A pioneering violinist has passed away
The composer Rand Steiger reports the death of János Négyesy, at 75. A friend of John Cage, Négyesy premiered works by many composers, most notably Attila Bozay, Vinko Globokar and Isang Yun. Here is Rand’s appreciation on his Fb page: It is with deep sadness that I write to inform you that the great violinist János Négyesy passed […]
Phoney video: A pianist in fear of his life
This is the trailer for the forthcoming movie, Grand Piano, in which a soloist is warned he’ll be shot by a sniper if he plays a wrong note. Can you see anything credible in this?
Korea appoints its first woman chief conductor
We are receiving reports that Shi-Yeon Sung, associate conductor of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, has been named chief conductor of the Gyeonggi Philharmonic. Shi-Yeon, 38, won the 2006 Sir Georg Solti International Conductors Competition and was assistant conductor to James Levine at the Boston Symphony. She is the first woman to take charge of a Korean orchestra, […]
The president of Yale talks up his doublebass
It’s no secret at Yale University that the president, Peter Salovey, plays bass in a bluegrass band. They don’t lecture much about music in the psych department, where Professor Salovey plies his trade, but the prez has given a relaxed interview here. Watch.
Walk a piano while you shop the sales
Watford shopping centre, north of London, has installed a six-metre-long curved piano for shoppers to tap-dance their favourite tunes while strolling from one outlet to the next. Someone, please, play misty for me. And send a video to Slipped Disc.
Billy Joel gives away his Bösendorfer
The pop pianist has given his prized piano to Stony Brook University on Long Island, his alma mater. It’s the second piano he has given to the campus and it’s an unusual one, with 97 keys, valued at $250,000. Story here. Here’s Billy Joel talking about not being Beethoven.
Slipped Disc editorial: Naked Femen cannot share Pussy Riot cause
The radical feminist attack on an act of Christmas worship in Cologne Cathedral should dismay readers of all persuasions. Freedom of religious worship is a human right as sacrosanct as freedom of speech. When one is attacked, so is the other. The Femen group damaged their cause by denying the people of Cologne the peace of […]
Naked Femen attack on German Christmas service
An activist of the Femen group climbed half-naked on the altar of Cologne Cathedral during Christmas Mass. The words ‘I am God’ were painted on her body. photo: yle.fi photos: Femen Cardinal Meisner asked for the 20 year-old woman to be peacefully removed. Clerics covered her in their cloaks and the service proceeded without further […]
Bombs in Egypt, opera recital postponed
Following yesterday’s murderous bombing in Mansoura – 16 dead, 134 injured – the Cairo Opera House has pushed back its Christmas concert with Gala El Hadidi to next Sunday.
The year’s top stories on Slipped Disc
The time has come around again to ask you to guess which was our most-read story of 2013. Was it, for instance, orchestral misconduct in Vienna? The unending miseries of Minnesota? Rumblings in Berlin? Death of a record label? Or a human emotion to touch all souls? Send in your thoughts. We’ll publish […]
Opera donor leaps to his death on Christmas Eve
Robert Wilson, a hedge-fund mogul who used to be chairman of New York City Opera, jumped to his death from his 16th floor apartment in Central Park West. Wilson, 87, had suffered a stroke six months ago. Detroit born and divorced for the past 35 years, he had given much of his fortune to charities, […]