And a US orchestra appoints executive director aged 27
Robert Cinnante was named Executive Director at the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra today. He starts work in May. Robert has previously been general manager of Music for Food, a hunger-relief initiative founded by Kim Kashkashian. He presently works for Virginia Opera.
Just in: Canada’s newest music director is 26 years old
Andrei Feher, a Canadian of Romanian birth, is to be music director of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, it was announced today. He’s an early riser who has worked as assistant to Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Paavo Järvi. He succeeds Edwin Outwater in August 2018.
One of the great Requiems of my life
The Lebrecht Album of the Week is self-recommending. I have seldom sat among a more rapt London audience, not a cough in eighty minutes. Every individual in the orchestra displayed ferocious concentration. And, best of all, the quartet of soloists … were chosen for colour and character rather than name recognition… Read on here. And […]
Just in: Netrebko will join Hvorostovsky’s comeback recitals
The Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky has not appeared on stage since December, taking time out for further treatment of his brain cancer. Today, his agent told the state news agency Tass that Hvorostovsky will return for two recitals next month – in Toronto (April 25) and Dublin – partnered by his friends Anna Netrebko and […]
Jesus College is down to hiring 12 year-old to play organ
From the Daily Telegraph: The university struggles to fill its undergraduate organ scholarships: while 50 are on offer at any one time, only around 30 are filled and colleges have to bring in professionals to fill the gaps. Dr Daffern said: “Playing the organ might not be the first thing people think of doing on […]
Theft alert: A Gofriller violin is stolen on Gatwick Express
Carol Slater, a London violinist, had her 1700 Gofriller, in a dark red case, taken from a Gatwick Express train at 0630 last Friday. British Transport Police today issued this picture of a woman they want to interview in connection with the theft. They have also issued this image of the stolen violin. Anyone […]
Jaap Van Zweden cancels Hong Kong: Family reasons
New York’s Dutchman is cutting his flying this year. See here.
San Francisco declares today as Orchestra Manager Day
Mayor Ed Lee of San Francisco has issued a proclamation that March 31 2017 is to be known as Brent Assink Day, in honour of the retiring executive director of the San Francisco Symphony.
First blood to ex-Toronto Symphony boss as judge rules rich wife ‘vindictive’
An Ontario judge has criticised Eleanor McCain, heiress ex-wife of the former Toronto Symphony boss Jeff Melanson, of deliberately delaying the divorce in an attritional strategy. McCain’s lawyers have said she is too busy to meet a June deadline because she is recording an album. Ontario Justice Carolyn Horkins ruled that she ‘has pursued a […]
A piece of Mahler’s I had never heard before
I thought I knew them all, but last night Vasily Petrenko conducted the Royal Liverpool Phil in Mahler’s arrangement of Hugo Wolf’s prelude to his opera, Der Corregidor. I had never heard it played live before. The back story is tragic. As fellow-students in Vienna the two composers shared a bed for several weeks, unable […]