Archive for July, 2009

Alec Baldwin to Narrate Philadelphia Orchestra at Saratoga

Tina Fey Unimpressed

by: Colin Oettle

Alec Baldwin
The Philadelphia Orchestra will begin its summer residence at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY on August 5th at 8:00pm with a performance of Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait” narrated by Alec Baldwin. As if an appearance by a Baldwin wasn’t enough, check the link to see what else is on the program.
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NY Times: Bard Music Festival to Explore Wagner

by: Colin Oettle

New York Times Music recently detailed the philosophy behind a Wagner-oriented festival to be held at Bard College. The Bard Music Festival is an annual occurrence at Bard College, and this year they plan to delve into the “Wagner phenomenon.” The festival begins August 14th on the Bard College campus, and the full article can be found here.

Article of Interest: Pre-season Construction at the Met

by: Colin Oettle

Season Lineup Looks Promising

New York Times Music has a very detailed and interesting article about the off-season construction taking place at the Metropolitan Opera. Check out the article, or click the link for a quick list of some of the upcoming Met rep.
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Classical World Mourns Loss of Sir Edward Downes and Wife

by: Colin Oettle

Edward Downes
Renowned conductor Sir Edward Downes passed away simultaneously with his wife at an assisted suicide clinic in Switzerland. Though the practice of euthanasia is heavily criticized in the UK, the media speculates no charges will be brought against the children who accompanied the Downes’ to the clinic. Although his passing has prompted discussion about euthanizing someone who was relatively healthy, I find it more important to simply recognize and honor the legacy of one of Britain’s most accomplished conductors. The telegraph has a very touching obituary I assure is worth the read.

Spokane Symphony Announces Budget Reduction

by: Colin Oettle

This Just In: Economy Still Sucks

The Spokane Symphony said in a press release Monday that they are taking steps to alleviate a 5% financial deficit predicted for the end of the year. Despite solid financial footing for the last 8 years, the organization began to feel the effects of recession halfway through the 08-09 season. Check the link for an outline of all budget adjustments.
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NY Times Sells WQXR; NY’s Classical Station to Exchange Places with Spanish Radio

Employees To Fill Out Applications for Own Jobs

by: Colin Oettle

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The Deal

WQXR 96.3FM, New York’s long standing classical radio station, will be sold by the New York Times Company pending FCC approval. The rights to the WQXR name will be sold to WNYC Public Radio, and its 96.3 spot on the dial, including broadcasting equipment, will go to Univision. Univision plans to transition its Spanish-language programming to 96.3 from 105.9, which in turn is also being purchased by WNYC for use as WQXR’s new frequency. The sale comes during an economic slump that has taken its toll on an already struggling newspaper industry. Check the link for the good and bad news.
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NY Phil Begins “Concerts in the Parks” Next Week

by: Colin Oettle

The New York Philharmonic will perform its first “Concerts in the Parks” performance on Tuesday, July 14 in Central Park. The program for the first three performances is Mozart Symphony No. 41 “Jupiter,” and Beethoven Symphony No. 7. The fourth performance will feature Copland’s Old American Songs (Set 2), and Mahler Symphony No. 1 “Titan.” All performances are free and will be conducted by Alan Gilbert. The Copland songs will feature baritone Nathan Gunn. Check the link for the full schedule.
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Royal Opera Singer Breaks Leg Onstage

Misinterprets Common Saying

by: Colin Oettle

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Joyce DiDonato broke her leg last Saturday during an onstage accident at the Royal Opera House in London. She was playing Rosina in Rossini’s Barber of Seville, when she slipped onstage and hurt her leg. DiDonato managed to hobble around stage for the rest of the performance, singing “the rest of the three-hour opera on crutches and in nonstop pain,” according to ArtsBeat.

Her blog recounts the four-hour long visit to the emergency room where she shocked the doctor after telling him she remained on her feet for three hours after sustaining the injury. At the time, DiDonato said she was determined to finish the run of the opera. Check the full article to see how that worked out.
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