17th September: Dogs, Directors and Ant & Dec

Monday 17th September 2012


Washington National Opera promotes Francesca Zambello to artistic director

Award-winning American opera director to begin new role in the New Year

The Guardian

John Cage meets Ant & Dec in the sitcom in my mind

Being involved in performances of Cage’s piece Indeterminacy, I’m making all kinds of bizarre connections with the avant-garde genius

Guardian Blog: Tom Service

Mercury prize shortlists: why no classical music?

If the Mercury 2012 judges want to reward fresh and dynamic new music, why has classical music disappeared from the list?

The Telegraph

Go out for dinner, or make musical history? The choice is yours

Buying a share in a new, yet-to-be-revealed work of art gives the thrill of knowing we’ve helped to bring something into being, without the burden of bearing the full cost, writes Ivan Hewett.

Arts Journal: Slipped Disc

Anne-Sophie Mutter kicks back fee to composers’ fund

The German violinist, playing in Norrkoping this weekend, has announced that she and the British conductor, Michael Francis, will donate their fees to a fund that will support young Swedish composers to write music for the orchestra

Classic FM

Vanessa-Mae Is Back Where She Belongs

She’s been off the scene for a while but Vanessa-Mae’s back with her most exciting disc to date.

Federico Colli wins Leeds International Piano Competition

The Leeds International Piano Competition winner has been announced as 24-year-old Federico Colli.

Classical music stops dogs barking, research shows

Classical music helps dogs spend more time sleeping and less time barking when they’re housed in kennels or temporary accommodation, new research claims.

The New York Times

Shocker Cools Into a ‘Rite’ of Passage

“THE RITE OF SPRING,” or “Le Sacre du Printemps,” Igor Stravinsky’s historic shocker, a ballet that shows and celebrates a remorseless human sacrifice, will be 100 years old next May. The bandwagon of centennial commemorations is getting an early start on Thursday with the New York Philharmonic.

Classic FM