Lebanese conductor collects second US orchestra
Fouad Fakhouri, music director of Michigan’s Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra since last year, has been announced as new music director of the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra in Texas. Fakhouri, 44, is collecting quite a portfolio. He was also music director at Fayetteville.
Former Halle Orchestra principal is jailed for sex offences
A former principal second violinist with the Manchester-based orchestra was jailed yesterday for 28 months. Dara De Cogan, 58, was found guilty of grooming a girl pupil from the age of 13 to fulfil his sexual fantasies. The offences occurred while he was teaching at Ampleforth College, a private Roman Catholic boarding school. De Cogan […]
Vienna University opens formal investigation into Bogdan Roscic
The incoming director of the Vienna State Opera has been accused of plagiarising parts of his dissertation – quoting from another man’s work without attribution. The University announced today that has appointed an external expert to look into the matter. Results will be published in October. Roscic has promised to cooperate.
Placido Domingo halts his football stadium Aida
He was supposed to conduct the opening performance of a spectacular Aida in Vienna’s Allianz Stadium this June, ahead of a world tour. The previews spoke of 800 performers, live horses and lots of slaves. But the stage technology is not working so the show has been postponed to June 2018. Just in time for […]
A Holocaust survivor in the Philadelphia Orchestra
Peter Dobrin has written a beautiful tribute to David Arben, a violinist who played 34 years in the Philadelphia Orchestra, a third of them as associate concertmaster. The violin had saved David as a teenager from a Nazi firing squad. He died in a retirement home two weeks ago, aged 89. Read the obituary here. Hear […]
Death of a bassoon legend
Danish media are reporting the death of Peter Bastian, a founder of the Danish Wind Quintet, a physicist and a wild-trek explorer. He was 73. Among other pursuits, he was a rare private student of the conductor Sergiu Celibidache. Ind i musikken – Peter Bastian på sugerør / Peter Bastian playing a straw from Tvjournalist.dk […]
Zimmerman’s Strad sells in London for £1.9 million
Press release: The Ex-Croall; McEwen Stradivari violin was sold today, at auction, by Ingles & Hayday for £1,920,000 Considered by leading authority W.E. Hill & Sons as a fine example of Antonio Stradivari’s violins from the 1680’s, the instrument represents a key stage in the development of the luthier’s distinctive style. The violin, which is in […]
Non-classical chief will run WQXR
The New York classical music station is to be led by Shannon Connelly, a digital music specialist with no apparent classical expertise. Here’s the announcement: New York Public Radio, home of WQXR, WNYC Radio, and WNYC Studios, today announced that digital music executive and entrepreneur Shannon Connolly has been named Senior Vice President and General […]
Just in: Berlin Philharmonic mourns a concertmaster
Rainer Kussmaul, first concertmaster of the orchestra from 1993 to 1998, has died at the age of 70. One of the leading players of the Abbado era, he founded Berlin Baroque Soloists and did much to move the orchestra towards greater diversity. Before joining the Berlin Phil, he was violin professor for 16 years in […]
Pittsburgh Symph gets $6.5 million bailout
Three groups have clubbed together to give the struggling orchestra some breathing space. The Heinz family, long the orchestra’s biggest backer, has pledged a further $5 million. The Benter Foundation will give $1 million and the Eden Hall Foundation half a million.
Exclusive: Bucharest opera boss is jailed for six years
Sentenced was passed today on Răzvan Ioan Dincă, chief executive of Bucharest National Opera. He will serve six years for abuse of office, plus 315 days in lieu of a fine. The sentence has not been reported yet in Romania, where the government is trying to abolish the anti-corruption laws.