Pittsburgh has a fourth principal vacancy
The gaps are looming larger. Principal trumpet George Vosburgh has announced his retirement after 25 years, together with his wife JoAnn, who is the orchestra’s librarian. There are now principal vacancies for trumpet, second violin, timpani and concertmaster. The effects of the lockout continue to be felt.
Watch Barenboim open the Pierre Boulez concert hall
It’s on Saturday evening and Arte are streaming the concert live. Click here. Programme: Pierre Boulez: Initiale Franz Schubert: Der Hirt auf dem Felsen D 965 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Klavierquartett Es-Dur KV 493 Alban Berg: Kammerkonzert für Klavier und Geige mit 13 Bläsern Jörg Widmann: Fantasie für Klarinette solo Pierre Boulez: sur Incises
A Berlin violinist plays on the Ukraine-Russia frontline
Marina Bondas, a violinist in the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, fills her spare time playing for families who live in bunkers on the ugly front between Ukraine and Russia. Marina, 37, left Kiev when she was young but cannot ignore the suffering of her people. Watch video here.
Pavarotti finalist is now a parish priest
Father Michael Magiera was once a finalist in the International Luciano Pavarotti Competition. He has sung in Rigoletto, Traviata, Butterfly, Barber of Seville and many other operas in a career with German and Swiss opera companies. He still gets called to sing tenor in Mozart Requiems in Chicago. But his main job these days is serving St. Joseph […]
Heads keep rolling in New York
Thomas Campbell delivered record footfall as director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, up 40 percent. But the deficit kept rising so the board fired him yesterday after seven years. Jed Bernstein was fired ten months ago as president of the Lincoln Center after promoting a staff member with whom he was having a private […]
The best thing Alan Gilbert has done
In his final concerts in June as music director of the New York Philharmonic, Gilbert has invited musicians from 19 countries to augment his orchestra ‘in support of peace, development, and human rights’. The countries involved Australia, China, Cuba, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Lebanon, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, Venezuela […]
Stranded Syrian composer lands Washington job
The Syrian clarinetist and composer Kinan Azmeh, who struggled to get back to his US home during the Trump travel ban, has been named composer-in-resident at Classical Movements, a DC-based music org. Classical Movements will commission Kinan to compose a work for full orchestra, as well as chamber and choral pieces.
Andris Nelsons launches Leipzig-Boston joint venture
News release just in: Andris Nelsons, Boston Symphony Orchestra Music Director and Gewandhauskapellmeister Designate, will lead a unique multidimensional collaboration between his two orchestras over a five-year period beginning with the 2017-18 concert season. An unprecedented partnership in the world of orchestral music, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Gewandhausorchester Alliance will explore the many historic […]
Malaysian Phil CEO fires marketing director over negative review
The unsettled orchestra, which is under an international musicians’ boycott for sacking players without reason, has now dismissed an executive in arbitrary fashion. Here’s what happened. The orchestra, together with board members and some of its staff, gave a charity concert in December. Someone posted a negative Facebook comment (below) about the piano paying of […]
New music org shuts down
New Dots, a London group that gave 33 premieres over the past five years, has called it quits.