Just in: US symphony chorus director is suspended over ‘lewd behaviour’
Lee E. Erickson, 58, director of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s chorus, has been suspended from work following his arrest in a city park. He is alleged to have followed an undercover deputy sheriff into a lavatory, where improper activity is said to have taken place. Presumptions of innocence apply, as always before trial. Report here.
Just in: Peter Tatchell states his case against Valery Gergiev
The rights campaigner has set out his stall in the Guardian’s comments section, ahead of tonight’s demonstration at the Barbican. Sample text: In response to the protests, Gergiev yesterday issued a public statementin his defence: “I do not discriminate against anyone, gay or otherwise, and never have done, and as head of […]
New video: English child composer, 8, shows how it’s done on national TV
The ongoing American adventures of Alma Deutscher. Apparently, she’s about to meet the Dude.
Could this be your orchestra’s new image?
It’s part of a campaign by the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, one of the best in southern China. Captions, please? More here.
Met loses senior artistic manager
Sarah Billinghurst is leaving at the end of the season. There has been no announcement, but the word is out on the street. The New Zealander has been at the Metropolitan Opera for 20 years as artistic general manager, effectively buffering between the music director, James Levine, and the general manager, Peter Gelb. She could […]
Maestro moves: Austrian orch picks Japanese conductor
Yutaka Sado, 52, will replace the new Houston music director Andrés Orozco-Estrada as chief conductor of the Tonkünstler-Orchesters Niederösterreich in mid-2015.
Pianist, 98, plays Barber, Haydn and Liszt recital
Beat that! Frank Glazer studied with Schnabel, made his NY debut in 1936, played a concerto with the Boston Symphony under Koussevitsky and taught at the Eastman School of Music.
Salzburg Festival is ‘a fruit of the First World War’
The 2014 festival, just announced, will aim to reflect the event’s idealistic origins in the aftermath of war. ‘The Last Days of Mankind’ by Karl Kraus will take centre stage. The Australian Cambridge historian Christopher Clark will give the keynote address on his book, The Sleepwalkers, an account of the bumbling diplomacy that bred the […]
Just in: Child composer tops US classical charts
The week’s results are in from Nielsen Soundscan. They show that the top-selling classical album was a debut by Alma Deutscher, the eight year-old English child who is being traipsed around the chat shows as the next Mozart. The next highest new entry is, heaven help us, this: Looks like the classical recording business […]
More London trouble expected tonight for Valery Gergiev
The veteran gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell is planning a mass picket of the conductor’s Barbican concert tomorrow with the London Symphony Orchestra, Pink News reports. Last week, Tatchell was removed from the Barbican stage after making a statement protesting against Gergiev’s alliance with Vladimir Putin, whose government has passed an anti-gay discrimination law. Gergiev […]
The composer Kaija Saariaho on sexism in classical music
Kaija Saariaho’s speech at the McGill University on November 3rd: As a Finnish, left-handed woman composer I represent several minorities, a subject that I would like to briefly discuss here. After having gone through many battles during my early professional years I felt that the equality of women in music was advancing. Therefore I have […]