Dear Columbus, You are 200 years old today. As one of your natives, I wished to mark this auspicious occasion with a few recollections and words of gratitude for the musical life I found in you during my tender years. Those years were rich with opportunities to learn and grow in your vibrant musical life. [...]
Disturbance causes another conductor to stop mid-performance; Philadelphia has new conductor…new recording contract
Reaction to Ovation Breaks Character-Ruins the Moment, Critics Say Soprano Anna Netrebko was singing the incredibly difficult title role in Donizetti’s Anna Bolena. The final scene begins with the aria “Al dolce guidami,” its final note slowly diminishing to nothing. The audience exploded in cheers that went on far longer than is usual at the [...]
Monday Morning Round-up: Nigel Kennedy accuses fellow violinists of destroying Bach’s legacy, have virtuosos become a dime-a-dozen? and departures at the Philadelphia Orchestra threaten the “Philadelphia Sound”
Josef Suk, know in many music circles as a stellar interpreter of his great-grandfather Antonin Dvorak’s Violin Concerto and chamber works has died after a lengthy illness.
In this week’s Monday morning round-up: breathing life Into the Philadelphia Orchestra, musicians work to decipher Romania’s baroque past and magazine Art in America gives away free art with every purchase!
Today’s Classical Headlines: the Philadelphia Orchestra’s strategic plan raises some eyebrows, more on orchestra contract negotiations in Pittsburgh and Montreal, and is Pierre Boulez a hero or a villain?
Eugene Ormandy is best remembered for his 42-year run as conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra, but unless you are a musician you may not know of another aspect of Ormandy…the creative way in which he expressed himself verbally, not unlike baseball great Yogi Berra.
Joshua Bell takes over as music director of the one of the world’s most celebrated chamber orchestras. And three more reasons to be optimistic about classical music (and that’s just today).