In addition to his May 12 concert in Liverpool, the embattled Brazilian conductor Roberto Minczuk is scheduled to conduct the BBC National Orchestra of Wales four days earlier in Cardiff. The soloist is BBC New Generation Artist, baritone Hank Neven.
The International Federation of Musicians and several unions in the US have called on players to avoid working with a conductor who had ordered all musicians in the Brazil Symphony Orchestra to reaudition for their jobs and sacked half of them for refusing.
It will be interesting to see how the BBC handles this delicate situation.
We are still waiting to hear dates and details of the auditions Mr Minczuk aims to conduct in London, seeking to rebuild his orchestra. Let us know if you hear anything.
Afternoon Concerts at BBC Hoddinott Hall (6 of 6): Rachmaninov
with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Wednesday 08 June 2011, 2pm
MUSSORGSKY (orch. Shostakovich)Songs and dances of death
RACHMANINOV Symphonic Dances
Conductor Roberto Minczuk
Baritone Henk Neven (BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist)
Experience the scintillating energy and joie de vivre of Rachmaninov’s final work, the Symphony Dances, next to one of the greatest and most intense masterpieces of Russian music: Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death.
To be broadcast by BBC Radio 3.
Tickets: BBC National Orchestra of Wales Audience Line: 0800 052 1812
Wales Millennium Centre Box Office: 029 2063 6464