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  • Which opera stars can’t sing Happy Birthday? | Sat, 22 Sep 2018 03:33:31 +0000

    Several of these famous well-wishers manage at least one wrong note.

  • What NY Phil players did to first-night Jaap | Fri, 21 Sep 2018 17:03:23 +0000

    They gave him a grown-up version of Chairman Mao’s little red book. Actually, Beethoven’s 5th symphony, bound in red silk (he probably needs a spare). The inscription reads: In recognition of a new beginning at the New York Philharmonic on the occasion of your inaugural concert as Music Director   We present this facsimile of […]

  • Baltimore Symphony’s two #Metoo inquiries came to nothing | Fri, 21 Sep 2018 16:06:25 +0000

    From today’s Baltimore Sun: The starting point of the case is one night in October 2005, when the BSO was on tour in Barcelona. Carney came to Needleman’s hotel room at 3:30 a.m. She let him in. He was interested in sex. Needleman declined. Both sides agree that nothing sexual or physical happened, and that […]

  • First responses to Jaap Van Zweden’s opening night | Fri, 21 Sep 2018 15:49:46 +0000

    From the composer Nico Muhly: Super surreal concert last night at the NY Phil — an immersive, trippy, bendy & foldy & rigid & fragile & quite powerful première by Ashley Fure, then the Ravel both-hands concerto, then the Rite of Spring! I will say: the acoustics of that hall, for better or for worse, […]

  • New York Times loses its best critic | Fri, 21 Sep 2018 15:33:42 +0000

    It was announced this morning that the excellent dance critic Alastair Macauley will retire at the end of the year. Expert, passionate and impartial, with an impressive memory for detail, he has long been the best read on the culture pages. (The retirement of another critic, long decided, has been mysteriously delayed.)     Message […]

  • See opera in Italy for 2 Euros | Fri, 21 Sep 2018 12:54:31 +0000

    From the Italian news agency, ANSA: Young people between 18 and 25 will be able to go to La Scala for two euros starting with the next season at the iconic Milanese opera house, Culture Minister Alberto Bonisoli said Tuesday. The minister made the announcement after meeting with La Scala Superintendent Alexander Pereira. ‘It’s an […]

  • Muti flies out Shostakovich’s widow | Fri, 21 Sep 2018 10:15:39 +0000

    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.  

  • Ennio Morricone quits composing | Fri, 21 Sep 2018 09:59:08 +0000

    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.

  • Concertmaster’s lawyer dismisses oboist’s complaint as nonsense | Fri, 21 Sep 2018 09:35:47 +0000

    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 […]

  • Kushnir steers Spivakov prize to his pupil | Fri, 21 Sep 2018 09:21:47 +0000

    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.  

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