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The following big names have withdrawn from the first part of the Metropolitan Opera season.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 […]
Sick list: Hélène Grimaud hurts her finger
The French pianist has a stress injury to one of her fingers. Inon Barnatan and Angela Hewitt are stepping in for the first of the North American dates she has cancelled. We wish Hélène a swift recovery.
Locked out Atlanta musician: Can wife and I afford an anniversary dinner?
Michael Kurth, a bass player in the locked-out orchestra, describes his day from dreams to dusk. It’s doughnuts and coffee on the picket line, checking out alternative concert venues, worrying about household finance. Read his diary here.
Can butterfly flute win the Nielsen?
She’s the oldest of the six finalists, but her serenity as a butterfly settled on her face has become a global sensation. The video of Yukie Ota playing with unflappable beauty as the giant insect landed on her nose has been seen by two-thirds of a million Youtube viewers. They – and we – and […]
German violinist plays America the Beautiful as he becomes a citizen
Sadly, we don’t have video, but reports say some were moved to tears by Augutin Hadelich’s performance yesterday at Manhattan Federal Court. Actually, it was the judge who said it: “Augustin’s rendition was so beautiful it brought tears to my eyes,” said U.S. Circuit Court Judge Robert Katzmann, who presided over the ceremony. What did he […]
Why play guitar? It’s the flute that gets the girls…
He’ll be 75 in December and he’s just collected a Gramophone gong. Bless. h/t: Gary Woolf
The Met season, as seen by the drummer
Rob Knopper of the Met orchestra offers a guide through the season from his perspective. Hilarious and surprisingly enlightening. Read Rob here. Sample: john adams – the death of klinghoffer: now, this is going to be an event. this one has been in the news for months, and the protests are sure to continue. but […]