After the deadline, silence at the Met
By his own threat, Peter Gelb should have imposed a lockout several hours ago. The fact that he hasn’t suggests that both sides are in a post-deadline huddle to avert disaster. Both are observing radio silence. Musicians have been told to check at given times with a recorded message on their union line to learn […]
Vienna picks Venezeulan to replace Maazel
We hear that Rafael Payare, chief conductor of the Ulster Orchestra has been approached by the Vienna Philharmonic to take over three concerts in January 2015 from the late Lorin Maazel. Concerts are 17 & 18 January in Vienna and 20 January in Paris. Payare, in his early 30s is married to the international cellist Alisa Weilerstein. […]
As Met deadline looms, could opera survive without a orchestra?
Today is the Met’s deadline for reaching a wage agreement with musicians, or locking them out. Dr Gerald Stein, a Chicago psychotherapist and www.slippedisc.com contributor, is a passionate, lifelong concertgoer. He is involved with music and musicians in his community. But Dr Stein has some chilling fears about the replaceability of the orchestra in the […]
40 music kids are locked up in Colditz. Are they digging tunnels?
Delighted to learn that the notorious prisoner-of-war camp is now being put to musical uses. The state of Saxony runs music weekends in Schloss Colditz through the summer. These children are being coached in Vivaldi’s Four Seasons by their teacher, Thu Trang Sauer. Sweet.
Composer movie titles
Here’s one to get you started, courtesy of the Austin Symphony Orchestra.
Video gem: Ivry Gitlis sings Michel Legrand
Well, he hums a bit and almost sings before Michel takes over. And the playing is out of this world. (Click on blue word ‘Post’ if video does not pop out.) Post by Meloclassic.
Robin Williams ‘saved a violinist’s career’
Aaron Dworkin, founder of Detroit’s Sphinx organisation which engages minorities in classical music, was once a struggling music student, unable to pay his college debts. He sent an appeal to the actor, who responded with a $10,000 cheque. Later, Williams gave money to Sphinx and sent a blanket for Aaron’s baby. Lovely story by Mark […]
Lucerne eyes Rattle as its next chief
The Lucern Festival is having a transitional year after the death of Claudio Abbado and the frailty of Pierre Boulez, its two stalwart conductors of recent years. Now, the festival’s director, Michael Haefliger, has told an interviewer that he wants Simon Rattle to take over the helm.
In Russia, they are celebrating Tikhon Khrennikov
Seven years after his death, there was an official celebration at his home (now a state museum) of the composer Stalin appointed to impose his terror on musicians. Khre nnikov was Secretary of the Union of Soviet Composers from 1948 to 1991. He was the bane of the life of Dmitri Shostakovich.
Sadness as Boston musical legend is found dead at home
Donald Teeters, a teacher at New England Conservatory and conductor emeritus of the Boston Cecilia which he led for 44 years, has been found dead in his apartment. No cause of death has yet been established. The Society announced: With great sadness and considerable shock, we write to tell you that Donald Teeters, our Conductor […]
Rolando Villazon has written a novel. About a performer who has an affair.
It’s published in German at the end of the month. Plot summary here. Rolando Villazón: Kunststücke. Aus dem Spanischen von Willi Zurbrüggen. Rowohlt, Reinbek. 256 Seiten, 19, 95 Euro. Probably not a candidate for the Booker.