Scottish Opera Music Director Withdraws From Post

24, in Highland Park, featuring delectable items including “The Starting Lime,” “Jimmy Eat Swirl” and “Rites of Sprinkles.” Highland Parks main drag, York Avenue, is filled with shops, mostly of the eclectic variety, combining new, hip establishments with time-tested standards of the Los Angeles neighborhood. Its here that Mark Trombino, a music producer best known for working with artists like Jimmy Eat World, Rilo Kiley and Blink-182, has opened a doughnut shop, the first incarnation in what he hopes will be many. The store, Donut Friend, is bright and airy, boasting a massive mural by artist Saelee Oh on one wall. Patrons can select a premade doughnut or elect to create their own from a wide variety of gourmet fillings and toppings. As Trombino puts it, its like Pinkberry but with doughnuts. our editor recommends PHOTOS: Hollywood Power Players Choose Their Favorite Chefs I went to a show in Orange County, and on the way back a friend of mine said, Hey I heard about this doughnut shop in Glendora where they put fresh fruit in the doughnuts, Trombino tells The Hollywood Reporter . It was so good and I was like, Why doesnt everybody do this? Its so easy. I started thinking about it. I stewed on that for years — this was like five years ago. The music business is not doing so great and budgets are small, so two years ago it was like I had to either double down and build myself a recording studio or do something completely new. I opted for something completely new. Trombino has been working on the shop since 2011, focusing on creating a place that would be inviting and open to any sort of customer — not just the hipsters who have recently begun to infiltrate Highland Park. The shop will serve regular doughnuts as well as baked, gluten-free and vegan options. They are currently testing recipes for the coveted cronut, a combination doughnut and croissant that has recently been a sensation in New York City. Donut Friend will also serve Klatch coffee, a company local to Southern California.

The company said Frenchman Emmanuel Joel-Hornak had withdrawn from his post, amid rumours of behind the scenes rows with Scottish Operas New Zealand-born general director Alex Reedijk. But the company provided no explanation of why Mr Joel-Hornak was leaving, when he had handed in his notice and why a swift departure had been agreed. He had been due to conduct two major full-scale operas in the spring – one of which is due to herald the reopening of the companys major venue, the Theatre Royal in Glasgow, following a multi-million pound refurbishment. Scottish Opera has been forced to cancel a concert next weekend that he was due to conduct at St Andrews in the Square in Glasgow, while a replacement is being urgently sought for other conducting duties he was due to perform, including conducting Macbeth and Madama Butterfly in the first half of next year. Mr Joel-Hornaks departure was announced by the company in a tersely-worded, unattributed, statement, saying he had left for personal reasons and that the company was already looking for a new music director. The Paris-education musicians surprise walk-out is a major embarrassment for the company, which has only previously had four music directors in its 50-year history. It had only announced the appointment of a new president, Lady Veronica Gibson, on 20 September. There are said to have already been significant differences of opinion since the new music director took over the post – in particular over the level of artistic control Mr Joel-Hornak would have over the company. Insiders say his departure had been on the cards for several weeks to the breakdown in relations, even though Appointed Mr Joel-Hornak only started officially on 1 August. He had been appointed in April of this year , succeeding Italian Francesco Corti, who had been with the company for six years. At the time he said he was extremely proud and honoured to take on the role, saying he had a very strong relationship with the company built up over several years. He had previously led major orchestras around the world in opera and orchestral works, including English National Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Los Angeles Opera, LOpera de Paris-Bastille and Opera Australia.

Florida Georgia Line: The duo changing country music, one party song at a time

Fifteen months ago, these dudes didnt have a record deal. Now theyre shattering music records while taking Nashville by storm . On Sunday, the 20,000-plus expected to gather at Merriweather Post Pavilion for the annual Sunday in the Country festival will see Kelley and Hubbard right before they graduate to the next level of stardom: their first national headlining tour, which kicks off Thursday. Fans will pack in to hear feel-good party songs from the duos platinum-selling debut album, Heres to the Good Times , and especially the inescapable crossover smash Cruise, which recently spent 22 weeks at No. 1, making Billboard country chart history. As Florida Georgia Line keeps ascending, the duo is also being credited or blamed, depending on whom you ask for helping to change the sound of modern country music. The bands rise may seem rapid, but as everyone around them emphasizes, its the result of years of tough, behind-the-scenes work. Plus, its triumphant proof that doing things a little differently even if you start outside of the Nashville star-making machine, which has a methodical process of transforming singers into superstars can lead to success. It was a fast rise if youre looking at it only from the perspective of when the mass audience started paying attention, says Seth England, the duos manager. I dont mean that disrespectfully. Thats just when people first became aware of them. England laughs, We call it the five-year overnight success. Hit the road Five years may not seem like a lot to the countless songwriters gutting it out in Music City waiting for a big break. However, these singers, who spent their early 20s building bathroom stalls and working for a mobile carwash to earn money between singing gigs, feel like they paid their dues. We did things a lot different than Nashville, typically, Hubbard says.

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