Beethoven didn't watch football, so he had plenty of time to catch up on the news.
Beethoven didn't watch football, so he had plenty of time to catch up on the news. iStock
The turkey's been cut up and stored in the freezer, the lines are finally winding down at the malls and many of us are settling down for a long winter's nap. But the classical music world never rests. The news this week:
- Talks Break Down: Striking Detroit Symphony Orchestra musicians have rejected management's latest contract offer. Meanwhile, a Michigan lawmaker hopes to add the DSO to a bill that would enable voters to pay a tax to support the “cultural gem” that is the symphony.
- Virginia Opera has appointed an interim artistic advisor, one week after it made headlines by firing longtime artistic director Peter Mark. Anne Midgette has the story.
- Trouble Brewing? Milwaukee Symphony officially joins the ranks of struggling orchestras, with a $2.3 million budget deficit.
- Got Vivaldi? The second lost Vivaldi manuscript in as many months has surfaced in Great Britain. Tom Service recommends that Brits scour their attics.
- Don't Do It Online: Greg Sandow has some thoughts about the effectiveness of online promotion.
- On Conducting: Via the blog Opera Chic, L.A. Opera Music Director James Conlon talks about conducting and what it means to him.
- Do Fruits Enjoy Music? A Japanese fruit company has been playing Mozart to its ripening bananas, claiming it produces a sweeter product.