Ex-NY Philharmonic concertmaster has died
David Nadien, who led the orchestra under Leonard Bernstein 1966-70 and can be heard on many recordings, has passed away at the age of 88. Brooklyn born, the son of a bantamweight boxer, Nadien appeared as a soloist with the NY Phil in 1940, aged 14. He was respected by Menuhin and Oistrakh, who came […]
Royal Academy singing professor on trial for spanking students
Ross Campbell, professor of singing at the Royal Academy of Music, is being tried in Guildford, Surrey, for offence against three male students while he was head of music at the Guildford School of Acting. The prosecution alleges that Campbell, 56, flagellated young men who came to him for tuition: ‘This gentleman over-powered three individuals […]
A cellist in distress is denied by US health system
Zoe Keating, the most followed cellist on Twitter, withdrew from performance two weeks ago to look after her husband, who has fallen seriously ill. Things are not going well. Here’s what Zoe has posted in the last hour: On May 13 an MRI found 20 tumors in my husbands brain. On May 15 he could barely […]
First, Google create a driverless car. Next…
… an orchestra? Think about it.
Northerners pick another instrumental conductor
The Royal Northern Sinfonia, based in Newcastle-Gateshead, have worked for the past 12 years with the violinist Thomas Zehetmair as music director. He kept them together but hardly raised their profile or their ambition. So now they’ve replaced him with a pianist. Lars Vogt is the new music director. Read here.
New York’s new British conductor lands a music director’s job down south
Courtney Lewis, recently named assistant conductor at the New York Philharmonic, has just been announced as music director in Jacksonville, Florida. Looks like he’ll be doing the north-south shuttle.
An encyclopedia of music has died
We regret to report the death of Malcolm MacDonald, a polymath of musical knowledge who wrote so copiously that one name was not enough. He also appeared beneath the byline Calum MacDonald. Malcolm wrote or edited some 15 books and was editor of Tempo magazine. His fields of expertise were legion, embracing Brahms, Schoenberg, Havergal […]
Trick or treat? Sex workers compose an opera
Prostitutes, porn stars and others engaged in the London sex trade have written The Sex Workers’ Opera, to be staged in Hackney next week. The impetus was a series of community workshops assisted by the Royal Opera House. Co-director Siobhan Knox told the Hackney Gazette: ‘It’s not the first time an opera has been about a […]
And now an airline opera…
Hot on the heels of the Lufthansa Orchestra comes news of an opera being created by Munich Airport staff, with both flight and ground crew on the stage. It’s called The New Ocean and it opens this weekend in a downtown theatre. Click here for video and more info. We love the security official who […]
Stradivarius found in Russian police raid is a fake
The cops in Tver thought they had struck lucky when a violin found in a suspected burglar’s appointment has a slip of paper in the case with the legend ‘Antonius Stradiuarius Cremonensis Faciebat Anno 1721′. But close examination at the Glinka national museum in Moscow dated the wood to Germany, late 19th century. The results […]
Florida gets two new maestros, Spanish and Israeli
Ramon Tebar, 35, has been named artistic director of Opera Naples. The Spaniard was formerly music director of Florida Grand Opera. Southwest Florida Symphony has appointed Nir Kabaretti, 46, as its music director. Just in case you want to escape the sunshine and hear some music. UPDATE: Make that three. Click here.