Irina Shostakovich, the composer’s widow, will attend tonight’s Chicago Symphony performance of the Babi Yar Symphony at the invitation of music director Riccardo Muti. Dmitri Shostakovich is said to have kept in his drawer a tape of Muti’s 1970 performance of the symphony.
Hot on the heels of appointing Gustavo Gimeno as music director, the Toronto Symphony has signed the Swiss-Australian conductor Elena Schwarz on a two year contract as its first Associate Conductor. Schwarz is presently on a Dudamel Fellowship at the LA Phil. Before that, she was assistant to Mikko Franck at the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio […]
The veteran film composer, who turns 90 in November, says he will write no more scores. But he’s going to carry on conducting, he tells Italian media. He will be remembered for The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, and so much more.
A lawyer for the Baltimore Symphony concertmaster Jonathan Carney has called a harassment charge by principal oboe Katherine Needleman ‘nonsense’. Neil Ruther told CBS that Carney asked Needleman for a relationship in 2005. He showed up at her hotel room and left after approximately five minutes, bearing no malice. Carney’s lawyer says Needleman […]
The winner of the Vladimir Spivakov international competition is Ufa is María Dueñas, 15, a Spanish pupil of the influential Boris Kushnir, who sat on a jury of six. Another jury member was Kushnir’s student, Sergey Dogadin. The result was said to be unanimous. Kushnir wins again.
Some 38 years after he joined the London Symphony Orchestra, Lennox Mackenzie last night hung up his bow. In that time, he often sat in the leader’s seat, both on stage and off. He was the orchestra’s chairman from 1988 to 1992 and again from 2004 to 2016, the longest such tenure in its history. The […]
From our diarist Anthea Kreston: We were working on the opening of the Tchaikovsky violin concerto. She was one of a handful of older students of mine – already in a career, but taking auditions and playing concerts – she wants a little finishing help and advice. It was beautifully played, as always – clean, […]
It’s the first showing of Meyerbeer’s opera in Paris since its centenary in 1936, and bits keep falling off. First Diana Damrau pulled out after saying how excited she was to be in it. Now Bryan Hymel has called in sick. Yosep Kang will replace him in the role of Raoul de Nangis.
We hear that Sherry Sylar, associate principal oboe, has been rostered for the big occasion in the enforced absence of the Philharmonic’s #1 oboe, Liang Wang. There has been no further disclosure on the firing of two musicians, except a clarification that it relates to a number of incidents over a considerable period. The timing […]
Klaus Florian Vogt, who sang Walther von Stolzing in Bayreuth’s Meistersinger this summer, has dropped out of the same role at the Bavarian State Theatre next week. His replacement is the Stuttgart tenor, Daniel Kirch.