Conductor Paul Wolfe has died

For 34 years Paul Wolfe was conductor and artistic director of the Florida West Coast Symphony, in Sarasota. He was also first violinist of the Sarasota String Quartet and founder-director of the Sarasota Music Festival, retiring in 2006 at the age of 80.
 During his more than three decades as artistic director and conductor of the Florida West Coast Symphony, Paul Wolfe invited audiences to share his passion for music while ensuring that thousands of students received a meaningful introduction into the world of the classics. During his 34-year tenure, Wolfe led countless concerts for the organization now known as the Sarasota Orchestra, performed in what is now the Sarasota String Quartet, co-founded the Sarasota Music Festival and expanded and enthusiastically conducted the organization’s vibrant youth orchestra. Wolfe retired from the orchestra in 1996.

South African star tenor Johan Botha has died at age 51.

Johan Botha (19 August 1965–8 September 2016) was a South African operatic tenor. Botha was born in Rustenburg, South Africa. He made his stage debut at the municipal theatre in Roodepoort as Max in Der Freischütz in 1989. His international breakthrough occurred in 1993 at the Opéra Bastille as Pinkerton in Puccini's Madama Butterfly. Since then he performed at leading opera venues around the world such as the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera which made him a Kammersänger in 2003, Opera Australia, Royal Opera House (London), La Scala, and the Salzburg Festival. At the time of his death he lived in Vienna, Austria with his wife and two sons. VIDEO: In Verdi's masterful adaptation of Shakespeare's tragedy, a great warrior discovers the one weapon against which he has no defense—his own jealousy. Johan Botha, the South African tenor praised by The New York Times for his "effortless power and clarion tone," makes his San Francisco Opera debut in the title role. Bulgarian soprano Zvetelina Vassileva brings tenderness and vocal brilliance to the role of Desdemona, the faithful wife who finds facts are no match for manufactured suspicion. Music Director Nicola Luisotti, praised by London's Financial Times for conveying Verdi's "sweep, lyricism and subtle detail," conducts

Organist Raymond Daveluy died August 31, 2016

Joseph Eugène Raymond-Marie Daveluy (23 December 1926 – 1 September 2016) was a Canadian composer, organist, music educator, and arts administrator. An associate composer of the Canadian Music Centre, his compositional output consisted mainly of works for solo organ. He had an active international career as a recitalist and concert performer from 1946 through the 1990s. He held a number of church posts in Montreal, including serving as organist of St-Jean-Baptiste Church (1946–1951), Immaculée-Conception Church (1951–1954), and St-Sixte Church (1954–1959). In 1980, he was named a Member of the Order of Canada. He was married to pianist Hilda Metcalfe. WIKIPEDIA

VIDEO: Raymond Daveluy, compositeur agréé au Centre de musique canadienne, nous parle de sa 7e sonate pour orgue. 

Former Berlin Philharmonic principal cellist Eberhard Finke has died aged 96

Eberhard Finke was one of the Berliner Philharmoniker’s most influential musicians of the postwar period. Now he died at the age of 96. Born in Bremen, he studied at the Staatliche akademische Hochschule für Musik in Berlin and at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg. Following an engagement as first principal cellist in Rio De Janeiro, he took over the same position with the Berliner Philharmoniker under Wilhelm Furtwängler in 1950. Until his retirement in 1985, he could be heard as a soloist with the orchestra in many concert performances. In 1972, he was one of the founding members of the 12 Cellists of the Berliner Philharmoniker. From 1969, Eberhard Finke taught as a professor at the Berlin Hochschule für Musik. Until a few years ago, he held masterclasses and was a judge at competitions. BERLIN PHILHARMONIC

Samo Hubad (1917 - 2016), Slovene conductor.

Conductor Samo Hubad has died September 1, 2016, at age 99. TRANSLATED: (Noted for)...Composition and conducting , he studied in the Slavko Osterc and Danilo Švara and completed it in C. Schmeidlu and Carlo Zecchiju and when Vaclav Talichu in Prague . As a versatile musician who in his youth also devoted to jazz and was a member of the first band Big Band Radio Ljubljana , by the spring of 1945 assembled composer Bojan Adamic . Throughout his working life he was leading Slovenian conductor. Between 1942 and 1958 he conducted the Opera and Ballet in Ljubljana , where he was between 1948 and 1952, the director, between 1959 and 1964 he was the permanent guest conductor of the Zagreb opera , between 1955 and 1957, also the chief conductor of the Zagreb Philharmonic . In the period between 1947 and 1966 he was chief conductor of the Slovenian Philharmonic . Maestro Hubad has also developed a successful international career. He has conducted more than sixty orchestras around the world, including Munich, Budapest, Warsaw, Bucharest and Leningrad Philharmonic, Radio Orchestra in Helsinki, Paris, Bratislava, Bucharest and Moscow, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, repeatedly conducted at the prestigious Festival Maggio Musicale Fiorentino . He has led performances at opera houses in Belgrade , Zagreb opera led to guest appearances in Paris , in Holland and in Italy as the only Slovenian conductor until today, he has directed the Teatro Verdi in Tries. SLIPPED DISC OBIT VIDEO:

Mary Gallagher O’Rourke: Irish classical violinist

Mary Gallagher O’Rourke accepted the crucial role of forming not one, but two chamber orchestras, which were the highlights of Irish music-making from 1970 onwards. Formerly of Radio Éireann Symphony Orchestra, College of Music, Dublin, New Irish Chamber Orchestra and Orchestra of St. Cecilia.


Staatskapelle Weimar...death of first Kapellmeister, Martin Hoff.

The Staatskapelle Weimar suffered a tragic loss with the sudden and unexpected death of first Kapellmeister, Martin Hoff...
28 AUGUST 2016.
Martin Hoff studied at the CARL MARIA VON WEBER conservatoire in Dresden, taking conducting with Prof. Hartmut Haenchen and Prof. Siegfried Kurz while also studying rehearsal support and piano. A year before graduating he obtained his first engagement as solo répétiteur with conducting responsibilities at the Halle Opera, where he was later director of studies and kapellmeister. MORE

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KENDALL BETTS, US principal horn has died, aged 68

Kendall Betts, one of the leading US horn players of the past two generations. He had been suffering from lung cancer. Picked by Eugene Ormandy for the Philadelphia at age 18, he freelanced with various ensembles before settling as principal horn of the Minnesota Orchestra from 1979 to 2004. Kendall Betts Horn Camp was considered one of the instrument’s best education programs. 

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VIDEO: Photos and music from Kendall Betts Horn Camp 2014

Italian Soprano Daniela Dessi Dies at 59

Italian soprano Daniela Dessì, known for her performances at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan and the Metropolitan Opera in New York, died on Saturday evening in Brescia, Italy, after a short battle with colon cancer. She was 59. Daniela Dessì (14 May 1957 – 20 August 2016) Dessì completed her studies at the Conservatory of Parma and the Accademia Chigiana of Siena, Italy. After winning the first prize at the International Competition organized by Italy's RAI TV in 1980, she debuted with the comic opera La serva padrona by Pergolesi. Her international career took her to a variety of opera theatres, singing under the direction of orchestra conductors such as Riccardo Muti, Claudio Abbado and the Metropolitan Opera's James Levine. Dessì's 2008–2009 season began with Tosca in Florence, where she performed an encore of "Vissi d'arte", the first encore at Teatro Comunale di Firenze since Renata Tebaldi's "Amami Alfredo" in 1956. She later performed at the Verdi Theatre in Trieste, and also performed Adriana Lecouvreur in Palermo, Puccini's La fanciulla del West in Seville, Manon Lescaut in Warsaw, Madama Butterfly in Hanover and Aida in Verona and Cagliari. She closed the season in Barcelona with Turandot. In January 2009, she opened the season of recital at La Scala. On 20 August 2016 Dessì died of cancer at the age of 59. -- Wikipedia

Toots Thielemans: Belgian harmonica player dies at 94

 Toots Thielemans (born Jean-Baptiste Frédéric Isidor, Baron Thielemans, 29 April 1922 – 22 August 2016) was a Belgian jazz musician. He was known for his guitar and harmonica playing, as well as his whistling skills. Because of health issues that led to show cancellations, Thielemans announced his retirement on 12 March 2014, cancelling all scheduled concerts. His manager stated that Thielemans "wants to enjoy the rest he deserves." However, he did make one more stage appearance, unannounced, in August 2014, at the Jazz Middelheim Festival in Antwerp. A popular instrumental and jazz standard composed and recorded by Toots Thielemans is "Bluesette," where he used whistling and guitar in unison. First recorded by him in 1962, with lyrics added by Norman Gimbel, the song became a major worldwide hit. He worked both as a bandleader and as a sideman, including many projects with composer/arranger Quincy Jones. Thielemans died in his sleep on 22 August 2016, at the age of 94.


Neil Cathcart Black OBE (born 28 May 1932 died 19th August 2016) was an English oboist. He has held the post of principal oboe in four London orchestras, and has taught at the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Black was born in Birmingham. He starting playing the oboe at the age of 11, and played in the National Youth Orchestra between 1948 and 1951. He attended Oxford University between 1952 and 1956, and took a degree in history. In 1956–57 Black studied the oboe with Terence MacDonagh. From 1958 to 1960 he was principal oboist of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Later in his career, he was the principal oboist of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the English Chamber Orchestra and the London Mozart Players. He is described by The Oxford Dictionary of Music as a "frequent soloist with chamber orchestras" and a "specialist in Baroque and pre‐classical repertoire". From 1960 to 1970 Black was a professor at the Royal Academy of Music, London. He later taught at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Black was appointed OBE in 1989. At 2013 he was musical director of the Kirckman Concert Society, which was formed in 1963 to promote young artists of exceptional talent.[Wikipedia]



Alasdair Graham, has died aged 82, concert pianist

Alasdair Graham was a concert pianist who attracted favourable reviews in the 1950s and 1960s for his insightful interpretations of the classical repertoire; he played at the Proms, worked with conductors such as Malcolm Sargent and Charles Groves, and made a name for himself as a helpful and sympathetic accompanist to many debutante singers. The Scottish concert pianist's career was stalled by a nervous breakdown, he recovered to become a record producer and a much respected teacher at the Royal College of Music in London.

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