What to watch during the Trump inauguration
Here’s the link to Glen Roven’s counter-inauguration, featuring many of America’s top opera singers. And here’s an intelligent response from a bunch of Juilliard students, led by Will Healy: You see it here first. Or just stare at the 2009 inauguration picture, and weep for lost innocence.
BBC cancels tonight’s concert. Conductor is unwell.
Oliver Knussen called in sick, which is sad. But couldn’t they find a replacement, even if it meant dropping the one new work on the programme – the world premiere of Philip Cashian’s piano concerto? Show must go on, and all that.
Just in: Nuremberg names Mahler winner as chief conductor
The Nuremburg Symphony has named Kahchun Wong as its next chief conductor, starting September 2018. Wong, a Singaporean, won the Gustav Mahler conducting competition in Bamberg, in May last year. Aged 30, Wong is a Kurt Masur protégé. He is managed by Masur’s former assistant, Stefana Atlas.
Music director starts work at world’s worst-run orchestra
The Orchestre de la Suisse Romande has blown millions of francs over the past four years, compensating four managing directors who were unfairly sacked by a dilettant board. That has not stopped Jonathan Nott from assuming office last night as music director. He said: ‘It is with huge anticipation and pleasure that I take up this […]
Watch: Thomas Hampson sings new version of Schubert’s Ständchen
A compelling distraction for a difficult day. The settings are by the British composer, David Matthews.
Palestinian group uses music as weapon
No talk of peace in this Al-jazeera report, only a threat to western educational charities to stop distracting young people from the armed struggle. Palestine Street has continued to push messages of solidarity with Palestinians through its own verses. In one song, titled An Institutional Wedding, Azmi tackles the nonviolent politics of some NGOs in […]
Short Mr Galimir would climb on a chair to see what I was doing up there
Our diarist, the violinist Anthea Kreston, is returning to teach at Curtis, where she passed a turbulent youth. I have recently become re-engaged with the Curtis Institute of Music – both as an alumni and as a teacher (I return to Philadelphia this summer to teach at Curtis as a guest). I have reconnected […]
Maestro, 93, cancels summer dates
The much-loved Stanislaw Skrowaczewski has cancelled a concert in June, giving illness as the reason. We send all good wishes for his recovery. Music director of the Minnesota Orchestra from 1960 to 1979, staunchly supporting the musicians during their 2012-14 lockout, he has returned regularly to the US with renewed inspiration. From 1984 to 1991 Skrowaczewski was […]
KLM get nasty with viola
The busy viola player Rachel Bolt is the latest to suffer the appalling customer relations of the Dutch airline. Here’s what Rachel tells us: I hope you may take interest in an appalling situation I found myself in travelling to take part in the St Barts Music Festival. I had to fight for two hours with check-in […]
A Boston College abolishes music
From the composer Tom Schnauber of Emmanuel College, Boston: ——————- Dear Friends, and especially Emmanuel College Alums: Earlier this month, my colleague Scott and I were informed by our VPAA that Emmanuel College’s Academic Administration has decided to eliminate all the music offerings in the course catalog. In order to accomplish this, they will dismantle the […]