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Mexico music professor: I was about to teach a class when the earthquake struck

Live testimony from Jorge Costa, in Mexico City: I was about to start teaching a class when the earthquake struck. I’ve gone through quakes in Los Angeles, here in Mexico and a tsunami in Thailand, and this was by far the worst. It was violent right off the bat. Entire buildings collapsed. Windows were shattering […]

Death of a baroque musicologist, 73

The death is reported of Francesc Bonastre, founding father of Catalan musicology and a baroque scholar of international repute. A prolific composer, he also directed the Schola Cantorum of the University of Barcelona, the Gaudium Musicae choir and other ensembles.  

Carmen change at Covent Garden due to pregnancy

The  German soprano Anett Fritsch has withdrawn from singing Micaëla in the ROH Barrie Kosky Carmen due to an anticipated happy event. She will be replaced by the Russian Kristina Mkhitaryan (pictured). Once upon a time, when pregnancy...Show More Summary

Musical chairs: Atlanta raids the New World Symphony

from the ASO press release: The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra welcomes seven new musicians for the 2017-18 season: Julianne Lee, Principal Second Violin; Madeline Sharp, viola; Anthony Georgeson, Associate Principal Bassoon; Sissi Yuqing Zhang, violin; Joseph Petrasek, Principal Percussion; Michael Stubbart, percussion; Thomas Carpenter, cello. Show More Summary

Premiere of Sally Beamish's The Judas Passion

Sally Beamish The Judas Passion, Sally Beamish's new piece to a libretto by David Harsent, premieres at the Saffron Hall on Sunday 24 September 2017. Nicholas McGegan conducts the Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment (OAE) with the Choir of the Enlightenment and soloists Julia Doyle (Mar), Brenden Gunnell (Judas) and James Newby (Christ). Show More Summary

Far from dry: Vox Luminis in Bach's musical forbears

Vox Luminis Johann Michael Bach, Johann Christoph Bach, Philipp Heinrich Erlebach, Dietrich Buxtehude, Johann Sebastian Bach; Vox Luminis; Wigmore Hall Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Sep 19 2017 Star rating: 4.5 An exploration of the music...Show More Summary

Ten up to a dynamic engine for change

Young Professionals in the Arts - YPIA - is ten years old today and celebrating with a special launch this evening at The Koppel Project in London. The organisation has grown in a decade to become a significant driver of change in the arts field, encouraging the leaders of tomorrow - who sometimes turn out to be, in fact, the leaders of today. Show More Summary

Rubin Institute, but for General Journalism

Found on the Google blog The Keyword this morning: Supporting Local Journalism with Report for America. Here are the money grafs:An initiative of The GroundTruth Project, Report for America is taking its inspiration from Teach for America and applying it to local journalism. Show More Summary

Houston Grand Opera is left homeless until May 2018

Message from the HGO: We are very sorry to have to share the news that our creative home is still in great distress, and will take much longer to repair than we originally thought. In conversation with Houston First and Gilbane Reconstruction Services it was decided at 6 p.m. today, September 18, 2017, that the […]

Composer gets quarter of a million bucks

The $250,000 Dorothy and Lilian Gish Prize, awarded annually to an artist who has ‘pushed the boundaries of an art form, contributed to social change and paved the way for the next generation,’ has fallen to the versatile composer and vocalist, Meredith Monk, 75. Last time out, she won a MacArthur Fellowship and the National Medal […]

Sudden death of Berlin-based composer, aged 38

The death has been announced of the experimental Swedish composer Marcus Fjellström, a versatile artist who worked with Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Swedish Ballet as well as electronic and avant-garde groups. No cause of death has yet been given. Our sympathies to his family and friends.

BBC hires stay-at-homes to present the arts

The television version of BBC’s Front Row will be presented by a restaurant critic, a media analyst and a World Service journalist who loves watching films. Two out of these three say they never go to theatre (or, by implication, opera and concerts) because that’s when they are putting their kids to bed. Who at […]

French mourn death of sax

The leading French saxophonist Jean Aussanaire has died of cancer, aged 56.     A member of many ensembles, working across the spectrum from folk music to modern jazz, he founded the Notes festival at Belle-Isle and made numerous recordings. Finis Terrae de Jean Epstein (1928), musique de Jean Aussanaire et Eric Brochard, Guidel 2016 from […]

Breaking: New York Phil deletes its principal horn

After two and a half months of half-truths and equivocation, the New York Philharmonic last night deleted Phil Myers from his website.     Richard Deane is now listed as acting principal horn. There has been no public statement or explanation. The New York Philharmonic is a performing organisation. It appears before the public night […]

Celebrating musical pilfering: Septura's Kleptomania at St John's Smith Square

Septura The brass septet, Septura, has a new concert series at St John's Smith Square, London and West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge. Called Kleptomania the series presents prize pickings of music that the group has "stolen" through transcription for brass septet: plunder from string ensembles, pianists, chamber orchestras and singers. Show More Summary

Rattle conducts Berlioz' La damnation de Faust

Sir Simon Rattle & the London Symphony Orchestra (Photo Tristram Kenton) Berlioz La damnation de Faust; Bryan Hymel, Karen Cargill, Christopher Purves, London Symphony Orchestra, Simon Rattle; Barbican Hall Reviewed by Anthony EvansShow More Summary

Subito! debut recital from Julia Hwang

Grieg, RVW, Lutoslawski, Wieniawski; Julia Hwang, Charles Matthews; St John's Cambridge/Signum Classics Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Aug 13 2017 Star rating: 4.0 Maturity and charm shine out in this debut recital from the young violinist...Show More Summary

Design for Living

Janet Borgerson and Jonathan Schroeder's Designed for Hi-Fi Living: The Vinyl LP in Midcentury America (MIT Press) is a handsomely illustrated volume devoted not to the incontestable classics of the LP era but to the more utilitarian margins of the...

Roles We'd Like to See Christine Goerke Sing in SF

Within the realm of possibility: Kundry, Parsifal, because Matthew Shilvock has commented that we're due for a new production of the opera. Ariadne, Ariadne auf Naxos. Because it has been a while. Isolde, Tristan und Isolde, because the last time we had a Tristan here Goerke was singing Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus. Show More Summary

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