Maestro gets a pat on the butt from baseball hero
Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers stepped up to open the Detroit Symphony’s Mozart season. Then he got familiar with the music director, Leonard Slatkin. Watch here.
Meet Simon Rattle’s new designers
The Partners has designed the visual identity for the London Symphony Orchestra’s (LSO) 2017/18 season, to coincide with conductor Sir Simon Rattle becoming its music director in September this year. Inspired by the consultancy’s original identity for the orchestra, which features a logo representing a conductor, the new identity depicts the conductor’s movements and is […]
US opera company cancels the rest of its season
The opera company of Eugene, Oregon, struggling with accumulated debt, has scrapped the rest of its season. It will hold town hall meeting to see what the public really want and whether they can sustain an opera season. The two operas cancelled are West Side Story and Peter Brook’s adaptation of Carmen. The current deficit […]
The most important composer you’ve never heard
From the Lebrecht Album of the Week: When I first started writing about Weinberg quarter of a century ago, there was no consistent western spelling of his surname (mostly printed Vainberg) and his first name was given as Moisei (pronounced Moshe), consistent with Soviet policy of identifying racial minorities. As for the music, it was […]
Warsaw promises new hall to its second orchestra
The Sinfonia Varsovia have been assured by the city that their new hall will open in 2022. It will look something like this. More pics here. The Sinfonia is smaller than the Warsaw National Philharmonic, which has its own premises.
Barenboim sends message to President Trump
From a Slippedisc.com correspondent: At Friday’s Carnegie Hall performance of Bruckner’s Second Symphony with the Staatskapelle Berlin, Daniel Barenboim gave a lengthy and impromptu political speech from the stage immediately after the conclusion of the symphony. In an address that was received with cheers and a standing ovation, he remarked that ‘America has the power […]
Jackie Evancho’s inauguration: Judge for yourselves
One conductor has mildly called it the worst national anthem in American history. Some low notes are unreached, other are just missed. There are cracks near the top.
What to watch during the Trump inauguration
Here’s the link to Glen Roven’s counter-inauguration, featuring many of America’s top opera singers. And here’s an intelligent response from a bunch of Juilliard students, led by Will Healy: You see it here first. Or just stare at the 2009 inauguration picture, and weep for lost innocence.
BBC cancels tonight’s concert. Conductor is unwell.
Oliver Knussen called in sick, which is sad. But couldn’t they find a replacement, even if it meant dropping the one new work on the programme – the world premiere of Philip Cashian’s piano concerto? Show must go on, and all that.
Just in: Nuremberg names Mahler winner as chief conductor
The Nuremburg Symphony has named Kahchun Wong as its next chief conductor, starting September 2018. Wong, a Singaporean, won the Gustav Mahler conducting competition in Bamberg, in May last year. Aged 30, Wong is a Kurt Masur protégé. He is managed by Masur’s former assistant, Stefana Atlas.
Music director starts work at world’s worst-run orchestra
The Orchestre de la Suisse Romande has blown millions of francs over the past four years, compensating four managing directors who were unfairly sacked by a dilettant board. That has not stopped Jonathan Nott from assuming office last night as music director. He said: ‘It is with huge anticipation and pleasure that I take up this […]