Washington State University To Cut Theatre & Dance Dept.

“The Washington State University Department of Theater and Dance will not survive the budget ax by merging with the University of Idaho program in nearby Moscow. WSU Provost and Executive Vice President Warwick Bayly said Tuesday the department, which has 105 students and was listed for elimination in a preliminary budget last month, will be cut.”

Nobuyuki Tsujii’s Albums Have Shot Up Charts In Japan

“Albums by a blind Japanese pianist have surged up the country’s online charts since he won a prestigious US award at the weekend, online retailer Amazon Japan said Wednesday. Nobuyuki Tsujii, who is 20 years old and has been blind since birth, on Sunday became the first Asian and the first blind pianist to win the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas.”

A Car Parked Outside The Opera House? Bad Advertising!

“Walking past a new-model vehicle with its showroom sticker affixed to the windshield to get into concert halls and opera houses is a common international phenomenon. Last time I was at the tony Salzburg Festival, a flashy Audi, if I remember correctly, was parked in front of the Grosses Festspielhaus. And now the pristine, white new Opera House in Oslo, a year-old and already a landmark, has a pristine, white Mercedes messing up the building’s sculptural minimalism.”

St. Louis Symphony Players Get New (And Healthy) Contract

“At a time when other major orchestras are giving ground in a sour economy, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra has a new contract that contains modest gains and no givebacks from the musicians union. … The new contract [also] gives management the ability to broadcast concerts on local radio and public television without permission from, or payments to, musicians.”