23rd June: James Horner dies, Kirill Petrenko named conductor of Berlin Philharmonic, pianist tackles stage fright

Tuesday 23rd June 2015

Classical News

In today’s news, “Titanic”-composer James Horner dies in plane crash, pianist Sara Solovich tackles stage fright and CBSO announces new assistant conductor. Also, Die Welt reports on Kirill Petrenko who will succeed Sir Simon Rattle in 2018, Der Tagesspiegel states that Petrenko is ready for his international career and ballet and opera affected as Sydney Opera House closes for maintenance in 2017.

The Telegraph

Titanic composer James Horner dies

The Hollywood composer who wrote the score for the Oscar-winning film Titanic has died in a plane crash in California aged 61

Gunther Schuller: music’s man about town

Schuller must be remembered for making the jazz and classical music worlds work in tandem, says Ivan Hewett

The Independent

Beating stage fright: Pianist Sara Solovich on tackling her phobia by arranging a solo concert

She could perform Bach at age 10, but stopped playing as a teenager due to paralysing stage fright. In her fifties, Sara Solovich decided to attempt a solo concert. Could she do it?

The Guardian

Kirill Petrenko to succeed Simon Rattle at the Berlin Philharmonic

The conductor was appointed to one of classical music’s top jobs after the orchestra voted by a large majority for the Russian-born musician

Birmingham Post

CBSO announces Alpesh Chauhan as assistant conductor

Mr Chauhan will lead city’s orchestra for 2015/16 season after recently stepping in at short notice to cover Andris Nelsons

Die Zeit

“Titanic”-Komponist Horner stirbt bei Flugzeugabsturz

Für mehr als 100 Filme komponierte er den Soundtrack, darunter “Braveheart” und “Avatar”: Nun starb James Horner, als sein Kleinflugzeug in Kalifornien abstürzte.

Die Welt

Kirill Petrenko wird die Berliner hart rannehmen

Der scheue Kirill Petrenko wird der siebte Chefdirigent der Berliner Philharmoniker. Das ist gut so. Er ist eine der größten Begabungen überhaupt. Er wird das Image des Orchesters verändern.

Der Tagesspiegel

Kirill Petrenko: Reif für die Weltkarriere

Die Berliner Philharmoniker haben sich entschieden: Sie wollen mit Kirill Petrenko in die Zukunft schreiten. Er wird ihr neuer Chefdirigent. Das verspricht viel.

The New York Times

Berlin Philharmonic Selects Kirill Petrenko to Succeed Simon Rattle

When the Berlin Philharmonic announced on Monday that its next chief conductor would be Kirill Petrenko, the Russian-born music director of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, the organization was awarding one of the most prestigious posts in classical music to a widely respected artist who has largely shunned the spotlight courted by some of his peers.

The Sydney Morning Herald

Ballet and opera affected as Sydney Opera House closes for maintenance in 2017

The Sydney Opera House will be partially closed in 2017, forcing the Australian Ballet and Opera Australia to move performances to another theatre.


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File- This June 28, 1967, file photo shows Gunther Schuller, who wrote and directed the opera "Visitation," at the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in New York City.  Schuller, the leading proponent of the Third Stream movement fusing jazz and classical music, has died at age 89. His son, bassist Ed Schuller, said his father died Sunday, June 21, 2015, at a hospital in Boston.  (AP Photo/File)

Gunter Schuller dies. Photo: The Telegraph