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A drumroll for Bangor

Bangor University. Photo: Iwan Williams Bangor University later this year is holding the First International Conference on Women's Work in Music, which runs 4-7 September. A call for papers is now open and the application deadline is 1 March. Show More Summary

She'll Swivel Her Hips

From the Met, Sophie Koch withdraws from her upcoming Carmen performances (title role), owing to illness:Clémentine Margaine will make her Met debut in the title role of Bizet’s Carmen this Thursday, January 19, and will sing the role in all performances of the opera at the Met this season. Show More Summary

Sicklist: Met loses its Carmen

Sophie Koch has pulled out of the entire run. Her replacement is Clémentine Margaine, unknown to New York.  

Trump signs Piano Guys for inauguration

The devoutly Christian group, recovering from a recent bereavement, have turned a deaf ear to the mood music. Here’s the official announcement. We hear that their label, Sony, had been urging certain artists to participate. Here’s the Piano Guys’ statement: Our desire as The Piano Guys has always been to spread hope, love and joy […]

Sony has top 3 in US classical sales

Il Volo, Dudamel’s New Year’s concert and Pretty Yende are outselling all else this week, according to Nielsen Soundscan.

Bayreuth’s Klingsor dies suddenly, at 60

The German bass-baritone Gerd Grochowski died yesterday in Mainz of a heart attack at the age of 60. He sang Klingsor in last summer’s Parsifal at Bayreuth. After 15 years at Bonn Opera, Gerd Grochowski enjoyed an international Wagner career, singing Kurnewal at the Met and Kurwenal and Gunther at La Scala. He sang Teleramund at […]

Breaking: New York Phil loses its V-P

We hear that Ed Yim, Vice President, Artistic Planning, at the NY Phil is out. Word is, he’s going to be president of the American Composers Orchestra. At last, something to run on his own. Apparently, it’s an amicable parting (unusual for the NY Phil).

Martha Argerich remembers the Holocaust

Message from the World Jewish Congress: Thank you to world-renowned Argentinian pianist Martha Argerich for being part of our #WeRemember campaign.  

Swiss physicist finds new Chopin photograph

The Institut Polonais in Paris reports that a Swiss enthusiast, Alain Kohler, has come up with a hitherto unknown photograph of Frederic Chopin. The Daguerrotype portrait was taken in or around 1847 in the Paris workshop of Louis-Auguste Bisson. Chopin looks less haggard that usual, and rather annoyed. Dr Kohler was previously responsible for discovering […]

Barbican shames BBC Proms with Kirill Petrenko’s UK debut

The BBC were offered a Proms visit last summer by the Bavarian State Orchestra conducted by Kirill Petrenko. The Proms team declined on the grounds that the conductor was unknown in this country. Petrenko had recently been elected music director of the Berlin Philharmonic. Now the Barbican has announced a visit next season by Petrenko and […]

London puts on 10-day welcome Rattle fest

From the LSO’s season announcement this morning: – Sir Simon Rattle’s inaugural season launched with ten-day musical celebration – Young people and new audiences at the heart of future plans – new ticket schemes announced – Stockhausen masterpiece to be staged at Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall – 2017/18 season highlights announced – British composers a […]

Music in places where orchestras find it hard to reach: Orchestras Live's 2017 season

10 hours agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

Members of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Sunningdale School, Sunderland. (c) Kev Brady Photography Orchestras Live presents orchestra concerts in areas where you would not normally expect them, and places where large scale professional orchestras rarely go. Show More Summary

Berlin mezzo dies, at 69

10 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

A member of the Berlin State Opera from 1987 until illness enforced her retirement in 2009, Rosemarie Lang was a regular performer in a highly competitive ensemble. He roles included Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte, Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, Sesto in La clemenza di Tito by Mozart, Romeo in I Capuleti od I Montecchi […]

Artists are owed $500,000 in collapse of baroque festival

11 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

We reported last September that Brisbane Baroque was not paying its artists. That statement is now definitive. The festival went into voluntary liquidation last night after losses in successive years mounted to half a million Aussie dollars. The founders said they will try to pay some of the artists some of the money they are owed. […]

World leaders accept Anne-Sophie Mutter as one of their own

11 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

The Davos annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) honoured Anne-Sophie Mutter with its Crustal Award last night for ‘her role in helping to shape a better world’. She shared the honour with the actor Forest Whitaker and the Colombian singer Shakira. The Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation has, since 1997, offered scholarships, performing opportunities and commissions […]

Lively reminder: music from the Globe's productions of Twelfth Night & As You Like It

11 hours agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

Music for Twelfth Night & Richard III arr. Claire van Kampen; Musicians of Shakespeare's Globe; Globe Music Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Jan 10 2017 Star rating: 3.0 Lively Renaissance music selections which do not quite evoke theatrical...Show More Summary

New light on old songs: Van Diemen's Land with Sam Lee and Notes Inégales

11 hours agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

Sam Lee - photo Frederic Aranda The folk-singer Sam Lee will be joining with Peter Wiegold's Notes Inégales to perform Van Diemen's Land at St John's Smith Square on Saturday 21 January 2017. The concert is based on the Cd, Van Diemen's Land which is launched this month. Show More Summary

In a Nutshell: An Interview with David Smooke

19 hours agoMusic / Classical : Sequenza21

On Sunday, January 22nd at 7pm at National Sawdust in Brooklyn (80 North 6th Street), composer and toy pianist David Smooke will celebrate the release of his New Focus CD Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death. Joined by album personnel loadbang, Karl Larson and Michael Parker Harley, Smooke will also perform and improvise on the toy piano. Show More Summary

Julius Eastman

Guerrilla Minimalism. The New Yorker, Jan. 23, 2017.


On Jan. 21, I will be speaking at the Jaipur Literature Festival, in the company of Ruth Padel. This is my first visit to India, and I'm eager to augment my paltry knowledge of the subcontinent's great classical traditions.

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