Ludwig's Links: What Would Beethoven Read This Week? Dec. 18, 2010

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This week in classical music:

  • Detroit Symphony management has presented its still-striking musicians with a new offer — one that would keep non-orchestral work out of their job descriptions. Meanwhile, the orchestra is reporting an $8.8 million deficit for 2010.
  • Finale: The Honolulu Symphony has officially filed for liquidation, effective Dec. 31.
  • A Future In Doubt: Kyle MacMillan of the Denver Post continues his three-part series on the state of classical music with a look at how classical organizations are going about rejuvenating themselves.
  • The move in Britain to drive a new recording of John Cage's silent 4'33 to the Christmas No. 1 spot reflects a larger discontent with too much noise, says L.A. Times critic Mark Swed. Greg Sandow says it's a move against Simon Cowell's control of the pop charts.
  • The BBC is considering funding of the U.K.'s largest orchestras — which are facing cuts from the Arts Council Of England.
  • Jacob Lateiner, a concert pianist renowned for his interpretations both of Beethoven and of 20th-century music, died Sunday in Manhattan. Margalit Fox of the New York Times has the story.
  • Peace On Stage: Jessica Duchen warns readers to steer clear of any ensemble that has the word "peace" in its name, saying that such concerts allow well-heeled audiences to sleep more easily, but also detach from reality.
  • Conductor Simon Rattle discusses the process of conducting a masterpiece Americans may greet with an annual roll of the eyes — The Nutcracker.
  • Lights, Camera, Arias: Opera is enjoying wild success in movie theaters — and will be shown in 3D by next year.

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