Audra McDonald cancels London to have a baby
Here’s the statement on her website: Breaking news: Audra regrets that she must postpone her West End debut in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, but is thrilled to announce that she and husband Will Swenson are expecting. As a result, Audra will continue performances of Shuffle Along, or, the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 […]
European Union: The orchestra fightback starts here
The Brussels decision to end funding for the European Union Youth Orchestra has all the hallmarks of standard practise. It’s why so many citizens of Europe hate and despise its governing bodies. The cut was arbitrary, unreasoned and intended to be fatal, giving the orchestra no time to find alternative sources of funding. The men […]
Washington pays for 9/11 Requiem recording
The National Endowment for the Arts has given $25,000 to the Nashville Symphony to record John Harbison’s post-9/11 Requiem. It will be released on Naxos.
Berlin Phil concertmaster gets an agent
IMG have signed the remarkable violinist Daishin Kashimoto in a bid to develop his solo career. Daishin was appointed first concertmaster of the Berliner Philharmoniker in 2009 and has appeared as a soloist with the orchestra under the batons of Sir Simon Rattle and Andris Nelsons.
Opera offers free seats to live-tweeters
San Franciso Opera wants word to get out about its upcoming Carmen. So it’s handing out free seats to inveterate tweeters for the dress rehearsal. We want your authentic opinions and thoughts, and perhaps even a scene-by-scene recap of the onstage action. In other words, we’ll give you an opera ticket in exchange for your […]
A sad day for the EU as Abbado’s orchestra is abolished
The European Union Youth Orchestra was the brainchild of Claudio Abbado, a means of bonding young musicians from different countries. In almost 40 years it has helped 3,000 musicians to find their voice. The EUYO’s Honorary Patrons include heads of Government of all 28 member states, as well as the President of the European Commission and the […]
Breaking: European Union kills its youth orchestra
press statement: The European Union Youth Orchestra, now in its 40th anniversary year, is to cease operations from 1 September, 2016 due to the lack of funding from the European Union. For 38 years, between 1976 and 2013, the EUYO was supported by the EU as a Cultural Ambassador for the EU. Since 2014 a change […]
Max Reger on pigs and composers
The German composer, who died 100 years ago yesterday, is best known for his response to a hostile critic: ‘I am sitting in the smallest room of my house. I have your review before me. In a moment, it will be behind.’ But there is another bon mot for which he should be remembered: ‘Das Schwein […]
Christoph Eschenbach collects another cheque
The conductor will be honoured today by the Brahms-Gesellschaft of Schleswig-Holstein with the 2016 Brams Prize and a bank order for 10,000 Euros.
Jeremy Hunt’s birthday present has just arrived
The UK Health Secretary turns 50 this year and we’re sure you’d want us to mark the occasion with a little gift. Decca’s got just the thing. Imagine the NHS wrecker reformer spending his leisure hours listening to this. There may be a message in the title track: the NHS is so strong it will […]
Baroness gives $55 million to music school
The outgoing chair of the Curtis Institute has made a parting gift of $55 million, its largest since Mary Louise Curtis Bok founded the tuition-free, high-performance school in 1928. It is rare for donations of this size to go to education, but Nina Baroness von Maltzahn has been closely involved with Curtis for six years, helped […]