Which Chopin pianist has just made his debut as a Vogue model?
Apparently, the Chopin tartan is the look of the season … unless you prefer a more 1930s look. See Vogue.
What took them so long to bring us this cracker?
Two Portuguese speakers played a recital at the Wigmore Hall in the dog days of last January when the world and its auntie are struggling back to consciousness from the annual binge. We missed the recital. So did you. DG didn’t. It was a five-star cracker. But it has taken the label almost two years to […]
A US music director is receiving hospice care
More sad news. Lawrence Leighton Smith, emeritus music director in Colorado Springs, is in the care of a hospice team, the orchestra has announced. A Facebook page has been created at his wife’s request for friends and colleagues to send good wishes. A winner of the Mitropoulos Competition, he served as music director at the Oregon […]
England’s premier orchestral fixer is… no more
We regret to report the death of Anne Collis, managing and artistic director of the National Symphony Orchestra. A percussion player, Anne took charge of a pick-up orchestra that played both symphony concerts and accompaniment to popular singers – among them Hayley Westenra, Nicky Spence, Blake, Russell Watson, Goldfrapp, Gardar Cortes, Lesley Garrett, Kiri te Kanawa […]
We’re running to The Nose
Our New York operavores, Elizabeth Frayer and Shawn E Milnes, went to the Shostakovich opera on a special offer (there seem to be plenty of those about this season). Whaddaya know? They loved every dripping minute, especially the medicinal cough sweets. Read them here. (Reminder to Slipped Disc readers: Elizabeth Frayer and Shawn E Milnes are […]
Maestro tips #2: ‘Changing agents is risky’
Christopher Seaman, author of the conductor’s vade mecum, reckons he’s been lucky with his agent and urges other to stick it out through thick and thin. But he does quote another agent who complains of a conductor: ‘And to cap it all, he takes 80 percent of my money.’
Atlanta mourns its double-bass of four decades
Ralph Jones, principal double-bass of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, as died, aged 68. His wife, Gloria, is associate double-bass. Tributes here.
Opera house announces ‘zero tolerance for any abuse of our artists’
It sounds like Opera Australia is getting over-anxious about social media. Here are the new house rules, posted on the company’s Fb page: House Rules We welcome and encourage open discussion and comments within the Opera Australia online community. This is a place for vibrant, friendly discussion about all things opera related. This is […]
Just in: Minnesota Rep. calls for public ownership of orchestra
Agency report: ST. PAUL, MN – Today, State Representative Phyllis Kahn (DFL – Minneapolis) announced plans to introduce legislation designed to ensure the long-term viability of the Minnesota Orchestra. Kahn, who chairs the House Legacy Committee responsible for appropriating state funds to support the arts, said her bill can help Minnesota retain its world-renowned orchestra […]
Minnesota clocks up another loss. This time it’s global.
Roger Wright, director of the BBC Proms and BBC Radio 3, made the following statement in his RPS lecture at the weekend: Sadly, however, I can let you know that the first ever residency by an orchestra from the US will not now be happening at the Proms in 2015. We had planned for some […]
Are there 45 Mozart symphonies? Is he writing any more?
That’s how they count them in Denmark. We’re stuck here on 41. Read on… ADAM FISCHER AND HIS DANISH ORCHESTRA PRESENT EXCLUSIVE MOZART BOX SET For seven years, the Austro-Hungarian conductor Adam Fischer has been working with the Danish National Chamber Orchestra, performing and recording the symphonies of W.A. Mozart in Copenhagen. This autumn, the project concludes with the release of […]