Update: Carnage at the Times culture department
We’re getting further details of who’s in, who’s out, at the shrinking culture section of the New York Times. In all, around 15 staff have gone. They include both the pop editor (Fletcher Roberts) and the classical editor (Myra Forsberg); four or five people on the copy desk; the culture reporters Felicia Lee and Larry Rohter; […]
A review in the New York Times? That’s history.
News of Allan Kozinn’s departure from the New York Times has gone viral in the music and media communities, with tributes flowing in from many quarters for one of the last honest and knowledgeable writers on the Manhattan main drag. Pulitzer winner Tim Page writes from California: Allan Kozinn could write about anything — […]
US funds an opera about its ugliest massacre
The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded $80,000 towards the production costs of an opera on the 1968 My Lai massacre in Vietnam, when more than 300 civilians were slaughtered by US forces. The opera was commissioned by the Kronos quartet from composer Jonathan Berger and librettist Harriet Chessman. It is scheduled for pemiere […]
Philadelphia mourns a principal cellist
William Stokking, a Piatogorsky student, joined the Philadelphia Orch in 1960 but then strayed to Boston and Cleveland for lack of promotion. He returned in 1973 as principal cello and held the seat until his retirement in 2005. William died on Sunday, aged 80. Here’s an account of his life-changing accidents.
Brussels fury at ballet ‘suppression’
The decision to end ballet performances at La Monnaie as part of a range of financial cuts has drawn a stinging response from the choreographer, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, whose company was in residence at La Monnaie for 25 years. She writes: « L’annonce de la direction de la Monnaie de supprimer toute sa programmation danse […]
A terrible mistake at the New York Times
Most people in media are aware that the Grey Lady is having a haircut. That means lots of journos being relieved of their jobs, some walking of their own volition, others being escorted to the door. Among the latter, I learn today, is the veteran music critic and reporter, Allan Kozinn. Let me […]
Tatler’s diva cover girl
The Russian January issue of the fashion magazine is out now. In it, the diva talks about her son’s autism.
Can music teach ethics to medical students?
The art of treating dying patients is being lost in an era of factory hospitals. The brain surgeon Henry Marsh discusses the doctor’s dilemma with pain-filled perception in his extraordinary book, Do No Harm. At a lower, entry level, Carwyn Hooper discusses how he utilises music and poetry to engage future doctors in the moral […]
‘I am about to outrage five million readers…’
The big composer anniversaries of 2015 will be Carl Nielsen and Jean Sibelius, both born in 1865. Nielsen, I write in the new Standpoint, flickers in the shadow of Sibelius. Comparison is inherently unfair since the Finn enjoyed much greater success than the Dane. However…. That said — and I’m about to outrage five million […]
Soloist, rushed to hospital, resumes recital in shades
This just in from our London neighbour, the wonderful accordion virtuoso Ksenija Sidorova: Dear audience in Erfurt! Thanks for being understanding and sorry for wearing glasses tonight. I usually never do that, so I feel like dropping a little note… If you heard sirens of ambulance today it was me being driven to the hospital […]
Luc Bondy quits Salzburg: it’s personal
Press release just in: PETER KONWITSCHNY to direct Die Eroberung von Mexico, replacing LUC BONDY (December 18, 2014, SF) The Salzburg Festival regrets to announce that Luc Bondy finds himself unable to direct the production of Wolfgang Rihm’s Die Eroberung von Mexico for reasons of scheduling as well as personal ones. With him, […]