Wednesday, May 6, 2009
In the News, 5/6/09
The Cincinnati Inquirer reports that conductor Erich Kunzel has been diagnosed with pancreatic, liver, and colon cancer. The 74-year old conductor will begin chemotherapy treatments on May 11, after conducting the Cincinnati Pops season finale. He still plans to open Chicago's Ravinia festival on June 5. Kunzel has a family history of colon cancer and has been having regular screenings, the last one 15 months ago, which gave him a clean bill of health. According to the Inquirer, he said, "This has happened very quickly." He says he feels fine, both mentally and physically, and is just taking things one day at a time. We certainly wish him well.
And the good news, from the Wilmington News Journal: the Delaware Symphony Orchestra will be recording an album for the Telarc label with the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. Pieces will include Joaquin Rodrigo's "Concierto Andaluz" for 4 guitars and orchestra, an arrangement of Manuel de Falla's "Three-Cornered Hat," and two other works. The LA Guitar Quartet will be performing these works at two concerts at the Grand Opera House in Wilmington on May 15 and 16; according to Symphony executive director Lucinda Williams the recording sessions will take place the following two days. Tickets for the concert are still available; more on the story here.
The UK Telegraph reports that a long-forgotten piece by Handel will get its first performance in 250 years. A funeral anthem composed for the deceased wife of King George II was discovered in the archives of the University of Portsmouth. According to the story, Handel had asked the King for permission to publish the work in an Italian translation, but the King refused, ordering the work to be scrapped and never performed again. The unfinished translation was discovered in the library and will be performed by the University of Portsmouth Choir.
Classical music - ever new, ever renewed.
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