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New Century Chamber O Names Executive Director

January 22, 2021 | Nicholas Beard, Musical America
Richard Lonsdorf is the new executive director of New Century Chamber Orchestra, having served as interim since August, when Philip Wilder stepped down to become the president and general director of Chanticleer. NCCO Artistic Director Daniel … » Read

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Yannick Appeals to the New President, Says He Is 'Ready to Help'

January 21, 2021 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Identifying himself as an “artistic citizen of the United States,” Canadian conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin has written a three-page letter to the new President and Vice President of the U.S., urging them to support the … » Read

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NEA Chief Exits on the Very Inaugural Day

January 20, 2021 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
Mary Anne Carter is stepping down as chair of the National Endowment for the Arts as of Jan. 20, 2021. Confirmed by the U.S. Senate in August of 2019, she had served as interim chair for the previous 14 months following the departure of Jane Chu … » Read

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Director Elijah Moshinsky Dies at 75

January 19, 2021 | Anthony Brown, Musical America
Renowned opera director Elijah Moshinsky died in London at age 75 on Jan. 14 after contracting Covid-19 while in hospital for a fall. “He was a wonderful human being, a brilliant stage director and a staunch defender of the greatness of the … » Read

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Tisch Center for the Arts Director to Exit

January 19, 2021 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Yet another executive of a major arts organization is stepping down from their post during this, the year of the pandemic. This time it is Hanna Arie-Gaifman, who will exit the Tisch Center for the Arts at the 92 Street Y in June, having been at … » Read

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Phil Spector, Legendary 'Wall of Sound' Producer Who Fell from Grace, Dies at 81

January 18, 2021 | Christopher Weber and Linda Deutsch
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Phil Spector, the eccentric and revolutionary music producer who transformed rock music with his “Wall of Sound” method and who later was convicted of murder, has died. He was 81. California state prison … » Read

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Astral Artists Names New Exec Director

January 15, 2021 | Nicholas Beard, Musical America
Astral Artists, a by-audition management company specializing in emerging classical artists, has named Lourdes Starr-Demers as executive director, succeeding Julia Rubio, who left in October 2019 to join the Merakey Foundation. Founder Vera … » Read

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Met Musicians Ask for Muti's Support

January 15, 2021 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
At the request of the musicians of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Riccardo Muti has penned a letter, “To the Concerned Citizens and Supporters of the Arts,” on the letterhead of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, of which he is music … » Read

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New Paris Opera Chief Takes On Political Correctness and Sparks Fly

January 14, 2021 |
Rana Moussaoui
Has the rarefied world of French ballet come under the sway of American-style cancel culture? The new director of Paris Opera, home also to France's top ballet company, has been accused of political correctness gone mad for appearing to suggest … » Read

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Vasily Petrenko Gets Key Moscow Post

January 14, 2021 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Russian conductor Vasily Petrenko would seem to be the maestro of the hour, having just added a fourth key position to his CV. Today, the Russian Ministry of Culture named him artistic director of the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia … » Read

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