Row brews in the US over an ‘anti-semitic’ opera
The Nashville Symphony is getting nervous about its upcoming performance of an opera by Roger Waters (pictured) of Pink Floyd, an outspoken anti-Zionist. Some believe his obsession with Israel makes him anti-semitic. Here’s how the Nashville orch is preparing for trouble. You read it here first. Dear Board Members, Musicians and Staff: […]
Breaking: Kissin to headline Carnegie season… with Yiddish evening
Just in, from Clive Gillinson. press release: CARNEGIE HALL ANNOUNCES 2015–2016 SEASON Carnegie Hall’s 125th Anniversary Celebration Season launches with Opening Night Gala concert with Alan Gilbert, Evgeny Kissin, & the New York Philharmonic on October 7, 2015 All-star anniversary gala featuring Carnegie Hall Artist Trustees on May 5, 2016 marks 125 years to the […]
Mozart gold for Mitsuko
The pianist Mitsuko Uchida was awarded the Golden Mozart Medal in Salzburg on the composer’s birthday. No marzipan was harmed in the making of this ceremony. The laudatio was given by incoming Salzburg Festival director Markus Hinterhäuser.
An American heroine sings out for the homeless
Frederica von Stade joined a street choir of homeless people Sunday night in Dallas, wearing the orange t-shirt of protest. Flicka is off the circuit now, no longer obliged to play the diva role. But in a week when her successors are flaunting excess consumption and tyrant worship, her gesture speaks volumes for the values […]
Anna Netrebko gives thumbs-up to Putin demonstrators
The diva leaves Carnegie Hall last night. Photo: Pavel Gintov. A report from Adrian Bruttan, one of the protestors: If there was still any lingering doubt about her total awareness of what she has been doing, look at this picture taken outside the stage entrance of Carnegie Hall following Gergiev’s concert yesterday. We faced […]
The man who mistook his wife for a hat… no more
Fred Westcott, the baritone who played the title role in the stage premieres and recording of Michael Nyman’s powerful chamber opera, has died in retirement in France at the age of 93.
Coco, the jazzman from Auschwitz
Our partners at Ullstein have been following one of the great survivors: Heinz Jakob „ Coco“ Schumann – is a German Jazz musician who survived the Holocaust. He was born at May 14, 1924 in Berlin. He was the son of a Christian father and a Jewish mother. Coco Schumann stayed in Berlin for the first 10 years of Nazi rule. […]
Forget salaries. This is what arts chiefs take home in Boston…
The Globe has been lifting the lid on hidden earnings of arts administrators. The Boston Symphony, for instance, includes summer housing at Tanglewood as part of managing director Mark Volpe’s $698,805 in compensation. The benefit, whose cost is not specified, is “for the convenience of the BSO,” according to its tax filing in 2013, and […]
Canada mourns big music benefactor
The death of Joseph Rotman, self-made oil trader and merchant banker, has robbed the arts in Canada of a powerful supporter. Toronto born, Rotman was in the middle of his second term as chairman of the Canada Council for the Arts and was a major donor to the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Toronto Symphony […]
So what did Jackie really play?
There’s much confusion about her instruments and, particularly, the bows she used. Charles Beare, her cello supplier and lifelong friend, puts the facts straight in a fascinating reminiscence on Tarisio, here. Jacqueline du Pré, who died in October 1987, would have been just 70 years old this week.
Philly to restage Mahler 8 premiere
In March 1916, Leopold Stokowski’s performance of the Symphony of 1,000, its US premiere, pushed news of Verdun off the front pages and put the upstart Philadelphia on the world map. Next season, Yannick Nézet-Séguin will try to regenerate that excitement. Press release below. (Philadelphia, January 27, 2015)—Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin […]