Another Orchestra About to Fold

Napa Valley Symphony's 89th season was to include Zuill Bailey and Philippe Entremont.(Photo: Napa Valley Symphony)
Napa Valley Symphony's 89th season was to include Zuill Bailey and Philippe Entremont.(Photo: Napa Valley Symphony)

Napa Valley Symphony Board Suspends All Operations

While it may not sound like much when a regional orchestra disappears, it is a loss for everyone.  While major orchestras are the most visible, it is these smaller organizations across the country which give music lovers everywhere the opportunity to listen to and perform both classical favorites and music being written today.  The future of the Lincoln Theatre, renovated in 2000 to be used as the symphony’s home,  is also apparently in limbo, forcing arts organizations into last-minute scrambling to find other locations.

Read Napa Valley Symphony Board Suspends All Operations (Napa Valley Register)

Read Lincoln Theatre’s Future Still Muddled (Napa Valley Register)

Soprano Ani Maldjian a Rising Star in the World of Opera

Ani Maldjian, a Los Angeles native and a proud first-generation Armenian American, was inspired to an opera career by hearing her grandfather sing Armenian folk songs.  She took the GED exams so she could skip her junior and senior years of high school and study music at California Institute of Arts.  It was a pop competition that caused Maldjian to turn to opera.

“I showed up, and there were, like, 5,000 singers. And they were all dressed up — I don’t even know how to describe it. They were not there because they cared about music, they were there because they wanted to be famous and get noticed. It just wasn’t me.”

Read Ani Maldjian: Go ahead, Dare Her (LA Times)

Kurt Masur’s Illness Means Carnegie Hall Debut for 72-Year-Old Conductor

Conductor John Oliver founded the Tanglewood Festival Chorus in 1970.  Since then, he has prepared the chorus for and led them in many performances, as well as occasionally conducted the Boston Symphony.  Last week, he made his Carnegie Hall conducting debut with the Boston Symphony, Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and four soloists, replacing the ailing Kurt Masur, who had taken over for the ailing James Levine.

Read Getting to Carnegie’s Podium with Little Time to Practice (NY Times)

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