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Recognition for Katherine Dunham Is Long Overdue

September 15, 2021 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
Katherine Dunham deserves far more recognition than she receives as the pioneer in Black dance in America. Born in 1909 to multi-racial parents in Joliet, Illinois, she had founded the country’s first self-supporting Black ballet … » Read
 

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Teresa Zylis-Gara Dies at 91

September 15, 2021 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
Polish soprano Teresa Zylis-Gara died on Aug. 28 in Lodz, Poland at age 91. At the height of her career in the late 1960s, the 1970s, and the early 1980s, she appeared regularly at the world’s major opera houses, including 232 performances … » Read
 

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CIA Used Louis Armstrong to Its Own, Devious Ends

September 14, 2021 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
In White Malice , a new book detailing the CIA’s activities in central and west Africa in the 1950s and early 60s, author Susan Williams relates how Louis Armstrong unwittingly provided cover for a CIA spy while on a 1960 State … » Read
 

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George Wein, Legend of the Newport Jazz Festival, Dies

September 14, 2021 | Hillel Italie, Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) — George Wein, an impresario of 20th century music who helped found the Newport Jazz and Folk festivals and set the template for gatherings everywhere from Woodstock to the south of France, died Monday. Wein, 95, died … » Read
 

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New Org Chart for the LA Phil Looks Very Corporate

September 14, 2021 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
With Gail Samuel assuming the top administrative post of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in June, the Los Angeles Philharmonic has undergone a major reshuffling of top management, creating new positions aimed at diversity while filling Samuel's … » Read
 

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Big Change at Young Concert Artists

September 14, 2021 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Monica Felkel, director of artist management at Young Concert Artists (YCA), Inc., will exit the company as of September 22 after 32 years with the firm. She was told last week by YCA President Daniel Kellogg to leave; the company, he said, was … » Read
 

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New and Continuing Conducting Appointments

September 13, 2021 | Nicholas Beard, Musical America
Patrick Hahn, a 26-year-old Austrian conductor, composer, and pianist, is to be the new and first-time-ever principal guest conductor of the Münchner Rundfunkorchester as of this season. He has led the orchestra on several occasions in the … » Read
 

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New Managers for a Prodigy and a Quartet of Pros

September 10, 2021 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Dorn Music has signed 21-year-old Finnish conductor Tarmo Peltokoski for worldwide general management. Peltokoski began his studies with famed pedagogue Jorma Panula at the age of 14. He is currently studying with Sakari Oramo at the Sibelius … » Read
 

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James Conlon Re-ups at LA Opera

September 10, 2021 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
James Conlon has extended his contract as music director of the Los Angeles Opera through the end of the 2024-25 season, which will bring his tenure with the company to 19 years. The 71-year-old native New Yorker and the Los Angelenos seemed to … » Read
 

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Alberto Vilar Dies at 80

September 10, 2021 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
Alberto W. Vilar, whose record-setting largesse proved chimerical, died on Sept. 4 at age 80. A money manager who built a nearly $1 bn fortune through Amerindo Investment Advisors by focusing on biotechnology and technology stock, Vilar gave or … » Read
 
 

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