I Like to Eat Lobster composer has died, aged 93
Johnny Rotella, who wrote for Sinatra, Dean Martin and other icons of his age, has joined them in another place. Just listen to his showreel.
Maestro relaunches violin competition – with no teachers on jury
Next year’s prestigious Paganini Competition in Genoa, Italy, is under reconstruction. Fabio Luisi, music director of Zurich Opera and the Danish radio orchestra, is to be its artistic director. He has decided not to allow major teachers onto the jury. Instead, he tells Slipped Disc, ‘I will put people who really can help the winners to […]
Aussie minister slips cash under the table to esoteric record label
Artshub, the specialist Australian website, reports that George Brandis, the arts minister, approved A$275,ooo (US$250,000) in special funding to a CD label, Melba Records. The grant bypassed due process and proper review. Melba has a heavy board of Aussie worthies. It advertises itself as ‘a label of fragrant distinction’. At issue is not whether the […]
Musicians accuse Atlanta of financial incompetence
What happened to the millions they raised? the land they sold? Who let the arts center get into such deficit? Yesterday, 80 chorus members joined the musicians’ picket line. press release: Atlanta, GA September 18, 2014 On September 15th 2014, Woodruff Arts Center spokesman Randy Donaldson said that it was “totally laughable” […]
Sad news: A great trumpeter has died
Just as he seemed to be on the mend, the Canadian-born, London-based jazz trumpeter Kenny Wheeler died yesterday, aged 84. Our sympathies to his family and many friends.
Just in: Bonfire of Met vanities
The following big names have withdrawn from the first part of the Metropolitan Opera season. Johan Reuther is out of Meistersinger – doesn’t want to undertake Hans Sachs. Latonia Moore is out of Aida – pregnant. Christine Schäfer is out of Hansel and Gretel – taking a season-long sabbatical. Who’s next?
Young music director, 27, wires his pianos to the street
Teddy Abrams is a music director in a rush. He has taken over at Louisville, a once-famous orchestra that almost shut for want of Kentucky funds and public interest. So he’s drumming up business any way he can – and if that means looping his pianos to an external sound system so the town can […]
A third oboe is stolen in Canada
Two were hijacked in Montreal. Now a third has been snatched in Toronto. Where are those famous Mounties? This from Karen Ages, freelance oboist: HELP! My new Loree oboe (TA 78) and English horn (I’m trying to find the serial #) and all my reeds and reed-knives were stolen from my car on Thursday evening […]
Jury is dismissed in pianist trial
The trial of a lecturer at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland has been halted after the sheriff ruled it risked damaging his health. Graeme McNaught, a concert pianist, is accused of behaving in a threatening and abusive manner towards his former partner, the popular author Janice Galloway. Ms Galloway told the court she feared becoming […]
Mariss Jansons will leave the Concertgebouw sooner than expected
The Dutch media have been told that March 20 will be his last concert as principal conductor. Mariss, 71, announced in the spring that he was stepping down from the Concertgebouw because his health could not withstand the strain of heading two orchestras (the other is Bavarian Radio in Munich). But the early departure date […]