Orch boss fired over 3 million deficit
South Jutland Symphony Orchestra has told director Rasmus Adrian to pack his bags after financial results for 2014 showed a deficit of almost 3 million kroner ($450,000). Hey, these things happen. Even in Jutland. When a certain London orchestra discovered a £1m black hole, they renewed the manager’s contract. Apparently in perpetuity.
The week’s worst soloist tantrum
This comes to you from the heat-seeking Taiwan/Australian violinist, Ray Chen. Click here (it’s the second post down). Like, who takes a banana to rehearsal?
Struggling Memphis lets music director go
The Tennessee city that served as a launchpad for Elvis, Aretha Franklin and a host of rock legends is having trouble sustaining an orchestra on a population base of 1.3 million. The musicians have taken a 38% pay cut. Music director Mei-Ann Chen has been told to look elsewhere next year.
Newspaper cancels classical coverage
We hear that the San José Mercury News has killed all classical music coverage as of next week, reassigning feature writer and reviewer Richard Scheinin to cover real estate. San José has an excellent opera and chamber orchestra. Do you know the way to San José?
Why your opera house is half-empty, by Peter Sellars
From an interview today in London wth Jessica Duchen: Sellars: ‘You can’t sell out a season any more, in the concert hall, opera house or theatre, because the discretionary money that the middle class used to have has been eliminated and middle-class people are struggling. ‘I think it’s a very specific situation that only has […]
A TV channel for contemporary music? It’s here….
A website, actually. It’s called icareifyoulisten.tv and it launched this morning from Texas. Sample content below.
100 year-old harpist returns to the action
Reinhardt Elster, who retired as the Metropolitan Opera’s principal harpist in 1986, was back in rehearsal today, checking out the management. Full story here.
The hottest masterclass of the decade
As of this morning, 68,000 people had watched a set of three master-classes that Joyce DiDonato gave this week at Carnegie Hall. At her insistence, they are staying online for a year. It’s not a performance, she says: it’s a process. Watch here. Set aside some time. You are likely to get hooked.
Another prize for Pierre Boulez (what’s the point?)
The holy warrior of modernism, seriously ill, was today awarded in absentia the Bach Prize of the city of Hamburg. It’s worth 10,000 Euros. He needs it like we need two breakfasts.
Met star, still singing, turns 90
Lucina Amara, a soprano who sang 56 solo roles at the Met over 41 consecutive years, will be 90 on Sunday. Abroad, she appeared at Vienna, Glyndebourne and the Edinburgh Festival. At 51, she successfully sued the Met for age discrimination. She’s not done yet.