Toronto ‘cancels’ Valentina Lisitsa, again
Various interested parties have informed us that one of the anti-Kiev pianist’s two Toronto recitals next month has been cancelled by the venue for lack of sales. A screenshot of the cancellation has been put out by pro-Kiev sources. However, it has been blocked by our computers as malware and may well be a propaganda […]
Marin Alsop’s response to the Baltimore riots
The music director issued this short statement: I am heartbroken for our dear city. With so much need alongside so much possibility, I hope we can use any opportunities we get to set an example and inspire others to join us in trying to change the world. Photo: recently with my BSO OrchKids with visiting […]
French minister is confronted by a naked dramatist (adult material)
Culture Minister Fleur Pellerin was performing her duties on television at the Molières 2015 when a disgruntled author, Sébastien Thierry, decided to deliver a diatribe about low creative wages. To do so, he got down to basics. Madame La Ministre acted like she had seen it all before. Avert your eyes, ye of nervous disposition. There is […]
All five Americans are eliminated in the Malko Competition
The contestants were whittled down from 24 to 12 today and none of the five Americans made the cut. A Hong Kong/UK candidate and a Canadian are all that remain from the English-speaking world. The last 12 are: Andrey Rubtsov (Russia) Anna Rakitina (Russia) David Niemann (Germany) Earl Lee (Canada) Elim Chan (HK/UK, winner of […]
Trumpet star dies, aged 62
CAMI have announced the sudden death of Rolf Smedvig, member of Empire Brass and soloist with many symphony orchestras. Rolf started out as the youngest member of the Boston Symphony, aged 19,. He was married for a while to its PR, Caroline, before setting out on a solo career as trumpeter, conductor and composer. He […]
Conservatory cancels all classes due to Baltimore situation
There will be no teaching at Peabody today, or tonight. See here.
Ivory: It’s a war of Pianists vs Islamists
Supporters of an ivory ban in the state of Vermont are claiming that al-Shabab in Somalia are profiting from the wholesale slaughter of African elephants. If pianists only stopped demanding ivory keys, they argue, terrorism could be choked off at source. Read here. Ashley McAvey, an activist from Shelburne who is heading efforts to get […]
Oh, sh*t: DG embraces The Who
Alfie Boe sings ‘Love Reign O’er Me’ from Pete Townshend’s “Classic Quadrophenia”, released by the Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft on June 8, 2015. Please tell me it ain’t so.
Riccardo Muti opens his opera academy
The Maestro wants to pass on what he has learned over the past half-century. So he has designed a course this summer for young conductors, opera coaches and singers. It will focus on Giuseppe Verdi’s Falstaff at the Teatro Alighieri in Muti’s home town of Ravenna in July 2015. Application details here.
Slipped Disc at the League of American Orchestras
Norman Lebrecht will be speaking at two sessions of the LOA’s annual convention in Cleveland, next month. More details coming soon for registered participants. If you’re at the LOA, come by and say hi.