07. June 2022 · Comments Off on New LA Phil Oboist … · Categories: News, Oboe

It’s been reported that an oboist has been named as the new principal of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The blog begins with this:

Reliable sources — from multiple time zones, FWIW — have confirmed that Marc Lachat has been offered the position of Principal Oboe of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Of the six finalists I identified previously, as many as four were “qualified” by the orchestra’s audition committee, and Gustavo Dudamel (Music & Artistic Director) chose him.

But I’ll leave it at that so you read it from the source.

29. January 2019 · Comments Off on Buffet Crampon acquires Rigoutat · Categories: News

I play on a Rigoutat (the site is currently not up and running, surprise, surprise) English horn and I love it. (My oboe is a Marigaux and I love that and my second Marigaux as well: I’m definitely not a Loree girl, contrary to so many American oboists.) I wonder what will happen to the brand now. I’m not very familiar with Buffet, to be honest. The only thing I do know is that their Greenline oboes can have tenon issues: I’ve read several stories about the tenon breaking off, and heard one story live and in person from a colleague who experienced the issue with a student. That was quite worrisome.

I read the news here.

Dropbox News Release by Buffet

05. December 2018 · Comments Off on From NY Times · Categories: Announcements, Conductors, News, San Francisco Symphony

An article that makes me feel like my complete surprise was not unwarranted. It also makes me even more excited about the appointment.

Go here to read it.

05. December 2017 · Comments Off on New-Old Stravinsky · Categories: News

I’d not heard about this before so it’s new news to me.

… but it’s all about the wonder that is Alma Deutscher.

She really is all that they are saying, and a complete delight as well!

08. November 2017 · Comments Off on A Sad State Of Affairs · Categories: News

I’ve been told by a reliable source that this really is a mess.

Just a portion of the article:

The committee were placed behind a screen but allowed access to their cell phones and tablets which they were allowed to receive texts from auditioning people to notify them who was playing. Committee members were seen peering behind the screen as well as asking auditioning musicians to come and speak with the committee behind the curtain. The audition was a sham and once the votes had been tallied, the music director tailored or changed the results to fit his liking. There were no brass or percussion players were allowed to be on the panel even though full brass sections and percussion and timpani players were heard in the audition process. The result was a completely different orchestra with approximately 7 principal positions changing hands as well as Thai musicians losing their jobs that had been working in the orchestra for 12 years. If a new foreign candidate was selected to join the orchestra, the orchestra demanded them to give confirmation and move to Thailand within 2 weeks of the audition results.


I’m grateful for our union. Truly grateful.

31. October 2017 · Comments Off on MTT To Step Down · Categories: Announcements, Conductors, News

Michael Tilson Thomas will step down as music director of the San Francisco Symphony at the end of the 2019-20 season, marking the end of the longest and arguably most significant chapter in the orchestra’s 106-year history.

Since taking up the position of music director in 1995, Thomas has overseen a remarkable transformation that has vaulted the San Francisco Symphony to a central position among the top orchestras of the United States and given it a distinctive profile on the international stage.

The move, announced to the orchestra on Tuesday, Oct. 31, is scheduled to coincide with both the end of Thomas’ 25th season at the organization’s helm and his 75th birthday in December 2019. He will remain with the Symphony in the newly created post of music director laureate, conducting at least four weeks each year and undertaking a variety of special programming projects.

“I guess part of my decision was just a matter of thinking in round numbers,” Thomas said in a phone interview. “I’ve been very pleased to see the development of the music making in the orchestra, and particularly the amazing quality of the new members coming in. So I’m taking this step with a lot of confidence in my colleagues, and a sense of satisfaction at the direction of this journey we’ve taken together.

“But in the big picture of my personal life, I’m looking forward to having less responsibility, and more time to devote to other projects — even ones not necessarily having to do with music.”


17. July 2017 · Comments Off on World Emoji Day …? · Categories: News

Who knew? Certainly not I, until I received the following email:

The Royal Opera House teams with Twitter to tell the stories of opera and ballet using emojis on World Emoji Day


World Emoji Day on Monday 17 July 2017 marks the first time that the Royal Opera House has teamed up with a digital platform like Twitter to tell the stories of some of the world’s best-loved operas and ballets, engaging new audiences at giant scale for the first time.

Throughout World Emoji Day, the Royal Opera House will share a series of tweets via its Twitter handle @RoyalOperaHouse, each one telling the story of a famous opera or ballet using only emojis.

Emoji clips for Carmen and The Nutcracker

Twitter will support the Royal Opera House’s content, encouraging the initiative to trend. The Royal Opera House will support with additional activity on Instagram and Facebook throughout the day.

The public will have the chance to win a pair of tickets if they identify any one opera or ballet told as emojis in any one of the tweets. With a new tweet for a new ballet or opera every 30 minutes throughout the day, there will be many opportunities to enter.

Jeremy Paul, Head of Marketing Communications, Audiences and Media at the Royal Opera House, said: “We grab any opportunity to tell narratives and teaming up with Twitter means we do this at unprecedented scale. It’s part of a strategy to pivot into dialogue-platforms like Twitter”.

Twitter’s UK MD, Dara Nasr said “Every year we see emojis used billions of times on Twitter and this is such a fantastic and unique way for the Royal Opera House to both reach a new audience and also celebrate World Emoji Day”

The public are encouraged to follow the Royal Opera House on Twitter on World Emoji Day and take part here: https://twitter.com/RoyalOperaHouse


13. December 2016 · Comments Off on Go Mozart! · Categories: News

The top-selling music artists of 2016 is not who you’d expect. If you looked at the most popular songs today, it’s not Drake. He’s runner-up.

(Hm. I know who Adele is and yes, I’ve even heard that song. Drake? Nope. Guess I’ll have to go look him up.)

Hah! 200 disks in the set. Sneaky.

09. September 2016 · Comments Off on Cabrillo Music Festival Names New Music Director & Conductor · Categories: Announcements, News

I just received this …

Santa Cruz, CA, September 9, 2016 – The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, America’s longest running festival dedicated to new music for orchestra, is pleased to appoint Cristian Macelaru as its new Music Director and Conductor. Macelaru takes on the position with immediate effect and conducts his inaugural season in August 2017. He succeeds longtime Music Director and Conductor Marin Alsop, who stepped down after her 25th Anniversary season this August.

The appointment comes after a yearlong search led by the Festival’s Board of Directors and Executive Director Ellen Primack.

A fast-rising star of the conducting world, Cristian Macelaru has established himself for his musical insight and assuredness on the podium. Winner of the 2014 Solti Conducting Award and now Conductor-in-Residence of the Philadelphia Orchestra, he came to public attention in February 2012 when he conducted the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as a replacement for Pierre Boulez. These performances were met with widespread critical acclaim and launched an international career. An accomplished violinist from an early age, he grew up in Romania as the youngest of 10 musical siblings and immigrated to the United States at the age of 17 to pursue his musical studies. This marks Macelaru’s first Music Directorship.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have found Cristian Macelaru,” said Executive Director Ellen Primack. “His curiosity and genuine passion for new music, coupled with his skill and dynamism on the podium, make him a perfect fit for the Festival. Cristi understands and respects Cabrillo’s important role in the music world. He is confident and charming, and eagerly embraces the special spirit and ethos that has distinguished the Festival and allowed it to thrive.”

“On behalf of the Cabrillo Festival’s Board of Directors, I’m very gratified that we’ve been able to find such a worthy successor for the helm of Cabrillo Festival,” said Liza Culick, Chair of the Artistic Leadership Transition Team. “Cristian Macelaru is a great young talent. We’re confident that he will lead the Festival into a new era that will be marked by all the passion, excitement, and community that have been the hallmark of the Cabrillo Festival from its earliest days.”

“I am excited and humbled by the prospect of joining this beautiful artistic family,” said Macelaru. “Cabrillo’s vision is unique–it has contributed immensely to the creation and performance of great art. It is an organization that nurtures innovation while maintaining the highest professional standards. I look forward to working with the incredible Festival Orchestra and building on the great legacy established by my illustrious predecessors, including Marin Alsop whose work I deeply admire. I hope to expand our artistic vision while ensuring that the Festival continues to be a destination for those seeking a unique experience and a deeper understanding of a truly remarkable art form.”

Macelaru will celebrate his first season with the Festival July 30 – August 12, 2017.

About Cristian Macelaru
Winner of the 2014 Solti Conducting Award, Cristian Macelaru has established himself as one of the fast-rising stars of the conducting world. With every concert he displays an exciting and highly regarded presence, thoughtful interpretations and energetic conviction on the podium. Macelaru came to public attention in February 2012 when he conducted the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as a replacement for Pierre Boulez in performances met with critical acclaim. Conductor-in-Residence of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Macelaru made his subscription debut with the orchestra in April 2013 and continues to conduct them annually on subscription programs and other special concerts.

The 2016/17 season sees Macelaru returning to the Philadelphia Orchestra and National Symphony Orchestra and the symphony orchestras of St. Louis, San Diego, Milwaukee, Colorado, Detroit and Vancouver. Internationally he leads the Bayerischen Rundfunk Symphonieorchester, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, WDR Sinfonieorchester, Weimar Staatskapelle, Halle Orchestra, Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and New Japan Philharmonic with Anne-Sophie Mutter as soloist. In Summer 2016, Macelaru made debuts at Dresden Staatskapelle, Ravinia Festival with the Chicago Symphony, Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Wolf Trap Festival with the National Symphony Orchestra and at the Aspen Music Festival. Additionally, he returned to the Mann Center and Saratoga Performing Arts Center with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Chautauqua Music Festival with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

In the 2015/16 season, Macelaru led subscription concerts with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic and the National Symphony Orchestra in D.C., as well as with the Atlanta Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra and New World Symphony. His international guest-conducting appearances brought him to Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

Cristian Macelaru made his Carnegie Hall debut in February 2015 on a program with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and Anne-Sophie Mutter. A keen opera conductor, in June 2015 he made his Cincinnati Opera debut in highly acclaimed performances of Il Trovatore. In 2010, he made his operatic debut with the Houston Grand Opera in Madama Butterfly and led the U.S. premiere of Colin Matthews’s Turning Point with the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra as part of the Tanglewood Contemporary Music Festival. In 2019, he returns to the Houston Grand Opera on a Kasper Holten production of Don Giovanni.

In addition to being appointed the 2014 Solti Fellow, Macelaru previously received the Sir Georg Solti Emerging Conductor Award in 2012, a prestigious honor only awarded once before in the Foundation’s history. He has participated in the conducting programs of the Tanglewood Music Center and the Aspen Music Festival, studying under David Zinman, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Oliver Knussen and Stefan Asbury. His main studies were with Larry Rachleff at Rice University, where he received master’s degrees in conducting and violin performance. He completed undergraduate studies in violin performance at the University of Miami.

An accomplished violinist from an early age, Macelaru was the youngest concertmaster in the history of the Miami Symphony Orchestra and made his Carnegie Hall debut with that orchestra at the age of nineteen. He also played in the first violin section of the Houston Symphony for two seasons.

Macelaru formerly held the position of Resident Conductor at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, where he was Music Director of the Campanile Orchestra, Assistant Conductor to Larry Rachleff and Conductor for the Opera Department. A proponent of music education, he has served as a conductor with the Houston Youth Symphony, where he also conceptualized and created a successful chamber music program. As Founder and Artistic Director of the Crisalis Music Project, Macelaru spearheaded a program in which young musicians perform in a variety of settings, side-by-side with established artists. Their groundbreaking inaugural season produced and presented concerts featuring chamber ensembles, a chamber orchestra, a tango operetta, and collaborations with dancer Susana Collins, which resulted in a choreographed performance of Vivaldi/Piazzolla’s Eight Seasons.

Cristian Macelaru resides in Philadelphia with his wife Cheryl and children Beniamin and Maria. www.macelaru.com

About the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music
America’s longest running festival dedicated to new music for orchestra, the Cabrillo Festival is a preeminent force in new music, both nationally and internationally. Celebrated as a “summer mecca for musicians and a premier musical destination for audiences,” (San Jose Mercury News) the Festival attracts some of the world’s top contemporary composers whose compositions are shared with an award-winning orchestra and an enthusiastic audience. www.cabrillomusic.org.