Ludwig's Links: What Would Beethoven Read? Jan. 7, 2011

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Classical music has survived and thrived another year, though we lost a few orchestras along the way. There's no telling what fabulous new music we'll hear this year — but several writers have predictions, resolutions and reflections. And the news never stops.

  • Norman Lebrecht has 10 predictions for the year — one involving a classical accordionist.
  • Drew McManus used the occasion of the New Year to put forth his own plan to help orchestra stakeholders.
  • Tim Smith says the toughest battle for 2011 will be countering those who think the arts are unnecessary.
  • Meanwhile, BBC 3 is broadcasting every note Mozart ever wrote. The extravaganza continues until Jan. 12.
  • From HIP to hip: Anne Midgette addresses a new stereotype: the idea that  contemporary chamber music ensembles can't handle traditional repertoire.
  • Culture Shift: Greg Sandow tells us what Glee is doing that classical music is not.
  • Nashville's Schermerhorn Symphony Center has opened again, after a flood last May caused $42 million in damage. You can listen to the re-inaugural concert here.
  • Coolest Music Ever: Experimental composer Terje Isungset talks to Ivan Hewett about making instruments out of glacier ice .
  • The American Opera Theater, a "pocket" opera company in the Baltimore region, is shutting down at the end of this season, but not before performing an opera about former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.
  • Raphael Hillyer, founding violist of the Juilliard quartet, has died at 96.
  • The Louisville Orchestra filed for bankruptcy last month, but a judge ruled that they still had to pay their musicians. So far, they've only gotten a partial salary.
  • Kansas City Symphony director Michael Stern, who has raised the performance bar and expanded the symphony's budget in the last six years, has signed on for another five.
  • A New Home? The New England Conservatory may not be able to handle the expansion of El Sistema U.S.A, the U.S. version of Venezuela's revolutionary music education initiative — so the program is considering a move.
  • A Maestro's 40-Year Evolution: John Rockwell of the New York Times overviews the dozens of newly released CDs and DVDs that document James Levine's four-decade career at the Metropolitan Opera.

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