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Krzysztof Penderecki Dies at 86

March 29, 2020 |
Monika Scislowska, Associated Press
WARSAW, Poland — Krzysztof Penderecki, an award-winning conductor and one of the world’s most important contemporary classical music composers whose works have featured in Hollywood films like The Shining and Shutter Island , died … » Read

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Report from the Trenches V: Conductor/Organist Kent Tritle

March 26, 2020
Kent Tritle is director of Cathedral Music and organist at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Manhattan; director of choral activities at the Manhattan School of Music; organist of the New York Philharmonic; music director of Musica Sacra … » Read

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Domingo Has the Dreaded COVID-19

March 22, 2020 | Associated Press
MADRID (AP) — Plácido Domingo announced Sunday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus. The 79-year-old opera singer’s illness comes after his own glittering career had recently been stained by sexual misconduct … » Read

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Domingo Quits AGMA. Pays $500,000 as Union Withdraws Penalty

March 21, 2020 | Jocelyn Gecker, Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Superstar Plácido Domingo has resigned from the U.S. union that represents opera singers and will contribute $500,000 to sexual harassment eradication programs and a fund that helps opera employees in crisis, the … » Read

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The Impact on Three Musicians, Three Genres

March 20, 2020 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
Violinist Jennifer Koh reports that it is difficult for classical musicians to monetize streaming. Most of their income comes from live performances. As such, her finances are shaky. “I just have fees coming in from performances I did. If … » Read

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Tianjin Juilliard, Shanghai Qtet, Fire Violinist Over Offensive Post

March 18, 2020 | Rudolph Tang, Musical America
Violinist Yi-Wen Jiang has resigned from the Shanghai Quartet, responding to pressure from remarks he posted on WeChat, calling Chinese people (pig in emoji). WeChat is a popular social media app in the Chinese community, Jiang’s … » Read

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Doriot Anthony Dwyer, Longtime BSO Principal Flute, Dies at 98

March 17, 2020 | William J. Kole, Associated Press
Doriot Anthony Dwyer, principal flute of the the Boston Symphony for nearly 40 years and the second woman ever to hold a principal chair in a major orchestra, died on March 14 in Lawrence, Kansas. She was 98. Her daughter Arienne Dwyer, said the … » Read

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Werther--in Joyce DiDonato's Livingroom

March 16, 2020 | Ronald Blum, Associated Press
NEW YORK -- Joyce DiDonato and Piotr Beczala made sure the show went on, albeit in an unusual format and venue—from the living room of DiDonato's Manhattan apartment. The American mezzo-soprano and Polish tenor had been scheduled to star in … » Read

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L.G.B.T.Q. Exec to Head NYC Cultural Affairs Dept

March 13, 2020 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio has chosen Gonzalo Casals, who currently leads the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art in SoHo, as the city’s new cultural affairs commissioner. Lohman, who assumes the position on April 13, replaces Tom Finkelpearl, … » Read

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Composer Charles Wuorinen Dies at 81

March 13, 2020 | Associated Press
NEW YORK — Charles Wuorinen, winner of th e 1970 Pulitzer Prize in Music and composer of the operas B rokeback Mountain and Haroun and the Sea of Stories , died from injuries sustained in a fall last September. He was 81. Wuorinen, who … » Read

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