Brit orch bags Czech flute
Veronika Klírová was announced today as principal second flute of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. There are now 12 different nationalities represented in an ensemble that was once, in living memory, regarded as the acme of Englishness. Veronika, 26, has played with the Pilsen Philharmonic, the Prague Symphony Orchestra, Prague Philharmonia and the Junge […]
The conscience of City Opera
Julius Rudel, who was chief executive and principal conductor of New York City Opera for 22 years, died this morning, eight months after the company he loved vanished int bankruptcy. He was 93. Rudel joined City Opera in 1944 and was in charge from 1957 to 1979. José Carreras, Plácido Domingo and Beverly Sills got their […]
Israel mourns beloved cellist
Many Israeli musicians have informed us of the death of Dudu Sela, head of chamber music at Buchman-Mehta academy and founder of the Cello Society and several festivals. He was a hugely popular and effective teacher. Dudu was severely wounded in the 1967 war and saved by medical miracles. Ron Ephrat tells us that he loved […]
Anti-Disney Dads alliance goes viral
This is for every father who has been obliged by kiddie pressure to sit through hours of infantile exploitation. The song, uploaded two weeks ago, has logged up more than a million subversive hits. The idiom is spot-on. Anyone can write a Disney song.
Luxembourg also stole its anthem from Mozart
We told you yesterday where O Canada came from. On we fly to Luxembourg, a non-country somewhere in Europe whose leader wants to rule over us all. The Luxembourg anthem Mozart, Ave verum corpus
Valery Gergiev opens four new recital halls
The Mariinsky factory just grows and grows. The halls are named after composers – Prokofiev, Shchedrin (pictured), Stravinsky and Mussorgsky. Gergiev thinks the acoustics are exemplary. Read here (in Russian).
Venice picks composer to head its film festival
We think it’s the first time a composer has been named president of the jury at a major international film festival. Alexandre Desplat will wield the gavel at Venice.
Canada scraps foreign musician tax
The Canadian government has abolished a $275 processing fee it had added to the $150 work permit required for every non-Canadian who plays in small Canadian venues. It’s a small step. much to be welcomed. Chamber musicians should breathe a sigh of relief.
Fact: The best orchestra managers are women
Deborah Rutter is leaving Chicago with a flourish after 11 years in the top job. The orchestra has not been this happy with its music director since Solti was in his prime. The finances are stable; an extra $32 million flowed in just last week. The orchestra is socially engaged, interested in new music and […]