Beethoven didn't have internet access (as far as we know). But if he had, he might have forwarded some of these articles to his friends — with commentary, of course.
Beethoven didn't have internet access (as far as we know). But if he had, he might have forwarded some of these articles to his friends — with commentary, of course. iStock
The week in classical music:
- A Surplus — Really? The Oregon Symphony’s budget cuts have paid off – leaving them with extra spending money for the first time in several seasons.
- Bonuses Turned Down: Members of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra were offered $2,000 bonuses, but rejected them in favor of longer-term raises.
- Shaking It Up In Seattle: The Seattle Symphony will welcome Simon Woods as its executive director next year, along with a new music director. The Royal Scottish National Orchestra is upset that he’s leaving them.
- Just Because: Opera bass Rene Pape has withdrawn from his debut in La Scala’s next installment of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, saying he just needs to take a break from rehearsing and performing.
- Popcorn with your Mozart: Stephen Evans, the producer who inspired a fashion for Shakespeare in recent British cinema, is adapting a Mozart opera for mainstream film audiences.
- An Emotional Chord: The Israel Chamber Orchestra sets off for Bayreuth, challenging the country’s unofficial ban on Wagner’s music.
- A Fatal Fall: A bassist with the Vienna Philharmonic died hiking while on tour with the orchestra in Japan.
- Kremerata Baltica, Knights: The LA Times looks at two small orchestras expanding the boundaries of classical music in very different ways.