Good morning! Here’s what Norman Lebrecht has for us from London and elsewhere:
1) After recent news of Seiji Ozawa’s withdrawal from a tour of China, the conductor is reportedly in the hospital for tests; Norman has more on the Slipped Disc blog. Best wishes to Maestro Ozawa, and of course, we’ll let you know more as the news becomes available.
2) A group of musicians has sent a last-minute letter requesting that the BBC cancel this weekend’s Proms appearance by the Israel Philharmonic; Norman has details here.
3) As mentioned recently by Norman, “The Shostakovich Wars – or how US academics got themselves tangled up in Solomon Volkov’s book Testimony – is now online and free to read.” More at Slipped Disc.
4) Now, for a couple of lighter items! Why did the news of an impending birth of a Mahler relative break records on Twitter? (And no, the baby in the picture is not the one we mean, although she was a Mahler relative–daughter Anna Mahler with her mom, Alma Mahler!)
5) Norman has just been to see Helsinki’s new Music Centre, which officially opens tonight; find out what they have for their musicians, including saunas! (BTW, Norman will be at the opening, although probably not in the sauna–he plans to have a report on the first concert in this new hall, which is reportedly an excellent one! Stay tuned, of course.)
6) And for all you dedicated followers of fashion who also love classical music–violinist and Alfred Dunhill spokesmodel Charlie Siem is very much “in vogue”! The Vogue article may be seen on his website.
Tags: BBC Proms, Charlie Siem, Dmitri Shostakovich, Helsinki Music Centre, Israel Philharmonic, Mahler, Norman Lebrecht, Seiji Ozawa