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Vermont Symphony Picks New Music Director After Two-Year Search

March 23, 2023 | Clive Paget, Musical America
The Vermont Symphony Orchestra (VSO) has announced Andrew Crust as its new music director with his first concert to take place on September 30 this year. Crust, who was selected out of a final pool of seven candidates, succeeds Jaime Laredo who … » Read

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Legendary Recording Engineer Marc Aubort Passes at 93

March 22, 2023 | Nicholas Beard, Musical America
Marc J. Aubort, a legendary sound engineer and classical recording producer, has died. He passed away on March 19 at his home in Connecticut at the age 93. Over a long and productive career, he worked on well over 1000 albums, many of them with … » Read

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Seattle Opera Announces Changes at the Top

March 22, 2023 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
Seattle Opera has announced two new appointments starting this month. Marissa Betz-Zall becomes the company’s new chief financial officer (CFO), with Angela Gist as chief operations officer (COO). The new appointees take over from Jane … » Read

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Karina Canellakis: An American Conductor Goes Dutch

March 20, 2023 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
Pentatone has announced an ongoing recording project with American conductor Karina Canellakis. The Dutch boutique label has launched what it describes as a long-term, multi-album partnership with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra … » Read

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Pianist with Global Vision Wins Franco Buitoni Award

March 17, 2023 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
The Borlotti Buitoni Trust has announced that Filippo Gorini will be the recipient of its biennial Franco Buitoni Award. The young Italian pianist receives £25,000 (approximately $30,000) in recognition of his farsighted “Sonata for … » Read

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Two Curtis/Philly O Violinists Are New Concertmasters; LSO Names New Leaders

March 15, 2023 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
German violinist José Maria Blumenschein is to be Mahler Chamber Orchestra ’s (MCO) new co-concertmaster, the orchestra’s first, sharing duties with Matthew Truscott. The Brazilian-born player arrives from the WDR Radio … » Read

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A Few Singers Under New Management

March 15, 2023 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Tenor Martin Luther Clark [pictured], who recently originated the role of CF in Lyric Opera of Chicago’s  The Factotum , has signed with Sempre Artists, his first management firm. Currently in his final year in the company’s Ryan … » Read

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KenCen Artistic Planner Heads to LA's Wallis Center

March 14, 2023 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Robert van Leer, most recently VP of artistic planning at the Kennedy Center, is to be the new executive director and CEO of California’s Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performng Arts as of April 1. He succeeds Rachel Fine, who left in … » Read

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The Mighty Mehta Returns to L.A.

March 14, 2023 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
Despite a career that continues to take Zubin Mehta to podiums around the world, Los Angeles has been home for the 86-year-old maestro since his 16 seasons as music director of the L.A. Philharmonic from 1962 to 1978. Like the current occupant of … » Read

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Recent Passings of Note

March 13, 2023 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
British conductor Kenneth Montgomery died on March 6 at age 80. Among his many music directorships: the Bournemouth Sinfonietta, Glyndebourne Touring Opera, Opera Northern Ireland, the Ulster Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Symphony, and the Dutch … » Read

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