Notes from all over:
Mark Weinstein, the latest in a long line of people who attempted to administer the Washington National Opera together with, or under, the general director Placido Domingo, has been named President and CEO of the still-new AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas. The center includes the Winspear Opera House, home to the Dallas Opera. Weinstein was Executive Director of the Washington National Opera for less than two years.
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra was one of the largest musical beneficiaries of the National Endowment for the Arts’s just-announced grants for 2011: the orchestra will receive $100,000 to support its upcoming tours of the East and West Coasts in the 2011-12 season. The orchestra’s season theme is women as leaders, from Joan of Arc to the composer Joan Tower. $100,000 was the largest amount of any of these musical grants; the San Francisco Symphony got the same amount for its 100th anniversary celebration, which will involve six other American orchestras. Too bad for the Philadelphia Orchestra that the grants are project-based rather than overall need-based; that orchestra, which recently declared bankruptcy, only got $50,000 for its program of free performances called Neighborhood Concerts. (Jacqueline Trescott reported earlier on Washington-area grant recipients.)
In the news: if you haven’t read it yet, don’t miss Dan Wakin’s great piece in the New York Times on CAMI’s habit of touring orchestras that aren’t all that they seem, like the “Tschaikowski St. Petersburg State Orchestra,” which was advertised with images of other ensembles, and which Valery Gergiev and others claim does not actually exist.
And in Wednesday’s Washington Post, Charles T. Downey reviews the Vocal Arts DC recital of the young tenor Paul Appleby.