November 7th: $20,000 prize for dramatic sopranos, child composer tops classical charts & Gergiev defends himself in new statement

Thursday 7th November 2013


Elizabeth Connell bequeaths $20,000 prize for dramatic sopranos

The late, great soprano, Elizabeth Connell, has bequeathed enough money in her Will to fund a $20,000 prize in her name especially for dramatic sopranos. The inaugural competition will take place in Sydney next year.

Huffington Post

90-Year-Old Holocaust survivor makes symphony debut with Yo-Yo Ma

George Horner, a 90-year-old pianist and holocaust survivor, has made his orchestral debut with renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma night at Boston’s Symphony Hall. They played music composed 70 years ago at the Nazi prison camp where Horner was incarcerated

The Economist

King of Instruments, back on stage

Although the Anglican church is in decline, the standard of organ playing is “higher than it has ever been in history,” in the US. Is there a future for the organ in the broader realm of classical music?

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Child composer tops US classical charts

The top-selling classical album  in the US this week was a debut by Alma Deutscher, the eight year-old English girl who chat shows are calling the next Mozart.

Pink News

London protest planned for Russian conductor who says anti-gay laws protect ‘children from paedophiles’

The LGBT community speak out further against conductor Valery Gergiev.

New York Times

Gergiev Defends Himself Against Criticism Over Russia’s Anti-Gay Law

“I am aware of the gay rights protest that took place at the Barbican last week prior to my concert with the LSO.  I have said before that I do not discriminate against anyone, gay or otherwise, and never have done… It is wrong to suggest that I have ever supported anti-gay legislation and in all my work I have upheld equal rights for all people.”

Berliner Zeitung

Konzerthaus feiert Leonard Bernstein

Der US-Entertainer Leonard Bernstein („West Side Story“) war einer der bedeutendsten Komponisten des 20. Jahrhunderts, weil unter seiner Leitung jede Musik überaus klar erzählt wurde. Ab Freitag ehrt das Konzerthaus Berlin ihn mit einer Hommage.

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