In today’s news it has been announced that the most famous painting of Bach by Elias Gottlob Haussman will return to Leipzig where the composer made his home. Polish composer Szymanowksi’s King Roger will be have its Covent Garden premiere this weekend, having been written in 1926. Elsewhere, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra have given a free concert in ‘support of our community’ after the riots this week. In other orchestra news, the Berlin Philharmonic have announced their 2015/16 season which will feature Peter Sellars as their artist in residence. Finally, choirs could become a regular feature in care homes, alongside activities such as bingo.
Bach portrait returns to Leipzig
The best-known painting of the German composer – formerly in the possession of a US philanthropist – is to return to the city that Bach made his home
Szymanowski’s ‘dangerously intoxicating’ King Roger
The Polish composer’s 1926 opera gets its belated Covent Garden premiere this weekend. Szymanowksi’s ecstatic music is a blinding blaze of colour – and perhaps the perfect opera for those who’ve never experienced one in the flesh
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra to give free concert following riots in the city
The orchestra has been forced to cancel some of this week’s events, but wishes to show its ‘support of our community’
Classical Music Magazine
Berlin Philharmonic announces 2015/16 season
The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra has released the programme its 2015/16 season, which will feature Peter Sellars as artist in residence.
Famous Bach portrait to return to Leipzig
Elias Gottlob Haussman’s iconic painting of Bach will return to Leipzig after 265 years
Group music-making could soon be as regular a fixture in care homes as bingo, as a new project seeks to spread the joy of singing in homes throughout the UK.
US-Sammler vererbt Leipzig legendäres Bach-Porträt
Unsere Vorstellung davon, wie Johann Sebastian Bach ausgesehen hat, basiert auf dem Gemälde eines Leipziger Malers. Jahrzehntelang schlummerte es in Amerika in Privatbesitz. Nun soll es zurückkehren.
Warnstreik der Philharmoniker in Bad Reichenhall
Zum ersten Mal in ihrer Geschichte sind die Musikerinnen und Musiker der Bad Reichenhaller Philharmonie in den Warnstreik getreten.
BR-Klassik erhält neugeschaffenen GEMA-Radiokulturpreis
Die Rundfunksender BR-Klassik und Radio Fritz erhalten den neugeschaffenen Radiokulturpreis der GEMA.
The Washington Post
How (not) to behave: Manners and the classical music audience
Thou shalt not talk. Thou shalt not clap in the wrong places. Thou shalt not unwrap cough drops in crinkly paper during the music. Thou shalt not use thy cellphone.
San Francisco Classical Voice
Sacramento Philharmonic Hits Reset Button
Against all odds, the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera is coming back with a series of small, free concerts beginning on May 5.
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Elias Gottlob Haussmann’s painting of Bach. Photo: Altes Rathaus à Leipzig