New music director in Montevideo
The Brazilian Ligia Amadio has been named artistic director of the Montevideo Philharmonic from next year. In 2014 she was named chief conductor in Bogota, Colombia.
Vienna completes return of Nazi-stolen art
Statement, just in, from the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra: The Vienna Philharmonic is relieved that an important chapter in its history is about to be closed. The painting Port-en-Bessin by Paul Signac was made available to the heirs today for collection. Here’s the background: The orchestra was given the painting in 1940 by a Gestapo official […]
Report: MP3 sound causes ‘negative’ emotion
A study by the Audio Engineering Library suggests that background noise added by low-quality sound compression may produce a negative emotion in listeners. Previous research has shown that MP3 compression changes the similarities of musical instruments, while other research has shown that musical instrument sounds have strong emotional characteristics. This paper investigates the effect of […]
Empty sloganising at Salzburg Festival
Press release, just in: An Epicentre of the Extraordinary What do we want a festival to be? This question motivated the founders of the Salzburg Festival as they set about creating a unique “Salzburg dramaturgy”. We have resolved to continue the great ideas of our founding fathers Hugo von Hofmannsthal and Max Reinhardt. As gathering-spots […]
New principal viola for the Vienna Philharmonic
The solo (principal) viola position in the VPO, held until recently by Heinrich Koll, was won this morning at audition by Gerhard Marschner, 32. Gerhard, Vienna born, has been stimmführer (associate leader) of the viola section for some years. He was appointed to the opera orchestra at 19 and to the philharmonic three years later, […]
US opera singer, 36, is killed in car smash
Jason Miller, a tenor in the St. Petersburg Opera Company chorus who had won a solo role with Opera Tampa, was tragically killed in a Saturday-night car smash in Florida. Full report here. Jason was also gaining recognition as a composer and conductor.
Just in: US countertenor cancels the Bolshoi
A message from David Daniels: CANCELLATION RODELINDA, MOSCOW PERFORMANCES ANN ARBOR, MI, UNITED STATES December 11, 2016: David Daniels deeply regrets he must cancel his role as Bertarido in the Bolshoi Theatre’s December 2016 production of Rodelinda due to illness. He hopes to find the earliest opportunity to participate in another production at the Bolshoi […]
Ivan Fischer and Daniel Barenboim set out to save empty synagogues
From a beautiful report from Budapest by Fiona Maddocks, in the Observer this weekend: …Out in the villages and small towns of Hungary the story is much starker. Jewish communities were all but wiped out in the Auschwitz deportations of 1944 (about 500,000 of a population of 800,000). Two years ago, Fischer and the Budapest […]
Korean cellist wins Starker boost
The Boston-based South Korean Taeguk Mun, 22, has been chosen for the Janos Starker Foundation award. Winner of the 2014 Pablo Casals competition, Mun receives $25,000 and a sheaf of dates.
Orchestra mourns principal cellist, aged 50
The Symphony Orchestra of Galicia is in mourning for the death of David Ethève, one of its founder members and former director of its youth orchestra. David, who turned 50 in September, was suffering from brain cancer. He was also cellist of the Kapelle Piano Trio. Originally from Neuilly-sur-Seine in France, he made an immense […]
Alarm over the survival of historic choir college
A correspondent reports: Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, has been at the heart of American choral music for 90 years. Our choirs sang on Disney’s “Fantasia”, and with virtually every major conductor and orchestra. It appears regularly with the New York Phil and Philly Orchestra, and many touring orchestras such as Berliner Philharmoniker, […]