Latest Orchestral music News

Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas has heart operation

Jun. 25, 2019 11:39 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas has undergone a heart operation at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. His representative, the public relations agency of Shuman Associates in New York, said Tuesday that doctors called the operation a success and said his heart is performing at 100%. Tilson Thomas...

Baltimore Symphony locks out its musicians as talks stall

Jun. 17, 2019 5:51 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is locking out its musicians now that contract and salary negotiations have stalled. The Baltimore Sun reports the lockout starts Monday. Musicans say they're also losing 12 weeks of pay since management abruptly cancelled summer concerts. Musicians have...

Conductor's tenure at Berlin Staatsoper extended to 2027

Jun. 4, 2019 11:53 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Conductor Daniel Barenboim is getting a five-year contract extension as general music director of Berlin's Staatsoper, which would keep the maestro at the opera house until 2027, the city government said Tuesday. Klaus Lederer, Berlin's state culture minister, said an "overwhelming majority"...

Mezzo Isabel Leonard balancing singing and being a mother

May. 31, 2019 4:12 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Isabel Leonard is balancing life as a 37-year-old single mother and a sought-after mezzo-soprano. After starring in three productions at the Metropolitan Opera this season, the native New Yorker sings at Carnegie Hall on Monday night in an all-French program for new music director Yannick...

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra cancels summer programming

May. 31, 2019 8:06 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra has canceled its summer programming, citing $16 million in losses over the past decade. The Washington Post reports the Thursday cancellation announcement by the orchestra comes about a month after the summer season was announced. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan...

Tough act to follow: Young maestro leads Israel Philharmonic

May. 22, 2019 10:49 AM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — When Zubin Mehta joined the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in 1969, it would be 20 years before Lahav Shani was even born. Now, at the age of 30, the Israeli wunderkind is poised to succeed his mentor at the helm of the acclaimed orchestra. Stepping into the shoes of a beloved living...

North, South Korean musicians hold rare joint performance

May. 12, 2019 10:12 AM EDT

SHANGHAI (AP) — South Korean violinist Won Hyung Joon took the stage, nodded once to his North Korean soprano partner, and placed his instrument on his shoulder. With a flick of the conductor's wrist, she began to sing, and he began to bow — the beginning of a rare joint performance Sunday that they...