Forget salaries. This is what arts chiefs take home in Boston…
The Globe has been lifting the lid on hidden earnings of arts administrators. The Boston Symphony, for instance, includes summer housing at Tanglewood as part of managing director Mark Volpe’s $698,805 in compensation. The benefit, whose cost is not specified, is “for the convenience of the BSO,” according to its tax filing in 2013, and […]
Canada mourns big music benefactor
The death of Joseph Rotman, self-made oil trader and merchant banker, has robbed the arts in Canada of a powerful supporter. Toronto born, Rotman was in the middle of his second term as chairman of the Canada Council for the Arts and was a major donor to the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Toronto Symphony […]
So what did Jackie really play?
There’s much confusion about her instruments and, particularly, the bows she used. Charles Beare, her cello supplier and lifelong friend, puts the facts straight in a fascinating reminiscence on Tarisio, here. Jacqueline du Pré, who died in October 1987, would have been just 70 years old this week.
Philly to restage Mahler 8 premiere
In March 1916, Leopold Stokowski’s performance of the Symphony of 1,000, its US premiere, pushed news of Verdun off the front pages and put the upstart Philadelphia on the world map. Next season, Yannick Nézet-Séguin will try to regenerate that excitement. Press release below. (Philadelphia, January 27, 2015)—Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin […]
Muti leads orchestra race to Cuba
He has announced he wants the Chicago Symphony to be first to Havana, exploiting the Obama thaw in mainland-island relations. No tour date yet, but usually what maestro wants, maestro gets.
Scraping both barrels: Domingo shares opening night with Woody Allen
It’s like one of those Waiting for God nights at Los Angeles Opera. Woody Allen opens the 2015-16 with a revival of his best-forgotten 2008 production of Gianni Schicchi. Placido Domingo, LA Opera’s general director, will sing the baritone title role. In the second half Domingo, a former tenor, will conduct a revival of Zeffirelli’s […]
Death of an Italian-American conductor
We have been notified of the sad passing of Guido Ajmone-Marsan, a student of Franco Ferrara and a Solti prize winner. He was 67. Guido conducted the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition in its early years, from 1991 – 1995. He was Principal Conductor of the Gelders Orkest in Arnhem (1982-86), Chief Conductor […]
Maestro move: Geneva names four-jobs Brit chief
The next music and artistic director of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande is to be Jonathan Nott. He succeeds Neeme Järvi at an orchestra that has long failed to punch the weight its finances could buy. Nott is presently Principal Conductor of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra (since 2000), Music Director of the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra […]
Breaking: Carnegie Hall offers $20 snow specials for Gergiev concert
Six hours before show time, the box office must be dead. The hall has just sent this out: We’re offering a Snow Day Special tonight! See the Mariinsky Orchestra for $20 using promo code SNOW21160. http://bit.ly/1CdbXqW Tickets for the concert were originally priced at $25.50-$160
Breaking plates: Maestro opens Vienna restaurant
The international conductor and violinist Joji Hattori has a new string to his bow. Joji, artistic director in Palma de Majorca and a regular conductor with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, has ‘another project that is equally important in my life’. Next week, he’s opening a Japanese restaurant called Shiki on the Krugerstasse, near the Haus […]