The local power brokers wanted to renew Pedro Halffter as music director.

The musicians protested they’d had enough after ten years getting nowhere.

Implacable force met irresistible players.

The result? Halffter remains chief at the Teatro de la Maestranza, while the American John Axelrod gets to lead the orchestra concerts.

Good result? Like all political deals, it’s a fudge.  Bad for your teeth.

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The Dutch composer Rik Elings found a grand abandoned beside a canal after a photoshoot in August.



He passes by and plays it every day, filming and recording the process of deterioration.

Not sure what the end result will be, but here’s yesterday’s video. Day 86 and it’s still more or less in tune. And the sun shone.
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The man to succeed Markus Hinterhäuser, who’s heading up to Salzburg, is Tomas Zierhofer-Kin.


He’s been managing a Danubian festival at Krems.




photo (c) David Visnjic 

A shave? Something for the weekend?

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She’s showing off the b-f to the boys back in the old town.

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