Joy at last: Millions flood into Minnesota Orchestra
The former lock-out ensemble has announced $13.2 million in four separate gifts. Ten million came from one donor. The new season opens September 5 with Renee Fleming. Report here.
Welcome to Mahler4, the ugliest tower in town
This new office block in Amsterdam is known as Mahler 4, because it is situated on Gustav Mahlerlaan. The composer would have gone berserk. Specifications below. Architect: UNStudio Client: Mahler 4 VOF, Consortium G&S Vastgoed, ASR Vastgoed, ING Real Estate Location: Gustav Mahlerlaan, Zuid-as, Amsterdam Program: offices Building area: 28.280 m² Volume: 118.878 […]
In one shot: The rise and fall of the global music industry
From Digital Music News. To enlarge, click here.
How opera singers can help you get a new job
Terrific article on Forbes magazine by an HR executive, Liz Ryan, who doubles as a professional opera singer. After years of auditions, it occurred to her that opera singers are uniquely equipped to teach the rest of us how to go about improving our job prospects. Sample text: My beautiful and brilliant teacher Winifred told […]
Peter Sellars: ‘We need music in business and in politics. Please.’
The director’s acceptance speech of the Polar Prize last night:
Were you moved by Addicts Symphony?
The Channel 4 documentary on classical musicians who were derailed by drink or drugs went out last night at 11pm. The underlying story was familiar – a picture of intolerable pressures of high performance – and some of the personal accounts plumbed a deep well of human sympathy. But the persistent intrusiveness of the medium, […]
Everything’s for sale: Have your music played by the Vienna Philharmonic
Package offer from that high-class establishment, the Imperial Hotel, Vienna: Maestro in the Making, Hotel Imperial (Vienna, Austria) Ivory tinklers can channel their inner Mozart (or at least try) during this two-night Maestro in the Making package at Vienna’s Hotel Imperial. Music lovers join forces with a Viennese composer to create their own piece of […]
Body is found of missing Philharmonic conductor
The body of Brian Webb, a New Zealander who conducted the Vermont Philharmonic since 1976, has been found half a mile out at sea after his wife reported him missing. Brian, 65, had spent the night out on his sailboat. He was an experienced sailor and a faculty member of Union Institute and University. […]
Nike Wagner: Why do all summer festivals have to be the same?
The Bayreuth exile, now running the Beethoven Festival in Bonn, has been sounding off about the problem with festivals. Much of what she says can be applied equally to the Met, or to any other large cultural institution in the early 21st century. Here’s the quote: All festivals today are striving desperately for a […]
Go, Jamie! Cardiff winner gets unexpected role
Mezzo Jamie Barton, popular winner of BBC’s Cardiff Singer of the World, is a late jump-in for San Francisco’s Norma. Daveda Karanas has withdrawn in mid-rehearsals ‘for personal reasons’. Jamie will sing Adalgisa from September 5 opposite Sondra Radvanovsky’s Norma.
Most cultured city in the USA?
Property Shark has drawn up a list of 20 cities that have the most cultural amenities* for head of population. The highest has to be New York, right? Wrong. New York City comes 13th. Los Angeles, then? Wrong again. LA checks in at #17. Chicago? Forget it. Number 20. So where then, where? Check here. […]