A death prematurely reported
On the basis of a report by a close family member, we announced yesterday the death of the Marshall Fine, from injuries sustained in a road accident. The notification was some hours premature. Marshall died in hospital this morning at 10.3o local. We regret the inaccuracy along with any distress that may have been caused. […]
Andris Nelsons leaves on a Beethoven high
The Latvian conductor is leaving the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, where he made his name. He is leaving with some reluctance, having apparently asked the Boston Symphony if he could retain a formal attachment to his previous band. Boston said no. So Andris is launchuing his final season with a six-day Beethoven cycle, the […]
Orchestra violinist shot dead. Conductor mourns.
Mary Whitaker, a violinist in the Westchester Philharmonic and the Chautaqua Symphony, has died in tragic, horrific circumstances. Details are still sketchy, but it appears she was shot in Chautaqua during the course of a robbery. She was a close friend of Marin Alsop and played at her parents’ memorial tributes. Marin has tweeted: “Today […]
Yehudi’s guru is no more
The practical mystic B K S Iyengar who did more than anyone to popularise yoga beyond Indian culture has died, aged 95. His fame spread after a meeting with Yehudi Menuhin in 1952. Yehudi learned to stand on his head. So did the Israeli prime minister, David Ben Gurion. Soon, a large part of the […]
Rare pic: Shostakovich at a private premiere
We have shared a number of pictures from the composer’s archive, but few more fascinating than this. It shows the composer at a premiere of his violin sonata Op. 134. The performance took place at a Union of Soviet Composers private hearing; David Oistrakh (violin) and Mieczysław Weinberg (piano) on January 8, 1969. Itstands as further […]
Opera is 20% down in Australia
Annual live performance statistics are in and the news is bleak for opera down under. Attendances are down 20%, revenue 9.5%. Higher ticket prices reduced the budget gap, but drove audiences away. Fewer performances and poorer marketing failed to attract a new public. Stage musicals, which Opera Australia is using as a revenue driver, are […]
London mourns a principal flute
Message from the LSO: The LSO is saddened to hear that flautist Richard Taylor has passed away. Richard died peacefully in St Barnabas House Hospice in Worthing on Monday 11 August. He was a member of the LSO from 1957 to 1983 and was Co-Principal Flute from 1972 to 1983.To read the LSO’s full […]
Just in: Berlin Philharmonic appoints teenaged trumpet
An 18 year-old Austrian, Florian Pichler, has joined the Berlin brass. The news was posted without fanfare on the Berlin Phil site. Pichler will play second trumpet but will often find himself in the #1 seat. His appointment follows a bold move by the London Symphony Orchestra in naming its first teenaged principal player. Getting […]
A Sistema baton gets an LA job
Juan Felipe Molano, a graduate of the Colombian offshoot of Venezuela’s El Sistema, has been named director of the youth orchestra of Los Angeles, Yola. ‘He’s a great inspiration,’ said Gustavo Dudamel, the LA Phil’s music director. Colombia has the world’s second-largest network of Sistema youth orchestras, after Venezuela.
Breaking: Met settles with stage unions. Another surrender.
IATSE, the main stage union, has just announed the Local 1 has reached agreement with the Met. The terms are another humiliation for Peter Gelb. He has been forced to accept ‘mandatory cost reductions from management and an independent monitor to track budget performance.’ Gelb has been trussed up hand and foot in these talks, […]
Principal viola dies after car crash
We regret to report the death of Marshall Fine, principal viola of the Memphis Symphony and a widely published composer of three symphonies and more. Marshall did not recover from injuries sustained in a car crash last week. Marshall was the son of Burton Fine, long-serving principal viola of the Boston Symphony, and the brother […]