Watch: Thomas Hampson sings new version of Schubert’s Ständchen
A compelling distraction for a difficult day. The settings are by the British composer, David Matthews.
Palestinian group uses music as weapon
No talk of peace in this Al-jazeera report, only a threat to western educational charities to stop distracting young people from the armed struggle. Palestine Street has continued to push messages of solidarity with Palestinians through its own verses. In one song, titled An Institutional Wedding, Azmi tackles the nonviolent politics of some NGOs in […]
Short Mr Galimir would climb on a chair to see what I was doing up there
Our diarist, the violinist Anthea Kreston, is returning to teach at Curtis, where she passed a turbulent youth. I have recently become re-engaged with the Curtis Institute of Music – both as an alumni and as a teacher (I return to Philadelphia this summer to teach at Curtis as a guest). I have reconnected […]
Maestro, 93, cancels summer dates
The much-loved Stanislaw Skrowaczewski has cancelled a concert in June, giving illness as the reason. We send all good wishes for his recovery. Music director of the Minnesota Orchestra from 1960 to 1979, staunchly supporting the musicians during their 2012-14 lockout, he has returned regularly to the US with renewed inspiration. From 1984 to 1991 Skrowaczewski was […]
KLM get nasty with viola
The busy viola player Rachel Bolt is the latest to suffer the appalling customer relations of the Dutch airline. Here’s what Rachel tells us: I hope you may take interest in an appalling situation I found myself in travelling to take part in the St Barts Music Festival. I had to fight for two hours with check-in […]
A Boston college abolishes music
From the composer Tom Schnauber of Emmanuel College, Boston: ——————- Dear Friends, and especially Emmanuel College Alums: Earlier this month, my colleague Scott and I were informed by our VPAA that Emmanuel College’s Academic Administration has decided to eliminate all the music offerings in the course catalog. In order to accomplish this, they will dismantle the […]
Sad news: Roberta Peters has died
The soprano who sang 35 seasons at the Met died today, aged 86. Jan Peerce heard her sing in the Catskills when she was 12, and the rest is opera history. Obit here.
The world’s orchestra musicians to rally in Montreal
The programme has been released for the 4th International Orchestra Conference, which will take place in Montreal, May 11-14, 2017, with Yannick Nézet-Séguin as official ambassador. Click here for details.
Watch now: Opera stars join in the Hillary counter-inauguration
Opera singers will come together tomorrow to honour Hillary Clinton, while Donald Trump is being sworn in. Glen Roven has set two Clinton speeches to music to be sung by Patricia Racette, Nathan Gunn, Isabel Leonard, Lawrence Brownlee, Matthew Polenzani and others. ‘Setting Hillary’s words was a very emotional experience,’ said Glen Roven. ‘Phrases that […]
Brexit aside, young Brit stick gets German agent
KDSchmid have signed the young British conductor Kerem Hasan. He’s 25, presently studying in Zurich. Way to go.
Cami loses another conductor
The German Karl-Heinz Steffens has quit the mega-agency and joined the British boutique, HazardChase. Steffens, 55, principal clarinet of the Berlin Philharmonic until ten years ago, is music director of Norwegian Opera and Ballet. He quit last month as chief conductor of the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz in order to make way for a growing list of engagements. Cami […]