IMPORTANT CORRECTION: AN EARLIER VERSION OF THIS POSTING INCORRECTLY STATED THAT HARPIST ANN HOBSON PILOT — THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMAN TO HOLD A PRINCIPAL CHAIR IN A MAJOR AMERICAN ORCHESTRA — HAD DIED. THAT IS NOT TRUE. AS AN ASTUTE READER CORRECTED IN A COMMENT, SHE IS STILL VERY MUCH ALIVE AND PLAYING, AND THE WORD “LEGACY” HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH HER DEATH. I APOLOGIZE TO MS. PILOT AND TO READERS FOR THE INACCURACY, AND I HAVE MADE APPROPRIATE CHANGES TO THE NEWS ITEM BELOW.
By Jacob Stockinger
There aren’t many connections among the items today. But the news does feature some names all classical music fans should know and some intriguing or even surprising factoids:
ITEM: Want to vote for Gramophone magazine’s Artist of the Year?
ITEM: The first African-American woman to become a principal in a major American orchestra – harpist Ann Hobson Pilot (below) — is being featured in a documentary:
ITEM: Maybe you can’t judge a book by its cover. But many of us have bought recordings based on their cover art. So we should remember Alex Steinweiss (below), the man who turned album covers into art (my all-time favorite covers were the old Nonesuch classical LPs) and who died at 94:
ITEM: Do you like discovering hidden treasures, like people do on “Antiques Roadshow”? Well, the Cincinnati Museum of Art recently discovered – uncovered? — a stash of some 800 historical music instruments hidden in storage:
ITEM: Natural countertenors can be grateful. Apparently the famous 18th century castrato Farinelli (below, ca. 1775) suffered more than was originally thought when he was “fixed”?