Jazzman’s doublebass is battered by US security
John Patitucci is a Grammy-winning virtuoso bass player, presently travelling with the Wayne Shorter Quartet. This is what happened to his instrument at the hands of the US transport Security Administration. We’re not sure where. John posted: Look what the TSA did to my bass today and how I had to play on it at tonight’s […]
And the winners of the Arthur Rubinstein are….
1 Antonii Baryshevskyi (Ukraine) 2 Steven Lin (USA) 3 Seong Jin Cho (S Korea)
Breaking: Korean soprano pips Belgian favourite to Queen Elisabeth prize
The results are in. First is Sumi Hwang. Second Jodie Devos. Third. Sarah Laulan.
How to conduct with both arms at your side
This is Leonard Bernstein’s legendary performance of the finale of Haydn 88 with the Vienna Philharmonic, in which he never lifts a finger. The musicians have learned how to read his facial expressions and the audience in the front rows – just watch those faces – sit there wondering what the maestro gets paid for […]
You can’t go to Paris without getting Hallelujah’d
These are four guys from Uganda and pianist Andy Staples on the Eurostar platform at King’s Cross. They’re part of a group called Sauti ya Africa, working with Opera for Change. Quote: We are going to stage a major cross-arts festival in Nairobi in 2015 with a team of international artists and partners from Kenya, […]
An organ shocker for the weekend
For all lovers and loathers of the big beast.
Chicago star: Why I quit the orchestra for the academy
David McGill, who is stepping down after 17 years as principal bassoon of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, has explained why he’s walking away from one of the best seats in the musical world. It’s his duty, he says. “I was very lucky to have studied with what might be considered the very last of the […]
A Chinese pianist abandons chopsticks
Yundi prefers kebabs. According to his latest selfie.
Crime news: Andrea Bocelli’s winery is hit by fraud
Police in the Italian regions of Lazio, Liguria and Umbria have found extensive labelling frauds, upgrading cheap wines and delivering them for sale at up to ten times their value, La Repubblica reports. Among 30,000 bottles seized are some from Bocelli’s family winery near Pisa, which yields an exclusive 300 bottles a year. Be careful what you […]
Breaking: San Diego Opera appoints respected new leader
William Mason, former general director of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, has been recruited as artistic advisor to the San Diego Opera, which has come back from the dead after being shut down by its former board and management. Mason, 72, comes out of retirement. He spent 29 years at the Lyric and knows the […]