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Bruce Coppock Dies

November 23, 2022 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
Bruce Coppock, who twice served the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra as president and managing director—from 1999 to 2008 and again 2013 to 2016—died on Nov. 21 at age 71 after a long battle with cancer. Described by a colleague as someone … » Read

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A First: Women Outnumber Men in the NY Philharmonic

November 23, 2022 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
One of the most significant changes in the New York Philharmonic as it settles into its newly renovated home is that women musicians outnumber men—45 to 44—for the first time in the ensemble’s 180-year history. “This has … » Read

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Santa Fe Chamber Music Exec to Retire

November 22, 2022 | Nicholas Beard, Musical America
Steven Ovitsky, executive director of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival since 2004, will retire in September 2023 at the conclusion of the festival’s 50 th season. “Having recently celebrated my 75th birthday,” he said when … » Read

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Michael Haefliger to Exit Lucerne Festival

November 21, 2022 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Michael Haefliger will step down as executive and artistic director of Switzerland’s Lucerne Festival, one of the most important in Europe, at the close of the 2025 season. “Naturally, this decision was not easy for me” he … » Read

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Detroit Opera Taps Music Director

November 21, 2022 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
The Detroit Opera has announced a new music director, its first since the late David DiChiera, company founder and artistic director, retired in 2016. (DiChiera died in 2018.) He is Mexican-born Roberto Kalb, Detroit resident and onetime … » Read

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Ned Rorem Has Died

November 18, 2022 | Nicholas Beard, Musical America
American composer Ned Rorem, known almost as well for his diaries as for his 500 art songs, died this morning at his home in Manhattan. He was 99. Winner of the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for his Air Music , an orchestral suite, he was highly regarded … » Read

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Don't Blink: Fort Worth Opera Hires a New GD. Again.

November 18, 2022 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
That was quick. Barely a month ago, Fort Worth Opera (FWO) announced that its third general director in five years, Afton Battle, had resigned . One former trustee has been quoted as saying she was too much of an activist (Battle is Black). Not … » Read

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ENO Chair Says the Company Will Close. Unless...

November 17, 2022 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
English National Opera Chair Harry Brünjes [pictured] has seemingly called Arts Council England’s bluff. Contrary to its recommendation that ENO relocate to Manchester, as a way of coping with being defunded by ACE, he says, simply, … » Read

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Minnesota O's VP Is New to Orchestras, but Not to DEI Needs

November 16, 2022 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
Sheri Notaro has joined the Minnesota Orchestra as its first vice president of people and culture. Her charge—to provide “strategic direction and tactical support” for human resources and lead anti-racism initiatives. Although … » Read

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Roberta Flack Has ALS

November 15, 2022 | Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) — A representative for Roberta Flack announced Monday that the Grammy-winning musician has ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, and can no longer sing. The progressive disease “has made it impossible to … » Read

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