Women pay for the Vienna Philharmonic, don't play in it
January 31, 2012 by Norman Lebrecht
Carnegie Hall’s announcement of its coming series with the resolutely almost all-male Vienna Phil comes with the usual acknowledgement.
The first concert is paid for by Mrs Charles Wrightsman, the other two by the Audrey Love Charitable Foundation.
I wonder whether these generous donors are aware that the orchestra has not admitted a female player since 2007 and has no more than four altogether. Why, I wonder, would women support sexual discrimination against women? Tell me someone, please.
And while on anomalies, the orchestra is ‘celebrating’ 50 years of collaboration with Lorin Maazel. I suppose they won;t mind me reminding them that nobody was celebrating much when Lorin was their boss at the Vienna Opera in the early 1980s. Ars longa, memory shorta.
Here’s the press bumf:
VIENNA PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA CELEBRATES 50 YEARS OF COLLABORATION WITH CONDUCTOR LORIN MAAZEL WITH THREE CARNEGIE HALL CONCERTS, MARCH 2, 3, AND 4
Programs Include Works by Mozart, Sibelius, R. Strauss, E. Strauss, J. Strauss, J. Strauss II,and Maazel’s Orchestral Arrangement of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, The Ring Without Words
The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Lorin Maazel have been making music together for 50 years. They will celebrate this special anniversary with three concerts at Carnegie Hall in March, performing music by composers who have figured prominently in their half century of collaboration. These concerts feature works by Mozart, Sibelius, Eduard Strauss, Johann Strauss, Johann Strauss II, and Richard Strauss, as well as Maazel’s orchestral arrangement of Wagner’s Ring cycle,The Ring Without Words.
On Friday, March 2 at 8:00 p.m., Maestro Maazel conducts the orchestra in an all-Sibelius program including symphonies nos. 1, 5, and 7. The following evening, Saturday, March 3 at 8:00 p.m., they play Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 in G Minor as well as Maazel’s The Ring Without Words arrangement of Wagner’s Ring cycle. They conclude their series on Sunday, March 4 at 2:00 p.m. with Richard Strauss’s Death and Transfiguration and Der Rosenkavalier Suite along with music by Eduard Strauss, Johann Strauss and Johann Strauss II.
The March 3 concert will also be broadcast across the US and worldwide on Carnegie Hall Live—a radio broadcast and digital series which is a partnership of WQXR, Carnegie Hall, and American Public Media (APM). The concert will air live on WQXR 105.9 FM in New York and stream live at wqxr.org. The concert will also broadcast live in more than 35 markets across the nation, including Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Miami, Minneapolis, Cleveland, Cincinnati, San Antonio, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, and Austin, among others. A complete list of stations may be found here. For more information on this and the other Carnegie Hall Live broadcasts throughout the 2011–2012 season, please visit carnegiehall.org/wqxr.
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