A US-based pianist raises a critical question
We have withheld the pianist’s identity, for obvious reasons. Here’s his conundrum: To any immigration lawyers out there: I have a quick question. I’ve lived in the USA almost 18 years now. I am a permanent resident (Green Card holder), about to become a citizen (with double citizenship EU-USA). I travel in and out of […]
Bucharest is paying a tenor six times as much as Vienna
Ioan Holender, the Romanian-born former head of the Vienna State Opera, has issued a stinging attack on the hapless administration at Bucharest National Opera. Here’s what he says, in part: I found out that [Beatrice Rancea, interim manager of BNO] paid 80.000€ to Roberto Alagna for singing two arias at a so called “Opera Gala”. […]
Just in: Classical artist cancels US debut tour over Trump ban
From the Chicago music critic and concert organizer Peter Margasak: I was incredibly excited to present and hear the Chicago debut of the London-based Kazakh violinist Aisha Orazbayeva next weekend as part of the series I program at Constellation, but this morning she advised me that she had decided to cancel the US tour she […]
Columbia tells academics to suspend travel plans
Trump’s order has already impacted on academic freedom. Here’s a cautious assessment from the President of Columbia University. Dear fellow members of the Columbia community: With the executive order issued by President Trump barring admission to the United States of Syrian refugees and imposing a 90-day ban on all immigrant and nonimmigrant entry from seven Muslim-majority […]
The David Bowie stamps are on sale
You can pre-order here from today. The stamps are breathtaking. Her Majesty will be pleased.
Remember Eric? He got you through your exams
The author of Rudiments of Music and the AB Guide to Music Theory has died, at 88. As professor of music at Durham University, Eric Taylor was vastly influential in the infusion of gamelan music and other exotica into the lives of British composers.
‘Fabulous’ piccolo joins Philadelphia Orchestra
Erica Peel is the new principal piccolo in Philly. Music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin messaged: ‘Welcome Erica! A fabulous musician just joined the Fabulous Philadelphians!!’ Erica presently holds the principal piccolo/3rd flute seat at the San Diego Symphony. She succeeds Kazuo Tokito, an Ormandy veteran who retired last summer after 35 Philly years.
New boss for Baden-Baden
Nenedikt Stampa, manager of the Dortmund Konzerthaus, will take charge of the Baden-Baden festival house in 2019, it was announced yesterday. Stampa, 51, succeeds Andreas Mölich-Zebhauser, 64, who has led the lavishly funded festivals since 1998, luring the Berlin Philharmonic away from Sazlburg and establishing Baden-Baden as an enclave for the elite.
A new edition of The Song of Names
I have just received the Russian edition of my first novel and it is by far the most beautiful that I have seen. Slightly larger than palm-sized, the print is cleaner than the UK, US and other language editions, the paper is smooth and the temptation to turn pages is irresistible. A Russian friend assures […]
Two opera-loving sisters who saved Jews from Hitler
BBC Tyne & Wear tells the lovely story of two opera fanatics, Ida and Luise Cook, who used their 1930s visits to opera houses in Austria and Germany to help oppressed people save their possessions and their lives. ‘The funny thing is we weren’t the James Bond type – we were just respectable Civil Service […]