Emma Gerstein has won the second flute seat in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She will start work in September.

Emma, originally from Chicago, is presently principal flute of the Auckland Philharmonia in New Zealand.

There has yet to be an official announcement.

The jazz pianist and composer Misha Mengelberg died on March 3, aged 81.

A great nephew of the Concertgebouw conductor Willem Mengelberg, Misha was born in Ukraine, where his father was a conductor. The family returned to Holland in the late 1930s. After music studies in The Hague, in 1967 he founded the Instant Composers Pool to promote avant-garde jazz elements. Two years later he co-founded STEIM to support electronic composers.

On record and on tour, he enjoyed international acclaim.

The Pope told participants in a liturgical music conference today: ‘The encounter with modernity and the introduction of [other] tongues into the Liturgy stirred up many problems: of musical languages, forms and genres.

‘Sometimes a certain mediocrity, superficiality and banality have prevailed, to the detriment of the beauty and intensity of liturgical celebrations.’

He added: ‘We need to promote proper musical education, especially for those who are preparing to become priests – in dialogue with the musical trends of our time, with the demands of the different cultural areas, and with an ecumenical attitude.’

photo: The Pope’s record deal

The Rhode Island Philharmonic has replaced him tomorrow in Mozart with Robert Levin.

No refunds are being offered.

It’s the orchestra’s biggest fundraiser.

The German tenor has withdrawn from next season’s Tosca in New York ‘because of his personal life and professional obligations.’

Peter Gelb has replaced him with Vittorio Grigolo but this will be the fourth successive season that the world’s most sought-after tenor has failed to appear at the Metropolitan Opera.

Kaufmann will, however, sing at Carnegie Hall.


Joachim Horsley discovered it.

We like: Beethoven’s 7th, Movement 2, performed in a Cuban Rumba style, with all instruments created from the piano itself.