Pianist, cleared of blasphemy, receives world secularism prize
The supreme court in Turkey yesterday annulled the conviction of Fazil Say for ‘insulting’ God and Islam. The court voted 4-1 that Fazil’s tweets should be regarded as freedom of thought and expression and should not be punished with 10 months in jail. Fazil’s original sentence provoked an international outcry. After the decision, Fazil popped up in […]
It’s Kansas City Symphony vs New York Philharmonic
It’s the World Series showdown. KC music director Michael Stern has flung down a challenge to Alan Gilbert and the NY Phil. Place your bets now. Oh, a picture from the KC Royals subs bench.
Hear the sound of the 3-D printed violin
It costs $65. It’s called progress. It’s horrible.
Only one musical eminence in Israel boycott list
A roll of 343 UK academics have published an advertisement in the Guardian today, pledging to boycott Israeli institutions until Palestinian rights are restored. The ad is a direct response to the letter by J K Rowling and others last week, urging dialogue rather than boycott as the best means of progress in the Middle […]
The maestro’s the one in a hoodie
At a session last night with a student orchestra at Peabody Conservatory, I went looking for the music director Ken Lam and couldn’t spot him in the crowded room. ‘Ken’s the one in the hoodie,’ said my companion. And sure enough he was. A former lawyer with a blue-chip firm in the city of London, […]
Thought for the day: ‘Most can’t afford to work in opera’
Seattle Opera has posted an extraordinarily candid statement by Alison Moritz, assistant director on its current production of Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers: ‘Many people probably won’t talk about this honestly, but I think it’s important to be frank about the personal and financial sacrifices that it takes to be an emerging artist, particularly […]
Joshua Bell: Playing violin is like doing Rubik’s Cube
‘I wouldn’t say I was a workaholic, but what I had—and still have—is a slightly obsessive nature for solving problems. Like, when I was 12, I was really into the Rubik’s Cube, and would try to figure out faster and faster ways to do it. So when I would get down to working, I wouldn’t […]
US Orch mourns ex-principal cellist
A message from Milwaukee: Our former principal cellist, Ron Shawger, died Sunday evening. Ron came to Milwaukee in 1988 from the Dallas Symphony. He was from Seattle and was a student of Leonard Rose at Juilliard. He left the MSO in the mid 1990s due to multiple sclerosis. His wife Laurie Shawger became a member […]
Meet the Met’s new maestro
At Lincoln Center, 0900-1000 this morning: No resemblance (usual disclaimer) to anyone working inside. Join New York Mets mascot Mr. Met, musicians from the Metropolitan Opera Join New York Mets mascot Mr. Met, musicians from the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus as well as Stagehands, Electricians, and Props personnel, Security personnel, and other employees as we […]
Aussie scandal: ANU’s lost another teacher
Anne Ewing has resigned from Australia’s ‘national’ music school, blaming a toxic culture and 11 years of staff bullying. Read here.
Diva Joyce to sing with homeless choir
Press release: DALLAS – Opera stars, Frederica von Stade, Joyce DiDonato, Ailyn Pérez, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Rodell Rosel, and composer/pianist Jake Heggie join the Dallas Street Choir in “The Opera Lover’s Broadway: Great Voices Sing Broadway’s Favorite Hits” on Friday, November 13, 2015 at Hamon Hall inside the AT&T Performing Arts Center’s Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House. The concert begins […]