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News - Spring 2000 (Issue No. 5)
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HK Gruber celebrates Kurt Weill centenary
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On 2 March 2000, exactly 100 years after the birth of Kurt Weill, HK Gruber celebrated in style by conducting (and singing with) the London Sinfonietta at the South Bank Centre in an all-Weill concert, including the Violin Concerto and Kleine Dreigroschenmusik plus the lesser-known Berlin im Licht, Vom Tod im Wald, Öl-Musik and Suite Panaméenne. go to full story
Hans Vonk continues great Dutch Mahler tradition
"The grand Dutch tradition of Mahler interpretation is evidently continuing in the work of Hans Vonk, who conducted the St. Louis Symphony at Carnegie Hall in a resplendent account of the composer’s Third Symphony." (The New York Times) go to full story
Colin Currie's star continues to rise
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Percussionist Colin Currie’s career has been developing at an extremely rapid pace. Recent and forthcoming orchestral engagements include concertos with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchestre National du Capitole du Toulouse, BT Scottish Ensemble, Indianapolis Symphony, Utah Symphony, Colorado Symphony and at the Cabrillo (California) Festival. go to full story
Ingo Metzmacher renews contract in Hamburg until 2005
After little more than two outstandingly successful seasons in Hamburg, Ingo Metzmacher signed a new contract to remain as General Music Director of the City, the Hamburg Opera and Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra until 2005, adding the post of Artistic Director to his responsibilities. go to full story
London Symphony Chorus in Berlioz Odyssey
The London Symphony Chorus has played a key role in Sir Colin Davis’ Berlioz Odyssey with the LSO, which has so far included Benvenuto Cellini, L’enfance du Christ and Romeo et Juliette. The journey resumes in June with Beatrice et Benedict and will reach a climax in September when the Chorus will swell its ranks to 350 singers for the Te Deum. go to full story
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Levon Chilingirian was honoured in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List with an Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services to British music. Leader of the Chilingirian Quartet for nearly 30 years and a founder-member (with the Quartet’s cellist Philip De Groote), Levon has long been held in high regard by generations of young students, and by audiences throughout the country and on 6 continents, for his utterly sincere and refined music-making and his great gift of communication. Congratulations!

Marin Alsop makes London Philharmonic debut
Marin Alsop made a spectacular debut with the London Philharmonic at the Royal Festival Hall in London in January. The rapport between Alsop and the orchestra was immediate, and was strengthened when she was asked back to replace Myung-Whun Chung at short notice, again in the Royal Festival Hall, just one month later. go to full story
Record Shelf
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Mischa Maisky's worldwide Bach pilgrimage
The great Latvian cellist Mischa Maisky is celebrating the 250th Anniverary of Bach’s death with over 100 concerts around the globe devoted to his cello suites and sonatas. go to full story
Welcoming Midori
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The major acquisition of legendary violinist Midori for European representation to our roster has been hugely welcomed by all involved with Intermusica, for not only is Midori one of the great artists of the day but she is also a person of extraordinarily wide-ranging interests and vision.
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Goode news for Marlboro Festival
Richard Goode and Mitsuko Uchida have been named as Artistic Directors of the Marlboro Music School and Festival (Vermont, USA), one of the oldest and most renowned international chamber music festivals. go to full story
MacMillan conducts premiere of his Second Symphony
In December James MacMillan conducted the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in the world premiere of his Symphony No 2 in Ayr, in a programme alongside Stravinsky’s Dumbarton Oaks, followed by concerts in Glasgow and Edinburgh. go to full story
Bamert on the move
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Following a highly successful tour together of Switzerland a couple of years ago, Matthias Bamert and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra are back in partnership, having toured the UK this Autumn and played a special concert together to mark the opening of the Auditorio de Galicia in Santiago de Compostela in January. A visit to the Lucerne Festival is planned for 2001. go to full story
King's around the globe
This summer the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge will undertake their most extensive and prestigious summer tour yet - a three-week, eleven-concert visit to the Far East and USA. Concert destinations include Hong Kong, Macau, Taipei, Tokyo (the remarkable Tokyo Opera City), the Mostly Mozart Festival at New York’s Lincoln Center, Interlochen and Chicago’s Ravinia Festival. go to full story
Tokyo Quartet shines at South Bank Centre
“…this was quartet playing of the highest order. One of the group’s signature pieces has always been the Ravel Quartet and these players brought to bear a wonder-fully expressive flexibility. [...] (The Times, December 1999) go to full story
Haefliger triumphs in Mozart with Royal Concertgebouw and Riccardo Chailly
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at Royal Festival Hall:

“...with the fabulous Andreas Haefliger as soloist the results are extraordinary...In the outer movements Haefliger is ruminatively gentle, quietly heroic, while the orchestra swings round him with Dionysian joy. One of the great concerts, no question.” (The Guardian)
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Hickox's 'spellbinding' Billy Budd wows critics
In November Richard Hickox conducted the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and a starry cast (including Simon Keenleyside, Philip Langridge and John Tomlinson) in a concert performance of Britten’s opera Billy Budd, prompting nomination for the South Bank Show Classical Music Award earlier this year. go to full story
Orchestral Touring Highlights
The last six months have seen orchestras and projects on tour under the auspices of Intermusica in far-flung and unusual parts of the world. go to full story

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