Trump to scrap National Endowment for Arts, privatise PBS
The Hill, a reliable Washington monitor, has been leaked President Trump’s plans for administrative economies. Among other cuts, he proposes to abolish the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities, and to privatise the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Read and watch video here.
Just when you thought the Toronto divorce couldn’t get worse…
Jeff Melanson, ex-president of the Toronto Symphony is demanding that his other ex, singer-heiress Eleanor McCain, pay the entire costs of their separation. Read all about it here (half of Canada is relishing it).
China tightens its ban on South Korea soloists
We hear that the Paris based pianist Kun-Woo Paik has been forced to cancel a trip to China after being refused a visa. He will be replaced at the Guiyang Symphony’s March 18 concert by the Chinese pianist Sa Chen. The cancellation is significant. In September 2000, Kun Woo Paik was the first South Korean artist […]
How a London orchestra helps stroke patients to recover
A public service film from the Healthcare Professionals Network.
New music director in Kassel
The Ministry of Culture in Hessen, Germany, has named Francesco Angelico as music director at Staatstheater Kassel. Angelico, 39, is a Sicilian who won the Malko competition in 2009. He is presently chief conductor of the Tirol symphony orchestra and theatre at Innsbruck.
Just in: Lang Lang joins Metallica
Just when you thought the classical proselyte had run out of gimmicks, here he is on stage last night with middle-aged rockers Metallica. And there’s more. Is this improv?
Meet the La La Land conductor
He’s an Aussie. Who knew? Acclaimed musical La La Land is singing its way into everybody’s hearts, and winning every award going, but none of its songs would be so captivating without the work of Australian conductor Tim Davies. Read on here.
Opera pair greet new baby
The Canadian soprano Layla Claire and her husband, the US baritone John Chest, announce the birth of baby Matilda Claire. All doing well. Layla Claire is next on stage in Zurich as Elvira in March, then as Countess in Philadelphia’s Figaro a month later. John Chest sings Valentin in Berlin’s Faust next month, then on to the Count in Philadelphia’s […]
Jonas Kaufmann scores huge ovation on return
The German tenor, 47, was cheered to the rafters at the end of Lohengrin in Paris last night. No reviews yet, but he got through the production without incident. Before going on stage he talked to AfP about his five-month layoff: ‘It was very difficult to have to wait so long to be able to […]
Pianist is asked to play Trump inauguration unpaid
The British pianist David Shenton was asked to accompany a singer in The Star-Spangled Banner at the inauguration of President Trump. He asked if there was a fee and was told it’s an honour to be invited. He asked about his fare from New York to Washington DC and was told it would not be […]
Exclusive: A second vice-president quits the NY Philharmonic
In a good week to bury bad news, the New York Philharmonic has been shedding key staff. Ed Yim, v-p of artists planning, quit yesterday for a better job. Today, the orchestra’s head fundraiser, Lisa Mantone, found her way to the exit. Lisa was Vice President for Advancement and Communications. She had only been in the post […]