Matthew Mehaffey, associate professor of music at the University of Minnesota, has been named music director of the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, choral adjunct of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He succeeds Betsy Burleigh and will shuttle between the two jobs.
Canada woke this morning to the sad news that Gord Downie, lead singer of Tragically Hip, has final-stage cancer. Downie, 52, is something of a heritage figure, celebrating all things Canadian in his songs. Very sad to share this news.
Here's a gallery from last night's extraordinary opening of George Enescu's Oedipe at the Royal Opera House. It's not often that a "forgotten masterpiece" delivers its promise, but this one is a work apart. Opening tableau. Photo: (c)...Show More Summary
Sotheby’s are today selling the first contract for the publication of the St Matthew Passion. Not signed by the composer, who had been dead for 80 years by the time Mendelssohn rediscovered the work in 1829. Nor by his family. Our friend Stephen Roe reports: The document is completely unknown and unrecorded in the extensive […]
Xian Zhang - photo B Ealovega BBC National Orchestra of Wales new season sees Principal Conductor Thomas Søndergård returning, and Principal Guest Conductor Xian Zhang conducting her inaugural concert and a series of concerts celebrating important Welsh composers. Show More Summary
Matthew T Hall Tomorrow morning (25 May 2016 at 11.50am), I will be taking part in the world premiere of Matthew T Hall's Cantata at Blackheath Halls. London Concord Singers will be be joining an instrumental ensemble of 16 studentsShow More Summary
The board of the Middletown Symphony Orchestra, in Butler County, Ohio has announced that next season will be its last. The music director for the past 35 years has been Carmon DeLeone and the orchestra has 60 professional musicians on its books. Steve Ifcic, board chairman, said: ‘Although a decision of this nature never comes easily, […]
The Tonhalle in Zurich is literally falling to pieces. It needs urgent refurbishment. The gloomy public areas could easily be mistaken for the city morgue. But before anyone puts up a scaffold, the good people of Zurich get to vote on the expenditure in a referendum. The Swiss People’s Party have come out in opposition, […]
It has been a very long time since Sony Classical have added a new artist. It’s so long ago, the last one might have been Jonas Kaufmann. But never say never at Sony. Yesterday they brought out the fountain pen for the London-based German baritone Benjamin Appl, a member of the BBC New Generation artists scheme. […]
Janina Fialkowska The Polish-Canadian pianist Janina Fialkowska was 65 on 7 May 2016, and to celebrate this milestone she is undertaking a year-long concert tour. Her official birthday concert (on 8 May 2016) was in Augsburg (birthplace of Mozart's father) playing Mozart with the Sacconi Quartet. Show More Summary
Four operas, two critics: Anne Midgette and Philip Kennicott trade their views on the completed “Ring” cycle in DC.
We hear from Rob Knopper, who prepares players for audition, that Chinese-born violinist Shenghua “Simon” Hu is to be the new principal second violin of the Metropolitan Orchestra. Raised in Shanghai and finished off in Cincinnati, Simon is a prizewinner at several international competitions and a soloist with leading US orchestras.
Quin Ballardie stays in control, but violist Lawrence Power becomes artistic director from next season. A small step for an orchestra that sometimes feels it’s from another era. Press release below. From Quintin Ballardie, ECO “In 1960 I founded, with my friend Dr Ursula Strebi, the English Chamber Orchestra as it is today. I am very pleased […]
News media are reporting that the green candidate Alexander Van Der Bellen is the new president, defeating Norbert Hofer in the count of postal votes. But was a close-run thing. Austria cannot go back to business as usual. not totally green, then…
Message just in from the Concertgebouworkest PR, an infrequent communicant: !Contact.Engelse_Aanhef_brief__c}, Attached you will find the press release about the fact that Unesco has granted patronage to RCO meets Europe. Kind regards, What’s wrong with this? 1 It assumes that we know (or care) about RCO meets Europe. 2 It assumes we don’t know (or care) […]
After deliberating for months over the rival merits of Clemens Flämig of Dresden and Markus Teutschbein from Basel, the process was stopped this morning and both candidates were told they had failed. Instead, the city will now instal interim cantor Gotthold Schwarz, a local man, in the position once held by J S Bach. Photo (c) […]
Several members of the Pittsburgh Symphony are giving up one of their two days off in a gruelling fortnight’s tour to play a concert of music by composers persecuted and killed by the Nazis. The May 22 concert at the Theresienstadt (Terezin) camp will consist of works by Schulhoff, Ullmann and Korngold. Up to 50 members of […]
The UK cultural industry has published a list of 282 arts figures who want Britain to remain in the EU. Not one classical personality was approached. No composer. No conductor. No soloist. No orchestra. No singer. That’s what the arts business thinks of classical music. (Makes you want to vote Brexit?) List below. Aaron […]
The veteran English mezzo-soprano Felicity Palmer ‘has been advised on medical grounds’ not to take part in the forthcoming production of Jenufa’. The role of Grandmother Buryja will be played by Valerie Reid.
The Vienna State Opera is building up its livestream transmissions. Over the past year, it has reached 999 annual subscribers – each paying 159 Euros ($180) a year. (There are also monthly subs at €16.90 and single broadcasts for €14). To nudge the annual total into four figures, the Vienna State Opera is offering five lucky Slipped Disc readers […]