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Quelle joy! Celebrating 20 Years of Marvin Rosen (and Beata)

4 hours agoMusic / Classical : Sequenza21

  The indefatigable Marvin Rosen is marking 20 years of broadcasting his indispensable radio program “Classical Discoveries” on WPRP in Princeton, New Jersey (and on the web) and to celebrate the occasion he is doing two special programs this week; one, tomorrow, May 29  from 5:00 till 11:00am and another broadcast on Wednesday, May 31, from  […]

Required Reading: The Spectral Piano

4 hours agoMusic / Classical : Sequenza21

Book review The Spectral Piano From Liszt, Scriabin, and Debussy to the Digital Age By Marilyn Nonken, with a chapter by Hugues Dufourt Cambridge University Press, 192 pp., 2014/2016 (paperback edition) By Christian Carey Recently reissued in paperback, pianist/author Marilyn Nonken’s book The Spectral Piano is a fascinating examination of the history of piano music […]

Adventures in the yard: My dream of a mighty oak

About a week ago I found an oak seedling that popped up in our yard. I scooped it and its surrounding clump of grass up, and planted it in a place where I imagined a mighty oak tree would love to live. I surrounded it with mulch, and...Show More Summary

Unofficial: Met Opera picks new principal flute

16 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Word is racing round the flute world that Chelsea Knox has won the coveted vacancy at the Met. Chelsea is assistant principal flute of the Baltimore Symphony. The Met has yet to confirm.

Watch: Prokofiev 5th performed without a conductor

16 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Rhythmically, it’s one of those tricky scores that needs a beat. So can the Kaleidoscope Symphony Orchestra bring it off without a baton? Just watch.

Watch: Harvard sings John Williams his whole career

16 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

An a capella group popped up at the film composer’s doctoral award ceremony. How many film themes can you name in this medley?

Curtis orchestra hit by Heathrow shutdown

16 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

The students, who were meant to be flying to Salzburg, spent an extra day in London as a result of British Airways shutting down all flights from Heathrow and Gatwick for 24 hours. The closure was blamed on an IT failure. Report here. The orchestra is not due to play in Salzburg until Monday.

ANU’s ex-music chief raises corruption allegations

16 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

The unbelievably troubled School of Music at the Australian National university in Canberra has been hit by an allegation of ‘multiple instances of alleged negligence, maladministration and misuse of public funds, corruption, and abuse of position by senior management at the ANU’. The charges comes in a letter to the Ombudsman by Dr Peter Tregear, […]

Now Lufthansa refuse to board a cello at JFK

17 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

From the Ahn Trio: After spending 3k on flights for the trio plus cello to Bucharest, Romania to play at the Pele? Castle, we are denied flight because cello ticket was under the name Cello Ahn & Lufthansa said they cannot correct the reservation name for the cello. After spending three hours on the phone […]

Access all areas

17 hours agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

Foyers at Het Muziektheater, Amsterdam (Photo Pepijn Bakker/Architectural Odyssey) I can think of few concert halls and theatres which could be described as a pleasure to leave. I think that Het Muziektheater in Amsterdam, with its amazing staircase, comes into this category, but most involve some sort of audience log-jam. Show More Summary

A Met horn player reveals her favourite singers

18 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Michelle Reed Baker is retiring after 18 years as second horn of the Metropolitan Orchestra.   She was asked which singers inspire her: Dmitri Hvorostovsky is someone who comes to mind for his singing as well as the fact that he breathes very loudly, which gave me the OK to breathe loudly and take in […]

The Jumping Competition

My latest Andersen story is finished! You can listen to a computer-generated recording of it (it takes all of five minutes) with Elaine-generated narration here.

The urge to explore something more urgent: Sean Shibe on his softLoud project

Sean Shibe - softLOUD (photo Kaupo Kikkas) The young classical guitarist Sean Shibe has managed to make quite a name for himself, he is currently a YCAT artist, was a BBC New Generation Artist from 2012 to 2014 (the first guitarist to be admitted to the scheme) and is the only solo guitarist to have received a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship. Show More Summary

How Syrian refugees are changing a Midwestern orchestra

A fascinating progress report on Kalamazoo’s Orchestra Rouh: More here.  

Is this America’s youngest concertmaster?

The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra today appointed William Shaub as its new concertmaster. William is 24. Does any big-city US orchestra have a younger leader? Born in 1992 in Canton, Ohio, William Shaub was a recipient of the Louis Persinger Scholarship as a student at the Juilliard School. He was a student of Cho-Liang Lin, Emilio Llinas, […]

Top US string quartet replaces two players

The Pacifica Quartet has been going through uncertain times since first violinist Simin Ganatra quit eleven months ago. Two others took academic posts. Violinist Sibbi Bernhardsson joined Oberlin Conservatory and violist Masumi Per Rosta signed on at the Eastman School in Rochester. Show More Summary

Just in: Amsterdam Concertgebouw is evacuated as ceiling crumbles

The historic building was evacuated and a late-night techno event abandoned after parts of the ceiling crumbled onto dancers. A performance by Dixon and Job Jobse was cut short by two hours. The hall management has posted this account: Last night during a dance event in the Concertgebouw we found that grit had come loose […]

Opera and Broadway have a fruitful relationship. If only opera fans understood it.

Renée Fleming’s upcoming “Carousel,” and the many ways that Broadway fosters opera.

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