Charlotte Symphony offers ‘performance for peace’
‘We have a moral imperative to provide an opportunity for reflection and community. Music cares beyond pain,’ says music director Christopher Warren-Green. The outdoor concert will open with Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man. Report here. Riots continue.
Philadelphia players: Board blew $10 million on bankruptcy
The musicians in Philadelphia are out of contract. If they can’t get a new deal soon, the orchestra will be back where it was five years ago – shut down and bankrupt. The atmosphere is souring. Read what the musicians have to say: It has been more than five years since the Board of the […]
Sad news: Monty Python genius has dementia
The BBC has reported that Terry Jones, the phenomenal Monty Python comedian, has been diagnosed with primary progressive aphasia. His communication has been affected and he is no longer able to give interviews. Jones, 74, has always been involved with other art forms. In 2012 he wrote a libretto for Edward Lear’s The Owl and the Pussycat […]
Gergiev is called out in Munich for non-rehearsal
A review in the Abendzeitung attacks the music director for his cursory rehearsal practices. The performance of Beethoven’s Eroica was, writes Robert Braunmüller, ‘casually improvised’. Textures were cloudy, ensemble flawed. The Munich Philharmonic sounded shoddy. Gergiev’s pianist, his pal Denis Matsuev, received a similar drubbing. Gergiev’s rehearsal absences are well attested, but in all his years […]
Aussie festival defaults on paying its artists
Numerous international artists have not been paid five months after appearing at Brisbane Baroque – according to Limelight magazine and confirmed to us by several artists. The bilked artists include: Mahan Esfahani, Vivica Genaux, Brett Weymark, Erin Helyard, Ulrike Schneider, Carlo Vistoli, Russell Harcourt, Joao Fernandes, Owen Willetts, Keri Fuge, Kiandra Howarth, Morgan Balfour, Nicholas Tolputt, […]
Unprompted, Dudamel conducts at the White House
Gustavo Dudamel was due to to say a few words at the National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal ceremony at the White House yesterday. Instead, he jumped up and conducted the Marine Chamber Orchestra in what appears to be the only little symphony in their repertory – the Mozart G minor (known as the one […]
Illegal state issues composer stamp
The Russian-sponsored breakaway state of Donetsk has issued its first postal stamps. The first issue marks the 125th birthday of Sergei Prokofiev, a native of the region. Do not be tempted to buy the stamp. It contravenes international law.
Stop press: US orchestra chairman is arrested
Earlier this week, we reported the ‘exemplary’ Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra for the six-year deal it had struck with musicians, among other successes. Yesterday, its chairman Louis P. Ciminelli was arrested at his home, cuffed and charged with bribery and corruption. He denies the charges. Ciminelli, a philanthropist who has given millions to the Philharmonic […]
Artists appeal to Europe to squeeze Youtube
More than 30,000 people have signed a petition to the European Union, asking it to secure more money for artists who are paid a pittance or nothing every time their work is accessed online. It’s called the Fair Internet Campaign. You can sign here.
Curtis president will play solo on European tour
The college orchestra has announced its European tour of the century for May next year, visiting Helsinki, Bremen, Berlin, Dresden, Salzburg, and Vienna. Minnesota’s Osmo Vänskä will conduct. Peter Serkin will play Brahms’s first piano concerto. In the other concerto, Penderecki’s Concerto doppio, the soloists will be Benjamin Schmid (Violin) and Roberto Díaz (viola). Mr Díaz is president and CEO of the […]
Two men charged with music director murder
John Donnelly, 64, was found dead in Turkish holiday resort in June. Two local men were charged today with his murder. John had been an amateur music director, active with the Association of Irish Musical Societies and the Wexford Light Opera Society.