News of the Classical World December 12-16

A round up of news of the classical world for the week of December 12th, 2011

December 12, 2011

Want a career in opera? There’s an app for that

The Globe and Mail’s Robert Everett-Green plays the ROH’s The Show Must Go On and discusses the search for new listeners though different avenues such as gaming.

The ROH is one of many stage companies trying to exploit game culture to promote what they do. At least three Canadian theatre companies – Canadian Stage, Atomic Vaudeville and Praxis Theatre – have launched Web-based entertainments related to their stage productions, though none is quite as ambitious as The Show Must Go On.
(The Globe & Mail)

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December 13, 2011

Harpsichordist and conductor Gustav Leonhardt gives final recital

On Monday night Dutch harpsichordist and conductor Gustav Leonhardt gave his last recital at the Theatre de Bouffes du Nord in Paris.

[Read the entire story on Le Nouvel Observateur]

December 14, 2011

Alt-Classical surge hits the Northwest United States

The Alt-Classical movement has seen major growth in the city of Portland, Oregon.

What’s fueling Portland’s alt-classical surge? “There’s a growing sense with the current generation of performers that those jobs they trained for aren’t there, so you have to make your own opportunities,” says Katie Taylor, former producing artistic director of Opera Theater Oregon, “and while you’re at it, build a new audience.”
(The Wall Street Journal)

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December 15, 2011

Former York Symphony Orchestra manager charged with stealing more than $200,000

Phyllis Anne Shoff, the former office manager for the York Symphony Orchestra in York, PA faces five counts of theft by deception and two counts of access-device fraud. According to charging documents she told police she had stolen over $200,000 from the YSO to support her gambling addiction.

On June 28, Henry Nixon, the orchestra’s then-executive director, reported to police that a large amount of money belonging to the orchestra, at 50 N. George St., York, had been stolen over an extended period of time, according to charging documents.
Nixon told police he suspected the orchestra’s only other full-time employee: Shoff, whose responsibility it was to manage the symphony’s funds, according to charging documents.
(York Daily Record)

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December 16, 2011

The Uruguayan orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica del Sodre perform Vivaldi in Antarctica

Orquesta Sinfónica del Sodre traveled to a Uruguayan scientific outpost to perform a concert later today.

The program includes the final movement of Schubert’s “Trout” Quintet, Vivaldi’s “Concerto alla rustica,” the Boccherini Menuet, the Fuga y Misterio from Piazzolla’s María de Buenos Aires, and various works of César Cortinas, Eduardo Fabini, Gerardo Moreira, Violeta Parra, Carlos Gardel, and the Chicago-based composer Elbio Barilari — whose news alert about the event was forwarded to me by Andrew Patner. Residents of Chilean, Chinese, South Korean, and Russian bases were also planning to attend.
(Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise)

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