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The Times

Death of David Kelly To Provide Inspiration For Opera

Will Self has used the death of the British scientist and biological warfare expert Dr David Kelly as inspiration for an opera.

How The Higginbottom Home Hatched Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs

One wears cassocks and the other wears feathers. But Edward and Orlando Higginbottom say that all music is costume drama.

LA Times

Pasadena Symphony: Michael Stern Takes Baton For Ailing DePreist

James DePreist, artistic advisor of the Pasadena Symphony, is recovering from heart bypass surgery and won’t be able to conduct its April 28 program at the Ambassador Auditorium, the orchestra announced Thursday.


The Parliament Choir: Cross-Party Harmony In The House

The Parliament Choir allows people of all persuasions to put aside political differences and unite in song.

Robin Ticciati: The 28-Year-Old Who Makes Top-Rank Conducting Look So Easy

Robin Ticciati, musical director of the SCO, tells Ivan Hewett the secret of his success.

Colin Currie: It’s Not Noise, It’s Real Music

Colin Currie is leading a generation of ever more sophisticated players, says Ivan Hewett.

As Bach Demonstrates, The Great Story Is Greater Still When It’s Sung

It is an amazing feeling, knowing that people have been singing their accounts of the Passion of Christ for at least 1,200 years.

Jessica Duchen’s Classical Music Blog

Musical Miracle In The Congo

An ex-pilot in Kinshasa founded a symphony orchestra

New York Times

Let’s Talk About ‘The Ring’

Talking about the ‘Ring’ by Wagner at the Metropolitan Opera


Export Ban Helps Britten Manuscript Stay In The UK

The British Library have acquired a fascinating manuscript of Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra. Tom Service tells the story.


Hair Of The Choccy Dog

The crowning point of Zurich’s recent Salon du Chocolat exhibition was a fashion show where designers paired with chocolatiers to create outfits connected to the theme of opera.



(Written on April 10, 2012 )

Jessica Duchen’s Classical Music Blog

Accolade For Alan.

Dr Alan Walker, whose three-volume biography of Franz Liszt is now the definitive text on last year’s bicentenary supremo, has been awarded a top honour by the Government of the Republic of Hungary: the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Merit.

New York Times

Omus Hirshbein, Classical Music Administrator, Dies At 77.

Omus Hirshbein, an arts administrator who directed important concert series at Hunter College and the 92nd Street Y, founded the New York Chamber Symphony and held posts at the National Endowment for the Arts, died on Saturday in Manhattan.

Frank Gehry To Try His Hand At Mozart.

Having designed the auditorium for the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the architect Frank Gehry is now turning his attention to the stage itself, creating a set for the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s production of “Don Giovanni.”

Boston Business Journal via LA Times

Opera Boston Defends Decision To Shut Down.

Opera Boston, which in late December announced it would shut down, sent an email to supporters and media on Wednesday, providing more details about its financials and the situation that drove the organization to close.

LA Times 

Pasadena Symphony Musicians Negotiate Contract, 5% Raise.

The Pasadena Symphony and Pops said Thursday that it has negotiated a new four-year contract with its musicians that will see their base wages rise by 5% over the course of the contract term.

The Telegraph

Jonathan Biss: My Mission To Spread The Word About Beethoven.

Pianist Jonathan Biss talks to Ivan Hewett about his ‘Kindle Single’ in which he explores the mystery of the sonatas.

(Written on January 6, 2012 )

Every day the WildKat team scan the newspapers and blogs online to bring you a digested list of the day’s classical music.

New York Times

Gather Online, Compose Globally, Perform Locally

That the Internet has profoundly changed what community can mean in the 21st century is a fact of life so firmly established and widely accepted that it hardly bears repeating.

Financial Times

Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Barbican, London

Like the most imposing of Georgian houses, the symphonies of Beethoven demand constant surveying and restoration. Of the conductors in charge of the world’s leading orchestras, Riccardo Chailly is especially keen to look afresh at tradition and it was only to be expected that a complete Beethoven symphony cycle from him would say something new and interesting.

LA Times

 Mei- Ann Chen and Tchaikovsky together again.

The energetic conductor will lead the Pasadena Symphony in a performance of the Fifth Symphony, which has special meaning for the leader of orchestras in Memphis and Chicago.

The Evening Standard

Placido Domingo Celebration, Covent Garden

The 40th anniversary of Plácido Domingo’s Covent Garden début was always going to be one of the season’s hottest tickets. Domingo could have come on and recited the Royal Opera’s health & safety regulations and still commanded the standing ovation he received last night.

(Written on October 28, 2011 )