These we shall miss
A sombre German selection of major cultural and intellectual losses of 2016. Click here to read.
A Moscow music school mourns its sons, lost in Black Sea crash
Teachers at the celebrated Gnessin School have lost a husband and a son in the Tupolev crash that wiped out the Alexandrov Ensemble, formerly the Red Army Ensemble. Irina Gegele lost her son, Ivan, a horn player. Another teacher is married to Vladimir Brodsky, a pianist who died. The information has been sent to us […]
How to win a German orchestra audition
There are six current vacancies at the Leipzig Gewandhaus. Fancy your chances? Tom Greenleaves, the orchestra’s solo timpanist, talks us though the hoops and falls in a fascinating post on Rob Knopper’s blog. Sample: After the closing date for applications, the members of the section (we timpanists count as such for percussion auditions and vice […]
Music shock: George Michael is dead, at 53
It has been announced that the pop singer and former Wham star died ‘peacefully’ over the Christmas period. London born, to a Greek-Cypriot family, he sold an estimated 100 million records.
Minnesota’s harpist dies, at 89
Joan Mainzer Kishkis, principal harp of the Minnesota Orchestra for 40 years, has died in the week of her 90th birthday. She also played for St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and other ensembles.
Just in: Putin ordered Red Army Ensemble to Aleppo
It has emerged that the doomed Alexandrov Ensemble, which perished in today’s Black Sea crash, was on its way to perform a ‘liberation’ concert in the destroyed Syrian city of Aleppo. President Putin has declared a day of mourning. It has also been confirmed that the chief conductor of Russia’s military ensembles, General Valery Khalilov, was […]
Confirmed: Red Army Ensemble has perished in Black Sea air crash
Major-General Igor Konashenkov, a spokesman of the Russian defence ministry, has told Reuters in the past hour that none of the 92 people on a Syria-bound plane has survived the crash into the Black Sea. Passengers on the military plane included 62 singers, instrumentalists and dancers of the Alexandrov Ensemble, formerly the Red Army Ensemble, […]
Fifty years since Fritz Wunderlich
The German lyric tenor died in a domestic accident on 17 September 1966, at the age of 35. This is what we lost.
Disaster: Russian army ensemble vanishes in Black Sea air crash
The Russian Defense Ministry has announced the disappearance of Tu-154 aircraft with 92 people on board. The aircraft vanished over the Black Sea. A search effort has begun. The state news agency Tass reports that the passengers included the Russian army choir, the celebrated Alexandrov Ensemble, as well as orchestral musicians and nine Russian media representatives. […]
30 years after Nixon in China, not much hope left
Houston Grand Opera are bringing back John Adams’s Nixon in China, which they premiered in 1987. It seemed to mark a breakthrough, both political and creative. A style of news-headline opera was launched. But the genre has enjoyed few comparable successes, and US relations with China are frosting over. From the Houston Grand Opera press […]