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 […]
Opera divorce: Grange Park evicts its producers
It has been known for a while that Wasfi Kani’s Grange Park Opera was being pushed out of its original location and as looking for a new venue. Today we learn that the Grange Park owners are planning to set up a rival opera company. This looks like countryside civil war. Press release follows. […]
Musicians mourn favourite hotel manager
Those of us who travel a lot can never be sure of the welcome that awaits on arrival – or what’s left of us after the airlines and airports have ruined our day. Every once in a while, there is someone who greets us with a hug and a hot drink. Musicians the world over […]
It’s not cold yet in … Levoca
The 9th Unesco Indian summer festival opens this weekend in Slovakia. Details here.
What bankers make of Peter Gelb’s Met plans
Some business-class quotes from opening night: Jacques Brand, Deutsche Bank CEO (North America) and a Met Opera advisory board member: ‘Tonight we enjoyed an opera composed by an Italian, based on a British play, brought to life by an American director, conducted by a French Canadian, and performed by a cast of Serbians, Bulgarians, Latvians […]
Hvorostovsky is back at the Met
The London-based Russian baritone has paused treatment for brain cancer to sing the opening performances of Il Trovatore on September 25 and 29. This welcome back pic was taken by his friend Ildar Abdrazakov. Pictured to Dima’s left are Anna Netrebko and her partner Yusif Eyvazov. And here’s an Instagram from the rehearsal room.
Trending: Italy finally opens up to foreign arts directors
Our friend Valerio Tura, formely artistic administrator at La Monnaie, reports from Bologna on a welcome liberalisation in Italy’s arts administration. A few days ago the Italian Government appointed, with a brand-new “European” procedure, 20 new directors of the top National museums. This is possibly good news, perhaps just a start for better times […]
Just in: Maestro cancels Boston over US visa delays
Five months ago, the Boston Symphony Orch had to rearrange a concert at short notice after Vladimir Jurowski withdrew with visa problems. The conductor blamed his management for the failure Today, Oliver Knussen pulled out of a Gunther Schuller memorial concert in Tanglewood for similar reasons. We are told that the visa he applied for […]
LA Phil loses star clarinet after 54 years
We hear that Michele Zukovsky is to retire from the Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra five days before Christmas – and that will be a farewell party worth attending. Michele joined the orchestra aged 18 on September 9, 1961, playng alongside her father Kalman Bloch and eventually succeeding him as principal clarinet. Jascha Heifetz was a […]
London’s voice doctor has died
We hear from Rosalind Plowright that Dr Ardeshir S Khambata FRCS, the Harley Street ear, nose and throat surgeon who was consultant to Covent Garden, English National Opera and the Royal College of Music, has died in Mumbai, India. ‘Eddie’, as he was known, was a close personal friend to many singers.