Barbican shames BBC Proms with Kirill Petrenko’s UK debut
The BBC were offered a Proms visit last summer by the Bavarian State Orchestra conducted by Kirill Petrenko. The Proms team declined on the grounds that the conductor was unknown in this country. Petrenko had recently been elected music director of the Berlin Philharmonic. Now the Barbican has announced a visit next season by Petrenko and […]
London puts on 10-day welcome Rattle fest
From the LSO’s season announcement this morning: – Sir Simon Rattle’s inaugural season launched with ten-day musical celebration – Young people and new audiences at the heart of future plans – new ticket schemes announced – Stockhausen masterpiece to be staged at Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall – 2017/18 season highlights announced – British composers a […]
Berlin mezzo dies, at 69
A member of the Berlin State Opera from 1987 until illness enforced her retirement in 2009, Rosemarie Lang was a regular performer in a highly competitive ensemble. He roles included Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte, Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, Sesto in La clemenza di Tito by Mozart, Romeo in I Capuleti od I Montecchi […]
Artists are owed $500,000 in collapse of baroque festival
We reported last September that Brisbane Baroque was not paying its artists. That statement is now definitive. The festival went into voluntary liquidation last night after losses in successive years mounted to half a million Aussie dollars. The founders said they will try to pay some of the artists some of the money they are owed. […]
World leaders accept Anne-Sophie Mutter as one of their own
The Davos annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) honoured Anne-Sophie Mutter with its Crustal Award last night for ‘her role in helping to shape a better world’. She shared the honour with the actor Forest Whitaker and the Colombian singer Shakira. The Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation has, since 1997, offered scholarships, performing opportunities and commissions […]
Is there nowhere round here to practise?
Australia’s a big country, but members of its youth orchestra struggle to find a bit of peace and quiet.
Boston heads for Canada
The Boston Symphony has fixed its first trip north of the border this century. press release: For the first time in 21 years, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Music Director Andris Nelsons, make a highly anticipated return to Canada for two performances: at Montreal’s Maison Symphonique on Saturday, March 4, and Toronto’s […]
Washington Cathedral Choir will sing at Trump inauguration
Statement by the Very Rev. Randolph Marshall Hollerith, Dean of Washington National Cathedral: WASHINGTON, D.C. — As Christians, we are called, among other things, to be a people of peace and agents of reconciliation. Our choir is singing at the inauguration to honor the peaceful transition of power that is at the heart of our democratic […]
Death of a well-liked New York PR
We’re saddened to learn of the death of Lois Cohn, a long-serving, unusually agreeable head of press at Carnegie Hall and subsequently at the New York Philharmonic, rising to be head of marketing. Lois was 80. You could take her word for it.
Salzburg names Brit as Mirga’s successor
The Salzburg Landestheater has appointed a new music director, replacing Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla who has gone off to the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. It’s an internal promotion. Adrian Kelly has been first Kapellmeister at the Salzburger Landestheater since 2009. The theatre has also announced a new head of opera, Katrin König.
Film: Is this how Mahler conducted?
Hungarian archives have turned up a fascinating silent film of Oskar Fried conducting. The gestures are large, the baton long, the arms raised very high. Fried was assistant conductor to Mahler in several performances, modelling himself on his mentor. See what you think.