Joshua Bell Named Music Director of Academy of St Martin in the Fields

The Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields has a new music director for the first time since Sir Neville Marriner. Big news! Read below:

London –Joshua Bell was today announced as Music Director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the first person to hold the title since Sir Neville Marriner who founded the Orchestra in 1958. With three weeks already in the diary for the 2011-12 season including an extensive US tour, Joshua Bell will double his time with the Orchestra over the course of his initial three year contract, as well as taking responsibility for the artistic direction of the Orchestra. (more…)

Davidson College Trustees Elect Carol Quillen 18th President of Davidson College

POSTED May 26, 2011 – Davidson, NC — The Davidson College Board of Trustees today elected Carol Quillen, vice president for international and interdisciplinary initiatives at Rice University, the 18th president of Davidson College. Her appointment is effective August 1, 2011.

Carol Quillen, Davidson College's 18th PresidentQuillen’s appointment was announced at an all-campus meeting this afternoon. In making the announcement, Davidson’s Board chair, Mackey McDonald ’68, said, “The Davidson search committee was a microcosm of the Davidson family—trustees, students, faculty and staff with a broad range of interests, experiences and backgrounds. Even with the great diversity on the committee, there was a deep, shared commitment to Davidson—and an absolute agreement about our new president. Carol Quillen understands all facets of the academic enterprise,” McDonald noted. “A brilliant administrator and a talented teacher and scholar, she can articulate not only the value, but also the necessity of a liberal arts education. Her values are Davidson’s values. She inspired us,” McDonald said, “and we could not be more enthusiastic about welcoming her to Davidson.” (more…)

WDAV Brings You Spoleto Festival USA

Mozart's "The Magic Flute"For 17 days every spring, music, dance, theater and visual art are as much a part of Charleston as church bells, wrought iron balconies and low country cuisine. Spoleto Festival USA returns to the Palmetto State beginning this week, and once again WDAV Classical Public Radio will be there to bring you the sights, smells and sounds of one the most extensive arts festivals in the world. Listen for our Spoleto Daily Dispatches. every weekday at 7:30 am, 12:30 pm and 6:00 pm starting this Thursday, May 26th!

Take a look at the Festival line-up!

Cellist Bernard Greenhouse Dies At 95

Cellist Bernard Greenhouse Dies At 95
by Anastasia Tsioulca – posted on on May 13, 2011

Bernard Greenhouse, one of the founding members of the Beaux Arts Trio and a prominent cellist of the recorded era, passed away this morning at the age of 95. His death was peaceful, said Paul Katz, a former student of Greenhouse who serves on the faculty of the New England Conservatory and is the former cellist of the Cleveland Quartet.

Founded in 1955 by pianist Menahem Pressler, violinist Daniel Guilet and Greenhouse, the Beaux Arts Trio became one of the world’s foremost chamber ensembles. Philips recorded several hundred albums with the Beaux Arts Trio during Greenhouse’s tenure. Their recordings of Haydn’s complete piano trios won Gramophone’s Record of the Year award in 1979, and their album of the Dvorak “Dumky” Trio won the 1964 Grand Prix du Disque. Greenhouse played in the quartet for thirty-two years before leaving the group in 1987. (more…)

Brevard Music Center To Be Featured on Performance Today

POSTED Tuesday, May 3, 2011 — On Wednesday, May 4th from 5 to 7 PM, listen to Performance Today on WDAV to hear a broadcast from the 2010 Brevard Music Center featuring Tchaikovsky’s Suite No. 4 in G Major, Op. 61, “Mozartiana” performed by the Brevard Music Center Orchestra with JoAnn Falletta conducting. The original concert was recorded at Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium in Brevard, NC on July 3, 2010. (more…)