BSO, Gerstein Wrestle a Fabulous New Beast

March 22, 2019 | Clive Paget, Musical America
There was a definite buzz in the air for the second of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Carnegie Hall concerts on March 20. Reviews suggested Kirill Gerstein had scored a major hit a fortnight earlier on the BSO’s home turf with the … » Read

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Mostly Mozart 2019: New Wine in Old Bottles

March 22, 2019 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
As the boundaries among genres continue to fade, so does the Mostly Mozart Festival’s metamorphosis continue from a series of classical music concerts to, basically, anything goes. The 2019 festival, July 20-August 10, is not, in fact … » Read

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Listening to Music Limits Creativity

March 22, 2019 | Anthony Brown, Musical America
A recent study conducted by researchers from the University of Central Lancashire, Lancaster University, and the University of Gävle in Sweden suggests that listening to music substantially inhibits creativity. An article in the journal … » Read

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J.H. Kwabena Nketia, Scholar of African Music, Dies at 97

March 22, 2019 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
Joseph Hanson Kwabena Nketia, a Ghanaian ethnomusicologist and composer, described as “one of the finest scholars in all of post-colonial Africa,” died on March 13 in Legon, a suburb of the Ghanaian capital of Accra. He was 97. During … » Read

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Seattle Opera Hires New General Director

March 21, 2019 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Christina Scheppelmann, artistic director general of Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu, is to be the next general director of the Seattle Opera; she succeeds Aidan Lang, who exits after four years to be general director of Welsh National … » Read

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Louisville Nabs Teddy Abrams for Another Five Years

March 21, 2019 | Nicholas Beard, Musical America
In announcing its upcoming season, the revitalized Louisville Orchestra also announced that the primary source of its turnaround, Music Director Teddy Abrams, planned to stay put. In fact Abrams, now 31, has extended his role at the artistic helm … » Read

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Tennessee Performing Arts Center Taps CEO

March 21, 2019 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
Jennifer Turner [pictured], executive VP and managing director of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, in Orange Country, CA, is to be the president and CEO of the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, effective in May. She succeeds Kathleen … » Read

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Free-lancing in the Arts: A Lose-lose Proposition

March 21, 2019 | Anthony Brown, Musical America
A survey in the U.K. last month suggested that a fulltime career working in the arts is an almost Dickensian experience marked by  low pay and exploitative hours, with little expectation that conditions will improve.   New data … » Read

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Yuval Sharon's Flute Ultimately Wins Over Berliners

March 20, 2019 | Thomas May, Musical America
BERLIN — Nowhere is The Magic Flute more over-analyzed and over-fetishized than in the German-speaking world. So the stakes were especially high for director Yuval Sharon when he agreed to stage a new production for the Berlin Staatsoper. … » Read

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Steven Mercurio to Czech National Symphony

March 20, 2019 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
The Czech National Symphony Orchestra (CNSO) has selected American-born conductor Steven Mercurio as its new music director as of 2019-2020 season. He succeeds Libor Pešek, in the position since 2007. Mercurio, no stranger to the CNSO, has … » Read

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