Christchurch conductor is jailed for sex offences
The former choir conductor at Christchurch Priory Church, David Everett has been jailed for six indecent assaults on a boy aged under 16. Everett, 57, received a sentence of six years and eight months. More here.
Just in: Fort Worth fires opera chief
Citing a desire to move the company in different directions financially and artistically, board chairman Mike Martinez said FWO terminated (Darren) Woods’ position with the company and is seeking to hire a new general director immediately. More here. Woods is an innovator. Fort Worth is not.
The pianist who kick-started a hedge fund
Larry Richards studied music at the University of North Texas and went to Japan to research pre-1939 jazz history and play gigs. ‘I realised where I was in the pyramid, and if I were to pursue a career as a performer, I would be doing Bar Mitzvahs and weddings for $100 a night for the rest […]
Death of a Czech opera reformer
Eva Herrmannová, reforming intendant of Czech National Opera in the five years after Communism, died yesterday in Prague, aged 87. A survivor of the Theresienstadt concentration camp, she worked through the dark years as a critic and historian. Once installed at the theatre, she succeeded in bringing home Czech émigré musicians to perform in their native […]
What happened when national radio played only pre-1945 music…
Bulgarian radio is in dispute with the national copyright agency. So it is restricted to playing music written before 1945. The ratings are just in for January. Listening is up by 20 percent. Is there a lesson in this, somewhere?
Three best-sellers on one release. (Will it sell?)
Nonesuch have announced the release in April of a set of Bach trio sonatas. The players are: Chris Thile, a recent chart-topper. Yo Yo Ma, a perennial favourite. And Edgar Meyer, the go-to bassist. Should be a smash. But in today’s market, who knows?
Zhang makes unexpected Cleveland debut
The New Jersey music director has jumped in for Semyon Bychkov. [Monday, February 13, 2017] The Cleveland Orchestra has announced a conductor update for the February 16, 17, and 18 performances at Severance Hall. Semyon Bychkov, upon the advice of his physician, cannot travel at this time due to the stomach flu and has regretfully […]
Pathology of a bad production
Larry Johnson takes a scalpel to Chicago’s new Carmen, directed by a Broadway song-and-dance man: You knew it was going to be a long night at the Civic Opera House when the undulating shirtless male dancer with a bull’s head mask appeared during the opening Prelude to menace a group of fellow dancers dressed as […]
A woman to lead the Musicians Union?
Believe it or not, the Musicians Union (MU), representing 30,000 professionals across the UK and affiliated to the Labour Party and all left-on orgs, has never elected a female leader. Since 1893, it has been one bloke after another. That may be about to change. This morning, Kathy Dyson threw her hat into the ring […]
Count them: 3.1 million Germans are musicians
The Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) in Wiesbaden has issued the latest statistics on musical activity. According to the 2015 survey, some 3.1 million Germans – 38 percent of the population – make music in organised groups, such as orchestras, choirs and church groups. There are 64,000 professional singers and musicians registered in Germany, of whom instrumental players […]
No room in the sauna: Finns refuse asylum to threatened Iraqi violist
More signs of humanitarian shutdown. The Finns, hitherto hospitable, are restricting entry. Among thousands of refugees that arrived in 2015 was a viola player in the Iraq National Symphony Orchestra. Members of the orchestra have been threatened for playing Western music. But the Finns have now designated Iraq a safe country and refused the player’s […]