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Gustavo Dudamel: I am not a politician…

The Los Angeles Philharmonic music director is frequently under pressure over his perceived alignment with the radical regime in his native Venezuela. In an article for the Los Angeles Times today (click here), he declares both his patriotism and his political neutrality: As a Venezuelan and a public person, I often end up in the center […]

Handwriting and the Bow Arm

Isn't it interesting that we all have personal ways of expressing ourselves through handwriting? Some people who grew up in the middle of the 20th century keep the classic models handed (oy--no pun intended) to them by their early training,...Show More Summary

Da Capo Performs Double Centennial Concert

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On Thursday October 1st, the Da Capo Chamber Players commemorate the hundredth anniversaries of two recently deceased American modernists: Milton Babbitt and George Perle. They will perform Babbitt’s When Shall We Meet Again and two works by Perle: Sonata a Quattro and Nightsong. David Fulmer, a Babbitt student, contributes the world premiere of Cadenza, a […]

Sokolov refuses Cremona prize

Almost unbelievably, this happened the other day: Grigory Sokolov writes (translation) 'Dear Mr. Bianchedi, ladies and gentlemen of Comitato Artistico di Cremona Mondomusica e Piano Experience. I refuse to receive the prize, Cremona Music Award 2015. Show More Summary

Through a romantic lens - Baroque Inspirations

Tartini, Vivaldi, Stamitz, Vitali, Kreisler; Hideko Udagawa, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Nicholas Kraemer; Nimbus Alliance Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Sept 18 2015 Star rating: 3.5 Baroque music seen through a more romantic lens, including...Show More Summary

Festal Festival Finale - Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival

Stephen Cleobury, Choir of King's College Cambridge, Haydn Chamber Orchestra at Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival 2015 Haydn, Charlotte Bray, Mozart; Choir of King's College Cambridge, Haydn Chamber Orchestra, Stephen Cleobury; Hatfield...Show More Summary

The Schorske century

A Cultural Comment on the late Carl Schorske.

Intense drama, but where was the caustic scherzo - Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk at ENO

Rosie Aldrige, Patricia Racette, Peter Hoare & ensembleLady Macbeth of Mtsensk at English National Opera, photo credit Clive Barda Shostakovich Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk; Patricia Racette, Robert Hayward, John Daszak, Peter Hoare, dir:...Show More Summary

The Devil Inside - new opera from Stuart MacRae and Louise Walsh

Stuart MacRae Music Theatre Wales will be touring a new opera by Stuart MacRae and Louise Walsh in 2016 in a new production which is a co-production with Scottish Opera. The Devil Inside (based on Robert Louis Stevenson's short story...Show More Summary

Another Stevens moment

Gods and all angels sing the world to sleep, Now that the moon is rising in the heat And crickets are loud again in the grass. The moon Burns in the mind on lost remembrances. He lies down and the...

Miss Mississippi 2015 plays the violin. She loses

Expect to see that dress some time soon at Carnegie Hall.  

Rant, Followed by Public Service Announcement

I can feel a rant coming on about terrible music world web sites, having just been horrified by the redesigned Met and NY Phil web sites. The Met redesign....I mean, what I can say? My tweet says it all: It went from being homely but...Show More Summary

Hero of the week: Bassoonist runs 100km to help music education

Marc Feldman, chief executive of the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne, shares this: Yesterday, the principal bassoon of the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne which I direct did something extraordinary – I mean really extraordinary. He ran 100km (62 miles 2/12 marathons) in support of music education. We hope that every kilometre that he completed will have its sponsor. […]

Can you figure what this music video’s meant to say?

We were sent this promo vid for a forthcoming series ‘Classical Music in Modern Dress’. All well and good, but what does it add to the music? The organiser tells us: Musicians and researchers from London College of Music, UWL will be creating an extraordinary immersive sonic and visual world of classical music re-imagined for […]

Detroit SO welcomes special-needs kids to its opening session

When a disabled audience member called out with joy and an audience member objected during a philharmonic concert in Gothenburg, Sweden, it sparked an international debate. This weekend the Detroit SO launched a pilot scheme by opening its first rehearsal of the new season to a group of students with special needs from Glen Peters School of the […]

Joyce and Jonas share top Echo awards (the rest are a bit bizarre)

Singer of the year (f) is DiDonato and (m) is Kaufmann. So far, so respectable in the German Echo Klassik awards. But you’ll never guess orchestra of the year. Click the link above.  

By request: The Hebrew prayers for Pope Francis

Various readers have asked to hear hazan (cantor) Ari Schwartz who sang the memorial prayer for the fallen of 9/11 before Pope Francis at Ground Zero. Here’s the video:

Yo-Yo Ma: ‘I’m turning 60 and I want…’

The cellist will reach his 60th birthday on October 7 and he’s telling jokes about ageing, après-ski and senior bus passes in an interview with Martin Steinberg for the forthcoming November issue of Strings magazine. But he’s also got major issues on his mind. Where did our high school subjects come from? Our studies are from 1910, […]

London student wins Valencia piano competition

Luka Okros, 24, a Georgian student of Norma Fisher at the Royal College of Music, has come top in the Iturbi International Piano Competition (2015), in Valencia. He wins 18,000 Euros and a host of concert engagements.   Second was an Italian, Viviana Lasaracina.

New York loses leading classical broadcaster

Naomi Lewin will be making her last broadcast on WQXR tonight, Sunday, September 27th. Naomi is the station’s weekend host and presenter of the weekly podcast Conducting Business. She had been recruited by WQXR from a high-profile position at WGUC, Cincinnati’s classical public radio station. We don’t think she’s leaving willingly. Neither Naomi nor the station has […]

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