France will play Radio Rostropovich on March 27
France Musique will play recordings by the great cellist and conductor from 7 am to 11pm on its webradio, on what would have been his 90th birthday. He’s sorely missed.
ENO’s John Berry teams up with old foe
The ousted director of English National Opera has formed a joint venture with Loretta Tomasi, the company’s former chief executive with whom he fought hammer and tongs over spending plans, precipitating first her departure and then his own. Their company, Opera Ventures, will do pop-up co-productions, the first being Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Greek with Scottish Opera […]
Just in: Mutter and Blomstedt donated their weekend fees to refugees
The star violinist and senior conductor gave a concert in Leipzig this weekend. Afterwards it became known that both had donated their fees to an educational charity for refugees in Germany. The joint donation is estimated at 60,000 Euros.
Curtis aims to digitise every student recital
Get your heads around this: Challenges: 175 students, 100 recitals per year, each recital recorded 4GB per file While the Curtis Institute of Music had already taken steps towards migrating its huge collection of recordings from tape cassettes to CDs, the accelerated rate of format change proved difficult to keep up with, and Curtis began […]
Meet the all-noir orchestra of Atlanta
Orchestra Noir strives to raise ‘the invisible curtain and [bring] classical music to diverse, younger audiences that is relevant and respectful of their community.’ ‘In orchestral music, sometimes we forget the heritage that goes into it. We forget that you can play R&B [and] hip-hop with an orchestra,’ says founder-conductor Jason Ikeem Rodgers.
Iceland tightens grip on Osmo Vänskä
The Minnesota conductor was today named Honorary Conductor of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, where he has been principal guest for three years. ‘I am really happy to continue my involvement with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and to be connected to this wonderful country,’ said Osmo Vänskä.
‘We need music criticism more than ever nowadays’
Ted Gioia complains that music critics have turned into lifestyle reporters: When I was a child, Gunther Schuller’s byline appeared in Saturday Review, and Leonard Bernstein hosted music specials on CBS. In my teens, I could read smart, musically astute critics in many magazines and newspapers. I might disagree with the judgments of Harold Schoenberg, […]
Did your kid or cousin get into the US National Youth Orchestra?
They’ve announced the 2017 intake. There are 116 musicians aged 16-19, from 33 U.S. states, including 28 returnees from last year. Marin Alsop will conduct. Warner owner Len Blavatnik is the major sponsor. Violin Fiyi Adebekun, Lansdale, PA Jonathan Altman, Modesto, CA Kelsea Kyu-Ri Au, Henderson, NV Kevin Bai, Plano, TX Anna Black, Eagle, ID […]
Two Houston picks win Met national auditions
Two of the singers selected* by Houston Grand Opera for their studio program were among six winners last night of the Met national auditions, considered the most prestigious career boost in US opera. Here are the Met winners: Samantha Hankey, 24, mezzo-soprano (Marshfield, MA) Kirsten MacKinnon, 26, soprano (Vancouver, BC, Canada) *Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, 23, […]
An eagle for Sally
press release: Sally Cavender, Director of Performance Music at Faber Music, a passionate champion for contemporary music who has overseen more than 950 commissions over the past three decades, has been awarded the prestigious RPS Leslie Boosey Award for her outstanding contribution to the furthering of contemporary music in Britain. The award, a magnificent bronze […]
Orchestra casts off 356 years of experience
The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra in Florida is retiring nine players who have notched up three and a half centuries of playing time between them. They are: Philip Pan, concertmaster since 1984; violinists Lois Elfenbein Gosa, Jeanne Majors, Glynda Newton and Lela LaBarbera; flute and piccolo player Deborah Heller; oboe and English horn player Claudia Minch; principal […]