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BSO Principal Bass of 48 Years to Step Down

July 24, 2024 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
When the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s (BSO) principal bass Edwin Barker first set foot on the Tanglewood campus in the summer of 1975, he could hardly have imagined that the BSO and its summer headquarters would be an integral part of his … » Read

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Yuja Wang: ''It's Hard for Me to Stop.''

July 24, 2024 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
At age 37, Yuja Wang sits at the very pinnacle of the world of classical pianists. Her concerts sell out nearly immediately, and they almost invariably garner rave reviews. She was from the outset, observes an interviewer for The Telegraph , … » Read

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Storied Music School Recruits a Familiar Face

July 23, 2024 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
Welz Kauffman, who led the Ravinia Festival for almost two decades before his departure in 2020 , is returning to Chicago. On Sept. 30, he will begin his tenure as executive director and CEO of the Old Town School of Folk Music. He succeeds Jim … » Read

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L.A. Phil Names 2024-25 Dudamel Fellows

July 22, 2024
The 14 th class of Dudamel Fellows has been announced, these for the 2024-25 season. Working with Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil musicians as well as visiting artists and conductors, the four will interact with students in key L.A. Phil … » Read

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Boston's Berklee Names President

July 19, 2024 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Berklee College of Music has hired Jim Lucchese, a former top executive at Spotify, as its next president. Trained as a lawyer, the Boston-based businessman boasts a successful 20-year track record in connecting music and technology. He has not … » Read

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New Artistic Partner for SPCO

July 19, 2024 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO) has named conductor Gábor Takács-Nagy as its newest artistic partner. The 68-year-old Hungarian maestro trained as a violinist at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest and from 1975 to 1992 was … » Read

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New Music Director in Lafayette, IN

July 18, 2024 | Edward Egerton, Musical America
South Carolina native Kellen Gray is to be the next conductor and artistic director of the Lafayette (IN) Symphony Orchestra, a 70-plus-year-old professional ensemble offering four symphonic concerts and six smaller musical events annually. … » Read

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SWR Investigation Gives François-Xavier Roth a Second Chance

July 17, 2024 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
After an internal investigation, the SWR Symphony Orchestra (Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra) has decided to proceed with the appointment of François-Xavier Roth as the ensemble’s chief conductor as of the 2025-26 season. … » Read

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BBC Singers Name 'New' Director

July 17, 2024 | Anthony Brown, Musical America
Jonathan Manners, who has been responsible for the artistic leadership of the BBC Singers since 2016, will add the top executive position of director to his remit. He succeeds Paul Hughes, who stepped down after 23 years in 2022. Since joining … » Read

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Bill Viola, of 'The Tristan Project,' Dies at 73

July 16, 2024 | Associated Press
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Bill Viola, a video artist who collaborated with director Peter Sellars on a groundbreaking production of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde originally seen in Los Angeles, Paris and New York, has died at age 73. … » Read

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