US musicians take 38% pay cut to help save their orchestra
The Memphis Symphony has been in trouble a long time. Now the waters have risen above chin level. The musicians, facing oblivion, have agreed to take a reported 38% cut for the next year in the hope of keeping the struggling ensemble alive. It’s the biggest employer of musicians in the city. It’s looking grim. […]
A Finn saves Vienna’s Elektra bill
Slowly, date by date, Vienna is filling the 32 holes left in its season by Franz Welser-Möst’s spetacular walkout as music director. This morning it announced Mikko Franck has agreed to take over most of next April’s new Elektra, with a cast of Nina Stemme, Anna Larsson, Anne Schwanewilms and Falk Struckmann. Franck had a hit last […]
Knocking away at Slava’s old house
Our publisher friend Martin Anderson has been producing for Toccata Classics in Évian, at the Grange au Lac, built in 1993 for Mstislav Rostropovich in the manner of a massive Russian izba, peasant house – entirely constructed of wood, and sitting in a natural woodland. However, there was a price to pay. Martin found that […]
Small change for farflung orchestras
The League of American Orchestras has just announced pairing grants for 12 composers and orchestras. Good idea. Helps get the new music out there. But the amount is just $7,500 per orchestra. Barely enough to pay for one extra orch rehearsal and a new outfit for the composer… Is that going to make a difference? […]
An after-work drink with the neighbours
Anna Netrebko and Piotr Beczala have discovered they live back to back in both New York and Vienna. Must make morning warm-ups a whole lot easier.
Atlanta flute steps in for Chicago defector
Atlanta’s principal flute Christina Smith, locked out by her symphony bosses, has flown off on tour with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra after semi-detached Mathieu Dufour decided he did not want to blow out his last weeks with the CSO before joining the Berlin Philharmonic. Here’s a first pic of Christina, rehearsing with Chicago principal oboe […]
How fair is that? Chair of Toronto Piano has five students in the competition
The second Toronto International Piano Competition opens next week. Juilliard’s Yoheved Kaplinsky is chairing the jury once again. Five out of 24 contestants are her students; three belong to fellow-judge Fabio Bidini. Kaplinsky’s students: Maxwell Foster Rachel Kudo Brian Yuebing Lin Yang Liu Wenting Shi Bidini’s: Hyejin Kim Rodolfo Leone Jaemin Shin How fair is that?
This is who’ll be handing out your money
Meet Ann Meier Baker. She’s the new director of music and opera at the National Endowment for the Arts, starting January, announced today. Until then she is president ad CEO of Chorus America. Be nice to Ann. Be very nice.
New York cop’s arrest of subway musician goes wild and viral
The musician is sure he knows the law. The cop is sure he knows better. This is only going one way, and that’s down. In a video uploaded to YouTube on Saturday, Lawrence and Leigh musician Andrew Kalleen is seen being assaulted and arrested by NYPD- even after knowing his rights and proving to the officer that […]
Cops in the house, and the Met’s still barely half-full
We have first-night reports from our intrepid New York operagoers, Elizabeth Frayer and Shawn E Milnes. For once, they had no trouble at all getting a premiere ticket. Elizabeth writes: I was left with a great respect for the performers for persevering over a great deal of pressure and objection from the public, but an uncertainty on […]
Ebola and black holes: My night in Atlanta
The cellist Matt Haimovitz has sent us his experiences playing with the locked-out musicians of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. read and reflect. photo (c) Mark Gresham Hearing that I would be in town for a residency at Emory University, the musicians of the Atlanta Symphony reached out to me with the idea of […]