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Newly Revitalized Utah Symphony to Lose Its Secret Weapon

May 24, 2019 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Thierry Fischer has opted not to renew his contract as music director of the Utah Symphony when it expires in August 2022. At that point, he will have been in the job 13 years, after having turned the orchestra around artistically and raised its … » Read
 

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New Stick for Israel Phil Considers the Stakes

May 24, 2019 | Associated Press
TEL AVIV, Israel — When Zubin Mehta joined the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in 1969, it would be 20 years before Lahav Shani was even born. Now, at the age of 30, the Israeli wunderkind is  poised to succeed his mentor at the helm of … » Read
 

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Robert F. Smith's Philanthropy Goes Public

May 23, 2019 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Carnegie Hall President and tech billionaire Robert F. Smith is the world’s wealthiest African American and also one the world’s most generous philanthropists. According to Inside Philanthropy , the 2016 tax records for his Fund II … » Read
 

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Welsh National Opera Managing Director to Exit

May 23, 2019 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Leonora Thomson, managing director of the Welsh National Opera, is to step down on July 1, as Aidan Lang takes over as general director . Lang arrives after four years in the top job at the Seattle Opera. “In February of last year, … » Read
 

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Newly Discovered Wills of Aretha Franklin

May 23, 2019 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
When Aretha Franklin died in August 2018, her family reported that she did not have a will. Discoveries made in early May by Sabrina Owens, Franklin’s niece and her estate’s personal representative, suggest that the Queen of Soul may … » Read
 

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AGMA Elects Met's Stage Manager as President

May 22, 2019 | Nicholas Beard, Musical America
American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA), the union that represents some 7,500 American professional opera singers, choristers, and dancers, has elected a new slate of officers. Each will serve a four-year term. The new president, elected by the … » Read
 

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A Few Management Moves

May 22, 2019 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
German conductor Kevin John Edusei [pictured] has moved from Denmark’s Crescendi Agency to England's Intermusica. He has been chief conductor of the Munich Symphony Orchestra since 2014 and this summer concludes his tenure in that same post … » Read
 

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London's Philharmonia Picks Salonen's Successor

May 22, 2019 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
London’s Philharmonia Orchestra has chosen another Finn as its next principal conductor. Starting in the 2021-22 season, Santtu-Matias Rouvali, 33, is to succeed Esa-Pekka Salonen for a five-year term. In doing so, he moves up from his … » Read
 

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Bach Choir Artistic and Executive Leaders to Retire

May 22, 2019 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
The two mainstays of the Bach Choir of Bethlehem have simultaneously announced their plans to retire: Artistic Director and Conductor Greg Funfgeld [pictured] will step down in June 2021, after 38 years, and Executive Director Bridget George will … » Read
 

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Jessye's Archives to Library of Congress

May 21, 2019 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
The Library of Congress is the beneficiary of a recent donation of thousands of items that document the career of Jessye Norman, whom Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden characterized as “one of the most iconic opera singers of the 20th … » Read
 
 

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