereira’s last as director. She said: ‘There are sponsors that Pereira (pictured) brought in who will probably not stay.’ Their departure will cost the festival at least one million Euros in 2015 and more […]
Award-winning Galamian student has died, aged 58
Ik-Hwan Bae, a South Korean violinist who made his Seoul Philharmonic debut aged 12, died today. A Juilliard graduate, he came second at the 1985 Reine Elisabeth and went on to form his own chamber orchestra in Korea. He was a sought-after teacher at Peabody, IU, Manhattan and Seoul.
Gelb latest: ‘It’s sad we are in a position where a work stoppage could take place’
No-one is threatening a work stoppage. Peter Gelb is threatening a lockout. This is a barefaced distortio. Watch the interview, boring and unchallenged as it is. (Click on the blue word ‘Post’ if video does not pop out.)) Post by Marie Te Hapuku. h/t: Schleppy
Flash! Yuja’s latest skimpies
Yuja Wang, the Chinese pinaist, made her name in the Hollywood Bowl three years ago in a scrap of orange. She was back last night, having refreshed the wardrobe. The new outfits: photo credit: (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times) Mark Swed’s review here. […]
Death of a prominent viola player
The Hungarian virtuoso Ervin Schiffer, viola player of the Haydn Quartet and its forerunner, the Dekany Quartet, has died at the age of 82. Born in Hungary, he moved to Holland and taught there at the leading conservatories. Our condolences to his wife and quartet partner Kati Sebestyen (pictured).
Just in: Poland cancels Russian culture year
The Polish government has cancelled all cultural exchanges with Russia for next year. ‘The Council of Ministers decided to call off the Polish Year in Russia and the Russian Year in Poland, planned for 2015,’ said government spokesperson Malgorzata Kidawa-Blonska. ‘This is the decision of the government, but both the foreign and culture ministers – […]
Peter’s Gelb’s last gambit gets low and personal
The letter sent by Peter Gelb to every member of Metropolitan Opera staff was ostensibly intended to give advance warning of a lockout that will ensue if their unions do not agree to Gelb’s cuts by the end of next week. Its real purpose was to make ordinary people think about the personal cost of […]
Mr Pops is gone, at 96
Norman Leyden fronted the Oregon Symphony’s pop concerts for 34 years – and made the arrangements that are still used today.
Opera co-founder has died, aged 91
Lois Dick was a singer in Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals, until the lights went on. In 1963, she co-founded Madison Opera and became its leading diva. Obituary here.
Gelb’s proposed lockout: the stage unions respond
Statement by Joe Hartnett, Assistant Dept. Director Stagecraft for I.A.T.S.E. On Metropolitan Opera Management’s Threat to Lock out Performers and Backstage Employees We want the show to go on. Our bargaining teams are very serious about hammering out an agreement with opera management. Several negotiating sessions have been scheduled over the next week. Management […]