Met program contains dissenting statement by Klinghoffer’s daughters
Lisa and Ilsa Klinghoffer, daughter of the hostage murdered by Palestinians on the Achille Lauro cruise ship, have published a statement in tonight’s Met program, dissenting from the John Adams opera. Here is a slightly different version that they issued a few hours earlier via the JTA: On October 8, 1985, our 69-year-old wheelchair-bound father, […]
Live pics: Wheelchair users join Met protest
First shots from the growing anti-Met demo Our reporter on the spot says there are 100 protesters in wheelchairs but they are cordoned off a cross the street. The protesters in wheelchairs are wearing signs that say I Am Leon Klinghoffer
Did Suzuki fake his education?
A challenging piece of research by the violinist Mark O’Connor blows canyon-sized holes in the autobiography of Shinichi Suzuki, founder of the ubiquitous teaching method. Mark refutes Suzuki’s claims to have been mentored by Albert Einstein and approved by Pau Casals. Most damning yet, he produces a document which shows the Japanese was rejected as a […]
The pianist who almost vanished into corporate black hole
My album of the week on sinfinimusic.com is by an outstanding pianist whose record career hit a brick wall when her label, EMI Classics, was carved up in a corporate manoeuvre set in motion by European monopoly rules. Several fine artists have never been heard from since. Ingrid Fliter, a Gilmore Artist, has happily survived. […]
Just in: Turkey bans works by dissident pianist
We understand that compositions by the outspoken pianist Fazil Say have been removed from next season’s Ankara programmes by order of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. State-funded orchestras are obliged to submit concert plans for approval to the Fine Arts Directorate at the Ministry. In a climate of increadingly authoritarian Islamism, the Ankara orchestra […]
Cecilia Bartoli: Sack the bosses at Rome Opera
The diva has pitched in on the simmering crisis in her home town. Rome Opera has fired its orchestra and chorus and is looking to make ad hoc arrangements. Cecilia says they fired the wrong guys. Get rid of the politicians, she recommends, bring back Riccardo Muti and put competent artists in charge. Read full […]
Watch now: The Met’s trailer for The Death of Klinghoffer
Hours before premiere, the Met has released first sight of the controversial production.
Met director: ‘This work respects the Klinghoffers’
The Jewish Daily Forward has published an extensive, balanced and carefully nuanced article on the current furore surrounding John Adams’s opera, The Deat of Klinghoffer, which opens tonight at the Met. In it, the British director Tom Morris says: ‘One of the sadnesses … is that Leon Klinghoffer’s daughters have become estranged from it as […]
Lang Lang shuts down Steinway Hall
Message from the man, with video here. A very emotional afternoon at the farewell party forSteinway Hall on W. 57th in New York. I’ve spent so much time here over the years, as has almost every great pianist in the last century; unforgettable memories which I’ll always treasure in my heart.
Dear Sir, May I wear my burka to the opera?
The eviction from the Paris Opéra of a woman wearing niqab arouses new and disturbing questions that go far beyond operatic dress code. The woman was asked to leave, ostensibly, because covering your face in a public place is an offence under French law. We must assume that this misdemeanour was overlooked by the hotel […]