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Two Key Chicago Public Media Figures Headed to New York

August 15, 2019 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
David Polk is leaving his position as program director of Chicago’s classical music station WFMT after 13 years with the company. He started as an intern under the late Andrew Patner, when he was critic-at-large. Polk had worked his way up … » Read

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Cinci Pops Names Acclaimed Actor as Principal Guest

August 15, 2019 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
The Cincinnati Pops has tapped American conductor/actor Damon Gupton as principal guest conductor beginning with the upcoming season. “Damon is a fantastic musician who has really connected with both our audiences and musicians,” said … » Read

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Shostakovich Love Letters to Be Auctioned

August 15, 2019 | Musical America
An affair between Dmitri Shostakovich and Bolshoi ballerina Nina Ivanova is documented in a series of ten love letters, apparently recently surfaced, set to be auctioned on August 22 for up to 800,000 rubles (about $12,000). The news is reported … » Read

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ENO's CEO Rallies the Troops

August 14, 2019 | Anthony Brown, Musical America
Dalya Alberge, a free-lance reporter writing in The Guardian , has managed to raise the hackles of Stuart Murphy, the CEO of the English National Opera (ENO). Her offense—describing the ENO as “beleaguered.” Alberge reported on … » Read

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Two Artists Get New Management

August 14, 2019 | Nicholas Beard, Musical America
Kirshbaum Associates has a new addition to its roster, and he is undoubtedly the youngest on the list. The company has signed 20-year-old Zlatomir Fung , recent first prize winner in the cello division of the International Tchaikovsky … » Read

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U.K. Chief of Dubai Opera Defends His Programming

August 14, 2019 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
As the Dubai Opera prepares for its fourth season, CEO Jasper Hope is proud that the venue has become an anchor for the UAE’s cultural scene and a hot spot in Dubai’s downtown. Since arriving from Royal Albert Hall, Hope has presented … » Read

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Melbourne Symphony Taps New Principal Guest

August 13, 2019 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Chinese American conductor Xian Zhang, music director of the New Jersey Symphony through 2023-24, has been appointed principal guest conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra starting in 2020. Sir Andrew Davis is the orchestra’s … » Read

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Berkshire Choral Institute Names President

August 13, 2019 | Nicholas Beard, Musical America
After a lengthy search, Berkshire Choral International has selected Steve Smith, for four years the executive director of the Seattle Men’s Chorus and Seattle Women’s Chorus, as its new president. He succeeds Debi Kennedy.   BCI … » Read

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#MeToo Catches up with Plácido

August 13, 2019 | Jocelyn Gecker
For decades, Plácido Domingo, one of the most celebrated and powerful men in opera, has tried to pressure women into sexual relationships by dangling jobs and then sometimes punishing the women professionally when they refused his … » Read

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Two Very Different Reactions to the Domingo News; Update: Met Opera Statement

August 13, 2019 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
It is early yet, but the news of Plácido Domingo’s alleged inappropriate behavior toward some of his former female colleagues has begun to ripple through the industry. Thus far, there have been two very different reactions, one from … » Read

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