New study: Box-shaped halls give more emotional impact than others
Researchers at Aalto University in Finland have reached the conclusion that traditional concert halls deliver a much greater emotional residue than modern variants, such as the much-vaunted ‘vineyard’ shape. Professors Jukka Pätynen and Tapio Lokki focussed their study on six international halls. Vienna came top of the table, Cologne bottom. Id Hall Shape V (m3) N […]
USAF bands told to ‘dump tubas and grab guns’
Rep. Martha McSally (R, Airzona) has told the House Armed Services Committee in a budget debate that ‘we have hundreds of people playing the tuba and clarinet…. If we really had a manning crisis, from my perspective, we would really tell people to put down the tuba and pick up a wrench or a gun.’ The Air Force […]
A quartet life: So Tuesday morning we set out for Brussels…
Anthea Kreston, an American violinist in the Berlin-based Artemis Quartet, continues her weekly diary for Slipped Disc. Tragedy touches us in as many different ways as it occurs. To see on a screen, read in a paper, receive a call in the middle of the night, or to hold in your arms someone who […]
French orch changes music director, stays French
Alexandre Bloch has been named music director of Orchestre National de Lille from September. Bloch, 30, is a past winner of the Flick/LSO conducting competition. He replaces Jean-Claude Casadesus, the orchestra’s founder, who is stepping down at the age of 80.
Stand by: Dolly Parton to open Tanglewood
Is this what Koussevitsky had in mind? press release: Country music icon Dolly Parton makes her Tanglewood debut with a season-opening performance Friday, June 17, at 7 p.m. in the Koussevitzky Music Shed, joining the Tanglewood 2016 Popular Artist line-up. Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Swing Orchestra will also perform in the Shed on […]
English opera backer dies
Peter Moores inherited a half-share of a football pools fortune. He spent a large part of it on his other passion – opera in English. Peter paid for 30 album recordings on the Chandos label and underwrote the Opera Rara enterprise. His gifts were legion. He died yesterday, aged 83. Obituary here.
Brussels musicians will perform Good Friday Ode to Joy
Message received: The musicians, singers and staff of Brussels Philharmonic and the Flemish Radio Choir are, just like the whole world, shocked by the dramatic events of last Tuesday in ‘their’ Brussels. Our hearts go out to the many victims, their families, close ones, and everyone who has been affected directly and indirectly. We sympathize […]
Stolen Miami viola walks into a store
The viola stolen from Greg Falkenstein’s car in Miami has been brought into a specialist dealer and offered for sale. The dealer, Duffy Violins, recognised the instrument from online alerts and called the cops. Greg has been reunited with his viola. He writes: ‘I shall tell more about the experience at some point in the […]
Musicians give up 3 weeks wages in desperate US orch
The plight of the San Antonio Symphony has deepened to the point where the musicians have agreed to waive three weeks’ wages to keep the band alive. They will get paid for 27 weeks this season instead of the contracted 30. Basic pay in the orchestra is $1,100 a week. Details here. The slogan seems ill-judged. […]
Death of a Vienna conductor
Günther Theuring, founder of the Wiener Jeunesse Chor, has died at 86. His youth choir recorded the complete vocal works of Leonard Bernstein. He went on to establish the Ensemble Contraste, specialising in the Second Viennese School. In the 1950s, he was an energetic Mahler revivalist.