Renée Fleming to star on Broadway
She will reprise a role she played at Williamstown last summer. AP reports: NEW YORK (AP) — Opera star Renee Fleming will make her Broadway debut this spring, playing – what else? – an opera star. The four-time Grammy Award-winning soprano will star in the comedy “Living on Love” at the Longacre Theatre beginning April 1. […]
Exclusive: Viral subway string quartet was illegally filmed
We can now name the string quartet on a New York subway station that has been getting lots of plays today. It was violinist Eliano Braz, with the Brazilian Arts Ensemble. But Eliano tells us had no idea he was being filmed, let alone that a ballet troupe would leap onto the screen. In […]
Just in: Israel Philharmonic hires US concertmaster
After a Tel Aviv shootout in the Brahms concerto between four finalists, Zubin Mehta has just announced David Radzynski, a graduate student at Park University, as the new concertmaster. More here.
10 musical winners of 2014
10 Floundering orch landed super-maestro 9 Super-manager went to Washington 8 Harpsichordist signs to DG 7 Left-field fiddle is NY Phil’s artist in residence 6 Centennial composer got heard again 5 The Met’s soprano of choice 4 Germany’s brilliant new culture minister 3 Most-improved orch of the decade 2 Opera is saved from extinction 1 […]
Just in: Cleveland’s longest-serving clarinet steps down
Franklin Cohen has called it quits after 38 seasons. Press release below. CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Orchestra today announced that Franklin Cohen, Principal Clarinet since 1976, will retire from the ensemble in the summer of 2015. After 39 seasons, Mr. Cohen will have had the longest tenure of any solo clarinetist in the orchestra’s […]
How to choose a maestro (by a liberal newspaper)
You may have recovered by now from the news that Alan Rusbridger is stepping down after 20 years as editor of the Guardian. You may be wondering how his successor will be chosen. At a time when the Berlin Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris and many other ensembles are contemplating the […]
Violinist appeals to save French festival after funding is axed
Philippe Graffin fears he is about to lose the festival he co-founded at Saint-Nazaire in 1990. Jessica Duchen says it’s the least elitist festival she has ever attended. It has certainly attracted major talent on friends-rate fees. But that means little to local politicians who have a budget to balance. The mayor has decided to […]
Qatar bribes Brit musicians to train its World Cup squad
We hear that slave-state, terror-sponsoring Qatar is offering a tax-free £66,000 plus apartment and car to British musicians who are prepared to train up its bands in preparation for the 2022 World Cup, which Qatar obtained through alleged bribery. According to one press report, more than 60 UK musicians have signed up and more are […]
Return of the glamour-pack CD
At a time when the rest of the record industry is trimming costs and frills, the French have gone barking up the counter-intuitive route. William Christie has launched an Arts Florissants own-label with Music for Queen Caroline. It comes furnished with two booklets, the second containing a bi-lingual short story by the best-selling novelist Douglas […]
‘An island of tranquility’ in a tough year for opera
Wonder where it can be? Read here.
New vid: Subway string quartet puts NY commuters on their toes
How many pirouettes can you manage between trains? Start counting now. They are playing a clip of Brandenburg concerto – that much we know. But we have not yet managed to identify the musicians, or the subway station. Can anyone help?