Examiners declare no-confidence in ABRSM systems – Slipped DiscSlipped Disc

norman lebrecht May 18, 2022 The international music examining board is under fire from its users. See below. Letter of no confidence in ABRSM’s IT infrastructureDear Chris,Since ABRSM’s decision to improve its IT system through an overhaul of the booking system and the creation of Marcato software, colleagues have patiently worked through and accommodated the … Read more

Damien Geter, Native of Chesterfield County, to have Premiere of his work at The Kennedy Center 7 PM Monday, May 23

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: (Washington, DC) 5/17/2022 Chesterfield County, Virginia, native and acclaimed composer Damien Geter set to have his “An African American Requiem” receive its East Coast Premiere at The Kennedy Center. Following its world premiere by the west coast based Resonance Ensemble, Geter’s work will be performed on Monday, May 23, 2022 in collaboration … Read more

Castle of our Skins is donating 100% of its May Black Composer Miniature Challenge Anthology proceeds to the National Negro Opera House

The effort to restore and preserve the National Opera House, a historic landmark located in Pittsburgh’s Homewood neighborhood, is receiving a helping hand from Castle of Our Skins, a Boston-based nonprofit dedicated to amplifying and uplifting black artist. Ashleigh Gordon, artistic and executive director and co-founder of Castle of Our Skins, found out about the … Read more

Alastair Macaulay: Women are now bosses of the ballet world – Slipped DiscSlipped Disc

norman lebrecht May 15, 2022 From a new essay by the former chief dance critic of the New York Times: The appointment of Susan Jaffe as artistic director of American Ballet Theater was announced on Monday 9. This is one of a striking series of appointments of women to top directorial posts in ballet over … Read more

Why are classical commenters so implacably bitter? – Slipped DiscSlipped Disc

norman lebrecht May 13, 2022 Chicago Symphony violist Max Raimi writes: Our Music Director, Maestro Riccardo Muti, often remarks that one factor in the coarsening of our culture is the lack of regard for the arts in our society. He argues that as classical music becomes more and more marginal, it is inevitable that we … Read more

Aldeburgh pitches in with full-scale August Proms – Slipped DiscSlipped Disc

norman lebrecht May 09, 2022 BrittenPears Arts, run by the former BBC Proms director Roger Wright, has put together a summer program that pits strongly against the BBC’s. Here’s the rundown: Britten Pears Arts is delighted to announce the return of ‘Summer at Snape’ from 31 July – 31 August. Snape Maltings Concert Hall will … Read more

Homage To Catalonia – Classics Today

Review by: David Vernier Artistic Quality: 9 Sound Quality: 8 I couldn’t resist borrowing the title of George Orwell’s 1938 book for this review–because it so perfectly describes what tenor Isaí Jess Muñoz and pianist Oksana Glouchko have accomplished with their excellent recital featuring “Catalan art songs of the 20th and 21st centuries”. Although many … Read more

Alastair Macaulay: Handel in black leather – Slipped DiscSlipped Disc

norman lebrecht May 06, 2022 First review of London’s new Series St Martin in the Fieldsby Alastair Macaulay Even when you’ve seen many of Handel’s Italian operas, they remain a gloriously peculiar genre of music drama. The leading five or more characters express themselves in aria upon aria. Each aria is a prolonged statement of … Read more

Police taser victim is named a gifted composer – Slipped DiscSlipped Disc

norman lebrecht April 28, 2022 A man named as Herman Whitfield III, 39, died early on Monday after Indiannapolis police used a stun gun on him after being called out by his father on a mental health emergency issue. NBC Reports: The police department said officers tried unsuccessfully for more than 10 minutes to negotiate … Read more

Shriver Hall Concert Series Presents Sheku and Isata Kanneh-Mason on Sunday, May 1

Acclaimed Cellist and Pianist Sibling Duo Perform Recital of Sonatas by Beethoven, Shostakovich, Britten, and Frank Bridge In-Person Season Offers Livestream Option to all Ticket Holders “Call it sibling harmony…Sheku’s lyricism was both foil and peer to Isata’s muscularity and fire.” –The Guardian Baltimore, MD (March 21, 2022) — Shriver Hall Concert Series presents sibling … Read more