Just in: Cleveland’s longest-serving clarinet steps down
Franklin Cohen has called it quits after 38 seasons. Press release below. CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Orchestra today announced that Franklin Cohen, Principal Clarinet since 1976, will retire from the ensemble in the summer of 2015. After 39 seasons, Mr. Cohen will have had the longest tenure of any solo clarinetist in the orchestra’s […]
How to choose a maestro (by a liberal newspaper)
You may have recovered by now from the news that Alan Rusbridger is stepping down after 20 years as editor of the Guardian. You may be wondering how his successor will be chosen. At a time when the Berlin Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris and many other ensembles are contemplating the […]
Violinist appeals to save French festival after funding is axed
Philippe Graffin fears he is about to lose the festival he co-founded at Saint-Nazaire in 1990. Jessica Duchen says it’s the least elitist festival she has ever attended. It has certainly attracted major talent on friends-rate fees. But that means little to local politicians who have a budget to balance. The mayor has decided to […]
Qatar bribes Brit musicians to train its World Cup squad
We hear that slave-state, terror-sponsoring Qatar is offering a tax-free £66,000 plus apartment and car to British musicians who are prepared to train up its bands in preparation for the 2022 World Cup, which Qatar obtained through alleged bribery. According to one press report, more than 60 UK musicians have signed up and more are […]
Return of the glamour-pack CD
At a time when the rest of the record industry is trimming costs and frills, the French have gone barking up the counter-intuitive route. William Christie has launched an Arts Florissants own-label with Music for Queen Caroline. It comes furnished with two booklets, the second containing a bi-lingual short story by the best-selling novelist Douglas […]
‘An island of tranquility’ in a tough year for opera
Wonder where it can be? Read here.
New vid: Subway string quartet puts NY commuters on their toes
How many pirouettes can you manage between trains? Start counting now. They are playing a clip of Brandenburg concerto – that much we know. But we have not yet managed to identify the musicians, or the subway station. Can anyone help?
BBC chief is made to feel ‘uncomfortable as a Jew in the UK’
Danny Cohen, Director of BBC Television, has made some startling comments at a conference in Jerusalem. Cohen, British born and raised, said: ‘I’ve never felt so uncomfortable being a Jew in the UK as I’ve felt in the last 12 months. And it’s made me think about, you know, is it our long-term home, actually. Because […]
Broadway singer dies, aged 43
Greg Reuter recently joined the faculty of Michigan State University as a Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre. He died suddenly, it is reported from ‘medical complications’. Among many roles Greg performed in New York and LA were: Chicago (Billy Flynn), Fosse (principal dancer), Aida (Radames), The Producers Leo Bloom and Carmen Ghia), Monty Python’s Spamalot and Shrek […]
10 musical losers of 2014
10 Turnaround Kaiser is terminated in D.C. 9 Worst-ever Culture sec gets fired 8 She verbally cuffed a coughing child 7 He had a mother and child removed 6 He called a lockout and was himself locked out 5 More bits fell off his business 4 This maestro was jailed for sex offences […]
Oldest orchestral flute still in play?
Christina Smith, principal flute of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and stand-in for the Chicago SO in its personnel predicament, believes she plays one of the oldest and heaviest flutes heard in any orchestra. It’s a 1938 platinum by Verne Q. Powell, apparently the first he made, and it was used by her Atlanta predecessor for more than […]