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Nigel Kennedy Accuses Classic FM of 'Musical Segregation' for Denying Jimi Hendrix Piece

September 22, 2021 | Anthony Brown, Musical America
Nigel Kennedy has walked away from a concert at Royal Albert Hall, citing Classical FM’s decision to prevent him from performing a tribute to Jimi Hendrix. “This is musical segregation,” the 64-year-old violinist told The … » Read
 

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New Artistic Leadership for Toledo Opera

September 22, 2021 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
Toledo Opera has named not one but two artistic directors to succeed James Meena, who left as general director and principal conductor last year to take the same post with Opera Carolina, in Charlotte, NC. Toledo’s James Norman, employed by … » Read
 

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Another Music Director to Resign from Pandemic PTSD

September 22, 2021 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Jaap van Zweden isn’t the only music director for whom the pandemic has caused a change in priorities and lifestyle preferences. As Van Zweden exits the New York Philharmonic at the close of 2023 and the Hong Kong Phil one year later, … » Read
 

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Schumann's Mental Illness Still Cause for Debate

September 21, 2021 | Anthony Brown, Musical America
Robert Schumann’s death in a German asylum in 1856 was neither the first nor last incidence of psychiatric illness in his family. His father likely had a nervous breakdown, his mother suffered from depression, and his sister Emilie … » Read
 

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Met Opera Names New Host for Radio Broadcasts

September 20, 2021 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Debra Lew Harder, a classical music host and producer for Temple University’s WRTI-FM in Philadelphia, as well as a concert pianist and a medical doctor, is to be the new host of the Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts, starting when the … » Read
 

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Lawless Musician in Iran Finds Support from Grammy Exec

September 20, 2021 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
For more than four decades, most music in Iran has been banned because, according to Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, it caused people to be “inactive and frivolous.” Based on interpretations of religious texts by the Ministry of Islamic … » Read
 

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SFSymphony Adds to Conducting Roster

September 16, 2021 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
The San Francisco Symphony (SFS) has added three men and a woman to its conducting staff in advance of the 2021–22 season. Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser joins as the resident conductor of engagement and education, while Kyle Dickson, Molly … » Read
 

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Warner Classics U.K. Names a New Director

September 16, 2021 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Sean Michael Gross is to be the new director of Warner Classics U.K., reporting to Alain Landeron, president of Warner Classics and Erato, based in Paris. Gross succeeds Patrick Lemanski, who left last year and is now consulting for Naïve … » Read
 

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CBSO Names Mirga's Successor

September 15, 2021 | Nicholas Beard, Musical America
Japanese conductor Kazuki Yamada is to succeed Mirga GraĹžinyte-Tyla as chief conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) as of April 2023; he moves up from the post of principal guest conductor of the orchestra, which he has … » Read
 

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Jaap van Zweden to Exit the New York Philharmonic

September 15, 2021 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Jaap van Zweden will leave the music directorship of the New York Philharmonic as of the end of 2023-24. “It is not out of frustration, it’s not out of anger, it’s not out of a difficult situation,” he tells The New York … » Read
 
 

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