Detroit is ‘leading the charge towards how orchestras will function in… the 21st century’
Leonard Slatkin has given a pumped-up interview to our pals at resmusica, describng how his US orchestra has emerged from ‘horrendous economic peril’ to create a new set of outreach and multimedia strategies. It’s not just about the Detroit Symphony–it’s about what Detroit is. It still has a lot of problems, but if you come […]
The concert’s over, and so is the orchestra
Chicago’s Ars Viva gave its closing concert on Sunday. Co-founder and music director Alan Heatherington is heading off to pursue a different vocation, in the Anglican ministry. He provided opportunities for many fine local musicians and will be very widely missed. Larry Johnson was at the farewell concert, announced at one month’s notice. Read his […]
Maestro sells loft apartment with custom-built sauna
If you’re looking for a downtown pad in Minneapolis, you might like to take the picture tour of Osmo Vänskä’s condo, which is up for sale. photo: Brian Peterson/Star Tribune The property benefits from high windows, open-plan bedroom, wooden flooring and an essential Finnish accessory. Price on application. Picture tour here.
Violas of the world, unite! (You have nothing to lose…)
Moscow has announced a contemporary music festival for violas next month. Taking its title from Morton Feldman’s work, The Viola in My Life, and organised by violist Sergey Poltava, the festival will match Russian works with pieces by Lutoslawski, Gavin Bryars, Catherine Reed, Steven Snowden, George Pelecis and Fred Rzewski. Most will receive their Russian premiere. […]
Video: German concert hall is wrecked by hailstorm
The concert hall of the Freiburg music academy has suffered damage estimated at a million Euros after a freak spring hailstorm burst the roof of the 1980s building. The storm broke shortly after the end of a baroque concert and, according to one report ‘literally shredded’ the roof. Read more and watch video here.
Polish concert hall wins modernist award
Polish architecture is not usually cutting-edge, so it’s quite a coup that the new concert hall in Szczecin has won the 2015 Mies van der Rohe Award for the Barcelona firm Barozzi/Veiga. The hall is constructed ‘following a Fibonacci sequence whose fragmentation increases with the distance from the scene, and gives shape to an ornamental space […]
Radio France sheds head of music, the second in a year
Jean-Pierre Rousseau, who became Directeur de la Musique at Radio-France last May, has had his resignation announced on the France-Musique website. His departure, said the site, was ‘predictable’. That could be because he hasn’t been seen in the building in a couple of months. Meanwhile, the chaos just grows and grows. Read more at […]
Renee Fleming sings in the Mayor
She performed at the inauguration of Chicago’s mayor, Rahm Emmanuel, in front of an audience that included President Bill Clinton.
Bits of Bruckner Six turn up in a crypt
Much excitement among those who spend their lives trying to save Bruckner scores from his meddlers. The conductor Benjamin-Gunnar Cohrs has discovered a long-lost set of parts for the sixth symphony in the St Florian monastery, where the composer grew up in the choir and where he lies buried. Here’s what he has announced: After […]
Ukraine opera house is threatened by mass mobilisation
Artists at the opera house in Lviv (Lvov) say their company is being torn apart by a sudden spate of draft orders from the Ukraine military. We present their appeal verbatim, in a translation by the pianist Valentina Lisitsa: From the artists of Lviv National Opera Theater: Please read and share our appeal! Lviv Opera Theater […]
Nicolai Gedda is alive and well
We’re delighted to hear that Dr Alejandro Martínez of Codalario magazine spoke to the great tenor this morning and found him in good spirits. We erroneously reported Nicolai Gedda’s death yesterday, based on independent messages from two usually reliable sources and on his altered Wikipedia entry. We took down the post as soon as the […]