The London Symphony Orchestra is delighted to announce the appointment of Sir Simon Rattle as its Music Director. He will take up his appointment in September 2017.


I had heard rumors of this, so I’m not surprised.

I just read the news. (Anne Midgett)

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11. November 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Announcements

Why YES, in fact!

Woo hoo! We just received this news, and being a LOTR fan I’m pretty happy!

Oh, ye lovers of Frodo and Gandalf, pay attention to the awesome news from Middle Earth: In a cultural coup for the West Coast, the “Lord of the Rings” film trilogy will be screened in its entirety in San Jose next April, with the original score performed live by Symphony Silicon Valley.

The film showings will be in HD on a giant screen, while the orchestra’s 90 musicians and 160 choristers perform the music from the soundtrack in sync with the films.

“The logistics are huge. It’s the biggest project we’ve ever done,” said Andrew Bales, president of Symphony Silicon Valley, which will present two cycles of the trilogy at the Center for the Performing Arts, with separate screenings for each of the three films over a four-day period, April 16-19, on a 48-by-20-foot screen.

Read the whole thing!

LOTR SSV site.

12. May 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Announcements, Bassoon

David McGill, principal bassoon of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for 17 years, will leave in August to accept a full-time teaching position at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music, the CSO announced Monday.
McGill has held the title since in 1997, when he was appointed by Daniel Barenboim, then the orchestra’s music director.
“Teaching has always been a great love of mine, and the rigors of performing have precluded me pursuing this noble profession as much as I would like,” McGill said in the CSO statement.


26. January 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Announcements, News, Symphony

The BPO marks the passing of former Chief Conductor Claudio Abbado with a host of free material.
The Berlin Philharmonic have decided to mark the passing of their former Chief Conductor by making all of his concerts in their Digital Concert Hall free to view for anyone who cares to pay an online visit (yes, that’s the link to the Berlin page).


23. December 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Announcements

Sent to me the other day …

CY Call for Submissions Flier

25. October 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Announcements

I just received this from Jack Cozen Harel, oboe professor at University of Akron. Sounds like a good deal to me!

He writes:

The assistantship offer at the University of Akron includes a full tuition scholarship towards a master’s degree plus an annual stipend between $3,500 and $7,000. If you know of any students who might be interested, I would appreciate it if you would pass the information along. This assistantship is open to students desiring a master’s in performance, theory, history, music technology, or arts administration. If you have any questions about our program, I can be reached via this email address (jcozenharel [at] gmail [dot] com) or by phone at (510) 364-4444.


21. October 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Announcements

Received from Michael Adduci, the oboe instructor at San Jose State University:

On Saturday, November 2, oboe maker Mark Chudnow (Mark Chudnow
Woodwinds, Napa CA) will be spending the day at San Jose State
University to give a masterclass on oboe maintenance and repair. This
workshop is open oboe players from the advanced high school level
through to professionals. There will be two 2.5 hour sessions with an
hour break for lunch: 10-12:30 and 1:30-4:00. The first session will
use a question-and-answer format, and in the second session Mr.
Chudnow will systematically take us through his process of oboe
adjustment. At the conclusion of the class, he will be available to
look at the attendees’ oboes, he will be making repair
recommendations but will not be doing any personal repairs on site.

The cost to attend this day-long workshop is $20, and we are limiting
the class to 30 people. Registration and payment need to be taken
care of in advance, we will not be taking walk ins on the day of the


10. June 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Announcements

The Handel Festival in Halle has been cancelled due to severe flooding, with some areas of the city under seven metres of water.

The festival has been held in the city – where Handel was born – since 1922. Of the composer’s 42 operas, 40 have been performed as part of the festival.

This year’s edition was due to take place from 6-16 June at over 30 locations and around 40,000 visitors were expected. The programme included performances of Handel’s oratorio Messiah, and his operas Alessandro and Acis and Galatea.

But over recent weeks much of central Europe has been badly flooded and in Halle itself the river Saale has burst its banks.

The organisers announced that the festival was to be cancelled in a statement on the website in which they also asked for understanding from all those hoping to attend.

I read it here.

05. June 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Announcements

“To achieve artistic success the chemistry between cast and conductor needs to be of a certain vibrancy and character. Unfortunately the necessary unity of vision for this piece on this occasion was not achieved. It is a matter of personal chemistry which cannot be planned for and which sometimes doesn’t happen despite the best intentions of all concerned.

“Therefore in the interests of an outstanding cast and production, and after a great deal of thought, I have decided to withdraw. I have been completely supported by the team at Opera Australia at all times and this decision is mine alone. I wish the project the great success I am sure it will achieve as a landmark event in the history of opera in Australia.”

The company’s artistic director Lyndon Terracini added: “Richard has a long and distinguished career with Opera Australia and we look forward to working with him again in the future and wish him continued success. I would also like to thank Richard for the outstanding work he has done on this project to this point.” No replacement has been announced.

I read it here.