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Death of leading Russian composer

Georgy Dmitriyev, former chairman of the Moscow Composers Union, has died aged 73. A minor apparatchik in the late Soviet era, he exploited 1990s freedoms to develop electronic music among other modernities. His last political act was a statement in support of President Putin’s annexations in Crimea.

Just in: Bayreuth drops its American Sieglinde

Message posted by a dignified, respectful Jennifer Ann Wilson:   It is with great regret and disappointment that I must announce that I have accepted, in principle (financial terms are still in negotiation), a buyout of my contract to sing Sieglinde at this year’s Bayreuth Festival. Since as early as last summer, Maestro Marek Janowski […]

Changing how audiences see and hear opera

Company directors discuss the lasting effects of the Met’s broadcasts.

First Night of the Proms...

My review of the First Night of the Proms is up now at The Arts Desk. It proved perfect for the occasion, despite having been planned ages ago. And Sakari Oramo is absolutely wonderful. http://www.theartsdesk.com/classical-music/first-night-proms-bbcso-oramo-gabetta-borodina

Dartington International Summer School and Festival

Dartington Hall The Dartington International Summer School and Festival opens on 30 July for a month of workshops, classes and concerts. There is lots going on, and if you don't want to take part then artistic director Joanna MacGregor has put together an amazing programme of 80 concerts all in the beautiful setting of Dartington Hall. Show More Summary

The complete Schumann & more - I chat to Sholto Kynoch about the 2016 Oxford Lieder Festival

Finnegan Downie Dear (piano) with Gareth Brynmore John (baritone) at Exeter College Chapel Oxford Lieder Festival 2015 credit Robert Piwko Sholto Kynoch is the founder and artistic director of the Oxford Lieder Festival and I recently...Show More Summary

HD broadcasts, once the future of opera, are now seen by some as its demise

Technology chronicles performances, but may cut into audiences paying for the real thing.

So this youth orchestra dropped in at an all-girls’ tech college….

  After playing Nina Rota’s ‘La Strada’, NYO Inspire Orchestra gave an explosive encore that really got the crowd going at Selly Park Technology College for Girls. This performance was part of NYO Inspire Orchestra’s concert tour (7-10 July 2016) around the West Midlands.

Bows alert: New US Ivory ban comes into force

Notice from the League of American Orchestras: Ivory Ban Impact on Orchestras UPDATED JULY 8, 2016 New Ivory Rules Support Musical Instruments On July 6, 2016, new rules took effect related to both international travel and domestic commerce with musical instruments that contain small quantities of African elephant ivory. The League played a key leadership role […]

Conductor claims she was fired for getting pregnant

The Irish conductor and games composer Eimear Noone is suing Jason Michael Paul Productions Inc. in the Los Angeles Superior Court  for firing her from the production of “The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses.” Eimar is claiming pregnancy discrimination and is seeking damages for the depression she suffered after dismissal. Report here.

The Occasional Tomato Report

On the positive side, I have at least one tomato on each of the plants.On the negative side, the plants themselves are not looking great (not shown).

New video: Why we can’t live without…. Satie

A very French, rather short, documentary for the 150th anniversary of the composer of Véxations.

Are American composers unfairly silenced?

Terry Teachout thinks they are. The drama critic bangs the drum in the Wall Street Journal on their behalf, citing as evidence that ‘Some quick research shows that Harris, Mennin, Piston, Schuman and Elliott Carter (who together wrote more than 100 concert symphonic works) had, in the past five years, a total of just 20 […]

The ‘unknown unknowns’ of classical recording

From the Lebrecht Album of the Week: There used to be a truth, universally acknowledged across the record industry, that you could put out unfamiliar music with a famous artist or popular music with an unheralded performer but never attempt what Donald Rumsfeld might have called “the unknown unknowns”. That fundamental truth was well and […]

On meeting my quartet in shorts

The Artemis Quartet got together this week, breaking into their holidays to catch up on a photo session…. and work out how much they need to rehearse before every repeated concert on tour. Two hours, apparently. Our diarist Anthea Kreston takes us into the nitty-gritty of quartet conversation.   Our two weeks in the Italian […]

Cliburn winner’s wife will not face death penalty

Prosecutors in Fort Worth, Texas, say that they will not demand the death penalty for Sofya Tsygankova if she is found guilty of culpable homicide in the deaths of her two children four months ago. Tsygankova, 32, has pleaded not guilty to the charges. The estranged wife of Cliburn winning pianist Vadym Kholodenko, she is being […]

Another long-serving musician leaves us

Lois Fees played violin in the Oklahoma City Philharmonic from 1951 to her death this week, aged 82. The orchestra changed names three times during her service and music directors six times. Lois joins the definitive list of long-serving players at number 5.    

2016 Summer Strings Concert

Here is the announcement for the 2016 Summer Strings concert from today's local paper!CHARLESTON -- Summer Strings will present its annual concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the John Daum Amphitheatre in Kiwanis Park.The program includes classical and popular works arranged for string orchestra by Elaine Fine. Show More Summary

Just in: Nice cancels festival

Our colleagues at Resmusica report the cancellation of the Nice Jazz Festival, following the July 14 terror attack that took 84 lives. The festival was due to run July 16-20. Three days of national mourning are being observed. Music won’t make it better.  

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