01. October 2013 · Comments Off on New York City Opera RIP · Categories: Read Online

It is curtains for New York City Opera. The 70-year-old company, long a star in the city’s cultural firmament, announced on Tuesday morning that its emergency fund-raising appeal had fallen short, and that it would begin the process of dissolving itself and filing for bankruptcy.

“New York City Opera did not achieve the goal of its emergency appeal,” Risa B. Heller, a spokeswoman for the company, said in a statement. “Today, the board and management will begin the necessary financial and operational steps to wind down the company including initiating the Chapter 11 process.”

Earlier in September, City Opera had announced that it would need to raise $7 million by the end of the month to pay for the rest of its season. The drive fell short, though, so Saturday night’s performance of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s opera “Anna Nicole” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music stands to be the company’s last. Its first performance, of Puccini’s “Tosca,” was given in 1944.


Osmo Vanska of Minnesota Orchestra. NYCO.

… and of course all our National Parks currently closed as well.


What is happening to the United States?

01. October 2013 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

There comes a point where you have to say no more while practicing, but then you have to practice for another hour before it’s perfect #oboe

01. October 2013 · Comments Off on Osmo Vänskä · Categories: News

Osmo Vänskä, music director of the Minnesota Orchestra since 2003, has resigned, effective immediately.

“It is a very sad day for me,” Vänskä said in a statement.

His departure is a major blow to the 110-year old orchestra, which has been locked in a bitter and intractable labor lockout for more than a year.


01. October 2013 · Comments Off on Stolen Oboe · Categories: Stolen Instrument

I just read this on Facebook:

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Attention: Olivier Doise vient de se faire voler à son domicile en région parisienne son Hautbois Marigaux 901 dans la nuit du 30 sept au 1er octobre #37550. Merci de vos éventuelles infos !
Please pay attention : Olivier Doise just got his oboe stolen at home during the night of Sept. 30th, in the Paris area. The oboe is a 901 #37550. Thank you for your concern and possible feed-back.