Orchestra asks its audience to bring food
The Toledo Symphony is asking all ticket holders to bring canned food to concerts during the month of March. The food will be donated to the Martin Luther King Kitchen on Vance street. Those who can’t spare the time for a symphony are asked to bring food anyway. More here.
Exclusive: Two more women join Vienna Philharmonic list
We hear that first violinists, Ekaterina Frolova and Petra Kovačič have both fulfilled their trial periods in the Vienna State Opera Orchestra and are confirmed as full members from today. They become eligible for membership of the Vienna Philharmonic in three years’ time.
Death of a Rubinstein protégée
The Polish-born Mexican pianist Eva Maria Zuk died on February 28 in Mexico City at the age of 71. Originally from Lodz, she was taken by her family to Venezuela as a baby. Arthur Rubinstein, who heard her play as a child and came from the same city, arranged for her to study at Juilliard. […]
Facebook will start to pay for music
Facebook hired Tamara Hrivnak from Warner some weeks back as head of music licensing. It is now advertising for a legal director of music licensing. That seems to mean the social media giant is heading towards a Youtube-style arrangement with copyright owners. Hrivnak says: ‘ I look forward to deepening Facebook’s relationship with the music […]
West Side Story makes it to a major US opera stage
Houston Grand Opera, announcing its new season, claims to be the first major US opera house to be staging Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story: West Side Story: Francesca Zambello directs first major American opera house presentation of Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, and Jerome Robbins’s beloved musical, featuring soprano Andrea Carroll and tenor Norman Reinhardt (April […]
Debussy scores a 20-million hit
This may be the most people that have ever listened to Claude Debussy. In a video from Lana Del Rey’s album Freak, the American singer segues without warning at 5:33 into the French master’s Clair de Lune. The piano piece plays while young women float underwater in diaphanous garments. Just as Debussy intended, no doubt. […]
Menahem Pressler, 93 today, marks it with a hometown concert
Menahem Pressler is back today in Madgeburg, where he was born, giving two concerts with the town orchestra. The town has announced that from 2017 it will award an annual Menahem Pressler prize. Happy birthday, Menahem, and many, many more.
Suspended musicians appeal to silent board
The players in Camerata Nordica have yet to be told officially that their orchestra has been suspended, and why. The website names two responsible officials: Peter Högberg. President. Kjell Lindstrom. County Music Manager. This morning, the musicians issued the following puzzled and regretful letter: Wednesday, December 14th, 2016 To the Board and Administration of Camerata Nordica, As […]
Newspaper founder was a passionate violinist
Among many who are mourning the death today of Claude Imbert, founder-editor of the French newspaper Le Point, are classical musicians whom he befriended and ardently followed. Imbert, who was 87, played the violin all his life and collected musical autographs.
Just in: Bob Dylan won’t attend Nobel ceremony
‘We look forward to Bob Dylan’s Nobel lecture, which he must give – it is the only requirement – within six months counting from December 10, 2016,’ said the Prize committee, wiping egg from pale faces with very tight lips. Will he bother?