Four compete for Bach’s old job
St Thomas Church in Leipzig has summoned four cantors to audition. They are: Markus Teutschbein of Basle; Clemens Flämig of Halle; KMD Prof. Dr. h.c. Markus Johannes Langer of Rostock; and Matthias Jung of the Dresden Boys’ choir. Details here.
Toronto issues call for 1,000 string players
On Saturday, September 5, a radical Toronto goup will present a mass performance (#1000strings) of John Oswald’s piece, Spectre. They are looking for volunteers. #1000strings is an accessible, participatory piece designed for all ages and levels. #1000strings is calling all Toronto string players to come and perform alongside a star studded lineup of violinists, violists, […]
Houston we have silence as classical radio goes off the dial
At KUHA 91.7 FM, General Manager Lisa Shumate has told the University of Houston officials she wants to sell the frequency and transmitter for the station. Cassical broadcasting will continue online only. This is part of an alarming trend. Read here.
‘The first German to sing Rule, Britannia…’
Stephen Moss in the Guardian has a splendid interview with Jonas Kaufmann, who lets it be known that he’ll be the one singing ‘Rule, Britannia’ at the Last Night of the Proms. Stephen suggests he should try one verse in German. Jonas is still thinking about that one. Read here.
Soloist is forced to apologise for errant tweet
Anne Akiko Meyers has been the subject of a hate campaign after she posted a foolish response to the birth of a non-white orchestra. Her response: I wonder if you have to be black to solo with this orchestra? #reversediscrimination The tweet was circulated on social media by a malign strings enterprise. Anne has now issued […]
Contemporary CD cover of the year
NMC Recordings announces: MARTLAND REVEALED! This double album anthology includes a booklet that features a foreword from Louis Andriessen along with many tributes and photos. COMING SOON on NMC: You can pre-order the album (and hear extracts of it) at http://nmcrec.co.uk/recording/martland Steve Martland died in May 2013, aged 59. He is greatly missed.
Agents talk: Two giants explore merger
We hear that IMG Artists co-owner Alexander Shustorovich has been going around the festival circuit saying that he’s negotiating to buy CAMI. IMGA and CAMI are the world’s two largest classical agencies. This may be happy-hour talk, or it may be Russian bluff. But CAMI is ripe for the plucking now that Ronald Wilford is […]
Pope to Congress: No applause between movements
The big issue of the day is whether Congressmen and women should rise to applaud when the Pope pauses for breath in his inaugural address on September 24. Everything, it appears, is political. Here’s the tenor of debate in the Catholic press: Is a papal address to Congress like a symphony or an opera? If […]
Most important school subject? Music, says Philip Pullman
The best-selling children’s author has this to say: Every child needs to encounter music as early as possible, and I don’t mean just listen and then answer questions: I mean make, with voice, with clapping hands and stamping feet, with instruments of every kind. First of all I’d make sure that every school had a […]
Orch moves: LA grabs Detroit VP
Scott Harrison, external relations head of the Detroit Symphony, has been named chief exec of the Los Angeles Chamber Orch. Scott, 35, walks into an orch in flux. Music director Jeffrey Kahane is leaving after 20 years, donations are down 50% and no-one knows what the orch is there for any more. Only way is […]
Chorus director to leave Covent Garden
The Italian conductor Renato Balsadonna has let it be known that he’s tired of London, or at least of the Royal Opera House. He will leave a year from now. An advert for his successor went out today. photo (c) Neil Gillespie UPDATE: We understand Renato wants to upgrade to a career as an opera […]