Canada scraps foreign musician tax
The Canadian government has abolished a $275 processing fee it had added to the $150 work permit required for every non-Canadian who plays in small Canadian venues. It’s a small step. much to be welcomed. Chamber musicians should breathe a sigh of relief.
Fact: The best orchestra managers are women
Deborah Rutter is leaving Chicago with a flourish after 11 years in the top job. The orchestra has not been this happy with its music director since Solti was in his prime. The finances are stable; an extra $32 million flowed in just last week. The orchestra is socially engaged, interested in new music and […]
Haka! Orchestra tunes up rugby style (exclusive new video)
This is the Halle Orchestra in Manchester yesterday. They used to love cricket and soccer but, after recent international setbacks, are in the process of changing their sporting allegiance. Watch. Whatever you do, do not try this at home.
Strad fail: Sotheby’s cannot sell $45 million ex-Amadeus viola
After weeks of almost unprecendented hype, London dealers Ingles & Hayday failed at Sotheby’s last night to get a price for the Macdonald Strad, formerly owned by Peter Schidlof of the Amadeus Quartet. The price being mooted was a record, ridiculous $45 million. The dealers used every gimmick on the PR handbook short of having a […]
US jazz bassist has bow seized over ivory concerns
Arriving in Saskatoon, Canada for a concert, Christian McBride found his bow was missing. He posted on Facebook: Now that it’s confirmed, I can tell you that good ol’ TSA confiscated (aka STOLE) my brand new bow right out of my hard case yesterday. I arrived in Saskatoon only to find the bow missing inside […]
Just in: Police are called as Met Opera suffers spray-paint attack
Slogans were sprayed on the walls of the Met this morning and police were called. The stage unions, in dispute with Peter Gelb, immediately denied any involvement. There also seemed to be no connection to the Klinghoffer furore. Just a random spray-can attack, say Met sources. UPDATES: It’s looking more serious. Art was damaged. See here […]
Dallas Opera fills artistic post
Ian Derrer is to be artistic administrator, alongshide music director Emmanuel Vuiillaume and chief exec Keith Cerny. Derrer has done stints at City Opera, Santa Fe and the Lyric Opera, Chicago. Press release DALLAS, JUNE 25, 2014 – In the wake of Jonathan Pell’s decision to step down after thirty years of distinguished service to The Dallas […]
When did Mozart write the Canadian national anthem?
Picture the scene. A sun-kissed morning in Vienna, coffee steaming gently. The great composer is at his billiards table when two Mounties ride up with a fat commission for a stirring anthem. Our friend, composer Michael Vincent, finds O Canada and the March of the Priests from Magic Flute to be absolutely identical. It’s undeniable. […]
Shocking tragedy: Artist couple blown up in studio explosion
The kinetic artist and musician Norman Perryman reports: The eminent artist Glyn Uzzell (84), a fine painter and art educator, died on Monday when his house in Portugal exploded. Glyn was Head of Visual Arts at the International School of Geneva from 1957 and helped me develop the International Baccalaureate Visual Arts Syllabus in Geneva […]
Death of a composer’s friend
The violinist Janet Packer died at the weekend, during a course of cancer treatment. She was 64. Living in Boston, she launched the Pro Violino Foundation and commissioned works from Gardner Read, Vagn Holmboe, Juan Orrego-Salas, William Thomas McKinley, and Edwin London, all of which she premiered. She recorded McKinley’s Violin Concerto no. 1 (MMC Records) and a […]