Major opera house seeks chorus master, starting next week
Walter Huff has told the company he’s stepping down after 28 years in charge of one of the strongest choral ensembles in US opera. He has given no reason, other than his teaching commitments, and he’s leaving this weekend. That’s a big pair of shoes to fill – and fast. photo (c) Jeff Roffman
How did I get through 2016 without serious injury?
Our diarist Anthea Kreston is an American violinist in an international German quartet. Down the year, she has been robbed of her precious instrument, missed breakfast most days, was separated for long periods from her family and was exposed at close hand to the terror attack on a Berlin Christmas market. As 2016 ends, Anthea counts […]
Founder of New York Women Composers is no more
The composer Elizabeth Bell has died, at 88. Everyone called her Betty.
The viola in all our lives
A radio conversation (actually, a monologue) with Bernard Zaslav, who played viola in several major quartets. Bernie died yesterday, aged 90. Listen here to some great memories and the most infectious laugh in the business.
Must watch: When a concert pianist finds her pedals don’t work
Eliane Rodrigues came on stage in Rotterdam and opened her recital with Chopin, only to find that the pedals on her Steinway were dead. No-one can play Chopin without sustained notes. Eliane called out for help – in Dutch. Nobody backstage seemed to hear. So she sat at the keyboard and started playing non-pedal pieces. […]
Un homme et une femme songwriter has died
French media report the death on Wednesday of Pierre Barouh, lyricist of the theme song for Claude Leouche’s film, A Man and a Woman. Pierre was 75.
A great American violist has died
At 90 years old, Bernard Zaslav was among the last survivors of a tremendous generation of string quartet players. He played in the Fine Arts quartet, the Vermeer and the Stanford. He also taught at Stanford and elsewhere, raising untold numbers of accomplished viola players. UPDATE: The viola in all our lives.
Debbie Reynolds dies
The singing actress, co-star of Singin’ in the Rain, has died in Los Angeles at 84. Debbie Reynolds suffered a strike after the death two days ago of her daughter, Carrie Fisher. She was 19 when she landed the Singin’ in the Rain role in 1952.
Maestro move: Concertmaster wins music director’s job
Emmanuele Baldini, Italian concertmaster of the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra in Brazil, has been named music director of the Orquesta de Cámara de Valdivia (OCV), in Chile. Congratulations all round.
Trump’s team dominate Christmas week US classical charts
The Nielsen Soundscan sales figures are in for the crucial Christmas week. Top of the pile at Il Volo, with almost 5,000 sales for Sony. Next are Decca’s Benedictines of Mary, with 800. Third are the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, boosted by their booking to open the Trump White House. The Mormons have two further hits […]
Maestro move: Kent Nagano jumps ship
The Hamburg and Montreal music director Kent Nagano walked out on his agent just before Christmas to join HarrisonParrott. Nagano is a huge earner and a coup for any agency. He is the third conductor to leave Stephen Wright’s ICA this month.