Toledo mourns principal trumpet
Bernard R. Sanchez, former principal trumpet of the Toledo Symphony, chairman of music at the University of Toledo and president of the Toledo Federation of Musicians, has died aged 78. Report here.
New video: Boston Symphony (with Seiji) goes head-to-head with St Louis in World Series
In a video posted to the BSO’s YouTube account hours before the Red Sox host the Cardinals in Game 1, the brass section of each orchestra taunt each other about past rivalries.
Muti mania breaks all records in Chicago
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra has achieved record ticket sales and fund-raising for the third successive year, thanks to rising waves of enthusiasm for its music director. Press release below. CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA ANNOUNCES RECORD YEAR FOR FUNDRAISING AND TICKET SALES DURING ANNUAL MEETING CHICAGO—The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association (CSOA) released its fiscal year 2013 […]
Update: Russian Government ‘may buy Rachmaninov estate’
he pianist Andrei Gavrilov reports that Vladimir Putin has signed the cheque that will acquire Sergei Rachmaninov’s estate beside Lake Lucerne for the Russian people. The house, named Senar, beside Lake Lucerne, contains the composer’s favourite piano and many manuscripts and papers. Several pianists, led by Denis Matsuev, have campaigned for it to belong to […]
More maestro names in La Scala frame
The Italian media, ever keen to make a drama out of a comedy of errors, has found another candidate for the music directorship of La Scala. After the new boss, Alexander Pereira, leaked to Corriere that Riccardo Chailly was taking the job – only for Chailly to insist the information was premature – La Reppublica […]
Dresden Strad, crushed in 1910, is back in play
A prime Stradivarius violin, wrecked when a Dresden concertmaster sat on it in 1910, has been paintakingly restored and will be played again in a Staatskapelle concert. The violin, made in 1734, was originally bought in Paris in 1833 for 875 thaler. Full story here (auf Deutsch).
What do Hollywood composers do between takes?
They write chamber music. Some quite well. See here.
Player urges Concertgebouw to protest gay oppression in Russia
A viola player of the Royal Concertgebouw, Vincent Peters, has urged the Orchestra to make a statement on Russian LGBT-policies during its forthcoming tour in November. “It is the policy of the Orchestra that during tours to countries where human rights are under pressure, e.g. China and Abu Dhabi, efforts are made to build bridges via music and master […]
The world oldest active conductor, at 97?
Message received: My father, Edward Simons who lives in Rockland County NY has been conducting the Rockland Symphony since 1952 and he has a young people’s concert tomorrow. He will be 97 on 2/1/14. Someone told me they googled him and he’s the oldest active conductor in the country or the world but I wasn’t […]
Violin stolen at Euston station is being sold at auction
This is a sombre ending. Min-Jin Kym, whose Stradivarius was stolen while she drank coffee in a London train station and then returned after a huge police effort, has decided to sell it. Life does not always pan out the way you plan. Release below. Stolen ‘ex-Kym’ Stradivarius to be sold Stolen and recovered Stradivarius to […]
New record for a Guadagnini?
Dorothy DeLay’s teaching fiddle fetched $1,390,999 in an online auction. The auctioneers claim this as a record for the maker. Any challenges? New world records set in Tarisio sale of DeLay’s Guadagnini The Guadagnini of celebrated violin teacher Dorothy DeLay was sold in Tarisio’s New York sale last week for $1,390,999, setting a new world […]