Lang Lang asks: Are you mad?
… about Mozart, apparently. Can’t be sure. Click here for video. Or not, if you’re sane.
Was the last Chopin Competition fair?
The 2010 winner, Yulianna Avdeeva, was a student of the jury chairman, Fou Tsong. Neither of them mentioned the relationship at the time. Claims were later made that the winner had *only* participated in Fou Tsong’s masterclasses. She’s a fine pianist but full disclosure should have been made. Second prize went to Ingolf Wunder, third […]
Rules for an Association of Clean Competitions
1 No judge shall have taught any student within the past two years. 2 Contestants must disclose all past teacher relationships. 3 Contestants must disclose any previous contact with any of the judges. 4 No more than four students shall be admitted of the same nationality. 5 No more than 60 percent of contestants shall […]
Look what just dropped through my door
The first three Christmas albums hit my doormat this morning. Okay, I understand, buy early and avoid the rush. But we haven’t got past the Jewish New Year and the marketing machine has begun chinging Christmas? Gimme a break.
Violinist is killed on charity bike ride
Sally Peece, 49, was cycling in Scotland to raise funds for Alzheimer treatment when she was hit by a car. She died in hospital the following day, leaving a husband and two teenaged children. She had hoped to cycle the length of Britain, from John O’Groats to Lands End. Among many good works, Sally was […]
Golden Lion for Steve Reich
The US composer collected the supreme accolade for lifetime achievement at the Venice Biennale on Sunday. The ceremony was followed by a performance of his Nagoya Marimbas.
Atlanta shows cracks as board member quits and boss calls in mediator
ASO president Stanley Romanstein’s attempt to impose cuts by locking out his musicians has begun to fail. Hours after he announced that concerts were cancelled until November, a member of his board, Ron Antinori, made public his resignation, saying the musicians should never have been shut out. Romanstein has now quietly proposed that both sides […]
Anti-Met demonstration seriously underachieves
Protestors wearing yellow stars and carrying anti-Gelb placards failed to fill the plaza outside the Metropolitan Opera yesterday as blck-tie patrons arrived for a season-opening gala. Despite busing in classes of schoolchildren from the outer boroughs, the number of demonstrators was estimated by our observers at barely one thousand. On the plus side, […]
Former deputy takes over as Hanover’s general music director
Ivan Repušić, a Croat who served 2010-13 as first kapellmeister, will succeed Karen Kamensek next year at the opera house in Hanover, Germany. Repušić, 36, has led several operas this year at the Deutsche Oper, Berlin.
Anti-Met Klinghoffer demo: first pictures
The demonstrators, fewer than 1,000, are chanting ‘shame on the Met’ and similar slogans. They announced their intention to picket the opera every night of the run. UPDATE: The crowd has swelled to more than 1,000, augmented by students in school buses. photos (c) Shawn Milnes/Slipped Disc
Atlanta cancels til November
Almost every word in this press release is an approximation of the truth. The ASO has locked out its musicians. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 22, 2014 Contacts: Holly Hanchey (404) 733-4998, email@example.com Sean Ward (404) 733-4842, firstname.lastname@example.org ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA TO CANCEL ORCHESTRAL CONCERTS THROUGH NOVEMBER 8, 2014 Concerts Cancelled Due To Ongoing Labor Negotiations […]