Updated Mar 19, 2019

A Seasoned Traveler's Perspective: Two Months, Four Cities, Five Orchestras

Some 60 years ago, when I was in college, I passed out programs for the Boston Symphony’s Friday matinees. I chose program passing over ushering since ushers had to spend a third of the … »Read

Netrebko, Kaufmann, Discuss ROH La Forza

LONDON—“It feels like a Russian novel,” enthuses conductor Antonio Pappano of Verdi’s middle-period epic La forza del destino (1862), an opera that was written for premiere … »Read

Quartetto di Cremona Wins Franco Butoni Award

The Italian ensemble Quartetto di Cremona--Cristiano Gualco and Paolo Andreoli violins, Simone Gramaglia viola, Giovanni Scaglione cello--has won the Franco Buitoni Award … »Read

Trump Would Dump NEA, NEH, CPB, NPR, etc. Again.

It is hardly surprising to learn that the latest proposed budget from the Trump administration—at $4.7 trillion, the largest in the nation’s history—cuts all federal funds to the … »Read

More Chicago Symphony Concerts Canceled

Despite continued talks through the weekend, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association (CSOA) and its musicians have been unable to reach agreement on contract terms. As a result, a second week … »Read

La Scala Returns Saudi $$$; Pereira Manages to Keep His Job

MILAN--La Scala has decided to return more than three million euros ($3.4 million) in funding to Saudi Arabia after a plan to work closely with the country was widely criticized, including by … »Read

The Utter Irony and Sad Timeliness of An American Dream

Nothing changes. The bigotry, racism, nativism, and anti-Semitism that provide a basis for composer Jack Perla and librettist Jessica Murphy Moo’s An American Dream remain as real in America … »Read

La Jolla Music Center Names CEO

In the fall of 2017, when Ted DeDee announced he would retire in May of 2018 as president and CEO of the Madison, WI, Overture Center for the Arts, he told the local newspaper, “I’d … »Read

Robert Spano to Fort Worth, an Interesting Coincidence

When Robert Spano  steps aside as music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at the end of the 2020-2021 season, he will still have plenty to do, continuing his job as music director of … »Read

Conductors Extend, Step Aside, and Step Up

The Cincinnati May Festival has extended the contract of Juanjo Mena [pictured], who began his term as principal conductor just one season ago. He will now remain at the helm into the … »Read



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Each month, Musical America spotlights an important emerging talent. If you haven't heard of the New Artist of the Month before, we predict you will soon.

Patrick Guetti, bass
New Artist of the Month
March 2019
Evan Kahn, cellist
New Artist of the Month
February 2019
Michael Vincent Waller, composer
New Artist of the Month
January 2019
Lidiya Yankovskaya, conductor
New Artist of the Month
December 2018
Davóne Tines, bass-baritone
New Artist of the Month
November 2018
Robert Trevino, conductor
New Artist of the Month
October 2018
Nilo Alcala, composer
New Artist of the Month
September 2018
Natalya Romaniw, soprano
New Artist of the Month
August 2018
Hanzhi Wang, accordionist
New Artist of the Month
July 2018
Eun Sun Kim, conductor
New Artist of the Month
June 2018
Louisa Proske, director
New Artist of the Month
May 2018
Alexi Kenney, violinist
New Artist of the Month
April 2018
Russian Renaissance
New Artist of the Month
March 2018


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