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:
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's 250th birthday will be celebrated — and then some — in 2006.
Nico Muhly's 'Elements of Style' project earned much attention.
Blair Tindall rocked the classical music world in 2005 with a revealing book.
Marin Alsop's appointment as conductor of the Baltimore Symphony drew initial objections from many of the musicians she now leads.
John Adams (left) turned out one opera in 2005 and has another coming in the new year.
Lincoln Center will host a festival in 2006 featuring the works of composer Osvaldo Golijov (right).
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.
The NPR series has featured some of the year's talked-about musicians: