Maestro moves on: Toronto in search for new chief
Peter Oundjian has let it be known he won’t be staying as music director of the Toronto Symphony beyond 2018. He has two and a half seasons left. He is also music director of the Royal Scottish National Orch. The search starts now. Toronto is not an easy orchestra to lead, either from the podium […]
US Senate hears bill to improve artist visas
From the League of American Orchestras: February 8, 2016 Today brings important policy news for orchestras that engage artists from across the globe to partner with U.S. musicians in concerts, education programs, and the development of new artistic works. Legislation to make the artist visa process more reliable and affordable was introduced in the U.S. Senate […]
Why not Gruppen for refugees?
Three Berlin orchestras – the Philharmoniker, the Konzerthausorchester and the Staatskapelle – and giving a joint invitation concert for refugees on March 1 with chief conductors Simon Rattle, Iván Fischer and Daniel Barenboim. They will play works by Mozart, Prokofiev and Beethoven. Three orchs, three maestros – how often do they get together? It’s a missed […]
New York orchestra shuts – immediately
The Long Island Philharmonic is no more. It shut Monday after the bank refused to renegotiate a loan. The orchestra, founded in 1979 by the folksinger Harry Chapin and conductor Christopher Keene, has notified regular players it can no longer afford to pay them. David Stewart Wiley has been music director for the past 15 […]
Mike Brewer is out of jail
We have been informed that the former director of music at Chetham’s walked free this week after serving three years of a six-year sentence for indecent assault of a girl pupil. The complainant, Frances Andrade, died during his trial. Brewer, 70, has never admitted the offence nor expressed regret.
Coppola to direct first opera
The Hollywood director Sofia Coppola has signed up for La Traviata in Rome. The deal was announced by Rome Opera chief Carlo Fuortes, who has also got Valentino Garavani to design the costumes. The role of Violetta will be shared by Francesca Dotto and Maria Grazia Schiavo. Production opens May 24. Coppola, 44, won an Oscar for Lost […]
The world’s worst airlines for musicians
We’ve been meaning to publish a blacklist based on 2015 performance, but Norwegian and Air Berlin have just removed themselves by changing their instrument rules so the list is a couple shorter than it might have been. Here are the airlines to avoid, according to our bulging complaints bag. 1 Ryanair The Irish budget line […]
Do we still need a special prize for women composers?
The Heidelberg composing prize for women has been won this year by the Israeli Harvard professor, Chaya Czernowin. We congratulate her. Past winners include Saariaho, Neuwirth, Unsuk Chun and Iris ter Schiphorst, all well established and moderately well known, some of them even beyond the lily-pond of contemporary classical music. Professor Czernowin has salaried security at Harvard. […]
Just in: Air Berlin caves in to Slipped Disc protests
The German airline has agreed from today to take violins on board without extra charge. A victory for Jakob Lehmann and Slipped Disc. Our friend Fiona Stevens has been given the green light to take her instrument on board. Please feel free to use this as precedent against any AirBerlin employee who seeks to block […]
Strike threat at English National Opera
Equity, the actors union which represents many in the ENO chorus, is balloting its members for a strike. The union says they are facing a 25 pay cut and the loss of four jobs. Equity’s head of live performance Hilary Hadley spoke of plans to abolish extra pay for Sunday working and stop overtime pay. ‘There is […]
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