Mirga to conduct the Met
We hear the rising Birmingham star will conduct the Met orchestra at Carnegie Hall on May 18, 2018, with Anita Rachvelishvili as soloist. She has yet to work in the Metropolitan Opera itself. Also in the Met orch season at Carnegie Hall is a Pretty Yende concert on June 5, 2018, singing Mozart’s Exsultate, Jubilate and […]
Russian coup at London newspaper
The KGB owners, the Lebedev family, have secured George Osborne, the former Chancellor of the Exchequer, as editor of the London Evening Standard, a freesheet. They broke the news through their former pet editor of the ‘Independent’ newspaper, Amol Rajan, who is now the BBC’s media editor. That’s how the Russians operate. They buy up […]
America will never revive federal arts funding
The realisation is dawning that when President Trump kills off the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Congress will never again have the guts to support culture with tax money, as it did under Lyndon Johnson’s presidency in 1965. Here are a couple of instant institutional reactions to the Trump abolition: Statement by American Federation […]
Cleveland cellist is feted at film festival
We reported one summer a few years back that Dane Johansen was walking across Spain, playing the Bach cello suites in town and village squares. Now a movie about his pilgrimage is being premiered at the Cleveland International Film Festival. Have a look.
Israeli conductor wins US orchestra
The New Bedford Symphony Orchestra has chosen Yaniv Dinur as its next music director, starting this summer. Dinur, 36, is Ed De Waart’s assistant conductor at the Milwaukee Symphony.
Hilary Hahn gives concerts for babies
Message from Hilary: When I was a brand-new parent, I really wanted to take my baby with me to a grownup classical concert, something that I would normally attend myself. But I couldn’t find any that were geared towards the parents while welcoming babies. So I decided to fill the gap. I started giving […]
Music to make a child cry
The weekly diary of violinist Anthea Kreston: I am on my way to Denmark for four days. Jason is away for over two weeks now, in Japan and Korea with a Berlin orchestra. He plays two Mahler symphonies and – actually I don’t even know what else, or who the conductor is. All he […]
A defeatist statement from the NEA
Statement from National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu Today we learned that the President’s FY 2018 budget blueprint proposes the elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts. We are disappointed because we see our funding actively making a difference with individuals of all ages in thousands of communities, large, small, urban and […]
Deep cut: Seattle Opera lays off six staff
It has been overspending by $2-3 million a year for a decade. Full story here.
The festival of forgotten operas
Wexford has just announced its 2017 menu: Luigi Cherubini’s Medea (premiered Paris 1859, last seen when?) Jacopo Foroni’s Margherita (premiered Milan, 1848, never recorded) Franco Alfano’s Risurrezione (premiered Turin 1904, awaiting resurrection) Keen to see two out of these three.
New York prefers a great manager to a great conductor
When the Berlin Philharmonic selected a successor to Sir Simon Rattle two years ago, the players shortlisted the three most successful conductors in Germany, judged by their summer performances in Bayreuth. Kirill Petrenko defeated Christian Thielemann in a close ballot. The third man, Andris Nelsons, picked up the Gewandhaus orchestra and Boston Symphony as runner-up […]