Angela Merkel urges families to make music together this Christmas
In a passionate call for observance of Christian traditions – ‘we are the party with a C in its name – the German chancellor called on people to sing traditional songs and dust off their recorders during the festive season. ‘If we don’t do this,’ she warned, ‘we will lose a piece of our Heimat.’ […]
Flute stops traffic
A cute promo for Belgrade’s contemporary and classical music festival next month:
The Italian star who can’t get a date at La Scala
Luca Pisaroni, 41, is a sought-after bass-baritone at the Met, Covent Garden, Zurich, Vienna, Paris, Salzburg – just about everywhere except his native Italy. His will finally make his Scala debut in February. What took them so long? Luca talks to Graham Spicer in Milan: I grew up musically outside Italy. I began my career outside […]
Man overboard: Oslo Opera is sinking again
We hear that Norwegian National Opera and Ballet has lost its fifth artistic director in eight years. Fonancially, it is holed below the aterline. Here’s an update from Michael Fergus, in Oslo: The design of Oslo’s spectacular Opera House, completed in 2008, has been widely acclaimed. Inside, however, things are not so cheerful. The Chief […]
Pianist calls for one last push in search for missing daughter
Oregon police have called off the search for Annie Schmidt, daughter of Piano Guys pianist Jon Schmidt, who went missing while hiking on October 16. Her mother, Michelle, told local media the family believed she was dead. However, Jon and the group have posted the following appeal: Update: We are moved beyond words by the […]
New concertmaster for Scotland
The Scottish Chamber Orchestra is splitting first-seat duties between the incumbent Stephanie Gonley and a newcomer, Benjamin Marquise Gilmore. A product of the Menuhin School, Ben, 28, lives in the Hague and plays in the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
Welcome to the Pierre Boulez Philharmonie
The Paris hall campaigned for by the late composer will be named after him today.
NY Phil replaces sick Zubin with strikers’ maestro
Former music director Zubin Mehta, 80, has called in sick on three concerts next month with the New York Philharmonic. Who’s free? Why Manfred Honeck, who’s hanging around twiddling his baton while his musicians are locked out by the Pittsburgh Symphony. A gesture of solidarity with the strikers might be timely.
Fourth job for busy Maestro
The energetic Kazushi Ono will become artistic director of the New National Theatre, Tokyo from 2018-2019. He is also chief conductor of Opera de Lyon and music director of both Barcelona Symphony Orchestra and the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. Busy man, with an even busier agent. Ono was previously music director at La Monai, Brussels.
Why Pittsburgh fans are walking with the strikers
This just in from Mark and Tris Ozark, long-term subscribers to the Pittsburgh Symphony. WHY I WALK though I am not a musician. I’m not related to a musician or employed by any of them. I’m walking today with the Musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for many reasons. ♪ As a subscriber, I have become […]
Fort Worth cancels the rest of the year
The board of the Fort Worth Symphony has called off all concerts up to December 31 due to the continuing strike by musicians who are refusing to accept wage cut. A weekend meeting between the two sides was stonewalled by FWS managers. The musicians and their families have been locked out in the cold for […]