Iceland tightens grip on Osmo Vänskä
The Minnesota conductor was today named Honorary Conductor of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, where he has been principal guest for three years. ‘I am really happy to continue my involvement with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and to be connected to this wonderful country,’ said Osmo Vänskä.
‘We need music criticism more than ever nowadays’
Ted Gioia complains that music critics have turned into lifestyle reporters: When I was a child, Gunther Schuller’s byline appeared in Saturday Review, and Leonard Bernstein hosted music specials on CBS. In my teens, I could read smart, musically astute critics in many magazines and newspapers. I might disagree with the judgments of Harold Schoenberg, […]
Did your kid or cousin get into the US National Youth Orchestra?
They’ve announced the 2017 intake. There are 116 musicians aged 16-19, from 33 U.S. states, including 28 returnees from last year. Marin Alsop will conduct. Warner owner Len Blavatnik is the major sponsor. Violin Fiyi Adebekun, Lansdale, PA Jonathan Altman, Modesto, CA Kelsea Kyu-Ri Au, Henderson, NV Kevin Bai, Plano, TX Anna Black, Eagle, ID […]
Two Houston picks win Met national auditions
Two of the singers selected* by Houston Grand Opera for their studio program were among six winners last night of the Met national auditions, considered the most prestigious career boost in US opera. Here are the Met winners: Samantha Hankey, 24, mezzo-soprano (Marshfield, MA) Kirsten MacKinnon, 26, soprano (Vancouver, BC, Canada) *Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, 23, […]
An eagle for Sally
press release: Sally Cavender, Director of Performance Music at Faber Music, a passionate champion for contemporary music who has overseen more than 950 commissions over the past three decades, has been awarded the prestigious RPS Leslie Boosey Award for her outstanding contribution to the furthering of contemporary music in Britain. The award, a magnificent bronze […]
Orchestra casts off 356 years of experience
The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra in Florida is retiring nine players who have notched up three and a half centuries of playing time between them. They are: Philip Pan, concertmaster since 1984; violinists Lois Elfenbein Gosa, Jeanne Majors, Glynda Newton and Lela LaBarbera; flute and piccolo player Deborah Heller; oboe and English horn player Claudia Minch; principal […]
Students gather to play up Miss Delay
New York’s Le Poisson Rouge is putting on an evening for the centenary of the birth of the city’s most powerful violin teachers, the formidable Dorothy Delay. Among those signed up to take part so far as Philippe Quint, Chee-Yun, Kurt Nikkanen, Paul Huang and Randall Goosby. Details here.
Berlin Philharmonic meets its next music director
For the first time since his election two years ago, Kirill Petrenko will conduct the Berliners this week. The programme: Mozart’s Haffner symphony, Tchaikovky’s Pathétique and John Adams The Wound-Dresser.
Opera is evacuated due to bad smell
The entire audience and performing cast were ordered to leave the building of Sofia Opera and Ballet last night due to a powerful smell that many described as ‘suffocating’. In all, 650 people left the building a short way into the performance of Borodin’s Prince Igor. No cause has been confirmed. The general suspicion is […]
All-new classical power couples of 2017
We present, by popular request, a revised Slipped Disc power list: 1 Anna Netrebko and Yusuf Eyvazov 2 Minnesota music director Osmo Vänskä and concertmaster Erin Keefe 3 Powerhouse Daniel Barenboim, pianist and festival director Elena Bashkirova 4 LSO chief Sir Simon Rattle, mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kozena 5 Boston chief Andris Nelsons, hyper soprano Kristine Opolais […]