New music prize seeks public jury
Here’s a spot of glasnost: The European Composition Prize at Young Euro Classic in Berlin wants an audience vote on the winner. Interested? Call Berlin (030) 884713963
Maestro turns 40
Happy birthday to the other Petrenko, the one that supports Liverpool FC and writes in its programmes. Big in Oslo, too. Raise a craft beer to Vasily.
Funeral of Peter Feuchtwanger
June 30, 11am, Brompton Cemetery. All welcome. Many students from abroad will wish to attend.
Florence Foster Jenkins is mine, soprano says
The soprano Julia Kogan has filed Defence and Counterclaim at the High Court in London, asserting her rights to be credited as a co-author of the Florence Foster Jenkins film, starring Meryl Streep. Her claim is strongly contested by her former boyfriend, Nicholas Martin, who is credited as the sole scriptwriter. Mr Martin’s defence team […]
Glass-ceiling breakers (1): Anne of Detroit
The first in an occasional series on women who have transformed musical perspectives. Our first subject’s motto: ‘Cut through the noise that says you can’t.’ Read profile here. Anne Parsons, president and CEO of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and her husband, Donald Dietz
Are any musicians voting Brexit?
We’ve heard from the Alfred Brendel Remain camp today. Are any UK musicians suffiiently sceptical or fed up to vote Leave? Or brave enough to declare their intention? English Music Festival, anyone?
Breaking: European Union kills its youth orchestra
press statement: The European Union Youth Orchestra, now in its 40th anniversary year, is to cease operations from 1 September, 2016 due to the lack of funding from the European Union. For 38 years, between 1976 and 2013, the EUYO was supported by the EU as a Cultural Ambassador for the EU. Since 2014 a change […]
‘The beauty of these people is purifying for us, even after their passing’
From Joseph Joachim’s eulogy at the grave of Clara and Robert Schumann. Well worth reading here, in English and German. h/t: Joachim scholar Robert Eschbach
Going baroque at home
A former World Bank official took up the harpsichord in retirement. Then she and a neighbour started putting on Baroque concerts with well-known artists in their suburban homes. Lovely story with a lifestyle twist, in the Washington Post.
Just in: American Airlines throw off an international violinist
The Chicago-based soloist Rachel Barton Pine tweeted earlier that AA had refused to board her valuable violin despite having notified her that she could carry it on. Here’s the full story, from Rachel’s people: photo Lisa-Marie Mazzucco Internationally acclaimed violinist Rachel Barton Pine was denied boarding her April 27 American Airlines evening flight #3542 because […]
Breaking: Netrebko to sing her first Norma
Anna Netrebko will appear for the first time as Bellini’s Norma to open Covent Garden’s 2016-17 season. The new production, directed by the Catalan theatre group La Fura dels Baus, will feature the Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja making his role debut as Pollione, and the Italian mezzo Sonia Ganassi as Adalgisa.