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Muti's legacy: respect composers, reject revisionists

Jun. 24, 2022 19:46 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — In the twilight of his music directorship of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Riccardo Muti candidly outlined his legacy and implored musicians to remember his instruction on Giuseppe Verdi’s operas: use the 19th century scores without altered notes. He urged them...

Chaka Khan, Ukraine tribute highlight Boston Pops show

Jun. 22, 2022 15:19 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular on the July Fourth holiday this year will feature guest artist and 10-time Grammy winner Chaka Khan as well as a performance of the Ukrainian national anthem, the Boston Symphony Orchestra announced Wednesday. The show at the...

Wheeling Symphony Orchestra still making music on the road

Jun. 19, 2022 11:13 AM EDT

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Forget air guitar. A lot of “air-conducting” was commencing in the seats of the Metropolitan Theatre on a bright spring morning some years ago in downtown Morgantown. It wasn’t hard to spy the smiles among the members of the Wheeling...

Eurovision 2023 won't be held in Ukraine; UK may step in

Jun. 17, 2022 11:15 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The organizer of the Eurovision Song Contest said Friday that it will start talks with the BBC on possibly holding next year's event in the U.K. after concluding that it can't be held in Ukraine. Kyiv said it disagreed with the decision and called for “additional negotiations.”...

Borda to retire as NY Philharmonic head, Ginstling hired

Jun. 17, 2022 10:16 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Deborah Borda will retire as president and CEO of the New York Philharmonic at the end of the 2022-23 season and will be succeeded by Gary Ginstling, head of Washington’s National Symphony Orchestra since 2017. Borda, who turns 73 on July 15, returned to the...

NY Philharmonic restores salaries to pre-pandemic levels

Jun. 13, 2022 14:32 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Philharmonic is restoring salaries of musicians to pre-pandemic levels as it prepares to return to Lincoln Center's Geffen Hall for the 2022-23 season. A four-year contract agreed to in December 2020 during a season canceled due to the coronavirus had...

Met Opera season had no COVID cancellations but sales down

Jun. 13, 2022 14:21 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Opera sold 61% of available tickets this season after returning from a 1½ year absence, managing 196 staged performances without a cancellation. Sales were down from 75% in last pre-pandemic season of 2018-19, but it is considered a success. “We...

Kansas storms damage sorority, cancel outdoor symphony event

Jun. 12, 2022 15:21 PM EDT

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Strong winds and storms forced crowds who gathered in a rural Kansas field for a symphony performance to evacuate and damaged a sorority house at Kansas State University. About half a dozen tornado warnings were issued Saturday evening in eastern Kansas, The...

Klaus Mäkelä to head Amsterdam's Concertgebouw Orchestra

Jun. 11, 2022 02:24 AM EDT

Klaus Mäkelä, a 26-year-old Finnish conductor, will become chief conductor of the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam for the 2027-28 season as part of a 10-year commitment announced Friday. He replaces Daniele Gatti, who was fired as chief conductor in August 2018 following a...

Tribeca 'documusical' casts Rudy Giuliani's arc as opera

Jun. 10, 2022 14:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A new documentary about Rudy Giuliani premiering at the Tribeca Festival weaves in musical performances to give the ups and downs of the man once commonly referred to as “America’s Mayor” an operatic flavor. “Rudy! A Documusical," directed by Jed Rothstein,...