Death of a founding Slovak conductor, 88
Zdenek Machacek established a network of operetta and music theatre performances in his country in the 1950s, conducting the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Kosice and the Slovak Philharmonic. Czech born, he was leader of the second violins in the Brno Philharmonic until 1953, when he took up the baton.
New York’s Candide – dog’s breakfast, or road-trip farce?
The first two reviews for City Opera’s bold reopening this weekend are something of a let-down. Christopher Johnson in Zeal NYC: Every decade or so, Harold Prince serves up a dog’s breakfast and calls it Candide. New York City Opera presented the latest such repast last Friday at the Rose Theatre…. The current production […]
What can yoga do to help your singing voice?
Canadian soprano Layla Claire has made a video for the clothing brand lululemon about her role preparation, which always involves yoga. Interesting to see when and how she does her yoga.
DG make a blooper on Pollini’s birthday box
A conscientious editor has sent us the booklet cover of DG’s 75th birthday compendium for the 75th birthday of the celebrated pianist. Ah well, at least they got the right number of ls in his surname. Celebrating his 75th birthday in 2017, this luxurious 55CD set presents Pollini’s complete recordings on Deutsche Grammophon […]
Watch: Boy with leukemia conducts symphony orchestra
Jordan Cartwright is seven years old. He loves music and he has leukemia. So the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra arranged for him to rehearse and conduct Canada’s National Anthem last week. There are so many good people out there.
Death of a syndicated music critic, 91
Remember when the best music critics were syndicated, coast to coast? Nat Hentoff was. He wrote mostly about jazz and famously about civil liberties and human rights. He had a 1940s radio show called From Bach to Bartok. Nat died yesterday at home in Manhattan.
Hottest aria of the century
Simone Kermes came on stage in Moscow to face an audience that looked sparser and colder than her normal crowd. So this is what she did. If you’re still feeling unwarmed, jump to 3:30 and see what she did to an unsuspecting young man in the front row. I wonder if his glasses ever got […]
Idle thoughts while attending a symphony concert
From the New Yorker: Don’t clap too soon, wait till they’re done, don’t clap too soon, wait till they’re done, don’t clap— So this is the Symph-Tacular Winter Series. Four concerts times two seats plus parking equals . . . Jesus. I could’ve gotten something I wanted. Cool piece. Read on here. I bet it […]
How Kiri turned a football player into an opera tenor
Something about this 6-foot-5-inch man struck a chord with her. She put down her pen, looked straight at him and said, “What are you doing here? Are you a singer?” He replied, “Yes. I’m a tenor,” and she began asking questions about his career aspirations and preparation. When she asked how things were going, he […]
We get to make music with the boss of DG
Anthea Kreston’s weekly Slipped Disc diary: I have been savouring my final moments of vacation before quartet resumes this week. Both daughters are home with us (our youngest had her 5th birthday this week) and I have spent much time preparing for the heavy musical workload coming my way in the early months of 2017. […]