Classical Music: 2005 and Beyond

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The classical music world had its share of high and low notes in 2005. The new year promises grand celebrations of Mozart's 250th birthday. What more is on the horizon? New Yorker music critic Alex Ross offers his insights.

Explore NPR coverage of many of the personalities and events Ross mentions:

More Than 'Mostly' Mozart

A Portrait of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's 250th birthday will be celebrated — and then some — in 2006. hide caption

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'Nice' in 2005

Nico Muhly

Nico Muhly's 'Elements of Style' project earned much attention. Jeri Coppola hide caption

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'Naughty' in 2005

Blair Tindall

Blair Tindall rocked the classical music world in 2005 with a revealing book. David Howells hide caption

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Conductors in the News

Marin Alsop

Marin Alsop's appointment as conductor of the Baltimore Symphony drew initial objections from many of the musicians she now leads. hide caption

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Composers in the News

John Adams

John Adams (left) turned out one opera in 2005 and has another coming in the new year. hide caption

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Osvaldo Golijov

Lincoln Center will host a festival in 2006 featuring the works of composer Osvaldo Golijov (right). Caroline Irby hide caption

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Coming Attraction

Segerstrom Hall under construction

The Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Orange County, Calif., is scheduled to open in fall 2006. It's the home of the Pacific Symphony. hide caption

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Creators at Carnegie

The NPR series has featured some of the year's talked-about musicians:

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