Fallen maestro stands in for post-op Muti
Riccardo Muti is recovering from an operation on his hip after a fall at his home in Ravenna. For want of anyone better (or a burst of initiative), the Chicago Symphony Orchestra has asked Gennady Rozhdestvensky to stay on for an extra week and cover Muti’s concerts. Gennady is a wonderful conductor, but he’s 84 […]
Two US orchs abuse each other over Superbowl
The symphony orchestras of Charlotte and Colorado are getting a bit heated over a ball game. They’re even squabbling over which is the real CSO. Never heard of Chicago?
Breaking: Swiss may lose their conductor
After the chief executive’s apparent dismissal earlier this week, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande has admitted – in a press statement of quite breath-taking incompetence – that it does not know whether Jonathan Nott will be arriving as music director in September, or at all. Here’s the statement: Communiqué de presse La Fondation de […]
Coldplay get rehearsing with Dudamel’s youth orch
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Two Verbier concertmasters win seats in the Chicago Symphony
Matous and Simon Michal, a pair of Czech brothers who are former #1s at the Verbier summer festival, have joined the CSO second violins, starting now. Matous at work press release: CHICAGO—CSO Zell Music Director Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra have named Matous Michal and Simon Michal as the newest members of […]
Final resting place for Messiaen’s papers
The national library of France has taken possession of the documentary estate of Olivier Messiaen and his wife Yvonne Loriod. The archive – almost 250 metres of manuscript scores, letters, books, photographs, recordings and concert programmes – will be house in Paris at the BibNat. The couple’s house at Petichet, beside the lac de Laffrey in Isère, […]
Sad passing of an American composer
Former students are posing news of the death today of Leslie Bassett, a Pulitzer-winning composer and professor emeritus at the University of Michigan. He was 93. Californa born, Leslie won the Pulitzer in 1966 for Variations for Orchestra, premiere by the Rai orchestra in Rome. His Concerto for Orchestra, a Koussevitsky Foundation commission, was premiered […]
Another maestro dies: the driving force in Finnish opera
Ulf Söderblom has died, in the week of his 86th birthday. Ulf was principal conductor of Finnish National Opera from 1973 to 1993 and one of the makers of the Savonlinna Opera Festival, conducting its 1967 reopening after half a century’s inaction. Among the new operas Ulf commissioned were Joonas Kokkonen’s The Last Temptations and Aulis Sallinen’s […]
Do not miss this: ‘The concertmaster wants to change the bowings’
He’s going to break the baton. You know he’s going to…
Ballet chief quits Paris Opéra
The glam choreographer Benjamin Millepied resigned his morning as director of Paris Opéra Ballet after just over a year, citing ‘personal reasons’. Off the record, he’s letting is be known he found the job a bore. Millepied is married to the film star Nathalie Portman. His successor will be Aurélie Dupont. Millepied will hold the fort until […]
Domingo’s maestro has died
Miguel Roa, a zarazuela specialist who conducted many worldwide performances and two DG albums with Placido Domingo, died today in Toledo. He was 71. In a busy international career, Roa worked with Domingo at Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center and London’s Barbican, among many other venues.