Opera singer sues for damage to vocal cords
Guy Tem was riding his bike in Louisiana when a low-hanging cable caught him across the throat. He’s suing the cable company.
Secular Israel’s biggest funeral since Itzhak Rabin’s
Arik Einstein’s coffin will be brought at 1.30 today to Rabin Square, where the nation will say farewell to its most iconic singer. The funeral is at 3.30 in the old Tel Aviv cemetery. An epoch is being laid to rest with its singer, an artist who never sought recognition outside his own society.
Just in: Ozawa to share concert with his conducting protégée
Seiji Ozawa has announced that he will be conducting Beethoven’s fourth symphony with the Mito Chamber Orchestra in January. Still too frail to take on a whole concert, he has given the first half to the French contralto, Nathalie Stutzmann, whom he is encouraging to become a conductor. Nathalie will conduct Mendelssohn’s Fingal’s Cave and […]
‘Kennedy’s assassination killed my Carnegie Hall debut’
Our associate Elijah Ho has a fascinating interview with Marina Mdivani, the first female Soviet musician to be presented in America. She should have made her debut on November 22, 1963. Events intervened. Here, she reflects on studying with Gilels, losing out to Ashkenazy and why competitions don’t produce good musicians. Read Marina, a voice […]
Aspen’s $25 million man is gone
Matthew Bucksbaum, whose $25 million gift created a music school, has died in Chicago. He was 87. A self-made billionaire, Matthew was America’s second largest shopping mall owner. Matthew and his wife, Kay, came to Aspen on their first wedding anniversary in 1953 and attended his first classical music concert. He was hooked. End of […]
Israel’s Frank Sinatra has died
The death was announced tonight of Arik Einstein, singer, actor and icon of soft-power Israeli masculinity from the 1960s on. Aged 74, he suffered an aortic aneurysm.
Fight to save German orchestra goes global
An international petition was issued tonight via US academic networks. Please find below the text of a petition that conductor François-Xavier Roth, composer George Lewis, and composer Franck Bedrossian have decided to send tomembers of the international musical community. As some of you may know, due to alleged economic reasons, the SWR (Südwestrundfunk) board members plan to […]
New video: What goes on in Lang Lang junior camp
The Lang Lang International Music Foundation brought together young pianists from all over the world for the first international “Junior Music Camp” in Munich, from November 3 – 8, 2013.
Fundraiser for musician who sought relief near Cincinnati
There’s no end of things you can get arrested for these days. Like being a musician and getting caught short in the state of Ohio. Against the wall of a motel, apparently. Musician Nathan Klages, 27, faces charges of public indecency, for heaven’s sake. He could go to jail. Musicians in Cincy, 22 miles uproad […]
Taiwan student at Juilliard wins China’s big piano competition
The next piano idol in China comes from Taiwan via Manhattan. Chen Han today won first prize (US$30,000) in the 6th China International Piano Competition (Xiamen). He is 21 years old, and blew away the competition in all rounds, including looks. The only woman finalist, Shi Boyang, 20, came sixth.