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Yuri Temirkanov Makes Another Sexist Comment About Fellow Female Conductors

Yuri Temirkanov Makes Another Sexist Comment >>

A leading maestro in the world of classical, Mr. Yuri Temirkanov has come under scrutiny after he was quoted as saying "I don't like women conductors" yet again (yes, this happened before). In today's progressive world, it might seem like these old-world attitudes are long gone. Perhaps he was misquoted, or taken out-of-context, but he did clarify, "We have different tastes. For example, I don't eat fish." Huh?

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Marin Alsop Says Riots and Violence Were Necessary for Baltimore to Reform >>

The violence that rocked the city of Baltimore in the summer of 2015 help shed light on the pressing issue of police violence prevalent throughout the nation. For Baltimore Symphony Orchestra director Marin Alsop, she feels the violence was essential in helping reform the city.

Marin Alsop to Conduct Cuba's Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional for Havana's 500th Anniversary >>

Perhaps this is one more piece of evidence to support the mended relationship between the United States and Cuba. Marin Alsop, music director of both the Baltimore and São Paulo Symphony Orchestras, will conduct the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Cuba in celebration of Havana's quincentenary.

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Offers Beer and Ribs with 'Low-Cost High Culture' Theory

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Offers Beer and Ribs with 'Low-Cost High Culture' Theory >>

Perhaps New York City, and many other cultural hubs around the world, are mighty giants too big to concede to lower costs. But for the Rust Belt cities and the theory of "low-cost high culture," some faltering institutions are seeing rebounds that are changing the city and the price of high culture forever.

Happy 100th Birthday, Ralph Vaughan Williams 'London' Symphony!

Happy 100th Birthday, Ralph Vaughan Williams 'London' Symphony! >>

A Vaughan Williams masterpiece is 100 this month. Has anyone noticed?

Forensic Musicology: Marin Alsop, Didi Balle Collaborate for Baltimore Symphony's "CSI: Mozart" at Strathmore and Meyerhoff >>

For such a brilliant musician who's work has been studied for some three centuries now, the inner workings of Mozart's brain remain a bit of a mystery (though we do know ol' Wolfie had a thing for scatological humor). Thus, to try and shed a light on the beautiful mind of Mozart, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will be presenting an exclusive theatrical performance.

BBC Report of Sexist Dissent at Marin Alsop's Last Night Proms is Wrong...Right? >>

There's an odd comment in a BBC report on the South Bank Center new season launch. Referring to the comments of SBC boss Jude Kelly that the classical music business is still weighted against women -- in many ways a fair comment and one that has been widely reported -- the Beeb suggested that there were dissenting voices from Marin Alsop's selection to conduct the Last Night of the Proms in 2013

DEADLINE: Get in Your Application to Play with Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra! >>

Once again, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is inviting all "rusty musicians" to take part in the ensemble's summer training programs. This time, though, both orchestral and chamber opportunities will be available.

Gergiev, Nelsons, Gilbert or Alsop...Who is the World’s Busiest Conductor? >>

Some interesting statistics, yes, from the U.K.-based music website Bachtrack. Every year, they compile the stats from the events they have listed, and the list for 2013 has Valery Gergiev as the world's busiest conductor. Andris Nelsons comes second.

'Too Hot to Handel: Gospel Messiah' Brings a Jazzy Twist to Holiday Staple in St. Louis and Chicago >>

Just about every major orchestra in the U.S. presents Handel's "Messiah" during the holiday season, with some even opting for the do-it-yourself version. But for those ensembles and audiences craving a little variety, there is "Too Hot to Handel: A Gospel Messiah."

Come Play with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra This Summer! >>

It’s like music camp for adults. For one week in June, adult amateur musicians are invited to rehearse and perform side-by-side with Baltimore Symphony Orchestra musicians.

Classical Pianist Jeremy Denk Awarded $625,000 MacArthur Genius Grant >>

Alongside the similarly lauded jazz pianist and composer Vijay Iyer, classical pianist and writer Jeremy Denk wins this year's increased grant for his popularizing of the genre.

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Launches Innovative Video Magazine for iPad

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Launches Innovative Video Magazine for iPad >>

In its ongoing efforts to find innovative new platforms for presenting classical music, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam recently launched a video magazine, RCO Editions, available for iPhone and iPad. Each issue explores the life of a different composer and musical work, starting with Mozart.

Russian Conductor Vasily Petrenko Says Orchestras “React Better” to Male Conductors >>

Mr. Petrenko is in hot water over his comments about woman conductors.

Andrew Litton Named Music Director of Colorado Symphony Orchestra >>

Andrew Litton is to return home to a U.S. orchestra as music director for the first time since he left the Dallas Symphony in 2006. The new berth? The Colorado Symphony, where he has been artistic advisor while they decided on a new music director which, as it turned out, was Litton, himself.

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