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?
How to build a piano with 30,000 Lego pieces
This is Jeroen van Veen’s latest creation. It has been on Dutch television so it must be real. It plays like a … Lego piano. How long before Lang Lang comes by to play?
At the World Series, Cleveland won the music
CLEVELAND – On November 2, 2016, members of the string section of The Cleveland Orchestra performed the National Anthem at Game 7 of the 2016 World Series. (No-one asked the Chicago Symphony, apparently.) The eight musicians included first violinists Takako Masame, Chul-In Park, and Jeanne Preucil Rose; principal second violinist Stephen Rose; second violinist Carolyn […]
Anguished appeal for stolen London violin
Melanie Wise is asking us to look out for her early 19th century German violin, which was stolen from a van parked near Mare Street in Hackney. She was working at the time with the band Primal Scream. Here’s what Melanie writes: I HAVE HAD MY BELOVED VIOLIN AND ENTIRE MUSICAL SETUP STOLEN @ 3PM TODAY […]
Get your first free conducting lesson here
Leonard Slatkin, music director of the Detroit Symphony is offering a how-to course in conducting. First less drops here on Saturday. Baton ready? Then let’s begin.
Scoop: Karajan preferred Boston sound to Vienna
From acoustician Willem Boning’s recent interview with the late Leo Beranek: WB: I don’t particularly like the sound in Vienna. LLB: You’re right—Boston is better! And von Karajan and I talked a lot about this. And he liked Boston better. And what did he have to say about that? First of all, the […]