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Marc Baylin to Annenberg Center for the Arts

April 9, 2021 | Nicholas Beard, Musical America
Marc Baylin, who  announced his decision to wind down Baylin Artists Management last year just one month before the pandemic struck, has been hired as artistic advisor and programming consultant by the Annenberg Center for the Performing … » Read

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Gergiev's Silence on Political Issues Speaks Volumes

April 9, 2021 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
At a moment when many artists, conductors, and other leaders in the classical music universe are taking strong stands on contemporary social and political issues—from #BlackLivesMatter to #MeToo to any number of global hot spots—one … » Read

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Legendary Opera Fan Turned Confidant & Aficionado Dies at 88

April 8, 2021 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
The death of Lois Kirschenbaum on March 27 deprived the Metropolitan Opera of one of its most devoted fans. Beginning in the late 1950s, she became a regular fixture, usually watching the onstage drama from the upper balcony through oversized … » Read

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NY Phil Hires New Music Specialist as VP Artistic Planning

April 8, 2021 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Patrick Castillo, who describes himself as “a composer, performer, writer, and educator,” has been hired by the New York Philharmonic as VP of artistic planning. He has been consulting for the orchestra under his predecessor, Isaac … » Read

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New Appointments for Two Conductors of Very Different Generations

April 6, 2021 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Italian conductor Daniele Gatti, despite confirmation of inappropriate sexual advances in the past  both in the U.S. and abroad, is having no trouble getting work in his native country. His newest post, according to the Corriere della Sera , … » Read

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Lady Solti Dies at 83

April 5, 2021 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
Lady Valerie Solti, wife of the renowned Sir Georg, died on March 31 at her London home. She was 83. During her late husband’s 22-year tenure as music director of the Chicago Symphony, from 1969 to 1991, Mrs. Solti was effectively the first … » Read

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More Arts Leaders Head Into Retirement

April 2, 2021 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Two more retirements to add to the ever-growing list of arts executives leaving storied careers behind. The latest is JoAnn Kulesza, music director of the Peabody Opera Theater for 30 years and a key member of the music faculty. Stepping in to … » Read

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Stéphane Denève Re-ups in Saint Louis

April 1, 2021 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Stéphane Denève will stay on as music director of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra through the end of the 2025-26 season, having just signed a four-year extension to his current contract. He’s been artistic chief of the … » Read

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New Artist of the Month: Tenor Miles Mykkanen

April 1, 2021 | Clive Paget, Musical America
It looked set to be a gala y ear for Miles Mykkanen. The 29-year-old tenor made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Second Apprentice in the company’s new production of Wozzeck , but when the run ended on January 22, 2020, lockdown was less … » Read

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Cello-playing Gastroenterologist Organizes Star-studded Cancer Fundraiser

March 31, 2021 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
Dr. Ben Levy, head of the gastroenterology department at Chicago’s Mount Sinai Hospital, once considered a career as a cellist before opting instead for medicine. But he remains a musician at heart, fully aware that music is often as … » Read

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