Gergiev to the Dutch: ‘I feel your pain’
A statement by Valery Gergiev on the downing of MH17 over the Ukraine is being received with some scepticism in the Netherlands. The statement makes all the right human noises. But it fails to register the conductor’s uncritical support for Vladimir Putin and his adventures in the Ukraine. Here’s the statement in full: […]
Met latest: Meet the mediator
Both sides have now agreed to call in a mediator. It looks as if Allison Beck of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service will get to work before the day is out. Whether she can avert a lockout tomorrow morning is anyone’s guess. Peter Gelb must be praying she’ll get him off the hook. Beck was for […]
Just in: Chicago Symphony loses another top exec
Martha Gilmer, head of artistic planing and a Chicago Symphony vet of 38 years, is moving to San Diego as CEO. Her departure follows that of CSO president Deborah Rutter, who has gone to Washington. Neither will be easy to replace. Andrew Patner has the story here.
A naked dance mob (decorously flashed out)
Something for the summer? It’s downtown Los Angeles and getting hotter.
Lance Ryan: No audience does hate better than Bayreuth
The Canadian tenor, Bayreuth’s current Siegfried, sounds off in a German interview here.
Sergei Prokofiev, the composer’s grandson, has died
A poet by first inclination, Sergei Olegovich Prokofiev discovered Rudolf Steiner’s school of anthroposophy as a young man in Moscow and devoted his life to studying Steinerian thought. A prolific author, after the fall of communism he founded the Anthroposophical Society in Russia. He died at 60, after three years of severe illness and was […]
Just in: Proms scraps tomorrow’s premiere due to sick soloist
Prom 20 (Friday 1 August) We are sorry to announce that Anthony Marwood has had to withdraw from this performance due to illness and therefore the London Premiere of Sally Beamish’s Violin Concerto will no longer be performed. We are very grateful to James Crabb who will perform as the accordion soloist in Sally Beamish’s The […]
Met latest: Musicians say drop the lockout threat and we’ll go to mediation
press release, just in: Met Musicians: Met Opera GM Peter Gelb Should Back Off Devastating Lockout Threats as Part of Federal Mediation Offer Gelb should extend the current contract and continue talks without depriving musicians and families of income and health care and imperiling the upcoming Met Opera season New York, NY–Thursday, July 31, 2014–During Met Opera […]
Two top violins in shootout at OK Colorado
Vadim Gluzman and Philippe Quint are college friends and professional rivals. Tonight, they slug it out at a ‘violin duel’ concert in the Colorado mountains. Brave of them, and really challenging. They open with Louis Spohr’s Duo Concerto for two violins No. 2 in D major, Op. 67. Gluzman then plays Mozart’s F-major sonata, followed […]
Orchestra votes 70-4 to reject music director
Musicians in Seville, Spain, are making their views known about the city’s next music director. Pedro Halffter (pictured), who has been artistic director for the past ten years, is putting in for a renewal. The musicians called a ballot and voted against him, 70-4. The government, too, think he’s too expensive. Two other Spaniards, Juanjo Mena […]
A much-recorded maestro has died, aged 65
We regret to report the death of Arpad Joo, a Hungarian conductor who migrated to the USA in 1968 and performed internationally throughout his life. He died in Singapore on July 4; the cause of death is not yet known. After stuying at Juilliard, Arpad won the Liszt piano competition in Boston and went on […]