A court in Seoul has cleared the former Philharmonic chief executive, Park Hyun-jun, of sexual harassment and bullying. Police have been told to question the music director Myun Whun Chung about $100,000 of flight expenses.
Park was forced to resign after widespread staff discontent. Her political oligarch family are seeking retaliation against her accusers.
The Dutch-based Slovenian opera singer Ambrož Bajec-Lapajne underwent surgery for a brain tumor at the University Medical Center in Utrecht.
Surgeons asked him to sing while they operated in order to test brain function. They even provided a decent piano accompanist in the operating theatre.
Ambrož is now doing well and has resumed his career.
His courage is phenomenal. The video is breath-catching, a huge testament to human endeavour in science and art.
You must watch this.
‘Gute Nacht’ from Schubert’s Winterreise will never sound the same again.
Get the point? We neither.
Schoolboy humour, or just scatology?
Eastman School of Music reports that Professor Emerita of Violin Lynn Blakeslee passed away last evening in Germany. Professor Blakeslee joined the Eastman faculty in 1987 and retired in spring 2013.
Zeneba Bowers, of the Nashville Symphony, writes:
This morning I awoke to learn the news that my college violin professor and friend Lynn Blakeslee passed away yesterday in Germany. It’s impossible for me to overstate Lynn’s impact on my professional life. I got in to a lot of schools but I chose Eastman because I knew I needed to be a tiny fish in a big pond. When I got there I was definitely at the bottom of the pack, in terms of playing.
My freshman year, I broke the middle and ring fingers on my left hand, which didn’t help matters. Lynn still had me come to every lesson. We worked on my bow arm, with the violin being held up in the crook of my cast on the left hand. Lynn was hard on me — really hard. In the six years I studied with her, she never saw me cry — but I often cried the moment the door closed behind me. In my senior year, she tapped me to be her graduate assistant, a position I held for the next three years, as I chose to stay at Eastman so I could study with her for my Masters. I learned so much from her about teaching, and being her graduate assistant remains one of the most important things I’ve ever done.
I credit her with completely changing my technique, helping me diagnose technical problems in myself and others so I can solve problems on my own, and giving me the thick skin I needed to make it in this tough business. A compliment from her was something to treasure — you knew you earned it. Last year she came to visit me here in Nashville. She was headed out on a post-retirement tour of the US, something that was very unusual for her, as she rarely took time off. She had softened quite a bit, we shared a few great meals together, she saw a concert, and we spent time together drinking wine and reminiscing. Lynn was an excellent cook, and often opened her home to her students for big dinner parties. She was an extremely dedicated teacher who was in it for the long haul with her students. She was a fantastic violinist whose musicianship inspired me. She will be sorely missed. Godspeed, Lynn.
This handsome peak has commanded the Bodenmais in Lower Bavarian for half a billion years.
Now someone has spotted a certain resemblance to a famous profile.
The numbers are still appallingly low and the general fare low-brow, but the Nielsen Soundscan sales stats show a slight upturn this week, thanks to tenth symphonies by two composers.
The immortal physicist, moral philosopher and fervent violinist was so disturbed by the state of racial relations in his American homeland that in 1946 he published an agonised denunciation of ‘this deeply entrenched evil.’
The [American] sense of equality and human dignity is mainly limited to men of white skins. Even among these there are prejudices of which I as a Jew am clearly conscious; but they are unimportant in comparison with the attitude of the “Whites” toward their fellow-citizens of darker complexion, particularly toward Negroes. The more I feel an American, the more this situation pains me. I can escape the feeling of complicity in it only by speaking out.
His message went, and still goes, unheard.
What, however, can the man of good will do to combat this deeply rooted prejudice? He must have the courage to set an example by word and deed, and must watch lest his children become influenced by this racial bias.
William Boughton, who joined the New Haven Symphony Orchestra as principal conductor in 2007, has renewed as music director to 2019. William, 65, has led the college-town orchestra recently in a complete cycle of the works of William Walton, whose manuscripts are lodged at Yale.
1 festival theatre, 2 mental hospital, 3 labour exchange
Ruth Tatlow led the academic campaign to discredit the recent remote theory that Bach’s cello suites were written by his wife. She is now putting forward her own ‘groundbreaking theory of proportional parallelism’ to explain Bach’s compositional method.
‘There’s nothing approximate about the numbers,’ she declares, demonstrating that various of Bach’s important works have exactly the same number of bars.