New York Philharmonic aims to lose its Glass virginity
The 2017-18 season, announced today, will include the Philip Glass Double Concerto for two pianos. It will be the first time, Mr Glass tweets, that the Philharmonic has played a concert work by New York’s best-known composer. Philip Glass has just turned 80. Carnegie Hall celebrated the event. But the New York Phil just walked on […]
Arie Vardi wins an unexpected prize
The distinguished and sometimes controversial piano teacher has been awarded the Israel Prize 2017 by the Netanyahu government for ‘his tremendous contribution to the advancement of musical culture in Israel.’ Professor Vardi, 80 this year, is mostly seen these days as a jury member on international competitions.
Seattle Symphony plays music from 7 nations that Trump banned
The Seattle Symphony is putting on a protest concert tonight, titled, Music Beyond Borders: Voices from the 7. Here’s the reasoning: The arts community across the country has been contributing in meaningful ways to the discussion around immigration following the recent executive order restricting travel and immigration from these countries. As artists and Americans, we […]
Watch: Jake Gyllenhaal can sing
The Hollywood star is rehearsing Sondheim on Broadway.
A music director speaks out against Trump’s blurring of truth
Leon Botstein, music director of the American Symphony Orchestra and president of Bard College, has published an article in the New York Times on the dangerous reality of ‘alternative facts’. Botstein states the case with great clarity: Not since the era of witch hunts and “red baiting” has the American university faced so great a […]
Gewandhaus names young Armenian as principal cello
Gayane Khachatryan, 23, from Yerevan, has won the audition for Vorspieler of the Gewandhausorchester cello section, equivalent to assistant principal. Gayane is a former member of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra and a graduate of the Gewandhaus Mendelssohn-Orchesterakademie.
Berlin composer, 58, dies during opera rehearsals
In the midst of Deutsche Oper rehearsals of his opera DIDO, a companion piece to Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, the composer Michael Hirsch has died. He was 58. Born in Munich, Hirsch moved to Berlin in 1981, writing several operas for the German circuit. He was also a stage performer, a member of the Freyer-Ensemble. DIDO […]
John Adams: I won’t make an opera about Trump, he’s nothing but ego
From an interview with the composer on KQED: The idea of a Trump opera doesn’t interest me in the least. First of all, because so much of what he does is theater to begin with. It’s a terrible form of exploitative theater, but there’s no point in trying to make theater about theater. Furthermore, you […]
Verdi editor gives his library to Juilliard
Philip Gossett – general editor of the complete Giuseppe Verdi for the University of Chicago Press and Ricordi, and of works of Gioachino Rossini for Bärenreiter – has donated his personal library to Juilliard. Gossett, 75, lives and teaches in Chicago. But he specifically wanted his research material to be kept within easy reach of the Metropolitan Opera so […]
65 jobs go at US record distributor
We’re hearing of people losing their jobs this month at Entertainment One Distribution, which looks after many small and medium-sized classical labels, among them Analekta, MDG and WigmoreHallLive. Where will they go now?
Death of a Spanish Mahlerian, 66
Two weeks after the master-biographer Henry-Louis de LaGrange, we have lost José Luis Pérez de Arteaga, author of a Spanish biography of Gustav Mahler. His main renown of 30 years was as a presenter on Radio Clásica, the voice behind ten thousand concerts.