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Hildegard Behrens dies in Japan

“Few people know her as yet, but soon she will be very famous. She is fabulous!” Herbert von Karajan in 1975 The German dramatic soprano Hildegard Behrens died on August 18 while in Japan to perform and give masterclasses at the Kusatsu International Music Academy and Festival. She was 72.

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Andris Nelsons extends CBSO contract

With record ticket sales and substantial critical praise Andris Nelsons’s first season as the City of Birmingham Symphony’s music director has been felt to be a great success. It therefore comes as small surprise that the 30-year-old Latvian conductor, who was initially hired on a three-year contract, has now extended his tenure until 2014. According to CBSO chief executive Stephen Maddock, Nelsons has made a “phenomenal” impact “on the Orchestra, on Birmingham audiences and on our recording and touring activities.”

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Baltimore Symphony musicians agree 12.5 per cent pay cut

The musicians of the Baltimore Symphony have agreed to a 12.5 per cent reduction in annual salary to help combat the effects of recession. The move, in combination with a reduction in pension contributions and the...

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Merce Cunningham: Choreographer

American avant-garde choreographer Merce Cunningham has died peacefully at home in New York at the age of 90. He was the partner of John Cage and collaborated frequently with the composer and his circle from 1944.

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