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Stephen Sondheim Dies at 91

November 26, 2021 | Mark Kennedy, Associated Press
 NEW YORK (AP) — Stephen Sondheim, the songwriter who reshaped the American musical theater in the second half of the 20th century with his intelligent, intricately rhymed lyrics, his use of evocative melodies and his willingness to … » Read

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Beyonce´ Executive Named CEO of ABT

November 23, 2021 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
The general manager of Beyonce´’s media company has just been named CEO and executive director of the American Ballet Theater. Janet Rolle´ succeeds Kara Medoff Barnett, who resigned in July . Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie … » Read

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Kent Nagano, Ever Youthful, Turns 70

November 23, 2021 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
A conductor who numbers Frank Zappa, Pierre Boulez, Leonard Bernstein, and Björk among his mentors is clearly one of eclectic tastes. As Kent Nagano turns 70, he tells Deutsche Welle , "If you think about it, my life is just a constant … » Read

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Music Director Quits Over Lack of Covid Safety Requirements

November 22, 2021 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
David Rudge, the first conductor and music director in the history of the four-year-old Rock Hill (S.C.) Symphony Orchestra, has resigned, expressing concerns that the organization’s safety precautions for the pandemic were inadequate. … » Read

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Edmonton Opera Makes a Bold Move with New Artistic Director

November 19, 2021 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Edmonton Opera is said to be struggling financially, but that doesn’t seem to have deterred its trustees from jumping into the fire feet-first and hiring an artistic director known for his bold programming ideas. That would be Joel Ivany, … » Read

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A Few Artist Management Moves

November 17, 2021 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Korean-Canadian conductor Earl Lee, a recently named assistant conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, has signed with Wittenberg Artists, his first management firm. Also an accomplished cellist, Lee has served as associate conductor of the … » Read

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Speranza Scappucci to Exit Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège

November 17, 2021 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Speranza Scappucci will not renew her  contract as music director of the Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège, which runs until the end of the 2021-2022 season, although she will return as a guest conductor in the future. In a … » Read

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Mirga Explains Her Move Away from the Podium

November 17, 2021 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
The many ramifications of the pandemic are still being felt throughout the classical music world. One of the less visible but no less important is the time it has provided for some high-profile leaders to recalibrate their priorities. In January, … » Read

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Mark Elder Adds Norway's Bergen Philharmonic

November 16, 2021 | Nicholas Beard, Musical America
Mark Elder, music director of the Hallé Orchestra in Manchester, U.K., since 2000, is to be the principal guest conductor of the Bergen (NO) Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO) as of August 2022. His three-year contract obligates him to three or … » Read

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Never a Prodigy, a Late Bloomer Defends His Fast(er) Path

November 16, 2021 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
Violinist and pedagogue Daniel Kurganov is an outlier in a world in which professional musicians master their craft well before they are ten years old. The 35-year-old Russian-born violinist, who grew up in Chicago, did not take up his chosen … » Read

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