Jaap Van Zweden cancels again
The Dallas Symphony has posted on Instagram – though not on its website – that: Music Director Jaap van Zweden will be unable to conduct the Dallas Symphony Orchestra the week of April 6, 2017 due to family reasons. Gustavo Gimeno will conduct April 6-8. The unspecified family reasons date back to the beginning of […]
Vienna Philharmonic upgrades a New Zealand player
Benjamin Morrison, a second violinist in the orchestra since 2014, won the audition today for a vacancy in the first violins. Ben, who is 30, studied with Yair Kless in Graz.
Exclusive: Two more women join Vienna Philharmonic list
We hear that first violinists, Ekaterina Frolova and Petra Kovačič have both fulfilled their trial periods in the Vienna State Opera Orchestra and are confirmed as full members from today. They become eligible for membership of the Vienna Philharmonic in three years’ time.
Call to boycott Swedish orchestra
All members of the Camerata Nordica resigned six weeks ago after their orchestra was suspended. Now the Camerata Nordica is posting ‘business as usual’ notices and hiring new musicians. Former members of the ensemble are calling for an international boycott. Here’s their statement: BOYCOTT CAMERATA NORDICA In this age of alternative facts and extreme politics […]
Nine weeks for women to apply for baton boost
Dallas Opera has put an April 30 deadline on the world’s premier conducting course for women. Apply here. It only costs $35. The course will take place over two weeks in November.
Police renew appeal for missing violinist
It has been 12 days since Lauren Philips, 26, was last seen in North Devon and police are issuing new photographs in the hope of jogging people’s memories. Lauren’s car was found a week ago. There has been no sign of the keen violinist, who plays in the Haffner Orchestra and in other Bristol […]
A noted US bassoonist has died
We have been notified of the death of Robert Barris, who played in the Dallas, Detroit and Chicago symphony orchestras and was an influential teacher at Northwestern University. Our sympathies to his family.
Watch: A concerto is premiered in an acquarium
This is Brett Deubner giving the world premiere of Richard Danielpour’s viola concerto in Long Beach at the aquarium of the Pacific with the Musique Sur la Mer orchestra, conducted by Marcy Sudock.
The silliest of all conductor lists
The Gramophone website has published a list of ‘the 50 greatest conductors of all time’. It is unsigned and may well have been compiled by computer on the basis of who made the most recordings. Even so, the inconsistencies are staggering. Not a single Finn in the 50. Nobody from the major school of modern […]
Here’s how empty the Met will look tonight
This is the image you will see when going online to purchase Met tickets for Idomeneo. The red dots are the unsold seats. At least two-thirds of the orchestra stalls, priced from $85 to $300, are vacant. For Friday night, which ought by rights to be full of weekenders. Crisis, what crisis?