A gay museum celebrates Siegfried Wagner
One of the less discreditable secrets guarded at Bayreuth is that Richard Wagner’s son was, behind the facade of marriage, primarily homosexual. Now, Berlin’s gay museum has begun research on an exhibition to celebrate his complicated life. Don’t expect Katharina Wagner to attend. Details here.
Death of a vital Italian modernist
Luigi Pestalozza died yesterday, aged 88. A fighting partisan in the Second World War, he wrote books and essays on Luigi Nono, Schoenberg, Mahler and Russian music. He founded the journal Musica/Realtà in 1980.
Just in: A Swiss orchestra is saved
A new six-year contract was agreed today for l’Orchestra della Svizzera italiana, the Lugano ensemble which was facing abolition. Details follow (en francais): Bern (ots) – Berne, 23 février 2017. La délégation de la Fondazione per l’Orchestra della Svizzera italiana (FOSI) et celle de la SSR se sont aujourd’hui mises d’accord sur un nouveau […]
Newcomer of the year gets an agent
The Austrian violinist Yury Revich, newcomer of the year in the last Echo awards, has been snapped up for management by ex-IMG start-ups Keynote Artists.
New York twitters over fired Times critic
The one known fact is that Charles Isherwood, the number two theatre critic, was dismissed on February 3 after executives ordered a scan of his emails. No reason has been given for his dismissal. Speculation is rife. Read it here.
How a quartet player saves baggage charges on tour
From our weekly diarist Anthea Kreston: “What’s in my bag?” I always think those little articles, “What’s in my purse” in magazines are hilarious. But (and here I must pat myself on the back a little), I must admit that I feel somewhat of an expert – a packing process which has developed […]
Lincoln Center turns away concertgoer with an anti-Trump sign
Jenny Heinz was turned away from a Budapest Festival Orchestra concert when she refused to remove from her jacket a sign reading, ‘NO! In the name of humanity we refuse to accept a fascist America.’ The action, by Lincoln Center officials, appears to justify her fears. Read full story here.
Estonia offers every child a musical instrument
The initiative, marking the centenary of the country’s first chance at independence, underlines the role that music plays in forming national identity. The scheme is in its early stages – fewer that 1,000 instruments have been purchased so far – but plans are in place to reach every school and family in the country. Read […]
What Riccardo Muti tells his youth orchestra
Our young Chicago friend Liam Jankelovics, 15, is co-principal double bass of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra. He has recently enjoyed his first exposure to the music director of the CSO. Here are Liam’s impressions: My Evening With Muti Living in Chicago provides many incredible opportunities for young musicians, and although I […]
Balls: An opera about Billie-Jean King
Balls is one of six new operas featured in ‘First Take’, a Los Angeles initiative. The composer is Laura Karpman. Read on here. And view video here.