02. June 2016 · Comments Off on Yannick Nézet-Séguin & the Met · Categories: Announcements, News, Opera

… but they have a bit of a wait for him.

For the first time in four decades, the Metropolitan Opera has a new music director. The company announced on Thursday that it was passing the baton long held by James Levine to Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra known for his vital, visceral brand of music making.

But to land the highly sought-after Mr. Nézet-Séguin, 41, to succeed Mr. Levine, 72, who stepped down last month after years of uncertainty and cancellations because of health problems, the Met had to agree to a long engagement period.

Since the Montreal-born Mr. Nézet-Séguin’s schedule is booked for several years, he will not officially take up the Met post until the 2020-21 season, leaving the company without a full-time music director in the meantime as it grapples with fiscal challenges and box-office struggles. And Mr. Nézet-Séguin (his full name is pronounced yah-NEEK nay-ZAY say-GHEN) plans to divide his duties between the Met and another major American institution, the storied Philadelphia Orchestra, which he has led since 2012. He announced on Thursday that he had extended his contract as music director in Philadelphia through the 2025-26 season.


26. May 2016 · Comments Off on News From Tanglewood · Categories: Announcements, Emailed To Me

I just received an email today:

Seiji Ozawa, following advice from his doctor to postpone any plans to travel abroad at this time, has had to cancel his Tanglewood appearances this summer due to lack of physical strength.

At the end of Maestro Ozawa’s month-long stay in Europe (where he performed with the Berlin Philharmonic in Berlin and the Seiji Ozawa International Academy Switzerland in Paris) this past April, due to overwork Ozawa developed a fever which resulted in weight loss. Upon his return to Japan, Ozawa continued with another demanding period of work, which further weakened his immune system. After thorough discussions with his doctors, family, and all concerned, Maestro Ozawa has decided to follow his doctors’ advice and during the next few months primarily focus on recovering his physical strength. Ozawa, therefore, has had to reschedule his performance activities for this summer, which has unfortunately resulted in cancellation of his concerts at Tanglewood. We wish Seiji a speedy recovery and look forward to his return visit to Tanglewood in future seasons.

Quote from Seiji Ozawa
“I am very very sad and sorry that I will have to miss this summer’s Tanglewood. I miss the Ground of Tanglewood and all my old colleagues and friends. Missing being in our house in West Stockbridge and playing tennis there. I am concentrating on eating and I am gaining more body strength now. I am so much looking forward to returning to Tanglewood SOON. My young colleagues, music students of Seiji Ozawa International Academy Switzerland will be there with you. They are so concentrated on playing Chamber music and Ensemble. I hope you will all enjoy their music-making as much as I enjoy!”

Quote from Mark Volpe, BSO Managing Director
“I know that Seiji is very disappointed not to be able to join us this summer at Tanglewood, as he was so very much looking forward to returning to the festival and working with his beloved Boston Symphony Orchestra and Tanglewood Music Center, introducing us all to his treasured Swiss Academy, and reconnecting with the many audience members who have supported him so passionately over the years. All of us at the BSO will miss Seiji’s presence this summer, but we understand that he has to follow his doctors’ advice to take the time needed to recover his strength after a busy work schedule in Europe and Japan in April and early May. We wish Seiji a speedy recovery and look forward to his return to Tanglewood in future seasons.”

18. May 2016 · Comments Off on Luisotti Leaving · Categories: Announcements, Conductors, Opera, San Francisco Opera · Tags: , ,

San Francisco Opera Music Director Nicola Luisotti today announced that he will step down from his position at the end of his current contract, which expires on July 31, 2018. Mr. Luisotti, age 55, will continue to serve as San Francisco Opera music director through the 2017–18 Season. Today’s announcement was made in the War Memorial Opera House theater before the full company of staff, musicians, chorus, dancers and crew.


09. November 2015 · Comments Off on My Cd Is On The Way! · Categories: Announcements

This just in from Janet Archibald:

Hi Friends of the Lowell Trio,
The Lowell Trio is very pleased to announce the release of our first cd, ‘Music to Save Our Endangered Lands’, just in time for the holidays!
The cd features San Francisco Opera Orchestra members Janet Popesco Archibald, oboe & English Horn, Emil Miland, cello and pianist Margaret Fondbertasse in some of the Lowell Trio’s greatest hits from 7+ years of Classical/Crossover concerts, including ‘Cross the Wide Missouri’, movie themes from ‘The Mission’ ‘Valley of the Dolls’ ,and ‘Deer Hunter’ music of Handel, Bach and Rachmaninoff, and much more.
All proceeds from the sale of the cd go directly to the John Muir Land Trust in support of their fantastic work to preserve our beautiful open spaces in Contra Costa County.
The cds are available at www.jmlt.org for $25.00, $20.00 of which is tax deductible. It’s a great way to complete your holiday shopping, get a tax deduction and also give a gift to the environment at the same time!
Also, please join the Lowell Trio on Sunday December 20, 4pm at Armando’s in Martinez (707 Marina Vista Ave) for our festive annual Holiday Concert, featuring seasonal favorites, holiday goodies and a few surprises, too!
Happy Holidays!
Janet Archibald for
The Lowell Trio

04. March 2015 · Comments Off on Simon Rattle & LSO · Categories: Announcements

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.

06. February 2015 · Comments Off on Alan Gilbert Leaving NY Phil · Categories: Announcements

I just read the news. (Anne Midgett)

NYTimes (Michael Cooper)
WSJ (Corinne Ramey)
Vulture (Justin Davidson)
LATimes (David Ng)

11. November 2014 · Comments Off on Ring, Ring, Ring … Anybody Home? · Categories: Announcements, LOTR

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 on David McGill to Leave CSO · 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 on Berlin Phil & Abbado · 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 on San Francisco Contemporary Music Players · Categories: Announcements

Sent to me the other day …

CY Call for Submissions Flier