Just in: Mandela opera is pulled after three shows
Madiba, an opera on the life of Nelson Mandela, has been withdrawn after three performances in Pretoria for want of funds. The producer, Unathi Mtirara, a member of the Mandela family, blamed non-payment by the National Lottery. Full story here.
Man, man, man…. what was Peter Pears thinking?
The BBC has just released archive film of a 1964 Britten-Pears studio recital. The first song they perform is Purcell’s ‘Man is for a woman made’. The second is about a bachelor wooing a maid. The third song is described by Pears as being about ‘woman as deceiver’. The next about ‘woman as a faithful […]
New York’s music hotel has gone to the dreckorators
The Chelsea Hotel – where the composer Virgil Thomson lived and died, where Leonard Cohen wrote a song about having oral sex with Janis Joplin, where Arthur Miller lived and wrote, where Bob Dylan composed ‘Sara’, where Sid Vicious’s girlfriend Nancy was found stabbed to death – has fallen into the hands of boutique hoteliers […]
Some things singers should never do to a pianist
Jenna Douglas, a Canadian pianist and singing coach, is fed up at being taken for granted by singers and opera companies. On her entertaining Schmopera site, she has published a list of things you really shouldn’t do to a pianist. ‘Why do pianists put up with it?’ demands Jenna (pictured). ‘Because we can’t afford not […]
Munich Phil ‘nearly missed Carnegie Hall’ over ivory issues
A spokesman for the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra has disclosed that the it almost cancelled a trip to Carnegie Hall over a lack of sufficient documents testifying to the age of ivory in its bows and other instruments. ‘We were terrified they would be seized at Customs,’ said Christian Beuke. The tour was saved by the […]
Leipzig gives Wagner Prize to Polish director
Ewa Michnik, general manager and music director of the opera in Wroclaw, Poland, is the winner of the 2014 Richard Wagner Prize of the city of Leipzig. Michnik, described in the citation as ‘an epitome of European culture, single-handedly presided over a Ring cycle in Wroclaw in 2006.
Two violins, stranded by airline on the tarmac
Time For Three violinists Zach De Pue and Nick were on their way to meet up with bassist, Ranaan Meyer, to play at a festival in Fayetteville, Arkansas when the captain and crew of a USAir flight in Charlotte, NC, told them that violins were not allowed on the flight! ‘They literally left us alone […]
Believe it: a composer makes a TV ad
It’s Esa-Pekka Salonen and he’s selling i-Pads. But the ad is so ultra-cool and so close to musical process that it does almost as much to promote serious music as it does to sell gizmos. Watch.
Lang Lang smells
The pianist tweets: Very excited to announce the launch of my first fragrance!! Will sell in Europe in the fall and China next year. 🙂
An orchestra expects its audience to grow younger
Cleveland has plans for rejuvenating the audience. In an economy worse than Detroit’s that is quite a challenge, but executive director Gary Hanson and artistic director Franz Welser-Moest have some good ideas and a keen sense of mission. They have also found the money. Cleveland’s leaders talked about the future to the New York Times […]
UK fail: Students are set music technology exam… in mono
A confession from the Edexcel examination board: What issue has been reported? Following our GCE AS Music Technology Unit 2: Listening and Analysing (6MT02) exam we’ve been contacted by a number of students, parents and teachers who are concerned about the way the sound was presented on the audio CD. Unfortunately, after investigation of these […]