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Contact! New Music Series Survives Attempted Murder

Last week, the NY Times ran an excellent, though surprising, article by Michael Cooper about the last-minute reprieve for the NY Philharmonic's Contact! new music series.This is one of outgoing music director Alan Gilbert's new-music initiatives for the orchestra. Show More Summary

Exclusive: Curtis Institute sacks its board

The Curtis Institute of Music has abolished its Board of Overseers, a group of distinguished citizens who advise and sometimes gently restrain the school president. We understand that Roberto Diaz, head of the school, became frustrated with their role and a new chairman agreed to sack the lot. Here’s the deeply confused letter that has […]

Composer of shortest opera has died, aged 58

The Welsh composer Peter Reynolds is listed in the Guinness Book of Records for his 1993 opera The Sand of Time, which lasts all of four minutes. Peter collapsed and died at his home in Cardiff on October 11. Obit here.

Bolshoi webcast crashes

An attempt by the Bolshoi Theatre to live-stream Yuri Grigorovich’s ballet Golden Age to music by Shostakovich was hit first by interference, then by total blackout a few minutes into the transmission. It appears the Bolshoi was avoiding western servers such as Youtube for the streaming service and using an untested Russian technology. Better luck next […]

London music promoter is convicted of rape

A promoter of pop concerts who staged events in classical venues has been found guilty of two rapes, in 1985 and 1972. Mervyn Conn, 82, awaits sentence at Kingston Crown Court. Conn has a previous conviction for a sexual assault on his receptionist. Police are asking for any further victims to come forward. More here. […]

Canadian conductor lands Berlin job

The Komische Oper has promoted Jordan de Souza to Kapellmeister, starting September 2017. This could be a bigger job than it looks since the orchestra has just shot down the company’s choice of music director, leaving the podium up for grabs.

Mivos / Iktus / Quiet City

On October 28th, a triple bill at Spectrum in NYC: Mivos Quartet performs Yvonne Wu’s piece “Utterance,” the winner of their annual call for scores. Iktus Percussion will showcase an evening of “clever, outrageous and adventurous” theatrical music by Rick Burkhardt, Paula Matthusen, and Paul Pinto (whose new album minis/Trajectories is out now). Quiet City […]

Biz news: At Sony Music, the kid brother also rises

Sony Music Entertainment has named Rob Stringer, 54, as its next chief executive. He’s the younger brother of Sir Howard Stringer, former Sony Corp chairman and CEO, and he will replace the industry veteran Doug Morris, 77. More.

Insurer launches WeLoveMusicians policy

They will cover your violin for £3.20 a day, they say. Cambridge-based NWBIB has set up specialist cover for musicians by beginning its WeLoveMusicians brand. The policy is aimed at all levels of musicians from novices to global artists and the broker has a special scheme providing cover for professionals and delegated authority to offer […]

Just in: Verbier changes director

The festival has appointed Stephen McHolm, from Canada, to replace Christian Thompson, who is leaving to work full-time for the Orchestre National de Lyon. Press release: October 19th 2016 / The Verbier Festival is delighted to announce that from 1 December 2016, Stephen McHolm will become Director of the Verbier Festival Academy (VFA) and Special […]

Gidon Kremer: To serve the arts means not to yield to the industry’s sharks

Here is the text that the great violinist read before the Japanese Royal Family on receiving the Praemium Imperiale award in Tokyo this week, the first violin player to be so distinguished. He used the occasion to resume his assault on the false priorities of the music business. Here is the original text, exclusive to […]

One Zakhar Bron pupil makes the Wieniawski final

The Wieniawski competition has reached its final stage in Poznan. Of the seven final candidates, only one – Richard Lin – is a pupil of Zakhar Bron, who is one of the judges. Smart money is on a Polish winner. Finalists: Richard Lin (USA) Ryosuke Suho (Japan) Veriko Tchumburidze (Georgia/Turkey) Luke Hsu (USA) Bomsori Kim […]

Wieland Wagner ‘was Hitler’s ideal son’

Fifty years after her father’s death, the music administrator Nike Wagner has been rattling skeletons in the family closet. Wieland, she says, could never talk about growing up as Hitler’s favourite in the family. He was everything Hitler wanted of a young Wagner. After the War, by introducing modernist productions to Bayreuth, he cleansed himself […]

The Italian and the French taste explored: the music of Francois Couperin and Sebastien Brossard

Couperin Trois lecons de Tenebres, Brossard Sonate en trio en mi mineur, Sonate en trio en la mineur, Stabat Mater, Lucy Crowe, Elizabeth Watts, La Nuova Musica, David Bates; Harmonia Mundi Couperin Les Nations: Sonates e suites de Symphonies...Show More Summary

Chinese media: Lang Lang has raised $2m for kids

The Chinese state news agency Xinhua has reported that a Lang Lang dinner in New York raised $2,049,000 for his education foundation. Supporting acts at the dinner included Michael Feinstein and Lisa Fischer. The achievement has not appeared in any western media.  

Frederic Wake-Walker directs first new production of Le nozze di Figaro at La Scala for 30 years

Frederic Wake-Walker in rehearsal with cast of Le nozze di FigaroPhoto credit BresciaAmisano ©Teatro alla Scala Frederic Wake-Walker, the artistic director of Mahogany Opera, is directing Le nozze di Figaro at La Scala, Milan in a production which opens on 26 October 2016. Show More Summary

LMP goes Bach to Baby

At a Bach to Baby concert ©Bach to Baby Alejandro Tamagno.jpg At a time when arts organisations are concerned to attract younger audiences, Bach to Baby has been creative and started at the very beginning, by creating concert series aimed at including parents, toddlers and babies. Show More Summary

Jenufa at the Met

It's a fool's errand, but I want to argue with a press release. Here's what the Met sent out about Jenufa, which opens on October 28 with an excellent cast. New York, NY (October 18, 2016) – Janá?ek’s psychological drama Jen?fa returns...Show More Summary

Shangri-la: German orchestra swaps players with Las Vegas

Rub your eyes, gals and guys. Some lucky Germans will go to Vegas. Some serious Vegans will wind up in Cottbus. Read this: Through a generous gift by German philanthropist Dorothee Hennings-Holtmann, the Las Vegas Philharmonic and the Brandenburg State Theater Orchestra, Cottbus are pleased to announce the American German Cultural Exchange Fellowship (AGCEF). This […]

Anguished appeal for stolen London violin

Melanie Wise is asking us to look out for her early 19th century German violin, which was stolen from a van parked near Mare Street in Hackney. She was working at the time with the band Primal Scream. Here’s what Melanie writes: I HAVE HAD MY BELOVED VIOLIN AND ENTIRE MUSICAL SETUP STOLEN @ 3PM TODAY […]

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