After nearly 15 months of being locked out, the musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra recently signed a contract with the Minnesota Orchestra administration. During the stagnant period of canceled performances, the orchestra lost over a quarter of its original players as well as its music director, Osmo Vänskä. It is unclear whether or not Vänskä will return, but the orchestra and administration now face the challenges of finding a new music director, regaining numbers and addressing the conflict between the players and the administration.
New York City’s Metropolitan Opera is currently running a new production of 19th Century Russian composer Alexander Borodin’s “Prince Igor.” The opera is rarely performed in the United States, and its last production at the Met was nearly a century ago. The current production, by Russian director Dmitri Tcherniakov, rearranges much of Borodin’s unfinished score and includes a video component of close-up examinations of characters’ faces and emotions.
London’s Royal Ballet has unveiled a production based on Johann Sebastian Bach’s “The Art of Fugue.” The minds behind “Tetractys: Art of Fugue” are British choreographer Wayne McGregor, composer and arranger Michael Berkeley and artist Tauba Auerbach. The modern sets and costumes feature multicolored tights and colorful neon geometric shapes against a black background.
Film and Television
The British Academy of Film and Television Awards ceremony took place on Sunday. “Gravity” and “12 Years a Slave” dominated the awards, and British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor beat Christian Bale, Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks to win the best actor award for his role in “12 Years a Slave.” Cate Blanchett won the best actress award for “Blue Jasmine,” and Disney’s “Frozen” won the best animated film award.