New Jersey orch seeks music director
press release: Montclair, NJ – A new orchestra has been established in the New York City suburb of Montclair, New Jersey. The Montclair Orchestra will be a semi-professional full orchestra, with players to include local area professional musicians, conservatory level students, as well as highly trained amateurs. An inaugural 2017-2018 season is in the planning, […]
Met’s principal harp gets new job
Emmanuel Ceysson – him with the red harp – has joined Mannes School of Music as professor of harp. Watch those student numbers rise.
‘Atonal music is a form of musical terrorism’
Jacques Attali – former adviser to President Mitterand, international banker and would-be orchestra conductor – has been offering his views on modernism. Je crois personnellement que la musique atonale est une impasse, elle ne correspond pas à la nature même de l’audition, elle a constitué une tentative de « terrorisme musical » qui ne correspond pas à […]
Maestro makes an abrupt exit
When an orchestra and a music director tire of each other’s company, they usually announce the parting of ways with expressions of mutual regret at a date two or three years down the road. In Augusta, Georgia, they have no patience for such courtesies. An official news release said that ‘after seven seasons leading the […]
Cleveland plucks NY quartet player as assistant concertmaster
Jessica Lee, a member of the Johannes String Quartet and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Two, is packing her bags and moving to Cleveland. She will occupy the seat recently vacated by Yoko Moore. Jessica has enjoyed a portfolio career which has not, until now, included playing in an international orchestra. photo: Jodi Buren
Watch: Opera house opens all-gender toilets
Michael Petrelis, the veteran campaigner, has news that the home of San Francisco Opera will instal new gender-neutral water closets news month. He publishes a note from Elizabeth Murray, managing director of the San Francisco War Memorial Performing Arts Center buildings and a video extract of the board meeting: Thank you for your inquiry. The War […]
The youngest music director of an international orchestra?
Lionel Bringuier was just 26 when he was named music director of Zurich’s Tonhalle. That, however, ended badly. Lahav Shani is 27 on announcement today and will be 28 when he becomes chief of the Rotterdam Philharmonic. Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, just turned 30, has taken up the baton with Birmingham’s CBSO. Any other major music directors […]
Breaking: Rotterdam Phil appoints Israeli music director, 27
The successor to Yannick Nézet-Séguin in 2018 will be Lahav Shani. A bold, high-risk appointment for a major international orchestra, the youngest in the field. Lahav Shani said: ‘I am over the moon. From the first moment, I felt a rare click with this orchestra. It is so easy to communicate with these musicians, they […]
Welcome to the new caring, sharing musicology
Slipped Discers have been sharing opinions from both sides of the fence on William Cheng’s forthcoming book and its advocacy of ‘a musicology that upholds interpersonal care as a core feature.’ William has asked us the share a sample of his book, which we do with pleasure. Here goes: * This is an excerpt […]
Laura Bretan warms up for semis with Hebrew peace song
The 13 year-old Romanian will appear on August 30 in the semi-finals of America’s Got Talent. She sings here in Hebrew and Romanian.
Update: Steinway boss disappears
No sooner was Steinway’s owner added to the Donald Trump team than the man who negotiated the company’s sale to John Paulson left his job without explanation. Cause and effect? Not a word from either side. Total silence. Michael Sweeney has been replaced as CEO by Steinway lifer Ron Losby. Sweeney is a former president […]