Bassoon professor is held on drugs offences
Jeffrey McCray, associate professor at University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Glenn Korff School of Music, has been arrested on a charge of using and selling anabolic steroids for bodybuilding competitions. McCray, 43, is principal bassoon of the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra and a section member of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. He was arrested at his home on Saturday and […]
Martha Argerich cancels Italy tour due to health
She was due to play Torino, Genoa and Florence with Lilya Zilberstein next week. Here‘s the reason: Salta l’atteso tour italiano di Martha Argerich e Lilya Zilberstein: «L’Unione Musicale è spiacente di annunciare di essere stata informata ieri sera dalla signora Martha Argerich, a mezzo dell’agente che la rappresenta in Italia, che per un improvviso motivo […]
Christchurch conductor is jailed for sex offences
The former choir conductor at Christchurch Priory Church, David Everett has been jailed for six indecent assaults on a boy aged under 16. Everett, 57, received a sentence of six years and eight months. More here.
Just in: Fort Worth fires opera chief
Citing a desire to move the company in different directions financially and artistically, board chairman Mike Martinez said FWO terminated (Darren) Woods’ position with the company and is seeking to hire a new general director immediately. More here. Woods is an innovator. Fort Worth is not.
The pianist who kick-started a hedge fund
Larry Richards studied music at the University of North Texas and went to Japan to research pre-1939 jazz history and play gigs. ‘I realised where I was in the pyramid, and if I were to pursue a career as a performer, I would be doing Bar Mitzvahs and weddings for $100 a night for the rest […]
Death of a Czech opera reformer
Eva Herrmannová, reforming intendant of Czech National Opera in the five years after Communism, died yesterday in Prague, aged 87. A survivor of the Theresienstadt concentration camp, she worked through the dark years as a critic and historian. Once installed at the theatre, she succeeded in bringing home Czech émigré musicians to perform in their native […]
What happened when national radio played only pre-1945 music…
Bulgarian radio is in dispute with the national copyright agency. So it is restricted to playing music written before 1945. The ratings are just in for January. Listening is up by 20 percent. Is there a lesson in this, somewhere?
Three best-sellers on one release. (Will it sell?)
Nonesuch have announced the release in April of a set of Bach trio sonatas. The players are: Chris Thile, a recent chart-topper. Yo Yo Ma, a perennial favourite. And Edgar Meyer, the go-to bassist. Should be a smash. But in today’s market, who knows?
Zhang makes unexpected Cleveland debut
The New Jersey music director has jumped in for Semyon Bychkov. [Monday, February 13, 2017] The Cleveland Orchestra has announced a conductor update for the February 16, 17, and 18 performances at Severance Hall. Semyon Bychkov, upon the advice of his physician, cannot travel at this time due to the stomach flu and has regretfully […]
Pathology of a bad production
Larry Johnson takes a scalpel to Chicago’s new Carmen, directed by a Broadway song-and-dance man: You knew it was going to be a long night at the Civic Opera House when the undulating shirtless male dancer with a bull’s head mask appeared during the opening Prelude to menace a group of fellow dancers dressed as […]