Ludwig's Links: What Would Beethoven Read This Week? Dec. 10, 2010

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Beethoven might have been appalled at this week's news, which includes a major protest and a stolen violin. iStock hide caption

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Beethoven might have been appalled at this week's news, which includes a major protest and a stolen violin.

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This week saw major drama in Milan at La Scala's opening night — and not just onstage. Demonstrators protesting cuts to Italy's arts budget battled with riot police, who sent an unknown number of demonstrators to the hospital. Conductor Daniel Barenboim spoke up, urging Italy's president to protect the arts, then led Die Walkuere. (Opera Chic has video from the performance.)

In other news:

  • Charleston Symphony musicians have demanded the resignation of their leadership — in terms that management can't ignore.
  • Classical music historian and concert producer Joe Horowitz says he knows the reason orchestras are in trouble: too many concerts.
  • Soprano Renee Fleming has been named creative consultant to Chicago Lyric Opera. Administrators hope the appointment will put Chicago on the map as a cultural capital.
  • Silence Is Golden: A Facebook campaign is working to vote a new recording of John Cage's 4'33" to number one on the British pop chart on Christmas Day, edging out the winner of popular singing show The X Factor.
  • The Monteverdi Choir, directed by John Eliot Gardiner, has won the Gramophone Magazine contest for "best choir in the world." Choral composer Eric Whitacre weighs in on why so many of the world's leading choirs are British.
  • Nurturing Creativity: American pianist Byron Janis reflects on the teachers who turned him into an artist.
  • Australian orchestras once lured talented players with the promise of tenure, but are now wondering how to refresh their talent.
  • San Francisco Opera is premiering an opera based on the events of Sept. 11. Baritone Thomas Hampson will sing the role of a former Army officer who died evacuating personnel from the World Trade Center.
  • You Pay Your Singers? A concert promoter explains how non-profits work, in a video posted by Alex Ross.

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