Abba announce a reunion
It will be strictly virtual, but they’ll capture a whole generation once again. Agnetha Faltskog, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad broke up in 1982 and have never sung together since. The new project, involving the Spice Girls manager Simon Fuller, will be a ‘groundbreaking venture that will utilise the very latest in digital […]
Pittsburgh’s Mayor steps into orchestra strike
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto says he’s staying in touch with both sides in an effort to end the lockout. Peduto said the PSO, more than a century old, survived the city’s “darkest days” when industry collapsed and shouldn’t be forced to close now that the city is growing. He said the city must do everything […]
Just in: Washington declares a vacancy
The change of Kennedy Center personnel under Deborah Rutter continues apace. It has been announced th Rita Shapiro, Executive Director of the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) since 2002, will step down in two months’ time. That’s unusually short notice for a senior position. But she has held the fort capably through the Slatkin and Eschenbach […]
Angela Merkel urges families to make music together this Christmas
In a passionate call for observance of Christian traditions – ‘we are the party with a C in its name – the German chancellor called on people to sing traditional songs and dust off their recorders during the festive season. ‘If we don’t do this,’ she warned, ‘we will lose a piece of our Heimat.’ […]
Flute stops traffic
A cute promo for Belgrade’s contemporary and classical music festival next month:
The Italian star who can’t get a date at La Scala
Luca Pisaroni, 41, is a sought-after bass-baritone at the Met, Covent Garden, Zurich, Vienna, Paris, Salzburg – just about everywhere except his native Italy. His will finally make his Scala debut in February. What took them so long? Luca talks to Graham Spicer in Milan: I grew up musically outside Italy. I began my career outside […]
Man overboard: Oslo Opera is sinking again
We hear that Norwegian National Opera and Ballet has lost its fifth artistic director in eight years. Fonancially, it is holed below the aterline. Here’s an update from Michael Fergus, in Oslo: The design of Oslo’s spectacular Opera House, completed in 2008, has been widely acclaimed. Inside, however, things are not so cheerful. The Chief […]
Pianist calls for one last push in search for missing daughter
Oregon police have called off the search for Annie Schmidt, daughter of Piano Guys pianist Jon Schmidt, who went missing while hiking on October 16. Her mother, Michelle, told local media the family believed she was dead. However, Jon and the group have posted the following appeal: Update: We are moved beyond words by the […]
New concertmaster for Scotland
The Scottish Chamber Orchestra is splitting first-seat duties between the incumbent Stephanie Gonley and a newcomer, Benjamin Marquise Gilmore. A product of the Menuhin School, Ben, 28, lives in the Hague and plays in the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
Welcome to the Pierre Boulez Philharmonie
The Paris hall campaigned for by the late composer will be named after him today.
NY Phil replaces sick Zubin with strikers’ maestro
Former music director Zubin Mehta, 80, has called in sick on three concerts next month with the New York Philharmonic. Who’s free? Why Manfred Honeck, who’s hanging around twiddling his baton while his musicians are locked out by the Pittsburgh Symphony. A gesture of solidarity with the strikers might be timely.