Watch: Man smashes drum in Rite of Spring
A rehearsal of the Rite of Spring by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra turned more feral than usual today when percussionist Lenny Sakofsky burst right through the skin of his drum. It’ll be all right on the night, we hope.
Who’s this playing for Heifetz and the troops in 1945?
You won’t get it. The pianist is the great teacher and interpreter, Seymour Lipkin, who died on Monday. Photo courtesy Ron Ephrat.
Great Lutheran church replaces organist
The Oude Kerk of Amsterdam, also known at St Nicholas Church, has announced a new organist, Matthias Havinga. Matthias, 32, succeeds Jakob Lekkerkerker, who has been in the seat for only eight years. No reason has been given. Jakob remains on staff. Story here.
What happened when Father Christmas came out
The Western Daily Press was disturbed when it unwrapped its Nestlé Father Christmas. So cunning those Swiss.
Happy fiddler: Orchestre de Paris recovers lost violin
Here’s Gilles Henry today with his violin. We don’t know yet how it was returned to him, or if a reward was paid.
It’s Dr. Dr. Lang Lang
The pianist has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing where he was harshly treated as a boy. It’s the first Hon. Dr. ever granted by the CCM, a creeping sign of bad western habits.
A musical answer to just about everything
From the Oklahoma City Philharmonic:
8 reasons why your child is giving up music
A teacher suggests how you can stop them. Click here.
Shock poll: MIT beats Oxbridge for arts and humanities
You read that right. In the authoritative Times Higher Educational Supplement rankings, Stanford, Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology took the top three spots, beating Oxford, London and Cambridge into 4th, 5th and 6th. MIT is where this sort of thing counts for piano practise. No idea what they pitch at Stanford. Yale fails to […]
Chicago counts record ticket sales, but the orch hits deficit
For the fifth year running, the box-office of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra broke all records, it was announced last night. Nevertheless, the orchestra ran into deficit. The stats: Ticket Sales and Earned Revenue for Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2015 Ticket sales totaled $22.7 million for 233 CSOA-presented events, a slight increase […]
Economics editor: Classical music ‘refutes the demand of neoliberals for us to be acquisitive, selfish individuals’
Paul Mason, economics editor of Channel 4, studied music in Sheffield in the late 1970s. Here’s his considered view on what it does to us: ‘Music – I mean the classical music I studied – taught me above all: no act of imagination is futile. Music is the imagination running wild, through a landscape that is only […]