Standing room only at Joshua Bell’s return to the Metro
Last time at L’Enfant Plaza, the violinist made $32 and change as commuters passed him unnoticed. Today, the event was pre-announced. Look what happened. photo: David Srebnik
Americans raise cash for young Russian cellist’s grave
When the Russian cellist Dmitri Volkov, 26, was found dead in bed four months ago, the Heifetz International Music Institute at Mary Baldwin College paid for the body to be sent home to his family for burial. Now, friends are trying to raise $15,000 for a headstone. They are nearly there, a few hundred short. If […]
Just in: Stage directors form a trade union
Leading figures in British theatre have announced the formation of Stage Directors UK, a trade group aimed at protecting directors rights and increasing their fees. They speak of ‘an increasing sense of anger and frustration’ at their lack of representation and appreciation. The group is led by Matthew Warchus, incoming head of the Old Vic, […]
Jessye Norman: Women singers are judged in ways men are not
She’s speaking on the BBC’s Hard Talk, with special reference to the Glyndebourne fat pack. Watch.
Opera house of the year?
The title is awarded by the monthly Opernwelt and the 2014 winner is…. Munich. Its music director Kirill Petrenko is conductor of the year. Well deserved? We think so.
Atlanta: The path from lock-out to lock-down
The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra has a new acting president in the driving seat today, a former executive of Coca-cola which once aspired ‘to teach the world to sing/in perfect harmony.’ There ‘s a long way to go before they reach that point in darkest Georgia. And a lot of questions for the new boss to […]
Why does music breed such miseries?
In the new issue of Standpoint magazine, out now on newstands, I examine the phenomenon of musical negativity. Why is it that musicians and music lovers are so disparaging of success, why so envious, so mean-spirited? Painters, writers, even actors, make some show of generosity to colleagues. Musicians do not. Dancers are the most considerate […]
Maestro news: Strong Juro cements his UK future
Vladimir Jurowski, who has held posts with Glyndebourne and the London Philharmonic since 2001, has signed a new rolling deal that will keep him in London for the next three years at least. We hear also that he’s returning to Gly in summer 2017 to conduct a new opera by the Australian composer Brett Dean, […]
Missing maestro: Why I am not in Paris this week
We have had an extensive conversation with Mikko Franck, music director designate of the Orchestre philharmonic de Radio France, whose absence from this week’s concerts provoked speculation that he had resigned. Those rumours have now been quashed. However, the orchestra will stage a 24-hour strike on Friday, provoked by the resignation of its artistic administrator […]
Paris: Maestro latest
Mikko Franck has not resigned as music director of the Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France. That is now official. All else is fluid, uncertain and moving in various directions. We hope to bring you further developments during the course of the day. The orchestra will strike on Friday. Meanwhile, musicians of the Orchestre National de […]
Exclusive: Hong Kong protest – with strings attached
These musicians are paying at the heart of the of Occupy Central Movement in Hong Kong, as a sign of their peaceful itentions. Some are calling this ‘the most cultured protest in history.’ We have further reports of choral singing, mostly from Les Miserables.