How to win an Oscar: Turn the music up when they kiss, turn it down when they talk
The motto of sound engineer Richard Portman, who won an Oscar for his work on ‘The Deer Hunter. Richard has died in Tallahassee, aged 82.
Trump’s travel ban is attacked by League of American Orchestras
This won’t cost the prez any sleep, but it sets out where musicians stand: League of American Orchestras January 30, 2017 League Statement on Travel Ban Executive Order The music that orchestras play and the communities they serve are global and include people and cultures from the seven countries that are now subject to the […]
Just in: New deal gives musicians $100,000 minimum wage in St Louis
The St. Louis Symphony and the American Federation of Musicians have reached agreement on a new five-year contract seven months before deadline. Here’s the deal: – Annual minimum scale increases from $86,053 in FY17 to $98,304 in FY22 … averaging 2.8% annually. There is also a bonus of $2,250 in year five that will take […]
An American composer talks of hearing loss
Richard Einhorn is suffering from sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSHL). “It literally sounds like a science fiction robot screaming in my ear,” he says. Read on here, both for suffering and remedies.
Austrian pianist cancels US tour due to visa issues
The outstanding young pianist Nareh Arghamanyan has just posted this message: I am very sorry to tell that due to unforeseen visa and boarder circumstances, I am forced to cancel the upcoming Tour in USA and Canada. Sad for her, sad for the orchestras and audiences. Nareh is Armenian by birth, Austrian by residence. Still in […]
Composer fulfils teenaged pledge
As musicians in the National Youth Orchestra, Martin Suckling promised Katherine Bryan that he would one day write her a concerto. Twenty years on, Suckling is Scotland’s rising composer and Bryan is principal flute of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. This weekend, at last, she gets to premiere his concerto, titled The White Road. Composer […]
Rampant Sony snatches Roberto Alagna
The French-Sicilian tenor has signed for the Berlin-based Japanese label after a long attachment to EMI/Warner, and later with Universal France. Alagna has big sales in France, needs boosting elsewhere. press release: Sony Classical is proud to announce a long-term, multi-album deal with charismatic star tenor, Roberto Alagna. Over a glittering, highly acclaimed international […]
Fear of US ban for Yo Yo Ma’s clarinetist
Kinan Azmeh, a US resident for the past 16 years, is performing with Yo Yo Ma in Lebanon at the end of a long tour. But Kinan, 40, is worried he won’t be allowed to return home to Brooklyn because he’s Syrian by origin. He was granted a green card three years ago on an […]
US refuses visa to Chinese orchestra
The Beijing Chinese Orchestra has cancelled a February concert in Seattle after 22 of its musicians were refused visas. An official told a Seattle congressman that the musicians’ “stated purpose of travel” didn’t match the class of visas they’d applied for.’ Sign of the times.
Gubbay’s back in business
The music impresario Raymond Gubbay has told the Mail on Sunday that he has ended his consultancy with the German firm that bought his company in 2008 and is ‘working on a new venture’. Deutsche Entertainment has posted a €18.8million loss on its rock festivals. The Raymond Gubbay Ltd part of its business remains profitable. photo: […]
Is Hamlet the only madman in Danish government?
Earlier this month, plans were tabled to dismember the Royal Orchestra, which plays in the opera house at Copenhagen. The costs of running the glorious new opera house means they can’t afford a full orchestra. All cultural institutions are taking cuts of two percent. So now the Danes have built a lavish new arena for […]