‘¡Viva Maestro!’ Review: A Documentary in Need of a Chief

Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel has earned a reputation as a child prodigy by leading prestigious symphonic groups such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In front of the orchestras he conducts, Dudamel is a live wire, his signature curls bouncing with every wave of the wand. And when music stops, Dudamel turns his passion for his …

UN Chief Warns of ‘Disaster’ with Continued Use of Fossil Fuels

WASHINGTON — United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said on Monday that countries are “sleepwalking into climate disaster” if they continue to rely on fossil fuels, making things worse for nations racing to replace Russian oil, gas and coal with their own dirty energies. Mr Guterres said the ambitious promises made by world leaders at a …

UN Chief Warns of ‘Disaster’ with Continued Use of Fossil Fuels

WASHINGTON — United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said on Monday that countries are “sleepwalking into climate disaster” if they continue to rely on fossil fuels, making things worse for nations racing to replace Russian oil, gas and coal with their own dirty energies. Mr Guterres said the ambitious promises made by world leaders at a …

Trinity Church Chief Takes Off Amid Investigation

Trinity Wall Street, one of New York’s wealthiest and most powerful churches, said on Saturday it is taking the high-profile music director off while investigating allegations of sexual misconduct against him. Director Julian Wachner, a highly respected conductor, composer and keyboardist who has been a church fixture for over a decade, was accused of sexual …

Russian Chief Pressing Putin Leaves Bolshoi and French Post

After facing intense pressure from President Vladimir V. Putin to denounce Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a prominent Russian conductor said on Sunday from his position in two orchestras in Moscow and the famous Bolshoi Theater in Toulouse, France. He then said he would resign. Conductor Tugan Sokhiev faced requests from French officials to clarify their …

EPA Chief Pledges to ‘Do Better’ to Protect Poor Communities

WASHINGTON — Environmental Protection Agency director Michael S. Regan traveled to Jackson, Miss., in November to discuss the city’s poor water quality at an elementary school where children must drink bottled water and use the portable toilets outside the building. On the day he arrived, the halls were largely empty. Students were sent home because …

Virginia Democrats Aim To Block Trump’s EPA Chief From State Agency

WASHINGTON — A rare confirmation battle is brewing around the nomination of Andrew Wheeler, who heads the Environmental Protection Agency under President Donald J. Trump, to assume a similar role in a new Republican state administration in Virginia. Democratic leaders have said they will seek to prevent Mr Wheeler from being responsible for conservation programs, …

Dan Ammann has been fired as chief of Cruise, GM’s self-driving unit.

The head of Cruise, General Motors’ autonomous driving unit, is leaving the company. car maker said thursday without giving reason. Dan Ammann, a former investment banker from New Zealand, He stepped down as GM chief to take over Cruise At the beginning of 2019. Since then, as the magnitude of the technical challenge has become …

Valuable Words from Sondheim, Chief Promoter of Theatre

In the fictionalized movie version of his life, Jonathan Larson ignores the ringing phone and lets the answering machine pick up. Squatting on the bare wood floor of his shabby New York City apartment in 1990, Stephen Sondheim listens as he leaves a message—an instant balm to the battered artist’s soul. “Jon? Steve Sondheim is …