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These young musicians surpass we oldtimers, who have perfomed these same works on tour with the OSB in Europe and the USA in the 1970s with Maestro Isaac Karabtchevsky. Everyone --or almost everyone connected to the music world in Rio including many capable Maestros,we "veterans" of the OSB, composers, students and music lovers-- was present with enthusiastic bravos at this historic Manifesto-Concerto ,which appropriately began with the Brazilian National Anthem,again played marvelously.Black shirts read SOSOSB were worn by the orchestra,solo pianists and audience members,including your observer.
As far as I could see and hear,only one person-myself-- screamed "Fora Minzcuk"(Out Minzcuk,current Maestro and Kadaffi ofthe OSB) - although getting rid of a musical tyrant who is haunting Rio's musical life was what the concert was all about. Anyone who would dismiss a wonderful orchestra like the one we heard Saturday evening should have his head examined or be sent to the local mental institution for rehabilitation!
I would so love if you'd pass on the following message to the current
management of my very favourite provincial British Orchestra the RLPO
Having only arrived in Rio to join the maligned body of musicians from
the OSB in a protest performance next Saturday, it is with disbelief
that I read the above statement from the RLPO.
It is utterly lamentable that the inhuman behaviour by the OSB
Foundation and its present chief conductor, is been considered an
'internal matter': the fact that any one leader in the world of Music
-- an Art form of the highest spiritual content -- is allowed the power
to dismiss so many dedicated professionals > is untenable and insane.
Instead of complete and unashamed solidarity, we hear that this unjust
madness has nothing to do with lack of integrity or ethics!
Be aware, fellow musicians: it could happen to you all: if the
opportunity of great financial profits -- mainly undisclosed -- were to
arise, unlikely though it may seem in the UK.
It would have been heroic : the 'last drop' coming from your
orchestra's refusal to accommodate the presence of a musician who
needs to be shaken back into reality!
Most cordially but yet feeling deceived and let-down,
FROM DIVINE ART RECORDINGS GROUP
Royal Wedding Music available online!
was confirmed yesterday morning on the official British Royal Blog that as
a central part of the Wedding Service for Prince William and Kate Middleton,
after the Anthem, the choirs will sing 'Ubi Caritas' by Welsh composer Paul
Mealor. Mr Mealor is Reader in Composition at the
For the service, because only religious texts are permitted, Mealor set the words of the ancient hymn Ubi Caritas to a recent composition titled 'Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal' The original work, in which Mealor set poems on the subject of the Rose, the emblem of love and purity, has been recorded by the Con Anima Chamber Choir, conducted by the composer, and is to appear on an album of choral music ("Madrigali: Fire and Roses") to be issued in the summer by Divine Art Records.
As part of the wedding celebrations, Divine Art have released a digital-only EP of 'Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal' which is available from today on iTunes, Amazon, eMusic, Napster, Classics Online and all other good digital music sellers including http://www.divineartrecords.com/CD/29002info.htm
SALLE MODULABLE FOUNDATION
Salle Modulable Foundation files a suit against Butterfield
Lucerne, April 29, 2011 - The Salle Modulable Foundation is taking legal action against Butterfield Trust Ltd. (Butterfield) after the latter arbitrarily withdrew its commitment to provide financing. The Foundation has filed a corresponding request for conciliatory hearing against Butterfield with the Lucerne Justice of Peace. At a press conference, to be held at 11 a.m. in the KKL Luzern, Hubert Achermann, Chairman of the Salle Modulable Foundation, and Michael Haefliger, Delegate of the Salle Modulable Foundation, will give the media more information and will be available for questions and interviews.
In a letter dated August 23, 2007, Butterfield, referring to discussions held with Christof Engelhorn, confirmed its willingness to support the construction of a modern music theater in Lucerne with the provision of up to CHF 120 million. Christof Engelhorn had agreed to this support via a Bermuda-based trust founded by him and represented by Butterfield as trustee. This agreement was based on a project study for a "Salle Modulable" financed by Mr Engelhorn and implemented by the Lucerne Festival. He was keen on the idea of helping his adopted home city of Lucerne become an innovative cultural center for modern musical theater of major international repute.
Financing commitment confirmed on several occasions
Up until his death in August 2010, Christof Engelhorn had given no cause to doubt his intention to finance this project. The trustee Butterfield, too, confirmed the commitment of the Butterfield Trust in several letters. In addition to the location - Lucerne - and the maximum amount to be provided, the only conditions for the financing were the provision of a feasibility study and a sustainable operating concept, as the financial support was to be restricted exclusively to project planning and construction. Work on the project, run by the Salle Modulable Foundation, which had been set up in April 2008, progressed at a fast pace thanks to the funds totaling CHF 5.75 million that had been transferred by Butterfield from February 2008 onward.
For three years, representatives of the city and canton of Lucerne, together with the Lucerne-based cultural institutions the Lucerne Festival, Lucerne Theater and the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra as well as the Lucerne School of Music, were committed to developing a concept for a music theater in Lucerne that offered flexibility and cutting-edge technology. All those involved recognized the potential such a project had for the cultural life of Lucerne, but also for the general positioning of the city and the Lucerne region:
· With the integration of the musical theater sector, the internationally successful Lucerne Festival has the ideal enhancement to its concept, a move which also reinforces its position in international competition.
· The Lucerne Theater solves its existing infrastructural problems efficiently and is able to develop further, in artistic terms, as a multi-sector establishment.
· The Lucerne Symphony Orchestra receives the infrastructural support necessary to deliver high-quality musical theater.
· Lucerne is to be home to a cultural center of major international repute that is unique worldwide, thus making the city even more attractive, and boosting tourism and the economy.
All conditions met
In December 2010, the project development organization founded for this purpose unveiled its overall concept, which shows detailed proof of the project's feasibility at the Lido site, and is being jointly supported by the representatives of the city and canton of Lucerne and the Salle Modulable Foundation. The concept estimates an investment volume of CHF 157 million, taking account of Butterfield's contribution of CHF 120 million. The overall concept also includes a realistic and sustainable operating plan, meaning that the conditions for Butterfield's financing commitment are met.
Trustee reneges arbitrarily on commitment and disregards the wishes of the trust settlor
For this reason, the Salle Modulable Foundation is not prepared to accept Butterfield's withdrawal of its commitment to provide financing, made on specious grounds in October 2010, shortly after the death of Christof Engelhorn. There is no substantive reason for this. Moreover, it was done expressly against the wishes of Christof Engelhorn, initiator of the project and settlor of the trust. The Foundation has therefore decided to challenge the arbitrary withdrawal of the commitment to provide financing and to claim the outstanding amount, totaling CHF 114.25 million, from the Butterfield Trust through the courts. The Foundation has filed a corresponding request for conciliatory hearing with the Lucerne Justice of Peace.
Foundation to fight for its rights
The Foundation only decided to take this step after due deliberation and intensive consultation with legal experts in Switzerland, England and Bermuda. After receiving clarification from said experts, it is convinced that it is worth fighting for the project, not just as a matter of principle, but also in view of the legal situation. This being said, the Foundation also understands that cultural planning in Lucerne must go on. As Butterfield's binding commitment to provide financing for the construction of a new music theater in Lucerne was not connected to any timetable, a successful outcome of the proceedings would still be beneficial for Lucerne and its cultural institutions, even if it did not come until a later point in time.
Hubert Achermann, Chairman of the Salle Modulable Foundation: "It is with great regret that we have to resort to this measure. We would gladly have avoided it, but Butterfield have left us with no choice. Based on the committed support of Christof Engelhorn and the binding commitment from the trustee, we have worked, together with the city and canton of Lucerne as well as Lucerne's major cultural institutions, for the past three years in a most professional manner to realize the idea of a modern music theater for Lucerne. We owe it to our partners, the city, the region and, last but not least, to Christof Engelhorn himself, to fight for this idea."
Information about press conference today at 11 a.m. in the KKL Luzern, Club Room 3 + 4
Hubert Achermann, Chairman of the Salle Modulable Foundation, and Michael Haefliger, Delegate of the Salle Modulable Foundation, will be providing further information on this matter at an event for interested media representatives to be held today at 11 a.m. in the KKL Luzern. They will also be available for questions and interviews. Media representatives are invited to submit their interview questions to the Foundation's Media Officer: Andreas Hildenbrand, Tel. +41 79 468 92 35.