Maestro stays: Teddy bears three more years
press release: Louisville, KY (December 5, 2016) …The Louisville Orchestra is delighted to announce that Teddy Abrams – the “energetic young maestro” (New York Times) who at just 29 is the youngest Music Director of a major American orchestra – has renewed his contract for a further three years. Each season through 2019-20 he will […]
New York loses a massive opera fan
Friends are reporting the death of Vincent Titone, tenor, music director at two churches and allround opera fan who travelled to world to hear great voices. Vincent, who was 73, had been principal tenor at Amato Opera and organiser of New York City’s Sicilian Food, Wine & Travel Group. The soprano Aprile Millo writes: This beautiful […]
Watch: Shy Martha Argerich receives her Obama honour
photo: Stephanie Argerich Blagojevic ‘Without a pre-school rivalry we might not have been honoring Martha Argerich,’ quips the President. We have been asked to clarify that the Kennedy Center Honors are bestowed by the Kennedy Center’s Chairman, David Rubenstein. The President and First Lady host a reception at the White House for the honorees; this […]
The first woman principal trombone?
We have been informed of the death last weekend, aged 92, of Maisie Ringham Wiggins, principal trombone of the Halle Orchestra from 1946 to 1956, an era when women were seldom seen in brass sections, let alone on trombone, After leaving Barbirolli’s orchestra to raise a family, she continued playing and teaching into her 90s, receiving […]
Death of Paris Conservatoire chief, aged 62
The Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse in Paris has announced the death of its president, Rémy Pflimlin. Appointed head of France Télévisions by Nicolas Sarkozy, he stood down last year after protracted battles with the Hollande regime, moving to the less heated environment of the conservatoire. Rémy Pflimlin was passionate about contemporary music, […]
Pittsburgh Symphony cuts 10 jobs, including British general manager
The strike has deepened the anticipated $1.5m deficit and cuts have to be made. The CEO has told the local newspaper that the orchestra has not achieved a balanced budget in nine years. She has begun to tackle the overheads by cutting ten jobs, including Declan McGovern, vice president of orchestra operations and general manager, achieving […]
How do musicians’ brains process so many notes?
That’s the subject of a paper presented by Eriko Aiba, of the University of Electro-Communications in Tokyo, at the 172nd Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America this weekend in Hawaii. Aiba (pictured) began learning to play the piano when she was five years old, and quickly realized that musicians might be roughly divided into […]
Change at the top of Ulster Orchestra
The long troubled band has an AGM this week to elect a new chair. Sir George Bain, 77, is stepping down after five nail-biting years. The Belfast audience base remains weak. The future is nebulous.
Is there life left in subscription concerts?
The December issue of the German magazine Das Orchester presents three contrasting viewpoints on the prospects for subscription series. In the US, the model is on its last legs as concertgoers shift to last-minute purchases. In Europe, according to Das Orchester, it has always been resented as an American gimmick and is now dying in […]
Biggest ever CD box sells 1.25 million in five weeks
Figures just in from Universal show that ‘Mozart 225: The New Complete Edition’ has sold 1.25 million CDs globally in just 5 weeks since it was released – more than releases by Drake, Rihanna and David Bowie. Weighing 12kg, ‘Mozart 225: The New Complete Edition’ is believed to be the biggest ever box set dedicated to […]
Death of Bolshoi’s prize tenor
Alexei Maslennikov sang Lensky at the Bolshoi in September 1956 and was still singing lead roles forty years later. He was the embodiment of Bolshoi tradition. Although popular in Moscow and widely recorded, he does not appear to have travelled much abroad. He sang in the tense, 1955 world premiere of Shostakovich’s From Jewish Poetry. […]