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Another Music Director to Resign from Pandemic PTSD

September 22, 2021 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Jaap van Zweden isn’t the only music director for whom the pandemic has caused a change in priorities and lifestyle preferences. As Van Zweden exits the New York Philharmonic at the close of 2023 and the Hong Kong Phil one year later, … » Read
 

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$10M Gift Will Go Toward a New Home for USM School of Music

September 22, 2021 | Nicholas Beard, Musical America
The University of Southern Maine has received a $10 million donation—its largest ever—to build a home for its school of music on its Portland campus. The gift, from local philanthropist D. Suzi Osher, combined with an earlier one of … » Read
 

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Nigel Kennedy Accuses Classic FM of 'Musical Segregation' for Denying Jimi Hendrix Piece

September 22, 2021 | Anthony Brown, Musical America
Nigel Kennedy has walked away from a concert at Royal Albert Hall, citing Classical FM’s decision to prevent him from performing a tribute to Jimi Hendrix. “This is musical segregation,” the 64-year-old violinist told The … » Read
 

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Venice Heralds Its Return with a Floating Violin

September 22, 2021 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
The Grand Canal in Venice has been the waterway for myriad vessels for well over a millennium. But Sept. 17 was the first time that a gigantic violin carrying a string quartet playing Vivaldi’s Four Seasons made the journey. Noah’s … » Read
 

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New Artistic Leadership for Toledo Opera

September 22, 2021 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
Toledo Opera has named not one but two artistic directors to succeed James Meena, who left as general director and principal conductor last year to take the same post with Opera Carolina, in Charlotte, NC. Toledo’s James Norman, employed by … » Read
 

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Carmen Is About Passion Between Two of any Sex

September 21, 2021 | Wynne Delacoma, Musical America
CHICAGO—Opera is probably the most gender-fluid performing art. Yes, Sarah Bernhardt played Hamlet in 1899, and a few years ago Glenda Jackson tackled King Lear. Male swans fill the stage in choreographer Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake . … » Read
 

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Schumann's Mental Illness Still Cause for Debate

September 21, 2021 | Anthony Brown, Musical America
Robert Schumann’s death in a German asylum in 1856 was neither the first nor last incidence of psychiatric illness in his family. His father likely had a nervous breakdown, his mother suffered from depression, and his sister Emilie … » Read
 

Industry News

San Antonio Musicians Reject Management's 'Final' Offer

September 21, 2021 | Nicholas Beard, Musical America
As previously reported , the San Antonio Symphony’s historic financial issues show no signs of abating; the musicians have been performing live since last February (this is Texas, after all) under contract terms renegotiated for 2020-21 … » Read
 

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Strike at Strathmore Forces Baltimore Symphony to Change Venues

September 21, 2021 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
A labor standoff between the Music Center at Strathmore and the union representing its ticket sellers has led the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) to move concerts scheduled on Sept. 25 and Oct. 2 from the suburban Washington venue to the … » Read
 

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Met Opera Names New Host for Radio Broadcasts

September 20, 2021 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Debra Lew Harder, a classical music host and producer for Temple University’s WRTI-FM in Philadelphia, as well as a concert pianist and a medical doctor, is to be the new host of the Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts, starting when the … » Read
 
 

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