Just in: ENO appoints a makeshift music director
To no great surprise, it’s Martyn Brabbins. An Ilya Musin pupil in St Petersburg, Brabbins is a greatly experienced guest conductor. But at 57 he has only once ever been principal conductor, at an orchestra in Japan. He succeeds Mark Wigglesworth, who resigned over artistic shrinkage. Under the rosiest of glasses it still looks like […]
Ballet star dies, at 99
Yvette Chauviré dominated the Paris Ballet stage for 20 years after the war. Ten years old when she entered the Paris Opéra ballet school, she emerged as the archetype Giselle, a role she chose as her farewell in 1972. Her death was announced by the company on Wednesday night.
Worst-run orchestra loses its two best friends
The Orchestre de la Suisse Romande is a regular source of public entertainment on this site, getting rid of four managers in as many years and failing comically to sign the man it announced as chief conductor. Through these travails, its president, Florence Notter, has refused to acknowledge the slightest error or misjudgement. She has lately appointed […]
Drums on seats? Not on our plane
From Brian Flescher, principal timpanist with the New World Symphony: I was not allowed to board with my snare drum UA90 from Newark to TelAviv. The gate manager insisted I cannot board because my snare drum case went over the faa regulation sized by 1-2 inches. I boarded with them anyways and she came on fuming, […]
Boss stays: Freud’s dream job continues
Overnight press release: CHICAGO (10/20/16) –Lyric Opera of Chicago today announced that, at its meeting earlier today, the Board of Directors voted unanimously to renew acclaimed general director Anthony Freud’s five year contract. Mr. Freud will continue to lead the organization as general director through the 2020/21 season. The unanimous decision by the Board of […]
Gavin Bryars to make US debut
The Big Ears Festival of Knoxville, Tennessee, is claiming the significant coup of luring out the recluvie UK composer Gavin Bryars to play an American venue for the first time with his own ensemble. Forget composer in residence. They also have Carla Bley, Meredith Monk and 2016 Pulitzer winner Henry Threadgill. And somebody has rewritten […]
Must-see: A film composer scores Trump Stalks Hillary
Shades of psycho from Danny Elfman. Danny Elfman’s “TRUMP STALKS HILLARY” from Funny Or Die
Sad news: Crucible creator has died
One of the movers and shakers of British theatre, Colin George – who has died at 87 – was largely responsible for the creation of Sheffield’s iconic Crucible Theatre. The space is designed for staged works, music and snooker. Obit here.
Social and Personal: Peter Gelb’s son got married
From the parish magazine: Christine Esmeralda D’Souza, a daughter of Judge Bernadette Gomes D’Souza and Dr. Terence C. D’Souza of New Orleans, was married Oct. 1 at her parent’s home to David Gelb, a son of Donna Daniels Gelb and Peter Gelb, both of New York. The bride’s mother, who sits on the Civil District […]
Green light for new Halle Orchestra building
The conversion of a disused 1859 Manchester church into a rehearsal, performance and education centre received planning permission today after a long process. All the Halle needs now is to raise some money.
Breaking: New York Philharmonic gives new prize to Brit pianist, 24
The orchestra has announced the creation of a Ronnie and Lawrence Ackman Classical Piano Prize. The first winner is Benjamin Grosvenor. The prize amounts to $30,000 and some dates with the Philharmonic. The next award is in 2019.