Archive for the ‘An American in Paris’ Category

J’accuse! A failure of American Musical Journalism.

Friday, September 25th, 2015

By: Frank Cadenhead Here is the story: a young black conductor from Charleston, South Carolina just triumphed over 237 other candidates to win victory in one of the top conducting competitions in the world. This was on Sunday, September 20 at the competition in Besançon, France. He was just 23, seven to ten years younger […]

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Drumroll for the Timpanist

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

By: Frank Cadenhead Adrien Perruchon, 32, timpanist of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, has received a scholarship awarded by the “Dudamel Fellowship Program” created by Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He is one of three young leaders awarded the Dudamel Fellowship for 2015/16 and is expected to conduct a concert of the […]

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The Largest Orchestra Audition in the World?

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

By: Frank Cadenhead You think you can play as well as any of those musicians on stage? As part of a celebration called “Viva l’Orchestre” you are invited by the Orchestre National de France to perform as part of an orchestra of grand amateurs on stage in Paris at the new Auditorium at Radio France, […]

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Paris Concerts – Tonight through Saturday

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

By: Frank Cadenhead The season hasn’t really even started but here is a list of the Paris classical music concerts from tonight through Saturday, courtesy of L’Officiel des spectacles, a weekly magazine listing of movies, concerts and other events in Paris and available at your local magazine shop. It highlights, for me, the amazing number of […]

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More Random Thoughts on Bayreuth

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

By: Frank Cadenhead The Austrian newspaper, Der Kurier, let drop a great deal of information about what to expect in the future for the Bayreuth Festival. The new Ring in 2020, to the surprise of many, will not be conducted by the new Music Director of the festival, Christian Thielemann, but rather the Boston Symphony’s […]

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Random Thoughts on the Bayreuth Festival

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

By Frank Cadenhead The book isn’t next to me in my hotel room at Bayreuth, but otherwise it is always within arm’s reach. Nicolas Slonimsky’s Lexicon of Musical Invective, an illuminating collection of music criticism at its worse, is a vast parade of bonehead reviews of the great classics. It is an obvious reminder that […]

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