Category: ΕΙΔΗΣΕΙΣ

Mourning for leading British conductor

Mourning for leading British conductor

The family of James Loughran, long serving conductor of the Halle Orchestra, have announced his death in a care facility at the age of 92. Loughran headed the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra from 1965 to 1971 and the Halle from 1971 to 1983. Abroad, he was in charge of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra from 1979 to …

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Berlin Philharmonic is Shanghaied

Berlin Philharmonic is Shanghaied

The orchestra takes up a six-day residency this week with chief conductor Kirill Petrenko and pianist Yuja Wang. The residency includes four orchestra concerts at the Shanghai Grand Theatre with works by Johannes Brahms, Richard Strauss, Modest Mussorgsky, Maurice Ravel and Richard Wagner as part of the China Shanghai International Arts Festival. Yuja Wang will …

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Dutch activist, RIP

Dutch activist, RIP

I very much regret the loss of Sytze Smit, campaigning editor of the excellent magazine Entr’acte. A former violinist in the Amsterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Sytze relentlessly callewdout cliques and corruption in Dutch musical life. He went on to become conservatorium director at Entschede and artistic advisor to the Amman Symphony Orchestra. The post Dutch activist, …

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Russian pianist 16, wins 50,000 Swiss francs

Russian pianist 16, wins 50,000 Swiss francs

Moscow-born Alexandra Dovgan, winner of five Russian competitions, has been awarded the Schweizer Klavierpreis Prix Serdang. Previous winners include the Israeli Ariel Lanyi and the Englishman Martin James Bartlett. . The post Russian pianist 16, wins 50,000 Swiss francs appeared first on Slippedisc.

Israeli musician banned in Warsaw – for Russian reasons

Israeli musician banned in Warsaw – for Russian reasons

The jazzman Avishai Cohen and his trio have been cancelled by the Warsaw Jazz Around Festival. The trio appeared recently at the Moscow Jazz Festival supported by the Putin government. The post Israeli musician banned in Warsaw – for Russian reasons appeared first on Slippedisc.

A Pride jump-in at Minnesota

A Pride jump-in at Minnesota

Music director Thomas Søndergård had scheduled a program of Ethel Smyth and Tchaikovsky. When he fell ill, Chad Goodman jumped in. The concert was included a fascinating interval discussion between members of the orchestra and how they found acceptance. The post A Pride jump-in at Minnesota appeared first on Slippedisc.

Women conductors 2024: Not much progress

Women conductors 2024: Not much progress

It has been three years since our last power list of women conductors, and most of the names remain the same. Cuddly pictures of three women at Bayreuth confirm a perceptual shift but, with Chicago, LA and San Francisco still vacant, no woman has yet made it to the helm of a major US orchestra. …

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Florida cancels all arts grants

Florida cancels all arts grants

Governor Ron DeSantis, whose recent run for Republican Party presidential nomination crashed and burned at vast expense, has peremptorily abolished $32 million of funding for arts groups that had been bilaterally approved by the state legislature. He gave no reason. Casualties include Sarasota Opera and the Orlando Phoilharmonic. De Santis has clearly calculated that there …

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Ruth Leon recommends… Partenope from San Francisco Opera

Ruth Leon recommends… Partenope from San Francisco Opera

Partenope from San Francisco Opera Tickets for the stream are $27.50. Click here More from San Francisco Opera which  is livestreaming one performance of each of its operas during its Summer Season.   The second livestream is Partenope. Love is a battlefield in Christopher Alden’s  Olivier award-winning production of Partenope, a laugh-out-loud comedy of romance and rejection, …

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Chopin 2? So good …

Chopin 2? So good …

Splendid performance this month by Alexandre Kantorow with conductor Cristian Macelaru and French Radio orchestra. The post Chopin 2? So good … appeared first on Slippedisc.