Soft job lined up for exiting Edinburgh director
Jonathan Mills, outgoing director of the ever-less-relevant Edinburgh Festival, is (we hear) front-runner to be head of the Australian National Gallery in Canberra. Nobody goes to Canberra.
Lars Vogt takes the ice for Hans Vonk
I did it! Help ALS research and also other good causes and in memory of wonderful friends of the past, still present today in our hearts, like Hans Vonk, who died 10 years ago of ALS and Boris Pergamenschikow, who also died much too early 10 years ago. Click here to watch.
Just in: Beethoven Festival is cancelled
George Lepauw, who failed to pay many of his Chicago performers last year, has ‘with a heavy heart’ announced the cancellation of next month’s festival. He is under a boycott warning from the musicians’ unions. Cancellation here. Apology nowhere. Love? Doesn’t know what it means.
Leaked emails: The Met’s defence of Klinghoffer
Now the Met’s season is going ahead, opposition to its production of John Adams’s opera, The Death of Klinghoffer, has intensified. We have been forwarded a complaint by a Met supporter and a response by Ann Ziff, on behalf of the board of the Metropolitan Opera. Read, and wonder. Dear Ann and Members of the […]
Grammy-winning pianist dies in New York, aged 39
Octavio Brunetti, who won a 2007 Grammy for his album Te Amo Tango, has died in New York of an unexplained infection. His family raised $33,000 in 16 days to help pay for his hospital treatment. Classically trained, Octavio became one of the leading tango pianists in Argentina, as well as conductor of the orchestra […]
Weird, or wonderful? Rachmaninov played by Leon Theremin on his hands-free machine
Rachmaninov plays Polka with his wife
Rare audio recording. Appalling sound, but such vitality.
Covent Garden’s oboe is caught cycling across America
David Presly plays oboe in the Royal Opera House orchestra. It’s a dark and arduous job, with few whiffs of fresh air. So when school is out, David gets on his bike and just rides. One summer he cycled from Britain to Iran. This month, he’s pedalling from San Francisco to New York, kipping down […]
’3 in 5 UK musicians suffer psychological problems’
A survey by Help Musicians UK finds a high level of mental illness and substance abuse in the professional community. Of the 552 musicians who responded, more than half worked in classical music. Half of those who sought help from the National Health Service were disappointed by the outcome. Among the respondents, 45 percent reported […]
Kennedy Center picks principal viola, 25
Meet Allyson Goodman, 25, principal viola of the Kennnedy Center opera orchestra. She’s a recent winner of the Young Texas Artists Music Competition. h/t: Viola, Viola