Pittsburgh mourns its bass trombone
Musicians in the Pittsburgh Symphony and trombonists across America are lamenting the death of Murray Crewe, a popular and witty performer, the first Canadian to play bass trombone in a US orchestra. Murray who was in his 50s, went from the Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec in 1987 to the Utah Symphony, then to the Toronto Symphony […]
Young Brit stick gets first job
Kerem Hasan, 25, has been named Associate Conductor of Welsh National Opera.
Pianist, 97, is back on circuit after breaking hand in road accident
Abbey Simon is back. This week a year ago, he shattered a hand in a horrendous road accident. He has a metal plate in his wrist. Thursday night, he was back on stage. ‘I’ve been playing piano since I was three years old,’ he says. Watch.
What the maestro said when a phone went off in Brahms
At the end of the opening movement of Brahms’s first symphony, a cellphone went off at Charlotte, NC, on Friday night. At the third ring, Charlotte’s British music director Christopher Warren-Green turned round to the audience and said: ‘Answer it. It might be Brahms.’
Israel’s two main orchestras are headless
James Judd reigned recently as music director of the Israel Symphony Orchestra (Rishon Lezion). Soon after, Zubin Mehta announced he was stepping down at the Israel Philharmonic. This weekend, the able Ariel Cohen (l.) said he was stepping down after four years as general director of the Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon Lezion. We hear that […]
An American is Germany’s newest Generalmusikdirektor
The Ruhr city of Hagen has named Joseph Trafton, 38 from Kentucky, as its next GMD. He is presently first kapellmeister in Mannheim.
The man who brought Peter Brook to Brooklyn
The death is reported of Harvey Lichtenstein, reviver of the Brooklyn Academy of Music and its executive producer for 32 years. Lichtenstein, who was 87, opened his era in 1967 with Berg’s Lulu and never looked back. Martha Graham, Philip Glass and Merce Cunningham were among his close collaborators. Peter Brook’s nine-hour version of ‘The Mahabharata’ […]
Peter Gelb mourns his mother
Barbara Gelb, niece of Jascha Heifetz and widow of New York Times arts executive Arthur Gelb, has died at 91. The couple (pictured here) co-authored a biography of Eugene O’Neill. Their son is general manager of the Metropolitan Opera.
Has the New York Times got the right Nicolai?
The main picture in the New York Times obituary of Nicolai Gedda looks remarkably like Nicolai Ghiaurov, some readers are suggesting. Surely not….
New artistic director at the Teatro Colon
Enrique Arturo Diemecke, music director of the Buenos Aires Philharmonic has been appointed artistic general director of the Teatro Colón, the leading opera house in South America. A Mexican, Diemecke has spent 12 years with the Buenos Aires Philharmonic for 12 years and 27 with the Flint Symphony Orchestra in Michigan.
Much disruption at the Met’s Puritani
New York Classical Review reports ‘one of the Met’s worst-behaved audiences in some time’ at Friday’s I Puritani. One disgruntled fanatic in the balcony who shouted “NO HIGH F!” during the applause… An overeager and premature fan began to scream adulation in Italian from the rafters long before the orchestra finished, prompting angry cries from […]