Rosanne Cash on Discovering New Artistic Terrain

Rosanne Cash
Smithsonian Magazine

Innovation is not just for the young. Rosanne Cash learned this in 2011, the year she turned 56, as she pondered what her next album would be. She had just finished touring in support of her 2009 album, The List, a dozen songs selected from the list of essential country and folk numbers that her famous father had given her to learn when she was a teenager. That record had earned glowing press and robust concert-ticket sales.

“So many people told me, ‘Are you going to do The List, Part Two?’” she recalled backstage at the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival in July. “That might have been a good business decision, but it made me feel hollow inside, like I’d be faking it. How boring to stick to what you’ve already done.”

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Donald Runnicles
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra has announced that Donald Runnicles will become its Conductor Emeritus in September 2016, when he will step down from the post of Chief Conductor. Runnicles has been at the helm of the orchestra for the past five years, but has worked with the BBC SSO since 2001.  The Emeritus role means that he will continue to appear annually with the orchestra from the 2016/17 season onwards.     ... »

MacArthur Fellow Alisa Weilerstein Follows U.S. Release of Solo with Dates at New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, and Dallas Symphony This Fall

Alisa Weilerstein

MacArthur Fellow Alisa Weilerstein returns to the States with a bang this fall. October 28 brings the U.S. release of Solo, her compilation of unaccompanied 20th-century cello music. With Kodály’s sonata as its centerpiece, the album is her third as an exclusive Decca Classics artist, and represents a highly personal musical statement. On the heels of the new release, the cellist revisits her two previous recordings in collaboration with a trio of top American orchestras. She joins forces with both the Cleveland Orchestra (Nov 6, 8 & 9) and Dallas Symphony (Nov 14–16) for Elgar’s Cello Concerto, the work that won her BBC Musicmagazine’s coveted “Recording of the Year” award, and plays Dvorák’s Cello Concerto – as on her chart-topping sophomore disc – with the New York Philharmonic and Christoph Dohnányi (Dec 4, 5, 6 & 9). While in New York, she also joins key members of the Philharmonic for an evening of chamber music at the92nd Street Y (Dec 7). ... »