Norman Lebrecht sends Columbus Day wishes from London, and news from the music and arts world, of course!
1) Maestro Lorin Maazel auctions off his Guadagnini violin for a good cause…no, not Classic FM’s pledge drive! Norman has more at Slipped Disc…just in case you’d like to buy it!
2) How did Munich lose its dates with “Maestro Santa Claus”? Norman Lebrecht tells why conductor Leif Segerstam won’t be back, and who’s replacing him!
3) Farewell to Swedish baritone Ingvar Wixell; Norman pays tribute to this beloved opera and concert singer, and shares some video of him from his early days in the Eurovision Song Contest!
4) From the Dutch Classical Music Meeting 2011; even if you can’t be there, you can still check things out…just click like on their Facebook page to learn more!
5) A new bidder for EMI; Norman tells who it is at Slipped Disc!
6) Multimillionaire arts donor couple Sid and Mercedes Bass are reportedly on the rocks…and Norman tells why this could be financial bad news for the Metropolitan Opera!
7) Mahler tickets urgently recalled in Beijing…because someone forgot a TINY detail!
Tags: Beijing Music Festival, EMI, Ingvar Wixell, Leif Segerstam, Lorin Maazel, Mahler, Mercedes Bass, Norman Lebrecht, Sid Bass