Year in music
another was the new prisoner of the state, David Lang’s grim
take on Beethoven’s Fidelio.
The orchestra raised $50 million from donors who
supported its incoming music director, Jaap van Zweden.
“Phil the Hall” is its offering of $5 tickets to organizations
including Coalition for the Homeless, the Bowery Mission,
and God’s Love We Deliver. Seventy-five-minute concert
programs show the diversity of classical music, and the first
one showcased two pieces by children.
The Orchestra of St. Luke’s, under the Québec-born
Bernard Labadie, presented a Bach festival that included
six dances choreographed to Bach’s music by Paul Taylor.
Labadie also led Les Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de
Québec in Bach’s B Minor Mass at Carnegie Hall.
Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s exalted posts in Philadelphia
and at the Met Opera have not dented his enthusiasm for
his roots one bit. His hometown Orchestre Métropolitain
de Montréal had appointed him its music director when
he was 25, and two decades later it has named him music
director for life.
Franz Welser-Möst’s contract as music director of the
Cleveland Orchestra has been extended an additional five
years, to 2027.
Yannick Nézet-Séguin began his tenure as director of
Susan Wadsworth retired from the trailblazing Young
the Metropolitan Opera conservatively, with La Traviata.
In the Met’s Ring, Québec-born Robert Lepage’s apparatus
was somewhat less clunky than last time around, and
Christine Goerke is the Brünnhilde of the hour. To
of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Ludovic Morlot stepped
down as Seattle Symphony music director after eight years.
Gerard Schwarz was named artistic and music director of
the Palm Beach Symphony beginning in 2019-20. Among
retirements, Malcolm Lowe stepped down after 35 years
as concertmaster of the Boston Symphony. Simon Woods
stepped down after two years as chief executive officer of
the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Concert Artists, which she founded in 1961, and was given
a concert in tribute at Alice Tully Hall.
Sony Music Entertainment announced the promotions
of Mark Cavell and Per Hauber to lead the company’s classical,
jazz, Broadway, and non-traditional contemporary music
business. They will be based in New York. Bogdan Roscic will
step down from his post as head of Sony Music Classical to
become the artistic director of the Vienna State Opera.
Carnegie Hall and some 70 partner institutions
mounted a five-week event called “Migrations: The Making
of America,” highlighting music that melted in the pot of
American culture. Performances and talks in many venues
encompassed such subjects as Ireland, India, Jews, Italy,
and Africa. There were movies, museum tours, radio, and
As part of Gay Pride Month, the Ne w York Philharmonic
presented a group of concerts called “Music of Conscience.”
One feature was John Corigliano’s AIDS Symphony, which
sounded topical at the time but is holding up well, and
Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the San Francisco Symphony in January 2019, soon after his
appointment as its new music director. He succeeds Michael Tilson Thomas, who is stepping
down after 25 years. Photo: Brandon Patoc.
Susan Wadsworth retired from Young
Concert Artists, which she founded in 1961.
Throughout her extraordinary tenure, she
proved herself a young artist’s best friend.
Photo: Christian Steiner.