US music school announces $10m in new scholarships
It’s the DePauw School of Music in Indiana. Press release: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 — For Immediate Release – DePauw School of Music announced today that $10 million in scholarship funds will be invested in undergraduate music students over the next five years. The scholarships build on the unprecedented success of DePauw’s entrepreneurship-focused 21st-Century Musician™ (21CM™) […]
Town names square after Wagner’s forgotten conductor
Kalsruhe has finally decided to honour one of its unsung heroes – the conductor Hermann Levi, who conducted the premiere of Parsifal for Richard Wagner at Bayreuth. Levi was obliged to endure torrents of antisemitic abuse from all members of the Wagner family. His name will appear on the square in front of the Karlsruhe […]
If you’re planning a musical divorce, avoid Canada
The marriage of singer-heiress Eleanor McCain and ex-Toronto Symphony prez Jeff Melanson continues to be dissected in the courts, in full glare of public media. It has emerged that Melanson got a $420,000 payoff for leaving the Symphony, but now claims he is too poor to fund his side of the case and – he […]
Leading UK agent has died
HarrisonParrott has announced the death of Terry Harrison, its co-founder. Terry formed the agency in 1969 with Jasper Parrott and a batch of young artists, mostly drawn from their former employer Ibbs&Tillett. Terry broke out in 1988 to start his own agency with Radu Lupu, Sir Andras Schiff and a few others select clients. He […]
Radio France fears it can’t afford summer festival
The Radio France summer festival at Montpellier has suffered a sudden cut of 200,000 Euros that jeopardises its integrity. Report here.
Tenor makes 150 million Euros from selling hair restorer
The Irish tenor James Murphy – a founder-member of the popular Galway Tenors – has sold his business, Viviscal, to Church & Dwight, owner of Arm & Hammer toothpaste and Trojan condoms. The sale price was 150 million Euros. Murphy owns more than 80 percent of the company. So he’ll have more time now […]
Artificial Intelligence that composes music to order
It’s called JukeDeck and it’s being puffed by the BBC World Service. The headline predicts that it could write a symphony…. The inarticulacy of the interviewer defies belief. There’s another piece about it in the NY Times. The PRs have been working overtime. Listen here.
Asian-Americans object to Nixon in China
Casting troubles at Houston Grand Opera. Asian actors want more parts. “This is not OK,” said Cecil Fong, president of OCA-Greater Houston, the local branch of the national Asian advocacy group. ‘It’s a negative stereotype of Asian-Americans. I’m surprised this still happens nowadays. Fong is among the members of Houston’s Asian-American community objecting to HGO’s […]
Social and personal: Classical trumpet marries Bond director
The effervescent trumpet soloist Alison Balsom married the Hollywood director Sam Mendes at the weekend. Balsom, 38, was previously involved with the conductor Edward Gardner, with whom she has a son. Mendes, 51, was formerly with the actor Kate Winslet. We wish them well.
Mr Allo Allo has died
Gorden Kaye, star of the unmatchable BBC sitcom ‘Allo ‘Allo!, has died in a care home aged 75.
What’s wrong with BBC Radio 3? Start at the top…
Damian Thomson in The Spectator has launched a List of Topics We’d Rather Avoid On Radio 3. Here’s one: The career of Alan Davey, controller of Radio 3. His Wikipedia entry mentions that he was previously director of culture at the Department of Culture, Media and Sport — but not that he reported to secretary […]