Cleveland plucks NY quartet player as assistant concertmaster
Jessica Lee, a member of the Johannes String Quartet and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Two, is packing her bags and moving to Cleveland. She will occupy the seat recently vacated by Yoko Moore. Jessica has enjoyed a portfolio career which has not, until now, included playing in an international orchestra. photo: Jodi Buren
Watch: Opera house opens all-gender toilets
Michael Petrelis, the veteran campaigner, has news that the home of San Francisco Opera will instal new gender-neutral water closets news month. He publishes a note from Elizabeth Murray, managing director of the San Francisco War Memorial Performing Arts Center buildings and a video extract of the board meeting: Thank you for your inquiry. The War […]
The youngest music director of an international orchestra?
Lionel Bringuier was just 26 when he was named music director of Zurich’s Tonhalle. That, however, ended badly. Lahav Shani is 27 on announcement today and will be 28 when he becomes chief of the Rotterdam Philharmonic. Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, just turned 30, has taken up the baton with Birmingham’s CBSO. Any other major music directors […]
Breaking: Rotterdam Phil appoints Israeli music director, 27
The successor to Yannick Nézet-Séguin in 2018 will be Lahav Shani. A bold, high-risk appointment for a major international orchestra, the youngest in the field. Lahav Shani said: ‘I am over the moon. From the first moment, I felt a rare click with this orchestra. It is so easy to communicate with these musicians, they […]
Welcome to the new caring, sharing musicology
Slipped Discers have been sharing opinions from both sides of the fence on William Cheng’s forthcoming book and its advocacy of ‘a musicology that upholds interpersonal care as a core feature.’ William has asked us the share a sample of his book, which we do with pleasure. Here goes: * This is an excerpt […]
Laura Bretan warms up for semis with Hebrew peace song
The 13 year-old Romanian will appear on August 30 in the semi-finals of America’s Got Talent. She sings here in Hebrew and Romanian.
Update: Steinway boss disappears
No sooner was Steinway’s owner added to the Donald Trump team than the man who negotiated the company’s sale to John Paulson left his job without explanation. Cause and effect? Not a word from either side. Total silence. Michael Sweeney has been replaced as CEO by Steinway lifer Ron Losby. Sweeney is a former president […]
Don Bradman’s girl is Sydney’s new Mimi
It has been announced that the soprano Greta Bradman will make her Opera Australia debut next season as Mimì in La Bohème, sharing the role with Nicole Car. Greta is the granddaughter of the greatest batsman that ever wore the baggy green cap. Earlier this year she cut a debut disc on Decca after touring India […]
Bayreuth books a longterm Wotan
We hear that Bayreuth has signed biceps baritone Günther Groissböck to sing Veit Pogner in Barry Kosky’s new Meistersinger next summer. He will follow that with Gurnemanz in the 2018 Parsifal, building up to Wotan in the 2020 Ring.
Venezuelan is new music director in Massachusetts
The Arlington Philharmonic (Mass.) has picked Orlando Cela as its next music director. Cela, who’s in his 40s, has made his career until now mostly as a flute virtuoso.
Did you know that Steinway’s owner is backing Donald Trump?
The piano manufacturer is owned by hedge funder John Paulson. Ethan Iverson points out that Paulson is a longtime supporter of the Republican candidate. He is now serving as one of Trump’s economic advisors. Paulson made his fortune in 2007-8 by betting on a US housing market crash. That earned him $15 billion. He bought Steinway […]