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David Finckel Leaving Emerson String Quartet

Emerson String Quartet Loses 1st Member in 34 Years Together

It has always seemed that David Finckel and Wu Han were on the go.  ArtistLed Records, the Music@Menlo series, co-artistic director of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and now the recently begun Chamber Music Today festival in Seoul.  Finckel and Han are brimming with ideas, which apparently has forced the popular cellist to make a choice.

Finckel says the group had a discussion a few years ago, deciding the quartet was “bigger than any of the four of usâ€? and should outlive any player’s departure.

He is being replaced by Paul Watkins, whom Finckel described as “exactly the kind of player to carry the Emerson idea into the future.â€?  The video below is still available in it's entirety through Vineyard Video Productions. Read Emerson String Quartet's cellist, David Finckel, is Leaving (Arts Beat) Watch a very young Emerson String Quartet on Martha's Vineyard http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTeZfBXguWA

Set Not Only Thing Crashing at Darmstadt

After a huge stage wall came crashing to the ground during last Saturday's sold-out performance of Das Rheingold at Darmstadt State Theatre, the company was forced to cancel the rest of it's run.  Apparently, walls are not the only thing plummeting to earth, as a soap opera was unfolding backstage. Read The Ring that Crashed to Earth (Arts Journal)

Budget Up Slightly for NEH, NEA, but Probably DOA

Nobody in Washington D.C. can agree on a budget, but at least the White House offered a slight bump in funding for the Arts and Humanities, even if no one ever sees a dime. Read President Obama's Arts Budgets - Up, but DOA (Real Clear Arts)