Sakurako Fisher, President of the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) since 2012, will step down in December 2020, completing eight years of leadership at the helm of the art institution. In her role as President, Fisher has presided over the Orchestra’s trajectory of artistic and financial growth, audience development initiatives, significant leadership transitions, and labor agreements. She will remain a member of the Board, the press release says. Read More →

Ex Avery Fisher Hall, now David Geffen Hall
(c) Remy Franck

The New York Philharmonic and the Lincoln Center announced a complete renovation of Geffen Hall (ex-Avery Fischer Hall) at a cost of $550 million. In the hall the acoustics will be improved and around 67% of its third tier will be eliminated. The stage will come forward by nearly one meter to create seven rows of seating in the back of the orchestra. In total, the current seating capacity of 2.738 will be reduced by 500. Read More →

Two of the opera singers who blamed Placido Domingo for sexual misconduct have reacted to the Spaniard’s recent interviews in which he claimed he has always behaved like a gentleman and never acted improperly with women. According to the news agency AP which published the initial complaints, two of the more than 20 women who accused Domingo, Angela Turner Wilson and Patricia Wulf, issued a statement Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, saying they found Domingo’s comments and his « continued failure to take responsibility for wrongdoing » to be disappointing and deeply disturbing. Read More →

Der Ausschuss des Stiftungsrats von Lucerne Festival wird dem Stiftungsrat Markus Hongler als neuen Präsidenten ab 1. Januar 2020 vorschlagen. Das teilte das Festival heute mit. Read More →

The Jury of the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) has admitted Radio Romania Muzical as Jury member. Radio Romania Muzical – part of the Romanian Radio Broadcasting Company – was established in 1997 and is the only Romanian radio station dedicated to classical music. Read More →

Das nächste Deutsche Chorfest des Deutschen Chorverbands findet vom 30. April bis 3. Mai 2020 in Leipzig statt. Das Festival erwartet mehr als 450 Chöre mit rund 15.000 Sängern, kündigte der Veranstalter mit. « In Leipzig werden wir vier Tage lang kulturelle Vielfalt feiern“, freut sich Christian Wulff, Präsident des Deutschen Chorverbands. Read More →

Alexander Merzyn
c) Staatstheater Cottbus

Alexander Merzyn ist neuer Generalmusikdirektor am Staatstheater Cottbus. Der 36-Jährige deutsche Dirigent übernehme ab sofort die Leitung des Philharmonischen Orchesters, teilte das Haus am Montag mit. Merzyn hatte die Funktion seit August 2018 interimistisch inne. Er ersetzte den Amerikaner Evan Christ, der wegen beleidigendem Gebaren seinen Posten aufgeben musste. Read More →

Als ob das Wetter einen Kommentar abgeben wollte, schneite es zum Ende des Festivals Moderner Musik in der Philharmonie Luxembourg. Wie das zweite Wochenende begann und endete, darüber kann Uwe Krusch berichten. Read More →

The Cadaqués Orchestra in Spain has announced a temporary closure, « a period of rest and reflection », as the news release says. This will happen after a concert tour this December. Read More →

Mariss Jansons

Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons has died last night at his home in St. Petersburg. He was 76 years old. Jansons was suffering from heart disease and had cancelled most of his concerts during the last year. In October 2019, after a six-month pause, he briefly returned to the conductor’s podium with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. He conducted one concert at Carnegie Hall in New York but had to cancel the second one. Read More →

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