The German-born, 49-year-old Preu, who is about to begin his final season as music director of the Spokane Symphony, starts his initial three-year contract term with the 2019-2020 season. He is also music director of the Long Beach (Cal.) Symphony and the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra.
“Gov. Charlie Baker last week vetoed the addition of the $2 million in funding for the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the umbrella organization that distributes arts funding. This week … the Massachusetts Legislature overrode the governor’s veto, increasing the budget for the umbrella organization from $14.1 million to $16.1 million. It’s the first increase in four years.”
“Savoir Beds, known for their hefty price tag and their extraordinary contents (think cashmere made from the necks of Mongolian goats), have partnered with … London’s National Gallery to create custom beds, each upholstered with artwork on the headboard and the base.” And customers can choose any image the museum owns.
Earlier this summer, Alabama Shakespeare Festival artistic director Rick Dildine packed four Southern playwrights into a minivan and took them on a 12-town, seven-state swing around the region, holding town hall-style meetings where they gathered local folks to talk about what being a Southerner means in 2018.
The Fiscal Year 2019 Interior Appropriations Bill was approved by the the Senate with a 92-6 vote, after previously being passed by the House of Representatives. The new budget increases funding to the two agencies by $2.2 million compared to the 2018 budget. (That budget was only passed in March, despite the fact that the fiscal year begins in October.) The 2017 budget also included a $2 million increase for the agencies.
There are only five public statues of real women in New York City (excluding fictional characters like Alice in Wonderland and Mother Goose), while there are 145 sculptures of men, including statues of William Shakespeare and Ludwig van Beethoven, who are both in Central Park. “We are happy to have broken the bronze ceiling to create the first statue of real women in the 164-year history of Central Park.”
“In the aftermath of its July 27 sale to Disney, film historian and author Leonard Maltin recalls Fox’s wild early days, a predator mogul, firings and backstabbings, and along the way, movies from Cleopatra to Titanic (and movie stars like Marilyn Monroe and Shirley Temple) that impacted the world.”
“The Fox film studio essentially died July 27 when shareholders voted to merge with Disney. As the House of Zanuck and Murdoch faces a fraught future, The Hollywood Reporter looks back at the hits (The Sound of Music, Star Wars), the flops (Cleopatra), the stars (Marilyn Monroe) and the legacy of a Hollywood institution.”