Israel to Merkel: Don’t take Barenboim to Iran
Th Israeli media have picked up reports from Slipped Disc and elsewhere that Chancellor Merkel is planning to take a Berlin orchestra with Daniel Barenboim to accompany her to Iran. This has provoked a furious response from the ultra-nationalist culture minister in the Netanyahu government government, Miri Regev who explodes on her Facebook page, demanding […]
Orchestras are bewildered organisms, don’t know which way is up
From a speech yesterday by Rory Jeffes, managing director of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra: I remember when we were touring in Japan in 2007 we were giving a performance in Osaka. In Japan concerts halls are often built into larger complexes and this one happened to be on the third floor so you had to […]
UK music teacher pleads guilty to making child pornography
Eric Wayman of Bowgate, Gosberton, will be sentenced at Lincoln Crown Court on 11 counts of making indecent photographs of children. Wayman, 63, is former head of music at Spalding Grammar School and organist at St Botolph’s Church, Boston (Boston Stump). In one of his videos, the court was told, a child is seen screaming […]
Salzburg is at odds over renewing ‘safe’ president
Helga Rabl-Stadler has been president of the Salzburg Festival since 1995. The former tourist office bureaucrat, now 67, has counted in and out several changes of artistic regime. She is due to step down in 2017 but the local political leadership have announced they are supporting safe Helga (centre) for another term. Helga herself, however, has said in […]
Shocking tragedy: Aspen is stricken by two student deaths
A statement by Aspen Music Festival and School, Colorado: We are deeply saddened over the tragic loss of 2015 Aspen Music Festival and School students Alex Greene, trumpet, and Ben Darneille, tuba, who died in a car accident last night. Both were members of the fellowship brass quintet Rendezvous Brass, which gave inspiring performances all […]
Maestro move: Canadian lands German opera house
New Jersey’s outgoing conductor Jacques Lacombe, 52, has been named music director of Bonn Opera. He starts a year from now. The contract is for two years.
Riccardo Muti: The conductor should be responsible for the action on stage
The maestro has been sharing some thoughts in Salzburg, where he’s conducting a concert performance of Verdi’s Ernani. No director? From the festival press release: He likes the idea of a conductor who is not only responsible for the orchestra and the music, but also has a say in the staging. This is especially important […]
Leonard Bernstein’s 10 big podium gifs
Watch them here on WFMT. Lenny would have been 97 today.
Opera house gets green star for saving power
Sydney Opera House has cut its energy use by 10 per cent over five years by fitting new lights and using sea water from the harbour to cool its air. The house has won a government award for green conduct.
The newspaper that hid a string quartet
The late quartets of Ludwig Van Beethoven are said to have received their London premieres at the home of a print manager of the Times newspaper. Now we read that the Financial Times has secretly harboured a string quartet below decks. Its existence is revealed in the new issue of Gramophone magazine by former journalist […]
Levine plans return to Ravinia
Seldom seen outside New York these days due to uncertain health, James Levine has been announced as conductor of Mahler’s second symphony next year at Chicago’s Ravinia Festival, of which he was once music director. The festival has suspended that title with James Conlon’s departure ths summer. All conductors next year will be guests – […]