Still giving: La Jolla gets $50 million for performing arts center
And it’s raising $10 million more for music programming. South California is becoming a culture hub. All it takes is the will (and the wealth). Report here.
The very model of a modern ‘opera singer’
This is Laura Wright, mezzo-soprano, promoted to the tabloid press as ‘the Queen’s favourite opera singer’. (Sorry, Kiri.) This is Laura, too, stripped and ready for video action. The pictures are from her new exercise video. The things one has to do to get a chance to sing.
Three major music labels sue Russian ‘facebook’
Representatives of Sony Music Russia, Universal Music Russia and Warner Music UK went to court today in an action against VKontakte – often known as Russian’s Facebook – for music piracy. VK, founded in 2006, allows users to upload music and videos, among other social-media functions. It has 88 million members in Russia and a […]
Lang Lang adds an extra sponsor
In addition to the insurance firm, the car maker, the watch, the pen and whatever else, Lang Lang has added Harman ‘ the premium global audio and infotainment group’ to his portfolio. Soon, he’ll be raking in so much he’ll be able to stop playing. press release: STAMFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– […]
Video: Minnesota concertmaster plays live during brain surgery
Roger Frisch had a tremor. Surgeons said they could correct it, provided he carried on playing while they worked on his brain. Here’s how.
Barenboim gives free concert for peace
The West-Eastern Diwan orchestra has thrown an outdoor free Vivaldi concert into its Argentine tour. The conductor said: ‘The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra is very sensitive to the situation in Middle East. The musicians have relatives on both sides, the sides that are killing each other and, despite this cruel war, there is no Arab or […]
Why did Brahms turn to the left?
In enjoying and reviewing Leon Fleisher’s 85th birthday release – it’s my album of the week on sinfinimusic.com – I mulled a good deal over a fugue by Bach that was transcribed for the left hand by Johannes Brahms. Does anyone know why? Or for whom?
Is the Met’s auditor altogether neutral?
This (2nd right) is Eugene Keilin, the auditor who is studying the books of the Metropolitan Opera with a view to giving the mediator a workable solution to put to both sides. Mr Keilin has been described as an independent auditor. Mr Keilin is a long-time donor to the Met. He also has a long history […]
‘I listen with endless delight to the dripping tap in the bath’
Josephine Dickinson is an English poet and musician who has lived most of her life with impaired hearing, or none at all. A cochlear implant has restored her ability to enjoy sounds, and music. She writes movingly about the transformation here. I entered a new world where every tap, squeak, clang, whisper and consonant exploded and […]
Tragic news: Opera Australia mezzo dies after domestic accident.
We’ve been informed that Deirdre Elliott, a New Zealander who enjoyed a lively career in Europe before returning south in 2007 to join the OA ensemble, has died. Apparently, she fell down a flight of stairs at her sister’s house and never recovered consciousness. Deirdre, a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music in […]