Just in: Youth orchestras unite across US-Mexico border
In a resounding message to Washington and Mexico City, youth orchestras from the US and Mexico have been giving joint concerts this week around the area where the wall is supposed to go. The concerts, titled ‘The Bridge’, were given by the El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestra and Esperanza Azteca Symphony Orchestra of Ciudad Juarez. Full […]
Piano teacher, 63, sues Juilliard for age discrimination
Julie A. Jordan, who has taught piano in the evening division at Juilliard for 30 years, has been dumped in what is said to be a ‘restructuring’. She claims that only the older teachers were fired. Julie, 63, wants her job back plus compensation. Read a bit more here.
Maestro move: Graz snaps up Petrenko’s understudy
Graz Opera has just named Oksana Lyniv as its next music director, replacing Dirk Kaftan, who is going to Bonn. Originating from Lviv in the Ukraine, Oksana Lyniv has been music assistant to Kirill Petrenko at Bavarian State Opera for the past three years. She conducted several productions in Munich and she will make her […]
US composer wins $250,000
A Baltimore symphonist, Michael Hersch received his first career boost from Marin Alsop. Now Hersch, 45, has been awarded the Johns Hopkins University President’s Frontier Award, worth quarter of a million dollars, ‘to help him share (his) ideas with the world’. Hersch is head of the Peabody Institute’s Composition Department in Baltimore.
Have you tried McDonald’s Maestro Burger?
It’s a campaign the chain is road-testing in Holland. Recognise any of the musicians? The soloist is Wendy Kokkelkoren. The conductor is violinist Guido Dieteren.
Israeli guitarist kills wife with a hammer
Ilan Ben Ami has been found guilty of bludgeoning Dafna Bar Zion to death with a hammer in August 2014, after two years of marriage. ‘With the deceased on the ground, the defendant covered her head with a garment and continued to pound her head with the hammer many times,’ said the indictment. Ben Ami […]
Abbado’s son gives Vienna its first 21st century Trovatore
Daniele Abbado’s new setting of Il Trovatore, the first new production since 2001 in the house where his father was once music director, resets Verdi’s masterpiece intriguingly in the Spanish civil war. Netrebko sings Leonore. Ludovic Tézier is Conte di Luna. Roberto Alagna sings Manrico. Marco Armiliato conducts. Slipped Disc will be there.
Gergiev: Mariinsky sells one in four Russian theatre tickets
Valery Gergiev made the extraordinary claim in Belgrade, attributing the statistic to the Russian culture minister. The Mariinsky now has two theatres in St Petersburg and a third on the Pacific seaboard. Bolshoi, anyone?
Maestro stays: Thielemann says he will renew in Dresden
The talks are stalled, reportedly over how much time off the music director gets while on tour, but Thielemann, 57, told the Dresdner Morgenpost today that he intends to stay beyond 2019, when his contract expires. ‘I get on well with the orchestra, they work well with me… In the German-speaking world, my position is […]
Detroit ‘alternative facts’ protestor backs down
The man who protested about Leonard Slatkin’s mild political joke has sent the conductor a prompt apology: Dear Mr. Slatkin, Thank you so much for your personal response, especially in light of your busy schedule. After reading your email, I realize that I was too quick to react. There has just been so much negativity […]
A cellist in Ivan Fischer’s orchestra has a US problem
The Budapest Festival Orchestra is due to fly to the US tomorrow. On the eve of departure, an Iraq-born cellist who has lived in Hungary since 1985 was told by US consular officials that he could not fly. Conductor Ivan Fischer called the State Department for ‘a long conversation’. The US Embassy in Budapest later […]