The Seoul Philharmonic has been headless since Myung Whun Chung quit after being forced to defend himself on baseless charges put up by the former chief exec.
Since then, the orchestra has been avoided by leading conductors, with one notable exception.
Today they have announced two new principal conductors, Thierry Fischer of the Utah Symphony (pictured) and Markus Stenz, of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic.
They will be known respectively as principal guest conductor and conductor-in-residence.
The music director chalice is still seen to be poisoned.
There’s an ingenious project going down in Vancouver, Canada, where the City Opera is a putting together a show made up of all the operas that Mozart started and never got to finish.
The Lost Operas of Mozart, constructed by artistic director (and Carlos Kleiber biographer) Charles Barber, is such a surefire hit that you wonder why no-one ever thought of doing it before.
Among other cameo roles at the world premiere is one for Vancouver music director, Bramwell Tovey.
Can we take that one more time a little softer, Maestro?
The MacArthur Foundation announced the 2016 MacArthur Fellows today, commonly known as the “genius grants,” and this year’s class includes composer Julia Wolfe. Julia and 22 other Fellows will receive a no-strings-attached $625,000 grant for their exceptional creativity and potential for future contributions to their fields.
Julia Wolfe is a composer reimagining American folk traditions and lore in large-scale narrative compositions that synthesize various musical styles, movement, and imagery. Wolfe is deeply interested in legendary narratives, and she uses oral histories and historical documents as a backbone for many of her pieces. She is also a leading arts entrepreneur and plays a key role in fostering the creation and production of contemporary classical music.
Julia Wolfe, 57 is Associate Professor of Music Composition, Department of Music and Performing Arts, Steinhardt School, New York University. She specialises in American labour and its history.
There was a public announcement in France yesterday that the fast-rising ‘Cité musicale départementale de Boulogne-Billancourt – île Seguin’ in the west of Paris is to be renamed.