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New Artist of the Month: Conductor Kedrick Armstrong

June 1, 2024 | Hannah Edgar, Musical America
Growing up in coastal Georgetown, SC (population: 8,500), Kedrick Armstrong became his church’s keyboardist at age 12 and picked up the clarinet in his school’s band program. But Armstrong couldn’t shake the feeling that there … » Read

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(Ageist) Nationalism Hits La Scala

May 31, 2024 | Colleen Barry, Associated Press
MILAN (AP) — The general manager of Milan’s famed Teatro alla Scala on Tuesday bade a bittersweet farewell to the theater during the presentation of 2024-25 season, saying, “I would have been happy to continue.” Dominique … » Read

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Hugues Gall Dies at 84

May 30, 2024 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
Hugues Randolph Gall, longtime general director of the Paris Opera, died on May 25 at age 84. Born in Honfleur, Germany, he began his professional career working for several government ministries, before joining the Paris Opera in 1973, first as … » Read

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Hilary Hahn Heads to the Royal Academy

May 30, 2024 | Anthony Brown, Musical America
The Royal Academy of Music (RAM) has chosen the three-time Grammy Award winning violinist Hilary Hahn as visiting professor for a 12-month period beginning in September 2024. In the press release announcing Hahn’s appointment, Graham … » Read

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Key Kronos Executive to Exit

May 30, 2024 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
Janet Cowperthwaite, who has spent 43 years helping to make the Kronos Quartet one of the music world’s most admired and innovative foursomes, has announced that she will step down next October. Her decision elicited fulsome praise from … » Read

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Dayton Phil Taps Music Director

May 30, 2024 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Keitaro Harada, music and artistic director of the Savannah (GA) and “permanent conductor” of the Tokyo Symphony, will add the Dayton (OH) Philharmonic to his CV, with the title of music and artistic director. Along with the Dayton … » Read

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The Other Half of Disney's Classic Songwriting Duo Dies at 95

May 29, 2024 | Associated Press
LOS ANGELES (AP)—Richard M. Sherman, one half of the prolific, award-winning pair of brothers who helped form millions of childhoods by penning the instantly memorable songs for Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang … » Read

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MET O Concertmaster Grabs Another Conducting Gig

May 28, 2024 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
David Chan, concertmaster of New York’s MET Orchestra for the past 24 years, is expanding his portfolio as a conductor, becoming the new principal conductor for the Apollo Orchestra. Since its founding in 2010, the Washington, D.C.-based … » Read

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Virginia Opera CEO to Exit

May 28, 2024 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
Peggy Kriha Miller, who joined the Virginia Opera as general director and CEO in October 2020, will be leaving in 2025, citing her desire to prioritize her family. Miller, who succeeded President and CEO Russell P. Allen when he retired, arrived … » Read

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Symphony Percussionist Denied Tenure Will Fight Back

May 28, 2024 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
In classical music, the infrequency with which a Black musician finds individual success is all too well known. Blind orchestra auditions may have helped to increase the number of women in American ensembles—by 2022 it was up to 47 … » Read

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