Will classical music ever be aired again in Miami?
South Florida lost three classical stations last week when the Minnesota owner sold them to Christian operators. Miami critic Lawrence A. Johnson is incensed. So are many Slipped Disc readers. Larry assesses the options for a non-Christian resurrection here.
Met musicians mourn veteran cor
Richard Nass, who played English horn (cor anglais) at the Metropolitan Opera, for forty-eight seasons until his retirement in 1999, has died at the age of 96. Before the Met, he played six seasons for Fritz Reiner in Pittsburgh. Richard is survived by his wife, Met cellist Marian Heller, and three children. Tributes here.
Austrian Airlines broke my contrabass
The latest summer victim of airline maltreatment is the distinguished NY-based French bass player, Joëlle Léandre. Joelle flew Austrian to the avant-garde Nickelsdorf Konfrontation festival last week when this happened. She won’t be flying Austrian again any time soon. We’re awaiting a response from the airline. Joelle, who is also a singer and composer, has performed with […]
Sad news: Chicago maestro dies
Founder of the Chicago Sinfonietta and a widely known guest conductor, Paul Freeman has died at 79. Born in Richmond, Va., Paul conducted more than 100 orchestras in over 30 countries and made around 90 recordings, many of them in London and Prague. He retired four years ago in declining health. His papers are held […]
Kirill Petrenko: ‘I am very shy at the beginning’
The Berlin Phil have posted a subtitled interview clip from 2012 with their incoming chief conductor. Asked how he gets his particular sound in each piece with an orchestra, he tells clarinettist Alexander Bader: ‘I work on it a lot at home. When I study a score I learn it page by page and I sing […]
How to get your instrument past the ivory police
The ivory ban imposed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service and followed by some other nations has left many musicians in a state of high anxiety about getting their instruments through airports. Joey Grimmer, incoming principal bassoon of Kennedy Center and Washington National Opera orchestra, has compiled an indispensable guide to instruments and ivory. […]
International pianist vanishes from university roster
Alexander Toradze, the Georgian pianist and Valery Gergiev pal, has been a professor at Indiana University South Bend since 1991. They haven’t seen him since last August and have no idea when he’s likely to return. ‘It’s a personnel issue and we can’t comment on it,’ says the college. More here.
Pianist has instruments seized in noise row
John Hudspith, a retired hotel manager in Coventry, got into a row with his neighbours. After a lot of slamming doors, he bought an amplifier and started playing classical pieces very loud. Last week, enforcement officers seized his keyboard, organ and amplifier after his third alleged breach of a noise abatement order. Full, sad story here.
UK conductor quits US orch
Alastair Willis is leaving the Illinois Symphony Orchestra midways through his contract in order ‘to balance the demands of his international performance schedule’. Alastair, US born, was raised in Surrey and went to university in Bristol and Kingston. He now lives in Seattle.