New Paris hall went 300 percent over budget
There has been a savage public accounts report on the Philharmonie de Paris, accusing practically everyone involved of gross negligence in the management of public finds. The hall, budgeted at 173.1 million Euros in 2006, came out at a final cost of 534.7 million. Since this is France, no-one gets fired. Report here.
Are you voting Tristan or Mirga?
While Clinton and Trump face each other down in a TV debate, the Met will be opening with Tristan und Isolde and Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla will be making her New York debut with the Juilliard Orchestra at Alice Tully Hall. We’re wondering which will get more of your votes…
Listen: How Alan Turing inspired computer music
The Enigma-breaking genius wrote Programmers’ Handbook for Manchester Electronic Computer Mark II at the University of Manchester in 1951. Christopher Strachey, a schoolteacher, asked Turing if he could borrow the computer for a night in order to write a programme that would produce music. Next morning, Strachey played back God Save the King, and more. Two New […]
Baltimore Symphony has 10 new players, no manager
Marin Alsop introduced the ten at yesterday’s season opener. They are: Jeannie Wiesman Getz, Chelsea Knox, Holly Jenkins, Audrey Wright, Sun Park, Se-Doo Parkand Lukasz Szyrner. So new, they are not yet lited on the orchestra’s website. The chief exec’s seat is vacant, but they somehow managed to play.
Top Swiss export turns 80
No Swiss maestro has matched the world conquests of Charles Dutoit. He was music director of the Montreal Symphony from 1977 to 2002 and at various other times of the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Orchestre National de France, the Pacific Music Festival, the NHK Symphony in Tokyo, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London. Dutoit will […]
Mehta plays musical chairs with Schubert and the Vienna Philharmonic
For this weekend’s performance of Schubert’s Great C major symphony, Zubin Mehta decided to rearrange the seating of the Vienna Philharmonic. Flutes, oboes, clarinets and bassoons were brought forward to sit around the concertmaster’s seat, at the conductor’s left hand, to accentuate their prominence in the work. Apparently, it sounded terrific. Anyone else tried this?
Appeal for Tanglewood player who has gone missing in New York
Zachery Camhi, 23, was last seen walking out of the East Side New York hotel on Lexington Avenue a week ago. he’s a music student at Boston University and a gifted double-bass player who is a Tanglewood alumnus. A Find Zachery Camhi site has been launched. Please share on social media.
Just in: Nicola Benedetti switches manager
Rampaging AskonasHolt say they have captured the Scottish violinist. Nicola has been with boutique manager Charlotte Lee from the start of her career. Charlotte broke away from IMG last year with a clutch of violinists – Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell and Benedetti – and other artists. We hear Charlotte will continue to manage her in […]
Heartless Fort Worth cancels another concert month
The obdurate administrators of the Fort Worth Symphony, determined to cut musician wages, have cancelled all concerts for October and the first week of November. The musicians, refusing to sign a reduced contract, are on strike. Hard to remember that Van Cliburn called this heartless place his home.
The music theatre that became a bookstore
This is El Ateneo Grand Splendid in Buenos Aires. It used to be a tango theatre. It’s still a house of dreams. Click here for glorious images.
Another music director calls it quits
After 12 years with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra in Canada, Bill Eddins has decided not to renew his contract at the end of the season. An engaging, outspoken character, Eddins will be titled emeritus music director at the relatively early age of 52. He has also been principal guest conductor of the RTE Orchestra in […]