And the top-grossing indie of 2015 is … Schoenberg
Very good to see that Woman in Gold, which was sniffed at by most print critics, is now the top-earning independent movie of the year, grossing $33 million in 17 weeks. The film, starring Helen Mirren, tells the story of E. Randol Schoenberg, a struggling LA lawyer, who defeats the Austrian government’s attempts to keep […]
Mon ami, Kirill Petrenko
Our resourceful chers copains at resmusica have been having a conversation with Alain Altinoglu, a rare French conductor at Bayreuth, where he is in charge of the Lohengrin revival. In fact, he is only the third Frenchman on the hill, after André Cluytens and Pierre Boulez. Alain is having a marvellous time, feeling his way […]
Is America’s third opera company changing its DNA?
Questions have been asked about Chicago Lyric Opera ever since it failed to produce the usual financial returns at the close of its season. Fears have increased since word leaked that the company is putting on cabaret shows in the run-up to Christmas, traditionally a busy time for family-suitable operas. What’s up at the Lyric? […]
Nuremberg votes for new concert hall
The city council has decided that the iconic Meistersingerhalle does not meet 21st century ambitions. It has voted funds for a new 1,500-seater and will turn the Meistersingerhalle into a conference centre. When London gets a new hall, that must be the solution for either the Barbican or the RFH.
Doctor dies after sliding down concert hall banister
Courtroom report: (CN) – A doctor who tried to “ride the banister” at a Buffalo, N.Y. concert venue died because of a substance on the railings and space between the staircase and a wall, his mother claims. Indu Verma sued Acquest Theater Place LLC, Acquest Development LLC and ESI Inc. individually and on behalf of […]
Fire leaves youth orchestra without clothes or instruments
The Orquesta Juvenil Cifan and Fundación Cifan in Chile have been left destitute by fire. No lives were lost but the kids have no spare clothes or anywhere to sleep. An international appeal has been raised. Full report here (in Spanish). Contact details: Foundation Cifan, Ruth: 65.073.925-6 Current account, BANK SANTANDER NOT: 68634660 [email protected]
Summer risk: Rock-throwing kids injure festival conductor and clarinettist
The French conductor Bertrand de Billy and an unnamed clarinet player in the Orchestre National de France have been hit by stones and small rocks thrown by feral children while they rehearsed Il Trovatore in the ancient open-air theatre of Orange. De Billy was hit in the shoulder, the clarinet player in the hip. Neither injury […]
Musicology discovers the mobile phone
For want of anything better to occupy their time, musicologists are now playing with their cellphones. It’s for a freebie in Paris. Not one paragraph of the invitation below is coherent, in the normal sense of the word. CALL FOR PAPERS – “Music on the Move: Sounds and New Mobilities” PARIS, 8 DECEMBER 2015 CRAL/EHESS […]
Master of the pedal steel guitar
Sixty years ago this month, Buddy Emmons arrived in Nashville to work for Little Jimmy Dickens. Overnight, the Nashville sound changed forever. Buddy died last night, at the age of 78. Down the years, Buddy played pedal steel guitar on hundreds of Nashville recordings, working with Judy Collins (Someday Soon), Bob Dylan, John Sebastian, Linda […]
A better conductor than Karajan?
In the ruins of Berlin, the man who restored music making at high performance from 1948 on was the brave and extraordinarily musical conductor Ferenc Fricsay. His first position was as music director of the Deutsche Oper in West Berlin, but it was as head of the US-funded RIAS radio orchestra that he achieved performance […]