Eight Takeaways from Classical Music in 2016
In a year in which the 2016 presidential campaign impacted all corners of public life in the U.S., classical music often served as a diversion or even a refuge for many listeners. But musicians didn’t live in a vacuum either, as several news stories demonstrated.
Music Director Salaries on the Upswing
Thanks to a Texas-sized bonus, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s Jaap van Zweden has become the first American symphony music director to earn more than $5 million in annual compensation, according to the latest conductor salary report by the industry blog Adaptistration.
Conductor and Board Appointments Signal Change at Big Institutions
What to make of a day when three sets of headlines point to an ever-so-slightly more progressive direction for classical music? To recap…
The Rising Power of the Opera Conductor
Mark Wigglesworth, the music director of the English National Opera for the past six months, resigned Tuesday, provoking dismay and hand-wringing over the future of the beleaguered company.
Can Young, Charismatic Conductors Strike the Right Chord?
The news on Thursday that the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra has hired Lithuanian conductor Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla, 29, as its next music director has generated has a degree of excitement not always seen in announcements of this sort.
Podium Powers: Hispanic Conductors on the Rise
This article originally appeared in Symphony, the magazine of the League of American Orchestras. When José-Luis Novo was asked to conduct Latin American music early in his career, he frequently declined, fearing people would peg him as a Hispanic specialist. Novo, who left his native Spain to study at Yale University as a Fulbright Scholar, would […]
Pablo Heras-Casado: Polymath on the Podium
Among the conductors who has appeared on critics’ wish lists to succeed Alan Gilbert at the New York Philharmonic is Pablo Heras-Casado, music director of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and assistant conductor of Madrid’s Teatro Real.