This week in classical music:
- Nixon in New York: Now that John Adams' Nixon In China has had its Metropolitan Opera premiere, it's getting a new look from critics. Compare their reactions with that of Donal Henahan after the 1987 world premiere at the Houston Grand Opera.
- Putting Poetry Into Nixon: Librettist Alice Goodman talks about her collaboration with John Adams on Nixon In China, which is being performed at the Metropolitan Opera for the first time.
- Conductor Riccardo Muti has had surgery on his jaw after he fainted at a rehearsal last week, and will miss the final week of his February residency with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. John von Rhein of the Chicago Tribune wonders how the cancellations could affect the CSO.
- The striking musicians of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra have rejected management's latest contract offer, setting up a showdown that could lead to the cancellation of the entire season.
- Not Done Yet: The Syracuse Symphony has raised enough money to keep itself going through the end of February.
- Gustavo Dudamel and the L.A. Philharmonic have a lot planned for this season – but L.A. Times critic Mark Swed wants Disney Hall to be more magical.
- Finnish conductor Susanna Malkki is back on the Boston Symphony podium this week, with a new cello concerto by Unsuk Chin.
- Critic-in-residence: The Cleveland Orchestra has hired former Miami Herald features editor Enrique Fernandez to help promote Florida concerts with Franz Welser-Most.
- A mansion that was once a summer home for the sons in Steinway & Sons now has an uncertain future after the recent death of its owner.