Saddam's music teacher goes to jail
Esam Moshi was found guilty of harassing women in Melbourne, Australia. He used to play weddings and teach arpeggios to Saddam’s brood. His court defence: post-traumatic stress disorder. The judge didn’t buy it and he was sent down for five years. More here.
Two more soloists on the catwalk
Just when you thought classical music was trying to go straight, I look at the Carnegie Hall board and this is what I find, fresh off the fashion shows. Almost 1.5 million people have watched this promo vid; they cannot all be wrong. Meanwhile, over on CBS News, here’s a very good player, Charlie Siem, […]
Opera stars sing for falafel
The campaign to Save Gaby’s Deli in the heart of London’s theatreland is taking a huge stride upmarket. On Jan 30th at 1745 gifted students of the Yehudi Menuhin School will play a classical recital for unsuspecting deli patrons. Yehudi used to eat at the Deli and his signed picture is on the wall. Among the […]
Why is Gustav Leonhardt being sent off from the wrong church?
The funeral of the Lion of Early Music will be at the Westerkerk in Amsterdam on Tuesday the 24th at 3pm (condolences from 1pm). Unfortunately, this is not the church where Leonhardt prayed and played. That was the French Reformed (Walloon) Church, where he was organist, and also at the Nieuwe Kerk. So why the switch? The […]
Globe columnist gets the Zander facts wrong
A hysterical column in the Boston Globe stops just short of arguing that Benjamin Zander should be garrotted for hiring a long-rehabilitated sex offender. It ignores the fact that Zander was fired by president Tony Woodcock long before this employment matter came to light. The case of the videographer withy a murky past was only […]
The violinist on the Titanic – a tragic replay (update)
A few days back, I reported on a concerto that was being written in memory of Wallace Hartley, the heroic leader of the Titanic orchestra who went down with the ship. Now we read of another fine violinist who was drowned on the Costa Concordia. His name was Sandor Feher. He came from Budapest, was […]
Breaking: US reinforces copyright in Prokofiev and Shostakovich
A landmark Supreme Court ruling has opened the way to reintroducing (c) protection for works which had, for one reason or other, lapsed into public domain. These include major works by ex-Soviet composers, such as Peter and the Wolf and Shostakovich’s jazz music. Some Stravinsky scores are also affected. First report here. More detail here.
Advice to musicians: get naked if you want health insurance
The photographer Jane Toohey does sessions with a lot of musicians and is concerned at how few of them can afford health insurance. So she suggests they pose for her calendars and make some extra money that way. Entertaining story here.
Just in: NY City Opera strikes deal with unions
Somebody blinked at the last minute, but it may still be too late to save the troubled company. Union members will vote today and tomorrow on whether to ratify the deal. Measnwhile, the orchestra remains locked out and City Opera has a long way to go if it’s to climb back off the scrapheap. Details […]
German President opens European Centre for Jewish Music
It is the first museum and research centre for a culture the Nazis tried to erase, and it was opened yesterday in Hannover by President Wulff and the minister-president for Lower Saxony, David McAllister. Wulff, who is embroiled in a political scandal that he may not survive, fixed a mezuzah to the door and called […]