Beethoven could have learned so much if he had known how to use Google. Or had internet.
Beethoven could have learned so much if he had known how to use Google. Or had internet. iStock
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.