Fourth job for busy Maestro
The energetic Kazushi Ono will become artistic director of the New National Theatre, Tokyo from 2018-2019. He is also chief conductor of Opera de Lyon and music director of both Barcelona Symphony Orchestra and the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. Busy man, with an even busier agent. Ono was previously music director at La Monai, Brussels.
Why Pittsburgh fans are walking with the strikers
This just in from Mark and Tris Ozark, long-term subscribers to the Pittsburgh Symphony. WHY I WALK though I am not a musician. I’m not related to a musician or employed by any of them. I’m walking today with the Musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for many reasons. ♪ As a subscriber, I have become […]
Fort Worth cancels the rest of the year
The board of the Fort Worth Symphony has called off all concerts up to December 31 due to the continuing strike by musicians who are refusing to accept wage cut. A weekend meeting between the two sides was stonewalled by FWS managers. The musicians and their families have been locked out in the cold for […]
Brass band star dies
Former Black Dyke resident conductor Michael Antrobus has died in Norway at the age of 73. A child chorister at Chester Cathedral, he played trumpet in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and conducted Black Dyke for two years from 1978. Then he discovered Norway, where he played a huge role in developing brass […]
Maestro says he’s got Parkinsons after musicians demand his dismissal
Musicians in the Mexico City Symphony Orchestra have voted for their veteran chief conductor Enrique Batiz to be dismissed after a history of clashes and, they say, money wasting. Batiz, 74, has told local media he has been suffering for the past five years from Parkinsons Disease. He has been music director since the orchestra […]
Opera Australia boss quits for London lights
Craig Hassall, CEO of Opera Australia, has been named chief executive of the Royal Albert Hall. Hassall, who will start work in London next year, has worked here before as managing director of English National Ballet for seven years from 2005, and before that as COO of Raymond Gubbay promotions.
Your only chance to see a shortlived American genius
This is the only known film of William Kapell, who died in an air crash in 1953, at the age of 31. He had made quite a few recordings for RCA, but this was his only preserved record on film. You will be gripped. Is that Alistair Cook presenting?
Beethoven ‘used salsa rhythms in his 5th symphony’
It’s a theory, no more ridiculous than some of the HIP hypotheses. The arranger is Sverre Indris Joner.
No women’s changing rooms were planned for NY Philharmonic
A reminiscence from cellist Evangeline Benedetti, one of the first two women to gain tenure in the New York Philharmonic: When Philharmonic Hall (now David Geffen Hall) at Lincoln Center was built, they were certain that there would be no women in the orchestra. Fortunately, they were wrong, but they built no dressing rooms for […]
Brutal London street attack leaves gifted pianist in dire need
Two messages from the British pianist and conductor James Sherlock. Last week: Four weeks ago I was attacked in Ion Gardens off Columbia Road as I was walking home. I visited the site yesterday with my sister, where the council have since installed new street lamps across this little park. In six years in the […]