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BAM's Joseph Melillo Joins Columbia Artists as Advisor

March 12, 2019 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Joseph V. Melillo, a key sculptor in the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s enlightened programming profile, has joined Columbia Artists in the new position of international artistic advisor. Having j ust ended his 35-year affiliation with BAM two … » Read

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Cinci Opera GD to Retire After Company Centennial

March 11, 2019 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Patricia K. Beggs, among the most highly regarded officials in the opera business, is to retire as general director of the Cincinnati Opera at the end of its next, centenary season. She has been affiliated with the company for 35 years, initially … » Read

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New MacArthur Foundation Prez Is Knight Foundation Chair

March 8, 2019 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
Chicago’s MacArthur Foundation, home of the “genius grant,” has a new president—John Palfrey. An educator, author, and scholar with a focus on digital technology, Palfrey, 46, will succeed Julia Stasch, in the job since … » Read

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Previn's Houston Music Directorship: Mutual Disapproval

March 8, 2019 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
Even the classical world’s leading lights occasionally stub their toe. In 1966 the Houston Symphony signed 37-year-old André Previn as its new chief conductor, replacing Sir John Barbirolli, 30 years his senior. Previn, who had … » Read

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Serebrennikov's Remote Nabucco Draws References to Trump and Putin

March 8, 2019 | Antoine Lambroschini, Agence France-Presse 
HAMBURG—He's under house arrest in Moscow without a phone or the internet, yet Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov's new opera is set to premiere in Germany on Sunday. A modern take on Verdi's Nabucco , the work at the Hamburg Opera deals … » Read

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The TED Conductor Turns 80

March 7, 2019 | Associated Press
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Benjamin Zander, who turns 80 on March 9, is a serial optimist. He’s the founder and music director of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and its youth orchestra; he’s a noted Mahler conductor; he’s a … » Read

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Annapolis Opera Announces Exit of Artistic and Stage Directors

March 7, 2019 | Nicholas Beard, Musical America
The Annapolis (MD) Opera, nearing 50 years of operation, is in for major change. Both its artistic director and primary stage director have announced their intention to step down as of June 30, 2020. In the former position, Ronald J. Gretz, with … » Read

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Two Conductor Appointments, One in Monte-Carlo, One in Graz

March 7, 2019 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
As of next season, American-Taiwanese conductor Mei-Ann Chen [pictured] is to be the new principal guest conductor of Austria’s Recreation-Grosses Orchester Graz, a 17-year-old ensemble; she has signed a three-year contract, requiring her … » Read

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As Deadline Looms, Muti Sides with CSO Musicians

March 7, 2019 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Riccardo Muti has, once again, chosen to side with the musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, of which he is music director. Last month, the players held a news conference in the lobby of Orchestra Hall to announce that  they would go … » Read

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Daniel Hope Exits Savannah Fest Post

March 5, 2019 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
Violinist Daniel Hope will be stepping down at the close of this year’s Savannah (GA) Music Festival, March  28-April 13. He has been serving in the capacity as associate artistic director, overseeing and participating in some of its … » Read

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