New video: Why we can’t live without…. Satie
A very French, rather short, documentary for the 150th anniversary of the composer of Véxations.
Bows alert: New US Ivory ban comes into force
Notice from the League of American Orchestras: Ivory Ban Impact on Orchestras UPDATED JULY 8, 2016 New Ivory Rules Support Musical Instruments On July 6, 2016, new rules took effect related to both international travel and domestic commerce with musical instruments that contain small quantities of African elephant ivory. The League played a key leadership role […]
Are American composers unfairly silenced?
Terry Teachout thinks they are. The drama critic bangs the drum in the Wall Street Journal on their behalf, citing as evidence that ‘Some quick research shows that Harris, Mennin, Piston, Schuman and Elliott Carter (who together wrote more than 100 concert symphonic works) had, in the past five years, a total of just 20 […]
The ‘unknown unknowns’ of classical recording
From the Lebrecht Album of the Week: There used to be a truth, universally acknowledged across the record industry, that you could put out unfamiliar music with a famous artist or popular music with an unheralded performer but never attempt what Donald Rumsfeld might have called “the unknown unknowns”. That fundamental truth was well and […]
Conductor claims she was fired for getting pregnant
The Irish conductor and games composer Eimear Noone is suing Jason Michael Paul Productions Inc. in the Los Angeles Superior Court for firing her from the production of “The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses.” Eimar is claiming pregnancy discrimination and is seeking damages for the depression she suffered after dismissal. Report here.
On meeting my quartet in shorts
The Artemis Quartet got together this week, breaking into their holidays to catch up on a photo session…. and work out how much they need to rehearse before every repeated concert on tour. Two hours, apparently. Our diarist Anthea Kreston takes us into the nitty-gritty of quartet conversation. Our two weeks in the Italian […]
Cliburn winner’s wife will not face death penalty
Prosecutors in Fort Worth, Texas, say that they will not demand the death penalty for Sofya Tsygankova if she is found guilty of culpable homicide in the deaths of her two children four months ago. Tsygankova, 32, has pleaded not guilty to the charges. The estranged wife of Cliburn winning pianist Vadym Kholodenko, she is being […]
Another long-serving musician leaves us
Lois Fees played violin in the Oklahoma City Philharmonic from 1951 to her death this week, aged 82. The orchestra changed names three times during her service and music directors six times. Lois joins the definitive list of long-serving players at number 5.
Just in: Nice cancels festival
Our colleagues at Resmusica report the cancellation of the Nice Jazz Festival, following the July 14 terror attack that took 84 lives. The festival was due to run July 16-20 with Youssou N’Dour, Melody Gardot and Laura Mvula as headline artists. Three days of national mourning are being observed. Music won’t make it better.
In his only work of music, a great Hungarian writer warns against putting up fences
Péter Esterházy died yesterday of pancreatic cancer at the age of 66. The most renowned of Hungarian literary authors, his breakthrough novel Celestial Harmonies traced his family’s fortunes from the days when Haydn worked on their estate to the post-Communist era. Péter Esterházy showed little interest in contemporary music – with one exception. He wrote […]
Music lover leaves $5,000 to every player in the orchestra
In an age of $25 million bequests, $400,000 is but a drop in the ocean. So Marjorie Fisher had to think hard how to make her bequest matter. Marjorie loved going to hear her local orchestra, the Detroit Symphony. So when writing her will she inscribed a gift of $5,000 to each and every one […]