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Couturier and Lechner at Greenwich Music House (Concert Review)

3 hours agoMusic / Classical : Sequenza21

Francois Couturier and Anja Lechner Greenwich Music House New York February 18, 2017 By Christian Carey Five Things to Like About Francois Couturier and Anja Lechner in duo performance Versatility — These are two musicians who are able to play in a plethora of styles: classical, jazz, world music, et cetera. I first interviewed cellist […]

Dean of music gets an upgrade

From the University of the Pacific, California: Peter Witte has been appointed Dean of the Conservatory of Music. Peter comes to us from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), where he has served as the Dean of their internationally renowned Conservatory of Music and Dance since 2008. He brings with him a record of increasing […]

An international soprano is told her husband is dying

The New Zealand soprano Anna Leese, who has sung at Covent Garden and across Europe, recently married an Italian winemaker, Stefano Guidi, They have a small child.   Stefano has received terrible news. He has an aggressive form of Motor Neurone Disease that is advancing fast. He has two years to live, they have been […]

Watch: Andris Nelsons goes back to the trumpet

The Boston Symphony music director has taken up the instrument in public for the first time since he was a teenager in Latvia. His duet partner is BSO principal trumpet, Thomas Rolfs  

Conductor beaten up in Cultural Revolution dies at 99

Huang Feili returned to China from the US in 1951, believing in Mao’s vision. Thirteen years later he was attacked for being a spy, beaten up by his Beijing students and treated as a non-person for several years. Huang has died in Hong Kong, at a great age.

Something old, something new, something classic: Bury Court Opera's Spring season

15 hours agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

Bury Court Opera's Spring season starts on Saturday 25 February 2017 (and runs until 12 March), with Daisy Evans production of Mozart's Cosi fan tutte and the season continues with a double bill of the anonymous 18th century opera L'Ospedale (in the production by Solomon's Knot) and a brand new opera, Mad King Suibhne by Noah Mosley. Show More Summary

A bit like Valentine's Day...

An addendum to yesterday's info about the Moscow Virtuosi concert on 8 March.A spokesperson for the Barbican assures me that it's a hall hire and nothing to do with their own in-house artistic planning. She says: "This concert is a rental...Show More Summary

English Fantasy: Emma Johnson in concertos by John Dankworth, Patrick Hawes and Will Todd

16 hours agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

English Fantasy: Will Todd, Paul Reade, John Dankworth, Patrick Hawes; Emma Johnson, the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Philip Ellis; Nimbus Alliance Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Feb 16 2017 Star rating: 4.0 Four contrasting modern, lyrically...Show More Summary

Pic of the week: Strauss, with loaded guns

16 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

The President of the Russian Shooting Federation – a gun lobby, of sorts – prepares for his solo moment in Strauss’s Radetzky March. Live concert, live ammunition?

Boston keeps on growing Tanglewood

16 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

They’ve announced another $30 million building.   press release: The Boston Symphony Orchestra announces a major new investment in the future of Tanglewood that will  broaden its reputation as one of the premier festivals in the world and famed summer home of the BSO since 1937, as well as that of its acclaimed summer music […]

Looking ahead: It's All About Piano celebrates five years

16 hours agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

In 2013, to celebrate the restoration of its piano the Insitut francais in South Kensington, London organised the It's All About Piano festival. This year they are celebrating the fifth festival with artists including Melvyn Tan, Yaron...Show More Summary

Piano all-nighter at Birmingham Town Hall

16 hours agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

In the 1960s, Birmingham Town Hall played host to All-Night Jazz Festival gigs, and this has inspired John Thwaites, head of keyboard studies at Birmingham Conservatoire, to create an All-Night Pianothon at Birmingham Town Hall. So from...Show More Summary

Ex-orchestra manager starts up as tour guide

17 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Stephen Carpenter learned a lot about Mendelssohn when he was general manager of the Orchestra Age of Enlightenment. So much detail that he’s now guiding Mendelssohn tours in Scotland. See here.

True just for you

22 hours agoMusic / Classical : Sandow

If you say that classical music has great value _for you_, you're telling a story that others will listen to. Not so if you say classical music ought to have great value for everyone.

A Cleveland conductor has died

The death has been announced of Carlton Woods, a well-liked conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra, his hometown ensemble, and many others. At the time of his death he was artistic director of Blue Water Chamber Orchestra. Before that, he was director of orchestral studies at Central Michigan University and music director of the North Arkansas […]

Sad news: Minnesota’s loyal maestro died today, aged 93

Stanis?aw Skrowaczewski died on 21 February 2017, at the age of 93. In a long and well-loved career, he was principal conductor of the Hall Orchestra and music director in Minneapolis, where he returned every season until this year. Official biography follows.     Born in 1923 in Lwów, Poland, Skrowaczewski began piano and violin studies […]

Italy says classical audiences are getting younger

A report in La Repubblica says that Italians are bucking the zimmer-frame trend. Classical record sales are up 20 percent, Rome is staging classical raves, Naples sells opera tickets for 7 Euros to the under-30s, La Fenice is showing an 11% increase in under-40 online ticket buyers. Classical is looking sexy once again. Read here.

A US classical station is taken over by country music

WBACH in Portland, Maine, has played what it says in the name for 25 years. No longer. As of yesterday, the station is playing country music. ‘We would like to thank the fans of WBACH and classical music for listening over the years and we regret any inconvenience as a result of the changes,’ said […]

Three more composers are in the money

The Ernst Siemens Foundation has given 35,000 Euros each to three young composers. They are a Swede, Lisa Streich; a Dane, Simon Steen-Andersen; and a Swiss, Michael Pelzel.

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