Barenboim speaks out on Brexit
From the conductor’s blogpost: The vote in favor of Brexit is, in my view, a very sad decision for Great Britain and Europe. It is, however, senseless to bathe in pessimism and desperation as Brexit is now an unchangeable historical fact… Nationalism is the opposite of true patriotism, and the further fostering of nationalist sentiment […]
Birth of an all-woman orchestra
Janna Sailor spent much of last year auditioning for conductor vacancies across North America. She found the experience uncomfortable. Back home in Vancouver, she asked some women friends to come together as an ensemble with which she could practise for her next audition. ‘People approached me afterwards and said, “We really enjoy working with you. […]
Canada names fifth woman music director
Mélanie Léonard, 38, was named music director today of the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra. She was formerly artistic director of the Calgary New Music Festival and resident conductor of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. She joins Tania Miller at the Victoria Symphony, Gemma New at the Hamilton Philharmonic, Anne Manson at Manitoba Chamber Orchestra and Rosemary Thomson of Okanagan […]
Vanska grabs Kansas clarinet
The Minnesota Orchestra announced today named Gabriel Campos Zamora as principal clarinet. He has been until now associate principal clarinet in the Kansas City Symphony. ‘Gabriel is a great musician,’ said music director Osmo Vänskä, himself a clarinet player (pictured).
After 43 years, Victor Jara’s killer is convicted
A Florida jury has found a former Chilean general culpable of the torture and murder of the popular folk singer Victor Jara, following the Pinochet coup in 1973. Jara was the most prominent martyre of the wave of mass murders. Pedro Pablo Barrientos Nuñez, who lives in the US, was ordered to pay $28m in damages […]
Fabio Luisi starts new job one year early
He was meant to take over as chief conductor of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra in September 2017. But neither side could wait that long, so the Italian has just signed on from Sept 1, 2016.
Four operas found that no-one missed
Four lost scores of Gaspare Spontini (1774-1851) have turned up in a Belgian castle. They are: – Il quadro parlante (melodramma buffo, 1800, Palermo) – Il geloso e l’audace (drama giocoso, 1801, Rome) – Le metamorfosi di Pasquale ossia Farsa (farsa giocosa, 1802, Venice) – L’eccelsa gara (cantata, 1806, Paris). As you were.
Sad news: London loses passionate arts champion, aged 51
The Roundhouse mourns the death of cancer of Nicola Thorold, its executive producer. Chief executive Marcus Davey said: ‘Nicola passionately believed in providing possibilities for all people to experience and to participate in the arts. She loved the arts and championed the transformation of young people’s lives through creativity.’ Nicola was previously head of theatre at […]
US musicians union re-elects its president
Ray Hair has been re-elected International President of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM). He has been in charge since 2010 and represents 80,000 members.
Death of Denmark’s musical outsider
The death has been announced of the Danish composer Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, aged 83, of cancer. His style, he aid, was ‘new simplicity’. An outsider to the Danish establishment and the prevalent composing styles, his works include a symphony, Antiphony, Tricolore IV, and Incontri; Plateaux pour piano et Orchestre, Triptykon for percussion and orchestra, and Concerto Grosso […]
Tory minister: Arts can heal Brexit damage. Oh, really?
Culture minister Ed Vaizey has said culture will bring us together in times of ‘uncertainty and division’. ‘London 2012 united the nation and the world looked on in awe to our creativity, courage and character…. That’s why the arts – and the rest of the creative industries – need to be listened to as we debate the […]