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Minnesota Orchestra Leaders Willing to Sacrifice Season

Osmo Vanska and the Minnesota Orchestra in happier times
5, 2013

“The board is resolved to know that (losing conductor Osmo Vänskä) is a risk. (The) Carnegie (performance), the opening of the (new) hall. All three may have to fall.”

BBC Proms Concerts Begin in London

Outside of the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in July of 2008
Outside of the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in July of 2008
July 12, 2013

What is called the world’s biggest music festival begins in London tonight at the Royal Albert Hall. The summer season of concerts of this great British tradition runs for 57 consecutive nights, certainly making it a huge event.

The Queen’s Musick

the queen
Spare me the Albert Hall
August 20, 2012

When my buddy Rita Hunter was awarded the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II, she wrote a hilarious account of her afternoon in Buckingham Palace, including a fruitless search for a loo. (Only royalty pees in Buckingham Palace.)  Rita, being a soprano, noticed especially the music used to accompany the festivities.  A [...]

Disturbances at the Proms

The BBC ends a broadcast prematurely "due to disturbances in the Royal Albert Hall."
September 2, 2011

The September 1st broadcast concert from the Royal Albert Hall by the Israel Philharmonic was interrupted by protesters. The BBC took the concert off air “Due to disturbances in the Royal Albert Hall.”