More corruption smears at the Seoul Philharmonic
The power tribes in South Korea are raising further allegations against the Seoul Philharmonic music director Myung Whun Chung, alleging that his wife was involved in the dismissal of former SPO chief executive, Park Hyun-jung, a hereditary member of the ruling elites. The latest allegations have appeared in the Korea Times, mouthpiece of the elites. […]
Just in: British conductor to lead in Iran
It has been officially announced that Mark Stephenson will conduct the Tehran Symphony Orchestra at Vahdat Hall on January 19 and 20. He’s the first Brit to lead there since… anyone remember the last one? Mark’s an accomplished walker on the wild side.
Music director receives kidney from his chorus
From the You-Couldn’t Make-It-Up Department: MARIETTA, Georgia—John Brandt, music director of St. Joseph Church in Marietta, didn’t have to look far for a kidney donor. Ann Burkly, a member of his choir, readily volunteered. Read more here. unrelated picture
Jewish comedian gives $1 million for Syrian refugees
The actor Sasha Baron Cohen and his wife Isla Fisher are giving $500,000 to Save the Children to pay for measles vaccinations for children in northern Syria. A further half-million will go to the International Rescue Committee to help refugees in Syria and elsewhere, particularly women and children, with health care, shelter and sanitation. Sascha is renowned […]
How many women in the New Year’s Day Vienna Philharmonic? (We know)
Under the orchestra’s new freedom of information policy, we popped the question. Guess what? We got a straight answer: 7 are scheduled to perform, out of 13. Click here for more.
Mahler’s friend gets a hearing after 100 years of silence
He was the most trusted of Mahler’s conductor assistants, closer to the composer at first than the young Bruno Walter, Otto Klemperer and Alexander Zemlinsky. What attracted Mahler to Oscar Fried was, aside from his personal devotion, his aspiration to be a great composer. Fried went on to pursue a successful career as a conductor, […]
Lecturer is suspended for playing violin in girls’ class
Prince Mohammed University, one of the largest private colleges in Saudi Arabia, has suspended a foreign teacher after he played the violin in front of a class of young women. The matter came to light when a student posted a video of the performance on Youtube. Dr Eisa Al Ansari, the rector, said the action was […]
Which 2015 artist had most hits on Slipped Disc?
It has been a year of steady growth on the world’s most visited classical site. There have been no earth-shattering events and few spectacular exclusives. We are heading for 14 million visitors through the course of the calendar year. And we’re examining the most-read stories of the year, a piece of analysis that throws up […]
An opera house to put Sydney’s in the shade
Work finished last weekend on the new opera house in Harbin, in the northeast of China. It’s an automatic icon. Breathtaking in conception and, unlike Sydney, unimpaired by political meddling. Want to see more? Move your clicking finger here. Photography by Adam Mørk and Hufton + Crow.
Advice from Vienna Opera star, 98: ‘Stay positive’
Hilde Zadek is the last survivor of Vienna’s Golden Age post-War cast. A Hitler refugee who fled as a child to Palestine and returned to a hotbed of unreformed Nazis who disparaged her voice, her looks and her lifestyle choices, Hilde at 98 is totally free of rancour. Asked for her advice to singers today, […]