Our social secretary reports the birth of a baby girl for Ladino heritage singer Yasmin Levy, who plays a prominent part in my forthcoming series, Music and the Jews. Mazal tov to the fabulous Yasmin and to her wonderful mother, Cochava, who features as the first singing voice in the series.
CNN counts 15 eye-catchers, including most of the obvious moderns and none of the oldies (Musikverein, the art-deco marvels in Stockholm, Paris and Liverpool). The only UK venue is the Sage at Gateshead. London’s detractions are too blatant to discuss.
Alan Turing was the genius who cracked the German Enigma code and helped to win the Second World War. He died by his own hand after persecution by the British authorities for his gay lifestyle. He was, and remains, by any definition – a hero. James McCarthy’s Codebreaker, sung by Hertfordshire Chorus with David Temple, premieres […]
The singer offers two tickets to his next concert and dinner afterwards to a Spanish telethon, raising money for rare conditions. Plácido Domingo con el Telemaratón
The German magazine Opernwelt has announced a new Gerard Mortier award to recognise artists who contribute to the renewal of opera.
Michael Eckerle, Organist and Kantor of St. Franziskus, Pforzheim, collapsed and died on Friday of a heart attack. He was some weeks short of his 50th birthday. Eckerle, a considerable virtuoso, toured widely in Europe and the US.
The conductor Jesús López Cobos has launched an appeal against the court ruling that he was not slandered by Gerard Mortier and the Real Theatre over the ending of his period as music director. The lower court ruled that a conductor, as a public figure, should be prepared to accept different opinions and a degree of […]
The picture popped up this weekend on the Minnesota musicians’ facebook page. Do they know something we don’t? On Friday the board met to decide whether to fire Michael Henson and/or rehire Osmo Vänskä. The two options are mutually exclusive. A decision appears to have been taken but nothing has yet been announced. This picture […]
The more I hear, the more I am convinced that Mieczyslaw Weinberg deserves to be ranked with the other two giants of the 20th century. Gidon Kremer feels much the same. His new double-release is my Album of the Week on sinfini.com Click here to read.
Manuela Hoelterhoff is an unhappy opera bunny. Each time she goes to the Met in the line of duty, her heart sinks deeper into her Jimmy Choos at the lack of consumer comforts and general sense of momentum at her regular place of worship. What’s to be done? Manuela, who has probably seen more operas […]
Alexander Belinsky, veteran theatre and TV director, head of the Saint Petersburg Theatre of Musical Comedy from 1995 til 2002, has died at the age of 85. He was an associate professor at the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire.
A newcomer won the best score Oscar for Gravity. Steve Price, who got a first in music at Cambridge University, has just two movies to his credit, both in the past year - The World’s End and Gravity. Price, 36, will be in high demand when he wakes up. Interview and samples below.
The Lady in Number 6, Malcolm Clarke’s film about the pianist Alice Herz-Sommer who died ten days ago aged 110, has won the Oscar for best documentary short.
Pimlico Opera has been producing musicals in prisons since 1991, effectively doing an annual show mounted with the prisoners themselves joined by a few professionals. This year they are at HMP and YOU Bronzefield in Ashford, Surrey and performing Sister Act (seen 2 March 2014). Show More Summary
Halle St Peter's opened in 2013, providing rehearsal and recording space for the Halle as was as space for education and community projects. Manchester International Festival's production of Macbeth took place there, and now members of the Northern Chamber Orchestra (NCO) are giving the first public chamber music concert in Halle St Peter's. Show More Summary
Next month So Percussion is playing my Snake Dance No. 2 at Bard. They wanted the keyboard sampler part that I used to play when I joined in to perform the piece. I hadn’t seen the thing in years, and in fact it was not notated in full detail, because whenever I played in my […]
An independent investigation into sexual misconduct by a music professor at the University of Connecticut claims that the college authorities refused to take action on the accusations for more than 10 years. Professor Robert Miller, 66, director of the music school, has been accused of misconduct with students; he was suspended from the university in […]
Jessica Duchen's blog turns 10 years old today, a milestone that this blog and others will reach later this year. Her celebratory blog posting is a worth a read. She has good comments on the problems created by trying to make everything...Show More Summary
The Brits have been beating above their weight at the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award. In 2012 Jamie Phillips was runner-up; he is now assistant conductor of the Halle. In 2013 it was Ben Gernon, now assistant conductor at the Los ngeles Philharmonic. This year we had high hopes for Leo McFall, who studied at the Sibelius Academy […]
Due to the threat of ice and snow, today’s March 2 concert at 4 p.m by the Linton Chamber Music Series has been canceled. Please note there is NOT a Monday performance of this program, either. The organizers are looking into the possibility of rescheduling the “Strings of Passion” concert. For more information: 513-381-6868 or […]